Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Linda Perry and Jerry Garcia are also on the shortlist.
The inductees will be announced at a ceremony in New York next summer (15).
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honours those whose work represents "a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook"
Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond founded the organisation.
Past inductees have included Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Desmond Child, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Former Beatles bandmates Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have been added to the star-packed line-up for the Grammy Awards at the end of January (14). Grammy bosses have confirmed the two legends will perform at the ceremony, but have stopped short of commenting on rumours suggesting the two old pals will reunite onstage for a song on music's big night.
Officials are merely stating, "Each will perform".
But McCartney and Starr, who will make his performance debut at the Grammys, will hit the stage together to collect the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work with the Fab Four.
Meanwhile, 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year honouree Carole King and Sara Bareilles will team up for a performance, and nominees Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kacey Musgraves have confirmed spots.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who will also be making their debut at the Grammys, have seven nominations, including Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for The Heist, and Song Of The Year for Same Love.
Kacey Musgraves and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift are up for four awards each.
Previously announced performers include Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar; Lorde; Metallica and Lang Lang, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke and Chicago.
There will also be a "special performance" featuring country legends Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and nominee Blake Shelton.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place on 26 January (14).
Singer/songwriter Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. The You've Got a Friend hitmaker will be the guest of honour at the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy's 24th annual benefit gala, which will take place in Los Angeles on 24 January (14), two nights before the Grammy Awards.
The event will feature tribute performances from Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and the Dixie Chicks.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, says, "Her (King) contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions.
"We are also grateful to the extraordinary artists who have announced their desire to be a part of what will undoubtedly be a magical and inspiring evening."
It's been a stellar year for King - the veteran star was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April (13), while she made history in May (13) when she became the first woman ever to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last December (12).
The 2013 MusiCares honour, which recognises artists for their creative accomplishments as well as their charitable work, was bestowed upon Bruce Springsteen, while previous recipients include Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young and Neil Diamond.
MusiCares provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times.
Aerosmith, Carole King, New Kids On The Block and Jason Aldean were among the musicians who took to the stage in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday night (30May13) for a benefit show following the marathon bombing in the city. Three people died and hundreds were injured in the atrocity on 15 April (13), and stars flocked to support the Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration event to raise money for the victims.
The show at the TD Garden arena kicked off with a performance by rockers Boston, who played the U.S. national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner.
Lead singer Tommy DeCarlo told the crowd, "Tonight, we are all Boston."
Local groups Extreme and J. Geils Band also took to the stage, as did New Kids On The Block, whose singer Joey McIntyre competed in the tragic race. He told the audience, "I finished at 3:57, just before it happened. I happened to be on a bench in Copley Plaza, Copley Square (when the bombs went off) but I don't care where you were that day, because this happened to all of us."
His bandmate Donnie Wahlberg paid tribute to the resilience of locals following the bombing, declaring, "You deserve the credit. Anyone can celebrate in times of glory... but when something unspeakable happens, that's not just when cities come together but it is when families come together. We are not just one of the greatest cities on earth, we are one of the greatest families on this planet."
During their set, the band brought out Boyz II Men and delivered a touching performance of One Sweet Day.
The event took several sombre turns when survivors of the tragedy took to the stage.
Carole King, James Taylor and Aldean, a fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, also performed during the supergig, which was closed out by Aerosmith with a set which included Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way and Livin’ On the Edge.
Steven Tyler's band teamed up with New Kids On The Block and a number of the concert's other performers to sing The Beatles' Come Together and Boston anthem Dirty Water for the show's big finale.
Proceeds from the gig will go towards The One Fund Boston, which was set up to help those affected by the bombings.
Steven Tyler hopes Aerosmith's performance at a benefit show in Boston, Massachusetts will "warm the cockles of people's hearts" following the devastating marathon bombing in the city last month (Apr13). The Boston-based group will headline Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden arena on Thursday (30May13) to raise money for the victims of the atrocity, and Tyler hopes the show will put a smile back on locals' faces.
He tells the Boston Herald, "For Joe (Perry) and the rest of us, it means everything to get back and play this show. It's schmaltzy... but when you're listening to songs, it builds hope and strength. We want to warm the cockles of people's hearts...
"There really is something wrong with the world. But maybe through music, love and a little work we can get through this."
Tyler's bandmate Perry had a personal link to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds more, as his children were nearby when the blasts ripped through the crowd, and New Kids on the Block star Joey McIntyre, who competed in the race, will also be performing at the event with his band.
McIntyre's New Kids on the Block co-star Donnie Wahlberg insists there will be plenty of tears during the gig, adding, "I cry when I go in to play the Garden on a regular tour, but this night is going to be unlike anything we've ever done. This was one of the darkest events in the history of our country. That it was our streets made the impact on us even greater."
