The reality song show winner could appear on the 2017/18 season panel
It seems what goes around really does come around as Kelly Clarkson looks set to appear as a judge on the very show that kick-started her career - American Idol. The defunct show - which ended its 15-season run on Fox in 2016 - looks set to be revitalised with a new judging line-up including former winner of the show, Clarkson.
Kelly Clarkson kick-started her career as the first winner of American Idol in 2002
It has recently been announced that the show will reappear on screens for the 2017/18 season on ABC.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson To Be A Judge On The New Look American Idol?
Clarkson was crowned the first ever winner of ‘American Idol’ back in 2002.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since Kelly Clarkson was crowned the first ever winner of ‘American Idol’. Now a global superstar, Clarkson marked her career anniversary on Twitter, Sunday, saying she was "forever grateful" to the talent show.
Kelly Clarkson is celebrating 14 years of being an 'American Idol'
"14 yrs ago 2day @AmericanIdol opened a door w/such amazing opportunities & experiences 4 me!" the 34-year-old tweeted on September 4. "I am 4ever grateful & blessed! #heresto14more.”
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Celebrates 14 Years Since Winning 'American Idol'
She and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed their son, Remington Alexander, into the world nearly two weeks ago.
Kelly Clarkson has debuted her newborn son Remington to the world via social media this week, her second (and, apparently, last!) child with her husband Brandon Blackstock.
Taking to Instagram and Twitter on Sunday (April 24th) after a newborn photography session, the former ‘American Idol’ winner shared a couple of pictures of her son, born less than a fortnight ago on April 12th.
“Meet Remy, our newest edition to the family!” she wrote on Twitter. “#charmfordays #watchoutladies.” The first image was of her husband, talent manager Brandon Blackstock, holding Remy on his chest, and the second was of Kelly holding him sideways and planting a kiss on his head.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Shares First Pictures Of Her Baby Boy
The former 'American Idol' winner gave birth to her son, Remington Alexander Blackstock, on Tuesday.
Kelly Clarkson has become a mother for the second time, announcing that she and her husband Brandon Blackstock have welcomed their son, named Remington Alexander, into the world.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Welcomes Second Baby With Husband Brandon Blackstock
The singer claims he's 'not a good guy'.
It looks like Kesha's case against Dr. Luke has just got a boost from fellow Sony artist Kelly Clarkson, who has now revealed that she has her own reservations about the producer as well after being 'blackmailed' into working with him despite the fact that she thinks he 'lies a lot'.
Kelly Clarkson opens up about Dr. Luke
The 'Piece By Piece' singer threw caution to the winds when she took to Twitter in support of her troubled peer Kesha after it was ruled by New York Supreme Court that the latter would not be freed from her record label in order to continue to make a living as a recording artist, despite accusing producer Dr. Luke of emotional and sexual abuse. And now Clarkson has gone a step further by publicly slamming the producer in an interview on Australia's KIIS 1065 Kyle & Jackie O Breakfast Show.
Clarkson returned as a guest judge to 'American Idol' and gave a tear-jerking rendition of 'Piece By Piece'.
33 year old Clarkson, who was the first ever winner of ‘American Idol’ when it started in 2002, appeared as a guest judge giving out advice to the Top Ten contestants before getting on stage to sing ‘Piece By Piece’, her recent single.
It proved to be devastatingly effective, as Clarkson visibly started shedding tears during her full-on performance, with fellow judge Jennifer Lopez clearly moved and even bringing a tear to Keith Urban’s eye.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Makes Emotional Return To 'American Idol'
All of the Top Three albums in America are new entries, while Kelly Clarkson's Number 1 album from last week suffers a huge drop.
It’s been a big week for new music releases in the Billboard 200 albums chart, as all of top three positions are taken by new entries. The soundtrack to smash musical drama ‘Empire’ has edged out Madonna’s new album to claim the top spot in this week’s chart.
The Fox hit series been tearing up the music charts as well as the TV ratings, selling 130,000 units in the week ending March 15th, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was also the third highest-rated primetime broadcast of the week, with last Wednesday’s episode attracting 14.9 million viewers.
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' is her first album not to be US Number 1 in 17 years
Continue reading: Soundtrack To Fox's 'Empire' Beats Madonna To American Chart Top Spot
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest are all set to return for the 14th season of 'American Idol'.
American Idol judges, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., will all be returning to the 14th season of American Idol, Fox announced on Monday (23rd June). Ryan Seacrest will also be returning as host and his contract was signed earlier this month.
