Ariana Grande Endorses Bernie Sanders After He Attends Her Atlanta Concert
Ariana Grande is apparently ready to "Break Free" from capitalism after endorsing Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. "MY GUY. Thank you Senator Sanders for coming to my show, making my whole night and for all that you stand for!" Grande tweeted Wednesday alongside pics of her posing with the presidential candidate. She added about her work registering her concert attendees to vote, "HeadCount.org and I are doing our best to make you proud. We’ve already registered 20,000-plus young voters at my shows alone. Also I will never smile this hard again, promise." Sanders replied in his own tweet, "I want to thank @ArianaGrande for not only being a wonderful entertainer, but also for being such an outstanding advocate for social justice. We must all be prepared--like Ariana has shown--to fight for everyone who is struggling. It was great to meet her in Atlanta last night."
Dan + Shay, Jenna Dewan, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Chadwick Boseman, Carole King to Present at AMAs
Dan + Shay, Jenna Dewan, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, and Chadwick Boseman are just some of the A-listers who will hand out the trophies at the American Music Awards this coming weekend. People notes that the presenters lineup also includes Megan Thee Stallion, Paula Abdul, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Regina King, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Ealy, Stranger Things' Maya Hawke, The Good Place's Jameela Jamil, When They See Us star Jharrel Jerome, Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, and Constance Wu. Meanwhile, icon Carole King will give Taylor Swift her Artist of the Decade award. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to present Taylor with the Artist of the Decade honor,” King says. “She is an extraordinary songwriter who has cultivated a unique and personal relationship with her audience. As a woman songwriter who also got into the music world at a young age, I know the kind of determination, struggle and single-minded perseverance it has taken for her to reach such heights.” The 2019 American Music Awards air live this coming Sunday from L.A.s's Microsoft Theater starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
George Michael Releases 1st Posthumous Song on "Last Christmas" Soundtrack
The upcoming holiday rom-com Last Christmas shares its name with Wham!'s 1984 hit single, so it's only fitting that frontman George Michael's first posthumous release now appears on the movie's official soundtrack. On Wednesday, Michael's YouTube account shared "This Is How (We Want You to Get High)," recorded during one of the late singer's last recording sessions. Rolling Stone says the track, which was co-written and co-produced by Michael and collaborator James Jackman, "has an upbeat vibe, but leans on heavier topics in the lyrics." Inspired by Michael's music, Last Christmas stars Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians' Henry Golding as seasonally star-crossed lovers in London. Even better, the movie was written by Emma Thompson and helmed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. It premieres in theaters this coming Friday.
The Best Albums of 2019, So Far
As the end of the year approaches, Vulture took a look back over the previous ten months and put together this list of the best albums of 2019, so far. Here are their first 10 picks, in alphabetical order (you can see the complete list at the link below):
- American Football, American Football (LP3)
- Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
- Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Oasis
- Baroness, Gold and Grey
- Big Thief, Two Hands
- Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
- Blood Orange, Angel’s Pulse
- Bon Iver, i,i
- Brittany Howard, Jaime
- Broken Social Scene, Let’s Try the After (Vol. 1 & 2)