Bammies reunion hopes to revive spirit of once-popular Bay Area award show

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Beyoncé surprises fans by opening up BET Awards show

Another surprise from Queen B! Beyoncé shocked the Beyhive - yet again - when she opened up Sunday's BET Awards. The singer's surprise slay included a performance of "Freedom" from her latest album, "Lemonade." Her "Formation" dancers started the show as Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech played in the background. The 34-year-old pop icon, who wore a black fringe bodysuit, appeared and belted out the lyrics while dancing in a pool of water, before Kendrick Lamar joined in to rap his verse. The pair then closed the song by rocking out and kicking up water on stage. Missing in action, was her hubby, Jay Z.  The Rocafella mogul was a no-show when his "All the Way Up" collaborators Fat Joe, French Montana and Remy Ma, performed their new single. Bey and Jay were spotted last week vacationing in Hawaii with their four-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. The songstress also celebrated her sister Solange's 30th birthday on Saturday in New Mexico. She'll resume her "Formation" world tour Tuesday in London. Later in the evening, her mom, Tina Knowles accepted Bey's award for "Video of the Year." Continue Reading

NBA Awards show: Nominees, how to watch, additional info

Everything you need to know about the inaugural NBA Awards show. What are the NBA Awards? A one-night event to honor the league's top players, coaches and executives for their contributions, on and off the court, during the 2016-17 season.Where does the show take place? Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City.When is the show televised? It will air live on Monday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT and will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist Drake.Why did the NBA change the award format? Instead of announcing the regular season award winners separately throughout the playoffs, the NBA's decision to pack everything into one star-studded event speaks to the league's priority of reaching its fans in new and unique ways."We're talking about bringing together the best players in our league, together with celebrities and legends, our teams and ownership," NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, who likened the event to the Golden Globes, told USA TODAY Sports in March. "It's a true celebration, but a fun night to celebrate the game of basketball on a global basis."Who are the award nominees? The show will reveal dozens of award winners, including: MVP: Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden Coach of the Year: Mike D'Antoni, Gregg Popovich, Erik Spoelstra Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard Sixth Man: Andre Iguodala, Eric Gordon, Lou WilliamsThe show will feature new fan-voted awards, too, including Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Top Performance of the Year, and Best Playoff Moment. PHOTOS: Best (and worst) dressed of the NBA draft  Continue Reading

Variety shows a la ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ make a comeback via Nick Cannon’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

Some TV historians will tell you that many of the most important building blocks of early television, like Westerns, soap operas and live dramas, have gradually fallen away over the years. Others will tell you they have just put on different clothing - for instance, that today's popular "police procedurals," like "CSI" or "NCIS," where good guys track down bad guys every week, are really just Westerns with an urban wardrobe. In fact, there are those who say no popular TV format ever really dies, that it may go dormant for a while but someone eventually will reinvent it. Case in point: the variety show. Nothing was bigger on 1950s TV than variety shows, hosted right into the early 1970s by the likes of Ed Sullivan, Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Dean Martin. On the surface, nothing looks more dead today. Almost 25 years ago, in 1987, ABC tried to do an old-style variety show with Dolly Parton and it fell off the cliff. There's hardly been a serious attempt since. Or has there? "I think 'America's Got Talent' or something of that nature has that same feeling," says Arsenio Hall, who himself hosted one of the late-night talk shows that feature a diverse assortment of guests and performers. "What I feel when I'm watching that show," Hall told TV critics recently, "is the same as you felt on Sunday night with your family watching 'Ed Sullivan.'" If this suggests viewers still enjoy seeing an unpredictable assortment of different performances on the same show, at least one major broadcast network executive agrees. A contemporary prime-time variety show "is something we're actively talking about," says NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt. "I talk about this with Lorne Michaels a lot. He's probably the [main] purveyor of variety now with 'Saturday Night Live.'" Greenblatt noted NBC also plans a Christmas special with Michael Bublé, "which is a variety show." In fact, Greenblatt says, "I think a lot of reality shows are variety Continue Reading

‘American Idol’ Top 12: James Durbin and Steven Tyler to potentially perform on Fox show together

