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Coachella 2011: Rihanna, Usher, Leo DiCaprio light up Neon Carnival

RIhanna Usher neon carnival The desert bloomed with celebrities at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,  attracting the likes of Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio and Usher.

At Armani Exchange and 944's annual Neon Carnival, old-fashioned rides and cotton candy paired with some tequila helped the famous and musically inclined party throughout the evening.

Rihanna showed in a camouflage trench and crimson locks, catching up with Usher while "Twilight" hunk Kellan Lutz circulated. "Glee" boys Mark Salling, Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum Jr. ran around together, as did "Scream 4" gal pals Emma Roberts and Marielle Jaffe.

Images from the 2011 Coachella festival

New "Hunger Games" lead Josh Hutcherson caused quite a stir, as did a single Penn Badgley, rock siblings Jack and Kelly Osbourne, designer Alexander Wang, and Paris and Nicky Hilton.

Los Angeles nightlife denizen Brent Bolthouse this year again produced the carnival, which served as the launch for AX's Solar Remix sunglasses.

The crowd enjoyed a massive neon ferris wheel, bumper cars, prize giveaways and plenty of libations. Also spotted: acting couple Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, models Alessandra Ambrosio and Chanel Iman, DiCaprio's BFF Lukas Haas and "Red Riding Hood" guy Shiloh Fernandez.  

For complete Coachella coverage, check out Pop & Hiss.

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-- Matt Donnelly
twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Usher and Rihanna at Armani Exchange's annual Coachella carnival. Credit: StarTraks



'21st Century Girl' Willow Smith wins new-artist NAACP Image Award [Music video]

 

Kimberly Elise and Tyler Perry at the NAACP Image Awards Willow Smith is the kind of chick who knocks you off your feet, or so she says in her "21st Century Girl" music video that dropped Friday. And it's hard to argue with that logic.

On a night when Tyler Perry ruled the roost, the kid won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding new artist (beating Nicky Minaj and Bruno Mars, among others), is set to star in a remake of "Annie" and has a recording career clicking along, all at the tender age of 10.

She was in the company Friday night of fellow winners Usher, Mary J. Blige and John Legend and the Roots, to name a few, though Alicia Keys' "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" beat Willow's "Whip My Hair" for outstanding video.

Some more 2011 Image Award film winners of note: Halle Berry won for her "Frankie & Alice" performance, and the movie won for indie film. Denzel Washington was recognized for his turn in "The Book of Eli" -- besting Willow's brother Jaden Smith, who'd been nominated for "The Karate Kid."

Perry's "For Colored Girls" was named best film, and Perry also won the Chairman's Award in honor of his journey from difficult beginnings to a spot on Hollywood's A-list.

In the television group, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" won for outstanding comedy series, with comedy lead-acting honors going to Vanessa Williams for "Desperate Housewives" and David Mann for "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."

Click for more photos of arrivals at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Kimberly Elise and Tyler Perry on the red carpet before the 42nd NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Friday. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters



Justin Bieber, Usher -- so bromantic at the Grammys

Justin Bieber and Usher were oozing with love for each other at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, and it continued backstage, our friends at Awards Tracker tell us.

Before taking the stage together, the audience and viewers at home got to see a tidbit of Bieber's audition video for Usher, above, when the newly minted teen idol belted out "U Got It Bad."

Justin Bieber performs with Usher at Grammys The pair shared a moment about the audition onstage, then went on to perform a tame version of Usher's "OMG" after an acoustic version of Bieber's "Baby" and "Never Say Never" with Jaden Smith, complete with acrobats and airborne ninjas. But now we wonder, will Usher be taking Will Smith's baby boy under his tutelage too?

But if viewers didn't get enough of the bromance onstage, backstage Usher fielded more inquiries about his protégé than queries about his own wins for male R&B vocal performance and contemporary R&B album. (The Biebs went home empty-handed despite a bevy of nominations.)

"Obviously, I would have preferred Justin to have won, but I've been here before and haven't won," Usher said.

Then the Biebs swooped to the podium and leaped onto Usher's back to finish the interview. Want to know what Bieber had to say about Usher? Read it at Awards Tracker.

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-- Nardine Saad
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Photo: Justin Bieber, left, and Usher perform during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center Sunday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Justin Bieber's 'Never Say Never' world premiere: When purple 3D glasses attack

Justin Bieber Scooter and Usher in purple glasses

At the purple-themed world premiere of the Justin Bieber movie "Never Say Never" in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, it was hard to tell where the screams on the screen ended and the screams from the audience began.

Justin Bieber premiere The stars turned out with their kids -- as did the stars who are kids -- to walk the crazy purple carpet crush that was streamed live online and into Nokia Theater at L.A. Live.

Selena Gomez showed, leggy in purple, but didn't hold hands in public with rumored beau Bieber. No need to start a riot, right? Miley Cyrus came with mom Tish and sister Noah, and Jaden Smith hung with his folks and sister Willow Smith, who rocked an elaborate, jewelry-encrusted hairdo in line with her fashion-forward rep. (Miley and Jaden are featured in the film.)

Famous parents giving their kids a thrill included Usher, P. Diddy, Jane Lynch, Melanie "Mel B" Brown, and of course Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith -- plus Pattie Mallette, whose kid Justin Bieber has given her quite a few thrills in recent years.

