Barbra Streisand Set To Sing At Oscars For First Time in 36 Years

Barbra Streisand set to sing at Oscars for the first time in 36 years, it was announced on Wednesday. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” said the show’s producers, Craig Zadanand Neil Meron, in a statement.

They added, “We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance.” No additional details were given. Streisand’s last performance on the Academy Awards stage was in 1977. Continue reading Barbra Streisand Set To Sing At Oscars For First Time in 36 Years

Adele, Nicki Minaj, Kanye Top 2012 Grammy Nominations

She may have gone on hiatus due to some health troubles and throat surgery but Adele didn’t take a hit in her popularity this year. The British singer was nominated for six Grammy Awards last night including for album of the year, record of the year, and song of the year. But it’s Kanye West leading the pack with the highest number of nominations: seven, and many for his collaboration with Jay-Z.

Close behind were the Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars, each with six nominations. Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons and Rihanna each earned four nominations.

Here’s a list of some of the top noms – some new-comers and a few stand-by favorites

For record of the year, nominees were Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), Bruno Mars (“Grenade”), Bon Iver (“Holocene”), Mumford and Sons (“The Cave”) and Katy Perry (“Firework”).

Album nods go to Adele (21), the Foo Fighters (Wasting Light), Lady Gaga (Born this Way), Bruno Mars (Doo-Wops & Hooligans), and Rihanna (Loud).

Vying for Song of the Year: Kanye West and Rihanna (“All of the Lights”), Mumford and Sons (“The Cave”), Bruno Mars (“Grenade”), Bon Iver (“Holocene”) and Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”).

Yes, for some reason Rihanna keeps sneaking her way in there; hopefully this is the year that someone with real talent trumps her pop appeal.

Adele Recovering from Vocal Chord Surgery

As someone beloved for their voice, the last thing you’d want is to have to undergo vocal chord surgery. Fortunately, Adele is doing well after throat surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The operation took place last week, and the singer is already back to blogging, thanking her fans for their support, and giving an update on her condition:

“Thank you for all your positive thoughts and get well wishes. I’m doing really well, on the mend, super happy, relaxed and very positive with it all.”

It hasn’t been all bad news for Adele during this forced break, though. In October she won the title of Best Female Artist at the Q awards and earlier this month she was named Best UK & Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The 23-year-old songstress had a number of issues with her voice earlier this year which forced her to cancel a number of performances, and eventually pull out of her tour altogether. We hope she’s back wowing crowds again soon!

Adele Vocal Hemorrhage Heartbreak: U.S. Tour Cancelled

Chart-topping singer Adele has been forced to cancel the 10 shows remaining in her U.S. tour after suffering a vocal chord hemorrhage. Adele was “heartbroken and worried” at having to announced the cancellation of the rest of her tour because many of the shows were already rescheduled dates.

British siren Adele has been plagued with health problems over the past year, forcing her to cancel and reschedule tour dates repeatedly. In June, Adele was struck with a severe case of laryngitis. She took several months off to recooperate and attempted to relaunch her tour in September. Unfortunately she developed a chest and respiratory infection and missed six out of 15 shows last month.

Now Adele says she will have to cancel the last 10 shows of her U.S. tour. The October dates were already rescheduled from when she was in ill health earlier this year. The Grammy award winning singer is crushed at having to pull out of the shows but says she has no choice. “Singing is literally my life, its my hobbie, my love, my freedom and now my job. I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or i risk damaging my voice forever,” Adele said in a blog post at

“Guys, I’m heartbroken and worried to tell you that yet again im experiencing problems with my voice. It’s ridiculous I know! I cant believe it myself,” Adele said in her post. “I follow all the advice I’m given and stick to regimes, rules and practices to the best of my ability but it seems to simply not be enough.”

“I’m gonna be starting up vocal rehab as soon as, and start building my over all stamina in my voice, body and mind. i will be back and im gonna smash the ball out the park once im touring again,” Adele posted. “I apologise from the bottom of my heart, sincerely I do. I know it’s not only disappointing because of the show, but it’s plane tickets, hotel bookings, birthdays, anniversaries and time wasted. But please have faith in me that this is the only thing I can do to make sure I can always sing and always make music for you to the best of my ability.”

We wish you a speedy recovery Adele. Missed shows suck and your fans will be sad. But losing that amazing voice forever would be horrific. Get well soon!