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RECORDING ACADEMY CEO COMMENTS ON R. KELLY, MORGAN WALLEN
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) – The CEO of the Recording Academy says there are no immediate plans to strip R. Kelly of his Grammys. Harvey Mason jr. says while Kelly’s recent conviction on sex trafficking charges is “disturbing,” Kelly may keep his three Grammys for now. Mason says the academy will “take a good hard look” at that, but his initial feeling is “we’re probably not a business that we want to be in of taking people’s awards back after they’ve been given.” Regarding Morgan Wallen, who was caught on video earlier this year using a racial slur, Mason says it’s up to the voting members of the academy to decide whether to nominate Wallen for Grammys. However, Mason says the Recording Academy can dictate whether Wallen is allowed to attend any Grammy activities.

 

BRANDI CARLILE QUESTIONS GRAMMY CATEGORIZATION
UNDATED (AP) – Brandi Carlile is concerned that the Grammys are not recognizing her Americana cred. Carlile writes on Instagram she submitted her song “Right On Time” for consideration in the American roots category for Grammys, but the Recording Academy has moved it to the pop category. Carlile says while she’s flattered that a “40-year-old crooning lesbian mother” would be considered pop, she’s “surprised and disappointed” about the change because of her love of Americana. She says while being recognized by the Grammys in any form is an honor, she just wants people to know the move was not her decision.

 

ALICE COOPER: SNAKES DON’T TAKE DIRECTION WELL
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Alice Cooper says one of the downsides of working with snakes: you can’t really do much choreography. Cooper says the boa constrictor he uses in concert has a mind of its own, and he must improvise based on where it ends up every night. Times have changed since he first started using snakes. He says he used to take them wherever he’d go, but now he needs permits and passports. What about getting it certified as a therapy animal? Cooper says he considered that, but he’s worried his snake “might eat somebody else’s therapy animal.”

 

MARTY STUART CELEBRATES HOMETOWNS
NEW YORK (AP) – Marty Stuart has teamed with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for a campaign to remind people about where they come from. The “Honor Your Hometown” campaign encourages Americans to celebrate their shared experiences and common values. They’ve curated 150 videos from mayors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as ones from Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Jon Batiste, Miranda Lambert and Kristin Chenoweth. Stuart, who is from Philadelphia, Mississippi, says, “Just in case you don’t have a hometown, I’ll loan you mine.” The campaign runs through Thanksgiving Day. Details are at www.HonorYourHometown.com.

 

AUTHORITIES TO SHARE SOME FINDINGS IN ALEC BALDWIN SHOOTING OF CINEMATOGRAPHER
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Law enforcement officials are expected to share what they’ve turned up so far in the investigation into the movie set shooting by Alec Baldwin that killed the cinematographer of “Rust.” A news conference today will feature Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies. Their meeting with reporters will provide the first detailed public comments by investigators about the case. Halyna Hutchins died on-set as Baldwin rehearsed a scene in which he was to brandish a gun inside a church. The movie’s director, Joel Souza, was also shot, but he survived.

 

“DUNE” GEARS UP FOR SEQUEL
UNDATED (AP) – It won’t be just one and done for “Dune.” Legendary Entertainment says the Denis Villeneuve (deh-NEE’ vihl-NOOV’) movie will have a sequel. It’s good news for movie fans who liked the original, which finished number one at the box office this past weekend. The status of a sequel was an open question because of the pandemic, which delayed production by a year – and because Villeneuve was opposed to his movie being streamed the same time it hit theaters. The sequel is due in 2023.

 

TV DIVERSITY REPORT RELEASED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A rise in diversity in TV is paying off with audiences – and literally paying off with the industry. A study of the 2019-20 TV season by UCLA researchers was released yesterday. And it finds the bump in diversity in cast, crews and on the production side of things helped boost audiences – and made them more enthused about TV shows. The report also says that diversity has boosted the profile of the TV industry overall. Darnell Hunt, dean of UCLA’s social sciences division, says the study shows, “people basically want to see the TV shows that look like America, that have characters they can relate to and have experiences that resonate with them.”

 

COMEDIAN, SATIRIST MORT SAHL DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – Satirist Mort Sahl has died. The comedian helped revolutionize stand-up comedy during the Cold War period by mixing jokes and observations about politicians and current events. His friend Lucy Mercer says Saul died “peacefully” at his home in Mill Valley, California. He was 94 and his friend says the cause of his demise was, “old age.”