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Yiyun Li and Leslie Jamison among PEN award nominees

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:37am

Fiction by Yiyun Li and essays by Leslie Jamison and Eve Babitz are among the finalists for honors presented by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.

Ricky Martin finds inspiration in Puerto Rico protests

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 9:02pm

Ricky Martin’s wide smile began to fade as the Puerto Rican superstar talked about his next album.

Author deletes children's book co-written with Kobe Bryant

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 4:02pm

Kobe Bryant and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho were working together on a children's book, but the author of “The Alchemist” said he deleted the draft after Bryant's death in a helicopter crash.

DiCaprio, Zellweger and more Oscar hopefuls attend luncheon

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 2:42pm

Renée Zellweger, Al Pacino and dozens of other Academy Award nominees bowed their heads in a moment of silence Monday for Kobe Bryant to open the annual Oscars luncheon, a somber moment in an otherwise sunny annual affair that serves as a meet-and-greet, celebration and training session for each year’s class of nominees.

Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys added key moments at the Grammys

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 12:02am

“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — was created in her bedroom with her brother, Finneas O'Connell. He walked away with six awards as her producer and co-writer. She wowed fans with her live performances, created a unique style of sporty baggy clothes with loud colors and sung with all the angst of an army of teenagers.

Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' wins record of the year at the Grammy Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 9:39pm

Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' wins record of the year at the Grammy Awards.

'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish wins album of the year at the Grammy Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 9:37pm

'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish wins album of the year at the Grammy Awards.

Billie Eilish wins best new artist at the Grammys

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 9:26pm

Billie Eilish wins best new artist at the Grammys.

'Bad Guy' performed by Billie Eilish wins song of the year at the Grammy Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 8:40pm

'Bad Guy' performed by Billie Eilish wins song of the year at the Grammy Awards.

Music mainstays and newcomers speak out on Grammy inclusion

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 4:04pm

Drama over fairness and inclusion at the Grammy Awards carried over to music's big night Sunday as newcomers and mainstays in the industry supported Sean “Diddy” Combs and his powerful speech putting the Recording Academy on a clock to fix the nomination process when it comes to rap and R&B in major categories.

'Bad Boys,' '1917' best 'The Gentleman' at box office

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 10:24am

“Boys” trumped “Gentlemen” in movie theaters over the weekend as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s “Bad Boys for Life” easily remained the top ticket seller over newcomer “The Gentlemen.”

Salma Hayek apologizes for praising controversial new novel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 11:11am

Salma Hayek is apologizing for promoting a controversial new novel, Jeanine Cummins' “American Dirt,” without actually reading it.

Bob Marley's kids celebrate late reggae icon's 75th birthday

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 9:27pm

At a celebration for Bob Marley’s 75th birth anniversary, the late icon’s children — famous in their own right — gathered to tell stories about the reggae king and discuss passing the musical torch to their own children.

'Punk’d' to be revived with Chance the Rapper doing pranks

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:40pm

Celebrities, beware: “Punk’d” is being revived. And this time Chance the Rapper is the one doing the punk'ing.

McGregor says 'Star Wars' TV series still on despite reports

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 9:40am

Ewan McGregor says any delay in completing work on in his new Obi-Wan Kenobi “Star Wars” streaming series will be brief and is aimed at making it better.

PBS says journalist Jim Lehrer of the 'MacNeil-Lehrer Report' has died at 85

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:25am

PBS says journalist Jim Lehrer of the 'MacNeil-Lehrer Report' has died at 85.

Sundance festival kicks off with Taylor Swift, 'Crip Camp'

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:22am

Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where 128 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday.

Ousted Grammy chief suggests awards are tainted

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 7:49am

The ousted head of the Grammy Awards says that music's biggest awards are tainted because of conflicts of interest that infect how certain songs and artists are nominated.

Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:00pm

Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, has died at 77. He had been suffering from dementia.

Can equality pledges fix country music's gender problem?

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:40pm

What started as a joke on Twitter about an unwritten rule among country radio stations not to play two female artists in a row prompted outrage by country music stars, but also pledges to give women equal airtime.