Dolly Parton on her 50th Grammy nod: 'It's always special'
FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on May 27, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. It's been 51 years since Dolly Parton earned her first Grammy nomination, and this year the national treasure who has won nine Grammys throughout her career is competing for her 50th honor. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – It's been 51 years since Dolly Parton earned her first Grammy nomination, and this year the national treasure who has won nine Grammys throughout her career is competing for her 50th honor. Parton's first Grammy nomination was at the 1970 show for “Just Someone I Used to Know,” a duet with Porter Wagoner. An updated version of “Jolene" won Parton and a cappella group Pentatonix a trophy.
Delayed Kennedy Center Honors to be rescheduled for mid-May
(Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON – Five months after they were postponed because of the coronavirus, the annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming back in May, possibly in a series of small events, organizers announced Wednesday. The centerpiece event for Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts normally happens in December, but it was postponed last year amid the pandemic. But even with COVID-19 vaccines gradually rolling out across the country, Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter knew the usual concert would not be possible in May. “It's normally such a festive event, and I'm sure that will come across.”Brooks is no stranger to the Kennedy Center Honors process. Trump and first lady Melania Trump generally stayed away from Kennedy Center events, but Rutter hopes to get President-elect Joe Biden involved this year.
Linda Ronstadt looks back at her most cherished moments
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, American musician Linda Ronstadt poses in New York to promote the release of her memoir "Simple Dreams." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Growing up close to U.S. border in Tucson, Arizona, Linda Ronstadt was exposed to the music and culture of Mexico from an early age. “I heard Mexican radio my whole life,” the American singer told The Associated Press in a recent phone interview. They shouldn’t just treat them like they’re pieces of furniture.”Looking back on her most cherished moments of her career, the singer said “the most fun” she had was back in 1998 and 1999 touring with her Mexican music. Among other accolades, Ronstadt was honored by the Kennedy Center last year and has received three American Music Awards, two ACM Awards and an Emmy.
'Sesame Street,' Sally Field to be honored by Kennedy Center
Sesame Workshop via CNNWASHINGTON (CNN) - Big Bird and a big name in acting will be among those on hand when the Kennedy Center celebrates this year's honorees. R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, "Sesame Street" and conductor and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas were named the 2019 honorees on Thursday. "Sesame Street" is the first television program to receive the honor. "In this class of Honorees, we are witnessing a uniquely American story: one that is representative of so many cultural touchstones and musical moments that make our nation great," said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter in a statement. "The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors" will air on December 15 on CBS.