Scott Hutchison, the singer of the group Frightened Rabbit, has passed away at 36 years old. The musician had been missing since May 9, and on May 11, police confirmed the terrible news after his body was found at Port Edgar in Scotland on the banks of the Firth of Forth. His family released a statement, sharing that Scott "was passionate, articulate and charismatic, as well as being one of the funniest and kindest people we knew. Friends and family would all agree that he had a brilliant sense of humour and was a great person to be around." The singer had previously been open about his battle with depression, and his family touched on his fight in the statement, writing, "Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you. Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles. His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues." Tragedy also struck a member of the Williams Brothers quartet, Dick Williams, who died on May 5 of natural causes at the age of 91. The singer — along with siblings Andy, Bob and Don — performed on the radio, in movies and with Kay Thompson in a popular nightclub act during the 1940s and '50s.
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Katy Perry offered Taylor Swift a literal olive branch on May 8 after a years-long feud between the two superstar singers. Katy was reportedly tired of holding on to the past and wanted to showcase unity between women, motivating the reconciliation move. The "Shake It Off" singer was touched by Katy's sweet gesture and handwritten note and shared a video clip of both on her Instagram Stories, saying, "This means so much to me."
2018 CMT Awards nominations announced
Country Music Television announced the 2018 CMT Awards nominees on May 8. Nods include Jon Pardi for male video of the year, Blake Shelton for male video of the year, Miranda Lambert for female video of the year, Carrie Underwood for female video of the year, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for duo video of the year.
Chris Brown is being sued
A woman is suing Chris Brown, claiming that she was sexually assaulted by the R&B star's friend, Lowell Grissom Jr., in Chris's home. The unnamed Jane Doe, who's represented by famed lawyer Gloria Allred, filed a lawsuit on May 9, that alleges Lowell raped her in February 2017. She also claims that the R&B star provided drugs to his guests before the incident.
R. Kelly accusers speak out
In the midst of the Time's Up movement and #MuteRKelly campaign, R. Kelly's accusers are speaking out. Kitti Jones and Asante McGee appeared on the "Today" show on May 8 and detailed the alleged abuse they suffered at the hands of the R&B singer. The women said they had to ask permission to use the bathroom, call R. Kelly "Daddy" at all times and only eat approved foods when he gave them permission.
Keeping with the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme at the 2018 Met Gala, Madonna performed her hit song "Like A Prayer" and covered Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at the annual fashion benefit in New York City on May 7. Her set — which included backup singers dressed in hooded monk robes — was an unexpected surprise for attendees.
New music video
Fresh off his performance on "Saturday Night Live," at midnight on May 6, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino released a music video for his song "This Is America" that has everyone talking. Critics and fans are trying to decipher the controversial video featuring gun violence, dancing and powerful visuals.
Backstreet Boys dress like Spice Girls
Backstreet's back — with a little girl power! The Backstreet Boys dressed up as the Spice Girls during a performance on the 2018 BSB Cruise to Turks and Caicos on May 8. The boy band, who nicknamed themselves the #SpiceBoys, chose the costumes as a way to celebrate "all of the girl power that's kept us going for 25 years."