ABC/Craig SjodinHere’s something you don’t see every day: Adam Levine walking down the streets of Los Angeles wearing a blue turtle costume.
Witnesses -- and paparazzi -- were treated to that sight over the weekend as Maroon 5 filmed what appeared to be a bizarre new video. As seen in photos posted to JustJared, Adam’s costume resembles a knock-off version of the Pokemon character, Squirtle.
Adam's band mates were dressed as other Pokemon-inspired characters. Actor Vince Vaughn was also spotted walking around on set in a red-and-black monster suit.
Adam’s very pregnant wife, Behati Prinsloo, was there as an observer.
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesWhen you have a song called “Marry You,” you can’t really be surprised if someone asks you to sing at their wedding. Bruno Mars was called upon to perform at the wedding reception of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek over the weekend.
According to an Instagram post from attendee Brooke Hammerling, the singer rocked the house at the Lake Como, Italy nuptials. Brooke shared the photo of a guitar-strumming Bruno on stage, along with the caption, “When the wedding singer is Bruno Mars.”
Bruno wasn’t the only big name on the guest list. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was there, too.
Image Group LA/ABCJustin Bieber has returned to Instagram two weeks after deactivating his account -- and he's brought a friend.
If you were wondering what you missed in Justin’s life during those dark days, he apparently got a new puppy named Todd. His account came back online with three posts about the adorable pet.
One post is a photo of the singer holding the pup. “My new little fluff ball Todd,” he captions it. Another post is a video of the dog, where Justin is heard saying, “Are you even real? What are you?” And the third post is a video of Justin calling Todd to come outside.
Twitter, of course, celebrated his return to the 'gram by throwing a #JustinReactivatedParty. But maybe all that celebrating was too soon? Justin later tweeted, "Still no Instagram it was an accident." However, as of 1:30 p.m. ET, it was still online.
Justin initially took his account offline after fans barraged his rumored girlfriend, Sofia Richie, with mean comments.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteNow we have a possible reason why Taylor Swift skipped the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night: She was preparing to do her civic duty. According to ABC-TV affiliate WKRN, the singer showed up for jury duty Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Taylor’s presence in the courthouse was also documented by fellow jurors on social media. One woman tweeted about the experience, writing, “So I just got picked immediately after Taylor Swift. Same jury panel.”
Taylor, who reportedly showed up with two bodyguards, signed autographs and took selfies with the other jurors while they waited. Several photos of the singer wearing her juror tag were circulating around Twitter.
The singer was later excused from performing her civic duty. A courthouse witness said, "Taylor Swift was part of the panel of prospective jurors on a case with charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and aggravated domestic assault....the judge excused Ms. Swift because of her pending sexual assault case."
That assault case involves a deejay who allegedly groped Taylor backstage at a concert.
By the way, though she didn't attend the VMAs, it may be a small comfort for her to know that Kanye West's video for "Famous," the lyrics of which caused a feud between Taylor, Kanye and his wife Kim, didn't win anything at last night's MTV VMAs. And the video for a song Taylor co-wrote with her former boyfriend Calvin Harris, "This Is What You Came For," won the Moonman Best Male Video.
Taylor was never scheduled to attend the VMAs; she wasn't nominated, and only one of her videos was even eligible.
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga hung up her meat dress a long time ago, but it seems PETA is still looking for more support from the singer.
The animal rights group wrote an open letter to Gaga, after news broke that she helped her father write an Italian cookbook. They’re hoping the book will include vegan options.
"A delicious and cruelty-free dish such as a vegan pollo alla cacciatora would lend itself perfectly to your empowering 'Born This Way' anti-bullying movement -- ensuring that no animal is bullied just to satisfy someone's appetito," PETA writes.
The cookbook is titled Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes from an Italian American Restaurant and comes out in November. The collection of recipes was compiled by Gaga’s father, Joe Germonotta, who owns Joanne Trattoria on the Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Gaga wrote the foreword.
DNCE; Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesThe 2016 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet -- actually, it was a white carpet -- was packed with stars before the show kicked off last night at New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden. Here's a look at who said what:
The Best New Artist category included Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson and Desiigner, but DNCE took home the Moonman. Frontman Joe Jonas, who'd been to numerous VMAs in the past as a member of the Jonas Brothers, told ABC Radio, "This one's special. I'm here with a new band and we're up for the Artist Award for Best New Artist, so I think it's just a reassurance that you can always recreate what you do and be creative, so that's important to us."
