Diane Warren & James Newton Howard Among Top Winners at 2021 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

Diane Warren and James Newton Howard may have moved a step closer to winning their first Academy Awards after taking key awards at the 11th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The show was held virtually and pre-recorded for a premiere airing on Wednesday (Jan. 27) on www.hmmawards.com. The show will remain on the site for at least two days.

Warren took best outstanding song – feature film for “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead. Warren, who has received 11 Oscar nods for best original song without a win (yet) co-wrote the song with Laura Pausini and Niccolò Agliardi. Pausini performed it on the film’s soundtrack and also performed it at this virtual awards event.

Howard took outstanding score – feature film for News of The World. Howard has received eight Oscar nods without a win—six of them in scoring categories.

Other winners on the night included John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste, Ludwig Göransson, Emile Mosseri and Benjamin Wallfisch.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs) honor composers, songwriters and music supervisors for their work in music for film, television, and video games.

Producer David Foster presented the HMMA career achievement honor to Kenny Loggins, who performed his 1980 hit “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack at the virtual event.

Colin Hay presented outstanding music documentary to another famed Australian act, Bee Gees, for The Bee Gees: How Do You Mend A Broken Heart.

Rita Wilson won outstanding song – independent film for “Everybody Cries” from The Outpost, which she co-wrote with Rod Lurie and Larry Groupé. Wilson performs the song on the soundtrack and also performed it at the virtual event from her studio.

Other live (well, virtually live) performances included Celeste performing “Hear My Voice” from The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Kris Bowers and Andra Day performing Nat King Cole’s 1951 classic “Unforgettable” on Cole’s Steinway at Capitol Records where the song was originally recorded; and Starr Parodi performing “Over the Rainbow” on her studio’s 1928 Steinway which was reputedly used in scoring sessions for the 1939 classic The Wizard Of Oz.

The HMMA points with pride to its role as an Academy Awards bellwether. A press release notes: “Past HMMA winners who went on to Oscar wins in music categories include scores for Joker, Black Panther, Shape of Water and Gravity and songs from A Star Is Born and La La Land. Historically, a high percentage of HMMA score and song nominees went on to be Oscar shortlisted or nominated.”

Here’s a complete list of winners:

Outstanding score – feature film:
News Of the World (Universal Pictures/Netflix) – James Newton Howard

Outstanding score – independent film:
Minari (A24) – Emile Mosseri

Outstanding score – animated film:
Soul (Walt Disney Studios) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Outstanding score – sci-fi/fantasy:
Tenet (Warner Bros./HBO Max) – Ludwig Göransson

Outstanding score – horror film:
The Invisible Man (Universal Pictures) – Benjamin Wallfisch

Outstanding score – documentary:
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (Netflix) – Steven Price

Outstanding song – feature film:
“Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se) – written by Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi. Performed by Laura Pausini (Netflix)

Outstanding song – independent film:
“Everybody Cries” from The Outpost – written by Rod Lurie, Larry Groupé, Rita Wilson. Performed by Rita Wilson (Screen Media Films)

Outstanding song – animated film:
“Just Sing” from Trolls World Tour – written by Max Martin, Justin Timberlake, Ludwig Göransson, Sarah Aarons (Universal Studios)

Outstanding song – documentary:
“Never Break” from Giving Voice – written by John Legend, Nasri Atweh, Benjamin Hudson Mcildowie, Greg Wells, John Stephens. Performed by John Legend. (Netflix)

Outstanding score – independent film (foreign language):
Blizzard Of Souls (Dvēseļu Putenis) (Access – A/Pandastorm) – Lolita Ritmanis

Outstanding score – TV movie/streamed:
Evil Eye (Amazon Prime Video) – Ronit Kirchman

Outstanding music documentary/special program:
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – produced by Jeanne Elfant Festa, Mark Monroe, Nigel Sinclair. Directed by Frank Marshall (HBO Documentary Films / HBO Max)

Outstanding score – TV show/limited series:
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) – Carlos Rafael Rivera

Outstanding score – documentary TV series:
Belushi (Showtime) – Tree Adams

Outstanding main title theme – TV show/limited series:
Hollywood (Netflix) – Nathan Barr

Outstanding song – TV show/limited series:
“All For Us” from Euphoria – written by Timothy Lee McKenzie aka Labrinth. Performed by Zendaya & Labrinth (HBO/HBO Max

Outstanding music supervision – film:
Bonnie Greenberg – The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se) (Netflix)

