Patrick Starrr, Chris Appleton Bring The Glam to Billboard Pride Prom

The pandemic might have put a damper on gleefully crowded Pride celebrations, but stars hailing from the television, film and music industries came together virtually to honor and recognize the LGBTQ community at Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s second annual Pride Summit and Prom on Saturday.

Following a day full of insightful conversations about LGBTQ representation in the media, social justice and mentorship, YouTube makeup artist Patrick Starrr and Jennifer Lopez’s hairstylist Chris Appleton shared tips on how to achieve Pride Prom-ready looks.

The beauty gurus showed off their favorite Pride looks, including Appleton’s wavy half-up half-down hairdo, and Starrr’s glittery rainbow eye makeup. To complete his Pride mug, Starrr used all Black-owned beauty products, ranging from Rihanna’s Fenty foundation and face mist to Pat McGrath’s eyeliner, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We’re here to support Pride, we’re here to support trans lives, we’re here to support the LGBTQ+ lives, and most of all we’re here to support Black lives,” Starrr said during the livestream.

Starrr also urged his viewers to vote and to be agents of change, mentioning a number of organizations, including The Trevor Project. The second annual Pride Prom and Summit also supports The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.

“I believe beyond makeup, we can make the world a little bit more colorful by being inclusive, by making political change and that starts with all of us right here,” Starrr added during his tutorial.

Pride Prom, emceed by Shea Diamond and DJ’d by Tracy Young, saw a number of uplifting messages, prom memories and words of advice from influencers and industry names, many of whom are part of the LGBTQ community themselves. Billy Porter, Hayley Kiyoko, Noah Cyrus, Cyndi Lauper and Margaret Cho were among the stars who encouraged viewers to keep the party going safely, despite circumstances.

A version of this article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.


Watch Every Performance From Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit & Pride Prom

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping people everywhere in their homes, queer people have been left wondering: Is Pride canceled in 2020?

On Saturday, June 13, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter answered that question with their second annual Pride Summit and first-ever Pride Prom. Taking place online, the daylong celebration featured panels, conversations, glam tutorials and special appearances from celebrity guests to celebrate Pride Month in these uncertain times.

Along with all the other content, the Pride Summit & Prom also featured a number of special performances from some of the top LGBTQ talent in the music industry.

Artists like Shea Diamond, Rex Rebel, Madame Gandhi, Trixie Mattel, Tituss Burgess, Pabllo Vittar, Shamir, Noah Cyrus, the House of Lanvin , Tove Lo and Lauren Jauregui all showed up to give their fans performances to remember.

Here’s a look back on all of the performances from Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit & Pride Prom:

Shea Diamond, “Don’t Shoot”

Rex Rebel, “Big Boy”

Madame Gandhi, “See Me Thru”

Trixie Mattel, “Malibu”

Tituss Burgess, “Dance M.F.” (skip to 6:05)

Pabllo Vittar, “Tímida” (skip to 18:17)

Shamir, “On My Own” (skip to 22:54)

Noah Cyrus, “July” (skip to 29:15)

The House of Lanvin’s Vogueing Showcase (skip to 33:22)

Perfume Genius, “Whole Life” (skip to 38:53)

Tove Lo, “Sadder, Badder, Cooler” (skip to 45:07)

Lauren Jauregui, “50ft.” (skip to 53:12)

Shamir Celebrates Solitude With ‘On My Own’ at Billboard Pride Prom

With his guitar and purple hair at the ready, Shamir stopped by Billboard’s Pride Prom to perform his sweet, twangy new song “On My Own.” Okay, he didn’t “stop by” literally, but he did send in a home video to our digital Pride Summit & Pride Prom.

“It’s a nice little song about enjoying your own company, which I think a lot of us are starting to do and get used to — or at least I hope so,” Shamir said while introducing the tune.

“On My Own” previews Shamir’s new album coming out this fall.

Here’s What Happened at Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit & Prom

Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit and Pride Promwhich you can be part of here — opened on Saturday (June 13) with a strong call for “every single one of us” to stand up against racism and police brutality. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors reminded participants in the digital summit that Stonewall was started by black queer and trans activists, and the “police played such a terrible role” in that landmark uprising that kickstarted the modern LGBTQ equality movement. After Cullors’ opening statement, singer and activist Shea Diamond used her astonishing voice to convey a related message with her bone-chilling song “Don’t Shoot.”

Black Lives Matter was a common thread throughout the panels as well. During a discussion featuring the director (Ryan White) and executive producers (Wilson Cruz, Jessica Hargrave) of Apple TV+’s Visible: Out on Television, Cruz addressed the need to step up even within the LGBTQ community. “How can we finally acknowledge that we have some work to do within our own community about how we navigate race?” Cruz said. “We really need to question our own biases and figure out how to truly take care of the African American, black and brown people within our community who have been trying to have this conversation for decades.”

Outrage against police brutality was a topic of Boy George’s panel with Billboard staffer Taylor Mims, too, with the iconic singer declaring, “If you’re not affected [by everything going on], you have no soul.” George also talked about being unabashedly out his entire life and getting bullied from a young age but not understanding it: “Why is everyone calling me a girl? Girls are amazing! Is that an insult?”

