The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being criticized for rescinding the Oscar nomination of the song "Alone Yet Not Alone," which is from the Christian film of the same name. Calls are being made to allow the song to compete.
Artists for Life, a project of Cherish Life Ministries and whose affiliated artist Joni Eareckson Tada has sung the song, has issued a statement calling on the Academy to allow "Alone Yet Not Alone" to compete with other selections for the Oscar award.
The song was nominated for Best Original Song on Jan. 15, but the Academy rescinded the nomination on Jan. 29 on accusations that its composer, Bruce Broughton, used his leadership position in the Academy to improperly influence members to select the film. It is the Academy's first such action on ethical grounds. more >>
Beyonce is well known for being a chart topping singer but now the 32-year-old wife and mother is going to be the subject of a course at Rutgers University.
Kevin Allred will be teaching the course called "Politicizing Beyonce" which will explore race, gender and sexuality in America, according to Rutgers Today.
"This isn't a course about Beyoncé's political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama's inauguration weekend," Allred told Rutgers Today. "She's had a long history of girl power, feminine empowerment in her music." more >>
Sarah Hyland, the "Modern Family" actress caused a stir when she tweeted about a potential diss from popular singer Rihanna.
"So @rihanna just walked by my room at @gma I started singing 'Stay' to her... She didn't," Hyland,23, tweeted while on "Good Morning America" this week.
The tweet got picked up by a number of major blogs and publications like E! and Perez Hilton. After a number of people spoke about the 25-year-old pop star "dissing" the actress, Hyland came clean about her encounter with Rihanna. more >>
Justin Bieber is thankful that his hometown is supporting him amid recent media scrutiny.
Bieber, the 19-year-old Canadian crooner, returned to his home country where he was accused of assaulting a limousine driver last December. Still, the mayor of his Stratford hometown is standing by the singer.
"No matter what happens, it doesn't negate the fact that Justin is from Stratford," Mayor Dan Mathieson of Stratford said in The London Free Press report recently. "As far as I'm concerned, he is a 19-year-old person who has made some errors. I don't condone them, but I also understand that we all have made errors in our life. I hope for his sake that he can get a reset, and get back to music and doing what he loves." more >>
LeToya Luckett is defending her former Destiny's Child group member against accusations of treating their bandmate Kelly Rowland negatively.
Earlier this month an old video surfaced on the video sharing website Vine, where each of the four original Destiny's Child group members which include LaTavia Roberson and Luckett introduce themselves. When Rowland introduced herself, it seemed a young Beyonce was not happy with her statement.
"I'm the second lead vocalist of the group," Rowland said in the old video, which has been circulating on Twitter and Vine without a specific date. more >>
Michelle Williams is clearing up internet gossip about her feeling that her friend and former Destiny's Child group member Beyonce's new self titled album is so provocative that it is embarrassing.
Williams, the 33-year-old singer formerly of Destiny's Child, was featured in the song "Superpower" for Beyonce's self titled album. However, some of the subject matter on the project may have been too private for the singer to share.
"I was telling someone on the way here how I was laughing," Williams said according to Us Weekly. "I don't know if it's laughter of shyness or embarrassment because the makeup artist and everyone was listening to her say these things, and I'm like, 'That's private girl!'" more >>