ROCK HALL NOMINEES REACT TO ANNOUNCEMENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says getting their second nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is “another thrill.” Halford tells Billboard magazine he sees it as a victory that the Rock Hall is recognizing heavy metal and especially British heavy metal. Wayne Kramer of the MC5, who have been nominated for the fifth time, says he’s out of insights into what the nomination means and adds, “I guess we wait and see. Again.” The other nominees are Dave Matthews Band, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Todd Rundgren. The inductees will be announced in January, with the induction ceremony set for May 2 in Cleveland.
GRAMMY AWARDS ENTRIES, BY THE NUMBERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – If you wanted to play the odds and try to win a Grammy, make a regional roots music album. Billboard magazine reports that’s the category with the fewest entries this year, with 41. The category of best large jazz ensemble album is close behind, with just 42 entries. The category with the most entries is one of the big awards, record of the year, with 1,160 entries. Song of the year has the second-most entries, with 1,104. There are more entries for best music video — 838 — than there are for album of the year, usually the biggest award — 789. The Grammy nominations will be announced Nov. 20. The Grammy Awards are Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.
JOHN FOGERTY DID NOT THINK HIS MUSIC WOULD LAST
NEW YORK (AP) – When John Fogerty started his career, his ambition was to make music that had staying power. He says he used to tell people he wanted to make records that would still be played in 10 years. Fogerty says that’s as far as he could see when he was 24. He says he always thought he’d outlive his music. Fifty years later, he says the fact that he can still hear “Proud Mary” on the radio “is kind of staggering.” Fogerty now plays music with his sons in his band on his “My 50 Year Trip” tour.
CAM IS PREGNANT
NASHVILLE (AP) – Cam is pregnant and has managed to hide it for seven months. Cam and her husband, Adam Weaver, made the reveal in an Instagram video yesterday. It’s their first child. Cam captioned the video, “Little one you are already so loved.”
KENNY G BOARD GAME ARRIVES
UNDATED (AP) – Got 30 minutes to kill? It’s enough time to play the new Kenny G board game. “Keeping It Saxy” is a cooperative game for two to five players with the object of keeping Kenny cool through a hectic day. According to the game description, players will play sound cards to help Kenny “overcome uncool events, detangle his luscious locks, and avoid rush hour traffic without missing a brassy beat.” It sells for $20 and it’s available now.
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY BRINGS ON LUDACRIS
ATLANTA (AP) – Ludacris is now an artist-in-residence at Georgia State University. The school says Ludacris will mentor students and work with professors as part of Georgia State’s Creative Media Industries Institute. The program connects students with careers in film, music and video games. Ludacris says in a statement Georgia State is “one of the most innovative and diverse universities in the country” and he can’t imagine a better place to work.
BOB DYLAN’S “TARANTULA” WILL COME OUT AS AUDIOBOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – “Tarantula,” Bob Dylan’s only work of fiction, is stream-of-conscious, random and sometimes nearly unreadable. Now it’s coming out as an audiobook. Simon and Schuster has announced that actor Will Patton will narrate the 1971 book. It comes out Dec. 3.
By Margie Szaroleta