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Donald Trump Record Labels, Singer Fears Block Inauguration Performers

1/14/2017 1:41 PM PST

1014-donald-trump-inauguration-tmz-getty-02Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee is having trouble booking singers for the Inaugural, and TMZ has learned one of the big problems is that record labels are putting the squeeze on their artists.

Sources connected with Inauguration preparations tell TMZ ... some performers have either agreed or tentatively agreed to sing at various inaugural balls but in some cases their record labels put their corporate foot down and said "no way."

There's a second reason why some stars appear to have been headed to D.C. but then pulled the plug. Our sources say they are convinced some of the singers wanted to perform but felt they needed to float a trial balloon to judge public reaction. When they got blow back, they ran for the hills. 

One source laughed it off, saying it's not exactly artists following their "vision." 

As we reported, Jennifer Holliday is the latest to bail. On Friday her people said she was considering the offer to perform but today she bailed saying it would upset the LGBT community. 

Selena Gomez Relax Bella, I Didn't Break The Friend Code ... We Aren't Even That Close

1/14/2017 12:33 PM PST

0114-selena-gomez-bella-hadid-tmz-instagram-3Selena Gomez isn't buying Bella Hadid's friendship heartbreak after the singer scooped up The Weeknd ... the reason's pretty simple -- she says they weren't that close.

Sources close to Selena say if Bella truly feels betrayed by her new fling, it comes without merit. We're told Selena's always been best friends with "squad" leader Taylor Swift ... but the Hadid sisters were merely distant acquaintances.

Our sources say if Selena truly felt she needed to let Bella know (as a friend) that she and The Weeknd had a thing going on, she would have ... but Bella just isn't a close friend. 

As for her situation with The Weeknd -- our Selena sources say the two started hanging out just before the holidays -- but weren't together for the celebrations. 

We're told the new couple isn't yet "that serious" ... but even if they were, Bella's playing the victim card way too hard. 

'Dreamgirls' Jennifer Holliday Cancels Inauguration Day Performance ... I'm Sorry To All My Gay Fans

1/14/2017 9:50 AM PST

0114-jennifer-holliday-trump-tmz-twitter"Dreamgirls" star and once confirmed Inauguration Day performer Jennifer Holliday just pulled the plug on her show after taking some serious heat from the LGBT community.

Holliday was set to sing Thursday at the Lincoln Memorial with the likes of Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down at the "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" ... an event Holliday says she considered to be for the people, not in support of Donald Trump.

However, Holliday did a complete 180 on the performance after she says she read an article about how disappointed her gay fans were in the announced show.

The Broadway star released a statement on the conflict Saturday, saying, "I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans."

Bella Hadid Backstabbed and Betrayed by Selena

1/14/2017 1:00 AM PST

0113-selena-gomez-the-weeknd-bella-hadid-tmzBella Hadid believes Selena Gomez did her dirty by dating The Weeknd behind her back.

Sources close to Bella tell TMZ she feels betrayed because her ex and Selena hooked up almost immediately after Bella and Weeknd ended their relationship.

Here's where it gets interesting. We're told it was actually Bella who pulled the plug 2 months ago, because the bi-coastal relationship was just too difficult. Nevertheless, the breakup hurt.

Also interesting ... a Selena source says the thing between Selena and Bella's ex is 2 months old. They even spent the holidays together.

Bella is especially incensed because she and sister Gigi helped Selena when she was on the skids dealing with numerous emotional and other issues.

And there's more. Despite the 2-month relationship, Selena never uttered a peep about it to Gigi, who's her best friend. Gigi and Bella found out about it when they saw the pics on TMZ. And that's when Bella unfollowed Selena on Instagram.

As one Bella source put it, "Giving Bella and Gigi a heads up would have been the respectful and honorable thing to do ... but I guess that's just Hollywood."

Toby Keith Forget The Critics ... Inauguration Show Is For Our Country

1/14/2017 9:26 AM PST

0114-trump-keith-tmz-gettyToby Keith doesn't give a damn what the haters think ... he says his Donald Trump Inauguration performance isn't a personal favor, it's for the good ole U.S. of A. 

Keith has faced a ton of backlash since it was announced Friday he'd be part of a show at The Lincoln Memorial the night before Trump is sworn in. However, Keith is sticking to his guns, saying, "I don't apologize for performing for our country or military," in an interview with EW. 

