Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash ... Daughter Also Killed

1:12 PM PT -- Rick Fox's attorney confirms the former Laker was NOT among those on board the helicopter, despite rumors that circulated suggesting he was.

12:49 PM PT -- President Trump just tweeted about Kobe's death ... saying, "Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!"

12:35 PM PT -- Kobe's daughter Gianna Maria Onore -- aka GiGi -- was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash ... reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.

We're told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.

Kobe Bryant died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas Sunday morning ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.

Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We're told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.

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Eyewitnesses also tell us that they heard the helicopter's engine sputtering before it went down. As you can see, flames and smoke covered much of the scene from the wreck. The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years -- dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.

KB is survived by his wife Vanessa. Together, they have four daughters -- Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri. Kobe and Vanessa got married in 2001 after meeting in 1999.

A memorial to Kobe has already sprung up outside of Staples Center, where Kobe played for years.

Kobe has recently been spotted out at NBA games with his daughter Gianna -- a rising star basketball player herself. Their youngest daughter, Capri, was just born in June 2019.

Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time -- making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career with the Lakers. He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league MVP in '08.

He was on 15 All-NBA Teams, 12 All-Defensive Teams and led the league in scoring for two seasons. He ranks fourth in the NBA for all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring. He also repped USA in a number of Olympics appearances.

The Lakers famously retired both of Kobe's jerseys, number 8 and 24 ... the only player in team history to receive that honor.

Kobe's accomplishments stand far outside of the basketball world. He won an Oscar for his short film, "Dear Basketball," in 2018.

On Saturday, LeBron James passed Kobe as third on the all-time NBA scoring list. He paid tribute to Bron on Instagram -- his last post -- by saying, "On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next."

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At age 34, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark. Speaking of putting up points, the guy was notorious for his 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. It was one of the greatest performances in modern NBA history.

Another major highlight from his long career was his final game in 2016 against the Utah Jazz, when he dropped 60 points and went out with a bang to help his team win. It was especially moving considering his injury-plagued years, which started in 2013 when he tore his Achilles tendon.

He was 41 years old. RIP

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Originally Published -- 11:24 AM PT

YG Will Perform at Grammys ... After Arrest & Release

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The show must go on for YG ... according to his lawyer, anyway, who says the guy WILL perform at the Grammys after all, this following his arrest and release.

YG's attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ ... YG is moving forward with his Grammy Awards performance Sunday night, which had already been in the books before he got hauled in by cops last week on suspicion of robbery and bonding out the same day on $250k bail.

The rapper's performance is supposed to be in honor of the late Nipsey Hussle -- which Tacopina and others, including The Game, thought might've been behind the arrest.

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We still don't know what the robbery allegation stems from, but YG's Escalade was involved in a high-speed chase back in July that left a 65-year-old man dead. The MC denied he was anywhere near that scene at the time ... it's unclear if the two cases are related.

Looks like YG's following in the footsteps of his fellow artist Young Thug -- who was also put in cuffs last year right before his Grammys performance, but was then released.

YT ended up making his Grammy gig ... here's hoping YG can too.

Joe Giudice Partying with a Flock of Hunnies ... Teresa Who???

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Joe Giudice is moving on from Teresa Giudice with ease -- and by that, we mean he's got one, two, three, four .... lots and lots of options, basically.

The 'RHONJ' star was down in Mexico over the weekend at a place called Isla Mujeres. That translates to Island of Women ... and, lord, did it live up to the name. Take a look -- Joe, who seemed to be on a boys' trip, was absolutely surrounded by gorgeous babes.

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They were pretty into him too from the looks of these photos and videos TMZ obtained. At one point, Joe was seen dancing with some of the girls at a hotel called Izla. Later, he was spotted cozying up with a couple other gals under a cabana on the beach. Heyooo!

Of course, Joe's single right now ... so no harm, no foul. He and Teresa officially split last month after growing and living apart for several years now. No one's filed for divorce or a legal separation, but it's clear they're both moving on and dating other people now.

In fact, we just saw Teresa with a new/not-so-new boo thang not too long ago in Jersey. Apparently, it's an old flame of hers ... who was also on the show as the family's pool boy man.

Welp, Joe's doing his own thing as well. And, loving every second of it from what we can tell.

Offset I Gotta Give My Wife a Hand!!!

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Cardi B looked amazing at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy bash Saturday night, and her hubby was more than happy to sample the goods!

Cardi hit up the annual bash at the Bev Hilton Hotel and wore a super NSFW dress, to Offset's resounding approval.

Offset and Cardi are nominated for Best Rap Performance for "Clout."

She's won a Grammy last year for Best Rap Album, and she definitely won at Clive's party.

The Grammys go down tonight at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

Diddy Black Music Has Never Been Respected by the Grammys

WE DEMAND RESPECT

Diddy railed on the Grammys Saturday, saying it's turned a blind eye to black artists ... notably, hip-hop artists.

