Entertainment News Roundup: Will Smith Resigns From Film Academy, Says He’s ‘Heartbroken’; Joni Mitchell Takes the Stage in Pre-Grammys All-Star Tribute and More

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Will Smith quits film academy, says he’s ‘heartbroken’

Actor Will Smith has resigned from the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, saying on Friday his slapping of presenter Chris Rock onstage at this year’s Oscars was ‘shocking, painful and inexcusable’ . “I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived fellow nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken,” Smith said in a statement. .

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.

Factbox-Key Nominations for the 2022 Music Industry Grammy Awards

Nominations for the Grammy Awards, the music industry’s highest honors, will be handed out at a live ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday. Below is a list of nominations in key categories.

Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish participate in the great Grammys contest

The music industry hands over its highest honors on Sunday with acts from teenage sensation Olivia Rodrigo to award-winning darling Billie Eilish and rapper Lil Nas X competing at a star-studded Grammys ceremony in Las Vegas. Grammy watchers say it’s hard to predict who will take home the biggest prizes other than best new artist, which is largely expected to go to 19-year-old Rodrigo. His song “driver’s license” went viral in early 2021.

Police offered to arrest Will Smith, Oscars producer says

Los Angeles police were on the scene and ready to arrest actor Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday for slapping host Chris Rock, the Hollywood ceremony producer said Thursday. Authorities took no action because Rock refused to press charges, producer Will Packer said, echoing what a police spokesman said Sunday.

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