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Green Day Anti-Trump Chant Was Shock to ABC

11/21/2016 7:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

update_graphic_red_bar10:20 AM PT -- The anti-Trump chant was not pre-planned or withheld during rehearsals, it was a last minute decision by the band ... according to AMA sources.update_grey_gray_barGreen Day kept its plans to blast President-elect Donald Trump under wraps, never giving ABC or American Music Awards producers any warning ... TMZ has learned.

Witnesses at AMA rehearsals tell us Green Day performed its new song, "Bang Bang" ... but never included the chant, "No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” ... which they added during the live broadcast. The performance ended with a standing O. We're told ABC execs were completely off-guard.

It's unclear if Green Day knowingly kept the chant out of rehearsals, or if Billie Joe Armstrong made a last minute decision to include the political message.

We've got a call in to their reps.

Prince Bickering Family to Come Together at AMAs

11/20/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1120-prince-american-music-awards-GETTY-01Prince's siblings have called a truce in what has become an intense war over his estate ... and they're actually coming together Sunday night to pay homage to their late, famous bro.

Sources connected with Prince's estate tell us, the singer's sister, Tyka Nelson, has organized a trip to L.A. for the entire brood.  Prince's "Purple Rain" snagged a posthumous nom for Top Soundtrack, and you know the drill ... there are few surprises, so we're guessing he'll win.

As for why "Purple Rain," released in 1984, is nominated this year ... the noms are based in part on sales, and after the singer's death the album hit #2 on the Billboard 200.  Other nominees include "Star Wars:  The Force Awakens" and "Suicide Squad:  The Album."

FYI ... the AMAs last year were Prince's last TV appearance.

Rose McGowan CMA Bosses ... 'A Bunch of Chicken S***s'

11/3/2016 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rose McGowan is disgusted at the people who posted racist comments about Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks, but she's even more pissed off at the CMA honchos who bowed to the "deplorables" by scrubbing CMAWorld.com of all things Bey and Chicks.

Rose is reacting to the TMZ story ... the CMA bosses panicked when they saw some users lash out against Beyonce and the Chicks in the comment section of the site and on social media ... some calling Bey the n-word and others saying country music is for white folks only.

The CMAs have flip-flopped a second time ... reposting some of the items.

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Beyonce, Dixie Chicks Scrubbed from CMA Website, Social Media After Racist Fans Comment

11/3/2016 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1103-beyonce-cma-awards-gettyupdate_graphic_red_bar2:45 PM PT -- The CMAs have started repopulating its social media with images of Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks. The images were only posted AFTER they became aware we were working on the story.

Even the Dixie Chicks, who rarely say anything in the media these days, are reacting to the controversy on Twitter.

1103_dixie_chicks_tweetThose reposted images of Bey on Instagram and Twitter are already getting blasted with comments -- some racist and some in support of Beyonce. We'll say this ... the Beyhive is woke.

1103-bee-bomb-beyonce-cma-awards-instgram-03update_grey_gray_barThe folks at the Country Music Awards don't have the stomach for 4 strong women, 1 of whom is black, because they have scrubbed all references and images of Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks from their website.

The performance of Beyonce's hit, "Daddy Lessons," with the Dixie Chicks was by all rights the highlight of the show. Thursday morning Bey and the Chicks had a prominent presence on CMAWorld.com. But check it out now ... it's gone ... completely.

Sources directly connected with the CMAs tell TMZ, the honchos folded to fans who posted racist and other harsh comments. We're told the honchos were especially concerned about the reaction to Beyonce's support and the support of the Dixie Chicks for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Some of the comments included, "That's right folks. Beyonce performed at the CMAs last night & is on a mission to take country music away from us, hardworking white people!" And, "Beyonce overrated racist n***er bitch."

The comments go on ... "@Beyonce the cop hater? No thanks," and, "What place does @Beyonce who vilifies police officers who keep us safe have to do with #CMAawards50?"

In addition to its website, the CMAs have scrubbed the women from all social media platforms. They did not delete the women from Snapchat ... they only deleted the ladies from CMA accounts where users can place comments.

We're told the CMA people "just want this to go away" and feel it was probably a mistake to invite the 4 women in the first place.

CMA Awards 2016 It Got All Glittery Up in There!!!

11/3/2016 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1102-launch-cma-awards-gettyThe Brothers Osborne were embraced Wednesday at the 50th CMA Awards ... but guess who wasn't? -- Brooks Brothers.

No boring duds for these stars ... it was all glitter and yellow and boots for Garth BrooksTrisha YearwoodLuke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood ... and, of course, Dolly Parton ... who snagged the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. 

BTW ... a true Sophie's Choice for country fans ... CMAs or World Series.

'Modern Family' Star Ty Burrell I'd Sacrifice An Emmy... For A Rams Win!!