Jennifer Lopez at the finale of American Idol season 13.
Lopez was a judge on the show from 2011 to 2012 but returned for the 13th season earlier this year. Urban has been a judge for the past two seasons. Connick Jr. joined the other two judges for the 13th season. All three are confirmed to return for the 14th season of the hit show.
Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock have welcomed their first child together, a daughter named River Rose.
Kelly Clarkson has given birth to her first child with husband Brandon Blackstock. Clarkson and Blackstock's baby girl was born on Saturday 14th June. They have decided to name her River Rose Blackstock and Clarkson shared their exciting news via Twitter.
Kelly Clarkson announced the birth of her daughter on Twitter.
Clarkson wrote "Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th! Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!"
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Gives Birth To Daughter Named River Rose
After multiple Twitter teasers, the baby is here. And she's got a beautiful name too.
The 2014 baby invasion continues. This week’s celebrity mother is Kelly Clarkson, who just welcomed a baby girl with husband Brandon Blackstock. The baby girl was named River Rose Clarkson – a name that seems like a perfect fit for the literature-inclined Clarkson. Last year, the star attempted to buy a ring, which once belonged to Jane Austen because she admires the author’s work. The ring was ultimately bought off by the Jane Austen’s House Museum, but the singer’s love of beautiful language seems to be alive and well.
Congratulations to Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock!
Clarkson announced the birth of her first child over Twitter, as you do. According to her message, the little bundle of joy was born on June 12. Clarkson confirmed her pregnancy four weeks after she and Blackstock married in Tennessee last fall. Throughout her pregnancy, she continuously updated fans on her condition, unlike other celebrities, who often opt to share as little as possible of their personal lives online.
Kelly Clarkson revealed the exciting news of the sex of her, and husband Brandon Blackstock's, new baby, they are having a girl!
Kelly Clarkson, and husband Brandon Blackstock, are preparing to welcome a baby girl into the world.
The pop-singer took to twitter to announce the happy news to her 9.3 million followers.
"We just found out we're having a girl officially!" she posted on Monday (Jan 20th). "I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting ha!"
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Reveals Gender Of Baby, She Is Expecting A Girl!
The newly married singer was desperate to start a family...looks like her wish came true!
Kelly Clarkson is now pregnant with her husband Brandon Blackstock's baby, as confirmed by the pop star herself and her publicist, via BBC Newsbeat. An overjoyed Kelly announced the new herself via Twitter, tweeting "I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever."
Kelly Clarkson Excited To Announce Pregnancy.
The 31 year-old American Idol had publically stated her desire to start a family, especially after she and Brandon got married last month in Tennessee. Find out more about their romantic and rustic wedding here. Although her new husband has two children, 6 and 12, from a previous marriage, Kelly had openly spoken of her urgent plans for pregnancy.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Expecting Baby - Ecstatic Twitter Confirmation
Kelly Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock are "so excited" as they are expecting their first child together.
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is expecting her first child with husband, Brandon Blackstock.
The 31 year-old announced the exciting news via twitter on Tuesday (Nov 19th).
Clarkson posted, "I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :)"
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Expecting First Child-Gets Her Christmas Wish!
The singer eloped in the year's smallest celebrity wedding.
Pop star Kelly Clarkson has finally married her love, Brandon Blackstock, in a rustic Tennessee ceremony. "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!" she captioned a romantic Instagram photo.
Clarkson Married & Decided Not To Invite Her Own Family.
When celebs say they want an intimate wedding, we've learned to take that pledge with a pinch of salt. Though intimate conjures up images of the Kill Bill wedding with sparse attendees and modest décor, 'intimate' for some celebs can mean they had to scale their guestlist down from 1,000 to 500.
Continue reading: Why On Earth Did Kelly Clarkson's Mother Not Get A Wedding Invitation?
After close to a year of being engaged to each other, the pair were wed in secret over the weekend.
Kelly Clarkson and her long-time beau Brandon Blackstock have gotten married; tying the knot in an intimate ceremony held over the weekend in rural Tennessee. The two managed to keep the ceremony on the down low and their union wasn't revealed until Monday evening (21 October), when the new Mrs Blackstock tweeted about the big Sunday (20 Oct.) ceremony.
Clarkson and Blackstock tied the knot in front of a small group of friends and family.
Clarkson and Blackstock managed to keep their union quiet from the press until Monday's revelation, although we did know it was coming when the two showed up in person at a Sumner County (TN) clerks office to apply for a marriage license last week. Considering these only last for thirty days then most were suspecting that the big day was imminent.
Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock yesterday (20th October). The 31-year-old singer announced the news on Twitter, sharing a series of wedding photographs.
Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock yesterday (20th October) in a secret ceremony in Tennessee. The couple tied the knot at the Blackberry Farms, a luxury hotel set in 4200 acres near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Clarkson married Blackstock on Sunday 20th October.
The 31-year-old shared her happy news on Twitter, writing "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock. We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!" Clarkson included a photograph of the couple smiling under a rustic bridge. Clarkson looked beautiful wearing a long lace dress whilst in two photographs her new husband kissed her. In a third photograph she thanked the creators of her classic dress and ornate headdress.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock Marry In Tennessee Ceremony
The pop singer wedded her love in Tennessee.
Singer Kelly Clarkson has finally tied the knot with her fiancé, talent manager Brandon Blackstock. The couple have dated since the end of 2011 and have been engaged since December last year. Kelly met her future husband via her manager, Narvel Blackstock, who is Brandon's father.
'American Idol' Winner Kelly Clarkson Has Married Brandon Blackstock.
After obtaining their 30 day marriage licence from Sumner County, the couple wasted no time in getting hitched at Blackberry Farms luxury hotel and resort in the Smoky Mountains in Walland, Tennessee, a source told Hollywood Life. Clarkson, who wore an Alice Temperley wedding gown, confirmed the news of her nuptials via Twitter where she tweeted "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock. We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!" alongside two incredibly romantic professional wedding photos.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Marries Brandon Blackstock In Rustic Farm Wedding
Kelly Clarkson securing a marriage licence can only mean the singer plans to wed her fiancé, Brandon Blackstock, in the near future.
Kelly Clarkson is preparing to become Mrs Blackstock in the very near future.
The pop-idol alumni and her fiancé, Brandon Blackstock, have obtained a marriage license, according to E!News.
The couple secured the license in person at a clerk house in Sumner County, Tennessee on Tuesday October 15th.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Acquires Marriage Licence With Fiancé Brandon Blackstock
Kelly Clarkson is releasing a Christmas album months ahead of time and working on her return to music.
Some of us are gearing up for Halloween, others have skipped the autumn holidays entirely and are gearing up for Christmas already – case in point: Kelly Clarkson’s newly released holiday single. Clarkson premiered 'Underneath the Tree' online today, as part of her upcoming winter collection Wrapped in Red. The song is a 3-minute, upbeat ditty, predictably layered with loud piano chords and sleigh bells, but it gets the point across - get excited about Christmas and get excited now.
Clarkson's recent style choices match the holiday theme.
According to Digital Spy, the track is the creation of Clarkson in collaboration with Greg Kurstin. Like any self-respecting holiday compilation, it will include a few covers of festive classics like 'White Christmas', 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.
Kelly Clarkson wants to waste no time after she is married and wants a baby for Christmas.
Kelly Clarkson is expected to get married in the very near future and she doesn't want to waste any time in becoming a mother after her wedding.
The 31 year-old singer recently announced that her wedding was originally planned to be a huge ceremony but now she and her future husband, Brandon Blackstock, are planning an elopement with just Blackstock's two children from a previous marriage in attendance.
Clarkson recently told ABC News about their plans to travel to the dramatically down-sized wedding;
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson's Christmas Wish Is To Have A Baby After Her Elopement
Kelly Clarkson is outbid for the Jane Austen ring after it had a temporary export ban placed on it.
American singer Kelly Clarkson attempted to buy a gold and turquoise ring that once belonged to celebrated English novelist Jane Austen in a bid for £152,450.
The US Pop Idol contestant bought the ring at auction house Sotheby's in 2012 as she outbid the 'Jane Austen's House Museum.
However she was unable to take it out of the UK because of an export ban that was placed on the ring by the British culture ministry who decided it had too much historical significance.
Continue reading: Britain Beat Kelly Clarkson In Bid For Jane Austen's Ring
Jane Austen's ring, bought at auction by Kelly Clarkson, will be kept in the UK after a museum successfully bid higher than the US singer.
Kelly Clarkson has been outbid by the Jane Austen House Museum.
Austen's turquoise and gold ring was bought by Clarkson at auction last year. The 31-year-old singer purchased the ring for £152 450 at the auction. The ring has not left the UK, despite Clarkson living in the US, after Culture Minister Ed Vaizey placed a temporary export bar on it. The ban was to be lifted only if no other buyer had outbid the US singer by 30th September 2013. Vaizey had encouraged British buyers to purchase the antique so it could be "saved for the nation." The Jane Austen House Museum has purchased the ring from Clarkson, with the aid of the Bring Home the Ring campaign, which received donations worldwide.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson "Happy" To Lose Jane Austen's Ring
The Austen House Museum won this round.
