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Ariana Grande Tweets 'Trash' ... Upset Mac Miller Loses Grammy & Parents Were Flown in for Show

2/10/2019 9:25 PM PST
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Ariana Grande was quick to tweet and delete "Trash" after Mac Miller lost the Grammy for Rap Album of the Year ... what she felt was a sign of total disrespect from the award show to the late rapper and his family. 

Miller -- who died in September -- received the first nomination of his career for Sunday's show for his album "Swimming." Mac was up against Travis Scott, Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T and Cardi

Grande tweeted "Trash" after Cardi was announced the winner but clarified the shade wasn't at Cardi, saying, "Nothing to do w her. good for her. i promise. i'm sorry."

A source close to Ariana tells us she was upset because the Grammys flew Mac's parents out for the show -- a sign he was likely going to win -- and felt they disrespected him by giving it to someone else.

As we reported ... Ariana was supposed to perform at the show but later canceled the gig after a feud with Grammy honchos. She wanted was to perform "7 rings."

We're told the show's producer, Ken Ehrlich, told Ariana that song wouldn't connect with the audience, so he asked her to choose a different song. Ariana felt strongly "7 Rings" was what people wanted to hear, and when Ehrlich wouldn't budge, she said she'd take a pass.

Post Malone at 2019 Grammys Supports 21 Savage Amid Protests ... Just Not on TV

2/10/2019 7:48 PM PST

Post Malone is taking heat for seemingly avoiding the subject of 21 Savage's arrest and detainment during his Grammys performance -- but PM was definitely showing love ... ya just couldn't see it.

Post performed his hit song "Rockstar" Sunday during the award show -- which, of course, features 21 Savage. Thing is, Post didn't directly address Savage's situation during his stage time ... and appeared to avoid Savage's verse altogether.

Some folks thought PM was doing 21 dirty by not taking the opportunity to speak out for his fellow MC -- who's currently being detained by ICE for being in the country illegally.

While Post didn't shout out Savage on camera, he was spotted backstage wearing a 21 Savage t-shirt -- which was presumably on him during the"Rockstar" performance.

He joins a movement that was out in force in front of the Staples Center before showtime -- the #Free21Savage coalition ... which had people marching with signs in support of the Atlanta-based rapper. 

Put away your claws, people ... Post's heart was in the right place here. 

Michelle Obama Surprise Grammys Drop-In Met With Roaring Reception

2/10/2019 5:35 PM PST

Michelle Obama just rocked the house at the 2019 Grammy Awards -- and before she could even get four words out on the importance of music ... she was interrupted by cheers.

The former First Lady made a surprise appearance Sunday at the Grammys alongside Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and host Alicia Keys. After Jada discussed respecting everyone's voice in the music industry, Michelle took the mic ... but had a hard time getting her speech started 'cause people were losing their minds.

Eventually, after Michelle told folks to settle down, she talked about the wide ranging musical genres that got her through tough moments in life, and reiterated just how impactful music is to pretty much everyone.

In typical Obama fashion, Michelle sounded just as good as ever in her delivery ... and this reception proves she's still one of America's favorite people to hear from.

Tough act to follow, for sure. 

Chris Cornell Kids Accept Posthumous Grammy ... On Dad's Behalf

2/10/2019 4:56 PM PST

Chris Cornell won a Grammy Sunday nearly two years after his death ... and his children accepted it on his behalf with a heartfelt message about their father. 

Cornell's two kids -- his son, Christopher, and his daughter, Toni -- took to the stage at Staples Center after their dad had been awarded the Grammy for Best Rock Performance for his song, "When Bad Does Good" ... his third Grammy win ever. 

Christopher spoke first, reading from a statement that read in part ... "I never thought we'd be standing here without my dad. I'm sure he would be proud and honored. He was known for many things. He was a rock icon, the godfather of grunge and the creator of a movement." 

Christopher added ... "While he touched the hearts of millions, most importantly he is known for  to us is for being the greatest father in our ear." 

His sister finished up the speech, saying ... "His voice was his vision and his music was his peace," adding ... "This is for you daddy and we love you so much." Chris' family walked the red carpet together before the show, and put on a united front for the cameras.

TMZ broke the story ... Chris was found dead in Detroit in 2017. A coroner ruled his death as a suicide by hanging

He was 52.

