The 45-year-old half-Puerto Rican recording artist, music producer and entrepreneur will perform at next week’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Lyor Cohen, global head of music at YouTube and Google.
The event will feature a one-time-only edition of DJ Cassidy’s celebrated Pass The Mic Live!, a segment that will showcase more than a dozen hip-hop and R&B artists, including Swizz Beatz.
Others appearing in the showcase include Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Dru Hill, EPMD, Ja Rule, Memphis Bleek and T.I., all of whom have played a part in Cohen’s 40-year legacy spanning Rush Management, The Island Def Jam MusicGroup, Warner Music Group, 300 Entertainment and beyond.
The sold-out gala is taking place on October 18 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. It’s a fundraiser for City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States and a leading research center for diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.
DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic series quickly transformed from viral sensation to primetime TV series on BET. Now a live tour, DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic Live! recently sold out Radio City Music Hall in New York with a one-time-only concert featuring 25 icons of hip-hop’s golden era.
“As a 10-year-old deejay and hip-hop kid growing up in New York City, I idolized Lyor Cohen long before he ever knew my name,” DJ Cassidy said in a statement. “Then, as his Def Jam intern in my high school years, a hero became a mentor. I am truly honored to bring Pass The Mic Live’ to City Of Hope and celebrate Lyor’s commitment to making the best health care available to hip-hop fans and performers by uniting a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of iconic artists who have influenced his massive musical legacy and hip-hop’s global influence as a whole.”
City of Hope is celebrating 50 years of partnership with the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry (MFEI) fundraising group. Over this period, industry executives and influencers have raised nearly $150 million to benefit City of Hope’s mission to transform the future of cancer care.
This Sunday’s 75th Annual Tony Awards will feature a line-up of all-star presenters from the stage and screen, including the 42-year-old Puerto Rican actor, rapper, composer, playwright and filmmaker.
Miranda, a multiple Tony Award winner, is among a roster of presenters that includes Andrew Garfield, Laurence Fishburne, Nathan Lane, Bowen Yangand both Paris and Prince Jackson, the children ofMJsubject Michael Jackson.
The roster of presenters was announced by Tony Awards producers, and also includes Josh Lucas, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Skylar Astin, Zach Braff, Danielle Brooks, Danny Burstein, Len Cariou, RuPaul Charles, Jessica Chastain, Lilli Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Wilson Cruz, Colman Domingo, Anthony Edwards, Cynthia Erivo, Raúl Esparza, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Goldwyn, David Alan Grier, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Hudson, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Paulson, Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Pope, Billy Porter, LaTanya Richardson, Chita Rivera, Tony Shalhoub, Phillipa Soo, Sarah Silverman and George Takei,
The four-hour June 12 Tony evening begins at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT with The Tony Awards: Act One, a one-hour streaming event of exclusive content live on Paramount+ hosted by Darren Criss and Julianne Hough.
The 75th Tony Awards, hosted by Oscar-winning actress and singer Ariana DeBose, follows at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT on CBS and Paramount+. The awards will be presented live coast-to-coast from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Last night, DeBose confirmed that the Tony Awards also will pay respect to the swings and understudies who made this Covid-plagued Broadway season possible. In response to a tweet from Actors’ Equity president Kate Shindle dismissing social media rumors that swings and understudies would be ignored during the ceremony,
DeBose reiterated Shindle’s assurances, writing, “To all concerned, all I can ask is that you keep the faith & trust. I am working round the clock to bring you all a beautiful celebration of everyone’s hard work…”
The 31-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress, singer and Broadway star, who claimed her first Oscar in March for her performance in West Side Story, will host the 75th annual Tony Awards live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12.
DeBose was nominated for a Tony four years ago for playing “Disco Donna” in the acclaimed musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. She received a nod for best featured actress in a musical.
