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Mississippi entertainment museum taps 5 for Hall of Fame

Jan. 18, 2022 19:01 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three musicians and two writers will be inducted into the hall of fame at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. The museum in Meridian is also known as the MAX. Museum leaders announced Monday at the state Capitol in Jackson that the...

Grammy Awards move ceremony to Las Vegas site in early April

Jan. 18, 2022 17:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2022 Grammy Awards will shift to an April show in Las Vegas after recently postponing the ceremony due to rising COVID-19 cases because the omicron variant. The awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, according...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 23-29

Jan. 18, 2022 09:18 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 23-29: Jan. 23: Actor Chita Rivera is 89. Actor-director Lou Antonio (“Cool Hand Luke”) is 88. Jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton is 79. Actor Gil Gerard is 79. Singer Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 74. Bassist-keyboardist Bill...

New this week: Mellencamp, Hilary Duff and 'Fraggle Rock'

Jan. 18, 2022 08:24 AM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi latest masterpiece, “A Hero,” comes to Amazon Prime Video on...

Ex-Alabama QB Jay Barker charged with domestic violence

Jan. 16, 2022 01:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, who is married to country music singer Sara Evans, was arrested Saturday on a felony domestic violence charge, Tennessee authorities said. Barker, 49, was booked into a Nashville county jail early Saturday morning,...

Country music star Jamey Johnson to become commercial pilot

Jan. 16, 2022 00:08 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Look up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a ... beard? You might not have known it, but country music star Jamey Johnson and his unmistakable whiskers spent a few days here and there and above Montgomery during the pandemic. After...

Ralph Emery, famed country music broadcaster, dies at 88

Jan. 15, 2022 19:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ralph Emery, who became known as the dean of country music broadcasters over more than a half-century in both radio and television, died Saturday, his family said. He was 88. Emery passed away peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by family, at Tristar...

Jimmy Buffett looks at 50 years after his 1st Key West gig

Jan. 15, 2022 03:11 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A profane phone call and Jimmy Buffett’s inability to keep his daily planner organized 50 years ago in Miami set in motion events that changed the music world. Those events made the singer-songwriter one of the most beloved entertainers in America. And one of the...

Lionel Richie to receive Gershwin Prize for pop music

Jan. 13, 2022 08:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lionel Richie will be honored all night long for his musical achievements. The Library of Congress said Thursday that Richie will receive the national library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He will be bestowed the prize at an all-star tribute in Washington,...

Tool, J. Cole, Stevie Nicks to headline Bonnaroo music fest

Jan. 11, 2022 19:28 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — J. Cole, Tool and Stevie Nicks will headline this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which is set to return after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic and weather. The lineup for the June 16-19 festival in Manchester, Tennessee, was released...