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Laila Ali Praises Kaepernick 'Wonderful' He Got Muhammad Ali Award

12/8/2017 6:04 AM PST
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Laila Ali thinks it's GREAT Colin Kaepernick received the special award named after her father -- but she ain't exactly ready to call him the modern day Muhammad Ali

FYI, the winner of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is selected by representatives of Sports Illustrated and the Ali family to "honor a figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world."

"Isn't that wonderful?" Laila told TMZ Sports when asked about Colin ... "He has my 100% stamp of approval."

We then said, "People are calling him the modern day Muhammad Ali. Do you agree?"

She kinda gave us a look ... and said, "I think it's good he got the award though."

Some props better than no props -- right? 

Shawne Merriman O.J. Should Keep His Heisman Vote ... Here's Why

12/6/2017 4:05 PM PST
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Ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman says O.J. Simpson absolutely should get to use his Heisman vote now that he's outta the slammer ... telling TMZ Sports it all boils down to a basic formula.

On the field ... O.J. was a legend who (fun fact) won his Heisman award by the largest margin of victory EVER.

Off the field ... the former Chargers linebacker says it doesn't matter what Simpson did or didn't do -- 'cause he's voting on a football award!

Bonus: Shawne went to town on the NY Giants for their "HORRIBLE" decision to bench Eli Manning for a week -- and he made some pretty good points.

Conor McGregor Flossin' w/ Versace, Rita Ora & Lewis Hamilton ... at UK Fashion Awards

12/4/2017 4:45 PM PST
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Here's Conor McGregor and Lewis Hamilton proving you don't have to be in the NBA to be sports fashionistas ... stuntin' like bosses at the annual Fashion Awards show in London. 

The UFC and F1 mega-stars pulled up to the red carpet at Royal Albert Hall on Monday night and posed for some pics with fashion icon Donatella Versace -- who was honored at the ceremony. 

Conor was no doubt rockin' one of his custom David August suits ...  but Lewis might've outdone the champ with his bright-red plaid joint.

McGregor and Hamilton kept the party going inside the venue -- rubbing elbows with Rita Ora and supermodels Irina Shayk and Jourdan Dunn

#Swag

Colin Kaepernick Rare Appearance at Awards Show 'Human Rights Can't Be Compromised'

12/4/2017 6:26 AM PST

Colin Kaepernick made a rare public appearance Sunday night ... accepting an award for showing bravery to participate in national anthem demonstrations despite risking his job.

The free agent QB was honored with the Courageous Advocate award at the ACLU of SoCal's Bill of Rights dinner ... and was welcomed with a long applause from those in attendance.

"We must confront systemic oppression as a doctor would a disease. You identify it, you call it out, you treat it, and you defeat it," Kaep said.

“We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised."

Other honorees at the event included Jane Fonda, Judd Apatow and Viola Davis

Pat Houston Whitney Would've Been Proud Of Xtina's AMA Tribute

11/20/2017 1:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Christina Aguilera's tribute to Whitney Houston during Sunday's AMAs was heartfelt, lovely and fabulous ... according to Whitney's sister-in-law.

We got Pat Houston at LAX and asked what she thought of folks hating on Christina's performance -- with some even suggesting it made P!nk cringe.

Pat's not buying that -- in fact, she says the homage was "amazing." According to her, the only opinions that matter are Christina's and Whit's fam ... and it sounds like she nailed the latter.

As for P!nk's apparent reaction, Pat's got an explanation. Hint ... what does everyone do right before they cry?

Selena Gomez I Was Really Singing at AMAs ... To a Backing Track

11/20/2017 10:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Selena Gomez wasn't lip-syncing during her American Music Awards performance Sunday ... she did what other performers Christina Aguilera, Nick Jonas and Hailee Steinfeld did and used a backing track.

Twitter went off on Selena's first public performance since getting a kidney transplant earlier this summer. Fans called her a "fraud" and accused her of lip-syncing her new single, "Wolves," since she kept her head down and covered her face for most of it.

But sources close to Bieber's gal tell us that's not true and she only used a backing track on the chorus, which is common during live performances. She also didn't dance because she wanted to sing live. It's also possible the live feed wasn't mixed properly for TV.

As for looking miserable during the performance ... we're told it was all part of the act and that she wasn't sad at all. 

The Chainsmokers P!nk's Mid-Air Singing ... 'Most Ridiculous Thing Ever'

11/20/2017 8:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

P!nk's death-defying stunt for the American Music Awards was "ridiculous," according to The ChainsmokersAndrew Taggart -- and that's a good thing.

We got the duo heading to Madeo Sunday night in L.A. after the AMAs and we asked Andrew about P!nk's performance as she hung off the side of the JW Marriott Hotel ... a good 34 floors up!