Kelly Clarkson is reportedly a big Jane Austen fan, so she took it in stride, when a ring, previously owned by the author, finally slipped between her fingers today. Clarkson’s trouble began in 2012, when she purchased the ring on auction at Sotheby’s. At the time, Jane Austen’s House Museum also bid for the ring, but Clarkson won out in the end.
This time, Kelly doesn't have much to sing about.
In a bid to keep the ring, considered a national treasure, within the UK, culture minister Ed Vaizey placed an export ban on the jewel, valid until September 30th. If the Jane Austen museum couldn’t raise the money or prove that the money would be raised by then, Clarkson would get to keep the piece of Jane Austen memorabilia. Luckily, thanks to an anonymous donation of £100,000 the museum managed to reach its target of £152,450 and match Clarkson's bid ahead of the 30 September deadline.
Continue reading: Historic Jane Austen Ring Slips Off Kelly Clarkson's Finger
The singer won't be taking home the pricey jewel now Jane Austen's House Museum has raised enough to match her bid.
Kelly Clarkson has been unsuccessful in her efforts to export the ring that once belonged to beloved British author, Jane Austen.
Kelly Came Up Against Some Stiff Competition From Jane Austen's House Museum.
US singer Clarkson won the ring last year at an auction, outbidding Jane Austen's House Museum to buy the exquisite gold and topaz ring for £152,450. One of three pieces of Austen jewellery known, the ring had been in Austen's family since she passed away.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Loses Jane Austen Ring To UK Museum
Dr Luke won't sit on the panel of judges this year.
Forget everything you've heard, hitmaker supreme Dr Luke will not be joining the judge's panel on American Idol, despite earlier news. It was reported that Dr Luke would sit alongside returning panel members Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the singing talent contest to judge pop star hopefuls for a 13th season.
Dr Luke [L] Is The Man Behind Many Popstars.
Luke, with a history of writing hits for former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, as well as P!nk's 'Who Knew' and Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl,' apparently made through the judge's selection process to become one of the last candidates standing after a month's long search for the next discerning talent judge.
The third 'American Idol' judge has been announced. Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel for season 13 of the reality show.
Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel of American Idol. Dr. Luke a.k.a. Lukas Gottwald is the third judge to be announced with another yet to be agreed upon. E! first reported the news.
Dr Luke (L) with Katy Perry and Max Martin (R) with their ASCAP Awards in 2012.
Gottwald is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'; Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'. As Urban and Lopez are involved in the performance side of the music industry, Gottwald is likely to provide an interesting perspective when judging the televised singing competition.
Now you can hear it from the horse's mouth
Kelly Clarkson and soon-to-be hubby, Brandon Blackstock aren’t eloping due to impending parenthood, rather a quest for privacy and intimacy, the country-rock singer confirmed on Twitter.
Kelly Clarkson performing in London
"FYI ....Brandon & I are getting married & no I am not pregnant. We are eloping for one reason only. We both want an intimate ceremony," she tweeted. Rumors were abounding that the American Idol star scrapped her plans for an elaborate wedding, electing to elope, because she was with child.
Continue reading: No Babies, Just Want Intimacy - Kelly Clarkson Denies Pregnancy
Clarkson and her fiancé Brandon Blackstock announced this week that they plan on eloping rather than having a traditional wedding, but the singer has since had to deny that they are skipping town because she's pregnant
Kelly Clarkson announced this week that she and her fiancé Brandon Blackstock have decided that they cannot wait until their scheduled wedding date this fall and have instead decided to skip town and elope somewhere. A big decision like this was always going to turn a few heads and start up rumours, and that is exactly what happened as a number of people began speculating that the main reason the two have decided to bring the wedding date forward is because Kelly is pregnant and the pair wanted to be wedded before their child was born.
Clarkson is NOT pregnant
Keen to jump on the defensive, Kelly has since followed up the statement she made on Wednesday (21 August) to People Magazine that she is eloping with another statement, this time saying that she and Brandon are doing it out of sheer love and not because she is expecting. The American Idol winner has since denied the pregnancy rumours, saying that she is eloping for "one reason" only; so that she and Brandon can enjoy a private, intimate ceremony rather than any grand soirée like they had initially planned.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Denies Pregnancy Rumours Amidst Plans To Elope
Justin Guarini is not living in poverty. Got that?
