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Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.
“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.
“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.
“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different. »
- Jon Weisman
Shirley Jones Movies: Innocent virgins and sex workers galore (photo: Shirley Jones and Burt Lancaster in ‘Elmer Gantry’) (See previous post: “Shirley Jones: From Book to Movies.”) I haven’t watched The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), a comedy Western directed by Gene Kelly, and starring 62-year-old James Stewart as a cowpoke who inherits an establishment that turns out to be a popular house of prostitution. Henry Fonda plays Stewart’s partner. And I’m sure Shirley Jones, as one of the sex workers, looks lovely in the film. Hopefully, director Kelly gave this likable, talented actress the chance to do more than just stand around looking pretty. But then again … For all purposes, The Cheyenne Social Club ended Shirley Jones’ film stardom; that same year she turned to TV and The Partridge Family. Jones would return to films only nine years later, as one of several stars (among them Michael Caine, »
- Andre Soares
Nick Lowe has been grise for a few decades now, but over the last dozen years he’s gotten the éminence thing down, transforming from an ironic Brit-pop also-ran into a wry, ruminative old-fashioned troubadour, with songs and a voice worthy of that impressive head of hair. Lowe has now recorded a Christmas album, Quality Street, which makes some sense. There’s a bit of Father Christmas, a.k.a. Bing Crosby, in Lowe’s mellow croon, and his songs inhabit a kind of spiritual 1959, sitting snugly between Tin Pan Alley pop and country and early R&B and fifties rock and roll. (You can imagine Lowe’s recent songs being sung by Der Bingle or Nat King Cole or Patti Page or, for that matter, Gene Autry or Jackie Wilson or Buddy Holly.) Quality Street’s official release date is October 29, but it’s streaming, for one day only, »
- Jody Rosen
Norah Jones accepted a Grammy award at the 55th annual Grammys on Sunday evening, but it was not in her name.
Jones attended the pre-Grammy ceremony to accept a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for her late father, Ravi Shankar. Shankar was a famed sitar player who is credited with influencing the Beatles.
"I was very excited to hear about the lifetime achievement award a week before my dad passed away, one day before he went into surgery," Jones said in an email to the AP. "He knew about it and was very happy, and also that he and my sister, Anoushka, were both nominated in the same category for a Grammy (this year) was a special thing as well. We all miss him and are very proud of him. I will forever be discovering and re-discovering his music from all walks of his long and amazing life."
When accepting the award, »
- The Huffington Post
Justin Timberlake performs the Grammys
(All photos Getty)
There's no sense complaining about this year's Grammys, because the 2013 ceremony delivered everything you want in a mind-numbing awards brouhaha: unexpected winners (Adele in Pop Vocal Performance for a live recording -- gasp!), a couple of stellar performances (specifically The Black Keys and Kelly Clarkson covering standards by Patti Page and our girl Carole King), a pint of top-shelf gayness (Elton John, Nph, and Frank Ocean in a performance that was both immediately emotional and oddly static) and a nice smattering of idiocy (Host LL Cool J is addicted to Twitter lingo! Hashtag Kangol!). The only thing I found distinctly lacking were the acceptance speeches, which were neither spontaneous nor scripted enough throughout Music's Biggest And Most Pompous Night. Only Kelly Clarkson delivered on that front, as she shouted out to fellow performer Miguel, "I don't know who the hell you are, »
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night, where artists from all over the globe united in the spirit of music to honor their own. As expected, there were scores of live performances and when all was said and done, the 3 1/2 hour live ceremony provided a well-balanced representation of all musical genres. Opening the show was superstar Taylor Swift, who plucked a scene straight out of Alice in Wonderland for the song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back together." Following Swift's performance, host LL Cool J welcomed everyone to "music's biggest night" and took a moment to explain why hosting the show meant so much to him. "We each experienced a Grammy moment when we were inspired," he said. Inspired moments are indeed what make up the Grammy's, so we've made a list of our own. Adele nabs Best Pop Vocal Performance: »
- email@example.com (Jennifer Maurer)
var brightcovevideoid = '2156071361001'; It's the only awards show that's as much a concert as it is a parade of stars. So, who brought the goods Sunday night at the Grammys? There were plenty of memorable moments, both solo performances and the duets and collaborations for which the Grammys are so famous. Justin Timberlake made his much-anticipated - and, it turned out, sepia-toned - return to the Grammys, with help from Jay-z, singing "Suit & Tie" and "Pusher Love Girl." That came soon after Taylor Swift opened the show with a flamboyant Alice in Wonderland take on her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. »
- Tim Nudd
Mumford & Sons, Gotye & Kimbra, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band and Fun. were just a few of the big winners at the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast, hosted by LL Cool J and broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read on for the recap...
