John Singleton died Monday after being taken off life support following a stroke, his publicist said.
According to reports, Filmmaker John Singleton, known for directing “Boyz n the Hood,” died Monday after being taken off life support following a stroke, his publicist said. The 51-year-old director had been in a coma after suffering a stroke on April 17 while at a Los Angeles hospital for another health concern. He died peacefully and surrounded by friends, his family said in a statement shared by publicist, Shannon Barr, on Monday. Singleton, who was also a screenwriter and producer, made history in 1992 when he became the first black director nominated for an Academy Award and, at 23, the youngest nominee in that category for the 1991 drama “Boyz n the Hood,” his directorial debut. The critically acclaimed film follows the lives of three teenage boys in Los Angeles and addresses questions of race, violence and relationships.
Last night, Janet Jackson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn. Janelle Monáe was on hand to honor Jackson.
While the 52-year-old singer is in attendance to receive the honor, along with fellow honoree Stevie Nicks and members of Roxy Music, Duran Duran and Def Leppard, a source tells Variety she declined to participate in a customary musical number because the event will be filmed for later broadcast on HBO, the cable network that aired “Leaving Neverland.”
Read Janelle Monáe’s full speech below.
Hello. I’m here tonight to induct the legendary queen of black girl magic into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Ms. Janet Damita Jo Jackson. Our fearless leader is one of the biggest selling artists in music history. This five-time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee has sold 180 million albums worldwide. With an epic career spanning over four decades and nine No. 1 albums, this gifted singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, actress is an icon. She is a bold visionary, a rulebreaker, a risk taker, and a boundless visual artist. Quite simply, y’all, there is only one Janet.
After Janelle Monáe gave a speech, Jackson took the stage. Toward the end of her speech thanking multiple people from throughout her career, she offered a pointed request to the Rock Hall. “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, please, 2020: induct more women. Thank you so much for this honor.”
Thank you so much. Janelle, thank you so much for your beautiful words. I’m really moved. This is a really big moment. When I was a kid, my dream wasn’t to be a singer. I wanted to go to college and I wanted to be a lawyer. It was my father’s dream. He wanted me to become this wonderful performer. He encouraged me. He was the first one to encourage me. And music became my passion.
In 1997, my brothers were recognized for their musical passion by being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And I was so, so proud, as you saw in the clip. I was always crashing their rehearsals. I was always tagging along, always with my brothers. I witnessed, along with the rest of the world, my family’s extraordinary impact on popular culture—not just in America, but all around the globe. The entire globe. And as the youngest in the family, I was determined to make it on my own. I wanted to stand on my own two feet. But never in a million years did I expect to follow in their footsteps. Tonight, your baby sister has made it.
Janet Jackson will launch her first Las Vegas residency in May. The “Metamorphosis” show will take begin on May 17 at place at Park Theater at Park MGM resort, with an initial run of 14 additional shows across May, July and August.
According to the announcement, “’Metamorphosis’ peels back the layers of the immensely private life of Janet Jackson, sharing her transformation from a young girl with issues of self-esteem to global Icon. The centerpiece of this all new thought-provoking show, will be Janet herself, captivating you through your senses with electrifying visuals, explosive dance numbers, chart-topping hits and fan favorite deep cuts. Fans will follow her path to self-love, empowerment, motherhood and activism, amidst the challenges faced along her personal journey. She encourages her audiences to find their own light within themselves through her ‘Metamorphosis.’”
The show also features a special 30-year anniversary celebration of her ground-breaking album “Rhythm Nation.”
Janet and her brother Randy Jackson are being sued by their former tour manager Danny O’Donovan over unpaid wages.
According to TMZ reports, Danny O’Donovan has filed new legal docs claiming Janet and Randy hired him in July 2016 to be the tour manager for the “State of the World Tour.” According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Danny says the Jacksons agreed to pay him $25k per month and he ended up working for 17 months.
In docs, O’Donovan says everything was fine and dandy ’cause they paid him each month for the first 5 months, but then the payments stopped. O’Donovan says he completed his duties over the remaining 12 months … so he’s suing to get what he says he’s owed — $300k.
Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure, Def Leppard, Roxy Music and The Zombies are the seven names that will be inducted into the Rock Hall at the official ceremony March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and they’ll be honored at the 2019 Inductee exhibit at the museum in Cleveland.
The 2019 nominees who didn’t make the cut this year are Devo, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren.
Hailee Steinfeld is hosting the MTV EMAs from the Bilbao Exhibition Center in Spain, where the biggest names in music from all over the globe are expected to come together for the annual ceremony.
The show’s leading nominee, Camila Cabello, was nominated in six categories. Ariana Grande and Post Malone trail closely behind with five nods each.
Additionally, performer Janet Jackson received the Global Icon Award. Fellow performers include Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, Halsey, Little Mix, Nicki Minaj and Panic! at the Disco.
Camila Cabello – WINNER
Camila Cabello, “Havana ft. Young Thug” – WINNER
Ariana Grande, “No tears left to cry”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Lil Dicky, “Freaky Friday ft. Chris Brown”
The Carters, “APES**T”
Camila Cabello, “Havana ft. Young Thug” – WINNER
Ariana Grande, “no tears left to cry”
Bebe Rexha, “Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line”
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Post Malone, “rockstar ft. 21 Savage”
Best Pop Artist
Dua Lipa – WINNER
Best New Artist
Cardi B – WINNER
Nicki Minaj – WINNER