Soccer icon David Beckham's proudest moment came when he met Queen Elizabeth II.
The retired sportsman played in three prestigious World Cups for England, holds the record for the most number of appearances for his country, and has rubbed shoulders with presidents and world leaders during his illustrious career. However, the patriotic Brit is adamant none of his headline-grabbing moments come close to meeting the monarch.
He tells The Sunday Times Style magazine, "She's the most amazing woman. I'm a real royalist. The fact that I've been able to go to Buckingham Palace and I've been able to meet the Queen, that's the best thing I've ever done. She's amazing."
Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has flipped another defiant finger at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bosses as the group awaits to hear if it will eventually be inducted in 2015. The group has been eligible for induction for 20 years and many music experts are shocked and appalled Gillan and his bandmates are not part of the museum.
But the singer insists he doesn't care whether he ever gets in, insisting the people who run the Hall Of Fame don't "understand what we are".
He tells Chile's Radio Futuro, "Whatever I say about that is gonna sound wrong, but who the hell wants to be in an institution? The Hall Of Fame thing, it's an American thing. We don't have that in England or Germany or Australia or Russia or anywhere in the world apart from America. And it's an institution. What's that got to do with rock and roll?
"Also, it's run by these old guys who thought that The Monkees were America's answer to the Beatles. And they called Deep Purple... one-hit wonders. So I don't know what they were talking about... whether it was Hush or Black Night or Strange Kind Of Woman, Smoke On The Water, Child In Time, Knocking At Your Back Door."
After the band was nominated but then overlooked again last year (13) for the 2014 induction class, Gillan told WENN, "It's not the fans that vote for these things... it's a little coterie of people in the business chewing their cigars and figuring out who they would benefit by scratching backs and reciprocal treatment."
Gloria Estefan and Miguel were among the artists feted at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in Florida on Saturday (18Oct14). The singers each took home trophies at the second annual La Musa Awards, presented by the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, which honours Latin songwriters and music champions.
Estefan was one of four composers who were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the gala in Miami Beach, along with Omar Alfanno, Lolita de la Colina and Rafael Perez Botija.
The Get on Your Feet hitmaker was serenaded by Puerto Rican singer Ednita Nazario and later joined by Jon Secada to perform Estefan's emotional track Coming Out of the Dark, which she wrote after the horrific accident that almost left her paralyzed in 1990.
During her acceptance speech, Estefan acknowledged how much singing and songwriting has helped her deal with tough times, saying, "Music has helped me in some of the toughest moments of my life."
R&B singer Miguel was handed the Triunfador (Champion) award for his career achievements over the past few years.
The Adorn crooner, whose father is Mexican American, told the crowd, "I appreciate that you've included me in such a prestigious event. I'll try to do my best to honour the Latin community."
The event also included performances from Alejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Jencarlos Canela and Diego Torres.
Paul Craft, the songwriter behind hits by Alison Krauss, the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, has died, aged 76. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee died in Tennessee on Saturday (18Oct14).
Craft was also a member of American Mensa, a group for people whose IQ is in the top two per cent of the population, according to The Tennesseean newspaper.
Among his best-known songs were Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life) and It's Me Again, Margaret.
Russell Brand was threatened with arrest in New York earlier this week (ends17Oct14) as he staged a protest outside Fox News headquarters after alleging he had been dumped from a planned TV appearance.
The comedian/actor claimed a planned guest spot on political pundit Sean Hannity's show was pulled at the last minute and he decided to make a mockery of the cancellation by campaigning on the street outside the channel's studios. Capturing his protest and posting it on TheTrews video channel, Brand explained:
"Here we are at Fox's headquarters, all the greats are here - Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity - all the people who refuse to have us on the show. "Sean Hannity, who booked us and then cancelled us. So we are going to do a Trew special from here, in the heart of the establishment." But filming came to an abrupt end when a security guard approached him and asked, "Do you want to get arrested?" He explained, "You can't film here, this is private property." Brand tested the guard by later entering the lobby of the building, where he was told by an off-camera Fox employee, "You can't stay on the property and film anything." The cheeky Brit then asked, "Can I come up, have a look around, maybe have a look at the studio, touch some stuff, meet some people from The Sean Hannity Show?"
Music mogul Clive Davis and Billy Joel's backing band will headline the inductees into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in New York next week (23Oct14). Rapper Kurtis Blow, songwriter Gerry Goffin, Patti Lupone and Debbie Gibson are also among the local heroes who make up the fifth induction class, while Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels has been named the recipient of the 2014 Harry Chapin Award.
Joel and McDaniels' group Run-D.M.C. have already been inducted - the Piano Man singer was among the inaugural class in 2006. His bandmates, drummer Liberty DeVitto, bassist Doug Stegmeyer, Richie Cannata and guitarist Russell Javors, have backed the star since the mid-1970s. Cannata left the group in 1982 and Stegmeyer died in 1995.
Previous Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductees include the Ramones, Tony Bennett, Public Enemy, Lou Reed, Mariah Carey and John Coltrane.
Teenage pop star Lorde and crossover trio Sol3 Mio look set to dominate the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards after landing five nominations apiece. The Royals hitmaker, who ruled last year's (13) ceremony by taking home four prizes, will compete for Best Female Solo Artist, Single of the Year for Team and Best Pop Album for Pure Heroine.
She will face off with Sol3 Mio for the People's Choice honour and the Album of the Year title, alongside Ladi 6, Tiny Ruins and The Naked & Famous.
The operatic trio is also up for Best Group and Breakthrough Artist of the Year, but the band members are already guaranteed one trophy after they were recently announced as the winners of the Best Pacific Music Album Award.
Other top nominees for the New Zealand Music Awards include Broods, Stan Walker and rapper David Dallas, while reunited funk rockers Supergroove will be feted with the Legacy Award and inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame when the prizegiving takes place in Auckland on 20 November (14).
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Academy Awards!
The former How I Met Your Mother star is no stranger to hosting big ceremonies - he previously hosted the Tony Awards four times, and the Emmy Awards twice. Harris even scored three consecutive Outstanding Special Class Programme Emmy trophies for his contribution to the Tonys. Announcing the news on Wednesday (15Oct14), Oscars producer Neil Zadan said:
"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage." The Gone Girl star added, "It is truly an honour and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true."
The 87th Academy Awards will air live on 22 February, 2015. This year's (14) ceremony was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
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.
Heavy rockers Cradle Of Filth had to axe a show in Russia on Wednesday (15Oct14) after vehicles carrying the band's sound equipment were involved in a "severe" traffic accident. The British group, fronted by Dani 'Filth' Davey, was scheduled to perform at the Milo Concert Hall in the city of Nizhny Novgorod as part of its Russian tour, but the gig was pulled just hours before showtime.
Apologising to fans via Facebook.com, a representative writes, "It is with considerable regret that CRADLE OF FILTH announce the cancellation of their show in Nizhny Novgorod this evening due to the equipment and PA (public address system) hire truck being involved in a severe crash on the motorway, thus rendering the venue unreachable and therefore unfortunately, inoperable..."
It is not yet known if anyone was injured in the crash.
Cradle of Filth are determined to return to the stage in Samara on Thursday (16Oct14) and they have thanked fans in Russia for their warm welcome.
The statement continues, "Again, the whole of Cradle Of Filth wish to apologise for this unforeseen and rather distressing turn of events. The shows and the fans have been incredible thus far, despite the band and crew(dle) garnering a mere thirteen hours sleep in five days!!! Still, sleep is somewhat overrated when you're this Metal-ly adrenalised (sic)!!!
"We f**king love you Mother Russia! Take us to your Great Bear bosom!"