Andrew's reaction is pretty blunt. But when asked if he'd ever do anything like it ... you could see the terror in his eyes. Pretty sure it ain't gonna happen while he's in the group. Alex Pall, on the other hand, was pretty stoked!

Christina Aguilera Here's My Reaction to P!nk's Reaction

11/20/2017 6:52 AM PST

Christina Aguilera saw P!nk's grimace and raised her ... a grin.

We got Christina leaving The Nice Guy in WeHo after the American Music Awards. Judging from the stone-cold look on her face Xtina'd already heard about P!nk's facial reaction to her Whitney Houston tribute during the show.

P!nk's apparent reaction went viral with many thinking she was not feeling the performance. Well, Christina gave us her own reaction ... to the reaction.

They've had bad blood before -- remember Christina tried punching P!nk in the face years ago. Still, P!nk tried early on to diffuse this AMA beef with a tweet because she said she loved the performance.

Wonder what Christina thought of P!nk's act.

2017 AMAs Blonde Selena, Shiny Diana & More!

11/19/2017 6:45 PM PST

The 2017 American Music Awards brought out Hollywood's music elite in force, and perhaps to no one's surprise ... everybody was looking sharp for the show.

Stars like Jamie Foxx, Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Macklemore, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Hailee Steinfeld, Niall Horan, Imagine Dragons, Christina Aguilera, and more were in attendance. 

But it wasn't just musicians that showed -- actors, actresses and other A-listers made appearances as well ... including Chrissy Metz, Billy Eichner, Lea Michele, Nick Cannon, Ansel Elgort, Heidi Klum, Nicole Kidman and the kids from "Stranger Things."

Lots to remember here -- Selena's new blonde 'do, Diana bringing back the sparkle outfits  ... you name it, AMAs had it. 

P!nk at 2017 AMAs Performs on Side of the JW Marriott ... At 90 Degrees

11/19/2017 7:21 PM PST

P!nk sure knows her best angles -- 'cause she just did an entire performance on the side of a building ... and made it look effortless.

The pop star did the death-defying stunt Sunday night in L.A. for the 2017 American Music Awards -- in which she hung off the side of the JW Marriott Hotel next to the Microsoft Theater while singing her song "Beautiful Trauma" ... just about 34 floors high.

While the rest of us were covering our eyes in complete fear for her safety, P!nk looked like she'd just gotten hired as a Cirque du Soleil ... twirling around like a veteran acrobat. 

As we reported ... P!nk definitely got some practice in ahead of the performance, which seems like it paid off big time. 

Kids, don't try this at home. 

Kelly Clarkson, P!nk Plan Opening Tribute for 1st Responders ... At 2017 AMAs

11/19/2017 2:22 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Clarkson and P!nk will be honoring first responders everywhere during their opening performance at the American Music Awards ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us the 2 pop stars are planning a tribute for police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, disaster relief teams and everyone in between who shows up at the first sign of trouble to kick off the program Sunday evening.

We're told there will be a photo montage displaying pics of different scenarios where first responders were crucial this year -- including at shootings, hurricanes, fires, floods and other natural disasters that befell the country in 2017.

Sources say it's being planned to be an incredibly powerful and emotional moment in the show -- so much so, that it even got standing ovations during dress rehearsal. 

Jamie Foxx introduced the pair before they launched into a duet of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts."

'Rap City' Host Big Tigger Here's Why I Took a Knee ... At BET Hip Hop Awards

10/11/2017 2:52 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

'Rap City' host Big Tigger says he decided to drop to one knee at the BET Hip Hop Awards to seize the moment, and show support for Colin Kaepernick.

We spoke to Tigger about taking a knee Tuesday night as he entered the event. He was also wearing a black Kaepernick jersey -- but he told us the move wasn't a planned thing -- more like he just happened upon the "right place at the right time."

BT says this isn't just about sports now, instead it's a national issue now -- and he wanted to step into the fray ... just like Jay-Z and President Trump have.

Seth McFarlane Joked What Everyone Knew Weinstein Made Moves on Actresses

10/10/2017 10:58 AM PDT

Seth McFarlane cracked a joke during the 2013 Oscar Nominations about Harvey Weinstein and his apparent insatiable appetite for actresses ... and it seemed the audience was in on it.

Seth was presenting the nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and suggested the nominees were powerful enough to rebuff Weinstein's advances.

Check out the clip. The audience was super uncomfortable.

And Tina Fey wrote a joke on "30 Rock" for Jane Krakowski's character, who quipped, "I'm not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than 3 occasions ... out of 5."

Again, everyone knew what was up years ago.

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