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NEW YORK (AP) - Drake, Robin Thicke, Keith Urban and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform on the Grammy Awards nominations special in December. The Recording Academy made the announcement Wednesday. The show will be held Dec. 6 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Rapper-actor LL Cool J will host "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night." The one-hour special will air on CBS starting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Thicke is a top Grammy contender. His "Blurred Lines" is the year's biggest smash. He has won Grammys for writing songs for Usher and Jennifer Hudson. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also have a strong chance for Grammy gold. Their breakthrough year includes three international hits and a platinum debut with "The Heist."

NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Earle will perform at the 33rd annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The nonprofit Theatre Within made the announcement Wednesday, on what would have been Lennon's 73rd birthday. Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo, Bettye LaVette and Marc Cohn will also perform at Symphony Space for the Dec. 6 event. Yoko Ono said in a statement that "it's beautiful that Theatre Within continues to honor John's memory." Proceeds will benefit Lennon and Ono's Spirit Foundations. Ticket prices are $65, $85 and $105. Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuch, Joan Osborne, Toshi Reagon and Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux will also perform Lennon classics at the concert. 

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department is investigating after a Norman Rockwell painting was discovered missing from a Queens storage facility. The 1939 painting recently sold at auction for $1 million. Police say it disappeared last month from Welpak Art Moving and Storage in Ridgewood, Queens. The work, titled "Sport," depicts a fisherman wearing a yellow rain jacket and smoking a pipe. The oil painting was sold from a private collector in Birmingham, Ala., at a Sotheby's auction in New York on May 22. Police didn't identify the owner. Welpak didn't immediately return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment. It says on its website that it offers high-quality security and a variety of fine art shipping and climate-controlled services. 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Valerie Harper will be sitting out the next dance. She was voted off "Dancing With the Stars" last night. Harper, who is suffering from brain cancer, was a viewer favorite. While the judges applauded her spirit, they faulted Harper on technique. Harper says her being on "Dancing With the Stars" sends an important message to people facing all sort of challenges to carry on.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ruben Studdard is usually a private guy, so it wasn't easy for him to agree to be on "The Biggest Loser." Studdard says it's time he put his health first and his career second. He'll weigh in at 462 pounds in tonight's premiere, making him the heaviest contestant of the season.

Monday, 07 October 2013 10:56

Sinatra duets get anniversary treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At the time, it was referred to as "The Recording Event of the Decade." And Capitol Records is trying to recapture some of the original magic of an album Frank Sinatra released five years before he died. The album features the Chairman of the Board blending his vocals with acts like Anita Baker, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bono, Aretha Franklin and Gloria Estefan, among others. There will be a 20th anniversary edition of the album released next month - the same month the original dropped. It will feature a series of bonus and unreleased tracks and other goodies.
 

Monday, 07 October 2013 10:55

Scotty McCreery to perform at skating event

NEW YORK (AP) - We don't know whether Scotty McCreery knows a double axel from the axle of a pickup truck. But the country star and former "American Idol" champ will perform at an event that will feature a bunch of Olympic champs and figure skating legends. The event will feature ten Olympic gold medalists, seven silver medalists and more than a few skating hopefuls. McCreery will perform live - presumably with a mike and not on skates. The event is set for December 11 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Eminem has never been one to keep a low profile. But he was chilling the other night at a time when other celebrities might be trying to grab at least a little of the spotlight. His daughter, Hailie was named homecoming queen at her high school near Detroit. The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens Michigan says the girl's mother, Kim, was introduced with her. There were reports Emimen was with school officials in the cafeteria so he could see the event. But the school board president says he can't confirm that. 

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - She may be out of prison. But Lauryn Hill isn't completely free from her federal sentence for failing to pay her taxes. The singer is spending three months under home confinement after doing her three-month stint at a federal facility in Danbury, Connecticut. Her lawyer says Hill got out of jail a few days early because of good behavior. Aside from the three months of home confinement, Hill will be on a one-year probation period. Hill pleaded guilty last year in New Jersey to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Her sentence also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million. Hill claims she stopped paying taxes after she dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her six kids.

NEW YORK (AP) - She worked - but she didn't twerk. Miley Cyrus was the star attraction on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend - taking on the dual role of host and musical guest. While she didn't dip back into the hip-dipping, rump shaking and foam-finger-wagging stuff she pulled at the Video Music Awards, Cyrus did do some dancing. She wiggled her hips in a portrayal of an over-sexed Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in a parody about the government shutdown. But, Miley being Miley, Spears didn't ignore her August performance. She joked that she used to think twerking was cool - but changed her mind now that white people are doing it.

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