During the "American Idol" Top 12 performances on Wednesday, skinny Steven Tyler threw fans a fat carrot Wednesday night, declaring that if contestant James Durbin makes it to the finals, Steven will come on stage and sing an Aerosmith song with him. Don't laugh. That could give some viewers a reason to go on when they know they're facing weeks and weeks of rewarmed renditions of "The Colors of the Wind" or Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You." Oops, James Durbin was also the one who sang "I'll Be There For You" Wednesday night. He and the judges called it an awesome song. You see the problem. Anyhow, Tyler's seemingly spontaneous offer was delivered in the middle of a good-natured exchange between a certified Hall of Fame rocker and one of a million guys who wants to get there. So it could have produced a real Everyman surge if almost all of Tyler's lines don't still sound just a little bit rehearsed, the way you work out a line for stage patter and then wait for the point in the show when it feels right to drop it in. His offer to Durbin did draw more attention to the judges, a fact "Idol" obviously doesn't mind. Something about the way it has Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson saunter out together at the beginning of the show with a rock-star gait and an awards-show shimmer. By happy coincidence, at least for the show, you could also argue that the development of new judges Tyler and Lopez has been more interesting to this point than the progress of the contestants. Yes, a couple of contestants like Scotty, Pia and Casey keep throwing off early hints that they could rise above the pack. But the show still needs to offload another four or five bodies before things get serious. The judges, however, are down to their final count, and their dramas are more advanced. Both Tyler and Lopez clearly want to give their judging critiques a more personal connection, an admirable if elusive goal in this sing-and-run format. Tyler ends up making it all Continue Reading

‘The Dark Knight,’ Carrie Underwood win big at the People’s Choice Awards

The People have spoken - and they can't get enough Batman."The Dark Knight" swooped up trophies for all five awards it was nominated for Wednesday night, including favorite cast, superhero, movie, action movie and onscreen match-up for Christan Bale and the late Heath Ledger as Batman and the Joker."Here's to Heath," Bale said while accepting an award. "On behalf of all the cast from the movie, thank you very much to the fans."Fellow award-winner Ellen DeGeneres was also in a giving mood. "I wish I could share this with you," the favorite talk show host winner told the audience while clutching her trophy on stage. "I could throw it on the ground and smash it into a million pieces, and give each one of you a little piece of it, but that's violent, and that's probably why you voted for me, because I'm not violent."The CBS ceremony was hosted by Queen Latifah and returned to the Shrine Auditorium for its typical star-studded live show format, following last year's writer's strike-friendly, pre-taped program.Stars such as Adam Sandler, Kate Hudson, Robin Williams, Hugh Laurie and Reese Witherspoon showed up to accept their awards at the slightly subdued ceremony."It's such a great way to start the new year," Witherspoon, the "Four Christmases" star who won an Oscar in 2005 for portaying June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line," said as she accepted her award for favorite female movie star. "A couple years ago, I won a great award for singing in a movie. This year, I won an award for having a baby throw up on me."Other recipients selected by Internet voters in categories spanning movies, television and music included "Dancing With the Stars" as favorite reality show, Carrie Underwood as favorite female singer, "House" as favorite TV drama, Brad Pitt as favorite leading man and Angelina Jolie as favorite female action star.Queen Latifah accepted the favorite drama and independent movie awards alongside her "The Secret Life of Bees" co-star Dakota Fanning. The overly Continue Reading

A Britney Spears award isn’t Emmy-nent

Britney Spears' comeback tour isn't going to include an Emmy Award - at least not yet. Spears' name isn't on a list of 10 semifinalists eligible for the guest-star Emmy, according to the Envelope, the Los Angeles Times' awards show site. Spears earned kudos this season as a lovelorn receptionist on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother." The role was in stark contrast to her off-camera activities, which included court dates, car crashes and being chased by paparazzi. Also left off the finalist list was Mary-Kate Olsen, who appeared on Showtime's "Weeds." Nominations will be released later this month and the Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast in September. Dots all ... "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts tells Ladies Home Journal that battling cancer was like a "rebirth." "I had a fairly good appreciation for life before this," Roberts says in the July issue. "I didn't really need cancer to get my attention. But I am grateful for what it's taught me and how it's helped others. And I'm excited to feel better again." ... Shannen Doherty is in talks to appear on CW's updated take on "Beverly Hills 90210," according to Entertainment Weekly's If hired, she'll join Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth as former cast members appearing in the new version, set to launch this fall. ... New Brunswick, N.J., radio station WCTC (1450 AM) launched a "Good Time Oldies" format. The new lineup includes "The Morning Show With Jack Ellery" from 6-10 a.m. and oldies throughout the day. The station will continue to broadcast Rutgers football and men's and women's basketball games. The station has been a news and talk outlet for the past 16 years. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

