2014 AMAs RED CARPET: Nicki Minaj, Jhene Aiko, Jennifer Lopez , Jordin Sparks & More

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The 2014 American Music Awards went down last night  at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Peep the red carpet pics Nicki Minaj, Jhene Aiko, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya Coleman, Jordin Sparks and many more

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KNOCK OUT: Jennifer Lopez Covers V Magazine’s Sports Issue

Jennifer Lopez dons boxing garb and reveals a lot of skin for V Magazine’s Spring sports issue. J Lo graces the cover of the glossy’s standard and Spanish editions, which both hit stands tomorrow.

The actress and reality judge poses in several midriff-baring ensembles throughout the Rocky-inspired spread, which was shot by Mario Testino.

The article is timed to coincide with the upcoming debut of Jennifer’s new series Q’Viva. She and ex Marc Anthony are the two lead judges on the Latin-themed TV talent search, and she opens up about the state of their relationship postsplit — as well as why the show’s emphasis on Latin music spoke to her — in the interview. She also touches on her tough side and reflects on her career misses in her chat with fashion journalist Robin Givhan. Here are some highlights:

  • On her relationship with ex Marc Anthony:

“I mean, we’re parents and friends first. That will be the thread that ties us together. I don’t know if people expect it to be negative just because the [intimate] relationship didn’t work out.”

  • On the importance of her Latin roots:

“I tried to keep that close to my heart — what I learned growing up . . . When doing Q’Viva, it was kind of reinforcing that, showing how important it is to me and staying connected to that and showing my kids what that’s all about.”

  • On her films and albums that didn’t perform so well:

“You’re not going to hit the bulls’ eye every time. That’s part of it. . . . I’ve been in the business now, I don’t want to say how many years. You have amazing moments of recognition and success. But at this point in my life, I try to take it all with a grain of salt.”

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This Morning Nicki Minaj gave fans more of a show than they expected on Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series in NYC’s Central Park. The powerhouse performer took the stage in an outlandish outfit as per usual, and her low-cut, aqua bra was not able to withstand all of her stage movement, giving way to a very noticeable nip slip! Luckily, Nicki eventually caught on, but she looked a bit embarrassed!


Watch her GMA Concert Series performance below:


On Another note, Nicki Minaj will be joining Joy Behar, Nick Frost and JB Smooze in “Ice Age: Continental Drift” a 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios movie.

Heather Morris, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Kunal Nayyar and Alain Chabat will also join previously-announced cast of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, Jeremy Renner, John Leguizamo, Sean William Scott, Aziz Ansari, Wanda Sykes, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Drake and Josh Peck.

Chris Wedge, who helmed the first pic in the “Ice Age” franchise, will reprise his role as Scrat, whose pursuit of an acorn has world-changing consequences that help Sid (Leguizamo) reunite with his long lost family. The rest of the gang, meanwhile, tries to make their way home despite roadblocks from a determined menagerie of colorful characters.

Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier will direct “Continental” with Lori Forte and John Donkin producing.

3D pic is slated for release July 13, 2012.

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Jennifer Lopez Gives Vanity Fair Her First Interview Since Announcing Her Divorce from Marc Anthony

“That was my biggest dream, and I really worked hard at it. We both did,” Jennifer Lopez tells Vanity Fair in her first interview since announcing that she and Marc Anthony are divorcing. “Sometimes it doesn’t work—and that’s sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love,” Lopez says. “It’s still my biggest dream. I am positive—determined to move forward with my life, bring up my babies, and do the best job I can as a mother, entertainer, and person. I now look forward to new challenges. I feel strong.”

Lopez opens up to contributing editor Lisa Robinson about her life with Anthony and the example she hopes to set for her children; she talks about her relationship with P. Diddy and breaking off her engagement to Ben Affleck; she’s honest about the diva rumors that surround her, and shares her attitudes toward money, fame, and especially love.

“I’m a hopeless romantic and passionate person when it comes to love,” Lopez explains, describing the passage that has brought her to her current state of mind.

“It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself—if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now.”

“I will always respect Marc as a singer and performer,” Lopez tellsVanity Fair. “We actually work great together, and he was always very supportive. Together we could make magic—and we did. He will always be in our lives. He will always hold a special place in my heart as the father of my children.”

The September issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and L.A. on Wednesday, August 3 and nationally and on the iPad on Tuesday, August 9. Visit Vanityfair.com for more. 


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IT’S OVER!! :: Jennifer Lopez x Marc Anthony call it quits!

Say it isn’t so?!?! 

After seven years of marriage, it’s over for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

“We have decided to end our marriage,” they tell People Magazine in a joint statement. “This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters.”

“It is a painful time for all involved,” the statement continues, “and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”

Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, married in June 2004 in a casual – and secret – ceremony at Lopez’s Beverly Hills home.  They have two children together.

This will be Jennifer’s THIRD divorce — she was first married in 1997 to Ojani Noa, and again in 2001 to her backup dancer Cris Judd. This will be Marc’s second divorce.

Marc and JLo renewed their vows just last year on their 6th anniversary — and back in May, they gave a steamy performance together on the season finale of  “American Idol.”

I had hopes for these two.  Stay tuned to synamatiq.com for further developments. 

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‘The X Factor’ Takes Aim at ‘American Idol’ in First Promo :: Simon Cowell and crew mock “Idol’s” syrupy sweet Season 10 in a new Fox clip

A kinder, gentler Simon Cowell? Don’t let that sweater fool you.