In a different panel, Lena Waithe (wearing an incredible Public Enemy shirt) and Jonica T. Gibbs (rocking a Boyz N the Hood tee) discussed the importance of representation – and not just in the broad strokes people often think of. Waithe pointed out there’s heteronormative assumptions that LGBTQ people make, too: “When you see two masculine-presenting women [in a relationship] people go, ‘Well who’s the woman? I don’t get it.’ It’s this silly thing in our own community, there’s a weird discrimination and judgement there.” That concern inspired a scene in Waithe’s series Twenties on BET, which finds Gibbs playing a role partially inspired by Waithe.

Waithe also spoke about amplifying black voices in politics and Hollywood, the latter of which Todrick Hall and Pose co-creator/executive producer Steven Canals addressed in their illuminating panel. “We have our own stories to tell. Just create space for us to do that,” Canals said of industry players’ loath to greenlight original content from black creatives. “And give us the same budget and the same billboards and the same promotion and the same everything that you would have given had it been another show that featured mostly white people,” Hall said as a follow-up. “That’s another thing I see. Okay, we’ll give you this, but it’s not going to be at the best time slot and it’s not going to have the best promotion until you prove yourself.”

Director Lilly Wachowski and actor/comedian Abby McEnany (both of Showtime’s Work in Progress) talked about the importance of effecting real change. “There’s a human rights struggle that’s going on right now,” Wachowski said. “We’re hand in hand with queer liberation and trans liberation and black liberation. We have to keep pushing our shoulder to the wheel of progress. We have to stop being so lazy, white people have to stop being so lazy. We have to all participate in this. I have to stop being lazy.” Wachowski also added that we need to “defund the police” and “stop killing black trans women.”

Sprinkled throughout the summit were various performances. After frontman Sam Bettens recounted his experience of coming out as trans, Rex Rebel played a socially distanced “Big Boy.” Madame Gandhi touched on the power of sharing Pride Month with the Black Lives Matter movement and the need to “go inward and say ‘how can I be better?'” before singing “See Me Thru.” Additionally, Drag Race All Stars winner Trixie Mattel also popped up to deliver her sweetly buoyant “Malibu.”

The Pride Summit also included two glam tutorials as a fitting lead-in to the Pride Prom: a hair how-to with Chris Appleton and a makeup tutorial from Patrick Starrr, who mixed in advice about supporting the LGBTQ and black communities.

As for the Pride Prom, it was a veritable who’s who of LGBTQ stars and true blue allies, with Shea Diamond hosting a night that brought together everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Billy Porter to Drag Race luminaries (Bob the Drag Queen, Jan, Eureka and Jackie Cox) to the House of Lanvin (delivering a fierce digital vogue-off) to Debbie Gibson to Bobby Berk to Big Freedia to Justin Tranter. Billboard’s cover star Todrick Hall was crowned prom king and queen, and Randy Rainbow opened up about his “bittersweet” memories of attending prom not once but thrice with girls when he was closeted.

The Pride Prom also boasted at-home performances from Tituss Burgess, Noah Cyrus, Lauren Jauregui, Tove Lo, Perfume Genius, Shamir and Pabllo Vittar, who helped light up the dancefloor that is your quarantine bedroom.

Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s second annual Pride Prom and Summit supports The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.


Lauren Jauregui Closes Out Billboard’s Pride Prom With ‘50ft.’ Performance

Every prom has to come to an end, and Lauren Jauregui has just the song to tie things up.

On Saturday (June 13), the former Fifth Harmony star closed out Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s first-ever Pride Prom with a stunning performance to her R&B slow-jam “50ft.”

Performing in her home and dressed in a glittering mesh top, the singer let her voice shine through on the smooth breakup song as she casually flipped back and forth between English and Spanish. “Naturally inclined to love/ But when the love ain’t flowing back/ I pull away and reassess/ Gotta protect me,” she sings.

Jauregui released “50ft.” back in April, and explained in a statement that she wanted to capture the actual feeling of distance. “I wrote it from a space of reflection on how I interact with the world energetically and this artwork truly encapsulates the feeling of distance spoken about in the song while asserting the closeness of my relationship to my loved ones,” she said.

Watch Lauren Jauregui’s full performance of “50ft.” here.

Tove Lo Is Feeling ‘Sadder, Badder, Cooler’ With Her Billboard Pride Prom Performance

“Why am I cooler than you?” That’s the question that Tove Lo needs answered in her exclusive new live performance.

On Saturday (June 13), Tove Lo took to the virtual stage at Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Prom to deliver a stunning performance of her song “Sadder, Badder, Cooler” to get fans up and moving.

Dressed in a glittering pink pantsuit, complete with feathers and sequins, the Swedish star shook her hips around her apartment as she crooned out her party anthem. “Come to my pity party/ Done with my pride, I don’t mind,” she sang. “I just wanna be dramatic tonight/ And make a song about me.”

You can check out Tove Lo’s full performance here.

Muse’s Matt Bellamy & Wife Elle Welcome Baby

Congratulations are in order for Matt Bellamy and his wife, Elle, who have announced the birth of their first child together.

“Lovella Dawn Bellamy, born Los Angeles June 7th 2020 with exactly the same quarantine haircut as her Dad! Mom @elloelle did an amazing job!” the Muse frontman wrote on Instagram, where he shared some of baby Lovella’s first photos.

On her own Instagram page, Elle said she was born “weighing 9 pounds & measuring 23 inches.”

The couple married in August 2019 and shared the news of Elle’s pregnancy this past February.

Bellamy is also the parent of a child with ex Kate Hudson. Their son, Bingham, was born in 2011.

See the sweet baby photos below.