The entertainment industry was shocked with the news of Whitney Houston’s death, and from Tweets to official statements, they’ve all been expressing their mourning.
Hollyscoop caught up with Billy Ray Cyrus at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards show, and he told us how his daughter, Miley Cyrus is reacting to Houston’s passing:
“She’s so sad about the loss of Whitney Houston,” Billy Ray told Hollyscoop. “She was also very close with Etta James. Etta was a great influence to Miley. A lot of memories of me and Miley driving back and forth to the set of Hannah Montana with Etta James just roaring in the CD player.”
Billy Ray adds that Miley eventually became personal friends with Etta James.
“Miley and Etta struck up a friendship,” he told us. “You know, Etta was a great influence on all of us.”
Music has truly lost quite a few legends this year, including the late Amy Winehouse. When Tony Bennett won a Grammy for the album ‘Duets II,’ he brought Amy’s parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, onstage to accept the award.
VH1′s is debuting our list of the “100 Greatest Women in Music” this evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT. These five, one-hour specials are the latest in our on-going series, The Greatest, and are focused on the last twenty years of music history. Last Friday, we gave you a preview by way of our Almost Greatest list, but now VH1 Tuner is proud to exclusively reveal the entire list for you in advance of tonight’s first episode, which will cover #100 (the Pussycat Dolls) through #81 (the Spice Girls).
So, what artist ended up being named the Greatest Woman In Music for their career accomplisments over the last 20 years? Read along to find out!
100. Pussycat Dolls
99. Demi Lovato
97. Grace Potter
96. Mandy Moore
95. Wilson Phillips
94. Colbie Caillat
92. Jordin Sparks
90. Regina Spektor
89. Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)
86. Ingrid Michaelson
85. Faith Evans
84. Avril Lavigne
83. Meg White (The White Stripes)
82. Miley Cyrus
81. Spice Girls
80. Sara Bareilles
79. PJ Harvey
78. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
77. Hayley Williams (Paramore)
76. Leona Lewis
75. Kim Deal (The Breeders, The Pixies)
Click here to see the full list.
If you were watching “The Ellen Degeneres Show” earlier this week, you may have noticed a familiar face.
Musician Johnzo West, a graduate of New Prairie High School, performed the song “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” with singer/actress Miley Cyrus on Monday’s show.
“She has one of the most soulful voices I’ve ever been in the same room with,” said West. “It has been such an honor to accompany that voice and to share the stage with her. And we’re looking forward to making more music together.”
The song was recently released on Amnesty International’s “Chimes of Freedom” Bob Dylan tribute record.
Other artists on the four-CD release include Adele, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Cage The Elephant, Bad Religion, Maroon 5, Queens Of The Stone Age and many more.
In addition to performing with Cyrus, West has worked with such artists as Florence and the Machine, Robin Thicke and Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers.
Throughout his life, West said music has always been his number one passion.
“I started out on drums around 10 years old, then began toying around with the guitar and writing songs around middle school,” he said.
After high school, West headed off to college at Indiana University Bloomington. There, he formed The Swell, his first project he fronted as a singer/guitarist.
West played around the Midwest and put out a few records, eventually moving to California as a band to be closer to the music business.
Most recently, he released a digital single called “The Good Fight,” and last year he put out a four-song EP called “Caliana: Blood, Sweat & Beers.” His also wrote and recorded his first solo album “Bring On The Burden.”
West said his music is heavily influenced by roots of rock, soul, southern rock, blues and reggae, and his songwriting is inspired by the ups and downs of life, love and family.
“Some of it is my stories, some of it is other people’s stories, but it’s honest music and it comes from the heart,” said West.
The biggest sacrifice West said he has had to make is being away from his family, full of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He draws on their inspiration and support, making the most of the opportunities he has stumbled on.
“I absolutely love Indiana, and I am so proud to be from where I’m from,” said West.
He is currently working on Billy Ray Cyrus’ new album, and said he is enjoying the experience.
