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Justin Timberlake Halftime Performance: Grade It!

Justin Timberlake rocked our bodies, cried us a river and made sure the feelings didn't stop at halftime of Super Bowl 52.

The beloved pop star was the featured act at the mid-point of the game between the Patriots and Eagles on Sunday night, as he was introduced by good friend Jimmy Fallon and started his act underneath the field.

"Haters gonna say it's fake," he then said many times, starting his performance with a brief rendition of "Filthy."

From there, Timberlake danced his way on to the field, rocking a red handkerchief around his neck that became the talk of Twitter.

He sang "Rock Your Body." He broke into "SexyBack." He sampled "Gone." He played all the hits, basically.

Then, at one point, he sat at a piano and covered Prince, who tragically passed away last year from a drug overdose and who made his home in Minnesota.

(The Super Bowl was played in Minnesota, it's worth noting.)

"Minneapolis, this one's for you," he said, prior to a few images of Prince being projected on a giant screen.

Impressively, lights across Minnesota then lit up in Prince's trademark color of purple. It was pretty cool.

The performance culminated in a rendition of "Rock Your Body," which found Timberlake jumping into the crowd and telling a young fan to snap a selfie of him and the superstar.

Overall, there was a whole lot of dancing, which is what Timberlake does as well as anyone, of course.

The sound was off nearly throughout the entire act, but it's possible this was even done on purpose… lest millions of viewers hear Timberlake wheezing for 20 minutes after essentially running a 5K or so.

There was no Janet Jackson, as had been rumored.

Much to the chagrin of NSync fans everywhere, Timberlake’s halftime show did not include a reunion with his former bandmates, either.

We didn't see Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass or JC Chasez.

How did JT stack up against Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and past halftime acts?

Give him a grade below:

And then watch highlights from the performance here:

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Logic’s Grammys Performance Helped Triple Calls to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Logic’s live performance of his song “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid at the Grammys wasn’t just moving … it probably helped save many lives. A spokesperson for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tells TMZ … in the 2 hours…

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Logic’s Grammys Performance Helped Triple Calls to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Logic’s live performance of his song “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid at the Grammys wasn’t just moving … it probably helped save many lives. A spokesperson for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tells TMZ … in the 2 hours…

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Rihanna: Fans Convinced She’s Pregnant After Last Night’s Grammy Performance!

A definite bright spot from last night’s Grammy Awards was Rihanna’s performance of “Wild Thoughts,” right?

Then again, Rihanna’s mere presence at any event could always be considered a bright spot.

Our girl went up there and performed “Wild Thoughts” with DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller, and a bunch of dancers, and she killed it, as usual.

She looked amazing, the performance was amazing … everything was amazing.

But hey, remember last year when Rihanna stepped out looking a little fuller figured and everyone was absolutely positive she was pregnant?

Yeah, that’s happening again.

Her figure — which, to be clear, is just incredible — wasn’t the only thing that got people talking though.

It was mostly her performance.

From the dress she wore to the low lighting to the way she sort of stayed behind the dancers, she just gave out that “I’m pregnant and hiding it but also performing live on national television” vibe, you know?

Oh, you don’t know? You’re still a little iffy on the state of Rihanna’s womb?

Here, let Twitter explain it to you …

“Rihanna is pregnant,” one person insisted. “Her face full and she’s glowing crazy.”

Another person tweeted “I told y’all Beyonce was pregnant the minute she got on the stage at Roseland. I never get this wrong. Rihanna is with child.”

Some people just have that gift, you know?

If you need another argument, someone else wrote “LMFAOO Idc what nobody says, Rihanna is pregnant lmao Her titties are HUGE. Y’all talking about ‘nah she just thick’ Okay but most thick bitches have little titties.”

How do you argue with logic like that?!

Others just assumed that she’s definitely pregnant, like this kind soul that tweeted “Why are they stressing Rihanna on that stage with all that dancing? She’s obviously pregnant, carrying a billionaire’s child too.”

It’s true — she’s been dating Hassan Jameel for a while now, and he is super, super rich. Like, crazy rich.

Several reports have said that their relationship is very serious as well. Perhaps so serious that they’d have a child together?!