As for Lukas Graham, they were more excited about their performance on the pre-show. "Live music is what we're advocating, it's what we've always been brandishing as a big flaming stick," singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer told ABC Radio. "We have all practiced our craft since before we were ten. And that's what I think that makes us special as a group." But the Danish band was thrilled to be attending the VMAs -- as Lukas said, "Kids used to talk about this [show] in school, you know?"
Desiigner, meanwhile, was thrilled with his nomination and the fact that his single "Panda" hit #1. He told ABC Radio, "The fact that [I have both], that I'm being able to create and give more to my fans, that's what it's...about, you feel me?"
Joe's brother Nick Jonas performed his new single "Bacon" on the show, with Ty Dolla $ign. On the carpet, he told ABC Radio that the strangely named song was inspired by "feeling free and happy, loving life and thinking it's so good, you might as well throw some bacon on it."
Ty Dolla $ign, who took home a Moonman for Best Collaboration thanks to "Work from Home," his hit with Fifth Harmony, told ABC Radio, "I've been just watchin' since childhood and to actually be here -- I always thought, like, 'cause I was always singing, I thought I would be there the next year, but this is my year...it feels incredible."
Alessia Cara, up for Best Pop Video, performed on the pre-show with her friend Troye Sivan, and told ABC Radio that she's getting used to attending awards shows since she broke out big last year with her hit "Here." "I think it definitely is getting a little bit more chill, I guess, but it's just as exciting every time," she said. "I mean, this is the VMAs and I've never been here before, so it's definitely just as exciting as any other amazing award show." Alessia walked the carpet makeup-free, to go along with the theme of her song "Scars to Your Beautiful."
Britney Spears' performance of "Make Me..." was all the talk of the carpet, and rapper G-Eazy, who performed the song with her, told ABC Radio, "She's still got it, period, you know? I mean, she's incredible...the fact that she's had such a long run and she's at such a high level. It's inspiring for me, [to see that] if you stick with it, this is how far you can stay in the game and still have fun with it and enjoy life."
Meanwhile, Britney's old pal Lance Bass said he thought Britney's new album Glory is her best yet. "It is some of the best music I've heard from her," he gushed. "It's very memorable and I love her dance and her dance is just incredible and no one is really doing it that great right now."
Rihanna received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award last night, and on the red carpet, Hailee Steinfeld, actress, singer and Rihanna superfan, was asked to name her favorite Ri-Ri video. "Honestly, I don't even know that I can answer that," she told ABC Radio. "I feel like that's my favorite pastime, is watching Rihanna music videos. I can't pick a favorite!"
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTVLeave it to Kanye West to provide the highlight of the night at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
He commanded the mic for what sounded like a stream-of-consciousness speech that touched upon numerous subjects, ranging from his "Famous" video to Taylor Swift to his perceived all-around greatness.
After walking onto the stage to chants of "Yeezy," the rapper declared, "I am Kanye West, and that feels really great to say, especially this year."
In a nod to the infamous VMAs moment when he interrupted Taylor, Kanye joked, "Now later tonight 'Famous' might lose to Beyoncé but I can't be mad, I'm always wishing for Beyoncé to win."
He then let loose with his thoughts, name-checking his former girlfriend, Amber Rose, who was in attendance, and one of his wife Kim Kardashian West's exes while addressing his "Famous" video, which featured naked lookalikes of celebrities in bed.
"It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV, you know, the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I put Ray J in it, bro," he said, as Kardashian West laughed in the crowd.
"If you think about last week it was 22 people murdered in Chicago," the rapper said. "You know, people come up to me like, 'Man, that's right! Take, tell Taylor this. Bro, like I love all y'all. That's why I called her," alluding to the infamous phone call between the two that Kardashian West released.
Moments later, Kanye mentioned that his role models are "artists" and "merchants," then proceeded to name them: "Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West."
All of this was a prelude to Kanye unveiling his new music video for "Fade," starring Teyana Taylor, who dances around exercise equipment before developing cat-like features while joined by fiancé Iman Shumpert.
Beyoncé was the shining star of the VMAs, though. She was the top winner, taking eight awards, including Video of the Year for "Formation."
In accepting Video of the Year, she made sure to thank her "beautiful daughter" and "incredible husband," Blue Ivy and Jay Z, for their support, before dedicating the prize to the people of New Orleans.
Earlier in the night, Bey ruled the stage for 15 minutes for a dramatic and sexy medley of songs from Lemonade, including "Hold Up," which won the award for Best Female Video.
That honor was presented to her by the Final Five women's gymnastics team -- minus Gabby Douglas, who was hospitalized with a mouth infection.
