VIC MENSA ARRESTED AT AIRPORT
STERLING, Va. (AP) – Vic Mensa is facing felony narcotics possession charges after customs officials say they found illicit narcotics in his airline baggage. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that Mensa arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday on a flight from Ghana. CBP officers say they arrested him after they found LSD and Psilocybin capsules, gummies and mushrooms hidden inside his luggage. Mensa’s representatives did not return requests for comment.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE WILL PLAY “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC IN FILM
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Forget Harry Potter – Daniel Radcliffe is about to play the role that future generations will remember: “Weird Al” Yankovic. That’s according to “Weird Al” Yankovic, and it’s for real. Radcliffe will star in the title role of the film “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” which will run on The Roku Channel. Production begins next month in Los Angeles. Yankovic says when he made his last movie, “UHF” in 1989, he made a solemn vow to release a major motion picture every 33 years. He says he’s “very happy to say we’re on schedule.”
H.E.R., SILK SONIC GET NAACP IMAGE AWARDS NOMINATIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – H.E.R. (HER) has earned the most nominations in the music categories for the NAACP Image Awards. Her album “Back of My Mind” is up for best album, competing against Silk Sonic’s “An Evening with Silk Sonic,” Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy,” Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux (HO) Tales” and “When It’s All Said and Done. Take Time” by Giveon. Entertainer of the year contenders are Regina King, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Hudson and Tiffany Haddish. The Image Awards will be held Feb. 26 without an audience. It will be shown on BET.
GUNNA TAKES NUMBER ONE WITH “DS4EVER”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gunna beats out The Weeknd for the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Gunna’s “DS4Ever” moved more than 150,000 units in its first week. The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” moved 148,000 units, putting it at number two. The “Encanto” soundtrack drops from first to third. Adele’s “30” is in fourth, and Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” is in fifth.
PELOTON GETS DAVID BOWIE MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) – Users of the Peloton fitness app will be able to sweat to David Bowie starting today. Peloton has acquired the rights to the entire Bowie catalog for use in its cycling, strength, yoga and running classes. It also has three Bowie remixes done by St. Vincent, Tokimonsta and Honey Dijon.
INFLUENTIAL FASHION JOURNALIST ANDRE LEON TALLEY DIES AT 73
NEW YORK (AP) – Andre Leon Talley, the towering former creative director and editor at large of Vogue magazine, has died. He was 73.
Talley’s literary agent confirmed Talley’s death to USA Today late Tuesday.
Talley was an influential fashion journalist who worked at Women’s Wear Daily and was a regular in the front row of fashion shows in New York and Europe. At 6-feet-6 inches tall, Talley cut an imposing figure wherever he went, with his stature, his considerable influence on the fashion world, and his bold looks.
After stints with Interview magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, Talley was hired at Vogue in 1983 by Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and was appointed its creative director in 1988.
COMEDIAN LOUIE ANDERSON BEING TREATED FOR CANCER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Louie Anderson is said to be “resting comfortably” as he’s being treated for cancer at a Las Vegas hospital. A rep for the 68-year-old comedian-actor says Anderson has a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but other details about his treatment or prognosis weren’t provided. The Minnesota native now lives in Vegas. Anderson won an Emmy in 2016 for the comedy “Baskets,” hosted a revival of the game show “Family Feud” – and still does standup.
GRAMMYS MOVING TO LAS VEGAS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For the first time in nearly a half century, the Grammys will be in a city other than Los Angeles or New York. The Recording Academy has placed this year’s delayed awards in Las Vegas. The new location comes along with a date change: April 3. The Grammy people changed the date because of the latest rash of COVID-19 cases stemming from the new omicron variant. The new location likely was to avoid conflicts with the sports teams that play at the L.A. arena the Grammys usually call home. The last time the Grammys were in a town other than New York or L.A. was in 1973, when they were in Nashville.
GRAMMY CHANGE BUMPS CMT AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – In the high-stakes game of musical chairs caused by awards shows moving around because of the latest coronavirus spike, it was inevitable someone would be left without a seat. With the Grammys moving to April 3rd, it’s the CMT Awards that will have to find a new slot. The country music awards event got bumped from April 3 when the Grammys moved. The CMTs will announce a new date once they settle on one.
NAACP IMAGE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – You could say the people voting on the NAACP Image Awards nominations have fallen hard for “The Harder They Fall.” The Netflix movie produced by Jay-Z has 12 nods going into next month’s ceremony. The star-studded cast includes Idris Elba and Regina King. King is also up for entertainer of the year. She will compete in that category with Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Hudson and Tiffany Haddish. The Image Awards are Feb. 26 – and will air on BET.
IMAGE AWARDS MUSIC NOMINEES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – As usual, the NAACP Image Awards honor people in a variety of fields, including music. Leading the way among musicians is H.E.R. (HER), with six nods, one of them for best album. She competes in that category with Silk Sonic, Drake, Jazmine Sullivan and Giveon.