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January 29, 2018

BRUNO MARS, KENDRICK LAMAR DOMINATE GRAMMYS

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar have much to celebrate after last night’s Grammys. Mars swept every category in which he was nominated, for a total of six. He won album of the year for “24 Karat Magic” and song and record of the year for “That’s What I Like.” Mars says he made the album with love and with the goal of getting everyone dancing. Lamar won five, including best album. Jay-Z led the nominations with eight but did not win anything. Ed Sheeran, who was considered a snub for nominations in the major categories, won two pop awards. He did not attend.

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001-w-36-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with Kendrick Lamar, rapper)--Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were big winners at the Grammys last night in New York. AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports. ((opens with music)) (29 Jan 2018)

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002-w-33-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with Zach Carothers, bassist for Portugal. The Man)--Bruno Mars won album, song and record of the year at the Grammys last night. In the rock categories, the winners included Leonard Cohen, Mastodon and Portugal. The Man. AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports. ((opens with music)) (29 Jan 2018)

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003-w-34-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with Janelle Monae, singer)--Musicians attending the Grammys last night in New York made no secret of using the show to push for social change. AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports. ((opens with music)) (29 Jan 2018)

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004-a-17-(Reba McEntire, country singer, during Grammy pre-show ceremony)-“to do it”-Country singer Reba McEntire, winner of the roots gospel album Grammy, says she’s proud to share music with the world. (29 Jan 2018)

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005-a-20-(Jason Isbell, singer-songwriter, during Grammy pre-show ceremony)-“Amanda for that”-Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell says he has his wife to thank for the Grammy-winning song “If We Were Vampires.” (29 Jan 2018)

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006-a-20-(Taj Mahal, blues musician, during Grammy pre-show ceremony)-“foundation all right”-Blues musician Taj Mahal says he and Keb’ Mo’ made their “Tajmo” album to make people feel good. (“Tajmo” won the contemporary blues album Grammy.) (29 Jan 2018)

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007-a-13-(Lisa Loeb, singer-songwriter, during Grammy pre-show ceremony)-“an important message”-Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb says her children’s album, “Feel What U Feel,” conveys a message that a lot of adults could use. (“Feel What U Feel” won the children’s album Grammy.) (29 Jan 2018)

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008-a-08-(Chris Stapleton, singer-songwriter, during Grammy pre-show ceremony)-“thing to me”-Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton says the song “Either Way” is nothing fancy. (“Either Way” won the country solo performance Grammy) (29 Jan 2018)

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009-a-07-(Zach Carothers, bassist for Portugal. The Man, during Grammy pre-show ceremony)-“this is nuts”-Bassist Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man says they never aspired to win a Grammy. (Their song “Feel It Still” won the pop duo/group performance Grammy) ((cut used in wrap)) (29 Jan 2018)

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010-a-14-(Bruno Mars, singer-songwriter, during Grammys broadcast)-“and everybody moving”-Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars says his “24 Karat Magic” album is his attempt to recreate his time as an entertainer in Hawaii when people from all over the world would dance together. COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Jan 2018)

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011-a-11-(Janelle Monae, singer, during Grammys broadcast)-“we mean business”-Singer Janelle Monae says the women of the music industry play a vital part in making that business work, and should be treated with respect. COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (29 Jan 2018)

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012-a-18-(Kendrick Lamar, rapper, during Grammys broadcast)-“what I’m saying”-Rapper Kendrick Lamar says some of his music heroes are there at the Grammys as he accepts best rap album. COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (29 Jan 2018)

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013-a-18-(Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah), singer, during Grammys broadcast)-“the same shot”-Singer Alessia Cara says music fans should take the time to seek out new music. COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Jan 2018)

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014-a-13-(Camila Cabello, singer, during Grammys broadcast)-“different from theirs”-Singer Camila Cabello says she was born in east Havana and is proof that immigrants are important to America. COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Jan 2018)

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015-r-10-(Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church, performing “Tears In Heaven” during Grammy broadcast)--Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church, performing “Tears In Heaven” during Grammy broadcast. COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Jan 2018)

