The 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards became a political platform for artists including Calle 13 and host Eugenio Derbez, who called for action for a group of missing students in Mexico and U.S. immigration reform. The prizegiving at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday (20Nov14) was delayed by nearly 20 minutes as the show was preempted by U.S. President Barack Obama who addressed the nation on his decision to push for changes to America's immigration policy.
During his speech, Obama announced he would take broad executive action to offer temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and incidentally, he is expected to head to Nevada on Friday (21Nov14) to speak about the issue.
Derbez, who co-hosted the ceremony with actress Jacqueline Bracamontes, took a moment during his opening monologue to acknowledge Obama's address just minutes after the Grammys went live.
He said, "It was time that Latinos' rights were recognised. We stopped being the minority a long time ago. Latinos are already a part of this country, everyone!
"So what better way to celebrate this occasion than with music? Latinos have always used music to cross borders!"
Colombian singer Carlos Vives also echoed Derbez's sentiments, as he dedicated his win for Best Contemporary Tropical Album to President Obama.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rican rappers Calle 13 kicked off the ceremony with an invigorating performance of their Grammy-winning song El Aguante, which details human resilience.
Lead singer Rene Perez took the stage in a shirt that read, "Ayotzinapa Faltan 43", which translates to "there are 43 missing", referring to the students of the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College who went missing after taking part in a protest in the city of Iguala on 26 September (14).
The students' convoy of buses came under fire from local police, and it was later confirmed the entire group of young people had been killed. Thousands of Mexicans have subsequently taken part in protests across the country, demanding action from the government.
Towards the end of his performance, Perez exclaimed, "We are all Ayotzinapa. We can't allow for this to continue in these times. Viva Mexico!"
Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs scored a trophy for Best Folk Album, and upon receiving her prize, she told the crowd, "These are difficult moments for us. But we will come out ahead and we will find justice."
Banda el Recodo musician Poncho Lizarraga also used his acceptance speech for Best Banda album to speak on both hot button issues, and said, "We're Mexican, and all we want is a country with peace and security for our children and families.
"Tonight, there will be an announcement that could favour Latinos or immigrants, to allow them to be able to live and enjoy this country that's always opened so many doors for us. But what this award signifies is that I can't really criticise a country that's welcomed us and given us so much."
Actor Sam Claflin was convinced his wife Laura Haddock was "out of his league" when he fell for her at first sight at an audition in 2011. The Hunger Games star was instantly struck by how beautiful the actress was, and experienced heartache when he learned she was not single. But destiny brought them together twice in 24 hours.
He explains, "It was love at first sight. We met in an audition room and I walked in and was somewhat blown away by her beauty. I remember leaving the audition and calling my agent like, 'I have just met the woman I want to marry'.
"She was totally out of my league, there was no way I was getting her and he basically confessed that he represented her as well and I was like, 'Is she single?' and he said, 'No...'
Another chance meeting with Haddock later that day made Claflin feel sure he was supposed to be with her.
He continues, "That evening I went out, partied with a few friends, stayed up all night, got the first tube (train) home in the morning, got to my station, the doors opened and there she was alas at 5.30am. So I was like, 'Hi, I look awful, still wearing the same clothes as I met you in yesterday'. It was fate."
Jennifer Lawrence is suffering from anxiety issues which cause recurring nightmares.
The Hunger Games star reveals simple triggers, like grocery shopping, can make her feel on edge and exacerbate her problems, while she also has terrifying dreams about being out in public.
She tells Britain's The Daily Telegraph, "A lot of anxiety comes from something as simple as me going to the grocery store because I don't know what could happen. I have nightmares all the times that I'm walking through a shopping mall and suddenly people start surrounding me going to the grocery store because I don't know what could happen. I have nightmares all the time that I'm walking through a shopping mall and suddenly people start surrounding me and there's nowhere to go... I have to live with it. I do my best."
Lawrence reveals encounters with fans also make her feel anxious.
She adds, "When I meet young fans, I understand them because I was like that too, but it's the real life run-ins with people who sometimes don't really know how to act that make me feel weird and I don't like it. When the elevator doors open and everybody gasps, it's an alienating feeling. I'm figuring it out. Or trying to."
Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has begged fans to stop following him back to hotels in between the band's gigs because he always worries "pursuit jockeys" are out to do him and his wife harm. The rocker assures fans he won't sign autographs and pose for photos if fans track down his whereabouts and decide to pay him a visit.
In a post on the group's Facebook.com page, he writes, "There have been a few threats of physical violence towards me in recent times, and my first assumption is that someone following me in a car after a show and jumping out when I pull into a hotel is up to no good.
"My hotel is my sanctuary. You frighten my wife and put me under pressure to react to potential violence. Stop and think: If you were on your way home from work, late at night, and you became aware of a car or two following you to your home in the dark, you would get worried and understandably probably lock your car doors and call the cops.
