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.
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
Blues legend Johnny Winter's final album will be a star-studded affair featuring famous friends including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Dr. John and Joe Perry. The guitar great passed away suddenly in Switzerland in July (14), but not before he had completed work on a last album, titled Step Back.
His longtime bandmate Paul Nelson has produced the record, which also features Joe Bonamassa and Brian Setzer, and ZZ Top star Gibbons admits it was a dream come true to work with his idol.
He tells WENN, "I never had the opportunity to jam with him (and so) I was content to remain in awe and admiration."
Aerosmith star Perry adds, "If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar."
Highlights of the album include Perry and Winter's collaboration on Lightnin' Hopkins' Mojo Hand, and Winter's cover of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's Don't Want No Woman with Clapton.
Representatives for John Legend, Metallica and Billy Joel have blasted National Football League bosses for reportedly asking next year's potential Super Bowl half-time performers to donate a portion of their post-show tour profits in order to appear. Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to perform at the U.S. football game in Glendale, Arizona in February (15), and NFL executives have asked them to give up cash they earn after the big show, insisting the Super Bowl gig is a huge money-earner for the act chosen to headline.
But the reported 'pay to play' request has been met with ire.
Metallica, Billy Joel and Rush's agent Dennis Arfa says, "Halftime's for sale! If I was a young band, and I had a billionaire backer, I'd buy my way to the Super Bowl - everybody would know me after the Super Bowl. But is Paul McCartney going to pay? I doubt it."
Meanwhile, John Legend and John Mayer's manager Troy Carter adds, "I'm not sure what artist in their right mind would give up a piece of their touring or ancillary sales to play the Super Bowl. If the NFL wants to charge artists to perform, I would just counter-program with another network and create our own halftime show.
"Let's say you put Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Meghan Trainor on one show during halftime - I'd be willing to bet you're going to get a pretty big audience."
In the past, performers have not paid or been paid for their top billing during the sports telecast, but they have been compensated for travel and production expenses.
SLASH, Joan Jett and Billy Corgan were honoured with career achievement prizes at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night (21Jul14). The former Guns N' Roses star was presented with the Guitar Legend Award by Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, Jett accepted the Icon Award, and Smashing Pumpkins rocker Corgan was handed the Vanguard Award during the ceremony at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building.
Corgan said of the awards ceremony, "What's great about Alternative Press is it still kind of stands for the alternative counter culture. Maybe it's not as much of a counter culture as it once... I'm happy to just be part of the alternative culture," while Slash added in a post on Twitter.com, "Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top."
Other winners included Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who won the Best Vocalist prize and took to the stage to perform Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady and Fly Me To The Moon with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
The show, hosted by Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus, also included performances from The Misfits, Fall Out Boy and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
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Legendary blues rocker Johnny Winter has died, aged 70.
The veteran musician passed away in Zurich, Switzerland, according to Blabbermouth.net, but no more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx was among the first to pay tribute to the star, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "So bummed to hear about Johnny Winters (sic) passing. I spend (sic) many many years soaking up his music late into the night. #Original #TheBlues."
Winter began his music career as a teenager, landing a record deal at the age of 15 with his band Johnny & the Jammers, and he later released his first solo album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968. He became a big success with his second record, Johnny Winter, in 1969 and was among the performers at the iconic Woodstock music festival that year.
He continued to enjoy success in the 1970s, and turned to production, heading into the studio with Muddy Waters. Three of the albums they worked on together won Grammy Awards. Winters also received a number of Grammy nominations for his own records, but failed to win.
He is believed to have performed with Jimi Hendrix in a number of jam sessions which became unofficial bootleg recordings after they were stolen from the guitar legend's home after his death.
In later years, Winter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
Winter's death comes just weeks before he was due to release a new album, Step Back, which features stars including Eric Clapton, ZZ Top rocker Billy Gibbons and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
The record is slated to hit shelves in September (14).
Katy Perry introduced the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles from the roof of the Capital Records building. The pop star recalled driving around L.A. in her "little beat-up car" that eventually got repossessed and hearing one of her songs on a local radio station for the first time.
In the pre-taped segment, the singer said, "This is the city where everyone comes to Roar. This is Los Angeles, the centre of the music universe. And this is the iHeartRadio Music Awards."
Pitbull opened the show on Thursday evening (01May14) by performing Wild Wild Love with girl band G.R.L. on the back of a prop yacht on the Shrine Auditorium stage.
