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After a successful first year, celebrating the image makers to the stars, LATF will host the 2nd annual Hollywood Beauty Awards (HBA) on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the iconic Avalon Hollywood.

The black tie & dinner gala benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recognizes the architects of hair, makeup, photography and styling in Hollywood.

The 2016 HBA honorees & nominees are:


Outstanding Achievement In Hairstyling: Sterfon Demings – (Known for: ‘Boyz N The Hood,’ ‘Monster’s Ball’ (Halle Berry), ‘Milk’ (Sean Penn), ‘Into The Wild’ (Kristen Stewart), ‘Bones’ (Tamara Taylor).

Outstanding Achievement In Hairstyling: Kathryn Blondell – (Known for: ‘Stay Away, Joe’ (Elvis), ‘HouseSitter’ & ‘Out-Of-Towners’ (Goldie Hawn), ‘Cast Away’ (Tom Hanks), ‘Aviator’ (Cate Blanchett), Pers to Leonardo DiCaprio for 12 years including ‘The Revenant.’

Outstanding Achievement In Makeup: Laini Thompson – (Known for: ‘Jungle Fever,’ ‘Drop Zone,’ ‘The Fan’ (Wesley Snipes), ‘Bad Boys,’ ‘Men In Black’ (Will Smith), ‘Money Train’ (Woody Harrelson), ‘The Evidence’ (Orlando Jones).)

Outstanding Achievement In Special Effects Makeup: Mike Smithson – (Known for: ‘Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me’ (Oscar nom), ‘Fragments’ (Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning), ‘Lone Ranger’ (Armie Hammer), ‘Avatar.’)

Outstanding Achievement In Photography: Norman Seeff – (Known for shooting: Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Carly Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner)

Three established nominees, specializing in creating celebrity looks on the red carpet and for editorial will compete in each honoree category.

Competing Nominees

Sterfon Demings Award For Hairstyling:

Tippi Shorter (Works with AVEDA, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland)

Kiyah Wright (Works with Tyra Banks, Ciara, Iggy Azalea)

Marcia Hamilton (Works with Jada Pinkett Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Pink!)

Kathryn Blondell Award For Hairstyling:

Giannandrea (Works with Macadamia Professional, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen)

Riawna Capri (Works with Julianne Hough, Nina Dobrev, Emma Roberts)

Wendy Iles (Works with Heidi Klum, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett)

Mike Smithson Award For Makeup:

Erik Soto (Works with Kat Von D, KVD Beauty, Sephora)

John Stapleton (Works with MAC, Kelly Osbourne, Margaret Cho)

Rachel Goodwin (Works with Chanel, Brie Larson, Diane Kruger)

Laini Thompson Award For Makeup:

Derrick Rutledge (Works with Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Kenya Moore)

Mylah Morales (Works with Rihanna, Tinashe, Keke Palmer)

Sheika Daley (Works with Nicki Minaj, Zendaya, LaLa Anthony)

Norman Seeff Award For Photography:

Eric Charbonneau (Shoots for AP/Invision, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, Twentieth Century Fox, etc.)

Jeff Kravitz (Shoots for Getty, MTV, Capitol Records, Disney, etc.)

Mario Anzuoni (Shoots for Reuters, Academy Awards, GRAMMYS, etc.)

Special Honoree Awards

The HBAs will remit a Special Recognition Award to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Fragrance of the YearDior’s Sauvage presented by Johnny Depp

Beauty Enhancement AwardDr. Jason B. Diamond presented by Rebecca Gayheart

Other Categories TBA:

Timeless Beauty Award

New Beauty Awards

The Empire Award

The Red Carpet Award

Celebrities attending: Rihanna, Heidi Klum, Kelly Rowland, Chaley Rose, Eric Dane, Orlando Jones, Tamara Taylor, Jackée, and more.


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Tyrese Suggests Chris Rock Should Not Host Oscars Due to Lack of Diversity

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Tyrese Suggests Chris Rock Should Not Host Oscars Due to Lack of Diversity

Tyrese was one of the first to speak out in support of boycotting the Oscars after it was revealed that all the acting nominations went to white performers for the second year in a row. Now, he appears to be questioning whether comedian Chris Rock should be hosting the awards show.

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Tyrese went on a rant about those choosing not to protest the awards show. “Is Chris Rock still gonna host the Oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up?? In this town, I guess it takes homosexuals to be discriminated against in order for someone to finally step UP and wanna do something,” he declared. “You have to take your hat off to the homosexual and gay community cause right now they’re as strong as black people USE to be when it comes to their rights.”

WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg Slams Oscars Boycott — It Pisses Me Off!

On Wednesday, Tyrese continued his argument, writing: “If Andy Cohen of [Watch What Happens Live] was hosting the Oscars and they purposely left out all gays and or homosexuals from being nominated, HE would of stepped down already. This is a #fact.”

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In 2015, no gay men or women were nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars, but Neil Patrick Harris, a homosexual man, hosted the awards show. At this year’s Academy Awards, not one LGBT person was nominated in the four acting categories.

The 37-year-old Furious 7 actor went on to say that while he wholeheartedly supports the boycott of the Oscars, he still thinks Leonardo DiCaprio deserves to win for his role in The Revenant. “For the record… I HATE that this is all happening on the year that Leonardo DiCaprio is gonna win his first Oscar for BEST ACTOR,” Tyrese quipped. “Leo looooooveeessssss black people!!!!!! Leo in my homie!!!!!”

MORE: Chris Rock Calls the Oscars the ‘White BET Awards’

However, not everyone agrees with Tyrese about boycotting the Academy Awards. “I don’t know if avoiding it altogether is going to help, but I just think we have to continue to move forward,” Niecy Nash told ET at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “We have this awareness and this spotlight — we’ve got to look at other work. There’s other work out there that I think was missed. We’ve just got to do better.”

Jackie Willis
20 January 2016
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Adele confirmed as performer for the 58th Grammy Awards

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10-time Grammy winner Adele will be performing at the 58th Grammys, announced this morning.

The Hello singer will join the star-studded line-up of talented musicians already scheduled to appear including front-runner Kendrick Lamar, and Little Big Town. The singer did not qualify for any nominations this year due to her album, 25, being released after the nomination deadline. Despite not being nominated for anything at the prestigious event this year, Adele will be bringing her A-game to the stage.

The GRAMMYs took to Twitter to announce the big news:


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The 58th Grammy awards will be hosted by LL Cool J and will take place on February 15.

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Idol Round-up: The Best Through the Years

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Kelly vs. Fantasia vs. Carrie: And the best ‘American Idol’ winner is …

The end of an era is upon us as “American Idol” launched its 15th and final season earlier this month. To honor the prototype of reality singing competitions (to which “The Voice” and “X Factor” owe their existence), I decided to rank the 14 “Idols” birthed from the show.

My methodology? Only God really knows. But I will say that my rankings take into account music sales, industry awards and recognition and general pop culture relevancy. Assuming the top three slots were the most contentious, I detailed their accomplishment more thoroughly than others — because you will give Fantasia her due respect!

1. Kelly Clarkson (2002)

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Being the first “Idol” automatically puts her in the top five, but maintaining a unique identity and name-and-face recognition for almost 15 years gives Clarkson the crown. Just take a look at the statues on her mantle: three Grammys, three MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Billboard awards, four American Music Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards. Let’s also not forget that while she racked up those statues (and countless other nominations), she gifted us the tracks we love to go hoarse singing at karaoke or in the shower: “A Moment Like This” and “Stronger.” The Fort Worth native released her seventh album, “Piece by Piece” in 2015 and is currently nominated for two Grammys.

Outside of music, Clarkson gave us someone’s guilty pleasure, 2003’s “From Justin to Kelly,” the film starring her and her “Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini. (It was so bad, but so good!) On the small screen, she’s had roles on episodes of “Nashville,” “Damage Control” and “The Crazy Ones.” She also returned to television competition shows in 2012 as a guest mentor to Blake Shelton’s contestants on Season 2 of “The Voice” and a resident mentor on the series “Duets” alongside John Legend, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles.

But even if all these awards and television appearances mean nothing, one has truly reached top “Idol” status when the show that made you who you are dedicates a week of competition to your discography. That honor was bestowed upon Clarkson last season.

2. Carrie Underwood (2005)

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Musically (and, inherently, financially) speaking, Underwood is perhaps the most successful “Idol” alum to date. Winner of Season 4, over Bo Bice, the country starlet is one of the genre’s best with 17 Billboard Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, nine AMAs, seven Grammys and a Golden Globe nomination. She’s even had massive crossover success with country-pop hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats” off her debut album. That album went on to become the fastest selling country debut, the bestselling solo female country debut and the bestselling country album in a decade, all at the same time in 2005.

Her fifth album, “Storyteller,” released last year, made Underwood the only country artist to have all of her first five studio albums debut at No. 1 or No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Off the stage, endorsements have been Underwood’s best friend. She’s partnered with countless brands including Skechers, Nintendo, Vitamin Water, Olay and Target over the years. She also broke into acting in 2012 as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” based on the original Broadway musical. This was her first major role, following a one-off appearance in a 2010 episode of “How I Met Your Mother.”

