Cardi B headlining Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rapper Cardi B, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and rock mainstays The Killers and the Dave Matthews Band are among the acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Tennessee.
The eclectic musical festival is set for May 3 through May 5 in Memphis. Located along the Mississippi River, the festival is a part of the city's Memphis in May tourist event.
Cardi B appears to be the headliner. She won a Grammy Award on Sunday for best rap album.
Neil Portnow to leave post as Grammys CEO in 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Portnow will step down as president and CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards next year.
The organization announced Thursday that Portnow chose not to "seek an extension on his current contract," which ends next year.
He has led the academy since 2002.
Portnow was criticized at the Grammys this year when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of female winners backstage. Only two female performers won awards during the live telecast.
Recording academy announces task force for gender balance
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow said Thursday the organization is creating a task force to uncover unconscious biases and other barriers that impede women's success in the music industry.
The announcement comes days after Portnow claimed his comments on women needing to "step up" in the music industry were taken out of context. The remarks have been criticized by several prominent musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, India.Arie and Pink.
Morgan Heritage adds Southern touch to Grammy winning reggae
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alongside Nashville's famous row of honky-tonk bars and nightclubs, a new island-inspired sound is emerging in Music City thanks to a Grammy-winning ambassador for reggae music.
Musician PJ Morton staying true to himself
In his music and in his personal life, singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist PJ Morton — who will be at World Café Live on Aug. 29 — prefers to go his own way.
India.Arie returns to the Essence Festival with new music
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — India.Arie's soulful, spirit-filled voice returns to the Essence Festival, stronger than ever and she says she's ready for another "SongVersation."
The neo-soul singer-songwriter on Friday dropped an EP entitled "SongVersation: Medicine," which includes three new songs, two re-releases and two acoustic remakes of songs on her 2013 release with a similar name.
The new project showcases her feelings as someone close to her fought through cancer treatment.
India.Arie defends Chrisette Michele’s inaugural performance
India.Arie is defending Chrisette Michele's decision to sing at an inaugural ball for President Donald Trump.
Arie says in an open letter posted on TwitLonger on Wednesday that she "never" would have performed at the ceremony herself. But she says Michele shouldn't be "shouted down or abused" for doing so. She chalks up Michele's decision to take part to a "career misstep."