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Oscar Nominations: Score and Song Surprises Include a Taylor Swift Snub

Oscar Nominations: Score and Song Surprises Include a Taylor Swift Snub
Two major figures in pop music, songwriter Diane Warren and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, could walk away with their first Academy Awards as a result of today’s nominations in the music categories.

There were no major surprises in the original song race and only one minor surprise in the score category.

Oscar’s music branch confirmed what many pundits predicted going into this morning’s announcement: that “Remember Me” and “This Is Me,” the songs at the emotional core of the animated “Coco” and live-action “The Greatest Showman” respectively, would be nominated.

A win for either on March 4 would give their songwriters a second Academy Award: “This Is Me,” was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won for “La La Land’s” “City of Stars” last year; and “Remember Me” was by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won for another Disney film, “Let It Go” from 2013’s “Frozen.”

If Pasek and
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Country Singer Cam Pays Tribute To Dolores O’Riordan With Live Cranberries ‘Zombie’ Cover

Country music singer Cam paid tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan by nailing a cover of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit “Zombie”. The Nashville club Basement East hosted a tribute night to musical artists that have passed away in the past year including Tom Petty, Fats Domino, Chris Cornell, Chuck Berry and more. Cam took the
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Chris Cornell's Family Creates Video PSA To Keep The Promise

Chris Cornell's family has released a new PSA video vowing to continue raising awareness for the human rights causes their father was dedicated to set to the backdrop of his current Best Rock Performance Grammy-nominated song, “The Promise.”

Video: Chris Cornell Vows to 'Keep the Promise'

As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee.

The PSA video follows the announcement of the creation of an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice,
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New Scholarship Endowment At UCLA Law Will Honor Soundgarden Leader Chris Cornell

A coalition led by Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, has created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law.

The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the endowment is a fitting tribute to Cornell.

“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world,” he said.

As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes,
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Spotlight: Live Earth's Celebrity Supporters

Organised by Sos (Save Our Selves), Live Earth is a series of concerts set to take place around the world on July 7th, 2007 to engage people on a mass scale to combat our climate crisis.

Concerts will include performances by more than 150 of the world’s top musicians performing at various venues around the world.

Venues and musicians include:

Sydney, Australia:

Blue King Brown Crowded House Eskimo Joe Ghostwriters Jack Johnson John Butler Trio Missy Higgins Paul Kelly Sneaky Sound System Toni Collette and The Finish Wolfmother

Shanghai, China:

12 Girls Band Anthony Wong Eason Chan Evonne Hsu Huang Xiao Ming Joey Sarah Brightman Soler Winnie Shin

Hamburg, Germany:

Chris Cornell Jan Delay Juli Katie Melua Lotto King Karl Mana Mando Diao Michael Mittermeier Reamonn Roger Cicero Sasha Silbermond Snoop Dogg Shakira Enrique Iglesias

Tokyo, Japan

AI Abingdon Boys School Ai Otsuka Ayaka Bonnie Pink Cocco Genki Rockets Kumi Koda Linkin
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Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes

Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes
Lord knows, we don’t need another awards show. But the year in film has seen some extraordinary work and though the usual “for your consideration” conversations are valid, they seem insufficient in some cases.

There is a long list of people who are worthy of Oscar consideration, so don’t forget these people when filling out your Oscar ballots, which are due Jan. 12. But let’s also give them special recognition, a round of applause for doing work that was above and beyond.

Wind River

Writer-director Taylor Sheridan and his “Wind River” team deserve awards attention for delivering an entertaining and relevant film. Beyond that, they deserve a salute for wresting control of the movie away from the original distributor, the Weinstein Co. As soon as the story broke on Oct. 5 about that industry bully-rapist, Sheridan and Acacia Entertainment renegotiated everything and made sure that no profits will go to TWC, but instead
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‘This Is Me’ From ‘The Greatest Showman’ Is an Anthem for Outcasts

‘This Is Me’ From ‘The Greatest Showman’ Is an Anthem for Outcasts
Oscar and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) wrote nine songs for “The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman as 19th-century circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum, but one is grabbing the most attention (including Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations): “This Is Me.”

The song, which was introduced to audiences early via the movie’s trailer, appears to have a future as an anthem for the marginalized, disenfranchised, the bullied and the outcast. And in a year when “diversity” is on everyone’s minds and lips, that means it could gain traction during awards season.

