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Rihanna Praises Racheal Dolzel as Being ‘ A Hero’

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The name Racheal Dolzel may not be familiar to you or you may not recall it. Rachel is the 37 year old white female who is famed for pretending to be black and is now being called a hero by pop singer Rihanna. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair Rihanna rightly asks…’Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is great thing.’ We couldn’t agree more RiRi.

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Rihanna goes on to describe the former NAACP leader as being smart enough to deceive on the masses…’because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,’. 

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Whilst I agree that the outrage is disproportionate to the lie It is somewhat of an insult to suggest that all it takes to be black is have darker skin and have ‘kinky’ hair. In a clip below Rachel talks about how her hair looks the way it does…though I think we can agree it is pretty obvious.

2013 BRIT Nominations: Coldplay, Rihanna + Amy Winehouse Honored

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‘Princess of China’ might make Coldplay and Rihanna the musical kings and queen of Britain. RiRi and Chris Martin’s band are among the leading contenders for the 2013 BRIT Awards. The annual U.K. awards show today (Jan. 10) revealed its list of nominees, which also included a surprise nod for the late Amy Winehouse.

Coldplay and Rihanna are up for Best British Single for ‘Princess of China.’ Chris Martin’s band is also a contender for Best Live Act, while RiRi is up for Best International Female.

Winehouse’s nom comes in the Best British Female category, based on the success of her posthumous album ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures,’ which hit No. 1 in Britain.

Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sande actually leads the pack with four nominations, while Rita Ora picked up three. Both artists appear twice in the Best British Single category, which features a whopping 15 nominees, including Adele‘s ‘Skyfall,’ Florence + the Machine‘s ‘Spectrum,’ and Jessie J‘s ‘Domino.’

The boys from One Direction are back at the BRITs with a Best British Group nomination. A year ago, 1D won Best British Single for ‘What Makes You Beautiful.’ They are already confirmed to perform at the Feb. 20 ceremony.

Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean and fun. are among the Americans nominated for the International awards.

2013 BRIT Awards Nominations:

Mastercard British Album of the Year
Emeli Sande, ‘Our Version of Events’
Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’
Alt-J, ‘An Awesome Wave’
Plan B, ‘iLL Manors’
Paloma Faith, ‘Fall to Grace’

Best British Single
Adele, ‘Skyfall’
Alex Clare, ‘Too Close’
Coldplay & Rihanna, ‘Princess of China’
DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora, ‘Hot Right Now’
Emeli Sandé, ‘Next to Me’
Florence & The Machine, ‘Spectrum’
James Arthur, ‘Impossible’
Jessie J, ‘Domino’
Labrinth Feat. Emeli Sandé, ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’
Olly Murs Feat. Flo Rida, ‘Troublemaker’
Rita Ora Feat. Tinie Tempah, ‘R.I.P.’
Rizzle Kicks, ‘Mama Do the Hump’
Robbie Williams, ‘Candy’
Rudimental Feat. John Newman, ‘Feel the Love’
Stooshe, ‘Black Heart’

Best Live Act
Coldplay
Muse
The Rolling Stones
The Vaccines
Mumford & Sons

British Male Solo Artist
Calvin Harris
Olly Murs
Ben Howard
Richard Hawley
Plan B

British Female Solo Artist
Bat For Lashes
Amy Winehouse
Emeli Sande
Paloma Faith
Jessie Ware

British Group
One Direction
Alt-J
Muse
Mumford & Sons

British Breakthrough
Jessie Ware
Jake Bugg
Rita Ora
Ben Howard
Alt-J

International Group
Alabama Shakes
Fun.
The Script
The Killers
The Black Keys

International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen
Michael Buble
Frank Ocean
Gotye
Jack White

International Female Solo Artist
Taylor Swift
Rihanna
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana Del Rey

British Producer Of The Year
Damon Albarn
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

Critics Choice
Tom Odell

Special Recognition Award
War Child

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Beyonce vs. Rihanna: Who Has the Sexiest GQ Cover? – Readers Poll

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Somebody get us a cold towel, because we are burning up from looking at these pictures of Beyonce and Rihanna! Both of the R&B beauties shed their clothes for the cover of GQ, with Rihanna taking off a little bit more than the barely covered Beyonce.

