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Beyoncè Leads Cast of Animated Film ‘Epic’


Ahead of her leading role in the Clint Eastwood-directed reboot of A Star is Born, Beyoncé will lend her voice to the 3D CG-animated film Epic.

The singer-actress, whose film résumé includes Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Dreamgirls (2006) and Obsessed (2009), will play Queen Tara in the 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios production, which is being developed by the makers of Ice Age and Rio, according to Deadline.com.

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Beyoncé gets back to work, gives inside look at ‘Revel’ shows


This show looks AMAZING!!!! (Oprah’s voice)

Beyoncé treats fans with an inside look at her comeback shows at Atlantic City’s Revel Resorts.  In the footage, the pop star preps lighting cues, rehearses musical and vocal arrangements, modifies the stage design, and practices choreography for the sold out series of concerts.

“It is exciting. I feel a little nervous. I’m enjoying being a mother so it’s like going back to my old job.  It’s a little strange, but it’s important that you don’t lose yourself and still have your own passions. I’m back to business,” the 16-time Grammy Award winner said.

Bey’s four-night stint at Revel begins tomorrow and runs through Memorial Day.

Watch below.

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BET Awards ’12 Nominations


The nominees for the BET Awards ’12 were announced today at press conference in New York City.

Kanye West leads nominees with seven, earning nominations for Best Collaboration and two nods for Video of the Year. Beyoncé follows with six nominations, including nods for Best Female R&B Artist and dual nominations for Video of the Year (“Countdown,” “Love On Top”).

Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown will perform at the event, while legendary group Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Samuel L. Jackson will serve as this year’s host. The BET Awards ’12 air live on July 1 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Check out the full list of nominees below.

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Whitney Houston to be honored at ‘VH1 Divas’


VH1 will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston at this year’s VH1 Divas, according Billboard.

“We all felt that if any show could pay tribute to Whitney’s music, it would be ‘Divas,'” VH1 president Tom Calderone says. “December felt like enough time where it wouldn’t be sad anymore, you’d want to celebrate her music.”

Whitney’s longtime musical director Ricky Minor will executive produce the show, which will be taped in December in Los Angeles.  No artists have been confirmed for the tribute.

Houston, who died in February, is one of the artists credited with giving the event legitimacy in the eyes of some. The iconic singer is a three-time performer on Divas in 1999, 2002 and 2003.

This has potential to be something special.  Taping in December gives the producers enough time to book the best of the best to pay tribute to one of the true legends in music. On my shortlist of performers are: Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Beyoncè, Patti LaBelle, Amber Riley (Glee), Jennifer Hudson (maybe), Christina Aguilera (ONLY IF SHE CAN CONTROL THAT DAMN YODELING), Ledisi, Chaka Khan, Kim Burrell, Deborah Cox, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Brandy, and Monica. I know it’s a long shot but I’m wouldn’t mind seeing Adele perform as well.


Who’s on your list of performers for Whitney’s Divas tribute?

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Hot Shots: Beyoncé turns heads at MET Gala 2012


It was about fashion last night in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala. Reporters and photographers waited patiently for music industry heavyweights to flock the red carpet, and they did not disappoint.  Beyoncé stole the show as she arrived wearing a sheer Givenchy gown.

Rihanna stunned in a black Tom Ford dress. The “Where Have You Been” singer dished about her fashion line to reporters on the red carpet. “Designing is definitely in the near future for me and we’re working on it as we speak,” she shared. “I can’t really say yet. It’ll be fun and it’ll definitely be things that I love and that are inspired by my personal style.”

Check out Solange, Kanye, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, and Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz below.

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Listen: ‘Glee’ covers Beyoncé’s “I Was Here”


Glee’s Lea Michele covers Beyoncé’s “I Was Here” on the new soundtrack, Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album. Michele’s character, Rachel Berry, is one of the eight main characters graduating on the season three finale, which airs May 22.

I Was Here” was written by Diane Warren for Bey’s latest album, 4.  The reflective ballad provided the soundtrack for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, and ABC News used the song to commemorate of the tenth anniversary of 9-11.  The Boys and Girls Club of America also used the song for their PSA campaign to promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

Listen to Lea Michele’s cover below.

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Beyoncé Slams Fake Pregnancy Rumors: ‘It was just crazy’


Shortly after Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards last August, rumors of her using a fake baby bump and a surrogate ran rampant.  Like most rumors involving the global superstar, the accusations have not died down, even after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter in January.

“That was crazy. It wasn’t hurtful, it was just crazy,” People’s “Most Beautiful Woman” told the magazine in an interview, saying: “Where did they come up with this?”

More fuel was added to the faux-bump rumors after video of her interview with the Australian talk show Sunday Night HD hit the web, where her stomach appeared to deflate as she sat down to speak with the host.

“Stupid, ridiculous and false,” her publicist said in a statement last October. “It was a fabric that folded – does fabric not fold? Oh my gosh, so stupid,” she said.

While the allegations didn’t seem to bother Beyoncé, her mom Tina Knowles took it personally.

“I thought it was very unfair and very cruel that someone would think that someone would be that diabolical to keep up a charade like that for nine months,” said the House of Dereon designer. “As a mother it was painful for me to hear the crazy rumors. And I even had people ask me, which was so ridiculous.”

Even with Beyoncé finally speaking out about the fake bump and surrogate rumors, the conspiracy theorists won’t rest until they’re giving video proof that Blue Ivy resided in the Holy Uterus and can examine the afterbirth.  Meanwhile, B is gearing up for her three-night stint at Revel, Atlantic City’s newest resort, during Memorial Day weekend.

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Hot Shots: Beyoncé’s Full ‘PEOPLE’ Magazine Spread


Earlier this week, Beyoncé was named this year’s ‘World’s Most Woman’ by People magazine. With the issue now available on newsstands, here’s your chance to see Queen B’s full spread. As always, the “Love On Top” singer keeps things sexy but also classy. Peep the pics below.

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