Meet Emeli Sande – The Scottish Aretha Franklin

On stage: Emeli Sande's Live At The Albert HallOne year ago this week, Emeli Sandé’s first album entered the charts at number one.  Twelve months on, Our Version Of Events is enjoying its 53rd consecutive week in the Top Ten – a record for a debut bettered only by The Beatles’ Please Please Me in 1963 – and the woman behind it is a household name.

The Scottish singer-songwriter crowned an exceptional year on Wednesday night by winning two Brits – best female and best album – while her debut was the only album to sell a million copies in Britain last year. She performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, while next month’s UK tour is a complete sell-out. Strangest of all, the 25-year-old managed to achieve all this without exploiting her sexuality or getting embroiled in a celebrity scandal.

An old-fashioned pop star, she has kept her private life to herself.

With Sandé, it is all about the songs, a virtue emphasized by this week’s release of her first live album. Recorded last November, Live At The Royal Albert Hall is a CD and DVD double-pack that reiterates the qualities that have made the singer pop royalty. It features hits such as Heaven and Next To Me, and wraps her soulful, heart-stopping voice in atmospheric strings and seductive rhythms.Monochrome: Sande arriving at the ceremony on the red carpetWith intimate, piano-led songs her forte, the centerpieces are the ballads Clown and River, back-to-back tracks that are simultaneously sad and uplifting. On Clown, she admits to being a novice pianist, but her performance is still mesmerizing.

Other highlights include a haunting take on the Cup Final hymn Abide With Me (as sung at the Olympics opening ceremony) and a note-faithful cover of Nina Simone’s I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.

‘From the age of eight, she’s been my inspiration,’ says Emeli.

As live albums go, it isn’t perfect. Emeli has the soulful voice and songwriting abilities of Simone, but she has yet to acquire the stagecraft that is a hallmark of her other great influence, Alicia Keys. While the New Yorker will fall back on her inner showgirl when she plays a big venue, the naturally reserved Sandé can seem overwhelmed by the occasion.

‘Wow, I’m playing the Royal Albert Hall,’ she says. ‘This is my wildest dream come true — and it’s all happened so quickly.’

Her fans, however, react warmly to her girl-next-door charm, especially when she touchingly dedicates songs to her watching mum, dad and sister Lucy. Trim figure: Emeli debuts her slimmer figure after slimming down before trying to crack the USIf the tender, reflective nature of Sandé’s material threatens to make this album slightly one-paced, the singer is inspired in her choices of collaborators, and guest appearances by rapper Professor Green (on Read All About It) and singer Labrinth (on Beneath Your Beautiful) ensure that the energy levels soar at the end of the evening.

Beyond her undoubted artistry, though, what has made Sandé such a star?

The thing that sticks out the most about the singer is how down to earth she still is. In an era of TV-created idols, she offers something different:

The daughter of a Zambian father, Joel, who moved to Britain on a scholarship and now teaches engineering, and an English mother, Diane, from Cumbria, she was raised in a small, conservative village in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

Dramatic weight loss: Singer Emeli Sandé cuts a slimmer figure on the red carpet at the pre-Grammy party on Saturday night, and seen right at the MOBO Awards last NovemberFrom there, she went not to stage school but the University of Glasgow, where she completed a medical degree, specialising in Clinical Neuroscience.
In the final year of her studies, she spent time in hospital wards meeting patients with spinal injuries and schizophrenia. Had she not taken up music, she would now be a qualified junior doctor.

‘My intention was always to become a doctor,’ she said ‘I specialized in neurology, and I found medicine a real challenge. ‘It was something that was going to stretch me, because I wasn’t just stuck in a research laboratory.’

‘I was in a hospital, and I got to see people at their most vulnerable. Ultimately, though, I wanted to try music.’

There is a touch of steel to Sandé, too, along with the strong work ethic that is a prerequisite for any modern pop star.  The singer concedes she was ‘headstrong’ as a child, and, in her teens, she declined a record deal after winning a Radio 1 talent contest, preferring to cut her musical teeth by writing hits for Cheryl Cole and Susan Boyle.

Her approach has won her the admiration of her peers. Jay-Z praised her ‘unique sound’, Rihanna asked her to write a song for her, and Dido, when I interviewed her recently, was quick to acknowledge a singer she sees as a kindred spirit, not least for the fact that Sandé, like Dido.

Even amidst the prying eyes of the paparazzi, she managed to get married to marine biologist Adam Gouraguine in a very private ceremony.

‘I think she’s brilliant,’ Dido told me. ‘It’s voices that resonate with me, and I love hers. She’s the most exciting female artist of the moment. She never gets boring, either, because I don’t know anything about her private life, which is great.’

Slim and healthy: A radiant looking Aretha Franklin attended the New York Knicks game last night at Madison Square GardensSandé herself is already looking ahead, with this live set previewing two songs from her forthcoming second album. The first, Enough, is a big, flowing piano ballad. The second, Pluto, looks more to the Massive Attack-style strings of her debut single Heaven. On the evidence of these, the stunning success of Our Version Of Events is no fluke.

‘You have a duty to be a positive role model, especially when some of your fans are young girls,’ she says. ‘You get 13- and 14-year-olds thinking they have to dress a certain way to get on.

But my inspirations were Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. With them, the music always came first.’

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An Interview With Rapper Eve: Career, Love and More…

Eve photoshootAfter rapper Eve fought to leave her record label Interscope to escape a “horrible deal” with EMI, she’s now working hard on her music which is being released on her own label and loves it. The 34-year-old “Tambourine” chick is making her way back on the scene.

And based on her interview with ‘The Breakfast Club‘ on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, she will be toruing soon. She’s also looking forward to getting back into acting as she misses Hollywood. The rapper has featured in both film and TV.

Read an excerpt from her interview with ‘The Breakfast Club’ below:

Eve and the breakfast club

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On the pregnancy rumors…

‘I’m not pregnant. That was that puffy coat. I’m not pregnant, not yet. But hopefully soon….knock on wood. People lie and say my friend said this but I don’t know what friend that was. But I want kids. Kids will never hold you back. To me, that’s the ultimate blessing.’

She also said she and her man aren’t necessarily trying to have babies, but they’re not trying NOT to either.

On Beyonce’s Superbowl performance and people hating on Michelle Williams

‘She murdered it. I loved it and I think it was really good. And I think Michelle is doing other things but it was nice seeing them together.’

On why she wants to come back to the rap game…

‘I been wanting to come back it’s just the situation hasn’t been right. As far as label stuff, management, lawyers, literally the whole situation. And now it’s the right situation. I know it’s been a minute but I miss my music. It’s my first love and I still got sh*t to say.’

Eve and Maximillion Cooper - Gumball promotionOn her man Maximillion Cooper

‘He’s not a billionaire. He’s completely comfortable. Here’s what his Gumball 3000 company is all about. This is the 15th Anniversary. I’m into cars because I love cars and it’s my tomboy side. So the first year I did it, I was Team Puma. And that’s how we met.’

‘Now I love it. It’s a lifestyle. 150 people enter and do it once a year. You just drive. Some people do it for charity or some people do it because they’re in an office all day and want a release. And they’re also running countries–a lot of kings and princes do it. It’s 7 days and next year it’s in Copenhagen and ends in Monaco. It’s a clothing company too. He’s turned a lifestyle into something big.’

‘It’s my first time dating a white guy. I love my black men. I used to be engaged to an African and you can’t get blacker than an African. But this just happened. I really wasn’t looking for a white guy, but this just happened. He holds me down so hard and is so supportive.’

On Maximillion friends not accepting him dating a rapper…

‘His friends started sending him wild links about me and asking him why he’s dating this rapper chick, since he comes from a certain type of place. We had to talk about that, but now he doesn’t care. He’s good.’

On “Love & Hip Hop” (reality TV show)…

‘I’m scared to watch it. I’ll hurt my eyes and brain. Even before Stevie J was on it I was scared to watch it. But when I was younger I was a wild child [like the girls on the show]. (And she said she’s too scared to do realty tv herself…and no wedding special when that time comes.)’

On being modest about living a millionaire’s lifestyle…

‘I’m living the life I’m supposed to live. I’m chillin. I can’t be all that extra in your face chick. I’m a laid back chick unless you’re in my face and you get on me.’

On moving to London…

‘I moved to London for love. And I needed a change. And I’m glad I did it because now I see things differently. But now, I’m back in NY and I love it.’

On people not liking her new “She Bad Bad” song…

‘A lot of people didn’t like it. I didn’t want to do the same thing you all have already heard from me. But it’s going to take a while for people to warm up to me again. But I had a million views on the video so that’s all care about.’

On getting Azealia Banks on her album…

‘I like her word play, but I just don’t like the drama. That bothers me. We tried to holla at her to get on the album and I think she was one of the ones who said, “I think I’m busy.”‘

On Nicki Minaj

‘It’s not all my cup of tea. I’m proud of her, I don’t know her, but she’s doing her thing and you can’t be mad at that. I love hearing her on certain records–like on “Girl On Fire.” But you can’t hate on someone that’s successful.’

Eve is set for a May 14th release date for her upcoming album ‘Liplock’. The album will feature rap songs with guest appearances from artists like Jeremih, Chrisette Michele, Snoop, Juicy J and Pusha T.

Dr. Dre & LeBron James: When ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ Conquered The Locker Room…

Dr. Dre and Lebron James for ESPN Magazine's Music Issue

How did ‘Beats by Dr. Dre‘ conquer the locker room?

Dr. Dre and Lebron James for ESPN Magazine's Music Issue 4LEBRON JAMES IS on the floor, on his back, beginning his pregame stretching routine, in which outsize body parts will be yanked this way, then that. It is riveting, and it is redundant, because it is the same thing every night, in every city, before every game, save for one detail: The songs do not remain the same.

So here now is LeBron on his Samsung Galaxy Note II, flexing his DJ muscle as trainer Mike Mancias works him over in the visiting locker room of Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

Tonight’s soundtrack is all raw, aggressive rap by Young Jeezy, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross, Chief Keef, the songs carefully selected by LeBron for LeBron based on how LeBron happens to be feeling — and how he wants to feel when the game begins. “I’m ’bout to go ape s–!” he shouts, making like the rapper Fat Joe, which will help him make like LeBron James.

LeBron James’ Playlist

Trap Back Jumpin T.I. iTunes
Get Right Young Jeezy iTunes
I’m Different 2 Chainz iTunes
Diamonds (Remix) Rihanna iTunes
Remember You Wiz Khalifa (feat. The Weekend) iTunes
Clique Jay-Z, Big Sean, Kanye iTunes
Gone Wiz Khalifa (feat. Juicy J)
Conflicted Jerreau
long.live.a$ap A$AP Rocky iTunes
Still D.R.E Dr. Dre iTunes
Rock on at espn.com/music

If you want to know how the three-time MVP prepares to play, you have to get inside his headphones. Tonight, the custom-designed pair of Beats by Dr. Dre that James wore into the arena have been replaced by a Beats by Dr. Dre speaker, which several teammates are trying to tune out by covering their ears with their own Beats.

“You don’t want no problems!” James barks, now making like Dom Kennedy, whose song “My Type of Party” is blasting. “You don’t want no problems!” he repeats.

He appears to be getting frothed up, an hour before tip-off. Routine stuff, he says: “I know where I want to be before each game, and the music is how I get there,” he says. “I allow myself to feel the music and get lost in my preparation.”

It works. James scores 21 of his 25 points in the first half of a blowout win against the Warriors on Jan. 16. He logs his 5,000th career assist in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, he becomes the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points. He Tebows on his way back to the locker room at the half.Dr. Dre and Lebron James for ESPN Magazine's Music Issue 2

The phenomenal about ‘Beats’…

YOU’VE NOTICED ALL these people wearing seamless, U-shaped headphones with little b’s on the big ear cups, right?

Beats by Dre are ubiquitous, which surprises even the Doctor himself.

“We were just trying to uplift sound and change the way people listen to music,” says Dre, the rap icon who started Beats with music mogul Jimmy Iovine. “Our thing was to make music sound the way we hear it in the studio. We had no idea this was going to happen.”