Grammys 2019 Joy Villa's Back ... W/ Barbed Wire Trump Wall Dress

2/10/2019 3:08 PM PST

It's Grammy season, which means we're due for another outlandish Joy Villa outfit to grace the red carpet ... this time, she's here dressed as President Trump's border wall. 

The alt-rock singer -- who's super conservative -- showed up to the Staples Center Sunday ahead of the big show wearing a silver "build the wall" gown, complete with faux barbed wire on her shoulders and a spiked crown on her head. Lady Liberty would be ... proud?

Joy told reporters that her 'BTW' ensemble was custom made by Designers Allinger of Desi Designs -- and, of course, she wore it to make a political statement, per usual. If her "steel" colored dress didn't tell you that ... her MAGA handbag hits the point home.

This isn't Joy's first rodeo with right-leaning outfits. She showed up to last year's Grammys wearing a pro-life dress, which also had an on-the-nose accessory.

Her 2018 fashion choice was apparently a big hit with DT's fam ... Joy told us that Eric Trump's wife, Lara, gave her rave reviews ... calling her dress "stunning."

Considering Joy has been rockin' MAGA gear to the Grammys since at least 2017, something tells us this is gonna be an ongoing thing as long as Trump's in office. 

Hey, at least she's consistent.

Grammy Awards Seating Chart Gaga & Katy Up Front, Please ... BTS Sits Next to Everyone!!!

2/7/2019 3:02 PM PST

The Grammys seating chart -- aka the music biz power rankings -- just came out and a certain star who was born is in the front row, while the biggest Korean stars are in just about every other row.

We're slightly exaggerating but click through the gallery and you'll see the members of BTS are literally spread out over at least 2 rows. Lady GagaMark Ronson and Katy Perry are up front, while Miley Cyrus and her idol, Dolly Parton, will have a chance to get cozy.

The seating chart also reveals where Bad Bunny, Camila CabelloDrakeJ Lo and Cardi B will be hanging during Sunday night's ceremony.

BTW, if Kendrick Lamar and SZA win for their "Black Panther" track, "All the Stars" ... it'll be easy to celebrate together. Wakanda forever!

Miley Cyrus & Shawn Mendes Musical Minds Unite!!! ... New Single on The Way

2/6/2019 10:05 AM PST
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Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes are hard at work putting the finishing touches on a new single together ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources familiar with the project tell us the song will drop in the coming weeks ... and is likely to end up as a track on Miley's new album. It's the first time the duo has paired up for any type of collab.

Shawn and Miley fans started to connect the dots that something was up Tuesday night when Miley posted a photo from rehearsals for the Grammys. Cyrus posed in front of some guitars and amps ... and some noticed Shawn's guitar in the background. What's more ... his name appears to be marked on another piece of equipment. 

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Mendes is coming off a massive 2018 ... and Miley is expected to make a big splash this year with new music of her own. Nothing like a possible Grammys collab to kick things off. 

'Fiji Water Girl' From Golden Globes Sues Fiji Water for Cardboard Cutouts

1/31/2019 3:07 PM PST
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3:04 PM PT -- A rep for FIJI tells TMZ, "This lawsuit is frivolous and entirely without merit. After the Golden Globes social media moment, we negotiated a generous agreement with Ms. Cuthbert that she blatantly violated. We are confident that we will prevail in court. Throughout our history, we have had a sterling reputation working with talent."The viral sensation that was the "Fiji Water Girl" photobombing every celeb at the Golden Globes is back -- just not in the flesh ... which is why she's suing the water company.

Kelly Steinbach -- who goes by her modeling name, Kelleth Cutbert -- is suing Fiji Water over a cardboard cutout campaign that she says the company launched without her permission. Steinbach claims Fiji used her unauthorized image holding the tray of Fiji water bottles at the award show.

She says they tried coaxing her into signing away her rights, and even though she did a mock video that appeared to be doing just that ... Steinbach claims she never actually put ink to paper on a real deal. It was all for show. Nonetheless, she claims Fiji moved forward.

Steinbach says that cardboard cutouts of herself started to pop up all over L.A., and one of those is pictured in a photo with John Legend from earlier this month. 

She says the "Fiji Water Girl" viral moment generated upwards of $12 million in brand exposure, and now she's asking a judge to give her a piece of the pie. 

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Geoffrey Owens My SAG Intro was Redemption ... After Trader Joe's Shaming

1/28/2019 11:09 AM PST
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Geoffrey Owens says his redemption song came full circle Sunday night at the 25th SAG Awards ... but his comeback isn't even close to done yet.

