MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY MAY 7, 2018
A 16-year-old girl walked away with an East Coast Music Award Sunday night, making her one of the youngest winners in the event's 30-year history. Makayla Lynn of Elmsdale, N.S., nabbed Country Recording of the Year for her fourth album, ``On A Dare and a Prayer.'' She accepted the award at Sunday's 2018 East Coast Music and Industry Awards celebration, which marked the end of this year's event. Sunday's other winners include Halifax singer-songwriters Mo Kenney, who won Solo Recording of the Year, and Rose Cousins, who took Folk Recording of the Year for her album ``Natural Conclusion.'' Awards were also handed out to people in the East Coast music industry who work to promote and produce for musicians.
The 2019 East Coast Music Awards will be held in Charlottetown, P.E.I. (The Canadian Press)
- R. KELLY - UNAUTHORIZED STATEMENT
R. Kelly's management is disavowing a statement that defends him. Katie Thompson, on behalf of R. Kelly Tours, sent out a statement early Friday morning that says Kelly is ``heartbroken'' that the media is trying to distort his legacy by reporting allegations that he sexually mistreats women. Kelly's management tells The Associated Press the statement was not authorized. Thompson's relationship to Kelly is not clear, and his management says it's possible she may work for Kelly. Last week, the organization Time's Up joined the social media movement #MuteRKelly demanding an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly.
SPRINGSTEEN - STEVEN VAN ZANDT - N.J. HALL OF FAME
Bruce Springsteen has inducted Steven Van Zandt into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The man known as The Boss made a surprise appearance last night to introduce his longtime guitarist. Springsteen was a member of the Jersey Hall of Fame's inaugural class 10 years ago. The two of them closed out the induction ceremony performing ``I Don't Want To Go Home'' _ and invited all of the inductees onstage as the song wound down.
JORDIN SPARKS - BABY BOY
Jordin Sparks is a mom. She tells People magazine her son, Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., was born Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Sparks and her husband, Dana Isaiah, plan to call him D-J. Sparks and Isaiah had secretly gotten married last July. They found out six weeks later they were expecting.
JOHNNY CASH BOYHOOD HOME
Johnny Cash's boyhood home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Cash lived in the five-room farmhouse in the small Arkansas town of Dyess (DYS) from the age of three through high school. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Arkansas State University owns the house and spent 575-thousand dollars to restore the property. According to the paperwork submitted to the national register, the Cash family was selected in 1935 as one of 500 farming families for the newly established Dyess Colony. The paperwork says the house had indoor toilet and bath facilities but the plumbing was never operational while the Cash family lived there.
TAYLOR SWIFT - SURPRISE VISIT
Taylor Swift surprised an eight-year-old fan recovering from a burn accident with a hospital visit. The Arizona Republic reports she showed up unannounced Saturday at the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix to see Isabella McCune. She is recovering from third-degree burns on over 65 per cent of her body from a bonfire accident on St. Patrick's Day. The girl's family had made a video asking Swift to visit because McCune could not go to Swift's concert. Swift brought shirts and sweatshirts from her tour, signed autographs and stayed for about 20 minutes. McCune says hugs sometimes hurt but she asked for one from Swift, who happily obliged. McCune's family agreed not to tell anyone about Swift's visit until she had left the burn unit.
LADY ANTEBELLUM - APOLOGY
In the words of Lady Antebellum, ``Welp. We're human too, y'all.'' Lady A got tripped up on the words of the national anthem while performing before the Nashville Predators-Winnipeg Jets game on Saturday. Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott were singing different lines at the same time. Lady A posted an Instagram photo that appears to show Scott comforting Kelley while he hides his face and Dave Haywood shrugs. Kelley tweets from his own account: ``Sang the anthem a thousand times, sorry for messing up one of the lines. Prob won't sleep tonight now.''
(The Canadian Press)