Kanye West will not perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, which is a “traditionally American” event, chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee Tom Barrack has said.
There has been speculation since Kanye West told a concert crowd he would have voted for Donald Trump – if he had voted – and then turned up at Trump Tower.
However, Tom Barrack told CNN the ceremony is “not the venue” for the rapper.
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The chief organizer said Kanye West is “a great guy” but “we haven’t asked him”.
Tom Barrack said: “He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue.
“The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda.”
French authorities have arrested 16 people in connection with October 2016 armed robbery of Kim Kardashian in Paris, officials say.
According to officials, at the time that Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint by at least two men dressed as police officers.
The men entered her luxury apartment before tying her up and locking her in the bathroom.
They escaped with an estimated €10 million ($10.5 million) in jewellery.
The people arrested on January 9 are believed to be mostly in their 50s, with the oldest aged 72, French media report.
French police said that traces of DNA left at the scene led to the arrests.
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The individuals were held in early morning raids in the Paris region, Normandy and the French Riviera following three months of investigations.
“One of the DNA samples matched an individual known to police for robbery and criminal offences,” French police said.
Kim Kardashian, who is married to Kanye West, said she feared she was going to be killed at the time. The reality star was left badly shaken but unhurt.
“They’re going to shoot me in the back,” Kim Kardashian is heard telling her sisters in a promotional clip for the new season of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
The 36-year-old reality star, who became a household name thanks to the reality TV series, was in the French capital at the time of the robbery for Paris Fashion Week, with her mother Kris Jenner and her sister Kendall Jenner.
Kanye West was overseas in New York, performing on stage at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival, when the robbery happened on October 3. He abruptly ended his set, telling fans: “I’m sorry, family emergency. I have to stop the show.”
The robbery caused a storm on social media with a number of celebrities sharing messages of support.
Kim Kardashian is suing celebrity gossip website Media TakeOut and its founder for claiming that she faked being the victim of a robbery in Paris last week.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for defamation and names both Media TakeOut and Fred Mwangaguhunga.
Kim Kardashian was tied up by gun-wielding robbers who broke into a Paris flat earlier this month, police say.
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They made off with jewelery worth about $10 million.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in New York said that after being “the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the US only to again be victimized, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her as a liar and thief”.
The articles, the lawsuit said, “claimed, without any factual support whatsoever, that Kardashian faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars”.
Fred Mwangaguhunga refused to publish a retraction and an apology “for calling her a liar and a criminal”, the lawsuit added.
Media TakeOut has so far not commented.
Kim Kardashian, 35, who is married to rapper Kanye West, became a household name thanks to the reality TV series Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have revealed they named their newborn son Saint West.
The 35-year-old reality star gave birth to her second child on December 5, three weeks before his due date.
Sources reportedly told E!News Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided upon the religious name as they wanted to show how much of a “blessing” their son is after Kim’s “difficult pregnancy”.
She has made no secret that she doesn’t enjoy pregnancy and had a complicated birth due to her suffering from something called placenta accreta – when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterus.
The condition – which has the potential to cause severe blood loss after delivery – made the birth “the most painful experience ever”, TMZ reported.
Kim Kardashian’s doctor’s needed an extra few hours to deal with the placenta issues, but the mum still managed to have a natural birth instead of a c-section, something which is believed to be recommended if suffering from the condition, according to the website.
The reality star, who described her second pregnancy as the “worst experience”, also suffered from it with daughter North and previously revealed she may have to have a hysterectomy after she gave birth to her son because of the condition.
Shortly before welcoming her son, a relieved Kim Kardashian told fans her unborn baby was no longer in the breech position.
Kim Kardashian previously revealed that doctors had attempted to turn her son around but failed and she was considering having a “painful and scary” medical procedure.
“This weekend, I checked into the hospital and underwent a procedure called an ECV (External Cephalic Version, or a Version), which is done to manually turn the baby from a breech position to a head-down position,” she wrote on her website last week.
“They gave me an IV with medication to relax my uterus, and then three doctors attempted to work together to turn the baby.”
Kim Kardashian went on to explain: “There was a risk that my water might break or the baby’s heart rate could drop – in which case, an emergency C-section would then take place. I went in with my sisters and my husband. I was prepared for it all!”
