LIFE GOES ON FOR THOMAS RHETT’S WIFE AFTER ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS
NASHVILLE (AP) — Thomas Rhett says he told his wife when he got six nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards. He says her response was, “Congrats, babe,” then they went to change a diaper. Chris Stapleton leads the ACM nominations with eight. He’s up for entertainer of the year, along with Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. If Miranda Lambert wins even one award, she will break the tie with Brooks and Dunn as the artists with the most ACM Awards, currently at 29. She’s nominated four times this year, including female vocalist of the year, an award she’s won eight times in a row. The ACMs are April 15 in Las Vegas and will air live on CBS.
004-w-30-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)–The Academy of Country Music Awards has released its nominees list in advance of the April 15 ceremony in Las Vegas. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports. ((opens with music)) (2 Mar 2018)
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REBA McENTIRE RETURNS TO HOST ACM AWARDS
NASHVILLE (AP) — Reba McEntire is back as host of the Academy of Country Music Awards. She has hosted or co-hosted the show more than anyone else. McEntire is also up for female vocalist of the year. The ACMs are April 15 in Las Vegas and will air live on CBS.
COMMON, DIANE WARREN, MARY J. BLIGE AMONG OSCARS COMPETITORS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Common says people look at him with songwriter Diane Warren and think of them as the “odd couple.” He tweets that’s because people view them only at the surface, when what unites them is their love for music. Common and Diane Warren are expected to attend the Oscars on Sunday as their collaboration, “Stand Up For Something” from the movie “Marshall,” competes for best original song. Mary J. Blige says she’s “proud, honored and ecstatic” to perform the song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” at the Oscars. She’s also up for best supporting actress for her role in the film. The other nominated songs are “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan (SOOF’-yan) Stevens from “Call Me By Your Name,” ”Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”
006-r-47-(Mary J. Blige, performing “Mighty River” from the film “Mudbound”)–Mary J. Blige, performing “Mighty River” from the film “Mudbound.” (2 Mar 2018)
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RAPHAEL SAADIQ EXPLAINS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND “MIGHTY RIVER”
ATLANTA (AP) — Raphael Saadiq had not seen “Mudbound” before he helped write the song “Mighty River” for it, but director John Singleton prepared him for things like that. Saadiq says Singleton would give him notes to films like “Boyz n the Hood” and “Higher Learning” but wouldn’t let him see the films before writing music for them. Saadiq says all he knew about “Mudbound” was what co-writer Mary J. Blige told him. He says he wanted to write a song about a river because he loves gospel songs that mention them, as well as songs like “Take Me To The River” by Al Green or “Down By The River” by Neil Young. Saadiq, Blige and co-writer Taura Stinson are nominated for the best original song Oscar for “Mighty River.”
DURAN DURAN’S NICK RHODES PREDICTS OSCARS WINNERS
LONDON (AP) — Don’t know who to pick to win the Oscars? You could always see who Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran is picking. Rhodes says he’s been making Oscar predictions for years with band employee Katy (KAT’-ee) Krassner. She suggested about ten years ago that they put their picks on the band’s website and it’s been a hit with fans. Rhodes predicts “Three Billboards Outside Hibbing, Missouri” will win best picture. He’s going with Guillermo Del Toro for best director. He thinks Frances McDormand, who he calls “a treasure,” will win best actress, and he says it will take “some kind of bizarre international intervention” for Gary Oldman not to win best actor. The Oscars are Sunday in Los Angeles.
011-a-14-(Nick Rhodes, keyboardist for Duran Duran, in AP interview)-“became very popular”-Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes says he used to do Oscars predictions with Katy Krassner, who works on the band’s website. ((Katy is pronounced KAT’-ee)) (2 Mar 2018)
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012-a-18-(Nick Rhodes, keyboardist for Duran Duran, in AP interview)-“was pretty extraordinary”-Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes says his pick for the best picture Oscar is “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” (2 Mar 2018)
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013-a-06-(Nick Rhodes, keyboardist for Duran Duran, in AP interview)-“those water scenes”-Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes says Guillermo del Toro of “The Shape of Water” is his pick to win best director. (2 Mar 2018)
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014-a-13-(Nick Rhodes, keyboardist for Duran Duran, in AP interview)-“many many years”-Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes says he believes Gary Oldman is a shoo-in for best actor for “Darkest Hour.” (2 Mar 2018)
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NEW FOUND GLORY PLANS BENEFIT CONCERT FOR FLORIDA SHOOTING VICTIMS
UNDATED (AP) — New Found Glory says it’s important to them to help the students and staff at the school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were shot and killed two weeks ago, because it’s their school, too. New Found Glory has issued a statement saying half the band went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. New Found Glory will headline a benefit concert May 16 in Pompano Beach, with Chris Carraba of Dashboard Confessional and Ryan Key of Yellowcard also on the bill. Proceeds will benefit the Broward Education Foundation Victims’ Fund. New Found Glory also will donate the proceeds from the sale of a T-shirt the band created that’s inspired by the school.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS’ “BLURRYFACE” HITS GOLD MILESTONE
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Twenty One Pilots album “Blurryface” has achieved a new digital-era milestone. The Recording Industry Association of America says it’s the first album since the advent of digital sales and streams in which every track has been certified at least gold. The song “Hometown” was the last one to cross over into gold territory. The songs on the album that have gone platinum or multi-platinum are “Fairly Local,” ”Tear In My Heart,” ”Ride” and “Stressed Out.”
PRESERVATION HALL’S SOUSAPHONE IS MISSING
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The signature sousaphone of Preservation Hall in New Orleans has been stolen. Creative director Ben Jaffe writes on Facebook the sousaphone was taken Saturday after a performance in New Orleans. The sousaphone has “Preservation Hall New Orleans” painted on it. Jaffe says he bought it to replace one lost during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
by Margie Szaroleta