The rapper also performed his Timber duet solo without Kesha, who has yet to perform for the first time following a stint in rehab earlier this year (14). The Tik Tok singer's voice could be heard but she was a no-show onstage.
Rihanna claimed the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Award when her song Pour It Up was named Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year. Pitbull accepted the honour on behalf of the absent singer, who was reportedly stuck in traffic on a local Los Angeles freeway.
The rapper was back onstage minutes later to accept the Best Collaboration prize for his hit duet with Kesha, and Miley Cyrus landed an award for Best Lyrics for her 2013 hit Wrecking Ball.
The sick star was unable to make it to the ceremony, so her father Billy Ray Cyrus picked up the honour on her behalf and said, "As a dad, I can't begin to tell you how much your thoughts, your love, your support for my family and Miley mean to all of us."
The pop star is still recovering from an allergic reaction to sinus medication.
Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and Bastille were also among the early performers, while Blake Shelton, Drake, Shakira, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams are all billed to perform at the prizegiving and Michael Jackson's new tune Love Never Felt So Good will debut during the show.
Meanwhile, the telecast also featured pre-taped anecdotes about L.A. from Chris Martin, John Legend, Lady Gaga and Iggy Azalea.
More than 60 million U.S. radio listeners have voted for the awards.
Acting icon Robert De Niro and crooner Michael Buble were honoured for their philanthropic efforts at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday (12Apr14). The 20th annual event attracted stars from movies, music and sports to the Phoenix, Arizona gala, which raises funds in support of the legendary boxer's fight to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
The Raging Bull star was given the night's big prize, the 2014 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award, which was handed to De Niro by his Analyze This co-star Billy Crystal.
Singer Buble was also presented with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award by country artist Reba McEntire, who served as the host for the evening.
Ali himself was not able to attend his event due to a stomach bug, but other celebrities, including Sex and the City's John Corbett and politician Robert Kennedy, Jr., were on hand to support the cause.
Country music siblings The Band Perry took the stage to entertain attendees, while Buble, McEntire and Kenny Rogers also performed.
A live auction was also held during the event, where a VIP treatment package at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sold for $15,000 (£8,967), while two lucky bidders each paid $500,000 (£298,918) to have dinner with McEntire in her home. But the biggest draw of the night was a dinner with De Niro, Crystal and former New York Yankees general manager Joe Torre, which went for $1 million (£597,836).
Over $8 million (£4.8 million) was raised during the event, boosting the total raised in the 20 years of Celebrity Fight Night to $95 million (£56.8 million). Funds will benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Medical Center's Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as other charities.
Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Dr. John will join blues legend Johnny Winter in the studio for his second album of classic covers. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper and Aerosmith star Joe Perry will also guest on the follow-up to Winter's 2011 album Roots.
The characters on ABC's Scandal are so compelling, it's difficult to pick a favorite. Are you Team Fitz or Team Jake? All of the Gladiators are awesome (but Huck is probably your favorite). And then there's Olivia Pope -- she's in a class by herself, but even the great Kerry Washington has been upstaged on occassion. Mellie Grant (played by Bellamy Young) is fantastic, and this season Papa Pope (Joe Morton) has stolen the show in a few episodes. But Cyrus Beene? Now he is truly incomparable. And if you're a dedicated Scandal fan, there's a chance that he's your favorite character on the show. If not, allow us to persuade you.
He Has The Best Monologues Ever
There was that time when he went off on President Fitz about how his life would end up if he resigned from office. That time when he went off on Olivia and compared the electoral process to the magic fairytale that is Christmas. That time he went off about what an amazing President he would have been. I mean, we could go on. Cyrus goes off a lot, and every time it is pure gold.
He Is The Worst Husband Ever ... But Still Kinda Sweet
When Cyrus refers to himself as an "animal" (not just a political animal, but an animal proper), he means that he's the type of guy to order a hit out on his own husband when that husband threatens to expose him to the world for tampering with a presidential election. True story. But he's also the kind of guy to call that hit off at the last minute because, deep down, he really loves his hubby.
He Is Employee Of The Month, Every Month
You don't know work ethic until you see Cyrus Beene making phone calls from an ambulance, minutes after suffering from a heart attack. When he found out that Reston and Billy Chambers had been working together and plotting against his beloved President Fitz his heart lit'rally gave out. And he still couldn't stop working because he is the definition of Employee of the Month, every month. Beyoncé herself looks like the second-hardest working person in the world next to this guy. And for that, we love him.