Has he seen the Internet photo of the guy who’d shaved his head and left a hair-on-scalp b-branded headphone above his ear? He has. He chuckles.

“That’s crazy,” Dre says. “That means something.”

It means that Beats has gone from zero to full-blown cultural phenomenon in less than five years.

Four years ago, $59 million worth of premium headphones — those priced at $99 and up — were sold in North America, according to market research firm NPD Group. In 2012 $850 million worth were sold across the continent.

Nearly two out of every three pairs carried the iconic Beats by Dr. Dre logo, a lowercase b in a custom font based on Avant Garde Gothic. Today the company — officially known as Beats Electronics — makes six over-the-ear headphones (the cheapest sell for $200 a pair), four earphones and three speakers.

It has partnered with Chrysler, HP and HTC to put its Beats Audio technology in cars and computers and on mobile devices, and recently announced plans to launch a Beats music-streaming service.

Dr. Dre and Lebron James for ESPN Magazine's Music Issue 3In the market-share game, 64 percent is a mercy-rule-level rout. It’s also an indication that Beats, which does more than triple the business of second-place Bose, is selling more than mere product. Behold Beats brand affinity.

“Think about Apple,” NPD analyst Ben Arnold says. “They sell great hardware and a great platform, but there’s also the strong identification with the brand. That’s happening with Beats as well. I’ve even seen tattoos of that ‘b’ logo. That’s a logical step.”

He’s not laughing. “Remember in the ’90s when Polo shirts were huge and guys were getting the horse tattooed on their chest?” Arnold asks. “Or they were getting the Jordan Jumpman cut into their hair? People are doing that with Beats too.”

As music migrated to mobile, Beats became an athlete’s must-have accessory — Breathe Right strips for the ears, only more stylish, as fashioned by ex-Apple designer Robert Brunner and his firm, Ammunition.

Tune into any sporting event and you’re likely to see a team getting off the bus with half the roster crowned in Beats, individual players doing warmups in Beats, guys sitting in locker room folding chairs, in uniform, in game-prep mode, in Beats.

Tom Brady wears them. Matt Kemp wears them. Serena wears them. Beckham wears them. Most of the NBA wears them.

F— Sneakers, LET’S make SPEAKERS!!!

“F— SNEAKERS, LET’S make speakers,” Iovine is said to have told Dr. Dre in 2006, when the rap legend was thinking about getting into the celebrity-shoe game. Iovine had another idea, centered on the pair’s core competency: sound.

In 2008 James and Iovine had gotten together with their shared financial adviser, Paul Wachter, to discuss a documentary film project. Iovine was simultaneously developing the headphones, and he knew that James was fanatical about music, that he’d grown up listening to Dr. Dre’s proffer, that he was an ascendant cultural influencer. He was the perfect Beats test subject.

So Iovine gave a prototype of Beats Studio headphones to James’ manager, Maverick Carter, to pass to James while he trained for the 2008 Olympics. James asked for more, to outfit the entire U.S. Olympic basketball team before it left for Beijing. 

The hype was immediate. TMZ noted that Dr. Dre “influenced the USA Olympic basketball [team] as much as Dr. J.” Other media coverage followed. So did queries from other athletes, James says.

“I started hearing from people who wanted to know: What are they? Where did I get them? What’s that ‘b’?”

Then they asked how they could get their own. Eventually James, Iovine and Dre entered into a formal business relationship; the details have never been disclosed, and the company, which is privately held, will say only that James “has a business stake in Beats.”

He is profiting from the brand’s explosive growth while promoting the idea that the right set of headphones (theirs!) can heighten your focus and, in turn, help you become a better athletic performer. In fact, James has been better, according to almost every statistical measure in the four-plus seasons since he began wearing Beats, than he was in his first five in the league.

James has won all three of his NBA Most Valuable Player awards in that period, and he has played in the NBA Finals twice, winning once.

Gotta be the Beats! Gotta be hocus-pocus too, no?

Iovine, a sports nut who has courtside Lakers season tickets, has become convinced that Beats can “really help these guys focus and get them to push even further because they have more emotion and feeling than other headphones.”

And, he says of athletes, “these f–ing guys feel everything.”

I wondered whether there was any scientific merit to the idea. After all, aren’t they just headphones? Looking for a neutral opinion, I call Dr. Greg Dale, the director of sports psychology for Duke athletics.

“It’s really a great marketing idea,” he says. “It’s not much different from when Air Jordans came out and everybody started wearing Michael Jordan’s shoes. But it’s not 100 percent hocus-pocus.”

“Typically, when you ask an athlete what it looked and felt like when they played their best, they’ll say things like ‘smooth’ and ‘fluid’ and ‘rhythmic.’ If you can use music to help feel those sensations, that’s huge.”

As with other noise-canceling headphones, Dale says, Beats might be beneficial in another way.

The headphones could enhance your ability to drown out external noise and help you focus on what’s relevant to you. That’s critical to consistently high levels of performance.

But just because you use this equipment doesn’t mean you’re going to lock in like LeBron James. He’s disciplined himself to get into game mode using music.

‘Beats’ Headquarters…

THE ENTRY WAY TO the Beats empire is a white-walled lounge that looks like a giant storage box and smacks of curated cool:

The magazines at the receptionist’s desk are about sports and music, and the coffee-table books are all urban art and graphic design. Beats is headquartered in a glass office complex two miles inland from the Santa Monica pier.

The staff has ballooned from 35 to 209 people in the past year, prompting Beats to lease a second floor in the building; soon it will move to a larger space across town, out of the shadow of the Interscope Records offices where Beats was birthed.

The action is centered in an open area that’s littered with sports and music paraphernalia — baseball bats, BMX bikes, Lil Wayne cardboard cutouts. Omar Johnson, the high-energy multitasker who was hired away from Nike to run the marketing department, occupies a glass fishbowl in the corner and scribbles strategy ideas on his windows. Beats has been celebrated — and derided — as a triumph of marketing, but that’s the wrong narrative, Johnson says.

Beats stand out because they’ve been tuned by Dr. Dre and Iovine, music men with golden ears.

Before Beats, Iovine says, people in headphones weren’t hearing new recordings the way they should be heard — modern music is often recorded much differently from songs made in earlier decades, with digital instrumentation, the introduction of subwoofers and so forth.

“Even in good headphones,” he says, “there was a lack of feel for contemporary music.”

In other words, old-school headphones didn’t do enough to pump up the bass, a criticism that could never be leveled at Beats. In fact, audiophiles complain there’s too much boosted bass in Beats, and they have charts to prove it.

But Dr. Chris Kyriakakis, who researches audio signal processing at USC and co-founded an audio technology company called Audyssey, says the bass levels are key to Beats’ success.

In focus groups, he says: “untrained listeners are sold on elevated bass, just like untrained viewers are sold on televisions that are brighter.”

Iovine says critics are enamored with charts when they should be using their ears. “It’s a human thing, not a math problem,” he says of tuning. “We’re not deaf.”

It doesn’t hurt that Beats look good; even the company’s most vocal critics tend to give them points for style, which is important to Iovine, who complained that headphones used to look like medical equipment. The secret ingredient to getting Beats on sport stars’ heads, though, is the athlete-relations program Iovine started and Johnson has ramped up.

Or, as Iovine says, “Omar put it on steroids.” Because when icons and influencers wear Beats, others follow. Kobe Bryant wore the first pair of customized Beats to a news conference in late 2008. Today the company keeps in contact with scores of athletes and often designs personalized headphones using information gleaned from conversations with them.

“They’re telling me about their grandfathers, about their grandmothers, their wives, their girlfriends, their kids,” Johnson says. “They tell us what motivates them.”

One football player shared a favorite quote from his grandfather, and Beats etched it into a pair of headphones for him. Others share details even their wives don’t know. Sometimes players take off their shirts in Johnson’s office to show off tattoos, which gives the marketing team more clues.

“I always tell my team: You’ve gotta get the s– that’s not in Wikipedia,” Johnson says.

Every week of the season, the company sends a unique pair to Cam Newton; the colors change, as do the customized messages and designs. They might have a Superman theme, or they might say fear me on the underside of the band.

“I’m like a kid on Christmas Day when I open that box every week,” Newton says. “It’s an exclusive club.”

IT’S MIDDAY TUESDAY at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel, and Dr. Dre is making a rare house call. He has jetted up to San Francisco with Iovine to visit with James, who has a day off between road games. The music is blaring, and LeBron is too, rapping along — decently, and at high volume — to “All Gold Everything,” by Trinidad James.

“Let’s go into the studio, man!” Dre says. Everybody laughs.

“Aw, tsssss,” James says. “But hey, listen, if Doc lay the track and my big bro Jay [as in Jay-Z] write me some lyrics? I would absolutely do it. I can’t fail. How can I lose?”

There are no advanced statistics to prove it, but LeBron James just might lead the NBA in music affinity. He’s obsessed with listening to it, talking about it, trying to find the next new thing that he might use to help him get into game mode. He has difficulty articulating what, exactly, he’s looking for.

But he knows it when he hears it, and it’s usually a rap song with a hard edge and lyrics that would make your mother blush — though, he says, he pays more attention to “rhythm and feel. It’s that loud motivation, where you’re just like:

“Okay, let’s get it.”

“Same for me,” Dre tells him. “It’s how it makes me feel.”

Often, James says, he’ll pick songs to try to rally his teammates — “a song that will hit home and help us prepare for battle.” During Miami’s title run last season, James began playing Big K.R.I.T.’s Southern rap anthem “I Got This” with regularity in the locker room. It became the Heat’s unofficial theme.

“I listened to it all the time,” James says. Why? “The words, the beat, the feel — all of it worked for me.”

“That record is about dealing with all the doubts,” Big K.R.I.T. says. “It’s like, ‘Yo, I handle my biz, I got this — even when people don’t believe.’ It probably hit home for LeBron because of the amount of hate he’d gotten and the Heat had gotten.”

Visiting with Dr. Dre has turned James into a kid again. And James still listens to at least one Dre song regularly: “Still D.R.E.,” now 13 years old, maybe more relevant to him than ever.

“It’s not just the music but what he’s actually saying,” James says. “People are always trying to throw rocks or say you’re not the best. I love that song, man. I listen to it at least weekly.”

Dre grins. James does the same, then adds a coda, speak-singing a Snoop Dogg lyric from the song: “I’m representing for them gangsters all across the world.”

“Mission accomplished,” Dre says.

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Feb. 18 Music issue. Subscribe today!

The 2013 Grammys: A Night of Talents…

List of Winners:

  • Set Fire to the Rain earns British favorite her latest Grammy
  • Best Country Solo performance goes to Carrie Underwood for Blown Away
  • Song of the Year goes to Fun. with Janelle Monáe for We Are Young
  • Mumford & Sons win for their long-form video, Big Easy Express
  • The Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album goes to Frank Ocean for Channel Ocean
  • Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys wins producer of the year
  • Best rock performance goes to Lonely Boy by the Black Keys
  • Best Pop Vocal Album goes to Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration goes to No Church in the Wild with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream
  • The Grammy for Best Country Album goes to Uncaged from Zac Brown Band
  • Fun are awarded Best New Artist
  • Record of the Year is Somebody That I Used to Know performed by Gotye and Kimbra
  • Album of the Year goes to Babel from Mumford & Sons

Highlights:

  • Just a little bit of a star: Prince came out to present Record of the Year to Gotye for Somebody that I Used to Know, and the crowd went wild
  • Bruno Mars then kickstarted a Bob Marley tribute with his own song Locked Out Of Heaven.
  • Sting then arrives with his own Walking on the Moon before Rihanna and Ziggy Marley step out singing the late great reggae star’s, Could You Be Loved.
  • Damian Marley joins them as the camera pans to audience members like Taylor Swift soaking up the magic.
  • The Lumineers anthemic, Hey Ho, comes next, followed by rock legend Jack White with Love Interruption and Freedom at 21.
  • Next Katy Perry takes to the stage to introduce Best New Artist and says: ‘I was never even nominated in this category and I have my own eyelash line.
  • The winner is Fun, who are embraced by Girls star Lena Dunham, who is dating band member Jake Antonoff, as they make their way to the stage.
  • Prince finally arrives present the Grammy for Record of the Year.
  • The award goes to Somebody That I Used to Know performed by Gotye and Kimbra.
  • Elton John then returns to lead a rendition of The Band’s The Weight, along with Mavis Staples; Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes joined on the verse in what was one of the stand-out performances of the night.
  • Frank Ocean then wandered out to a roar and launched into his hit, Forrest Gump.

