MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2017
MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS
Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara and American pop star Joe Jonas co-hosted the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto last night, where Canadian musicians scored some hardware.
Indigenous group A Tribe Called Red won video of the year for ``R.E.D.,'' Shawn Mendes won pop video of the year for ``Mercy,''
and PARTYNEXTDOOR won best new Canadian artist. Drake won most buzzworthy Canadian, while former One Direction member Niall Horan won the fan fave international artist or group award and Lorde won for international artist of the year. Justin Bieber took the Fan Fave Artist/Group award.
BEYONCE'S - TWINS HERE?
Representatives for Beyonce and Jay Z are not responding to reports that she has delivered their twins. Jay Z was a last-minute cancellation to his induction as the first rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame Thursday, and some reports noted increased security at a Los Angeles hospital. Beyonce and Jay Z are notorious for delaying confirmation of big life events. They took weeks to confirm the birth of their first daughter and years to confirm they were even dating or had gotten married.
``ALL EYEZ ON ME'' - REACTION
Two friends of Tupac Shakur have opposite feelings about the movie of his life, ``All Eyez on Me.'' Jada Pinkett Smith hated it, and M-C Hammer loved it. Pinkett Smith was a childhood friend of Shakur's and says the movie gives a ``deeply hurtful'' version of their friendship.
She complimented the performance by Kat Graham, who plays her, but Pinkett Smith says she never argued with Shakur backstage and he never read her a poem. M-C Hammer was friends with Shakur and tweets the film is ``an excellent truthful portrayal'' of his friend. He points out it's a movie, not a documentary.
U2 - SCHOOL YEAR POSTPONEMENT
Summer vacation is one day longer in a town outside Buffalo because of U2. The band is playing a concert at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York, on September 5th, which is the first day of classes. District officials are anticipating a crush of traffic, so they've postponed the opening of school until the next day. The district says on its website they usually deal with transportation delays on the first day as drivers learn their routes and students figure out where to find their buses.
LORDE - ONION RINGS - REVIEWER
One of the best recent Internet conspiracies has been confirmed: Lorde really is reviewing onion rings online.
Reporters at New Zealand's Newshub noted that the website Onion Rings Worldwide was reviewing onion rings in the same places where Lorde was doing appearances. Lorde confirmed to Jimmy Fallon on the ``Tonight'' show that it is indeed her. Lorde says it was just a funny thing that she did on tour and she ``naively didn't realize it would be, like, a THING.'' Lorde has taken down the site because she didn't want it to appear like a publicity stunt, but she says she'll keep eating onion rings because they're her favourite.
TED NUGENT - POLITICAL TALK
The man who once suggested former U-S President Barack Obama ``suck on my machine-gun'' says he's going to tone down what he says. Ted Nugent, a conservative, tells W-A-B-C Radio in New York he will back down the ``hateful rhetoric'' and he encourages liberals to do the same. He says he will take a deep breath and if the talk gets hateful, he will go away rather than engage. Nugent admits he's made wild comments against Obama and then-Senator Hillary Clinton on stage and blames it on adrenaline. He says he will not abandon his beliefs, but he will no longer use harsh terms to express them.
GENE SIMMONS - TRADEMARK CLAIM
Ronnie James Dio's widow and Nikki Sixx have their own take on Gene Simmons' attempt to trademark the devil horns gesture. Wendy Dio tells TheWrap-dot-com it's ``disgusting'' that anyone would want to make money off that and it's like trying to copyright the peace sign. Simmons filed an application with the U-S Trademark and Patent Office last week to trademark the gesture.
Ronnie James Dio is often credited with popularizing it. Sixx tweeted he's thinking of trademarking the middle finger.
(The Canadian Press)