Per Billboard, Beyoncé now holds the record for most career Moonmen wins with 24, surpassing Madonna's 20.
Britney Spears, who's had her share of famous VMAs moments herself, took a break from her Las Vegas show to grace the MSG stage in a mostly yellow sparkling outfit. She performed her new tune "Make Me…" with G-Eazy.
The broadcast began with a performance by Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient Rihanna. Pretty in pink, she ran through several of her hits, like "Only Girl (In The World)," "We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been."
The performance continued throughout the night, with Ri-Ri periodically returning to the stage to sing "What's My Name?," "Work," "Pour It Up," "B**** Better Have My Money," "Stay," "Diamonds" and "Love on the Brain."
Rihanna's night was capped by her rumored love interest Drake -- who'd already congratulated her with a Los Angeles billboard -- presenting her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old. She is one of my best friends in the world," he shared, before giving her the award -- and what looked like a kiss on the cheek.
Future's performance was introduced by Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, who revealed that he was listening to the rapper's "Stick Talk" when he made the angry #Phelpsface that went viral during the Rio Games.
Future then delivered a live version of "F*** Up Some Commas."
Phelps seemed to get a big kick out of presenter Jimmy Fallon being dressed as Phelps' disgraced teammate Ryan Lochte later in the broadcast, taking photos with his smartphone of the late-night host. Fallon, making light of Lochte's "over-exaggerated" robbery tale in Rio, told all sorts of lies, joking, for example, that he taught Drake the "Hotline Bling."
Ariana Grande was joined by Nicki Minaj for a workout-themed rendition of "Side to Side," with Ariana demonstrating she can sing and pedal an exercise bike at the same time.
Nick Jonas sang "Bacon" inside a diner where various guests like Joe Jonas and Joe's band, Best New Artist winner DNCE, were sitting at tables. He eventually brought the performance to the street with the help of collaborator Ty Dolla $ign.
The Chainsmokers and Halsey came together for a live version of their hit "Closer."
Alicia Keys was a presenter, but she performed in her own way while honoring the 53-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech by reciting a poem.
"If war is holy and sex is obscene, then we got it twisted in this lucid dream," she said.
Following the poem, she sang a cappella.
The VMAs did not have a host this year. Instead, various entertainers were enlisted to cover the show.
Keegan-MichaelKey and Jordan Peele offered play-by-play commentary as the characters @TheShamester and @LizardSheeple. DJ Khaled, recent Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah and comedienne Nicole Byer also took part in the coverage.
Prior to the VMAs ceremony, MTV aired an hour-long preshow with performances by Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan and Jidenna.
M.Caulfield/WireImageMonday marks what would have been the 58th birthday of Michael Joseph Jackson, born on August 29, 1958.
The King of Pop began his career as a young child, performing with his brothers in The Jackson 5. His first solo studio album, Got to Be There, was released in 1972 when Jackson was fourteen years old.
His fifth solo studio album, Off The Wall, earned Michael the artist his first Grammy Award, for Soul/R&B Album. But it was his sixth studio album, 1982's Thriller, that solidified Jackson as a bonafide crossover music superstar.
The groundbreaking music videos for the album's singles, such as "Beat It" and "Billie Jean," were among the first by an African-American artist to air on MTV.
Michael's music video for "Thriller" remains as one of music history's most iconic, as are other MJ videos such as "Bad," "Black and White" and "Remember the Time." There's a reason that MTV's Video Vanguard award was re-named the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
As his career progressed, Jackson continued to captivate fans and the world with his cinematic music videos, otherworldly dance moves, progressive fashion sense and socially-relevant hit songs.
He earned numerous awards during his lifetime, including 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His widespread influence continues to be seen in the music industry today.
Michael Jackson married twice -- the first time to Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and the second time to nurse Debbie Rowe. Jackson and Rowe had three children: Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as "Blanket."
On June 25, 2009, Jackson died after his doctor, Conrad Murray, administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and was released from jail in 2014 after serving two years of a four-year sentence. At the time of his death, Michael was rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts in London called This Is It.
ABC/Randy HolmesMariahCarey's older sister was arrested on a prostitution charge in Saugerties, New York, on Friday, according to the Daily Freeman.
Alison Carey, 55, was reportedly arrested after soliciting money in exchange for sexual favors from an undercover cop. She was arraigned and then sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. She is due in court Tuesday.
Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra tells the local newspaper that Alison identified herself as the sister of the 46-year-old singer. Alison, whom police describe as "transient," was allegedly advertising her services online.
Sinagra warns that “based on other stories,” there could be cause for concern for people who had sexual encounters with Carey, particularly if it was unprotected.