9/18/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Modern Family" star Ty Burrell ain't messin' around when it comes to his beloved football team ... saying if it comes down to the Rams gettin' a W ... or winning an Emmy, he's blue and gold all day.

TMZ Sports ran into Ty at LAX ... and asked about his plans to double dip his Sunday activities -- bolting from the Rams game to attend the Emmys later that night.

FYI -- Burrell's nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

So, with that kind of commitment, we had to ask whether he'd take one for the team in exchange for a victory.

T.B.'s answer is shocking. Desperate times, desperate measures.

Check out the clip!

Miley Cyrus Moonman Trophy for Sale! Homeless Date Needs Cash

8/30/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0829_Jesse-Helt-and-Miley-at-the-2014-VMA_gettyThe homeless guy Miley Cyrus took to the VMAs is finally cashing in on his big night with the singer ... by hawking her Moonman.

Jesse Helt is auctioning the trophy on eBay-- the bidding starts at $10k, but there's a "Buy It Now" option for $15k. Helt got his 15 minutes back in 2014 when he accepted Cyrus' Video of the Year award with a tearjerker speech about homelessness.

People connected to Jesse tell us he's been on a hot streak -- he recently got a studio apartment in L.A. and he's expecting a baby in a few months. We're told he's selling the VMA to prep for il bambino. 

If $10k sounds steep -- keep in mind Coolio's trophy for "Gangsta's Paradise" once sold for $6k, and someone paid $72k for the "We Are the World" statuette!

Fun fact: Miley's Moonman is engraved with her name and Jesse's.

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Jessica Alba Powerful Anti-Gun Violence Message At Teen Choice Awards

8/1/2016 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jessica Alba stood shoulder to shoulder with young people who've lost family members to recent gun violence atrocities ... in the most poignant moment of Sunday's Teen Choice Awards.

Jessica and the teenagers made a plea to bring an end to the violence -- reminding the audience of the loved ones they'd lost in Newtown, Orlando, San Bernardino, Baton Rouge and more. 

The tribute brought many people in the audience to tears.

Justin Timberlake had his own message about tolerance and Americans coming together.

Kobe Bryant SLIIIMMEEEDDD ... At Nickelodeon Awards

7/15/2016 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant is probably still cleaning the liquid gold out of his ears this morning ... after getting DOUSED in gold slime last night at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards! 

Kobe was accepting the Legend Award -- the final award of the night -- when the Nickelodeon people opened up the gold spray ... and drenched the NBA superstar. 

#24KaratMamba

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Peyton Manning I Loved LeBron's ESPY Speech ... 'Really Effective'

7/14/2016 5:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Peyton Manning tells TMZ Sports he was very impressed with LeBron, Carmelo, D-Wade and CP3 -- saying their passionate ESPYs speech was not only excellent ... but effective. 

The NFL legend was leaving LeBron's after-party at Le Jardin in Hollywood when we asked about the powerful opening moment at the award show. 

The 4 NBA stars spoke out against gun violence and racial profiling -- and challenged the athletes in the room to get involved in their communities to help solve the problem. 

Peyton says he got the message loud and clear. 

2016 ESPYs Huge Stars, Hot Bodies ... And See-Through Dresses

7/13/2016 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0713_espy_red_carpet_pictures_launch_3It's supposed to be about the athletes ... but Gabrielle Union is stealing the damn show from Dwyane Wade at the ESPYs ... showing up in a see-through dress ... and she looks goooooooood. 

The stars are all arriving on the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. -- including host John Cena, Richard Sherman, Lindsey Vonn (wow!) ... and Craig Sager, who's crushing it a signature ugly jacket. 

Sidenote, Jordan Clarkson arrived solo ... no Kendall Jenner, despite the fact they've been dating on the D.L. for several months. 

Lindsey Vonn is flying through the @capitalone Quicksilver Cam at the #ESPYS.

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Queen Latifah Racism's Still Alive

7/12/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Queen Latifah says you can't measure racial progress by looking at how many African Americans are on the Forbes 100 list ... it's all about getting passed over while hailing a cab.

The Queen spoke at the VH1 "Hip Hop Honors" and made it clear ... racism is flourishing in America, and it goes way beyond police brutality.

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Espys Gifting Suite Oprah's Got Nothin' On Us!!!

7/10/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0708_espy_awards_swag_launch_2The Espys gifting suite is pulling a Winfrey ... YOU GET A CAR!!! YOU GET A CAR!!! Well, sorta.  

Pros hitting up Wednesday's award show in L.A., sponsored by Cooper Tires, are scoring around $9k at the GBK gifting suite, where the hot item is a $1.3k Segway miniPRO. It's kinda like a souped-up hoverboard with handlebars.

There's also a $1,000 coupon for Cooper Tires, a stay at Bay Gardens Beach Resort in St. Lucia worth around $1.5k, a $1.8k laser eye treatment and a $500 bag from JLew.

Also winning ... the prized pooches of the athletes ... tons of fido freebies.

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