DRAKE WINS TOP HONOR AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mother’s Day isn’t for a couple weeks, but rap star Drake honored his mom early at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. He picked up the award for top artist, beating Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott in Las Vegas last night. His 12 wins on the night puts him at 27 for his career, nudging him past Taylor Swift who has 23. After his top artist win, Drake looked up as he held the trophy, saying: “I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life.” The Canadian-based rapper thanked his mom for taking him to everything from basketball, to hockey to piano lessons. He added, “No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we’re on one hell of ride.”
K-POP BAND BTS, IMAGINE DRAGONS MAKE IMPACT AT BILLBOARD AWARDS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The BTS and Imagine Dragons both had a big presence at the Billboard Music Awards. The K-pop group won for top duo or group, beating out Grammy-winners like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons and Dan + Shay. Until now, BTS had only won “social” awards for its large and fervent fan base. Imagine Dragons won for top rock artist. Band leader Dan Reynolds used his speech to highlight the dangers of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth. His remarks earned a loud ovation. And Mariah Carey’s twins cheered her on as she sang a medley of her hits and accepted the Icon award. She said she doesn’t think of herself as an icon — saying she has simply dedicated her life to her music, which she calls her “saving grace.”
REMY MA ARRESTED
NEW YORK (AP) — Remy Ma turned herself into police yesterday to face a charge that she hit her “Love and Hip Hop New York” co-star Brittney Taylor in the face. Police say Ma hit Taylor in the eye during a New York concert on April 16. Taylor reported the incident to police the next day. Ma’s representatives did not return requests for comment. Ma served six years in jail for shooting a former friend in 2007.
LEVEL 42′S BOON GOULD FOUND DEAD
UNDATED (AP) — Guitarist Boon Gould of Level 42 has died, according to singer Mark King. King writes on the band’s website Gould was found dead at his home in Dorset in southwest England on Tuesday morning. A cause of death was not given, but King says, “You are at peace now, Boon. No more pain, mate.” Gould was 64. Gould and his brother, Phil, along with King and keyboardist Mike Lindup, founded Level 42 as a jazz-funk fusion band in 1979. Their biggest American hit was “Something About You,” hitting number 7 in 1985. Both the Gould brothers left the band in 1987. Phil Gould tweets his “heart is beyond broken.”
JOHN FOGERTY HAS NO IDEA ABOUT STATUS OF WOODSTOCK 50
NEW YORK (AP) — John Fogerty has no more insight into the Woodstock 50th anniversary concert as anyone else, but he’s still ready to play it. Fogerty tells Rolling Stone magazine he’s “just a guy who plays guitar and is ready to show up.” Fogerty says as far as he knows, he was paid in advance. The Woodstock 50 festival is scheduled for Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. Tickets have yet to go on sale, and a major investor pulled support, but organizers say it’s still a go. Fogerty also will play a concert in Bethel, New York, that weekend at the original Woodstock site.
TIM McGRAW ON NATIONAL ANTHEM: NO THANKS, I’M GOOD
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tim McGraw has had his fill of singing the national anthem. He’s done it twice. McGraw says one time he nailed it, and another time he “butchered it.” McGraw says he’s batting .500 right now, and people get into the Hall of Fame for batting way less than that. He says he’ll leave it to his wife, Faith Hill, who sings the anthem beautifully.
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JAKE OWEN WELCOMES DAUGHTER
UNDATED (AP) — Jake Owen is a dad again. He tweets his daughter, Paris Hartley Owen, was born on Monday. Her mother is Owen’s girlfriend, Erica Hartlein. Owen also has a six-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. Owen points out that Paris was born on Willie Nelson’s birthday, but government records indicate Nelson was actually born on April 30, not the 29th.
PAULA ABDUL PLANS LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paula Abdul will spend some quality time in Las Vegas. She has announced a residency beginning Aug. 13 at Flamingo Las Vegas. It will offer singing, dancing and what’s described as “behind the scenes fun during ‘American Idol.’”
“PAUL IS DEAD” POPULARIZER DIES
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit DJ who publicized the “Paul Is Dead” rumor in 1969 has died. Russ Gibb died Tuesday of heart failure at a hospital outside Detroit, according to his friend and former student, Andy Fradkin. Gibb was 87. The supposed clues that Paul McCartney had died had been circulating around college campuses for months up to that point, but Gibb bringing it up on his WKNR radio show in 1969 pushed it into the mainstream. Gibb also promoted several concerts at Detroit’s former Grande Ballroom and put on the first major show by Iggy Pop and the Stooges in 1968. The MC5 were the house band and recorded their “Kick Out The Jams” album there.
by Margie Szaroleta