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Carole King is about to be feted with one of the music world's most prestigious honors. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter will receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a ceremony at the White House, the first time a female artist has nabbed the accolade. President Barack Obama will bestow the award in the East Room on May 22 and along with First Lady Michelle Obama host a concert that will feature performances by King as well as Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood and Emeli Sandé. King shot to fame in 1971 with her album Tapestry, which ruled the charts for nearly four months, won her four Grammy Awards, and held the record for »
She's the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.
The White House says Obama will present the award to King during a concert Wednesday. The program will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.
King's hits during five decades of songwriting include "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman."
Wednesday's concert will be the latest in the "In Performance at the White House" series. It will be streamed live on , and broadcast nationally by PBS stations on May 28. http://www.whitehouse.gov »
Which American actress is richer than Oprah? According to a new list, "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth a whopping $3 billion, beating Oprah by $300 million and becoming the fourth richest celebrity (singers, rappers, actors, models). Louis-Dreyfus didn't earn all that money from her work on "Seinfeld." In fact, most of it comes from her family. But that's not to say that "Seinfeld" didn't make her richer. Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made the list, each being worth $800 million. What's interesting is that Keanu Reeves is worth $350 million, which is more than Will Smith ($200 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($200 million). But that's nothing comparing to the person who took first place, George Lucas, who's worth $7.3 billion, mostly thanks to the sale of "Star Wars" to Disney. Check out the top 50 list below: 1. George Lucas: $7.3 Billion 2. Dina Merrill: $5 Billion 3. Steven Spielberg: $3 Billion 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $3 Billion 5. Oprah Winfrey: »
Washington — The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a new process to select artists who receive one of the nation's top arts prizes, the Kennedy Center Honors, after an outside group last year said Latinos have been largely excluded.
Under the revised process, the Kennedy Center will begin seeking recommendations from the public for the first time in the award's 35-year history. Recommendations can be submitted online beginning Thursday. The center will also seek more recommendations from a committee of artists.
To narrow the roster of potential honorees, the center is forming a new Special Honors Committee. Former honorees Chita Rivera and Yo-Yo Ma will serve on the panel, along with opera singer Harolyn Blackwell, dancer Damian Woetzel and two center board members, Elaine Wynn and Cappy McGarr. From there, the Kennedy Center chairman, president and award producers will create slates of potential honorees to balance the selections across artistic disciplines, »
Miami — Singer Miguel Bose has been named the 2013 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.
The Latin Recording Academy announced the Spanish singer's selection Wednesday. He will be honored with a tribute gala and concert in November before the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.
President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy Gabriel Abaroa Jr. called Bose a talented performer and philanthropist who has had a profound impact.
Bose has recorded more than 30 albums and also appeared in more than 35 films. His many chart-topping singles include "Anna" and "Salamandra." His albums have received certified platinum status throughout Latin America, Spain and Europe.
The Grammy-winning musician has also donated his time and talent to social and environmental causes.
Latino history in the United States has been obscure until now. A new documentary series narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt will chronicle the history of Latinos in the United States, going back 500 years and leading up to where Latinos are today, the largest minority group in the country.
Producer Ray Telles, responsible for producing a portion of a new upcoming series on PBS called “Latino Americans“, spoke to Voxxi about the project, his contribution and the future of Latinos in America.
Being Mexican-American himself, Telles couldn’t be more passionate about “Latino Americans”. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Telles maintains a connection to his Mexican roots. In a way, this series shows the history of his family and allows for »
Coral Gables, Fla. — Reggaeton star Don Omar was the top winner of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, though the bigger star of the show might have been the one who wasn't there: The late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera.
Don Omar took home 10 prizes at the annual show Thursday honoring Spanish-language songs and performers. Rivera won six prizes, including artist of the year. The California-born superstar was killed in a plane accident last year in Mexico.
The show paid homage to Rivera with a tribute that included clips from live performances and her reality television show. Her brother Juan Rivera sang his sister's song "No Llega el Olvido" accompanied by a mariachi band.
"You are my diva," Rivera's father, Pedro Rivera, said in accepting the prizes. "May God bless you, my daughter."
Rivera sold more than 15 million copies of her 12 major-label albums during her career, which was cut short in December »
The former Beatle recorded a voice message that's part of a text-to-call operation Wednesday for Bennett's Voices Against Violence campaign. McCartney and others are encouraging Americans to send a text, which will lead to the singer's message and connect the caller to their local Senate office after providing their zip code.
The Senate will vote Wednesday on a proposal to expand background checks, the linchpin of the effort to curb gun violence. In December, 20 children and six aides were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, propelling gun violence into a national issue. Families of the Newtown victims have been lobbying lawmakers.
Kathy Griffin stopped by the "Watch What Happens: Live" clubhouse to address those rumors that she's set to replace Joy Behar on "The View." Behar announced earlier this month that she's leaving the daytime talk show at the end of the season. Since then, speculation has run rampant about who will replace her.
There is that matter of Barbara Walters banning Griffin from the show. It's something that's been done off and on for years now based on jokes and comments Griffin has made about Walters during her stand-up routines.