It’s obvious that both of these incredibly beautiful women look beyond bangin’, but which GQ cover do you find the sexiest? Beyonce’s Feb. 2013, ‘Sexiest Women of the 21st Century’ cover, or Rihanna’s photo on the ‘Men of the Year’ issue from Nov. 2012?

Beyonce’s GQ cover coincides with her Super Bowl XLVII performance, hence the cropped jersey. Beyonce is never shy about flaunting her figure, but she usually tends to keep covered for the most part, so we had to do a double take when we first saw this photo. Her arms are raised above her head, giving us a tiny glimpse of some under-boob, with her fit abs on full display. Bey’s thighs are also out of this world, and her hips are accentuated with a gold chain and her teeny-weeny, black and red panties.

Meanwhile, Rihanna took everything except her leather jacket off for her smokin’ hot GQ cover in late 2012. If you’ve taken a look at her Instagram feed lately, you probably know that the ‘Cockiness’ singer loves showing off her naked bod, so this mag cover shoot must’ve been a cinch for her. Her naked chest is covered just enough to prevent any nip slippage, and her hands are the only thing covering up her most private of lady parts. We really can see Rihanna’s amazing, hourglass shape here, and her tats make her look even more bada–.

It’s a tough choice, but who do you think had the sexiest GQ cover? Vote Beyonce or Rihanna below!

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16 Stars Who Look Good and Feel Great Whatever Their Shape (PHOTOS)

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It’s hard to stay confident when you’re constantly being scrutinized.

But some celebs don’t let Hollywood’s expectations affect their self-esteem, looking good — and feeling great — whatever their shape.

From Kim Kardashian, to Tyra Banks, these two television stars are a pair who have learned to embrace their curves. The latter, CW’s America’s Next Top Model star, is even proud to teach young girls the importance of  loving themselves and accepting their body flaws.

British songstress Leona Lewis, 27, has also opened up about weight woes.

“I wouldn’t lose weight for my career… and I wouldn’t have surgery either,” she told Closer magazine.

“I’m happy in my own skin. You have to be healthy and I’m proud of my curves. If I even tried to be a size zero I’d probably be dead. I’m too tall to be a stick-thin girl.”

What other A-listers are comfortable in their own skin?

Kate Hudson, 33, told UK’s The Telegraph, “I’m pretty comfortable with my body. I’m imperfect. The imperfections are there,” continuing, “People are going to see them, but I take the view you only live once.”

Similar to Hudson, Christina Hendricks embraces her differences.

The Mad Men star, 37, told Grazia magazine, “I love my body as it is. People in the industry have been telling me to lose weight for years but I like the way I look.”

She added, “I give credit for my mother for helping me feel good about my appearance – for making sure I never felt embarrassed about my body, because she was never worried about looking too big.

“I started out as a model and when I went to Italy to build my book I gained 15 pounds from all the pastas and cappuccinos,” Hendricks said, continuing, “I saw my body change and I loved how it changed my appearance and how it made me look more womanly and sexy.”

Launch the gallery above to see other celebrities with positive body images.

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First Round of Grammy Awards Performers Announced: Rihanna, Taylor Swift and More

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Taylor Swift and Rihanna are ready to rock the Grammy Awards. The first round of performers for music’s biggest night have been announced, and some of music’s hottest acts are among the line up. In addition to the country cutie and the “Diamonds” singer, British folk group Mumford and Sons will take the stage, as well as “Some Nights” crooners fun. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air live from L.A.’s Staples Center on February 10. Changing things up a bit from previous years where there has been no host, NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J will helm the night’s festivities.

Though many more performers will no doubt be announced, this is the first crop of confirmed acts. Each artist or group announced has a varying number of nominations, as Taylor and Rihanna were both nominated for three awards, while Mumford and Sons snagged six nominations.

This won’t be the first time Rihanna has taken the stage at the Grammy Awards. In 2011, Rihanna performed “What’s My Name,” and in 2012, she performed “We Found Love.” Taylor is no stranger to Grammy Awards performances either, as she sang “Mean” in 2012.

In addition to their multiple Grammy performances, both Rihanna and Taylor already have their fair share of Grammy Awards as well. Taylor has won six over the last five years, while Rihanna has earned herself five Grammy statues.

Click here for a full list of who is nominated this year, and make sure you tune in to the Grammy Awards when they air on CBS Sunday February 10.

