‘Hand in Hand’ hurricane relief telethon raises over $44 million

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The star-studded “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief,” which aired live on 15 networks Tuesday night, raised over $44 million for those affected by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In a live broadcast from New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Antonio, the hurricane relief telethon featured appearances from celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Tyler Perry, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey.

Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Usher, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, CeCe Winans and Miranda Lambert were a few of the musicians who performed during the event.

Beyoncé, a native of Houston, urged viewers to donate in an emotional plea for unity and raise the awareness of climate change in a pre-recorded message.

“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes,” she said.

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“And countless families are now homeless. In my home town city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies. And, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids new books and toys so they can continue to dream. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social, and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.

“Please, give what you can. The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day. Just this past week, we’ve seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, and multiple catastrophic hurricanes. Irma alone has left a trail of death and destruction from the Caribbean to Florida to southern United States. We have to be prepared for what comes next.”

Houston rapper Bun B and Scooter Braun organized the hurricane relief benefit

For more information on how to donate, visit Hand in Hand’s website.

Watch the “Hand in Hand” in its entirety below.

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Sir and Rumi Carter makes their debut on Instagram

Singer and actress Beyoncé, has posted the first picture of her one month old twins on her Instagram page.

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Sir and Rumi Carter, her twin boy and girl with husband Jay-Z, made their debut early Friday morning, with mom holding them in her arms, draped in a floral purple dress and wearing a light turquoise veil.

The post has already gained 6.3 million likes, so far, on the social media site.

The Carter twins were born in June and have one older sister, Blue Ivy, born in 2012.

2017 Grammy Awards

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The 59th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, aired live on CBS Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Adele was the biggest winner of the night, scoring five Grammys, including Album of the Year for 25, which some have considered being the biggest upset of the night after beating out Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

The 28-year-old singer, was surprised over her win, and though the honor should have went to Beyoncé, who was moved to tears by Adele’s heartfelt speech.

“I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humble and very grateful, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé,” said Adele. “This album for me, the ‘Lemonade’ album, was so monumental. The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering,” she said. “And they stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have.”

Beyoncé won two Grammys last night for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade and Best Music Video for “Formation.”

Here is a select list of winners of the 2017 Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year

25, Adele

Record of the Year

“Hello,” Adele

Song of the Year

“Hello,” Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

Best New Artist

Chance the Rapper

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Hello,” Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Stressed Out,” Twenty One Pilots

Best Pop Vocal Album

25, Adele

Best Dance Recording

“Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers ft. Daya

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skin, Flume

Best Rock Performance

“Blackstar,” David Bowie

Best Rock Song

“Blackstar,” David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Best Rock Album

Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant

Best Alternative Music Album

Blackstar, David Bowie

Best R&B Performance
“Cranes in the Sky,” Solange

 

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Angela,” Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song

“Lake by the Ocean,” Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Lemonade, Beyoncé

Best Rap Performance

“No Problem,” Chance the Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Best Rap/Sung Performance

“Hotline Bling,”  Drake

Best Rap Song

“Hotline Bling,” Drake

Best Rap Album

Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper

Best Country Solo Performance

“My Church,” Maren Morris

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Jolene,” Pentatonix ft. Dolly Parton

 

Best Comedy Album

Talking for Clapping, Patton Oswalt

Best Music Video

“Formation,” Beyoncé

 

For a complete list of winners, head over to grammy.com.

Beyoncé Announces Pregnancy!

Congratulations are in order for Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z!

The “Formation” singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that she is pregnant, with twins!

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She posted the above picture with the following messgae:

“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are parents to five-year-old Blue Ivy.

Tidal x 10/15

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Tidal X 10/15 was held at Barclays Center on Saturday (October 15) to help raise money for education in support of the Robin Hood Foundation.

The charity concert featured performances from Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Ms. Lauryn Hill, TI, Common, Robin Thicke, Kevin Garrett, DNCE and other artists featured on TIDAL.

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