Beyonce and Bieber Lead the Nominations for MTV EMAs

MTV has announced the contenders for this year’s EMAs, with Beyonce and Justin Bieber coming out on top with five nods each for the music awards.

Bieber is up for Best Song for “Sorry,” while Beyonce is in the Best Video category for “Foundation.” Bieber also takes on Best Pop Act, while Beyonce is up for Best Live Act.

The pair go head to head for Biggest Fans and both artists will fight it out in the male and female categories respectively, where Bieber will compete against Calvin Harris, Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd and Beyonce will face Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Adele.

Adele and Coldplay both have four nominations.

This year’s awards will take place in Rotterdam on Sunday Nov. 6. (AP)

Letterman, Aykroyd to Honor Bill Murray at Kennedy Center

Bill Murray was the first and last guest on David Letterman’s late-night show, and Letterman will return the favor by making a rare public appearance when Murray is presented with the nation’s top prize for humor.

On Tuesday, The Kennedy Center announced the lineup of performers for next month’s celebration of Murray, who’ll receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

In addition to Letterman, two of Murray’s “Ghostbusters” co-stars – Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver – will appear at the event on Oct. 23. Other performers include comedian Aziz Ansari; late-night host Jimmy Kimmel; actor Bill Hader; musician Paul Shaffer; author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr.; and Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle Murray.

The prize is awarded annually to a humorist who influences society in the tradition of Mark Twain. (AP)

Bob Odenkirk to Write Book of Essays About His Life

“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk has nabbed a book deal to write essays about his life and comic journey.

Random House announced Wednesday that the still-untitled book will explore Odenkirk’s career working at Chicago’s Second City to writing and acting on “Saturday Night Live,” ”Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” ”Mr. Show,” ”Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

Random House Executive Editor Ben Greenberg says the book will give Odenkirk’s TV fans who might not know the comedian’s past “a look at the remarkable writer and comedic mind hiding just beneath that character.”

Odenkirk arrived at “Breaking Bad” in its second season as welcome comic relief, then grew Saul into a full-fledged scene stealer and has become the star in the quirky prequel “Better Call Saul.” (AP)

Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam Exiting “Saturday Night Live’

NBC says “Saturday Night Live” cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam are exiting the show.

Pharoah and Killam won’t be back when “SNL” returns this fall for its 42nd season, the network said Monday. The comedians have been on the show for six seasons.

Both are known for their celebrity impressions on “SNL,” including Pharoah’s Barack Obama and Kanye West and Killam’s Brad Pitt and Donald Trump – although the Trump role went to “SNL” announcer and former star Darrel Hammond during the past season.

“SNL” is known for its revolving-door cast, with Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon and Eddie Murphy among its successful alumni. (AP)

‘Ipanema’ Song Jumps 1,200% After Rio Olympics Ceremony

“The Girl from Ipanema” has won a gold medal in music streaming following the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.

Spotify says the song was streamed more than 40,000 times a day after the Olympics kicked off Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. It is 1,200 percent rise for the track, which was typically streamed about 3,000 times a day before the Olympics, the streaming service said.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walked onstage during the opening ceremony while “The Girl from Ipanema” played. The Grammy-winning song was released in 1964.

Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote the song as a tribute to a girl he fell in love with as she left Ipanema Beach, one of Rio’s iconic beaches. It is arguably Brazil’s most recognizable song internationally.  (AP)

Jimmy Fallon Set to Host 2017 Golden Globe Awards

Jimmy Fallon will be in charge of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Fallon will host the three-hour ceremony that’s scheduled to air Jan. 8 on NBC, the network said Tuesday.

Fallon, host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” has a playful humor that’s a good match for the “spontaneous and uninhibited” awards show, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said.

Fallon takes over from last year’s host, Ricky Gervais, whose biting style of humor brought groans as well as laughs. (AP)

Beyonce, Adele, Kanye West Earn Top Nominations at MTV VMAs

Beyonce and Adele are the top nominees at the MTV Video Music Awards, where their music videos will compete against Kanye West’s controversial “Famous” for video of the year.

“Famous,” Beyonce’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” will battle Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling” for the top prize when the VMAs air live Aug. 28 from New York’s Madison Square Garden.

West’s infamous “Famous” features what appears to be naked images of the rapper and other celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The song is at the center of his current war with Swift.

Beyonce, though, is the overall VMA leader with 11 nominations, marking a career best for the pop diva. Adele is up for eight awards.

Voting starts Tuesday. (AP)