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Oprah stands by Neverland doco
Celine on daydreaming
Stevie Wonder on gun control
Mariah to get Icon award
Oprah Winfrey stands by Leaving Neverland special following criticism
Oprah Winfrey insists the hate she received for interviewing Michael Jackson's accusers following the broadcast of documentary Leaving Neverland was worth it.
In early March (19), the media mogul sat down for an interview with Wade Robson and James Safechuck for After Neverland, a special which aired directly after the conclusion of Leaving Neverland, in which they accused the late King of Pop of abusing them when they were children.
During an appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Wednesday (10Apr19), she explained that all the "hateration" she received for doing the special was worth it if it helps people understand the patterns of sexual abuse.
"When I saw that documentary, I realised that a lot of people are going to be triggered by watching it, and a lot of people will not understand what the pattern is," she said, adding that she'd done "217 shows trying to get people to understand that it's not about one person, that it is about the pattern."
"People call it molestation, but there is a big seducing that goes on... and that was important enough for me to take the hateration for," she continued.
Weeks after the broadcast, Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe claimed that Safechuck couldn't have been abused at the Neverland Ranch train station because it hadn't been built when he was there.
Oprah, who has experienced sexual abuse herself, addressed the alleged discrepancies, telling Trevor, "When you put a girl on the witness stand and she can't remember was it Thursday or Wednesday, it's automatically discredited... When you're in the midst of trauma, terrible things are happening to you. You may not remember the exact time... If you can't remember the day and the time and la la la, everybody's like, 'OK, guess it never happened.'"
The documentary's director Dan Reed, who appeared on Oprah's special alongside Safechuck, has also maintained the testimonies are accurate and insisted he was still visiting Neverland after the train station was built.
Oprah's comments come shortly after it was reported she had distanced herself from the documentary by deleting her tweets about it and removing the interviews from her YouTube channel. A representative for TV network HBO was also forced to deny they had pulled the two-part documentary earlier this week.
Celine Dion taps into her creative energy by daydreaming
Celine Dion can best tap into her creative energy when she allows herself time to daydream.
The Canadian superstar remains one of the best-selling singers of all time, and once her Las Vegas residency wrap up in June (19), is set to release an English-language album and embark on a world tour.
While Celine has a busy few months ahead, and juggles work with parenting her sons Rene-Charles, 18, and eight-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, who she shared with late husband Rene Angelil, she is adamant that she comes up with some of her best ideas when lying in bed.
“I still daydream, and I love it,” she said in an interview which accompanied the announcement that she is the new global brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. “But since I’m so busy with my passions, my work, my family, I have no time. My secret? When I’m in my bed, I take some time for myself to think of everything I love, and this is the time I get so creative.”
Celine’s husband Rene died in January 2016 following a battle with cancer, with her brother Daniel Dion passing away, also of cancer, two days later. Despite facing such a difficult time, The Power of Love hitmaker is certain that experiencing such grief has made her stronger.
“Losing my husband, seeing him suffer was extremely hard. But I have learnt to love him like there is no tomorrow. I knew that I had to let him go in peace, and not be selfish trying to make him stay a little longer. I now see him in the eyes of my kids, and that makes me stronger. It helped me to keep going and to go back on stage. So, I continue to work hard, I have found new passions such as dance and, made new friends and I’m very well surrounded,” the 51-year-old smiled.
Celine’s Courage World Tour is set to begin in Quebec City on 18 September, while her new album will be released later in November.
Cher 'embarrassed' by farewell concerts
Cher finds it "embarrassing" to reflect on her previous farewell concerts after repeatedly changing her mind about performing again.
The pop icon famously revealed plans to hang up her concert microphone after her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour shows, which ran from 2002 to 2005, but she ended up returning to the stage again in 2014 for the Dressed to Kill trek, and is now preparing to hit the road for the latest leg of her Here We Go Again Tour.
Cher, 72, insists she genuinely didn't think she would be able to keep drawing big crowds after her previous goodbye gigs, and even now, after hit Las Vegas residencies and a new Broadway musical about her life, she worries about being an ageing star in the music industry.
"It's so embarrassing because I keep having these farewell tours because I honest to God think I am never coming back," she said on U.S. breakfast show Today.
"Like, I'm 100 years old, whos going to come and see me? My mum's 93 and my mum keeps going, 'Cher, age is just a number. If you don't bother it, it won't bother you.' And I keep going, 'Mum, you're crazy.'"
