If you had to compare anything to being a celebrity during award season, what would it be? The stress of writing an exam that you crammed for the night before? Anxiously waiting for a second interview for your dream job? Wondering if you did everything in your human power to ensure the top spot in whatever sport you play? I don’t know. But I’m sure it’s not an easy thing to go through, year after year, artist after artist. Did Leo ever win his Oscar?
Regardless, the Grammy nominations have been revealed and people (including celebrities) have opinions about everything from snubs to being unworthy to being nominated for the wrong category (see everything in between).
If you’re not a fan of awards season, don’t worry; I’m sure there’s something here for you. We’ve rounded up all the other entertainment news from the past week (and a little more). Here’s the good, the bad and everything in between.
Michael B. Jordan – if you aren’t as obsessed as I am, get on the bandwagon. Recently crowned as People’s 2020 Sexiest Man Alive (absolutely no complaints there), the superstar is finally getting his moment to shine. Well, he’s been brightly shining for years on and off the big screen, but I really feel like this title was a long-time coming. Obviously biased, he is totally deserving and takes over from 2019’s winner, John Legend, who happily conceded to the winner, though Dwayne Johnson (2016 winner) wasn’t as easily thrown (his reference to Trump was brilliant). Anyway, it gets better; Jordan is giving us more – or should I say showing us more? He is using his title for good and told Jimmy Kimmel he would create an OnlyFans account, then donate all the proceeds to struggling businesses. What more could we ask of the Sexiest Man Alive?
I’ve never been a huge Mike Tyson fan, but if biting an ear off is your kind of thing, then more power to you. However, he recently took a surprising stance in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and honestly, maybe ear-biting isn’t so bad. On a podcast episode of Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson, the boxer called out rapper Boosie Badazz for his remarks about Zaya, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s daughter, who transitioned earlier this year. Boosie was concerned that Zaya is just a child, to which Mike responded, “What happened to you that you think that you’re somebody that can comment on somebody’s life?” Preach, Mike, PREACH. Anyway, the main point of this whole story is that Dwyane Wade appreciated Mike standing up for his family, and so do I.
Obama and Oprah playing virtual footsies with each other is probably the greatest thing ever. Using green screen technology, the pair did an interview that seemingly looked like they were together in the same room, but really they were in entirely separate locations. The first 30 seconds is all you need to watch to fall in love with the former POTUS all over again.
Euphoria’s Lukas Gage recently released a call-to-action and reminder to mute your mics when you’re in a virtual meeting. He revealed an audition video (sorry, the actual audition isn’t there), in which the director accidentally left his mic on and proceeded to bash Gage’s tiny apartment. Lucas quickly interrupted and responded by laughing it off (watch below). He didn’t reveal the identity of the director, but Tristram Shapeero has released a lengthy apology (though days late) on Deadline. And while I definitely have opinions and more to say on this issue, I’ll just leave you with this one thought – how would this turn out if the rude director was female or a POC or dare I say, a female POC? But alas, it wasn’t and all’s well that ends well in the entertainment world.
In an essay for the New York Times, Meghan Markle has revealed she had a miscarraige in July. The vivid and candid essay describes the grief and loss that she shares with her husband Prince Harry and the importance of asking one important question: Are you OK?
Everything in Between
Grammys – Taylor received six nominations, but Beyonce has more, nine to be exact, and is set to break a bunch of records. The Weeknd was snubbed and let the Academy know there is a transparent explanation owed to the fans, and himself. Justin Bieber left a note on Instagram thanking the Grammys for his nominations in a bunch of pop categories, but he apparently created a R&B album (so, someone messed up?), but he’s honoured nonetheless. Cardi B was nominated and Wiz Khalifa had some issues with that, but Cardi fired back on Twitter, to which he responded with another tweet. Does anyone just pick up the phone and hash out their problems anymore?