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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2019 file photo shows Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan at the 20th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Dugan has fired back at the Recording Academy with a complaint claiming she was retaliated against after reporting she was subjected to sexual harassment and gender discrimination during her six-month tenure. Lawyers for Dugan, who the academy placed on administrative leave last week, filed a discrimination case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday. In the complaint, she claims she was subjected to sexual harassment from the academy’s general counsel. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)

Ousted Grammy chief suggests awards are tainted

Jan. 23, 2020 5:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The ousted head of the Grammy Awards says that music's biggest awards are tainted because of conflicts of interest that infect how certain songs and artists are nominated. Nevertheless, Deborah Dugan said in an interview on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Thursday that she...

This combination of photos shows, from left, Randy Newman, Cynthis Erivo, Idina Menzel, Elton John and Chrissy Metz who will perform nominated songs at the 92nd Oscars on Feb. 9. (AP Photo)

Elton John, Erivo, Menzel, Metz among Oscar performers

Jan. 23, 2020 4:48 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The singers from five Oscar-nominated songs will reprise their performances live at next month's Academy Awards. Producers said Thursday that best actress nominee Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman will perform during the Feb. 9 ceremony. Erivo will...

Flanked by supporters, Joycelyn Savage, center, one of R&B singer R. Kelly's girlfriends, walks out of the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse, Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020, in Chicago. Savage pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly punching another of the the R&B singer's girlfriends in the face. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

R. Kelly girlfriend can return to Kelly home for belongings

Jan. 23, 2020 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday agreed to allow a girlfriend of R. Kelly retrieve her belongings from the singer's home in Trump Tower in Chicago, where authorities say she assaulted one of Kelly's other girlfriends earlier this month. Joycelyn Savage was in court for a hearing concerning the...

FILE - This Feb 15, 2016 file photo shows Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards  in Los Angeles. Howard's solo album “Jaime” is up for two Grammy Awards at Sunday's ceremony. Her song “History Repeats” competes for best rock performance and best rock song. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Brittany Howard looks past and forward ahead of the Grammys

Jan. 23, 2020 1:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Leaving a successful band is never easy. For Brittany Howard, stepping away from the roots-rockers Alabama Shakes wasn't easy — but it was necessary. “Being on my own was really important to me creatively. It was a really big risk and it was a really big choice,” the...

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Review: ALA.NI aces on an astounding a capella adventure

Jan. 23, 2020 1:47 PM EST

ALA.NI, “ACCA” (ALA.NI) Paris-based, London-born ALA.NI's second album, “ACCA,” astounds with its artistry, an adventurous, almost-all a capella recording whose intricate arrangements and instantly-familiar melodies prove irresistible. The self-produced “ACCA” expands on...

This combination of photos shows, top row from left, Jack Antonoff, Joshua Bell, Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr., bottom row from left, Common, ballerina Misty Copeland, Lang Land and Cyndi Lauper who will perform

After 40 Years, Grammy show producer bows out his way

Jan. 23, 2020 12:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With this Sunday’s Grammy ceremony to be his last after 40 years of producing it, Ken Ehrlich could be excused for creating a few moments in the show to look back on his own legacy, which includes creating indelible moments that will live in pop consciousness forever: Aretha...

Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins plays the piano wearing bionic gloves at his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Martins, 79, was for decades Brazil's most acclaimed pianist, but an accident an a degenerative disease forced him to stop playing with both hands since 1998. That changed a few months ago when a new friend came to him with a pair bionic gloves that suit him perfectly. He can now play again with nine out of ten fingers. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

'Magic' gloves let acclaimed Brazilian pianist play again

Jan. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days before Christmas, renowned pianist João Carlos Martins summoned his friends to a Sao Paulo bar so he could show off the best gift he'd received in years: a new pair of bionic gloves that are letting the 79-year-old play with both hands for the first time in more than two...

Olivia Colman poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a television series, drama for

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Jan. 23, 2020 9:49 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of of Jan. 26-Feb. 1. Jan. 26: Sports announcer-actor Bob Uecker is 85. Actor Scott Glenn is 81. Singer Jean Knight is 77. Actor Richard Portnow ("Trumbo," ''The Sopranos") is 73. Drummer Corky Laing of Mountain is 72. Actor David Strathairn is 71. Musician Lucinda Williams is 67....

Authors defending college employee fired for Facebook post

Jan. 23, 2020 8:41 AM EST

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Prominent authors, academics and free speech advocates have come to the defense of a Massachusetts college employee who was fired over a satirical Facebook post about Iran bombing the U.S. Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates and Rosanne Cash are among those supporting Asheen Phansey,...

Acquaah, Boyd lead Cal Baptist's 85-53 rout of Chicago State

Jan. 23, 2020 12:44 AM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Milan Acquaah and Brandon Boyd scored 22 points apiece as California Baptist easily defeated Chicago State 85-53 on Wednesday night. Tre Armstrong had seven rebounds for California Baptist (14-5, 4-1 Western Athletic Conference), which won its fourth consecutive game. De'jon Davis...