If the new promo for The X Factor proves anything, it’s that the gloves are most certainly off when it comes to Fox’s slate of competing singing contests. How else do you explain Cowell’s not-so-subtle digs at American Idol, the TV show that made him an international star?

Let’s analyze the first minute and 17 seconds, shall we? First, the setting: a meeting room in a three-star hotel with obnoxious carpeting. The backdrop: the Costco version of a TV show set. The cups: slick and Pepsi-fied. The song: the eternal ode to optimism, Annie’s “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.”

The judges — Cowell, Paula AbdulNicole Scherzinger and Antonio “L.A.” Reid — are syrupy as ever, lavishing compliments on the most average of singers. “I just love your spirit, it’s wonderful,” coos Abdul, borrowing a line from Jennifer Lopez who in a promo for Idol’s season 10, told one contestant: “I feel a sprit comes out of your voice” (see video below).


“That’s exactly the word I was going to use — spirit,” says Cowell, in a nod to Idol’s resident wordsmith,Steven Tyler. Coincidence? To quote Whitney Houston: Hell to the no! Curiously, Scherzinger and Reid barely have a line of dialogue between them. What does that say about Cowell’s view of his former crony Randy Jackson? Hmmm…

Onward… Cowell, still in cotton candy cashmere, makes his way through crowds of adoring spectators as a voiceover speaks of a “different decade” and “changing attitudes.” Says Cowell in a hushed tone: “It’s not about me anymore, it’s about them… I even care about the environment.”

The power button of his Chevy Volt is naturally the spark that awakens Cowell from his slumber, or what he describes as “a horrible nightmare.” And in those three words: an indictment of season 10 which echoed complaints by many veteran Idol viewers: that the judges were too complimentary. And the talent? Meh.

At the same time, X Factor may be taking a cue from The Voice, which didn’t shy away from the more-than-occasional Idol mention — and jab. And certainly didn’t suffer for it: the show that promoted an Idol reject as one of its frontrunners also turned out to be NBC’s biggest hit in six years.

So what will X Factor look and feel like? Judging from the second half of the promo, it will have all the showy trappings of a contest that touts its own tenacity — hot cars, leggy lady judges and an arena-sized sudden-death match. Plus, there’s a new Mr. Nasty at the table. Indeed, it’s L.A. Reid who remarks that he’d like to slit his wrists after one hopeful’s audition. Does it get more brutally honest than that?

Of course, we’ll see how the talent truly shakes out when X Factor premieres this September. Until we witness the new Simon Cowell in action, we leave you with the words of weezer: “If you want to destroy my sweater… “

Check out the X Factor promo below.

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L.A. Reid at Epic :: His First Week on the Job; Ciara rejoins him

The “X Factor” judge and seasoned music executive has yet to be formally announced as the new head of Epic Label Group, but he’s already mulling big ideas, like what it would take to bring Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez back into the Sony fold.


Doug Morris has yet to actually occupy his newly minted seat as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (word is he’s in Europe until the 15th), but he’s made his presence known via an introductory memo sent to staff on July 6 promising to “begin a new and important chapter in the history of our great company.”

Conversely, new Epic Label Group head Antonio “L.A.” Reid has been almost a regular fixture around the halls of midtown Manhattan’s 550 Madison Ave., but as of end of day Monday July 11, a formal announcement of his arrival had yet to be made.

That’s not to say Reid didn’t have a busy first week. The longtime record executive, who left Island Def Jam in March to join Simon Cowell’s The X Factor as a judge, has been tending to the décor of his office, which will no doubt incorporate the warm colors and clean lines that adorned his previous suites, taking meetings and getting “his people” situated, however unofficially, according to a Sony insider.

And there’s already been talk of big plans, like possibly bringing Mariah Carey (a Columbia artist from 1990 to 1999) and Jennifer Lopez (signed in 1999, “parted ways” with Epic in 2010) back into the Sony fold. Both were among Reid’s pet projects at IDJ, the former selling upwards of seven million albums under his watch, and the latter riding a comeback wave that began with her RedOne-produced single, “On The Floor” (a judging gig on American Idol didn’t hurt). Also worth noting: Lopez’s manager Benny Medina is a close friend of Reid’s. And, of course, there have been persistent rumors of Carey appearing on X Factor in some sort of mentoring capacity.

Of course, getting these pop divas out of their respective deals would likely prove a tricky endeavor, but not an impossible one. After all, Morris’ post-Universal Music Group “no poaching” clause applies to staff, not artists, although where the former is concerned, there are plenty of Reid loyalists eager to make the jump to Epic. At the same time, Jive-RCA staffers are eyeing Barry Weiss‘ fiefdom over at Island Def Jam-Universal Motown Republic Group, as the industry continues its seemingly endless game of musical chairs.

To that end, earlier chatter of certain multi-platinum artists heading Reid’s way may have been premature. It looks as if RCA will inherit the bulk of Jive’s marquee artists, includingPink (who was discovered and mentored by Reid) and Britney Spears, while Reid will be handed Ciara and, according to a source, “take care of Usher.”

As for the Epic staffers who’ve weathered low morale for the better part of two years, many continue to be anxious about their standing in the label’s new world order, but some describe a feeling of being “energized” by Reid’s presence. Says a high-ranking industry insider: “L.A. is one of the only people inside that company that has his finger on the hip hop music scene, and if you look at the Billboard Top 20, that’s what it’s all about. He’s a good A&R guy and he’ll do a good job.”


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