Kelly Clarkson Is a Double Winner (Again) at 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards

Kelly Clarkson won two more Daytime Emmys on Friday (June 24) – outstanding entertainment talk show and outstanding entertainment talk show host. In the three seasons that her popular daytime talk show has been on the air, Clarkson has won five Daytime Emmys. By comparison, she has won three Grammys in her entire career.

Clarkson has won outstanding entertainment talk show host all three seasons her show has been on the air. Kelly Ripa is the only other host who has won three times in the category, and her wins weren’t consecutive.

Clarkson’s show, which launched in September 2019, won five Daytime Emmys at last week’s Creative Arts Awards, for a total of seven for its third season on the air. That’s more than the show won in its first two seasons combined. (It won three awards in each of its first two seasons.)

But Clarkson wasn’t present at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif., to accept her awards. Her producers explained her absence by saying she’s taking the entire summer off to spend time with her children. That’s admirable, of course, but taking a few hours out to support the top award in your industry is also worthwhile.

Gloria Estefan, who, like Clarkson, has amassed three No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, lost in her category – outstanding informative talk show host. She was nominated along with her daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan for Red Table Talk: The Estefans (Facebook Watch). The award in that category went to Tamron Hall, host of her own syndicated show. In accepting the award, Hall recalled that she was a latchkey kid who grew up watching daytime television, so it means a lot to her to have succeeded in the field.

Jeopardy! won outstanding game show for a record 19th time — and the third year in a row. This three-year stretch included the death of longtime host Alex Trebek; the public tryouts of various replacement hosts; the eventual hiring of Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings; and this season’s succession of all-time champions — Amy Schneider (40 wins), Matt Amodio (38) and Mattea Roach (23).

Steve Harvey won his third award for hosting Family Feud. Richard Dawson, the original host of the long-running show, won just once (in 1978). Unfairly, it seems, Pat Sajak had to compete with himself in the category this year. He was nominated for both the syndicated Wheel of Fortune and ABC’s Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.

Entertainment Tonight won outstanding entertainment news show for the fifth time. Two of that show’s hosts, Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner, co-hosted the Daytime Emmys.

Michael Bolton sang “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which in 1990 became his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, over the In Memoriam spot. The tearjerker ballad, which Bolton co-wrote with Doug James, was an apt choice for the In Memoriam spot. Bolton was given a second spot later in the show to sing a new song, “Beautiful World.”

There was a tribute package to the hosts of two long-running shows that ended their runs this year – Ellen DeGeneres and Maury Povich. The juxtaposition of the two shows elevated Povich’s stature and diminished DeGeneres’. This year marked the first time that DeGeneres’ show was not nominated for outstanding entertainment talk show (or its predecessor category, outstanding talk show).

Mishael Morgan became the first Black actress to win outstanding performance by a lead actress in a drama series for her role as Amanda Sinclair on The Young and the Restless (CBS).

John Aniston, who has acted in TV since 1962 and has played Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives since 1985, won a lifetime achievement award. The award was presented on video by his daughter Jennifer, who has also had some success in television. John Aniston, 88, wasn’t present to receive his award.

The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974. The 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI). Adam Sharp and Steve Ulrich were executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie was executive producer from ATI.

Here’s a list of nominations and winners in all categories presented on tonight’s show except daytime dramas (which are a world unto themselves).

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Drew Barrymore, The Drew Barrymore Show, Syndicated
WINNER: Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Syndicated
Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush-Hager , Today Show with Hoda & Jenna, NBC
Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Syndicated

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
Gloria Estefan, Emily Estefan, Lili Estefan, Red Table Talk: the Estefans, Facebook Watch
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, Meghan McCain, The View, ABC
WINNER: Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall, Syndicated
Taraji P. Henson, Tracie Jade, Peace of Mind with Taraji, Facebook Watch
Robin Roberts, Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts, Disney+

Outstanding Game Show Host
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal, CBS
WINNER: Steve Harvey, Family Feud, Syndicated
Leah Remini, People Puzzler, Game Show Network
Pat Sajak, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, ABC
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune, Syndicated

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
The Drew Barrymore Show, Syndicated
Hot Ones, Complex Networks
WINNER: The Kelly Clarkson Show, Syndicated
Live with Kelly and Ryan, Syndicated
Today Show with Hoda & Jenna, NBC

Outstanding Informative Talk Show
GMA3: What You Need to Know, ABC
Peace of Mind with Taraji, Facebook Watch
Red Table Talk, Facebook Watch
Red Table Talk: the Estefans, Facebook Watch
Tamron Hall, Syndicated
WINNER: Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts, Disney+

