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Special Programming Update: VH1 To Honor The Memory Of Whitney Houston [Updated]

The news of Whitney Houston‘s tragic passing sent shockwaves through the music industry last night. Houston’s legacy as one of the greatest and most popular vocalists of all-time is undeniable, and it will be days, if not weeks, before we’re all able to fully process this awful news.

As a way to pay tribute to Houston’s singular talent, VH1 will be reshuffling our regularly scheduled programming over the next few days. Among the broadcasts, we will be airing the VH1 News special Whitney Houston: Death Of a Diva Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT (note that this is at a different time than we previously reported). Here’s a list of all of our coverage in honor of Houston:

  • VH1 will be airing a special, one-hour long block of Whitney’s best music videos from 10-11 a.m. and from 3-4 p.m. ET/PT today (Sunday, 2/12). You can also tune into VH1 Soul all weekend long to catch some of Whitney’s most memorable and iconic video moments.
  • Monday morning’s edition of Big Morning Buzz Live will provide updates on the tragedy and feature reactions of celebrities attending the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles this evening.
  • On Monday, February 13th at 8 p.m. ET/PT, VH1 will premiere a VH1 News special, Whitney Houston: Death Of a Diva, that honors the life and times of Whitney Houston. It will feature the latest updates on events surrounding her death, as well as reactions from attendees at her mentor music mogul Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy Awards music industry party, as well as tributes from officials, artists and executives and fans.
  • Our latest installment of The Greatest series, the 100 Greatest Women In Music, premieres Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. These specials will air each weeknight and will acknowledge the tremendous loss and salute Houston’s legacy and wide-ranging influence.
  • VH1 Classic will be airing a 3-hour A to Z Whitney Houston video retrospective on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT and again at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
  • On Thursday, February 16th, VH1 will debut a new special celebrating Whitney Houston’s legacy, which included appearances on VH1 Divas in 1999 and 2003, as well as VH1 Honors in 1996.

Stay tuned to our new music blog, VH1 Tuner, for more updates on the life and passing of one of the all-time greats, Miss Whitney Houston.

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VH1 To Re-Air Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America At 10 P.M. On Friday, February 3

Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius was found dead in his Los Angeles home yesterday of an apparent suicide. The news came as a huge shock to the legions of people that he had influenced, and as a way to celebrate the life of Don Cornelius and the impact that he had on popular culture, VH1 will be re-airing our 2010 Rock Doc, Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America tomorrow night (that’s Friday, February 3) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The doc is narrated by Terrence Howard, and includes feature performances and great moments from the show, as well as behind-the-scenes stories and memories from the cast and crew.

RELATED: T.I. And Tiny Discuss Don Cornelius’ Legacy And Address Some Pregnancy Rumors On 106 And Park

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Bob Dylan And Olivia Harrison To Present Martin Scorsese With The Music+Film Award At 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

There’s only one more day until the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are broadcast on VH1! A special, online-only red carpet special will be shown on CriticsChoice.VH1.com beginning at 6 p.m. EST tomorrow night, followed by the broadcast of the gala live from Los Angeles on VH1 starting at 8 p.m.

This morning, we’re excited to announce that Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan and Olivia Harrison will be on hand to present the Music+Film Award to recipient Martin Scorsese. Additionally, Oscar winner George Clooney is set to present Sean Penn with the prestigious Joel Siegel Award. There’ll also be tons of other A-List talent on hand to present awards and walk the carpet; check out the following press release to get an idea of who that includes!

