If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. Lizzo releases her “Special” remix featuring SZA, The Weeknd’s HBO show The Idol is premiering in June, and Rihanna opens up about her Super Bowl setlist—this is what you missed.
Lizzo Releases “Special” Remix Featuring SZA
Lizzo is fresh off of a Grammy win and she is making our day extra special by releasing a remix of her single “Special” featuring none other than SZA. It was a big night for Lizzo at the Grammy Awards, as she snatched The Record of the Year for her single, “About Damn Time” and sang a killer performance. The single “Special” was first released back in the summer as a part of her full-length album of the same name. Since debuting her original song, Lizzo had gone on to perform on Saturday Night Live and eventually linked up with SZA. The singer first teased about working on something with the R&B superstar back in November by tweeting “Something Special coming your way soon…” with an eye emoji and tagging SZA. In Lizzo we trust. It looks like the duo had a blast working together as SZA gushed over their relationship together on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast saying, “[we] just have so much fun together. And I feel like she gets me. She’s another person who has hella music tastes and doesn’t fit in anybody’s box of anything.” The duo definitely have something special between them and we can all be witnesses their adorable friendship by listening to this fresh remix.
GLAAD Media Awards Honors Bad Bunny, Christina Aguilera, and Jeremy Pope
Bad Bunny, Christina Aguilera, and Jeremy Pope will receive honors at the 34th GLAAD Media Awards, with a mission to recognize performances, filmmakers, and projects that have proven to support the LGBTQ+ community. Bad Bunny is receiving the Vanguard award, joining the group of elite previous honourees including Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, and Janet Jackson. This award recognizes his allyship to the queer community, given his track record of using his platform to uplift voices that are not traditionally heard. “Bad Bunny uses his role as one of the world’s most popular music artists to boldly shine a light on LGBTQ people and issues, including transgender equality and ending violence against trans women of color,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement Wednesday. “By consistently advocating for our community, elevating our stories, and demanding action from anti-LGBTQ leaders, Bad Bunny redefines the positive influence Latin music artists can have within the LGBTQ community and has set an example for all artists.” Bad Bunny has proven his allyship in a machismo-dominated culture many times, including wearing a shirt for awareness of the murder of Alexa Negrón Luciano on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and leading marches in Puerto Rico for the LGBTQ+ community. Christina Aguilera, renowned Latin pop singer, and five-time Grammy winner will be receiving GLAAD’s Advocate for Change award. This is in tribute to her activism surrounding HIV and LGBTQ+ injustice, helping raise over $500M toward HIV research. Jeremy Pope will accept the Stephen F. Kolzak award for increasing queer visibility. One Oscar away from being an EGOT winner, Pope’s extensive filmography features groundbreaking queer performances in The Inspection and the series Pose. This year’s GLAAD Media Awards takes place on March 30 and will feature 295 nominees across 33 categories highlighting valuable and necessary contributions from the art world to uplift communities in need of allyship and support.
Rihanna Talks Super Bowl Setlist
This is not a drill, I repeat, this is not a drill. Rihanna’s Super Bowl half-time show performance is this upcoming weekend and we’re crying, screaming, and throwing up. After months of anticipation from fans and preparation from RiRi and her amazing team, her 13-minute performance during the 2023 Super Bowl is set to air around 8 PM EST on February 12. On the precipice of her big weekend, she spoke at an Apple Music press conference to talk about how she came to become this year’s performer and her process to nail down a setlist. “When I first got the call to do it again this year I was like ‘Are you sure?’ […] When you become a mom, there’s something that happens where you feel like you can take on the world. […]” The singer acknowledges the challenge but says it is important for her to do it for the sake of her newborn son. Saying yes was only half the battle. After agreeing to the performance—her first in 7 years—Rihanna went back and forth on pinpointing the setlist, totaling 39 revisions before finalizing the perfect one. For those who are wondering whether there will be releasing new music to follow up her big performance, Rihanna shared, “I’m feeling open to exploring, discovering, creating things that are new, things that are different, things that are off, weird. Might not even make sense to my fans… I want to have fun with music.” To prepare yourself for the show on Sunday, you can indulge in the recently released trailer that set my Twitter feed aflame.
Beyoncé Drops “CUFF IT – WETTER REMIX” After Winning Grammy for Best R&B Song
Beyoncé came to collect at this year’s Grammy ceremony and made history several times in a single night. Queen Bey swept up the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album, making her the first Black woman to win in the category, and three more Grammys for songs “BREAK MY SOUL” (Best Dance/Electronic Recording), “PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA” (Best Traditional R&B Performance), and “CUFF IT” (Best R&B Song). Following her fourth win of the evening, Beyoncé broke the record for the most Grammy wins in history, ever—with a total of 32. After winning the trophy for “CUFF IT”, she shared a teary-eyed—let’s be real, we were teary-eyed, but she remained relatively composed considering the massive accomplishment—acceptance speech, “I want to thank God for protecting me. Thank you, God. I’d like to thank my uncle Johnny, who’s not here, but he’s here in spirit. I’d like to thank my parents, my father, my mother for loving me and pushing me,” she added, “I’d like to thank my beautiful husband, my beautiful three children who are at home watching. I’d like to thank the queer community for your love and for inventing the genre.” She must have been on a high coming off the wins of the night because following the ceremony she officially released her “CUFF IT – WETTER REMIX” on all streaming platforms. The song was produced in response to DJ Esentrik’s viral mashup of the original song and Twista’s 2009 “Wetter.” Beyoncé reimaged the song with an updated verse, additional vocals, and a new intro. The remix came alongside both an acapella and an instrumental version of the song. The well-spring of Beyoncé is plentiful and is fuelling our anticipation for the RENAISSANCE Tour.
The Weeknd’s HBO Show ‘The Idol’ Finally Has Its Release Date
If you want to dive into the intense and inspired mind of The Weeknd, his HBO show The Idol is probably already on your radar. Since HBO announced the show back in November 2021, the signer-turned-actor-screenwriter-executive-producer—talk about being multi-hyphenate— has kept us on our toes by breadcrumbing details regarding the show. From concept teaser, cast members, and storyline, The Weeknd has been teasing our appetite for a release date for more than a year and at last, we have some answers. The Idol is set against the backdrop of the music industry in Hollywood and is set to land on our screens in June. The story revolves around the sleazy romance between The Weeknd, who plays a leader of a modern-day cult and self-help guru, and an up-and-coming pop star played by Lily-Rose Depp. Playing alongside the two protagonists is Suzanna Son, Troye Sivan, Moses Sumney, Jane Adams, Dan Levy, BLACKPINK Jennie, Eli Roth, and more. One thing to note about The Weeknd, in addition to being perfection-obsessed, is his brutal honesty and willingness to not shy away from tough discussions. The teaser that was released 6 months ago gave us a glimpse into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and its darker underbelly. If this series will be anything like the visual and auditory experience of his music, we’re in for a treat.