However, the Believe singer admits the adrenaline she feels stepping out in front of fans each night during her tour reminds her exactly why she keeps returning to the stage.
"I know when I walk onstage, I am connected to every single person there and (am) there to make people forget if they're unhappy, if they've lost their job, if they didn't make their car payment; I'm there to make people happy for those two hours," she smiled. "That's my job, and that's what I get back."
Cher's Here We Go Again Tour resumes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday (18Apr19).
Stevie Wonder calls for stricter gun laws at Nipsey Hussle memorial
Stevie Wonder used his tribute appearance at Nipsey Hussle's Los Angeles memorial to call for stricter gun laws as he mourned the tragic rapper's "unnecessary" death.
The soul legend graced the stage at the Staples Center arena on Thursday (11Apr19) and addressed the more than 18,000 fans there to honour the MC, less than two weeks after he was gunned down outside his Hyde Park clothing store.
Before launching into his performance, Stevie recalled having the "pleasure" of once meeting Nipsey, who he remembered as "such a great young man," and expressed his grief at losing him to gun violence at just 33.
"It is a heartbreak to again lose a member of our family... because it's so unnecessary," the blind musician told the crowd. "We, to be a civilised nation, a civilised world, are still living in a time where ego, anger, (and) jealousy is controlling our lives.
"It is so painful to know that we don't have enough people taking a position that says, 'Listen, we must have stronger gun laws'. It's unacceptable. It's almost like the world is becoming blind."
Stevie shared his hope that lawmakers would take a stand to "make it so very hard for people to have guns and to take their frustrations out to kill life (sic)," citing Nipsey's own anti-violence activism as motivation.
"I hope that we don't just talk about it, but we be about it to make a difference for our future," he added.
Wonder went on to perform his song Rocket Love, one of Nipsey's personal favourites, and a cover of Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven. His appearance would have been a dream come true for the slain star, real name Ermias Asghedom, as he once rapped about Wonder performing at his memorial in the track Ocean Views.
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg delivered a heartfelt tribute to his "friend" and "brother" at the Celebration of Life event, recalling the first time they met and reminiscing about the "special" bond they had shared.
"I'm tryna stay strong for the homeboy Nip," the emotional hip-hop icon told fans.
There were also touching speeches delivered by Nipsey's mother, father, kids, and other relatives, as well as his longtime girlfriend, model and actress Lauren London, the mother of his two-year-old son Kross.
"I've never felt this type of pain before...," she shared, as she celebrated the love of her life and his "majestic" soul and "brilliant" mind.
"I'm so honoured and blessed that I got to experience this man," she gushed, before addressing her fellow Los Angeles natives.
"We lost an incredible soul," Lauren said. "We lost somebody very rare to us. We lost a real one, and we won't ever be the same... But he's in all of us..."
Turning her attention to her late love, she added, "Grief is the final act of love. My heart hears you, I feel you everywhere... and until we meet again, The Marathon (his mission) continues."
The three-hour long ceremony also included an appearance by close pals YG and DJ Mustard, the reading of a personal letter sent by former U.S. President Barack Obama, and performances from Jhene Aiko, Anthony Hamilton, and Marsha Ambrosius.
A 25-mile procession past the rap star's Marathon Clothing company in Hyde Park, where Nipsey was shot on 31 March (19), and his childhood home in Crenshaw is currently underway as the tragic rapper's remains are transported to a funeral home.
Mariah Carey to receive Icon Award at 2019 Billboard Music Awards
Mariah Carey is to be honoured with the Icon Award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.
The superstar is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having won 14 Billboard Music Awards, 10 American Music Awards, and five Grammy Awards.
Now, Carey is to be feted for her achievements at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 1 May (19).
"The true definition of an icon, Carey has been smashing records since she debuted on the music scene in 1990 with her self-titled album," a spokesperson said. "Over the next three decades, she continued to rule the charts, creating anthems, and snapshots of pop culture history along the way."
Carey will take to the stage during the three-hour event to accept the Icon Award and perform a medley of her greatest hits.
The Hero singer last performed at the Billboard Music Awards in 2015, and over the years, has landed six number one albums on the Billboard 200. In December, her fifteenth studio album Caution became her eighth number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Carey will join a handful of previous recipients of the Icon Award, with other stars to receive the prestigious prize including Janet Jackson, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince and Stevie Wonder.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson, with it previously announced that Lauren Daigle, Khalid, Panic! at the Disco, Sam Smith, and Normani would be among the performers.