March 14, 2021 - 21:51 GMT Brandi Fowler Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy lands her first Grammy - and there’s a special meaning behind it If you need further proof that Beyoncé ’ and Jay Z’s daughter is a star, look no further than the 9-year-old’s first Grammy win. MORE: Grammys boss shares surprising Beyonce news The tiny fashionista took home her first Grammy trophy Sunday ahead of the show, as Queen Bey’s Brown Skin Girl nabbed best music video, making her the second-youngest winner in Grammy history, according to Vulture. Beyoncé’ and Blue wowed at the 2019 premiere of The Lion King: The Gift Blue is credited as a featured artist on the track, sings on it, and is prominent in the video for the song, which was released last August as a part of the soundtrack for the 2019 film The Lion King: The Gift. Brown Skin Girl was later adapted into a stunning visual clip for Bey’s 2020 visual album Black Is King . MORE: Beyonce and Jay-Z's $90m home has four pools, a cinema, spa and more - see inside Although Blue’s name didn’t originally appear on the Grammy nomination when it was first revealed, it was recently added to it on the Record Academy’s Grammy website . The Recording Academy confirmed Blue Ivy’s nomination to Billboard quoting Grammy rules that “in order for a featured artist to be recognized as a nominee, the artist must be credited and recognized as a featured artist; and there must be significant performance and artistic contribution by the featured artist beyond what might be considered merely an accompaniment." Blue is the second-youngest person to ever win a Grammy The budding starlet shares the win with her superstar mother, as well as singer Wizkid, rapper Saint Jhn, and the video’s creators. The Brown Skin Girl video also features the superstar singer's mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, and Beyoncé's youngest daughter, Rumi Carter. Read … [Read more...] about Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy lands her first Grammy – and there’s a special meaning behind it
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Photo-Illustration: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling data from Apptopia, the New York Times reported that the app had been downloaded over four million times in the past month alone, which broadly corresponds with my own immediate networks. I started out the year with few outside my professional circles knowing what the app was; now, it’s something that gets brought up in my various Whatsapp groups every few days. That I personally find much of the app boring is a subjective contention, of course. I’m certain a substantial portion of the app’s user base would passionately differ from my assessment, and perhaps rightly so. I’ve only been on the thing for about a week, and I get the sense many users have cultivated a different relationship with the platform than I have. I, for one, picked up the app in search of experiences that justify time away from other things I could be doing: watching a movie, chasing my cat, lurking in far-flung subreddits, plowing through more podcasts. On that front, I often find little of comparable value, even when there is spectacle. Yet I am compelled, because there is something genuinely compelling about the Clubhouse experience. I keep dipping back into the app when I have a few minutes to spare, leaving it on in the background as I do other things — cleaning the house, making lunch, figuring out tax forms — when my brain is tired from listening to podcasts demanding close attention. Again, I rarely find anything worthwhile, but that’s part of the pleasure I get from it. And let’s be clear: Boringness is not antithetical to pleasure. It’s kinda why I’ve developed great affinities … [Read more...] about Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?
March 15, 2021 - 19:34 GMT Ainhoa Barcelona Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews have decided to name their second child, their daughter, Grace Elizabeth Jane – find out why Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews are celebrating the arrival of their baby daughter , Grace Elizabeth Jane. A family source revealed the gender and name of the tot to HELLO! earlier on Monday, just hours after Pippa gave birth in the early morning of 15 March. MORE: Grandmother Carole Middleton reveals fun activities with Kate and Pippa's children While it's not known why they chose Grace for their daughter's first name – perhaps it was a moniker they simply loved – the baby's middle names have very special meanings. Loading the player... WATCH: Kate and Pippa's sweetest sisterly moments Elizabeth seems to be inspired by Her Majesty the Queen, but it is also a clear nod to Pippa's mother Carole and her sister Kate, whose middle names are also Elizabeth. MORE: Pippa Middleton rocks skinny jeans and bump skimming coat in new photos MORE: Meet the 2021 royal baby club: Zara Tindall, Princess Sofia, Meghan Markle and more! It appears to be a family tradition, as Kate and Prince William also chose to give their daughter Princess Charlotte the middle name Elizabeth, after her paternal great-grandmother, as well as Diana in honour of Princess Diana. Pippa's daughter's second middle name is Jane, which is a tribute to James's own mother and Pippa's mother-in-law, Jane Matthews. Carole Middleton's middle name is also Elizabeth A family source announced the news to HELLO! on Monday, revealing that Pippa had given birth to a baby girl weighing 6lbs 7oz at around 4:22am. "Mother and baby are doing well," the source said. "She's perfect, everyone is overjoyed at such a happy arrival." The new arrival is the fifth grandchild for Pippa's parents Carole and Michael … [Read more...] about Pippa Middleton’s baby’s name: sweet meaning behind her very royal moniker
