The Black Sabbath frontman says he's still in "unbelievable pain" from the fall he suffered from in early 2019.
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The hip-hop mogul said the couple's failure to stand during Demi Lovato’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was not political.
NEW YORK — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world.The 18-year-old made history at the Grammy Awards Sunday. Not only did she become the youngest person to win one of Grammy's top awards — record, song and album of the year, and best new artist — Eilish is the first artist to sweep all four since Christopher Cross in 1981.Her triumph came on a night made sombre by the death of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. It also ended a tumultuous week for the Recording Academy that included its ousted CEO accusing the Grammys nominations process of being rigged, and Diddy calling out the organization for not giving enough respect to R&B and hip-hop.An estimated 18.7 million people watched the show, which ran late and packed three of its top awards into the final 15 minutes. That's down from the 19.9 million who watched in 2019 and the 19.8 million viewers in 2018, the Nielsen company said on Monday.Eilish's “When We all Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" also won best pop vocal album. Her brother Finneas O'Connell also won awards for engineering and producing the album.“The music I listened to when I was growing up, maybe 7, 8, 9 or 10, 13, that was the most important music to me forever,” Finneas said backstage after the ceremony. “Anytime a person that age comes up to either one of us and says (it is their favourite), I know how much that means to them. That's why it means so much to me. I hope they're celebrating. This is all because of them.”He said that they never thought that an album that addresses depression, suicidal thoughts and climate change would be up for a Grammy.Eilish noted that they made the album in a bedroom of the Los Angeles-area home where they grew up in.“It's like anything is possible,” she said.In accepting her awards, Eilish noted that she had grown up listening to many of the artists at the ceremony in Los Angeles' Staples Center. She also said she thought Ariana Grande deserved album of the year, an onstage moment that recalled Adele saying the same thing about Beyoncé the same year Adele triumphed.The success of a young, white girl came on a night the Recording Academy seemingly went out of its way to highlight diversity. Lizzo offered a powerhouse opening performance, and there were tributes to Prince and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Tyler, the Creator offered an incendiary version of “Earfquake” with Boyz II Men. Lil Nas X sang his omnipresent “Old Town Road.” H.E.R. sang, as did host Alicia Keys and Gary Clark Jr. with the Roots.Tyler, the Creator said later that the rap album Grammy was a backhanded compliment.While he's grateful to be acknowledged, “it also sucks whenever we, I mean guys that look like me, do anything that's genre bending, they always put it in an urban rapper category,” he said. “I don't like that urban word. It's just a politically correct way to say the N-word to me.”Earlier in the show, Keys sat at a piano to sing a rewrite of Lewis Capaldi's song, “Someone You Loved” that name-checked many of the nominated artists but also included a few pointed lines about respect.“I'm gonna be honest with y'all,” she said. “It's been a helluva week.”Keys also had the delicate task of addressing the shock of Bryant's death in a helicopter crash, while onstage at the same arena where the former Laker won championships.She sang “It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” with Boyz II Men. References to Bryant abounded — a Lakers jersey held up by Run-DMC during their performance of “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith, and adorning a couch on a set where Lil Nas X began “Old Town Road.”“We're all feeling crazy sadness right now,” said Keys, who received praise online for how she handled it.“Alicia, you've been lighting this awards show up,” rapper Common said onstage. “Thank you.”Besides her big opening, Lizzo took home three Grammys, including best pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts” and two R&B awards. She also seemed noticeably affected by Bryant's death.“We need to continue to reach out,” she told her fellow artists. “This is the beginning of making music that moves people again.”Clark's pointed “This Land” also won for best rock song and rock performance, and he won a third for contemporary blues album.Among the show's more touching moments was Tyler, the Creator bringing his tearful mother onstage with him to accept his Grammy. Singer Demi Lovato made a comeback appearance after her reported overdose, singing a song she said was written in the troubled days before that event. Camila Cabello sang “First Man,” a song dedicated to her father, and received a bear hug from a sobbing dad when it was done.DJ Khaled helped lead the emotional tribute to Hussle, the Los Angeles rapper who was gunned down in March, not long after attending his first Grammy ceremony as a nominee. On Sunday, Hussle won two posthumous Grammys.Tyler, the Creator, Lizzo and, of course, Eilish were among the acts who won their first-ever Grammys. Other first-time winners included Tanya Tucker, J. Cole, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michelle Obama, Sara Bareilles, Rosalía and 21 Savage.Gospel legend Kirk Franklin received his 14th and 15th career Grammys.