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June 4, 2012 | By Sam Adams and FOR THE INQUIRER
The opening acts at Friday's Wired Fest, a five-hour concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center Center in Camden, were meant to set the stage for headliner Nicki Minaj. But the show, sponsored by Wired 96.5 (WRDW 96.5-FM,) was neither a cohesive selection of like-minded artists nor a purposefully eclectic conclave like the Roots Picnic, but an accidental hodgepodge of seven performers, including B.o.B., T-Pain, and Diggy Simmons, taken from the station's playlists. Ironically, it turned out to be a fitting introduction for Minaj, whose attempts to conquer every corner of the pop universe simultaneously has stretched her prodigious talents to the breaking point.
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August 22, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  B   ILLY CRYSTAL will pay tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams at Monday night's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement yesterday. Mischer said that the memorial segment during the ceremony will include a performance from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles . At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.
SPORTS
May 15, 2013
EAGLES SET LIST 1. Unstoppable - TobyMac featuring Blanca from Group 1 Crew 2. On Fire - Young Dro 3. Ready 2 Go - Martin Solveig featuring Kele 4. Thunderstruck - AC/DC 5. Panama - Van Halen 6. Joker & The Thief - Wolfmother 7. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne 8. Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran 9. New Day (Clean) - 50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys 10. No Way Back - Foo Fighters 11. Stronger - Kanye West 12. Black Betty - Ram Jam 13. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions 14. California Love - Tupac & Dr. Dre 15. I Found You (Bob Sinclar Remix)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actress Megan Mullally; actor Steven Ho. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Jon Hamm; White Rabbits perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Julianne Moore; Brady Barr; Chickenfoot performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Comic Joan Rivers; Nicki Minaj performs.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2011
TOP SINGLES 1. "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock. 2. "Give Me Everything," Pitbull with Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer. 3. "Rolling in the Deep," Adele. 4. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," Katy Perry. 5. "Super Bass," Nicki Minaj. 6. "The Edge of Glory," Lady Gaga. 7. "E.T.," Katy Perry with Kanye West. 8. "How To Love," Lil Wayne. 9. "Good Life," OneRepublic. 10. "Tonight Tonight," Hot Chelle Rae. TOP ALBUMS 1. "4," Beyonce.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES - It'll be a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll on stage at next month's American Music Awards. Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on Nov. 18. All are also up for awards. Minaj is the night's leading nominee, along with Rihanna, with four bids each. Swift is nominated for favorite female country artist, and Linkin Park is in the running for alternative artist. Fans can pick the winners by voting online.
NEWS
July 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Erin McCarthy, and Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the aroma of funnel cakes and firecrackers wafted across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Friday night, Victoria Whartenby, 14, made a sacrifice for her favorite singer. The petite girl from Clayton would never catch a glimpse of Ed Sheeran with taller fans towering over her. So she got a better view - from the back of a garbage truck. "Anything for Ed," she said with a smile, unfazed by the smell, as she scanned over the crowd of concertgoers. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the day packed Philadelphia, from the green yard behind Independence Hall to the steps of the Art Museum, to celebrate the city's annual Fourth of July celebration, billed as America's biggest free concert and party, and capped by a spectacular display of fireworks.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
Eight years after Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, some unexpected controversy returned to the Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A., appearing on stage with Madonna and Nicki Minaj to perform "Give Me All Your Luvin'," flipped the middle finger to a camera before a cutaway. The song contains an inappropriate word, which she did not say, using the middle finger in place of the word. NBC went to a wide view of the stage, but it was too late as M.I.A.'s middle finger gesture could be seen.
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August 22, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  B   ILLY CRYSTAL will pay tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams at Monday night's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement yesterday. Mischer said that the memorial segment during the ceremony will include a performance from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles . At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
THE "bombs bursting in air" over the Parkway during the July 4th concert were F-bombs. Mayor Nutter's response was a misfire. Given what's hit this town lately - guns in public schools, kids killed in fires, homes collapsing, the endless school-budget crisis - some foul comments won't kill us, but it paints a picture of a vulgarity-tolerant culture. Criticizing cursing in public venues will cost me my cool edge with the hip kids, I know. (I also know "cool" isn't cool and "hip" isn't hip - but that's how I roll.)
