Rest assured: not all cherished gay diva icons had a rough weekend (looking your way, Babs).
Seems Whitney Houston might be back on top, bottoms. Not only did she receive an out-of-nowhere homage from Lady Gaga at Sunday night's Grammy Awards broadcast (take that, Madonna!), but according to eyewitness reports and those privy to a special performance from Whitney (alongside Dionne Warwick) at Clive Davis's annual Grammy event, the Queen of the Night is back from crack! A short clip of the pair serenading Clive has surfaced, and though it doesn't offer much evidence (we'll get Detective LaToya Jackson on the case STAT), it certainly sounds like Whitney's voice is on the mends...
It hasn't been a great weekend for Barbra Streisand. Though most will remember it as the weekend Barbra seemed out of place and more irrelevant than ever after a questionable Grammy performance (one of Monday's top Google trends is "How old is Barbra Streisand?"), others will remember it as the weekend the diva displayed preliminary signs of brain-aging by forgetting the demographics of her fanbase.
On Friday, while being honored as a MusiCares Person of the Year, Barbra issued a catty diss to our beloved Glee. Babs was quick to respond to what seems to be the de-facto question from entertainment reporters these days ("Will your music be used on Glee?") with a hearty "not if I can help it."
Buju Banton, the artist made internationally infamous for singing about the execution of gay men, was honored by the Recording Academy last night with a Grammy win for Best Reggae Album. But before you shake your gorgeous fists at the Grammy's for even considering to reward a man who made his name in music by inciting violence and murder, you might be pleased to learn that Mr. Banton's after-party consists of appearing in federal court in Miami today for a retrial of drug traficking and firearm charges. Charming. When did the Grammy's become as shifty as the Golden Globes?
With anticipation for Lady Gaga's debut performance of "Born This Way" at the 2011 Grammy Awards having reached a boiling point, we think it was only appropriate for her to be carried down the red carpet in an egg. Some are saying that the performance only exaggerates the Madonna-rip-off quality (Blonde Ambition, anyone?); others claim she nailed it and can mark the performance as yet another on her list of EPIC live numbers. But we want to hear what you think, Instincters! Should she have stayed in the egg? Or do you think she exceeded the high expectations? Dish in the comments!
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While some gays may be tristful that the 53rd Grammy Awards repossessed Ke$ha's dollar sign by not giving her a single nomination (despite a high-selling debut and intense saturation throughout 2010), they'll be happy to know that the annual awards did give a major nod to gay-pop-divas this year.
Lady Gaga, while not the highest-nominated act (that honor goes to Eminem), scored six nominations, including one for Album of the Year.
La Roux and Robyn are both nominated for Best Dance Recording, for "In For The Kill" and "Dancing On My Own," respectively.
Florence and the Machine is up for Best New Artist, with some healthy competition from Justin Bieber and Drake.
Other gay faves up for Grammy Awards are Adam Lambert (for Best...