No, That Wasn’t A Random Drunk Girl Photobombing Liam Payne

Fame is so fickle. You can start the evening on the red carpet, railing against sexism in the music industry. A couple of hours later, and you’re the “mystery drunk woman” photobombing British sweethearts Liam Payne and Cheryl.

Just ask Este Haim, whose attendance at Wednesday night’s Brit Awards in London was somewhat marred by her animated appearance as she sat behind the One Direction singer and his pop star partner during their interview with host Jack Whitehall. Take a look.

While viewers enjoyed the musician’s on-screen antics, many were slow to recognize her as the bassist from HAIM. The three sisters were at the Brits as nominees for the International Group Award.

The oldest Haim sister — who, we should point out, has the Twitter handle “Jizzie McGuire” — happily outed herself as the “drunk woman” Twitter was talking about. She also clarified that she was not drunk, “just living my truth.”

As Ireland’s The Daily Edge reports, she got the opportunity to clear the air about her scene-stealing moment during an interview with her sisters on BBC Radio 1. With host Nick Grimshaw’s help, she was able to call Cheryl on-air and offer her apologies (and congratulate the former Girls Aloud singer on the birth of her baby with Payne, Bear, who turns 1 in March).

“Some people on the internet are claiming that I may or may not have been, I don’t know, thumbing my nose, at the situation in front of me,” Haim said as her sisters doubled over in laughter. “But I just wanted to let you know, there’s no beef… we’re all friends here.”

Cheryl also got a personal invite to attend the Haim show this June. How could she possibly refuse?

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Barbara Alston, singer for girl group The Crystals, dies at 74

Barbara Alston, a singer for the ’60s girl group The Crystals that made its name with hits like “Then He Kissed Me,” has died at the age of 74. Alston’s daughter Donielle Prophete told BBC News that she died on Feb. 16 due to complications from the flu.

“She loved The Crystals,” Prophete told BBC News. “She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. She loved the sisterhood part of it, the traveling.”

The Crystals began in 1961 — besides Alston, the other founding members were Dee Dee Kennibrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia Wright, and La La Brooks. All five women had grown up singing in church, but Alston took the lead role. The group joined up with producer Phil Spector and helped him develop his  “Wall of Sound” technique. The group had success with singles like “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me,” but they also ran into controversy. Their 1962 song “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss),” written by Carole King, was controversial for its depiction of domestic violence, and Spector eventually pulled the song from rotation.

Alston left the group in 1964, but Prophete told BBC she never lost her love of music: “She would always sing around the house, especially around Christmas.”

Review: Brandi Carlile’s ‘By the Way, I Forgive You’ Is Righteous Americana

Cozy up to the year’s early standout: On her sixth LP, veteran songwriter Brandi Carlile teams up with co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb for a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop. Across the 10-track LP, the folk-tinged singer belts with gusto, whether offering nostalgic, harmonized forgiveness on album opener “Everytime I Hear That Song” or a shoulder to cry on with

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