Outstanding music supervision – television:
Angela Vicari – The Eddy (Netflix)

Outstanding music supervision – video game:
Square-Enix sound division – Final Fantasy VII remake

Outstanding score – short film (animated):
Mime Your Manners – Corey Wallace

Outstanding score – short film (live action):
Imagine Symphony Live – Chris Thomas

Outstanding score – video game:
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – John Paesano

Outstanding song – video game:
“The Baddest” from League Of Legends – written by Riot Music Team and Bekuh Boom; vocals by Soyeon of (G)I-DLE, Miyeon of (G)I-DLE, Bea Miller and Wolftyla

Outstanding song/score – mobile video game:
Call Of Duty: Mobile – Wilbert Roget, II; Guillaume Roussel and additional artists

Outstanding soundtrack album:
Promising Young Woman (Capitol Records)

Music video (independent):
“The National Parks” – Wildflower

Live concert for visual media:
Shawn Mendes: Live in Concert (Netflix)

Song/score – trailer:
DUNE trailer – music supervisor/music director: Stephanie Koury. Music score by Hans Zimmer. Eclipse written by Roger Waters.

Song/score – commercial advertisement:
“Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)” Kinder Bueno – TV commercial:
Song written by Rainer Pietsch & Amanda Lear. Produced & composed by Jake Warren. Performed by Alice Ella.

Main title – TV show (foreign language):
Dofaat Beirut – Amir Hedayah (Lebanon)

Original song – short film:
“Brave” from The Great Artist – written by Jon Altham, Pia Toscano, Matthew Postlethwaite. Vocal by Pia Toscano

Special citation:
“The Soundtrack Of Our Lives” – Streaming special benefitting MusiCares

Olivia Rodrigo, Normani & More Shower Halsey With Love After Pregnancy Reveal

Halsey kicked off 2021 in the best way, revealing her growing baby bump in a pregnancy announcement on Wednesday (Jan. 27).

She revealed the news in a  mini photo gallery on Instagram, with the simple caption, “surprise!” followed by three emojis: a baby bottle, rainbow and infant angel.

The star’s celebrity friends and collaborators flooded her comments section with sweet congratulatory messages of excitement. We’ve compiled comments from Olivia Rodrigo, Normani, Benny Blanco, Kelsea Ballerini and many more below.

Olivia Rodrigo: “YESSS,” “SENDING U SO MUCH LOVE”

Normani: “congratulations angel”

Cassie: Congratulations!!!!”

Lauren Jauregui: “WHAT! Omgggggg congrats maam!”

Kelsea Ballerini: “ahhhhhhh she’s a mamaaaa!!!!! [pink heart emoji] [white heart emoji] [raised hands emoji]

Benny Blanco: “screaming”

Perrie Edwards: “Oh. My. Goodness! Congratulations [baby bottle emoji] [heart eyes emoji]”

Raye: “[heart eyes emoji] Congratulations mama [heart eyes emoji]!!!”

Sydney Sweeney: “you’re gonna be the greatest momma [red heart emoji] I can’t wait!”

Karrueche: “CONGRATS!!”

Ruby Rose: “Wow wow wow! Congratulations”

Emily Ratajkowski: “Yay!! [crown emoji]”

January Jones: “Whaaaaaaaaaaatttt??? Congratulations Momma!! You’re gonna love it!! [red heart emoji]”

Diana Silvers: “what!!!!!!!!!! [heart eyes emoji]”

Tinashe: “Woww congrats !!!!! [red heart emojis]”

James Charles: “CONGRATULATIONS AHHH”

Gigi Gorgeous: CONGRATULATIONS angel of LIFE [raised hands emoji] [red heart emoji] [rainbow emoji]

Addison Rae: “CONGRATULATIONS [heart eyes emoji]”

Mitchy Collins: “[three red heart emojis],” “congrats!!”

Charlotte Lawrence: “WOW,” “CONGRATULATIONS MAMA!! [crying face emoji] [rainbow emoji] [pink flower emoji] [pink hearts emoji]”

Danna Paola Scores First Top 10 on Latin Pop Albums Chart With ‘K.O. (Knockout)’

Mexican artist Danna Paola secures her first top 10 on the Latin Pop Albums chart as K.O. (Knockout) arrives at No. 9 on the Jan. 30 survey. It’s her highest entry on the tally, following Sie7e+, a No. 16 peak (April 2020).

