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  • Midweek Music: Top 5 New Videos

    Hi VIPs! Congratulations on making it to hump day. Now we’ve started Wednesday, there are only two full days until the weekend. And Friday is Friday – not really a proper work day!

    In celebration of all that and to cheer up our Wednesday, we’ve picked our fave 5 hot new tunes. Turn the volume up and enjoy these tracks:

    Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling 

    Dreezy – Body

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Dance Off

    Coldplay – Up and Up

    Desiigner – Panda

    Roisin Murphy – 10 Miles High

    Now have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow for a round-up of all the week’s top celeb gossip so far.

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  • Weekend Showbiz Round-Up!

    Hello VIPs! How is everything going? The weather has been gorgeous this past week. We hope you have been making full use of it. We know the celebrities have been! They’ve given us a whole host of celebrity gossip!

    Katie Price posted a cute picture of her daughter Princess alongside an old picture of her and pointed out the uncanny resemblance. She’ll grow up to be a beauty!

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    In another Katie news, controversial Katie Hopkins has apparently installed a panic button in her house over fears she may be murdered due to her opinions.

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    Britain’s Got Talent premiered this weekend with 9.5million viewers. Simon Cowell also pressed his gold buzzer for singer Calum Scott. Let the talent begin!

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    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have welcome a baby boy in the world. Their little bundle of joy is called Silas Randall Timberlake. Congratulations.

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    The first weekend of Coachella is in full swing. The musical festival is more known for it’s gorgeous hippie fashion and celebs such as Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin were out in full force enjoying the sun.

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    In more Coachella news, Kendall’s sister Kylie Jenner dyed her hair aqua blue just for the event. Looking good!

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    Rebel Wilson has confirmed that she has signed on to Pitch Perfect 3. Bring it on!

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    Tweet @livelikeavip your showbiz thoughts!

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  • Weekend Showbiz Round-Up!

    Hi VIPs! Hope everyone remembered to set the clocks back. Winter is officially here. Try to warm up with the latest sizzling gossip from the weekend.

    Amy Willerton has spoken out about the time she was lured to a fake beauty pageant in South Korea and sexually assaulted when she was only 18 years old. She was the only contestant to stood up for herself and fled!

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    Lindsay Lohan was a guest on The Jonathan Ross Show and spoke out about her horrible time in solitary confinement. She mentioned that she was only allowed to leave her room for one hour per day and the other girls in there were charged with murder.

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    The new promo snap for Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hampstons has been unveiled. They look sun-kissed and gorgeous. Can’t wait for the new series!

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    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been cancelled by TLC in light of reports that Mama June is dating a convicted child molester. Even her eldest daughter Anna has come forward to say she was sexually abused by him. Mama June has denied these reports.

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    Rumer Willis isn’t happy about being photoshopped in a fashion campaign for Franziska Fox. She said that the images goes against her value system.

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    One lucky fan caught Justin Timberlake’s attention in Perth, Australia who offered to buy her a drink after the show. Jealous!

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    Kim Kardashian looked gorgeous as she celebrated her 34th birthday in style at the TAO nightclub in Las Vegas. Kanye couldn’t keep his eyes off her!

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    Tweet @livelikeavip your showbiz thoughts

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  • Ice Bucket Challenge: Celebrity Roundup

    Good morning VIPs! Have you done the Ice Bucket Challenge yet? It’s drawing attention to Lou Gehrig’s disease in a monumental way as all the celebs are queuing up to have a bucket of cold water tipped over their heads.

    You can tell a lot about a celeb by how they react to cold water. Some try to be brave (eg Ashton Kutcher) and some scream and scream (eg Eva Longoria). I’m pretty freaked out by how Lady Gaga did it though!  Here’s a roundup of our favourite 10 for your entertainment. It’s quite satisfying to see ice getting tipped over celebs’ heads!

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    Justin Timberlake

    Chris Brown

    Iggy Azalea

    Ashton Kutcher

    Eva Longoria

    Kate Upton

    Bill Gates (he’s geeky about this!)

    Ricky Martin (we love this one as he challenges so many people after!)