Outstanding Game Show
Family Feud (Syndicated)
WINNER: Jeopardy! (Syndicated)
Let’s Make a Deal (CBS)
The Price Is Right (CBS)
Wheel of Fortune (Syndicated)

Outstanding Entertainment News Series
Access Hollywood, Syndicated
WINNER: Entertainment Tonight, Syndicated
Extra, Syndicated
Inside Edition, Syndicated

Italian Regulator Fines Viagogo 23M Euros for Inflating Ticket Prices to Maneskin, Dua Lipa Concerts

LONDON —Italy’s communications regulator has fined Viagogo 23.5 million euros ($24.8 million) for selling tickets to concerts by rock and pop stars like Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa at vastly inflated rates, thereby violating the country’s strict rules around the resale of concert tickets.

Following a board meeting on June 23, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), a government regulator that oversees Italy’s telecommunications, audio visual and publishing industries, also ordered the secondary ticketing company to remove all “illegal content” listed on its platform within seven days.

The fine follows an investigation by AGCOM and Italy’s financial crime enforcement agency, the Guardia di Finanza, which looked at tickets for 131 events listed on www.viagogo.it. As well as listings for Maneskin, Pearl Jam and Dua Lipa, the probe found that Viagogo advertised tickets at increased prices on the site for shows by Vasco Rossi, Sting, Green Day, Placebo, Cesare Cremonini, Paolo Conte and Andrea Bocelli.

Viagogo listed tickets for those shows at prices up to six or seven times higher than face value, says AGCOM. That runs afoul of Italy’s strict ticketing laws, which state that only authorized vendors are allowed to sell tickets.

In instances where Italian consumers are in possession of unwanted tickets, they are only permitted to sell them on an occasional basis at a price that is “equal to or lower than the nominal price.” AGCOM has not provided details about when the concerts were scheduled to take place or when its investigation was carried out.

In a statement published June 24, translated into English by Billboard, AGCOM says “secondary ticketing has the effect of inflating ticket prices” and exists at “the detriment of the community of artists, event organizers and of primary retailers.”

“This is of particular relevance at an important moment for the resumption of the live events sector, after the forced interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the regulator says.

Responding to the ruling, a spokesperson for Viagogo tells Billboard that they “respect the decision of the AGCOM, however we are surprised by this fine.”

The company points to a referral made in April by Italy’s Consiglio di Stato (Council of State) to the Court of Justice of the European Union, asking the court to decide whether the laws restricting the commercial resale of tickets in Italy are compatible with the principles of EU law.

“Viagogo trusts that these pending proceedings will confirm it is not responsible for the allegations raised by the AGCOM and all fines will be annulled,” the spokesperson says.

Over the past five years, Italian authorities have been cracking down on the touting of tickets for rock and pop concerts. In 2017, the country passed the first of several pieces of legislation prohibiting the use of automated bots to harvest tickets and banned the commercial resale of live music and entertainment tickets for commercial proposes or for above face value.

Last year, an Italian court rejected Viagogo’s appeal to a separate 3.7 million euro fine issued by AGCOM in 2020. In that instance, AGCOM took action against Viagogo for selling tickets for 37 events at inflated prices between March and July of 2019.

The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio rejected Viagogo’s argument that it a “passive hosting provider” connecting resellers with potential buyers and is therefore exempt from liability under Italian law. The issue of whether Viagogo can be termed as an “active” or “passive” hosting provider is one of the issues that the EU Court of Justice has now been asked to determine.

Outside of Europe, last month the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an appeal from Viagogo against a $7 million penalty issued by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in 2020 for misleading Australian ticket buyers about hidden fees and its claim to be an official ticketing site.

Viagogo has also encountered difficulties in the United Kingdom. In February of 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority ordered the company to offload its StubHub business outside of North America to complete its $4 billion acquisition, after an investigation found Viagogo was engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Adam Webb, campaign manager for U.K.-based anti-ticket touting organization FanFair Alliance, called the fine by Italian regulators “another body blow to Viagogo’s tarnished and outdated business model. No matter where they operate, this company shows an almost pathological inability to obey the law.”

Legislation across Europe, at both a national and EU basis, “is catching up with ticket scalping,” says Sam Shemtob, director of the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), welcoming AGCOM’s strong stance against Viagogo.

“If other enforcement authorities follow Italy’s example,” says Shemtob, “the hope of a functional ticket resale market, with scalping largely relegated to the history books, could become a reality.”

Britney Spears Is ‘So Honored’ Madonna Came to Her Wedding, Praises Her 12 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Hits

Britney Spears sent the Internet into a frenzy when she re-created her legendary kiss with Madonna from the 2003 MTV VMAs during her June 9 wedding reception.

