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Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Reba McEntire To Perform At 2022 Oscars

The brightest stars attending the 94th Academy Awards won’t just be those from the movies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPSA) announced Tuesday that Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Reba McEntire, and Sebastián Yatra will be on hand to perform four out of the five original songs nominated for this year’s Oscars.

Beyoncé will perform “Be Alive” from the Will Smith-starring King Richard, which she wrote alongside Dixson. It’s just one of the numerous accolades for the single, while it’s also the first time the 28-time Grammy Award winner has been given an Oscar nod.

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The 20-year-old Billie Eilish will perform “No Time To Die” from the James Bond film of the same name. Eilish penned the song with her brother, Finneas O’Connell. Like Beyonce, the siblings are first-time nominees.

Perhaps “No Time To Die” should be looked at as the favorite if one is to go on the past trend of Bond films eeking out award-winning singles. Adele’s “Skyfall” from Skyfall won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2012, while Sam Smith’s “Writing On The Wall” from Spectre won the Award in 2015.

Yatra will be singing “Dos Oruguitas” from the Disney animated movie Encanto. Unlike his competition above, Yatra didn’t write the lyrics or music – instead, that honor belongs to Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Miranda — who wrote the entirety of the soundtrack to Encanto — will be heading to the Oscars with a nomination for the second time. The first came back in 2016, with Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go.” Miranda is also attached to the Netflix musical drama tick, tick… BOOM!, of which he served as the director. The movie has two nominations, with Andrew Garfield vying for Best Leading Actor.

According to Deadline, Ecanto’s other popular (but not nominated) song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” will also be performed, certainly as an attempt to boost ratings for a program that has seen significant decline in recent years.

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McEntire is set to perform “Somehow You Do,” from Four Good Days. “Somehow You Do” was composed and written by Diane Warren, who has had an incredible 13 total Academy Award nominations for Best Song over her career. 2022 will be Warren’s fifth straight year with a nomination, and seventh in the last eight years.

The only nominated song that won’t be performed live is “Down To Joy” from Belfast, composed and written by two-time Grammy winner Van Morrison. The AMPSA announced that due to Morrison’s touring, he wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. It’s the 76-year-old Morrison’s first Oscars nomination.

Each of the songs’ movies look to make big splashes at the Awards. Belfast has seven nominations — which includes Original Screenplay, Directing (Kenneth Branagh), and Best Picture — while Encanto is nominated for both Animated Feature Film and Original Score. King Richard’s Smith is up for Best Leading Actor.

Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes will be set to host the Oscars at the Dolby Theater, which premieres this Sunday, March 27, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time/5 p.m. Pacific Time on ABC.

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Billie Eilish Is Publishing Her Old Family Photos Ahead Of Her New Album’s Release 

Billie Eilish became one of the world’s biggest stars by the time she was 14-years-old. As the young singer gears up for the release of her sophomore album, ‘Happier Than Ever,’ she’s taken to social media to share some never-before-seen old family photos.

This promotion also comes along with a re-branding of sorts for Eilish, who recently debuted her bleached blonde hair on the cover of Vogue. Eilish claims she wants to release a book of her old family photos to help give her fans a bigger glance into her childhood, and life before fame. 

“I love my family photos but I wouldn’t risk taking them on the road with me because they’re way too valuable. I love going through them when I’m home though, I always make a point to sit and go through them every now and then.”

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She explained how the book itself felt like an intimate look inside her life, which is important due to the fact that she’s struggled throughout her whole career balancing the need for privacy and her fans wanting to be included in everything. 

“It’s too much for them and it’s too much for me and it’s not healthy. Every photo in the book is selected by me – and carefully. It was really difficult going through and deciding what to include, but I feel like I shared a lot in the book. There was some stuff that I almost put in but kept out, after I realized people didn’t need to know,” she continued.

Eilish’s success story was unlike many others for young pop stars who got their start as a teenager. She uploaded a song to SoundCloud at 13 which ended up exploding online, which led to her getting a record deal at just 14. 