“It’s a really great band, and I think it’s going to be an awesome record,” said West.
Justin Bieber (17) and Selena Gomez (19) are featured in Teen Vogue’s “10 most stylish couples in young Hollywood”. On the website we’re shown a picture of the dynamic duo with this caption to the left. “Possibly the most famous (and envied!) couple in the spotlight, they both have a great set of pipes and sought after style.” Jelena was named number one on the countdown.
Next we have Miley Cyrus (19) and Liam Hemsworth (22) were also featured on the website but were ranked number three. The couple met on-set of their movie The Last Song. A picture of Miam was posted and this caption to the left was shown to the readers. “Ever since sharing the screen in The Last Song, Liam and Miley have been inseparable in real life, too.”
New to Disney star Sarah Hyland was also featured in the article and has placed 7th, joined with her boyfriend Matt Prokop. This was the caption shown by Teen Vogue. “The Modern Family star rarely hits the red carpet without her well-dressed actor-boyfriend by her side.”
Bella Thorne may have a hit TV show on the Disney Channel, but she wants fans to know that she’s nothing like her predecessors Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff. The Shake It Up starlet recently stopped Celebuzz to answer fan questions and, when a fellow “Bellarina” wanted to know how she felt about filling in Miley’s shoes, Bella laid it all on the line.
“Everyone compares me to Miley but I don’t really know why,” she said. “I’m 14-year-old girl trying to do my own thing and live my dream. I don’t think I can even compare to anyone like that.”
“They’re such visions that it’s even hard to picture yourself being compared to that,” the actress added.
Bella, Miley, and Hilary do have one thing in common — all three girls have found success in television. Bella’s show, Shake It Up, has been going strong ever since its 2010 debut. So is there a third season in the works?
“Of course! Why wouldn’t there be?” Bella told us. “We love Shake It Up and to think that we’re even going into the third season is mesmerizing.”
Vanessa Hudgens and Miley Cyrus used to be Disney darlings together, now – both all grown up – the stars share the same body art.
The “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” star stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Friday, where she revealed that her and Miley both love the same mantra.
“I got to see Miley that was really nice,” the 23-year-old actress said when asked about her recent appearance at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards in January.
“We found out that we have the same tattoo!” Vanessa told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.
“It’s an om [symbol],” she explained referring to the popular chant often used in meditation and yoga.
Vanessa, who has om tattooed on the outer edge of the bottom of both of her pinkie fingers, said the tattoo helps her “spread positive energy” and to “center” herself.
“She has one right here,” Vanessa said of Miley’s om ink, pointing to her left wrist.
The actress is also staying positive about her body image and the pesky paparazzi who jump (and hide in bushes) at the chance to snap a photo of her.
“My body is my body,” she told Billy and Kit. “I love myself and I think you’ve got to be proud of the body. You have and own it.”
“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, opens in theaters today.
Beyonce and Miley Cyrus probably couldn’t be more different. Bey has hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and a new baby, Blue Ivy Carter. Cyrus has Liam Hemsworth and some four-legged friends. And while both ladies are popular entertainers, their style of singing is remarkably unlike and they also are at opposite ends of the fashion spectrum. Cyrus has certainly embodied a “Party in the USA” persona with provocative and revealing ensembles that often leave way too little to the imagination and that make her eligible for plenty of fashion police citations. As for Bey, she generally goes for all-out glitter and glam, with just the right amount of her signature sultry appeal.
However, despite their differences, both Cyrus and the “Countdown” songstress, along with a few other notable celebrities, recently embraced the same trend and, well, nailed it. Their fashion-forward and slightly wild statement happened to be rainbow-bright manicures. Miley Cyrus tweeted her proud set of neon nails, done with a shade-your-eyes hue of lime green. Rather than garish, the color looked pretty haute.
