July 17, 2013 3:00 PM
Bruce Springsteen says Trayvon Martin is proof that America is just as racist now as it was in 1999 ... when NYC police officers fatally shot a black immigrant named Amadou Diallo. Springsteen, while performing in Limerick, Ireland, dedicating his song "American Skin (41 Shots)" to George Zimmerman's 17-year-old shooting victim. Fame can be a drug in itself. And according to friends of the late Cory Monteith, he never quite adjusted to the glittering claws of Hollywood. We now know his cause of death to be a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol and sources reveal how the burden of fame could have possibly encouraged his relapses: "Fame was hard for him. It was something he knew he deserved but somehow he never quite knew how to handle. The cast of Glee worked hard and partied hard. These aren't high school kids. They are adults who enjoyed the perks of fame." Who will win video of the year at the 2013 MTV VMAs? Will it be Justin Timberlake and his trip through time in Mirrors? Or Macklemore and his trip to the Thrift Shop? Either way, the two artists have already been honored with six nominations each, leading the pack of all-stars that includes Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and more.