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Family has always been an essential element of Eilish’s sound. Her older brother Finneas O’Connell produces and writes most of her songs with her, and both of their parents always join them on tour. 

“I love my parents and I choose to be around them a lot. They understand I need space, and they give it to me when I need it. They don;t do everything with me now but I like them, so I want them to be around.” 

“I spent so much time looking through old pictures throughout my life for this book and there were many things I looked through that made me nostalgic and made me miss a lot of parts of my life. But overall it made me more grateful for the life I have now, and made me realise I wouldn’t want to go back. I wouldn’t do it differently,” she says. 

‘Billie Eilish’ by Billie Eilish will be released alongside an audio version of the book in which the star and her parents reminisce about simpler times before fame. Both books will be available on May 11th.

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Billie Eilish And Others Encourage Young Voters To Make Their Voices Heard At 2020 DNC

Generation Z has become one of the most politically engaged and outspoken groups of voters in America within the past four years. Thanks to advancements in technology and social media, the younger generation is not only able to better communicate with each other on all political issues currently occurring in the US, but also encourage one another to not remain silent on injustices just because older generations assume they hold the power. 

Billie Eilish has been a major leader for the generation. At just 18-years-old Eilish has already won 5 Grammys and truly made a name for herself in the industry. She recently performed at this year’s virtual Democratic National Convention where she then followed the performance by encouraging her fans to vote in the November election, and vote Trump out of office. 

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“You don’t need me to tell you things are a mess, Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about. We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and Covid, not deny them.”

Eilish then went on and stated that America needs a leader who is able to fight against the systems of racism and inequality that run the country. Her tone was serious and pointed to let her fans know that so much is at stake this November. “Silence is not an option, we all have to vote like our lives and the world depends on it – because they do.” 

Climate change was at the heart of many speakers’ speeches, as before the Covid-19 pandemic, the environment was one of the biggest issues surrounding the election. Donald Trump has made it very clear that he’s not a firm believer in climate change in general, and even went as far as to remove all information relating to climate change from the White House website. 

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Another major political issue that was brought up by generation Z political activist Emma González is gun control. González is a survivor of the Parkland School shooting and has been famously fighting for stricter gun control laws in America ever since. She spoke of the many classmates she lost that tragic day in 2018 and how it really could’ve been anyone’s son, daughter, nephew, brother, etc. because it has been so many other times in America. 

“I can’t do this anymore, I can’t sit by and watch the news treat these shootings like acts of God, gun violence isn’t just going to stop until there’s a force fighting harder against it. We’re going to make this change.”

Dominican-American singer Prince Royce also performed and spoke at the DNC this week. He sang a Spanish cover of “Stand By Me” and then addressed Generation Z directly, especially Latinx individuals, encouraging them especially to vote in November. 

The rest of the third night of the DNC featured a performance of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Jennifer Hudson and speeches from former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, and former President Barack Obama. All speeches centered around the same central message; vote Trump out, but most importantly, just go vote.

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Billie Eilish Makes Powerful Statement About Body Shaming During Concert Interlude

Billie Eilish has truly had one of the biggest success stories in the music industry. After winning in all four big categories at the Grammy’s and charting number one with her album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Eilish has already had a career most just dream about; and she’s only 18-years-old. 

Eilish started her world tour this week in Miami, Florida, and she kicked it off with a powerful statement about body image, social media, and society’s obsession with how someone looks. Eilish has always been criticized for the way she dresses, often in baggy designer clothes that are five times bigger than her actual clothing size. She’s been very public in the past over why this is; as her entire career so far has occurred while Eilish was still under the age of 18, and she hated the idea of older individuals judging her and objectifying her body, especially as an underage individual. 

