Beyoncé took home the awards for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year, and Video Director of the Year at Sunday's BET Awards. The singer was not on hand at the event to accept the honors. Janet Jackson was the night's most visible honoree, getting a song and dance tribute, along with the Ultimate Icon award.
Janelle Monae and Jidenna were among the performers at the BET Awards on Sunday night. The pair teamed up for the Jidenna single, "Classic Man," bringing the audience to the edge of their seats with the rendition. Monae also performed "Yoga" alongside a bunch of dancers. Both "Yoga" and "Classic Man" are featured on the upcoming compilation from Wondaland.
Katy Perry has been named the highest-paid female celeb in the world after hauling in $135 million in 2015, according to Forbes. The finance magazine reports that Perry's income came largely from her Prismatic tour, which grossed roughly $2 million per show for 126 shows. According to Forbes, "Perry is part of the burgeoning batch of stars cashing in . . ."
Ed Sheeran took the stage alongside rock legends the Rolling Stones earlier this week for a performance of the latter's classic "Beast of Burden." The show took place at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium and Sheeran helped out on the track after offering up an opening set of his own. Ed and Mick Jagger had previously confirmed plans to connect for a live performance.
Florence and the Machine paid tribute to Foo Fighters, the band they replaced at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival, with a cover of their song "Times Like These." The English rock band were placed into the headlining slot after the Foos were forced to drop off the bill due to frontman Dave Grohl's broken leg.
Lady Gaga posted a photo to social media of herself with an unbuttoned shirt, wearing a bra, with the words "Gay Pride" written across her chest and belly. The pic, snapped on a balcony of her Chicago apartment, was ostensibly promoting the city's pride parade. However, as the Chicago Tribune notes, the picture was taken above Millennium Park.
The Who closed out the 2015 Glastonbury Festival in grand fashion, taking a pot shot at Kanye West, who performed earlier in the festival, along the way. Referring to West's claim that he was "the greatest living rock star on the planet" during his set, Who guitarist Pete Townshend described the band's set-closer "Won't Get Fooled Again" as "big and rebellious."
Both Lauryn Hill and Timbaland scored honors at the recent ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards. The exclusive event took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and Hill was presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which tributes artists that have hit special career milestones. Hill thanked her friends and colleagues at ASCAP for the award.
Tool has announced that they will headline the Monster Mash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona on Halloween night. Primus and Coheed and Cambria are also slated to play the Monster Mash. Over the course of the festival's three days, the event will also feature performances from Deftones, Linkin Park, Halestorm and Rob Zombie.
Chris Brown, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj were just a few of the stars who hit the court for the recent BET Celebrity Basketball game. The game took place on Sunday at the Los Angeles convention center and was part of the BET Experience event. The event, sponsored by Sprite, split the celebs into the Green and White teams.
Slipknot will return for the third installment of their festival Knotfest and will bring Judas Priest, Korn and Mastondon, to name a few, along with them. Gwar, Corrosion of Conformity, Cannibal Corpse, Suicidal Tendencies and many more. Ghostface Killah, Body Count, Mobb Deep, Helmet and Clutch.
Pat Green has announced plans to release a new album, Home, later this summer. Home will include Green's duet with Lyle Lovett, "Girls From Texas." Rolling Stone Country reports that the album also features collaborations with Sheryl Crow, Delbert McClinton and Marc Broussard.
Chris Squire, the founding member of legendary prog rock band Yes, has died at the age of 67. Bandmate Geoff Downes revealed the tragic news on Twitter. "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire," says Downes.
Charleston, South Carolina native Darius Rucker honored the nine victims of the tragic shooting at the city's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a stunning version of "Amazing Grace" during his 2015 Southern Style Tour stop in Cedar Park, Texas. Standing in the spotlight, Rucker sang the first verse of the hymn without any backing music.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has announced the return of his hip-hop side project Fort Minor. The group released a studio album, The Rising Tied, back in 2005 and after a very short tour, have been on hiatus ever since. After teasing the return of the group along with some new music, Shinoda and Fort Minor released a new song, "Welcome."