Sir Paul McCartney was the toast of the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards on Tuesday (11Feb14) after picking up Artist of the Year and Album of the Year honours. The former Beatles star picked up 64 per cent of the online vote to triumph in the Artist of the Year category, ahead of David Bowie and the reunited Black Sabbath.
He also beat Black Sabbath into second place in the Album of the Year vote - his 2013 album New edged out the heavy rockers' comeback release 13.
McCartney also finished in second place behind Canadian rockers Rush in both the Best Tour and Best Song category - his Queenie Eye single missed out on the top spot by less than one per cent of the vote. Rush's The Garden landed on top.
Cut Me Some Slack, McCartney's collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana finished in third place.
Rush also netted the Best Live Album of 2013 prize - their Clockwork Angels Tour release beat out the Beatles‘ On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2.
Other winners included Aerosmith (DVD of the Year for Rock for the Rising Sun) and Fleetwood Mac (Best Reissue or Archival Release for Rumours and Best Rock Music Commercial for their 2013 Budweiser ad).
Courtney Love reportedly broke down in tears while in court on Wednesday (22Jan14), as she listened to a Canadian businessman recount how her late husband Kurt Cobain's legacy had been mismanaged. The Hole rocker is currently in court as the defendant in a libel case brought against her by her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes.
The attorney alleges the singer defamed her on Twitter and in an online interview in 2010, after a falling out between the two women.
A week into the Los Angeles Superior Court trial, witness Phillip Gross took the stand on Tuesday (22Jan14) and confirmed Love's claim that Holmes had "disappeared", leaving the rocker to believe an outside individual had interfered in their working relationship.
Gross, who previously filed suit against Cobain's former guitar technician over the sale of a fake guitar, suggested in his testimony that the grunge rocker's instruments and memorabilia were mishandled and misrepresented, prompting Love to cover her face with her hands, gasp, and began to sob, according to Spin magazine.
Gross also revealed he reached out to Holmes, who promised to keep in touch with him - but reportedly never did.
Holmes was originally hired in 2008 to handle a fraud case against the executors of Cobain's estate.
The trial is making legal history - no one has ever been found guilty of sending libellous tweets.
Pop star Miley Cyrus is set to tone down her outrageous onstage persona in a stripped-down special for MTV. The We Can't Stop hitmaker will show fans a more intimate side as she tackles acoustic versions of her tracks for MTV Unplugged.
A statement from MTV reads, "The Unplugged stage has been home to some of the most iconic live performances of all time.
"Miley's vision for the performance is like nothing we've ever seen. I can say that this will easily be one of the most memorable Unplugged performances to date."
The network's Unplugged series has featured iconic performances from the likes of Nirvana, Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z.
Cyrus embraced her outlandish side in an advert for the show by donning a wig and false teeth and baring her breasts in the promotional shot.
Rob Ball/WireImageFollowing in the footsteps of Adele, Ellie Goulding and Haim, British soul singer Sam Smith was this week crowned the winner of the BBC's prestigious Sound of 2014, the industry-voted poll which aims to predict who will achieve the biggest breakthrough over the next twelve months. Here's a brief guide to the 21-year-old.He'd been through six different managers by the time he was 18Something of a child prodigy, Smith's astonishing vocal range was discovered early on, but not one of the six managers he went through by the age of 18 appeared to know the best way to handle his talents, with one in particular attempting to turn him into the next Michael Buble.He's partly responsible for Disclosure's breakthroughThe Lawrence brothers may have built up some impressive buzz on the blogosphere with their classy brand of garage-house. But it was only when they hooked up with Smith on 2012's slinky falsetto-led "Latch" that they first troubled the charts.He already has a UK number one under his beltFurther establishing himself as the number one go-to guest vocalist, Smith then provided the emotive vocal for Naughty Boy's "La La La," a two-step throwback which sold nearly a million copies and topped the UK charts last May.His debut E.P. received rave reviewsProving he is capable of releasing his own material too, Smith then received rave reviews for Nirvana, a self-assured debut E.P. which took in everything from pitch-shifted Timbaland-inspired R&B to The xx-esque melancholic electro-soul.He's worked with Nile RodgersSmith then contributed to one of last year's best superstar collaborations when he hooked up with Chic legend Nile Rodgers and regular cohorts Jimmy Napier and Disclosure for the summery disco-funk of "Together."He's already won a BRIT AwardAs well as topping the Sound of 2014 poll, Smith was also voted this year's BRITs Critics Choice winner, and with "La La La" also receiving a nomination for Best British Single, he could find himself making two acceptance speeches come February 19.His forthcoming debut album is for lonely peopleInspired by both a string of classic soul divas (Whitney, Chaka, Beyonce) and his lack of experience in love, Smith has described his forthcoming debut, In The Lonely Hour, (due for release in May) as "an album for lonely people."
