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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...

Taylor Swift Sells 2 Million Copies Of New Album

BeverlyHills—“Folklore," the new album by Taylor Swift has sold over 2 million copies internationally since its release on Thursday, July 23, according to Billboard charts. Folklore had 80.6 million streams on Spotify in the first day. Taylor described the album as, “my own imagination has run wild and this is the result." The album is available in the form of...

Pandora Starts A New Live Concert Series

UNITED STATES—Pandora embarked on a new free live concert series for the modern virtual world on Tuesday, July 28. Pandora started their new series with country artist Kane Brown. Fans were able to tune in 15 minutes early for exclusive pre-show activities including artist trivia, and other Pandora Live events. The series will all be free and open to the...

Hardly Strictly Music Festival Cancelled, Moved To Virtual

SAN FRANCISCO—The free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival put on in the city of San Francisco by the Hellman Foundation since 2001 was canceled for this year. The event had been hosted at Golden Gate State Park, but organizers have made it virtual for October 2-4. The festival will stream a selection of "newly recorded performances, archival footage from fans...

Stern Grove Festival Goes Virtual

SAN FRANCISCO—The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the 2020 Stern Grove Festival season. Organizers have found a way to entertain fans through Best of the Fest, a series of video playlists featuring archived performances, scenery of the Grove, and special guests. According to Stern Grove Festival's press release, Best of the Fest began airing on Sunday, June 14 and...

Roddy Ricch, Major Winner At 2020 BET Awards

HOLLYWOOD─Another day, another award show. When I heard a week ago that the BET Awards would still host its 20th anniversary of the show, while also highlighting its 40th anniversary on the air, I was baffled to figure out just how they planned to make it happen. Low and behold the network still held the awards show, but it...

Drake Leads 2020 BET Awards

HOLLYWOOD─I had been wondering for quite some time what would happen with awards shows, in the midst of a pandemic America. However, it seems things are not coming to a standstill because the nominees for the 2020 BET Awards were unveiled on Monday, June 15. Leading all contenders was rapper Drake who earned six nominations including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist...

Rhythm And Blues Legend, Bill Withers Dies At 81

LOS ANGELES−Singer and songwriter, William Harrison “Bill Withers” died on March 30 at the age of 81 in Los Angeles. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart-driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to...

“Parasite” Wins Big At The Oscars

HOLLYWOOD HILLS─I hate to say this, but I am happy that awards season has come to an end America. Why? This has been perhaps the most predictable awards season that I can recall in years. It’s never fun when you know precisely who will win without any potential competitions. However, the granddaddy of all awards shows, the Academy Awards,...
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