Irving & Shelli Azoff Honored by Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor & More at Wallis Annenberg Event

BEVERLY HILLS — After years of pandemic postponements, Irving and Shelli Azoff were feted by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, with a local who’s-who gala of their family, friends and supporters.

Only, Shelli wasn’t there.

Mrs. Azoff, Irving’s wife of more than four decades and business partner on a variety of projects, was home sick with COVID-19. And while it was surely disappointing, somehow, it was hardly surprising. In true power couple fashion, the Azoffs brought in about as high-profile substitute as you can get: Kris Jenner, the Kardashian-Jenner family matriarch who has been a longtime friend of the family. (“I’d say she was the best manager if the world if I was at any other event,” said James Corden, who emceed the presentation.) And, as Jenner told the audience, this was a somehow fitting turn of events.

“Let’s be honest, this is the most Shelli Azoff move of all time,” said Jenner, who acted as a stand-in to receive the night’s honor with Irving. “She insisted that each and every one of you … come here tonight. She tortures us about everything, we’re scared if we don’t come because we’re going to get so much in trouble, but Shelli’s not here, she’s devastated to not be here tonight.”

Even without Shelli’s physical presence, the event was an overwhelming success for the Azoffs and The Wallis, as the performance center is commonly referred to. Together, they raised $2.6 million to support education, access, participation, equity and inclusion across a variety of programs there, with 340 guests in attendance contributing anywhere from $1,000 per ticket to $100,000 for the Platinum Patron package (which featured 10 tickets). Irving’s clients Meghan Trainor, Gwen Stefani and John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival all performed to close the evening, which also included a buffet dinner. Ellen DeGeneres and After years of pandemic postponements, Irving and Shelli Azoff were feted by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, with a who’s-who gala of their family, friends and supporters. were there, as well as CAA managing partner Rob Light, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Giant Music chief Shawn Holiday, Full Stop Management co-CEO Brandon Creed and, naturally, his partner and Irving’s son, Jeffrey. (That same night, Jeffrey’s client Harry Styles, wrapped a 15-show run at New York’s Madison Square Garden, becoming just the third musician ever to have a banner raised to rafters in his honor.)

Additionally, a video presentation honoring the power couple also included John Mayer, Adam Levine, Judd Apatow, Jon Bon Jovi, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge, Kim Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Even if Shelli wasn’t in attendance, that did not excuse her from some mild roasting. While Corden noted the superstar manager’s prowess, he also razzed his wife’s savvy business acumen. “Irving has worked with everyone: The Eagles, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5,” he said. “He’s touched every single corner of the music business. Let’s put it this way: If you snorted cocaine off a CD case in the ’90s, Irving Azoff produced that CD. And if the cocaine was good, you got it from Shelli.”

Corden continued: “As I stand onstage, hosting this event, and I think about Shelli, it reminds me of something my father told me when I was young. He said, ‘Son, there is no such thing as a favor from Shelli Azoff that won’t at one point be called in.'”

But most of all, the theme of the evening was incredibly heartfelt, honoring Irving’s success and Shelli as the woman behind Irving’s success — while she has plenty of her own, as well. (“But I love Shelli, I love Irving, I love Shelli more than I love Irving — and I think that’s true of all of us tonight,” said Corden.) While Irving and Shelli got incredible praise from their friends, family and Irving’s star clients, it was Mayer who made a promise he may wind up regretting: “You know what? 30%,” he said, referencing the cut his manager would take. “30% to the both of you.”

John Legend Says He’s ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Chrissy Teigen’s Pregnancy

John Legend shared that he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the new baby he’s expecting with wife Chrissy Teigen in an interview with Good Morning Britain on Friday (Sept. 23).

The “Ordinary People” singer described the loss of his last pregnancy as a sobering experience.

“Whenever you lose a pregnancy, it is always cautious optimism when you are pregnant again,” said Legend. “You never know what could happen, and you have experienced that tragedy of losing one … so your optimism is a little bit tempered by that.”

The couple announced the loss of their third child, Jack, at just 20 weeks old on Instagram in September 2020. In the post, Teigen told followers she had to be hospitalized after a month of excessive bleeding. Two years later, Teigen specified that she had to undergo a life-saving abortion when carrying Jack, after realizing he would not survive.