Beyonce’s mani looked even better, though. The new mom hasn’t lost her glow and, when she stepped out for one of her first public appearances since giving birth, her complexion wasn’t the only part of her that was glowing. She donned a sparkling midnight-blue cocktail frock and a set of vivid cerulean nails. Gorgeous and avant-garde, all at the same time!
But Beyonce and Miley Cyrus weren’t the only trendsetting stars who were looking on the bright side this past week. As Hollywood Life points out, fellow singer Jennifer Hudson wore a strong aqua color that provided the perfect, if not unusual, contrast for her burnt orange dress. And Madonna certainly turned heads at last week’s electric Super Bowl halftime show. She didn’t forget her nails either, polishing them up with a shiny gold and glitter lacquer, which played into her black-and-gold ensemble.
High fives all around for these hot hues!
On the heels of the news this week that Miley Cyrus is out of Sony Pictures’ upcoming animated vampire flick, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that she and manager Jason Morey have also split.
Though the cause of Cyrus and manager Morey’s split remains unclear, is this latest development the sign of an impending downward professional spiral or simply a case of bad luck and unfortunate timing?
Sources tell THR that Cyrus’ party habits, most recently documented by a double-whammy “cake-gate,” are partially to blame for her recent professional breakups. Cyrus kicked off the new year being photographed with a “penis cake” at beau Liam Hemsworth’s birthday bash and with a Bob Marley cake at her own celebration. Marley may seem harmless enough, but it was Cyrus’ own words that dug her proverbial grave: “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley Cake,” she said during the event. “You know you smoke way too much fucking weed!”
A rep for Cyrus — and pal Kelly Osbourne — quickly diffused the situation by publicly stating that her words were all just a big joke.
“u guys, if @MileyCyrus is not recording/filming/touring she is works everyday how could she possible do all that if she was a stoner!” Osbourne wrote on Twitter following the incident.
The once-budding superstar left her squeaky-clean Disney persona behind with the end of Hannah Montana in January 2011. In an effort to ignite her post-Disney career as a serious actress, Cyrus made her non-Hannah-related film debut with The Last Song in 2010, which earned a dismal 20% rating on RottenTomatoes. However, the film based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, still managed to bring in $89 million in box office sales.
Cyrus has since filmed the teen romcom LOL — which has yet to secure a release date from Lionsgate — as well as the action comedy So Undercover, due out on March 16 from The Weinstein Company. The jury is out on her performance in both films, but if plotlines are any indication, both appear safe within the young actress’ comfort zone.
As far as her music career, Cyrus’ last studio release from Hollywood Records was 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed. The album peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold 102,000 copies in its first week. Overall, Can’t Be Tamed received mixed reviews from critics, but the work failed to deliver a smash hit. “Can’t Be Tamed,” the album’s lead single, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and failed to climb. In 2011, Cyrus hit the road without much fanfare for a 21-date tour titled Gypsy Heart Tour.
With the Grammys fast approaching, it is not yet known whether Cyrus will attend the annual awards show. She is expected to make an appearance at Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s pre-Grammy party on Saturday.
Has Miley Cyrus’ climb taken her to the halls of higher education?
There’s a report out there that the 19-year-old has enrolled at Chapman University, a private Christian college in Orange County.
Well, the pop star is certainly the right age, the school is certainly in a good location for a student involved in the Hollywood scene and Miley and her family have talked publicly about their Christian faith.
It all fits…or does it? Hang onto your transcripts, coeds, because this story is…
So false! Have you seen Miley wearing any Chapman Panther gear?
“It’s just an Internet hoax,” Mary Platt, Chapman’s director of communications and media relations, tells E! News, adding that the rumor also surfaced a year ago and that she hopes it isn’t a member of the university’s admissions team—because they have a strict confidentiality policy concerning student enrollment.
She was able to comment, Platt noted, because the pop star is not enrolled there.
In the meantime, Miley—who looked stunning on The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth’s arm at the People’s Choice Awards—is still trying to figure out her next step, movie-wise.
Hey, she could always play a college student!