Action film "Avengers: Infinity War," TV series "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments," singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and rapper Nicki Minaj were among the big winners Sunday at the 44th annual People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
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A monument dedicated to singer Leon Russell will be unveiled in Tulsa on Saturday.
Russell, who grew up in Tulsa, died in his sleep in Tennessee on Nov. 13, 2016. He was 74.
Russell was known for his mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, folk, country and blues during his 60-year career. His signature hits included “Tight Wire,” “A Song for You,” “Lady Blue,” “This Masquerade” and “Delta Lady.”
Nearly $50,000 was raised through GoFundMe by the committee responsible for the monument.
Meg Ryan has made a big announcement.
After dating for years, and even breaking up for a time, she and John Mellencamp are engaged, USA Today reported.
The star of such romcoms as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday with a hand-drawn picture of the couple.
Ryan was previously married to Dennis Quaid and dated Russell Crowe after she and Quaid divorced, USA Today reported.
She has two children -- a son with Quaid and a daughter adopted in 2006 after their divorce.
Mellencamp has been married three other times and has five children from his past relationships.
Ryan and Mellencamp dated for three years, but broke up in 2014, People magazine reported. He dated Christie Brinkley, but they broke up in 2017 and he and Ryan resumed their relationship then, USA Today reported.
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, who turned 75 on Wednesday, has used a rare blend of rock, folk, pop and jazz to create an eclectic catalog of work.
Here are some fun facts about the singer:
Mitchell has written hits for herself -- “Help Me,” “Free Man in Paris,” “Big Yellow Taxi” -- and has penned big-selling songs for others. “Help Me” reached No. 7 on the pop charts in June 1974 and was her highest-charting single on the Top 40. The song also went to No. 1 on the easy-listening charts, Rolling Stone reported. The album “Court and Spark” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and remained there for four weeks.
“Both Sides Now” was a hit for Judy Collins and was featured in the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young covered Mitchell’s song, “Woodstock,” and while the song was a hit for the quartet, Mitchell did not attend the music festival in upstate New York in 1969.
Mitchell was nominated for 16 Grammy Awards and won eight -- one was a lifetime achievement award that she received in 2002. She won her first Grammy in 1970 for best folk performance or recording for “Clouds.”
According to her website, Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson on Nov. 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada. Her father, William Anderson, was a grocer, and her mother. Myrtle McKee Anderson, was a teacher.
Mitchell was married and divorced twice. She was married to Chuck Mitchell from 1965 to 1967, and to Larry Klein from 1982 to 1994.
Mitchell has one child, with Brad MacMath, her boyfriend from Calgary. Kelly Dale Anderson was born in February 1965 and was put up for adoption. She was renamed Kilauren Gibb, CNN reported. The girl’s identity was kept private until 1993, and Mitchell was reunited with her daughter in March 1997.
Mitchell contracted polio as a 9-year-old, according to her website.
She attended the Alberta College of Art in Calgary for two years (1963-1964).
Mitchell was hospitalized in March 2015, and in June it was revealed she had suffered from a brain aneurysm, CNN reported.
Mitchell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May 1997.
Images of public figures named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive through the years.
Pop star Rihanna has a special message for President Donald Trump: Stop playing my music at your rallies.
Hours after tweeting her support for Democrat Andrew Gillum in the Florida governor's race, the Grammy Award-winning singer learned that one of her songs was playing at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee – and wasn't pleased.
It all started when the Washington Post's Philip Rucker shared the following tweet from the rally:
"It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics," he wrote. "Currently, Rihanna’s 'Don’t Stop the Music' is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it."
Everyone except Rihanna, that is.
"Not for much longer ... me nor my people would ever be at or around one of these tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip," she replied.
Rihanna isn't the first musician to fire back at Trump over his song selections. Just last week, Pharrell Williams threatened to sue the president for playing "Happy" at a rally held the same day as the deadly Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, USA Today reported.
Pop star Ariana Grande released a new single shortly before ex-fiance Pete Davidson hit the stage on "Saturday Night Live."
In the song, called "Thank U, Next," Grande thanks her former boyfriends – including Davidson and Mac Miller, who died from a suspected overdose in September – for helping her learn and grow.
"Even almost got married / And for Pete, I'm so thankful / Wish I could say, 'Thank you' to Malcolm / 'Cause he was an angel," she sings in the first verse.
>> Listen to the song here (WARNING: Lyrics contain profanity.)
Grande referenced the song's title last week in a now-deleted tweet slamming Davidson after he appeared to joke about the pair's whirlwind romance and broken engagement in a "Saturday Night Live" promo.
"Hey Maggie, I'm Pete," he told musical guest Maggie Rogers in the clip. "Wanna get married?"
"No," Rogers said, to which Davidson replied, "0 for 3." (Davidson previously was engaged to Cazzie David, daughter of comedian Larry David, according to NBC News.)
In an apparent response to the clip, Grande tweeted, "For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh," adding, "Thank u, next."
During this weekend's "SNL" broadcast, Davidson addressed the split – and Grande's song – on "Weekend Update."
