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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: PDA in Maui
Following their appearances at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, Justin Bieber and his ladyfriend Selena Gomez jetted off to Hawaii for a beach vacation together. The couple was photographed making out on a Maui beach on Thursday. (See photos at JustJared)'
Jose Canseco Tweets Marriage Proposal to Lady Gaga
Former MLB slugger Jose Canseco directed a handful of Tweets to Lady Gaga on May 23, asking for the pop star's hand in marriage and calling himself "her knight in baseball armor." In a tweet that now appears to have been deleted, Conseco writes: "Lady Gaga where r u did u get my marriage proposal I am at cocoa casino in yuma Arizona." Gaga has yet to respond, but as Oh No They Didn't points out, Canseco once dated Madonna -- .500 ain't bad, Jose. (@JoseConseco, Oh No They Didn't)
Drake Announces 2011 OVO Festival
Spearheaded by Drake's October's Very Own crew, OVO Festival will return for a second year, taking place July 31 at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre. Rick Ross, The Weeknd and, of course, Drake are expected at the fest, among others both official and surprise. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Jake's House for Autism and The MS Society.
Bonnaroo Comedy Acts To Be Streamed by Comedy Central
Comedy Central says it will stream comedy acts from the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival next month. The network announced Thursday that it will webcast a three-hour show June 12 featuring performances from Bonnaroo's Comedy Tent. Read the full story at Billboard.biz.
Coalition Battles Grammys Over Category Cuts
A coalition of musicians is demanding the Recording Academy restore more than 30 categories cut from the Grammy Awards, alleging the reductions unfairly target ethnic music and were done without the input of its thousands of members. A protest was held Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif., at an academy board meeting. It was part of a campaign by those upset by last month's decision to reduce the Grammy fields, which this year totaled 109, to 78. (Associated Press)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Jon Blistein, & the Associated Press)