K.O., released Jan. 13 via Universal Music Latino/UMLE, earned 1,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 21, (up 153%), according to MRC Data, mostly deriving from streaming activity. Danna Paola’s sixth studio album logged 1.3 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs.  (As the album was released on Jan. 13, it had two days of activity in the previous chart week, ending Jan. 14, but didn’t have enough activity to reach the Latin Pop Albums chart.)

Latin Pop Albums ranks the most popular Latin pop albums of the week in the U.S. based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Danna Paola is  the first female solo act to debut in the top 10 on the Latin Pop Albums chart in 2021. She follows the late Selena’s No. 8 start with Selena: The Series, Music From the Netflix Original Series (chart dated Dec. 19, 2020). Who did it prior to her? Kali Uchis with Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios), her first chart appearance and first top 10 (No. 2 start, Nov. 28, 2020-dated survey).

Concurrently, Danna Paola is just the 10th female solo act alive to secure a top 10 debut on the tally since 2018 (Kany García records two entries). Let’s take a look:

Artist, Title, Debut Position, Debut Date

Natalia LaFourcade, Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos de Los Macorinos 2, No. 5, February 2018
Laura Pausini, Haste Sentir, No. 5, March 2018
Kany Garcia, Soy Yo, No. 2 , June 2018
Rosalía, El Mal Querer, No. 1, November 2018
Thalia, Valiente, No. 1, November 2018
Mon Laferte, Norma, No. 9, November 2018
Anitta, Kisses, No. 4, April 2019,
Kany Garcia, Contra El Viento, No. 3, June 2019
Shakira, Shakira In Concert: El Dorado, World Tour (Soundtrack), No. 3, November 2019
Kali Uchis, Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios), No. 2, November 2019
Danna Paola, K.O. (Knock Out), January 2021

Danna Paola launched her Latin Pop Albums history in 2005 with Océano, a No. 13 high.

(G)I-DLE Unveil English & Chinese Versions of ‘HWAA’

Following the buzz over their I Burn track, “HWAA,” (G)I-DLE released English and Chinese versions of the track on Wednesday (Jan. 27).

Like the original, the new renditions channel the same emotion by using fire and flowers as metaphors. “Reddest rеd, all these flowers bloom / When my heart forgets your old distant tune / With my burning flame / I’ll ignite the sun just like the spring has come,” the group sings in the powerful pre-chorus.

“HWAA” is originally featured on the girl group’s highly anticipated mini-album, I Burn, released via Republic Records on Jan. 11. The six-song project threads together musical arrangements and Eastern instrumentation to collect the pieces of a broken heart after a painful breakup. The South Korean group’s leader Soyeon earns writing credits on three songs, while Minnie scores two and Yuqi has one.

Watch the lyric video for the English version of “HWAA” below, and check out the Chinese version here.

Demi Lovato, Tom DeLonge, Kesha & More Artists Who Have Opened Up About UFOs & Alien Life

After a wild 2020 on Earth, maybe it’s time to look for life on another planet.

The discussion over UFOs has been increasing over the past few years, as sightings have become more frequent and social media has allowed for easier documentation of bizarre events.

A number of celebrities have shared their thoughts and personal experiences with aliens, making a compelling argument for extraterrestrial life. See below.

Tom DeLonge

The former Blink-182 star is perhaps Hollywood’s biggest UFO advocate, spearheading decades of research on the topic and efforts to publicize sightings. You can see our full timeline of his history with UFOs here.

Most recently, in April 2020, the U.S. Navy officially released three clips of UFO sightings DeLonge has been talking about for years. The videos, titled “GIMBAL.wmv,” “FLIR.mp4″ and “GOFAST.wmv,” were first published by The New York Times and DeLonge’s research organization, To the Stars Academy, in 2017 and 2018.

“With today’s events and articles on my and @TTSAcademy’s efforts to get the US Gov to start the grand conversation, I want to thank every share holder at To The Stars for believing in us,” he tweeted following the news. “Next, we plan on pursuing the technology, finding more answers and telling the stories.”

Demi Lovato

In October 2020, the singer spent some time in Joshua Tree, California — which is known for its frequent UFO sightings — with Dr. Steven Greer, “one of the world’s foremost authority figures regarding Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” according to his Instagram bio.