Mariah and Alison had been estranged "for years," a source tells People magazine, adding, "Mariah takes care of her entire family and I'm sure this is very painful for her."
Kevin Mazur/WireImageJenniferLopez and Marc Anthony are proving that they're still family.
The "Ain't Your Mama" singer surprised fans at Anthony's concert inside New York City's Radio City Music Hall Saturday night, performing their 1999 duet, "No Me Ames."
Fans cheered as Lopez, 47, smiled at her ex-husband, from whom she split back in 2012 after nearly eight years of marriage and two children, 8-year-old twins Max and Emme. The two even held hands, danced and hugged during their performance.
On Instagram, the two reflected on the performance.
Lopez, who shared a photo of the two onstage, said in a caption: "Always fun sharing the stage w this one... @marcanthony #NoMeAmes #radiocitymusichall #familia."
Anthony shared behind-the-scenes photos of himself with Lopez, their two children and other family members.
In a caption he wrote, "#MiGente, thank you to the fans and @jlo for a wonderful concert. #AllAboutFamily backstage last night at @radiocitymusichall #ThePrivateCollection #Tour2016."
MTVThe MTV Video Music Awards air tonight, live from New York's Madison Square Garden. Because the show is always about what's happening right now this minute in music and pop culture, it's hard to believe that it has actually been going for more than 30 years. Here are some fun facts about the show:
--The first VMAs were held at Radio City Music Hall on September 14, 1984 and were hosted by Dan Akroyd and Bette Midler. Other stars who've hosted in the past: Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, Christian Slater, Roseanne Barr, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx, Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon and, most recently, Miley Cyrus.
--Madonna has won more MTV VMAs than any other act: a total of 20. Beyonce is next with 15, and Peter Gabriel is third, with 13. Beyonce is up for 11 more Moonmen tonight.
--The most VMAs ever won in a single night by one person? 10, by Peter Gabriel, thanks to his claymation video "Sledgehammer."
--Some of the artists you may not believe once performed on the VMAs: ZZ Top, The Monkees, Elton John, Motley Crue, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton.
--In 2014, the FCC received over 150 formal complaints after Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke performed the twerk heard 'round the world. Other shocking moments: Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift, Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus,Lady Gaga's meat dress, Britney Spears' lackluster "Gimme More" show open, Fiona Apple's "This world is bulls***" speech, Michael Jackson kissing wife Lisa Marie Presley, Beyonce revealing her pregnancy onstage, and Madonna writhing onstage in a wedding gown.
--Two former MTV VMA categories which are now quaint: Best Artist Website and Ringtone of the Year.
--In 2010, Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win a VMA, when "Baby" won Best New Artist in 2010. Before that, Avril Lavigne held the record, when she won for Best New Artist in a Video in 2002.
Tonight's show features performances from Rihanna, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, and The Chainsmokers with Halsey. The Pre-show performers include Lukas Graham and Alessia Cara. Presenters include Olympians the Final Five and Michael Phelps, Jimmy Fallon, Alicia Keys, Fifth Harmony, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jaden Smith and Ansel Elgort.
Plus, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will be there, so you never know what will happen!
MTVThe MTV Video Music Awards have given us plenty of controversial moments, but this year, show organizers hope that in addition to the usual wardrobe malfunctions and onstage feuds, the stars will throw politics into the mix.
"By all means, in a political year, we’re counting on artists to take this moment and address young America and give them some point of view of what’s going on in the world," says MTV executive Erik Flannigan. But of course, he admits they're also counting on big musical moments, like one from performer Britney Spears.
"I think she knows what her history is," Flannigan tells ABC Radio. "She’s walking into the building knowing what she’s done on this show before. So, just as [important as] it is for us to top ourselves, I know it is for her [too]." Flannigan says Britney's performance of her latest hit "Make Me" will be "unprecedented."
Rihanna will take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday, and Flannigan says, "We’re gonna see a lot of different Rihanna looks – not just visually but musically. And the way you see it appear through the show is gonna be a little bit different too."
This year, for the first time, the VMAs are being held at New York's Madison Square Garden.
"The moment you’re inside Madison Square Garden, you’re at a different level," Flannigan says. "So in some ways, I think this is a show that leans into the history of the building...we’re gonna take advantage of every single inch of it."
Flannigan's also excited that U.S. Women's Gymnastic Team members, as well as Michael Phelps, will be on hand as presenters. "I think they’re gonna be the ones who everyone wants to take a picture with," Flannigan laughs. "Celebrities included!"