Are you excited to see Taylor and Rihanna perform? Who else do you think should take the stage? Sound off in the comments.

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Rihanna, Taylor Swift + More Set to Perform at 2013 Grammys

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The stars are coming out for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Rihanna and Taylor Swift are among the first batch of performers announced for the 55th Annual Grammys, along with fun., Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys.

Swift is nominated for Record of the Year for ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and is a contender for two other awards for ‘Safe & Sound,’ her contribution to the ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack. A six-time Grammy winner, Swift performed ‘Mean’ on last year’s broadcast.

RiRi has won five Grammys and has three different tracks up for awards this year. Her nominations include ‘We Found Love’ for Best Music Video, ‘Where Have You Been’ for Best Pop Solo Performance, and ‘Talk That Talk’ with Jay-Z for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

fun., Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys are all nominated for multiple awards, including Album of the Year. LL Cool J has been confirmed as host once again. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The Grammys take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Which Grammy performer are you most looking forward to seeing?

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Will Rihanna + Chris Brown Perform Together at the 2013 Grammys?

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Talk about returning to the scene of the crime. Rumor has it that Chris Brown and Rihanna will have their coming out party at the 2013 Grammys and that they want to perform together.

Back in 2009, on the eve of that year’s Grammys, Breezy beat the crap out of Rihanna when they were officially a couple. They canceled their appearance and eventually broke up, which is why so many people are anti-ChRihanna, V.2.

The couple has been coy about the status of their relationship, although taking in Lakers games and sharing Instagram photos while in bed pretty much screams “WE ARE BACK TOGETHER.”

“Chris wants to perform with Rihanna at the Grammys to show the whole world they are back together,” a source told RadarOnline. “Chris doesn’t care what the haters say, and wants to give the viewers an over the top performance with Rihanna.”

Breezy, who’s reputation has taken a beating since he got violent with RiRi, wants to use the perf to show he has turned over a new leaf and show why Ri has taken him back after he used her face as a punching bag.If this does indeed go down, it’d be a showstopper.

“He wants the fans to know this is the real deal, and he is a changed man,” the source said. “If Rihanna can forgive him, the rest of the world should move on from what happened four years ago,” the insider said.

The producers have yet to give their blessing on such a performance. The issue is a delicate one, since it involves domestic abuse. But the producers also know that it could be a ratings goldmine. Who wouldn’t tune in to see that?

Stay tuned, ChRihanna watchers. This is bound to get even more interesting.

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Rihanna Shows Off New Long Hair

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Rihanna was out and about in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 6 and no, she didn’t Instagram any topless or overly sexy shots. Instead, the singer, who hung out at the My Studio nightclub, showed off a brand new hairstyle. She traded her short, black pixie, which shows off all of her facial features, for a long, silky, ombre look. She often has long hair courtesy of extensions, but the color here is super standout.

RiRi, 24, is now sporting straight, dark brown strands with significantly lighter tips. It’s still shaved on the side aka Skrillex hair, but overall, it’s a long, lush and femme look.

Don’t get used to it, though. RiRi is unpredictable when it comes to her coif and she changes it often, so she could easily go back to her close-cropped ‘do or go with an extremely curly wig or a blonde shag. Oh wait, those are looks she sported in the past year and beyond.

The only constant when it comes to Rihanna’s coif is change.

We wonder what her beau Chris Brown thinks of this longer, sexier look!

Ah, forget what he thinks. We want to know what you think, PopCrushers! Is RiRi’s new hairstyle doing it for you or do you prefer her shorter and sexier?

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About to Pop: Rihanna, Jessie J + More Singles

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It’s been a couple of weeks since our last About to Pop competition, but our most recent winner was newcomer Nikki Williams! Her single ‘Glowing’ garnered an overwhelming 65% of the fan votes before the holidays, beating out artists like Pink and Green Day for a spot on PopCrush’s nationwide radio show – a proper congrats is in order for Ms. Williams and all of her fans! 

