Nominated For 2018 Oscars
Actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis, joined by Academy President John Bailey, announced the 90th Academy Awards® nominations on January 23rd live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed and broadcast media.
Haddish and Serkis announced the nominees in 11 categories at 5:22 a.m. PT, with pre-taped category introductions by Academy members Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. Haddish and Serkis announced the remaining 13 categories at 5:38 a.m. PT.
The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Read more
Neil Diamond Retires
Legendary singer, songwriter and performer Neil Diamond announced his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” said Neil Diamond. ”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows. I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.
My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.” Read more
Al Jarreau Passed Away
Alwin Lopez “Al” Jarreau the incredible singer, musician and music writer passed away at 76. Al Jarreau who is best known as a jazz singer, achieved incredible heights by superseding the genres: he won 7 Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop and R&B categories, respectively. The quality that set him apart from other artists was his unique ability to use his voice like a musical instrument.
Born into a family that valued education, Jarreau graduated college with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. He continued learning during the day – he’s earned a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa – while spending evenings doing what he loved: singing jazz. Read more
Ariana Grande Honors Manchester
Ariana Grande’s benefit concert “One Love Manchester” took place in Manchester on the day following terrorist attack on the London Bridge and Borough Market in London. Grande was joined by pop’s greatest stars: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, Take That, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan. 50,000 fans attended the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert which was also streamed live.
The goal of the concert was to raise money for “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” created by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross in support of victims and survivors of the May 22nd terrorist bombing. According to reports, the concert raised over 3 million dollars to help those affected by the terrorist attack in Manchester cope with the aftermath of the tragedy. Read more