Entertainment News Roundup: Grammys to Introduce New Awards for Songwriting, Song for Social Change; Can magic help protect nature? This woman thinks so and more

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The Grammys will introduce new awards for songwriting, song for social change

The Grammy Awards will have five new categories starting at the ceremony next year, organizers announced Thursday, including honors for songwriting, as well as special recognition for best song for social change. The Recording Academy said it was adding an award for Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), which would recognize “the most prolific non-performing, non-producer songwriters for their body of new work released during of an election year”.

Can magic help protect nature? This woman thinks so

Megan Swann is a pioneering magician whose tricks carry a vital message. When she was born in 1992, the traditionally male-dominated world of magic had just begun to allow women to join the society of Magic Circle magicians.

Disney+ battles rivals in the Middle East streaming market

Disney+ launched its Middle East and North Africa streaming service on Wednesday, vying for market share in a region with a young population but few people using such services so far. Disney+ said it went live in 16 Arab countries and was tailoring content to the region, including offering Arabic subtitles on most offerings, especially popular content.

Pakistani police are investigating the death of televangelist-turned-politician

Pakistani police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a prominent televangelist-turned-politician on Thursday. Aamir Liaquat Hussain, 50, was found unconscious at his home in Karachi and taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead, provincial police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said.

Pop superstar Britney Spears marries Sam Asghari – reports

Pop singer Britney Spears married her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari on Thursday after nearly six years together, according to media reports. The couple announced their engagement via Instagram in September 2021 but did not disclose a wedding date.

Jodie Comer will make her Broadway debut with ‘Prima Facie’

British actress Jodie Comer, who rose to fame playing an assassin in the hit series ‘Killing Eve’, will make her Broadway debut next year when her London hit play ‘Prima Facie’ moves to New York. The 29-year-old actress won rave reviews for her performance in the solo play, as well as her West End debut, in which she plays a lawyer who defends men accused of sexual assault, before being her – even assaulted.

Hong Kong protest film raises fears of arrest, director defies

The maker of a documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Friday defended his film as a true historical record after the city’s police chief advised people not to watch it. Fears of falling foul of a national security law imposed on the city by Beijing in 2020 have intensified and some residents said they chose not to watch the film ‘Revolution of our Times’, in another sign rampant self-censorship.

K-pop BTS to release new album “Proof” on Friday

South Korean boy band BTS are set to release their new album “Proof” on Friday in a much-anticipated return to the music scene as they celebrate the ninth anniversary of their debut this month. The album will be released at 1 p.m. (0400 GMT). A teaser, “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)”, has been viewed more than 17.8 million times on YouTube in less than two days.

US Says Convicted R&B Singer R. Kelly Deserves 25+ Years in Prison

US prosecutors said on Wednesday that multi-platinum R&B singer R. Kelly deserves to spend more than 25 years in prison after being convicted of sex trafficking. In a case filed in federal court in Brooklyn, prosecutors said Kelly exploited his fame and wealth for a quarter of a century to lure women and underage girls for sex, showing “ruthless disregard” for his victims and showing no remorse.

Australia’s oldest soap Neighbors call it a wrap

Neighbours, the Australian soap opera that launched the careers of Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce and the three Hemsworth brothers, shot its final episode on Friday, wrapping up the country’s longest-running TV drama after four decades. A staple of the small screen in Australia since 1985 and Britain since 1986, cameras stopped rolling on the fictional street of Ramsay and his families after main backer, UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, cut the series of his program. to make room for local content.

(With agency contributions.)

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