Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has returned to Malawi with her whole family to celebrate the first anniversary of the medical facility she helped open there.
On Monday, she visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The center is named after her adopted daughter, Mercy James, and was funded by her charity Raising Malawi.
Madonna posted photos of the visit on Instagram, including one group shot with all of her six children: her biological kids Lourdes and Rocco, and Malawian adopted children David Banda, Mercy James and twins Estere and Stella.
According to USA Today, Madonna is considering a new project in Malawi. She's reportedly thinking of establishing a soccer academy, inspired by her son David's love of the sport.
ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the musicians making Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list this year. The tally ranks the world's top-earning entertainers of 2018.
Ed comes in at number nine on the list with estimated earnings of $110 million, followed by Bruno at number 11 with $100 million and Katy at number 19 with $83 million. Artists included in the top 50 are Taylor Swift at 21, Beyonce at 35, The Weeknd at 39, Pink at 45, Lady Gaga at 49 and Calvin Harris at 50.
Other music stars making the list include Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, The Chainsmokers, Billy Joel, Rihanna and Imagine Dragons.
Number one on this year’s ranking is boxer Floyd Mayweather, followed by George Clooney and Kylie Jenner.
Kai Z. FengThe nominees for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards were announced Monday, and Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello are among the artists competing for Video of the Year.
Bruno is nominated for his “Finesse (Remix)” video with Cardi B, Ariana is nominated for “No Tears Left to Cry” and Camila got a nod for “Havana” featuring Young Thug. The three also scored nominations in the Artist of the Year category, while Bruno and Camila snagged another top category nod for Song of the Year.
Cardi B had the most nominations with 10, with The Carters – aka Beyonce and JAY-Z – following close behind with eight. Other top contenders include Ed Sheeran, Drake and Khalid.
You can vote for your favorite now through Friday, August 10 via VMA.MTV.com.
The 2018 MTV VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Here are the nominees in the major categories:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” The Carters – “APES**T” Childish Gambino – “This Is America” Drake – “God’s Plan”
ARTIST OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande Bruno Mars Camila Cabello Cardi B Drake Post Malone
SONG OF THE YEAR Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” Drake – “God’s Plan” Dua Lipa – “New Rules” Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”
BEST NEW ARTIST Bazzi Cardi B Chloe x Halle Hayley Kiyoko Lil Pump Lil Uzi Vert
BEST COLLABORATION Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” The Carters – “APES**T” Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”
PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle JUNE 2018 – Sigrid MAY 2018 – Lil Xan APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill JULY 2017 – Khalid JUNE 2017 – Kyle MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus
BEST POP Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” P!nk – “What About Us” Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
BEST DANCE Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”
BEST ROCK Fall Out Boy – “Champion” Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” Linkin Park – “One More Light” Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”
BEST HIP HOP Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” The Carters – “APES**T” Drake – “God’s Plan” J. Cole – “ATM” Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”
BEST LATIN Daddy Yankee – “Dura” J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” Maluma – “Felices los 4” Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”
ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson is set to headline the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open next month.
Good Morning Americareported this morning that the singer’s performance will be the “centerpiece of the event’s 50th anniversary.” The show will take place at Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in Queens, New York on August 27.
United States Tennis Association Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams tells Billboard, “We are honored to have such a talented performer join us in this very special year. Kelly Clarkson’s musical versatility, her unparalleled presence and of course her voice, will make this a night to remember.”
Denise TruscelloMariah Carey proved once again why she is the queen of love.
On Saturday, the twice-married singer halted her Las Vegas show, The Butterfly Returns, to invite one of her male backup dancers onstage with her at the Caesars Palace Colosseum.
They were then joined by the dancer's boyfriend, who had been backstage watching the performance.
"We've been planning this for a long time, and you didn't know about this, so hopefully you’re going to be surprised in a very good way," Mariah said before leaving the stage to the couple for their special moment.
The audience went wild as the dancer's beau dropped to his knees, held out a ring and said, "Would you do me the honor?"
Mariah later posted video of the proposal, along with the caption, "He said yes!!!"
Saturday was the singer's last Vegas show of July. She returns for more dates in September.
"That's a wrap on the July shows of THE BUTTERFLY RETURNS!" Mariah tweeted Monday. "Thank you so much to everyone who made it such a great experience - my team, all the crew at @CaesarsPalace and of course the incomparable #lambs! Can't wait to see you again in September!!"
