Over the weekend (Jan. 7), the music industry’s ultimate power couple welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy Carter. But not everybody is over the moon about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new bundle of joy. One Brooklyn man is fuming over Bey and Jay’s presence at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital and insists that the celeb couple’s security denied him access to visit his premature newborn twins and wife in the intensive care unit.
Now, Neil Coulon is demanding an apology from the world’s favorite music couple, whose presence at the hospital seems to be having a disruptive effect. Allegedly, Bey and Jay’s bodyguards upset multiple New Yorkers by keeping new parents and their relatives out of the wards, waiting rooms and even hallways in order to protect Beyonce and Jay-Z’s privacy.
Coulon told New York Daily News “Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU and it happened once on Friday — just because they wanted to use the hallway.” The father continued, “They should have been more strategic about it. These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? “All I want is an apology.”
According to Coulon, the notoriously private celeb couple seriously crossed the line trying to ensure their seclusion in the hospital. “I know they spent $1.3 million and I’m just a contractor from Bed-Stuy [Bedford-Stuyvesant], but the treatment we received was not okay … My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins … Nobody needs this … This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children. To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant.”
Lenox Hill Hospital spokeswoman Anne Silverman responded to Coulon’s accusations saying, “We take patient satisfaction very seriously. This is the first time I’m hearing about it.”
Do you think Coulon and his family deserve an apology? And will Hov and B oblige his demands?
Beyonce has given birth to a baby girl. As E! News reports, the superstar welcomed Blue Ivy Carter late Saturday night (Jan. 7), delivering via planned C-section at New York City’s Lennox Hill Hospital. Reps have yet to confirm the story, and according to the New York Daily News, the baby’s name is actually Ivy Blue Carter.
Either way, famous friends have already begun tweeting about the momentous event. Russell Simmons congratulated the singer and husband Jay-Z early Sunday morning, followed minutes later by Rihanna.
“Welcome to the world princess Carter!” the singer tweeted. “Love Aunty Rih.”
The diva’s pregnancy has made headlines from the day Bey announced her baby news at the MTV VMA’s this past August. Since then, Mrs. Jay-Z has been accused of faking her pregnancy bump, reportedly built a 2,000 square foot nursery in her Manhattan penthouse, been given a crystal-encrusted baby bathtub for a shower gift and, oh yeah, released four music videos and a live concert DVD. Girlfriend had one busy pregnancy!
Congrats to both Bey and Jay. We can’t wait to see baby pics!
I’m from Macomb IL, it’s not big at all 22,000 people the home of Western IL University so it’s hard to be heard and stuff around here and really my music connects, I try n make it connect with a huge wide fun base because I think it is the best thing to do and just because I’m a fan first and artist second. I just love the music and that’s why I do it. I don’t care about the money or anything; I kind of just want to heard. Just kind of prove to people you can do what you love if you just pursue it because coming here I’m from I mean no one around here has ever made it in the music industry really, so but I think I’m doin’ pretty good so far.
Beyonce stole the show at this year’s Billboard Awards with arguably her most amazing performance to date. Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and over-the-top casinos, but Beyonce brought the house down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when she performed her newest single Run The World (Girls). The women-empowerment song has been the rave since airing a few weeks ago with its catchy beat (sampled from Pon De Floor) and sexy video to boot. Beyonce was one of the honorees receiving the coveted Millennium Award for her achievements throughout her 15-year dominance on the Pop and R&B scene.
Everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga tipped their hats off to honor the Pop Diva for her record breaking album sales, tours and influence over the music industry dating back to when she was in Destiny’s Child.
Tina Knowles’ praises hit home as she recalled moments with her daughter before all the fame and fortune. “I sang to Beyonce as a beautiful baby girl, but it wasn’t too long before she was singing back to me and to the whole world.”
Speaking directly to Beyonce before her performance, she told her, “Only 29 years old, for 15 of those years, you’ve been on the stage wowing crowds everywhere, raising the bar and setting new standards, but still managing to stay grounded and a beautiful person.”
In response to the award, Beyonce ripped the stage showcasing some new technology in her performance. She used Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) along with the regular tricks like smoke, hidden walls, etc. to wow the audience. She even had a special performance with the Les Twins, a twin-duo renowned for their incredible dance moves. Beyonce pulled out all the stops and sashayed down the aisle interacting with the crowd before walking back on stage and doing a number with her dancers. Even with her mind-blowing performance and Millennium Award celebrating her successful career, Beyonce was still the subject of a major controversy.
Beyonce was called out for stealing another singer’s graphics and CGI techniques. Apparently the same people who designed the graphics and CGI for Beyonce also did the same for Italian dancer and singer Lorella Cuccarini’s 4D performance in 2010. The two performances may have similarities, but they also have marked differences.
Either way, Beyonce’s rendition will go down as one of the best live performances to date and she truly showed why girls run the world.
Here’s Beyonce and Lorella’s side-by-side comparison:
As Billboard magazine honors music’s top selling acts Sunday night, an absent Eminem ties Justin Bieber for the top honors.
Unless you’re counting host Ken Jeong’s decision to dress as Flavor Flav and then crawl under Nas’ legs, Eminem offered the biggest Hip Hop presence at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. It should be noted that Em didn’t actually attend the mostly Pop affair, which was dominated by the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Britney Spears.
Eminem tied Bieber for the most awards at six wins. Out of 46 award categories, Shady took home nods for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album [Recovery], Top Rap Album and Top Rap Song [“Love The Way You Lie” ].
While the selection process by the National Acacemy of Recording Arts and Sciences has recently come under fire for their more subjective methods used for selecting Grammy Award winners, Billboard stated, “all finalists and winners were determined by a combination of chart performances.” The eligibility period for nominations ran from February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011. The amount of their respective awards reflected the strength of Eminem and Bieber’s current sales. To date, Em’s Recovery has sold over 3.8 million copies, while Bieber’s My World 2.0 has moved over 2.7 million units.
Notable performers Sunday night were Cee-Lo Green, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne, and Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, who both featured Britney Spears as a guest performer.
This year’s BET Awards will feature many old faces returning to glory and a plethora of new faces to come onto the scene.
Making a return is Chris Brown, who released his album F.A.M.E. this year. Brown leads the field with 6 nominations including Viewers Choice, Best Collaboration, and Best Actor.
In the category of Viewers Choice and Best Collaboration, Brown’s songs Look At Me Now and Deuces will be going head to head with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and her collaboration with Drake on What’s My Name.
Rihanna will also be among heavy competition in the best female R&B category. Other nominees include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, and Marsha Ambrosius.
Just days after the death of their member M. Bone, Cali Swag District was nominated for Best Group alongside Diddy’s Dirty Money, N.E.R.D., New Boyz, and Travis Porter.
This year’s Best Male Hip-Hop Artist will be an extremely tough category with all of the contenders having an opportunity to take the crown. The nominees are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and Drake.
The Best New Artist category is also shaping up to be a battle pitting Bruno Mars against the likes of J. Cole, Willow Smith, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa.
The show airs live on June 26th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.