For the Complete List of Winners Click Here.
Album of the Year went to Babel by Mumford & Sons; Record of the Year went to Gotye & Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know; Fun. won Best New Artist, and their We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae) was named Song of the Year; Kelly Clarkson's Stronger was named Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album was awarded to Zac Brown Band's Uncaged.
Other big accolades handed out during Sunday night's telecast went to Carrie Underwood (Best Country Solo Performance: Blown Away); Frank Ocean was the Best Urban Contemporary Album Winner for Channel Orange; The Black Keys earned Best Rock »
Clarkson performed King's "Natural Woman" and Page's "Tennessee Waltz," which brought back memories of her performing "Natural Woman" on "Idol" -- it was the first time we were really like, "Hey, this Kelly Clarkson girl is going places."
We'll post video from the Grammys as soon as we have it (because that "Tennesse Waltz" rendition was gorgeous), but for now, just relive Kelly's "Idol" performance below.
Los Angeles -- Ravi Shankar passed away in December before he could attend The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards celebration where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award. But the 91-year-old sitar master, Indian music promoter and friend to The Beatles got the call a few days before he passed away, and that meant everything to his family.
"I was very excited to hear about the lifetime achievement award a week before my dad passed away, one day before he went into surgery," Shankar's daughter, Norah Jones, said in an email to the Associated Press a few hours before the ceremony. "He knew about it and was very happy, and also that he and my sister, Anoushka, were both nominated in the same category for a Grammy (this year) was a special thing as well. We all miss him and are very proud of him. I will forever »
Of all the performers called up during the first two marathon days of Grammy rehearsals, none arrived on stage as visibly nervous as Kelly Clarkson who made no secret that she worried about a one-woman train wreck at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The 30-year-old isn’t fretting about her singing voice (which sounded amazing at Friday rehearsals) or her three Grammy nominations (which include record of the year, perhaps the most coveted trophy in all of music). So what had the American Idol alumnus moaning weakly into the microphone?
“I can’t believe you’re making me say all of this, »
- Geoff Boucher
The actor-turned-director tragically died on Jan. 7, his manager confirmed. His body was found in a South Africa hotel — so sad.
David R. Ellis, the actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director, died in Johannesburg, South Africa on Jan. 7. He was 60 years old.
His manager, David Gardner, confirmed the tragic news the day of his death. His body was found in a hotel room, although no other details surrounding his death were available.
“So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!” the actor tweeted on Jan. 7. “So talented, so kind, such a good friend. He’ll be missed. Gone too soon!”
- Christina Stiehl
The beloved California public TV host died on Jan. 6 in his Los Angeles home. He retired in November after 25 influential years on the Southern California TV station Kcet.
Huell Howser, the California TV icon who was best known as the host of California Gold on the public TV station Kcet, died in his home on Jan. 6, his station announced. “Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state,” Kcet said in a statement. “… Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day.”
Huell grew up in Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, according to the biography posted on the website for Huell Howser Productions, his company. After college, he worked on a U.S. senator’s staff and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He began his TV career at Wsm-tv in Nashville, and later »
- Christina Stiehl
One of the best selling artists of all time died in Encinitas, Cali. on Jan. 1. She was 85 years old — so sad.