“They don’t give you any pain medication, and let me tell you: This was soooooo painful. Probably more painful than childbirth.
“BUT it worked!!! My baby is in the right position and it feels so good to not have the stress of thinking I need a C-section.”
Kim Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West, have welcomed the arrival of their baby boy.
Kim Kardashian confirmed the news on her website with a statement saying: “To our fans, Kanye and I welcome our baby boy! Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed the arrival of their son this morning. Mother and son are doing well.”
The newborn is the second child for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Their first child, daughter North West, was born in June 2013.
Kim Kardashian announced she was pregnant again in an episode of her Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality show at the end of May.
The reality star revealed their second child would be a boy in a tweet on Father’s Day: “You’re such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too!”
No news on the name yet, but Kim Kardashian has previously said South West was not in the running.
“I don’t like South West… North will always, you know, be better and be more… she has a better direction,” Kim Kardashian said in an interview with National Public Radio in America.
Kim Kardashian tweeted a photo of her baby bump hours before the birth writing: “Ready whenever you are lol.”
Kanye West has performed at this year’s Glastonbury festival, telling fans he is “the greatest living rock star on the planet”.
The rapper’s headline booking had caused some controversy and his performance divided opinion among the crowd on site.
Kanye West opened with number one hit Stronger and performed on a largely bare stage with a bank of white lights above.
His set was briefly interrupted by a stage invasion by British comedian and prankster Lee Nelson.
The prankster, real name Simon Brodkin, wrote on Twitter: “Some people were saying Kanye shouldn’t headline Glastonbury so I thought I’d give him a hand.”
Lee Nelson was swiftly bundled off stage by a security guard and Kanye West resumed his song Black Skinhead.
At one point, Kanye West left the stage to travel above the heads of the crowd in the cradle of a cherry picker for the songs Touch the Sky and All of the Lights.
His performance came after more than 134,000 people signed a petition objecting to his booking, and Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis had death threats on Twitter from a disgruntled fan.
Kanye West’s appearance was one of the weekend’s biggest talking points.
The rapper is one of the biggest names in popular music, with 21 Grammy Awards under his belt and 11 million albums sold in the US alone.
However, Kanye West is notoriously erratic and uncompromising, comparing himself to figures including Jesus and Leonardo Da Vinci, and occasionally launching into long mid-set rants.
He kept his mid-song chat relatively short at Glastonbury.
Kanye West did not directly address the pre-show debate, simply telling fans: “Thank you for coming out tonight.”
The online petition had called for Kanye West to be dropped from the Glastonbury bill and be replaced by a rock band. But the rapper has labelled the petition “an insult to music fans all over the world”.
At one stage Kanye West was joined on stage by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to perform their song Lost In The World.
Afterwards, Kanye West revealed that the song had been inspired by his wife, Kim Kardashian, who was watching the show.
He said: “This song was extra special for me. I was trying to explain to a girl I loved so much how much I loved her. She brought this poetry out in me that became the lyrics and she ended up becoming my wife and she’s here tonight.”
Kanye West put the focus firmly back on himself when, before introducing one of his biggest hits, Gold Digger, he said: “I’m going to say this tonight because 20 years from now, 30 years from now, 40 years from now, I might not be able to say it, but I can say it tonight… You are now watching the greatest living rock star on the planet.”
He followed Pharrell Williams, who played crowd-pleasing tunes including Happy, Blurred Lines and Get Lucky on the Pyramid Stage.
Pharrell Williams was joined by a group of children on stage to dance to Get Lucky.
Other acts performing on Saturday included Burt Bacharach, George Ezra and Paloma Faith.
Celebrities spotted at the festival included Adele, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, Lewis Hamilton, Stella McCartney and James Corden.
The weather on the Somerset site brightened up on Saturday following Friday’s rain, although more showers are forecast for Sunday.
The Who will close the festival on Sunday, Lionel Richie will perform in the festival’s now-established Sunday afternoon legends slot and Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama will visit the festival’s Green Fields.
Kim Kardashian has just announced her second baby will be a boy in a Father’s Day tweet.
The reality star, who is expected to give birth in early December, previously talked about speculation over her second baby’s name being “ridiculous” but has ruled out naming the boy after another compass direction.
Speaking to National Public Radio in America, Kim Kardashian said South West wasn’t in the running to follow North.