Best performance:

Dapper dancer: The Social Network actor wore an immaculate Tom Ford suit both on the carpet and on stageIt’s been five years, but Justin Timberlake made a triumphant return to the music scene on Sunday night. The singer turned actor stepped in front of a screaming crowd at the Grammy Awards to give a winning performance. Backed by a big band, with support from rapper superstar Jay-Z, he showed all his old charm.

Despite leaving music behind to focus on his acting career, The Social Network star proved getting people dancing is like riding a bike – you never forget how to do it. Looking dapper in a black Tom Ford suit with with a bow tie and cummerbund, the star temporarily transported viewers back in time with the picture turning into sepia tones.

With trumpets blaring Justin performed his new single Suit & Tie showing off his dance skills much to the joy of the crowd – all of whom were on their feet. The screams then exploded as Jay-Z, who also got suited up for the performance, got up from his seat in the audience to join the actor for the end of the song.

Not content with just playing one song Justin then went on to perform a new track from his forthcoming record The 20/20, Little Pusher Love Girl.

Watch Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake perform ‘Suit & Tie below:

Geometric: Beyonce took her choice of outfit into the 21st century with a black and white pantsuitYou can’t keep a good girl down, and so it was perhaps no surprise that the 55th Grammy Awards opened with inimitable British chantreuse Adele walking away with her NINTH award from the coveted ceremony.

But in typically adorable style, the 24-year-old acted like it was her very first after accepting the spoils from J-Lo and Pitbull, and talked about being nervous ahead of the Oscars. She’s done it again! The first big award of the night when to Adele for Best Pop Solo Performance for her song Set Fire To The Rain at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

This time, the honor was for Best Pop Solo Performance being awarded to her for Set Fire to the Rain (Live). Dressed in a red vintage-inspired dress by Valentino that divided opinion on the carpet, the London-born singer was overwhelmed to receive the award.

Coming up roses: Adele cut a striking sight in a knee length red and pink floral knee length dress and matching shoesComing up roses: Adele cut a striking sight in a knee length red and pink floral knee length dress and matching shoesBig moment: Pitbull and J-Lo watch as Adele makes a speech after they present her with the awardBig moment: Pitbull and J-Lo watch as Adele makes a speech after they present her with the award Valentino vixen: Adele showcased her trademark style at the event, but the veteran award winner and new mother was as excited to be honored as everValentino vixen: Adele showcased her trademark style at the event, but the veteran award winner and new mother was as excited to be honoured as ever Nervous: But in the press room shortly afterwards, she admitted that she’s ‘sh***** herself’ about singing at the Oscars later in the month, she’s nominated for her Bond song, SkyfallLadies in red: Adele and Rihanna were both stunning scarlet Sheer delight: Rihanna’s custom made gown featured some see-through panels and neatly matched the Grammys red carpetSheer delight: Rihanna's custom made gown featured some see-through panels and neatly matched the Grammys red carpetMint green goddess: Perry told Ryan Seacrest she was inspired by Priscilla Presley’s 1960s style for the red carpetMint green goddess: Perry told Ryan Seacrest she was inspired by Priscilla Presley's 1960s style for the red carpetLights, cameras action: Perry was the centre of attention in her figure hugging gown in front of the world’s pressLights, cameras action: Perry was the centre of attention in her figure hugging gown in front of the world's pressStrutting her stuff: Swift admitted she was feeling a little nervous before performing at the star-studded ceremonyStrutting her stuff: Swift admitted she was feeling a little nervous before performing at the star-studded ceremony Plus one: Lopez brought along her toy boy beau Casper SmartPlus one: Lopez brought along her toy boy beau Casper Smart, while Keith Urban arrived with wife Nicole KidmanPlus one: Lopez brought along her toy boy beau Casper Smart, while Keith Urban arrived with wife Nicole KidmanPlus one: Lopez brought along her toy boy beau Casper Smart, while Keith Urban arrived with wife Nicole KidmanCountry darlings: Keith and Nicole posed with singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in the cloudy L.A. weatherCountry darlings: Keith and Nicole posed with singers Tim McGraw and Faith HillSpaniard: Janelle Monàe was inspired by ‘Toreador En Garde’ in this matador-style suit jacket from MoschinoJanelle Monae 2013 GrammysTamia: Opted for a turban with her dress Tamia 2013 GrammysGoing green: Solange Knowles also sported an emerald floor length numberGoing green: Florence Welch wore a custom made floor length green dress, while Solange Knowles also sported an emerald floor length numberBest supporting act: Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen arrived with her boyfriend of 18 months, musician Matthew Koma, who gave her a kiss on the red carpetCarly Rae Jepsen and musician Matthew Koma We’re in fashion: Estelle and Kelly Osbourne happily posed together with Estelle showing off the eye-catching gown she helped designWe're in fashion: Estelle and Kelly Osbourne happily posed together with Estelle showing off the eye-catching gown she helped design Positively blooming: Ashanti showed off her black and floral full skirted dress on the red carpetPositively blooming: Ashanti showed off her black and floral full skirted dress on the red carpetBlown Away: Carrie Underwood was tickled pink to be honored so early in the ceremony for Best Solo Country Performance while, Kelly Clarkson won Best Pop Vocal Album for StrongerBlown Away: Carrie was tickled pink to be honoured so early in the ceremonyBlown Away: Kelly Clarkson won Best Pop Vocal Album for StrongerBlown Away: Carrie Underwood was tickled pink to be honoured so early in the ceremony for Best Solo Country Performance while, right, Kelly Clarkson won Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger But the British invasion continued apace with Mumford & Sons, who came out to perform their smash hit, I Will Wait. Their album, Babel, is expecting to be one of the stand out successes of the night.   A guy riding a tricycle with a flame-thrower attached and a company of mime clowns helped Taylor Swift open the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Swift dressed as the Mad Hatter in white top hat, tails, shorts and tall boots during the surreal version of her hummable hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

The A Team: Ed Sheeran got a bit of help from Sir Elton John for his performance, no biggieThe A Team: Ed Sheeran got a bit of help from Sir Elton John for his performance, no biggie What’s going on here? Elle DeGeneres appeared to admire Katy Perry’s form as she and wife Portia De Rossi enjoyed the nightWhat's going on here? Elle DeGeneres appeared to admire Katy Perry's form as she and wife Portia De Rossi enjoyed the night Ready for his comeback! After taking a break from singing to pursue a successful career in music, and marry, Justin Timberlake performed with Jay-ZReady for his comeback! After taking a break from singing to pursue a successful career in music, and marry, Justin Timberlake will be performing at tonight's Grammys Black and white delight: Justin teamed his black suit with matching black and white shoesBlack and white delight: Justin teamed his black suit with matching black and white shoesBlack tie double date! Hip-hop king and queen Jay-Z and Beyonce held court front row at the Grammy Awards Sunday night alongside newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica BielBlack tie double date! Hip-hop king and queen Jay-Z and Beyonce held court front row at the Grammy Awards Sunday night alongside newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica BielPower couple pow-wow: The famous foursome were in a celebratory mood and dressed to the ninesPower couple pow-wow: The famous foursome were in a celebratory mood and dressed to the ninesPass the flute! The 43-year-old rapstar was freely pouring champagne and courvoisier for his friends while still seated in the packed Staples Center, much to the amusement of the beaming Mrs. TimberlakePass the flute! The 43-year-old rapstar was freely pouring champagne and courvoisier for his friends while still seated in the packed Staples Center, much to the amusement of the beaming Mrs. TimberlakeFront row fashion: Justin was in head-to-toe Tom Ford, Jessica was in a one-shouldered Oscar de la Renta, and Beyonce wore a b&w Osman crepe pantsuitFront row fashion: Justin was in head-to-toe Tom Ford, Jessica was in a one-shouldered Oscar de la Renta, and Beyonce wore a b&w Osman crepe pantsuitMr. & Mrs. Carter: The high profile couple coordinated outfits and looked stunningSitting pretty: The Grammys were a makeshift double date for the power couplesMr. & Mrs. Timberlake: Justin’s comeback has been well received so farSitting pretty: The Grammys were a makeshift double date for the power couplesStunning introduction: Beyonce and Ellen DeGeneres introduced the star’s big performanceStunning introduction: Beyonce and Ellen DeGeneres introduced the star's big performanceGet excited: The pair amped up the crowd with Beyonce declaring, ‘This performances marks a man who was born to make music’Get excited: The pair amped up the crowd with Beyonce declaring, 'This performances marks a man who was born to make music'He’s back: Justin Timberlake returned to music at the Grammy Awards on Sunday nightHe's back: Justin Timberlake returned to music at the Grammy Awards on Sunday nightGetting them dancing: Justin got a standing ovation from the celebrity studded crowdGetting them dancing: Justin got a standing ovation from the celebrity studded crowdFlying high: Jay-Z got up from his seat to join the singer on stageFlying high: Jay-Z got up from his seat to join the singer on stageIn their suits and ties: The pair went for similar suit looks for Sunday night’s performanceIn their suits and ties: The pair went for similar suit looks for Sunday night's performanceQueen Bey: The Houston-born singer paired her daring geometric jumpsuit with a Swarovski clutch bag and Lorraine Schwartz jewelryQueen Bey: The Houston-born singer paired her daring geometric jumpsuit with a Swarovski clutch bag and Lorraine Schwartz jewelleryCongrats! When greeting the press after her win, the 31-year-old exposed her gleaming prize for best traditional R&B performanceCongrats! When greeting the press after her win, the 31-year-old hilariously peeked behind the curtain while partially exposing her gleaming prize for best traditional R&B performanceOdd couple: Later on the 16-time Grammy champ, real name Shawn Carter, joined Justin on stage for a rousing performance of his new song, Suit and TieOdd couple: Later on the 16-time Grammy champ, real name Shawn Carter, joined Justin on stage for a rousing performance of his new song, Suit and TieNew mothers: Adele, dressed in a pink-and-red Valentino floral dress, greeted Blue Ivy’s motherNew mothers: Adele, dressed in a pink-and-red Valentino floral dress, greeted Blue Ivy's motherMuppet smiles: Beyonce introduced her husband and Timberlake with funnywoman Ellen Degeneres and alter accepted her 18th trophy for her hit Love On TopMuppet smiles: Beyonce introduced her husband and Timberlake with funnywoman Ellen Degeneres and alter accepted her 18th trophy for her hit Love On TopThe white stuff: Chris Brown proved a striking sight in a all white suit and matching shoes but walked the red carpet without girlfriend RihannaThe white stuff: Chris Brown proved a striking sight in a all white suit and matching shoes but walked the red carpet without girlfriend Rihanna Songstress: Rihanna to the stage for a performance of her song Stay and Could You Be Loved, changing into a black dressSongstress: Rihanna to the stage for a performance of her song Stay and Could You Be Loved, changing into a black dress LBD change: Rihanna performed onstage with Sting, Bruno Mars, and Ziggy Marley and won the Grammy for short form music video for We Found LoveLBD change: Rihanna performed onstage with Sting, Bruno Mars, and Ziggy Marley and won the Grammy for short form music video for We Found LoveThey’re back: Like it or not, the Grammys also marked the triumphant return of turbulent couple Chris Brown and RihannaThey're back: Like it or not, the Grammys also marked the triumphant return of turbulent couple Chris Brown and RihannaAll is forgiven: Four years ago the 23-year-old star brutally attacked the Barbadian pop star, leaving her bloodied and bruised after a pre-Grammys partyAll is forgiven: Four years ago the 23-year-old star brutally attacked the Barbadian pop star, leaving her bloodied and bruised after a pre-Grammys party

Could You Be Loved: Musicians Ziggy Marley, Bruno Mars and Rihanna perform a tribute to BobCould You Be Loved: Musicians Ziggy Marley, Bruno Mars and Rihanna perform a tribute to Bob Oh baby: Rapper Wiz Khalifa and girlfriend, pregnant model Amber Rose arrived on the red carpet togetherOh baby: Rapper Wiz Khalifa and girlfriend, pregnant model Amber Rose arrived on the red carpet togetherBack to black: Alicia Keys showed off her curvy figure in a strappy leather top and full skirtBack to black: Alicia Keys showed off her curvy figure in a strappy leather top and full skirt, while model Chrissy Teigen wore a midriff-flashing gown Always together: Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz make a striking pairAlicia Keys and Swizz Beatz 2013 GrammysBack to black: Model Chrissy Teigen wore a midriff-flashing gownBack to black: Alicia Keys showed off her curvy figure in a strappy leather top and full skirt, while model Chrissy Teigen wore a midriff-flashing gown Highly acclaimed: Multi-nominated star Drake stuck to more conventional black attireHighly acclaimed: Multi-nominated star Frank Ocean sported a smart blue suit, while Drake stuck to more conventional black attire Coordinated: Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 looked striking in matching black suits and shirtsCo-ordinated: Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 looked striking in matching black suits and shirtsFooling around: Singer RedFoo of LMFAO couldn’t resist the chance to joke around in front of phographers as he arrivedFooling around: Singer RedFoo of LMFAO couldn't resist the chance to joke around in front of phographers as he arrivedPopular winner: Kelly Clarkson brought her trademark joy to her performancePopular winner: Kelly Clarkson brought her trademark joy to her performance It seems that some audience members find it hard to forget that he’s still on probation for beating her ahead of the Grammy Awards in 2009. But The Black Keys distract everyone by winning best rock performance for Lonely Boy and best producer for Dan Auerbach. Maroon 5 swiftly follow to perform Daylight.