NEWS
July 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Erin McCarthy, and Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the aroma of funnel cakes and firecrackers wafted across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Friday night, Victoria Whartenby, 14, made a sacrifice for her favorite singer. The petite girl from Clayton would never catch a glimpse of Ed Sheeran with taller fans towering over her. So she got a better view - from the back of a garbage truck. "Anything for Ed," she said with a smile, unfazed by the smell, as she scanned over the crowd of concertgoers. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the day packed Philadelphia, from the green yard behind Independence Hall to the steps of the Art Museum, to celebrate the city's annual Fourth of July celebration, billed as America's biggest free concert and party, and capped by a spectacular display of fireworks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
PAT SAJAK may not think the Earth is getting warmer, but one thing is for sure: Sajak himself is steaming. The usually mild-mannered "Wheel of Fortune" host took to Twitter to claim, "Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists. " Huh? While a reasoned argument might be that civilization is too dependent on fossil fuels to put that genie back in the bottle so we're just going to have to live (or possibly not live) with the consequences, the notion that being overly concerned with the future of the planet (right or wrong)
NEWS
May 7, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Going with the theme that the best place to celebrate America's birthday is the place where the country was born, city officials announced Monday the planned festivities for the nation's 238th anniversary. "This is Philadelphia. We own this," Mayor Nutter said. "There is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here, Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States. " City officials and festival organizers are encouraging people to use #PhillyOwnsthe4th when discussing the event on social media.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
YESTERDAY, thanks to quotes in Rolling Stone , we learned that Drake was peeved at Macklemore . Today we learn that he's also mad at Rolling Stone . Darn you, Philip Seymour Hoffman , for dying the week Drake was supposed to get the cover. Now Drake is saying he will no longer do magazine interviews. Guess he finally figured out newspapers are cooler. "I just want to give my music to the people," Drake tweeted yesterday, using "give" as a synonym for "sell.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Fox 29.   PASADENA, CALIF. - One fewer judge, way less drama. Or so it seemed as the new three-judge panel for this season's "American Idol" met with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings. The same session a year ago turned out to be largely about parsing the relationship - or nonrelationship - between then-judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. This year, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newbie judge Harry Connick Jr. got to talk about all kinds of things.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Finding the perfect wig for your Halloween costume can be the difference between a trick or a treat. Especially this year when our celebrities du jour - many of whom do scary things all year long - are so creative when it comes to coifs. Think Nicki Minaj's ombré, white-to-pink tresses; singer Miguel's dark pompadour; and the signature Afro of Philly's own Questlove Thompson that isn't complete without a perfect power-to-the-people pick. "The wig makes the character," said Lois Arnold, owner of Lois A. Wigs on South Fourth Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Samuel L. Jackson is tired of world leaders who try to sound like Joe Sixpack , including President Obama , who has a tendency to drop his g 's. "I say stop trying to 'relate.' Be a leader. Be [expletive] presidential," Jackson, 64, tells Playboy. "I grew up in a society where I could say, 'It ain't.' . . . But when I'm out presenting myself to the world . . . I [expletive] conjugate. " Jackson   , who played a slave in Quentin Tarantino 's Django Unchained , also is fed up with folks who say only black directors should tell black stories.
NEWS
August 29, 2013
I'M SURPRISED that everyone is speaking about Miley Cyrus' performance and is embarrassed by her behavior. Are you familiar with Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" - an edited version because the original version was too risqué to air? Haven't we seen Nicki Minaj perform lap dances on stage? Haven't we seen Ciara twerk on stage? Haven't we seen Lil Wayne performing wearing his underwear on stage? Didn't we recently view Rihanna performing to the song "Cake," slapping her private parts?
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