LAS VEGAS-Mexican singing great Juan Gabriel won two Latin Grammys on Thursday just months after his sudden death, as Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez stole the show with an awkward on-stage kiss.

Gabriel, whose ballads of love and loneliness won him an avid fan base over a five-decade career, took the prestigious Album of the Year as well Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Los Duo, Vol. 2,” his 2015 work full of star collaborations.

An icon across Latin America who has been called Mexico’s Elvis Presley, Gabriel died of a heart attack on August 28 at his home in Santa Monica, California during a break from touring.

“We’ll miss you, maestro. We’ll make sure that this award reaches your family,” Noel Schajris of the duo Sin Bandera said on the announcement of the award, which was proceeded by a video tribute to Gabriel.

Latin Recording Academy president Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said that Juan Gabriel had told him in 2009, when he accepted the Person of the Year award for lifetime achievement, that he did not believe in homages to the dead.

Abaroa hailed the vote to award Album of the Year to Gabriel, saying, “It gives me great pleasure as it was also a great album.”

Husband and wife, or brother and sister? -The most dramatic point of the evening came as Jennifer Lopez took to the stage with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, the 48-year-old salsa singer who was honored a day earlier as the latest Person of the Year.

Taking the celebration to the main Latin Grammy ceremony, JLo and Anthony performed together a celebrated pop tune by Pimpinela, “Olvidame y Pega la Vuelta.” To the lyric, “I could not understand you,” Anthony shrugged his shoulders and let on a smile.

Lopez said that Anthony — to whom she was wed for 10 years until 2014 when he remarried to Venezuelan model Shannon de Lima — was “a magical and pure artist who has given us classics that will last forever.”

“I have personally learned so much on our own personal and artistic journey. We have grown so much together,” JLo said, calling her ex-husband “a mentor, a soulmate, a father and not only Person of the Year, but a person for all of life and history.” “She is like a sister to me,” responded an obviously uncomfortable Anthony.

Latin America’s top annual music awards brought stars to Las Vegas a week after the shock victory in the US presidential election by tycoon Donald Trump, who campaigned on pledges to crack down on immigration.

“Don’t let any orange bastard take away our spiritual sensibility,” Mexican indie pop singer Carla Morrison said as she received the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song.

“Let the wall be mental and not separate us,” she said, referring to Trump’s vow to seal off the Mexican border physically.

The evening was especially kind to Colombians. “La Bicicleta” (“The Bicycle”) by two of Colombia’s biggest stars — Carlos Vives featuring Shakira — won two of the top awards: Record of the Year and Song of the Year, which recognizes songwriting.

Vives, who appeared without Shakira who was said to have family issues, voiced “pride in singing in our language and making love songs for our people.”

And Cartagena-born Manuel Medrano won both for Best New Artist and Best Singer-Songwriter Album for the pop vocalist’s debut, self-titled release.




QMobile Hum Bridal couture week 2016 styled by sweet touch (Showbiz1)




Pakistan’s premier entertainment network HUM Network Limited is proud to announce its collaboration with QMobile, Pakistan’s leading Smartphone Company, for the country’s biggest and most anticipated bridal extravaganza, Q Mobile HUM Bridal Couture Week 2016 Styled by Sweet Touch. Commencing from November 25 to 27, 2016, in the Mughal City of Gardens, HUM Network Limited is pleased to announce the names of participating designers, make-up artist, models and choreographer in the 13th edition of the eagerly awaited fashion event of the country’s entertainment calendar. The latest edition of Pakistan’s biggest bridal extravaganza will showcase bridal collections of the country’s 26 leading and emerging designers.

The 13th edition of #QHBCW will be styled by Sweet Touch London and will feature the latest bridal collections of Aisha Imran, Anees Malik, Amir Adnan, Asifa & Nabeel, Charcoal, Chinyere, Erum Khan, Hina Butt, Faiza Saqlain, IVY Couture by Shazia & Sehr, Mehdi, Munib NawazMNR Design Studio, Nickie Nina, Q Mobile Rising Star Sumbul Asif of HEM, Republic, Shazia Kiyani, Sobia Nazir, The House of Arsalan Iqbal, Umsha by Uzma Babar, Wardha Saleem, Zonia Anwaar and Ziggi Menswear. The Grand Couturiers segment will feature Elan, Nida Azwer & The house of Kamiar Rokni, N-Pro and N-Gents will be grooming 45 male and female models over the course of three days along with prominent names from the entertainment industry as showstoppers.

