Top Five Friday: Grammy’s, box office updates, Bruce Jenner and more

By Amy Cooley

Hello again and happy (early) Valentine’s Day! Here are this week’s stories.

1. Obviously the big event from this week is the 57th annual Grammy Awards held on February 8th. They might as well have called it The Sam Smith Show because it seemed to be his night taking away four awards: best new artist, best pop vocal album with In the Lonely Hour, record of the year and song of the year with “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version).”

APTOPIX The 57th Annual Grammy Awards - Press Room

The coveted award of best album went, unfortunately for all the Beyonce fans out there, to Beck with Morning Phase. Of course Kanye West had to go up on stage to defend his good friend Queen B, just like his famous “Imma let you finish” incident with Taylor Swift. This time, he went up on stage with a smile just poking fun at himself.

2. Last week I wrote about the confirmation of Bruce Jenner’s transition into a woman, but that is no longer the case.

On February 7th, Bruce was involved in a terrible car accident with fatal results. His car hit a Lexus which was then hit by another car and eventually was pushed in front of a Hummer. The woman driving the Lexus sadly didn’t survive the crash.

Fatal Crash-Malibu

This experience has been traumatic for Jenner and he wishes to focus on making everything right and finding peace after this tragedy, so, understandably, he is putting his transition on hold.

3. “American Sniper” has finally lost its number one spot in the box office. Who stole their spot at the top? It couldn’t be the new Spongebob Squarepants movie, could it?

It could.

Box Office

“The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” came in first place making $56 million opening weekend. My only thought is that maybe everyone decided to get together and have fun at a bad movie. Nevertheless, this goofy movie took first, followed by “American Sniper” and then “Jupiter Ascending” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. At least that movie didn’t take first, because I’m not sure anyone really knows what it’s about.

4. Spongebob shouldn’t get too comfortable in that first place position because come February 14, theaters across America will be filled with women flocking to see “50 Shades of Grey.”

To be more specific, actually, I should have said theaters in the south.

Britain Fifty Shades of Grey Premiere

Ticket sales for this movie are already huge in the southern states, especially in Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama. Who knew the southern girls were so enticed by this guilty pleasure?

I really think everyone is a little curious about this movie, but I’m sorry in advance to all you guys who get dragged to see it by your girlfriends. We all know it’s inevitable.

5. On his last episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced his plans to leave the program.

TV Jon Stewart

He will be missed. Fans posted all over social media about it, and the president of Comedy Central, Michelle Ganeless, spoke out about it as well, explaining how much of an asset Stewart and his talent were to the station and how he will always be a part of their Comedy Central community.

He won’t be leaving just yet, but it is likely to be in September when his contract expires.

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