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3 Grammy noms for Rihanna plus so much more…

We’re just bursting full of news and suss for you today islandistas… might take two posts to get it all in!

First to the good news. Islandista Rihanna has been nominated for three Grammy awards. In a star-studded nomination ceremony/concert held during prime time last night, she picked up nominations for Best Dance Recording for Disturbia, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for If I Never See Your Face Again and a video category (clueless me, I didn’t even know the Grammies had vid categories) for Best Long Form Music Video for Good Girl Gone Bad Live. So there… who says Rihanna can’t perform live?

Well… we have after seeing some of her performances in the past… but the Recording Academy disagrees.

Now to some (kinda) bad news – Rihanna and her boyfriend Chris Brown are being sued by a paparazzo Luis Santana, who was allegedly roughed up by their bodyguards in St Petersburg, Florida, a few weeks back. He’s suing both of them, plus the nightclub it happened outside of. He says the heavies roughed him up and smashed his camera and he’s suing them for $1 million. Ouch… the pics he posted of his bruises look pretty painful too…
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In some good news, top designers are falling all over themselves to produce a dress for US First Lady Michelle Obama. We have seen them and many are simply gorrrrgeous!

We especially love the sketches by Diane von Fustenberg, Christian Lacroix and Badgley Mischka. You can see all the sketches here at Women’s Wear Daily.


Christian Lacroix
Christian Lacroix

Badley Mischka
Badgley Mischka

And in suss… folks have been asking what these Jamaican entertainers really about though, since Elephant Man’s performance in Barbados a few weeks back. It’s one thing to be a tight-pants sporting, pointy-shoe wearing, hair-dyed character. You can argue that it part of the persona. However it is pretty incongruous with all the rampany homophobia that Jamaican artistes like Ele love to spew – which he did of course, at the event.

But it is reaaaaally funny when this same homosexual-bashing artiste RUNS a set of cute female dancers off of the stage -not once, but twice! And then to make matters more interesting, he calls up a set of skinny-pants wearing yutes from down in the crowd to come on stage with him and then he big dem up straight and is really, really into dancing with them.

What Ele really going on with? How you acting so homophobic and then you run cute girls and bring up a set of men around you? Me thinks he (and other JA dancehall artistes) doth protest too much… how ironic!

By Me

island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

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