Say! Let’s check out the headlines and see what made news at the Video Music Awards!
"Taylor Swift forgives Kanye West in a song," declared Radar this morning. "Taylor Swift absolves," the Washington Post confirmed. And via MTV, the outfit that hosted the VMAs and the celebrities in question: "Taylor Swift sings 'forgiveness' song to Kanye at VMAs."
Zowie. A trend, says I.
And also, a mystery: Because, good Lord, what MTV VMA show did these people watch? The one we saw did indeed feature Swift singing a painfully self-indulgent song while strumming a guitar stolen from a steampunk convention. But it certainly wasn’t a ditty of forgiveness. Not unless you also consider Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow to be soul mates who just had a couple of misunderstandings.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are bringing some major names to the table for “Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery," designed to help Tennessee flood victims -- many of whom are outside Nashville.
The event, to be held June 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, so far will feature performances from Miley Cyrus,
Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynrd, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Miranda
Lambert, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and
"The damage that we’ve seen to people’s homes and the effect that the
flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable," the two said in a statement on the "Nashville Rising" website. "But we’ve seen the spirit of our community first
hand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally
to help. We all need to continue to support those in need in any way
that we can." Money from the show will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Great American Country TV's blog has a great roundup of celebrity fund-raising efforts, including ...
Country singer Kenny Chesney, who has a spread in Nashville, posted video of the aftermath of the Tennessee floods Thursday on YouTube and sought help for those affected by waters that rose after the devastating rainfall Sunday. Damage estimates top $1 billion, according to the Nashville Tennessean, and 30 people died in three states.
"This city is really hurting now," Chesney told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday (the interview is after the jump). Flying home to check on his Nashville property, Chesney said, he couldn't believe what he saw from the air.
"You watch on the news and you see all this stuff happen around the world, but, you know, this has really had an effect on this town and on this state and it's a really tough thing for people to deal with, including me."
Taylor Swift donated $500,000 to Nashville flood-recovery efforts, it was announced Thursday night during "Working 4 You: Flood Relief With Vince Gill and Friends," a local telethon to benefit flood victims. [Updated, 8:28 a.m.: That effort raised more than $1.7 million, the Boot reports, including Gill and wife Amy Grant's $100,000. Larry Gatlin and Naomi Judd were among those manning the phones, Keith Urban performed on a borrowed guitar, having likely lost most of his to the floodwaters. Check out the Boot's report for many more names.]
"Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly," Swift told the Associated Press in an e-mail. "Nashville is my home, and ...
In celebration of its annual 100 list, Time magazine invited the honorees to a party at New York's Time Warner Center on Monday night.
Sarah Palin, Taylor Swift and Ashton Kutcher were among those featured in Time as top influencers in America over the last 12 months.
While Kutcher tweeted away with wife Demi Moore and Swift did her usual show-up-and-wave-and-country-gal thing, Palin took the opportunity to confront some media folks she's been irked by of late.
"I did talk to a couple of reporters already and said that a bunch of stuff that they write is bogus, but we had a great conversation about it and we agreed to disagree on a lot of things," she told New York magazine.
The magazine insinuated that she was not impressed by the evening's keynote speaker, former President Clinton (Michelle Obama had the gig last year).
Other Time 100 guests included Betty White, J.J. Abrams, "Glee" star Lea Michelle, Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, Richard Branson, Judd Apatow with Leslie Mann and Elton John with husband David Furnish.
Get more photos from Time's big bash after the jump.
It was, he was, "amazing." His plans for future tweeting include "Fewer tweets, more links... longer phrases."
Dang, we wish we got such bang for our social-media buck.
Perhaps the cleanse has simply freed him to speakhis mind, rather than tweet it, as he did Monday night while playing an exclusive acoustic set at London's Hard Rock Cafe in advance of his UK tour, which launches Friday.
Here’s the composite face of America, at least, in its dreams: A person with the nose of Nicole Kidman, the jawline of Emily Blunt and the hair of Taylor Swift.
According to a new survey by facial plastic surgeons Richard Fleming and Toby Mayer of the Beverly Hills Institute, these are the celebrity features that plastic surgery patients nationwide desire the most.
“People just love her nose,” Fleming tells me. “The fact that she came up No. 1 again even though she hasn't been as much in the public eye was very telling. Despite that, people keep consistently requesting her nose; this is a very common result. She just keeps coming back again!”
(Note: Kidman’s nose may have made the survey, but her mesmerizingly placid forehead somehow did not. Go figure.)
But it doesn’t end there. Guys want eyes like -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Think you share the same tastes as the rest of the country? Take our quiz (it's after the break) and see which other stars are keeping plastic surgeons in fancy scrubs.