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Pharrell, Sam Smith, John Legend to perform at Grammys

    NEW YORK (AP) — One sings about being “Happy,” the other croons about being sad: Pharrell and Sam Smith will perform at the Grammys next month. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Usher and Miranda Lambert also will take the stage at the Feb. 8 show in Los Angeles. Common and John Legend [...]

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Rapper Flavor Flav indicted on driving charges in New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Rapper Flavor Flav is due in a Long Island courtroom later this month after being indicted on charges stemming from a traffic stop while driving to his mother’s funeral. Court documents show the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, was indicted last month on a felony charge of driving with a suspended license. [...]

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Trainor and Styles write a duet about heartbreak

  LONDON (AP) — Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles have put their heartbreak into a duet. The American singer known for the megahit “All About That Bass” and the One Direction star got together to write a song called “Someday Maybe.” Trainor, 21, told the Associated Press she was impressed with Styles’ ability to tap [...]

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Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

  MIAMI (AP) — Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries. At Sunday’s pageant in Miami, Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said she would wear the [...]

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Salma Hayek leads Saint Laurent menswear finale

PARIS (AP) — Fashion royalty Salma Hayek — the Academy Award-nominated wife of the luxury heir François-Henri Pinault — led the front row pack at Saint Laurent, the highlight of the Paris menswear shows on Sunday. Joining her were actor Will Peltz and, nearby, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, who nursed her jetlag in shades, [...]

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South African duo among 3 leaders at Qatar Masters

  DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger birdied his last hole to join South Africans Branden Grace and George Coetzee on top of the Qatar Masters leaderboard after the second round on Thursday. Wiesberger’s 6-under-par 66 included four consecutive birdies from his fourth hole, the par-3 No. 13. The Austrian totaled 9-under 135 to share [...]

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Israeli man under house arrest for leaked Madonna songs

  JERUSALEM (AP) — An aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel’s top TV song competition was placed under house arrest Thursday on suspicion of hacking into international pop star Madonna’s computer and stealing and selling unreleased songs, his lawyer said. Police said Israel’s cybercrime unit arrested 38-year-old Adi Lederman on Wednesday after an investigation coordinated [...]

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Review: ‘Boy Next Door’ way too predictable

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo starrer “The Boy Next Door,” a gender-reversing B-movie spin on “Fatal Attraction” that sets suburban family values against that one night of misguided, irresistible passion. An economically told popcorn pic built from horror-movie tropes, the [...]

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Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim

  NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart. The out-of-court settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash in [...]

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John Legend performs tribute set at Sundance premiere

  PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The opening-night documentary at the Sundance Film Festival closed with a superstar concert. After the credits rolled on “What Happened, Miss Simone?” John Legend took the stage to pay tribute to its subject, Nina Simone. “I’m so grateful to be here today honoring the legacy of the wonderful, powerful, [...]

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Kate Moss holds court at Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens bares all

  PARIS (AP) — If fashion had a monarchy, she would be its queen. Kate Moss certainly acted like one from her regal seat in the center of Louis Vuitton’s front row in Paris. The 41-year-old model held court in a large fur coat, giggling and chatting loudly to almost everyone in her vicinity, even ostensibly waving [...]

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