KENDRICK Lamar is on the path to dominate 2018 after an incredible 2017 that has left him a force to be reckoned with.
Here’s everything you need to know about the rapper who dominated at the Grammy’s, the 2018 Brit Awards and has now won a the Pulitzer music prize.
AP:Associated Press Kendrick Lamar is one of the biggest success stories of 2017
Who is Kendrick Lamar?
Kendrick Lamar is a 30-year-old musician who was born in Compton, California.
On launching his career, he was initially known under the stage name K-Dot, before returning to his given name.
His cousin, Nick Young, is a professional NBA player.
He is currently said to be worth $35million by the end of 2017, according to coed.com.
In 2018, Lamar became the first ever rapper to win the Pulitzer music prize.
What songs would I know from him?
Kendrick has released four studio albums throughout his career so far.
His most recent album, Damn, received high critical acclaim.
Section.80, Good Kid M.A.A.D City and To Pimp a Butterfly are his other releases.
Getty – Contributor The star has won a string of awards for his work – most recently 5 Grammys
How many Grammys has he won?
In 2018, Kendrick went home with five Grammys – only being beaten by Bruno Mars who went home with six.
This included best rap performance and best rap song for HUMBLE., best rap album for DAMN. and Best Rap/Sung Performance for LOYALTY. with Rihanna.
The wins were added to a staggering eleven wins he had already earned at the event over the years.
What did Kendrick win at the Brit Awards 2018?
At this year’s Brit Awards, Kendrick claimed the award for Best International Male Solo Artist.
He beat out the likes of Beck, Childish Gambino, DJ Khaled and Drake in the category.
Kendrick was nominated once before at the Brits for the same category in 2016, however, he lost out to Justin Bieber.
AFP or licensors Kendrick Lamar performed at the 2018 Brit Awards
What happened in his Brits 2018 performance?
Brit viewers were left furious when producers decided to mute Lamar’s performance.
The rapper’s highly anticipated appearance at the annual ceremony didn’t get off to a great start as it was blighted by technical difficulties.
As the 30-year-old lay on top of a large glass case containing an orange Lamborghini and a man sitting on its bonnet, the opening beats of his track kept stopping and starting as the crowd patiently waited.
After three attempts, it finally got going but fans had little time to rejoice as show bosses then muted the audio at regular intervals, clearly worried about some of the words and swearing in his song.
Taking to Twitter, viewers blasted the producers, with one writing: “What the hell happened at the start of that performance? And what was the point of smashing a lambo onstage n having half the song muted? mess #BRITs.”
Another added: “Love a good muted performance me. Luckily the guy smashing up the Lambo salvaged it. #Brits”.
Meanwhile a number of viewers questioned why the producers bothered to book performers like Kendrick, who are known for their explicit song lyrics.
One wrote: “Why invite artists who perform songs with certain profanities to perform then? I’m here to listen to music not look at ‘audio muted’.”
Another added: “What the hell is the point of putting Kendrick Lamar on when 50% of the song has to be muted out #BRITs”.
Splash News Kendrick has collaborated with music’s biggest names including Rihanna
Verne Troyer’s Best Bits From His Glittering Film And Tv Career As He Dies Aged 49
VERNE Troyer is probably best known as Dr Evil’s pint-sized henchman Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films.
The 2ft 8in actor put in a show stealing performance as the freakishly strong clone.
But his career, on and off the big screen, has won him an army of fans well beyond the popular comedy trilogy.
Verne was hilarious in 2009’s Celebrity Big Brother, caused havoc with Keith Lemon on Celebrity Juice and was punched in the face by Arnie Schwarzenegger in Jingle All The Way.
We celebrate the best bits of Verne on the tragic evening when the 49-year-old actor passed away.
PA:Press Association The 2ft 8in actor has had a glittering career in cinema and TV
1. Mini-Me puts in a big performance
Alamy Mini Me Verne Troyer performs ‘Just the two of us’ withMike Myers’ Dr. Evil in iconic Austin Powers scene
Verne stole the show in the beloved Austen Powers trilogy as Dr Evil’s clone henchman Mini Me.
Memorable moments include his one-on-one scraps with Mike Myers and his musical duets including the hilarious Just The Two Of Us and Hard Knock Life.