Speaking of potential baby daddies, one person had a great point with “If Rihanna really pregnant DRAKE FANS REJOICE. WE ABOUT TO GET A TWO DISC JOURNEY.”

Poor Drake. Hasn’t he been through enough?

Sadly, others weren’t as excited and kind about the rumors. There are quite a few tweets speculating about Rihanna’s eating habits and calling her fat, which is not OK and really very wrong.

To those people, one valuable Twitter user wrote “So help me Yeezus if I see any Rihanna pregnant/weight tweets. She looks SO HOT and you should lick a Tide Pod if you spread that kind of hate.”

Topical AND fair.

But it’s hard not to get pumped about the idea of international treasure Rihanna having a baby, right?

As one person put it, “I hope Rihanna is pregnant. That would make me so happy cus she really found the man she loves and wants to have a family with. That and baby Fenty would be chillin with Sir and Rumi.”

Do you think she could actually be pregnant this time?

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Kesha Dominates the Grammy’s with “Praying” Performance!

Even if you didn't watch to see who won and who lost at the 2018 Grammy Awards, you've no doubt heard that Kesha was robbed. (And so was Lorde, who wasn't even asked to perform. And so was Lady Gaga)

But she still stole the show with a knockout performance of her ballad, "Praying," which is the ultimate #TimesUp anthem.

As you'll see in the video below, Kesha didn't perform this jaw-dropping number alone.

Kesha's powerful ballad, "Praying," tells a deeply personal story.

We've all followed the story of Kesha's lawsuits against Dr. Luke, the producer whose alleged abuse of her lasted for years and years. Among other things, she accuses him of having drugged and raped her.

It's a grim tale, and her legal struggle for professional independence has been hard-fought and seen some serious setbacks. And it's not over yet.

But though Kesha's story is very specific to her, we've all heard #MeToo stories. We can only imagine how many people can strongly relate to this song's lyrics.

Which makes it a perfect and powerful anthem for #TimesUp.

And so Kesha didn't perform "Praying" alone at the Grammy's. She was accompanied by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, and Andra Day.

That's quite the line-up.

In fact, before they even began to sing, they were introduced by the incomparable Janelle Monae (whose current aesthetic, a sort of afrofuturism blended with a non-racist reimagining of the classic film Metropolis, is complex enough to fill volumes).

"Tonight I am proud to stand in solidarity as just not an artist but a young women with my fellow sisters who make up the music industry: artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEO, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business."

And, of course, the women of the entertainment industry are more than just their jobs.

"We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings."

"We come in peace but we mean business," Janelle continues.

"And to those who would dare try to silence us. We offer two words: Time’s up."

Yes.

"We say time’s up for pay inequality. Time’s up for discrimination. Time’s up for harassment of any kind. And time’s up for the abuse of power because you see it’s not just going on in Hollywood, it’s not just going on in Washington, it’s right here in our industry."

Good to mention that it happens so much in politics.

"And just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that doesn’t serve us well. So let’s work together."

Janelle continues:

"Women and men as a united music industry committed to creating safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women."

We have to get rid of the gender pay gap in all sectors of industry.

"And as artists so often do our next performer embodies the great tradition of delivering important social messages."

Anyone who tells you that music should be separate from politics (like Nikki Haley whining about Hillary Clinton's Fire & Fury Grammy's sketch)

"This fearless two time Grammy nominee inspires so many of us, including myself when she spoke her truth on her album Rainbow, which is nominated for best pop vocal album tonight."

Gotta be honest, folks — I woke up with "Praying" stuck in my head, but that happens at least once a week, minimum.

Like we said, Kesha was robbed. (Lorde, in the mean time, was nominated for best album and yet was the only nominee in that category to not be invited to perform … which is absurd)

But she didn't make her performance about her. She even avoided her epic high note, for which "Praying" is so famous. She's a team player, folks.

Watch Kesha's powerful performance. Like us, you might have this song on repeat for most of your day.

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Kesha Gives Powerful Grammys Performance After Janelle Monae’s Time’s Up Intro

Kesha just rocked the Grammys with an incredibly moving performance after Janelle Monae introduced her and shouted out the Time’s Up movement, too. The pop star took the stage Sunday in what was a highly anticipated performance and possibly the…

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