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'Dreamgirls' Jennifer Holliday Canceled Trump Inauguration Because of Death Threats

1/16/2017 2:19 PM PST

0116_jennifer-holliday_tmz-2Jennifer Holliday pulled the plug on her inauguration performance because people threatened to kill her and her family ... TMZ has learned.

The "Dreamgirls" star agreed to sing at an inaugural event but did an about-face Saturday, saying she bailed because she was taking heat from the LGBT community.

But we've learned when her agent contacted the Inauguration Committee, he said the reason was death threats. We're told the LGBT concerns were not even mentioned.

A rep for Holliday told TMZ Monday ... both the death threats and the LGBT reaction were factors in her decision.

The rep tells us, "It was all of those things. She wasn’t scared to perform. She didn’t want to put her family at risk based on the death threats and she also didn’t want to offend the LGBT community which was especially upset that a past ally would perform on a program with President-Elect Donald Trump."

You may recall ... Trump's people said she was a lock late last week, but then her management team came out and said Trump's people jumped the gun ... that she was merely considering the offer. That doesn't square with the fact that Holliday herself said Friday she was fully on board.

We don't know if the people who made the threats identified themselves or any group with which they were affiliated.

A rep for the singer tells us her primary concern was the safety of her family.


Justin Bieber Selena's Using The Weeknd

1/16/2017 10:46 AM PST

0116-justin-bieber-selena-gomez-TMZ-02Justin Bieber can spot an opportunist from a mile away ... at least now he can, and the opportunist is Selena Gomez.

Our Bieber sources tell us ... the singer says he's been there, and believes Selena's using The Weeknd for promotion. Bieber's intel -- and ours -- is that Selena and The Weeknd are working on music together.

We're told Justin feels this is all cookie-cutter stuff ... she did it with him, Nick JonasZedd and now with good ol' Abel. When Selena wants to push new music, it seems she dates stars with whom she wants to collab.

Long story short ... we're told Justin's rolling his eyes at the Selena/Weeknd love story. Can you tell


Mariah Carey & Elton John Bank $4.2M at Russian Wedding

1/16/2017 6:20 AM PST

Mariah Carey and Elton John got hired for a wedding gig over the weekend ... and it wasn't cheap.

The singers raked in $4.2 million after a Russian billionaire, Valery Kogan, footed the bill for his granddaughter's wedding over the weekend in London. The astonishing 9 hour reception at The Landmark hotel featured Mimi dedicating "We Belong Together" to the new couple.

The bride -- 19 year old Irene Kogan -- and her hubby requested Mariah's appearance. She was flown in from the U.S. 

Sir Elton John kicked things off with an impressive 12 song set.  And listen to Mariah ... she sounds fantastic.

Antonio Banderas also was there.

Mike Posner Performs At Father's Funeral After 'Conan' Cancer Reveal

1/15/2017 8:16 AM PST

Mike Posner's father passed away last week, and his son honored him by performing at his funeral ... after revealing the man had cancer last year on TV. 

Mike's dad, Jon, died last Wednesday from his months-long battle with cancer at the age of 73 -- and Mike chose to remember him in song by covering a classic.

The singer performed Bright Eyes' "First Day Of My Life" in front of an audience Friday at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, Michigan, where Jon was an attorney. 

Back in May, Mike had alluded to his father's illness while performing on "Conan," where he changed the lyrics to his hit song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" to ... 

And my dad has cancer
I'm still wrapping my head 'round that
Sat by the hospital bed, nurses poked in their heads
And asked me to sign autographs
And my dad has cancer!
I shouldn't be here, I should be home
But in case you couldn't tell, I'm busy playing myself
In this little Mike Posner show

Nothing's cooler than that. 

Justin Bieber Sorry, No Comment on Selena ... Now Where's The Damn Car?

1/15/2017 6:46 AM PST

Justin Bieber had nothing to say -- at least to us --  about Selena Gomez hooking up with The Weeknd ... but he did almost lose his way.

We got the Biebs and Patrick Schwarzenegger at Catch Saturday night ... and as Justin was leaving, he gets disoriented when fans start asking for pictures. You'll recall, he's not that into it anymore.

Car's to the left there, bud.

Soulja Boy I'll K.O. Chris! If I Can Quit Smoking Weed

1/13/2017 2:07 PM PST

Soulja Boy needs to clear the air about boxing Chris Brown -- telling us exactly why he's fighting, how the match will end ... and about his struggle to put down weed beforehand.

Soulja sounded focused and pumped about training when we got him Friday at LAX. He says there will definitely be a knockout ... no matter what Mike Tyson says.

