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Adele's songs about breakups and heartache have made her a multi-Grammy award winner, but she insists she's done with all that, the Associated Press reports.
In an interview featured in the March issue of Vogue magazine, the 23-year-old says people think she's "miserable" because of her songs like "Someone Like You" and "Rolling in the Deep." She also finds people are "surprised" when they meet her because she's not melancholy like her music. In fact, the singer vows to "never" write a breakup record again and adds she's "done being a bitter witch."
Adele has a lot to be happy about. She won six Grammy awards Sunday night, including record and song of the year. "21" was 2011's best-selling album.
The March issue of Vogue goes on sale Feb. 21.
OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network will present a two-hour special "Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview" Thursday at 9 p.m. It's the music legend's last in-depth television interview from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009.
Winfrey will reflect on her personal memories of the superstar and share with fans the magic of a musical icon who has gone too soon. Interview highlights include Whitney Houston's intimate and poignant performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" and her discussion of her private struggles, her marriage to R&B star Bobby Brown, her problems with drug abuse and why she retreated from the spotlight. Houston also spoke candidly of the day she left her husband, her sorrow over the death of Michael Jackson and her hopes for her future.
Sunday night's broadcast of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards delivered more than 39.9 million viewers, the largest Grammy audience since 1984 and the second-largest in history, according to Nielsen ratings for Sunday.
More than 46 million homes and an estimated 74 million viewers tuned in to all or part of the awards show, all-time highs for a live Grammy broadcast.
Although her fans and family are still reeling from the shock of Whitney Houston's sudden death, the wheels are already in motion to make sure the singer can rest, and quickly, in peace.
Funeral plans are already under way for the legendary Grammy winner, and a service is expected to take place later this week in Newark, N.J.
Houston's body was transferred from the Los Angeles County morgue into the care of Houston's family and transported to the Van Nuys airfield, where it was scheduled to depart on a private XO Jet bound for New Jersey.
Although early speculation centered around Houston's funeral taking place in the Atlanta-area church at which she was active over the years, E! News has learned that the 48-year-old's remains are headed to the Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey.
The location is hardly surprising as Houston was born in Newark and got her start singing in the city's New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Cissy Houston, served as musical director and cousin Dionne Warwick also sang.
So far, the family hasn't commented on any funeral plans, though Monday morning the Los Angeles County Coroner said that arrangements were being made to hand over the body so that a memorial could take place.
Meanwhile, new speculation is centering on the possibility of holding a wake Thursday, before the private family service, at the 18,000-seat Newark Prudential Center.
After suffering what a source said was an emotional breakdown over her mother's death, Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is on the mend with the help of those closest to her, People reports.
"My daughter did visit with doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles," her father, Bobby Brown, says in a statement.
"She has been released and is presently with my family including her siblings."
A heavily distraught Bobbi Kristina was taken to the hospital on Saturday night after Houston, 48, was pronounced dead in her hotel room. The 18-year-old then returned to Cedars the next morning.
"Obviously the death of her mother is affecting her," says Brown. "However, we will get through this tragedy as a family."
The Grammy Awards' warm embrace of Chris Brown three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star shouldn't have been rewarded with such attention, the Associated Press reports.
Brown was front and center three times during Sunday's Grammys. He won best R&B album for "F.A.M.E.," he performed a single from his upcoming album, "Turn Up the Music," and he opened a dance tribute to "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius.
The imagery of Brown's Grammy glory was striking because it was, literally, a return to the scene of the crime. On the eve of the 2009 Grammys, Brown beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna, for which he later pled guilty to a charge of assault and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service.
Since then, Brown has worked to repair his image, undergone domestic violence counseling and rediscovered popularity with his hit album "F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies)." Last year, his restraining order was eased. The former order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from 23-year-old Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music industry event. Rihanna also performed Sunday, but the two never shared the stage.
On Sunday evening, Twitter was abuzz with questions of Brown's significant role in the proceedings. Many critics argued against the Grammys' decision to celebrate Brown and endorse his comeback.
New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones called Brown's return "one of the Grammys' weirdest choices ever" and cited R&B singer Drake as the more deserving star in the genre to celebrate.
In an op-ed, Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post said that while people deserve second chances, "That doesn't mean they deserve a chance to strut around the Grammy stage a few years after being convicted of felony assault."
Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic tweeted: "I don't look for the Grammys for moral clarity, but, really? Do the words 'felony assault' mean anything at all?"
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich defended the show's backing of Brown on "CBS This Morning" on Monday. He said that he was "kind of rooting" for Brown.
"I just believe people deserve a second chance," said Ehrlich. "The year he had this year really brought him back into the public. He really deserved a second chance."
If Nicki Minaj happens to come across a swarm of locusts in the next few days, at least she'll know why.
Not content to provide just watercooler fodder for the nation, the singer -- or more specifically, the singer's "pope" escort, hooded attire and unholy Grammys performance Sunday night--fueled the fire and brimstone chat, as well, E! News reports.
The Catholic League wasted no time in condemning the "Roman Holiday" rapper for her exercise in exorcism on the awards show stage -- which came complete with choir boys, bishops, holy water, faux possessions, levitation and even a confessional.
In other words, everything you need for a good old-fashioned controversy!
The League's president, Bill Donahue, wasted no time in pointing out his displeasure with the performance's undertones (and overtones and everywhere-in-between tones) Monday morning, commenting in a posting on the Catholic League's website titled "Is Nicki Minaj Possessed?"
"Nicki Minaj, fresh off looking like a fool with Madonna at the Super Bowl, showed up last night on the red carpet at the Grammys with a guy dressed like the pope. This was just a prelude of what was to come.
"Minaj's performance began on stage with a mock confessional skit. This was followed by a taped video depicting a mock exorcism. With stained glass in the background, she appeared on stage again with choir boys and monks dancing."
But, according to Donahue, that was far from the worst of it.
"Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, 'Come All Ye Faithful' was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating."
Donahue was willing to spread the blame around, too.
"None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam."
Twitter exploded following her performance, and even Sherri Shepherd saw fit to comment on the act.
"Watching Nicki Minaj ... didn't know whether2 dance or pull out my Bible and lay hands on the tv ... 2 old for the #Grammys."
Matt Bomer, the star of USA's "White Collar," quietly came out over the weekend, thanking his partner and children at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday, People reports.
Bomer, 34, received the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the awards show, and he paid tribute to his partner, publicist Simon Halls, and their three children in his acceptance speech.
"I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry," he said onstage at the show. "Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment."
When questioned about his sexuality in a 2010 interview with Details, Bomer responded: "I don't care about [rumors] at all. I'm completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life."
The sole film distributor in the Serb-run part of Bosnia says Serbs have no interest in seeing Angelina Jolie's movie set during the Bosnian war, so he won't be screening it.
Vladimir Ljevak told The Associated Press Monday that "In the Land of Blood and Honey" would not attract an audience, as it portrays Serbs as the bad guys.
A small group of Muslim Bosniaks who have returned to their homes in the Serb part of the country say instead they plan to organize private screenings.
Jolie's drama about a Serb soldier who finds his ex-lover, a Muslim Bosniak woman, among sex slaves in a camp is set to make its full debut in Sarajevo today and will be shown in theaters in the Bosniak-Croat part of Bosnia.
Ljevak said he has seen the film and described it as "lousy."
First Published February 14, 2012 12:00 am