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Beyonce leads Grammy nominees with 9, ahead of Kendrick Lamar and Adele
Pop superstar Beyonce led the pack of Grammy-nominated musicians on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with Adele, Harry Styles and others for the top prize for album of the year. Beyonce has landed nine nominations for the highest musical honors. That brought her career total to 88, tying her with husband Jay-Z as the most nominated artist in Grammy history.
Actor Kevin Spacey faces new sexual assault charges in Britain
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has cleared seven additional charges against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey for a number of sexual assaults against a man between 2001 and 2004, it announced on Wednesday. The new CPS charges include one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and others of indecent assault and sexual assault. The new charges follow a review of evidence gathered by British police.
Weinstein defense challenges accuser Siebel Newsom as some charges are dropped
A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday challenged the accusations made by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom during her rape trial in Los Angeles, and a judge dismissed some of the charges against the once-powerful film producer. Weinstein, the man who became the face of #MeToo allegations five years ago, is serving a 23-year prison sentence for sex crimes in New York. He is currently on trial in Los Angeles Superior Court and faced 11 charges of rape and sexual assault.
US senator questions Ticketmaster after Taylor Swift sales complaints
Ticketmaster faced fresh questions from a Democratic U.S. senator about its sales practices on Thursday, two days after Taylor Swift fans complained about website outages and long waits to buy tickets for her upcoming tour American. In the letter to Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation Entertainment Inc, Senator Amy Klobuchar expressed “serious concern about the state of competition in the ticketing industry and its detrimental impact on consumers.”
GQ Awards Honor ‘Squid Game’ Star Lee, Rapper Stormzy, Among Others
Actors Lee Jung-jae, Sydney Sweeney and Andrew Garfield, England soccer captain Leah Williamson and rapper Stormzy were among the winners of the 2022 GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London on Wednesday. The men’s fashion and style magazine celebrated nearly 30 names from the worlds of entertainment, culture and sports for its 25th GQ Men of the Year event, which this year swapped its past award categories for a toasting honorees at a special dinner.
Beyonce Equals Jay-Z As Most Nominated Artists In Grammy History
Pop icon Beyonce received the most nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards on Tuesday with nine in total, tying her with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, as the most nominated artists of all. time. Both Beyonce and Jay-Z have 88 total peer-voted music award nominations. Jay-Z received five nominations in 2023 for his contributions to Renaissance and DJ Khaled’s song, “God Did.”
Taylor Swift resale ticket price tops $28,000 amid fan frenzy
Ticket resellers were vying for up to $28,000 per ticket on Wednesday for Taylor Swift’s upcoming US stadium tour as fans flocked online for a second day looking to score seats to see the ‘Anti -Hero” live. Presales began on Tuesday and drew millions of people to Ticketmaster’s website, causing periodic outages and long online wait times.
Adele returns to Las Vegas for delayed concerts
Music star Adele begins her residency in Las Vegas on Friday, 10 months after she canceled shows at the last minute citing COVID-19 delays. The British singer-songwriter faced backlash online in January for the short notice of the announcement, as some fans were already traveling to Nevada for the concerts, called “Weekends with Adele”.
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