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WATCH: Miley Cyrus And Ariana Grande Perform Soothing Cover Of ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ for LGBT Youth Group

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Miley Cyrus teamed up with Ariana Grande in the latest installment of her Happy Hippie Foundation's "Backyard Sessions," series performing a touching cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation to provide support to homeless LGBT youth and shot music videos with other singers including Joan Jett and Grande to raise funds for the foundation.

Watch Cyrus and Grande perform a soothing cover of the 80's hit while sitting on an inflatable couch and wearing adorable, goofy animal onesies, AFTER THE JUMP

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Ty Herndon Sings Moving Cover of Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb' At NYC GLAAD Awards: VIDEO

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This weekend's GLAAD Awards in NYC saw many moving moments, not the least of which was a performance by out gay country singer Ty Herndon of Miley Cyrus' song, "The Climb." Herndon came out in November of 2014 telling People magazine of his decision to finally live out and proud, "I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone's son or daughter or grandchild's life not be as difficult as mine has been."

Speaking at the ceremony on Saturday, Herndon said, "Thank you for being a part of my coming out story. It's an honor to be doing my part for love and acceptance." 

Watch Herndon's rousing rendition, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Miley Cyrus Announces Launch Of Foundation To Support Homeless LGBT Youth

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Singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus announced this week that she's launching the Happy Hippie Foundation to support homeless and LGBT youth reports the AP. Cyrus said the death of trans teen Leelah Alcorn and Bruce Jenner's coming out as trans spurred her to use the fame and attention she receives and re-direct it into a good cause:

"The position I'm in, I feel like I've got a lot of power. But so many kids don't feel that way. They're under their parents' rule.

"When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot. It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."

Cyrus generated media attention when she brought a homeless man as her date to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where he accepted an award on the singer's behalf. In the AP interview, Cyrus revealed that not all of her previous relationships could be considered "straight or heterosexual." She declined to elaborate. 

Cyrus recently shot a series of music videos with other stars including Joan Jett and Ariana Grande to help raise funds for the foundation; the video with Joan Jett officially debuted this Tuesday on the foundation's Facebook page.

You can watch Cyrus' kill it with Joan Jett as they perform "Different," AFTER THE JUMP...

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Madonna Dishes On Rebel Heart, Collaborations, Regrets, And '50 Shades of Grey'

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Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.29.11 AMBillboard snagged a revealing interview with Madonna where the material queen divulged details about her upcoming album, working with other artists, dealing with word policing, her relationship with Catholicism and her thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey. Madonna talked about the production process on her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, working with collaborators Nicki Minaj, Nas, Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West-who she described as a difficult artist to corral.

Said Madonna:

"Kanye, for instance, has excellent ideas, but it's hard to get him to pay attention. So my job was to keep him focused. I was the mistress walking around with the clipboard going, 'Guys, can you please -- can you guys come back in the room? Let's just finish the song. What do you mean you're going to a photo shoot? What do you mean you have to go to a red carpet event? Get off your phone! Will you stop tweeting? Wait, we haven't finished!'"

Madonna went on to talk about the theme behind songs on Rebel Heart saying songs like Joan of Arc display a vulnerable side to her usually stoic persona whereas the album's title song talks about regrets and never looking back. However, Madonna asserts that she doesn’t regret any of her career moves.

Said Madonna:

"Everyone has regrets. I have regrets for the smaller things, which ultimately are the bigger things in life. For instance, I regret not being more grateful certain times in my life. I regret not being more compassionate. I regret not saying I'm sorry. I don't have any career regrets. I have human-being regrets.

"As I say in the song Joan of Arc, 'Even hearts made of steel can break down.' Even people we look up to have their moments where they are fragile, vulnerable, scared, fearful, not sure, hurt. You can't be a superhero unless you have the other side."

Despite having "human-being" regrets, Madonna asserts that the word police can "F**k off," after bloggers criticized her for the pervasive use of the word "B**ch" in lyrics and song titles on the album. Madonna cites that her time spent among Londoners and their colorful use of language, including the C-word, desensitized her. Madonna also elaborated on her relationship with the Catholic church, and said that she enjoys the "Pomp and circumstance," of writing and singing about her relationship with religion, and the drama, confusion and hypocrisy of the church. She mentioned that if she had the chance, she wouldn’t hesitate to sit down with the Pope for a "Chat about sex." Billboard continued the conversation regarding sex asking Madonna if she read 50 Shades of Grey and she remarked that she found it unrealistic.