    Lady Gaga (she forgot to challenge anyone!)

    Which was your favourite? Good luck if you do it!

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    How To Visit Istanbul Like Rihanna

    I love shopping, I love clubbing and I love hot weather (which is why I go to Ibiza every year) but I also want to do things I wouldn’t get a chance to do at home when I’m on holiday. I want to try new food and get inspired by beautiful architecture and that’s in limited supply in Ibiza now that I’m used to it.

    If you’ve only got a few days off from work as you’re so busy earning money for your VIP lifestyle , then Istanbul ticks all the boxes and it’s just 3 hours 40 mins flying time from London. Bond films From Russia With Love, The World Is Not Enough and Skyfall were filmed there but I first became intrigued by it last year when Rihanna posted photos of herself at the city’s W hotel after a gig.

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    There were some other photos of Rihanna in the city at the time, including this one of her walking through a local bar. Having wrongly assumed Istanbul was full of historical and ancient things, this bar looks sleek and modern – just the sort of place I’d happily sip a glass of Champagne in.

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    Justin Bieber and David Guetta also performed in Istanbul in 2013, while The Wanted are heading there in March 2014 and Justin Timberlake will be there in May. There’s never been a better time to visit!

    Fans of Istanbul love it for the individuality – it’s the only city in the world where Europe meets Asia and it also straddles the ancient and the modern worlds. The skyline is a glittering ribbon of palaces, mosques, and minarets, but also of sleek skyscrapers, where the restaurant and nightclub scene challenges New York’s or London’s with beautiful people dancing til the early hours. Just my kind of place!

    If you’re planning a trip to Istanbul, this is what I recommend:

    (1) Taking photos at the Blue Mosque…a great Instagram shot!

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    The Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s best sights . I also recommend visiting the Basilica Cistern – a 1,500-year-old building supported by 336 columns and the Hagia Sophia – It was a church, then a mosque and is now a museum; standing beneath its 55m-high dome is a humbling experience. Look out for superb mosaics of Christ, the Virgin Mary and Byzantine emperors  and the Viking graffiti scratched on the balustrade of the south gallery.

    (2) Shopping and savouring the flavours of the Bazaar

    The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Go by tram to  Sultanahmet or Sirkeci for a real oriental shopping experience.

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    The Spice Bazaar (also known as the Egyptian Bazaar) near Galata Bridge in Eminönü is small compared with the Grand Bazaar, but is packed with excellent delis and shops selling Turkish delight, packs of apple tea, honeycombs, cheeses, dried nuts and fruit, stuffed figs, caviar, coffee, spices, and an incredible range of herbal teas for every complaint and condition.

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    (3) Checking out the prices of designer labels…and enjoying coffee in the mall

    When you’ve had your fill of Oriental design, it’s time to head for the city’s modern malls which cover everything from high-end to high-street. Funky Istinye Park ( istinyepark.com) is a mini village populated by Bond Street-style stores under one roof – with golf carts available to help heavily laden customers back to their cars. It’s huge!

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    Kanyon  (kanyon.com.tr) has everything from Harvey Nichols to Wagamama – but you could be in London.

    (4) Bar-hopping and clubbing

    If you want to be a bit sophisticated, Sensus is a trendy wine and cheese ‘boutique’ a stone’s throw from the landmark Galata Tower, this cellar bar is lined with literally hundreds of bottles of Turkish wines. This is the place to come and try a wide variety of domestically produced wines, few of which you’ll find in the average restaurant, best accompanied by a platter of surprisingly varied Turkish cheeses.

    Leb-i-Deriya is one of the first, and still the best, of the rash of rooftop bars which have swept across the city in recent years. Mellow music, cocktails and a hip, sophisticated clientele. And the views down over the Golden Horn and Bosphorus are just fabulous. For dinner, try 360 restaurant, which combines traditional Turkish cuisine with 360 chef’s modern flair. The views are to die for!

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    Now you’ve lined your stomach, dance it off at Indigo (famous for it’s electro scene) or if you want some style and glamour then Reina, on the banks of the Bosphorus – has two floors of house music and it’s where the Investment bankers and those with money go to party. Dress to impress!

