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Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us In 2012

December 31st, 2012 3:00pm EST
Whitney Houston
As 2012 comes to a close please click through to take a look back and remember all the actors, actresses, musicians, singers, writers, directors, producers and others who have entertained us over the years but left us during the past year.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on... R.I.P.

Etta James the "At Last" singer died of complications from Leukemia on January 20 at age 73.

Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the show, died of a heart attack at age 60 on January 26.

Singer & reality TV star Leslie Cart...
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Lionel Richie & Etta James To Be Inducted Into Apollo Hall Of Fame

March 8th, 2012 10:15pm EST
Lionel Richie and Etta James
Lionel Richie and the late Etta James are to be inducted into New York's Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame.

The two stars will be feted at a ceremony in Harlem on June 4.

Past Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductees include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson.
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Christina Aguilera Belts Out 'At Last' At Etta James' Funeral (Watch It)

January 29th, 2012 12:05pm EST
Christina Aguilera
Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera paid their respects to Etta James at the blues legend's funeral in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Wonder performed three songs, including Shelter in the Rain, for the hundreds of mourners who gathered at Greater Bethany Community Church to remember James, who died from complications of leukemia on January 20 at the age of 73.

Aguilera performed At Last and introduced her tribute by saying, "Out of all the singers that I've ever heard, she was the one that cut right to my soul and spoke to me. So tonight, Etta, this song is for you."

Civil rights leader Reve...
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Etta James Died In Son's Arms

January 22nd, 2012 11:00am EST
Etta James
Etta James' son Donto has opened up about his mother's final moments, revealing the soul legend died in his arms.

The music icon passed away on Friday, just five days before her 74th birthday, after suffering complications from leukemia.

Stars including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, P!nk and will.i.am have all rushed to pay tribute to the singer and now her son Donto James has described how she spent her last minutes saying goodbye to him and her other son Sametto.

Speaking to People.com on Friday, he said, "It's been quite a day, but I'm very grateful. She basically passed in my arms, and I wa...
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Beyonce & Other Stars Mourn Etta James' Death

January 21st, 2012 2:37pm EST
Beyonce
Pop superstar Beyonce has hailed late soul legend Etta James as "one of the greatest vocalists of our time" following her tragic death on Friday.

James died just five days before her 74th birthday after suffering complications from leukaemia.

A host of celebrities took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the icon as soon as the sad news broke and the messages of condolence are continuing to pour in.

Beyonce has now issued a statement in memory of James, who she portrayed in the 2008 film Cadillac Records. The Crazy In Love beauty also had the honor of singing a cover of James' classic balla...
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Etta James Dead At 73

January 20th, 2012 11:59am EST
Etta James
Legendary singer Etta James has died at the age of 73 at a hospital in Riverside, CA.

Etta was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and also suffered from hepatitis C.

James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938 when her mother was just 14 years old.

She began professional vocal training at the age of five with the musical director of a local church, and her big break came after her family moved to San Francisco and she was discovered by blues star Johnny Otis. James was 14 years old when Otis took her and a group of her friends to record in L.A. and they released their first trac...
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Etta James Hospitalized; Is 'In Pretty Bad Shape'

December 25th, 2011 3:30pm EST
Etta James
R&B legend Etta James has been hospitalized in Riverside, California after suffering breathing problems.

The terminally ill singer, who is battling leukaemia, spent Christmas in hospital and her longtime manager Lupe De Leon admits the 73 year old is "in pretty bad shape".

Members of her family were hoping doctors could revive her from her sedation on Sunday, so they could briefly celebrate Christmas with her in her hospital room.

Last week, a judge set aside $350,000 for the At Last singer's ongoing medical treatment and ruled James' husband Artis Mills would remain the conservato...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: On Tour With Beverly McClellan

November 29th, 2011 11:00am EST
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: finalist Beverly McClellan takes San Diego, a review of Casey Weston's new album, and a busy holiday season for your artists!