"I don't think you ever get used to something like this," Mallette said on the carpet. "It's mass hysteria at times. But it's amazing. It's a big adventure."

Selena Gomez at the Justin Bieber premiere The screening was kicked off with a few words from impresario Scooter Braun and mentor Usher -- both welcomed by screams, Usher's only slightly louder -- before the purple-suited Biebs stepped up to tell fans in the audience that he loves them, he loves what he's doing, he loves purple, and he really hopes fans love the movie, because it wouldn't have happened without them.

That last, by the way, is an argument strongly supported by the film and by Scooter out on the purple carpet, where fans screamed his name as well as Justin's: "They know me, they know our security, they know our stylist, they know everything about everybody and we've been sharing it with them," he said. "They made this team, we owe them. It's not a ... creep-out thing, I know it doesn't happen when he's not around.

"It's not about me, it's about him and them."

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Usher kicked in the face by a fan on stage [poll]

Usher accidentally kicked in the face by a fan

Usher was kicked in the face by a face Monday night at Madison Square Garden in New York — but really, it was all for love.

The R&B singer brought a fan onstage for a serenade, cuddling with her on a lounge chair during his performance of "Trading Places." Playing along, when she attempted to swing her leg over him to get more comfortable, she accidentally connected her foot with his face.

Usher handled it well, telling the crowd, "We play rough in the bed. We kick each other in the face and all type of good stuff."

Seriously, though — who hasn't injured their honey at a moment when they're trying to be the most suave? Most of us simply haven't done it in front of tens of thousands of people.

See the video here — it's hilarious. Then take the poll and give us the keep-it-clean-please details in comments.

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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Usher performs at the 2010 American Music Awards in L.A. on Nov. 21. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images.


PREACH IT! Kids' Choice Award appearance reveals the real Justin Bieber

Beebs1 The comments are flying thick and fast over Justin Bieber’s appearance at the Kids’ Choice Awards this weekend. 

People are shocked, just shocked, at Bieber’s dismissive attitude toward reporters and his refusal to get slimed, which is the whole purpose of showing up at the Nickelodeon spectacle.

Beebs But anybody who has followed Bieber’s two-minute career  has to know the kid we’re dealing with.

Yes, he’s talented; he can sing and strum a guitar and keep his hair in place at the same time. He can sling the charm on talk shows, teaching Chelsea Handler how to wink and whatnot. He even has what he calls a "swagger coach" to keep his style situation in check.

But at 16, Bieber also is developing quite the ego.

He ordered everybody around ...

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Beyonce's $2M New Year's Eve: Singing for Moammar Kadafi's son and friends in St. Barth [Updated]

Beyonce For New Year's Eve, Vince Vaughn was in ChicagoFergie and Josh Duhamel were in Las Vegas; Lady Gaga was in Miami. And Beyonce was -- performing for the son of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi?

We kid you not -- nor does Mediaite, in its detailed take on the singer's five-song performance at Nikki Beach in St. Barth.

[Updated at 10:33 a.m. Jan 6: Also on New Year's Eve, after the Nikki Beach gig, Beyonce performed for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich -- see below, it's the same guy-- at his lavish party.]

As pointed out by Mediaite, Moutassim Kadafi, aka Hannibal, has something in common with Charlie Sheen -- a Christmas visit from the cops.

More than a few folks think Beyonce's decision to play the "private party" wasn't cool at all. As Hot Air points out, the U.S. now recognizes Libya, but there are still, ahem, rough spots in the international relationship. Open arms for the Lockerbie bomber, anyone?

Given Beyonce and Jay-Z's means, you'd think that $2 million wouldn't speak quite so loudly. Maybe that Russian billionaire really rattled them.

[For the record, 10:35 a.m. Jan. 6: A previous version of this post stated on New Year's Eve 2008, "Mariah Carey played a similar gig thrown by brother Saif Kadafi -- albeit for a cut-rate price of $1 million," and linked to an article with that erroneous information. Saif Kadafi was not in St. Barth on New Year's Eve 2008 and did not pay Carey to perform.]

Also among those at the party? Jon Bon Jovi, Lindsay Lohan, BET founder Bob Johnson and Usher.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Beyonce in New York on Dec. 8, 2009. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press.

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Enough Carrie Prejean news to make your head explode

MonicaCarrie Prejean, we wanna party with you.

Relaxing our way into the weekend, we are taking in the full scope of the land mines that have appeared around you since last we spoke. And we didn't speak that long ago, dear.

First, Carrie, there was that visit with Larry King.

In terms of walk-offs, your effort fell somewhere between when Kanye West's mom's surgeon walked off King's show, and when Usher didn't walk but did end his interview early after King's Michael Jackson questions went where Usher didn't want them to go.

Some advice: If you're going to make a bold statement, commit to it. Want to walk off? Then walk the heck off! Throw something while you're at it! Even if it's only a tear-stained, wadded-up tissue! (Sadly, they don't travel far, we've learned). 

Also: The big dogs won't take you seriously if you fight back with "that's inappropriate," or even "that's very inappropriate." The "Carrie is polite" ship has sailed. We recommend something along the lines of, "Is that the best question you can come up with, old man? C'mon, even Sean 'What do you tell young girls?' Hannity could do better. You drop your faux shock and I'll drop mine."

So, back to that mine field ...

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