August 2nd, 2011
06:27 PM ET
Get ready to throw some e-rice: Eric Benet, (Halle Berry's ex-husband) tied the knot with Manuela Testolini (Prince's ex-wife) on Sunday, CNN has confirmed.
The longtime couple reportedly married in Newport Beach, California after being engaged for eight months. Benet told Us Weekly in January that he used a love song to propose to Testolini last November.
"During a romantic dinner, I decided to finally let Manuela hear 'Never Want to Live Without You,' a song off my new album that I had written for her," Benet recalled. "I sang it to her, then got down on one knee and proposed."
July 24th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
It was March 19, 2007. Amy Winehouse's album, "Back to Black," had just dropped in the U.S., and this was our first up-close and personal look at the talented, but obviously troubled star we'd heard so much about.
As the music from her borrowed band, the Dap-Kings, filled The Roxy in West Hollywood, she somewhat demurely stepped out onto the tiny stage. She was petite - sporting a teal strapless dress, exaggerated cat-eye make-up and an impressive beehive that looked like it could easily house a whole family of crows.
At 23, Winehouse was endearingly awkward, like a newborn colt - all bony elbows and unsure movements. But the girl could sing. FULL POST
July 11th, 2011
10:24 AM ET
After news broke last Friday that former First Lady Betty Ford had died, one of the first statements CNN received was from Stevie Nicks. The legendary Fleetwood Mac singer sent just one succinct sentence: "As far as I'm concerned, Betty Ford saved my life."
An hour or so later, she followed it up with a phone call - made as she was driving to a Vanessa Carlton concert from her home in Malibu. She was talking on a borrowed phone, since she doesn't own one herself.
Here are excerpts from that 10 minute phone conversation:
June 3rd, 2011
10:11 AM ET
With a battery of photographers snapping pictures, the three members of Jane's Addiction pressed both hands into wet cement as part of their induction into Guitar Center RockWalk in West Hollywood, California. Later, guitarist Dave Navarro remarked to CNN, "I first became aware of hands in cement on 'I Love Lucy,' if you remember that episode where they steal John Wayne's footprints."
Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello introduced the iconic rock band in a Wednesday ceremony, revealing that he used to sneak into Jane's rehearsals in 1986, "sitting on some nasty carpet in the corner with wide-eyed wonder."
Although many people say Nirvana was the first alternative group to break out of the hair metal '80s, Morello begs to differ. "That's just not true. It was Jane's Addiction," he stated, as a handful of people in the crowd nodded in agreement.
May 13th, 2011
06:01 PM ET
Thursday night, Lil Wayne rocked the mic for 650 lucky fans at a re-boot of "MTV Unplugged," the network's signature series from the 1990s. Hours later, we're still trying to figure out what was "unplugged" about it.
For most of the concert, the hip-hop superstar was backed by an energetic seven-piece band that included a pair of electric guitars and an electric bass. Only two or three songs featured acoustic instruments - including "Nightmares at the Bottom," a song off his upcoming album, "Tha Carter IV."
The taping took place at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California - home of "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." Weezy took the stage in a black sweatshirt with the word "WOW" emblazoned on the front. By the end of the set, he had peeled away not only his sweatshirt, but also a white t-shirt and tank. There was a funny bit when he discovered his jeans were unzipped.
April 18th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
"This is the most important show to me since my mom passed," Kanye West revealed, as a hush fell over the capacity crowd on closing night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
In the middle of a powerful hits-filled set that also featured cuts off his current album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," the 33-year-old hip-hop superstar suddenly had a confessional moment.
"When I made the album, I was in a really dark place in my life...losing everything that was dear to me," he told the audience from center stage. "To still love me after everything you've seen me say on TV...to still have fans...I really appreciate you all tonight, because I'm only trying to say and do what's right."
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