Disney Channel/Matt PetitIt seems Mandy Moore is missing music like candy.
The This Is Us actress announced on Instagram over the weekend that she’ll be returning to her pop star roots. She’s been back in the studio working on new music.
“Getting back to it. It’s time. I miss it,” Mandy writes. “I’m not scared anymore. No more excuses. No more allowing someone else's insecurities to dictate my relationship to music and singing. Boom.”
She posted a snippet of a piano-driven ballad she’s been working on, writing, “Also- this is just a little demo of something [producer Mike Viola] and I worked on yesterday... but still, it’s a start!”
Her last full-length album was Amanda Leigh, released in 2009.
Image Group LA/ABCNothing to cry about: Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” has made it to the number one spot on Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart.
According to Billboard, the track marks the third time Ariana has had a song top the chart -- but it’s the first on which she’s unaccompanied by another artist.
She first topped the Pop Songs airplay chart for two weeks in July 2014 with “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, then reigned for five weeks in December 2016/January 2017 with “Side to Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
The Pop Songs ranking measures total weekly plays according to data from Nielsen Music from 158 mainstream top 40 stations.
“No Tears Left to Cry” is the first single off her upcoming album, Sweetener, due out August 17. She released her second single off the album, “God Is a Woman,” last week.
Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift experienced a production malfunction during her concert in Philadelphia this weekend, but she handled it like a pro.
During her song “Delicate,” the singer got stuck mid-air in a glittery contraption that was supposed to fly her across the stadium. Halfway into the song, she realized there was a problem. In a video obtained by TMZ, she's heard telling the crowd, “I’m pretty sure I’m stuck up here. It’s a nice view, though.”
She finished the song and then further explained, "So what you just saw was me going like straight up and down in this sparkly basket. It's supposed to take me to the other side of the stadium. So what happens now is basically I'm just chilling waiting to figure out what happens next."
While waiting for someone to get her down, she chatted with the audience and led them in an a cappella sing-along of her songs “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams.”
Taylor was eventually rescued and the show went on without a hitch.
ABC/Paula LoboIf you saw the Backstreet Boys perform for Good Morning America’s summer concert series Friday, it’s clear crowds are loving their latest single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
The group says they’ve been “overwhelmed” by the fans’ positive reaction to the song, even though they had an inkling it would be a hit right from the start.
“We had a gut feeling that this was the best song we’ve had in a long time, but you never know when you put it out,” Nick Carter tells ABC Radio. “And then it just started climbing the charts…and you get those treats every now and then of those people who are just fans of the song and the music and that’s rewarding.”
As for their new album, the Boys are targeting an October release date. It’ll be their first full-length release since 2013.
“It’s our 25th anniversary, we have some heat on this song and we wanna follow it up with great music on an album,” Nick says.
He continues, “[Not] everyone buys albums anymore but people still appreciate that from certain artists and we’re one of those artists, I think. So we just want to match sure we have a body of work that is comparable to past music, but even better.”
BSB will be adding “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” to the set-list of their Larger Than Life residency, when the show returns to Las Vegas on July 25.
ABC/Image Group LAA woman has been arrested for allegedly hacking Selena Gomez’s email account, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today.
Susan Atrach, of Ridefield Park, New Jersey, has been accused of illegally gaining access to the email accounts of both Selena and an associate of the singer several times between June 2015 and February 2016. She allegedly stole digital property from the accounts and posted it online.
The 22-year-old suspect is charged with five felony counts of identity theft; five felony counts of accessing and using computer data to commit fraud or to control or obtain money, property or data; and one felony count of accessing and using computer data or taking supporting documentation without permission.
Atrach is expected to be arraigned on or before August 27. She faces a possible maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged.
ABC/Randy HolmesAdam Levine is bringing a sweet new series to YouTube Premium.
Billboard reports the show, called Sugar, will feature an element of surprise inspired by the Maroon 5 music video for their song of the same name. In the clip, the band crashed a bunch of weddings in L.A.
The 8-episode series, debuting on August 15, will feature a different artist each week, surprising fans who are doing charitable work in their communities. The artists participating include Adam’s The Voice co-stars Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, as well as Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth, and more.
“I'm really excited to show this interesting show/experiment filled with many different experiences and emotions; based on the concept behind our video for ‘Sugar,’” Adam says in a statement to Billboard. “I'm extremely grateful and equally excited for all who participated on both sides of the camera.”
