Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder are to receive top honours at the upcoming American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Centennial Awards in New York. The accolade is handed out once a century to a select group of American music icons in recognition of their "incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond".
The prizegiving will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on 17 November (14) at a gala celebrating ASCAP’s 100th anniversary.
ASCAP president Paul Williams says, "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe. It’s wonderful to be able to salute them on the occasion of ASCAP’s Centennial year."
Christina Aguilera and her fiancé Matt Rutler welcomed a healthy baby girl into the world on Saturday, August 16th. Today, in the early hours of the morning, Xtina took to Twitter to announce their daughters name:
So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) August 18, 2014
Twitter users tired of “unique” baby names rolled their eyes in unison. It seems not everyone finds these names clever or cute.
they must give these celebrities extra doses of drugs during birth... these baby names are ridiculous! #summerrain
— lola méndez (@lolaannmendez) August 18, 2014
Congrats Christina Aguilera for naming your daughter Summer Rain, the same name as my shaving cream and body wash #classy
— Gillian (@SLOANEandSteady) August 18, 2014
People felt that they should have seen this coming.
Why was I expecting something normal from Christina Aguilera in the baby naming business? Really, I should've known better. #SprinklerSystem
— Douglas (@douglas0711) August 18, 2014
Some people are predicting what this means for Xtina’s future career plans.
Christina Aguilera named her daughter Summer Rain, presumably to give her a head start on her inevitable perfume line.
— Rachel Zarrell (@rachelzarrell) August 18, 2014
$5 says Christina Aguilera will work her daughter's name into a song very soon. "Whoaaaa, ohhhh, ohhhhhh, Summer Rain washed me clean..."
— Amanda Vandenbergh (@VandenVogue) August 18, 2014
This person plans to use Summer Rain as inspiration for their own baby-naming process.
"Christina Aguilera gave birth to a baby girl named Summer Rain over the weekend! #LiveFromE" thats it. My kids name will be flower child.
— Sarruhhh. (@TheSaraPettus) August 18, 2014
Some people just wanted to know why?
christina aguilera named her baby summer rain. why would you do that
— ☆ (@lezforgomez) August 18, 2014
Christina Aguilera named her daughter Summer Rain. I... I... Wow
— brooklyn. (@Tay_Dlamini) August 18, 2014
Some people questioned if this was serious (while also randomly hashtagging to vote for another artist?)
So christina aguilera name her kid summer rain?! Seriously?? #votedemilovato
— Ana Paula Motta (@_apmotta) August 18, 2014
Meanwhile, there were other people who didn't really care about the name, but had equally funny reactions.
@Jamake1005 @xtina I'm gonna cry, too excited. Summer Rain is gorgeous and she probably smells good lmao
— #CongratsXtina (@Medeya) August 18, 2014
#SummerRainRutler is the luckiest girl in the world @xtina because she IS #BabyXtina and that's why she has the most amazing BEST NAME EVER!
— XtinaBaby=SummerRain (@Saratina80) August 18, 2014
What are your thoughts on the name Summer Rain? Do you love it or hate it? Tweet us your thoughts!
Gospel singer Wayne Haun is celebrating after landing a 12-nomination haul ahead of this year's (14) Dove Awards. Officials at the Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for their 45th annual prizegiving on Wednesday (13Aug14) and Haun leads the pack, while artists Hillsong United, Lecrae, Matt Maher and American Idol star Mandisa land five nominations apiece.
Mandisa, Maher and Hillsong United will compete for the coveted Song of the Year trophy, alongside For King & Country, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, The Perrys, Karen Peck and New River, Brian Free & Assurance and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, while Casting Crowns, NeedtoBreathe and Switchfoot will fight for Artist of the Year honours with Hillsong United, Lecrae and Mandisa.
The Gospel Awards will be held in Nashville, Tennessee in October (14).
Country star Jason Aldean has urged fans and critics to "move on" from the headline-grabbing cheating scandal which ruined his marriage, insisting he has no regrets about romancing fellow singer Brittany Kerr. The Big Green Tractor hitmaker tried and failed to save his union to high school sweetheart Jessica Ussery in 2012, after he was photographed kissing former American Idol contestant Kerr at a bar in Los Angeles.
He ended up filing for divorce to terminate their 12-year marriage in April, 2013, and subsequently rekindled his relationship with Kerr, making their red carpet debut as a couple at the CMT Music Awards in June (14).
In the early hours of Sunday (10Aug14), he shared his first photo of himself and his mistress-turned-girlfriend on his Instagram.com blog, alongside the caption, "A little surprise for my girl @brittanylkerr tonight. Her favorite pooch @manny_the_frenchie came to my show in Chi-Town (Chicago) tonite (sic). #loveubaby #surprise (sic)".
