Newcomers Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, left, and his producer Ryan Lewis will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift for the top prize at the 2013 American Music Awards. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for “Thrift Shop.”
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Lady Gaga arrives at the Versace atelier in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File) NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube is launching its own music awards and Lady Gaga will perform at the first-time event.
Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for “Can’t Hold Us” as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil’ Kim look on, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success. In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If you’re gonna be a White dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability. You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and acknowledging that, yes, I understand my privilege, I understand how it works for me in society, and how it works for me in 2013 with the success that The Heist has had.”
From left, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Lion, and Pharrell Williams pose backstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision/AP) by Chris TalbotAP Music Writer Charlie Wilson’s red coat. Kendrick Lamar and Miguel. Nicki Minaj’s chair. And just where did Chris Tucker go? There were a lot of memorable things about Sunday night’s BET Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that are worth talking about Monday morning. Here are five to reflect on:
CMU Alumni Patina Miller and Billy Porter pose with their awards in the press room at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, in New York, June 9,(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Mark KennedyAP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There was plenty of applause heard during the Tony Awards — and perhaps no place louder than from as far away as Pittsburgh. Six alumni from Carnegie Mellon University took home Tonys in five categories, a glittery haul that was both a school record and a huge source of pride for a theater department that turns 100 next year. Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Judith Light each took home acting Tonys, while Ann Roth got one for best costume design, and partners Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer won for best lighting design of a play. “We’ve had a bumper crop,” said Peter Cooke, head of the university’s school of drama. “I’m just delighted that they received rewards from their peers. It was just a terrific night.”
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows the cast during a performance of the musical “Kinky Boots.” The Cyndi Lauper-scored “Kinky Boots,” based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, is nominated for 13 Tony Award nominations. The play stars Pittsburgh native Billy Porter. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Matthew Murphy) by Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP) — The great comedian W.C. Fields is credited with the line, “Never work with children or animals.” He would have had trouble on Broadway this season.
ARRESTED FOR DUI- This April 8, 2013 photo shows U.S. actor Kevin Hart posing for photographers during the MIPTV, world’s audiovisual and digital content market in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Philippe Farjon, file) by Ben Brumfield (CNN) — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he’ll straighten up his act. And he’s not being funny.