    (5) Sleep off your hangover at the beach

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    Şile and Ağva  are nice long, wide beaches on the Black Sea coast 72 km (45 miles) northeast of Üsküdar. Take Bus 139 (Şile) or139A (Şile & Ağva) from the Harem Otogar.  In summer there are about 27 buses per day in each direction (Harem-Şile and Şile-Harem) on the 139 route starting at 06:30 am, with the last bus returning from Şile to Istanbul at 24:00 (12 midnight).

    There are other beaches too, all within a 90min drive of Istanbul but you’ll need to hire a car to properly explore these.

    (6) Stay in style…relax in your own private villa

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    If you’re staying in Istanbul for a few days you may not have time to do this…but if you want to extend your stay then you’ll find that Istanbul can be as vibrant or as relaxing as you make it. If your schedule is as busy as Rihanna’s and you stay in a hotel in the centre of town then you’ll be constantly on the go. However, chose to stay in a villa on the outskirts of town and you can explore the sights for a day, spend the next day relaxing and go back out when you’ve had time to collect your thoughts and work on your suntan There are amazing real estate villas for sale in Istanbul via Turkey real estate guru Spot Blue.

     

    Essential Info

    Nearest Airport: Airlines including British Airways and Turkish Airlines use Istanbul Ataturk airport, which is 3 hours 40 minutes from London. Low-cost flight operators like Pegasus and Easyjet use Istanbul’s SAW airport.

    Currency: Turkish Lira. £1 = 3.67 Turkish Lira. (Divide prices by 4 to get back to what it is in £’s)

    Tips: Istanbul’s equivalent of an Oyster card, the Istanbulkart saves the hassle of buying tokens (jeton; £1) every time you travel. You save a shade over 30p per journey after loading the card – it can be used on the tram, metro, buses, ferries, funiculars and suburban trains.

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  • Friday Showbiz Round-Up!

    Hello VIPs! TGIF! Start of your weekend with a juicy dose of showbiz gossip!

    Simon Cowell is naming his unborn child after himself. I repeat. Simon Cowell is naming his unborn child after himself! What more do you expect from this media mogul? It is reported that his son who is due next month will be called Simon Cowell Jr. That will be one powerful baby!

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    Kate Middleton celebrated her 32nd birthday yesterday! Kate can only be on a high after an incredible year, most noticeably welcoming the arrival of her newborn son, Prince George! We wonder what presents she got!

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    Michelle Heaton shared a 4D scan of her unborn baby boy on Twitter and wasn’t shy to gush about how much she wanted to meet him! This will be her second child with husband Hugh Hanley. Congratulations!

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    Perrie Edwards surprised her One Direction boyfriend Zayn Malik with a trip to Disneyland for his 21st! They were even treated to a special visit from Mickey Mouse himself. Jealous? Us?

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    Kelly Osbourne has split from her fiancée of two years Matthew Mosshart. They were such a perfect couple! Oh well! Kelly decided to deal with her heartbreak by hanging out with Justin Bieber, engaging in a bit of graffiti! Interesting!

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    Nicole Richie has dropped a lot of weight once again and is reported to be back down to 88 pounds, which sent alarm bells ringing back in 2006. She has been reportedly living on a diet of sunflower seeds, celery and juices. Makes us feel hungry already!

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    The line-up for Coachella has been been announced and WHAT a line-up! The popular festival will feature the reunion of Outkast, alongside Haim, Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, Zedd and many others. Take us to California!

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    Sandra Bullock and Justin Timberlake won big at the People’s Choice Awards with 3 gongs each. The stars of 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs set an incredible atmosphere by hosting the show and Kaley Cuoco gave an endearing speech about how her win for ‘Favourite TV Actress’ was the second best thing to happen to her this year (First being married of course!)

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    How was your week in showbiz? Tweet @zoegriffin your thoughts!

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    VIP Books: Confessions Of A Showbiz Reporter

    I’ve recently started writing about books because VIPs read too, you know. And a lot of the really famous have tons of time to indulge in it – travelling from gig to gig, waiting on film sets or killing time ‘between jobs’. For the rest of us it’s on the commute to work or shortly before we go to bed, but if you find the right book you’ll want to read it on the sofa at night (preferably with a glass of something in hand) as opposed to watching TV.

