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You HAVE To See Jennifer Hudson & Tori Kelly's Haunting Performance Of Hallelujah At The World Premiere Of Sing!

| Filed under: Music MinuteFilm FlickersJennifer HudsonTori Kelly

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It's a musical miracle!

Tori Kelly is just one of the many stars lending their voices to the upcoming film Sing, which follows a group of animals with big dreams who compete in a singing competition.

And to get us ready for the musical showdown, the Hollow songstress — who plays a timid teenage elephant in the animated film — showed off her tusks pipes after the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival!

Kelly took the stage with Jennifer Hudson, and the two belted out a powerful performance of Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah that totally brought down the house.

Related: Jennifer, R. Kelly, Weezer, & 200 More Defend Pharrell Against Blurred Lines Verdict!

The performers also got some solo stage time — J.Hud put a gospel spin on The Beatles' Carry That Weight and Kelly crooned Stevie Wonder's Don't You Worry About A Thing!

Good thing this wasn't a competition, because we can't decide who we love more! Ch-ch-check out clips of all the performances (below) — and see Sing in theaters December 21!

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ICYMI: Over 200 Musicians — Including Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly, & Weezer — Defend Pharrell Against 'Dangerous' Blurred Lines Verdict!

| Filed under: Music MinutePharrellLegal MattersJennifer HudsonElton JohnRobin ThickeR. KellyT.I.WeezerDavid BowieFall Out Boy

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Last week, it was reported that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke clapped back hard at that Blurred Lines lawsuit — appealing the verdict that they committed copyright infringement against Marvin Gaye's Got to Give It Up.

Throughout the drawn out court battle, the singers expressed the sentiment that paying homage to an earlier era and making a song reminiscent of a sound shouldn't fall under copyright infringement.

And it looks like a TON of musicians agree — because 212 artists, composers, and producers have filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the bid by Williams, Thicke, and T.I. to overturn the decision.

Related: Ed Sheeran Sued For Stealing From Marvin Gaye!

Musicians from all corners of the industry have banded together to support the appeal, claiming that the Blurred Lines creators deserve victory on grounds that the court's ruling will set a precedent that will "stifle creativity" and "impede the creative process."

Among those who threw their names in the ring are the members of Train, Linkin Park, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Black Crowes, Fall Out Boy, as well as Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Hall & Oates' John Oates, R. Kelly, Hans Zimmer, Jennifer Hudson, Jean Baptiste, Evan Bogart and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse).

The artist's brief, penned by entertainment attorney Ed McPherson, states:

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Here's Your First Look At The Hairspray Live! Cast In Costume! Watch!

| Filed under: TV NewsBroadway BabiesJennifer HudsonKristin ChenowethDerek HoughAriana Grande

Ariana Grande is no longer rocking one ponytail… she's rocking TWO!

On Friday, NBC aired the first promo of Hairspray Live! during the Rio Olympics, completely with our first glimpse of the pop princess rocking Penny Pingleton's pigtails!

The teaser featured all the AH-mazing characters we've been dying to see ever since those casting announcements came out!

Related: Ariana Says Hairspray Live! Is More Fun Than Being A Pop Star!

Been eager waiting to find out how Harvey Fierstein rocks Edna Turnblad's style? Want to see Jennifer Hudson looking FABULOUS as Motormouth Maybelle?

Naturally, Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron make a picture-perfect mother-daughter villain duo (duh, Disney's Descendants, anyone?) but now we FINALLY get to see them in costume!

And, take a look at newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad (above)!

Excited?! Be sure to watch NBC bring this Broadway classic to live television on December 7 at 8 p.m.

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Ariana Grande Says Starring In Hairspray Live! Is 'Way Much More Fun' Than Being A Pop Star — Is Her Music Career Taking A Backseat To Acting??

| Filed under: TV NewsMusic MinuteBroadway BabiesRosie O'DonnellJennifer HudsonKristin ChenowethDerek HoughAriana Grande

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Be careful what you wish for…

As we pretty much already suspected, it sounds like Ariana Grande is paving her way back to Broadway now that she's made her mark on the music industry.

