College bribery scandal revives debate over Connecticut case
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Actress Felicity Huffman's 14-day jail sentence in the college admissions scandal is reviving debate over the case of a black, homeless mother in Connecticut who received...
Even for Trump, it’s been a busy stretch of media attacks
NEW YORK (AP) — Even for a president who has made attacks on the media routine, the past few days have seemed turbo-charged.
Within five days, President Donald Trump has tweeted a video of...
Trump slams John Legend for not helping with justice reform
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing musician John Legend for not playing a role in passing criminal justice reform following a TV special on the subject in which the star...
Lizzo’s 2-year-old song might still qualify at 2020 Grammys
NEW YORK (AP) — Lizzo's breakthrough hit "Truth Hurts" is a two-year-old song, but it still has a chance at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Typically older songs that become hits long after their...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The National Civil Rights Museum says this year's Freedom Award recipients are musician John Legend, feminist writer Gloria Steinem and human rights activist Hafsat...
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have canceled an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musician John Legend and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah because of the heat forecast...
BET Awards honor Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, Tyler Perry
The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black...
Tiffany Haddish explains why she won’t perform in Georgia
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish says she chose to join a boycott of Georgia after she read the state's new anti-abortion legislation.
Haddish announced this week that she had cancelled a...
Teen pianist turns heads at North Carolina airport
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — It's a typical Friday afternoon at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and the moving parts are everywhere: airplanes pushing back, wheelchairs zipping by,...
John Legend on abortion law boycotts: ‘Money talks’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend says Hollywood should consider boycotting Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and other states that pass restrictive abortion laws.
Adam Levine leaving ‘The Voice’ after 16 seasons
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Levine is leaving NBC's "The Voice" after 16 seasons.
Carson Daly made the announcement Friday morning on the "Today" show. Daly said Gwen Stefani will return for season...
DJ Khaled on Nipsey Hussle: ‘He’s like a prophet’
NEW YORK (AP) — During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle's final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about "our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just...
Ventimiglia says trip showed him Red Nose charity’s impact
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "This Is Us" star Milo Ventimiglia learned firsthand what the Red Nose Day's fundraising campaign means to children in need, and he's eager to spread the word.
A list of nominees at the 2019 BET Awards
A list of nominees at the 2019 Bet Awards, to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 23.
— Video of the year: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, "A Lot"; Cardi B,...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — DJ Khaled is releasing a single with Nipsey Hussle that was filmed days before Hussle was shot to death in Los Angeles.
Khaled announced on Twitter on Wednesday that all...
Berry Gordy fulfills dreams with Motown reaching 60 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for "all people"...
‘Still amazing’: Dwyane Wade plays his last game in Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's final home game was memorable for countless reasons.
All of his children were there. Former President Barack Obama sent a video, one of many tributes. Fans came...
Wade goes out a winner in Miami, Heat top 76ers 122-99
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's wife was slapping his backside in celebration.
His oldest son, the heir to the Wade basketball throne, was on the Miami bench for the final minutes.
Stevie Wonder, John Legend headline Motown tribute concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder jammed with his harmonica, John Legend crooned while playing the piano and Ciara pranced onstage dressed like Rick James on Tuesday night at Motown Records' 60th anniversary concert.
Wonder closed out the all-star lineup performing more than a half-dozen songs at the "Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The tribute hosted by Smokey Robinson and Cedric the Entertainer will air April 21 on CBS.
Grammys launch initiative aiding women producers, engineers
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is launching a new initiative to create and expand more opportunities to female music producers and engineers.
The academy on Friday announced the Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative, which asks that musicians, record labels and others consider at least two female producers or engineers when working on a project, whether it's a song or an album.
Aretha Franklin to be honored with tribute show next month
NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month.
The Recording Academy and music mogul Clive Davis will put on the special concert — "Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul" — on Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will broadcast later in 2019 on CBS.
Get in the holiday mood with Diana Ross, John Legend, more
Here's a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press.
