Taylor Swift performs at Stonewall Inn's Pride celebration
Taylor Swift surprised fans with an unexpected performance at the Stonewall Inn's Pride celebration, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, in New York on June 14. "Thank you for having me, Stonewall, and happy Pride," the pop singer told the crowd. Taylor's performance came the same day she released new LGBTQ+ supportive single "You Need to Calm Down."
Missy Elliott gets teary eyed at Songwriters Hall of Fame induction
Missy Elliott was overcome with emotion as she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York on June 13. The rapper, who received well wishes from President Barack Obama in a pre-taped video, had tears in her eyes while giving her acceptance speech at the 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. "I am thankful. Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I've done, I don't know, and I'm assuming it's just God, I don't know why I am here," she said. "I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers: Do not give up."
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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine diagnosed with throat cancer
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer, he announced on June 17. The musician revealed his diagnosis — and the cancellation of the majority of Megadeth's shows this year — in an Instagram post. "I've been diagnosed with throat cancer. It's clearly something to be respected and faced head on — but I've faced obstacles before. I'm working closely with my doctors, and we've mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90 percent success rate," he shared.
Carrie Underwood, NFL, NBC sued over "Sunday Night Football" theme song
Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC have been accused of stealing the "Sunday Night Football" theme song. In a lawsuit filed on June 19, Heidi Merrill claims she and three other songwriters created the song "Game On," which Carrie's producer allegedly turned into the "Sunday Night Football" theme song without Heidi's permission or any compensation.
21 Savage donates $25K to assist detained immigrants
21 Savage donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center on June 15 in an effort to provide legal aid to detained immigrants. The rapper, who was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February, wants to support the SPLC, a watchdog organization that helped him while he was in ICE custody.
Granger Smith to go back on tour after son's tragic death
Granger Smith is ready to go back on tour nearly two weeks after losing his 3-year-old son, River, in a drowning accident. The country music singer opened up about his decision to hit the road again in a video posted on his family's YouTube channel. "I'm still going to do music, in fact, I'm going to go back on tour next week and I'm going to bring them with me," Granger said while sitting next to his wife, Amber. "Music has always been healing. That's the place I've always turned to."
Philippe Zdar, a Grammy-winning music producer and one-half of the house music duo Cassius, died on June 19 after accidentally falling out of a window in Paris. He was 52. Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of the 1960s pop group The Lettermen, died on June 9 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 82. DJ Official, a Grammy-winning producer, was fatally shot in Los Angeles on June 14. He was 26.
Cardi B rocks bathrobe during Tennessee performance after wardrobe malfunction
The show must go on! Cardi B finished her June 16 Bonnaroo Festival performance in a bathrobe after her costume ripped down the middle of her backside. The Bronx rapper told the audience her bodysuit ripped just a few songs into her set and left the stage to change — only to return a few minutes later in the robe. "We gonna keep it moving, baby," Cardi explained to the Tennessee crowd. "We gonna keep it sexy. I don't know how in this [expletive] robe, but we gonna do it!"