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JUNOS: 5 THINGS

MUSIC Junos 5 Things

By David Friend

 

Chart-toppers Drake, Shawn Mendes and the Weeknd dominated the Juno Awards nominations on Tuesday, alongside a few cherished favourites of the Canadian music industry. 

Here are five other notable developments within this year's Juno categories:   

DOWNIE SHINES: After revealing his fight with terminal brain cancer last year, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie became a symbol of resilience as he soldiered through his illness to mount what many assumed to be the band's final tour. So there was little surprise when the Junos piled on nominations for both the Hip and Downie's solo work. The band is up for group of year and rock album of year awards, while Downie's ``Secret Path'' grabbed nods for songwriter of the year, best adult alternative album and best video.

``Secret Path'' also got a recording package of the year nomination. 

DRAKE'S CREW: While Drake grabbed five nominations himself, his influence was also felt in other categories where his friends garnered recognition. Label mates Partynextdoor and Dvsn _ both on Drake's OVO Sound record label _ were recognized in the R&B/soul recording category. The rapper's longtime collaborator Nineteen85, born Anthony Paul Jefferies, was nominated for producer of the year. 

SNUBS APLENTY: In a solid year for R&B/soul music it was surprising to see artists like Majid Jordan missing from the list.

The Toronto-based duo rose to fame with their Drake collaborations, but their self-titled debut album was nowhere to be found among this year's nominees. Rising country star Meghan Patrick was also snubbed for her album ``Grace & Grit.'' 

HAMILTON PUNCHES ABOVE ITS WEIGHT: No, not the stage production.

At the Junos, it's the Ontario city that's proving a force to be reckoned with. Musicians like the Arkells, rockers Monster Truck and the Dirty Nil all started in the city. Jazz musicians David Braid, Diana Panton and Corin Raymond hang out in the burgeoning music town too, while husband-and-wife duo Whitehorse have also called the city home.

ALESSIA CARA LOVES THE JUNOS: She played ``Saturday Night Live'' last weekend, but clearly Cara's international success hasn't gone to her head. The Brampton, Ont., pop singer will return to perform at the Juno Awards in April, after opening last year's show. Cara is also nominated in four categories, which seemed to surprise the singer. ``This is pretty awesome,'' Cara tweeted, ``thank u ? The JUNO Awards for being so nice to me.'' 

 

(The Canadian Press)

 

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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

Monday, 21 August 2017 09:12
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

 

HARVEST SUN 


The Harvest Sun Music Festival in Kelwood had their biggest crowd ever at the multi-genre music festival.  

Performers old and new took to the stage all weekend long.  

The show kicked off with locals, Better Than and continued Friday night with The Rob Waddell Band, Lakes & Pines and wrapped up with the Route 10 Collective with a tribute to Eric Clapton.

Saturday's Main Stage started with Songwriters Work Shop with the Small Glories, Kayla Luky, Rob Waddell, Marc Clement and Roger Roger.

Other performers on Saturday included Swamp Gas, Carly Dow and Logan McKillop, Roger Roger, The Sturgeons, Patti Kusterok, SC Mira, The Noble Theifs, ISKWE and wrapped up with a truly amazing closing set with Ego Spank!

Sunday began with the traditional Moody Manitoba Morning Workshop with hosts Rick Neufeld and Alana Levandoski, Don Amero, Don Zeuff, Mike Peters, Carly Dow, Logan McKillip & Ego Spank.

Other performers included Seanster and the Monsters, Raine Hamilton Trio, Kayly Luky, Don Amero, William Prince and Scott Nolan.

The show came to a close with the amazing Small Glories.

 

Whatever you do ... don't miss this festival next year!

OBIT - JERRY LEWIS - NOT JERRY LEE LEWIS

 

 Oops. It was Jerry Lewis who died, not Jerry LEE Lewis. C-N-N ran an obit for Jerry Lewis but put Jerry Lee Lewis in the headline. Charlie Daniels expressed his condolences for Jerry Lee Lewis before tweeting, ``My bad yall. The Killer is still alive.

It's Jerry Lewis, not Jerry Lee Lewis who passed away. Sorry bout that. Read the alert wrong.'' For the record, Jerry Lewis did have a pop hit in 1956. ``Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody'' hit number 10.