Griffin didn't do herself any favors in that department by doing an impression of Barbara Walters on "Wwhl." She imagined Walters waiting in the car while Griffin was on the show. "‘I really wish she would leave," Griffin said as Walters. "She’s been sitting here with the table making comments that are inappropriate and if she’s part of the table, »
- Jason Hughes
Paul Anka -- one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time -- is calling out Jay-z ... telling TMZ the rapper treated him like a chump ... and now Anka is Pissed. Anka was outside Madeo restaurant in L.A. last night, when we asked about his upcoming album "Duets" -- which features collaborations with legends like Willie Nelson, Gloria Estefan and Dolly Parton. But you know who isn't on the album? Jigga ... because according to Anka, »
- TMZ Staff
The 86-year-old said in an interview Thursday that he and the pop star will record "a big swing album." He says "we have it all worked out already on paper."
Bennett and Gaga collaborated on "The Lady Is a Tramp" for his Grammy-winning, platinum-selling 2011 "Duets II" album. He called the 26-year-old a "wonderful person and a great talent."
He says he wants to work with Gaga because "she's quite different." He adds that he's also impressed with Gaga as a business woman.
Follow Mesfin Fekadu on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MusicMesfin »
Now that Joy is leaving ‘The View’ a new report says the search is on for a Latina woman, who is a passionate Republican, to take her spot. Who do you think it should be?
Who Will Take Joy’s Spot On ‘The View’
The report claims that ABC wants to shake up the show and they’re looking for a “feisty woman” who has similar views to Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
- Chloe Melas
Justin Timberlake's third album, his first in seven years, started streaming Monday night on iTunes. (First Bowie, then Timberlake — good gets lately, iTunes!) Vulture immediately initiated back-to-back-to-back spins of The 20/20 Experience, and we've gotten both versed and jazzed enough to tackle some imaginary questions from imaginary fans on both ends of the very real excitement/trepidation spectrum. Here we go. Does anything on The 20/20 Experience sound like Gloria Estefan? "Let the Groove Get In" does. Very much so. But do all the songs sound exactly like Justin Timberlake songs? The finale "Blue Ocean Floor" is unexpected and sounds ready for an indie movie.How much of this thing can I dance to? Almost all of it. Will it define your year of movement the way FutureSex/LoveSounds did for your 2006 and 2007? The ball's in your court. Get back to us. "Mirrors" and "Suit & Tie" seemed pretty busy — are any »
- Zach Dionne
Can't picture anyone other than Whitney Houston singing "How Will I Know"? Well, Janet Jackson was offered the song first, reports Entertainment Tonight . Nine more songs that were originally intended for someone else: Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" was originally offered to Michael Jackson—as were a few other eventual Jt hits. "Don't Cha" (as in, "...wish your girlfriend was hot like me") is bad enough as performed by the Pussycat Dolls ... can you imagine if it had been performed by Paris Hilton? Well, it almost was. Gloria Estefan wrote "Let's Get Loud" for herself, but gave it to Jennifer »
- Evann Gastaldo
Miami, Feb 6 (Ians/Efe) The life of Gloria and Emilio Estefan will hit Broadway in a musical spotlighting the most exciting moments the two artists ever lived, the producers announced Tuesday.
Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises said in a communique that they are in "the process of developing and producing a new Broadway show inspired by the music made famous by international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, musician/producer and entrepreneur Emilio Estefan".
The musical will chronicle the life of the artists from their days in their native Cuba to reaching the heights of Latin music.
"I am thrilled to collaborate with Gloria and Emilio to see their amazing story come to fruition on the Broadway. »
- Amith Ostwal
The rhythm is going to get Broadway!
The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises announced today that Latin music legend Gloria Estefan and her husband of nearly 35 years, 19-time Grammy winner Emilio, are developing a musical based on their life stories. Bernie Yuman, producer and manager of Siegfried & Roy’s long-running Las Vegas magic show, will also produce the Estefan’s show. The title, creative team, and more details have yet to be announced.
“We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality, »
- Hillary Busis
New York (AP) — Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio are hoping the rhythm is going to lead to Broadway. The duo on Tuesday announced that they've teamed up with the Nederlander Organization to try to create a musical based on their lives and take it to the Great White Way. "We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality. Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that »
- Mark Kennedy (AP Staff)
Gloria Estefan is developing a musical that will chart her own rise to stardom, the singer and the Nederlander Organization said Monday. The partners hope to take the project to Broadway. The musical will presumably sample liberally from hits, such as "Conga" and "The Rhythm is Going to Get You," while recounting the collaboration between Estefan and her husband, musician and producer Emilio Estefan. Also read: 'Big Fish' Musical Heading to Broadway in October The jukebox musical has become increasingly popular in recent years for producers hoping to attract audiences with familiar music »
- Brent Lang
New York -- Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio are hoping the rhythm is going to lead to Broadway.
The duo on Tuesday announced that they've teamed up with the Nederlander Organization to try to create a musical based on their lives and take it to the Great White Way.
"We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality. Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that has brought us to where we are today," Gloria and Emilio Estefan said in a statement.
The Nederlander Organization will be producing the new show in partnership with Bernie Yuman, who produced and managed Siegfried & Roy's show in Las Vegas. The show is still in its embryonic form and has no writer, »
New York -- Look out Broadway, the rhythm is gonna get you. Seven-time Grammy-winning Latin pop sensation Gloria Estefan and her husband, musician-producer-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan, have teamed with theater owner and producing entity the Nederlander Organization to develop and produce a new musical to tell their story. The untitled show will follow their journey from Cuba to Miami and superstardom, generating a string of smash albums and international hit songs, including "Conga," "1-2-3," "Music of My Heart" and, of course, "Rhythm is Gonna Get You." Photos: Broadway Musicals That Have Sung Their Way
- David Rooney
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