However, the snap prompted a slew of nasty comments from detractors and hours later, Aldean addressed the cheating controversy in a follow-up post, featuring the words, "You know my name, not my story. You've heard what I've done, not what I've been through."
Alongside that image, he wrote, "So sick of people judging me and @brittanylkerr over things they know nothing about. I have made mistakes but I am a better person because of it, and wouldn't change a thing.
"I'm happier than I have ever been, so thank u to all the people who support us. We are happy and life goes on. It's time to move on people. #aldeanarmy #oldnews #timetomoveon (sic)."
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to replace his Django Unchained co-star Jamie Foxx in Kevin Hart's new movie The Black Phantom.
The Pulp Fiction star has become the frontrunner to become the Phantom's nemesis-turned-sidekick in the film, according to Deadline.com.
The film will team Hart with his Ride Along director Tim Story again, while producer Clint Culpepper previously worked with Jackson on 2008 thriller Lakeview Terrace.
"The only person who has consistently said no has been Prince. I haven't approached him in 20 years... I had several ideas... for When Doves Cry and Kiss and 1999 and a few others but Prince wasn't into parody... I got a telegram from Prince's people saying that I was not to establish eye contact with Prince at the American Music Awards. Everybody in his immediate seating area got that same telegram, so I didn't feel singled out." 'Weird Al' Yankovic never got along with Prince after trying to persuade the pop superstar to let him parody his hits.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris has landed a role in the new American Horror Story series after writing to creator Ryan Murphy and asking for a part.
The former How I Met Your Mother star, who is currently starring on Broadway in Hedwig & the Angry Inch, recently told Entertainment Weekly Radio that he had penned a request note to Murphy, suggesting himself for upcoming series, Freak Show.
He said, "I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn't even available to be in it. To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch."
Murphy caught wind of the radio chat and has since responded to Harris via Twitter, writing, "@ActuallyNPH of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you'd love."
Harris previously worked with Murphy in an episode of Glee, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.
Jazz bassist Charlie Haden has died at the age of 76. Haden passed away on Friday (11Jul14) following a prolonged illness, according to Billboard.com.
The musician made his professional debut at the age of two as a yodeler alongside his family members.
In 1957, he joined saxophonist Ornette Coleman's jazz quartet.
Following a stint in rehab for drug addiction, he worked with composer Keith Jarrett's American quartet in 1967.
Haden also went on to found his own groups, including The Liberation Music Orchestra with Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Roswell Rudd and Gato Barbieri, and the Charlie Haden Quartet West featuring saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Lawrence Marable.
Haden was the recipient of several Grammy awards throughout his career, including Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for Beyond the Missouri Sky in 1997, and two Latin Grammys for Best Latin Jazz CD for his album Nocturne and Best Latin Jazz Performance for his record Land of the Sun.
He is survived by his singer and guitarist son Josh Haden and his triplet daughters, Petra, Tanya and Rachel Haden, who formed the group the Haden Triplets.
Pharrell Williams added another major honour to his trophy cabinet on Friday (04Jul14) after picking up the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The Happy hitmaker was honoured for his most recent hits, which also include Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk.
Other winners at the prestigious lunchtime gala included former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who picked up the O2 Silver Clef Award, Sir Tom Jones, who was presented with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath.
In addition to the prizegiving event, the awards ceremony also serves as a charity for Nordoff Robbins, which provides therapy to adults and children suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Prizewinner Page says, ''I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth, which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there. I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert, so that was really nice to find out.
"When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator... Music has a power.''
The 02 Silver Clef Award Winners are:
Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award
Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award
Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award
Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award
Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award
Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award
Actress Olivia Munn has taken her budding romance with American football star Aaron Rodgers public after the couple attended the New York premiere of her new movie Deliver Us From Evil.
The Newsroom beauty began dating Rodgers in May (14), weeks after her split from Robocop actor Joel Kinnaman, and they decided to make their relationship official by stepping out together at their first big event. The new couple was photographed arriving hand-in-hand, before Munn posed solo for the cameras on the red carpet.
Explaining why she ditched her new man on the red carpet, Munn told Eonline.com, "That seems a little strange to walk (together). The carpet's work, you know? I don't go on the field with him. "The afterparty we'll hang out and stuff, but the red carpet, it's work. It's interesting when you have some people walk the carpet. Some people do that, but for me... this is work."
Munn and Rodgers reportedly hit it off in April (14), when they were paired up to present a prize at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.