The 2013 Billboard Music Awards are rolling into Las Vegas on Sunday. It's shaping up to be a great show, with Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, and Lil Wayne scheduled to perform, while Madonna will be honored with the Top Touring Artist award. Before we check out all the action this weekend, though, we're taking a look back at the Billboard fun in years past. Remember when Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey took the stage together in 2003 or when Britney Spears heated things up with Rihanna in 2011? Click through to see all the photos, and check back later for coverage from the show!
Jay-Z released the new song "Open Letter" today on his website, Life + Times. The message of the song is clear — he was not thrilled that various politicians wanted to launch an investigation into his fifth wedding anniversary trip with wife Beyoncé Knowles to Cuba, which, as it turns out, was approved by the US Treasury Department. In the song, which was coproduced by his friends Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, Jay raps about his critics, "They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine! Let me commit a real crime."
And Jay's aggressive lyrics don't stop there. He takes on critics of his work in the sports field, too. Jay is launching a sports agency, an endeavor that necessitates him selling his interest in the Brooklyn Nets in order to take on athletes as clients. Jay's involvement with the team has been a lightning rod of controversy, with onlookers wondering what exactly he was getting out of being a minority owner. In "Open Letter," he raps, "I would have moved the Nets to Brooklyn for free, except I made millions off you f-cking dweebs." Clearly, Jay had a lot to get off his chest, and this track afforded him the opportunity to do so. We're curious what you make of "Open Letter" — is it a great song as far as you're concerned, or a bad PR move because of the message?
Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z continued their vacation in Cuba today. They enjoyed the view from the balcony of their room at Havana's Hotel Saratoga. Both Beyoncé and Jay preserved the memory by snapping a photo, though his hands were quite full balancing a cigar. Jay's been able to indulge his passion for cigars while in Cuba, also being photographed puffing away as he and his wife of five years left dinner Wednesday at the city's La Guarida restaurant.
The couple are in Cuba, a destination restricted for many American travelers, along with their mothers, Tina Knowles and Gloria Carter. The getaway coincided with Jay and Beyoncé's fifth wedding anniversary yesterday, April 4. In addition to celebrating her marriage milestone, it's also being reported that Beyoncé has been named as an honorary chair for next month's Costume Institute Gala benefit.
Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z were in Houston last night to attend the NBA All-Star Game. They were treated to opening performances from John Legend and Ne-Yo, as well as a later set by their pal Alicia Keys, before going on to watch the West beat the East with the help of LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant. The loss was a disappointment to the Miami Heat's LeBron James, who kicked off the fun weekend at Saturday's Two Kings dinner with Jay-Z and Beyoncé. The annual Two Kings event, which typically takes place over the All-Star Game weekend, was extraspecial for Jay-Z this year. It's the first-ever season for the Brooklyn Nets, of which he is a part owner. There was more fun in store for the couple too — Saturday brought the debut of Beyoncé's documentary, Life Is But a Dream.
Beyoncé Knowles wore a white pantsuit to attend the Two Kings dinner thrown by her husband Jay-Z last night in her hometown of Houston, TX. The couple was joined by Jay-Z's co-host LeBron James for the annual event, which began in 2007. Diddy and Drake both also attended.
It was a special day for Beyoncé, as her documentary, Life Is But a Dream, premiered on HBO as well. The couple celebrated the project at Wednesday's NYC premiere of Life Is But a Dream. The doc, Beyoncé's directorial debut, gave an inside look into her life and included a peek at Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy, who turned 1 in January.
The Grammys were full of plenty of memorable musical moments, from the night's big winners to the amazing live performances. Justin Timberlake set the auditorium on fire when he took the stage with Jay-Z for his first TV performance in years. Big winners of the night included Adele, who took home the best pop solo performance and thanked her fellow female pop stars, saying, "We work so hard, and we make it look so easy." Carrie Underwood snagged the best country solo performance award, while Frank Ocean avoided an awkward moment when he won the award for best urban performance over Chris Brown, who was recently accused of punching Frank during an argument outside a recording studio. Fun. took home best new artist, as Gotye walked away with the highly coveted record of the year honor.
The night wasn't short of onstage collaborations between many different artists, including a heartfelt rendition of "The A Team" by Ed Sheenan and Elton John; a tribute to Bob Marley by Rihanna, Sting, and Bruno Mars; and a jam session between Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 that got the whole audience on their feet. Earlier in the show, Taylor Swift sang an Alice in Wonderland-inspired performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Other exciting performers from the night included Mumford & Sons — who were introduced by Johnny Depp — and Fun., who rocked out with "Carry On." Don't forget to check out our red-carpet fashion and beauty polls.
Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé Knowles took their seats inside Staples Center after walking the red carpet at the Grammys in LA on Sunday. Jessica Biel joined up with them in the audience despite not posing for cameras earlier in the afternoon, though there were plenty of other ladies on the red carpet. Jay-Z also got in on the fun, pouring his own drinks between mingling with Justin. It's an exciting night for JT and Beyoncé, since they'll both be taking the stage. Beyoncé will be presenting and is also nominated for "Love on Top," while Justin is one of the evening's many performers.
Justin Timberlake took the stage at DirecTV's Super Saturday Night party in New Orleans last night. He debuted new songs from his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, and sang older hits such as "Like I Love You" for the crowd. He had some help making his Super Bowl comeback when he was joined on stage by two surprise guests, Jay-Z and Timbaland. Jay-Z accompanied Justin on their new track, "Suit & Tie," and Timbaland helped JT resurrect his past with "SexyBack" — click through to watch the performances.
It is an exciting time for Justin, who along with preparing for the release of his new album, announced he will perform at this year's Grammy Awards. His pre-Super Bowl concert was just one of the festivities stars are taking part in for the big game in New Orleans — see all the stars partying during Super Bowl weekend.
Jay-Z and Coldplay rang in 2013 together with a joint New Year's Eve concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Monday night. Coldplay played the first set while Jay-Z took the stage shortly before midnight. Jay-Z and Chris Martin joined up for the countdown and to sing "Auld Lang Syne." Once Chris was finished belting out the New Year's staple, he flowed into Jay-Z's "Run This Town," filling in for Rihanna's chorus. While Jay-Z and Chris were rocking, Chris's wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, and their children, Apple and Moses, danced on stage. They weren't the only celebrities in the audience since Jake Gyllenhaal was spotted chatting with Jay-Z backstage and Christina Aguilera and her boyfriend, Matt Rutler, were also on hand. Once the concert was over, Chris and Jay-Z headed to the 40/40 Club for an afterparty without Gwyneth, who headed home with Apple and Moses.
Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z stopped by Bergdorf Goodman in NYC for Christmas Eve shopping on Monday. It's Beyoncé and Jay's first Christmas with baby Blue, who will be celebrating her first birthday in early January. Blue Ivy was one of the most exciting new celebrity babies of 2012, though we still haven't gotten to see more than a handful of glimpses of the infant hip-hop royalty. To close out their momentous year, Jay-Z will be performing with his good friend Chris Martin and Coldplay at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris, and their kids were spotted at JFK gearing up to spend the holidays on the East Coast before the big show. Gwyneth and Beyoncé are sure to be there to cheer on their men, and perhaps Bey will even join Jay for one of their famous duets.