My comment about Beyonce not being a good singer was misunderstood ~Santana

“I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand,” he says.

Adding, “My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best. Carlos”

While some commenters agree with his stance or don’t feel he needed to respond to the interview, others think he should have addressed what was said about Beyonce’s singing abilities.

“Adele and Beyoncé have very different singing styles but to say that Beyoncé is not a singer is very disrespectful to her and all of the contributions that she has made to music,” said a Catherine White Walker. “Even if you believe the Grammys got it right no need to disrespect a fellow artist.”

Another person noted, “You’re still missing the point. Initially you denigrated and dismissed Beyoncé’s extraordinary vocal abilities, and reduced her as something to look at. As though her exceptional performance ability is an ‘instead of’ rather than ‘as well as’.”

No word from Adele or Beyonce’s camps.

If you’re wondering what that faint sound is, it’s the Beyhive attacking rock legend Carlos Santana for bold comments he made about Beyoncé’s singing abilities.

When asked by The New Zealand Herald why Adele won Best Song, Record and Album of the Year for 25 over Beyoncé’s Lemonade at the Grammys on Sunday, the Mexican-American guitarist concluded it’s about vocal prowess.

“I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing,” Santana said. “With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music — music to model a dress — she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.”

“Adele can sing, sing. She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins,” Santana, who has won 10 Grammy awards, added.

 

As Twitter noted during the show, there are many singers—Beyonce included—who can out-sing Adele. There is also an elevated experience concertgoers expect when attending shows. The fact that Adele deviates from the status quo is great, be doesn’t warrant accolades over someone who puts in the extra effort to deliver, time after time.

Here’s a thought. Carlos, it’s probably not about semantics and vocal ability. It’s about old-fashioned racism. And it’d be great if a fellow person of color confronted that and stop placating for White approval.

 

 

-Essence

Adele breaks her Grammy, gives the other half to Beyonce

In scenes reminiscent of Mean Girls, Adele broke her Grammy for Album of the Year in half on stage at the award ceremony on Sunday night so she could give the crowning part to Beyoncé.

Adele, who also won the Song of the Year award, explained how she felt Lemonade was a more deserving winner than her own 25.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said during her acceptance speech. “The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”

She later added backstage: “I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”

Adele may have gotten the idea from Mean Girls, in which Lindsay Lohan’s protagonist Cady Heron breaks her Spring Fling queen crown into pieces and hands them to the other contestants (though the speaker part of the Grammy actually unscrews).

It is essentially de rigueur to extol Beyoncé at award shows by this point, Kanye West having famously intervened during one of Taylor Swift’s VMAs acceptance speeches to point out that B is the more deserving winner.

Adele won the night’s biggest awards, though there were also multiple wins for Chance the Rapper and Drake. Beyoncé picked up Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.

 

 

-Independent

Beyonce sued over Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella logo pendant in Drunk in love video

Some people just don’t want Beyonce to win. Dwayne Walker, the man who claims he designed the original Roc-A-Fella logo, has filed a lawsuit against Beyonce for the use of his design in her 2013 video with Jay Z, “Drunk In Love.”

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Walker says he owns the rights to the Roc logo and did not give permission of its use in Bey’s video. Although the logo only seems to show up once on Jay Z’s pendant, Walker believes he deserves a pay cut for its unauthorized appearance in the steamy black and white clip. And even though Jay is the one rocking the chain, the rapper’s name was not mentioned in the suit, TMZ reports.

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Walker has tried to make a buck off of his logo design. In 2012, Walker sued Jay Z and Dame Dash for $7 million, accusing the former business partners of copyright infringement. Luckily for Jay and Dame, a judge threw the case out, ruling that a contract that Walker reportedly signed 20 years prior, prohibited him from collecting any royalties for the logo’s use. He may have lost the war, but it looks like he’s hoping not to strike out with the new lawsuit.

 

 

-Vibe

Beyonce overwhelmed by fans’ birthday messages, pledges to make them proud

Beyoncé is a woman of few words on social media — well, everywhere, really — but she must have been in her feelings on Monday, when she decided to pen a verbose, heartfelt message to her fans and post it to Instagram.

