TRUMP WILL NOT ATTEND KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
NEW YORK (AP) — People hoping to see a showdown when Cher gets a Kennedy Center Honor from President Donald Trump on Dec. 2 will be disappointed. Neither Trump nor his wife, Melania, will attend the event, according to the first lady’s director of communications, Stephanie Grisham. She did not give a reason for the Trumps skipping the Kennedy Center Honors for a second year in a row. “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, another Trump critic, will be honored this year, along with Reba McEntire, composer Philip Glass and jazz musician Wayne Shorter. Grisham says it’s unlikely there will be any new winners of the National Medal of Arts or National Humanities Medals announced before the end of the year. Those awards have not been given out since September 2016 under President Barack Obama.
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CMA AWARDS ARE TONIGHT
NASHVILLE (AP) — Dan and Shay joke they may have won an award for longest rehearsal ever for the Country Music Association Awards. Shay Mooney says it took them two hours. Dan Smyers says they have a lot of stunts, some of which could be dangerous, so they had to work out that everyone was in the right spot at the right time. Dierks (DURKS) Bentley and Brothers Osborne are planning a rendition of “Burning Man” that uses pyrotechnics. John Osborne says he’s developing a glaze after rehearsing with so much fire. As for the awards, Chris Stapleton leads the nominations with five. The CMAs will air live from Nashville tonight on ABC.
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MILEY CYRUS DONATES TO WILDFIRE RELIEF
NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are donating half a million dollars to help victims of wildfires in southern California, even though they are victims themselves. Cyrus’ charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation, will donate $500,000 on behalf of the couple to The Malibu Foundation. Cyrus’ representative tells The Associated Press the couple want to give back to the place that has created so many beautiful memories for them. The rep says the donation will be used for those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience. Cyrus and Hemsworth had a home in Malibu that burned down but they and their animals are safe.
DAVE GROHL THANKS FIREFIGHTERS WITH BARBECUE
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The crew at Fire Station 68 in Calabasas, California, are grateful to Dave Grohl. He brought them barbecue. The firefighters posted an Instagram photo of themselves with Grohl, thanking him for bringing his Backbeat Barbecue over to them on Monday. They’re battling the wildfire in Woolsey. Grohl posted an Instagram photo of his hands full of barbecue with the caption, “Dig in!” His publicist had no details on Grohl’s visit.
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CHRIS CORNELL TRIBUTE CONCERT PLANNED FOR JANUARY
LOS ANGELES (AP)— Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog will lead a tribute concert to Chris Cornell planned for Jan. 16 in Los Angeles. The concert also will feature performances by Metallica, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams. Jimmy Kimmel will host. Proceeds will go to charity, including the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. An album and boxed set called “Chris Cornell” will be released on Friday.
YOUNG THUG ART PROJECT WILL BE DISPLAYED IN MIAMI
NEW YORK (AP) — A school project by a Netherlands-based artist that juxtaposes classic works of art with photos of Young Thug will be part of a major art show in Miami. Hajar Benjida’s exhibit “Young Thug as Paintings” will be shown Dec. 4-9 during the SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair. Benjida says she once jokingly answered an interview question by saying she hopes to discuss Renaissance paintings with Young Thug someday, and a year and a half later, she’s bringing her project to life with Young Thug himself. You can get a peek at Benjida’s work at www.instagram.com/YoungThugAsPaintings .
MICHAEL BUBLE’S ALBUM WAS INSPIRED BY MARIO KART
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Video games and hanging with the guys pulled Michael Buble’ (boo-BLAY) out of his creative slump. Buble’ says after his son was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, he lost his interest in music. However, the members of his band are his best friends, so he invited them over to drink, eat pizza and play Mario Kart. He says once they were “toasted,” they decided to jam. That’s when Buble’ realized, “Aww, man, this is my happy place.” Buble’s new album is called “Love,” and he uses the songs to explore the different meanings of the word. “Love” is out Friday.
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LEON RUSSELL INTERRED IN TULSA MONUMENT, TWO YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A monument dedicated to Leon Russell was dedicated earlier this month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, nearly two years after his death. The surprise was that Russell had been interred in it just hours before the dedication. The Tulsa World reports Steve Todoroff, who led the efforts to create the monument, picked up Russell’s remains from his family. The remains had been kept at a funeral home in Sarasota, Florida. The monument shows Russell wearing a hat and sitting back in a chair with a piano keyboard. Elton John was among the donors to the monument fund.
CASH MONEY RECORDS WILL HOST TURKEY GIVEAWAY IN NEW ORLEANS
NEW YORK (AP) — Cash Money Records will do its annual turkey giveaway for the 22nd year. Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams will return to their hometown of New Orleans on Tuesday to give out turkeys and hold health screenings. Birdman says they’ve never forgotten how New Orleans put them first, and the giveaway is their way of saying thanks.
PLAYBOY IN GERMANY BACKS AWAY FROM ENNIO MORRICONE INTERVIEW
BERLIN (AP) — The German edition of Playboy magazine believes a freelance journalist may have misquoted composer Ennio Morricone (EHN’-yoh mor-ee-KOHN’-eh). In an interview published last week, Morricone called director Quentin Tarantino a “cretin” who steals ideas and the Academy Awards “boring.” Morricone won an Oscar in 2016 for his score for the Tarantino film “The Hateful Eight.” Morricone now says Tarantino is a “great director” and credits him for his success at the Oscars. The magazine’s management says it had trusted the freelancer but based on new information, it believes “the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly.” The magazine says it’s exploring legal measures.
RAP COMPETITION SHOW ENLISTS CARDI B, CHANCE THE RAPPER, T.I. AS JUDGES
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B, Chance The Rapper and T.I. will be judges on a Netflix competition show for rappers. “Rhythm and Flow” will be a ten-episode series looking for the next big hip-hop star. Auditions will be held in the hometowns of the judges: New York, Chicago and Atlanta. John Legend is the show’s executive producer.
by Margie Szaroleta