___Associated Press writers Mesfin Fekadu and Jonathan Landrum Jr. contributed to this report.David Bauder, The Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sean “Diddy” Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its major categories in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from Beyoncé, Jay-Z and several other music industry players.At the end of his 50-minute speech Saturday night at Clive Davis’ white-hot pre-Grammys gala, where Combs was honoured, the music mogul demanded change and said he was happy to be involved in making a difference.“So I say this with love to the Grammys, because you really need to know this, every year y’all be killing us man. Man, I’m talking about the pain. I’m speaking for all these artists here, the producers, the executives," he said. "The amount of time it takes to make these records, to pour your heart into it, and you just want an even playing field.”Over the years, the awards show has been criticized when top performing acts like Beyoncé, Kanye West, Eminem, Mariah Carey and others lose in major categories, including album of the year and best new artist. The rap and R&B stars often fall short of their pop, rock and country counterparts.“In the great words of Erykah Badu, ‘We are artists and we are sensitive about our (expletive).’ We are passionate. For most of us, this is all we got. This is our only hope,” Combs continued. "Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be.”Rap, particularly, has had a longstanding losing streak at the Grammys, which celebrates its 62nd show Sunday. Only two rap-based albums — Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” — have won album of the year. Last year’s Grammys marked the first time a hip-hop song was awarded song and record of the year when Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” achieved the feat. And only four rap acts have been named best new artist, including Hill, Arrested Development, Chance the Rapper and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.Questions loomed heavily over the Grammys’ voting process this week after the academy’s just-ousted CEO, Deborah Dugan, claimed that the awards are rigged and filled with conflicts of interest.“So right now with this current situation, it’s not a revelation. This thing been going on, and it’s not just going on in music, it’s going on in film, it’s going on in sports, it’s going around the word," Combs said. “And for years we’ve allowed institutions that have never had our best interest at heart to judge us. And that stops right now.”The 50-year-old ended with a stern message: “I’m officially starting the clock — y’all got 365 days to get this (expletive) together.”Combs, a three-time Grammy winner, earned the 2020 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award on Saturday night. He dedicated the prize to classic albums that didn't win the top Grammy Award: Michael Jackson's “Off the Wall," Prince's “1999,” Beyoncé's “Lemonade,” Missy Elliott's “Da Real World,” Snoop Dogg's “Doggystyle,” Kanye West's “Graduation” and Nas' “Illmatic.”Combs, the founder of Bad Boy Records, received an all-star tribute from artists he's worked with, including Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans and Carl Thomas. The performance transformed the Beverly Hilton Hotel into a hip-hop jam session, with some people even dancing on top of chairs, including Usher, Wiz Khalifa and Combs himself.Davis’ annual gala, a not-so-easy event to get invited to, was jam-packed with well-known guests from a range of fields, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Michael Douglas, Naomi Campbell, Cardi B, Berry Gordy, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, DJ Khaled, Smokey Robinson, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter and Wolfgang Puck.Beck kicked off the multi-hour event with an energetic performance; others who hit the stage included Carlos Santana, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Khalid and Cynthia Erivo, who sang Janet Jackson songs in tribute to the performer.Jackson, who didn't receive an award but was honoured for her musical achievements, said she's happy to still have a career in music.“When I was getting dress this evening I thought about it and I said to myself, ‘I’ve been in this industry for 47 years,’” the 53-year-old said. “That’s a long time but I still enjoy going to work and I feel very blessed my journey ahead of me.”Though Cyndi Lauper wasn’t honoured Saturday, she also owned the show with an explosive performance of her classic hit song, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” alongside singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. She took off her shoes, leaving the stage to sit on top of a table where Jamie Foxx, Usher and others were sitting.“Wait, stop, you’re (expletive) dead,” Lauper told the crowd in the middle of her performance. “You’re in the music industry. Where the (expletive) is your lungs?”She won over the crowd, which fully participated by dancing out of their seats, singing along and — yep — having fun.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
“We respect and understand their wish,” Queen Elizabeth II said of Harry and Meghan's period of transition away from full-time royal life.
