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Super Bowl halftime show had humble beginnings

The Super Bowl halftime show has become an event in itself, with big-name acts commanding center stage before packed stadiums and millions of television viewers.

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It has come a long way from trumpeter Al Hirt, who played in the first Super Bowl halftime show before a stadium that was only filled to two-thirds of its capacity.

The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce and Katy Perry have given memorable performances, but here are some halftime shows you may have forgotten about. 

The first Super Bowl, on Jan. 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, featured Hirt, the University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band, the Grambling State Marching Band and the Anaheim High School Drill Team and Flag Girls.

Up With People performed in Super Bowl V, and Hirt returned for Super Bowl VI in 1972 to share the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale and the U.S. Marine Corps Drill team.

Ever seen a beauty queen perform at halftime? Judy Mallett, who was Miss Texas in 1973, played the fiddle with the University of Texas Longhorn Band when Super Bowl VIII came to Houston’s Rice Stadium in 1974.

Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Florida, is remembered for Whitney Houston’s rousing rendition of the national anthem, but New Kids on the Block was part of the halftime show.

The Super Bowl in 1992 could be called the last of the modest halftime shows, with Gloria Estefan and members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team the highlights. But when Fox siphoned off halftime viewers with a live episode of “In Living Color,” the NFL switched to big-name concerts, starting with Michael Jackson in 1993 for Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl.

Other big names that followed included Diana Ross (1996), Aerosmith (2001), U2 (2002), Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in a sequence that became known as for its “wardrobe malfunction” (2004), McCartney (2005), the Rolling Stones (2006), Prince (2007), Springsteen (2009), The Who (2011), Perry (2015) and Beyonce (2017).

Spice Girls confirm reunion is in the works

The Spice Girls have teased a reunion before, but this week band members confirmed they are once again working together, Variety reported.

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In a statement, the band said that “The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together.”

Band members Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), Geri Halliwell Horner (Ginger Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) posted messages and photographs on social media to hint they were working together.

“Lovely seeing the girls #girlpower is alive and well,” Horner tweeted.

The group met at Horner’s house in England with former manager Simon Fuller, the BBC reported. They have reunited before, for a greatest hits tour and a performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

Chisholm told BBC radio Saturday that nothing is “set in stone,” but was encouraged by the positive reactions on social media, Variety reported.

The group has reunited before, conducting a greatest hits tour and performing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Variety reported.

'Severe pain' prompts Lady Gaga to cancel final four tour dates

Citing “severe pain,” Lady Gaga canceled the remaining dates of her Joanne World Tour, Live Nation announced Saturday.

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Gaga went on Twitter to apologize to her fans, issuing a statement that she was so devastated, she “didn’t know how to describe it.”

“All I know is that if I don't do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music,” she said.

Live Nation noted on its website that the final 10 dates of her tour were canceled because of the pain she was experiencing. She was “suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live,” the statement read.

Gaga has spoken about her problems with fibromyalgia, a chronic musculoskeletal disease, CNN reported.

“I promise I will be back in your city, but for now, I need to put myself and my well-being first. I love you, forever,” Gaga said on Twitter.

Justin Timberlake goes on Target run in Twin Cities 

Justin Timberlake decided to go on a Target run this week in Minnesota, and the singer tweeted out a surprise to his fans, KARE reported.

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The singer, who will headline the halftime show for Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minneapolis, filmed himself at a Target store in St. Paul filling his shopping cart with gifts and necessary items.

“I'm doing my Target run. Got socks, got PJ Masks -- my kid loves them, got Fruity Pebbles -- because I love them, got Reese's Pieces -- shout out to ‘E.T.’ the movie,” Timberlake said on the video.

Timberlake, whose latest album is called “Man of the Woods,” signed five copies of a limited vinyl edition of the record, saying he was going to leave it with the store manager. Fans who wanted the disc had to give a special code to the manager, Timberlake said in the video.

“The code word is aardvark, I don't know why, just sounds like a great word,” he said.

The video was posted Friday afternoon, but it could have been filmed earlier in the week, KARE reported.

Justin Timberlake says son 'will never play football'

Singer Justin Timberlake made it very clear during a news conference Thursday. His son will never play football.

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Timberlake, who was promoting his halftime performance for Super Bowl LII, joked that he would dress out as a wide receiver if the New England Patriots needed him, ESPN reported.