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07f15b6a970d-500wiSaid Madonna: 

"Yes, I have. It's pulp fiction. It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, 'Hmm, a lot of spanking.' I also thought, 'This is so unrealistic because no guy goes down on a girl that much.' I'm sorry, but no one eats p**** as much as the guy in that book."

Billboard asked if she felt young women have it easier these days with Madonna responding that it’s "No-holds-barred and you can do whatever you like; On the other hand, if you're a pop star and want to get your records played and reach the masses, you have to play it very safe." Madonna was asked what she thought of her role in challenging American taboos and thoughts on pop-star Miley Cyrus. Madonna responded by incorporating Cyrus into her response about what the future holds for women.

Said Madonna: 

"I like her. She seems like she doesn't care what people think. People are always telling her she's dirty or crazy or trashy, and she doesn't care. I love that about her. In her peer group, she stands out.  

"I think it's an ongoing activity in my life. I'm continuing to open doors for the women behind me. I don't know many women who have had a successful career in pop music as long as I've had. And I waited until I was older to have children. I raised children and wasn't married. And I continue to express myself -- my sexuality -- in my 50’s, even though that's also considered taboo, and I get a lot of s*** for it. But in 20 years, Miley Cyrus probably won't get s*** for it. Then, it'll be like, 'Oh, yeah, that's nothing new.'"  

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.27.39 AMRebel Heart releases on March 6. Madonna’s promotional tactics for the album, including photoshopping portraits of famous civil rights leaders in the style of her album cover and posting it to her social media, is stirring up criticism. It also appears radio isn't a big fan of her either as the U.K.'s Radio 1 completely removed Madonna's new single Living For Love from their station playlist, with a station insider citing that "The station has a duty to meet the needs of younger listeners. I don’t think the audience is losing sleep that it is not playing Madonna in the same way that it used to."


Miley Cyrus Banned From Dominican Republic for 'Promoting Lesbian Sex'

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The National Commission for Public Performances in the Dominican Republic announced yesterday that they would be banning a Miley Cyrus concert next month on morality grounds.

Blabbeando reports:

"The National Commission for Public Performances in the exercise of the powers given by the Constitution of the Republic through Regulation 824 of Law Number 1951Article 4306 - the purpose of which is to prevent public performances that offend the morals, good customs and relationship between friendly countries - imposes this ban based on Miley Cyrus' common engagement in acts during her concerts that defy morals and customs in ways usually penalized by Dominican law," a statement reads.

They add that Cyrus "uses inadequate attire, corrupts language, uses perverse imagery and phrasing, uses phrases with double meanings, glorifies crime, violence and denigrating acts against civility and promotes sex, lesbian sex and the use of inadequate objects in public."

Although homosexuality is not illegal in the Dominican Republic, the country is culturally conservative and overwhelmingly Catholic. 

Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, a Catholic Cardinal from the Carribean nation who has previously referred to openly gay U.S. Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster as a maricón (Spanish slur for “faggot”), has repeatedly voiced his opposition to gay rights and gay people in general.


Teen Becomes Instagram Sensation Cross-Dressing As Celebrities - PHOTOS

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Seventeen-year-old Liam Martin (aka waverider_) has amassed over 1,559,656 Instagram followers over the last eight months and has appeared on the Today show and ABC News websites by posting low-fi recreations of celebrity photographs.

He has mimicked Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and even Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games. Some of the celebrities have followed and complimented his work, and he uses his platform to discourage cyberbullying and encourage people to be more creative.

Yahoo shares more about the young mimic:

Make no mistake, a lot of time, energy — and money! — goes into each one of Martin's photos. He posts a new picture pretty much weekly and it takes that much time to execute his vision as far as coming up with a subject and buying the supplies. The teen estimates that he spends about $45 on props for each shoot, which take place at his family home "against one wall we use all the time."

The hardest one to recreate so far? "The Katy Perry photo from her 'Dark Horse' music video. It took me three hours" to get just right. The headpiece was made out of "M&Ms and string," he reveals. The shirt? It featured hand-cut pieces of paper attached to the nude-colored top. Fortunately, all his hard work paid off — the photo has 439,000 likes

"My mom and my nana were helping me with that one and it took hours," Martin recalls, adding that he often leans on them for assistance. "Most of the time my mom helps me get dressed up and she'll take the photo for me. If my [extended] family is over, my nana and my pops — my grandpa — will help me. The whole family loves it too. It's now become normal for them."

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