TORONTO — Justin Bieber has announced he has Lyme disease.The pop superstar from Stratford, Ont., says on his Instagram account that while some people have been criticizing his looks and accused him of being on drugs, they "failed to realize" he was recently diagnosed with the chronic illness.Lyme is a tick-borne bacteria that leads to flu-like symptoms and can spread within the body.Canadian singers Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne have also battled Lyme.Bieber also says he recently had a serious case of chronic mononucleosis, which affected his "skin, brain function, energy, and overall health."The 25-year-old singer says he'll offer more details in a docu-series he plans to launch on YouTube on Jan. 27.The 10-episode "Justin Bieber: Seasons" will follow Bieber while he records a new album, for which he recently released the single "Yummy.""It's been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever," Bieber said Wednesday in an Instagram post that includes screen shots of a TMZ article on his Lyme diagnosis.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2020.The Canadian Press
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced Wednesday that they will leave their positions as "senior" members of the royal family.
TORONTO — Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, is scheduled to stand trial on three sex-related charges next year.The trial is set to begin in a downtown Toronto courthouse on Jan. 4, 2021.That will be more than two years after the singer was arrested in connection with alleged incidents involving a woman and a teenager.Hoggard, 35, pleaded not guilty at his two-day preliminary hearing to sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference.He also opted to be tried by a jury rather than a judge alone.The case was given the green light to proceed to trial last summer after the preliminary hearing during which prosecutors gave an overview of their evidence.That evidence cannot be published due to a publication ban meant to protect the accused's right to a fair trial. A separate publication ban also bars identifying the complainants.Hoggard was arrested and charged in the summer of 2018 after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans. Toronto police have said the charges relate to three separate incidents involving a woman and a girl under the age of 16 that allegedly occurred in the Toronto area in 2016.Hoggard issued a statement in February 2018 in which he denied engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but acknowledged having behaved in a way that "objectified women" and being "reckless and dismissive of their feelings."He also said on Twitter that he understood the "significant harm" his actions had caused and was "truly sorry."Hedley has been on an indefinite hiatus since March 2018, playing its last show in Kelowna, B.C. The band, which is based in Vancouver, was also dropped by its management team and banned by multiple radio stations in the wake of the allegations.Some of the early hearings in the case were attended by fans of the band even when Hoggard himself was not present.The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 14.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 8, 2020.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Author Elizabeth Wurtzel, who chronicled her struggle with depression and drug addiction in several best-selling memoirs, died on Tuesday at a Manhattan hospital at the age of 52. Wurtzel, who announced in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, was best known for her 1994 memoir Prozac Nation, which turned her into a celebrity at 26 and helped jumpstart the genre of confessional writing.The author underwent a double mastectomy in 2015, but the breast cancer had already spread to her brain. According to her husband, Jim Freed, Wurtzel died due to complications from leptomeningeal disease, which occurs when cancer spreads to the cerebrospinal fluid.Wurtzel described her battle against breast cancer as “nothing” compared to giving up drugs. Right before she underwent surgery for the disease, she posted a picture of herself in the hospital with the caption, “Of the bad things that have happened to me, breast cancer does not make the top ten.”Thank You, Elizabeth Wurtzel: ‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20Wurtzel began her writing career in the '90s, pushing her way into the public scene with her extreme candor and use of the personal memoir after being previously unknown outside New York literary circles. She was also a one-time writer for The Daily Beast. Her 1994 literary debut, Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America, openly spoke about her difficult childhood, time at Harvard, and ongoing depression. The book’s title was inspired by the antidepressant she was prescribed.In her memoir, Wurtzel chronicles her tormented adolescence and the challenges of growing up with divorced parents, who separated when she was a baby. By age 11, Wurtzel wrote about her first overdose at