Stronger: Kelly Clarkson won Best Pop Vocal Album and was extremely excited about it, as you can tellStronger: Kelly Clarkson won Best Pop Vocal AlbumBest of British: Marcus Mumford, left, and Winston Marshall, of musical group Mumford & Sons perform I Will WaitBest of British: Marcus Mumford, left, and Winston Marshall, of musical group Mumford & Sons perform I Will Wait

An Interview with singer Tamia: Talks Grammy nomination, parenting and more…

tamia hott mommaWhen the Grammy Award nominations were announced in December, biracial singer Tamia’s mind was elsewhere. For one thing, the velvet-voiced Canadian R&B singer was on tour. She runs her own record label, so touring means more than strutting across a stage every night — she’s equally as focused on the minutiae of promoting gigs, shuffling gear from one venue to the next and managing the staff that helps her.

She also has a busy family life, two daughters and her husband, NBA star Grant Hill, whose own demanding schedule necessitates that the couple stay in constant contact, their calendars as tightly joined as the interlocking teeth of a zipper.

The Grammy nomination…

Tamia at the 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In MusicSo when she was roused out of sleep at her hotel after a long day of rehearsals by her producer Claude Kelly around 10 p.m. by the news that she had been nominated for two Grammys for Beautiful Surprise, her first album in six years, her first instinct was that it was a joke.

“I think I even told him: ‘Stop playing,”‘ she recalled, noting that she then verified and called her tour manager to tell him the news. “He immediately said: ‘I’m calling everyone. Come downstairs. We’re partying on the tour bus.’

“So I immediately got dressed and went downstairs and partied on the tour bus for the rest of the night. So it was good. I really wasn’t even thinking in that realm about Grammy nominations,” she adds. “I was concentrating on the tour.”

“And obviously I have two kids and a husband and trying to juggle all of those things, certainly that wasn’t on my mind like that. But that was the best wake up call that day, for sure.”

The Grammy nominated song…

These nominations, for best R&B album and song, for Beautiful Surprise and its title track respectively, are not the first in Tamia’s long career.Tamia

She was singled out for three nominations back in 1997, when she was a three-octave ingenue whose You Put a Move On My Heart was working a move of its own on the hearts of listeners.

That year, she soared into the glitzy Grammys tucked under Quincy Jones’s wing — and while that’s an enviable spot for any fledgling R&B singer to find him or herself, Tamia certainly didn’t have autonomy over her career at that time.

She was in her early ’20s, and very much along for the ride. “I was so young in the business,” she said.

“I’d just really gotten started and I’m not even sure if I really understood all that it took to get Grammy nominations, and what it meant from your peers to be recognized. This time around, it was that much sweeter to be recognized for the work I’ve been doing.”

Taking time off…

tamia and kidsAnd that’s in part because she now has ultimate control over every element of her career. Although each of her first three albums were certified gold, she split with her major label after 2004′s More and released 2006′s Between Friends independently via her own label, Plus One Music Group.

She subsequently took time away to have her second child in 2007 but released Beautiful Surprise the same way. Of course, Tamia had been used to being a prized asset on a wealthy major record label back in the days when major record labels were still wealthy.

The last time she hit the road on the dime of a major imprint was 2004, when she toured with Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys and Beyonce.

“It was a fun, amazing tour,” said the singer, who took her husband’s last name of Hill. “But I could tell you that I was with a major label and I don’t know how much it cost. I don’t know if I ever got paid. I just sort of got on the bus.”

“This tour,” she says, referring to a recent jaunt, “I know how much it cost me, how much everyone was getting paid, what I needed to do to make money, and all these things. I mean, there is a lot more involved in it.”

“But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think it’s important to know all facets of the music business, and certainly it’s important to keep track of your money and where it’s going and what’s coming in … to be the one to be able to make decisions on where the money is being spent.”

“The artist doesn’t want to know those things,” she continued. “The artist in me wishes she could just go onstage and sing, but I can’t do that. And overall, I’m much more happy that I can understand all aspects of it before I get on that stage.”

The music comeback…

With no “big machine” behind her, Tamia’s career now feels like a more modest mom-and-pop-type operation, a labor of love that isn’t necessarily lucrative. And without a massive marketing budget, her success relies upon “one person telling another person telling another person telling another person” about her latest project.

That’s part of why she’s so thrilled about the Grammy nominations, a coup for any artist but particularly one who makes music without the implicit validation of a massive corporation actively backing her work.

“We’re just like the little engine that could,” said Tamia, who grew up in the inner city of Windsor, Ont.

Singer/wife/mom…

To some degree, however, it seems Tamia relishes not only the autonomy but the demanding nature of her dual roles.

“I think she actually enjoys all the wearing of the different hats and the stress and the problem solving,” said her biracial husband, Grant Hill, chatting before a recent Los Angeles Clippers game.

“Just to be a career woman, to juggle the career, the running of her label, being a mom, being a wife, that’s not an easy thing to do…. Each one on its own is difficult, but to do all those things at once — you know, it’s pretty amazing.”

Of course, given that from time to time both parents can be trekking around the continent simultaneously, theirs is a unique union.

Juggling it all…

The Hills are meticulous in their scheduling.

They also grasp opportunities to spend time together when they can — for instance, the past U.S. Thanksgiving when a fortuitous coincidence had Tamia playing a show in New York around the same time Grant’s Clippers were taking the court in Brooklyn.

The whole family came in and spent the holiday together, before their careers again intervened, and the girls came along with Tamia to see her perform her next date in Washington, with their grandparents looking on.

“Oh, we’re crazy,” Tamia laughed when asked how they manage. “We’re certainly unconventional. It’s a lot of scheduling. We have a lot of calendars.

“I think as a working mom, you’re constantly juggling things,” she added. “And sometimes you drop the ball but you pick it up and hope no one’s looking. And you start juggling where you left off. You just hope no one saw you drop it — you pick it up and sneak it back in.”

Songwriting…

In the video for her buoyant ballad Beautiful Surprise, Tamia cavorts mostly solo, cooing the song’s decadently sweet lyrics, which could have flowed from the pen of a starry-eyed first-time lover, until she and her husband are reunited for an intimate moment together.

Tamia says that she told Hill that he’d better take that opportunity to appear in one of her videos, since he might not want to associate himself with one of her scorned-lover screeds — like Stranger in My House, a top 10 hit Stateside after its 2000 release.

And Grant admits that he tends to prefer her more upbeat tracks. He admires her ability to write vividly identifiable love songs:

“I think she’s able to cover all the different feelings and emotions that come with love, so the heartbreak, the disappointment, the betrayal, the excitement, the love. All the highs and lows,” he says — but notes that the lyrics are so real, some people presume they’re autobiography.

“I enjoy the upbeat ones, because people automatically assume — with Stranger in my House or Me, songs like that — that I did something to create that drama,” the seven-time NBA all-star said with a smile.

“So not all the negative songs are inspired by me. At least I don’t think they are. I hope they’re not.”

Dealing with multiple sclerosis…

Tamia’s work ethic is perhaps particularly impressive when one considers that she’s been dealing with health challenges for the past decade, since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003.

She’s been an active spokesperson for the inflammatory disease (which affects the communication between nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord), sharing her story in the hopes of inspiring others. She wants her tireless drive to serve as an example of what’s possible with the condition, although she acknowledges that she must stay aware of her limits.

“It’s been an interesting ride with MS — I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. If anybody had any doubt about how I’m doing, I think seeing me do 30 cities with as many as four shows a night singing live.”

“I think that sort of squashed any doubt about how I’m feeling and things like that,” she said, adding that prior to this interview she’d just wrapped playing two hours of tennis.

“For me, the diagnosis of MS was sort of a wake-up call, to not run myself into the ground, to stay balanced mentally and physically, to sort of listen to your body, know when you need to rest, and know when you can push yourself and you can keep it going. I just try to live in a balanced way, and that’s been working for me.”

Asked if she plans to take time off following her next tour dates (the specifics have yet to be announced), she’s emphatic: “No way!” She re-entered the music business gingerly after her maternity-inspired hiatus, writing songs slowly with Kelly without necessarily knowing the end result.

Part of what inspired her comeback was the desire to show her daughters that there was more to their mom than they realized.

“They (didn’t) recognize me as mommy the singer, they recognized me as mommy the chauffeur,” she said, laughing. “Every now and then I have to let them know.”

Her husband will be rooting for Tamia from afar when she attends the Grammys in Los Angeles this weekend, since his Clippers will be in New York. So Tamia’s bringing her daughters along, allowing them another glimpse at their multi-faceted mom doing something quite out of the ordinary.

“They’ll be excited to go to the Grammys,” she says. “It’s like a once in a lifetime thing, right?”

Well, for most people.

First published in ‘O-Canada

Super Bowl XLVII – Ravens vs. 49ers: The Performances

Alicia Keys‘ moving performance of the Star Spangled Banner

Taking centre stage: Alicia followed in the footsteps of Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson by performing the anthem With her long red gown, chic hair style and gold necklace, Alicia Keys cut a striking figure as she sat down behind a silvery white grand piano in the middle of the field at the Super Bowl on Sunday. And the star delivered on her promise to delivered an all-new version of the Star Spangled banner before kick off in New Orleans.

Alicia showed no nerves as she confidently sung a mellow, jazzy rendition of anthem in front of an estimated audience of more than 150 million. The anthem was interspersed with shots of American soldiers overseas spliced with emotional watching athletes. At the culmination of her performance, Alicia closed her eyes and held her arms aloft in a type of victory salute.

Taking centre stage: Alicia followed in the footsteps of Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson by performing the anthem Following the furore of Beyonce lip syncing to the Star Spangled Banner at President Obama’s Inauguration, the pressure was on Alicia to deliver.

‘I’m really excited about it, I can’t even lie,’ the singer told The Huffington Post prior to Sunday’s performance. ‘I have to rehearse it totally, as if it’s a brand-new song, because it is actually a brand new song in the style that I’ll deliver it. I’m actually rehearsing it like a maniac.’

Luckily, Alicia’s rendition went off without a hitch, unlike Christina Aguilera’s notorious line fluffing back in 2011. She follows in the footsteps of stars including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks in performing the anthem. She was spotted making her way onto the sidelines with husband Swizz Beatz prior to her performance.

Earlier, the singer shared her pre-performance ritual with her fans on Twitter this morning, saying: ‘Just finished a beautiful, calming yoga session. My intention is 2 enjoy every piece of this special day! What’s urs?’

