MTV cuts out Michael Jackson’s name from award

The news, however, wasn't announced by the network, but became evident when a press release was sent out to announce rapper Missy Elliott as this year's Vanguard recipient

By Author  |  Published: 29th Aug 2019  5:12 pmUpdated: 4th Dec 2019  5:35 pm

MTV has removed late pop icon Michael Jackson’s name from its Video Vanguard Award, which earlier had the singer’s name in the prefix.

The news, however, wasn’t announced by the network, but became evident when a press release was sent out to announce rapper Missy Elliott as this year’s Vanguard recipient which didn’t have Jackson’s name on the award. MTV’s move came in the wake of the HBO’s controversial documentary which focuses on some disturbing sexual-abuse allegations by former Jackson proteges Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

They both claim that Jackson maintained an intimate relationship with them. Jackson himself was a recipient of the Vanguard Award in 1988, and later to honour the pop king, MTV renamed and added his name to the award in 1991.

Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Britney Spears, U2 and Jennifer Lopez are some of the stars bestowed with the award.

Tanishk says, it’s difficult to recreate iconic songs

Music composer Tanishk Bagchi, who is on roll these days by successfully recreating hit songs of the past, says it is challenging to reinvent iconic songs.

“It’s always difficult to recreate hit songs. One might think that recreation is the easiest thing to do but recreating a song actually means double the responsibility. You can’t distort the essence of the original song. So you have to be really careful while composing the old songs,” said Tanishk. He feels it is important for a musician to become a known face. For this, singers and composers should appear in their videos.

“It’s good to see the importance being given to non-film songs. It would have been better had those non-film song videos featured singers instead of actors. There are songs in films for actors, so they get to showcase their skills there. Non-film songs, on the other hand, give facial recognition to composers like us,” added Tanishk, who along with actor-singer Zara Khan has sung Khud se zyada.

Rapper Mist allegedly shot in robbery

English rapper Mist has reportedly been shot in a suspected robbery.

According to, the burglars have taken the 27-year-old’s passport, phones and jewels during the apparent break-in. The incident happened inside a luxury villa in the Algarve. Mist, whose real name is Rhys Thomas Sylvester, was driven to Faro Hospital by two friends, who told police that the 27-year-old was shot in the leg at around 10pm local time on Tuesday night. Mist is known for crooning to tracks like Hot property and So high.

Kelly shares details from her health scare

Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson opened up for the first time about a terrifying health scare which sent her to the emergency room earlier this year.

The 37-year-old singer revealed in May that her appendix ruptured just a few moments before she hosted the Billboard Music Awards, but what fans didn’t know was that Clarkson ended up back in the hospital just one later. “That was more painful than appendicitis. I was freaking out,” she said. “I had a giant cyst explode on my ovary. I was hysterically laughing and crying in the ER like, ‘What is happening?'” she said.

Clarkson added, reassuring her fans that she is “totally great now.” In fact, the songstress has had an incredible 2019 in terms of work despite her health struggles.

She voiced a character in the film Ugly Dolls, kicked off her US tour for her ‘Meaning of Life’ album, she will soon appear on another season of The Voice and is set to start her new daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show in just two weeks.

Parikrama makes fans happy with new music video after 20 years

Parikrama unveiled the video of their song Tears of the wizard. This is their first music video in over 20 years. “‘Tears of the wizard’ is a song the band wrote after being inspired by ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ films. The wizard in ‘Lord Of The Rings’ is Gandalf the great, the song is for him, because he is the band’s favourite character from the movie,” said Subir Malik of Parikrama.

“The main feel of Parikrama is always to play live. It was never to come up with songs or albums. With the change in the market, visual representation is needed. So, we are also changing with times and that’s the reason we have come up with this video as the first official release after 20 years,” Malik added. The song premiered on Vh1 India and the official YouTube channel of Parikrama, which also consists of Nitin Malik, Sonam Sherpa, Saurabh Chaudhry, Gaurav Balani and Srijan Mahajan. The band’s last music video was for the song But it rained in 1996.