    When it comes to books, I personally switch between celebrity biographies and upbeat fiction featuring women that have a life like mine or one that I aspire to have. Think Jackie Collins and her glam Hollywood characters, Jilly Cooper’s lusty heroines and a bit of Victoria Beckham’s autobiography thrown in. What about if you could get a book that mixes biography and fiction at the same time?

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    Confessions of a Showbiz Reporter by Holly Forrest is part fiction and part biography and it contains anecdotes about lots of celebs. How does that work, you may ask? Well, it’s written by a real-life Showbiz reporter so all the anecdotes are things that have happened to her. But the name Holly Forrest is not real, as the reporter didn’t want any recriminations to affect her job – she’s still working in showbiz.

    This book had a special significance for me because I was a showbiz reporter (and editor) for newspapers and magazines before I became a full time blogger. Without wanting to brag, I’ve definitely had enough intimate meetings and adventures with celebrities but I never knew how to structure it. This is one of the reasons, I like Confessions of a Showbiz reporter as its entertaining and you feel like you’re learning something without it having a rigid plot line. An added bonus of this is it makes it easy to dip in and dip out without stressing about what happened the last time you read it.

    Each crazy aspect of being a celeb journalist (and trust me, there are a few) and each major celebrity experience gets its own chapter in this book so you can easily read a chapter at a time and feel like you’ve got a lot out of it. In that sense it’s more of a collection of short stories (or confessions than a novel). I advise reading the contents page carefully – if there is something you like the look of its perfectly fine to read that chapter ahead of others. For me, what was most interesting was ‘Holly’s’ experiences of interviewing celebrities like Justin Timberlake.

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    It turns out Justin is a bit of a diva. When in town to promote a movie, his publicist told all the reporters that Justin would not answer any Qs about his music. None. Nothing. Weird!

    Another moody one – which I also have experience of – is Harrison Ford.

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    In the book, there is an embarrassing experience Holly asked Harrison what his hobbies were. ‘Well,’ Harrison growled, ‘if you’d done your research…you’d know that I trained as a carpenter and now spend a lot of time on my ranch.’ Harsh!

    I also enjoyed bits where Holly feels under pressure to get a story. This happens a lot in the print industry and took me back to my days as a reporter. I could tell this book had been writing by someone who knows the Showbiz world and if you’re considering a career in journalism or you’re simply a bit curious to learn what it’s truly like to have ‘Showbiz journalist’ as your job title then you will learn a lot from this book.

    Confessions of a Showbiz Reporter is currently £6.99 at Amazon. If you get it do let me know what you think. I hope you like it as much as I did!

    To contact me on Twitter, get in touch with @zoegriffin. Or email zoe@livelikeavip.com

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  • Monday’s Scorching Hot Wireless Gossip

    It was the biggest event of the weekend! The Wireless Festival took over Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford, with A’lister after A’lister taking to the stage while crowds got drunk, got sunburned, and stripped off. Yes, really. Aside from the awesome live music, my highlight was the fact that so many men were walking around shirtless. Yum!! I wish I took some photos of that although admittedly not everyone had the nicest bodies.

    Anyway…you’ve come to this blog because you want to see what the VIPs got up to so let’s get on with it, yeah? Here’s a round up of the best performances of the weekend. The ultimate was Sunday night when Rihanna joined Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake on stage. Not sure what the beany hat was about, not suitable for one of the hottest days of the year, but I did like her skirt. Sexual!

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    The other best bits were:

    (1) Jay-Z – Mr Carter performed EVERY DAY of the festival. On Friday he came out during Justin Timberlake’s set, on Saturday he headlined and on Sunday he did a duet with Justin. Every night was AMAZING

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    (2) Rita Ora – Rita also did multiple performances. She came out during Snoop Lion’s performance as well as giving everyone a headache with a bright outfit for her own set

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    (3) Justin Timberlake’s girlfriend Jessica Biel was spotted photographing her man from the side of the stage while the ever-everywhere Rita Ora joined her

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    Justin looked gorgeous for his solo set on Friday. He then joined Jay on Saturday night and the pair duetted on Sunday. Hat trick for Justin Timberlake too!

