Rihanna performed her hit singles "S&M" and "Only Girl in the World" live on NBC's "Today" show in Rockefeller Plaza. As I told you earlier Rihanna, will host the grand opening of the new Vision nightclub in Atlanta in July.

Keep it right here on Sandrarose.com for more details on this historic event! The new Vision will be the crown jewel of nightclubs in the South. And, of course, your favorite blogger (and 2 lucky readers) will be in the house!

Peep video of Rihanna's performance after the break!

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Disgraced New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Bishop Eddie Long has one thing in common with the late Michael Jackson: he paid serious bucks to make his sexual indiscretions go away quietly.

According to online reports, Long settled out of court with his 4 male accusers, who were teenagers of legal age when he plied them with cash and gifts in exchange for sex. Maurice Robinson, 21, Anthony Flagg, 22, Jamal Parris and another man, claimed the Bishop "coerced" and "enticed" them with exotic trips, clothing and cars. In one case, he paid the young man's college tuition.

Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy, said she anticipates " the lawsuits will be dismissed, with prejudice, by close of business tomorrow."

Long was a fierce opponent of gay marriage and often preached anti-gay sermons from the pulpit. All the while a fire burned inside him that only the touch of young boys could extinguish.

Long vigorously denied the allegations when the news broke last September. Throughout the ordeal the Bishop's long suffering wife and their four grown children stood beside him. Their support never wavered.

V-103 Morning Show co-host Frank Ski, a longtime member of New Birth, called an Atlanta blogger to show his support for his pastor, and to dispute allegations that his show was biased.

There are unconfirmed rumors that Long paid each man $1.5 million and an apology behind closed doors. But according to media personality Star Jones, who was in Atlanta yesterday, the terms of the settlement have not been made public.

So, in other words, don't believe the rumors.

According to Rod 2.0 (via Andre Allen), former CLiK model Maurice Murrell passed away Tuesday night of undisclosed causes.

Maurice was one of the first cover models of the re-launched CLIK in January 2006. That cover launched a career in modeling and film. The New Jersey- and New York City-based model appeared in numerous magazines, calendars, two coffee table books and the cover of Lee Hayes' Flesh to Flesh anthology. Mo also appeared in the film Finding Me and its new sequel Finding Me: Truth. Besides the CLIK cover, Maurice Murrell will be emembered by a generation of young gay men for his role in the film Finding Me and its new sequel Finding Me: Truth directed by Roger S. Omeus.

R.I.P. to that young man. And, don't forget to wrap it up kids.

Socialite Amber Rose shares the split covers of the June/July issue of VIBE magazine with rapper Rick Ross. Inside, she reluctantly acknowledges that her fleeting fame is due to the fact that her former sponsor, Kanye West, saved her and transported her from the seedy strip clubs to the red carpets of the world.

Still, she seems bothered (and a bit ungrateful) that all people ever want to talk about is what Yeezy taught her.

“What am I supposed to do? Crawl up in a corner and die ‘cause I’m not with Kanye anymore? Am I supposed to go back to the strip club and not take these opportunities that I have?”

“Kanye would always tell be how beautiful I was and that I was going to be iconic. He always said that, ‘Baby, you are iconic. You don’t understand what you have. I didn’t. I didn’t understand it.”

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Whether you love or hate Lady Gaga, you can't deny her influence in today's popular culture. She is the reigning #1 pop star in the world at least until Ciara scores that #1 hit song that's been eluding her since, like, forever. Gaga displayed her goodies in New York City last night as she got into her limo outside her hotel. Earlier in the day she appeared on the 'Dave Letterman Show'. Fans seeking to download Gaga's current album, Born This Way, for just .99 cents overwhelmed Amazon's robust servers on Monday. The lucky thousands who were able to download the mp3 could also register for 20 gigs of free cloud storage that came with the album.

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R&B singer Rihanna, 23, tried to recreate that same spark that Britney Spears and Madonna brought to the MTV Awards by kissing on the lips. But Brit foiled Rihanna's plans by turning her cheek at the last minute!

No matter what she did, Rihanna was unable to create any excitement during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards last night in Las Vegas. Her sex-charged performance of "S&M" with Britney Spears fell flat.