The day after Thanksgiving, Team Christina's Beverly McClellan arrived in San Diego to play a one-night showcase at the city's notable Anthology music venue, and graciously invited me along for the evening.

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego, Anthology has previously played host to significant names in the jazz world, including Oleta Adams, Brian Culbertson, and Boney James. The club has...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Beverly McClellan

October 4th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Beverly McClellan, the finalist for Team Christina who exemplified what the series was all about - not just being yourself, but being proud of yourself.

She was an example of the blind auditions in action; she didn't look the part of a conventional music star, but she had the talent and the personality. After catching the eye of Christina Aguilera, Beverly let her self-confidence guide her throughout the competition. She was being herself, loud and proud and without fear.

Her rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" ...
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Beyonce Exhilarates Audience In Sexy Outfit, Is First Woman To Headline Glastonbury

June 27th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Beyonce Glastonbury
Beyonce became the first female singer ever to headline the main stage at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival on Sunday night, and she thanked fans for making her "dream" come true.

The star only recently discovered her performance marks a new milestone for the event, which is believed to be the biggest rock festival in the world.

In 2008, her husband Jay-Z became the first hip-hop star to headline Glastonbury - and Beyonce was clearly delighted as she joined him in setting a new record.

And she was clearly overwhelmed by performing in front of a crowd of more than 170,000 peopl...
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Etta James Is Fighting For Her Life

January 23rd, 2011 1:45pm EST
Etta James
A representative for Etta James has asked fans to pray for the cancer-fighting blues star as she approaches her 73rd birthday.

It emerged earlier this month that the At Last singer is gravely ill and undergoing treatment for leukemia in California.

James is due to turn 73 on Tuesday - and her manager has called for the support of devotees to help the star through her health problems.

The rep says, "It breaks my heart to see her this way. But she is fighting. I just ask everyone to pray for Etta."

James has been out of the spotlight in recent years and has suffered from Alzheimer's disea...
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Etta James Has Leukemia

January 13th, 2011 2:19pm EST
Etta James
Legendary R&B star Etta James is gravely ill and is battling leukemia.

The 72-year-old icon has suffered from Alzheimer's disease since 2009, but her health problems have worsened and new court papers reveal she is currently undergoing cancer treatment. It is not known when she was diagnosed with the latest ailment.

The cancer revelation came to light in legal documents filed by her husband of 41 years, Artis Mills, who has asked a California judge to grant him control of her finances.

Mills claims the "At Last" singer is gravely ill and has become too sick to manage her own money.

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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: February

January 1st, 2011 11:00am EST
Jessica Simpson
February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson's death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner's officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray.

Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy's death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig's family c...
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Happy 30th Birthday, Christina Aguilera!

December 18th, 2010 9:26am EST
Christina Aguilera
Pop star Christina Aguilera marks a major milestone on Saturday as she turns 30 years old.

The singer rose to fame as a child star on the Disney Channel's "The Mickey Mouse Club" alongside her pop contemporaries Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. She has gone on to carve out a hugely successful career as a solo artist, winning four Grammy Awards and selling over 50 million albums worldwide since she exploded onto the music scene as a teenager in 1999.

Although 2010 was tinged with heartbreak for the star, who split from her husband Jordan Bratman in October, she has ended the year on a...
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Etta James Is Suffering From Alzheimer's Disease

February 1st, 2010 5:57pm EST
Etta James
Singing legend Etta James has been secretly battling Alzheimer's Disease for more than a year, her son has revealed. The 72-year-old R&B star was admitted to the Riverside Community Hospital in southern California a week ago, with a suspected urinary tract infection.

At the time, Donto James revealed his mother had been treated earlier this year for a dependency on painkillers and over-the-counter medication.

He now tells CNN the singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's over a year ago and has battled it in secret ever since.

