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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 one year of eligibility”.
UK prosecutors clear indecent assault charges against Harvey Weinstein
British prosecutors said on Wednesday they had cleared charges against former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein on two counts of indecent assault on a woman 26 years ago. “Charges have been authorized against Harvey Weinstein, 70, following a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in their investigation,” said Rosemary Ainslie, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crimes Division (CPS). ).
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 will marry Sam Asghari on Thursday
Pop singer Britney Spears is set to wed longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari on Thursday after nearly six years together, a source close to the couple said. 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.
The Foo Fighters Announce Tribute Concerts to Late Drummer Taylor Hawkins
American rock band Foo Fighters will give two concerts in tribute to their late drummer Taylor Hawkins, which will take to the stage in London and Los Angeles in September, the group announced on Wednesday. Hawkins, 50, died suddenly in late March at a Bogota hotel during the band’s South American tour, the rest of which was later canceled.
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 sexual purposes, showing “ruthless disregard” for his victims and showing no remorse.
Jurors showed video of Cosby denying Playboy Mansion assault allegation
Comedian Bill Cosby has denied a California woman’s claim that he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s in a recorded deposition presented Wednesday to a jury considering one of the latest court cases against him. Judy Huth, who is seeking unspecified damages in a civil suit she filed in 2014, testified that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act at the mansion when she was a teenager.
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