Nicki Minaj's performance of "Super Bass" also fell flat. Is it possible that audiences are beginning to tune out these mass produced, canned and vacuum packed artists?


Top Artist of the Year: Eminem
Top Album Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Digital Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist of the Year: Rihanna
Top Male Artist of the Year: Eminem
Viral Innovator of the Year: Cee Lo Green
Radio Artist of the Year: Rihanna
Fan Favourite of the Year: Justin Bieber
Icon Award: Neil Diamond
Millennium Artist Award: Beyonce
Top New Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Rap Artist: Eminem
Top Pop Artist: Lady Gaga
Top R&B Artist: Usher
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Latin Artist: Shakira
Top Dance Artist: Lady Gaga

Photos: Getty Images via Daily Mail

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards took place last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Singer Justin Bieber and rapper Eminem (who was a no-show) were the evening's big winners taking home 6 awards each with the 38-year-old rapper taking the top honor for artist of the year. Teen heartthrob Justin and his girlfriend Selena Gomez kissed passionately after he accepted his 2nd award.

Bieber, 17, won awards for top pop album, streaming artist and song, as well as social and digital media artist, according to Reuters.

Her star has faded but Rihanna can't be touched when her makeup is flawless and her hair is on point. Rihanna's ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to beating the breaks off her in 2009, didn't attend the awards.

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There's no doubt that musician Kanye West loves fancy clothes, fast cars and fast men. Yeezy also LOVES to make a Grand entrance.

Earlier this week, Kanye showed out in a chauffeur driven white convertible Maybach Landaulet Sedan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in France.

And yesterday, he arrived in style in a silver Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss roadster with a retail value of over $1 million!

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Former Xscape member Kandi Burruss celebrated her 35th birthday with friends and family at Straits Restaurant on Tuesday (May 17). L-R: Local rapper Rasheeda, Kandi, Tiny, Antonia Carter, hair stylist Derek J.
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Kandi and daughter Riley, 8

L-R: Ludacris' publicist Jamal Coleman; event planner Nicole Garner, and Taiye Samuel

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Troubled musician Kanye West and a male friend were spotted visiting tennis legend Boris Becker on his yacht in Antibes, France yesterday. Kanye greeted Boris and his wife, and he made small talk with a striking brunette. There was no sight of the mystery blond that Kanye was kissing on a balcony in Cannes in pictures that had tongues wagging earlier this week. One thing we do know: she isn't swimwear model Kate Upton.

Recording artist Keri Hilson performed live during the BMI Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California yesterday. Keri needs a hit song to keep up with the Jordin Sparks' and the Ciaras. She can only stand on red carpets looking pretty for so long before the paparazzi get bored with her.
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Kanye's ex-beard Amber Rose was spotted wearing red contacts in London today. The ex-stripper is having difficulty keeping the spotlight aimed on her for longer than a minute. Her romance with smoked out rapper Wiz Khalifa isn't bringing her the attention she had hoped for. So my spies tell me that the enterprising opportunist has her sights set on someone else who has the juice to keep her 15 minute clock running smoothly (no, it isn't Kanye).

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Remember when Bishop Eddie Long told his congregation that he had 5 rocks and he hadn't thrown one yet? Well, he just heaved one, according to the Atlanta Journal.

The AJC reports that the judge overseeing the Bishop Eddie Long sex scandal case has set a trial for late Summer. The news indicates that settlement negotiations that have been ongoing for months have broken down and the case will go to trial.

This is actually good news for Long and his dwindling flock over at New Birth Missionary Baptist church, which was once 25,000 members strong.

Long found himself embroiled in a sex scandal late last year when a young man alleged that Long coerced him and other young men into sexual relationships with him in exchange for clothing, cars and trips.

The pastor has long maintained that he gave the four male plaintiffs gifts, including cars, clothes and assistance with rent, but he denied that the endowments were in exchange for sex.

When the news first broke last November, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and the LongFellows Youth Academy filed responses saying they could not confirm or deny whether sexual misconduct took place.

But Long's attorneys pointed out that there was no law against having sex with consenting adults.

All of the plaintiffs admitted in news broadcasts and in court documents that they were fully grown men when the consenting sexual acts took place.