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

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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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Willow & Jaden Smith Gush Over Their 'Biggest Role Models' Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith In Their Joint Issue Of Interview!

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Aww! The relationship Willow and Jaden Smith have with their parents is so special.

In a recent convo with Interview magazine, the famous siblings dished on a lot of subjects including their doting parents Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Let's just say the sit down was 100% adorable!

Related: Willow's Poppa Supports Her Fashion Career!

While it's no surprise the duo appreciate their parental unit, they took their admiration one step further by naming Will and Jada as their "biggest role models".

Speaking to Pharrell, who graciously conducted the interview, Ms. Willow gushed:

"Growing up, all I saw was my parents trying to be the best people they could be, and people coming to them for wisdom, coming to them for guidance, and them not putting themselves on a pedestal, but literally being face-to-face with these people and saying, 'I'm no better than you, but the fact that you're coming to me to reach some sort of enlightenment or to shine a light on some- thing, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you.' They always give back what people give to them. And sometimes they keep giving and giving and giving. And some people don't feel like they need to give anything back because it's like, 'Oh, if you're famous, you can just keep giving, and it doesn't matter.' It's not just about money. It's not just about giving people gifts or whatever. What my parents have given to me is not anything that has to do with money or success or anything that society says people should be focusing on—it's something spiritual that only certain people can grasp and accept. And that's how I act and move in the world."

What kind words! Considering the Smiths have supported their kids in all their creative endeavors, we're not surprised they're held in such high esteem!

Jaden went on to add:

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MTV VMAs 2016: Find Out The Biggest Winners From This Year's Show!

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They must be over the moon(man)! LOLz!

This year's MTV VMAs was jam packed with wild outfits, phenomenal performances, and another Kanye West stage rant.

But no one had more fun at the award show than the winners themselves!

Beyoncé wiping the floor with multiple wins came as a shock to no one, but there were also some big surprises — like Fifth Harmony's impressive win for Work From Home!

Ch-ch-check out the big winners of the night (below) to see who took home the coveted Video Of The Year Award!

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Robin Thicke, Pharrell, & T.I. Officially Appeal The Blurred Lines Copyright Verdict!

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Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. are not going to give it up when it comes to that Blurred Lines lawsuit.

Last year, the musicians lost their legal battle against Marvin Gaye's family, who claimed the guys committed copyright infringement with their 2013 hit.

Related: Late Musician's Estate Says Justin Timberlake & Will.i.am Ripped Off A Song!

The late legend's estate won millions of dollars after alleging the songsmiths stole their single from Marvin's Got To Give It Up.

But on Wednesday, the trio officially filed to appeal the verdict! The musicians submitted their opening brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In their legal papers, the performers explained that the verdict, as it stands, could inhibit other artists' creative processes in the future, saying:

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Beyoncé, Adele, & Kanye Lead The 2016 MTV VMAs Nominations Pack — Check Out The Full List Of Nominees!

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Perezcious Readers, what's good?!

We can't really believe it, but it's been nearly a year since Miley Cyrus last hosted the VMAs, which gave us some of the most memorable live TV moments of 2015.

Well, that's all old news… because MTV officially revealed the nominations for the 2016 MTV VMAs on Tuesday, and we could not agree more with the network's selection of honored music videos!

Related: 2015 MTV VMAs — Complete Winners List

Adele, Rihanna, and Beyoncé are pretty much in a league of their own this time around thanks to Hello, Work, and Lemonade, respectively… so it's going to be interesting to see which of the pop stars comes out on top.

But not to be outdone, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, and Fergie made sure to net a few nods of their own!

Ch-ch-check out the full list of 2016 MTV Video Music Awards nominees (below)!!!

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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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Beyoncé, Tyga, Jesse Williams, Kanye West, Lady GaGa, & More Celebs Support The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

These stars support #BlackLivesMatter.

Celebrities are coming together during this tough time.

This week, two black men were shot and killed in two isolated police shootings, all within one day of each other.

Alton Sterling was shot to death while being pinned down by cops in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile bled to death after an officer fired on him multiple times during a traffic stop.

In the wake of these devastating, heartbreaking deaths, stars have flocked to social media to mourn the men who were taken too soon.

Related: Michael Jackson's Son Gets Heat For #AllLivesMatter Tweet

Following these terrible tragedies, many A-listers have been voicing their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, calling for this violence and police brutality to stop.

And, some celebs have been rallying behind this cause for quite some time now.

Whether they've been supporting the movement for years, or just began to raise their voice in light of these horrific shootings, you can find out which stars are all for the cause (below).

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