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Little Kids Rock Announces More Stars For Annual Benefit

Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools, has announced more stars will be among the special guests who will take the stage at their annual benefit.

The organization has announced actor and comedian Mike Myers; award winner Darlene Love; Grammy nominated soul singer Bettye Lavette; Grammy winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’; Musical Director Will Lee; and past honorees Paul Shaffer, band leader and musical director for the Late Show with David Letterman; and famed Yankee and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams will take part in the event.

This year’s event, which will honor Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Michael Dorf, will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.

The Little Kids Rock Benefit brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about giving the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the Us.
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A Little Help from His Friends: All of Paul McCartney’s Surprise Guests on His One on One Tour (So Far…)

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A Little Help from His Friends: All of Paul McCartney’s Surprise Guests on His One on One Tour (So Far…)
Let’s get one thing straight: Paul McCartney doesn’t need any extra star power. On Sunday night, rock’s favorite knight of the realm ripped through 39 of his seemingly endless stream of classics during a three-hour session at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Part of his ongoing One on One tour, he was joined on the marathon sprint through his own musical history by his long-time backing band, who have now been with him twice as long as the Beatles. The previous show two days earlier made headlines for an encore duet Bruce Springsteen, but this night
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Little Kids Rock To Honor Elvis Costello And Bonnie Raitt

Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools announced the honorees for its annual benefit being held Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.

This year’s event will honor Elvis Costello with the Rocker of the Year Award, and Bonnie Raitt with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Founder and CEO of City Winery, Michael Dorf will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of expanding music education for underprivileged youth through the annually produced “Music of” tribute concerts.

The Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about bringing the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the Us. Prior years’ honorees include Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Steven Van Zandt, Lady Gaga, Graham Nash and Joan Jett.
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Diana Krall Will Have Fans Falling for Her All Over Again with New Single ‘L-o-v-e’

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Diana Krall Will Have Fans Falling for Her All Over Again with New Single ‘L-o-v-e’
Diana Krall‘s new music will have fans falling for her all over again.

The jazz singer will release her new song “L-o-v-e” this week, and People has an exclusive first listen to the track.

“If I was feeling mischievous, I’d say the way I feel about the song ‘L O-v-e ‘ is right there in the piano introduction,” Krall told People of the tune. “I hope it makes you curious. Everything you need to know about the song is literally spelled out in the title, which is what I love about it.”

Following a cover of the Cole Porter
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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Dec. 19, 2016

Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Dec. 19, 2016
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, most of the major shows are on hiatus, but there’s still tons to watch leading up to the holidays.

The Wall,” NBC, Monday, 10 p.m.

If you miss Chris Hardwick now that “Talking Dead” is on hiatus, fear not: the host is back on TV for another show — NBC’s new reality competition series produced by LeBron James, which showcases teams answering trivia questions, while bouncing balls into slots with monetary values. What happens if they answer correctly? They get a ton of cash. (Monday night’s episode is a sneak preview of the show, which returns in its regular timeslot on Jan. 3.)

First Lady Michelle Obama
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Leonardo DiCaprio Honors Martin Scorsese at Award Bash: ‘My Director, My Collaborator, My Friend’

Leonardo DiCaprio Honors Martin Scorsese at Award Bash: ‘My Director, My Collaborator, My Friend’
Everybody loves Marty.

Martin Scorsese became the seventh recipient of the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award Wednesday night in New York at Cipriani Wall Street.

“He tells a story well, that’s what a great director does,” said Larry King (the Friars Club’s current dean) on the red carpet. “He never fails.”

It was clear that the entertainment industry has a unique love and respect for the legendary director.

The extravagant ballroom of Cipriani was filled with some of Scorsese’s closest friends — Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Olivia Wilde, Sacha Baron Cohen, Juliette Lewis and Ellen Burstyn — all of whom presented speeches, which were shared in the form of funny stories, unforgettable moments and humbling words of appreciation.

