CARLOS SANTANA HAS HEART PROCEDURE, WILL CANCEL VEGAS SHOWS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carlos Santana has undergone a heart procedure – and is canceling several Las Vegas shows planned for this month as a result. In a video message yesterday, Santana said he asked his wife to take him to the hospital this past Saturday because he felt something in his chest. His management agency says the 74-year-old musician ended up having an “unscheduled heart procedure,” but provided no specifics. Santana tells his fans on Twitter he’ll cancel his performances at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino through the end of the year.
CLARENCE AVANT’S WIFE KILLED IN HOME SHOOTING
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The wife of music executive Clarence Avant was killed in a shooting at their home in Beverly Hills, California, early yesterday, according to authorities and a Netflix spokeswoman. Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant was 81. A spokeswoman for Netflix, which aired the 2019 Netflix documentary about Clarence Avant called “The Black Godfather,” confirms Jacqueline Avant’s death. Beverly Hills police have not identified the victim. They say detectives are investigating a fatal shooting and no arrests have been made. Clarence Avant founded Sussex Records and Tabu Records, was head of Motown Records, and helped in the careers of acts like Bill Withers, L.A. Reid, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. He was honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE CHOOSES DOLLY PARTON AS ONE OF ITS “PEOPLE OF THE YEAR”
NEW YORK (AP) – Dolly Parton has been named one of People magazine’s “2021 People of the Year.” Parton was singled out for her financial support of COVID-19 research and for her Imagination Library, which has given away millions of books. Others who made the list are actor Sandra Oh, gymnast Simone Biles and the nation’s 3 million teachers.
GRAMMYS NAME TREVOR NOAH AS HOST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Trevor Noah will return to host the Grammys next month. Noah hosted last year as well. The Grammys will air live from Los Angeles on CBS on Jan. 31.
DEEP PURPLE RELEASES COVERS ALBUM WITH “TURNING TO CRIME”
LONDON (AP) – Deep Purple has released an album of songs done originally by other artists, but that doesn’t mean it was an easy album to make. Drummer Ian Paice says because they were living on different continents during the pandemic lockdown, they were not in the studio together. He says he created drum tracks at his home and had to imagine how the rest of the song would sound. Among the songs Deep Purple cover on the album is “7 and 7 Is” by Love, which Paice calls “the hardest two minutes I’ve ever worked, because the drums never stop.” He says he listens to it now and says, “Not bad for an old guy.” Other songs on “Turning to Crime” include “White Room,” “Oh Well” and “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.”
GRAND JURY: OFFICER JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING PHARRELL WILLIAMS’ COUSIN
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – A special grand jury has found that a Virginia Beach police officer was justified in shooting Donovon Lynch, the cousin of Pharrell Williams. The city’s prosecutors say Officer Solomon D. Simmons was justified in protecting himself and others when Lynch racked a round into a handgun and pointed his weapon at a parking lot full of people. The incident happened during a chaotic night of violence last spring. Williams has said he will not return his Something In The Water music festival to Virginia Beach, in part because of how the city handled the investigation.
MICHAEL BUBLE’ WILL APPEAR IN NBC SPECIAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Buble is back with another holiday special, this time marking the 10th anniversary of the release of his “Christmas” album. “Michael Buble’s Christmas in the City” also will feature Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Jimmy Fallon, “Ted Lasso” actor Hannah Waddingham and Kermit the Frog. The special airs Monday on NBC.
ALEC BALDWIN DENIES PULLING TRIGGER ON FATAL PROP GUN
NEW YORK (AP) – Alec Baldwin says he “would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger.” His denial comes in an interview to air on ABC tonight. Baldwin tells George Stephanopoulos that when it comes to the live round discharge that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, “I didn’t pull the trigger.” As for how the live round got in the weapon he handled, Baldwin says, “I have no idea.” The comments mark Baldwin’s first detailed account about the Oct. 21 that also injured director Joel Souza. Production on “Rust” has since been shut down.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LAWYERS TO CROSS-EXAMINE STAR WITNESS
CHICAGO (AP) – When he worked on the TV show “Empire,” Abimbola Osundairo was a stand-in. But right now he and his brother are star witnesses for the prosecution against the show’s fired star, Jussie Smollett. Osundairo told a Chicago jury yesterday Smollett recruited them to give him a fake beating on a Chicago street in January of 2019. The details of what he’s said about the case helped lead authorities to file felony charges against Smollett for claiming he was the victim of a racist and anti-gay beating. The actor’s legal team will try to take apart Osundairo’s statements when he’s cross-examined today. But that’s expected to be a tough task, given that most of his testimony is corroborated by surveillance video.
MAGAZINE NAMES 2021 “PEOPLE OF THE YEAR”
NEW YORK (AP) – One is an actor who went public with her fight against anti-Asian hatred. One is a country music icon who backed COVID-19 research. Another is a top gymnast who forced the world to focus on the mental health of athletes. Sandra Oh, Dolly Parton and Simone Biles are among those who’ve been named by People magazine as its “2021 People of the Year.” The magazine says all of those chosen have led the way “to help make the world a little bit better” Also cited collectively: the nation’s more than 3 million schoolteachers.
“DR. OZ SHOW” PULLED OFF AIR AFTER HOST BECOMES U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The “Equal Time” rule TV stations must abide by means no air time for “Dr. Oz” in some areas. Stations in Philadelphia, New York City and Cleveland say they’re pulling the show hosted by Mehmet Oz now that he has formally decided to run for the U.S. Senate. The move yesterday came a day after Oz announced he is seeking the vacant Senate post in Pennsylvania. The stations say the federal equal time rules would mean that by running Oz’s show, they’d have to give rival candidates the ability to request matching air time.
TREVOR NOAH TO RETURN AS GRAMMYS HOST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Score it two in a row for Trevor Noah. The comedian and host of “The Daily Show” has been invited back to host the Grammys, after handing the chores last year. The Grammys are Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.
JUDGE RULES JURY IN JOSH DUGGAR CASE CAN HEAR OF HIS MOLESTATION HISTORY
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – A judge in Arkansas has ruled the jury in former reality TV star Josh Duggar’s trial on child pornography charges can hear evidence that he admitted molesting four girls nearly 20 years ago. U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks has rejected a motion by Duggar’s attorneys to keep the evidence away from the jury. Lawyers for Duggar claim the admission has no relevance to the child porn case. But the judge disagreed and sided with prosecutors. Duggar, who is 33, faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count if convicted.