The pop princess shared the photo via Instagram on Friday (June 24), gushing over her “Me Against the Music” collaborator’s attendance at her big day, and Madonna’s illustrious music career.

“Weird that @madonna is extremely short and I was shorter than her … do we shrink as we get older … am I becoming short like my mom ???” Spears captioned the snap. “Kissing the one and only Madonna !!! I didn’t know Madonna has almost as many number-one singles as The Beatles !!! So honored she came to my wedding … perspective … The Beatles have 20 and miss thang has 12 !!! Wow wow wow  !!!”

Madonna has had 12 singles top the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart throughout her career, her first being 1984’s “Like a Virgin” and most recent being 2000’s “Music.” Spears herself is also no stranger to having a string of No. 1 hits, with five Hot 100 chart-toppers under her belt.

While the superstar duo’s collaboration, “Me Against the Music,” didn’t hit No. 1, it peaked at No. 35 on the Hot 100 dated Nov. 29, 2003, and spent an impressive 13 weeks total on the chart.

After Spears’ wedding to longtime partner Sam Asghari, the pop star and Madge had some fun after the ceremony singing another one of Madonna’s No. 1 hits, “Vogue,” alongside Paris HiltonSelena Gomez, Drew Barrymore and Donatella Versace, who designed the “Piece of Me” singer’s custom off-the-shoulder wedding gown.

Lizzo Pledges $1 Million to Planned Parenthood & Abortion Funds After Roe v. Wade Ruling

Lizzo is taking action after nearly 50 years of reproductive rights were snatched away on Friday (June 24) when the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that protected a woman’s federal right to have an abortion. As a result of the ruling, an expected 23 states will make abortion illegal nearly immediately.

The “Grrrls” singer is set to embark on her tour in support of her upcoming album Special this fall, and she pledged to donate $500,000 to Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) from the profits.

“Live Nation agreed to match— to make it 1 MILLION dollars,” she tweeted.

“The most important thing is action & loud voices,” she added in a follow-up tweet.@PPFA @AbortionFunds & organizations like them— will need funding to continue offering services to people who are most harmed by this ban.”

States can now decide what a woman can do with her body – and it’s expected that abortion will be illegal in at least 16 states moving forward. At least 21 states have laws or constitutional amendments already in place in an attempt to ban abortions, according to CNN.

NNAF works to “remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice,” according to their website.

TWICE’s Nayeon Is the Perfect ‘Pop!’ Star With Debut Solo Album: Listen

Since TWICE‘s 2015 arrival on the scene, Nayeon has been known as the face of the group, becoming one of the most recognizable members of the crossover K-pop act. Now, Nayeon takes her enormous appeal to the masses with the release of her first solo album.

Released globally on Friday (June 24), the EP cleverly titled Im Nayeon (her full name but also acts as the introduction “I’m Nayeon”) honors all parts of the charming singer-songwriter with a refreshing twist that spotlights her true superstar appeal. 

Nayeon’s debut solo single “Pop!” recalls the feel-good K-pop anthems that TWICE became famous for but now with punches of exuberant brass acting as an excellent match to the star’s sugary vocals. No expenses seemed withheld to bring “Pop!” to life in the music video, with Nayeon leading dance troupes through massive sets mixing luxury brands with whimsical accessories. Visually striking herself, Nayeon has newly blonde hair and experimented with her makeup to come off at times almost as an entirely new pop supernova in the music video.

Prominent names across the global-pop world also came together for this release: Stray Kids rapper and Australian native Felix pops up as a feature on the English track “No Problem”; Jade Thirlwall of British girl group Little Mix worked on the bubblegum cut “Candyfloss”; Korean rapper Wonstein hops on the R&B-pop track “Love Countdown”; while the Hot 100-topping production team The Stereotypes and American singer-songwriter Destiny Rogers composed emotional standout “All or Nothing” with Nayeon as its sole songwriter. 

TWICE has climbed up the Billboard 200 with four entries to date, including two top 10 entries, scoring new chart peaks with each release and most recently hitting a new high of No. 3 last November with their Formula Of Love: O+T=<3 full-length album. Along with support from U.S. label Republic Records and TWICE’s large fanbase — which helped them become the first female K-pop act to book a stadium show in America — it will be exciting to see how Nayeon performs stateside through this significant solo moment as the group approaches its milestone seventh anniversary.