He says last he heard -- from Floyd Mayweather -- the fight's happening in Vegas or L.A. ... but Soulja's just getting back from Hong Kong, and we're guessing he missed the update from Wack 100 that it's moving to Dubai.

Soulja also had one final message for Chris, and it's a little hard to believe.


Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth You Forgot Purple

1/13/2017 10:50 AM PST

0113-miley-cyrus-liam-hemsworth-flaming-lips-party-photos-launchMiley Cyrus and fiance Liam Hemsworth were like a walking rainbow Thursday night as they headed into the Flaming Lips album release party, and only one color was MIA. 

Red? Check. Pink? Check. But no purple.

BTW ... Liam turns 27 Friday, so those hangover earrings she's wearing were likely just a premonition.

Kim & Kanye 'Old School' Pics Shot At Kanye's Post-Hospital Hideout

1/13/2017 8:56 AM PST
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0113-kim-kardashian-kanye-west-rick-rubin-house-launchKim Kardashian and Kanye West weren't just trying to look "middle class" in a photo set Kim recently released -- the shots are real and capture a challenging time for the family. 

Sources close to the couple confirm the pics were taken at music producer Rick Rubin's Malibu home. We're told Rick offered the pad up to Kanye post-hospitalization as a place to escape and get his mind right.

Our sources say he stayed at the sparsely furnished home on and off for a few weeks after he was discharged. Kim and the kids would stay there regularly as well.

Kim took a lot of heat on social media for the pics. Some people thought they were just trying to look "poor" -- but we're told the pics were simply captured during a crucial moment in their lives. 

Donald Trump Inauguration No 'My Way' with Paul Anka ... But It's Not Political

1/13/2017 8:37 AM PST

Donald Trump was going to get his way -- legendary "My Way" singer and songwriter Paul Anka performing on inauguration night, but Paul tells us he has to back out.

Paul says the Prez-elect is an old friend who also happens to love "My Way" and invited him to sing it at the Inaugural Ball. The way Paul described it to us ... it could have been THE moment of the night. He was even customizing the song for Trump.

It wasn't meant to be though. Paul explained why he won't be in D.C. next week. Although many artists are boycotting, he says he would have done it purely out of respect for the office.

Regrets? Sounds like Paul has at least one now.

Gwen Stefani Sued She Jacked My Fyah ... Says Hair Colorist

1/13/2017 8:16 AM PST

0113-gwen-stefani-pharrell-tmzGwen Stefani stole one of her hit songs from an L.A. rocker turned hairstylist ... according to the hair guy who's now suing.

The song's called "Spark the Fire" -- written by Gwen and her pal, Pharrell Williams, and released in 2014 -- but Richard Morrill says Gwen got the idea for it back in 1998 ... while he was coloring her hair. 

Besides his hair gig ... Morrill was also a singer/songwriter with a group called L.A.P.D. and they recorded a track called, "Who's Got My Lighter?" In the suit, he says he played it for Gwen when she came in to get her 'do done ... and she dug it.

So much so ... he says 18 years later she jacked his "Who's got my lightah? Who got the fire?" lyrics and switched 'em slightly, but close enough to feel cheated. He says Gwen's even admitted Pharrell wrote most of the song, and her only contribution was the "spark the fire" lines. 

Morrill's suing both hit makers for a cut of the $25 mil he says she's made off the track.

Y'know Pharrell's gotta be saying -- Not this crap again.

Macklemore Seahawks Locker Room Advice? ... Rick James, BITCH!

1/13/2017 7:40 AM PST

Macklemore LOVES the Seahawks ... LOVES 'EM ... and he's got some musical advice to help them beat the Falcons this weekend -- BUMP RICK JAMES IN THE LOCKER ROOM! 

In fact, the rapper specified which song they should play ... and it's an interesting choice. 

Justin Bieber I'm Sick but I'll Sing ... Not That You Asked

1/13/2017 6:51 AM PST

Justin Bieber had every excuse to spit mucus, but instead went with lyrics.

The Biebs hit up Doheny Room Thursday night in WeHo and gave the crowd a surprise performance ... despite having bronchitis.

He's a pro.


Adele Rolling in the Deep Discounts

1/13/2017 6:58 AM PST

0113-adele-ralphs-FAMEFLYNET-01Adele's bank account screams caviar and champagne, but she keeps proving she's strictly a peanut butter and jelly kinda chick.

Despite selling more than a 100 million records, at only 28, she loaded up on groceries Thursday at a Ralphs. She could easily cruise the aisles of a highfalutin Whole Foods or Bristol Farms -- and have someone do it for her -- but Adele keeps it real.

Next stop -- maybe a sale at Target?

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