Idol Headlines for 2/10/13

Happy Grammy Day!  The Grammy awards air tonight on CBS starting at 8 pm ET, and will feature many performances from Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and more. The Grammy Pre-telecast, where most of the 70 Grammy Awards will be handed out, begins at 4 pm ET and will be live streamed at Carrie and Kelly are both nominated for awards.

Jessica Sanchez arrives in Manila – MANILA, Philippines—American Idol (AI) sensation Jessica Sanchez is back in Manila early Sunday, radio reports said. Sanchez arrived at 6 a.m. Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 2, aboard Philippine Airlines flight 103, said the reports.Sanchez is scheduled to perform in a major solo concert on February 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City. Titled “Jessica Sanchez Live In Concert!” the show has fellow AI season 11 finalist Colton Dixton as special guest. – Read more at

Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight Kick Off Grammy Parties with Clive Davis – To honor her memory, the host showed a recorded performance by Ms. Houston of “All the Man I Need” early in the evening. The live performances began with Dutch electronic DJ Afrojack, and included punk rocker Patti Smith, R&B singer Miguel, hipster folk band The Lumineers and British singer Emeli Sandé. Jennifer Hudson and Gladys Knight performed a show-stopping duet of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Standing front and center, LMFAO’s Redfoo could be seen recording the dynamic divas on his phone. And shuffling, of course. – Read more at

Allison Iraheta at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party

Allison reportedly sang backup for Emeli Sande. Here she is with Emile, Jennifer Hudson, and more

Kelly Clarkson performs at Mardi Gras ball in 1st major event at Superdome since blackout – NEW ORLEANS — This time, the lights stayed on in the Superdome. The glitzy Mardi Gras Krewe of Endymion rolled its parade and super float through the Superdome on Saturday night and Kelly Clarkson performed amid purple, green and gold lights in the first major event at the venue since the Super Bowl blackout. Clarkson, the first winner of TV’s “American Idol,” was the parade’s celebrity grand marshal. Her hits include “Because of You” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.” She is one of several stars serving as celebrity riders in this year’s Carnival parades. – Read more at Washington Post

Kelly Clarkson’s New Ring — No, Not That One. The Other One! – He put a ring on it — twice! Kelly Clarkson’s fiancé Brandon Blackstock proposed in December, but her canary yellow diamond engagement ring wasn’t the only dazzler he had in store. For Christmas, Blackstock, 36, surprised Clarkson, 30, with a replica of a ring once owned by Jane Austen. A huge fan of the 19th-century English novelist, Clarkson bought the original ring at an auction in London but has been unable to bring it home. “They claimed it as a national treasure and I can’t take it out of the United Kingdom,” she explains. “Behind my back, Brandon was trying to get that ring out of the country as my engagement ring. He was trying to work with my lawyer and they wouldn’t do it.” – Read more at People Style Watch

Grammys 2013: Kelly Clarkson (and her engagement ring) shine through stage fright – Of all the performers called up during the first two marathon days of Grammy rehearsals, none arrived on stage as visibly nervous as Kelly Clarkson who made no secret that she worried about a one-woman train wreck at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The 30-year-old isn’t fretting about her singing voice (which sounded amazing at Friday rehearsals) or her three Grammy nominations (which include record of the year, perhaps the most coveted trophy in all of music). So what had the American Idol alumnus moaning weakly into the microphone? “I can’t believe you’re making me say all of this,” Clarkson said Friday as she faced a cruel teleprompter with a speech about two of this year’s Grammy lifetime achievement award winners, Carole King and Patti Page. The mighty stage singer, it turns out, turns to jelly as a public speaker. At one point, mocking herself, she let loose with some speed-talking gibberish that sounded like an alien auctioneer. – Read more at Popwatch

Kelly Clarkson: Mardi Gras Parade with Brandon Blackstock! – Kelly Clarkson performs on the stage before the 2013 Krewe of Endymion Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday (February 9) in New Orleans, La. The 30-year-old singer, who was joined during the parade by her fiance Brandon Blackstock, was the celebrity grand marshal for the day! – See the photos at Just Jared

Jennifer Hudson & Brandy – Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala 2013 – Jennifer Hudson rocks the red carpet at the Clive Davis & The Recording Academy’s 2013 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons on Saturday (February 9) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 31-year-old singer was joined at the event by Clive Davis himself and singers Brandy and Cher Lloyd. – See the photos at Just Jared

Jordin Sparks & Carly Rae Jepsen – Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala 2013 – Jordin Sparks and Carly Rae Jepsen grace the red carpet at the Clive Davis & The Recording Academy’s 2013 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons on Saturday (February 9) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The ladies stepped out to helped celebrate the night’s honoree – L.A. Reid! – See the photos at Just Jared

‘American Idol’ Scotty McCreery balancing music and education – “That’s why we call it The Weekend Road Trip,” McCreery says in a phone call from his home in Raleigh. “I’m balancing a lot right now, so Monday through Wednesday, I’ll go to class. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, we’re going to be hitting the road, getting on the touring circuit. “You know, I’m only this age once — I want to make sure I have those experiences as well as my education. Education’s important. If you have the chance, the opportunity, I think you should capitalize on it. So while I can, I’m doing it.” McCreery says he’s “still putting 110 percent into my music.” He’s also been stealing time to work on a proper sophomore album — “we’re going to be flying back out to Nashville for more recording and stuff” — after a holiday disc, “Christmas With Scotty McCreery,” released in October, also went gold. – Read more at

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