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Madonna's Prince Tribute Slammed By Critics

Madonna
Madonna was chosen to perform a tribute to Prince at this year's Billboard Music Awards. They were friends and both rose to stardom in the 1980's. What could go wrong?

She sang "Nothing Compares 2 U" followed by "Purple Rain," and included surprise guest Stevie Wonder. While critics said it did have emotion, it lacked the feel of a Prince performance and had no solo guitar (which was a Prince trademark).


In Madonna's defense, many had extremely high hopes for this tribute so they were likely to be disappointed no matter what.

-Mike Draup

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Are Beyonce And Jay Z Recording A Secret Album?

Jay Z and Beyonce
When Beyonce's Lemonade was released it led many to accuse Jay Z of cheating on her. So why haven't they responded?

First, because the mystery sells WAY more albums! And second, if you believe this source, because they're going to respond with a secret album together.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, the source said: 'Jay and Beyonce were never going to do an interview to address all the questions that came up after Lemonade. It's more their style to respond through music.'

Sounds like a great business plan for their streaming service Tidal, so if they weren't going to do it before Jay and Bey should get started on a secret album now!

-Mike Draup

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Gwen Stefani Unrecognizable In Performance With Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton performed with a mystery woman at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night. Wait, was that Gwen Stefani?

The couple performed their duet "Go Ahead And Break My Heart." Blake said he wrote the song to impress Gwen, then sent it to her half finished. At that point she added a verse and sent it back. That's pretty freakin' adorable.

As cute as they were in their performance, many people (myself included) barely recognized Gwen Stefani. I think it was the lack of bright red lipstick.

-Mike Draup

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SPOILER: The Bachelorette Hasn't Premiered But Are These Her Final 4?

A single red rose
The Bachelorette premieres tonight on ABC, but according to one source the final four has already been leaked.

According to Reality Steve, who has been known to be wrong before, JoJo Fletcher's final four is out and she is engaged to one of them:

Will he be right? Only 38,326 hours of reality television and we'll know! ;)

-Mike Draup

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2016 Billboard Music Awards - Complete Winner's List

The Weeknd
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards are history and here are the winners. It's a big list!

Top Artist:

Adele -- WINNER
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted):
Rihanna -- WINNER
Adele
Drake
The Weeknd
Little Big Town

Top R&B Song:
Alessia Cara "Here"
​Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, "Post To Be"
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"
The Weeknd, "The Hills" -- WINNER

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele, 25 -- WINNER
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ed Sheeran, x
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber -- WINNER
Drake
Fetty Wap
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Top Country Song:
Sam Hunt, "Break Up In A Small Town"
Sam Hunt, "Take Your Time"
Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Thomas Rhett, "Die A Happy Man" -- WINNER
Chris Young, "I'm Comin' Over"

Top Hot 100 Song:
Adele, "Hello"
Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again" -- WINNER
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
The Weeknd, "The Hills"

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd -- WINNER

Top New Artist:
Fetty Wap -- WINNER
OMI
Charlie Puth
​Silentó
Bryson Tiller

Top Female Artist:
Adele -- WINNER
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
Maroon 5
One Direction -- WINNER
twenty one pilots
The Rolling Stones
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele -- WINNER
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:
Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
The Weeknd -- WINNER

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Ellie Goulding
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd -- WINNER

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
​Silentó
The Weeknd -- WINNER

Top Social Media Artist:
Justin Bieber -- WINNER
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Touring Artist:
Madonna
One Direction
The Rolling Stones
Taylor Swift -- WINNER
U2

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
​Jeremih
Rihanna
Bryson Tiller
The Weeknd -- WINNER

Top Rap Artist:
Drake -- WINNER
Fetty Wap
Future
Wiz Khalifa
Silentó

Top Country Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan -- WINNER
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Rock Artist:
Fall Out Boy
Elle King
twenty one pilots -- WINNER
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Top Latin Artist:
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
Juan Gabriel
Nicky Jam
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
Romeo Santos -- WINNER

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
David Guetta -- WINNER
Major Lazer
​Zedd

Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
Lauren Daigle
​Hillsong United -- WINNER
MercyMe
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy
Tasha Cobbs
Kirk Franklin -- WINNER
Travis Greene
Marvin Sapp

Top Soundtrack:
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Pitch Perfect 2 -- WINNER

Top R&B Album:
Chris Brown, Royalty
Rihanna, Anti
Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
​Tyrese, Black Rose
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness -- WINNER

Top Rap Album:
Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money -- WINNER

Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller -- WINNER
Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

Top Rock Album:
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
David Bowie, Blackstar
Coldplay, A Head Full Of Dreams
Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
twenty one pilots, Blurryface -- WINNER

Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo -- WINNER
Juan Gabriel, Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
​Mana, Cama Incendiada
Gerardo Ortiz, Hoy Más Fuerte
Romeo Santos, Formula, Vol. 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
David Guetta, Listen
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission
​ODESZA, In Return
​Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
​Zedd, True Colors -- WINNER

Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be -- WINNER
​Hillsong UNITED, Empires
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important To Us
​TobyMac, This Is Not A Test
Chris Tomlin, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Everyday Jesus
Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion -- WINNER
Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two
Marvin Sapp, You Shall Live

Top Selling Song:
Adele, "Hello" -- WINNER
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
OMI, "Cheerleader"
Rachel Platten, "Fight Song"
The Weeknd, "The Hills"

Top Radio Song:
Adele "Hello"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk!"
Walk the Moon, "Shut Up and Dance" -- WINNER
The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Justin Bieber, "Sorry"
Justin Bieber, "What Do You Mean"
​Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
The Weeknd, "The Hills" -- WINNER
Drake, "Hotline Bling"

Top Streaming Song (Video):
​Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk!"
​Silentó, "Watch Me" -- WINNER
The Weeknd, "The Hills"

Top Rap Song:
Drake, "Hotline Bling"
​Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
​Fetty Wap, "679" feat. Remy Boyz
​Silentó, "Watch Me"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again" -- WINNER

Top Rock Song:
Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"
Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"
twenty one pilots, "Stressed Out"
Walk the Moon, "Shut Up And Dance" -- WINNER
X Ambassadors, "Renegades"

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin "Ginza"
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, "Te Metiste"
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, "El Perdon" -- WINNER
​Maluma, "Borro Cassette"
Romeo Santos, "Propuesta Indecente"

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, "Roses"
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge, "You Know You Like It"
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, "Hey Mama"
Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, "Lean On" -- WINNER
Skrillex & Diplo, "Where Are Ü Now" with Justin Bieber

Top Christian Song:
​Hillsong UNITED, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" -- WINNER
​Hillsong UNITED, "Touch the Sky"
MercyMe, "Flawless"
NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw, "Brother"
Chris Tomlin, "Good Good Father"

Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown and group therAPy, "Worth"
Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz, "I Luh God"
Kirk Franklin, "Wanna Be Happy?" -- WINNER
Travis Greene, "Intentional"
Brian Courtney Wilson, "Worth Fighting For"

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Top 5 Bizarre Outfits At The Billboard Music Awards

Kesha
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards were Sunday night and here are the Top 5 bizarre outfits on the red carpet.

Celine Dion looked great from the neck up, but apparently she wanted to dress as the award she was winning from the neck down:
Celine Dion

There are no words to describe Meghan Trainor's outfit:
Meghan Trainor

Rihanna looked like a librarian from an adult film. Don't get me wrong, she still looked amazing!
Rihanna

Actress Laura Marano would have looked fine - If she had ice skates on.
Actress Laura Marano

First Kesha was performing, then she wasn't, then she was. So perhaps she was caught off guard and this was the only clean thing in her closet?
Kesha

-Mike Draup

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Top 5 Stars That Looked AMAZING At The Billboard Music Awards

Russell Wilson and Ciara
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards were Sunday night and here are the Top 5 stars that looked amazing:

Actress Serayah McNeill from Empire:
Actress Serayah McNeill from 'Empire'

Country star Thomas Rhett:
Thomas Rhett

Look at Britney Spears!
Britney Spears

Ariana Grande:
Ariana Grande

Ciara looked incredible:
Ciara

-Mike Draup

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Michelle Rodriguez: Being Born Female "Like Being Born A Slave"

Actress Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez, best known for the Fast and the Furious movies, told TMZ that being born a woman is "like being born a slave." Wait, what?

A TMZ reporter asked her about the wage gap in Hollywood and that's where she took the conversation, basically suggesting there's nothing she can do about it. Watch:


-Mike Draup

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Facebook's 'Trending Topics' May Show More Conservative News

Facebook making an announcement
Conservatives have criticized Facebook's "Trending Topics" section for having a liberal bias. Silicon Valley, where Facebook is headquartered, is very liberal.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a group of leading conservatives this week to discuss how to make sure the social network remains a "platform for all." He summed it up nicely in this post:


Moving forward Facebook is adding a few conservative news sites into the algorithm they use to identify what's trending. Will you notice a difference? I doubt it.

You might notice a difference if you're looking for it. But since your "Trending Topics" is customized based on how you use Facebook, your list probably won't change much.

-Mike Draup

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Your Mom's 'Game Of Thrones Game

Actress Sophie Turner

The lastest trend is watching confusing moms watch Game of Thrones. If you laugh at these Tweets and videos, keep in mind that Game Of Thrones is about powerful women. If you make fun of your mom, she might whisper one of my mother-in-law's favorite sayings: "I brought you into this world, I can take you out." She's very Cersei like that.


Mike Draup

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