Diana Ross, "Wonderful Christmas Time" (UMe/Ross Records)
Are you in the mood for jolly, singalong Christmas music? Diana Ross has you covered.
Looking for something more serene, with religious tones? Diana Ross has you covered.
Or are you looking for inspirational music that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the holidays? Again, Diana Ross has you covered.
Cardi B, Chance, T.I. to judge hip-hop competition series
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. will work as judges in a new Netflix competition series looking for the next big hip-hop star.
Netflix announced that "Rhythm + Flow " will debut next fall. John Legend, who has won Emmy and Tony awards for his producing efforts, is one of the series' executive producers.
Trump tries to boost Ohio GOP candidates on election eve
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to provide a late boost to Republicans in Ohio Monday on the last full day of campaigning before voters select a new governor as well as decide a U.S. Senate race and some closely contested congressional seats.
Voters also will decide a constitutional amendment Tuesday that proposes reducing sentences for possession of certain drugs, among other measures.
Singer-songwriter John Legend headlines early voting rally
NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio native and singer-songwriter John Legend has headlined an early voting rally with Democrats in suburban Cincinnati.
Legend co-hosted the rally with congressional candidate Aftab Pureval (AF' tab-PYUR' vawl) and other Democrats in Norwood on Sunday.
Legend told the crowd the Republican Party "is afraid of democracy." Pureval and a marching band later led the crowd to the nearby Hamilton County Board of Elections, where hundreds lined up to vote.
ShowBiz Minute: Weinstein, Jackson, Macy’s
- Business WirePRSA-NY Announces 2019 Big Apple Keynote, Entertainment Publicist Noel-SchureJune 13, 2019
- Business WireAward Winning Musicians, Legend and Paisley, Set to Entertain Attendees at 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, ColumbusMarch 25, 2019
- Business WireBackstreet Boys, Ella Mai, lovelytheband, Marshmello with Special Guest Lauv, Travis Barker and Yungblud Join Lineup at the 2019 “iHeartRadio Music Awards” Live on FoxMarch 12, 2019
- BusinessWireSmokey Robinson to Make Special Appearance at "Aretha! A GRAMMY® Celebration For The Queen Of Soul" on Jan. 13, 2019January 9, 2019
- Globe NewswireWSJ. Magazine Celebrates Eighth Annual Innovator AwardsNovember 8, 2018
Diana Ross, John Legend set for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
NEW YORK (AP) — Diana Ross, John Legend, Bad Bunny, Kane Brown and Ella Mai will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Macy's said Thursday that Martina McBride, Pentatonix, Rita Ora, Sugarland and Anika Noni Rose also will participate in the 92nd annual parade on Nov. 22.
The special will air at 9 a.m. EST on NBC's "Today" show.
Thousands in Central Park panic after barrier collapse
NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of a police barrier at a politically charged New York celebrity music show in Central Park sent thousands of spectators fleeing in panic, fearing the noise might have been gunshots.
Thousands in Central Park panic after barrier collapse
NEW YORK (AP) — Fearing possible gunshots, it took only the collapse of a police barrier at a politically charged New York celebrity music show Saturday to send thousands of spectators fleeing in panic.
Legend ‘worried’ about Kavanaugh’s ‘personal integrity’
Legend ‘didn’t know what an EGOT was’ at start of career
ShowBiz Minute: Nixon, Legend, Rihanna
Newly minted Emmy winner John Legend joins ‘The Voice’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fresh off an Emmy Award win, John Legend is sticking with television and becoming a coach on NBC's "The Voice."
Legend won an Emmy on Saturday as a producer of NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," making him an EGOT — the term for someone who's won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, a rare occurrence.
John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy — it meant star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice joined the elite squad of EGOT winners.
The musical's win for best live variety special united Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice with Emmys to go along with their Tonys, Grammys and Oscars — the four biggest prizes in show business.
Janet Jackson, Cardi B to headline Global Citizen festival
NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes are among the artists slated to appear at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival.