Ironically, Diddy unloaded on the Grammys during his acceptance speech for receiving an Industry Icon award. It all went down at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

As you know, TMZ broke the story ... Whitney Houston died the evening of the same annual party back in 2012 when she was found in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton, dead from an OD.

As for Diddy, he gave an acceptance speech that was interminably long -- 50 minutes, seriously. It ended at 12:30 AM, and toward the end is when Diddy set his sights on the folks who run the Grammys.

Among many other things ... Diddy said, "Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys."

As for Diddy's record ... 3 Grammy wins and 13 noms.

Among the guests ... Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Cardi B and Offset and Lana Del Rey, John Legend, Janet Jackson, Faith Evans, Ma$e, Lil Kim, Ozzy Osbourne, Avril Lavigne, Paula Abdul, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter, Darren Criss, Jessie J and Channing Tatum.

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Dropping $100k On Stormi's 2nd Bday ... Gotta Top 'Stormiworld'

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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are planning an epic birthday bash for their little Stormi ... and if her first bday is any indication, this party's gonna be outta this world!!!

Sources close to Kylie and Travis tell TMZ ... they are getting back to their co-parenting ways to throw a joint party for Stormi's 2nd, renting out a studio space for friends and family and running up the tab to a cool six figures.

Stormi's already gotten a special trip to Disney World to kick off the birthday festivities -- Feb. 1 marks her second trip around the sun -- but the Mouse House is only the tip of the bday iceberg.

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You'll recall ... Stormi's first birthday bash was nothing short of spectacular. Kylie rented out the entire backlot of Universal Studios for a "Stormiworld" theme, complete with carnival rides, a butterfly rainbow forest and tons of food and games.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

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Meghan and Harry are strangers in a strange land, and the Queen's not happy. (BTW, watch TMZ's special, "Harry and Meghan: The Royals in Crisis" Wednesday night on Fox at 8 PM ET.  And, Dr. Oz is convinced he'll destroy Mark Wahlberg in a push-up contest. So, we gotta ask ...

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Tinashe I Was Drunk for 6 Months ... After Finding Out Ben Was Dating Kendall

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Tinashe opened up in a big way Saturday afternoon, saying she was so torn up when she found out her ex-boyfriend Ben Simmons was dating Kendall Jenner ... she hit the bottle and didn't stop.

Tinashe made the revelation at Roc Nation's pre-Grammy brunch, calling the day she found out her BF of 2 years was dating Kendall Jenner "the worst day of my life."

You may recall, Tinashe told us back in 2018 Ben texted her while he was at a club with Kendall, after they bumped into her in L.A.

She says she was wasted for a solid 6 months after that, but she says she's now fully recovered.

As for Kendall and Ben, they broke up in 2018 but spent New Year's Eve together. She's also been seen at his basketball games, so it seems they're back together.

Keith Urban Good Genes or Good Docs?!?

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Keith Urban's good looks are just as nice as his voice!

Here is a 33-year-old version of the Grammy award-winning singer just before a concert at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California back in 2001 (left).

And 19 years later ... The now 52-year-old was most recently spotted showing off his luscious locks at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California last month (right).

Urban -- who will be presenting at the 62nd Grammy Awards tonight -- has had 19 Grammy nominations and has won 4 times for best male country vocal performance.

Just keeps getting better!

The question is ...

Keith Urban ...

Wendy Williams Dating Game's Strong ... 'Won't Let My Coochie Rot!!!'

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Wendy Williams is officially single and already mingling ... because she knows exactly what she wants, and the goods she's got to offer.

It's no surprise the talk show host is on the market -- she has been since she filed for divorce from her husband, Kevin Hunter, in April -- but we're told she's been enjoying the dating scene lately ... and has it down to a bit of a science.

We're told Wendy's always taking interviews for potential suitors and has criteria for them. For example, they don't have to be millionaires, but they better treat her in a manner she's accustomed ... so no cheap-ass dinners or gifts.

Second, she doesn't date dudes with kids still living at home ... our sources say she's not down with going to PTA meetings or youth baseball games.

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And, as we know ... any new potential boyfriend has to make for good conversation.

Oscar De La Hoya Slams Door On Floyd-Canelo Rematch ... It's 'Impossible'

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Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez's billion-dollar rematch ain't happening -- not now, not ever -- so says the Mexican superstars' promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.

Remember, the boxing legends fought back in 2013 ... and Canelo -- who was only 22 years old at the time -- was easily handled by Floyd, losing by majority decision.

The two have been talking trash to each other publicly ever since -- Canelo's mocked Floyd for fighting Conor McGregor. Floyd went after Canelo for his positive PED test in 2018. For a second, it started to feel like they were seriously building toward a rematch.

