Ariana Grande is ready to get back on tour following a series of heartbreaks. The 25-year-old singer took to Twitter on Monday (22Oct18) to assure fans she was putting the finishing touches to plans for a tour to promote her new album Sweetener after one follower asked for an update. The fan wrote: "any news about sweetener tour? if not pls don’t stress about it ! we can wait / we want you to be actually ready to go on tour", prompting Ariana to respond: "i’m ready my heart needs it actually (sic). finalizing a few more things but i’m tryna get em dates to u asap." Ariana has had a lot to deal with in the past 17 months, since a bomb attack outside a concert in Manchester, England derailed her Dangerous Woman world tour and cost 22 fans their lives. She split up with her boyfriend, Mac Miller, hooked up with comedian Pete Davidson and became engaged, and then broke up with the Saturday Night Live regular earlier this month (Oct18). She also had to deal with the death of Miller in September (18). Grande recently announced she was taking a break from social media following her "very sad" split from fiance Davidson. "Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a lil bit," she said last week (ends19Oct18). "It’s hard not to bump news n stuff that I’m not trying to see rn (right now). It’s very sad and we’re all tryin very hard to keep going. love u. and thank u for bein here always." She also revealed she is dealing with anxiety issues that make touring a problem right now. "I'm antsy. can’t sit still. i wanna tour now. yesterday i jus wanted to sit home forever but today i wanna do show and see u. it’s all v (very) up n down rn (right now). but hi. ily (I love you). i am working on it. i’ll keep ya posted (sic),” Ariana responded to a Twitter follower who told her to take some much-needed time off to heal.
Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala have been confirmed as headliners for the 2019 Coachella festival. Organisers for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California announced the line-up for the 2019 edition on Wednesday night (02Jan19), which takes place across two consecutive weekends in April (19), revealing that This Is America hitmaker Childish Gambino would be topping the bill on the Fridays, Australian band Tame Impala on the Saturdays, while Ariana will close the festival on the Sundays. "Humbled and excited as all hell @coachella (cactus) thank u," the Thank U, Next singer tweeted after she shared the 2019 poster. Other acts on the bill include Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae, The 1975, Diplo, J Balvin, Khalid, Kacey Musgraves, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi and Jaden Smith. The festival will mark one of Childish Gambino's biggest final shows, as the rapper and actor, real name Donald Glover, plans to retire the stage moniker after one final album and close that chapter in his life as a musician. He had been heavily rumoured to headline the 2019 festival alongside Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. There was also speculation that Stronger rapper Kanye West would be returning to the event, which he previously headlined in 2011. However, TMZ.com reported on Wednesday that he scrapped negotiations with production officials at Goldenvoice after failing to reach an agreement over his stage set-up. The report suggested he did not want to stick to the traditional static rectangular platform, branding it "artistically limiting", and wanted instead to bring in his own contraption, but they declined to give in to his demands and talks fell through. The 2019 festival takes place on 12-14 April and 19-21 April.
It was ladies night at the Grammys on Sunday (10Feb19) as country star Kacey Musgraves picked up the night's top honor and another three. A year after Recording Academy bosses were criticised for not honouring enough women in the major categories, the 2019 honors were all about the girls with Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile each picking up a triple, and H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle claiming two awards apiece. But, leading with four were Musgraves, who claimed Best Album and a trio of country awards, and an absent Childish Gambino, who walked off with Record and Song of the Year among his four-gong haul. Host Alicia Keys welcomed Gaga, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to the stage to kick off the ceremony with an empowerment message and then the ladies took over with the night's performance highlights as Musgraves, Carlile, Dua Lipa and St. Vincent, Diana Ross, Cardi B, H.E.R, and Gaga wowed the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Keys also performed a medley of the songs she wished she had written, including hits from Roberta Flack, Nat 'King' Cole, Lauren Hill, and Kings of Leon. But the Grammys' two magical musical moments both featured Miley Cyrus - she took the stage with Shawn Mendes for a rendition of his hit In My Blood and then joined Katy Perry, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Musgraves for a terrific tribute to 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year recipient Dolly Parton. The country music icon sang with each of her guests, belting out Here You Come Again with Katy and Kacey, Jolene with Miley, After The Goldrush with Maren and Miley, and new song Red Shoes with Little Big Town. They all teamed up to sing 9 to 5 to close out the night's top live music moment. There were also performance highlights from rapper Travis Scott, who turned the Grammys stage into a block party, while Jennifer Lopez headlined a Motown tribute with Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, and Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day joined forces to honor the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The full list of winners:

