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The stars showed up to honor the King of Rock! Shawn Mendes, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, and more performed epic covers of Elvis Presley’s biggest hits on NBC’s ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute.’
Music’s biggest stars stepped up to the stage to pay tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley. The Elvis All-Star Tribute aired Feb. 17 on NBC and featured some incredible performances. The tribute celebrated one of the greatest musical events in television the 1968 comeback special that marked Elvis’s return to live performance after 7 years. Blake Shelton hosted the TV special, which included performances by Shawn Mendes, Carrie Underwood, Yolanda Adams, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Alessia Cara, Mac Davis, John Fogerty, Josh Groban, Adam Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Pistol Annies, Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, and Keith Urban.
he national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media.
But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and bafflement as the singers, actors and politicians who came out in support of the Empire star struggle to digest the strange twists the case has taken. Some conservative pundits, meanwhile, have gleefully seized on the moment.
The narrative that just a week ago seemed cut-and-dry has become messy and divisive and it's all playing out again on social media.
Smollett, who is black and gay, said he was physically attacked last month by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and "This is MAGA country!" a reference to the Make America Great Again slogan used in President Donald Trump's election campaign. Smollett said the attackers looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant.
Stars including Ariana Grande, Zendaya, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes and Andy Cohen rallied behind Smollett immediately. They focused on the alleged hate crime as a microcosm for the ills of America in 2019 and how intolerance can lead to violent acts. Smollett's own celebrity and activism for the rights of the LGBTQ community helped raise the profile of the case even more.
But then published reports emerged that police believe Smollett may have staged the attack something the actor has vehemently denied through his lawyers or that a grand jury may hear evidence in the case. The reports cited unidentified police sources.
On Saturday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the trajectory of the case had "shifted" that two brothers who had been questioned had been released without charges and investigators wanted to speak to Smollett again. Guglielmi did not elaborate. On Sunday, he issued a statement saying that police "are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what's been unofficially released."
Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine's Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married.
A representative for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos on social media Saturday showing her in a white lace gown with her new husband, Brendan Mcloughlin. She wrote that in honor of Valentine's Day, she wanted to share that she "met the love of my life. And we got hitched!"
It's unclear when the marriage occurred. Lambert wore the Lela Rose "Canyon" dress a long-sleeved featherweight lace sheath gown with a deep v-neck.
The two-time Grammy winner was previously married to country star Blake Shelton, but she hadn't spoken publicly about her relationship with Mcloughlin before Saturday.
The Texas-born singer who is also a member of the group Pistol Annies has had hits with songs like "The House That Built Me," ''White Liar," ''Mama's Broken Heart," and "Gunpowder and Lead."