She took to Instagram to share her experience with a series of photos of unusual orbs. “The past few days I’ve spent in Joshua Tree with a small group of loved ones and @dr.steven.greer and his CE5 team,” she wrote. “Over the past couple months I have dug deep into the science of consciousness and experienced not only peace and serenity like I’ve never known but I also have witnessed the most incredibly profound sightings both in the sky as well as feet away from me. This planet is on a very negative path towards destruction but WE can change that together. If we were to get 1% of the population to meditate and make contact, we would force our governments to acknowledge the truth about extraterrestrial life among us and change our destructive habits destroying our planet. This is just some of the evidence from under the stars in the desert sky that can no longer be ignored and must be shared immediately.”

See here.

In January 2021, Lovato uploaded another Instagram video, in which she’s heard off-camera saying, “Another day, another UFO sighting.”

“Wow,” she says as the camera follows unidentified lights in the sky, ping-ponging in the air in broad daylight. “What the f—. They’re coming.”

Kesha

Kesha included several spaceships on her 2017 Rainbow album cover after experiencing a UFO sighting. In an interview on the Zach Sang Show she didn’t mention an actual encounter with any extraterrestrials, but she did see what looked like “little balls of fire in the sky.”

“I was in Joshua Tree, totally sober, let me preface — completely f—ing sober … I think people would be like, ‘She was on acid’ or something. I wasn’t. I was on nothing. I was a totally sober Sally, just a lady in the desert,” Kesha said. “I look up in the sky and there’s a bunch of spaceships.”

“I swear to God, there were like five to seven, and I don’t know why I didn’t like try to take a picture of it — I just looked at it,” she continued. “I was sitting on a rock, and I was like, ‘What in the hell is that?’ I was trying to figure it out, and then they went away. And then they came back.”

The singer found a “new hobby” at the beginning of 2021 after chatting with fellow UFO-believer Demi Lovato on her podcast, Kesha and the Creepies. “I loved the conversation we had because… there were a couple books she mentioned and an app she mentioned that I immediately downloaded,” the “High Road” singer told ET. ”… [I told my family,] ‘All I want for Christmas is for us all to meditate and try to channel extraterrestrials.’ And they’re like, ‘OK.'”

“I’m like trying to get all my friends and family into meditating the aliens to us. It’s my new hobby because of Demi Lovato,” she continued.

Nick Jonas

Kesha isn’t the only singer influenced by Lovato. While appearing on Late Night With Seth Meyers in 2015, Nick Jonas shared that he and his fellow former Disney Channel star “have talked about [UFOs] a lot.”

“I am on board. When I was 14 maybe, I was in my backyard playing basketball with some friends, and I looked up in the sky and there was three flying saucers,” he shared of his personal experience with otherworldly life. “This is Hollywood, so everyone was like, ‘It’s a movie, it’s a movie set.’ I was convinced it was real, and I looked up online and there was three identical sightings in other states. So, I am a firm believer in aliens.”

Machine Gun Kelly

In August 2020, MGK teamed up with Travis Barker for a collaboration titled “Concert for Aliens,” and in the accompanying animated lyric video, the duo escape a group of “space invaders,” stealing a UFO before they crash land on Mars. Making the most of their new living situation, the duo win over the aliens by throwing them a banging pop-punk concert.

The video’s extraterrestrial theme is not random for MGK, who is a strong believer in life outside of Earth. In a January 2021 interview for Late Late Show With James Corden, the star shared, “Homie, I saw life on this planet that was from another planet two nights ago, over a lake in Thousand Oaks. A red orb came out of nowhere, went and disappeared again.”

He also recalls seeing the “same exact orb” while on vacation. “I was in Bora Bora a week before that Hawaiian blue orb over the Pacific or whatever,” he continues. “Bora Bora is also in the Pacific and I saw that same exact orb that they were talking about in Hawaii and I saw the exact same thing fly by and disappear over a mountain. They’re out here.”

Miley Cyrus

In October 2020, Cyrus discussed extraterrestrial life with  Rick Owens for Interview Magazine, following the designer’s collaborative experiment with Italian label Moncler, in which he decked out a custom vehicle and matching attire for a road trip from Los Angeles to Nevada.

In the conversation, Owens admitted that he doesn’t “really” believe in extraterrestrial beings, “it seems a little arrogant to assume there’s nobody else but us.”

“That’s what I f—ing think!” Cyrus replied, before sharing that she’s had her own experience with otherworldly life.

“I was driving through San Bernardino with my friend, and I got chased down by some sort of UFO,” she explained, before cheekily adding, “I’m pretty sure about what I saw, but I’d also bought weed wax from a guy in a van in front of a taco shop, so it could have been the weed wax. But the best way to describe it is a flying snowplow. It had this big plow in the front of it and was glowing yellow. I did see it flying, and my friend saw it, too. There were a couple of other cars on the road and they also stopped to look, so I think what I saw was real.”

