Oscars 2014: Pharrell, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Rita Ora, Paula Patton, & Kelly Rowland

Pharrell and Helen Lasichanh

Hollywood celebrated its biggest night at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday. Before the golden statues were handed out, the stars paraded up and down the red carpet.

Always the trendsetter, “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams showed off his one-of-a-kind style in Lanvin tuxedo shorts as he arrived with his wife Helen Lasichanh. He changed into his famous Vivienne Westwood “Mountain” hat and red adidas sneakers for his dance-heavy performance.

Lady Gaga donned an elegant Atelier Versace gown to her first Oscars, while veterans Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith rubbed shoulders with fellow couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

Following the awards, the stars flocked to the exclusive Vanity Fair after-party in West Hollywood. The most coveted ticket of the night, the exclusive soirée drew a who’s who crowd of A-listers.

Gaga arrived with her blonde date, Donatella Versace, and mingled with Rick Rubin and Stevie Nicks. “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Rita Ora chatted up Steven Tyler, and LL Cool J and his wife Simone snacked on In-N-Out Burger.

Despite her recent breakup with Robin Thicke, Paula Patton was all smiles as she stepped out solo, while her estranged husband was on tour trying to win her back.

Over at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party, Kelly Rowland held court with Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Skylar Grey, while Ed Sheeran dueted with Elton on “Candle in the Wind.”

Check out the star sightings from Oscar Sunday below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Pharrell Williams Performs ‘Happy’ at Academy Awards


On the eve of his album release, Pharrell Williams brought some sunshine to the 86th Annual Academy Awards. The Neptunes hitmaker took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to perform his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy” off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.

Dressed in his famous Vivienne Westwood “Mountain” hat, black track jacket, and red adidas high-tops, he lit up the stage with the infectious number, joined by a choir of high-school students and 20 dancers.

With his proud wife Helen Lasichanh and son Rocket looking on, he made his way into the audience, dancing with Oscar nominees including Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams, while Jamie Foxx and Kate Hudson got down onstage.

“Tonight was amazing. Thank you to everyone who participated in my journey to the #Oscars. Dream come true,” tweeted Pharrell.

Meanwhile, the brown hat he wore to the Grammys was purchased by restaurant chain Arby’s for a whopping $44,100 on eBay, with all proceeds going to charity.

Watch Skateboard P’s golden moment below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Pharrell and His Hat Step Out to Oscar Nominee Luncheon

Pharrell and Sandra Bullock

All eyes were on Pharrell and his famous hat while attending the 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton on Monday. In addition to rocking the grey Vivienne Westwood creation, the Grammy-winning producer completed his casual look with jeans and drawn-on adidas Stan Smith sneakers.

He mingled with his fellow nominees including Sandra Bullock and posed for the annual Oscar nominee portrait alongside Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett.

Earlier in the morning, the “Happy” hitmaker appeared on “KTLA Morning News,” where he discussed his Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for “Happy” from Despicable Me 2.

“I did nine songs trying to get it right,” said Pharrell. “It was only until I ran out of ideas is when I was able to ask myself one more time with a clear mind ’cause I had no more ideas. It was like, ‘Man, how do I write a song about this guy just being happy and just being in this relentless mood?’ And there was the answer in the question.”

He will perform his top 10 hit at the Oscars on March 2.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown Celebrate Oscars with Elton John

Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Randy Jackson

Elton John brought out the biggest names in movies and music at his 21st annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood on Oscar Sunday. A blonde Nicki Minaj arrived on the arm of Estée Lauder president John Demsey, and caught up with her pals Chris Brown, Chelsea Handler, Kim Kardashian, and fellow “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson.

“Hanging w/ my @MACcosmetics crew @ejaforg. If you support #VIVAGLAM then you support amazing causes like this one. Time to pick up #NICKI2,” tweeted Nicki, who wore her MAC lavender lipstick.

Chris Brown suited up in a cheetah-print blazer as he laughed with Sir Elton and chatted with Bono, Jim Carrey, Steven Tyler, and the Kardashian sisters.

Fresh off her Brit Awards win, Emeli Sandé entertained the star-studded crowd and was introduced to Miley Cyrus.

Check out pics of the party people below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Hudson Performs ‘Dreamgirls’ Tribute at Oscars

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson returned to the same stage where she won her Oscar six years ago. After making the red carpet rounds with her sister, the big-voiced diva performed “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls during a tribute to musicals at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

She sang the same song at the 2007 show and took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White.

The tribute also included Catherine Zeta-Jones from Chicago and the cast of Les Misérables.

“Oh what a night !!!” tweeted J-Hud following her powerful performance, which earned her a standing ovation and rave reviews from her peers.

“Jennifer on her A game,” tweeted her collaborator Rick Ross, while Rihanna added, “God is real #JHud #Oscars.”

Watch the full tribute to musicals below (J-Hud starts at the 2:15 mark).

Read the rest of this entry »

Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson Attend 85th Academy Awards

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland was gorgeous and glamorous while attending the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday. The sexy singer worked the red carpet in a silk black-and-white Donna Karan Atelier gown and put in work as a reporter during the official pre-show. She interviewed Hollywood A-listers including Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Zoe Saldana.

Fellow diva Jennifer Hudson shimmered in a blue Roberto Cavalli dress while attending with her sister Julia.

Finding the perfect dress wasn’t easy for the Oscar winner. “It took three days of fittings, about three hours each for me to make my decision,” said J-Hud, who is working on her third album and a holiday musical called “Black Nativity.”

She will perform a tribute to movie musicals at tonight’s big show.

Check out more pics of the stunning ladies below.

Read the rest of this entry »

Kelly Rowland to Host Oscars Red Carpet Pre-Show

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland is Oscars’ golden girl. The “Kisses Down Low” singer has been invited to host the red carpet pre-show for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

Read the rest of this entry »