But when asked if he would support the idea of his 2-year-old son, Silas, someday running routes in the NFL, Timberlake nixed it.

“Uh, he will never play football,” Timberlake said. “No, no.”

“I mean, yeah, it's kind of like that thing where my main objective is that he become a great person. And if he wants to get into the arts or sports, then yeah, I would fully support that,” Timberlake said. “I think I can hopefully offer him some advice on what to do and what not to do, so yeah, but right now we're working on our manners. That's a big deal in our house right now. It's like, one thing at a time."

During the news conference, Timberlake also scotched rumors that his former band, ’N Sync, or Janet Jackson, whom he appeared with 14 years ago in the now-infamous “wardrobe malfunction” halftime show, would join him onstage. He only would confirm that his band, The Tennessee Kids, would accompany him, ESPN reported.

Timberlake, 37, is releasing his new album, "Man of the Woods," on Friday.

B-52s, Shake Shack introduce Love Shack Shake

 

The B-52s brought you a Rock Lobster. Now they are introducing Love Shack Shakes.

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The quirky new wave band out of Athens, Georgia, has teamed up with Shake Shack to create a strawberry blonde milkshake topped with whipped cream and glitter sprinkles, according to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The shakes will be available from Feb. 9-18, and the band is urging the public to roam -- if they want to -- to selected Shake Shacks in Atlanta, New York City and Los Angeles to buy them.

For every Love Shack Shake sold, Shake Shack will donate $2 to Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs for free to people with disabilities.

“Love Shack,” from the band’s “Cosmic Thing” album, was the group’s first top-40 hit and rose to No. 3 on the Billboard charts in November 1989. The group was formed in 1976.

Three of the original band members -- Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider -- continue to tour. 

Hilarious photo of woman's reaction to Beyoncé takes internet by storm

Beyoncé fans shared a relatable moment on social media after some noticed a woman in the background of the star’s Instagram photo.

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The pop singer posted a few pictures of herself and her husband, Jay-Z, at the Grammys.

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But fans spotted another person of interest in one of the photos Beyoncé posted.

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They found the woman’s look of shock more than relatable.

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Others focused on the fact that the woman remained in the picture, despite the crop feature on Instagram.

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Either way, we hope she’s recovered from the interaction.

(H/T Twitter)

Grammys 2018: Backstage with Childish Gambino, Chris Stapleton and Logic

Backstage at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, neither of the night’s two biggest winners – notoriously press averse Bruno Mars or Kendrick Lamar – appeared to talk about the armload of awards they each won.

>> Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars makes magic, Kendrick Lamar scores, Jay-Z shut out

But the press room was still a busy place.

Here are some snippets from our visitors:

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino – aka Donald Glover – said he would tell his younger self that “nothing is what it seems and you have to control your destiny.” The Georgia native reminded reporters that the new season of “Atlanta” begins March 1 on FX and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in which he plays a young Lando Calrissian, arrives in May. Glover also confirmed that his comments last year about saying goodbye to Childish Gambino haven’t changed after winning his first Grammy Award.

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“I stand by that. I really appreciated this, but I like endings,” he said. “I think they’re important to progress. I think if a lot of things had death clauses, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world.”

Alessia Cara

Best new artist winner Alessia Cara fiddled with the microphone stand and joked, “You guys overestimated the height!”

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The singer said she’s working on a new album (“I’m proud of it – it’s honest”) and further explained her comment while accepting her award that all artists should be given a chance.

“In the music industry I think there are amazing artists who have started awesome trends who don’t get the same shot because they aren’t mainstream or not on the charts. Everyone should get one of these (a Grammy) and get acknowledged for the amazing work that they do.”

Rachel Bay Jones

Broadway actress Rachel Bay Jones, who played Ben Platt’s exasperated mother in “Dear Evan Hansen,” had nothing but love for her former co-star.

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“Ben’s performance was gorgeous,” she said. She also had a good reason for preferring the Grammys be held in New York.

“We all did a matinee today, and L.A. would have been a little bit far for us to travel!”

“Dear Evan Hansen” won the Grammy for best musical theater album.

Chris Stapleton

A typically humble Chris Stapleton talked about his love of Tom Petty and performing a tribute to the singer during the telecast.

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"'Wildflowers' is my favorite album of all time. I judge all other things by that,” he said. “I got to be on tour with Tom this past year and the last thing he said to me was, ‘I hope we can do more of this again,’ and that was such a big thrill to me. It was really a hard for me to do tonight – I was tearing up a little bit before I walked out (to perform). We lost a lot of great artists last year. It’s been a rough year.”

