Entertainment News Roundup: Box Office: ‘Morbius’ Opens No. 1 with a Decent $39 Million; Joni Mitchell Takes the Stage in Pre-Grammys All-Star Tribute and More

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Box Office: ‘Morbius’ opens at No. 1 with a decent $39 million

“Morbius,” the latest comic book adventure from Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, opened at the domestic box office, although ticket sales were considerably weaker than recent superhero blockbusters. Hit by terrible comedic reviews, “Morbius” sunk its teeth into $39.1 million from 4,268 North American theaters in its first weekend of release. This initial tally is both a sign that audiences really like comic book movies (during a pandemic, a non-superhero movie with 17% on Rotten Tomatoes wouldn’t stand a chance at the box office) and a indication that every superhuman character will also be welcomed on the big screen. (Sony’s 2018 anti-hero origin story “Venom” was similar, but still managed to score at the domestic box office with $80 million to start and $213 million in total).

Joni Mitchell takes the stage during a pre-Grammys all-star tribute

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, who broke gender barriers in the 1960s and 1970s to help define an era, sang on stage for the first time in years on Friday in a musical tribute to his life by artists spanning genres and generations. Musicians such as John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Beck, Mickey Guyton and Brandi Carlile performed favorites from Mitchell’s catalog at the annual MusiCares pre-Grammys fundraising gala, held this year in Las Vegas.

Batiste wins album honor, Zelenskiy appeals to Grammys

Multi-genre artist Jon Batiste won album of the year and R&B duo Silk Sonic picked up two top honors on Sunday at a Grammy Awards ceremony that featured a surprise plea for support from the wartime Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Batiste, who fronts the band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” picked up five awards in total, including the biggest prize of the night for “We Are,” a jazz album inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Zelensky Asks Grammys Audience To Support “In Any Way You Can”

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise video appearance at the music industry’s Grammy Awards celebration in Las Vegas and called on viewers to support his country “in any way you can”. “What could be more opposed to music? The silence of ruined cities and slain people,” Zelenskiy said in the video which featured John Legend’s performance of “Free” and featured Ukrainian musicians and readings by the Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuck.

Factbox-Key Music Grammy Awards Winners

The Grammy Awards, the music industry’s highest accolades, were handed out at a live ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday. Below is a list of winners in key categories.

(With agency contributions.)

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