Justin Guarini has elaborated on his emotional open letter in which he claimed to skip meals in order to feed his children. The singer, who finished as runner-up in the first season of American Idol, has criticized the media for its coverage of the note.
"Obviously you completely missed the point of my letter @peoplemag," tweeted the 34-year-old father of two on Friday, "News isn't news anymore, and I'm nowhere near poverty. #twistedmytruth"
In his original letter, Guarini said he spent "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough." Which is...well, crystal clear. Justin Guarini doesn't have enough money to feed himself.
Continue reading: So, Is American Idol's Justin Guarini Living In Poverty Or Not?
From riches.... to rags?
American Idol’s first season saw Kelly Clarkson win and forge a hugely successful career for herself, with Grammy award wins, number one albums and sold out tours across the globe. For the man she beat – Justin Guarini – fortunes haven’t been so kind.
It wasn’t all bad at the beginning; he was a famous face and was at the beginning of what he thought would be a long and fruitful music career. As he notes in his blog: "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times" by fans. Now, though, The 34-year-old spends "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."
Continue reading: American Idol Runner Up Justin Guarini Opens Up On Dire Times
A wealthy benefactor has stepped in after singer Kelly Clarkson won the ring at an auction last year.
Jane Austen's ring has become the subject of a transatlantic tussle over ownership after it was sold to US singer Kelly Clarkson for £152,450 ($235.3K) at a Sotheby's auction last year. Rather than receive the exquisite gold and topaz ring after she bought it, Clarkson has been told she can go and see it in a collection in Hampshire.
Kelly Clarkson Won Jane Austen's Ring At Auction.
For many, the news surrounding Clarkson's pricey purchase was the first they had heard of the ring, said to be one of three pieces of known Austen jewellery. However, Tory culture minister Ed Vaizey initiated a temporary export ban on 1st August preventing the ring being taken out of the country on the grounds that it is "so closely connected with our history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune."
What do you think?
So here’s the thing: Kelly Clarkson’s pretty rich – she won American Idol and has built a successful music career off the back of it – so she can buy cool stuff pretty much whenever she wants to. She’s rich, right?
She bought this ring, it was around £150,000, and that’s nearly $230k for you American readers out there. But see, it used to belong to Jane Austen, and she’s kind of a big deal for the Brits.
Austen is basically responsible for period dramas, and don’t go acting like you don’t like period dramas, you Downton Abbey-consuming bunch of period drama-loving maniacs.
Clarkson bought the ring, but The U.K don't want it to leave the country
A rather bizarre story has come about: the showbiz and literary worlds are entwined as Kelly Clarkson – the popular U.S singer – is blocked from exporting Jane Austin – the famous British author’s – ring outside of the U.K, The BBC have reported.
Kelly bought the £152,450, turquoise and gold ring, which once belonged to the Pride and Prejudice author, at an auction. The 2002 winner of the American Idol TV has been stopped from taking it home, though, as Britain’s Culture Minister - Ed Vaizey -has put a temporary export bar on it.
Of course, it’s Kelly’s ring, and while the U.K doesn’t want to see it leave its shores, a buyer will have to match the hefty price tag by September 30th in order for it to stay ‘at home’. This deadline can be extended to 30 December if proof emerges of "a serious intention to raise funds" to match fee. We told you it was a bizarre story.
Culture minister says the ring is a "national treasure".
What do Kelly Clarkson and JANE AUSTEN have in common? The simple answer – a ring. The Tie It Up singer recently purchased a unique piece of jewellery, which had once belonged to the English author, on auction. Despite shelling out more than £150 000 for the piece, however, she might not be able to take it home, according to BBC News.
Apparently Clarkson is taking her style cues from Jane Austen.
This is because the UK government and more specifically culture minister Ed Vaizey has put an export ban on the ring. According to him, the ring – one of only three pieces known to have belonged to the author – is so rare and so precious, that it needs to be kept in the country and preserved as a British national treasure. As such, Vaizey has urged potential UK buyers to come forward. Locals, eager to own the unique piece of jewellery, will have to match Clarkson’s original payment, which came up to £152,450.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Forbidden To Take Jane Austen Ring Out Of The UK
Jane Austen's ring, bought at auction by Kelly Clarkson, is being kept in the UK by the British government.
JANE AUSTEN's ring was bought by Kelly Clarkson last year but it's still in the country! The turquoise and gold ring, once owned by Jane Austen, was bought by Clarkson last year at auction. She reported paid £152 450 for the item but has been fighting the British government to take it out of the country.
