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Grammys Secret Committee Torpedoes Black Artists Village People Singer Claims

2/16/2017 3:03 PM PST
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0216-victor-willis-beyonce-letter-launch-02update_graphic_red_bar4:00 PM PT -- The Recording Academy tells us it has no "secret committees," and adds there's plenty of info regarding the Nominations Review Committees (to which our post refers) on its website.  

A spokesperson says members of the Review Committee "are not disclosed to ensure fairness and neutrality." This prevents them from being lobbied.update_grey_gray_barA secret committee for the Grammys is in place to undermine the rank-and-file voters if they choose to give plum awards to black artists like Beyonce ... so claims the original lead singer of Village People.

Victor Willis sent a scathing letter to the President of the Recording Academy, demanding he "come clean" over the existence of a clandestine group that was supposedly formed after Lionel Richie beat Bruce Springsteen for the 1985 Album of the Year.

According to Willis, the committee's purpose is to "override the decision of Grammy voters in the event the select committee does not like who the Grammy voter has chosen" for the 4 top awards.

He goes on to strongly suggest a racial element, saying, "The question is how many African Americans are on that committee?" He says in the letter, "If certain people at the Grammys don't like who the voters have chosen, a Grammy committee will simply override the voters and subsequently select who they think should win. Like Adele, maybe?"

We did some research, and it does appear there is a secret committee, but from what we can gather, the committee is designed to knock out embarrassing nominations -- like, say, Milli Vanilli. However, once the nominations are locked, the voters have the final say ... at least that's what we've found.

Chris Brown I'm Going Back to Vegas, Baby! Buries Hatchet with Drai's

2/16/2017 2:05 PM PST
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0216-chris-brown-tmz-2Chris Brown has his Las Vegas residency back at Drai's after the famous club banned him last year ... TMZ has learned.

A source connected to Drai's tells us Chris had a heart-to-heart recently with the management team and squashed their beef. We're told a mutual friend set up the meeting -- both sides wanted to move forward because there's a lot of money at stake.

Chris has been a huge draw at Drai's since starting a residency there in 2015.

We broke the story ... the relationship fell apart when Chris blasted Drai's last summer, accusing staffers of being racist, and it cost him the gig there.

A Drai's rep tells us, "We both value the relationship and look forward to having Chris back in front of his fans again." His first show is set for March 18 ... smack in the middle of March Madness and St. Patty's Day weekend. 

Like we said ... a LOT of money.

Paul & Ringo Beatles, Eagles and Hanks, Oh My! Legendary Dinner Party

2/16/2017 7:07 AM PST

0215-paul-mccartney-ringo-star-beatles-reunion-photos-launch-2If Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Tom Hanks and Dave Grohl go out for dinner -- as they did Wednesday night in Santa Monica -- who picks up the tab?

The legends came together with their wives at Giorgio Baldi for what has to be the most hall of fameiest meal ever. Think about it -- Beatles, Eagles, Nirvana ... plus Forrest freakin' Gump!

BTW ... it's a trick question. No one in their right mind would charge such a legendary table, we're guessing.

And for good measure ... Martin Short with Maya Rudolph were also in the the restaurant. Basically, it was a tourist's wet dream.

Drake Ambassador Of Pen Gets Odell Beckham To Sign Jersey For Stoked Fan

2/16/2017 7:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drake's pen might've killed Meek Mill, but it gave one fan life in London Wednesday night ... 'cause Drizzy went out of his way to get the guy's Odell Beckham Jr. jersey signed mid-concert ... by Odell himself.

Drizzy was walking through the crowd at The O2 arena last night ... when he noticed a fan with an Beckham Jr. jersey getting hyped in the audience.

Drake then called out to Odell -- who's been at multiple shows while chilling overseas -- and brought the piece to him for Beckham to sign ... as the fan freaked out.

The OVO boss then gave the freshly autographed jersey back to the fan ... and created what's probably the dopest moment in that human's existence.

And for good measure ... Drake signed it too. Canadians sure are sweet (and they can rap).

Marc Anthony I'm the Rebound King ... Ask My Smoking Hot 21-yr-old GF!

2/16/2017 12:40 AM PST
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0215-marc-anthony-mariana-downing-tmz-instagram-01Marc Anthony's outdone himself again and wasted NO time doing so -- he scored a model barely old enough to order Jägerbombs, even before his divorce was final.

We're told the 48-year-old singer's been dating Wilhelmina Miami model Mariana Downing for a couple months now after meeting her at a dinner party. Witnesses say Marc was immediately smitten -- because he has eyes -- and they exchanged numbers that night.

We're told he called Mariana the next day and they've been together ever since. She's traveled with him to one of his shows, and they've vacationed together in the Caribbean.

Marc's divorce from Shannon De Lima was just finalized on Monday, but he's been on the market since they separated in November.

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Justin Bieber Named Suspect in Assault Investigation

2/15/2017 12:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber's been named in a police report for allegedly assaulting a man ... and the alleged victim might look familiar.