“I’m coming home! I’m so honored to celebrate 75 years of excellence in theater, but more importantly every member of this community who poured themselves into making sure the lights of Broadway have the opportunity to shine brightly once again!” DeBose said in a statement. “This is a dream come true, and I’m excited to see you all on June 12.”
“We are thrilled to have Ariana DeBose, who has captivated audiences with her inspirational roles on stage and in film and television, host this year’s Tony Awards,” said Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music, live event and alternative programming, CBS. “After the last challenging two years there is no one better to bring the theater community together on this important night honoring the best of Broadway, and share the joys of live performing once again than this extraordinarily talented artist.”
The Tonys will air live coast-to-coast for the first time. The show is set to air on Sunday, June 12, from 8 to 11 p.m. ET, and from 5 to 8 p.m. PT on CBS. It will also stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
The celebration will commence from 7 to 8 p.m. ET/4 to 5 p.m. PT, with exclusive content streaming only on Paramount+. Hosts and further information on the Paramount+ presentation will be announced at a later date.
Tony winner Adrienne Warren and Tony nominee Joshua Henry will host the 75th Annual Tony Awards nominations on Monday, May 9, at 9:00 am ET on the Tony Awards official YouTube page. The Tony Awards eligibility cutoff date has been extended for the 2021-22 season to Wednesday, May 4, for all Broadway productions which meet all other eligibility requirements.
DeBose has worked extensively in the theater. In 2015, she appeared alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the Tony-winning musical Hamilton as a member of the original cast in both the Broadway and off-Broadway productions, as well as the Emmy Award winning film version that was later released on Disney+.
After her departure from Hamilton in 2016, DeBose completed a run as Jane in the original Broadway cast of A Bronx Tale. Other theater credits include: Leading Player in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, Mary Wilson in Motown the Musical, Nautica in Bring It On: The Musical and ensemble in Stephen Sondheim’s Company.
She recently had a breakout role in Schmigadoon!, and received critical acclaim for her performance in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix adaptation of the hit Broadway musical The Prom.
Next, DeBose will star in Sony Pictures’ Kraven the Hunter, Argylle from Apple, and the space thriller ISS.
A limited number of tickets to the 75th Annual Tony Awards will be made available. Tickets will be available at www.TonyAwards.com/tickets starting on Monday, May 9, at 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT.
The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Christina Aguilerais showing support for the LGBTQIA community…
The 40-year-old half-Ecuadoran American Grammy-winning singer has been announced as the headlining performer at LadyLand 2021, LadyFag‘s now-annual queer music festival held in Brooklyn.
Chairlift co-founder Caroline Polachek will also perform at the Brooklyn Mirage on September 11, with other LGBTS artists and allies set to take the stage, including Drag Raceseason 10 winner Aquaria, Skin, Nina Sky (Nicole and Natalie Albino), La Goony Chonga and more.
LadyLand 2021 will be Aguilera’s first performance in New York City since her headlining shows at Radio City Music Hall in 2018 for her Liberation World Tour.
The star recently made her return to performing live following the pandemic with two shows at the Hollywood Bowl, wherein she reinvented many of her biggest hits with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
“It was a performance of a lifetime,” she told Billboard of the shows. “It was the performance I waited my whole life to do for so many creative purposes.”
The annual festival, curated by New York nightlife icon Ladyfag, returns for the first time since 2019, where Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot offered up a rare headlining set, accompanied by performances from stars like DJ Honey Dijon, Drag Race season 11 winner Yvie Oddly and more.
This year’s festival will require all attendees to provide proof of full vaccination completed at least two weeks before the event.
LadyLand 2021 will take place at the Brooklyn Mirage on September 11, from 7:30 pm to 4:00 am.
The 2019 Tony Award nominations have been announced, with the 27-year-old part-Spanish American actor/singer earning recognition.
Fontana, previously nominated in 2013 for his starring role as Prince Topher in the Broadwaymusical Cinderella, is nominated in the Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his work in Tootsie.