Q Mobile HUM Bridal Couture Week 2016 Styled by Sweet Touch will be choreographed by Vaneeza Ahmed Ali, with backstage management by Muneera & Aamir of Production 021. All public relations operations and media liaison will be carried out by the in-house PR team of HUM Network Limited along with show production & execution by the special projects & events team at Hum Network Limited.




Kanye West talks his 2020 presidential campaign (showbiz 2)




If that was Kanye West’s way of announcing his candidacy, it could have gone better. The 39-year-old rapper arrived late to his San Jose concert. Instead of jumping into his set list, West opted to rant about this year’s presidential election.

“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I were to vote, I would have voted on Trump,” he told the crowd, who immediately began booing him.

He continued to talk about why he supported the president-elect before transitioning into his song,

“Heartless.” Just moments in, he stopped the music as the audience loudly objected.

“I just said that I would have voted for Donald Trump and then I did a song and y’all sang it at the top of your lungs,” he noted. “That doesn’t mean that you’re a Trump supporter. That just means you ok with a celebrity having their own opinion. Or that someone else is ok to have their own opinion. That might not be your opinion but you can still like that person or still like that person’s music.”

He went on to call out last week’s Saturday Night Live host, Dave Chappelle, saying, “Dave Chapelle, its ok. We can have opinions as celebrities. I know you said we couldn’t, but thank you for breaking the ice on a mentality of a generation.”

He also sparked audible criticism when he started talking about racism, saying, “Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, ok? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. After previously announcing his intention to run for president at the MTV VMAs in August 2015, West confirmed that he still plans to do so, saying, “I will take position in 2020 and do it myself.”




Int’l Children’s Film Festival to start from 21st in Lahore (SHOWBIZ 3)


Staff Reporter

Lahore: International Children’s Film Festival will start from November 21 to 26 at Cinepax Fortress Square, Lahore. Cinepax Cinemas has partnered with The Little Art Organisation for hosting the 8th International Children’s Film Festival, which is powered by Oye Hoye & sponsored by Candyland Yums.

Yet again, Cinepax has worked together with The Little Art for the international children’s film festival and have received more than 1,100 entries for the festival which will showcase the best 80 shortlisted movies from 26 countries, catering to 6000 to 8000 kids.

 “It is a remarkable platform for young film makers, children and adults to participate in ICFF. Cinepax tends to bring the best cinematic experience along with interactive session of sharing ideas of arts through films” said, Mohsin Yaseen, GM Marketing Cinepax.

Cinepax Cinemas is the leader in the concept of luxury cinemas in Pakistan and takes pride in being Pakistan’s largest cinema network committed to provide unmatched quality entertainment.




Leonard Cohen died ‘peacefully’ in sleep after fall (SHOWBIZ 4)




The 82-year-old singer’s death was “sudden, unexpected and peaceful”, his manager said in a statement.

Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen died in his sleep after falling during the night at his Los Angeles home.

In a statement released on Wednesday, his manager Robert Kory said the 82-year-old singer’s death was “sudden, unexpected and peaceful”.

Kory also said Cohen died on 7 November, three days before his passing was made public.

The Hallelujah singer was buried in his hometown of Montreal on 10 November.

“My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal,” his son Adam said earlier this week.

“With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked.”

The iconic singer had been in declining health for much of the year, though he revealed little about the nature of his illnesses.

The New Yorker reported in October that Cohen had been suffering from cancer.

After releasing his 14th album you Want It Darker, the Suzanne singer discussed his declining health with the magazine.

“I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me,” he said.

“The big change is the proximity to death. I am a tidy kind of guy. I like to tie up the strings if I can. If I can’t, that’s OK,” he added.

“But my natural thrust is to finish things that I’ve begun.”

One week later, at a listening session for his album, Cohen recanted the quote.

“I think I was exaggerating. I’ve always been into self-dramatisation,” he said.

“I intend to live forever.”A memorial is due to take place in LA at a later date.






Judge awards $36m to estate of Whitney Houston’s daughter (SHOWBIZ 6)




A US judge on Thursday ordered the boyfriend of Whitney Houston’s daughter to pay more than $36 million in a wrongful death suit brought by the young woman’s estate, attorneys said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died in July 2015 after being found unconscious in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home in January 2015.

Her death marked an eerie repeat of her mother’s death in 2012.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend Nick Gordon and a guest were at the home when she was found unconscious.

