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Grammy Predictions!

HOLLYWOOD—The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 14. Let’s see if our predictions for Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus Best New Artist will be on point. In three of the last four years, one artist has swept all 3 categories. You might recall Adele accomplished the feat four years ago and Billie...

“The Crown,” “Nomadland” Dominate Golden Globe Awards

BEVERLY HILLS—It was time to test the waters to see exactly what we can expect for the 2021 Awards season as the Golden Globe ceremony transpired on Sunday, February 28. We already knew things would not transpire as they occurred in the past. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler appeared in two different places. Poehler appeared in  Beverly Hills...

“Mank” Leads 2021 Golden Globe Nominations

HOLLYWOOD—Now it is officially awards season in my book. Why? The nominees for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards were announced on Wednesday, February 3. There were some expected names who made the list, as well as a few surprises along the way people. The contenders were announced by actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson. Leading the pack...

2021 NAACP Image Awards Announced

HOLLYWOOD—Nominees for the 52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced on Tuesday, February 2, with the Netflix flick “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” leading all contender with 10 nominations. The movie is nominated for Best Motion Picture alongside “Soul,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “One Night in Miami.” Both “Ma Rainey” and “Soul” earned 9 nominations...

Beyonce Leads Grammy Nominations

HOLLYWOOD—You know 2020 is a bust when you don’t even remember such staples in the entertainment industry like the 2020 Grammy nominations. Yeah, that actually happened on Tuesday, November 24, and my head was scratching with the nominations because it seemed the Recording Industry drew names out of a hat in my personal opinion. Beyonce led all contenders with...

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65

SANTA MONICA—Eddie Van Halen, guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, died on Tuesday, October 6, from complications of throat cancer. He was 65. According to reports, he died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,”...

Lady Gaga Dominates MTV Video Music Awards

HOLLYWOOD—We are starting to get some semblance of reality with award shows somewhat returning to the airwaves. The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were held on Sunday, August 30, live and taped from New York City. Yes, it was promoted the ENTIRE week that it was all live, but we know some of those performances were taped in advance...

Singer-Songwriter Justin Townes Earle Dies At 38

NASHVILLE—Justine Townes Earle, the 38-year-old singer-songwriter, died on Sunday, August 23, and police told Rolling Stone that it was probably from a drug overdose.  A spokesperson with the Metro Nashville Police Department told Rolling Stone that after one of Earle's friends notified them that they had not heard from him since Thursday, the Nashville Fire Department checked his residence and...

Gaga, Grande Lead MTV VMA Nominations

HOLLYWOOD—The contenders for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were announced on July 30 and leading the pack were Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande who each picked up seven nominations for their collaboration “Rain on Me.” Lady Gaga also earned a nomination for Artist of the Year, and both women are also nominated for Best Quarantine Performance; yes that...

Leon Fleisher, SF-Born Pianist, Dies At 92

BALTIMORE—Leon Fleisher, a famous American pianist, died Sunday in Baltimore at the age of 92. Born in San Francisco, Fleisher saw great success as a concert pianist during the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout his career, he focused on classical works from the 19th century, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and others.  Leon Fleisher was born in San Francisco in...
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