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Barack & Michelle Obama Portraits Unveiled at Smithsonian Thanks Painter for Capturing Hot Wife!!!

2/12/2018 8:08 AM PST

Barack Obama's still as smooth as ever ... hailing 2 women -- including his wife -- with a single breath.

Barack and Michelle Obama were at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Monday in D.C. for the unveiling of their portraits. The former Prez had high praise for Amy Sherald and thanked her for "capturing the hotness of the woman I love." Smooth. Kehinde Wiley painted 44's portrait.

Michelle's wearing a dress by Michelle Smith's label, Milly. Her painting also features Sherald's gray skin tones. Obama's painting features the official flower of Chicago and African blue lilies are a nod to his late Kenyan-born father, Barack Sr.

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks were also in attendance. The paintings will join the “America’s Presidents” exhibition and will be available for public viewing beginning Tuesday.

Quavo NYPD Ready to Arrest Him ... Rapper Says, I'm Innocent!!!

2/9/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Quavo is about to get a new wrist accessory -- handcuffs -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources tell TMZ ... NYPD detectives have gotten in contact with the Migos rapper's attorney, Drew Findling, informing him they have enough evidence to arrest Quavo. We're told an arrest warrant hasn't been issued but it's only a matter of time.

Findling tells us his client's an innocent man and hopes for the sake of the NYPD and the Manhattan DA's office, they don't embarrass themselves by hooking his client up and prosecuting him.

TMZ broke the story ... Quavo allegedly beat the crap out of Eric the Jeweler when he tried to collect on Offset's $10k tab. Sources say Quavo and another man jumped Eric and jacked his $30k chain.

Findling's adamant ... "this is yet another example of a young African-American hip hop star potentially being treated unfairly by the criminal justice system."

Kobe Bryant Sits Front & Center at Oscars Lunch ... In Front of Meryl Streep!

2/5/2018 4:22 PM PST
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Kobe Bryant got the All-Star treatment at the Oscars lunch on Monday -- getting the prime front row seat for the official group photo ... despite the fact he towers over EVERYONE there! 

He's in front of huge stars like Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige, Kumail NanjianiGuillermo del Toro, Laura Dern ... EVEN MERYL FRICKIN' STREEP!

Then again, she's been in like 50 Oscars lunch photos ... so, maybe they wanted to switch it up. 

The Mamba's been nominated for Best Animated Short for "Dear Basketball" -- and he's clearly enjoying everything that goes along with being a nominee ... including free lunch! 

Lil Uzi Vert Grammys Style Got $350k Last-Minute Assist

2/4/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Uzi Vert didn't take home a Grammy this year ... but he dominated the bling game by rolling into the show with more than a quarter mil around his neck.

The rapper -- who was nominated for Best New Artist, but lost to Alessia Cara -- went to the Grammys donning a custom 60-carat upside-down cross wrapped in a gold and diamond vine ... hanging from an 80-carat diamond chain.

We're told Lil Uzi reached out to celeb jeweler, Elliot Avianne of Avianne & Co Jewelers, 3 months ago to get it made ... and dropped about $350k on the piece.

We're told it was finished just 3 hours before the show and hand-delivered to him -- just in time for him to walk the red carpet ... and give this hilariously awkward interview.

Logic's Grammy Performance Tripled Calls To National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

2/2/2018 3:26 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logic's live performance of his song "1-800-273-8255" with Alessia Cara and Khalid at the Grammys wasn't just moving ... it probably helped save many lives.

A spokesperson for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tells TMZ ... in the 2 hours after the rapper performed his hit track -- the title of which is the number to the lifeline -- the national network answered 3 times the typical amount of calls in the 2-hour window.

The NSPL says Logic's performance was "an incredible moment in suicide prevention," and he helped demonstrate worldwide that "healing is happening every day for people in crisis, and that there is help available.”

When the song was originally released in April 2017, calls to the Lifeline increased by 50 percent ... and there was a similar boost when he performed it at the VMAs in August.

Sarah Silverman PETA Pissed About Grammy Puppy Consolation Prize? Who Gives a F***!!!

1/31/2018 7:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sarah Silverman rolled her eyes at PETA for pissing on the puppy gag at the Grammys.

We got the funny lady Tuesday at LAX and asked about PETA bitching that James Corden handed out pups as a consolation prize. PETA thinks it was wrong to put the dogs under bright lights and it sent a bad message that dogs are prizes rather than family members. 

Sarah scared us by suggesting a dead dog was tucked inside her backpack. Fact is, she walks the walk as a vegetarian and has a message for the animal rights org.

Logan Paul You Live, You Learn, You Teach

1/30/2018 9:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Logan Paul has music on the brain after Sunday night's Grammys, but he's also not trying to hide from the heinous footage he posted of a suicide victim ... and the backlash that followed.