“This Is Me” is key to a subplot in the fanciful biopic involving Barnum’s showcase of human “oddities” (dismissed by critics as “freaks”) including a Bearded Lady played by Broadway singer-actress Keala Settle. Halfway through the narrative, Barnum momentarily shuns his discoveries, literally slamming the door in their faces at a high-society reception
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Ryan Tedder, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Cornell Among Rockers Making a Play for Oscar

Ryan Tedder, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Cornell Among Rockers Making a Play for Oscar
The rock world is seemingly fielding ever more contenders in the Oscars’ Best Original Song category, with artists including Sufjan Stevens, Elvis Costello, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Sara Bareilles, and the late Chris Cornell all performing end-title themes they wrote or co-authored. A closer look at three of the frontrunners:

“Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon”

from “Call Me By Your Name

Music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens

“It was a dream come true,” says director Luca Guadagnino about working with indie-rock hero Stevens, of whom he’d long been a “big fan.” It wasn’t initially easy even getting to Stevens for the ask — “The approach took a long time,” the filmmaker admits — but once he did, he got more than he bargained for, with the singer delivering two original songs. That went even further toward Guadagnino’s hope to “envelop the movie and its emotional fabric in Sufjan’s world,” which has always
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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's Daughters Spend New Year's Eve 'Watching Daddy' Perform

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's Daughters Spend New Year's Eve 'Watching Daddy' Perform
Among Keith Urban‘s wide legion of fans, two undeniably stand out: his kids!

On Sunday evening, the country legend took the stage during Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville, Tennessee, performing a variety of songs made famous by artists who died in 2017 like Chris Cornell, Chuck Berry and Troy Gentry.

Cheering and dancing from the sidelines? The musician’s daughters Faith Margaret, 7, and Sunday Rose, 9, as shown in a clip mom Nicole Kidman shared to Facebook on Monday.

“Side stage watching Daddy! Happy New Year everyone!” Kidman captioned the video, in which she
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Keith Urban Closes Out the Year with Medley Honoring Troy Gentry and Other Artists We Lost in 2017

Keith Urban Closes Out the Year with Medley Honoring Troy Gentry and Other Artists We Lost in 2017
Keith Urban said a proper goodbye to the legendary artists who died in 2017 with a medley of their biggest hits.

While performing at Music City Midnight New Year’s Eve Celebration in Nashville, the country star closed out the year remembering some of those the music industry lost.

His tribute started with Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” a nod to Chris Cornell after the ’90s rocker died by suicide in May. Urban’s medley also included “Midnight Rider” in honor of Gregg Allman, “Johnny B. Goode” remembering Chuck Berry, “Tulsa Time” for Don Williams, “Wichita Lineman” for Glen Campbell, “My
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Chris Cornell’s Widow Thanks Keith Urban After He Delivers Heartwarming Tribute To 2017’s Lost Artists

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Chris Cornell’s Widow Thanks Keith Urban After He Delivers Heartwarming Tribute To 2017’s Lost Artists
The widow of the late Chris Cornell took to Instagram to thank Keith Urban Monday after he paid tribute to the musician at a New Year’s Eve gig in Nashville. Urban, 50, played some of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” at the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight event and Cornell’s widow Vicky was quick to express […]
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Stars We Lost in 2017: Hugh Hefner, Mary Tyler Moore and More Famous Faces Who Died This Year

Stars We Lost in 2017: Hugh Hefner, Mary Tyler Moore and More Famous Faces Who Died This Year
Hollywood sure lost some serious star power in 2017. Whether you are a fan of talented musicians, exceptional actors or larger than life personalities, chances are you mourned the loss of several famous faces in the past 12 months. Music lovers were devastated to lose rock stars like Chris Cornell, Tom Petty and Chester Bennington. Whether you watched them on the big or small screen, talented stars like Mary Tyler Moore, Erin Moran and Jerry Lewis will be missed by many pop culture fans. And we won't soon forget Hugh Hefner's passing and the pioneering men's magazine he left behind.  As the year comes to an end, E! News is remembering the famous figures who passed away this...
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Were the Celebrity Deaths of 2017 More Shocking Than Last Year's?

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A bunch of celebs died over the course of this year -- and as tragic as they were, we gotta ask ... do their deaths top 2016 in shock value? Stars as big as Hugh Hefner, Tom Petty and Bill Paxton all passed away in 2017 -- but the year also saw back-to-back suicides in rockers Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.  Remember, the world lost Prince (and A Lot of other people) last year -- which left tons of folks shook.
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Chris Cornell's Wife Shares Emotional Christmas Video of the Late Singer With His Son

Chris Cornell's Wife Shares Emotional Christmas Video of the Late Singer With His Son
Chris Cornell's family is missing the late singer.

The Soundgarden frontman's widow, Vicky Cornell, shared a heartbreaking Christmas video of Chris with his son, Christopher, talking about their holiday traditions and how they spend their time together as a family.