Album Of The Year Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Record Of The Year This Is America - Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson, producers; Derek 'MixedByAli' Ali, Riley Mackin and Shaan Singh, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer (Childish Gambino)

Song Of The Year This Is America - Childish Gambino

Best New Artist Dua Lipa

Best RandB Album H.E.R. H.E.R.

Best Rap Song God's Plan - Drake

Best Rap Album Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Best Country Album Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Shallow - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Best RandB Performance Best Part - H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar

Best Traditional RandB Performance Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand - Leon Bridges and How Deep Is Your Love - PJ Morton Featuring Yebba (TIE)

Best RandB Song Boo’d Up - Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)

Best Urban Contemporary Album Everything is Love - Beyonce and JAY-Z (The Carters)

Best Rock Performance When Bad Does Good - Chris Cornell

Best Metal Performance Electric Messiah - High On Fire

Best Rock Song Masseduction - Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)

Best Rock Album From The Fires - Greta Van Fleet

Best Rap Performance (TIE) King’s Dead - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake and Bubblin - Anderson Paak (TIE)

Best Rap/Sung Performance This Is America - Childish Gambino

Best Music Video This Is America

Best Music Film Quincy

Best Country Solo Performance Butterflies - Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Duo/Group Performance Tequila - Dan + Shay

Best Country Song Space Cowboy - Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

Best Pop Solo Performance Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) - Lady Gaga

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album My Way - Willie Nelson

Best Pop Vocal Album Sweetener - Ariana Grande

Best Dance Recording Electricity - Silk City and Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson

Best Dance/Electronic Album Woman Worldwide - Justice Music

Best Americana Album By The Way,I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

Nicki Minaj has broken her silence following a Friday night (07Sep18) scuffle with rap rival Cardi B. The two MCs clashed at a star-studded Harper's Bazaar party for New York Fashion Week after Cardi accused the Super Bass hitmaker of disrespecting her and her baby daughter, Kulture. At one point, Cardi lunged and reportedly threw a shoe at Minaj, but Nicki declined to press charges and she addressed the drama on her Apple Music Queen Radio show on Beats 1 on Monday, revealing she still felt "humiliated" about their headline-grabbing encounter. "The other night I was a part of something so mortifying, so humiliating to go through in front of upper echelon people - it's not about black or white - people who have their lives together," she said. "I was mortified... I could not believe how humiliated I felt... how we - and I use the term 'we' loosely - made ourselves look." Taking aim at reports suggesting she poked fun at her rival's baby, Nicki added, "I would never discuss anyone's child. "It's so sad for someone to pin that on me. I would never talk about anyone's child or parenting, I don't give a s**t... You know I didn't say or never did talk about anyone's child... I am not a clown, that's clown s**t." Minaj insists she didn't retaliate after Cardi's shoe came flying at her because, "I'm such an ill n**ga, I didn't feel the need to defend myself that night." Security staff at the party escorted a shoeless Cardi out of the venue. The Bodak Yellow star has since confirmed it was a comment Nicki allegedly made about her baby that upset her: "I've let a lot of s**t slide!" she wrote on Sunday (09Sep18) via Instagram. "I let you sneak diss me, I let you lie on me, I let you attempt to stop my bags (money), f**k up the way I eat! "You've threaten other artists in the industry, told them if they work with me you'll stop f**kin with them (sic)!! I let you talk big s**t about me!! I addressed you once in person, I addressed you a second time in person, and every time you copped the plea!! "But when you mention my child, you choose to make comments about me as a mother, make comments about my abilities to take care of my daughter is when all bets are f**kin off!! I've worked to hard and come too far to let anybody f**k with my success (sic)!!!!" Cardi previously played down reports of a nasty feud between herself and Nicki, but confessed the two had "issues".

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