Justin Bieber has kicked off the music portion of South by Southwest before the real program begins.
The 20-year-old pop star surprised a small crowd at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night.
Audience member Ashley Gregg said Monday that Bieber performed two songs, dedicating “Boyfriend” to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, who was backstage.
“This goes out to my baby girl,” Bieber told a crowd of about 100 people.
The bar was hosting an event for Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. Surprise performers included Bieber and boy band The Wanted. Cody Simpson, Dan + Shay, Tori Kelly and Rixton, who are among Braun’s clients, also performed.
The music portion of South by Southwest, which will feature Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Willie Nelson and Kendrick Lamar, starts today.
Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend.
According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a “routine heart procedure,” but is expected to make a full recovery.
Four scheduled shows have been canceled because of his surgery. No word yet on whether the cancellations will affect the show scheduled for April 4 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Tillis became a successful songwriter and singer despite dealing with a stutter. He has recorded more than 60 albums. His hits include “Good Woman Blues,” “Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rain.” He’s written top songs for George Strait, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers and more.
Kristen Bell has had it with the paparazzi.
In an interview with HuffPost Live to discuss her coming “Veronica Mars” movie, the 33-year-old actress complained about her recent encounters with over-aggressive photographers.
“First of all, they’re really rude and I don’t know where their mothers are,” she said of the paparazzi who follow her and countless other celebrities around, adding, “But I had a guy, just when I was leaving my interview before this, I was pulling into the garage, he was banging on the window and because I didn’t roll it down, he called me [an expletive] and he said, ‘I’m posting [at] your hotel,’ as a threat saying there’s going to be more people now following you all the time.”
Bell, who has a 1-year-old daughter with husband Dax Shepard, has been campaigning for the “no kids policy” to stop publications from including shots of celebrity children taken without consent.
“People act like animals and that’s just not OK with me,” she said. “It’s absurd and we’ve gotten to a point where we’ve just lost a humanity,” she explained, asserting that celebrity kids should not be subjected to this kind of behavior.
Eight years after Australian adventurer Steve Irwin died in an attack by a stingray, the cameraman who filmed the tragedy is speaking about those final moments, People.com reports.
“We’re saying to him things like, ‘Think of your kids, Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on,’ ” Justin Lyons told Australian morning show Studio 10 on Sunday. “And he just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying,’ and that was the last thing he said.”
Irwin, 44, host of Animal Planet’s “The Crocodile Hunter,” was killed in September 2006 by a stingray while shooting a documentary off the coast of Australia.
Disputing earlier reports that Irwin may have goaded the stingray, Lyons said he prepared to film the creature swimming away from Irwin when it attacked.
“All of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail, hundreds of strikes in a few seconds,” he said. “It probably thought that Steve’s shadow was a tiger shark, which feeds on them very regularly. … I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away, I didn’t even know it had caused any damage. It wasn’t until I panned the camera back, that Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood, that I realized something had gone wrong.”
Lyons, who pulled Irwin from the water and performed CPR, gave a grisly description of his diving partner’s injuries.