Kelly Clarkson outside the ITV Studios, London in 2011.
Culture minster Ed Vaizey is ensuring the ring remains on British soil by placing a temporary export bar on it. He has appealed for British buyers to come forward to offer to purchase the ring from the singer. They have until 30th September to match the price paid by Clarkson. If a buyer does not come forward before this time, the export bar will be lifted.
Continue reading: Jane Austen's Ring Kept In UK - Despite Being Owned By Kelly Clarkson!
David "Kidd" Kraddick's cause of the death has been ruled by a coroner as cardiac disease. The Texasradio DJ died on Saturday (27th July) aged just 53-years-old.
David "Kidd" Kraddick's death on Saturday 27th July was caused by an enlarged heart and blocked arteries, according a preliminary autopsy. As a result he had probably developed an irregular heartbeat.
Ryan Seacrest at the Ultimate L.A. Block Party hosted by Bill Clinton.
Kraddick died suddenly in New Orleans whilst hosting a charity golf tournament. The event was in aid of his 'Kidd's Kids' foundation which provides support and rest bite for terminally ill children and their families.
Clarkson lived out a fantasy during her bridal shoot.
Kelly Clarkson is embracing the fairytale theme in her engagement photos, especially the gorgeous preview she shared with her Twitter followers this past Thursday. The photo shows 31-year-old Clarkson, in a gorgeous, white, princess-like gown, sittning by a window amidst the kind of bookshelves that would make Hermione Granger drool.
The singer shared her happy moment and urged fans to do the same.
"Ok, just saw my engagement shoot pics & I have to share one!!! :) @kobyb & @TerilynBrown! Ready to #TieItUp!" the "People Like Us" singer tweeted.
Continue reading: Bride-To-Be Kelly Clarkson Hits The Books In Engagement Photoshoot
Blake Shelton is taking the well-wishing one step further - by raising hard cash. He’s teaming up with NBC to put on a benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the tragic Oklahoma tornado.
As a judge on The Voice, Shelton used his position to raise awareness, opening Tuesday night's show by performing an acoustic version of "Over You" alongside wife Miranda Lambert. Meanwhile, the donation information for The Red Cross was behind them on-screen. "I think 'Over You' was the perfect song for this situation," Shelton said later on. "The moment was right. I wish things could have been different. I wouldn't have thought about performing a song like that, but it seemed like the right thing to do." And it was later revealed that he and NBC were amidst the planning stages of a benefit concert to raise money. "We'll know more about it in the next 24 hours," Shelton told Billboard. "I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously, it will be televised and will happen really quickly."
Continue reading: Blake Shelton Raising Hard Cash For Victims Of Oklahoma Tornado
Kelly Clarkson and Clive Davis have publicly fallen out over details of their time working together, published in Davis' autobiography
After the legendary producer published a memoir, telling the story of his life, it was revealed that the book contained an entire chapter focused on the former American Idol winner. And let’s just say she wasn’t portrayed in the best possible light. According to Davis, at one point the singer even threw a temper tantrum in his office over not having her hit single Since U Been Gone included on her upcoming record. He also goes on to mention several other instances which portray Clarkson in a less than professional light.
However, the singer herself has said that there is absolutely no truth to the accusations. In fact, Clarkson describes a completely different version of events, where her breakdown was due to Davis bullying her.
Continue reading: Scathing Memoir Causes Fallout Between Kelly Clarkson And Clive Davis
Clive Davis seems determined to have the last word in his war with Kelly Clarkson, which he has put down to “creative differences,” whereas Clarkson seems intent on chalking it up to “bullying.” Davis has dismissed Clarkson’s own recollections of the events that he detailed in his autobiography The Soundtrack Of My Life and insists that his depiction of the time that they worked together is not only accurate but has been fact-checked independently, too.
“I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together,” Davis posted on his Twitter page. “Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book.” He did go on to defend Clarkson’s honor, to some degree – even if he was essentially branding her a liar. He described Clarkson as being “a tremendous vocal talent and performer” and although he cites “creative differences as the root of their problems, he added “At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly's talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.”
Clarkson described the music industry leader’s comments as a “violation” and said “Growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone—even Clive Davis."
Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much of what comes in between, it never fails to be a veritable who's who from the Spotify playlists of the masses. And this year will be no different. Not only are the nominees ones to look out for, absences are worthy of note, as are this year's presenters and some very special performances.
