MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021

JANET JACKSON’s Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” was all JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’s idea . . . because he wanted to one-up BRITNEY SPEARS. That’s according to stylist Wayne Scot Lukas, who helped Janet get ready for the 2004 halftime show. He says Justin wanted to upstage Britney, MADONNA, and CHRISTINA AGUILERA, after they’d just made headlines a few months earlier by making out at the “VMAs”. The original idea was for Janet to be wearing a dress, and Justin would step on the back of the dress, pulling it off to reveal Janet wearing nothing but a PEARL G-STRING underneath.  But for whatever reason, they changed the plan and went with the nipple reveal instead. Wayne says, “I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years.  It was the most functioning wardrobe in history.  As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do.”

WILLIE NELSON wrote a letter to President Biden asking him to make the “High Holidays” an official National Holiday.  There’s also a petition at Change.org. If you’re not familiar, Willie and his fellow marijuana advocates consider April 20th through the 29th as the “High Holidays.”  April 20th is the infamous 4/20 . . . and April 29th is Willie’s birthday.  (He’ll be 88.) Now, if you’re already on board with this, then you probably know about Willie’s “first annual cannabis convention.”  It’s a virtual event called Luck Summit: Planting the Seed, and it’s going down April 26th through the 29th. There will be performances, cooking demonstrations, comedy routines, and other weed-related stuff.  They hope to “destigmatize, educate, and promote cannabis culture.”  Tickets start at $10, and proceeds will benefit the HeadCount Cannabis Voter Project, which is a pro-cannabis organization.

PRINCE PHILIP died Friday at the age of 99, and PRINCE HARRY arrived in the U.K. yesterday.  The funeral is set for next weekend.  MEGHAN MARKLE isn’t with him, but only because she’s pregnant and her doctor advised her not to go
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has played at a theater in Portland, Oregon every Saturday night for 43 years, and they didn’t break the tradition during the pandemic.  One guy came to the theater every Saturday night for 54 weeks to screen the movie.
MAREN MORRIS posted a video of herself wearing a fancy dress while cooking and then eating Mac & Cheese off the plaque that Spotify gave her for “The Middle” reaching a billion streams.  She was honoring a promise she made awhile back.
BLAKE SHELTON Tweeted a photo of himself holding a huge paddlefish he caught on a lake.  He captioned it, “I’ll bet some of y’all have never heard of a paddlefish.  We got them here in my home state.  Come to Oklahoma where the outdoors are always open.”
JENNIFER NETTLES’ next solo album is called “Always Like New”, but it’s NOT a country album.  It’s songs from American musicals, like “My Fair Lady” and “Oklahoma!”.  She says, “As a child who grew up in musical theater, this album feels like a homecoming to me.”  It drops June 25th.
Somebody asked SCOTTY MCCREERY and his wife Gabi to list their Top Five Quarantine Date Ideas.  They are:  Taking Walks with Their Dog Moose . . . Cooking Together . . .  Movie Night / “Bachelor” TV Night . . . Wine Night . . . and a Beach or Mountain Trip.
RICKY SKAGGS posted a photo on Friday of himself posing with his high school diploma, which he received LAST SUMMER.  It’s an honorary diploma because he was supposed to graduate in 1971 . . . but he got hired to tour with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley.  In between, a billion music awards.
TRACY LAWRENCE’s new album, Hindsight 2020, Volume 1: Stairway to Heaven Highway to Hell, will be out April 23rd.  He’ll be promoting it with a livestream concert on April 27th, which is four days later.
The tabloids are making a big deal out of the fact that JENNIFER LOPEZ still hasn’t put her engagement ring back on.
 NICK CANNON already has twins with MARIAH CAREY, and now he’s expecting a pair with his girlfriend.
 At the Masters yesterday, HIDEKI MATSUYAMA became the first Japanese man to win a major.
DENNIS RODMAN’s 18-year-old daughter Trinity just became the youngest American to score a goal in the National Women’s Soccer League.
ALEX RODRIGUEZ and a partner are buying the Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will play “Gong Show” host CHUCK BARRIS in a series for Apple TV+.
 The “Friends” reunion special has wrapped.  There’s no word when it’ll air, but we do know that the original set AND the fountain from the opening credits were utilized.
Vince Gill is 64.

David Letterman is 74.

Ed O’Neill is 75.

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