Other artists who will be performing include Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Carole King and country singer Jason Aldean, and the event will raise money for The One Fund Boston, which was set up to help those affected by the bombings.
U.S. President Barack Obama was on hand to honour the career achievements of Carole King at the White House on Wednesday (22May13) when she became the first ever woman to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The You've Got a Friend hitmaker made history by collecting the Library of Congress award, in recognition of her five decades in music, before a star-studded crowd in Washington, D.C.
President Obama referenced the Oklahoma tornado tragedy, which left 24 people dead on Monday (20May13), but insisted the power of song helps lift the spirits of those in need.
He said, "Eventually, life will go on and new memories will be made. New laughter will come. New songs will be sung. And that's often why we turn to music during trying times, for comfort and for inspiration, and sometimes just for a good diversion."
After being presented with the award, King added, "I'm honoured to be recognised by the Library of Congress as the fifth recipient and first woman as has been stated. I can't say it enough. I am so excited."
Stars including Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, and James Taylor all performed in King's honour. She follows in the footsteps of previous recipients Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan and James Taylor will help to honour legendary singer/songwriter Carole King at the White House next week (begs20May13) when she is feted with the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The You've Got a Friend hitmaker, 71, will make history on Wednesday (22May13) as she becomes the first woman to collect the Library of Congress award from U.S. President Barack Obama, and she will be saluted by number of top stars.
Joel, Estefan and Taylor will also be joined by country singer Trisha Yearwood, Scottish soul sensation Emeli Sande and pop star Jesse McCartney at the Washington, D.C. event.
The ceremony will be streamed live online and will be broadcast on U.S. TV on 28 May (13).
King has been on a career high of late - she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December (12) and was among the Lifetime Achievement honourees at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Aerosmith and New Kids On The Block are set to headline a special benefit concert to raise money for victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombing. The hometown heroes will be joined by Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Carole King, country singer Jason Aldean, rockers Godsmack and The J. Geils Band at Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration on 30 May (13).
The event, held at the TD Garden arena in Boston, Massachusetts, will boost funds for The One Fund Boston, which was set up in the wake of the 15 April (13) tragedy by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help those affected by the bombings.
The gig will be particularly poignant for New Kids star Joey McIntyre, who completed the Boston Marathon just minutes before two bombs exploded near the finish line.
His bandmate Donnie Wahlberg says, "Like so many other proud Bostonians, who have been extremely generous, we are honoured to step up and do our part to help the victims and their families. Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well."
Fellow Bostonian Taylor has echoed Wahlberg's sentiments in his own statement, which reads: "The One Fund event at the Garden this May 30th is destined to be a true Boston landmark. From the promoters to the sound & lights, to the performers and the Garden staff; everyone involved has responded from the heart in a spontaneous and simultaneous desire to be there, and to do what we can for the city we love. I am honoured to be a part of it, and I can't wait."
Three people were killed in the blasts and more than 175 were injured in the tragedy.
Rush, Heart, Donna Summer and Public Enemy were among the artists inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday night (18Apr13). Randy Newman, Lou Adler and Albert King were also included in the list of 2013 honourees who were feted during the star-studded ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A, and Quincy Jones landed the Ahmet Ertegun Award for lifetime achievement.
Newman kicked off the show by performing with a stellar line-up including Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Tom Petty, and subsequently said of his induction, "I didn't think it would happen until I died."
Producer Adler was serenaded by Carole King after his inclusion, and rocker John Mayer inducted blues legend King and performed a tribute with Gary Clark, Jr.
Canadian rockers Rush were feted by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his bandmate Taylor Hawkins, with the singer giving an enthusiastic speech voicing his admiration for the band, telling the audience, "When did Rush become f**king cool? The truth is Rush has always been cool... Their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves."
The two rockers then kicked off Rush's set before handing over to the band.
Heart were feted by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, while Harry Belafonte and Spike Lee inducted Public Enemy.
Bandmember Flavor Flav was able to attend the induction ceremony after a judge pushed back a court date which clashed with the show.
Usher also performed a Michael Jackson cover in honour of Quincy Jones, who was feted in a speech by Oprah Winfrey, but there was a change of schedule when the time came to honour late disco legend Donna Summer.
Christina Aguilera, who was due to honour Summer, reportedly had to pull out of the show due to ill health, so Jennifer Hudson took charge of singing duties and Kelly Rowland inducted the late music legend, who died last May (13).
The show in Los Angeles marked the first time the Cleveland, Ohio institution's big night had been held on America's West Coast. The show will be broadcast in the U.S. on 18 May (13).