GRAMMYS DUMP YE FROM PERFORMANCE
NEW YORK (AP) – No way, Ye. The Grammys have pulled the plug on Ye’s performance before it starts. Word of this is from the rapper’s own camp. A rep for Ye has confirmed to The Associated Press several reports, including one from The Blast, that Ye won’t perform at the April 3 event in Las Vegas. The Blast reports Ye was told Friday of the Grammys’ move to disinvite him. There’s already a list of confirmed performers – and Ye’s name isn’t on it, though he’s up for five awards, including album of the year. Ye has been getting criticism for posts on social media trolling his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her new boyfriend, Pete Davidson.
TREVOR NOAH ON YE
NEW YORK (AP) – Trevor Noah is hosting next month’s Grammys. And “The Daily Show” host has been publicly critical of Ye’s online rants about Kim Kardashian and her new guy, Pete Davidson. Does that have anything to do with Ye being disinvited from performing at the Grammys? No one is saying and perhaps we’ll never know for sure. But on his TV show last week, Noah said the way Ye is treating his ex has become “more and more belligerent.” Noah adds that’s proof even one of the richest and most powerful women in the world has been “unable to get her ex to stop texting her, to stop chasing after her, to stop harassing her.”
“THE BATMAN” CONTINUES TO STAR AT BOX OFFICE
UNDATED (AP) – It’s now three weeks at the top of the box office list for “The Batman.” The movie starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight took in another $36.8 million over the weekend. That puts it past the $300 million mark overall, surpassing that mark ahead of studio projections. So far, it’s the highest grossing movie of 2022 and second highest during the pandemic. Number one on that list is “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
“CODA” WINS AT PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Is it likely we will be talking this time next week about the small movie “CODA” winning best picture at the Oscars? Perhaps not, but the movie has had a big night at a smaller event. “CODA” won the top prize at Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards. It’s a movie about three adult family members who are deaf and a fourth who isn’t – and wants to launch a singing career. “CODA” got the win at the PGAs over bigger Oscar hopefuls like “The Power of the Dog,” “Dune” and “West Side Story.” More of than not, winners of the PGA go on to win the Oscar for best picture. And “CODA” also won for best ensemble at last month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
NEW THEORY EMERGES ABOUT DAVID ORTIZ SHOOTING
BOSTON (AP) – There is a new theory about why former baseball star David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic in 2019. Private investigators hired by the former Boston Red Sox slugger say Ortiz was attacked by a drug trafficker in the D.R. who was jealous of him and felt Ortiz dissed him. The P.I. says Cesar Peralta, now held in Puerto Rico on drug charges, put a bounty on Ortiz. All this contradicts what authorities in the D.R. have come up with. They say the shooter mistook Ortiz for the intended victim – a person sitting at the same table with him.