She added that she didn’t feel threatened by the experience at all. “I did see a being sitting in the front of the flying object,” she said. “It looked at me and we made eye contact, and I think that’s what really shook me, looking into the eyes of something that I couldn’t quite wrap my head around. But you’re so right to say that it’s a form of narcissism to think that we’re the only things that could be in this vast universe.”

Post Malone

In August 2020, Post Malone was a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, where the rapper discussed a number of past experiences with UFO sightings.

“I was probably 16, in upstate New York, and it would just stay there [in the sky],” he said “My aunt and uncle were very strict and we had to go to bed at a very strict deadline probably 10 p.m. I was looking out the window with my cousin and it’s just a light that stays there and then just f—ing goes off. Just ‘whoosh,’ you can’t explain it.”

“I used to live in Tarzana,” he continued of another experience in Los Angeles. “There was a balcony, and it sounds corny, but there was a classic force field. When you think of a force field, and it’s kinda like a dome, in a circular shape and it just [quickly] goes back in. In Tarzana, looking down at the f—ing city. I’m like, ‘how did nobody else see this?’ But I was there with four other people and they saw it, too.”

Alicia Keys

In an October 2013 interview with Buzzfeed, the Grammy winning singer shared that not only does she believe in aliens, but she also thinks “they’re here [on Earth] now.”

“I’ve met some serious aliens in my life, for sure,” she joked. “I’m sure you’ve seen a UFO. Haven’t all of us seen something flying in the sky, and it’s at some random time of night that doesn’t make sense, and it’s not the shape of a plane?”

FKA Twigs Recalls ‘Deeply Horrific’ Racist Abuse From Ex-Fiance Robert Pattinson’s Fans

FKA twigs opened up about the “deeply horrific” racist abuse she suffered online while dating Robert Pattinson on the Grounded With Louis Theroux podcast.

The English singer-songwriter and English actor were together for three years, when they began dating in 2014 and got engaged the following year but eventually broke it off in 2017. During the new interview, she remembered the Twilight star’s fans drawing relentless comparisons between her and monkeys on social media, which caused a massive blow to her confidence that rippled over time.

“It was really, really, deeply horrific, and it was at a time where I felt like I couldn’t really talk about it,” the “Don’t Judge Me” singer told Theroux. “He was their white Prince Charming, and I think they considered he should definitely be with someone white and blonde and not me. Whatever I did at that time, people would find pictures of monkeys and have me doing the same thing as the monkey. Say if I was wearing a red dress, they’d have a monkey in a red dress, or if I was on a bike, they’d find a monkey on a bike.”

She continued, “I just remembered it had this massive dysmorphic effect on me for about six months to a year, where every time I saw my pictures and photographs, I would think, ‘Gosh, I look like a monkey and people are gonna say I look like a monkey, so I have to really try and hide this monkeyness that I have, because otherwise people are gonna come for me about it.'”

But the 33-year-old artist (real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett) reassured listeners that she currently loves the way she looks and has regained her confidence since enduring the racist bullying from her previous high-profile relationship.

Twigs also elaborated on what she claims was an emotionally draining abusive relationship with her more recent ex Shia LaBeouf. She filed a lawsuit against the actor in December, alleging “relentless abuse” that included sexual battery, assault and emotional distress.

Listen to her entire conversation on the Grounded With Louis Theroux podcast below.

This Taylor Swift ‘Red’ Hit Is Now a Sea Shanty, Thanks to U.S. Navy Band

Sea shanties may be trending on TikTok, but the U.S. Navy wants you to know that they were into the genre first — so much so, that the U.S. Navy Band took to Twitter to share its sea-shanty rendition of Taylor Swift’s Red single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Featuring a thumping, shanty-esque beat, violins and a five-part vocal harmony, members of the Navy Band chant the lyrics, even putting their own spin on the second verse’s “indie record” line: “And you would hide away and find your peace of mind/ With some TikTok video that’s much cooler than mine,” the female vocalist sings, nodding to the growing sea-shanty trend on the popular video sharing platform.

To really let followers know that sea shanties are deeply embedded in U.S. Navy history and culture, the band playfully quoted the Navy Chief of Information in the caption: “To quote @CHINFO, ‘We were very much into this music before it was cool.’”

Watch the U.S. Navy Band’s sea-shanty version of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” below.