Safehouse Records/Island RecordsChord Overstreet, the first artist signed to Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato’s record label, released his debut single today. The guitar-driven ballad, called “Homeland,” was written as an ode to the small town outside of Nashville where Chord grew up.
“’Homeland’ was inspired by all the times I feel homesick,” the singer explains in a statement. “I was thinking about where my dad taught me to drive in the small town where I'm from. I’ve gone back there recently, and although everything in the near surroundings has been built and grown, my small town remains the same.”
Chord got his big break on the TV show Glee, on which Demi also guest-starred. Last year, he signed with Safehouse Records, which was founded by Demi, Nick and their manager, Phil McIntyre.
Nick tweeted about Chord’s new single today, writing, “So pumped for my friend [Chord Overstreet] and the release of his new song Homeland!”
Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images for CoachellaBefore he hooked up with Sia for some "Cheap Thrills" -- their #1 collaboration -- the last time Sean Paul was #1 on the pop charts was a decade ago. He tellsBillboard it was an "amazing feeling" to be back in the spotlight.
"For the ten years that I was not being on those charts you would hear the question: ‘Where have you been? You went away.' No. I'm always in the studio. I'm always touring," the reggae star tells Billboard. "Maybe I'm not on the big shows that you see on your TV, but I'm always touring. That's how I keep this whole thing alive. Those ten years were spent wisely doing every collaboration that I could that made sense."
As for the Sia duet, Sean Paul says she approached him with the song and he thought, "What a big sound, nice hook and melody she had put down." He adds, " I'm a huge fan of her voice. She spans generations. My mum is a big fan of her voice and her songs and writing."
Sean Paul, who also recently guest-starred on new singles by MAGIC! and Jay Sean, says of Sia, "I can't believe “Cheap Thrills” is the only song that she's had that went to number one on the charts. When I heard that I was shocked. I could have sworn that she’d had other songs at number one because I'd heard them so much on the radio and TV. For me, she’s been a number one artist for a long time."
Sean Paul just signed a deal with Island Records, and plans to release new singles this fall.
Getty Images via ABCCoinciding with her scheduled MTV Video Music Awards performance Sunday, Ariana Grande is debuting the music video for her latest single, “Side to Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
The video will premiere on Guess.com, the website for the iconic clothing brand GUESS. Ariana will be wearing GUESS’ new athletic line in the clip, and viewers will have the chance to shop looks inspired by her outfits in the video.
The music video premiere will help launch GUESS Music, a joint project between GUESS and Republic Records that aims to bring together the worlds of fashion and music.
Ariana and Nicki are set to deliver a debut performance of “Side to Side” at the VMAs Sunday. The ceremony airs live from New York’s Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Craig Sugden/CBSAdele’s rapping skills were good enough to win her an award. The singer picked up TV Moment of the Year at the Edinburgh International TV Festival for her rendition of a Nicki Minaj rap during her episode of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.”
She flawlessly recited Nicki’s verse in the Kanye West hit “Monster” for the segment, which aired in January. Her “Carpool Karaoke” went on to become the most popular “Carpool Karaoke” on Twitter, as well as the most viral late-night video since 2013.
Even Nicki approved of Adele’s rapping. "Pull thru, QUEEN!!!!! #Adele," Nicki tweeted. "#Monster the attitude & fingers to match. #Oh #Ok #IcoNic."
Kevin Mazur/WireImageUsher dropped by ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night to promote his new film, Hands of Stone, but while there he made a big announcement regarding his new album.
The singer revealed that his latest effort, Hard II Love, is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Scheduled to be released September 16, it's comprised of 15 tracks. The complete track listing has not yet been revealed on iTunes.
Hard II Love is the follow-up to Usher's 2012 disc, Looking 4 Myself.
While you await the album's release, you can check out Usher in Hands of Stone, in which he plays boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard opposite Edgar Ramirez's Roberto Duran.
Usher noted the intense preparation he put in for the role. "I trained for a year, boxing. And in preparation I really wanted to understand what it was to think, move and feel like a boxer," he explained. "I had to lose about 20, 25 pounds, I ate for my blood type.
"You can play any sport. But you can't play boxing," he emphasized.
Hands of Stone, also starring Robert De Niro, is in theaters now.
In a statement to ABC Radio last week via her rep, Swift noted that Louisiana residents "made us feel completely at home" when she and her touring crew launched the U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour in the state last year.
Swift added that it’s "heartbreaking" to watch people be forced out of their homes, and encourages people to "help out and send your love and prayers" to flood victims.
The widespread flooding killed at least 11 people and damaged over 40,000 homes.