"Sharing a special Christmas video that Chris made with C 3 years ago for school. While the holidays will never be the same again without Chris, we will always remember his boundless love. Happy Holidays & thank you all for your much needed love and support. – Vc," Vicky tweeted on Friday.

"We spend a lot of time with our family and spend a lot of time traveling," the singer says in the three-minute clip. "That's what we like to do."

Sharing a special Christmas video that Chris made with C 3 years ago for school. While the holidays will never be the same again without Chris, we will always remember his boundless love. Happy Holidays & thank
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Chris Cornell's Widow Shares Heartbreaking Christmas Video of Late Singer With His Son

Chris Cornell's Widow Shares Heartbreaking Christmas Video of Late Singer With His Son
Chris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell has shared a Christmas video that's sure to leave viewers and fans of the late singer feeling rather emotional after watching. This is the first Christmas without the former Audioslave singer, who took his own life in a Detroit hotel room on May 18, leaving behind his wife and three children. The late singer's wife took to Twitter on Friday to share their son's school video which shows the beloved rocker and his  only son during the holiday season three years prior. Vicky wrote, "Sharing a special Christmas video that Chris made with C 3 years ago for school. While the holidays will never be the same again without Chris, we will always remember his...
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Chris Cornell's Family Release Touching Video of the Late Musician & Son Talking About Christmas

Chris Cornell's Family Release Touching Video of the Late Musician & Son Talking About Christmas
Chris Cornell‘s family will be spending their first Christmas without him following his shocking death in May.

But to keep the late Soundgarden singer’s memory alive, his widow Vicky Cornell shared a touching throwback video of him and their son Christopher Nicholas on Twitter Friday.

“Sharing a special Christmas video that Chris made with C 3 years ago for school. While the holidays will never be the same again without Chris, we will always remember his boundless love. Happy Holidays & thank you all for your much needed love and support. – Vc,” she tweeted.

In the clip, Cornell and his son,
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Chris Cornell’s Family Shares A Christmas Memory Just In Time For The Holidays

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The family of the late Chris Cornell has shared a personal video for fans this Christmas season. The video, taken three years ago, shows Chris with son Christopher reminiscing about Christmas traditions as a part of a school project. Related: Jared Leto Pays Tribute To Late Greats Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington At VMAs “Sharing a special Christmas […]
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Val Kilmer Shares How His Cancer Battle Changed Him

Val Kilmer Shares How His Cancer Battle Changed Him
Val Kilmer has a new outlook on life after recovering from a battle with throat cancer.

The 57-year-old actor and his two children, Mercedes, 26, and Jack, 22, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about what their family has been going through over the past few years. According to the trade publication, Kilmer, a Christian Scientist, credits his faith for helping with his health, but notes that he also has undergone chemotherapy.

Nowadays, the Top Gun star says he has a much lighter way of looking at the world. "I was too serious," he admits, recalling his long-running acting career. "I'd get upset when things like Oscars and recognition failed to come my way."

As for his celebrity status, Kilmer postures, "Fame is sort of a mess. You get treated differently, but it doesn’t have anything to do with who you actually are."

Kilmer's view on being famous doesn't seem to be stopping his kids from trying their hand at show
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Et's Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight to Host Grammy Red Carpet Live Special

The Grammy Awards is music's biggest night, and this year, we're starting early.

CBS announcedGRAMMY Red Carpet Live on Tuesday, an entertainment special hosted by Et's Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight, to air ahead of the awards show on Jan. 28. Aeg Ehrlich Ventures is producing the event, with Rac Clark serving as the executive producer and Ron Basile as the producer.

And this year's red carpet should be a banger with the impressive roster of nominees, including Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pink, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) and many more.

So make sure to join us at 6:30 Et/3:30 Pt ahead of the James Corden-hosted Grammy Awards, which kicks off live from Madison Square Garden in New York City at 7:30 Et/4:30 Pt on Jan. 28 on CBS.

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Oscars: Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas Among Eligible Writers as Academy Announces 70 Best Song Choices

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 70 songs are currently in contention for nominations to the best original song category. That’s down from 93 eligible songs last year, although it represents a substantial increase from lean years like 2010, when the number of tunes making the cut was a mere 40.

Pop-star contributions are peppered throughout the list, including Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker,” Mariah Carey’s “The Star” from the film of the same name, and Nick Jonas’ “Home” from Fox’s “Ferdinand.” Other well known performers appearing on the list of songwriters include Sara Bareilles (with a song from “Battle of the Sexes”), Elvis Costello (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Common (“Marshall”), Chris Cornell (“The Promise”), Dierks Bentley (“Only the Brave”), and Ryan Tedder (“An Inconvenient Sequel”).

Awards favorite “Call Me by Your Name” has two songs up for
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