The character became an instant classic when he appeared in the second film.
Mini Me Verne Troyer wrestles Mike Myers in classic scene from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
2. Big Brother ran-raid
Verne rams his electric scooter into the famous diary room doors
Verne put in a memorable stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009.
Viewers were in hysterics when the foot-tall superstar RAMMED the famous diary room door in his electric scooter.
He was hauled into the diary room for a ticking off.
Verne also thrilled viewers flirting with Mutya and La Toya, getting tipsy on Champagne and calling rapper Coolio ‘b****’.
Verne Troyer gets told off for ramraiding the diary room door on Celebrity Big Brother
3. I’ll be whacked!
YouTube Verne appeared in Jingle All The Way as a very bad Santa who grapple Arnie
Verne proved he could do action as well as comedy when he grappled with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Christmas flick Jingle All The Way.
But it doesn’t end well for him.
A burly henchman ends up punching the bad Santa across the room.
4. Game for a laugh
Verne gave a hilarious performance on Celebrity Juice as he took part in x-rated charades with host Keith Lemon.
The side-splitting skit saw Verne being carried around the studio and stripping off to the waist to act out Fight Club.
He also stripped off to wrestle with host Keith Lemon
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George Michael’s Family Gave Boyfriend Fadi Fawaz £250k Despite Claims He Is Broke
GEORGE Michael’s ex-boyfriend Fadi Fawaz was handed £250k by the singer’s family, despite claims he’s broke.
Fadi was reported to be selling off the singer’s belongings on Twitter and struggling to pay for George’s North London home.
Twitter He has been living in George’s North London home since the singer’s death
It was also revealed the late star’s possessions were being repossessed.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Fadi, 44, was given a substantial living allowance last year and spent thousands on a trip to Australia.
A Fawaz family source said: “I feel that what has happened is so wrong to everyone.
“Our family has been really affected by what’s going on.
“George’s family did nothing wrong to Fadi. He got paid £250,000 in October, some of which he used to visit family in Brisbane.
David New – The Sun Fadi Fawaz has revealed he is selling off George Michael’s belongings
Rex Features Fadi previously posted a notice of an unpaid debt on his Twitter page
“Everyone is worried and this row is not what George would have wanted.”
In a series of posts on Twitter, the former hair stylist, 44, declared he’s been left with “no help” and is now trying to recoup some cash.
Fadi, who has been living in the property since George died aged 53 on Christmas Day 2016, wrote: “Goerge [sic] Micheal Items for sale if you interested please let me know.
“It’s a way so I can survive till we solve the problems with his family and lawyer.
“Since I’m left with no help and since no one is human anymore.”
Matt Cardle Says Ant Mcpartlin Needs To ‘forget His Career’ And Take A Break To Beat The Booze
MATT Cardle believes Ant McPartlin needs to take a long break if he wants to truly beat his battle with booze and prescription drugs.
The X Factor star, who went to rehab himself thanks to a daily cocktail of alcohol, prescription pills and illegal drugs, warns the presenter needs to “forget about his career”.
Getty – Contributor Matt Cardle has warned Ant McPartlin he needs to forget about his career
Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Matt said: “The last thing Ant needs to worry about is his career or getting back to work. I know there’s pressure to get back on TV because of how good Ant and Dec are as presenters.
“But he needs to focus on his health and forget about his career because that’s the only way he will get better.”
Discussing his own road to recovery as he gears up to release his new single, he added: “I went away fishing and basically didn’t pick up my phone for three months after rehab.”
Matt went on to say that there is “no shame” in Ant having a drink or drug addiction.
Ant pleaded guilty to drink driving last week
Last month Ant was charged with drink-driving last month following a collision.
He cancelled all of his upcoming television appearances and took himself off to rehab – less than a year after he sought treatment for his addiction to prescription pills and alcohol.
He appeared in court last week and pleaded guilty to the charge, resulting in him being handed a £86,000 fine and banned from driving for 20 months.
Earlier this year Matt, 34, revealed he had started “eating” Tramadol “for fun” at the height of his addiction.
Darren Fletcher – The Sun Ant is currently taking a break from his TV commitments
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