The only riff raff the Grammy's want at its ceremony a week from Sunday is the singer, and maybe not even him ... and that's the basis of a new lawsuit.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences claims VIP Concierge has somehow gotten hold of some of the tickets and is hawking them online.
The Academy claims in the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the tickets are not transferable and anyone who buys them will be unceremoniously thrown out of Staples Center.
But it doesn't end there. According to the lawsuit, VIP Concierge has been advertising the tickets with a pic of the Gramophone logo and the phrase, "Music's Biggest Night."
The website doesn't say how much a ticket will set you back ... that's all backroom stuff.
The Academy is asking a judge for an order declaring VIP legally out of bounds, and they want some cash for their troubles.
Doing AVN Party
But Not For the Porn Of It
1/22/2015 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Porn star Christy Mack is taking her talents to Vegas for the AVN Awards -- but after recovering from a brutal domestic violence attack ... she's doing it for a charitable cause.
TMZ has learned Mack will be doing a meet and greet at OG Las Vegas on Friday night -- and a portion of the door proceeds will be donated to Safe Nest -- a domestic violence org.
Christy's appearance kicks off AVN weekend in Vegas ... and we're told there will be VIP gift bags with limited edition Christy Mack merchandise on sale to fans. Some of that revenue will also go to Safe Nest.
TMZ broke the story ... Mack was allegedly pummeled by her ex-boyfriend War Machine back in August ... leaving her with broken bones and a ruptured liver.
War Machine is still behind bars facing 32 charges ... including attempted murder.
'Selma' Star Tim Roth
My Black Co-Stars ...
Deserved Oscar Nominations!
1/17/2015 7:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Selma" star Tim Roth says his black co-stars deserved to be nominated for an Academy Award this year ... period.
Roth was heading into the White House for a special screening of the movie courtesy of the Prez ... when he told our photog how he feels about the absence of Academy color.
Best part of the video ... Roth tells us how it feels to be one of the only white people featured in the flick ... his response is hilarious.
Jennifer Aniston & Angelina Jolie
Together At Last
... In the Same Photo
1/16/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
We're gonna need a bigger room ... is what Critics' Choice Awards planners must have been saying with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie showing up at the same event for the first time in years.
The ex and current Mrs. Pitt were actually photographed together -- several dozens of feet apart -- in a wide shot of the room ... making it clear someone (who wants to remain employed) was careful to seat them as far away as possible from each other.
We're told there were no chance run-ins between them during the show -- their first close encounter since the 2009 Oscars. For the record ... both women lost last night.
Although Justin Theroux was with Jennifer ... Angie was riding solo. Brad's no dummy.
Poop Just Got Nominated for an Oscar!
... Wait, WHO?
1/15/2015 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ... so you would think she'd know there is no cinematographer by the name of Dick Poop, but you'd be wrong.
Isaacs had an embarrassing gaffe during Thursday morning's announcement of this year's Oscar nominees. She was reading off the names of the nominees for Best Cinematography when she mistakenly referred to Dick Pope as ... well, you know.
Poor Dick Pope ... this must be like high school all over again for him.
Bill Cosby Accuser
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Know The Truth
1/12/2015 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of Bill Cosby's famous accusers was cheering when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewered the comedian during the Golden Globes.
Law & Order actress Michelle Hurd thinks it's ironic ... 2 female comedians who were cracking jokes about Cosby's alleged antics could be more powerful in swaying the public than the accusers themselves.
Hurd tells us ... Fey and Poehler give the allegations credibility given the profile of the Globes.
She thinks Cosby has been impervious to the criticism and hostility aimed at him, but she's hoping the cumulative impact of hecklers at his concerts, women speaking out and now 2 famous women taking an international stage and blasting Cosby will finally get to him.
Hurd came forward back in November, alleging Cosby groped her in a dressing room while they worked on "The Cosby Show" together.
Give Us a Ride! [VIDEO]
1/12/2015 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Aniston is awesome ... dropping the F-bomb during the endless limo line following the Golden Globes Sunday night.
