CHELSEA HANDLER EXITS E!
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 50 Cent and Miley Cyrus helped Chelsea Handler with her finale on E! Handler ended her seven-year run with a live version of “Chelsea Lately” last night. The show included performances from Fiddy and Cyrus. There was also an all-star parody of “We are the World” that included Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Dave Grohl. Handler is moving to Netflix, where her new show is set to debut in 2016.
MILEY CYRUS’ DATE WANTED BY OREGON POLICE
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Miley Cyrus’ date is a wanted man. Cyrus took a young homeless man to the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. Court records show 22-year-old Jesse Helt was busted for criminal mischief and criminal trespass in 2010, when he was 18. An arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation. He gained worldwide attention when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. He used the platform to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness.
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS RATINGS DOWN
NEW YORK (AP) — With no twerk, there was no perk in the ratings for MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday. Last year, Miley Cyrus’ twerking had people talking and tweeting. This year, the Nielsen ratings show fewer viewers watching the VMAs. Nielsen figures show nearly 8.3 million people watched the VMAs live on Sunday. That compares to more than 10 mil who watched a year ago.
LUDACRIS HONORED AT BMI R-and-B/HIP-HOP AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ludacris has been doing more acting than recording lately — but he isn’t giving up on music. He was honored recently at the BMI R-and-B/Hip-Hop Awards with the group’s highest honor — the President’s Award. The award is a nod to Ludacris for his career achievement and his global influence on culture and the entertainment industry. Ludacris says he’s “about to get right back to the music.” He says it’s his “first love” and what brought him success. During the ceremony, the broadcast rights organization also recognized the songwriters of the Billboard number-one singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts over the past year.