Adam is executive producing the show, along with the director of the “Sugar” music video, David Dobkin.
Ruven AfanadorSam Smith paid an emotional visit to the Pulse nightclub memorial in Orlando, Florida this week.
He posted a photo of the memorial on Instagram and penned a tribute to the 49 victims of the shooting at the LGBTQ nightclub in June 2016.
“So deeply emotional & heartbreaking,” he wrote. “However, proof that there is more love in this world than hate.”
He continued, “To all the families and friends of the victims, your loved ones will never be forgotten xx If any of you come to Orlando it’s such an important place to go to and pay your respects. Sending my love to all of you.”
Image Group LA/ABCAriana Grande said her new single “God Is a Woman” would be about, “how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us” -- and the video for the song certainly follows that theme.
Ariana does it all in the Dave Meyers-directed clip. She dances in the middle of the Milky Way, bathes naked in pastel-colored paint and she literally sits on top of the world.
In one scene, set to a monologue voiced by Madonna, Ariana hurls a hammer to smash the glass ceiling. This explains why Ariana tweeted a cryptic message to Madonna earlier this week. “Thank you Madonna,” she wrote. “You know why.”
The music video ends with Ariana in a live, all-female recreation of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam.”
Ariana released the track at midnight, following her previous single “No Tears Left to Cry.” Her album Sweetener comes out August 17.
James Dimmock/NBCThe Emmy nominations came in Thursday, and John Legend earned his first Emmy nod thanks to his work on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
Legend is no stranger to awards, but this nomination was especially important as it made him one step closer to achieving EGOT status -- a prestigious club for artists who have won a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar. Legend has the other three on his impressive resume already.
The singer, actor and producer spoke to Good Morning America about the achievement, and said he's "truly excited and grateful" to be nominated, but that he's happier his fellow cast mates also got some attention.
"It's pretty fulfilling to find out our show is nominated so many times, 13 times, and particularly for me as an actor, which is not something I do normally as a day job," he said. "To even be nominated among such a formidable group of actors, that's pretty incredible."
Currently, there are a dozen EGOT winners, including legends like Whoopi Goldberg and Mel Brooks.
"It feels good to be on the brink [of that honor]," he added. "Even if it doesn't happen this year, if we do more on TV, it could happen another time, but this is probably the best shot I'll have for awhile. My fingers are crossed and if it happens, I'm very excited about the possibility."
The Legend household has no shortage of talent. His wife, Chrissy Teigen, hosts the show "Lip Sync Battle," which also earned a nod.
"We got a couple Emmy nominations for our shows in the family and we are excited about all of it," he said. "And we support each other and are just proud of each other."
Michael FurlongerAnne-Marie penned her song “2002” with Ed Sheeran, and now we get to hear the two pals sing it together.
In a new video posted to YouTube, Ed strums his guitar and the two sing a playful, acoustic version of the pop tune, which serves as an ode to the early aughts. The two giggle at each other while trading verses and harmonizing on the chorus.
"Yo I love this mug,” Anne-Marie captions the video. “It feels good singing our song, together! Although I think he sings it better!"
The longtime friends will reunite on the road this summer, when Anne-Marie opens for Ed on his North American stadium tour starting August 18.
ABC/Paula LoboHalsey and Khalid have teamed up for a new duet co-written by Ed Sheeran.
The track, called “Eastside,” marks the debut single from producer Benny Blanco, who’s produced songs for the likes of Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Cardi B, Kesha and more.
Blanco teased a snippet of the song on Instagram earlier this week and tagged all three artists. The track has Halsey and Khalid reminiscing about a past relationship and wanting to run away with that person and start over.
“We can do anything if we put our minds to it/Take your whole life then you put a line through it/My love is yours if you're willing to take it/Give me your heart 'cause I ain't gonna break it,” the two sing.
Blanco announced on Monday that he’d be releasing new songs under his own name but sung by other artists.
“i have decided to release some songs as benny blanco," he wrote. "Don't worry i wont be singing on them... i got all my friends to sing em... hope u like them... and if u dont i dont care cuz i do.”
Virginia Sherwood/NBCJohn Legend and Sara Bareilles are now newly-minted Emmy nominees.
The two scored first-time nods for their roles in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. John is nominated for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Jesus, while Sara is is nominated for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series of Movie for her role as Mary Magdalene.
John is now an "E" away from the rare EGOT. If he wins, he’ll join the small group of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert received 13 nominations in total.
The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.