During an interlude between songs at the first show, a video clip of Eilish appeared on the massive screens illuminating the stage. The clip showed her in a black sweatshirt as soft lighting illuminated different parts of her body. As the lighting faded in and out, Eilish began taking off her sweatshirt and then shirt, while a powerful monologue from Eilish herself played in the background. 

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“Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always. And nothing I do goes unseen. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?” she said.

Eilish has also recently been very public with the fact that it’s impossible to live in the spotlight and not feel like you’re being constantly scrutinized for your choices as an entertainer and individual. At last month’s Brit Awards, she admitted to feeling very hated, and went on to say in a speech, “So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.”

As the interlude concludes, Eilish is heard criticizing society’s obsession with celebrities body types, and leaves the audience with a question before beginning her next set; “Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?” As previously stated, this isn’t the first time Eilish has been public about her anger over the double standard of how the media talks about male artists versus female artists. 

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“I wear what I want to wear, but of course, everyone sees it as ‘she’s saying no to being sexualised’ and ‘she’s saying no to being the stereotypical female’. The positive [comments] about how I dress have this slut-shaming element, and I can’t [overstate how] strongly I do not appreciate that, at all, I don’t like that there’s this weird new world of supporting me by shaming people that [may not] want to [dress like me],”  she said to V magazine in 2019.

Eilish is among many female artists who have always expressed their disappointment in how much the industry still focuses on image and overall aesthetics. Recently, Lizzo took to Tik Tok to criticize the app itself for body shaming her by deleting her posts whenever she poses in a swimsuit. Taylor Swift also recently discussed her past struggles with an eating disorder in her new Netflix documentary Miss Americana. 

Individuals like Eilish, Swift, and Lizzo are using their massive platforms to speak out against outdated patriarchal views of how the typical female artist “should look,” as there is no one way, and the real focus needs to be on the music they create. Eilish has become the youngest individual to clear out all big four categories at the Grammy’s, and is the first artist in general to do so since the 1980’s, but sure, keep judging her baggy designer pants. The full transcript of Eilish’s interlude speech is below: 


“Do you really know me? You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body. Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching … always. And nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted? If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? You make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility”

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Billie Eilish’s “Unintentional” Rise To Fame

Billie Eilish has truly come into her own within the past year. Not only did she recently become the first artist since 1981 to win in all of the big four Grammy categories (best new artist, album of the year, record of the year, song of the year), she also is the youngest artist to do so at just 18-years-old. Her ethereal voice, production quality, and intense lyricism has given her a career larger than most artists could ever dream of. She’s never shied away from the fact that throughout it all, it’s just been her and her brother Finneas, who also won Grammys for his work in production, making music in their bedroom. 

It seems as though Eilish really came into the scene and took over within a matter of minutes. Her rise to fame was just as fast as her mainstream chart success. Her entire family has also always been very much involved in the industry, so while it’s no surprise that she was able to find her way into the spotlight, it actually all happened by accident. 

For some background, Eilish was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the birthplace of most of America’s greatest entertainers. Her mother is Maggie Baird; a singer/songwriter as well as an actress. Her IMBd page credits her for co-writing and starring in the movie Life Inside Out, as well as voicing one of the characters in Mass Effect 2, a popular video game series. 

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Eilish’s father also has his fair share of Hollywood accolades. Patrick O’Connell was also in the movie Life Inside Out; along with Eilish’s older brother Finneas, they definitely made entering into the industry a family affair. O’Connell is also known for his roles in popular TV shows and movies such as Iron Man and The West Wing. 

Eilish’s parents were in the industry, working behind the scenes as well, long before either Billie or Finneas were born; so when it came to creating a home environment that emphasized creativity and the arts, Patrick and Maggie knew exactly what they were doing. The two homeschooled both kids starting early on in their lives as a means of allowing their kids to explore the creative sides of themselves. It wasn’t long until Finneas and Billie realized that they were both musically inclined. 

Eilish herself loved performance from a very young age due to her parents method of raising both her and her brother. One of their goals with homeschooling the kids was to make them both career-oriented but in a field that they were truly passionate about; and they were definitely successful in doing so. 

