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Lady Gaga, Intel Plan Ambitious Performance At Grammy




Lady Gaga is promising a technologically ambitious, “multisensory” David Bowie tribute at the Grammy Awards she hopes will befit the famously experimental rock legend.

The music industry’s biggest night takes place Monday barely a month after the shocking death of Bowie, who over his half-century career became one of the most influential figures in pop culture.

Lady Gaga, known for her brash outfits and sexual openness, is among the contemporary artists who is most obviously inspired by Bowie, the pioneer of glam rock.

Grammy producers have raised expectations for Lady Gaga’s tribute, saying it will be groundbreaking.

“I don’t know that we’ve ever done anything quite as elaborate as this,” said Eric Cook, the supervising producer of the Grammys. “This is obviously an ambitious performance and we’re all really excited about it,” he said in a video preview.

Chip-maker Intel said it developed effects for the performance at the Grammys, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles.

“We’ve used technology to almost be an extension of Gaga. As she moves, the environment around her is responding to her, and that’s because of the real-time technologies that we’ve incorporated into it,” said Paul Tapp, Intel’s director of technology.

The Recording Academy, which stages the awards, said in a statement that Lady Gaga would offer “a multisensory testament to the icon’s incredible artistry and limitless creativity.”

She will team up with Nile Rodgers of Chic fame, a friend of Bowie who worked with the British singer on his disco-tinged 1983 “Let’s Dance” album.

A headline-grabbing performance would mark a return to form for the singer born as Stefani Germanotta, who since her rise to stardom nearly a decade ago has delighted in provocative gestures and outfits, most notoriously a dress made of meat she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010. Much like the chameleonic Bowie, Gaga has reinvented herself.

In the past two years she has refashioned herself as a classic crooner, teaming up with the 89-year-old Tony Bennett for an album and concert tour of pop standards.

The Grammys come one week after Lady Gaga, who turns 30 next month, won wide praise for an emotionally intense delivery of the national anthem at the Super Bowl, the most watched US television broadcast of the year. Lady Gaga, who plans a new album this year but has released few details about it, has said that she “fell in love” with Bowie’s music when she was a struggling artist on New York’s bustling Lower East Side.

“I always felt that his glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls,” she told The Hollywood Reporter days before Bowie died.

Bowie died on January 10 from a publicly undisclosed battle with cancer, two days after he released his final album, “Blackstar,” on his 69th birthday.

Despite the all-out effort behind the tribute, Bowie in his life won only one Grammy besides a lifetime achievement award.

He lived in New York for the final two decades of his life but always enjoyed greater mainstream success in Britain and several other European countries, with “Blackstar” his first, albeit posthumous, US number one album.

Bowie’s death has triggered a flurry of tributes with fresh cover albums already coming out. Amanda Palmer, the outspoken neo-punk artist, recently released an EP of Bowie covers, “Strung Out in Heaven,” that features acclaimed English singer Anna Calvi performing “Blackstar.”

A British tabloid reported that prolific rapper Kanye West was planning his own Bowie tribute, leading fans to start a petition against the prospect. Bowie is one of a number of prominent musicians to have died recently.

The Grammys also plans a performance by the surviving Eagles to honor late guitarist Glenn Frey and a tribute to late “King of the Blues” B.B. King.

Living members of funk legends Earth, Wind & Fire, whose founder Maurice White died last week, will present the Grammy for Record of the Year.


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You Live In A Hen Coop : Shatta Wale Roasted After Jackie Appiah’s Lavish Mansion Went Viral



Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah also known as Shatta Wale is currently trending on social media for yet another wrong reason.

The dancehall artist Shatta Wale has been heavily trolled on Twitter after the video of the plush mansion went viral on social media.

Nollywood actress Luchy Donalds paid Jackie Appiah a visit to her Accra mansion and was shocked to see the beauty of the mansion. She filmed the mansion of Jackie Appiah as she was taking her on a tour in her house.

After the video was shared online, social media users reacted to the video and tended to troll dancehall artists.

Read some comments below….

@Sharer: Jackie Appiah showing Shatta wale that he’s a poor man

@Jey: If ebe Shatta Wale wey get this Jackie Appiah en house aa like he go come door to door then insult everybody But we serve the living God,he can’t buy

@son of jacob: Jackie Appiah’s mansion makes other mansions look like chamber and hall

@Kobby: If you look closely at Jackie Appiah’s mansion, you’ll realize the likes of Shatta Wale, Medikal, and Gambo are poor men.

@Ghana yesu: Jackie Appiah’s mansion is getting more attention than Shatta Wale’s album. You people will make Nima Bob Marley stop doing music oo.

@mr President: Jackie Appiah’s Mansion dey make I dey see Shatta wale own as Hen Coop

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‘Howard Webb To Become Premier League Referees’ Chief’



Mike Riley, the head of Premier League referees, will step down from his role next season, with Howard Webb set to replace him.

It was previously reported that a host of Premier League sides were pushing for a change in command, as they believed too many mistakes were made during games in the 2021-22 season.

In a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Board, it has now been confirmed that Riley will leave his role next season – one which he had held since 2009 when he replaced Keith Hackett.

Riley’s role is set to be split after his departure with PGMOL, aiming to appoint a chief refereeing officer, in charge of developing match officials, and a chief operating officer, who will manage the organisation. 

Speaking after his departure was confirmed, Riley said: ‘I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages.

‘As the Elite Referee Development Plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. 

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Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles And More Hit Out At US Abortion Decision



Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles have reacted in horror and outrage over US lawmakers’ decision to make abortion illegal in parts of the USA.

A backlash was sparked on Friday when the US Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark 1973 cast Roe v Wade which had made abortion legal across America when it was originally ruled upon.

With laws on the topic of abortion now reverting to a State level, women in some States could now be prosecuted if they get an abortion.

A number of high profile stars have taken to social media to express their shock over the decision – and their fears on what this will mean for women’s freedoms and the health and safety of those who wish to terminate a pregnancy.

Taking to Twitter32-year-old Taylor wrote: “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

Showing his support for women in the USA, Harry, 28, tweeted: “I’m absolutely devastated for the people of America today. Check on your friends. Look after each other. We’re all in this together, and the fight is just beginning. A truly dark day for America.”

Meanwhile, on InstagramKim Kardashian, 41, highlighted the ruling and expressed her own shock, writing in an Instagram Stories post: “In America, guns have more rights than women.”

TV star Sophia Bush, 39, expressed her concern women’s health will suffer in light of the ruling, tweeting: “They will never end abortion. Only safe abortion. This is not about life. It’s about control. Those motherf–kers.”

While Oscar winner Viola Davis, 56, hit out at the ruling, tweeting: “And so it goes….Gutted. Now more than ever we have to use our voice and power! WE the people.”

The overturning of Roe v. Wade has sent shockwaves around the globe – with chart topping star Billie Eilish taking time out of her Glastonbury headlining set on Friday night to address the drama.

The 20-year-old said: “The song we’re about to do is I think one of the favourites that we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to abuse it.

“And today is a really, really dark day for women in the US. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”

While British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 58, slammed the US Supreme Court’s decision, saying: “I think it is a big step backwards.”

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