We got the YouTube star at LAX, and it was clear he'd been inspired after watching the music awards show because he was spitting random rap rhymes by Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert into the convo. 

Still, Logan seems focused on learning from his mistakes, and teaching other YouTubers to do better.

Donald Glover Bows Down to Jamie Foxx ... For Now, At Least

1/30/2018 8:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Glover admits Jamie Foxx has a leg up on him in the talent department, but adds it's just a matter of time ... Father Time.

We got the "Atlanta" star wearing a mask (the flu's no joke, folks) at LAX Monday and straight-up asked ... who's better? Fair question. Donald's hauled in multiple Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Jamie, of course, has an Oscar, Golden Globe and a Grammy.

Donald breaks down the comparison and basically says it all comes down to 2 numbers -- 34 and 50, their respective ages. Still, Donald admits there IS one thing at which he sucks.

Justin Bieber And Your Latin Grammy Goes to ... Marc Anthony's Producer!

1/30/2018 6:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber came up empty-handed after winning a Latin Grammy for "Despacito" ... because it was sent to Marc Anthony's producer by accident.

Carlos Escalona Cruz -- who worked on Marc's Grammy-winning children's album -- "Marc Anthony for Babies" -- tells TMZ he got Bieb's award in the mail this week.

Bieber won the accolade back in November for his feature on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" remix -- but he wasn't there in person, so didn't get it the day of. Looks like he didn't get it all, actually -- 'cause it showed up on Cruz's doorstep Monday.

Cruz tells us he was shocked to have received the Biebs' hardware, and says he reached out to Grammy brass (ha) right away to clear up the confusion. He says they apologized for the mistake and instructed him to send it back right away to get it to the rightful owner.

It's unclear whether Bieber got Cruz's Grammy -- but one thing is for sure ... sometimes it's worth showing up to these things in person. Just a thought, JB.

Shemar Moore My Hot Grammy Date Proves I'm Not Gay!

1/30/2018 8:07 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Shemar Moore's heard the rumors he's gay because he's frequently dateless for big events -- but says "Quantico" star Anabelle Acosta should take care of that.

We got Shemar with Anabelle Monday at LAX, on their way back from the Grammys. While they happily posed at the award show, Anabelle was a little camera shy with us. Shemar was dying to tell us about how he hooked up with her.

The "S.W.A.T." star handed out some major props to the people who helped him get in touch with Anabelle. So, did they make a love connection? Check out the video -- for what Shemar says and what they did together.

Sen. Ted Cruz Hollywood Hides from the Right ... It's Career Suicide

1/30/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. Ted Cruz says Hollywood folks literally duck and cover when it comes to expressing conservative beliefs ... because it would be an instant death sentence for their careers.

We got the Texas senator Monday at Reagan National Airport, and talked to him about the Grammys ... where singer Joy Villa showed up in a "pro-life" dress.

Cruz says he's shocked anytime people in showbiz are open about their conservative views. In fact, he says he's witnessed Hollywood types running for the hills, firsthand.

As we reported, Eric Trump's wife, Lara, was a total fan of Joy's dress -- but if you buy Cruz's account ... it could also crush the singer's job opportunities.

For what it's worth ... Suzanne Somers fully agrees with Cruz.

Joy Villa The Trumps Loved My 'Pro-Life' Dress ... For the 2018 Grammys

1/29/2018 12:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump took a beating at the 2018 Grammy Awards -- but his family did find one silver lining on the show ... singer Joy Villa's pro-life dress!

Joy -- who turned heads Sunday in her red carpet attire -- tells TMZ she spoke with Eric Trump's wife, Lara, Monday, saying she thought Joy's hand-painted "Choose Life" dress was stunning ... and left her proud of Joy's conservatism. 

This ain't Joy's first controversial outfit at the Grammys -- she showed up last year in a "Make America Great Again" gown in support of Trump, which also caused quite a stir.

As for this year's dress, Joy tells us she doesn't see it as "anti-abortion." She says she simply supports life, and wants to expand the #MeToo and Time's Up conversation to start including other women's rights issues like this. She once gave up a baby for adoption.

Aside from Joy, just about everyone else at the Grammys happily skewered the Prez, including Hillary Clinton's epic burn in a skit.

Justin Bieber Worried for Alessia Cara After Grammy Win

1/29/2018 6:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber never won a Grammy for best new artist ... and it sounds like he's glad he didn't.

We got the Biebs leaving Mr Chow Sunday night and asked him if he thought winning in that category is a curse. Alessia Cara beat out Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA for the statue. From the sound of it, Justin might be crossing his fingers for Alessia.

TMZ broke the story ... Justin didn't fly to NYC for the Grammys because he's working on a new album and doesn't want to make any big appearances until it's completed. That said, he's been a no-show in the past because he didn't think much of the awards. It seems like that's still the case because he didn't even watch Sunday night.

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