Alicia Keys raises $3.8M at Keep a Child Alive gala
Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive foundation raised $ 3.8 million in one night.
Alicia Keys and her Keep a Child Alive foundation’s gala raised $ 3.8 million in one night at their 12th annual Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Keys was joined onstage by Chris Rock, who emceed the event, where Gayle King, Carmelo Anthony, Baz Luhrmann, Clive Davis, Lewis Hamilton, David Byrne, Maxwell, Nigel Barker and Mr. Shape up were all in stitches.
“The Splendid Gatsby” director Luhrmann revealed it was his first time at the gala, and he came because of his accurate friendship with Keys’ husband, Swizz Beatz, whom he nicknamed “Swizzy.”
“Alicia questioned me to come along and I said absolutely,” he told Confidenti@l. “I know her well and I know Swizzy. Swizzy was the first person, with Jay-Z, to see ‘Gatsby.’ He saw a rough cut very early on. I’ve known Swizzy for a long time.”
Lenny Kravitz and Wale later joined Keys on stage, who had in excellent health nicely from last week’s New York Marathon, telling us it was hard afterward.
“It was very hard to walk (the next day). Like the minute you sat down it was over for walking, it was really tough,” she told us. “I felt (I lost steam) at mile 23. I was like, ‘I can’t believe these three more miles. Where are they? Why is this taking so long?’ So that was where I started to have a meltdown, but I did it!”
Tom Cruise fixes his hair on the set of his new movie “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”
TOM ALMOST BLOWS HIS TOP ON SET
Someone shut Leah Remini up! Super Scientologist Tom Cruise looks perplexed and frustrated on the set of “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” as he grabs his head. But don’t worry, Remini, who penned a tell-all revealing why she left the Church of Scientology and details Cruise’s madcap behavior, hasn’t upset his work process. Cruise was simply fixing his hair in between takes on the action tap in New Orleans.
FERGIE IS FALL AND SUMMER WRAPPED UP IN ONE
Fergie mixes it up in a leather jacket, sweater and plaid shirt tied around her waist with a pair of torn Daisy Dukes. The singer was out at the park with her son, Axl.
SETH: I KEEPS THINGS CALM
Seth Rogen, star of the upcoming TV series “Preacher,” covers the new issue of Haute Living Magazine. Inside, Rogen poses with his wife, Lauren, and says people think he’s a larger mess than he really is. “People always think I’m going to be partying like I’m Pitbull … Pitbull lives the life people think I live,” he tells the mag.
Sarah Jessica Parker and her twin daughters rocked matching outfits out in SoHo.
SJP HAS MATCHING ACCESSORIES
My, how big they’ve gotten! Sarah Jessica Parker headed out with her twin girls, Marion and Tabitha, 6 years ancient, in SoHo, but the trio didn’t go unnoticed. Fashionable SJP, who wore a black hat and black sunglasses, dressed her little ladies a little brighter in matching daisy patterned pants and pink T-shirts that read “Pleased.”
TRAILBLAZING LANA WILL BE HONORED
Lana Del Rey will be honored with the Trailblazer award at Billboard’s Women in Composition show on Dec. 11.
Lana Del Rey will be honored with the Trailblazer award at Billboard’s Women in Composition show on Dec. 11 in New York. “Lana Del Rey has done things her way from the moment she first burst on the scene, and continues to make courageous and bold choices that defy convention,” said Janice Min, co-head and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. The 10th annual Billboard Women in Composition ceremony will air on Lifetime on Dec. 18.
HALLOWEEN’S OVER, CARMEN
Carmen Electra performed a sexy burlesque dance at Mynt Lounge, then stayed in her lingerie costume to pose with Joanna Krups after her number.
STARS SALUTE THE TROOPS
Paul Shaffer will take the stage on Nov. 11 for a Veterans Day concert.
Paul Shaffer has gone from leading The World’s Most Perilous Band to honoring America’s most courageous men and women. The former “Late Show with David Letterman” maestro will take the stage on Nov. 11 for a Veterans Day concert that also features Small Anthony, the Manhattan Transfer and Judy Collins. The show takes place at the New York The high classes for Ethical Culture on W. 64th St. and proceeds go to fighting post-traumatic stresss disorder (PTSD).
FROM HIP HOP TO ART FOR FAB 5
Last night, hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy hosted the opening of “The Artists We Know” exhibit, curated by Alfa Development’s CEO, Mike Namer. The exhibit previewed Fab’s works, which will be featured throughout new boutique hotel HGU New York. One insider at the exhibition tells us Fab, who had two of his Andy Warhol homage pieces featured, “had to turn down numerous requirements” from guests who were analytical about purchasing his pieces. “Despite the tempting offers, Fab kindly had to clarify the art was reserved for the new hotel,” said the guest.
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