Super Bowl

On Broadway: NICK & SANDY AT THE MINSKOFF FOR THE NHSMTA’S

Sunny and Nicholas

10-year old NICHOLAS LAMPIASI from Disney’s Newsies, was at Monday night’s ‘5th Annual National High School Music Awards’, hosted by Laura Osnes and Santino Fontano, and met up with Sandy aka Sunny from Annie, on the red carpet.

Lampiasi, essays Les in the Disney-production.

At this “Super Bowl” of amateur musical theater, student winners of awards competitions that take place across the United States performed songs exclusively from the musical theater canon in the quest to win the coveted title of Best Performance by an Actress or Best Performance by an Actor and a Jimmy™ Award, named for legendary Broadway producer/theater owner James M. Nederlander, in recognition of his generous support of young artists.

Founded in 2009, NHSMTA’s mission is to raise the profile of high school theater programs, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of theater performers and enthusiasts. Produced by the Broadway Education Alliance, NHSMTA is comprised of professional theaters coast to coast whose annual regional musical theater competitions involve more than 1,000 schools and 50,000 teens committed to developing their performance and personal skills. To date, NHSMTA has been the catalyst for more than $750,000 in educational scholarships awarded to deserving students.

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Beyonce Lip-Synched at Inauguration

Beyonce lip-synced The Star-Spangled Banner during President Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

The singer wowed a crowd of more than 800,000 people as Obama was sworn in for a second term by performing a flawless rendition of the National Anthem, backed by the U.S. Marine Band.

She has received nothing but rave reviews for her performance, but now a representative for her backing band, Kristin DuBois, has confessed Beyonce was just mouthing the words to a pre-recorded studio version of the track.

She tells the New York Post, “All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day. We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given.”

It’s still unclear why the Grammy winner chose not to sing live, like fellow performer Kelly Clarkson, but band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn reveals Beyonce only had one day to prepare for the gig since she has been busy rehearsing for the Super Bowl half-time show next month.

On Monday he told news website Buzzfeed, “As soon as we get information from the Presidential Inaugural Committee (about) who the guest artists are going to be, we make contact with them, find out how we can prepare arrangements that will really kind of flatter their voices – of course in the right key.

“We had Kelly in over the weekend to rehearse and record. Beyonce, she’s getting ready for the Super Bowl, so we didn’t have a chance to do anything with her until last night.”

Madonna Calls MIA Halftime Gesture “A Teenager Thing To Do”


In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest Friday, Madonna admitted she “wasn’t happy” with rapper M.I.A. flashing her middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show. Madonna, 53, said the gesture wasn’t planned and seems “out of place” considering the energy on stage when they performed “Gimme All Your Luvin.'”

“I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it,” Madonna told Seacrest.

“I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative,” she said.

“It’s such a teenager…irrelevant thing to do,” Madonna added. “There was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

NBC’s delay system failed to catch the gesture in enough time to blur it. The NFL and NBC issued apologies. “There was a failure in NBC’s delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans,” the NFL said in a statement.

“We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late,” NBC said.

Madonna Not Happy About MIA Super Bowl Controversy

Madonna is reportedly not happy M.I.A. ruined her Super Bowl halftime performance. M.I.A. came under fire for flashing her middle finger to the cameras while performing “Give Me All Your Luvin’” with Madonna. NBC’s delay system failed to catch the gesture in enough time to blur it. Madonna is said to be furious M.I.A.’s slip up is stealing spotlight from her elaborate performance.

“Madonna wasn’t impressed. She prides herself on professionalism. M.I.A. did nothing similar in rehearsals. Nobody knew she was going to pull this stunt,” an insider tells The Sun.

“Madonna wanted to put on a world-beating performance,” the source adds. “But everyone ended up talking about this girl’s middle finger.”

The NFL placed all the blame on NBC and the network’s delay system. “There was a failure in NBC’s delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans,” the league said in a statement.

NBC also apologized. “We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late,” the network said.

Katy Perry Dedicates Pregame Super Bowl Song to Tim Tebow

Katy Perry hinted that she is ready to move on after her recent split from Russell Brand, telling a crowd during a pregame Super Bowl performance, “Everything feels brand new.”

The singer then flirtatiously dedicated a song to Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who her religious parents reportedly want to fix her up with.

Perry put on an energetic show at DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night, hosted by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

In her first US concert since her December break with Brand after 14 months of marriage, Perry — who just completed a world tour — said, “We just finished 125 tour dates, so everything feels brand new,” before starting her pop ballad “The One That Got Away” and asking the crowd to sing along.

Performing in a glittery half-Giants, half-Patriots cropped jersey and tiny shorts, Perry teased Tebow by dedicating her song “Peacock” to the NFL sensation.

“This goes out to Tim Tebow,” she said, accompanying the ditty with a raunchy dance and suggestive moves with her microphone.

She even ended her live show Saturday night by “Tebowing.”

At her show, Perry also gave a shout-out to Super Bowl performer Madonna, saying, “Who else is excited for Madonna?” She added that Madge’s halftime show was, along with her own concert, the reason she was there.

Following the gig, Perry partied with pals in a VIP area at Indianapolis’ Victory Field, where spies said she “appeared to be having a really good time. She was smiling and laughing.”

The Black Eyed Peas Have The Time of Their Lives During Super Bowl Halftime Performance

will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap took center stage last night in Arlington, Texas for a monumental Super Bowl Halftime show. Decked out in futuristic outfits and surrounded by enough lights to rival the sun, the Peas offered a rousing medley of their biggest hits. Usher and famed guitarist Slash joined the quartet as special guests. Experience the spectacle below along with some awesome performance pics!

Check out the Baby Peas in these animated shorts for the new social media tool Chatter.com! Learn more about the Baby Peas by clicking here.




Christina Aguilera Apologizes For Super Bowl Fumble

Singer Christina Aguilera has issued a public apology after she botched America’s National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

The Grammy winner took to the field ahead of the big game on Sunday (06Feb11) to belt out the patriotic tune, but she was left red-faced after singing the wrong lyrics just three lines into her rendition.
Critics and bloggers flocked online to point out Aguilera’s blunder, while footage of the mistake has already became a popular video on clip-sharing website YouTube.com.
Now the singer has apologized for the incident, releasing a statement which reads: “I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”
Meanwhile, a number of Aguilera’s celebrity fans have taken to Twitter.com to congratulate her on a job well done.
Fellow Super Bowl performer will.i.am, who provided the half-time entertainment with his Black Eyed Peas bandmates, shared a photo of the star performing and tweeted: “Xtina sing’n wonderful.”
Singer Natasha Bedingfield wrote, “She did great! She sung her heart out. Didn’t you see one of the players was so moved he was crying?! I’d like to see you try and do that!”, while Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger, who was in the crowd at the Arlington, Texas event, declared: “Xtina (Christina) just killed it ‘sangin’! Sounded amazing here.”
Singer Jordin Sparks added: “The test of a true artist is continuing even when things go a little left & not letting people know it did during the performance. I love Xtina.”