Donto, who plays in his mother's band, reveals the ailing "...
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Beyonce Won Four Grammys Before The Show Even Started

February 1st, 2010 2:06am EST
Beyonce, Beyonce Pictures, Beyonce Knowles Pictures, Beyonce Kno
Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas were already big winners at the Grammy Awards before the official show had started. Beyonce, who was nominated for 10 top prizes, learned she had already won four as she took her seat at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The superstar picked up Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for her rendition of Etta James classic "At Last", which she performed for the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack.

She also sang her version of the R&B standard as Barack Obama and Miche...
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Etta James Hospitalized With An Infection

January 29th, 2010 2:57pm EST
Etta James Hospitalized With An Infection
Legendary soul singer Etta James has been hospitalized in Southern California with a serious infection, according to her son. The At Last singer, 72, was admitted to Riverside Community Hospital about a week ago after being diagnosed with sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection.

According to Donto James, his mother entered a treatment program at the start of the year to receive help in kicking a dependency on painkillers and over-the-counter medication. She was transferred to another facility, which has not been named, before being taken to the hospital where her condition deteriorat...
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Lady Gaga Pre 'Fame,' Beyonce Named Billboard's Woman Of The Year, Jay-Z Hottest MC, More

October 6th, 2009 1:54pm EDT
Lady Gaga MTV boiling point
Weekly Music News: Jay-Z and Beyonce have yet again proven that they are the King and Queen of music; apparently, the saying that it is lonely at the top does not apply to the Carters. Jay-Z is named "Hottest MC in the Game", Beyonce is Woman of the Year, DJ AM's reality show coming to MTV, and Brandy singing a cappella in her bathroom round's out this week's music news.

Lady Gaga/Kanye West cancels "Fame Kills" tour

The most anticipated tour of the year has been canceled indefinitely. Various sources have reported that the cancellation was due to low ticket sales while others have cr...
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Beyonce To Play Eartha Kitt?

May 3rd, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce is in talks to play the late great Eartha Kitt in a new film. After portraying Etta James in Cadillac Records and emulating Diana Ross in Dreamgirls, the singer/actress is hoping to complete a trilogy of diva roles by taking on original Catwoman Kitt on the big screen.

She says, "I was going to do a film about Eartha Kitt. It's a great story, but I don't know if it's still happening. If it does, it'll just fall into place."

Kitt died on Christmas Day after losing her battle with colon cancer at age 81.

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Beyonce Denies Weight Gain Rumors

March 27th, 2009 8:45am EDT
Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce Knowles has slammed critics for suggesting she is struggling with a weight issue after she was pictured out in New York showing off a more rounded figure.

The Bootylicious beauty donned a hip-enhancing Thierry Mugler gown in early March and hit the streets of the Big Apple to film a promo video for her I Am... tour.

The dress has attracted unflattering comments about the singer's curvy figure, with some detractors claiming Beyonce's weight is gradually ballooning.

It wouldn't be the first time Beyonce has drastically changed her physique - she piled on the pounds to p...
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Director Wants Beyonce Knowles And Hugh Jackman In Movie Musical

March 25th, 2009 2:28pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is desperate to team Beyonce Knowles and Hugh Jackman for a new movie musical after directing the stars for a medley of showtunes at the Oscars.

Knowles and Jackman whizzed through renditions of Lady Marmalade, All That Jazz and Somewhere Over The Rainbow in a performance medley last month helmed by the Moulin Rouge! filmmaker.

The singer has already enjoyed crossover success with her roles as Etta James in 2008 biopic Cadillac Records and 2006 movie musical Dreamgirls.

And Luhrmann insists Knowles is destined to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood's g...
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Etta James: 'Beyonce And Obama Comments A Joke'

February 6th, 2009 11:22am EST
Etta James
Soul legend Etta James has defended her controversial rant against U.S. President Barack Obama and singer Beyonce Knowles - insisting she was merely sharing a joke with her fans.

The singer was recorded at a show in Seattle, Washington last month telling the crowd Obama has "big ears", adding: "He ain't my president."

