Welcome to the Morning Brief. These are some of the top celebrity and pop culture news stories making news this a.m.
At the Global Citizen Festival, those in attendance were treated to an epic show with Jay-Z and Beyoncé headlining the event. Among numerous wardrobe changes, the couple presented bangers, ballads and duets like “Niggas in Paris,” “03 Bonnie and Clyde,” “Drunk in Love,” “Hero,” “Empire State of Mind,” “Run the World (Girls),” “Formation,” “Ape Shit” and more. Later on in the act, Pharrell joined Hov for a performance of “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It to Me).”
Halsey shared some choice words about the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired Sunday night. The singer posted her note in Victoria’s Secret colors—pink and white—and called out the company’s lack of diversity.
The Favorite is the favorite at the British Independent Film Awards. Picking up 10 of the 13 prizes for which it was nominated. Yorgos Lanthimos’ majestic period drama won Best British Independent Film, Director, Screenplay (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara), Actress (Olivia Colman), and Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), as well as a slew of technical awards.
China is not into Crazy Rich Asians. The film tanked in China with a $1.2 million bow. The film opened on 5,000 screens. Yikes.
Conan O’Brien by his own estimation has interviewed over 12,000 guests, but it didn’t take long for him to reveal his worst guest ever. Appearing on actor Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert, O’Brien immediately picked out controversial and eccentric director Abel Ferrara.
Cher, Reba McEntire, and the creators of the Broadway musical Hamilton — superstars of the entertainment world — gathered in Washington on Sunday to enter the ranks of highly celebrated artists as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. Cher said she has always tried to focus on the music and her fans over any career honors. She said she was genuinely surprised to receive the award. “I never thought I was the right person for this because I’m a little bit out there.”