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VINCE GILL, MAREN MORRIS GIVE OPINIONS ON GRAMMYS

NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Gill says it’s impossible for some group not to feel slighted at the Grammys. Gill says it might be that country artists feel underrepresented, or classical musicians. He says a lot of musicians don’t care about genres or color of skin or gender as much as they love playing music with great people. Maren Morris acknowledges the Recording Academy may need to change its makeup of voting members to make the Grammys more relevant. She says she’s proud that Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) won the best new artist Grammy this year, because Cara is “so talented.”

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017-a-15-(Vince Gill, country musician, in AP interview)-“by the wayside”-Country musician Vince Gill says inevitably, some group will feel underrepresented at the Grammys. (19 Feb 2018)

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018-a-11-(Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris, country musicians, in AP interview)-“with great people”-Country musicians Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris say most musicians don’t get caught up in categories. (19 Feb 2018)

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019-a-19-(Maren Morris, country musician, in AP interview)-“so so talented”-Country musician Maren Morris says the Recording Academy needs a shake-up, but women are breaking through with Grammy wins nonetheless. ((note length of cut)) (19 Feb 2018)

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020-a-13-(Emmylou Harris, country musician, in AP interview)-“kinds of things”-Country musician Emmylou Harris says sexual misconduct is a problem in the music industry, although she has not experienced it herself. (19 Feb 2018)

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DRAKE’S VIDEO BUDGET WAS THE SOURCE OF HIS GENEROSITY

NEW YORK (AP) — All that money that Drake has been giving away lately was his budget for his latest video. The video for “God’s Plan” opens with an announcement that Drake gave away nearly a million dollars meant to film the clip. Drake recently gave a $50,000 scholarship to a University of Miami student, paid for groceries for supermarket shoppers and donated money to a high school. Drake writes on Instagram he wants fans to do something to bring joy to someone else and tag him with details.

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014-w-42-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with sound of Drake performing “God’s Plan”)–Drake is challenging fans to do something nice for one another in a promotion connected to his new single, “God’s Plan”. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. ((opens and closes with music)) (19 Feb 2018)

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015-r-28-(Sound of Drake, performing “God’s Plan”)–Sound of Drake, performing “God’s Plan.” (19 Feb 2018)

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THE STATION FIRE MEMORIAL SERVICE POSTPONED TO MAY

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) —A ceremony to mark 15 years since the fire during a Great White concert killed 100 people in West Warwick, Rhode Island, had to be postponed because of a snowstorm. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation had planned to hold a service yesterday at a park built at the site of the 2003 fire. The National Weather Service predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow. A foundation spokeswoman says the ceremony has been rescheduled for May 20. The fire began when pyrotechnics during Great White’s first song ignited flammable foam installed for soundproofing.

“BLACK PANTHER” SOUNDTRACK IS NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” is not just the top box-office draw. The soundtrack is the top album in the country. “Black Panther: The Album” moved 154,000 units in its first week of release. The soundtrack features songs by The Weeknd, James Blake, Khalid (kah-LEED’), SZA (SIH’-zah) and Kendrick Lamar, who curated and produced the album. Last week’s number one, Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods,” falls to second place.

QUAVOS, BIEBER PLAY IN NBA ALL-STAR CELEBRITY GAME

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quavo of Migos brought his game to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday. He was named MVP after scoring 19 points to lead Team Clippers to a 75-66 win over Team Lakers. He also had five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. TV host Rachel DeMita led Team Lakers with 17 points. Justin Bieber had four points and two rebounds.

ADAM LEVINE’S WIFE GIVES BIRTH

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Levine is a dad again. His representative tells People magazine Levine’s wife, Behati Prinsloo, gave birth to a girl they’ve named Gio Grace Levine. Details on the birth were not given. They also have a 16-month-old daughter, Dusty Rose.

FANTASIA CANCELS CONCERTS

UNDATED (AP) — Fantasia has been forced to call off concerts while she deals with an injury and a personal tragedy. Her management issued a statement saying she called off Saturday’s show in Atlantic City, New Jersey and this coming Saturday’s show in Reading (RED’-ing), Pennsylvania. Fantasia’s doctor told her she needed more rest after suffering a knee injury. Fantasia’s oldest nephew recently died as well.

HARRY CONNICK JR.’S TALK SHOW WILL END

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This season of Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show will be his last. NBC says the show “Harry” will end after two seasons. Connick says in a statement he’s proud of the show and grateful for the opportunity. The show will tape through September.

WILLIE NELSON READY TO RELEASE ANOTHER ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) — Just a year after Willie Nelson released a full studio album, he’s ready to release another one. Nelson will put out “Last Man Standing” on April 29, his 85th birthday. It contains 11 new songs Nelson wrote with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon. Nelson put out the album “God’s Problem Child” last April 28.

WIDOW OF BASS PLAYER FOR AMERICA DONATES GUITAR TO STUDENT

SWEETWATER, Tex. (AP) — A college student whose guitar was destroyed in a dormitory fire now has a replacement, thanks to the widow of bassist David Dickey of the band America. Officials with Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater say Maggie Dickey donated an Epiphone electric guitar to Isaiah Ornelaz. She calls it one of her husband’s favorites. Orenelaz was one of more than two dozen students who lost their possessions in a fire in their dorm earlier this month. No one was hurt. A college employee posted a plea on Facebook to get another guitar for Ornelaz, an automotive technology student who is also an aspiring musician. David Dickey died in 2016.

by Margie Szaroleta

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