Gospel star Kim Burrell's radio show "Bridging the Gap" has been canceled after a video surfaced in which the singer and preacher makes homophobic comments, Houston's ABC News affiliate reports (via The Associated Press).
"Bridging the Gap" premiered on the Texas Southern University radio station KTSU last June. The Houston university announced the cancellation in a statement, saying, "The Kim Burrell show is no longer airing as part of KTSU Radio programming." Per a description on the KTSU website, "Bridging the Gap," featured a mix of music and talk, with Burrell discussing religion and welcoming a variety of musical guests.
in a widely circulated video of Burrell preaching at a Houston church, the singer said, "The perverted homosexual spirit and the spirit of delusion and confusion ... has deceived many men and women." She later claimed that homosexuals would "die in 2017."
Burrell defended her comments on Facebook Live soon after, blaming her "enemies" for spreading only a portion of her sermon and saying, "To every person that is dealing with the homosexual spirit that has it, I love you 'cause God loves you. But God hates the sin."
While widely known in gospel circles, Burrell's profile has grown lately. She sang on "Godspeed" from Frank Ocean's Blonde and joined Pharrell on "I See A Victory," the lead single from the soundtrack to the new historical drama Hidden Figures. The pair performed the song on The Tonight Show in December, and were scheduled to do the same on Ellen Thursday. Host Ellen DeGeneres removed Burrell from the performance following the controversy.
Pharrell still appeared on Ellen and continued to distance himself from Burrell's comments during an interview with DeGeneres. "There's no space, there's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on," he said. "[Burrell]'s a fantastic singer. I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all got to get used to that – we all have to get used to everyone's differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy."
Mariah Carey said she was "mortified" by her disastrous performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Carey's appearance was marred by technical difficulties as the singer notably went along with her planned choreography but made little effort to sing during her six-minute set. Instead, she often spoke directly to the crowd about the ongoing sound issues.
"All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business," Carey said. "I'm of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time."
Carey's performance went viral after airing live on the East Coast and remained unedited on New Year's Rockin' Eve's West Coast broadcast, despite protests from the singer's manager, Stella Bulochnikov. Bulochnikov also blamed Dick Clark Productions for continuing the performance even though Carey's in-ear monitors weren't working before she took the stage.
Dick Clark Productions denied any wrongdoing and pushed back against a separate accusation leveled by Carey's representative, Nicole Perna, who issued a statement saying the company "set Carey up to fail."
DCP replied, "To suggest that DCP … would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd. In very rare instances there are of course technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that DCP had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey's New Year's Eve performance."
Despite the snafu, Carey said the performance would not deter her from doing live TV in the future, but noted she'd proceed with more caution. "It's not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future," she said. "But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team."
The singer also thanked her fans, saying, "I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year's Eve."
Prior to her interview with EW, Carey tweeted about the New Year's Eve incident, joking, "S*** happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody! Here's to making more headlines in 2017."
Outgoing President Barack Obama hosted a farewell party at the White House on Friday night (Jan. 6) which featured a guest list packed with A-listers.
Celebs from actors to musicians flocked to the presidential soiree to honor the Obamas ahead of the transition to a Donald Trump administration on Jan. 20.
While cell phones were not allowed inside the party, that didn't stop many stars from posting photos and comments to their social media accounts before entering. Nick Jonas posted a photo of himself alongside Kingdom costar Jonathan Tucker, both looking dapper in fitted suits, with the caption, "Straight off the plane to the White House..."
According to reports by ABC News, other celebs seen entering the White House included Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, George Lucas, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Jon Hamm, Stevie Wonder, and Jason Sudeikis.
Chance the Rapper also posted a tweet expressing his excitement for the event. "Obama Going Away Party. I'm charged up," the rapper tweeted.
The party follows news of performers and celebs choosing not to attend Trump's upcoming inauguration.
From mischief maker Nadia Rose and to quirk pop underdog Will Joseph Cook – we calculated which stars received the most votes in industry longlists, shortlists and music forecasts.
The annual tip list onslaught is finally over. Everyone had a go at forecasting this year: traditional publications, tech companies, brands, your dad’s mate who once played golf with a man who worked for Island Records in the 1980s. The general consensus is, quite rightly, that 2017 will continue to see grime and UK rap gaining massive global attention. Rag’n’Bone Man’s epic outpouring of blues and soul will undoubtedly soundtrack sports events and televised festival coverage, and it has just been announced that Ray BLK was crowned winner of the BBC Music Sound of … poll. An outsider option, but one that very much affirms the ascent of British rap.
But who was the real winner? The scientific winner? Using the internet, a bunsen burner and a thermometer, I took a look at this year’s poll results and discovered which artists had received the majority of votes overall. Taking into account results from Vevo, i-D, Google Play, Spotify, MTV, BBC Music Sound of …, the Brits, the Independent, Red Bull, NME and Billboard, the artists below are the acts who were named most in short and longlists – revealing some joint winners, and the odd underdog in between.
Joint firstAJ Tracey
The west London MC is one of UK grime’s most anticipated new voices. Born in Brixton and brought up in Ladbroke Grove, his childhood was soundtracked by UK garage and dancehall (plus the musical taste of his Welsh mum – a DJ who loves NWA). Backed by his MTP crew of producers and MCs and collaborating with fellow Londoner Dave, aside from freestyles and live shows, Tracey has taken a slow dripfeed approach to releasing singles. His hopes are to extend and accelerate the legacy of grime for a new generation, rather than imitate what’s already happened. “I’m so bored of this nostalgia,” he told Dummy magazine last year. “The new grime kids feel like they have to reference Dizzee or D Double, or spit on an old beat to get people to listen to them, and it’s boring.”
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