Nicks, Def Leppard Among First-Time Rock Hall Nominees

Stevie Nicks and Def Leppard are among the acts nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time.

The hall announced Tuesday that 15 acts were nominated this year. The winners will be revealed in December, with the induction planned for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next March. Six of the nominees are being put before voters for the first time.

Nicks is already in as a member of Fleetwood Mac, but this time will be considered as a solo act. Roxy Music, John Prine, Devo and Todd Rundgren were also nominated for the first time.

Radiohead, Janet Jackson and the Cure are among the acts coming back for another try. (AP)

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Taylor Swift to Open ‘2018 American Music Awards’

Taylor Swift will open the “2018 American Music Awards.”

The singer made the announcement Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” This is her first awards show performance in nearly three years.

Dick Clark Productions says the 28-year-old will sing “I Did Something Bad,” from her “Reputation” album.

Swift will compete for artist of the year alongside Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.

Rap is dominating this year’s awards. Drake and Cardi B have eight nominations each.

Sheeran and Malone each earned six nominations, while Camila Cabello is up for five honors.

The fan-voted AMAs will air live on ABC Oct. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP)

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Now EGOT Winners

NBC’s live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has won an Emmy Award and that has made two men extra happy – it means star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice have joined the elite squad of EGOT winners.

The musical’s win for best live variety special on Sunday means Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice have an Emmy to go with their Tonys, Grammys and their Oscars.

The trio joins an elite group of EGOT winners that includes Robert Lopez, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg. (AP)

Woodstock Archive Takes Online Stage

A collection of photos and movies from the 1969 Woodstock music festival have been posted online .

The Museum at Bethel Woods posted the archival images for the first time, two weeks before the 49th anniversary of the famous concert.

The archive features photos and video from almost 30 contributors who were at the scene of the three-day concert that kicked off on Aug. 15, 1969, in Bethel, New York.

The Museum at Bethel Woods sits at the site of the concert. (AP)

Cardi B Leads MTV VMA Nods With 10; Beyonce, Jay-Z Nab 8

The year of Cardi B continues – this time with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations.

MTV announced Monday that the rapper is the most nominated act at this year’s show, which returns to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20.

Five of Cardi B’s nominations are thanks to her Bruno Mars collaboration “Finesse (Remix).” It will compete for video of the year along with Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Apes(asterisk)(asterisk)t,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z – who recently released a collaborative album – are nominated for eight awards, while Gambino and Drake scored seven nominations each.

Taylor Swift was shut out of the major categories, but did nab three technical nominations. (AP)

 

 

Songs by Bennett, Estefan Being Added to Recording Registry

Songs performed by Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan and Run-DMC are among 25 recordings being added to the National Recording Registry.

The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday the list of titles being honored for their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

Bennett’s standard “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” is being added, along with “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” by Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Run-DMC’s “Raising Hell” album and the soundtrack to “The Sound of Music.”

Other notable entries include Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose,” ”Le Freak” by Chic, Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” and Smokey Robinson’s “My Girl,” which was sung by the Temptations.  (AP)

Radiohead, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode Are Rock Hall Nominees

British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone and The Moody Blues are among first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall on Thursday announced 19 nominees for induction in Cleveland next spring. Generally, each class has five to seven members. Nine of the acts are on the ballot for the first time, with Rage Against the Machine joining Radiohead in earning the opportunity in their first year of eligibility.

Other first-time nominees are Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Eurythmics and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Nominees also include the J. Geils Band, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, The Cars, LL Cool J, The Meters, MC5, Link Wray, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and The Zombies. (AP)