The first About to Pop competition of 2013 will see Rihanna, Jessie J plus more artists going head-to-head for 20+ spins on PopCrush’s weekend radio countdown. The ‘Unapologetic’ songstress is in the running with her David Guetta-produced single ‘Right Now,’ a blood-pumping, club jam will get you dancing and pumped for the New Year. Meanwhile, Jessie J fans can vote on her midtempo, R&B love ballad ‘Silver Lining (Crazy ‘Bout You…),’ from the acclaimed film ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’

But RiRi and Jessie aren’t the only singers you can vote for, as Marina and the Diamonds, Olly Murs and Mike Posner are also competing. Marina’s Diamonds will have the chance to  teach ‘How to Be a Heartbreaker’ if they can secure the win, while Olly Murs lovers can vote for the catchy crooner’s ‘Troublemaker’ track, featuring Flo Rida.

Finally, in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, singer-songwriter Mike Posner wrote the touching tribute ‘Heaven’ for the victim’s family, our last song in this week’s About to Pop.

Listen to all of the nominated singles below and vote for your favorite once per hour until the poll closes on Jan. 14 at 3PM EST. Good luck!

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Did Jessie J Throw Shade at Rihanna on Twitter?

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It seems like not a day goes by that Rihanna isn’t embroiled in some sort of Twitter drama, but it turns out the latest installment of it isn’t her fault. Jessie J was believed to have been mocking the Bajan beauty over the microblogging site, which didn’t sit well with the Rihanna Navy.

In a series of since deleted tweets, Jessie J not-so-subtly judged people who pose nude on Instagram and who also post photos of themselves smoking. Sound like anyone familiar?

“I’m bored… Maybe I should get naked and smoke and take pictures of myself and post them on instagram? Or NOT… *rolls eyes*,” Jessie wrote (via Entertainment Wise). While a lot of people do those things, it’s hard not to think it was at least a little bit pointed, right?

Rihanna’s fans responded furiously, writing, “So I used to really like and respect @JessieJ but I no longer do.” Another posted, “Jessie j should stay in her lane, who is she to be sending for rihanna lol?” Ouch on all counts!

Jessie was quick to backpedal away from her comments and deny that they were aimed at any starlet specifically. “Hahaha my TL is hilarious. My last tweet about Instagram sadly wasn’t an indirect at anyone in particular,” she wrote. ”There is definitely more than 1 person posting those kind of pictures. Hence my tweet.”

She added, ”I’m going to be honest. My tweet about Instagram was NOT aimed at anyone in particular. But I will openly say the amount of pictures including men and woman nude and girls and guys promoting smoking drugs on the internet these days is a lot,” she vented. “Feels like the boundaries are disappearing. It’s become fashionable and in my opinion its too much. Call me what you want but that’s MY opinion and I’m entitled to one.”

While Jessie’s entitled to her opinion, fans and followers are entitled, similarly, to interpret her subtweets however they see fit. And in this case, they did seem pretty well aimed at RiRi.

For her part, Rihanna hasn’t commented — which is a refreshing, more mature side of the songstress. Maybe if she showed maturity more often, Jessie wouldn’t have anything to say about her!

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Chris Brown Dumps Karrueche Tran for Rihanna Again

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Another day, another dramatic (or not-so-dramatic) turn in the RihannaChris Brown-Karrueche Tran love triangle. The latest? Apparently Breezy is letting Tran go in favor of the Bajan superstar, with whom he rang in 2013.

“He’s curled up with Ri and he been with her this whole time this month and he’s dedicated to her,” a source told Hollywood Life. “He’s trying to do the right thing with her and want to be right by her too. He’s just trying to be a good man this year and so far he’s doing that.”

Keep in mind, this month is only a week in. This can all change anytime!

“Rihanna wants to spend everyday in January with him in 2013 because she thinks that will cement their relationship,” the decidedly not well-spoken source said. “She be on that whole sentimental stuff all the time … Karrueche was always good people to him and treated his a– like a king 24-7, but he’s on Rihanna hard right now so I guess K.T. realizes that and she’s falling back.”

Still, Tran apparently isn’t too bothered by any of this. “Chris is always going to be somebody she loves and cares about,” a source said. “At the end of the day, they still have a connection and they still tied up in their own way. If he’s in love with the other girl, so be it! Kae isn’t desperate at all. That’s not how she rolls and that’s not [a] good look for her or any woman for that matter.”

Of course, the reason she harbors little ill will may be because Brown sort of made her a kept woman.

“No shade, but he hooked her up with a lot and put her on the map with her fashions and for the most part he came correct to her and was honest and never lied,” the source said. “So for that, he ain’t all that bad.”

Still, is it a good look to constantly have to share a dude with someone else? Let him go!

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