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016-r-11-(Logic, Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) and Khalid (kah-LEED’), performing “1-800-273-8255”)--Logic, Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) and Khalid (kah-LEED’), performing “1-800-273-8255.” COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Jan 2018)

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017-r-10-(Kesha (KESH’-ah), Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Camila Cabelo, performing “Praying”)--Kesha (KESH’-ah), Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Camila Cabelo, performing “Praying.” COURTESY: CBS/Recording Academy. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 Jan 2018)

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GRAMMYS TOUCH ON SOCIAL ISSUES

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys hardly shied away from social movements, starting with the white roses many artists wore in support of the Time’s Up movement. Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a performance of “XXX” that ended with people dressed in red falling to the sound of gunshots. Janelle Monae called for an end of abuse of power and sexual harassment and inequality in the music industry. Kesha (KESH’-ah) performed her song “Praying,” which she has said is about suicidal thoughts. She performed with Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels and Andra Day. Kesha broke down in tears at the end. Cabello made a plea for immigrants, pointing out how hard she worked as a Cuban-Mexican brought to the U.S. as a child. She introduced U2 performing “Get Out Of Your Own Way” with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Logic, Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) and Khalid (kah-LEED’) performed “1-800-273-8255,” the song named for the suicide prevention hotline. Logic ended with a call for personal strength, racial and gender harmony and praise for international cultures.

GRAMMYS PAUSE TO REMEMBER MUSIC FANS WHO DIED IN THE PAST YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) — Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church paid tribute at the Grammys to music fans who lost their lives in the past year. Madison Square Garden went silent as the three acts performed Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven.” It was a tribute to those who died in the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October and at the bombing at the Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) concert in Manchester, England, in May. The Grammys also paid tribute to music acts who died in the past year. Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris performed Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” for the “in memoriam” segment. Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Junior did a tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.

ALESSIA CARA WINS BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY

NEW YORK (AP) — Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) says she used to pretend to win Grammys while she was in the shower. Now she’s got one for real. She was named best new artist, beating out Lil Uzi Vert, SZA (SIH’-zah), Julia Michaels and Khalid (kah-LEED’). In her acceptance speech, Cara made a plea to support “real artists.” She says so many don’t get acknowledged and everyone deserves the same shot.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN, LEONARD COHEN AMONG ROCK GRAMMY WINNERS

NEW YORK (AP) — Portugal. The Man bassist Zach Carothers says growing up in a small town in Alaska, they never dreamed of winning a Grammy. He says all their heroes were dog-mushers. Portugal. The Man won the pop group Grammy for “Feel It Still.” Leonard Cohen won the rock Grammy for “You Want It Darker.” Mastodon won the metal Grammy for “Sultan’s Curse.” The War On Drugs picked up the rock album Grammy for “A Deeper Understanding.” The National won the alternative album Grammy for “Sleep Well Beast.” Foo Fighters won the rock song Grammy for “Run.” Randy Putin picked up an arrangement award for his song “Putin.” The Rolling Stones won the traditional blues Grammy for “Blue and Lonesome,” which is only their third Grammy ever. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ won the contemporary blues album.

JASON ISBELL, LISA LOEB WIN GRAMMYS

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Isbell has his wife to thank for one of the two Americana Grammys he won yesterday. Isbell says he was watching reality TV and his wife said, “Anybody can sit on the bed and watch reality television. You should be writing a song.” Isbell wrote “If We Were Vampires,” which won the American roots song Grammy. Among the people Lisa Loeb thanked when she won the children’s album Grammy for “Feel What U Feel” were her babysitters. “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90″ won the traditional pop album Grammy. Alabama Shakes took home the American roots performance Grammy for “Killer Diller Blues.” Aimee Mann snagged the folk Grammy for “Mental Illness.” Lin-Manuel Miranda won the visual media song Grammy for “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana (moh-AH’-nah).”