She also tweeted several pictures of herself getting ready on Sunday morning including a snap of her wearing a white robe, and another one admiring her reflection in the crimson gown.

Watch Alicia Key’s sing the Star Spangled Banner below:

All new: Alicia Keys impressed fans with her emotional all-new version of the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana on SundayAll new: Alicia Keys impressed fans with her emotional all-new version of the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana on SundayFlying the flag: The star showed no nerves as she sat down behind her silver pianoFlying the flag: The star showed no nerves as she sat down behind her silver piano Saluting the crowd: Alicia held her arms aloft at the culmination of her performanceSaluting the crowd: Alicia held her arms aloft at the culmination of her performance Refreshment break: The star had a drink next to her in a special holder during her performanceRefreshment break: The star had a drink next to her in a special holder during her performance Glamour girl: Alicia looked stunning in a red floor length gown and gold chocker necklaceGlamour girl: Alicia looked stunning in a red floor length gown and gold chocker necklace Lady in red: Alicia showed off her svelte figure in the fishtail crimson gownLady in red: Alicia showed off her svelte figure in the fishtail crimson gown Millions watching: Last year, the Super Bowl audience was estimated to be 177 million with an equal amount expected to tune in on SundayMillions watching: Last year, the Super Bowl audience was estimated to be 177 million with an equal amount expected to tune in on Sunday Ready to go: Swizz Beatz joined his wife as they made their way to the sidelines prior to her performanceReady to go: Swizz Beatz joined his wife as they made their way to the sidelines prior to her performance Getting ready: Alicia clutched a drink as she made her way to the fieldGetting ready: Alicia clutched a drink as she made her way to the field Hugging it out: Alicia embraced a friend following her acclaimed performanceHugging it out: Alicia embraced a friend following her acclaimed performanceShe’s ready! Alicia Keys tweeted a shot of her sporting her glamorous floor length red gown ahead of singing the Nation Anthem at the Super Bowl on SundayShe's ready! Alicia Keys tweeted a shot of her sporting her glamorous floor length red gown ahead of singing the Nation Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday Gearing up: Alicia tweeted a snap of herself in a white robe with the stadium in the background earlierGearing up: Alicia Keys tweeted a snap of herself getting ready ahead of her performance of the national anthem at Sunday's Super BowlIn rehearsal: Earlier in the day, the star posted a snap of her rehearsals, where she is seen sitting at a silver piano in the middle of the football pitch, presumably taken the day beforeIn rehearsal: Earlier in the day, the star posted a snap of her rehearsals, where she is seen sitting at a silver piano in the middle of the football pitch, presumably taken the day before Getting ready: Alicia’s excitement was palpable as she tweeted before the big eventGetting ready: Alicia's excitement was palpable as she tweeted before the big event Getting ready for the big occasion: Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson posed for a photograph together at rehearsals on SaturdayGetting ready for the big occasion: Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson posed for a photograph together at rehearsals on Saturday

Jennifer Hudson performs an emotional version of ‘America The Beautiful’ with choir of children from Sandy Hook gun massacre school…

Close to her heart: The Smash star wore a ribbon honouring the children lost at Sandy HookIt’s a cause that is dear to Jennifer Hudson’s heart – after having lost her family to gun violence. And on Sunday the singer paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at the Super Bowl.

Hudson was joined by the chorus from the Newtown, Conn. school as they opened up for the nation’s biggest football event with an emotional performance of America The Beautiful. The Oscar winner adorned her black leather Monika Chiang top with a green ribbon in honor of those lost at Sandy Hook and showed off her curvy figure in a white button front L’Wren Scott skirt.

Close to her heart: The Smash star wore a ribbon honouring the children lost at Sandy HookJennifer was flanked by over two dozen children from the school which was devastated by a shooting rampage last December where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed. Moments before stepping on stage the 31-year-old Grammy winner tweeted her excitement to be performing in New Orleans.

‘Such a privilege to be performing w the Sandy Hook elementary chorus at the #SuperBowl today. We go on just before kick off!’ 

She also thanked God as she neared her emotional performance.

‘From my heart to yours! Such an Emotional roller coaster [and] So close to home.’ She continued: ‘NoNo matter who or what we r, we must pray! Thank u lord for this day! May thy will be done! Have your way , oh God!!

The Dreamgirls star herself has been the victim of tragedy, after she was devastated four years ago when her mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson were gunned down in her home town Chicago. Her seven-year-old nephew Julian King was reported missing from the home, but was found dead in the back of an abandoned SUV days later.

Her brother-in-law William Balfour was sentenced last year to three life sentences without the possibility of parole, followed by 120 years for other crimes.

Watch Jennifer Hudson perform ‘America The Beautiful’ below:

It’s personal for her: Jennifer Hudson performed with the choir from Sandy Hook Elementary School at the Super Bowl on SundayIt's personal for her: Jennifer Hudson performed with the choir from Sandy Hook Elementary School at the Super Bowl on SundayClose to home: The singer lost her mother and nephew to gun violence in 2008Close to home: The singer lost her mother and nephew to gun violence in 2008Such a privilege: Jennifer tweeted that the performance was an emotional roller coasterSuch a privilege: Jennifer tweeted that the performance was an emotional roller coasterWe must pray: Jennifer has been an outspoken critic against violenceWe must pray: Jennifer has been an outspoken critic against violenceHeavenly praise: ‘Thank you lord for this day,’ she tweetedHeavenly praise: 'Thank you lord for this day,' she tweetedStanding strong: The children attend the same elementary school that lost 20 first-graders in a shooting last DecemberStanding strong: The children attend the same elementary school that lost 20 first-graders in a shooting last DecemberA great loss: The children have since returned to schoolA great loss: The children have since returned to schoolShowing off her curves: The singer has lost over 80 pounds since starting her careerShowing off her curves: The singer has lost over 80 pounds since starting her careerHappy family: Jennifer looked full of joy as she posed with her mother Darnell, sister Julia and nephew Jason before the 2008 tragedyHappy family: Jennifer looked full of joy as she posed with her mother Darnell, sister Julia and nephew Jason

Lady in leather Beyonce sets the stage on fire as she’s joined by Destiny’s Child in show-stopping half-time Super Bowl performance…

Making her mark: Critics were hailing Beyonce's half time performance as one of the Super Bowl's bestShe was under pressure to deliver a brilliant performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl following the recent lip syncing controversy at President Obama’s Inauguration.

And Beyonce took to the stage with trademark style, with an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular greatest hits set for the half time show, which culminated in her being joined on stage by Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

The 31-year-old singer sported a plunging leather corset and skirt which she stripped off to reveal a lace underlay during a slick, energetic show packed with special effects at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Looking up to the stars: Beyonce's spectacular show was witnessed by millions of viewers worldwide However, her show may have taken up a large amount of electricity, with the power in the stadium going out shortly after the 14 minute set. She emerged onstage singing lines from her R&B hit Love on Top under a giant lit up silhouette of herself, with a group of fans running on to the field to watch next to the lit up stage in the shape of two facing profiles of the singer.

Vigorous: Beyonce put in an energetic performance complete with fireworks, synchronised dance moves and even a partial strip Black over-the-knee socks over fishnet tights and high heeled ankle boots completed Beyonce’s sexy outfit designed by little known New York based Rubin Singer. The stage was dark while fire and lights burst from the sides as she began hit Crazy in Love, complete with a guitar flaming as it played out its solo.

The clearly pumped up star even blew a kiss to the crowd, before beginning her show in front of fireworks and light effects on video screens. Beyonce’s spectacular performance provided an elaborate contrast to the on-field sporting action between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, with special effects including a light show, fireworks, and kaleidoscopic multiple video footage of the star.

Her background singers helped out as Beyonce danced around the stage throughout most of her performance. There was a backing track to help fill in when she wasn’t singing – and there were long stretches when she let it play as she performed elaborate dance moves with a swarm of background dancers and band members.

Vigorous: Beyonce put in an energetic performance complete with fireworks, synchronised dance moves and even a partial strip Beyonce performed a number of hits including End of Time, and Baby Boy before being joined by Michelle and Kelly who wore similar revealing black outfits. Kelly sported a leather leotard with identical stockings and boots, while Michelle sported a ultra short black miniskirt over her slinky leather number. Michelle had previously denied the band would reunite for the event, saying she had a prior commitment to appear in the musical Fela.

So there was clear delight from the crowd when they took the stage, singing with the diva on their massive hits Bootylicious and Independent Woman, along with Beyonce’s smash hit Single Ladies.

To close the 14-minute set, Williams and Rowland left Beyonce to perform emotional show-stopper Halo.
She asked the crowd to put their hands toward her as she sang the slow groove on bended knee – and that’s when she the performance hit its high note.
‘Thank you for this moment,’ she told the crowd. ‘God bless y’all.’

Tribute: Beyonce posted a note on her Tumblr page saying how proud she is of her fellow Super Bowl performersThe pressure may have been on, but Beyonce looked happy and confident throughout, showing no sign of nerves despite the size of the occasion, with many non-football fans tuning in just to see her half time show. The star was performing in front of up an estimated 76,468 people – the seating capacity of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – as well as millions more throughout the world. The Ravens ended up narrowly beating the 49ers 34 points to 31.

Watch Beyonce’s halftime performance below:

Lady in leather: Beyonce looked striking in a plunging leather corset as she performed a medley of her hits with Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams at the Super Bowl in New Orleans on SundayDestiny's Child are back! Lady in leather Beyonce sets the stage on fire as she's joined by bandmates in show-stopping half-time Super Bowl performanceBeyonce’s angels! The trio danced in synchrony as they performed a medley of their hits to the excited crowdLady in leather: Beyonce looked striking in a plunging leather corset as she performed a medley of her hits with Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams at the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday Surprise surprise: Williams had previously denied that she and Rowland would be sharing the stage with their Destiny’s Child bandmateSurprise surprise: Williams had previously denied that she and Rowland would be sharing the stage with their Destiny's Child bandmate What a tease: Williams and Rowland started out with their backs to the cameras before turning around to reveal their facesWhat a tease: Williams and Rowland started out with their backs to the cameras before turning around to reveal their faces Victory salute! Beyonce was clearly pumped up during her energetic performance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and held her hands aloft to her fansVictory salute! Beyonce was clearly pumped up during her energetic performance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and held her hands aloft to her fans Stage on fire! The trio were in perfect synchrony as they performed in front of a lit up stage in the middle of the arenaStage on fire! The trio were in perfect synchrony as they performed in front of a lit up stage in the middle of the arenaMulti-Beyonce: The singer sung in front of a screen of the star mirroring her movesMulti-Beyonce: The singer sung in front of a screen of the star mirroring her moves Crazy in love: A dramatic silhouette of the singer contained cheering fans watching her take center stageCrazy in love: A dramatic silhouette of the singer contained cheering fans watching her take centre stage Hologram: Beyonce was given the striking hologram treatment at one point in her performanceHologram: Beyonce was given the striking hologram treatment at one point in her performance Many hands make light work: The half time show featured plenty of impressive tricks and effectsMulti handed: The half time show featured plenty of impressive tricks and effectsHair’s how: Michelle, Kelly and Beyonce whipped their hair back and forth on stageHair's how: Michelle, Kelly and Beyonce whipped their hair back and forth on stage Dressed for success: Beyonce danced alongside a group of scantily clad dancers as she performed a medley of her greatest hitsDressed for success: Beyonce danced alongside a group of scantily clad dancers as she performed a medley of her greatest hitsStage with a view: One striking photograph on the singer’s Tumblr showed the Destiny’s Child trio looking out at the vast crowdStage with a view: One striking photograph on the singer's Tumblr showed the Destiny's Child trio looking out at the vast crowdSmoking hot: The singer looked extremely focused on her performance as she sang alongside a group of female musiciansSmoking hot: The singer looked extremely focused on her performance as she sang alongside a group of female musicians A touch of fame: Fans grab at the star’s hands during the energetic show in a picture posted to her Tumblr pageA touch of fame: Fans grabbed at the star's hands during the energetic show A commanding performance: Beyonce is shown confidently strutting around the stage in her slinky leather outfit in another post on her TumblrA commanding performance: Beyonce is shown confidently strutting around the stage in her slinky leather outfit in another post on her TumblrLight show spectacular: A highlight of the show involved video of the singer lying down in a circle, while the real singer danced alongside a guitarist in the centerLight show spectacular: A highlight of the show involved video of the singer lying down in a circle, while the real singer danced alongside a guitarist in the centre No sign of nerves: Beyonce looked excited, happy and confident during her performance in front of thousands of stadium fansNo sign of nerves: Beyonce looked excited, happy and confident during her performance in front of thousands of stadium fans Hair swinging good: The star wore her long curls loose around her shoulders and used it to maximum effect during her performanceHair swinging good: The star wore her long curls loose around her shoulders and used it to maximum effect during her performance Lights, camera action: Beyonce takes a breath in front of dramatic black and white video screensLights, camera action: Beyonce takes a breath in front of dramatic black and white video screens Smoking hot: Beyonce strikes a sultry pose alongside a female guitarist whose guitar sparked with fireSmoking hot: Beyonce strikes a sultry pose alongside a female guitarist whose guitar sparked with fireFan love: Beyonce lay back on the stage at one point, while fans clamoured around her as they watched inside the lit up silhouetteFan love: Beyonce lay back on the stage at one point, while fans clamoured around her as they watched inside the lit up silhouette The night of a thousand stars: Beyonce’s performance came after Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson sang before kick offThe night of a thousand stars: Beyonce's performance came after Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson sang before kick offLight show spectacular: Beyonce’s striking Super Bowl performance from the airLight show spectacular: Beyonce's striking Super Bowl performance from the airBeyonce lights up the stage during the half-time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New OrleansBeyonce lights up the stage during the half-time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New OrleansBootilicious: The star was clearly pumped up for her performanceBootilicious: The star was clearly pumped up for her performance Congratulations: Beyonce is hugged by husband Jay-Z backstage following her successful performanceCongratulations: Beyonce is hugged by husband Jay-Z following her successful performance Show of support: Jay-Z, pictured sporting a grey T-shirt and glasses joined his wife backstage after her acclaimed performanceShow of support: Jay-Z, pictured sporting a grey T-shirt and glasses joined his wife backstage after her acclaimed performance