In terms of performances to look forward to, this year we have some unusual and largely unexpected pair ups. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage together. An unusual pairing, they're both Brits with unusual song writing talent. While John is a true showman and is well known for his intereSting outfits and outrageous glasses, Sheeran is distinctly more low key. We're not sure how this is going to work, but we're guessing it'll be great. Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna will all also perform together, as will Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
Continue reading: 55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress
Beyonce is showing some big love for her country's biggest events this year, as she sang the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration, as well as being the artist to perform at this year's Superbowl half-time show.
She and Jay-Z have been very vocal about their support of the president over both his campaigns and terms, and the couple of couples have dined together on numerous occasions. As she walked on stage she greeted Michelle Obama, the first lady, with a familial kiss, and spoke to Joe Biden, the Vice President. After she had finished her rousing and, as MTV put it, 'diva-fied' rendition of the anthem, Obama shook her hand and said "Thank you so much."
Kelly Clarkson also performed for the president, singing a historic song popularly known as 'America', otherwise known as My Country, 'Tis of Thee.
Continue reading: President Obama Thanks Beyonce For Performing At His Inauguration
Aware that children are, indeed, the future, the Kids of America got the best of the entertainment this weekend, at the Kids’ Inaugural – a repeat of the 2009 concert, but this time, with bigger names, playing to a smaller audience. Sasha and Malia Obama were of course, the guests of honour on this special weekend for their father, President Barack Obama, but 5,000 others were present at the exciting pop concert held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre, where Katy Perry and Usher took the headline slots, to entertain the gathered youth.
During his set, Usher reinforced the notion that the kids were worth keeping sweet, for the next presidential term, and told them “the youth matters,” during a set described by the Washington Post as “aerobic,” with “twisted limbs clad in black leather, kicking high tops the maraschino cherries.” When he told them to make some noise, they responded with a roar. Katy Perry – an avid supporter of Barack Obama (remember the Katy Perry election dress?) also performed on Saturday night (January 19, 2013). This time, she’d switch up the ballot dress for a “star-spangled onesie” and she treated the kids to some of her biggest hits, including ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Firework.’
Also performing for the Kids’ Inaugural were the Far East Movement and Glee’s Darren Criss and Naya Rivera, who covered ‘Valerie,’ the song made famous by Amy Winehouse. If you’re wondering why the kids are getting to have all the fun, don’t worry: Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are all warming up their vocal cords, to sing for the grown-ups at the official inauguration ceremony today (January 21, 2013).
American darling Kelly Clarkson may be engaged now, but it wasn’t always so.
In fact, the pop star has been extremely outspoken about her experiences with depression, being single for long periods of time and, yes, feeling lonely, which, in the eyes of the media, apparently translates as being gay. Kelly herself has never condoned the rumours, but she’s never been offended by them.
She’s recently said for Cosmopolitan Magazine, via the Huffington Post: "People think, 'Oh, she's been single for too long.' That's kind of an insult to the gay community. Being single doesn't mean you're gay. But I'm never insulted by it, obviously. I mean, I get hit on by the hottest girls ever. Oh, my god, if I were a lesbian, I would be so in luck. But it's just not my thing. I've always batted for the boys' team." That sounds reasonable enough. However, the rumors are bound to be put to rest now, that the singer is happily engaged to Brandon Blackstock. In the same interview, she also talked about her relationship: "We've known each other for years, but we didn't start talking until the Super Bowl last February. And this is the funniest/worst thing ever: One of my superhero idols is Whitney Houston, and the day she died was our first date. I was like 'This is a bad omen." Nevertheless, it looks like things have been going pretty well for the couple so far and hopefully the future holds even more happiness for them.
Whether it's because they're in similar professions, Nashville-based talent manager Brandon Blackstock and global pop star Kelly Clarkson seem to 'fit'. The pair are now engaged after Blackstock popped the big question in Decemeber, and Clarkson's been doting on her beau to Cosmopolitan.
"Brandon's totally the one," Clarkson, 30, tells the fasion and lifestyle mag for its February issue. "I've never been so happy," she continued, before describing the night Brandon asked her to marry her as the "happiest night of my life." It's not as if the pair were new to each other, but following a friendship, romance has blossomed for her. "We've known each other for years, but we didn't start talking until the Super Bowl last February," Clarkson says in the issue, which will be available on Tuesday. "This is the funniest/worst thing ever: One of my superhero idols is Whitney Houston, and the day she died was our first date," she says. "I was like 'This is a bad omen.' Six years I was single before this," Clarkson adds. "I've never been truly loved like I am right now."