Her sweet words, thanking fans for their outpouring of birthday wishes, were even accompanied by a homemade GIF, set to the tune of “OOOUUU” by Young M.A.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the beautiful and thoughtful birthday wishes,” she began. “I am so fortunate to have the love and support of my family, my friends, and my hive. We’ve grown up together and you guys continue to inspire and motivate me everyday.”
Bey continued, “I’m so grateful for every challenge, every smile, every tear, every discovery, every sacrifice, every triumph, every stretch mark, every kiss, every scar. I strive to make you proud. I love YOOOUUUU!!!”

Yoncé turned 35 years old on Monday, and celebrated her birthday at the Made In America festival with her husband Jay Z. Sounds like it was a good one.

Beyonce becomes the center of discussion due to ecstatic performance at the VMAs

It’s fair to say Beyonce stole the MTV VMAs with an extended performance inspired by “Lemonade.” It was also a special evening for Rihanna, who performed throughout the night before Drake presented the Vanguard award to the woman he’s “been in love with since [he] was 22 years old.” And Britney Spears returned to the VMAs stage; it was an admirable effort, but even those shadow fingers couldn’t come close to topping Beyonce.

The arrivals at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night seemed to have something for everybody — except the dress-shirt industry.

There were over-the-top fantastical ensembles like the ones worn by early arrivals Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy, the former as an angel-winged ice queen in a strong-shouldered, see-through pale green and metallic fall 2016 couture gown by Maison Francesco Scognamiglio, the latter in full princess mode thanks to a Mischka Aoki dress called the Grand Royalle, complete with a tulle skirt, tiara and pair of peach-colored kicks on her feet. (Should you want to buy one for your own little princess, you can find it at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, where a label representative tells us it retails for a cool.

As in past years, there was plenty of bared skin to be seen though decidedly not in the familiar configurations. Britney Spears was a perfect example of that, she of the eternally bared midriff wore what might have passed for a run-of-the-mill black, one-shouldered, side-zip cocktail dress with an asymmetrical hem — but for the narrow triangle of exposed flesh running diagonally from right shoulder to left hip in the Julien Macdonald number she wore — and Nicki Minaj  managed to somehow be both covered up and over-exposed thanks to a cobalt blue fishtail-hemmed Bao Tranchi gown that hugged her curves like a kid on Christmas but left little to the imagination thanks to sheer side panels, cutouts over the hips and decolletage criss-crossed in more straps and ties than a Cirque du Soleil safety harness.

Skin wasn’t all that got exposure either, several celebrities took the opportunity in front of millions of impressionable eyeballs to make political statements or highlight causes near and dear to their hearts. Among those were Lance Bass, who hit the white carpet wearing a turquoise-colored bomber jacket designed by Rey Ortiz with the words “Love Trumps Hate” in black appliqued letters across the back, and Beyonce, who posed on the white carpet with mothers whose children were victims of gun violence — the same women who had also appeared in her “Lemonade” visual album holding photos of their deceased sons.

Actress Holland Roden wasn’t wearing her cause as much as sharing it via social media; she turned out in a white jumpsuit and floor-length cape by Kayat shortly after sharing news (and the #squadless hashtag) of an anti-smoking video she’d done with the Truth Orange organization.

If there was one takeaway trend — for both men and women — at this year’s VMAs, it was the noticeable wearing of jackets and blazers with little or nothing underneath. Among the men going sans dress shirt were designer Jeremy Scott who wore a suit from his spring 2017 Moschino collection, best new artist nominee Desiigner who showed up in a smartly tailored salmon-colored suit (provenance unknown — but rumored to be Maison Martin Margiela) with a four-button notch lapel jacket layered over nothing but his tattooed torso.

On the women’s side, standouts of the jacketed-but-shirtless contingent included Amber Rose in a black Tom Ford suit with wide-legged pants and a double-breasted peak-lapel jacket worn over a lacy black bra and Cassie (she of the highlighter-colored hair) who went one better in the exposure category by wearing a gray, double-breasted jacket with nothing at all underneath.

But credit for the most memorable shirtless-yet-jacket-wearing moment of the VMA arrivals would have to be the arrival of the very pregnant  Laura Perlongo, who arrived on the arm of boyfriend Nev Schulman (star of MTV’s “Catfish”)  in an olive-colored, zip-front  varsity jacket accessorized with nothing more than necklaces with two silver links of chain that criss-crossed her chest.