a summer camp on the allergy medicine Atarax. She explicitly described cutting herself on her legs with razor blades when she was 12-years-old. A year later, she was spiraling into depression. Towards the end of her book, she describes a “black wave” of depression that led to a suicide attempt and how she recovered with the help of the drug Prozac. Four years later, Wurtzel wrote Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women—a series of five extended essays in which she links the lives of four very different women.The New York Times noted that while the book is “full of enormous contradictions, bizarre digressions and illogical outbursts,” it’s also “one of the more honest, insightful and witty books on the subject of women to have come along in a while.” Wurtzel is also known for More, Now Again, a 2001 series of essays in which she talks about her Ritalin addiction, shoplifting habit, and smuggling cocaine into Stockholm inside her diaphragm.Elizabeth Wurtzel: My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera AmericaAfter testing positive for the BRCA genetic mutation and receiving her cancer diagnosis, Wurtzel became a vocal advocate for BRCA testing—all the while maintaining her well-known candor. In 2018, Wurtzel wrote an opinion piece about her cancer battle in The Guardian, titled, “I have cancer. Don’t tell me you’re sorry.” She wrote, “Everyone else can hate cancer. I don’t. Everyone else can be afraid of cancer. I am not. It is part of me. It is my companion. I live with it. It’s inside of me.” She described herself as “the most impossible person ever,” “worse than cancer,” and said that the disease “must be a blessing,” and she was “excited to be alive.” Writers and journalists alike showed an outpouring of support for Wurtzel on Twitter after the news of her death. Journalist Ronan Farrow wrote that he and Wurtzel met in law school as “misfits.” “She was kind and generous and filled spaces that might have otherwise been lonely with her warmth and humor and idiosyncratic voice,” he added. “She gave a lot to a lot of us.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
The singer pushed back on entertainment site Pop Culture for suggesting her post on mental health was about the couple's breakup.
A YouTube personality is sharing with her hundreds of thousands of followers how her 3-month-old son is helping to save other kids' lives after the baby tragically passed away this week. Brittani Boren Leach, of San Antonio, Texas, shares on YouTube her daily life as a mom to four boys and one stepdaughter.
LONDON — Being a member of the British royal family isn't the easiest job on earth, if TV shows and movies provide accurate pictures. But how much do the royals work?According to official records, prominent members of the royal family worked an average of 84.5 days this year, or about a third of the 253 working days in the U.K.Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter, Princess Anne, was the hardest-working royal for at least the third year in a row, putting in a total of 167 days.Heir to the throne Prince Charles came in second with 125 days of official duties.The 93-year-old queen herself worked 67 days, four more than in 2018.The figures were compiled and published Monday by Britain's Press Association. Details of the monarchy's official engagements are recorded in the Court Circular, a daily list of the events attended by the queen and her family.However, some royal family members carry out private engagements that support their public work, which may not be included in this list.For instance, the queen, now in the 68th year of her reign, receives a red box of official correspondence every day no matter where she is in the world.The member of the royal family who is second in line to inherit the throne, Prince William, worked 74 days in the past 12 months. His wife, Kate, worked 58 days.The couple’s duties included a tour of Pakistan, supporting the queen during President Donald Trump’s state visit to the U.K. in June and spending time on their own charitable projects.The nine most prominent members of the royal family (the queen, Charles, William, Kate, Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan) worked 761 days put together.The amount of time senior royals spent working in 2019 may have been affected by this year being a little “bumpy” for the family, as the queen admitted in her televised Christmas day address to Britain.Prince Philip, the queen's 98-year-old husband, was involved in a car accident. Harry and Meghan spoke about their struggles living in the public eye. Prince Andrew gave a disastrous television interview about his friendship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.Andrew worked 90 days this year before he retired from public duties following a overwhelming criticism after his interview on the BBC's Newsnight program.Meghan worked the fewest days, 31. She spent time on maternity leave following the birth in May of her and Harry's first child, Archie.Natasha Livingstone, The Associated Press