“I don’t like South West… North will always, you know, be better and be more… she has a better direction,” Kim Kardashian said.
“So I wouldn’t do that. I don’t think we’ll go with another direction.”
Kim Kardashian, 34, revealed that she was expecting her second child during an episode of reality show, Keeping Up the Kardashians.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s daughter North West was born in June 2013.
Kim Kardashian says all the speculation about the new baby’s name is “ridiculous”.
“Everyone keeps on saying South and I think it’s so stupid,” she said.
“Stupidest thing ever and just ridiculous.”
Kim Kardashian has also been uploading Instagram photos from North West’s baptism in Jerusalem.
Kim Kardashian has revealed in the May 31 midseason finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she is pregnant with her second child with Kanye West.
Kim Kardashian, 34, has confirmed the exciting news to her family, in the scenes teasing the second half of KUWTK‘s season: “I just got the blood test back and I am pregnant!”
Before the episode aired, Kim Kardashian took to Twitter saying: “Who is excited for tonight’s KUWTK finale?!?!?! There’s some exciting news to share so make sure you tune in!!!!!”
Kim Kardashian, the mom of daughter North West, 23 months, has been vocal about her struggle to conceive a second child. The reality star even allowed KUWTK cameras to document her visits with a fertility doctor throughout season 10.
Taylor Swift is the big winner of this year’s Billboard Music Awards, winning eight of the 14 categories in which she was nominated.
Among Taylor Swift’s prizes were best female artist, best streaming song for Shake It Off and the ceremony’s top honor, artist of the year.
Sam Smith won best new artist – and accepted his trophy using flash cards after having vocal surgery.
Kanye West was booed as he closed the show with a medley of hits.
Audience members jeered as Kanye West’s sisters-in-law, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, introduced his set; and the booing continued during his performance.
Surrounded by pyrotechnics and largely in the shadows, Kanye West’s delivery on All Day and Black Skinhead was angry and intense. And while some disapproved, other fans could be seen pumping their fists to the tracks.
TV audiences were also left mystified as the first minute of his set was censored by broadcasters ABC – reminiscent of Kanye West’s performance at the Brit Awards earlier this year.
Other artists were more favorably received, with Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea receiving a standing ovation for the first performance of their new song, Pretty Girls.
Simple Minds took to the stage to perform Don’t You Forget About Me, marking the 30th anniversary of teen movie The Breakfast Club, which featured the song in its closing moments.
One Direction came away with two trophies, for best group and best touring artist, dedicating the latter to “our brother Zayn” Malik, who left the band in March.
Taylor Swift opened the show with the premiere of her star-studded new video, Bad Blood – which features the likes of Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba and Cindy Crawford.
The singer, who has successfully transitioned from country artist to pop star, accepted the prize for best album by thanking the fans who “embraced change”.
“I love you so much, more than I will be able to say to you,” Taylor Swift said.
Sam Smith, who is recovering from throat surgery, sent his acceptance message in a special video.
He held up a series of cards, reading: “Thank you Billboard for this incredible honor. Secondly, thank you to my amazing fans. It’s times like this that I realize how lucky I am to have you in my life.
“I can’t wait to get this surgery out of the way so I can sing my ass off for you again.”
Iggy Azalea won top rap song for Fancy, her collaboration with Charli XCX, while John Legend won Top radio song for All Of Me.
Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass was named top digital song and top Hot 100 song, recognizing its US chart performance.
Coldplay won best rock album for Ghost Stories, while Irish singer Hozier picked up best rock song for Take Me To Church.
In tribute to the late singer Ben E King, rock band Imagine Dragons performed Stand By Me to an audience that included the late singer’s daughters and granddaughters.
Presenter Ludacris also gave a touching tribute to blues star BB King, who died on May 15.
Kanye West was mobbed by dozens of fans after jumping into Swan Lake during a concert in Armenia.
Kim Kardashian’s husband had been giving a free concert in the capital, Yerevan.
Security and police plucked Kanye West out of the scrum as photographers waded into Swan Lake to capture the melee.
Kanye West has been in Armenia with Kim Kardashian on a high-profile trip to connect with her family’s heritage.
Kim Kardashian seemed impressed with her husband’s exploits, tweeting: “Thousands of people were there! Kanye jumped in swan lake to be closer to the crowd on the other side & so many people jumped in too!”
