People in the News: Celebrities

Madonna walked off with the Golden Globe for best original song on Sunday night,but she wasn’t exactly honored by Elton John or his husband. Before the show, John belittled Madonna’s chances ofwinning for her song Masterpiece, from her directorial effort W.E., sniping to a red-carpet reporter: “Madonna doesn’t have a (bleeping) chance ofwinning.” How wrong he was. Sir Elton — who was nominated for hello Hello, a song from the animated movie Gnomeo & Juliet — was caught on camera grimacing when her name was called. Hishusband, David Furnish, immediately took to Facebook to pour fuel on the fire. “Madonna.Best song???? F— off!!!” he posted. “Madonna winning best original song truly shows how theseawards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism.”Backstage, Madonna commented: “I hope he (John) speaks to me for the next couple of years. He’sbeen known to get mad at me, so I don’t know. He’s brilliant, and I adore him, so he’ll win anotheraward. I don’t feel bad.”

In other Golden Globe news, the censors were no doubt poised to bleep any banned words utteredby cheeky host Ricky Gervai s. They were probably surprised, however, to find that iconic actress Meryl Streep needed the most censoring of the night. while accepting the award forbest dramatic actress, for The Iron Lady, Streep realized upon ascending the stage that she had forgotten her readingglasses. “Oh, s—, my glasses — I forgot my glasses,” she said, prompting a several-seconds-longsilence in the broadcast as her lips continued to move. Apparently, Streep later repeated thevulgarity.

A newly discovered horsefly in Australia has been named for R&B star Beyonce. Bryan Lessard, a 24-year-old researcher at the nation’s Commonwealth Scientificand Industrial Research Organization, said he wanted to pay respect to the insect’s beauty bynaming it Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae. The fly, Lessard said, is “pretty bootylicious” with itsgolden backside. Bootylicious is a song by Destiny’s Child, the group in which Beyonce formerly sang.

Kelsey Grammer has babies no. 5 and no. 6 on the way. The Boss star — who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for best actor in a TV drama series — and his32-year-old wife, Kayte Walsh Grammer, are expecting twins. The 56-year-old Grammer, who is divorcedfrom Real Housewives of Beverly Hills personality Camille Grammer, is also the father of two children with her and two children fromprevious relationships.

While O.J. Simpson rots in the big house in Nevada, he is about to lose his big house inFlorida. Court records have JPMorgan Chase bank foreclosing on the four-bedroom home that theformer football star owns in Miami. Simpson is serving time in prison for kidnapping, armed robberyand other charges stemming from an incident in 2007 in which he stole sports memorabilia atgunpoint.

— Compiled by Andrew Sterling

asterling@dispatch.com

People in the News: Celebrities


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