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VIPs, celebrities arrive at pre-wedding bash for daughter of India’s richest man

NEW DELHI: Dozens of chartered planes carrying celebrities, including former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, flew into a sleepy airport in western India for the lavish pre-wedding festivities for the daughter of India’s richest man. Isha Ambani, 27, daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, in the financial capital of Mumbai next Wednesday, but the celebrations began this weekend in the desert city of Udaipur, with feasts, singing and dancing, and other pre-wedding…

Bollywood, Beyonce and bling as daughter of India’s richest man set to marry

US singer Beyonce will perform at the wedding of the daughter of India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, along with Bollywood stars, and guests will be flown in on 100 chartered flights in lavish marriage celebrations. Isha Ambani, 27, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, in the financial capital of Mumbai on Tuesday, but the festivities begin this weekend in the desert city of Udaipur, with three days of song, dance and pre-wedding rituals. Wedding guests have access to an app mapping out the activities, which include a…

No injunction for Beyoncé over ‘Feyoncé’ knockoffs: US judge

NEW YORK: A federal judge rejected Beyoncé’s request for a permanent injunction to stop a Texas company catering to people engaged to be married from selling dozens of shirts, tank tops, hoodies and other items bearing the name “Feyoncé.” The pop superstar complained in a lawsuit brought in April 2016 that Feyonce Inc’s sale of knockoffs infringed her trademark rights and would confuse consumers. But in a decision issued on Monday, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said San Antonio-based Feyonce’s choice…

Beyonce to donate $100,000 for scholarships at black colleges

LOS ANGELES: On the back of wide praise for her two-hour performance at the Coachella music festival, Beyonce on Monday said she was offering $100,000 in scholarship money to students at four historically black colleges and universities. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-19 academic year will give away $25,000 in scholarship money to a student respectively at Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce University in Ohio, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, the…

Beyonce’s sister Solange reveals autonomic disorder, cancels show

NEW YORK: The experimental R&B singer Solange has revealed a struggle with an autonomic disorder as she cancelled a New Year's Eve performance in South Africa. Solange, the younger sister of pop superstar Beyonce, said doctors had advised her not to make the long journey from the United States. "The past five months, I have been quietly treating, and working through, an autonomic disorder. It been a journey that hasn't been easy on me," she wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. "Sometimes I feel cool, and other times…

Beyonce leaves Taylor Swift and Adele behind!

Beyonce’s hit album “Lemonade” and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday, edging out Britain’s Adele and pop star Taylor Swift. The R&B singer earned some $105 million from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour, according to Forbes. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests. Adele, whose “25” album broke first-week U.S. sales records in 2015 and who completed her first major tour since 2011, made second…

Beyonce, James Earl Jones set for live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’

Beyonce, actor James Earl Jones and comedian John Oliver are joining the cast of Walt Disney’s new live-action film version of the “The Lion King”, the studio said. Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie follows the storyline of the 1994 animated film, in which a young lion named Simba grows up on the African savanna after his uncle Scar conspires to ursurp his father Mufasa’s place as king. Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, while the young Simba is voiced by Donald Glover, who recently starred in “Solo: A Star Wars…

Tayor Swift falls as Diddy tops Forbes list of highest paid celebrities

 NEW YORK: Rapper turned businessman Diddy was the world's top-paid celebrity in the past year, edging out closest competitor Beyonce, Forbes said in its annual list Monday. Diddy earned $130 million in the past 12 months, of which $70 million came from selling a one-third stake in his Sean John clothing line. Diddy -- whose real name is Sean Combs and earlier in his career was known as Puff Daddy -- is estimated by Forbes to be worth a total of $820 million even though he has released little music in the past decade.…

Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards

LOS ANGELES: Adele on Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce, calling her an idol. The English balladeer swept up the top prizes of the night at the music industry's biggest night -- Album, Record and Song of the Year. Beyonce walked away with two trophies. And in a sentimental homage to late rock icon David Bowie, his final album "Blackstar" earned five awards, including four posthumous prizes for the…

Grammy Awards shape up as clash of pop titans Beyonce and Adele

LOS ANGELES: The Grammy awards are shaping up to be the ultimate showdown between pop's two biggest female stars as Beyonce and Adele go head-to-head for song, record and album of the year on Sunday. Despite 62 total Grammy nominations and 20 awards, Beyonce, 35, has never won the coveted album of the year, despite topping the charts with all six of her studio records. With nine nominations, many fans are hoping Beyonce will overcome her Grammys' curse with "Lemonade," the personally and politically charged album many…