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R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Jun. 29, 2022 01:16 AM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer could be put away behind bars for a quarter-century or more when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal courtroom in New York City. ...

R&B hitmaker R. Kelly due in court for sex abuse sentencing

Jun. 29, 2022 01:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R& B star R. Kelly faces the possibility of a quarter century or more in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal sex trafficking case in New York. A jury found Kelly, 55, guilty of racketeering and other counts last year at a trial that was seen as a...

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Ken Williams dies at 83

Jun. 27, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Songwriter Kenneth “Ken” Williams, who wrote or co-wrote hundred of tunes for a vast array of performers, including Donny Hathaway, The Four Tops and Peaches & Herb, including The Main Ingredient's hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” has died. He was 83. ...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 3-9

Jun. 27, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 3-9: July 3: Actor Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”) is 82. Singer Judith Durham of The Seekers is 79. Actor Kurtwood Smith (“That 70s Show”) is 79. Country singer Johnny Lee is 76. Writer Dave Barry is 75. Actor Betty Buckley is 75....

Lamar closes Glastonbury with call for women's rights

Jun. 27, 2022 08:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rapper Kendrick Lamar has closed this year's Glastonbury Festival with a powerful headline set that saw him chant “Godspeed for women’s rights” as fake blood poured down his face from a crown of thorns. Lamar, 35, ended his new song “Savior” by chanting...

Sean 'Diddy' Combs receives lifetime honor at BET Awards

Jun. 27, 2022 03:45 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a speech about his own inspirational dream for the Black community, Sean “Diddy” Combs channeled the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while accepting the BET Awards' highest honor Sunday night. After Combs received his Lifetime Achievement...

Rick Astley revisits his career-making song with 'gratitude'

Jun. 23, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — How does Rick Astley handle one of his songs being part of the biggest internet meme of all time? He rolls with it, obviously. “Listen, let’s face it, ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has sort of become something else," he says. "The video and the song have drifted...

Chaka Khan, Ukraine tribute highlight Boston Pops show

Jun. 22, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the July Fourth holiday this year will feature guest artist and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan as well as a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday. The show at the...

UK's Glastonbury Festival welcomes back fans after pandemic

Jun. 22, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people are returning to England's Glastonbury Festival as the five-day music and performing arts event reopened Wednesday for the first time in three years after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival, which is marking its 50th...

Mariah Carey, Neptunes, Lennox in Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jun. 17, 2022 02:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After a glittering career stuffed with No. 1 hits — not to mention a two-year pandemic delay — Mariah Carey was finally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, but not before challenging her new fellow members to do better by women. "I read that...