Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Beck were among the stars who took to the stage to perform the songs of Bob Dylan at a charity gala honouring the veteran folk legend in Los Angeles on Friday (06Feb15). The Mr. Tambourine Man hitmaker was named the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year during the organisation's annual benefit at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and he gave a 30-minute speech at the event, telling the audience, "I'm proud to be here tonight for MusiCares. I'm honoured to have all these artists singing my songs."
Beck, John Mellencamp, Nelson and Springsteen were among the performers who took to the stage to pay tribute to Dylan.
All proceeds from the event benefit the MusiCares organisation, which provides financial and medical aid to musicians in need.
Country legend Willie Nelson has pulled out of plans to honour Stevie Wonder at a Grammy Awards tribute show next month (Feb15) as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have been added to the line-up. No further details about Nelson's decision to step down have been revealed, with Recording Academy bosses simply stating he is no longer performing.
The news emerges as pop stars Gaga and Grande, Oscar nominee John Legend and country singers the Band Perry have signed on to join the likes of Usher, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monae and Chris Martin to celebrate Wonder's career in Los Angeles on 10 February (15).
The two-hour show, titled Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute, will be broadcast on U.S. TV on 16 February (15).
Evan Rachel Wood and Rumer Willis are teaming up for a cabaret show based on the films of John Hughes.
The actresses will star in For the Record: Dear John Hughes, alongside Tracie Thoms and Lindsey Gort. The musical will run from 6 February (15) to 4 April (15) at a West Hollywood theatre to be confirmed. For the Record will mark the 30th anniversary of Hughes' Brat Pack movie The Breakfast Club. The Hughes tribute will simultaneously play in Chicago, Illinois - the director's home town.
Folk legend Bob Dylan will be presented with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honour from former U.S. president Jimmy Carter after receiving musical tributes from Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White. The Lay Lady Lay hitmaker will be honoured at the Recording Academy's 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert on 6 February (15), and a host of stars have lined up to celebrate Dylan's career.
Joining Springsteen, Nelson and White will be Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, John Mellencamp, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Beck, the Black Keys, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and singer/songwriter John Doe.
President Carter will close out the night by personally saluting the veteran.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the MusiCares organisation, which provides financial and medical aid to musicians in need.
Previous MusiCares Person of the Year honourees include Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Bono, Tony Bennett and Carole King, who received the accolade last year (14).
Nicki Minaj is mourning the loss of a young superfan who lost her battle with cancer on Monday (08Dec14). Earlier this year (14), the Superbass hitmaker was introduced to six-year-old Miyah Telemaque-Nelson after U.S. basketball pro John Wall launched an online campaign to help the cancer patient meet her idol.
Wall's efforts worked, as Minaj happily agreed to meet with Telemaque-Nelson, was who suffering from Burkitt's lymphoma, and their hang out was well-documented on the rapper's Instagram page.
However, Minaj took to the photo sharing site on Monday to share the sad news of her young fan's passing, posting a collage of pictures of the tot, including one in which she is wearing a pink wig alongside her idol.
Minaj added the caption, "I can't believe this little angel is gone. When I met her she was recovering. Sending love to her mother and family and John (Wall). This is heartbreaking. She was so full of life. RIP Miyah."
Country superstar Willie Nelson is set to be saluted by Grammy Awards bosses for his longstanding philanthropy efforts. The veteran singer will be saluted as part of the Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert, where he will be recognised for his many charity endeavours, including founding the non-profit Farm Aid organisation and annual benefit show with Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985.
Nelson joins rocker Bryan Adams and gay rights activists Cyndi Lauper and Melissa Etheridge among the honourees at the 2015 gig, dubbed, Lean On Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles in the run up to the Grammy Awards in February (15).
Soul stars Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc are also scheduled to perform.
John Ridley and Richard Curtis are among the nominees for the 40th annual Humanitas Prize awards. The acclaimed writers are on the shortlist for the accolades, which celebrate the best in TV and film writing.
Ridley, whose 12 Years a Slave script nabbed an Oscar earlier this year (14), is up against Belle scribe Misan Sagay and Nebraska's Bob Nelson for the Feature Film prize.
Meanwhile, Curtis' Mary And Martha will see off competition from Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart and Richard Friedenberg's Ring Of Fire in the 90 Minute category.
Other writers in the television category include Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm (Homeland), Jason Katims (Parenthood), Veena Sud (The Killing), and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) in the 60 Minute group, while sitcom scribes Carter Bays & Craig Thomas (How I Met Your Mother), Elaine Ko (Modern Family) and Roy Brown (The Middle), will duke it out in the 30 Minute category.
Independent movie writers in the Sundance Feature Film Category include Petter Sattler (Camp X-Ray), Kat Candler (Hellion), Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange), and Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).
The winners will be announced during a special luncheon on 16 January (15) in Los Angeles.
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Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted his famous friends including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Kiss and The Cure to record a tribute album featuring covers of his songs.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have also recorded tracks for The Art of Paul McCartney, which features songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.
Notable inclusions are Chrissie Hynde's version of Let It Be, Billy Joel singing Live and Let Die, Bob Dylan's Things We Said Today, and The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye, which they recorded with the music veteran's son James.
The album is set to hit shelves in November (14).
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.
Veteran TV actor Ed Nelson has died at the age of 85. The star passed away on Saturday (09Aug14) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Born Edwin Stafford Nelson, the New Orleans, Louisiana native served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman before launching his screen career in the mid-1950s, when he appeared in low-budget films such as Attack of the Crab Monsters.
His big break came in 1964, when he starred in popular soap opera Peyton Place as Doctor Michael Rossi. The show ran for five years until 1969, and he later featured in a TV movie spin-off, titled Murder in Peyton Place.
His other TV credits include The Detectives, The Untouchables, The Rockford Files, Quincy M.E. and The Twilight Zone.
Nelson's final screen appearance was in 2003 movie Runaway Jury, based on the novel by John Grisham and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.