CHER, REBA McENTIRE RECEIVE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cher says she never thought she’d be walking the red carpet to receive a lifetime artistic achievement award at the Kennedy Center Honors.
The veteran pop music icon and Oscar winner said last night at Washington’s Kennedy Center that she always tried to focus on the music and her fans over any career honors.
She says, “You do things for the art and if the awards come, that’s gravy.”
The 72-year-old performer says she was genuinely surprised to receive the award.
She says, “I never thought I was the right person for this because I’m a little bit out there.”
Other honorees are music legend Reba McEntire, jazz icon Wayne Shorter, composer Phillip Glass and the co-creators of “Hamilton.”
KID ROCK REPLACED AT NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man who helped stop a Waffle House shooter stepped into the role as grand marshal for the Nashville Christmas Parade as a last-minute replacement Saturday for Kid Rock, who got the boot for his profane comments on live TV.
James Shaw Jr. hopped into a horse-drawn carriage Saturday to lead the parade, news outlets reported. Kid Rock was nowhere to be seen as the parade started along its route, according to The Tennessean .
Kid Rock was ousted after using an expletive to describe television personality Joy Behar during an interview Friday on “Fox & Friends.”
“God forbid you say something a little wrong; you’re racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, this that and the other. People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct,” Kid Rock said. “And I would say, you know, love everybody. Except, I’d say screw that Joy Behar (expletive).”
Multiple “Fox & Friends” personalities apologized on air afterward. Kid Rock apologized for the language but “not the sentiment.”
Behar, a host on The View, is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, while Kid Rock is a Trump supporter.
BONO TO DISCUSS AIDS, AFRICAN POVERTY
CHICAGO (AP) — Bono will speak in Chicago about his efforts to combat AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa.
The lead singer of the rock band U2 is scheduled to appear Thursday at an Economic Club of Chicago dinner meeting. He’ll participate in a discussion with Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, who is also the club’s chairwoman.
Bono is co-founder of ONE, an advocacy organization that lobbies governments around the world to address poverty. He also co-founded RED, which partners with well-known brands to raise public awareness of AIDS. It has raised more than $500 million for AIDS prevention and treatment in Africa.
The discussion will be livestreamed on the club’s YouTube channel.
NICK JONAS WEDS
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra posted photos of their wedding celebration Saturday amid reports that the couple had wed after a four-month courtship.
While the couple didn’t say they were officially married — Indian weddings are typically dayslong affairs — they both posted festive pictures of themselves on social media and talked about the work they had put into planning the wedding.
Representatives for the entertainers didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment.
The couple announced their engagement in August. It is the first marriage for the 36-year-old Chopra and the 26-year-old Jonas.
The couple had been posting social-media photos of themselves among family and friends in India for more than a week.
“BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE” BANNED BY CLEVELAND RADIO STATION
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate.
They’re certainly not the first to question the song’s undertones and criticize the duet, in which one singer tries to persuade the other to stay and their exchanges include lyrics like “What’s in this drink?” and “Baby, don’t hold out.”
WDOK-FM midday host Glenn Anderson says he recognizes society was different when the song was written back in 1944, but he doesn’t think the song has a place today, especially in the era of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
He announced on the pop music station’s website this week that the song would no longer be in its around-the-clock rotation of holiday music.
CASEY KASEM DEATH PROBE
GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Police found no evidence of wrongdoing after investigating allegations that relatives of radio personality Casey Kasem were responsible for his 2014 death but will now turn the matter over to prosecutors, officials in Washington state said Friday.
The administrative investigation didn’t find evidence of a crime, said Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey. He said he would forward the case to Pierce County prosecutors for review.
The longtime “American Top 40” host had a form of dementia and a severe bedsore when died at age 82 at a hospital in Gig Harbor, southwest of Seattle.
Gig Harbor police opened their investigation last month after Kasem’s wife, former actress Jean Kasem, submitted a private investigator’s report claiming three of Casey Kasem’s children from a previous marriage were responsible for the radio host’s death.
Jean Kasem has not commented; The Associated Press has left an email message with her attorney.