MTV brings Video Music Awards to Las Vegas

For anyone who thought MTV's Video Music Awards were down for the count, no longer relevant to the network some accuse of forsaking the video format - think again. Tonight's show is going to be a "one-of-a-kind, must-see, one-night-only event," MTV President Christina Norman told the Daily News.It will air live at 9 p.m. from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, featuring a huge array of performances. Here's how it's going to work. MTV is taking over the Palms, setting up in the Pearl Concert Theater, transforming the Rain nightclub to rock out and planting performers in decked-out suites in the Fantasy tower. "Foo Fighters have a suite, Fall Out Boy has a suite, Timbaland has a suite and Kanye's going to have a suite," said Norman. "And we've invited them to bring special guests, friends, and just jam in there all night. The best part about it is that the fans can visit the suites whenever they want to online." That means the bands will keeping rocking even when the main show's cameras stop rolling. MTV has been notorious for shamelessly looping its awards shows for days at a time in the past, but once the live show airs, it will not be repeated. Instead, there will be three distinct, reworked versions of the show. "One of them is going to be kind of director's-cut-inspired, so there will be commentary from the artists," said Norman. "'Behind the scenes, you guys saw this, but this is what was really going on' kind of stuff." [Another] is a complete viewer remix version, so the audience is going to be able to go on after the show, see everything that happened, all the performances in the suites, all the performances on the stage in Pearl and Rain, and they're going to be able to rate and rank the best ones, and that's going to make it into the repeats." And then we're going to do one that's all music. No awards, just music being crammed into a two-hour show." As for the issue of dwindling air time on the network for actual music videos, Continue Reading

MTV Video Music Awards leaving New York

The MTV Video Music Awards are synonymous with debauchery, so it makes sense that the annual event has found a new home in Sin City - Las Vegas.After broadcasting from New York last year, the awards will air live from the Palms Casino Resort on September 9. But the network promises that the awards show will not be a one-day offering, but a three-day bash with several events leading up to the big night."We really want to showcase a lot of new talent ... and have performances all around town, really driving into the show on Sunday," the show's executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "It's going to be a full weekend event."MTV plans to use every inch of the Palms for the show, including its suites and rooftop club, to move away from a stage-show format. In addition, the repeats of the VMAs that have always saturated the network in the days after the event will be no more. Instead, MTV will broadcast "remix" versions of the show, with viewers helping to determine what clips will be replayed."We really want it to be you tune in that night and what happens you might not see again," Ignjatovic said. "The versions that follow the premiere will all be unique and original and different from the actual show."September's show will mark the show's 24th year. In recent years it has been criticized for being staid, a far cry from its zany past and the jaw-dropping moments it generated, like the Britney Spears-Madonna kiss.Ignjatovic, who has developed several shows for the network, says that by moving the show to Las Vegas and changing the way its produced, "that's going to inject a new kind of life into the format, hopefully.""It's really shaking up the way things are done," he said. "It's really taking people out of their comfort zone, taking some chances."This isn't the first time MTV has moved the VMAs out of their hometown of New York. In 2004 and 2005, Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena hosted the event. Join the Continue Reading

Exclusive: Go inside the Country Music Association Awards nominations party

Nominees for the 51st CMA Awards celebrated their big night a little more than a week early Monday when more than 30 CMA hopefuls gathered at the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park for a celebratory dinner ahead of the Nov. 8 awards show.Artists including entertainer of the year nominee Garth Brooks, female vocalist of the year nominee Miranda Lambert, male vocalist of the year nominee Dierks Bentley, group of the year nominee Little Big Town, single of the year nominee Jon Pardi and duo of the year nominee LoCash joined a host of songwriters and music industry executives in cocktail attire for a four-course dinner prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef Tandy Wilson of City House.“This is the very first time we’ve ever been nominated for a CMA, so we’re celebrating every step of the way,” said LoCash member Preston Brust.“The CMA has been great to us over the years,” added fellow LoCash singer Chris Lucas. “We used to play the after-party for the CMA and now we’re nominated for a CMA. It’s really, really emotional.”The evening began with a cocktail hour in a front room at the Parthenon. Songwriters including Rhett Akins, Josh Osborne and Luke Dick were among the first to arrive, quickly followed by Lambert and Pardi. Guests were met at the door with glasses of wine, and the room bustled with lively conversation for more than an hour before the group of nominees — distinguished by a medallion around their necks — was ushered upstairs for a quick class photo.The Country Music Association’s CEO Sarah Trahern opened the dinner with remarks to remind the nominees the night’s event was all about them. She said that because of them and other artists who had played CMA Music Festival this year, $2.5 million had been donated to music education in the last week. From the feet of the Parthenon’s 42-foot statue of Athena, Brooks followed with a Continue Reading