Before her relationship with Brandon got serious, and even up until the engagement, people assumed Kelly was a lesbian, which is something she (obviously) denies in light of her recently arranged nuptials. "People think, 'Oh, she's been single for too long.' That's kind of an insult to the gay community," the singer said.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson In A Good Place With Fiance Brandon Blackstock
Adam Lambert is to host VH1 Divas, the end-of-the-year special that the channel is preparing.
The show is to focus on famous divas in pop culture, honouring, paying tribute to and sometimes poking fun at some of 2012’s infamous diva moments. Lambert himself is very excited about the event, as he said in an interview with Access Hollywood: “I just feel like people aren’t ready for this party. I don’t think anyone’s going to be ready for it. It’s going to hit them like a ton of bricks across the face and people are going to walk away from watching this thing like, ‘That was the best party of the entire year. I feel it. Yeah!”
The phrase “a ton of bricks” sounds a bit ominous to us, but the show will feature some interesting segments, according to Lambert himself. There are scheduled performances by the likes of American Idol veterans Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks, as well as Demi Lovato and Keri Hilson, all fitting nicely within the diva theme. There will also be a sketch, performed by Lambert himself with real housewife NeNe Leakes. Of course, the show will also aim to pay tribute to famous divas, the late Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. Lambert is excited about hosting the show, as well as performing himself. And let’s not forget all of the crazy costumes the self-proclaimed male diva will get to wear, some of which Lambert designed himself.
Continue reading: End Of The Year Special VH1 Divas Will Be Hosted By Adam Lambert
Kelly Clarkson is engaged! American Idol’s biggest success story, who became the first winner of the talent competition and went on to have several major hits, is ready to walk down the aisle.
The singer broke the news over Twitter yesterday (December 15). She has been dating her boyfriend, now fiancé, the talent agent Brandon Blackstock since the beginning of the year and, while the pair have generally been keeping a low profile, the relationship is obviously still going strong.
Yesterday the singer/songwriter tweeted to her fans “I’M ENGAGED! I wanted y'all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night!” According to Reuters, she then shared a picture of her canary yellow engagement ring, which Blackstock himself helped design. Happy celebrity couples - what a rare, but lovely phenomenon!
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Engaged: The Original American Idol Ready To Tie The Knot
The release of Rihanna’s seventh studio album hasn’t come without a significant fanfare. The Barbadian pop artist is currently in the midst of an ambitious tour, playing seven different cities, in seven different countries, over seven days. As the tour hits London, there’s already been talk of drunken antics and streaking on the official ‘777’ tour plane. Before you get too excited, though, it wasn’t Rhi-Rhi getting her kit off; it would seem that it was just a drunk and frustrated journo.
The album itself, Unapologetic, has been making just as many headlines as the lavish release tour. When Rihanna posted a handwritten tracklisting on Twitter, many an eyebrow was raised to see Chris Brown’s name on there, signifying that the tabloids’ favorite former couple would perform a duet. Many a second eyebrow was also raised, when they saw that the title of the duet was ‘Nobodies Business.’ English language aficionados and domestic abuse experts alike were up in arms at the news, though Rihanna remains both defiant and unapologetic over it.
As for the music, so far, we have had the track ‘Diamonds,’ to give a taster of what to expect on Unapologetic. ‘Diamonds’ has already spent four weeks in the chart, having peaked at number two, which bodes well for album number seven from Rihanna.
Continue reading: Out Now: US Album Releases, Rihanna, Kid Rock, Phillip Phillips
Rihanna is top of the table for the main category, as she wards off competition from Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Canadian rapper Drake for artist of the year. She’s also in line for female soul/R&B artist and best album, and will lock horns with Minaj for the female pop/rock artist category. Minaj could be recognized for her album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, in both the pop/rock and rap/hip hop categories this year, and she’s nominated for favorite rap artist, too. Minaj has been attracting extra attention recently; her very public feud with Mariah Carey on American Idol culminated in a strange gun threat, but most seem sure the ‘diva-off’ is being played up by Fox to boost the talent show’s viewership.
Elsewhere in the awards, teenage singer Bieber landed three nominations this year, tying with British boy band One Direction, Maroon 5, Drake and R&B star Usher. Adele and Taylor Swift – who dominated the awards last year - received one nomination apiece. Swift will fight for female country artist against Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, while Adele was nominated in the favorite adult contemporary artist category alongside Kelly Clarkson and Train. The AMA’s - which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - are determined by fans through online voting, which starts on Tuesday. The ceremony and performance show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on November 18.
Date of birth
24th April, 1982