Adele sweeps Grammy awards in upset victory over Beyonce

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Adele swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday, taking home statuettes for the top prizes – album, record and song of the year – in a shock, history-making victory over Beyonce on a night marked by political statements and emotional tributes.

Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau dies at 76

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Jazz and R&B singer Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy winner whose hits included “We’re in This Love Together” and “Moonlighting,” died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 76, just days after announcing he was retiring from touring because of poor health.

Pakistan bans hit Bollywood film starring Pakistani actress

ISLAMABAD,  (Reuters) – Pakistan has banned cinemas nationwide from screening an Indian blockbuster movie starring a famous Pakistani actress, a censor official said on Tuesday, the latest media clampdown after last year’s spike in tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

When will I see my royalties? The Three Degrees sue Sony

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – The Three Degrees, a female vocal group best known for the 1974 smash “When Will I See You Again,” has sued Sony Music Entertainment Inc, seeking to recoup decades of royalties it says were withheld by a former manager and his widow.

Lady Gaga soars over Super Bowl stage with bow to inclusion

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Standing atop the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium with drones illuminating an American flag in the night sky behind her, Lady Gaga kicked off her Super Bowl halftime set yesterday by singing “God Bless America” as a subtle message of inclusion and unity in a deeply divided United States.

Lady Gaga takes Super Bowl spotlight, but how will she use it?

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – As Lady Gaga prepares to take America’s biggest stage at the National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, much of country is speculating whether the outspoken singer will grab the opportunity to speak out on women’s rights, immigration or U.S.

Murder of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley’s ex-wife solved

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Investiga-tors have solved the 1976 murder of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, using DNA analysis to confirm she was slain by a career burglar who was killed six years later as a prison escapee, police said on Monday.

Mary Tyler Moore, Emmy-winning sitcom star, dead at 80

(Reuters) – Emmy-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore, who brightened American television screens as the perky suburban housewife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and then as a fledgling feminist on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died on Wednesday at the age of 80, a representative said.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan acquitted in weapons case

MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood movie star Salman Khan of possessing an unlicensed weapon nearly two decades ago, ending a case that threatened to derail the career of one of the country’s biggest actors.

Michael Jackson spoof show scrapped after family complaints

LONDON, (Reuters) – A comic film about Michael Jackson was dropped by British makers on Friday after the daughter of the late American pop star described the episode, which casts a white actor to play her father, as vomit-inducing.

Chutney icon Yankarran laid to rest

(Trinidad Guardian) With live singing, a music truck and thousands of fans, family members and artistes in attendance, the funeral service for chutney icon Anand Yankarran resembled one of the massive chutney shows he participated in during the height of his career.