 

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ECLIPSE NASHVILLE

 

One of the best viewing spots for the solar eclipse today is Nashville, so the country music community is hyped.

Jason Aldean says he's not usually into this kind of thing and had to ask why he couldn't just wear his regular sunglasses to view it.

He now knows it's because looking at an eclipse directly can cause terrible eye damage. Brad Paisley says he's making darn sure he's got the right glasses. The members of Old Dominion will be on a plane flying into Nashville when the eclipse happens and they joke they're going to make the plane tip because they'll all be trying to look from one side. In other music eclipse news for today, Ozzy Osbourne will perform ``Bark at the Moon'' at the Moonstock festival in Carterville, Illinois, where the duration of totality is expected to be two-and-a-half minutes. Bonnie Tyler and DNCE will perform on a cruise ship in the Caribbean Sea. The Grand Ole Opry, not usually open on Mondays, will be open for an eclipse party. 

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TRUMP - KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

 

U-S President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have dropped out of appearing at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Trump acknowledges his presence will be a ``political distraction.''

Three honorees -- T-V show creator Norman Lear, dancer Carmen de Lavallade (LAH'-vah-lahd) and singer Lionel Richie -- had said they were considering or had decided to boycott. Gloria Estefan had said she intended to bend Trump's ear about immigration issues. L-L Cool J did not say what his plans are. The Kennedy Center says the show is still a go for December 3rd but the traditional meeting at the White House the day before is off. It's only the fourth time in 40 years a president did not attend the ceremony. 

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MEEK MILL - FREE ON BAIL

 

Meek Mill has been arrested for allegedly popping wheelies on a dirt bike on the streets of New York. The New York Daily News reports Mill had posted photos on the dirt bike on Wednesday, and fans had said he turned on his livestream when police detained him. The photos were deleted by Thursday. Mill's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, says Mill was singled out because he's famous. The judge ruled Mill is free without having to post bail, as long as he completes driver's school. Mill is due back in court October 11th. 

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LUIS FONSI -  SAME AND DIFFERENT

 

Luis Fonsi has not changed a lot since ``Despacito'' became a global hit. He still treats people the same and he does his normal things. He just answers the phone a whole lot more. Fonsi says he's getting calls from artists from around the world who want to collaborate with him. He also is busting his reputation as just being a balladeer. Fonsi says he wants to push the envelope and surprise people within the realm of pop music. 

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DICK GREGORY - ``GIVE PEACE A CHANCE''

 

One of comedian Dick Gregory's claims to fame: he sang on ``Give Peace A Chance'' by John Lennon. Gregory wrote in his book, ``Callus on My Soul,'' he thought of Lennon as ``a beautiful person who tried to bring peace wherever he was.'' Gregory said he was right there by Lennon and Yoko Ono when they wrote ``Give Peace A Chance.'' He wrote, ``It was just like John and Yoko to put my name on the label credits when it was released.'' Gregory died Saturday in Washington after fighting a severe bacterial infection.

He was 84. 

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FUTURE  - CHARLOTTESVILLE SHOW

 

Future called off his performance in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend out of respect for the victims of violence at a rally there last week. Future was supposed to perform at a back-to-school rally at the University of Virginia on Saturday. He tweets he felt it was not right to perform at this time. He also called off his show in Virginia Beach. He says Virginia is very important to him and he gives his word he's coming very soon. 

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(The Canadian Press)

The Wilkinsons are booked to play the Watson Art Centre on August 28th! Tickets are on sale NOW!

Monday, 21 August 2017 09:00
The Wilkinsons are booked to play the Watson Art Centre on August 28th! Tickets are on sale NOW!

Grammy Nominated trio, The Wilkinsons will be hitting the road and performing in Dauphin August 28th!  

Get ready for an unforgettable intimate night with The Wilkinsons with special guest Desiree Dorion. 

This tour is is especially exciting because this is the first time the group has toured together in over 6 years! 

Hear the greatest hits of The Wilkinsons, songs from the Amanda Wilkinson solo collection, and the best of The Small Town Pistols in this two-set night of amazing Canadian Country Music. 

 Tickets are on sale from the WAC, Dauphin Music & electronics and the Dauphin Coffee Company NOW!

