Arts and Entertainment Trailblazers: The Spice Girls in 1997

The Eurythmics star told the girls to 'ham up' their individual personalities

Jessie J performs in her new music video for

Jessie J dismisses concerns about 'overtly sexualised' music videos

The singer has said that 'a responsibility from everyone' is needed for change

Miley Cyrus in the video for her new single 'Wrecking Ball'

Parents fear that 'toxic' music videos mean their children aspire to having casual sex

Eight out of ten children are repeating sexualised lyrics and copying provocative dance moves, according to a Netmums survey

Miley Cyrus has caused controversy by saying she sticks out her tongue so much because she 'keeps having mini strokes'

From Sinead O'Connor and Annie Lennox to Miley Cyrus and Rihanna: What we are watching is the blurring of pop with porn

We can't censor videos, but they do need to be contextualised

Elton John performing at his 'Brits Icon' concert at The Palladium in London

Sir Elton John handed first Brits Icon award by Rod Stewart

Sir Elton John has become the recipient of the first Brits Icon award after being presented with honour by Rod Stewart at a special concert at the London Palladium.

Jessie J said she'd like Adele or Emile Sandé to replace her on The Voice

Jessie J reveals she wants Adele or Emile Sandé to replace her on The Voice

Jessie J has revealed she would like Adele or Emile Sandé to replace her on The Voice following her departure from the BBC series.

David Weir celebrates with his son Mason after winning the men’s marathon T54 yesterday

Paralympic champion David Weir awarded freedom of the city of London 

Paralympic champion David Weir has been awarded the freedom of the city of London in recognition of his sporting achievements.

Dom Joly: Tired but happy at the end of my marathon

There can be few things more pleasurable in life than floating gently down the Ardèche river on a hot August day. A whole group of us rented kayaks and spent the day negotiating tiny rapids as though we were negotiating Niagara Falls in barrels. Although the river was full of other boaters, there were several stretches where we were totally alone in the shadow of magnificent rock walls that towered above us. The last time I'd done this descent, it was a sunny September day in 2001 when we returned to our house after a long day on the river only to turn on the television and see the second plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Centre. I remember wondering just what kind of world had we brought our little daughter Parker into.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Expansion – Review

Having begun to digest the first batch of DLC for Skyrim, I felt a slight sense of transformation come over me. Hair began to fall out, and my skin grew paler. I even began to appreciate the music of Annie Lennox. My teeth suddenly became sore and sharp, and I was no longer able to indulge in garlic-based meals.

Andy Murray in action at Wimbledon on Tuesday - where he was supported by a large entourage

The serious business of spectating

Andy Murray's Wimbledon box is awash with his management team – and not because they're fans, explains Tim Walker

Andy Murray in action at Wimbledon on Tuesday - where he was supported by a large entourage

The serious business of spectating at Wimbledon

Andy Murray's Wimbledon box is awash with his management team – and it's not because they're tennis fans...

Trending: Jeepers creepers, how'd you do those peepers?

Cheering news for fans of elaborate eye makeup who are shaky of hand or just butter-fingered.

Album: Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite Les Folies [Live In London] (Parlophone) (4/5)

Now is the season, it seems, of live-album stocking-fillers, the most flamboyant of which – and, it must be noted, the most winsome filler of those stockings – is this 2-CD/DVD package of Kylie's Aphrodite Les Folies stage show, recorded at the O2 Arena.

You shall go to the ball: Three starlets are living the Cinderella story

The gowns, the glamour, the glitz and the glory. The only difference? There's no chance of them disappearing at midnight, says Harriet Walker

Heads Up: Postmodernism

Why subverting style is more than just a knowing wink

Julie Burchill: Never mind the Lennox

I loathe London and visit it as little as I can. But on the the other hand, I find it hard to resist the sight of a self-deceiving tool making a spectacle of themselves. So I really do mean to make a special effort to visit the forthcoming V&A exhibition, "The House of Annie Lennox", which runs from next month until the end of February and to which admission is absolutely free. In such cash-strapped times, I foresee many a middle-class Mumsnetter using this outing in lieu of the traditional panto. It will certainly provide the usual prompts for audience debate and participation: "Annie Lennox is a hypocritical cow to criticise Rihanna for prancing around in her scanties when she regularly used to take her top off onstage back in the day!" "O no, she's not!" – "O yes, she is!" – and so on.

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