The event will take place on Sept. 29 on the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park. Janelle Monae and Cardi B, who gave birth in July, will also perform.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness will host the festival, which calls on world leaders to achieve the United Nations' sustainable development goals and end extreme poverty by 2030.
Chrissy Teigen caught in Bali earthquake while on vacation
Chrissy Teigen has shared her shock and worry in real time during a powerful and deadly earthquake in Indonesia with her social media followers.
The model, along with singer-husband John Legend and their two children, felt the shaking on neighboring Bali on Sunday.
"Bali. Trembling. So long," Teigen tweeted to her 10.6 million followers.
Emmy diversity gets a boost from Ricky Martin, Issa Rae
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sterling K. Brown and Donald Glover aren't such Emmy outliers this year.
More than a third of the 101 acting nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards went to ethnic minorities, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. That's up from a quarter of the field last year, when Brown ("This Is Us") and Glover ("Atlanta") won top acting awards.
An Emmy from being an EGOT: John Legend, Pasek & Paul nearby
NEW YORK (AP) — Music stars like Bruno Mars, Ricky Martin and Sara Bareilles are nominated for Emmys, but for John Legend — who is up for two awards — winning could land him in the elite club of EGOTs.
Legend earned nominations Thursday for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert" — outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie and as a producer in the outstanding variety special (live) category.
Cher: Trump administration ‘will take everything’
The list of celebrities upset by US border policy grows
NEW YORK (AP) — Country music icon Willie Nelson has extended an offer to meet President Donald Trump at one of the detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand what's happening, the latest attempt by a celebrity hoping to end the administration's policy of separating families at border crossings.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say two people were shot and one person was stabbed outside a popular Atlanta recording studio.
Atlanta police Capt. Andrew Senzer tells news outlets the victims were leaving Patchwerk Recording Studio around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when they were ambushed by three armed suspects in a secured area behind the building.
Two men were shot multiple times in the legs, and a third was stabbed in the hand.
ShowBiz Minute: Billboard, Teigen, US Box Office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen and John Legend now have a baby boy to go with their toddler girl.
The 32-year-old model and 39-year-old singer, whose real name is John Roger Stephens, introduced Miles Theodore Stephens to the world on Sunday.
Teigen had been hinting to her millions of social media followers for several days that the baby was here, and the couple announced in January that they were having a boy. Teigen finally confirmed it with Instagram and Twitter posts and a picture.
Scottdale group takes advantage of revived interest in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
There's renewed interest this Easter season for "Jesus Christ Superstar," the 1970 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that retells the Bible's account of the last week of Jesus' life.
Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend will take on the title role in a live concert version of "Superstar" to be televised at 8 p.m. April 1 on NBC.
NBC ended Easter Sunday with "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," with John Legend in the role of Jesus Christ -- and he was definitely a superstar!
Twitter lit up with people loving the show, especially Legend's performance, with one person tweeting, "John Legend takin' us all to church." John wasn't the only one taking people to church. "Hamilton" alum Brandon Victor Dixon absolutely killed it as Judas.
‘The Crossing’ and ‘The Last O.G.’ among top TV viewing choices (videos)
'The Crossing' and 'The Last O.G.' among top TV viewing choices (videos)
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The week's top viewing choices include a live musical, a network science-fiction thriller and a cable comedy:
The stormy, surprising history of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
On Easter Sunday, NBC will air a live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” featuring John Legend, Alice Cooper and other contemporary pop culture luminaries.
But the musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice has been around for almost 50 years and has a long production history that has been both triumphant and troubled.
So what’s the back story on this British import being revisited and reimagined on television Sunday night?
Teigen talks Beyonce’s bite, ‘Roseanne’ and her social media
NEW YORK (AP) — Chrissy Teigen says she's nervous about John Legend's performance in "Jesus Christ Superstar Live" on Sunday, but it's not about what you might think.
Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in the NBC version of the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. ("Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" airs at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.)
Teigen says her husband needs frequent bathroom breaks during concerts and may not be prepared for a three-hour live show.