Coffee Talk: 'Beyond The Lights' Earns an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song

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Plus: Raven-Symoné confesses to tanning multiple times for The Disney Channel, Usher and other stars prepare for Stevie Wonder's Grammy tribute, and more!

Jolie A. Doggett Jan, 15, 2015

Here are the buzz-worthy stories we’re talking about over our coffee today.

Oscar nominations are in and we’re happy to see that Gina Prince-Bythewood’s romantic film, Beyond The Lights, has received a nomination for Best Original Song for “Grateful.” “Grateful” is performed by British pop star Rita Ora and is among just five other songs to receive a nomination for the most prestigious award in Hollywood. Congratulations and good luck, Gina! [People]

Mariah Carey is following in the footsteps of some great divas before her and gearing up for her first Vegas residency. The Grammy Award-winning songstress will be performing live at Caesar’s Palace on the Las Vegas strip in the near future. “This is a special event for me,” Carey said. “Hopefully other people will enjoy this. I’ve never done this before.” [Billboard]

There’s another new residency in the works. Pharrell William’s signature giant hat is making a move from the singer’s head to the Grammy Museum. Starting today through March 15, the iconic hat will be on display in celebration of what they’re calling the “Grammy Effect.” [Billboard]

Snoop Dogg is officially a grandfather! The rapper’s eldest son Corde, 20, welcomed his first child, Zion this week. Snoop posted a tribute to his growing family on Instagram. “Zion. You have a lot of love waiting on you grandson!!” he wrote. “Proud grandad. Jah bless.” Congratulations, Grandpa Snoop! [Hello Beautiful]

Usher, Janelle Monae, Coldplay and other superstars are gearing up for a tribute to Stevie Wonder for the 57th annual Grammy Awards. The tribute, “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life—An All Star Grammy Salute,” will take place on February 10, two days after the award show airs on February 8. [Huffington Post]

In OWN’s latest documentary, Light Girls, actress Raven-Symoné confesses to using a tanning bed multiple times a week to make her skin darker and to be “pretty.” Take a look at the clip from the upcoming film as other people in the film and television industry reveal how the lightness of their skin affected their careers.


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