 

Music Spotlight: Nicole Scherzinger Debuts New Video ‘Boomerang’

She’s been opting for a demure look of late, choosing elegant gowns over the skimpy ensembles she used to favor during her days as a Pussycat Doll. But Nicole Scherzinger returned to her racy roots in the video for her brand new single, Boomerang.

Ensuring her incredible figure got maximum exposure in the raunchy shoot, the 34-year-old singer paraded her killer legs in a pair of barely-there leather hotpants. Strutting her stuff in a pair of skyscraper heels, the star left little to the imagination with her skimpy choice of clothing as she got her groove on in time to the beats.

Watch the video for Boomerang below:

Strutting her stuff: Nicole Scherzinger paraded her incredible pins in a pair of skimpy leather hotpants in her video for new track BoomerangStrutting her stuff: Nicole Scherzinger paraded her incredible pins in a pair of skimpy leather hotpants in her video for new track BoomerangRacy: The 34-year-old singer certainly didn’t hold back as she showcased her incredible figure in a decidedly skimpy ensembleRacy: The 34-year-old singer certainly didn't hold back as she showcased her incredible figure in a decidedly skimpy ensemble Vampy: Nicole teamed her sexy hotpants with a fierce dog-tooth check jacket and skyscraper heelsVampy: Nicole teamed her sexy hotpants with a fierce dog-tooth check jacket and skyscraper heels Working it! Nicole have her all as she strutted her stuff in her skyscraper heelsWorking it! Nicole have her all as she strutted her stuff in her skyscraper heelsTeaming her tiny black shorts with a fierce dog-tooth jacket and vampy leather gloves, Nicole proved she was back to her sexy best by writhing around on the floor as she belted out the pop-tastic tune. In another scene, the X Factor judge had her long raven locks transformed into corn rows as incredible CGI effects made the dreams of most men come true by projecting scores of images of the star on to the screen.

Although this was a much more demure look, Nicole made sure to suitably flash the flesh in a plunging top and form-fitting black trousers which emphasized her toned legs. While in one shot, the former Pussycat Dolls singer displayed her curves in a vampy PVC skintight dress, another saw her show off her ballerina-like grace, jumping up into the air to perform a series of incredible moves.

She’s got The X Factor! The star paraded her incredible pins in a pair of vampy leather hotpantsShe's got The X Factor! The star paraded her incredible pins in a pair of vampy leather hotpants Scher-mazing! Nicole shot the racy video in West London late last yearScher-mazing! Nicole shot the racy video in West London late last yearShe means business! Nicole certainly looked like she was the boss as she strutted her stuffShe means business! Nicole certainly looked like she was the boss as she strutted her stuff Vampy: The star flaunted her curves in a form-fitting PVC dress, which she teamed with a trendy top knot and gold hoop earringsVampy: The star flaunted her curves in a form-fitting PVC dress, which she teamed with a trendy top knot and gold hoop earrings Later in the video, the raven-haired beauty switched into a slinky robe and fierce leather knee-high boots as she showcased her incredible dance skills. It was a change of direction for Nicole, with her more recent videos showing off her demure side and natural beauty.

Throughout most of the shot, the star made sure to grab attention in a daring mesh dress and fishnet dress, which certainly left little to the imagination when it came to her incredible figure.

Dancing queen: Nicole showcased her graceful ballet movesDancing queen: Nicole showcased her graceful ballet moves Sexy: In one scene, Nicole opted for a daring plunging topSexy: In one scene, Nicole opted for a daring plunging topChange of direction: Nicole transformed her usually flowing raven locks into a corn row styleChange of direction: Nicole transformed her usually flowing raven locks into a corn row style Seeing double: Nicole’s image was transformed into a dazzling display thanks to CGI effectsSeeing double: Nicole's image was transformed into a dazzling display thanks to CGI effects

Proudly introducing the new video on her Twitter page, she wrote: ‘It’s here! #Boomerang is live now only on @VEVO_UK!’ Thanking her fans for their support, Nicole wrote on her Twitter page: ‘Thanku so much 4 ur love n support today for my new single #BOOMerang.’

And despite her apparent ease in front of the camera, Nicole confessed to Fabulous magazine that she isn’t always so confident.

Fierce: Nicole changed into a skimpy robe and leather knee-high boots as she performed a series of sexy movesFierce: Nicole changed into a skimpy robe and leather knee-high boots as she performed a series of sexy movesThe dream: The star was surrounded by a number of mirror images of herselfThe dream: The star was surrounded by a number of mirror images of herself Her big comeback: Nicole proudly announced her new video via her Twitter page on Friday morningHer big comeback: Nicole proudly announced her new video via her Twitter page on Friday morning Daring: The singer left little to the imagination in a mesh and fishnet minidressDaring: The singer left little to the imagination in a mesh and fishnet minidress

She said: ‘I get very shy if I have to go to an event or walk a red carpet and be around a lot of people. It takes me a while to come out of my shell. I’m a loner – in the [Pussycat] Dolls, when I was in college, always a loner.’

‘I think it’s because I’m always in work mode with a million things in my head,” Nicole continued. “It’s just how I was made. It’s got me to where I am today.’

Neon brights: The star covered up her raunchy dress with a brightly-coloured biker jacketNeon brights: The star covered up her raunchy dress with a brightly-coloured biker jacketBold: Nicole swept her raven locks off her face into a high ponytail and wore a slick of fuchsia lipstickBold: Nicole swept her raven locks off her face into a high ponytail and wore a slick of fuchsia lipstick On the prowl: Nicole left little to the imagination in the tight mesh dress as she promotes her latest singleOn the prowl: Nicole left little to the imagination in the tight mesh dress as she promotes her latest single Daring: Nicole showed off her incredible curves in the dress, which left little to the imaginationDaring: Nicole showed off her incredible curves in the dress, which left little to the imagination Shocking: Nicole’s dress certainly showed off her slim figure in the dress, which made a VPL very difficult to avoidShocking: Nicole's dress certainly showed off her slim figure in the dress, which made a VPL very difficult to avoid

Boomerang is the lead single from her second solo studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s Killer Love. The music video is expected soon after the song’s debut.

The British National Television Awards 2013

The National Television Awards is a British television awards ceremony, broadcast by the ITV network and initiated in 1995. The National Television Awards are the most prominent ceremony for which the results are voted on by the general public.

Because of the way the awards are decided, winners are not given the title “Best”, but rather “Most Popular”. The first ceremony was held in August 1995 and was hosted by Eamonn Holmes. From 1996 onwards it was traditionally held annually in October and hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald. However, after no ceremony was held in 2009, McDonald stepped down from the role, which passed to Dermot O’Leary. The January 2010 ceremony was hosted at the London O₂ Arena.

Unlike the BAFTAs and other similar awards ceremonies, the National Television Awards allow foreign programs to be nominated, providing they have been screened on a British channel during the eligible time period. For example, American series Desperate Housewives was nominated in the 2005 Most Popular Drama category.

It is the most eagerly anticipated British TV awards show of the year which sees small screen celebrities styled to perfection. 

What a slip up: Nicole’s dress turned see-through in the bright lightsWhat a slip up: Nicole's dress turned see-through in the bright lights Sheer daring: Nicole leaves little to the imagination as the camera flash bulbs turn her dress see-throughSheer daring: Nicole leaves little to the imagination as the camera flash bulbs turn her dress see-throughIt was all going so well for Nicole Scherzinger at the National Television Awards – until, that is, the blinding lights of the red carpet turned her plunging black dress see-through. The resulting nipple flash meant all eyes were no longer on the gorgeous X Factor star’s beautiful face but on her plunging gown.

It was unfortunate for X Factor mentor Nicole who had tried her hardest to look sensational at the awards bash, held on Thursday evening at the O2. Nicole was dressed head-to-toe in black but managed to reveal a little too much when the flashbulbs went off.

The dress turned sheer in the lights, showing that the singer was braless except for some strategically placed nipple covers. Although that didn’t stop the former Pussycat Doll from flashing a smile as she glided into the show and to be fair to the singer, once she was inside her fashion faux pas was all forgotten.

Speaking to the MailOnline she revealed she had caught up with fellow Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts recently:

She said: ‘Of course we have caught up recently and I supported her on the show. Well I would like to say yes to a Pussycat Doll reunion, but you don’t know.’ Nicole added the she was ‘proud’ of X Factor.

Sheer daring: Nicole leaves little to the imagination as the camera flash bulbs turn her dress see-throughSheer daring: Nicole leaves little to the imagination as the camera flash bulbs turn her dress see-throughSpanx alert! Not even Tulisa’s plunging neckline could distract attention from her fashion fail (and the awards haven’t even started yet)Spanx alert! Not even Tulisa's plunging neckline could distract attention from her fashion fail (and the awards haven't even started yet) Nice lipstick! Tulisa accessorized her all white look with some perfect pink lipstickNice lipstick! Tulisa accesorised her all white look with some perfect pink lipstickTulisa, who kick-started the fashion fail parade on her way to the National Television Awards at the swanky O2 on Wednesday evening, showing off her nude Spanx in her floor length floaty white dress. Newly solo singer Tulisa, 24, opted for a plunging white dress with a ruched waist and daring middle split, which on first look showed off her curvy figure to perfection.

With her dark hair pulled demurely off her face in a long curly ponytail the X Factor judge almost pulled off the ice cool look. That is, until she pulled open her dress to reveal her almost knee length Spanx. Spanx are a favorite of the curvy celebrities, but it is a surprise size 8 Tulisa opted for the slimming aid, although perhaps she was wary of the brightly lit ceremony ahead. The X Factor is nominated for best talent show.

This Morning host Holly showed off her famously curvy-figure in a skin-tight black dress, while friend Christine went for a more daring look in a red dress with lace paneling. Holly opted for a splash of bright red lipstick while the Dancing On Ice host went for a far more fresh-faced look.