Aniston got a little impatient waiting for her SUV outside the Beverly Hilton with fiancé Justin Theroux ... joking she'd ditch her own ride if a friend got them the hell outta there.
She's pretty famous for being down to earth and just plain fun ... and she was true to form.
One thing ... it's pretty clear who's calling the shots. Watch.
Hollywood Digs Her Now
1/12/2015 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Monica Lewinsky hobnobbed with Hollywood elite after the Golden Globes continuing a reemergence ... which some call NOT coincidentally timed to match Hillary Clinton running for prez.
We got Monica leaving a Globes after party at the Chateau Marmont ... and posed the question she will most likely have to deal with next year -- will she cast a vote for Hillary?
Also interesting ... who she partied with at the event. Monica was photographed hanging with her longtime Hollywood BFF, Alan Cumming.
Gotta say, he looks good on her.
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Because Y'See ...
Cosby Jokes Kill at Golden Globes
1/11/2015 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did what they said they would do ... take shots at Bill Cosby during their opening monologue at the Golden Globe Awards -- and they went in HARD!
Tina and Amy turned their opening into a full roast of Cosby's rape allegations -- each doing impressions of the Cos talking about slipping pills to unsuspecting women.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Hollywood crowd ate it up. There were a few shocked faces, but only a few.
Of course, Cosby has never been convicted and vehemently denies the allegations ... so we're guessing he wasn't laughing.
The Game and YG
The Grammys Hate Gangster Rappers
12/17/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Game and YG think the Grammys are rigged ... because gangster rappers are getting screwed over.
Game tells TMZ ... people at the Grammys "don't respect our culture or our music. Unless we cross over, we ain't winning s**t."
YG is incredulous ... his album, "My Krazy Life," debuted at #1 on Billboard yet he didn't get a single nomination. He told Big Boy Tuesday his music was way better than most, but he wouldn't be specific.
The irony ... both YG and Game think the Grammys shut out any rapper who is not mainstream, which is ironic given that YG sold more albums than just about anyone in the rap category in 2014.
Game's parting shot ... "We can’t even get police convicted of coldblooded murder, so we definitely ain't winning no f**king Grammy."
Best Lawsuit of the Year
Sell an Oscar
Go Directly to Court
12/16/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
And the Oscar goes to ... some dude on eBay, and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is going after the relative of an actual winner.
A guy named Robert Surtees won an Oscar in 1953 for cinematography for the "The Bad and the Beautiful." Robert is now dead, and his daughter-in-law, Carol, apparently needs some cash, because she put the statue up on eBay and there was indeed a market ... she sold it for $40,500.
Here's the problem ... there are strings attached to winning an Oscar, one of them being that if the winner wants to sell it the Academy can step in and buy it for the very reasonable price of $10.
So the Academy is pissed, and they've filed a lawsuit, not only asking for the sale price but they want a judge to give them the statue ... of course, after the Academy ponies up the $10.
Porn Awards Want to See
What Dat Mouth Do
12/9/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lorde's innocent flirting with porn star, James Deen, could land her deep in the sex-on-cam biz -- the porn industry wants her for a gig at their award show.
Porn sources tell TMZ ... Adult Video News (AVN) sent an enticing email to the singer inviting her to open wide ... and sing for the AVNs (the porn Oscars) in Vegas next month.
Back in November, Deen and Lorde safely exchanged mutual love -- on Twitter -- which AVN believes is a strong enough connection for her to perform at the show.
No word on whether she'll accept the invite, but AVN is convinced her “passion for a good story” makes her a perfect fit.
Barely legal bonus: Lorde just turned 18.
Enjoy the View
11/24/2014 2:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez showed off her gymnast-level flexibility as she performed on stage at Sunday night's American Music Awards ... sending a message to other pop stars -- bow down to this booty.
The 45 year-old singer performed Sunday with Iggy Azalea ... and even though Beyonce and Nicki Minaj have reached for the ass queen throne -- this ankle-grabbing move solidifies J.Lo's position.
She's still Jenny from the block ... from all angles.