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017 08:18
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

 

YVONNE ELLIMAN - ARRESTED

 

Yvonne Elliman and her husband have been ordered to stay put in Guam after their arrests for illegal drug possession. The Pacific Daily News reports Guam customs agency dogs sniffed out methamphetamine and marijuana as the couple arrived in Guam Tuesday for a benefit concert. They have been released on 10-thousand dollars personal recognizance bonds but they can't leave Guam without court permission. They're also forbidden to go to clubs or bars. Elliman is allowed to perform as planned at the concert, which will benefit a local school. She is probably best known for the 1978 hit ``If I Can't Have You.'' 

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KATY PERRY -  TOUR

 

Katy Perry says parts of her stage production were not ready in time for her rehearsals, so her tour launch will be pushed back. She was supposed to begin the tour September 7th in Columbus, Ohio. Instead, she will start September 19th in Montreal.

Noah Cyrus will open for the first part of the tour. Purity Ring will do the second part. Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen opens on all dates in 2018. 

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JOHNNY CASH'S CHILDREN - SPEAK OUT

 

Johnny Cash's children say they are ``sickened by the association'' of a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi wearing a Cash T-shirt during a Fox News interview on Saturday. The man was at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent, with one woman dead. The five children say their father protested the Vietnam War, was a voice for the poor, acted as an advocate for prisoners and worked to end gun violence among children. They say even the casual use of his name of image would have horrified him.

 

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ARETHA FRANKLIN - RETIREMENT PLANS

 

Aretha Franklin plans to spend a lot of her time in Detroit when she's done with touring. Franklin tells The Detroit Free Press she's renovating a house within the city limits that will be her permanent home. She's lived in the suburbs for some time.

Franklin also is planning to open a small nightclub in downtown Detroit where she can sing when she feels like it or invite some of her favourite music acts to perform. She says coming up with the name was easy. It will be called Aretha's. Franklin has already said she will stop touring after this year.

 

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LADY ANTEBELLUM - PREGNANCIES

 

Lady Antebellum seem to do everything together.

They're even timing their babies. The group announced on Instagram that Dave Haywood and his wife are expecting, as is Hillary Scott and her husband. The Haywoods' baby is due in December, while Scott is due in February. They call it ``baby Bellum round 2'' and accompany it with a picture of Haywood's son Cash, who is almost three, Scott's four-year-old daughter Eisele , and Charles Kelley's 18-month-old son Ward.

 

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MONDO COZMO - ``PLASTIC SOUL''

 

Mondo Cozmo got another chance to release a first album. Frontman Josh Ostrander says ``Plastic Soul'' is his first album as Mondo Cozmo, but he released albums in previous bands that failed. Ostrander says a lot of artists second-guess their work, but he feels ``Plastic Soul'' is a complete thought. The album came out two weeks ago and he's already working on the next one. Ostrander says songwriting is such second nature for him that he gets up, has a cup of coffee and starts writing every day.

 

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FOO FIGHTERS - PBS

 

Foo Fighters' concert at the Acropolis in Athens is coming to P-B-S stations this fall. P-B-S will air ``Foo Fighters - Landmarks Live In Concert'' beginning November 10th. The show takes popular musicians and asks them to perform in interesting settings. Frontman Dave Grohl says they've done some crazy things over the past 20 years, but this might be the craziest thing they've ever done. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith hosts the show and conducts an interview with the band.

 

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RALPH STANLEY - TRIBUTE CONCERT PLANNED

 

Dierks Bentley, Daryl Worley and Heidi Newfield of Trick Pony will sing in memory of Ralph Stanley. The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will host a Stanley tribute concert on October 19th. Other artists involve include T. Bone Burnett, T.

Graham Brown, Doug Supernaw and Cody McCarver of Confederate Railroad. Stanley died last year. 

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IRON MAIDEN - COMIC

 

Iron Maiden's video game is now being expanded into a five-issue comic book. ``Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast'' is about band mascot Eddie travelling across space and time to battle forces in an effort to regain pieces of his shattered soul. The video game of the same name came out last year. The first issue of the comic comes out October 11th.

 

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BONNIE TYLER - ECLIPSE

 

You got Bonnie Tyler singing ``Total Eclipse of the Heart.'' You got DNCE doing ``Cake By The Ocean.'' Passengers on the Royal Caribbean cruise to St. Maarten Monday have their soundtrack set. Tyler and DNCE will perform on the Oasis of the Seas ship as part of the ``Total Eclipse Cruise.'' It leaves Sunday from Florida and will be on its way to St. Maarten on Monday when the solar eclipse happens. DNCE will serve as Tyler's backing band.

