Michael Jackson provided the folks at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills with a rather large “thrill” over the weekend. The red and black leather jacket the King of Pop wore in his iconic “Thriller” video sold for one-point-eight-million-dollars on Sunday. It had been estimated that the jacket would bring in at least 200-thousand-dollars. Texas resident Milton Verret placed the winning bid, and plans on displaying the jacket at Austin’s Dell Children’s Hospital. Inspired by the late pop icon, Verret says he plans to use his expensive piece of memorabilia to raise money for children’s charities and hospitals across the globe. A portion of the one-point-eight-million-dollars Verret spent will also benefit the Shambala Preserve, which has been home to Jackson’s two Bengal tigers since 2006.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket sold just one day after the two-year anniversary of his death. The singer died from cardiac arrest on June 25th, 2009. It was later discovered that he had lethal levels of the drug propofol in his system. Jackson’s doctor at the time, Conrad Murray, has admitted to providing the drug, but denies being responsible for Jackson’s death. Murray has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter. His trial will begin on September 8th.
Cee Lo Green is going to be a little quieter this summer. The Grammy winner has decided to step away from his duties as an opening act on Rihanna’s “Loud” tour. Cee Lo’s commitment to NBC’s “The Voice,” as well as an upcoming book and new album, were taking up too much of his schedule. A spokeswoman for the singer says Cee Lo always puts “100 percent into his work,” and felt as if he wouldn’t be able to give “his fans the show that they deserve.” Rihanna’s “Loud” tour, which still includes J. Cole as an opening act, will continue on Tuesday with a show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
R&B legend Patti Labelle, recipient of BETâ€™s annual Lifetime Achievement Award, was honored during last nightâ€™s BET Awards with performances by Cee-Lo Green, Marsha Ambrosius and Shirley Caesar. Ms. Patti even performed some of her own hits including â€œLady Marmalade.â€ READ MORE
In the hour-long sit-down tonight airing at 9pmET/PT, Beyonce opens up to Piers Morgan about turning 30 in September. She says she can’t wait.
“I feel like 30 is the ideal age, because you’re mature enough to know who you are and have your boundaries and your standards and not be afraid of too polite, but young enough to be a young woman,” she says. “I’m so looking forward to it.”
The age also got Beyonce talking about pregnancy. “I always said I’d have a baby at 30,” she says. “I’m 29. But I also said I was going to retire at 30. I’m not retiring.” So, is a baby on the way? READ MORE
The most priceless yet hilarious moments of the entire BET segment would have to be the parody Kevin Hart did of to make fun of the “Basket Ball Wives” “Real Housewives” and any other reality show that glorify jump offs. Kevin Hart brought in Bobby Brown, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Anthony Anderson, and special guest Nick Cannon.
One fan’s dream may have turned into a nightmare Sunday night at the BET Awards. Tiffany Green a HUGE Nicki Minaj fan got the chance of a lifetime to present the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, but when it came time to announce the winner, she somehow said the wrong name during the live telecast.
BET Awards 2011: Chris Brown Wins First Award of the Night Instead of announcing Rihanna featuring Drake the winner for their song “What’s My Name,” she at first said Chris Brown was the winner — and then had to correct her mistake.
When Drake took the stage, he noted how “awkward” the situation was. But later, BET tweeted that Chris Brown was in fact the actual winner — meaning the presenter had it right the first time. Tiffany took a lot of slack for it and got slammed on twitter by the crazy critics.
3 Strikes on BET, You guys ruined her moments 4life!
Jaden and Willow Smith hold their shiny awards up high at the 2011 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday evening.
The siblings tied for the honor which recognizes young talent on the rise. Jaden and Willow were up against Keke Palmer, Diggy Simmons and Shenell Edmonds.
Willow, 11, just uploaded a new video from her tour with Justin Bieber earlier this year. She tweeted, â€œThis was the last show, I was excited to go home, but sad to be leaving my crew. We had SO SO much fun on tour with Justin.â€
The BET Awards got off to a great start with R&B diva Mary J. Blige performing some of her greatest hits. Dj Khlaed along with the likes of Ace Hood, and Lil Wayne graced the stage shortly after. Here are some of the pics of the night kick off performances: