DOLLY PARTON WILL HOST ACMS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dolly Parton is promising “some fun” when she hosts the Academy of Country Music Awards. Parton last hosted the awards in 2000. Nominations will be announced next week. The ACMs will be March 7 in Las Vegas and air on Amazon Prime.
SILK SONIC HEADS INTO FORTNITE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – If you drive a car in the game Fortnite, you can now listen to songs from Silk Sonic’s “An Evening with Silk Sonic” album. It also features solo tracks from Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak (PAK). Bootsy Collins is the radio host. On Monday, players can compete in the Silk Sonic Cup. Starting next Thursday, players can select Mars or .Paak as their in-character game style. Mars says part of his agreement was that he would have CGI muscles.
K. MICHELLE PLANS HER COUNTRY CAREER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – K. Michelle will release one more R&B album – then she’s going country. Michelle says “I’m the Problem” will be her last R&B album, but she’s giving fans what they want with an old-school sound. The first single is “Scooch,” which she describes as “everybody is going to get in that Easter Sunday best and drink, have them a good time.” As for her country music career, Michelle says she’s been fighting for that for some time and it’s no gimmick. “I’m the Problem” will come out sometime this year. Michelle says the country album will come out in June. In the meantime, K. Michelle is hosting a Lifetime TV show about plastic surgery gone wrong called “My Killer Body.”
MACHINE GUN KELLY WILL PERFORM AT NHL ALL-STAR GAME
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Machine Gun Kelly will be the featured entertainment for the NHL All-Star Game tomorrow in Las Vegas. He will perform during second intermission. His performance will be shown as part of ABC’s coverage. Blanco Brown will sing the American national anthem. Faouzia (FOH’-zee-ah) will sing the Canadian national anthem. Zedd will perform during player introductions.
LAUREN ALAINA, CRAIG MORGAN JOIN CAST OF “BEYOND THE EDGE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lauren Alaina and Craig Morgan will be part of a celebrity cast who will live in the jungles of Panama until their breaking points. The new series “Beyond the Edge” will drop nine celebrities in the jungle for two weeks to live with insects, wildlife, torrential rain and scorching heat. There will be challenges, but no judges or eliminations. However, if any of them reach a breaking point, they can ring a bell to go home. Each day they stay, they raise money for a favorite charity, and challenges earn more money. The others who will participate are NFL players Ray Lewis and Mike Singletary, NBA player Metta World Peace, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, actor Jodie Sweetin and reality stars Colton Underwood and Eboni K. Williams. “Beyond the Edge” premieres March 16 on CBS.
LADY GAGA, ALANA HAIM AMONG BAFTA NOMINEES
LONDON (AP) – Lady Gaga and Alana Haim (HYM) of the band Haim are getting recognition for their acting rather than their music. They’re both nominated for the leading actress award at the British Academy Film Awards. Lady Gaga is nominated for “House of Gucci,” while Haim is nominated for “Licorice Pizza.” Questlove is a contender in the documentary category for “Summer of Soul.” Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is nominated for best score for “The Power of the Dog.” The BAFTAs will be awarded March 13 in London.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON TO BE FETED AT NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Samuel L. Jackson, civil rights icon? Yes indeed, says Leon W. Russell, chair of the NAACP National Board of Directors. And Russell says, that’s one of the reasons the veteran actor will receive the Chairman’s Award later this month. Russell says most people don’t know that before he became a popular actor, Jackson was a staunch civil rights activist – and even served as an usher at Martin Luther King’s funeral. And Russell says Jackson has continued to be a champion for public service and advocacy, making him “an excellent recipient” for the award. Jackson will get the honor during the 53rd NAACP Image Awards, set for Feb. 26.
BAFTA NOMINATIONS AWARDED
LONDON (AP) – The Oscar nominations are out next week. And some of the films expected to be in the running for them are already getting love from the British Film Academy. Among movies leading in nods for the BAFTA awards are the sci-fi hit “Dune” and the Jane Campion western, “The Power Of The Dog.” Among those up for acting BAFTAs are Benedict Cumberbatch, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga. Winners will be announced at a March 13 event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
JASON BATEMAN HONORED BY HARVARD U’S HASTY PUDDING GROUP
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Jason Bateman has been honored as Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals group. The actor who starred in “Ozark,” “Teen Wolf” and in other movies and TV shows was presented the golden pudding pot – and a sparkly bra – as part of the ceremony. Yesterday’s event in Cambridge, Massachusetts marks the first time the award was presented since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020.
WINTER OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SET FOR TODAY
BEIJING (AP) – Talk about having a cold breakfast – Olympic fans will be able to catch the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics live as they rise for work or school. The event is taking place at 8 p.m. in Beijing, which means on the East Coast, viewers can catch it starting at 7 a.m., EST. Watching the opening parade with morning coffee is one of the “perks” from the 13-hour time difference between Beijing and the U.S. East Coast. NBC will carry the opening events.
ESPN TO HAVE ALL-FEMALE BROADCAST TEAM FOR NBA GAME NEXT WEEK
UNDATED (AP) – An NBA game set for next week will make broadcasting history, even before the opening tipoff. For Wednesday’s clash between the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz, Beth Mowins will do the play-by-play, Doris Burke will be the analyst and Lisa Salters will be the on-the-floor reporter. That makes it the first NBA game to be announced and directed all by women. Backing up the announcers will be 33 other women on production, working in both Salt Lake City and at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.