Singer Patti Page, best known for her song “Tennessee Waltz,” died on Tuesday, Jan. 1 7 at her home at the Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in Encinitas, Cali.
Patti emerged just after World War II and was critiqued as being “bland” and “plastic,” but her fans disagreed, and helped her sell over 100 million records.
In 1950, Patti sold 10 million copies of her most famous song “Tennessee Waltz.” The song was a hit for all genres — topping the pop, country and R&B charts.
In 1952, Patti released her song “Doggie In The Window,” but it did not have the same commercial success.
Although the Grammy Awards were not introduced until 1959, Patti won a Grammy nearly 50 years into her career — in 1999 — for Live at Carnegie Hall.
Patti also had a Broadway musical based on her life called, »
- Dory Larrabee
Patti Page has died at the age of 85. The singer - famed for hits such as 'Tennessee Waltz' and '(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window' - passed away on New Year's Day in Encinitas, California. The news was confirmed by Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, where Page lived, according to the New York Times. Page, who had sung with Benny Goodman, won a Grammy in 1999 for Live At Carnegie Hall - a recording of a 1997 concert held to celebrate her 50th anniversary of being a performer. She saw huge success with some of her records, with 'Tennessee Waltz' selling (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Washington, Jan 3: American singer Patti Page, whose 1950 hit 'Tennessee Waltz' topped the Us charts for months, has died after suffering a congestive heart failure in a nursing home in Southern California on Tuesday. She was 85.
Nicknamed 'The Singing' Rage', she sold more than 100 million albums in her 67-year career, which also included 1950s chart toppers (How Much Is That) 'Doggie in the Window,' 'I Went to Your Wedding,' and 'All My Love' (Bolero).
Page won a Grammy for her 1998 album 'Live. »
- Lohit Reddy
Patti Page movies: Elmer Gantry, Dondi, Boys’ Night Out Patti Page, whose rendition of “Tennessee Waltz” reportedly sold 10 million copies in 1951, died at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in Encinitas, Calif., on New Year’s Day. Page was 85. (Photo: Patti Page.) Though best known as a recording artist, Patti Page made a handful of movie appearances in the early ’60s. In 1960, the 33-year-old Page was seen in a supporting role as an Evangelist in Richard Brooks’ movie adaptation of (part of) Sinclair Lewis’ [...] »
- Andre Soares
Patti Page, one of the most successful pop stars of the '50s - famed for hits such as "Tennessee Waltz" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" - died on Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif., the New York Times reports. She was 85. Seacrest VIllage Retirement Communities, where she lived, confirmed her death to the Times on Wednesday. Page's songs sold millions - "Tennessee Waltz" spent months atop the pop, country and R&B charts and sold a total of 10 million copies - but her singing style and sentimental hits, though favored by the public, did not always receive critical praise. »
Numerous sources are reporting the death of Patti Page, a genre-blurring singer who epitomized the pre-Elvis innocence of popular music, creating a string of sentimental hits that made her the best-selling female artist of the 1950s and an international star for decades. Page was 85. Born Clara Ann Fowler, Page adopted her stage name from the Tulsa radio show—sponsored by Page Milk—where she first broke out as a singer. From there, she became one of the most in-demand voices of the post-World War II era—a soothing voice that spoke of sweeter things and simpler times, with some »
Patti Page, best known for such hits as "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window," passed away on New Year's Day. She was 85. The legendary songstress, dubbed "The Singing Rage," was the top-selling female artist of the 1950s and sold more than 100 million records during her illustrious career. Page also had 24 top 10 songs, including four that reached No.1 on the charts. Born Clara Ann Fowler in 1927, Page also found success on TV with various programs, including The Patti Page Show. Page not only won a Grammy Award in 1999 for traditional pop vocal performance for Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert, but she was slated to receive a »
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