As Glastonbury festival organizers announced that Kanye West will headline this year festival’s Saturday lineup, outraged fans are already demanding that rapper be dumped from the lineup.
According to a Change.org petition signed by more than 21,000 people as of Tuesday afternoon, it’s because “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world” and not “deserving.”
“Cancel Kanye West’s slot and get a rock band,” the petition demanded.
It then added: “We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment.”
For the record, Foo Fighters are headlining Friday night’s Glastonbury lineup.
In 2008, there was an outcry over Jay-Z being the first rapper to headline Glastonbury, apparently because he wasn’t “rock” enough to handle the top slot on the bill.
However, anyone on the Internet can sign this petition, regardless of whether they’re going to Glastonbury or even live in the UK. So these 21,000-and-counting signatures don’t exclusively come from Glastonbury fest-goers.
Ray J has entered the Amber Rose vs. Kardashians war after Rose referenced his infamous tape with Kim Kardashian.
The singer took to Instagram and posted the famous moment in The Godfather Part III when Michael Corleone declares: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in!”
Few days ago, Amber Rose slammed the Kardashian family in an interview, calling Kim “fake” and saying Tyga should be ashamed for dating “baby” Kylie Jenner, who is 17 years old.
Khloe Kardashian then attacked Amber Rose, telling her to “stop talking” about the family and pointing out that Rose was a stripper when she was 15.
Amber Rose fired back, claiming she was just trying to support her family, much as Kim Kardashian did when she and Ray J made their famous tape.
On February 20, Kanye West reignited the war of words with a Power 105 “Breakfast Club” sit-down, during which he joked about Amber Rose: “If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn’t be an Amber Rose, you know what I’m saying?”
Kanye West then called Amber Rose dirty, declaring: “It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose. I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.”
After Kanye West joked during The Breakfast Club interview on February 20 that he “had to take 30 showers” after dating Amber Rose before Kim Kardashian would be with him, Rose fired back on Twitter.
“If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her there wouldn’t be an Amber Rose,” Kanye West said during radio interview.
“It’s very hard for a woman to wanna be with someone that’s with Amber Rose. I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim,” the rapper said.
Referring to Kim Kardashian’s infamous tape, Amber Rose wrote on Twitter: “Wait 30 showers? But Kim let Ray J… on her…. Never mind.”
She continued: “@kanyewest This is my moment to let the world know who u really are and the things you’ve done to me.
“After all these years I never snitched on u and I don’t plan on starting now. We once loved each other so I won’t do u like that. I’ll leave that up to the Kartrashians to humiliate u when they’re done with u.”
Amber Rose went on: “I’m always so quiet and just a cool fun girl. The funny thing is I’m all for a woman making something out of nothing. Ppl make mistakes in life trust me I have. But when u bully other ppl and ur not perfect its so f—–. I own up to every piece of my life.”
The feud between Amber Rose and the Kardashians flared up recently when Rose called Kim “fake” and said Tyga should be “ashamed” for dating 17-year-old Kylie Jenner.
Kanye West and Taylor Swift looked like they had made up at the Grammy awards last week.
In 2009, Kanye West stormed the VMAs stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award saying that “Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time” and deserved the prize.
As the 2009 incident is behind them, now Kanye West has said he and Taylor Swift are “definitely” going to go into the studio together.
Kanye West was asked on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show if he would collaborate with Taylor Swift.
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“Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in.
“Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base – I’m down to get in the studio and work.
“I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of like how many Grammys or you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album.
“I that think everyone loves music whether they love hip-hop, alternative, country, and if I could be involved in giving people any type of energy, advice in the studio, whether you’re Beyonce, whether you’re Taylor Swift, whether you’re Jay-Z, whether you’re Beck, whoever.”
Kanye West was asked about the interview he gave to E! at the Grammys, where he said Beck should “respect artistry” and give his best album award to Beyonce.
The rapper was also asked about his new project, Five Four Seconds, with Rihanna and Paul McCartney.
“Hey everyone, America, I’m not comparing myself to John Lennon, I’m just saying I’m angst a bit like John Lennon. And the [tension creates] a new magic.
“The pressure creates the diamond from the coal. And he came in with the best vibes ever, and I said, <<Four, five, seconds from wildin>>,’ and he said, <<It’s great everyone!>> and we just had that.”