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Carrie Underwood featured in new Grammy Ads

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Carrie Underwood is a poster girl for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy is promoting the Annual Grammy Awards with the advertising campaign “Witness Greatness.” The campaign will include television spots, online pop-ups, billboards, and street advertising featuring Carrie Underwood, alongside The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars.

The TV commercial titled “Spotlight,” features memorable Grammy performances by some of your favorite performers. A second TV spot, titled “Confetti,” features Mars’ 55th Grammy Awards performance in 2013.

The Grammy Awards will be held Monday, February 15th,  at the Staples center in Los Angeles and will air LIVE on CBS.

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Nia Long and Mike Epps to Host 24th Annual Trumpet Awards

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“The Best Man” actress Nia Long and “Survivor’s Remorse” actor Mike Epps, co-stars of the upcoming ABC sitcom Uncle Buck, will host the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Among the prestigious list of individual honorees at this year’s ceremony include GRAMMY® Award winning and platinum-selling artist Ne-Yo, who will be presented with “The Visionary Award;” television and film producer Will Packer, who will be honored with the “Entertainment Award;” legendary comedian and actor George Wallace will receive the “Legend Award” and Alicia Boler-Davis, EVP and COO of General Motors will be honored with the “Corporate Executive of the Year Award.”

In a very special tribute, the African American Women in the United States Congress will be presented with the distinguished “Political Leadership Award” in recognition of their unparalleled leadership and steadfast work in representing their constituents and promoting diversity.

Dr. Curtis Ivery, Chancellor of Wayne Community College will receive the “Education Award;” Alexis M. Herman, Former Secretary of Labor and Chair & CEO of New Ventures will be presented with “The Phoenix Award;” and HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud, International Humanitarian, will be honored with the “Global Humanitarian Award.”

The Trumpet Awards was conceived, founded, and nurtured by Ms.Xernona Clayton, who has built the Awards and Awards Foundation into a renowned testimonial around the world. “We have come so far since we started this project in 1993 and I am extremely appreciative to those individuals who saw the vision and who have worked with us for over twenty years. We are most jubilant to bring this event to the world and to celebrate the achievements of those who had an impact on our community,” says Ms. Clayton.

“We’re proud to partner with the Trumpet Awards Foundation and Ms. Xernona Clayton to continue their legacy of honoring fearless dreamers from all walks of life. We believe the spirit of these honorees will continue to inspire a younger generation to give birth to their dreams,” says Telisa Yancy, American Family Insurance VP of Marketing.

The Trumpet Awards Foundation and title sponsor American Family Insurance present the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, to celebrate and honor history-making entertainment, humanitarian, political and philanthropic individuals.

The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards will air on Bounce TV and nationally in over 75 markets.




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Daryl Roth to receive the 2016 Order of the Golden Sphinx Award

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The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 announces that acclaimed Broadway, Off-Broadway and film producer Daryl Roth will be the 2016 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award. Ms. Roth will be honored and presented with the prestigious award at the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala to be held at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in New York City on April 11, 2016.

The Order of the Golden Sphinx, named for a traditional symbol of The Hasty Pudding Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute and recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts. The recipient represents the Institute’s mission to support and foster the performing arts within its membership, at Harvard, and the community at large. Previous recipients of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award include Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc., David Heyman, founder of Heyday Films and producer of “Gravity,” and legendary music producer Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music.

“We are particularly proud and happy to honor Daryl Roth this year,” said Andrew Farkas, Chairman and Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. “Daryl is the first female recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx, and we could not have dreamed of a more fitting honoree. Broadway-style stage production is at the heart of the Hasty Pudding tradition, and, just like Daryl, the Pudding never shies away from controversial topics. There is an obvious kinship between the sequined high heels of ‘Kinky Boots’ and those worn for decades by the Hasty Pudding ‘Ladies’.”

“I was surprised and thrilled to be honored with the Order of the Golden Sphinx, and as the first woman recipient, I am truly grateful,” said Daryl Roth. “As a theatre producer, I have tried to champion stories that can empower, engage, and often change people’s minds in a positive way, which I hope reflects the creative spirit of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. I accept this award on behalf of all the talented and visionary artists who I have had the good fortune to work with.”

DARYL ROTH holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony Award); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony Award); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit.

The proud recipient of eight Tony Awards, her over 90 award-winning Broadway productions include: Caroline, or Change; Curtains; A Delicate Balance; The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2002 Tony Award); It Shoulda Been You; Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award); The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award); One Man, Two Guvnors; A Raisin in the Sun (2014 Tony Award); Sylvia; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; War Horse (2011 Tony Award); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Year of Magical Thinking; and You Can’t Take It With You. Off-Broadway credits include: Absolute Brightness; Buyer and Cellar; Closer Than Ever; The Divine Sister; Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Stars of David; The Temperamentals; and Wiesenthal. Film projects include the upcoming James Lapine film Custody starring Viola Davis; Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close; and My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story, a documentary exploring the relationships of well-known New Yorkers and their dogs.