Law enforcement sources in Cleveland tell us Bieber is now the suspect in an incident back in June ... an incident captured on video showing Bieber fighting a guy after a Cavaliers playoff game.

The alleged victim told cops Justin grabbed his sunglasses. The guy then took a pic of Justin with the shades, which he says enraged the singer and sent him into attack mode. He claims Bieber's crew then got in on the action.

The alleged victim says he went to the hospital with various injuries, including a concussion.

As for why it took the victim so long to file ... people connected with him say he was trying to settle up with Justin but he just wouldn't play ball.

For what it's worth ... the alleged victim looks twice as big as Biebs.

Law enforcement sources say the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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The Weeknd Dissing Bieber's Sex Game?

2/15/2017 8:04 AM PST

The Weeknd just took the ultimate shot at Justin Bieber's manhood by hinting he has way more game in the sack than JB ... or so it seems.

He dropped a verse on Toronto rapper Nav's new track, "Some Way" ... and fans are taking it as a diss track against his gf Selena Gomez's ex-bf. He sings about taking someone's chick, and there's this:

"I think your girl, think your girl, fell in love with me. She say my f*** and my tongue game a remedy."

Yeah, definitely a diss. Remember, Justin's been taking all the shots at Weeknd, but score 1 for Abel this time around.

CeeLo Green A Gold Me At the Grammys? You Must Be Crazy!

2/15/2017 6:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

CeeLo Green says he was nowhere in sight at the Grammys ... even though we all could have sworn that was him in the gold martian suit.

We got CeeLo Tuesday night leaving Delilah in WeHo, where he denied being the little gold man turning heads on the red carpet Sunday.

He is known to rock alter egos every now and then ... sounds like this could be his latest. 

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Plies DUI Arrest Check Out My Tee It's a Scream

2/15/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Plies was arrested for DUI by some pretty stonefaced cops, because it's borderline remarkable they didn't lose it as they gazed into the horrified eyes of one Kevin McCallister.

TMZ obtained the dash cam footage of the Florida rapper's January arrest ... the main attraction is definitely the "Home Alone" tee.

You hear the officer tell Plies he was driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Plies was cooperative ... calmly answering questions about a gun in the car.

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Selena Gomez Gives The Weeknd $30k Bday Surprise ... But Skips the Party

2/14/2017 1:46 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0214-weeknd-smiling-TMZ-01Selena Gomez missed out on The Weeknd's 27th birthday bash ... even though she picked up the nearly $30,000 tab for her bf.

The Weeknd's surprise party went down Monday night at Dave & Buster's in Hollywood, and his pals French Montana, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Migos and Bryson Tiller were all there. They enjoyed open bar and open games. Sources inside tell us Travis was tearing up Dance Dance Revolution.

We're told Abel and co. had the run of the place from 11 PM to 2 AM. Meanwhile, Selena was in NYC for Fashion Week ... but made sure to leave her credit card to handle all charges. 

D & B is clearly one of The Weeknd's fave spots -- he partied there with Selena and friends just a few weeks ago. His bday isn't until Feb. 16, so we're guessing there will be another celebration ... maybe WITH his gf.

The Weeknd & Selena Gomez The Heart Wants What it Wants

2/14/2017 12:13 PM PST

0214-the-weend-selena-gomez-kissing-yacht-photos-launch-The Weeknd and Selena Gomez prove swapping spit with class is possible ... on an expensive ass luxury yacht!!!

The "Starboy" singer and Selena got hot and heavy over the weekend on the Leight Star yacht ... docked in Marina Del Rey, CA. Renting the boat ain't cheap -- a week's worth runs around $85k.

So much for their relationship hitting the skids.

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Alanis Morissette Burglarized ... $2 Million in Jewelry Stolen

2/14/2017 6:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0214-alanis-morissette-TMZ-02Alanis Morissette was hit by burglars in a big way ... they made off with $2 million in bling.

Law enforcement sources tell us the burglars broke into the singer's Brentwood home last Thursday ... in a very secure area.  

It's unclear if the thieves got away with anything other than jewelry.

The singer was not home at the time. 

Waka Flocka DJ Vows Apology for N-Word Rant But ONLY If ...

2/14/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Waka Flocka is NOT a proud black man, according to the St. Louis area DJ who's unleashed multiple n-word laced attacks on the rapper ... but insists he's no racist.

Bob Romanik told us he's willing to stop calling Waka a "greasy n*****" if Waka makes a big change in his lyrics. He also claims his liberal use of the n-word doesn't make him a racist.

He offers an explanation, just not necessarily a good one.

We broke the story ... Waka is pissed the DJ is still on the air after using hate speech. Romanik claims Waka's guilty of doing the same thing, and says the FCC has yet to contact him. 

As for Waka telling us he wants a face-to-face meeting to take matters into his own hands -- Romanik says he's down for that. 

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