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At just 8-years-old Billie was already singing with her local choir and enrolled in multiple dance classes. Finneas, the now Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, was also already fully engaged with the behind the scenes aspects of music from an early age, creating the perfect recipe for success for the two siblings. 

By the time she was 13, Eilish was recognized by all her creative-arts teachers as a talented force to be reckoned with. So much so that one of her dance teachers asked her to write a song for a choreographed dance performance. With the help of her brother Finneas, Eilish wrote the now insanely popular track, “Ocean Eyes.” 

Once the two completed the track, they uploaded it to SoundCloud; a popular music-streaming site that most artists trying to make it upload their music too. Eilish uploaded the song onto the platform as an easy means to share it with her dance teacher, however, listeners had other plans, as the song went completely viral within its first 24 hours of being uploaded. 

The rest is truly history for Eilish’s career. After her initial SoundCloud success, Eilish and her brother continued to upload a few tracks onto the platform, including other now-popular songs like ‘Six Feet Under’ and ‘B****es Broken Hearts.’ Soon after she was signing a record deal and releasing her first EP, ‘don’t smile at me.’

Although her career has already become one of the greatest success stories in the music industry, Eilish says it’s still just her and her brother making music together at home and hoping everyone likes it. Based off the last year alone, I think it’s safe to say this is just the beginning for both Billie and Finneas.

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Top Fashion Trends Of 2019

Every year, trends in fashion shift and evolve. Modernization in terms of clothing and fashion is an industry that runs the world and the way in which people choose to present themselves. While some aspects of the industry remain rather timeless, there’s always something new and “in season” that anyone with an Instagram account has seen and wants to own for themselves. This expands beyond just what’s hot off the runway from Paris Fashion Week, we’re talking about what high schoolers are wearing, business individuals, stay at home parents, etc. Fashion is known to break barriers and demographics; there is no one specific type of person who can wear black jeans, knee-high boots, wide-brim hats, etc. 

Every year, Google compiles a list of “most searched for” terms, and they include a multitude of categories regarding style and fashion trends from the past year. In 2018, the Duchesses, and vintage royal fashion in general, dominated the search lists with more refined, classically European styles. This year, however, the trends show a massive amount of diversity in terms of style icons, trends, looks, and outfit inspirations. Many of which are inspired by icons for the younger generations. 

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Speaking of younger generations, the top trending searched for celebrity styles this year involved the looks of Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Kylie Jenner, all young women under the age of 26 inspiring hundreds of thousands of individuals fashion choices. Eilish was the number one search and understandably so. The 17 year old singer/songwriter brings her alternative and darkly rooted musical style into her fashion as well. She’s known for wearing over-sized designer clothing with bold patterns/colors, massive amounts of chain link jewelry and diamonds, as well as classic sneakers to complete the looks. Ariana Grande coined her signature over-sized sweatshirt with designer boots look, and Kylie Jenner brings the monochromatic high end sleek looks from the runway into her casual everyday attire. Over-sized clothing and monochromatic ensembles seem to be a common trend throughout these threads. 

In terms of outfit inspiration, the top Google searches revealed that social media has had a major impact in defining style trends this year. The top searches included EGirl/Eboy outfits,VSCO girl outfits, White jeans/Fila/Champion/biker short outfits. If you are unaware of what an Eboy or VSCO girl is, they’re both brands of “personality” based on the social media apps Tik Tok and VSCO. Eboy’s and girls are the modern day “scene” or goth kids but with a major Billie Eilish twist. Black clothing, heavy silver jewelry, haircuts parted down the middle, and dangly earrings. The Eboy is the modern day Magcon boy that birthed internet celebrities like Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas, and Shawn Mendes. VSCO girl’s have a brand that, style wise, is stereotyped by leggings, baggy crew-necks, simple scrunchies, and a puka shell necklace accompanied by a hydro flask water bottle to accessorize.  The other outfit inspirations stem from the growing love of street wear pieces that have become widely popularized within the last five years. 