Logic

Although Logic has captured millions of hearts with his “1-800-273-8255” suicide prevention anthem, the rapper was loose, jovial and candid backstage.

“I never in a million years though that song would take me here. I like to make fun songs. I always thought it was something like that kind of vibe that would get me on that stage.”

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Logic said the Recording Academy suggested he make some kind of speech during his live performance. “I’m not Tupac. I’m not this prophetic dude. I just want to make music and have fun; however, I have a power that a lot of people in this world don’t and I’ve been given a stage that 1 percent get, and I decided if I have this power, I’m going to use it for positivity and everybody is beautiful and the world isn’t equal – and I thought we should fight for that.

Regarding his bleeped comment, Logic said, “Regarding the president …I’m not a politician, but if that man can call those beautiful places [expletive], then I can say they are not [expletive] and they are amazing.”

Neil Portnow

Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, when asked how he felt about Sunday’s ceremony, “If you put this show in a time capsule and you put it away and someone 50 years from now wants to say, ‘What was in like in America in 2017-18? What was the vibe? What were people thinking? I would say you could put this 3 ½-hour show on and you would know what people are thinking."

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Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire is thrilled to be the first female Col. Sanders in new ads for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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“When they asked, I said heck yeah, who wouldn’t want to be Col. Sanders? I grew up with KFC my whole life and then I saw the scripts and the concepts and I thought it was hysterical.”

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett isn’t letting the fact that he’s 91 even nudge him toward retirement.

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“I’m still in top shape and when I get onstage to perform, I can’t wait. I’m going to keep going until I cut out.”

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell bested the deceased Gregg Allman in both of his winning categories. But Isbell has the highest regard for the Southern rock icon.

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“His influence was huge on me. Some of the first music I learned to play were Allman Brothers records … Gregg and my wife (Amanda Shires) became really good friends, and when she got pregnant with our daughter, he still let her tour. He put his hand on her stomach and said, ‘It’s going to be a girl – I’m never wrong about these things.’”

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Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars makes magic, Kendrick Lamar scores, Jay-Z shut out

The 60th annual Grammy Awards were poised to be a showdown between hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z, who came in with a leading eight nominations to Lamar’s seven.

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But it was more of a KO by Bruno Mars and Lamar, as Jay-Z left Sunday’s ceremony empty-handed and Mars and Lamar carried six and five trophies, respectively.

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Mars landed the high-profile album and record of the year (“24K Magic”), song of the year, best R&B performance and best R&B song (“That’s What I Like”) and best R&B album (“24K Magic”), while Lamar scored with best music video, best rap performance and best rap song for “Humble,” best rap/sung performance featuring Rihanna on “Loyalty” and best rap album for “Damn.”

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“Rap music … showed me the true definition of what being an artist was. I thought it was about the accolades, but it’s about putting that paint on the canvas. Hip-hop has done that for me,” Lamar said from the stage at Madison Square Garden, before flashing a smile and adding, “Jay for president!”

>> Kendrick Lamar, U2, Dave Chappelle open 2018 Grammys with political performance

Lamar opened the show — in New York for the first time in 15 years — with a blistering medley of “XXX,” “DNA,” “New Freezer” and “King’s Dead.”

His fiery set, which offered pyro, marching soldiers and plenty of social commentary, scored pop-ups from Dave Chappelle, as well as U2’s Bono and The Edge.

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Host James Corden — back for a second year — aimed some city-centric jokes at Brooklyn native Jay-Z; presenters Tony Bennett and John Legend vamped on “New York, New York” (and the camera cut to a beleaguered-looking Jerry Seinfeld); and Sting, Shaggy and Corden engaged in a humorous takeoff of Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” feature with “Subway Karaoke.”

>> Maren Morris, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne honor Manchester, Las Vegas victims at Grammys

Ed Sheeran added two more Grammys to his collection, for best pop vocal album (“Divide”) and best pop solo performance (“Shape of You”), and the always-genuine Chris Stapleton scored a trifecta with best country album (“From a Room: Vol. 1”), best country solo performance (“Either Way”) and best country song (“Halos”).

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Politics entered more prominently later in the show, when Cuban-Mexican immigrant Camila Cabello introduced a U2 performance from a barge on the Hudson River, in view of the Statue of Liberty.

