If you thought Kanye West refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood up sounded like an awkward scene ... wait till you watch the cringeworthy video.
As we previously reported ... the whole thing went down at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia Friday night -- and shortly after he stopped rapping, the crowd started booing the person in a wheelchair.
Kanye clearly meant well ... but it's hard to watch the video without feeling bad for Yeezy's fan.
For Covering Zeppelin/Baez Classic
9/14/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus already offended boomers across the country with her Beatles cover ... now, she's going a step further with a Led Zeppelin/Joan Baez classic -- and people are pissed.
Cyrus recorded "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" -- re-naming it "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You" -- and posted it on Soundcloud Friday. Judging by the comments ... not well received.
-- "Further proof that Gene Simmons was right - rock is finally dead."
-- "Thank you for destroying my favorite Zeppelin song."
-- "When my dog farts it sounds better than this."
To be fair, some people did say they liked it -- so, we gotta ask ...
Iggy to Porn Co.
Use My Name and
I'll Screw You!
9/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's lawyers are throwing the kitchen sink at a major porn company ... now claiming Vivid will get it's dirty corporate ass sued if it dares to market her alleged sex tape ... because the name "Iggy" can only be used by Iggy.
It seems a sex tape exists, even though her lawyers deny it. Initially they said it was a fabrication ... then said if it does exist she may have been a minor. The "sex partner" -- rapper Hefe Wine -- told TMZ Live Friday there is indeed a tape and she knew about it and consented. And he says she was NOT a minor ... he says he met her when she was 18.
Now Iggy's lawyers have fired off a letter to Vivid -- obtained By TMZ -- in which they say the name "Iggy" is gold ... protected by U.S. Trademark.
So maybe Vivid could market the tape this way -- STEAMY SEX TAPE, FEATURING SHMIGGY SHMEZELIA AND HEFE WINE!
Vivid is unimpressed, restating it's desire to market the tape.
BTW ... sources close to Iggy say she feels betrayed by her ex-BF.
Jay Z Hints ...
9/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z may have dropped a HUGE pregnancy bombshell re: Beyonce during their concert Friday in Paris ... alternatively he's trying to drum up more publicity for their tour.
The first couple of hip hop were in France for their "On the Run" tour and during Hova's song "Beach is Better" he changed one key lyric that has the internet stirring.
According to an Instagram video which first appeared on Vibe -- we tried our best to hear for ourselves but it's tough -- Jay Z allegedly says "pregnant with another one" instead of "I replace it with another one."
Wonder if Aunt Solange will be in the delivery room.
Dad Sues Russell Simmons
9/14/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean's father just slapped hip hop mogul Russell Simmons with a $142 million lawsuit for calling him a deadbeat dad.
Calvin Cooksey -- who hasn't been part of Ocean's life since his son was 5 -- says he's been unfairly portrayed as a horrible father on Simmons' website, Global Grind.
In his lawsuit, Cooksey goes on the attack -- saying he wasn't allowed to be a father to Frank because his "Money Grubbing mother" moved, and hid the boy from him.
Cooksey says Simmons published lies about him without checking facts -- and worst of all ... never bothered to use his actual name in the posts about Ocean's father. Translation: at least defame me by using my proper name!
Cooksey is suing for loss of future income -- he describes himself as a singer, writer and inventor -- and thinks the $142 million should just about cover it.
We reached out to Russell, but no word back yet.
Forget My Weird Butt
Check Out My Underboob!
9/13/2014 12:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj attempted to erase the bizarre butt cheeks image Friday night in France ... by flashing a whole lotta underboob.
Minaj hit up Club 79 in Paris after a surprise appearance at Beyonce's concert ... and it was clear the singer was trying her best to distract the attention away from her ass ... for once.
In case you missed it ... N.M. performed at the "Fashion Rocks" event Tuesday in NYC and during the gig photogs snapped an awkward shot of her glutes.
Tells Wheelchair-Bound Concertgoer ...
Stand Up or I'm Not Rapping!
9/13/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West refused to continue performing Friday night at his Australian concert until someone in the crowd stood up with everyone else ... problem is, the person was in a wheelchair.
Kanye was playing a gig at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney when he stopped rapping mid-song ... ordering the crowd to get on their feet before he'd continue.
An eyewitness told the Daily Mail Australia that Kanye said, "I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t."
One person in the crowd waved their prosthetic leg in the air and Kanye said they could sit.
Shortly after Kanye spotted another person in the crowd sitting down and once again stopped the show -- then sent one of his employees into the crowd to make sure the person was handicap.