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has wrecked fans' dreams of watching the original members of the group performing together when they are inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April (14), insisting a reunion "seems unlikely". The colourful rockers will join Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Nirvana, among others, in the museum's class of 2014 and Stanley insists they will perform at the ceremony - but it won't be an original line-up reunion.
The singer made his feelings clear after a fan asked him about the possibility of including Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in his and bassist Gene Simmons Hall of Fame plans.
Stanley initially wrote, "No way", and then added, "Seems unlikely".
And that paves the way for another Hall of Fame feud - because guitarist Frehley is keen to perform and replace current KISS star Tommy Thayer onstage.
Frehley has said, "You can't have me and Tommy both in makeup... I don't have a problem with Tommy and (current drummer) Eric (Singer) being there out of make-up if I'm in make-up, because they're a big part of KISS today. (But) they had nothing to do with the beginning of KISS, or the designs or the costumes or the make-up... This is about the celebration of KISS and how it all began and started, and it should be honouring the four original members."
Peter Gabriel has confirmed he'll attend the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when he's honoured in April (14) after missing out on Genesis' celebration there in 2010. The Sledgehammer singer was forced to bow out of an appearance with his former bandmates four years ago due to touring commitments, but after winning a solo place in the museum, alongside the likes of Cat Stevens, KISS and Nirvana, Gabriel insists he will be there.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I will definitely go. The last time I got in, it was, like, two days before my tour started. I would have otherwise gone. I just thought, 'I can't go. We've given ourselves very little rehearsal time'. But it was a great honour."
But Gabriel fears he might not perform at the induction ceremony on 10 April (14): "Unfortunately, my bass player, Tony Levin, is committed to a prog-rock cruise the week of the event. I have to see if I can do something about that. We want to steal him for a night.
"I'll probably play, though if I do In Your Eyes, it'll take 10 minutes and that might be all the time I have."
The town of Hoquiam, Washington has named 10 April, 2014 'Nirvana Day' to coincide with the grunge band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain lived in the town for several months. It is just a few miles from the his hometown of Aberdeen.
Dave Grohl has paid tribute to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain after the grunge icons were named among the 2014 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Smells Like Teen Spirit legends were among the nine acts to make the cut and will officially become part of rock 'n' roll history when they are entered into the fabled hall of fame next April (14).
Foo Fighters star Grohl, who played drums in Nirvana, admits he is delighted by the honour.
He says, "For once... I'm speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to... the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"I'd like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognising Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to (frontman) Kurt (Cobain) and (bassist) Krist (Novoselic), without whom I would not be here today."
Novoselic adds, "This is a great honour. Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who's kept rock music going strong for 60 years and counting."
KISS, Peter Gabriel, late Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, singer Linda Ronstadt, producer Andrew Loog Oldham and Bruce Springsteen's sidekicks, The E Street Band, make up the other inductees.
Kiss fans have been given double the reason to look forward to 2014 - frontman Paul Stanley is set to release his memoir days after the rockers are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Heaven's on Fire hitmakers were announced as part of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 early on Tuesday (17Dec13), and hours later, publishers at HarperOne revealed Stanley had signed a deal to bare his life in an autobiography.
Face the Music: A Life Exposed will feature rare photographs of the singer and detail his hard-partying lifestyle as one of the co-founders of the heavy rock band.
The tome will hit U.S. retailers on 22 April (14), not long after KISS join Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and other honourees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York on 10 April (14).
The book won't be Stanley's first - he teamed up with bandmate Gene Simmons to tell the story of the group's formation in 1973 for 2012 release, Nothin' To Lose.
Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein are among the nine honourees who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year (14). In October (13), organisers announced 16 acts had been shortlisted for the honour, and music industry insiders have now whittled that number down to nine inductees.
The stars who will be immortalised in the Hall of Fame in 2014 are rock icons Nirvana, Genesis' Gabriel, Epstein, who helped the Fab Four become a global phenomenon in the 1960s, duo Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, glam rockers KISS, singer Linda Ronstadt, producer Andrew Loog Oldham and Bruce Springsteen's sidekicks, The E Street Band.
The induction ceremony will be held in New York City in April (14).