The daily gossip: Sheryl Lee Ralph wins the Emmys by breaking into song, Lizzo is now halfway to an EGOT, and more
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Sheryl Lee Ralph wins the Emmys by breaking into song
Is Sheryl Lee Ralph's Emmys speech eligible for a Grammy? Because if it's not, it should be. The Abbott Elementary star stole Monday's Emmys after winning best supporting actress in a comedy and immediately breaking into song. Ralph belted out a show-stopping rendition of "Endangered Species" by Dianne Reeves, later explaining she did so because "I'm an endangered species" as "an artist, as a woman, and especially as a woman of color." The crowd went wild, and it was a rare moment of an otherwise flat ceremony springing to life. Other highlights included Jennifer Coolidge declaring she took a lavender bath that "made me swell up inside my dress" before dancing to the music playing her off, while lowlights included Jimmy Kimmel pretending to be passed out on stage during the entirety of Quinta Brunson's speech and a ridiculously long Kia ad incorporated into the actual show. Yes, that's the trick to getting people to tune back into awards shows: Integrated advertising!
Lizzo is now halfway to an EGOT
Lizzo just took a DNA test. Turns out, she's 50 percent an EGOT winner. Lizzo scored one of the few big surprises at the Emmys when her show, Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, won Outstanding Competition Program over reigning champion RuPaul's Drag Race. "When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media," Lizzo said. "Someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me." The "About Damn Time" singer has already won three Grammys, meaning she's now halfway to achieving EGOT status, only requiring an Oscar and Tony. Other pop stars who are halfway to an EGOT include Billie Eilish, who has a Grammy and an Oscar, and Taylor Swift, who has a Grammy and an Emmy and is campaigning hard for a short film Oscar for "All Too Well." We'll have to see who makes it over the finish line first – and which late-night Jimmy will try to hog their spotlight when they do.
Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney pause plans to get divorced
Despite all that, Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney may not be splitting up after all. The singer and the drummer for the Black Keys have postponed plans to get divorced for "at least six months," Us Weekly reports. Last month, Branch was arrested for domestic assault after police were called to their home when she allegedly slapped Carney in the face. A day earlier, TMZ reported they were splitting after three years of marriage, and Branch publicly accused him of cheating on her while she was taking care of their daughter at home. "The rug has been completely pulled from underneath me and now I must figure out how to move forward," Branch said, and she filed for divorce in August. But now, Us Weekly reports they'll attempt to reconcile and will live together while going to counseling. Branch previously told Newsweek that "I wouldn't even call Patrick my ex yet," and "we're working through it by the day."
Britney Spears sparks backlash after body-shaming Christina Aguilera
Now might be a great time for Britney Spears to take another Instagram break. The pop star has sparked backlash over a bizarre social media post where she appears to body-shame Christina Aguilera and her backup dancers for no apparent reason. Spears posted a Rodney Dangerfield quote about how the perfect way to "look thin" is to "hang out with fat people," writing in the caption, "If I had Christina Aguilera's dancers I would have looked extremely small." Even among her own followers, the post flopped hard. "This was in bad taste," one person wrote, while another replied, "Body shaming others is not the move." The post apparently made its way back to Aguilera, who has now unfollowed Spears on Instagram, according to Entertainment Weekly. Does kinship with your Mickey Mouse Club brethren mean nothing to you, Britney?
Margot Robbie snorts the Paramount logo in wild 'Babylon' trailer
What if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had a baby with The Wolf of Wall Street, and that baby did a lot of cocaine? That seems like the pitch behind La La Land director Damien Chazelle's next movie, Babylon, which just dropped a wild trailer. The film is set in 1920s Hollywood amid the transition from silent film to talkies, but it's safe to say we shouldn't expect an idealistic, "here's to the fools who dream" type look at the time period, but more like an extremely R-rated Great Gatsby. The trailer opens with Margot Robbie snorting the stars in the Paramount logo and closes with her announcing that she's about to "fight a f--king snake," and it's packed with drug-fueled party sequences featuring naked women, giant penises, and elephants. Between this and Blonde, it's looking like an eventful Oscar season for movies we strongly recommend not watching with your parents.