Fontana portrays Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in the Broadway musical adaptation of the film of the same name, which starred Dustin Hoffman as the lead character.
Eva Noblezadais now a two-time Tony Award nominee…
The half-Mexican American actress/singer, who received a Tony nomination in 2017 for starring in the 2017 revival of Miss Saigon, is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for portrayingEurydice in Hadestown.
Prior to appearing on Broadway in Hadestown, Noblezada opened in the lead role of Eurydice in the Royal National Theatre‘s production of the musical on the West End.
Sergio Trujillowill be crossing his fingers on Broadway’s biggest night.
The internationally recognized Colombian choreographer is nominated in the Best Choreography category for his work in Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations.
Trujillo previously earned a Tony Award nod in the same category for his work on the Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet!
Hadestowntopped all nominees with nods in 14 categories including best musical, where it will go up against Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beetlejuice, The Promand Tootsie.
This year’s Tony Awards will air at 8:00 p.m. on CBS on June 9 from Radio City Music Hall, with James Cordenserving as host.
Here’s the full list of nominations:
Best Play The Ferryman Choir Boy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus What the Constitution Means to Me Ink
Best Musical Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations Beetlejuice Hadestown The Prom Tootsie
Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Paddy Considine, The Ferryman Bryan Cranston, Network Jeff Daniels, To Kill a Mockingbird Adam Driver, Burn This Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Annette Benning, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me
Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice Damon Daunno, Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Santino Fontana, Tootsie
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show Caitlin Kinnunen, The Prom Beth Leavel, The Prom Eva Noblezada, Hadestown Kelli O’Hara, Kiss Me, Kate
Best Orchestrations Michael Chorney + Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown Simon Hale, Tootsie Larry Hochman, Kiss Me, Kate Daniel Kluger, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Harold Wheeler, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations
Best Revival of a Play Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
The Boys in the Band Burn This Torch Song The Waverly Gallery
Best Costume Design of a Musical Michael Krass, Hadestown William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice William Ivey Long, Tootsie Bob Mackie, The Cher Show Paul Tazewell, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg — The Life and Times of the Temptations
Best Revival of a Musical Kiss Me, Kate Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Best Scenic Design of a Musical Robert Brill + Peter Nigrini, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations Peter England, King Kong Rachel Hauck, Hadestown Laura Jellinek, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! David Korins, Beetlejuice
Best Sound Design of a Musical Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice Peter Hylenski, King Kong Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations Drew Levy, Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Nevin Steinberg + Jessica Paz, Hadestown
Best Original Score Be More Chill,music & lyrics by Joe Iconis
Beetlejuice, music & lyrics by Eddie Perfect Hadestown, music & lyrics Anais Mitchell The Prom, music by Matthew Sklar & lyrics by Chad Beguelin Tootsie, music & lyrics by David Yazbek
Best Book of a Musical Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations, Dominique Morisseau Beetlejuice, Scott Brown & Anthony King Hadestown, Anais Mitchell The Prom, Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin Tootsie, Robert Horn
Best Choreography Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate Denis Jones, Tootsie David Neumann, Hadestown Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations
Best Scene Design of a Play Miriam Buether, To Kill a Mockingbird Bunny Christie, Ink Rob Howell, The Ferryman Santo Loquasto, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Jan Versweyveld, Network
Best Costume Design of a Play Rob Howell, The Ferryman Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet Clint Ramos, Torch Song Ann Roth, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Ann Roth, To Kill a Mockingbird
Best Sound Design of a Play Adam Cork, Ink Scott Lehrer, To Kill a Mockingbird Fitz Patton, Choir Boy Nick Powell, The Ferryman Eric Sleichim, Network
Best Lighting Design of a Play Neil Austin, Ink Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Peter Mumford, The Ferryman Jennifer Tipton, To Kill a Mockingbird Jan Versweyveld + Tal Yarden, Network
The 24-year-old Colombian singer has been added to the performer lineup for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
After releasing a steamy music video for his latest single “Mala Mia,” Maluma announced that he’ll be performing at 2018 VMAs on Monday, August 20 with an excited post on social media saying “dreams come true.”