Ms. Roth is a Member of the Mayor’s Theater Subdistrict Council, an Honorary Trustee for Lincoln Center Theatre and has served on the Board of Directors of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York State Council on the Arts. Recent honors include: the 2014 New York Living Landmarks award; the 2013 Einstein Humanitarian Award from The Women’s Division and Albert Einstein College of Medicine; the 2012 Family Equality Council Hostetter-Habib Family Award; the 2011 Live Out Loud Humanitarian Award; and the 2010 Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Roth was profiled in The New Yorker and twice included in Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women in Business.”

The Order of the Golden Sphinx gala enfolds as a dinner with special performances by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Harvard Krokodiloes undergraduates and alumni, produced by Amanda Lipitz Productions and written and composed by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Explorers Club) and Larry O’Keefe (Legally Blonde: The Musical, Heathers: The Musical), both alumni of the Pudding.


The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comedie Francaise and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premier performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.

SOURCE The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770

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Denzel Washington honored with Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2016 Golden Globes

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Oscar winner and Hollywood royalty Denzel Washington received the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards Sunday. The legendary actor, who was joined onstage by his wife and family, was in good spirits at the black-tie event. The annual event presented by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association spotlighted Washington’s trailblazing career in the film and entertainment industry.

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” The award is named in honor of showman Cecil B. DeMille, who became the first recipient in 1952, the year his film “The Greatest Show on Earth,” premiered.

Washington thanked the association, sharing that over the years, its members had made him “feel like a friend and part of the ‘party.’ His parting words were:  “God bless you all.”


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Priyanka Chopra Goes Glam at People’s Choice Awards

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The stars stepped out for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards held Thursday. We enjoyed seeing all the gowns and tuxedos that showed up on the carpet. The Awards, which were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, brought out many star styles.

Priyanka Chopra, who picked up a People’s Choice Award, was a picture of glamour. The ‘Quantico’ beauty rocked the red carpet. See the pictures below!



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Christina Milian Is Pretty In Purple at People’s Choice Awards

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The stars stepped out for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards held Thursday. We enjoyed seeing all the gowns and tuxedos that showed up on the carpet. The Awards, which were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, brought out many star styles.

One charming look that we noticed was from Christian Milian. The beauty rocked the red carpet. See the pictures below!








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KeKe Palmer Goes Punk-Glam at People’s Choice Awards

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The stars stepped out for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards held Thursday. We enjoyed seeing all the gowns and tuxedos that showed up on the carpet. The Awards, which were held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, brought out many star styles.

One daring look that we noticed was from KeKe Palmer.  The ‘Scream Queens’ star showed a fierce, contemporary all-black look.

The beauty rocked the red carpet. See the pictures below!

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Vin Diesel Gives Moving Tribute to Paul Walker at People’s Choice Awards

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Vin Diesel moved us to tears with his emotional speech in honor of his friend Paul Walker at the People’s Choice Awards Wednesday night.



The emotional Furious 7 star accepted the award for Favorite Movie for Furious 7 during the ceremony, and said he had hoped to keep his feelings in check. “I was cool while I was sitting in my seat, and then they handed me two awards. One for favorite action movie, and one for favorite film,” Diesel said. “You all thought this was your favorite film. So I think of Dom and Brian, and I start to think of Paul.”

According to foreign media reports, after taking to the stage to collect the ‘Favorite Movie’ award for ‘Furious 7’, Diesel described the film as a ‘labor of love’ and admitted that, ahead of coming on stage, he had struggled to conquer his emotions.

“You know, as I was coming up here, I always do this,” he said. “I say ‘I’m not going to get emotional about, you know, winning these awards’. And I was cool when I was sitting in my seat, and then they handed me two awards. They said to make this short and sweet, so I will try to make this short and sweet. It was a labor of love. My only message to you is you’d be amazed what you can do with love. You’d be amazed at how powerful a force that is.”

“When we didn’t want to come back to filming when the tragedy was too heavy, it was the love of everyone combined that saw us through to the end,” he added.

He also sang the opening lines of Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’, “it’s been a long day without you my friend and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again”.

His tribute to Walker is sure to go down as one of the most memorable moments of the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.

See more of pictures of Diesel from The People’s Choice Awards below.






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Taraji P. Henson returns to host BET’s Celebration of Gospel

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Taraji P. Henson is coming back to the stage to host the annual Celebration of Gospel, which will be taped at the Orpheum Theatre, BET announced. The Golden-Globe nominated Empire actress is the first to host the show in recent years other than Steve Harvey, who was the show’s emcee for 13 consecutive years.

Performers for this year include Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan among others.

The show will air on January 31 at 8pm ET.