MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017
AMERICANA AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Sturgill Simpson leads the nominations for the Americana Honors and Awards. He's up for artist, album and song of the year. Other nominees include Drive-By Truckers, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell and John Prince. The awards will be given out Sept. 13 in Nashville.
GRAMMYS WILL BE IN NEW YORK NEXT YEAR
The last time the Grammys were in New York, Norah Jones won best new artist and her music swept the album, record and song of the year categories. The Grammys will return to New York next year after spending 14 years in Los Angeles. The Grammys are set for Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28. Spike Lee made the announcement in a short film that features Tony Bennett, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, and Nile Rodgers.
ARREST MADE IN BURGLARY AT 50 CENT'S HOUSE
A suspect has been arrested in a break-in at 50 Cent's mansion outside Hartford, Connecticut. Police have charged 34-year-old Elwin Joyce of Windsor, Connecticut, with burglary, trespassing and other crimes. Police say the entry alarm was set off yesterday. Police say the found Joyce on the property.
CHUCK BERRY HOUSE COULD BE DEVELOPED INTO MUSEUM
The city of St. Louis is asking for bids to develop Chuck Berry's former home into a museum. The city has owned the home on Whittier Street since 2010 but it's in disrepair. While living there for eight years in the 1950s, Berry wrote songs like ``Maybelline,'' ''Roll Over Beethoven,`` ''Sweet Little Sixteen`` and ''Johnny B. Goode.`` When it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, Berry said, ''Many of my favourite songs came about while in that house.`` The city is envisioning the home as an anchor for a ''Chuck Berry Cultural District.`` Berry died in March.
JASON ALDEAN IS GOING TO BE A DAD
Jason Aldean and his wife are expecting. They posted an Instagram photo of Kerr sitting on a kitchen counter near an open oven with a bun in it. She's wearing a ``baby mama'' shirt and he's wearing a ``baby daddy'' shirt. They were married two years ago. Aldean has two daughters from a previous marriage.
SNOOP DOGG PLANS FESTIVAL IN SMALL MISSISSIPPI TOWN
Snoop Dogg says he's always wanted to play in his father's hometown but his booking agent just won't do it.
Snoop's response is to stage his own festival there. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports Snoop is working with the mayor of Magnolia, Mississippi, to create a music festival. Mayor Anthony Witherspoon says they want to do it this year, but if not, definitely next year. Snoop says his dream lineup would include Mississippi natives Brandy and Ray J, David Banner, Soulja Boy and ``American Idol'' runner-up La'Porsha Renae. He says the first day would feature blues, gospel and country, for the ``aunts, grandmas and uncles,'' while the second day would feature hip-hop and R&B.
FOURTEEN VIDEOS ARE UP FOR TOP AWARD AT CMT MUSIC AWARDS
It might just be easier to answer the question, ``Who's up for the C-M-T Music Awards video of the year?'' with the answer, ``Everyone in country music.'' Fourteen videos are nominated, and one of them is the all-star video ``Forever Country''
featuring 30 country music acts. Other artists up for this award for their own videos are Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Cole Swindell (swin-DEL'), Dierks (DURKS) Bentley with Elle King, Florida Georgia Line, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.
Ballerini, Rhett and Urban lead the nominations with four each. The C-M-T Music Awards will be given out June 7th in Nashville.
CMT MUSIC AWARDS MAKE WAY FOR THE PREDATORS
The C-M-T Music Awards are moving, just in case the Nashville Predators make it to the Stanley Cup finals. The C-M-T Music Awards are usually in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. However, the Predators are still in the playoffs and that's their home ice.
The award show is moving to the Music City Center on June 7th as a precaution in case the Predators have a home game that day.
ALAN JACKSON WANTS TO SELL HOUSE
Alan Jackson has put his northern Georgia home on the market for 6.4-million dollars U-S. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Jackson's home in Clarkesville has five bedrooms and six full and three half bathrooms. It's more than 76-hundred square feet and it overlooks Burton Reservoir. The property includes a two-story boathouse and an outdoor full bath.
PINK FLOYD EXHIBIT OPENS IN LONDON
Drummer Nick Mason remembers Pink Floyd's first van quite clearly, because it used to break down a lot. He says they paid about 25-dollars for it, which included new tires. It's now on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in an exhibit about Pink Floyd. The display also includes the cane a headmaster used to beat Roger Waters as a student and the never-before-seen live footage from ``The Wall'' movie that was scrapped in favour of the animation sequences. The exhibit runs through October 1st.
TUPAC SHAKUR DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS
The estate of Tupac Shakur has teamed with ``12 Years A Slave'' director Steve McQueen for an authorized documentary on his life. McQueen says he looks forward to telling ``the unvarnished story of this talented man.'' Interscope Records is pledging support for the use of Shakur's music.
GEORGE THOROGOOD WILL RELEASE A SOLO ALBUM
For the first time, George Thorogood is releasing an album without the Destroyers. He will release his first-ever solo record, ``Party of One,'' on August 4th. Thorogood says after so many years of playing with the band, he had to reverse his hands and his head to do this music justice.
``HARRY STYLES: BEHIND THE ALBUM'' FILM COMES OUT NEXT WEEK
Harry Styles will give a peek into the creative process for his new album that's coming out Friday. Styles will release a film called ``Harry Styles: Behind the Album'' on Apple Music on Monday. It follows him in London, Los Angeles and Jamaica as he makes his self-titled debut album.
(The Associated Press)