“I thank you for everything you’ve done for me and our craft. You are my director, my collaborator, my friend,” DiCaprio said in his speech. “You are part of
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Tony Bennett Sings For Stephen Colbert To Celebrate 90th Birthday

Yesterday at TCA, NBC announced it would mark today’s 90th birthday of Tony Bennett with a primetime special. It will feature featuring Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, and Homer Simpson. But it won’t air until December 20. CBS did not wait. Bennett was Stephen Colbert’s Late Show guest last…
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Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder Top Tony Bennett Tribute Concert

Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder Top Tony Bennett Tribute Concert
Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Billy Joel will perform with Tony Bennett at a special concert celebrating the crooner's 90th birthday that will air December 20th on NBC, Variety reports.

The all-star lineup for Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come also features Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright, all of whom will perform with Bennett. The show will also feature appearances from Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and even Homer Simpson.
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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on Donald Trump, Comedy Woes and New Dick Wolf, Paul Haggis Dramas

NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on Donald Trump, Comedy Woes and New Dick Wolf, Paul Haggis Dramas
Even if Donald Trump loses the race for the American presidency, there isn’t room for him back at his old stomping ground.

“He will never be back on the Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters. Would Trump be welcome to star in another show on the network? “I have no idea at this point.”

Did “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” play a role in Trump’s ultimate candidacy? Earlier this summer, NBC’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy told us “yes.” Greenblatt said he was less sure there was a correlation.

“[‘Doonesbury’ creator] Garry Trudeau was predicting Donald Trump would run for president 15 years before,” he noted. “I think it surprised all of us that [Trump] would want to do this. I guess that’s what’s great about this country.”

Read More: NBC Fall 2016 Trailers, Ranked: Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore and Abigail Spencer
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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on Donald Trump, Comedy Woes and New Dick Wolf, Paul Haggis Dramas

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on Donald Trump, Comedy Woes and New Dick Wolf, Paul Haggis Dramas
Even if Donald Trump loses the race for the American presidency, there isn’t room for him back at his old stomping ground.

“He will never be back on the Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters. Would Trump be welcome to star in another show on the network? “I have no idea at this point.”

Did “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” play a role in Trump’s ultimate candidacy? Earlier this summer, NBC’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy told us “yes.” Greenblatt said he was less sure there was a correlation.

“[‘Doonesbury’ creator] Garry Trudeau was predicting Donald Trump would run for president 15 years before,” he noted. “I think it surprised all of us that [Trump] would want to do this. I guess that’s what’s great about this country.”

Read More: NBC Fall 2016 Trailers, Ranked: Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore and Abigail Spencer
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Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder to Honor Tony Bennett in NBC Tribute Concert

Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder to Honor Tony Bennett in NBC Tribute Concert
Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and more will perform with Tony Bennett during a concert special honoring the music legend’s 90th birthday and airing in December on NBC.

Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” will air Dec. 20 at 9 p.m., the broadcast network announced Tuesday. Also set to perform with Bennett are Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright. Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and animated character Homer Simpson will also make appearances.

“Since we celebrated Tony’s 80th birthday on NBC, it only seemed fitting that we should also stop and pay tribute to his 90th, a true milestone for the greatest living vocalist of popular music,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Happy birthday, Tony, your achievements are epic and your voice has been the soundtrack of four generations. We
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NBC to Honor Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday With Two-Hour Special Featuring Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder

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NBC to Honor Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday With Two-Hour Special Featuring Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder
Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday celebration is going to be one for the ages. NBC will air a two-hour special dedicated to the veteran musician in December, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The program will feature some of the music industry’s most prominent artists, with the first list of performers to be announced including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright and Stevie Wonder as well as a performance by Bennett. Also Read: Lady Gaga Banned From
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NBC Special Celebrates Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday With Lady Gaga, Elton John & Others

One of America’s most iconic singers turns 90 on Wednesday, and NBC will mark the occasion with a holiday special featuring some of music’s biggest stars. The two-hour Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come will air at 9 Pm December 20, featuring Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and others. They’re among the first list of featured performers, along with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus…
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Tony Bennett's Star-Studded 90th Birthday Special Set at NBC

Tony Bennett's Star-Studded 90th Birthday Special Set at NBC
The best is set to come… in December on NBC.

That’s when the Peacock Net will air a tw0-hour special titled Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come in honor of the crooner’s birthday, the network announced Tuesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

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The Grammy-winning Bennett, who will perform as part of the special, will be joined by artists including Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, k.
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Potus + Flotus Team Up with ABC for Hour-Long 'Jazz at the White House' Special

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host "Jazz at the White House," airing on International Jazz Day, Saturday, April 30 (8-9pm Est), on ABC. The one-hour primetime television special will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the truly American art form of jazz. The All-Star Global Concert at the White House (filming on April 29) will feature performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh...
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New Orleans Music Finds a Patron Saint in Ken Ehrlich

For those who’ve lived there, and even better, taken in the music scene, there’s no place like New Orleans.

But when Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city, the Nola music scene was especially threatened. Its musicians were scattered, and the city’s unique bond with its musicians threatened to be broken for good.

Ken Ehrlich, an aficionado of the Crescent City’s music, saw the danger and did what he could to help preserve New Orleans and its culture.

In 2005, after Katrina, Ehrlich sprang into action, producing “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy,” a pair of simultaneous benefit concerts held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall to raise money for the victims of the hurricane.

Thanks to Ehrlich’s relationships with the titans of the music industry, he was able to secure such performers as Elton John and Simon & Garfunkel.
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Happy 70th Birthday To Joni Mitchell: Here Are 10 Must-Hear Covers

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Happy 70th birthday to the legendary singer/songwriter/painter/soul of Saskatoon/Parisian free man Joni Mitchell. Props to the woman for years of candor about the music business and her own restless musical evolution. When both Charles Mingus and Prince care to toast your work, you might be awesome.

In the age of The Kids Are All Right, emotional Joni Mitchell covers may seem a tad trite, but let me remind you: The woman’s songs are unbelievable, and it’s often wonderful to hear him them sung and reinterpreted by other artists. It can also be a jarring experience as you’ll hear with a couple of entries on this list, but let’s explore: 10 Joni Mitchell covers worth hearing.

1. Diana Krall, “A Case of You”

Well, that’s awesome. Mrs. Elvis Costello is still on her feet (or sitting on that piano bench?) after a remarkable version
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Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit to Be Streamed for First Time

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Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit to Be Streamed for First Time
Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert will get a wider audience this year: For the first time, it’s streaming live. The 27th annual concert will stream on YouTube starting at 5 p.m. Pt on Saturday. (Music lovers may want to bookmark that link, which also includes highlights from past Bridge School concerts.) Also read: Neil Young: Steve Jobs Listened to Vinyl, Piracy is the New Radio This year’s performers include Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson,Fun., Heart and Jenny Lewis.
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Katy Perry and John Mayer Back Together?

Katy Perry and John Mayer Back Together?
On-again/off-again couple Katy Perry and John Mayer appear to be in their "on" stage again.

Perry and Mayer showed up together at Monday night's Friars Foundation Honors Don Rickles event, which honored the legendary actor and comedian with Friars' Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy. According to People, the two "shared kisses" and were "very lovey-dovey" at the New York City event, and pictures of them holding hands confirm at the very least that the two remain close.

Related: John Mayer Gushes Over Romance With Katy Perry

But if the reconciliation has indeed happened, perhaps the news isn't so shocking given Perry's admission to Vogue earlier this month that she was still "madly in love" with the Paper Doll singer, despite their relationship being "over" at the time.

"I was madly in love with him. I still am madly in love with him," she said. "All I can say about that relationship is that he's got a beautiful
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Katy Perry Kisses John Mayer at Friars Club Roast in N.Y.C.

Katy Perry Kisses John Mayer at Friars Club Roast in N.Y.C.
Katy Perry and John Mayer's on-again, off-again romance appears to be back on. After recently telling Vogue magazine that she was "still madly in love" with Mayer, Perry was spotted out with the "Paper Doll" singer at New York's Greenwich Hotel on Saturday night and, later, at Monday's Friars Foundation Annual Applause Awards Gala honoring Don Rickles at the Waldorf-Astoria. At the event, Mayer performed a tune made famous by Frank Sinatra, which captivated Perry. "When John performed, Katy was enamored by his performance," a source tells People. "He sang 'One for My Baby (and One More for
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