Mariah Carey Says It’s ‘Disheartening’ to Explain Roe v. Wade Ruling to 11-Year-Old Daughter

Mariah Carey is thinking of the future for her 11-year-old daughter Monroe after the United States Supreme Court on Friday (June 24) overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that protected a woman’s choice to have an abortion.

“It is truly unfathomable and disheartening to have to try to explain to my 11 year old daughter why we live in a world where women’s rights are disintegrating in front of our eyes,” she tweeted.

Carey shares Monroe and her twin brother Moroccan with ex-husband Nick Cannon.

States can now decide what a woman can do with her body – and it’s expected that abortion will be illegal in at least 16 states moving forward. At least 21 states have laws or constitutional amendments already in place in an attempt to ban abortions, according to CNN.

The vote was 5-4 in favor of overturning Roe. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

Nipsey Hussle Murder Trial Marked by Witnesses’ Reluctance to Testify

A judge issued a warrant Thursday for an eyewitness to the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle for failing to appear to testify at the trial of the man charged in the slaying, and in his absence a police detective testified on the reluctance of witnesses that has marked the case.

Evan “Rimpau” MacKenzie, a close friend of Hussle’s who was a pallbearer at his funeral and was standing next to him when he was shot, has repeatedly ignored subpoenas ordering him to appear and testify for the prosecution, resulting in Judge H. Clay Jacke II issuing a bench warrant with $500,000 bail.

“Mr. Mackenzie, did he express a reluctance to testify?” Aaron Jansen, attorney for defendant Eric Holder, asked Los Angeles police Detective Cedric Washington, who answered that MacKenzie had said as much in phone conversations.

The taboo against “snitching” has pervaded every part of the trial of Holder, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2019 death of Hussle and with attempted murder because two bystanders were struck with gunfire.

It was a conversation between Holder and Hussle on the subject — in which Hussle told Holder there were rumors of “paperwork” suggesting he’d been talking to authorities — that prosecutors peg as Holder’s motive for returning minutes later to gun Hussle down.

The shooting took place in a predominately Black South Los Angeles neighborhood where both men and most of the witnesses grew up, and where mistrust of police and courts runs deep. Even Hussle’s friends and fans, and people hit by Holder’s gunfire, have been reluctant to talk in the public venue.

“I don’t know nothing, don’t see nothing,” Kerry Lathan, who was wounded in the shooting, said on the stand last week, refusing to identify himself in surveillance video that was played for jurors. He then declined to identify Holder as the shooter.

“You don’t want to testify about what happened?” Deputy District Attorney John McKinney asked him.

“That’s right,” Lathan replied.

On Thursday, Jansen sought to pin the hesitancy on Holder and Hussle’s ties to the Rollin’ 60s street gang.

“Typically in gang cases is there a reluctance to testify?” Jansen asked.

“I wouldn’t limit it to gang cases,” Washington replied.

“I’m asking about gang cases,” Jansen said.

“I do believe it is common, yes,” Washington said.

Jansen continued, “Several witnesses in this case have said they did not want to come to court, and they felt that their families would be in danger, right?”

Washington conceded that there were.

In follow-up questions from prosecutors, Washington downplayed the gang aspect.

“I’ve investigated many cases that are outside of the scope of gang cases. I’ve found that a majority of people are reluctant to come to court or talk to law enforcement,” Washington said. “Everybody seems to think that from coming to court, they are going to be subject to retaliation.”

“Has there been any threat to any witness in this case that accused them of snitching?” McKinney asked. “Do you know of any harm that came to anyone in this case for being a witness or talking to police?”

Washington said no to both questions, acknowledging there was a threat made last week by an anonymous caller to Bryannita Nicholson, who testified for the prosecution that she had acted as Holder’s unwitting getaway driver.

Nicholson, who was given immunity in exchange for her testimony, had her identity kept secret when she testified before a grand jury in 2019.

Last week, after her identity was revealed but before she took the stand, she received the phone call.

“A male voice was heard saying something to the effect that ‘You had Nipsey Hussle killed,’” Washington said. “Bryannita hung up.”

McKinney emphasized that the threat was not about her testifying, but about her role in Hussle’s death.

Nicholson was given extra security, and was escorted through a special entrance for her two days of testimony this week, in which she appeared to speak freely and confidently, showing no reluctance.

Others have been far more hesitant and tight-lipped on the stand, though several eyewitnesses have identified Holder as the shooter, making it unlikely the absence and silence of other witnesses will do much damage to a powerful prosecution case.

The defense has acknowledged that Holder shot Hussle, but says there was no premeditation and he is not guilty of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors have just one more witness before they rest their case, and the jury could have it soon.

“Unless Rimpau gets picked up,” McKinney said after court.