In fact, Trump isn't the only Prez Toby's played for ... he backs up his stance by naming shows he did for both George Bush and President Obama, not to mention the 200 he's played for the armed forces. 


L.A. Chargers' Jeff Cumberland Let The Locals Hate ... We'll Prove 'Em Wrong

1/14/2017 2:06 PM PST

L.A. Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland is welcoming all the L.A. haters with open arms ... saying the team will have Los Angeles locals on board by the end of next season.

The new Chargers logo was flashed on the big screen at Saturday's Lakers v. Clippers game at Staples Center and it was met with heavy boos. Cumberland was then shown on the screen too and was met by a mixed reaction.

Our photog spoke with Jeff at the game who made one thing clear ... it's all love. 

Monster Energy Drink Sued for Death of 19-Year-Old

1/14/2017 7:16 AM PST

0114-monster-energy-drink-monsterMonster Energy Drink killed a teenager ... so his father claims in a new lawsuit.

Dustin Hood downed 3 1/2, 24-ounce cans of the self-proclaimed buzz drink within a 24-hour period back in 2015.  According to the lawsuit, after drinking the last can, he played basketball and collapsed face first on the concrete court.  He was rushed to the hospital where he died a short time later.

According to the lawsuit, Dustin died of cardiac arrhythmia ... triggered by a caffeine overload.  The suit claims 3 1/2 cans of Monster has the equivalent caffeine content of 14, 12 ounce cans of Coke.

The suit notes others have suffered cardiac arrest following the "acute consumption" of Monster.

Dustin's dad wants unspecified damages.

Dana White Hey Floyd, Don't Be A Dummy $25 Mil Will Pay Your Bling Bill

1/14/2017 12:55 AM PST

Dana White could not be clearer ... Floyd Mayweather has stupid written on his forehead for dismissing his $25 million offer to fight Conor McGregor.

Dana thinks Floyd should be grateful to him for offering him enough to pay Uncle Sam and Pristine Jewelers.

What's more ... the UFC honcho thinks its ridiculous that Floyd is under the delusion he's worth more than Conor.

We got Floyd out earlier Friday, and he scoffed at Dana's offer

Bella Hadid Here's What I Think About the Whole Selena Thing

1/14/2017 7:02 AM PST

0114-bella-hadid-akm-2Bella Hadid is a woman of few expressions, but Friday night she conveyed her message loud and clear.

Bella was walkin' in NYC, as the drama became obvious ... she feels Selena Gomez backstabbed her bigtime by hooking up with ex-BF The Weeknd without giving her or Gigi a heads up.

Look out Selena ... Bella looks like she's not to be messed with.



In other news...

AW :( Justin Bieber Reacts To Selena Gomez & The Weeknd Kissing

Is it too late now to say sorry?!


'Game of Thrones' Star G.O.T.'s No Match For Porn

1/14/2017 7:25 AM PST

"Game of Thrones" star Oona Chaplin says nudity doesn't draw people to the show, because there are way better outlets for that.

Oona -- the grandaughter of Charlie Chaplin and holder of arguably the most epic death title on G.O.T. -- was strolling in Bev Hills Friday and she has a clear view on what the show's such a monster hit.

She's right but still ... shout out to all the body parts.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

1/14/2017 12:50 AM PST

0113_scars_and_stars_compositeDonald Trump seemed to prove the next 4 years could be like the last 2 with him, and who knew boxing could still attract this kind of interest? So we gotta ask ...

In other news...

R. Kelly Gets ROASTED After Posting Super Bizarre Photo

What the heck was he thinking?! Twitter had a field day with this...


Tom Hardy You're Right My Signature Does Look Like a Penis!!!

1/14/2017 7:37 AM PST

Tom Hardy has given new meaning to the term, John Hancock.

We got the awesome actor at LAX Friday when Charlie our photog made the observation ... when Tom scribbles his name it looks similar to a penis.

0114-tom-hardy-autograph-tmzYou're welcome for the insight, Tom.

Jason Momoa Acquaman Has the Biggest Codpiece!!!

1/14/2017 6:53 AM PST

Jason Momoa may be the coolest dude in entertainment ... he also has the biggest codpiece.

We got Jason out and about in Bev Hills Friday and he goofed with our photog about Acquaman packin'.   

He also sang the praises of Hawaiian food.  

If that what it takes to look like him ... poi it on!


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