The Grammys also included a humorous bit of staged auditions for the spoken-word version of Michael Wolff’s controversial “Fire and Fury” book. Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and DJ Khaled read passages, but were upstaged by the final candidate — Hillary Clinton.

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Many performers also donned a white rose, which has been a symbol of the #TimesUp movement.

Janelle Monae introduced an emotional performance from Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and others with a powerful speech: “We come in peace, but we mean business. For those who would dare try to silence us, we have two words — time’s up!”

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Best new artist winner Alessia Cara said backstage that to her, wearing a white rose “means speaking up for women who don’t have a voice, who aren’t as lucky to have a platform like I do.”

As usual with the Grammys, live music provided the highlights, and while there were bright performances from newcomers SZA (“Broken Clocks”) and Cardi B with Mars (“Finesse”), the showstopping moment came from Broadway diva Patti LuPone, who rattled the rafters with a re-creation of her 1981 Grammy performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (in the original key, according to “Evita” mastermind Andrew Lloyd Webber).

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More impressive belting came from Lady Gaga, who played a white piano decorated with feathers and a giant set of wings, during “Joanne” and “Million Reasons,” while Pink also demonstrated that purity reigns with her “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” and Sting and bromance partner Shaggy added a touch of nostalgia with “Englishman in New York.”

The collective of Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church — who all performed during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October — unveiled a heartfelt version of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” in honor of those gunned down during the last night of the event.

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And Logic, Cara and Khalid provided the coda to the In Memoriam segment with an affecting rendition of “1-800-273-8255,” their suicide prevention anthem, which ended with Logic ad-libbing, “Bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant who seeks refuge.”

During the “Premiere Ceremony,” trophies for 75 of the 84 categories were distributed a few hours before the telecast in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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The Atlanta hard rock mainstay, Mastodon, scored its inaugural Grammy with “Sultan’s Curse” in best metal performance.

Backstage, drummer Brann Dailor, guitarist Bill Kelliher and bassist Troy Sanders cradled their Grammy gold (guitarist Brent Hinds wasn’t feeling well, Dailor said, and didn’t make the trip).

>> 2018 Grammys: Mastodon, the ‘weirdo heavy rock band,’ up for two awards

Childish Gambino — aka Donald Glover — also nabbed his first career Grammy for best traditional R&B performance for “Redbone.”

The singer/rapper/actor earned five Grammy nominations this year and impressed with his falsetto on a seductive performance of “Terrified.”

>> Alicia Keys hints at new music at Grammy event

Backstage, he said the evening felt “surreal” and confirmed his plans to say goodbye to Childish Gambino.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bested the late Gregg Allman in two categories in which they shared a nomination — best American roots song (“If We Were Vampires”) and best Americana album (“The Nashville Sound”).

>> Grammys give R&B and hip hop some shine with 2018 nominations

Backstage, a respectful Isbell said Allman’s influence was “huge on me. … Some of the first music I learned to play were Allman Brothers records.”

Reba McEntire delivered one of the most memorable speeches of the ceremony after winning for best roots gospel album (“Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope”).

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“Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts and to help other people,” she said. “Music is so healing.”

The eligibility period for the 2018 awards was Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017.

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JAY-Z calls Trump’s Haiti, African comments ‘hurtful,’ Trump tweets response

After JAY-Z went on “The Van Jones Show” Saturday on CNN and called President Donald Trump’s alleged comments on Haiti and some African countries “hurtful,” Trump responded on Twitter.

Jones asked the rapper for his thoughts on Trump’s alleged comments, which JAY-Z also said were disappointing.

The rapper responded to Trump’s claims of lowering the African-American employment rate by saying that putting money in the pockets of African-Americans through a surging economy doesn’t excuse disparaging remarks.

“Money doesn’t equate to happiness,” JAY-Z said.

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“Everyone feels anger (about Trump’s alleged  comments), but after the anger it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” JAY-Z said.

The rapper likened the problem of racism in America to trash.

“You don’t take the trash out. You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable and then, you know, as those things grow, then you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”

“Donald Trump is a human being, too. Somewhere along his lineage something happened to him ... and he’s in pain and he’s expressing it in this sort of way,” he continued.

Trump reacted to the CNN interview early on Sunday.

“Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” he tweeted.

Trump followed that with another tweet about the state of the economy.

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