3. Fantasia Barrino (2004)

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True musical icons are known by one name only: Patti, Aretha, Beyonce and the winner of “Idol’s” third season, Fantasia. While still on the show, she went down in reality singing competition history with her unapologetic, Southern drawl, signature “Bobo” two-step and a stirring rendition of the “Porgy and Bess” standard “Summertime” — sitting on the floor of the stage, shoes off! Though many did not believe Fantasia to be a proper “American Idol” because she was a single mother and high school dropout, her talent couldn’t be denied and she beat out runner-up Diana DeGarm o by 1.3 million votes.

Since winning, Tasia has released four studio albums: “Free Yourself,” “Fantasia,” “Back to Me” and “Side Effects of You.” Her debut single, “I Believe” — which she broke her high heel singing on the show’s finale — debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She won her first Grammy for “Bittersweet” from her third album in 2011.

Two years after winning, Fantasia played herself in the Lifetime film based on her autobiography. Titled “Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” the film was directed by Debbie Allen and became the network’s second-most viewed program of all time that year. Since, she’s starred on Broadway (twice!), led two seasons of her own reality show (“Fantasia For Real”) and is a mainstay in award show tributes to legends including Babyface, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. She’s even transcended the bounds of R&B and soul music, as the “Queen of Rock Soul,” touring internationally with opera singer Andrea Bocelli in 2013 and performing a tribute to Frank Sinatra at Lincoln Center last month.

Let it also be known that true pop culture relevancy (in 2016) is established when one becomes their own meme.

4. Jordin Sparks (2007)

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We have Sparks to thank for one of the best duets known to the modern R&B and pop world, “No Air” with Chris Brown. Though it deserved all of the awards, it was only nominated for a Grammy and Sparks took home an NAACP Image Award, a Teen Choice Award and an AMA. None of that matters, though, as Sparks is the only “Idol” who can say she shared screen time with Whitney “The Voice” Houston — in the film “Sparkle.”

Also check out her supporting role in the amazing “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” starring “Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson.

5. Phillip Phillips (2012)

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Phillips, as winner of the 11th season, has released two albums to date. His debut single, “Home,” was selected as the theme for NBC’s Olympics coverage, but other standout career moments thus far are slim. He’s had a number of award nominations (Billboard, World Music, AMAs), but no wins yet.

6. Candice Glover (2013)

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Glover’s debut album, “Music Speaks,” is one of the best R&B masterpieces of the last five years, easily. (FIGHT ME!) However, it failed to do well on the charts because R&B and soul music continue to get ignored by mass audiences — unless you’re Adele or Sam Smith.

But she’s No. 6 on this list purely off of the strength of her performances during the show. Her stirring renditions of The Cure’s “Lovesong,” Ben E. King’s “I (Who Have Nothing)” and Dionne Warwick’s “Don’t Make Me Over” are in the “American Idol” history book.

7. (tie) Taylor Hicks (2006)

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Las Vegas residencies are usually for (one-name) icons and legends — Celine, Britney, Cher. But somehow Hicks wiggled his way into Sin City, the only “Idol” to do so. In addition to the headlining act, the salt-and-pepper-haired crooner has released only three albums (one was a compilation project) in almost 10 years, wrote a book (“Heart Full of Soul: An Inspirational Memoir About Finding Your Voice and Finding Your Way”) and starred on Broadway in “Grease.”

How he beat out Season 5’s Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry and Paris Bennett? The world may never know.

7. (tie) Scotty McCreery (2011)

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Balancing college and a bona fide country music career isn’t an easy feat, but Season 10’s champion, McCreery, is making it happen while attending North Carolina State. At 17, he was one of the youngest to win the show — the same as Sparks when she won. His latest single, “Southern Belle,” was released last year. New music is forthcoming.

9. Ruben Studdard (2003)

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It truly pains me to put the “Velvet Teddy Bear” so low on this list, but the fall-off since his Season 2 win is massive. His debut album “Soulful” gifted us an amazing cover of Westlife’s “Flying Without Wings” and the massive R&B hit “Sorry 2004”. The follow-up album, a run at gospel titled “I Need An Angel,” gave us a track that made the worst heathen repent. But after that, he began to wane.

Following a minor increase in relevancy with a stint on the reality weight loss competition “The Biggest Loser,” Studdard released his sixth album in 2014 to decent reviews.