“After I got sick, I decided that I’m a musician, and I’m going to go on a tear doing what I do best.” Photo: Christopher Anderson/ Magnum Photos Nile Rodgers had been up past midnight, producing for a lovely unsigned jazz singer named Nicole Henry . He wants to walk her into the offices of Blue Note Records, he says, with a song so catchy that the execs who normally listen to new music with their heads down will have to look up. So he kept working until 3:30 a.m., here at his home studio in Westport, Connecticut. Henry sang into the mike in his dining room, a keyboardist comped along beside her, and Rodgers played guitar. If his productions have a trademark, it’s his jazzy, skittering guitar. Well, that and the fact that so many of them have been hits: 200 million albums sold. Fifty million singles. With his band Chic, there was “ Le Freak ,” “ Good Times ,” and a half-dozen other disco classics. Madonna’s Like a Virgin and David Bowie’s Let’s Dance . Diana Ross’s “ I’m Coming Out ” and Duran Duran’s “ Notorious .” Daft Punk’s “ Get Lucky ” — that last song proved that he still had juice, and when he sees crowds dancing to it, it reminds him, old hippie that he is, of “I Am the Walrus”: “I am he as you are he as you are me / And we are all together.” But he can’t say “Get Lucky” gave him any great takeaways. Hits don’t have lessons. They just are; so he just keeps working. And he kept working last night, until the mid-July sun sparkled on the water that comes right up to the edge of this rambling, wooded property, and on through to 6:30 a.m., when he took a double dose of Ambien, tucked his dreads into a bandanna, pulled a sleep mask over his eyes, and called it a session. At 9:26 a.m., the doorbell rings and he wakes up. There’s so much to do. He has to work on It’s About Time, the first Chic album since its last comeback album 24 years ago. (Rodgers is the only band member to play live on all the band’s albums.) He’s got to fly to … [Read more...] about The Deep Hidden Meaning of Nile Rodgers
NFTs at the Superchief gallery. Photo: John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock On my way to Superchief, which bills itself as the world’s “first physical NFT gallery,” I Googled “explain NFTs to me like I’m an absolute idiot.” Here is what I knew already: • NFT stands for “non-fungible token,” meaning a unique asset, the authenticity of which is encrypted through blockchain technology, asserting its originality and, therefore, its worth. • Collectors had started buying and selling NFT artworks like Beanie Babies in 1998, both through traditional auction houses like Christie’s or newer NFT marketplaces, and they were going for thousands and even millions in ether and bitcoin. • Over the past month or so, they had become something of a meme, and that this was ironic or meta or something, because memes seemed to make up a lot of the visual language and subject matter of the NFTs themselves. Here is what I didn’t know: • Why should I care? I appreciate art. I follow art. But I’m nowhere close to being a buyer or a collector of it. And most of what made NFTs significant and distinct, based on what I had read, was the way in which ownership is transferred and tracked. But people with money have always found ways to move it around: They buy houses, or horses, or paintings of houses and horses. To an outsider, NFTs reek of GameStop stonks and Elon Musk: more old-school capitalism, billed as something shiny and different because it’s online. A successful NFT exhibition would have to convince the visitor that these works represent something beyond the novelty of crypto. The phrase “physical NFT gallery” seems oxymoronic. NFTs are digital art pieces inextricably linked to the blockchain. The whole reason why anyone cares about them in the first place seems to be that they’ve developed a way to assign scarcity and value to untouchable, intangible online art. With NFTs you can buy the rights to an image, but the artist still retains the canvas it was painted on … [Read more...] about Screen Time at the ‘World’s First Physical NFT Gallery,’ Whatever That Means
This year is one of the few to see three female-led films competing for Best Picture. Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson/Vulture The Academy has engaged in so much relieved celebrating this year over Moonlight , Hidden Figures , and Fences — three films with mostly nonwhite casts have never competed for Best Picture at the same time, a boon after last year’s #OscarsSoWhite fiasco — that voters may not have noticed something else noteworthy about this year’s race. For only the third time ever, three films with a female lead or co-lead — Hidden Figures , Arrival , and La La Land — are among those nominated for Best Picture. Not since the back-to-back races of 2010 ( The Blind Side, An Education , Precious ) and 2011 ( The Kids Are Alright, Winter’s Bone, Black Swan, True Grit ) have we seen so many contenders showcase meaty female characters, stats certainly buoyed by the Academy’s decision six years ago to allow up to ten Best Picture contenders after decades of there being only five. But unlike 2010 and 2011’s female-fronted hopefuls, none of which took home the prize, this year’s La La Land is all but a lock for Best Picture, reinforcing an important message: The best movie of the year doesn’t always have to be centered on a male protagonist. Since the first Academy Awards were presented in 1928, only 22 of the 89 Best Picture winners have featured a significant female character. (This includes movies like La La Land that have female co-leads, including Million Dollar Baby, Titanic , Driving Miss Daisy, Kramer vs. Kramer , and Gone With the Wind. ) And despite the spike in gender parity we saw in 2010 and 2011, there have been years where female protagonists have been almost entirely absent from the nomination pool, including 2015, the year of Birdman, American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything , and Whiplash . Even more disheartening, it’s been 14 … [Read more...] about What This Year’s Oscars Race Means for Female Protagonists