Category: Music

The Weeknd brings bright lights, bandaged dancers to Super Bowl

(Reuters) – Canadian pop singer The Weeknd lit up a pandemic-restricted Super Bowl on Sunday with an upbeat performance of hits in front of a brightly lit cityscape evoking the theme of his newest album, “After Hours.”

During halftime at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the 30-year-old performer stepped out of a shiny convertible perched high above the stage amid neon signs reminiscent of the Las Vegas Strip at night.

Dressed in a red blazer covered in sequins, black pants and black-and-white wingtip shoes, The Weeknd opened on stage with the song “Starboy” in front of a choir in

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Critic’s Notebook: Despite COVID-19 Backdrop, a Boringly Normal Super Bowl

Even with a reduced in-person crowd — and a spectacular pre-game Amanda Gorman — the event felt mostly like business as usual, with an above-average halftime spectacle and disappointing ads that fans have come to expect.

What was supposed to be a Super Bowl unlike any other ended up the exact same way as seven of the past 19 Super Bowls — namely with Tom Brady holding the trophy and everybody else complaining about Tom Brady.

And don’t get me wrong; I understand why people hate Tom Brady. Heck, I understand somewhere between 10 and 20 reasons why people hate

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WWE Rumors: Bad Bunny, Damian Priest vs. Miz, Morrison Planned for WrestleMania | Bleacher Report

Team Wilbon's Bad Bunny warms up before an NBA Celebrity All-Star basketball game against Team Stephen A's in an NBA Celebrity All-Star basketball game Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

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Bad Bunny’s recent training at the WWE Performance Center apparently wasn’t just for show.

The chart-topping rapper-singer is reportedly set to make his in-ring debut at WrestleMania, teaming with Damian Priest to take on The Miz and John Morrison, per Wrestling Observer Radio.

Bad Bunny made his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble with a performance of his hit “Booker T” and ran afoul of Miz and Morrison when they attempted to collaborate. That led to Miz and Morrison being eliminated after a distraction from Bad Bunny at the Royal Rumble match and then appearing on

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Andra Day on Playing Billie Holiday in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’

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When Andra Day was initially approached about auditioning for the title role in The United States vs. Billie Holiday, director Lee Daniels’s new film about the revolutionary jazz singer, she balked. “First of all, (a) I’m not an actress, and (b) just no,” says the 35-year-old singer and songwriter, who credits Holiday, nicknamed “Lady Day” by jazz saxophonist Lester Young, with influencing her own musical style. For a first-ever acting gig, playing a figure of that magnitude felt daunting. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to remake Lady Sings the Blues,’ ” Day says, referring to the 1972 Holiday

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