10. David Cook (2008)

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Cook has had a solid career since his seventh season win. He serves his niche audience well and has moderate success writing songs for other artists.

11. Lee DeWyze (2010)

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All I can remember is that he had a guitar — as did so many others — but his debut album “Live It Up” did find itself at No. 19 on the Billboard 200. Other than that, “Walking Dead” fans might’ve heard the singer’s voice. His “Blackbird Song” was featured in Season 4 of the AMC show.

12. Kris Allen (2009)

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He shouldn’t have won. Adam Lambert was, by far, the best of that season. Yeah, I said it!

13. (tie) Caleb Johnson (2014)

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Though very few may know his name, or the name of his debut album (“Testify”), Johnson does hold the record for the “Idol” who put out their debut album the fastest — just three months after the finale of Season 13. But after leaving his record label nine months after his win, very little has been heard from the Asheville, N.C., native.

13. (tie) Nick Fradiani (2015)

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As the winner of the 14th season, Fradiani hasn’t had the opportunity to truly have an impact. His first single, “Beautiful Life,” did (barely) make it onto the Billboard Hot 100 last May, but that debut album is nowhere to be seen.


Don’t agree? Let me know on Twitter (I’m at @TrevellAnderson) or fill out your own ranking here.

Twitter: @TrevellAnderson

Source: LA Times

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Blake Shelton New Face for Kids’ Choice Awards Banner

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Kids’ Choice Awards have unveiled a new poster featuring 2016 Host Blake Shelton.

“The Voice” coach looks very relaxed on the colorful poster which features the traditional nickelodeon icon, several palm trees and of course, slim.

Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards will air live 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed for the West Coast) the evening of Saturday, March 12, 2016 from the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

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LA Times releases shocking new video surrounding “Oscars So White” controversy

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According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, people of color buy about 1/2 of all movie tickets in the US, but make up only 1/4 of roles onscreen. The Academy Awards has been under fire for not acknowledging the efforts in cinema made by people of color and fans and entertainment insiders are speaking out.

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See the new video the newspaper released surrounding the “Oscars So White” controversy.

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Jada Pinkett Smith puts the Academy Awards on Blast

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Jada Pinkett Smith has voiced her opinion of the ‘Oscars so white’ feud in a very public way. The wife of Will Smith, 2016 Oscar snub nominee, released a two minute video Monday that voiced her opinion about the Academy Awards. In the video, Jaden and Willow’s mom, sat down calmly and spoke directly into a video monitor asking a question, “Is it time that people of color recognize, influence, that we have amassed that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?”

The actress continues by saying, “I ask the question, have we now come to a new time and place where we recognize that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledge or respect of any group. That maybe it’s time that we recognize that if we love and respect, and acknowledge ourselves in a way in which we are asking others to do, that [that] is the place of true power.”

Smith says she believes, “The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose. To invite whomever they choose. And, now I think that it’s our responsibility [now] to make the change. Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit that are just as good as the so-called mainstream.”

She went on with more powerful words. She ended by acknowledging Chris Rock, who is set to host the Oscars for a second time. In her shout out to Rock, Smith said, “Hey Chris, I will not be at the Academy Awards and I won’t be watching, but I can’t think of a better man to do the job at hand this year but you my friend, good luck.” Smith acknowledged the viewers by saying, “And to the rest of you, nothing but love, always.”


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Acclaimed Filmmaker Spike Lee to Boycott Oscars

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Spike Lee at the premiere of his latest film, “Chi-Raq,” at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.                                                                                                                                                                        Credit Charles Sykes/Invision, via Associated Press

Legendary Director Spike Lee will not attend the Oscars. The filmmaker is the latest in a long line of entertainment industry power houses to voice an opinion of the Academy Awards not recognizing people of color.

The outcry over African-American actors being snubbed from this year’s Oscars hopefuls has reached a breaking point, especially on social media where the hashtag, “Oscars So White” has brought more attention to the omission of black actors for the awards show.

On Monday, the director announced that he would not be attending the ceremony on Feb. 28.

Via Instagram, Lee asked how it was possible that there were no nominations for black actors for the second year running. After revealing that he nor his wife would attend the esteemed awards show, Lee added, “Dr. King said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it’s right.”

The Hollywood legend accepted an honorary Oscar in November for his collective body of work. He did offer these words in the post, “I would like to thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for awarding me an Honorary Oscar this past November. I am most appreciative. However my wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee and I will not be attending the Oscar ceremony this coming February. We cannot support it and mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs and The Academy.”


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