Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder Duet ‘Happy Birthday’ For Elton John

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Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder united at Elton John’s 70th birthday party to sing Wonder’s 1981 hit “Happy Birthday.” The event raised money for both the Hammer Museum and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Gaga returned to her natural hair color, brunette, in a classic updo for the event, and wore a gorgeous Alberta Ferretti gown. In addition to dueting with Wonder, she found time to sing piano ballads of “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way,” Idolator reports.

Take a look at Gaga and Wonder, as well as some classic Fame Monster piano-ballad Mother Monster, below.

When you’re #close but the #vegetation gets in the way. @ladygaga cejebrated @eltonjohn #ejf70 #sorryimnotsorry #revenge #badromance

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Because Size Matters: The Vegas-Style Party Launches Tonight

Whether size matters in the bedroom is still under debate, but the size of a party in a nightclub? Oh, the bigger, the better. And one party in particular is as big as it gets: Magnum Mondays. You know, like the large-sized condom company. Tonight, the party – which first began at STK Vegas by The ONE Group – is launching at its resident NY spot: STK Downtown, a restaurant in Meatpacking known for its ribeye dipped in truffle butter and creamed spinach.

Unlike the sparkler-filled brunch parties at Beaumarchais and Bagatelle, Magnum Mondays offers dinner and a party on the first day of the workweek – officially extending the weekend spirit to a three-day, DJ-filled affair. Beginning weekly at 7pm, the dinner parties start with steaks and celebrity DJs, and end with STK’s signature ménage a trios carnival dessert: a threesome of caramel corn, cotton candy, and a mini funnel cake.

Tonight kicks off with celeb DJ Ross One, who’s DJed with Jay-Z and Kanye, and continues each week after with talents like D-Nice (DJd for Stevie Wonder) and R&B, hip-hop DJ Reach.

Now if you can just recover from Sunday’s revelries and make it to tonight’s. I think you can do it.

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That Guy Split Up With What’s-Her-Face

TMZ, People, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have all harmoniously confirmed the terrible breakup of a torrid sexual relationship between Hollywood actors Jennifer Anniston and Robert Pattinson, who appeared on The Daily Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to confirm that he will be the new legal guardian for Suri Cruise, the illegitimate child of British chanteuse Adele and an unnamed father who is probably Bret Michaels, the rock star famous for his recently called-off double-engagement to Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and one of the girls from Teen Mom.

Meanwhile, Gillian Anderson, Anne Hathaway and Carey Mulligan have filed for a divorce from their respective husbands—Stevie Wonder, Tom Cruise and Justin Theroux (née Jeremy Piven). Kenny G, accredited just two days ago as a lawyer, will represent both men in what is likely to be a blood-soaked beast of a court proceeding. Kenny G is also caught in the middle of his own bitter divorce from a crazed fan, who filed for marriage without his knowledge; that case is presided over by Judge Judy.

Judge Judy could not be reached for comment, but this weekend she was spotted scarfing down hamburgers at Chateau Marmont with Ryan Gosling, the world-renown David Duchovny impersonator.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jessie J and More Highlights From Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Concert

While you were suffering from a case of the Mondays, America, the United Kingdom had the day off for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, or the 60th anniversary of her coronation as ruler of the Commonwealth / face on currency and stamps and touristy trinkets. Naturally, this involved a big, all-star televised concert, with flags and bunting everywhere and at least two former members of Take That. Here are some of the key highlights/lowlights, depending on your taste: 

Jessie J

To go from bedazzling her teeth and infecting brains all over the UK with her first earworm, “Do It Like A Dude,” to performing for the entire country and its royals in less than two years is one heck of an accomplishment. We can’t help but wonder if Liz herself will be bopping around the palace in the days to come, singing, “One can taste the tension like a cloud of smoke in the air/now one’s breathing like one’s running ‘cause you’re taking one there…” (With apologies to @Queen_UK.) She and Stevie Wonder both performed with will.i.am, who is apparently a coach on the UK version of The Voice.

Ed Sheeran

In an evening all about pageantry, bunting, heavily produced pop and insane outfits, 21-year-old, flame-haired singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran broke the pattern with a gentle, subdued version of his hit “The A-Team.” As one YouTube commenter pointed out, Sheeran was singing a song about a serious hard drug addiction to the Queen of England. But hey, life goes on outside Buckingham Palace. Maybe Ed Sheeran just ushered in a new age.

Tom Jones

Well, someone had to represent for Wales! And Tom Jones brought the house down with a powerful rendition of “Delilah,” complete with crowd sing-along. Seriously though, this is one of the best performances of the whole night. Eat your heart out, Robbie Williams.

Gary Barlow, Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Commonwealth Band

Why yes, that is Gary Barlow (frontman of popular English boy band Take That and X-Factor judge) and Andrew Lloyd Webber sharing the stage. With a giant choir. This is the sentimental montage moment that will send single, solemn tears down the cheeks of the diehard Royalists. As for the rest of you, make of it what you will.

Stevie Wonder

One of the few non-Commonwealth performers of the night was the legendary Stevie Wonder. And of course, he showed everybody else up. “Sir Duke,” with its royally-appropriate name, will always and forever be enough to get even the most stiff-upper-lipped dignitary—of any nation—moving.

