Dress rehearsals: nice and cute and a good way to get pepped for the big show in theory, but not necessary if you’re one Mariah Carey, who blew off the final rehearsal scheduled before tonight’s Billboard Music Awards.
Which, I guess, if you’re someone who’s done this for most of your life, a dress rehearsal ain’t shit—but according to the very on-point sources at TMZ, the nervousness about her being MIA has more to do with the fact that she last performed at the show 17 years ago.
Either way—shrug. Everything seems to be coming up Mimi lately, and I have no doubt she’ll handle snafus, if any, with glitter and grace.
And if nothing else? Mariah has a big fan in Rita Ora, who took to Instagram to show off a snap with the songstress. I doubt Rita considers herself to be one of Mariah’s “lambs,” per se, but if she’s a true fan—which it seems like she is—she’s likely got an old Emotions cassette stashed somewhere at her parents’ house. [MTV]
More news out of the music world, except this time it kind of sucks: rapper Chinx, of French Montana’s Coke Boys collaborative, was gunned down while driving in Brooklyn late last night. His real name was Lionel Pickens, and he was just 31. [E!]
•Iggy Azalea looks relaxed. [Bossip]
•Beyoncé is doing humanitarian work in Haiti. [NBC]
•And has a 24/7 security guard to watch over her empty house in New Orleans. [WGNO]
•...maybe even collaborated with Drizzy Drake on this leaked track? [Vibe]
•Kanye West leaked his own new tracks at one of his Los Angeles shows. [Consequence of Sound]
•The Feds are on to the Real Housewives of Atlanta. [Reality Tea]
•Michael Jackson’s teenage daughter, Paris, might be 1. just hanging out with her boyfriend, or 2. engaged. (My money’s on the former.) Also: she’s 17?! [Daily Mail]
•While Paris Hilton, “despite not having any connection to the films in competition,” partied on a boat in Cannes. [Daily Mail]
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