The lawsuit filed by Brown’s estate said he had lashed out at her in a fit of jealousy that evening after being “out all night on a cocaine and drinking binge.”

According to the suit filed in Atlanta, Gordon gave “Bobbi Kristina a toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water causing her to suffer brain damage.”

Attorneys representing Brown’s estate announced the $36.3 million decision for damages, awarded by Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedfort.

“There was an urgent need, in my mind, to get justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown and that’s why I took the case,” attorney David Ware said in a statement sent to AFP.

“We intend to pursue, with all vigor, the full collection of the judgment. The defendant will not escape justice nor ever profit from his misdeeds,” he added. “We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy’s family to continue their quest for peace.”

Gordon was not in court on Thursday when the judge handed down his decision, Ware said. His attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

The medical examiner’s office in March said it was unclear if Brown’s death was accidental or intentional.

An autopsy determined that she had marijuana, alcohol, cocaine and morphine in her body.

Brown’s death drew parallels to that of her mother, who was found face down in a bathtub in a Los Angeles hotel on February 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Her parents separated in 2006 and divorced in 2007, with Houston awarded custody of their daughter, amid claims of abuse and drug use in the high-profile relationship.



Dylan to come to Stockholm next year: Swedish Academy (SHOWBIZ 7)



Music icon Bob Dylan is expected to come to Stockholm next spring, as the winner of this year’s Nobel prize in literature will skip the award ceremony in December, a Swedish academy member.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, told public Swedish radio that she received confirmation from Dylan’s manager.

“Then he will have an excellent opportunity to hold his lecture,” Danius said. Holding a lecture is the only requirement for the Nobel laureate and must be done within six months starting from December 10.

The Swedish Academy said the American song writer might perform in the Nordic nation next year.

“There is a chance that Bob Dylan will be performing in Stockholm next year, possibly in the spring, in which case he will have a perfect opportunity to deliver his lecture,” it said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the academy announced that Dylan would skip the Nobel ceremony because of “pre-existing” commitments.

“He wishes that he could accept the award personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible. He underlined that he feels incredibly honoured by the Nobel prize,” it said.

Asked on October 28 by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper if he would attend the Nobel prize winners’ banquet, Dylan said: “Absolutely. If it’s at all possible.”

But the American song writer’s decision not to attend the Nobel ceremony does not come as a surprise.

The 75-year-old didn’t say a word about his prize on the day it was announced on October 13 when he was performing in Las Vegas.

Dylan, whose lyrics have influenced generations of fans, is the first songwriter to win the literature prize, although experts bet on writers such as Salman Rushdie, Adonis or Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

Nobel laureates are honoured every year on December 10 — the anniversary of the death of prize’s founder Alfred Nobel, a Swedish industrialist, inventor and philanthropist.

Several other literature prize winners have skipped the Nobel ceremony in the past for various reasons — Doris Lessing on grounds of ill health, Harold Pinter because he was hospitalised and Elfriede Jelinek due to social phobia.The value of the prestigious award this year amounts to 8 million kronor ($870,000).






Madonna next star to buckle with James Corden (showbiz 9)



Madonna will be taking the passenger seat for a sing-a-long on the ‘Late Late Show’.

The Queen of Pop Madonna will be the next star to buckle in alongside James Corden for ‘Carpool Karaoke’. 

The singer confirmed her upcoming appearance on the popular ‘Late Late Show’ segment on Twitter, posting one picture of herself behind the wheel and another alongside Corden.

Madonna captioned the first picture of her and Corden together: “Riding around Manhattan with this Hunk of Burning Love @latelateshow carpool karaoke”.

She then shared a solo picture of herself in the driver’s seat and wrote: “Get in the car With my Road Dawg James Cordon @latelateshow carpool Karaoke!,” along with a slew of emojis.

Madonna is the latest in a long list of high profile music stars to take a ride along with the British chat show host.

Most recently Lady Gaga made an appearance (where Corden actually let her take the wheel). Past guests have also included, Britney Spears, Adele, Mariah Carey, Sia, One Direction and even First Lady Michelle Obama.

More: Madonna and Guy Ritchie Settle Nine-Month Custody Dispute over Son Rocco.

Next month Madonna will be honoured with Billboard’s Woman of the Year award during a ceremony on December 9. The accolade tops off an incredible year for the singer, which has seen her Rebel Heart tour gross $170 million, making her the highest-grossing solo touring artist in history.

Speaking about her impact during her over-30-year career, Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, said: “She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.”