Entertainment News Roundup: Rio pop star Anitta becomes first Brazilian to top Spotify’s global chart; Oscars weekend kicks off with honors for Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover and more


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Rio Anitta pop star becomes first Brazilian to top Spotify’s global chart

Rio de Janeiro pop star Anitta became the first Brazilian to top Spotify’s daily global chart on Friday with her song “Envolver.” The song rose to No. 1 on the daily global top 50 after an online campaign by the singer and other Brazilian celebrities. “Envolver” had 6.4 million streams on Friday and 71.6 million since its release in November.

Oscars weekend kicks off with honors for Samuel L. Jackson and Danny Glover

Hollywood kicked off Oscars weekend by awarding honorary Oscars on Friday to Samuel L. Jackson and other film industry veterans, for their decades of film and humanitarian work. Jackson was among the recipients of the annual Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that will present best picture and other trophies at a live ceremony on Sunday.

Key nominations for the 2022 Oscars

The winners of the 94th Academy Awards, the film industry’s highest honors, will be announced Sunday at a ceremony live from Los Angeles. Here is the list of the main nominations:

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dies aged 50

The death of Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of American rock band Foo Fighters, is being investigated by Colombian authorities after his death in a Bogota hotel, sending shock waves through the global music industry. The group announced late Friday that Hawkins, 50, had died, but did not give a cause of death.

The musical Diana and ‘Space Jam’ win the most Razzie awards

A musical about Diana, the late Princess of Wales, and a semi-animated ‘Space Jam’ remake starring LeBron James have won the most Razzies, the awards that skewer the year’s dumbest movies on the eve of the big Oscar ceremony. The Razzies announced the winners ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, handing out five prizes to “Diana: The Musical,” the film version of a Broadway production that wrapped in December after just 33 regular performances.

Five things to watch for at Sunday’s Oscars

The Oscars, Hollywood’s annual red carpet celebration of cinema, takes place on Sunday. Here are five things to watch for at the ceremony, which will air live in the US on ABC. SHAKEUP OF THE SHOW

Keanu Reeves fired by Chinese video platforms after concert in Tibet

Chinese streaming platforms including Tencent Video and iQiyi have removed films and video content featuring Canadian actor Keanu Reeves after he appeared in a Tibet-related concert organized by a Dalai-founded nonprofit Llama. Reuters checks showed his acclaimed works, the Matrix and John Wick franchises, as well as Speed, were among the films that were removed. Reuters could not determine when the films were removed.

The talent behind recent K-pop hits is a 20-year-old Japanese dancer

South Korea’s distinctive K-pop music genre has swept the world in recent years, its catchy tunes and flashy dance videos making international stars its top performers. But not all elements of the global phenomenon are made in Korea.

Stylist previews what to expect in Oscar fashion this year

Renowned stylist and creative director Apuje Kalu is working with several A-list celebrities attending this year’s Oscars and after-parties. So what goes into a successful Oscars look? Part of the key to success is making sure participants are comfortable and confident.

The Oscars face a watershed moment to build an audience

Three actresses will share hosting duties, fans will choose two awards, and some acceptance speeches will be recorded before the live broadcast. It’s part of a plan to shake up the TV broadcast of this year’s Oscars, which faces a crucial test on Sunday in an attempt to rebound from last year’s record ratings.

(With agency contributions.)


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