GRAMMYS HONOR REBA MCENTIRE, CHRIS STAPLETON IN COUNTRY CATEGORIES

NEW YORK (AP) — Reba McEntire nearly broke down in tears talking about how much she loves her job while accepting the roots gospel Grammy for “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.” She says, “Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts.” Chris Stapleton, who won three country Grammys, says he was honored to win for his song “Either Way” because it’s just him and a guitar. Little Big Town won the country group Grammy for “Better Man.” The Infamous Stringdusters and Rhonda Vincent And The Rage both won the bluegrass album Grammy in a tie.

HILARY SCOTT IS AWAITING BIRTH OF HER TWINS

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum had to watch the Grammys from home. Bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley attended yesterday’s ceremony without her because her twins are due any day. Kelley joked if the phone rang and they had to leave the show, “you know what it’s about.” Lady A did not win anything last night.

CARRIE FISHER, DAVE CHAPPELLE WIN GRAMMYS

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not every day that Carrie Fisher beats Bruce Springsteen for a Grammy. Fisher won the spoken word Grammy for “The Princess Diarist,” defeating Springsteen reading his autobiography “Born to Run, as well as astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Dave Chappelle is a Grammy winner, too. He won best comedy album for “The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

JAY-Z EXPLAINS WHY HE ENDED HIS GRAMMY BOYCOTT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z used to routinely boycott the Grammys. Why the turnaround? Jay-Z said at a pre-Grammy party on Saturday he refused to go to the Grammys in 1999 because DMX had had a great year in music but failed to earn any nominations that year. Jay-Z says he did not go to the Grammys until 2004, and that was because Beyoncé was nominated. He says he realized art is “super subjective and everyone is doing their best.” He says the Recording Academy members are “human like we are and they’re voting on things they like and it’s subjective.” Jay-Z had been nominated eight times last night but went home empty-handed.

JAY Z AND TRUMP GET IN DEBATE OVER BLACK EMPLOYMENT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is now in a war of words with Jay-Z. Trump tweeted he wanted “somebody please inform Jay-Z” that because of his policies, unemployment among black Americans is the lowest rate ever recorded. The tweet appears to be in response to a Jay-Z interview on CNN on Saturday in which he says Trump’s comments about African countries and Haiti are “disappointing” and “hurtful.” Jay-Z said lower unemployment among blacks does not make up for Trump’s attitude. The black unemployment rate is 6.8 percent, the lowest on record.

NELLY FILES COURT DOCUMENTS DISPUTING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS

SEATTLE (AP) — Nelly is fighting back against allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by three women. Nelly filed court papers Friday denying the allegations and asking for the dismissal of an amended complaint filed against him last week. A fan says Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October after a concert in Seattle. Nelly says in court documents the encounter was consensual and the woman became upset when someone interrupted. The complaint against Nelly also says while he was on tour in England in 2016 and 2017, he slid his hand up another woman’s dress and forced himself on a third woman in a bathroom. Nelly denies all allegations.

STONE SOUR GUITARIST IS IN TREATMENT

UNDATED (AP) — Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand will sit out the current tour while he checks into a treatment center. The band’s Facebook page says they expect him to be back on tour as soon as possible. Details of what kind of treatment Rand is getting were not given. Stone Sour is currently on tour in Canada and will hit the U.S. beginning Feb. 7 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

DOLLY PARTON STEPS DOWN AS GRAND MARSHAL OF PIGEON FORGE PARADE

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will replace Dolly Parton as the grand marshal of the spring parade in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this year. Dolly Parton says in a statement she’s “hogged the spotlight long enough.” She’s been the grand marshal of the parade for 32 years. Ripken opened a youth baseball facility in Pigeon Forge two years ago. The parade will be May 4.

FALL OUT BOY’S “MANIA” IS NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fall Out Boy has notched their fourth number-one album. “Mania” tops the Billboard 200 album chart in its first week of release. It moved 130,000 units. Fall Out Boy also had number-one albums with “American Beauty/American Psycho,” ″Save Rock and Roll” and “Infinity On High.” ″The Greatest Showman” soundtrack falls to second place this week. Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” is third.

by Margie Szaroleta