The former 'Cosby Show' star was at LAX Monday after hitting the SAG ceremony where he was one of the actors who got a cameo in the broadcast's "I Am an Actor" intro. He also got a rousing response from his fellow union members.

We asked if he felt redeemed after a customer tried to publicly shame him for working at Trader Joe's a few months ago. It's a resounding yes from Geoff ... and he tells us exactly why.

He says the last few months have been a whirlwind of emotions and mostly a dream come true. He's gotten a lot of acting gigs and opportunities after the photo of him working the register at TJ's went viral. 

Geoffrey tells us Hollywood's re-opened its doors for him, and he's eternally grateful to be working so consistently again. As to whether he signed on for any new projects while at the award show ... it sounds like he kept the wheeling and dealing to a minimum.

It might be better that way in the end, 'cause Geoffrey already has some auditions lined up this week. Side note: the dude's still got love for Trader Joe's, and a go-to product.

Patricia Arquette on SAG Awards I Thanked Mueller Because I Meant It ... He's Helping the U.S.

1/28/2019 10:40 AM PST
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Patricia Arquette's seemingly out-of-place shout-out to Robert Mueller during her SAG speech wasn't out of place at all, 'cause she says it was ALL from the heart.

We got Patricia Monday fresh on the heels of her big Sunday night at the 25th SAG Awards -- where she thanked the Special Counsel during her acceptance speech for Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series. She told us she was just trying to express her true feeling ... relief.

The actress says Mueller is doing the country a huge service by investigating the Trump campaign and potential cooperation with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election. She thinks the probe has everyone -- on both sides of the aisle -- feeling some sense of reassurance.

Our photog asks if she thinks Roger Stone's recent arrest and indictment is the last shoe to drop for Trump and co. but, like many of us, she's not too sure at this point.

If it is, though, Patty says she might have a special prize for RM himself. Let's just say ... ya might wanna clear your mantle, Bob!

Lupita Nyong'o, Rami Malek Drink, Dance & Chill at Netflix's SAG After-Party

1/28/2019 8:24 AM PST

Welcome to Netflix and chill ... Hollywood edition.

Tons of celebs hit up the streaming giant's SAG Awards after-party Sunday night at the Sunset Tower Hotel in WeHo. Netflix dominated all streaming services, cable and broadcast networks with 15 SAG nominations but only hauled in 2 statues. That didn't stop Netflix from turning up.

Lupita Nyong'o, Rami Malek, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael B. Jordan, Susan Kelechi, and Sterling K. Brown were just some of the celebs who made appearances.

Jason Bateman was also there and brought his statue with him ... for outstanding performance in a drama series in the Netflix hit series "Ozark."

25th SAG Awards A Fashion-Forward United Front ... Behind the Scenes

1/27/2019 6:53 PM PST

The 25th SAG Awards is in full swing, and if you take a peek behind the scenes ... you'll see everyone was dressed to the nines and beyond for this thing.

Tons of actors were on hand Sunday for the award show honoring folks in the SAG-AFTRA union, and nobody skimped on the swank -- including Michael B. Jordan (who wore a colorful Louis Vuitton harness over his tux), Lady Gaga who dazzled in a white gown, Viggo Mortensen who killed it with maroon ... and lots and lots of other stars who brought out their best outfits.

Some other standouts ... Chris Pine in the classic all-white tux, Sandra Oh who donned a gorgeous red gown, Darren Criss who sizzled in silver and, frankly, the entire "Black Panther" cast ... who looked absolutely incredible together in the front row.

Statuettes are still being handed out ... but take a gander at what's been going on backstage so far. 

Cardi B Brings the House Down ... at AVN Awards in Vegas

1/27/2019 7:19 AM PST

Cardi B rocked the AVN Awards Saturday night with a pretty spectacular and racy performance that did not disappoint.

Cardi opened the AVN's with "Bickenhead" and "She Bad." She looked amazing and the crowd went wild during her short set.

Before the big show, Cardi performed at a private, 40-minute show for the Cam Girls -- adult stars who perform live stream shows. Again, she did not disappoint. Both outfits were epic ... choose your own adventure, but both were fantastic.

At the end of Cardi's set, she was hilarious, telling the crowd, "I'm so excited for these awards ... more than the Grammys. I don't know why."

And, there's a distinction ... Cardi is the first female entertainer ever to perform at the Adult Video Awards.

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