She also slammed Beyonce for singing a version of At Last for Obama following his inauguration, and said: "I can't stand Beyonce! She had no business up there singing... Singing my song that I've been singing forever."

But James has reacted to the controversy by...
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Etta James Wowed By Beyonce's Singing At Inaugural Ball

January 22nd, 2009 10:37am EST
Etta James
Blues singer Etta James was overcome with pride watching Beyonce Knowles covering her classic song At Last for new U.S. President Barack Obama.

Knowles, who depicts James in the drama Cadillac Records, sang the icon's 1961 ballad as Obama and his wife, Michelle, shared their first dance as America's President and First Lady following his inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

And James, who watched the performance live on TV in her California home, is delighted her love song has taken a place in history.

Her son, Donto James, tells the New York Daily News, "Sh...
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The 2008 Music Quiz

January 1st, 2009 11:00am EST
Diddy
As another year ends and 2009 looms, we wondered if you've all been paying attention for the past 12 months.

In amongst all the political, environmental and economical changes around the globe, there has been a great deal of celebrity tittle-tattle to report about.

From pop pregnancies, marriages and splits to high and low notes, it has been a rock 'n' roller coaster ride of fun, horror and giggles.

But will you be the party animal or the party pooper when it comes to the quiz to end all pop quizzes this year?

Put down your eggnog and switch off the TV, for it's time to ...
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Recent Celebrity Deaths

December 29th, 2008 8:57am EST
Anjelica Huston
An actress' husband, a jazz musician, a playwright and several others passed away this month. Read more...

Anjelica Huston's Sculptor Husband Graham Dies

Californian sculptor Robert Graham, the husband of Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, has died aged 70. Graham, whose works were incorporated into civic monuments including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., passed away on Saturday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Huston and other family members were at his side.

Graham lived much of his life in California and gained...
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Beyonce And Solange 'Bring Hope To The Holidays' On Fuse

December 3rd, 2008 6:30pm EST
Beyonce Knowles
Fuse celebrates the holidays with a Knowles sisters' intimate hometown performance – "Beyoncé and Solange: Hope for the Holidays." The concert will benefit the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike through the Survivor Foundation, a Knowles family charity helping people in need. This historic concert will take place at Houston's House of Blues on Tuesday, December 9th. The one hour concert special will premiere exclusively on Fuse on Sunday, December 21st, at 10PM ET.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Beyoncé, Solange and the entire Knowles Family to a...
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Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...
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Opening December 5: Cadillac Records

December 3rd, 2008 9:59am EST
Cadillac Records
The story of the blues in 1950s Chicago is told in Sony BMG Film's Cadillac Records, a musical drama written and directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin. The film stars Adrien Brody as Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, with Jeffrey Wright portraying R&B legend Muddy Waters, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, and Mos Def doing his best Chuck Berry.

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Visit To Rehab Made Beyonce Cry

December 1st, 2008 8:41am EST
Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce Knowles was so moved by the plight of the recovering drug addicts she met while researching her new film Cadillac Records, she broke down in tears.

In the upcoming movie, the clean-cut Bootylicious beauty portrays soul legend Etta James, who battled numerous drug issues throughout her life. And to get into character, Knowles visited a rehabilitation clinic - so she could better understand the struggle faced by addicts.

The singer/actress contacted a New York-based substance abuse charity to arrange a meeting with six African-American women whose lives had been turned upsid...
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Beyonce Ate Ice Cream To Bulk Up For Film

November 3rd, 2008 8:43am EST
Cadillac Records
Beyonce Knowles piled on the pounds to play R&B great Etta James with the help of butter pecan ice cream. The singer/actress gained 20 pounds to play the singer in new movie Cadillac Records and admits she indulged in frozen treats to bulk up.

She says, "I ate a lot of butter pecan ice-cream it when I was preparing for 'Cadillac Records.' I was able to eat as much as I wanted because they wanted me to gain the weight. It was heaven."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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