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In fact, just last year De La Hoya told us the rematch would be the biggest event in boxing history -- easily a $1.5 BILLION event.

But, things have changed and now, Oscar seems to be slamming the door on getting the superstars back in the same ring.

Ne-Yo My Grammy Wins Feel Hollow Now ... After Alleged Vote Rigging

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Ne-Yo is feeling a little less proud of the Grammys he believed were well-earned -- because much as it pains him, he admits the recent claims of vote-rigging are entirely possible.

We got the R&B superstar at LAX and with this year's award show -- the 62nd annual -- about to go down, we had to ask about the new controversy sparked by ousted Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan.

If ya missed it, she blew the whistle on what she claims is a deeply broken process of selecting Grammy winners. In a formal complaint, she claimed it's all rigged and accused Recording Academy committee members of throwing bones to certain artists due to personal or business relationships.

Ne-Yo didn't pull punches and told us exactly why it seems plausible to him. That said, he made it clear he hopes there were NO shady dealings behind his 3 Grammys.

Ne-Yo won two Grammys for his song "Miss Independent," and another for his 2008 album, "Because of You."

Ya gotta applaud his brutal honesty, and he also has some ideas about cleaning up the process.

CM Punk Shuts Down Logan Paul MMA Fight ... Ain't Happenin', Pal

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CM Punk is finally responding to Logan Paul's big MMA call out ... and bad news -- it's a big, fat THUMBS DOWN!

Of course, Paul is looking to continue his combat sports career after that big boxing match with KSI back in November -- and the two names he's thrown out are Antonio Brown and CM Punk.

With AB's troubling legal issues, that fight seems like a long shot now ... so what about Punk?

Remember, 41-year-old Punk has two UFC fights under his belt -- and even though he lost 'em both, we're told he's a maniac in the gym ... and a lot of people would like to see him get another shot.

Paul is one of the people ... telling TMZ Sports he'd LOVE to throw down with the WWE legend and bragging, "I think I would destroy CM Punk if I'm being honest."

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So, when we saw CM out in L.A. the other night -- we had to ask if he had any interest.

Famous NFL Fans Having a Field Day!

These celebrity football fans are kickin' grass and taking names!

As the NFL season is rushing into the final week before Super Bowl LIV, stars are showing off their support on the sidelines. The National Football Conference and American Football Conference face off for the Pro Bowl today, but throughout the season famous fanatics like Taylor Hill, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kevin Hart have been facing off with the camera to snap the perfect pics!

Get your head in the game and blitz your way through this green gallery of famous NFL fans having a field day!

Fourth down and major goals!

Jay-Z Attends Roc Nation's The Brunch ... Lauren London & Beyonce Finally Arrive

7:37 PM PT -- Lauren London and Beyonce have arrived to Roc Nation's Brunch, and the wait was worth it.

Nipsey was well represented with his girlfriend as well as his sister, Samantha. They even posed for some selfies and seemed to be in good spirits.

Beyonce showed up as well, and she was wearing a blue suit ... offsetting Jay's pink get-up. Fashionably late never looked this good, if we do say so ourselves.

Jay-Z and a ton of other stars showed out for the annual Roc Nation Brunch this weekend -- but there's one person who's noticeably missing so far ... Lauren London.

Celebs like Jay, Diddy, DJ Khaled, Megan Thee Stallion, Miguel, Meek Mill, Winnie Harlow, Ella Mai, Usher, Kelly Rowland, June Ambrose, Robert Kraft, Mike Rubin, G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Rel Howery, La La Anthony and several others were in attendance Saturday for the pre-Grammys shindig. They held one last year too ... it was also star-studded.

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It looks like folks are still trickling in, but so far ... there's no sign of the late Nipsey Hussle's girlfriend, who came with him last year before his untimely death about two months later.

She's kept a relatively low profile in the wake of her partner getting gunned down in cold blood -- but LL has surfaced online with a few clothes and sneaker campaigns.

Speaking of that, we're seeing the colors of the event match Beyonce's ADIDAS x Ivy Park drop. Oh, and one other person, we're not seeing quite yet ... Bey herself.

Originally Published -- 3:27 PM PT

Rufus Wainwright Let Gays Adopt in TN ... We Have So Much Love to Give!!!

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Rufus Wainwright says aspiring gay parents have as just much love to offer as straight couples -- which is why he thinks a new law in Tennessee limiting that is horses**t.

We got the acclaimed singer Saturday at Sundance in Utah, and made him aware of a new bill the Governor of TN, Bill Lee, just signed which allows adoption agencies to turn down gay couples. RW and his partner, Jorn Weisbrodt, couldn't help but roll their eyes.

Check out each of their answers ... Jorn says love knows no gender, which Rufus piggybacks on by adding gay people have so much love to offer. He also says there are countless kids who need help, and a person's sexual orientation shouldn't have any bearing on that.