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Beyonce leads the Grammy nominees with 9, ahead of Kendrick Lamar and Adele
Pop superstar Beyonce led the line-up of Grammy Awards-nominated musicians on Tuesday in a showdown with Adele, Harry Styles and others for the grand prize of Album of the Year. Beyonce landed nine nominations for the highest honor in music. That took her career to 88 and tied her with husband Jay-Z as the most-nominated artist in Grammy history.
Singer Roberta Flack can no longer sing after being diagnosed with ALS
Grammy-winning musician Roberta Flack, whose hits include “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and can no longer sing, her representatives said Monday. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive disease, “has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak,” according to a statement from their publicists. “But it will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon.”
Actor Kevin Spacey faces more sexual assault charges in the UK
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has cleared seven more counts of charges against Oscar winner Kevin Spacey in a series of sexual assaults against a man between 2001 and 2004, it said on Wednesday. The new CPS charges include one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and others of indecent and sexual assault. The new charges follow a review of evidence collected by British police.
Weinstein’s defense challenges prosecutor Siebel Newsom as some charges are dropped
A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday denied allegations made by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom in his Los Angeles rape trial, and a judge dismissed some of the charges against the once-powerful film producer. Weinstein, the man who became the face of the #MeToo allegations five years ago, is serving a 23-year sentence in New York for sex crimes. He is now on trial in Los Angeles Superior Court and has faced 11 charges of rape and sexual assault.
‘Unprecedented’ demand for Taylor Swift tour crashes Ticketmaster website
Millions of Taylor Swift fans turned to Live Nation Entertainment Inc’s Ticketmaster website Tuesday for tickets to her first tour in five years, prompting regular cancellations and long online waits that often ended in disappointment. The ticketing site told fans via a statement on Twitter Tuesday morning that there were “temporary issues” that the company was “urgently” working to resolve.
The Museum of Broadway in New York opens with songs and sequins
Just off Times Square in the heart of New York’s theater district, a new Museum of Broadway has been designed to take fans behind the scenes of some of its biggest musicals. The 45th Street museum, which opens Tuesday, tells the story of how the Theater District came to be through music, videos, glittering costumes and walk-through sets. It also covers groundbreaking shows from West Side Story to Cats, with details on who’s doing what behind the scenes.
Along with Jay-Z, Beyoncé is the most nominated artist in Grammy history
Pop icon Beyonce on Tuesday received the most Grammy nominations of 2023 with a total of nine, which ranks her with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, as the most-nominated artist of all time. Beyonce and Jay-Z both have a combined 88 nominations for peer-voted music awards. Jay-Z received five 2023 nominations for contributions to Renaissance and DJ Khaled’s song “God Did.”
Adele returns to Las Vegas for late concerts
Music star Adele begins her Las Vegas residency on Friday, 10 months after she canceled shows at the last minute citing delays caused by COVID-19. The British singer-songwriter faced backlash online over the last-minute announcement in January, with some fans already traveling to Nevada for the concerts, titled Weekends with Adele.
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