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    (4) Emeli Sande looked cute in a polka dot jumpsuit. Her voice just blows my mind

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    (5) Snoop Lion oozed swagger and cool as he rapped his way round the stage. Although I did think he’s getting really skinny now. What do you think?

     

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    (6) Trey Songz just looked FIT! I never really realised that before…

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    (7) Mind you Kes$ha probably won the prize for skimpiest outfit. She’s starting to go a bit Lady Gaga on us, I think.

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    That’s all for now I’m afraid. The Wireless festival was sponsored by Yahoo this year so if you want more goss check out the Yahoo OMG! website

    Have a good Monday and rest assured that we will be back tomorrow morning with some more celebrity goss for you :)

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  • A very British affair: The music industry applauds yet another astonishing year of music at the Brit Awards 2013

    It’s the music awards that we all sit on the edge of our seat for and last night proved another great year for the Brit Awards.

    Emeli Sande and Ben Howard were the big winners of the night. Although they picked up two gongs each, their acceptance speeches did leave viewers snoozing a little.

    We had performances from the likes of Emeli herself, One Direction, Mumford and Sons, and we finally saw the return on Justin Timberlake.

    With a never seen before performance, JT dazzled us with his melodies, designer stubble and extremely shiny suit – we approve!

    Host James Corden was on top comedy form, poking fun at the One Direction boys and bantering with Robbie Williams.

    This awards show may have been about the music, but we loved the outfit choices of the celebs even more…

    Paloma Faith

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    Delilah

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    Emeli Sande

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     Jessie J

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    Caroline Flack 

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    Taylor Swift

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    Rita Ora

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    Lana Del Rey

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    Stooshe

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    Little Mix

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     One Direction

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    JLS 

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    Robbie Williams

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    Justin Timberlake

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    And the winners are… 

    Best Female Solo Artist –  Emeli Sandé

    British Breakthrough Act – Ben Howard

    British Male – Ben Howard

    International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Rey

    British Live Act – Coldplay

    British Single – Adele – Skyfall

    British Group – Mumford and Sons

    International Group – The Black Keys

    International Male – Frank Ocean

    Special Recognition – Warchild

    British Album – Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events

    Global Success – One Direction

    British Producer of the Year – Paul Epworth

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  • Justin Timberlake Is This Weeks Most Glamorous Male – Photo Gallery

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    Whilst he may have had some competition at last nights Brit Awards, we couldn’t give our ‘Hottest Male’ title to anyone else this week. Justin’s been hiding away from our screens lately so we were eagerly awaiting his arrival last night at the Brits, and he certainly didn’t disappoint!

    The ‘Suit and Tie’ singer looked incredibly dapper in his, er, suit and tie. What did you think of his look?

    Shall we see how his style has evolved over the years? Go on then – any excuse to see more pics of JT!

    2012

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    JT attended the LA premiere of ‘Trouble With The Curve’ last year wearing a questionable collection of items. The actor combined an AllSaints blazer, William Rast jeans, and Oliver Spence suede shoes. Are you falling for JT’s laidback style or do you prefer him in a tux?

    2011

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    This is more like it. The actor wore a classic tuxedo at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre  in Hollywood back in 2011. We also give him kudos for bringing him mom along as his date! N’aww…

    2010

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    The singer kept things casual at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held in LA. Kicking back with his ‘The Social Network’ co-stars, Justin wore a black leather jacket, black shirt, and distressed boots from Dolce & Gabbana.

    2009

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    Baby-faced Justin is just too cute here. The actor arrived at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2009 wearing a suit and tie combo. We can’t help but feel it’s a little too big for him though, don’t you think? We much prefer the ‘Sexyback’ singer in a classic tux.

    What do you think of JT’s style changes over the years? Are you glad to see him back on the scene? Tweet us @zoegriffin or leave us a comment below!

     

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