"PLEASE DON'T DO THIS. I won't be in a good mood, and I won't sign your albums, in spite of your arguments and protestations. You will get angry, call me names and I will get even angrier than you... Not a nice way for any of us to end the otherwise pleasurable evening."
Veteran musician Gregg Allman was named a living legend at the 2014 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday (04Nov14). The Allman Brothers star took the top award at the annual event, which was staged in Los Angeles for the first time to mark its 10th anniversary.
The Doors were given the prestigious Inspiration honour, Queen + Adam Lambert were named Band of the Year, and miracle man Wilko Johnson - who was recently given the all-clear after living with a terminal cancer diagnosis for more than 15 months - was awarded Album of the Year for his collaboration with Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home.
After he was announced as the winner of the Living Legend award, Allman said, "I am so very honoured to be receiving this award. The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich thanked fans via a video message after the band's concert movie Through The Never scooped Film of the Year, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne celebrated when his debut solo record Blizzard of Ozz was named Classic Album and his wife Sharon won the VIP award.
The ceremony, which usually takes place in London, was held at The Avalon in Hollywood.
The full list of winners is:
Living Legend - Gregg Allman
Inspiration - The Doors
Band of the Year - Queen + Adam Lambert
Film of the Year - Metallica, Through The Never
Album of the Year - Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home
Classic Album - Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard Of Ozz
Outstanding Contribution - Jeff Lynne
Reissue of the Year - Led Zeppelin I, II, III Deluxe Editions
Maestro - Joe Perry
Metal Guru - Dave Mustaine
The Bluesman - Eric Burdon
The VIP - Sharon Osbourne
Best New Band - The Cadillac Three.
Set designer Andrew Hamilton has launched a lawsuit against the producers of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges' film flop R.I.P.D. for injuries he sustained while making the movie. Hamilton alleges he hurt his back after he hoisted steel doors up three storeys for the movie, according to TMZ.com.
He claims the injury left him unemployable and he is now seeking compensation.
Tony-award winning musical Pippin is to close its doors in January (15). The revival of the coming-of-age play about a young prince searching for the meaning of life will have its final performance at the Music Box Theatre in New York City on 4 January (15).
The critically-acclaimed revamp of the 1972 musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2012, and went on to have its Broadway debut in April, 2013 and scored four Tony Awards that same year.
Josh Kaufman, the winner of America's The Voice reality TV series earlier this year (14), recently joined the Broadway cast in the titular role and will play the young prince when the curtain comes down in January (15).
Veteran rockers Sammy Hagar and Glenn Hughes will share vocal duties for supergroup Kings Of Chaos at the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards in Los Angeles next week (04Nov14). Hagar, who will host the prizegiving at the Avalon in Hollywood, and former Deep Purple star Hughes will be joined by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons as guests of the band, which features former Guns N' Roses bandmates Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum and Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt.
Hughes will also take the stage with his new band California Breed, while Scott Weiland will perform with his new group, The Wildabouts.
Gregg Allman and existing The Doors stars Robby Krieger and John Densmore will be honoured with the Living Legend Award and Inspiration Award, respectively.
New York's Cmj Music Marathon has been disrupted amid fears an Ebola patient visited one of the event's venues. Dr. Craig Spencer was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in New York after he travelled back from treating patients suffering with the deadly disease in Guinea.
On Wednesday night (22Oct14), he travelled from Harlem to Brooklyn and visited a music venue and bowling alley, believed to be either The Gutter or Brooklyn Bowl, before being hospitalised on Thursday (23Oct14).
Both venues are participating in the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which showcases more than 1,400 live performances in 80 New York bars through one week of October.
Despite ambiguity over which venue Spencer attended, The Gutter bosses opted to shut their doors as an extra safety precaution, forcing bands including Heaven, The Big Sleep, Sun Club and Friend Roulette to cancel their CMJ performances.
A spokesperson for The Gutter posted on its Facebook.com page on Friday (24Oct14), "We voluntarily decided to close The Gutter yesterday evening as a precautionary measure while we gathered more information. We are working with the NYC Health Department to have the bar cleaned and sanitized under their supervision and expect to be open sometime today after that is completed. Doctors advising the Health Department have told us that our staff and customers were at no risk."
More than 4,000 victims of Ebola have died since the outbreak hit West Africa earlier this year (14), with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria among the worst affected countries.
A concert by dance music star Skrillex was marred when 16 fans were hospitalised after taking drugs. Paramedics treated several concert-goers at the show in at Chicago's Navy Pier venue on Saturday (18Oct14).
It is not known what condition the victims were in or what substances they had consumed.
Andrew Bazos, security chief for the show's promoters SFX, tells NBC Chicago, "They're young, and they're often irresponsible."
A spokesman for SFX insisted the promoters do all they can to curb drug-taking at concerts, adding, "We're very strict at the doors so that people don't bring bad things in."