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Jun 20

“American Idol” to hire back Rickey Minor as musical director?

Courtesy ABCABC appears to be trying to get the band back together — literally — for its American Idol reboot. Sources tell Variety that the ABC is hiring back longtime American Idol music director Rickey Minor for the show’s return next year.  Minor, a bandleader, producer and musician, has worked with Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Christina …

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Jun 12

“American Idol” nationwide auditions scheduled for August & September

ABC/FremantleMedia/19 EntertainmentABC’s reboot of American Idol is set to premiere next year, but auditions start this summer. Thursday, August 17 is when the search for the next crop of contestants will begin.  The auditions will be held via East and West American Idol bus tours, which will begin in Orlando, Florida and Portland, Oregon, and …

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May 09

The Grammy Awards will return to New York for their 60th anniversary

Courtesy The Recording AcademyIn 2018, the Grammy Awards will be held in New York City for the first time in 15 years. Normally, the awards show is held in L.A., but since this is the Grammys’ 60th Anniversary, something special was called for.  The show will be broadcast live on both coasts from New York’s …

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Mar 18

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dead at 90

Yuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty ImagesRock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is dead at age 90, according to St. Charles County, Missouri police. No cause of death was given. A post Saturday just before 6:00 p.m. ET on the police department’s Facebook page reads, “St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road …

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Feb 13

Grammys 2017 — the performances

Bruno Mars performs a tribute to Prince; Monty Brinton/CBSAs usual, Sunday night’s Grammy Awards were less about the awards, and more about the performances, as unexpected artists duetted with one another, and artists who perhaps weren’t household names going into the show proved why they were nominated in the first place. Here’s rundown of who …

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Feb 12

Bowie Is Big Early Winner at Grammys; Adele, Drake and Beyonce Also Win During Pre-Ceremony

Courtesy the Recording AcademyThe Grammy Awards telecast hasn’t begun yet, but David Bowie already is a big winner.  The late rock legend has already won four Grammys during the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, when awards in 70 categories were given out before the start of the main event at 8 p.m. ET. Bowie’s final album, …

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Jan 27

Tickets for 2017 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony On Sale February 3

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – 2017Tickets for the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be held at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center on April 7, will go on sale Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. A release from the Rock Hall notes that Citi cardmembers can get …

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Jan 27

Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Rush's Lee & Lifeson to Induct Rock Hall Class of 2017

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – 2017Tickets for the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be held at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center on April 7, will go on sale Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. A release from the Rock Hall notes that Citi cardmembers can get …

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Dec 06

Beyonce Leads 59th Annual Grammy Nominations with 9 Nominations

Parkwood/ColumbiaBeyonce’s Lemonade has turned into Grammy gold. Queen Bey leads the nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards with a total of nine nods, including Album of the Year for Lemonade, plus Record and Song of the Year for her single “Formation.”  Close behind her are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who each have eight, …

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Nov 21

Ariana's Artist of the Year, Justin & Drake Win Big, Selena Re-Emerges at 2016 American Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsMost of the awards were given out off-camera, but when all was said and done, Justin Bieber and Drake were the big winners at Sunday night’s 2016 American Music Awards. Justin, who performed “Let Me Love You” live from Bologna, Italy via satellite, scooped four trophies, including Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock …

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