All fine from the neck up! Tulisa looked smug as she left her house in Camden for the awards, shame she didn’t look downAll fine from the neck up! Tulisa looked smug as she left her house in Camden for the awards, shame she didn't look down Nice shoes, shame about the Spankx! A slim Tulsa shows off her look as she heads out for the eveningNice shoes, shame about the Spankx! A slim Tulsa shows off her look as she heads out for the evening Oops! Tulisa looks like she may have realised her fashion faux pas, luckily before she hit the red carpetOops! Tulisa looks like she may have realised her fashion faux pas, luckily before she hit the red carpet Sleek: Tulisa wore her hair back in loose curls which were pushed to one sideSleek: Tulisa wore her hair back in loose curls which were pushed to one sideSay cheese: After doing her bits for the professional cameras Tulisa stopped to take photos with fansSay cheese: After doing her bits for the professional cameras Tulisa stopped to take photos with fansWith her co-judges: Tulisa beamed as sat with Gary Barlow and Nicole ScherzingerWith her co-judges: Tulisa beamed as sat with Gary Barlow and Nicole ScherzingerRed carpet win: Ashley steals the show in the chic and sophisticated white dressRed carpet win: Ashley steals the show in the chic and sophisticated white dressGood friends: Presenters Christine Bleakley and Holly Willoughby both get their red carpet looks just rightGood friends: Presenters Christine Bleakley and Holly Willoughby both get their red carpet looks just right Red alert: Presenter Tess Daly also opted for a long, red gown, matching with her bright red lipsRed alert: Presenter Tess Daly also opted for a long, red gown, matching with her bright red lipsRed carpet look: Kimberley Walsh, who’s performing at the awards, opted for a blue, lace outfit as she posed for photosRed carpet look: Kimberley Walsh, who's performing at the awards, opted for a blue, lace outfit as she posed for photosOff to a summer party? Helen Flanagan looks like she’s off to a summer party rather than a black tie eventOff to a summer party? Helen Flanagan looks like she's off to a summer party rather than a black tie eventEye-catching: Dancing On Ice star Samia Ghadie posed for photos alone in a skin-tight bandeau dressEye-catching: Dancing On Ice star Samia Ghadie posed for photos alone in a skin-tight bandeau dressReal-life love: Jacqueline Jossa and Tony Discipline wrap their arms around each other before taking their seats at the O2Real-life love: Jacqueline Jossa and Tony Discipline wrap their arms around each other before taking their seats at the O2On-screen couple: EastEnders stars Jake Wood and Jo Joyner cuddle up before heading insideOn-screen couple: EastEnders stars Jake Wood and Jo Joyner cuddle up before heading insideMelanie Sykes also hit the red carpet ahead of the evening’s ceremony, wearing an elegant, Grecian style dress. The star wore her hair in an elegant knot and added a pair of chic drop-down earrings, matched with natural-looking make-up.

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh wore a complicated-looking blue satin dress with revealing lace panels, paired with black stilettos. I’m A Celeb star Helen Flanagan looked sweet in a floral dress, but got the vibe of the night slightly wrong, looking like she was going to a garden party rather than a black tie event.

Presenters Zoe Hardman and Laura Whitmore both made sure that they stood out from the crowd in eye-catching dresses. The EastEnders cast also seemed to have gone all out, hoping to pick up the award for Best Soap again at the ceremony.

Hot couple: Peter Andre and girlfriend Emily MacDonagh coordinated in black as they made their entranceHot couple: Peter Andre and girlfriend Emily MacDonagh coordinated in black as they made their entranceRising star: Sheridan Smith, whose star is on the rise, looked demure but sultry in a grey gownRising star: Sheridan Smith, whose star is on the rise, looked demure but sultry in a grey gownMaking up: Eamonn Holmes and Anthea Turner kiss and make up on the NTA red carpetMaking up: Eamonn Holmes and Anthea Turner kiss and make up on the NTA red carpetEpitome of chic: Marry Berry proves that she’s got what it takes in the style stakes as she shines on the red carpetEpitome of chic: Marry Berry proves that she's got what it takes in the style stakes as she shines on the red carpetHollywood glamour: TOWIE’s Sam Faiers goes all out in a floor-length, black gown at the National Television AwardsHollywood glamour: TOWIE's Sam Faiers goes all out in a floor-length, black gown at the National Television AwardsStylish couple: Sam and boyfriend Joey Essex cosy up as they pose for photographsStylish couple: Sam and boyfriend Joey Essex cosy up as they pose for photographsModest: Billie ditches her usual revealing style in favour of a modest split at the front of her gownModest: Billie ditches her usual revealing style in favour of a modest split at the front of her gownTalk about a PDA: Sam and Joey share a joke as they kiss in front of the camerasTalk about a PDA: Sam and Joey share a joke as they kiss in front of the camerasNew hair do: Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her new bob haircut as she stays close to Mario FalconeNew hair do: Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her new bob haircut as she stays close to Mario Falcone

Music Spotlight: The Saturdays Debut New Video ‘What About Us’

Smoking hot: Biracial Rochelle Humes shows no sign of a baby bump in the latest video

Gone are the racy outfits and provocative poses, pop princesses The Saturdays have scrubbed up their image for their latest video.

Presumably the girls think they will stand a better chance with American audiences with a clean-cut new video, where all five wear tiny shorts as they stroll around in the sunshine with the video ending in a giggly mess on a football pitch.

Pregnant biracial singer Rochelle Humes shows no sign of her baby bump in the ‘What About Us’ video, presumably filmed when the fivesome first went to LA to start filming their reality show. Frankie Sandford, Mollie King, Rochelle, Una Healy, and Vanessa White are currently in America where they are promoting the launch of their major new E! series Chasing The Saturdays’ with major TV appearances lined up, including Jay Leno and The Today Show.

Tiny shorts: The Saturdays show off their enviable legs in their trademark lookTiny shorts: The Saturdays show off their enviable legs in their trademark lookNo baby bump: Rochelle shows no sign of being pregnant in the sunny videoNo baby bump: Rochelle shows no sign of being pregnant in the sunny video Glossy: The video is a much cleaner-cut piece of marketing than previous The Saturdays songsGlossy: The video is a much cleaner-cut piece of marketing than previous The Saturdays songs Leggy lady: Mollie shows off her amazing LA tan as she sings in the new videoLeggy lady: Mollie shows off her amazing LA tan as she sings in the new video Taking a dip: Una ties her long locks back for the videoTaking a dip: Una ties her long locks back for the video Sweet: Gone are the racy outfits and in are the vest topsSweet: Gone are the racy outfits and in are the vest tops And the fivesome are deadly serious about achieving success stateside, making sure their new video is simple and shows off the girls’ good looks and slim figures, just not too obviously. In a teaser trailer for the show, which is being subtitled for American audiences, each girl is seen introducing themselves.

Mollie said: ”The girls refer to me as a Disney character, but I’m not! I do like to see the good in situations though.’

While short-haired Frankie says: ‘I’ve been in the music industry since 11, it’s all I know but it’s all I love.’

Mother-of-one Una adds: ‘I’m married to Ben and the proud mother to my little baby girl Aoife Belle, she is beautiful beautiful.’

Wild child Vanessa giggles: ‘I’m the youngest in the Saturdays. I love going out and partying. I don’t enjoy the hangovers the next day but it hasn’t stopped me yet!’

And Rochelle – who will hopefully discover she is with child on the show – says: ‘I recently got married to Marvin from JLS. I’ve always been referred to as the mother of the band’.

Una admits: ‘It’s quite daunting. You only get one shot.’

The series chronicles the groups’ move to break into the American pop music market as they prepare to record their fourth album and first for international release. What About Us is already heating up the Billboard dance charts in America and the girls have their first sold out gig in New York next week.

Hat’s off to them! Mollie and co are keen to break into the lucrative American music sceneHat's off to them! Mollie and co are keen to break into the lucrative American music scene American football: The girls finish their video in a giggly mess on the fieldAmerican football: The girls finish their video in a giggly mess on the field Winners: The girls are hoping the saccharine video warms American’s heartsWinners: The girls are hoping the saccharine video warms American's hearts Clean-cut all American girls: Una Healy smolders in the What About Us videoClean-cut all American girls: Una Healy smoulders in the What About Us videoBlonde ambition: Mollie King is just as determined to break the states as her bandmatesBlonde ambition: Mollie King is just as determined to break the states as her bandmatesParty girl: Vanessa White is taking to role of party girl like a treatParty girl: Vanessa White is taking to role of party girl like a treat

The Saturdays will release their fourth album The Chase in the UK this Spring. Chasing The Saturdays will be shown on E! Entertainment Television in the UK from Sunday February 3rd at 10pm. 

Music Spotlight: Nicole Scherzinger’s Video Promo Shots For ‘Boomerang’

She’s become known more for her television work than her music after sitting on the judging panel of the 2012 series of The X Factor USA and UK.

But Nicole Scherzinger proved she plans to launch herself back on to the music scene with an almighty bang after posing up a storm in a sexy shoot to promote her upcoming single, Boomerang.

Watch the behind-the-scenes from the video below:

Showing off her toned, taut midriff in a bronze halterneck crop top and white fringed skirt, the 34-year-old singer looked positively ‘scher-mazing’.

The Don’t Hold Your Breath hitmaker flashed a glimpse of her perfect pins as she hung forward from a metal fence with a fierce expression on her face, showing she most certainly means business.

Boomerang single artwork: Nicole is a sizzling sexy version of herselfNicole Scherzinger Boomerang ArtworkSizzling: Nicole Scherzinger looked positively ‘scher-mazing’ as she posed up a storm in a series of sexy shots to promote her upcoming single, BoomerangSizzling: Nicole Scherzinger looked positively 'scher-mazing' as she posed up a storm in a series of sexy shots to promote her upcoming single, Boomerang Enviable figure: The 34-year-old singer showed off her toned, taut waist in a tiny bronze halterneck crop topEnviable figure: The 34-year-old singer showed off her toned, taut waist in a tiny bronze halterneck crop top Nicole’s look was completed with her long raven locks scraped back off her face into a sleek high ponytail, sultry smokey eye make-up and sexy berry lips.  In another shot, the Hawaiian-born beauty showed off her animal instincts as she posed with an unusual feathered collar around her neck.

Wearing a gold-detail draped top and dangling gold earrings, the former Pussycat Dolls singer – who is dating Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton – positively smoldered as she stared face-on into the camera. Nicole has made no secret of her desire to return to music following her stint on The X Factor.

She told The Sun newspaper‘I’m really glad I did the show. I don’t know if I’ll come back next year. End on a high, right? This year has changed my life. As an artist, it’s put into perspective what I want, how to go about it.’

Admitting she sticks to the mantra of ‘everything in moderation’, Nicole has previously credited her fabulous figure to running.

She said: ‘Ignore what you hear about miracle diets and stick to eating healthily and exercising. The best advice I’ve ever been given is ‘everything in moderation’. ‘I like to run a lot. It’s great because it keeps me mentally focused and yet gives me time to think, come up with ideas. It’s also perfect because you can do it anywhere in the world.’

Animal magic: The Hawaiian-born beauty went for a high-fashion look as she posed with an unusual feathered collar around her neckAnimal magic: The Hawaiian-born beauty went for a high-fashion look as she posed with an unusual feathered collar around her neck Going for gold: Nicole accentuated her stunning features sultry smokey eye make-up, gold eyeliner and sexy berry lipsGoing for gold: Nicole accentuated her stunning features sultry smokey eye make-up, gold eyeliner and sexy berry lipsMultiracial Love: When Nicole isn’t busy recording music or judging the X-Factor, she can be found with longtime boyfriend Formula One racer Lewis Hamiltonnicole scherzinger and lewis hamilton 2

Nicole Scherzinger is due to release her second solo studio album in early 2013!

Interracial/Multiracial Celebrities Sightings At The 2013 Golden Globes Awards…

The Golden Globe Award is an accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.

The broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards, telecast to 167 countries worldwide, generally ranks as the third most-watched awards show each year, behind only the Oscars and the Grammy Awards.

Until Ricky Gervais hosted the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards Ceremony in 2010, the award ceremony was one of two major Hollywood award ceremonies (the other being the Screen Actors Guild Awards) that did not have a regular host; every year a different presenter introduced the ceremony at the beginning of the broadcast. Gervais returned to host the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards in 2011, and the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in 2012.