 

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SHELBY LYNN - ALLISON MOORER

 

You'd think it would be pretty easy for sisters to make an album together. Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer never could find the time. Lynne and Moorer tried to collaborate six years ago but they didn't have time to write songs together. They tried again to make an album, only this time they decided to do cover songs. The result is the album ``Not Dark Yet,'' out today. They cover songs like ``Every Time You Leave'' by the Louvin Brothers and ``My List'' by The Killers. They did do one original, a song called ``Is It Too Much.'' Moorer calls it a love letter between them.

 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:21
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017

 

 

MANCHESTER ARENA - REOPENING CONCERT 

Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds will headline a concert to reopen Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, the site of the deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande  concert in May. The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley will perform as well at the September 9th show. Twenty-two people were killed and more than 200 injured by a suicide bomber as Grande's concert finished at the arena on May 22nd.

 

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MANCHESTER ARENA VICTIMS' FAMILIES - COMPENSATION

 

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund will distribute 324 thousand dollars to each of the families of the 22 people killed at an Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) concert in Manchester, England, three months ago. Billboard reports fund officials announced that the payments are the result of ``the phenomenal outpouring of public support following the attack.''

Manchester councilor Sue Murphy, who is the fund's chair of trustees, says the fund will take time to figure out how to distribute the rest of the money by looking at the long-term impacts of the attack. A suicide bomber detonated a backpack full of explosives at Grande's concert on May 22nd. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - WINDOW MESSAGES

 

 Taylor Swift has sent flowers to the Denver company that used Post-It notes to quote her songs on its windows during her sexual assault trial. A spokesman for Craftsy, an online site for crafts, says they are ``absolutely thrilled'' with the flowers. Swift's note thanked them for ``brightening my day for every day I was in Denver.'' The company posted lyrics from Swift's songs, like ``Fearless,'' ``Haters gonna hate'' and ``People throw rocks at things that shine'' in its windows as a show of support.

Swift won her case that stated former radio personality David Mueller (MYOO'-ler) grabbed her up her skirt during a meet-and-greet at a Denver concert in 2013.

 

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NILE RODGERS - FIRST SHOW

 

Nile Rodgers claims he has missed only one show in his life. He wasn't about to make it two. Billboard reports Rodgers missed his concert with Earth, Wind and Fire in Toronto on Sunday because of an undisclosed ailment that required a hospital stay. Rodgers tweeted on Tuesday as he was discharged from the hospital was that he felt like a new man, and ``1st thing this new man wants to do is a show.'' Rodgers was back on stage in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and it was in remission in 2014.

 

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THOMAS RHETT - BABY GIRL

 

Thomas Rhett is a dad for the second time in three months. Rhett announced on Instagram his wife, Lauren, gave birth to a girl on Saturday. They have named her Ada James Akins. In May, they brought home their adopted daughter, Willa Gray Akins, who is a toddler from Uganda. The couple had announced the adoption in February at the same time they announced Lauren's pregnancy. 

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BILL MEDLEY - ELVIS PRESLEY

 

Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers became friends with Elvis Presley because they both loved motorcycles and both felt lonely. Medley says they each had millions of fans, but you can be surrounded by people and still feel alone.

Medley says Presley invited him to watch one of his shows from the side of the stage and that's when Medley witnessed the transformation. Medley says Presley's intro music started playing, women started screaming and Presley looked over at him. Medley says that's when he went from Elvis his buddy to Elvis Presley the star. 

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CHEAT CODES - ``NO PROMISES''

 

If you read the online comments about the song ``No Promises'' by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, there seem to be two recurring themes. One is, ``Is that Justin Bieber singing?''

and the other is, ``Demi and Trevor should be a couple.'' As for the first one, singer Trevor Dahl says it's only on that song that people think he sounds like Bieber, but since Bieber is a big star, he takes it as a compliment. As for the second, he jokes he used to be shy with Lovato but now he feels like he can ``put the mack down and see what happens.'' Bandmate Kevi Ford told Dahl he should say, ``Demi, I love you. You're beautiful. I'm ready to marry you.'' 