Love it or hate it, style-wise we’re pretty sure it’s the red-carpet baby bump to which generations of future ones will be judged.

 

 

 

-Los Angeles Times

Looks like Rihana and Drake are getting notes from Beyonce and Jay-Z

We’re not sure how long this round of Rihanna and Drake will last, but if these two stars choose to really see where this could go, there’s a chance they could be the next Beyoncé and Jay Z. Hear us out…From the moment Bey and Jay went public as an item over 10 years ago, they’ve been the epitome of #relationshipgoals. Even Queen B’s Lemonade, which sparked speculation of infidelity in her high-profile marriage, didn’t just make this pair some serious money and become the center of pop culture news, but it also showed her relationship with Hov is now stronger than ever.

And now, we’ve come back to the world where RiRi and Drizzy are a thing, and if you really take a second to compare these two famous couples, they have a lot in common.

Here are eight reasons why Rihanna and Drake could be the next Bey and Jay:

. Privacy Is Key: If you recall, Bey and Jay kept their relationship on the D-L for quite some time before making their red carpet debut as a couple, and Rihanna and Drake are doing the same thing. They hardly ever come out and say something about their relationship. They just tease us with special appearances at concerts and some paparazzi shots while out on the town.

2. They Make Musical Magic: Obviously, we know of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s collaborations (“Bonnie & Clyde,” “Crazy in Love,” “Drunk in Love,” and so many more!), and Drizzy and RiRi are right there with them. The pair have teamed up on four songs so far, and each one has become a huge hit. From “Take Care” and “What’s My Name” to “Work” and “Too Good,” this duo has proven that when they hit the studio together, magic happens. And when they appear in the correlating music videos, no one can deny their chemistry.

3. They Have Undeniable Chemistry: Speaking of, the attraction between these two cannot be ignored. Do you see the way they dance with each other or the smirks on their faces when they’re on stage during surprise concert appearances? It’s absolutely adorable (but also kind of like—ugh, get a room). You know which other pair have undeniable chemistry when they’re together? Bey and Jay.

4. They’re Both Super Successful: Rih is currently traveling the world and singing her heart out to sold-out arenas for her Anti world tour. Her latest album reached outrageous numbers and continues to blow other hits out of the water on the radio. Drake is gearing up for his Summer Sixteen tour with Future after dropping his recent album Views, which has climbed the charts to the No. 1 spot. Plus, you know you’re reaching for at least one of their lyrics when it comes to captioning your Instagram pics. If that’s not a sign of success, we don’t know what is.5. They Have Their Own Empires: Aside from the music, each star has their own brand and empire that is on the rise. Rihanna dipped into the fashion industry with her own clothing line, as well as huge collaborations with designers like Manolo Blahnik, a perfume line and even dabbles in film and TV. Drake has his OVOXO brand, which includes fashion and pop-up shops around the country, as well as his career in acting and now, becoming a part owner of the Toronto Raptors.

6. Drake Name-Drops Rihanna in Songs: Drizzy isn’t afraid to put his girl’s name on blast in his music, and although he’s famous for talking about different women in his tracks, there’s something different about this one. In his latest track “Hype,” you hear Drake say, “They want to be on TV right next to me/ You cannot be right here next to me/ Don’t you see RiRi right next to me?” Guess who also always hollers at his girl “B” in his rhymes? That’s right—Jay.

Rihanna, Drake

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

7. They’re Present on Each Others’ Social Media: Although these two lovebirds are notorious for keeping the details of their relationship private, they have graced each others’ social media pages. The most recent post was a bittersweet photo telling the story of a fan who passed away after losing a battle to cancer.”I had the pleasure of meeting an angel on earth! After my show in Miami, @champagnepapi introduced me to Megan! She’s inspired me so much with her strength and her perspective on life! So fearless and kind! It’s heavy news that I can’t slide in your DMs anymore like I used to!! There was always a smile waiting for me there! You brightened any day! Rest up baby girl! We will miss you!!” Rihanna wrote with a picture of the trio.

8. Just Like Jay, Drake Has to Try Hard to Win His Girl’s Heart: The back and forth between Drake and Rihanna is no secret, and Drizzy has openly said the Barbados beauty has broken his heart. But he doesn’t give up on trying to win her over, and that’s a little reminiscent of Bey and Jay’s love story, too.