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For the top searches for “fashion style” in 2019, the list doesn’t stray that far from the outfit inspirations. VSCO and Eboy/girl style were on the list, as well as vintage, preppy, emo, and camp style’s. Vintage styling has long been popularized, with brands like Urban Outfitters who mainstream vintage looks with modern flares. Preppy and emo looks go along with the modern day trends that stem from social media exposure and celebrity wear. Camp is a rather surprising one for the list, however, it also makes perfect sense considering it was the theme of the Met Gala this year, sparking a major interest in the history behind camp and the true meaning of the word in terms of fashion.

Trends come and go, while some live to stand the test of time. Regardless of how much your personal style does or doesn’t fit into these categories, 2019 has taught us that fashion is forever changing and evolving into something new. So wear what makes you comfortable, and don’t be afraid to use Google as an inspiration.

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The 2020 Grammy Nominations Are Here!

The 62nd annual Grammy awards are just around the corner and the highly anticipated nominations were finally announced this Wednesday. New artists that have emerged in popularity throughout 2019 have truly taken over; Lizzo being the most nominated artist this year with a total of eight nominations! Swifties were disappointed to see that Taylor Swift only acquired a total of three nominations, Album Of The Year not being one of them. However, the year of the new artist has truly graced all of our ears this year, and the nominations uphold that. 

Following Lizzo, both Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are two more new artists that are leading the nominations with six each! All three of them are first-time Grammy nominees, making this one of the most new artist nominated awards shows to date. 

Album Of The Year includes all three of those artists with their respective albums from 2019, and additionally includes Ariana Grande for her album “Thank U, Next,” Bon Iver’s “I, I,” Lana Del Rey’s “Norman F***ing Rockwell,” H.E.R.’s “I Used To Know Her,” and finally Vampire Weekend’s, “Father Of The Bride,” making them the only band nominated in the category. 

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Alicia Keys is hosting the Grammy’s again this year after a successful job last year; this also makes Keys the first female to ever host the show twice, she’s also the third woman to ever host the show in general. Which speaks volumes to why the awards this year are so heavily saturated with newer and more diverse nominees. In the past, all of the major award shows have been highly criticized for being extremely white washed and male dominated. While improvements have been made within the past decade, there’s still plenty of room to go and grow. 

Everyone remembers in 2017 when Adele won Album and Song of the Year over Beyoncé Knowles, who dominated with her “Lemonade” album that year. Adele herself said in both of her acceptance speeches that she felt Knowles was more deserving of the awards, sparking a massive online debate over the integrity of a group of individuals deciding what music they deemed to be award worthy every year. Frankly, they’ve lost their credibility. 

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The ratings have shown it to, this year both the VMA’s and the Emmy’s saw a record low rating of viewers, for reasons similar to those listed above. People aren’t as interested in seeing people awarded for accomplishments based off one groups opinions. For this reason, many major award shows are trying to base their ranking system based on public reaction and reception. With social media being as powerful as it is now, it’s easy to get a large focus group digitally to come together and tell the academy what worked, and what didn’t. 

While this year may have been dominated by the new artists, it seems as though the public is still bothered by the fact that those newcomers knocked out more established artists in categories they felt they were more than qualified to be nominated for, such as Taylor Swift, BTS, and Bruce Springsteen, who released a live Broadway album this year. 

“The Grammy’s have long been accused of not keeping up with the times and ‘playing it safe’ by honoring the tried and true artists in the industry. But this year it appears to be mostly about the new blood, with some of the more established performers actually being snubbed,” (CNN).

While the public may never be fully satisfied by the system in which these award nominations are chosen, the Grammy’s are always one of the most viewed award shows and this year it most likely won’t be any different. 

For the rest of the Grammy nominations for 2020; click here.