Interracial/Multiracial Celebrities & Fashion…

As a result of importance of the event, actors and invited guests alike have made it a tradition to look their very best. From the rental of the most exquisite and expensive jewelry, to some of the most intricate gowns, the Golden Globe Awards is never lacking in fashion. However, there was a serious case of bad dresses on good bodies at this year’s Golden Globes.

From Lucy Liu in what could only have been inspired by wallpaper, to Emily Mortimer’s sequined style sin, the stylists in charge should surely be sacked. Halle Berry, who has one of the most sensational figures in Tinseltown, failed to impress on the red carpet in a cutaway printed gown.

The design, by Versace, appeared to have been carelessly sliced apart at the midriff and thigh, and the bodice seemed far too tight, even on a waist as slim as Halle’s. The split in the dated pink printed skirt did at least allow the star to do her best impression of ‘Angelina’s leg’, and the nude court shoes were, at least, an elegant, understated choice.

Supermodel Heidi Klum also went for the same hairstyle as she graced the red-carpet looking white hot in a dramatic sweeping dress with sparkling beaded trim. The one-sleeved gown was slashed at the thigh, displaying plenty of the former Victoria’s Secret Angel‘s impeccably toned and tanned leg.

That being said, there weren’t too many fashion faux pas at the Golden Globes this year. Perhaps years of attacks from fashion police has taught the A-list that it is wiser to play it safe in flattering black and ethereal beiges and nudes.

Fashion Fail: Halle Berry, who is of Caucasian and African-American descent, failed to wow in a printed Versace gownHalle BerryOverexposed: Halle Berry, who has one of the most sensational figures in Tinseltown, failed to impress on the Golden Globes red carpet in an Atelier Versace Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collection gownHalle Berry 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Gorgeous: Regardless of her fashion fail, the biracial actress’ makeup looked as flawless as could be as she sported her usual pixie hairstyleHalle Berry 70th Annual Golden Globe 2Thandie Newton: Biracial actress Thandie, who is of African and British Caucasian descent and married to a Caucasian producer, showed some leg in a flirty Giles Deacon mini dressThandie Newton at 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Beautiful couple: Thandie looked beautiful as she posed next to her husband Ol ParkerOl Parker and wife Thandie Newton 70th Annual Golden GlobeAgeless: Thandie has found the youth serum as she looked years younger than her 40 year-old selfThandie Newton at 70th Annual Golden Globe 2Silver Elegance: Connie Britton (who is an adoptive mother to an African son) looked elegant in her silver Italian vintage dress from ‘The Way We Wore’, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Judith Leiber bag and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry as she posed on the red carpetConnie Britton 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Up close and personal: The Nashville actress looked flawless in natural makeup as she kept the focus on her gownConnie Britton 70th Annual Golden Globe 2Angelic: Former model Heidi Klum kept it simple yet elegant in a one-shoulder Alexandre Vauthier  gown. Looking angelic, the mother of three biracial children of Black British and Caucasian descent, looked gorgeousHeidi Klum 70th Annual Golden Globe 1One leg-wonder: Former model Heidi Klum mimicked Angelina Jolie’s one leg pose in her slit gownHeidi Klum 70th Annual Golden Globe 2Fashion Hmmm: Fashion Designer Nicole Richie, who is of multiracial  Mexican, Creole andAfrican-American heritage.descent, didn’t quite impress in a lace Naeem Khan gownNicole Richie 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Vision of blue: Nicole kept the blue theme going with some blue eyeshadowNicole Richie 70th Annual Golden Globe 2Not impressive enough: Newsroom actress Olivia Munn, who is of multiracial Chinese, Irish and German descent, kept her look simple in a strapless Giorgio Armani Spring 2013 dress but accessorized with some bling for the occasionOlivia Munn 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Au Naturale: Olivia kept her makeup simple with her hair swept back. Usually one to wow in gorgeous gowns, she opted for a simpler look for the eventOlivia Munn 70th Annual Golden Globe 2What happened: Actress Rosario Dawson, who is of multiracial Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent, didnt’ impress either with her choice of a pale blue Antonio Berardi gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelsRosario Dawson 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Hello: Happy to be at the event, the actress greeted fans and paparazzi alike with a waveRosario Dawson 70th Annual Golden Globe 2Elegant: Salma Hayek, who is of multiethnic Lebanese and Spanish descent and married to a Caucasian French man, oozed Hollywood elegance in a Pucci Première midnight-blue silk georgette strapless gown. With her signature pose, the actress was every photographer’s museSalma Hayek at 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Just beautiful: The actress who is a diamond affecionado opted for simple accessories with marine-blue earrings and silver jewels to allow her gown to shineSalma Hayek at 70th Annual Golden Globe 2Dark beauty: Actress Sofia Vergara, who is of multiethnic Colombian descent and engaged to a Caucasian man, wowed in a form-fitting black mermaid gown by Filipino designer Michael CincoSofia Vergara at 70th Annual Golden Globe 1Flawless makeup: Sofia Vergara’ makeup looked flawless and her highlighted hair shiny as she posed for the cameraSofia Vergara 70th Annual Golden Globe 2

Surprise Guest…

In what may be one of the most memorable moments of the show, Bill Clinton shocked an audience full of Hollywood heavyweights as he appeared at the Golden Globes to present the film Lincoln. Mr Clinton introduced Lincoln, the film chronicling the fight to abolish slavery, and joked about his experience passing through unpopular legislation.

‘A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided Congress. Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn’t know anything about that,’ he said.

His appearance impressed even the most famous actors, as several were seen taking pictures with their cell phones while Mr Clinton was on stage. After announcing his name the cameras cut to the crowd, who immediately jumped to their feet to honor the former president.

Welcoming the praise: Former President Bill Clinton gave the introductory remarks for Lincoln at Sunday night’s Golden Globe awardsWelcoming the praise: Former President Bill Clinton gave the introductory remarks for Lincoln at Sunday night's Golden Globe awardsWell deserved: The entire room stood up for the former PresidentWell deserved: The entire room stood up for the former President

Golden Globes After-party…

Most people expect at these glitzy awards parties, the menus to feature the finest foods from across the world. But at the Harvey Weinstein’s, InStyle, HBO after Golden Globes bashes, the palettes were far less refined, which didn’t seem to bother the host of celebrities who were there to loosen up and party.

Guests were also treated to a live performance by ‘The Saturdays’ performed at the Golden Globes After-party. The fivesome looked glamorous as they took to the stage at the event and their stylish outfits complemented their stunning looks. The girls coordinated their clothing and a went with a theme of gold and white for the performance with Mollie King and Vanessa White standing out thanks to their shimmering gold skirts.

Heidi Klum happily chowed down on some french fries loaded with tomato sauce. The juxtaposition of the fast food and Heidi’s jewel encrusted outfit created a rather funny image, and with that in mind, the 39-year old’s earlier actions certainly added to the hilarity.

Even Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa couldn’t have looked any happier at the After-party. Just a few days after announcing they had cancelled their divorce, the pair appeared blissfully in love as they attended a party following the Golden Globes.

Ready to party: Heidi Klum was ready to let loose at the after-partyHeidi Klum 2013 Golden Globes After Party 2Tucking in: Heidi Klum may have been draped in jewels but her food taste was far less refinedTucking in: Heidi Klum may have been draped in jewels but her food taste was far less refinedDancing queen: Heidi made a bet with Nathan Fillion which saw her end up jiving on a tableDancing queen: Heidi made a bet with Nathan Fillion which saw her end up jiving on a tableWowing the crowd: The Saturdays were excited to perform at Fiat’s Into The Green party after the Golden Globes on Sunday and they brought some extra sparkle to the event in their shimmering white and gold outfitsWowing the crowd: The Saturdays were excited to perform at Fiat's Into The Green party after the Golden Globes on Sunday and they brought some extra sparkle to the event in their shimmering white and gold outfitsShaking their hips: The girls perform a sexy dance routine as Vanessa belts out a noteShaking their hips: The girls perform a sexy dance routine as Vanessa belts out a noteThey’re on fire! The Saturdays perform on stage after the Golden Globes and are in America to film their E! reality show Chasing The SaturdaysThey're on fire! The Saturdays perform on stage after the Golden Globes and are in America to film their E! reality show Chasing The SaturdaysStanding strong: Una Healy confidently stands on stage as Vanessa folds her arms and pouts in the backgroundStanding strong: Una Healy confidently stands on stage as Vanessa folds her arms and pouts in the backgroundStorming the stage: The girls look confident as they gave it their all at Golden Globes partyStorming the stage: The girls look confident as they gave it their all at Golden Globes partyAll cleaned up and ready to mingle: After their electrifying performance, the Saturdays had a change of outfit and posed for the cameraRochelle Wiseman and Group 2013 Golden Globes After Party 1Looking good: The ladies brought their fashion A-gameRochelle Wiseman and Group 2013 Golden Globes After Party 2Holding hands: Newly reconciled Kobe and Vanessa looked more in love than everHolding hands: Newly reconciled Kobe and Vanessa looked more in love than everHappier than ever! Kobe Bryant poses with his wife Vanessa at the Warner Brothers Golden Globes party in Beverly HillsHappier than ever! Kobe Bryant poses with his wife Vanessa at the Warner Brothers Golden Globes party in Beverly HillsWe’re back together: After a rough couple of months, the Bryants are in love and happy againVanessa and Kobe Bryant 2013 Golden Globes After Party 1Looking good: Kobe and his wife Vanessa looked as elegant as can be in their matching black outfitsVanessa and Kobe Bryant 2013 Golden Globes After Party 2Friends in high places: The pair pose with Olympic Gold medalists Gabrielle Douglas and Aly RaismanFriends in high places: The pair pose with Olympic Gold medalists Gabrielle Douglas and Aly Raisman Demure: Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe looked every inch Hollywood glam in her green gownAshley Madekwe 2013 Golden Globes After PartyNewlyweds: The couple who wed last year June have become Hollywood socialitesAshley Madekwe and husband Iddo Goldber 2013 Golden Globes After PartyParty time: Connie stayed behind to party, must have good babysitting arrangements in placeConnie Britton 2013 Golden Globes After PartySimple beauty: Garcelle Beauvais, mother of twin biracial boys, looked beautiful in her meshGarcelle Beauvais 2013 Golden Globes After Party 1Ageless: At 46, Garcelle gave her younger peers a run for their moneyAshley Madekwe 2013 Golden Globes After Party 2We love to party: Ol Parker and his wife Thandie showed they love to partyOl Parker and Thandie Newton 2013 Golden Globes After Party 1Beautiful couple: It’s hard to believe Thandie is a mother of twoOl Parker and Thandie Newton 2013 Golden Globes After Party 2No outfit change: Olivia Munn decided to stay in her gown for the after-partiesOlivia Munn 2013 Golden Globes After Party 1Lady in blue: Although the pale blue of her dress compliments her skintone, the dress itself wasn’t flatteringRosario Dawson 2013 Golden Globes After Party 1Nice hair: Rosario’s hair shined as it layed on her shouldersRosario Dawson 2013 Golden Globes After Party 2Beautiful: Salma Hayek looked so glam it’s wonder her peers aren’t jealous of herSalma Hayek 2013 Golden Globes After Party 1Posing: The 46 year-old actress sure knows how to poseSalma Hayek 2013 Golden Globes After Party 2Modern Lady: Sofia was slightly disappointed that her TV show ‘Modern Family’ didn’t win an awardSofia Vergara 2013 Golden Globes After PartyKeeping my eye on you: Nick Loeb was there to keep his eye on his fianceSofia Vergara and Nick Loeb 2013 Golden Globes After PartyHello there: ‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell, father of two adopted African-American girls, looked dapper in his tuxTy Burrell 2013 Golden Globes After PartyTV Family: Ty Burrell posed with his TV wife and children who also looked elegant for the Golden GlobesTy Burrell and TV family 2013 Golden Globes After PartyCelebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck and his gorgeous Ethiopian wife Gelila also attend one of the Golden Globes after-partyWolfgang Puck and wife Gelila at 2013 Golden Globes After-party 1African beauty: Gelila looks elegant and her skin is flawless as she poses next to her husbandWolfgang Puck and wife Gelila at 2013 Golden Globes After-party 2