Teigen announced in August that she was expecting another child on Instagram, debuting her new baby bump.

“1 billion shots later (in the leg lately, as u can see!) we have another on the way,” Teigen wrote in her caption. “Every appointment I’ve said to myself, ‘ok if it’s healthy today I’ll announce’ but then I breathe a sigh of relief to hear a heartbeat and decide I’m just too nervous still.”

Despite Teigen’s nerves, hope is on the horizon. According to Legend, “Everything’s been great so far.”

Legend released his eighth studio album Legend on Sept. 9 through Republic Records, sharing that “vulnerability of pain, praise, and healing” informed much of the record.

SEVENTEEN’s Jun Drops His Latest & Sexiest Solo Single ‘Limbo’: Watch

After SEVENTEEN wrapped the U.S. leg of their Be the Sun world tour, member Jun took no time to release a new solo track that keeps fans hot even as temperatures are cooling down.

“Limbo” is the new single from Jun, the Chinese-born K-pop star who is one of the standout performers and dancers in SEVENTEEN, released in both Korean and Chinese. While Jun has previously focused on ballads and acoustic tracks when it comes to solo tracks, “Limbo” delivers his seductive side. The star purrs, “Listen, I’ve been looking for the love/ I wanna hear your voice/ You know what I mean?” over grinding, electro-pop production.

The accompanying music video is equally bewitching. From rocking latex gloves and a crop top to giving his best sexy vampire character, Jun’s looks throughout the visual are only outdone by his performance skills where he leads a troupe of female dancers through a series of full-body squats, slides and spins. Jun is one of four members in SEVENTEEN’s splinter “Performance Team,” with his natural stage skills on full display in “Limbo.”

“Limbo” marks the third digital single from Jun through his label at PLEDIS Entertainment. Both released in 2021, his ballad “Crow” and acoustic-leaning “Silent Boarding Gate” were in only in Chinese and illuminated his more tender side. As a co-writer and composer for “Limbo” as well, Jun continues to show why he’s an ever-growing, global artist in the making.

Watch the Korean version of the “Limbo” video and peep the Chinese version here.

Bruno Mars Is Taking Over Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve: How to Get Tickets

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Bruno Mars is already booked for New Year’s Eve! The Grammy winner is slated to perform two shows in Las Vegas on Dec. 30 and 31.

The New Year’s Eve performances will take place at Dolby Live at Park MGM Grand. Tickets went on sale Friday (Sept. 23) and are currently priced at $575 and up on Ticketmaster.

The 36-year-old singer is no stranger to Sin City, but he’s usually not onstage alone. Mars and Anderson .Paak wrapped up their Silk Sonic residency at the Park MGM last month.

The New Year’s Eve shows will be the first time that Mars has hit the stage for a solo concert in the U.S., since Silk Sonic released their debut single “Leave the Door Open” last year. His last solo album was 24K Magic, released in 2016. The multi-platinum album spawned singles such as “That’s What I Like,” “Finesse,” “Versace on the Floor” and the title track.

Bruno Mars New Year's Eve Concert Tickets

Before he takes on Vegas, the “Uptown Funk” singer will head down under to perform at the opening of Australia’s newly rebuilt Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Oct. 14 and 15. Mars previously sold out three tours in Australia, and as if he’s not already busy enough, the Hawaii native launched his own rum brand, SelvaRay, earlier this year. SelvaRay retails for $35 and up and is available in white rum, chocolate rum, coconut rum and the limited edition Owner’s Reserve. The rum is packaged in an eye-catching bottle featuring a gold logo with matching script, and a round cork stopper.

“The bottle needs to reflect what’s [inside] and just the spirit around it,” Mars told The Hollywood Reporter in May. “Because when I tasted it, all of a sudden, I felt like I was sparkling. For me, personally, it’s the perfect thing after I’ve had a hard day, I want to smile, I want to listen to some music, or celebrate with my friends. So with rum, it’s a very uplifting, upbeat feeling.”

Adam DeVine Wants You to Know That He’s Not Adam Levine & He Did Not Cheat on His Wife

Amid the recent Adam Levine cheating allegations, Adam DeVine’s similar name got him caught in the crossfire.

The Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates comedian took to Instagram on Friday (Sept. 23) to assure fans that he did not cheat on his wife, actress Chloe Bridges. “Just want to post this and say that my wife @chloebridges and I are doing great and going strong. I am not Adam Levine. He’s a different guy and a worse singer,” he joked alongside a seaside selfie with his wife, before adding the jab, “We are however naming our future baby Sumner.”

The last sentence was a reference to one of the alleged DMs the Maroon 5 singer sent 23-year-old Instagram model Sumner Stroh, asking if it would be OK to name his upcoming third child with wife Behati Prinsloo “Sumner” if it’s a boy.

On Monday, Stroh claimed that she had an affair with Levine via a now-viral TikTok video. “At the time, I was young, I was naïve and quite frankly I feel exploited. I wasn’t in the scene like I am now, so I was definitely easily manipulated,” she said. She claimed their fling lasted for a year, adding that Levine gave her the impression that his marriage to Prinsloo “was over.”

“A lot is being said about me right now and I want to clear the air,” Levine wrote in an Instagram Story in which he dismissed claims he stepped out on his marriage. “I used poor judgement in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner.”

“I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period in my life. In certain instances it became inappropriate; I have addressed that and taken proactive steps to remedy this with my family,” he added.

Prinsloo has yet to publicly comment on the situation.

Cherry Valentine, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ Star, Dies at 28

George Ward, best known as his stage name Cherry Valentine on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, died on September 18. He was 28 years old.

Ward’s agency, On the Box Talent, shared the news of his death via a statement from his family on Thursday (Sept. 22). “It is with the most heart wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away,” the statement posted to Instagram alongside a photo of Ward reads. “This will come as a profound shock to most people & we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced. As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same. We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”

Ward’s cause of death is still unknown to the public.

Before appearing on Drag Race, Ward worked as a mental health nurse and during the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked in vaccination units. The Darlington, England native first rose to fame on the sophomore season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in 2021, and while she was eliminated on the second episode, Cherry Valentine quickly became a fan-favorite.

Upon hearing the news, RuPaul took to Twitter to remember Cherry as “a bright star and a lovely person.” Michelle Visage, who sits alongside RuPaul on the Drag Race judges panel, also shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. “Cherry, you beautiful soul. After watching your documentary my eyes were opened and I learned so much and I thank you for that, for teaching me,” she wrote alongside a photo of the star. “I hate that you had any doubts about who you were because to me you were perfect. I only wish you were here to teach me more. You were one of a kind with a laugh as big as your heart. This is truly heartbreaking. Rest peacefully, superstar.”

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Watch Hilary Duff Re-Create Her Iconic ‘That’s So Gay’ Anti-Bullying PSA: ‘A Culture-Defining MOMENT’

Think homophobia’s cool? That’s so yesterday. On Thursday, Hilary Duff took to social media to re-create her iconic anti-bullying PSA that taught an entire generation of millennials to stop saying: “That’s so gay.”

Luckily, the “That’s What Dreams Are Made Of” singer had some help from Pentatonix star Scott Hoying and his fiancé Mark Manio, who gamely played the roles of the girls Duff sassily educated in the 2008 clip.

“Do you like this top?” Hoying lip-synced, to which Manio thoughtlessly replied, “So gay.” Overhearing the pair, Duff interrupted to kindly end homophobia in its tracks.

“You know, you really shouldn’t say that,” the Lizzie McGuire alum chided. “Say that something’s gay when you mean it’s bad. It’s insulting.”

She then sweetly read Hoying’s character for complete filth by asking, “What if every time something was bad, what if everybody said, ‘Ugh, that’s so girl wearing a skirt as a top’? Those are cute jeans though…” before walking offscreen.

The viral post ended with Duff’s final voice-over, reminding viewers, “When you say, ‘That’s so gay,’ do you realize what you say?” Hoying captioned the post, “a culture-defining MOMENT!” along with a rainbow emoji — and, frankly, he’s not wrong.

Duff has been reveling in the nostalgia of her Disney Channel days lately — late last month she also gleefully reposted DNCE’s acoustic cover of her 2004 smash “Come Clean,” which was memorably used as the theme song for MTV’s pioneering reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.

Earlier this week, the How I Met Your Father star also launched her very first capsule collection with Carter’s and celebrated pal Mandy Moore’s baby shower.

Watch Duff and Hoying re-create the former’s 2008 stand as an LGBTQ ally — and watch the original too — below.