Singers Chris Brown, Rihanna and Usher all cancelled their performances at the Grammy award show causing event producers to scramble for replacement acts.

On Saturday Usher cancelled his appearances at the pre-Grammy event honoring Clive Davis and the Grammy award show because of a “serious” family emergency. It was then discovered that his wife Tameka Foster had suffered injuries sustained from plastic surgery complications in Brazil.

On Sunday both Chris Brown and Rihanna cancelled their performances at the Grammy award show. Brown was arrested the same day under alleged domestic felony charges for battery to a female. According to a police statement, Brown and his female companion “became involved in an argument” around 12:30am on Sunday morning. After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated. The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker.”

While the female’s identity was not confirmed, it is widely believed to be Brown’s girlfriend Rihanna. Brown was released on $50,000 bail on Sunday evening.

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The New Zealand comedic music group Flight of the Conchords wraps up their second season on HBO as they announce plans to tour North America and are poised to take home a second Grammy in the best comedy album category.

Group members Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement cultivated their act as an improvised BBC radio series referring to themselves as “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.” Their self-titled HBO series premiered in the United States and Canada in 2007 and follows the pair as they fictitiously try to achieve success as an indie band in New York City.

Flight of the Conchords will launch their North American tour this spring on April 6th.

TOUR DATES:
April 6: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay PAC)

April 7: Coral Gables, Fla. (U of M Bank United Center)

April 8: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)

April 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)

April 11: Atlanta (Fox Theater)

April 13: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)

April 14: New York (Radio City Music Hall) …..

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Leona Lewis has been named Billboard’s top new artist of the year, determined by performance on Billboard’s albums and singles charts.

The X-Factor winner and Simon Cowell protégé’s latest single, a cover of Snow Patrol’s “Run” (see music video below), has gone straight to the top of the singles chart, becoming the fastest-selling download in British chart history, with 133,000 copies.

It was only in March that Lewis became the first British female to top the U.S. charts in over 20 years with her hit single “Bleeding Love.”

Last week, the Brit beauty nabbed three Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Bleeding Love,” while her debut album Spirit received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.

With her powerful vocals, Lewis is often compared to contemporary greats like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

“It’s quite scary,” she recently said of the comparisons. “It’s a massive compliment. Personally I’ve got a lot of hard work to do.”

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Get to know United States President-elect Barack Obama with these little-known fun facts.

  1. He was born on August 4th and his astrological sign is Leo.
  2. He is left-handed -only the sixth post-war president to be left-handed.
  3. His first name, Barack, means “blessed” in Swahili and he was nicknamed Barry as a child, “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball, and “Bar” by his late grandmother.
  4. The desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy.
  5. He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father.
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With her one last blowout tour beginning in October, music legend Tina Turner says it was screen legend Sophia Loren who persuaded her out of retirement, according to Elle.

“Sophia Loren asked me what I’d been up to. I said, ‘Taking a rest.'” Turner recalls to the magazine. “She said, ‘Seven years. Rest is over! People want to see you.'”

After announcing retirement in 2000, Turner, then 68, took over the Grammys in silver hot pants with a mind-blowing performance with Beyonce, proving that age is nothing but a number.

Revealing that she keeps her legendary legs in shape by “swimming and hiking. A lot,” Turner adds, “This will be my last worldwide tour–I swear!”

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