"I know that some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is it's nobody's business, and sometimes things just don't work out and that's OK," Davidson said. "She's a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world."
Moments later, he joked: "I'm still a great song, though."
“Bohemian Rhapsody” opens this weekend in theaters, and the biopic film about rock ’n’ roll icon, Queen, is certain to draw interest from fans of the band that produced songs like “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
And, of course, the movie’s iconic title track.
Here are some fun facts about the song.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was written by lead singer Freddie Mercury and was released on Oct. 31, 1975. It was part of the album “A Night at the Opera” and clocks in at 5 minutes, 55 seconds.
The guitar riff that punctuates the song was written on the piano, guitarist Brian May told the BBC.
“The heavy bit was a great opportunity for us to be at full pelt as a rock band. But that big, heavy riff came from Freddie, not me,” May told the BBC. “That was something he played with his left hand in octaves on the piano. So I had that as a guide—and that’s very hard to do, because Freddie’s piano playing was exceptional, although he didn’t think so.”
The piano Mercury used to record the riff was the same one used by Paul McCartney when the Beatles recorded “Hey Jude.”
The song has several distinctive sections, opening as a ballad, stepping up the tempo with an operatic passage that crashes into hard rock. The song then slows down into a ballad-like coda.
The song has several terms that have been botched through the years: “Scaramouche” -- sometimes mispronounced by amateur singers as “Got a mooch” -- is a character that plays a fool in classic Italian opera. “Bismillah” -- no, not American conductor “Mitch Miller” (of “Sing Along With Mitch” fame) or even “Miss Miller” -- means “in the name of Allah.”
The video of “Bohemian Rhapsody” preceded MTV by six years and was made so the group did not have to appear on “Top of the Pops,” a hokey British music show.
“It was filmed with the express purpose of giving it to “Top of the Pops,” May told the BBC. “For those of us who remember it, it wasn’t a classy program.
“Top of the Pops” didn’t have a good reputation amongst musicians. Nobody liked it, really.”
The song went to the top of the pop charts for nine weeks in the United Kingdom and reached No. 9 in the United States in early 1976.
The song was long and quirky, but fans loved it. The headbanging scene in “Wayne’s World” when May’s guitar riff takes off remains a classic movie scene.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.
Weeks after Kanye West's headline-making meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, the rapper has announced that he is stepping away from politics.
In a Twitter thread Tuesday, West, who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat during a "Saturday Night Live" appearance last month and delivered a pro-Trump speech onstage after the show, said he has been "used to spread messages" he doesn't support.
"I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer," he wrote Tuesday afternoon.
"I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war."
He continued: "I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world."
West went on to claim that he wasn't involved with Blexit, a campaign led by conservative activist Candace Owens that encourages African-Americans to stop supporting the Democratic Party. Owens recently said West designed the "X" in the "Blexit" logo.
"I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it," West wrote.
"My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!"
Read the tweets below:
Fox has announced that the network’s next live musical will be the hit show “Rent.”
And the company has a few pretty big names cast as the leads.
Vanessa Hudgens will step into the role of Maureen. The character, who is a performance artist who protests a real estate development, was originally played by Idina Menzel on both stage and screen.
Hudgens starred as Rizzo in Fox’s live broadcast of “Grease” last year, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Maureen’s girlfriend Joanne will be played by Kiersey Clemons. Clemons is known for her roles on “Austin & Ally” and “Transparent.” She is also starring in the upcoming live-action version of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.”
Singer and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Jordan Fisher will play Mark Cohen , an aspiring filmmaker, originally played in both the Broadway musical and film adaption by Anthony Rapp.
Brennin Hunt and Tinashe will play Roger Davis, a singer, and Mimi Marquez an adult dancer, who fall in love and who are both HIV positive, EW reported. Valentina, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will play Angel, a drag queen and drummer who falls in love with professor Tom Collins.
Collins will be played by Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” opposite John Legend.
Mario, who was discovered at the age of 11 and signed a contract with Clive Davis three years later, will portray Benjamin Coffin III, the former roommate of Roger’s and Mark’s who is now developing his old neighborhood, according to Fox.
The musical’s signature song “Seasons of Love,” which is normally performed by the ensemble cast, will feature “The Greatest Showman’s” Keala Settle.
This isn’t the first time Settle lent her voice to “Rent.” She sang “Take Me or Leave Me” with Anika Larsen for “From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando.” in 2016.”
“Rent” won a Tony and Pulitzer prize during its original run in New York City. It was written by Jonathan Larson and is based on the opera “La Boheme.” Larson won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the book, music and lyrics. The show also won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical. Larson died Jan. 25, 1996, 10 days before his 36th birthday, according to Fox.
“Rent” will air live on Jan. 27, 2019 at 7p.m. ET on Fox. It will be played on tape delay for the Pacific time zone.
The live broadcast will be shot at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. and will be directed by the show’s original director Michael Greif who will oversee the stage direction, and Alex Rudzinski, who will oversee the live television side of the production.
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