London: Singers Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the biggest winners at this year’s BRIT awards, Britain’s most high-profile pop music awards, taking two trophies each at an event that saw performances from some of music’s biggest acts.
Lipa was named best female solo artist and breakthrough act at the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) awards, held in London on Wednesday, while rapper Stormzy won the British male solo artist prize and British album of the year for Gang Signs & Prayer.
Ed Sheeran took the global success award but lost in the three other categories in which he was nominated, while One Direction star Harry Styles won for video of the year by a British artist.
Foo Fighters took the prize for international group. US rapper Kendrick Lamar was named best international male artist, with New Zealand singer Lorde taking the female solo artist honors.
The event featured performances from the likes of Sheeran, Lipa and Lamar, who rapped on top of a glass cube containing a luxury car that was smashed up by a man wielding a bat.
Lamar’s act appeared to suffer from technical difficulties that muted periods of his performance, leading fans on social media to express their frustration.
Other artists went for grand scale. Justin Timberlake opened the show with a rendition of ‘Say Something’ accompanied by a scores-strong choir dotted throughout the audience, while Dua Lipa was accompanied by dozens of dancers, also scattered throughout the arena.
Many of the stars in attendance wore white roses on the red carpet and during the show as a gesture of support for the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements against sexual harassment and abuse and supporting women’s rights.
“It does make a difference,” Lipa told Reuters on the red carpet of the protest. “We are protesting in our own way and this how we’re going to make a difference.”
The show also saw Oasis front man Liam Gallagher perform Live Forever in a tribute to the victims of a suicide bombing attack on a venue hosting a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester in May 2017, which killed 22 people.
British media outlets reported that Gallagher had been added to the line-up at the last minute, to replace a planned tribute performance by Grande, who dropped out due to illness.
Published Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:16 PM | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:20 PM
Instagram has added new features to its messaging interface, Instagram Direct, wherein users can now change the privacy settings for the messages they send. The three new features introduced in the chat are View Once, Allow Replay and Keep In Chat.
All these features are quite self-explanatory. View Once will allow the receiver of the photo/video to only view it once. Allow Replay will give the receiver one more chance to view the shared media, and Keep In Chat will keep the media on the chat indefinitely until you choose to delete it.
Before this, all images or videos sent on the chat could be replayed once and then they would disappear, just like any media sent on Snapchat. With the Keep in Chat feature, Instagram has diverted from its policy of incessantly copying Snapchat features, as the user can now keep a message in the chat as long as they would like.
As per a report by TechCrunch, an Instagram spokesperson told them that “all these updates are designed to give people more control of what they share with friends in Direct”.
In some more news related to Instagram, the Facebook-owned social media company is testing a new feature where you will be notified whenever a screenshot is taken of your Instagram stories or if the screen is being recorded.
Published Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:08 PM | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:08 PM
Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been found guilty of an anti-doping violation after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday.
CAS said the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) mixed doubles curling team, who won bronze at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, had been disqualified from the competition over the violation.
Krushelnitsky, who won the medal with his wife, had accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games, CAS said, adding that the athlete had “reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility” following the Games.
The announcement came hours after CAS cancelled the hearing into the case at the request of the International Olympic Committee, the World Curling Federation and Krushelnitsky himself.
Dmitry Svishchev, president of Russia’s curling federation, said he hoped giving up the medal was a temporary measure.
“Unfortunately we have to part with the Olympic bronze medal,” he said in a statement on the federation’s website. “I really hope and believe that this is temporary.”
The doping case has come at a delicate time for Russia, which has been accused of running a state-backed, systematic doping program for years, an allegation Moscow denies.
Russians are competing at Pyeongchang as neutral athletes, and Russia had been hoping that a clean record at the Games would enable it to return to full Olympic status.
Krushelnitsky and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova have agreed to surrender their medals, according to the Russian curling federation.
Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday he hoped the Pyeongchang doping case would not impact the IOC’s deliberations on whether to let Russia regain full Olympic status.
The IOC has said it might allow the Russians to march with the country’s flag and in national uniform at the closing ceremony of the Games on Sunday, provided they have complied with its code of conduct on neutrality.
The code requires compliance with IOC anti-doping rules.
The Russian Olympic delegation has said it could not explain how meldonium had ended up in Krushelnitsky’s body and pledged to investigate.
Published Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:04 PM | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:04 PM
The makers of Allu Arjun’s Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India and Mahesh Babu’s Bharat Ane Nenu, two of the most anticipated Telugu releases of the year, on Thursday announced their new release dates to avoid a box-office clash with superstar Rajinikanth’s Kaala, which is confirmed to hit the screens on 27 April.
The release of Kaala was advanced following the delay in the completion of 2.0, which was originally slated to release on 27 April. The project features Rajinikanth in the role of a slum lord turned gangster and he has joined hands with director Pa Ranjith for the second time after Kabali. The film also stars Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi, Anjali Patil, Samuthirakani and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles. The film’s story is rumoured to be based on the life of Mumbai-based gangster-turned-reformer Haji Mastan.
Following an impromptu meeting involving the producers of both the films on Thursday, it has been finalised that Bharat Ane Nenu will now hit the screens on 20 April while Naa Peru Surya will release on 4 May. Both the films announced their new release dates via statements.
Earlier this month, Naa Peru Surya team began filming the climax sequence in Hyderabad and the principal shooting is expected to be wrapped up by this month-end. Being directed by Vakkantham Vamsi, the film features Allu Arjun in the role of a military officer with anger issues. The team recently completed a grueling shooting schedule in extreme climatic conditions in and around Kashmir. Apparently, Arjun and the team shot in minus 12 degrees conditions.
To play his part, Arjun underwent month-long training with a US-based trainer to achieve the desired look. The film also stars Anu Emmanuel and popular Tamil star Arjun in crucial roles. The film has music by Vishal-Sekhar, while filmmaker-lensman Rajeev Ravi is cranking the camera.
Mahesh Babu, on the other hand, is busy finishing Bharat Ane Nenu, in which he will seen in the role of a Chief Minister. Being directed Koratala Siva, who has teamed up with Mahesh Babu for the second time after Srimanthudu; the film is being produced by DVV Entertainments. Kiara Advani makes her Telugu debut via the project, which has music by Devi Sri Prasad.
Published Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:03 PM | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 19:03 PM