Once the hired gun confirmed the disability ... Kanye said "it's fine" and rapped on.
As you may recall ... Kanye gifted his microphone to a wheelchair-bound concertgoer earlier this summer -- so it doesn't appear like he's got any issue with the disabled.
We also spoke with someone in the crowd ... and they say Kanye clearly didn't mean to offend -- the whole thing is just being blown out of proportion.
Iggy Azalea Sex Tape
Guy in the Vid Says It's Legit
And Iggy Was Legal
9/12/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's alleged partner in a sex tape says the video is absolutely real, and Iggy was absolutely NOT underage when it went down.
Houston rapper Hefe Wine is confirming he's the one in the video being shopped to Vivid Entertainment honcho Steven Hirsch. TMZ broke the story ... Iggy's camp says she never consented to the video being shot and she might have been under 18 at the time.
But Hefe says he didn't even meet Iggy until her 18th birthday. He adds, Iggy is "100% fully aware" of the fact they shot the sex tape.
He denies sending the sex clip to Vivid, saying his computer was stolen a couple months ago -- but also makes it clear he's interested in cutting a deal for the video to be released. He shouldn't hold his breath -- Iggy would have to sign off too, and that seems very unlikely right now.
The rapper claims he's still tight with Iggy -- and to prove it ... he says he's about to put out a new single featuring her.
Hefe called into TMZ Live to talk about how much cash it would take for him to sign off on the tape.
Advises Ray Rice ...
Control Yourself and Don't F-Up
9/12/2014 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Some Marriages Aren't Worth Saving
**cough cough Janay **
9/12/2014 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Toni Braxton says she believes in "standing by your man" ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, it's clear the singer thinks Janay Palmer should make an exception.
Toni and her sister Towanda were leaving Mr. Chow in Bev Hills last night when she told us how she sympathizes for Janay for having to deal with her situation in the public eye ... but strongly implies that she should leave her NFL husband.
Braxton's not the only one who feels that way -- "Couples Therapy" host Dr. Jen Berman strongly suggested Janay divorce Ray ... explaining, "I think you can forgive someone and not have to be in a relationship with them."
Iggy Azalea Sex Tape
My Ex Is Selling It for Revenge
9/12/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's legal team now says it may indeed be her in that sex tape ... but there's also a chance she was under 18 when it was shot.
It's a big change from what her people told TMZ just 2 days ago ... that NO Iggy sex tape exists. Now it sounds like it does ... but with legal peril.
We broke the story ... a video purportedly showing Azalea and an ex-boyfriend is being shopped to porn giant, Vivid Entertainment.
But then Iggy's lawyers now tell us ... any sex video would be the work of a "spurned business suitor" -- aka the ex-BF -- who's just trying to damage her image and career out of revenge. They also told us any footage was possibly shot "without her knowledge or consent" ... kind of a weird statement -- either it was or it wasn't. The lawyers also say it's possible it was shot when she was a minor.
So, let's review Iggy's sex tape position: It's NOT me ... it MIGHT be me ... IF it's me, an evil ex-business partner is out to get me ... and I might be jail bait ... so, I dare you to release it.
Mug Shot Shockface!
70s Singer Popped for DUI
9/12/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Grammy winner Lynn Anderson -- who had a string of hits in the 70s and 80s -- was arrested early Friday morning for DUI after a car accident in Nashville.
According to cops ... Anderson said she'd mixed alcohol and Rx meds before crashing her car.
The 66-year-old singer -- most famous for "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" in 1971 -- has had a couple of previous DUI arrests ... and spent some time at the Betty Ford Center.
She was released on $5,000 bond.
Cancels Charity Peformance
To Fly to Mourning Nicole
9/12/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Keith Urban backed out of a gig at the last second Thursday night ... so he could get to Nicole Kidman ASAP after getting the news her father died.
Keith was set to play a big ticket charity event at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA -- a gig he was doing as a favor for his friend and longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich.
We're told Keith was driving to the country club -- where members forked out $500 to $5,000 for a ticket -- when he found out his father-in-law had passed away. He immediately turned around to jump on a private jet to his and Nicole's home in Nashville.
We're told the crowd at the benefit for the Ventura County Food Bank -- including Bruce Jenner and Wayne Gretzky -- was disappointed, but understood the situation. Meanwhile, Ehrlich pulled a rabbit out of his hat ... scoring Kenny Loggins to fill in at the last second.
Despite the fact he didn't play "I'm Alright" (the "Caddyshack" theme) for a room full of golfers ... everyone we talked to said Kenny was "awesome."