Paul McCartney

Macca closed out the night with a few classics, including “All My Loving” and “Live And Let Die,” and even got Her Majesty going a bit. Also noteworthy was Peter Kay’s introduction, which involved getting everyone to sing along to “We Are Family” (unity!) and wearing a Beefeater costume, because Paul McCartney is a vegetarian. Get it… Beefeater? Vegetarian? Aw, you’re no fun.

Christina Aguilera Sings At Etta James’ Funeral

Legendary singer Etta James was laid to rest yesterday with a service in Gardena, California that was attended by hundreds. Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy, opening his remarks with a statement from President Obama that said, "Etta will be remembered for her legendary voice and her contributions to our nation’s musical heritage.” Stevie Wonder performed three songs and Christina Aguilera did her rendition of "At Last," wearing what could be deemed an inappropriate cleavage-baring top. Click through to watch.

The rhythm and blues singer died from terminal chronic leukemia on January 20.

The Best Dang Concert Diary in Texas: Takeaways from Austin City Limits

After three days of battling excruciating heat, rain storms, and the escalating crowd size at Austin’s Zilker Park, I was actually very sad to see Austin City Limits end. Similar to years past, I’ll leave the great state of Texas with a deepened appreciation for the “weirdness” of Austin, Tex Mex cuisine, and the wealth of opportunities for a good ol’ fashioned adventure this festival has to offer. For more ACL accounts and a gallery of the weekend’s festivities, read on.

1) Less is not more. Everything is bigger in Texas, and this includes Queso serving sizes, golf umbrellas, the ambition behind Kanye’s stage construction, the ACL bike lot, and the hype surrounding headlining music legend Stevie Wonder. Over the past few years, I’ve learned to come to ACL overly prepared, as the weather is almost always unpredictable this time of year and, hell, anything can happen. While here, I always load up on runny Tex Mex queso dip, nachos, and hard tacos, so this year, we hit up Guero’s and Maudie’s in Austin and sampled the nachos from The Salt Lick and Tim Love’s Love Shack inside the festival grounds. (The Salt Lick won our blind taste test.)

For me, the most ambitious performance was Kanye West’s and his troupe of ballerinas on Friday night. For his opener, “Higher,” Kanye descended into the crowd from a hydraulic lift and casually swaggered onto the stage. The following hour and 45 minutes was remarkable in its aesthetic simplicity and near-perfect execution. Unfortunately, the ever-so-anticipated Stevie Wonder’s Saturday performance was marred by some technical sound issues (My Morning Jacket could be heard pretty distinctly even from Wonder’s corner of the park). Dedicated fans set up shop around the Bud Light stage starting that morning in anticipation of this headlining performance, but the impression shared by the exiting crowds was generally nonplussed…To go out with a bang, the weekend ended with recent Grammy winners Arcade Fire; the closing honors served as a homecoming of sorts for band members Win and Will Butler (who grew up in Houston suburb, the Woodlands). They played an aggressive show for the festival’s most-coveted time slot and bid adieu to Austin with Regine Chassagne twirling around in multicolored ribbons and the sad announcement that they wouldn’t be back for a few more years.

2) Be open to try new things. I’ve heard the name Skrillex before, but realistically knew very little about the LA-based electro DJ and producer. Now I do. His performance at the Google + stage on Saturday was surely one of the most crowded, rowdiest and high-energy shows of the weekend. Crowd surfing fans started coming over the front rail in waves as soon as Skrillex took the stage, and the thousands surrounding continued jumping in unison through his hour of glory. At one point, he lifted a fist-pumping, little, blonde boy from backstage onto his soundboard. That kid is going to be so much cooler than anyone I know…I’m now also a converted Tito’s Vodka fan, thanks to the Vodka slushie concoction booth in the media area (amazing idea).

3) Timing is everything. I came with two friends from New York, a camera and a rough itinerary for our 72 hours in Austin. We ended up with an arm full of wristbands, some sweet cowboy boots and backstage access to Cut Copy’s Saturday afternoon performance and Fleet Foxes Sunday show. On Saturday, while standing on fold out chairs in an attempt to catch a glimpse of TV on the Radio from the Google + lounge, a concerned concert-goer approached us and explained that he’d lost his girlfriend, Bridget, and asked if we would hold up a barcode he’d drawn on a piece of cardboard with Bridget’s name. Trying to be polite (we’re in Texas, after all), we obliged, and within seconds Bridget and her man were reunited. Incredible…Like many other surprised festival-goers, we had a few Terrence Malick/Christian Bale sightings (Fleet Foxes, TV On the Radio, Bright Eyes), and have been informed via the Twitter-sphere that they were indeed shooting a film throughout the weekend’s festivities…In addition to hosting some of the festival’s biggest names and attractions, the Bud Light stage also acted as a backdrop for the weekend’s most cringe-worthy-but-cute public engagement. An adorable Aussie fellow took the stage on Sunday afternoon and asked the crowd if he could use it as a forum to ask a “very special question”. The lucky lady joined him, and (phew) she said yes. They also announced that they’re moving to Austin just because they like it that much.

image Austin native Terrence Malick directing Christian Bale backstage at Fleet Foxes