LEONARDO DICAPRIO, BOB DYLAN AND OLIVIA HARRISON TO PARTICPATE IN MARTIN SCORSESE MUSIC+FILM AWARD TRIBUTE AT THE
17TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

GEORGE CLOONEY TO PRESENT SEAN PENN WITH THE JOEL SIEGEL AWARD

MELISSA MCCARTHY, OWEN WILSON, KIRSTEN DUNST, DUSTIN HOFFMAN, DIANE KRUGER AND PAUL RUDD AMONG THE MANY PRESENTERS

Award Ceremony to Broadcast Live on VH1 Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET/PT

(SANTA MONICA, CA – January 11, 2012) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that Leonardo DiCaprio and Olivia Harrison will present Hugo director Martin Scorsese with the Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award, in addition to a special musical tribute from Bob Dylan at the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Hosted by comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, the show will air live for the fifth straight year on VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

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Sean Penn To Be Honored With The Joel Siegel Award At This Year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

The 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are set to air this Thursday, January 12, only on VH1. Hosts Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel are presiding over the festivities, which will not only feature a bevy of Hollywood’s A-List in attendance, but will also include Martin Scorsese receiving the Music + Film Award. This morning, we just received the news that the ceremony will also pay tribute to Sean Penn, who is being honored with the Joel Siegel Award for his contributions to humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

The full press release is below.

SEAN PENN TO RECEIVE JOEL SIEGEL AWARD
AT THE 17th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

GEORGE CLOONEY TO PRESENT AWARD TO PENN

AWARDS CEREMONY TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON VH1
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT

(SANTA MONICA, CA – January 9, 2012) — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today that renowned actor and humanitarian Sean Penn will be presented with the fifth annual Joel Siegel Award at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The award will be presented by fellow actor and 13-time Critics’ Choice Award nominee George Clooney. The ceremony will air live on VH1 on Thursday, January 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

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Catch Up With This Year’s CCMA-Nominated Pictures On DIRECTV CINEMA

The 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are coming your way at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on Thursday, January 12, and are airing only on VH1. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars will be on hand as the Broadcast Film Critics Association honors the best cinematic achievements of this year.

If you haven’t seen some of the films and performances that are competing for prizes at this year’s ceremony, the holidays are a perfect time to catch up on this year’s most choice cinematic offerings (check out all of the 2012 CCMA nominees here). Our friends over at DIRECTV CINEMA have a number of this year’s biggest films, including Best Picture nominees The Help, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball and The Tree of Life, available to watch right now, in the comfort of your own living room. DirecTV is also encouraging you to vote for your favorite movie nominee on their Facebook page.

by (@unclegrambo)

Catch Up With This Year’s CCMA-Nominated Pictures On DIRECTV CINEMA

The 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are coming your way at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on Thursday, January 12, and are airing only on VH1. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars will be on hand as the Broadcast Film Critics Association honors the best cinematic achievements of this year.

If you haven’t seen some of the films and performances that are competing for prizes at this year’s ceremony, the holidays are a perfect time to catch up on this year’s most choice cinematic offerings (check out all of the 2012 CCMA nominees here). Our friends over at DIRECTV CINEMA have a number of this year’s biggest films, including Best Picture nominees The Help, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball and The Tree of Life, available to watch right now, in the comfort of your own living room. DirecTV is also encouraging you to vote for your favorite movie nominee on their Facebook page.

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Hugo And The Artist Lead 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

The 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be airing on VH1 at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, and this year’s event promises to be one of the most star-studded in the 17 years that it has been held. The nominees for this year’s prizes were announced this morning, and are based on votes from the members of Broadcast Film Critics Association. The show has an excellent record for predicting who will get nominated (and eventually win) for the Oscars, so if you’re a movie hound, now’s the time to pay close attention.

Hugo, Martin Scorsese‘s fantastical 3D trip back to Paris in the Roaring Twenties, and The Artist, the French silent film, lead this year’s nominees with 11 nods apiece. It will be a particularly big night for Scorsese, who is the only nominee who is guaranteed to be walking home at the end of the night with a trophy; as we previously announced, the 69 year-old auteur is being honored with this year’s Music + Film award.

Trailing these two frontrunners are Drive and The Help, each of which racked up eight nominations; Drive landed noms for Best Picture, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), and Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), and The Help is up for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain AND Octavia Spencer) and Best Acting Ensemble. Following closely behind is The Descendants, which scored seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Alexander Payne, and Best Supporting Actress and Best Young Actor/Actress for Shailene Woodley.