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FORMER TRAIN DRUMMER - SELLING HOME

 

The former drummer for Train is selling his home outside Nashville that's steeped in country music tradition.

The Nashville Tennessean reports Scott Underwood and his wife, Cheryl, is asking 4.2 million dollars for the estate known as ``First Lady Acres.'' George Jones bought the house in 1974 and he lived there with Tammy Wynette until 1979. Record label owner Gayron ``Moe'' Lytle then moved in. Later, songwriter George Richey and Earl and Randy Scruggs lived there. The Underwoods bought it last year for 2.4-million dollars. The house has nine bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a gym, a pool, a theatre, a safe room and a helicopter pad. 

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: WHERE'S THE DRUMMER?!

 

Belle and Sebastian left something important behind during a pit stop on their way to a gig in St. Paul, Minnesota: their drummer. Singer Stuart Murdoch tells KCMP-FM in St. Paul the band stopped at a Walmart in Dickinson, North Dakota, and they accidentally left drummer Richard Colburn behind.

Colburn was in his pyjamas and only had a credit card on him.

Murdoch says Colburn had left his phone and I-D on the bus, and Colburn waited four hours, thinking someone would notice. The rest of the band had fallen asleep. Murdoch says they used to have a system for accounting for everyone but abandoned it when everyone got phones. The band even tweeted to fans for help getting Colburn to the concert. Colburn was able to get on a plane, even without an I-D, and made Tuesday's show in time.

 

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DOLLY PARTON - KIDS ALBUM

 

Dolly Parton is putting out her first children's album. Parton wrote and recorded all the songs for the album ``I Believe In You.'' It includes a new version of her song ``Coat of Many Colors,'' as well as Parton reading the book version of the song. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to her Imagination Library, which provides books to more than one million children. The digital version of ``I Believe In You'' comes out September 29th, with physical albums available October 13th.

 

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``A A A A A VERY GOOD SONG'' - HOT SELLER ON ITUNES

 

Why would nearly ten minutes of silence be a hot seller on iTunes? It's all in the name. ``A a a a a Very Good Song'' by Samir Mezrahi is in the top 50 on i-Tunes. For a lot of smartphones that are plugged into car stereo systems, the songs play alphabetically by default. With a title like that, users get a bit of quiet for a few minutes. You'd think silence would be free, but iTunes is charging 99 cents for the track.

 

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SHANIA TWAIN - ACTING

 

Shania Twain will appear in John Travolta's upcoming racing movie. Variety reports Twain has joined the cast of ``Trading Paint.'' Travolta plays a former dirt track racing legend whose son joins a competitor's racing team. The details of Twain's role were not given. The movie will also feature Michael Madsen, Kevin Dunn and Toby Sebastian from ``Game of Thrones.'' Production began this week in Alabama. 

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DRAKE - OFF THE HOT 100 CHART

 

For the first time in eight years, Drake is not on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. His songs ``Passionfruit'' and ``Signs'' were hovering near the bottom of last week's chart and fall off completely this week. It all started when his song ``Best I Ever Had'' debuted on the chart on May 23rd, 2009.

He's been on the Hot 100 every week since, either as a lead artist or as a featured act. His streak ends with 431 weeks on the chart.

The closest contender is Lil Wayne, with 326 weeks. Rihanna is third with 216 weeks. 

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QUEEN LATIFAH - AWARD - DIDDY'S REVOLT CONFERENCE

 

Diddy is giving Queen Latifah an award. Queen Latifah will receive the Icon Award during Diddy's REVOLT music conference in Miami in mid-October. She will be honoured for her accomplishments in music, film and television. Lauryn Hill, S-Z-A and Daniel Caesar will perform at the gala. Diddy started the REVOLT channel in 2013. 

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CMA'S - JO WALKER-MEADOR DEATH

 

Former Country Music Association executive director Jo Walker-Meador has died. The C-M-A says she died yesterday in Nashville at the age of 93. She was the C-M-A's office manager when it was created in 1958. She became the executive director in 1962 and held that position for 29 years. While Walker-Meador was in charge, the C-M-A launched the fundraiser to build the Country Music Hall of Fame, started the annual C-M-A Awards television show and created Fan Fair, the precursor to the C-M-A Festival. Walker-Meador admitted when she first started with C-M-A, she didn't know anything about country music. 

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(The Associated Press)