This is the first time that Maluma will sing at the awards show.
The list of Latin acts that have previously performed at VMAs include Shakira, Ricky Martin and Daddy Yankee.
The VMAs will air live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall at 9:00 pm ET on August 20.
Cardi B is ready to set the bar at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards…
The 25-year-old half-Dominican American rapper will serve as the opening act for this year’s ceremony.
Cardi B’s decision to hit the stage comes a month after the “Bodak Yellow” singer pulled out of Bruno Mars‘ 24K Magic World Tour to focus on motherhood.
“I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically,” she wrote on Instagram. “I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing. Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road,” she said.
Cardi B, who, along with The Carters, leads the pack of MTV VMAs nominees with 10 nominations.
Along with Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Logic, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and this year’s Michael Jackson Vanguard recipient Jennifer Lopez will grace the stage too.
The MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Monday at New York’s Radio City Music Hall at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.
The 37-year-old half-Ecuadorian American has announced official plans for the Liberation Tour, Aguilera’s first tour since 2008.
Produced by Live Nation, the 22-city trek will kick off in the fall with a September 25 stop in Hollywood, Florida, at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Aguilera’s tour includes dates in Boston, Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles and Atlanta before wrapping up in St. Petersburg, Florida, on November 13.
The tour will offer Aguilera’s fans a chance to see her in relatively intimate venues, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Chicago Theatre.
The singer’s new album, Liberation, will be released on June 15 and every online ticket purchased for the tour will include a standard CD copy of the release.
The first song from the collection, “Accelerate,” (featuring Ty Dolla $ignand 2 Chainz), dropped last week and she will perform the new track “Fall in Line” with Demi Lovatoat the Billboard Music Awards on May 20.
American Express card members can buy tickets before the general public beginning on Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, May 17 at 10 pm ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 18 at 10 am ET here.
Here are the Liberation Tour dates:
Sept. 25 — Hollywood FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sept. 28 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Mark G. Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sept. 30 — Washington, DC @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Oct. 3 — New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 4 — New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 6 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 8 — Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Oct. 11 — Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama Resort
Oct. 13 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre Detroit
Oct. 16 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
Oct. 17 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
Oct. 19 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 22 — Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre – Oakland
Oct. 24 — Indio, CA @ Fantasy Spring Resort Casino
Oct. 26 — Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Oct. 27 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Oct. 29 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Nov. 1 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Nov. 3 — Thackerville, OK @ WinStar World Casino and Resort
Nov. 4 — Tulsa, OK @ Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
Nov. 6 — St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Nov. 9 — New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov. 11 — Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre Atlanta
Nov. 13 — St. Petersburg, FL @ The Mahaffey Theatre
The Argentine rock band and the Spanish pop rock band are joining forces for a 14-city tour that will take them across the United States.
The Huevos Revueltos tour starts in Las Vegas at The Joint on June 1, and will wrap up on June 23 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Members of both groups will appear together on stage, playing on each other’s songs.
Ticket presale is already underway.
Here are the Enanitos Verdes and Hombres G complete U.S. tour dates:
June 1 – Las Vegas @ The Joint
June 2 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl
June 3 – San Francisco @ The Masonic
June 7 – Tucson @ AVA Amphitheater
June 8 – Phoenix @ Comerica Theater
June 9 – El Paso @ UTEP Don Haskins
June 12 – Austin @ Austin City Limits
June 14 – Hidalgo, TX @ State Farm Arena
June 15 – Houston @ Revention
June 16 – Dallas @ Toyota Music Factory
June 18 – Atlanta @ Coca Cola Roxy
June 20 – Boston @ House of Blues
June 21 – Fairfax, VA @ Eagle Bank Arena
June 23 – New York @ Radio City Music Hall