Jay told Vanity Fair a few years back that when he and Beyoncé were both featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2001 Music Issue “we were just beginning to try to date each other.”

He explained, “Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle…wine and dine.” The article goes on to state that Hov “‘of course’ pursued Beyoncé, and when asked if he hadn’t been Jay Z—say, he had been a gas-station attendant and she pulled up—would he have been able to date her, he responds, ‘If I’m as cool as I am, yes. But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed…But I would have definitely had to be this cool.'”

So, do you agree with the idea that Drake and RiRi could be the next Bey and Jay?

 

 

 

 

-E! Online

Beyonce prefers the latex dress she wore at the MET gala this year to last year’s crystal gown

Beyoncé defied all the fashion norms for this year’s Met Gala when she ditched traditional fabric for her Givenchy dress in favor of latex.

The glamorous singer wore an embellished futuristic nude gown by Riccardo Tisci for the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”–themed fête. She shared her statement look on Instagram before hitting the red carpet for the event, causing a stir a social media.

Bey fans and fashion lovers alike commended the risk-taking style move—but with the famous museum steps to cross, how did she make a wearing a skintight gown look so effortless?

As Beyoncé told reporters, “It’s actually a lot easier than last year,” referring to her crystal gown from the 2015 event. Not only is the Lemonade singer cool as a cucumber when it comes to a serious fashion moment, but she makes it look so darn easy.

 

 

 

 

-Whowhatwear

Wendy Williams Disses Rihanna, she says she can’t be at the same level with Beyonce

Wendy Williams threw an oversized beach umbrella level of shade at Rihanna today. Williams declared that Rihanna will never be able to reach legend status, aka, Beyonce level greatness.

Slowly Beyoncé has become the level of which we all judge our lives. Or at least, the bar that Wendy Williams uses to judge other black female pop artists. In her hot topics segment today, Wendy Williams declared that Rihanna is hot for now, but can’t be a legend like Beyoncé. She said, “Rihanna will not be a legend. Nope! Beyonce will do her residency in Vegas at 55 years old and you will go see her. Rihanna will attempt to do it but as soon as she get up there and says the B word better have my money…”

 

 

The audience reacted with a giant round of applause and Wendy continued by saying, “Rihanna is good for right now. She’s not a legend. Nor will she be.” Check out Wendy going off on Rihanna at 7:25 below:

BUUUUTTT, let’s go back to 2012 when Wendy was covering the release of Beyoncé’s documentary. Wendy says, “You know Beyoncé can’t talk. Beyoncé sounds like she’s got a fifth grade education.”

Indians firing at Coldplay-Beyonce hymn for the weekend Video

An unassuming fishing village in the heart of Mumbai — and two of the biggest names in western music — are at the center of a raging debate in India.

Worli is where British band Coldplay filmed their music video for their latest single, “Hymn For the Weekend”.

Starring Beyoncé, the song has raced to the top of iTunes India, registering 21 million hits on YouTube in its first four days of release.

And the stars are about to get a lot more exposure when they perform it at the 2016 NFL Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.

“Hymn For the Weekend” has a foot-tapping tune — but that’s only one of the reasons why people in India are watching it.

Some say the video is nothing more than an amalgamation of clichés about the country, from a peacock to temples to a fire eater, holy men and dancing girls. The frustration is evident on social media.

“Why does the white man not get it? India 2016 is not a land of snake charmers,” one journalist tweeted.

“I find it annoying,” adds local musician Mihir Joshi, who says the video misrepresents India.

“Coldplay came to India, they’ve seen the kind of people we have. India has young, educated, affluent, good looking people as well.” He says it would have been nice to see them included.

But popular Bollywood actor, Sonam Kapoor, who appears in the video, doesn’t agree with the chatter of cultural appropriation. She says what they show does exist in India.

“We as Indians use a lot of westernization in our films and our music videos. No one speaks of us offending other people’s sensibilities,” Kapoor says.

As both sides debate the issue, there is one clear winner. The number of people watching Coldplay’s video is increasing by the minute.

“Thank you to the people of India for making us feel so welcome,” the band tweeted.

Despite the international attention, life in the fishing village carries on as normal. Kids run around, some fly kites, fishermen bring their boats back in.

This is a beautiful part of India. It’s just not the only part.

-CNN