Other big name nominees this year include Brad Pitt (Best Actor, Moneyball), Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor, J. Edgar), Meryl Streep (Best Actress, The Iron Lady), and Charlize Theron (Best Actress, Young Adult). And, in an interesting twist, Andy Serkis got nominated for his work as the ape Caesar in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes — which, if you saw the movie, you’ll know was a fully computer animated performance. (Also, shout-out to our old Best Week Ever panelist Patton Oswalt, who landed a Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Young Adult).

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The complete list of this year’s nominees are below:

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VH1′s 40 Winningest Winners Of 2011 [Complete List]

Is it that time of the year already? 2011 went by in the blink of an eye, and if your year was half as nutty as ours (or Charlie Sheen‘s), you barely remember any of it. Enter VH1′s 40 Winningest Winners Of 2011, our two-hour compilation of all the moments that people will remember when they think back—fondly or otherwise—on this year. The show debuts tonight at 7 p.m. ET/PT and will run until 9 p.m., but if you miss it tonight, you should check out the show page to see when repeats are airing.

For the completist in you, sit back with a glass of Tiger Blood, fire up Angry Birds on your iPad, crank your copy of Adele‘s 21 up to 11, and enjoy our complete list of this year’s most memorable people and events. #winning

VH1′s 40 Winningest Winners Of 2011
40. Charlie Sheen (See TheFABLife’s Charlie Sheen coverage)
39. Pippa Middleton (Check out hot photos of Pippa at TheFABLife)
38. Deena Cortese (Don’t miss our interview with Deena about “peens” and Lean Cuisine’s)
37. Planking
36. US Soccer
35. T.I. (Related: Complete coverage of T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle)
34. Joseph Baena
33. Steven Tyler
32. Eden Wood (More interview footage of Eden over at BWE.tv)
31. Tiger Moms

Keep reading to see the Top 30 of VH1′s 40 Winningest Winners of 2011!

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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored At 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Martin Scorsese is, perhaps, the consummate auteur: Every single shot in every single one of his films is meticulously planned out and serves the greater good. From his ability to tell a story to the way he’s able to get outstanding performances out of his actors to the way he collaborates with his cinematographers, there’s no denying that he’s one of the film medium’s true masters. However, perhaps his single greatest asset as a filmmaker is the way that he’s been able to marry visuals with outstanding pieces of music throughout his career. For this particular skill, Martin Scorsese will be honored with the Music + Film Award at the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will be airing at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Whether it’s Robert De Niro’s entrance in Mean Streets to “Jumpin Jack Flash” or the agonizing final moments of Casino set to “The House Of The Rising Sun” by The Animals, Scorsese is a virtuoso when it comes to pairing music and images to set a very specific mood. To see what we mean, take a look at this scene from his 1990 film Goodfella, scored to “And Then He Kissed Me” by The Crystals, which many consider to be one of the finest scenes in cinematic history:

The following press release about the award just hit the wires, read all about it…

MARTIN SCORSESE TO RECEIVE MUSIC+FILM AWARD AT THE
17TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

AWARD CEREMONY TO BROADCAST LIVE ON VH1
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT

SANTA MONICA, CA – December 6, 2011 – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that Hugo director Martin Scorsese will receive the Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The show will air live for the fifth straight year on VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Hoopz Gives Shaq A Piggyback Ride (!!!)

With all apologies to Flavor Flav, Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander and Shaquille O’Neal might just be the greatest couple of this or any time. Last night, the lovebirds appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed one of the more amazing feats we have ever laid eyes on. Much has been made of the couple’s hilarious height differential, so when the 7’1″, 325 lb. Shaq Diesel boasted to Kimmel that his 5’2″, 120 lb.(ish) ladyfriend gave him piggyback rides around Shaq-apulco (his mansion), the talk show host naturally demanded proof.

Moments later, Hoopz materialized from the green room—while wearing heels, no less!—and proceeded to hoist her mammoth man onto her back. Amazingly, she was able to carry him across the entire stage before wiping out. We’ve captured the moment in GIF form for you below, which you can appreciate over and over and over again.

Full video of this momentous feat after the jump.

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