That's because while promoting Hairspray Live! at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, Penny Pingleton herself flat out said participating in the NBC musical was "way much more fun" than her pop star career!

Video: Meet Hairspray Live!'s Tracy Turnblad — Newcomer Maddie Baillio

In fact, the 23-year-old singer — who got her start in Jason Robert Brown's 13 on Broadway before moving over to Nickelodeon — actually wants her role in the live TV musical to be understated, saying:

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Jennifer Hudson Joins A Long List Of Incredibly Hot Movie Wives (& Girlfriends) Of Adam Sandler!

| Filed under: Jessica BielFilm FlickersJennifer HudsonAdam SandlerSalma HayekKate BeckinsaleSaturday Night LiveNetflix

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How does this keep happening?!

Hollywood is the place where dreams come true, and Adam Sandler has proved that theory yet again by landing Jennifer Hudson as yet ANOTHER incredibly hot love interest in his next flick!

Sandy Wexler is the third flick in the SNL alum's Netflix deal and will follow the funnyman's character of a '90s talent manager who falls in love with an aspiring singer (Hudson) he finds at an amusement park!

While we're extremely happy to see Hudson doing a bit of comedy, we STILL can't believe all the incredibly hot women Adam has cast opposite himself in his movies over the years — Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, and even Salma Hayek. WOWZA!

See them all (below)!

CLICK HERE to view "The Incredibly Hot Movie Wives (& Girlfriends) Of Adam Sandler!"

CLICK HERE to view "The Incredibly Hot Movie Wives (& Girlfriends) Of Adam Sandler!"

CLICK HERE to view "The Incredibly Hot Movie Wives (& Girlfriends) Of Adam Sandler!"

CLICK HERE to view "The Incredibly Hot Movie Wives (& Girlfriends) Of Adam Sandler!"

CLICK HERE to view "The Incredibly Hot Movie Wives (& Girlfriends) Of Adam Sandler!"

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, & More Stand Up For Black Lives Matter With Powerful #23Ways PSA — Watch!

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This is some powerful stuff.

If you've been paying attention to national news lately, then you're aware that America is currently suffering from an increase in black deaths at the hands of police.

While victims like Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin may never get justice at this rate, Alicia Keys is done with seeing her brothers and sisters gunned down by people who are supposed to be there to help.

Related: Taraji P. Henson & More Celebs React To Philando Castile's Death

That's why the singer teamed up with Mic.com to create #23Ways, a public service announcement that highlights just some of the ways black people can be killed on a daily basis.

But Alicia couldn't just do this alone… she recruited help from Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson, Pink, Janelle Monáe, Pharrell, Common, Rosario Dawson, Queen Latifah, Kevin Hart, Lenny Kravitz, Zoë Kravitz, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, Talib Kweli, Swizz Beatz, Van Jones, and Tracee Ellis Ross to make this the most star-powered PSA possible!

Ch-ch-check out 23 of the ways you can be killed in America for simply being black (below)!!!

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EXCLUSIVE! Celebs At The 2016 BET Awards Dish About Prince, DJ Khaled, & Kanye West's Controversial Famous Video! WATCH!

| Filed under: Exclusives!Jennifer HudsonKanye WestPrinceAwardzChris BrownPerezTVBET AwardsTia MowryTori KellySnapchat

Big night, even BIGGER opinions!

On Sunday, at the 2016 BET Awards red carpet, several celebs including Tia Mowry couldn't contain their excitement about the Prince tribute!

Related: EXCLUSIVE! Celebs Act Out Famous Samuel L. Jackson One-Liners!

And boy, did they deliver! Performers such as Jennifer Hudson and Tori Kelly paid their respects to the Purple Rain artist by covering his classic songs!

In addition, we also asked the A-listers what they thought about DJ Khaled's Snapchat advice, and Kanye West's controversial Famous music video!

What did Chris Brown's ex Karrueche Tran think about the clip?!

To find out, ch-ch-check out this EXCLUSIVE video (above)!

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