Entries in Melissa Etheridge (6)


Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Lynn Michaels Resolve Custody Battle

Paul Warner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After some heated bickering from both sides, Melissa Etheridge and her former spouse, Tammy Lynn Michaels, have reached an agreement in their custody battle. reports that the ex-couple will share joint custody of their five-year-old twins. Michaels will also earn an unspecified increase in partner and child support; she’d been getting $23,000 per month prior to this settlement.

In separate court filings last month, Michaels claimed Etheridge taught their twins to treat her poorly, while the musician alleged Michaels is an “angry and vindictive” woman.

Etheridge and Michaels split in 2010.

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First-Ever Nirvana Song to Be Performed Wed. Night on 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Spoiler alert -- American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told Ryan Seacrest that Wednesday night's show will feature the first-ever performance of a Nirvana song on Idol.  Lythgoe said that Casey Abrams, who missed last week's results show due to illness, will perform the band's signature hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  The theme for the show Wednesday night is "Songs from the Year You Were Born," and Casey was born in 1991, the year Nirvana became superstars.

Other spoilers for Wednesday's show: Lythgoe revealed that Thia Megia will sing Colors of the Wind from the 1995 movie Pocahontas.  

And on Tuesday, Melissa Etheridge tweeted that one of her songs would also be performed, but she didn't say who would be singing what.

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Melissa Etheridge Joining Cast of 'American Idiot' on Broadway

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Melissa Etheridge joined the cast of the Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet for one night only.  Now, she's heading back to the Great White Way to join the cast of another show, for an entire week.

According to her official website, Etheridge will take over the role of St. Jimmy in the Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot, based on the Green Day album of the same name.  The part has been played in recent weeks by Green Day's own Billie Joe Armstrong.  The character of St. Jimmy is a drug dealer who leads the main character, Johnny, astray.

Her stint in the show will run from Feb. 1st-Feb. 6th.

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Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and More Perform on CBS Special

Photo Courtesy - CBS Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin and Melissa Etheridge are among the performers on this year's CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing Wednesday night at 8:00 ET.

Now in its 12th year, the special raises awareness of foster care and adoption, and also finds homes for kids who need placement.

Etheridge, who's making her third appearance on the special, tells the New York Daily News, "You can't just beat it for the feeling of the season, or what this season is about.  This is about understanding, giving, gratitude and's not about selling anything.  It's about bringing hope and light and love into other people's lives."

She adds, "This show puts children into families and homes."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Stars Dish On How They'll Be Spending Halloween This Year

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stars love Halloween, but maybe that's because it's a rare chance for them to go out in public without being recognized.  Here's a roundup of how some stars, and their kids, are celebrating Halloween this weekend:

-- If a car approaches you in Los Angeles on Halloween and someone in that car offers you all the candy you want, don't run the other way -- it just might be Janet Jackson.  She tells ABC News Radio, "I like to get those plastic laundry bags, and fill it with candy, and drive around and just give it to kids....we drive around in the car and let them take as much as they want."

-- Jon Bon Jovi has four kids, and he says his two youngest ones have their costumes all planned out -- for the moment.  He says his son Romeo "is some character called Toad," admitting, "I don't know what that is."  And his son Jacob is "some kind of zombie ninja something-or-other, the bloodier the better for him."  But, he adds, "You know as well as I know it, it will change between now and the weekend."

-- Jesse McCartney says he hasn't done much for Halloween in recent years, but he and his buddies have a big plan for a costume this year: they want to go as Blackberry Emoticons.  McCartney says, "We wanna paint our faces yellow, and put on white t-shirts, and then draw...all the faces: happy, sad, embarrassed, sick... one guy will be green...I think it'd be kinda fun."

-- Melissa Etheridge has four kids, and she says her two older ones are still way into Halloween.  She says her son plans to go as a backyard this year -- she explains, "He dresses up all in Astroturf."  Etheridge's friend Crystal Bowersox says her little son Tony has been pretending to be a dog lately, so she might dress him as a puppy.  Alternately, Bowersox says, "Maybe I'll be Snoopy and he's Woodstock or something," adding, " We're gonna do a family Halloween.  It's gonna be really cheesy, horrible and over-the-top."

-- Taio Cruz says that he plans to go as "the most evil thing in the world -- a lawyer."  He'll just wear a suit, he says.  Otherwise, he adds, "I'll be a Jedi or something like that, and go hang out with some friends."

-- Carrying on a joke he's been doing for the past 40 years, Donny Osmond says, "I'm gonna dress up and be somebody really, really scary.  I'm gonna dress up as Marie."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Musicians Help Launch Pinktober Campaign

Photo Courtesy - ANGELES) -- Melissa Etheridge and Crystal Bowersox helped launch the Hard Rock International's Pinktober campaign, benefiting breast cancer research, Tuesday in Hollywood. Both musicians performed at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood as part of the event. Etheridge, an ambassador for the campaign, said, "I think that the awareness has definitely gone up in our world and society about breast cancer. Unfortunately, I think it's because too many of us are being touched by it."  Each year's Pinktober event involves the sale of exclusive merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

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