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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 3:06 AM
LAS VEGAS — The first major country music gathering in Las Vegas since the massacre during October’s Route 91 festival was expected to spark plenty of emotional pressure points, and it did.
Sunday’s 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand a couple of blocks from where 58 people died and hundreds were severely injured six months ago, opened with spoken words from a pack of artists including Macon’s Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.
“For those of us who have experienced tragedy and unexpected loss, music helps us remember what really matters in life,” Bryan said.
“Music does so much more than provide an escape from the pain. It inspires us, it soothes us and it makes us stronger,” added Maren Morris.
The show’s biggest award, Entertainer of the Year, was presented to Aldean for the third consecutive year.
The country star, who was on stage at Route 91 when the shooting rampage began, recalled the tragedy in his acceptance speech.
“It’s been a rough year, and I want to say thanks to everybody who reached out to us, that showed us love and support over the last six months,” he said. “It meant the world to us. To my Route 91 people – you guys are in our hearts, always, and we love Las Vegas. Vegas strong, baby.”
Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 3:11 AM
— Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first of entertainer Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of their three children, died Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 101.
Her death was announced on Twitter by her daughter Nancy, who tweeted “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything.”
My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything. 😢💙— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) July 14, 2018
Nancy Barbato was born March 25, 1917, in Jersey City, New Jersey. She met Sinatra in the summer of 1934 and married her high school sweetheart five years later. The couple’s first two children were born in Jersey CIty: Nancy, who sang the 1966 hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” in 1940, and Frank Jr. in 1944. The family moved to California in late 1944, and daughter Tina was born in Toluca Lake in 1948, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Their marriage ended in 1951 after Sinatra’s affair with actress Ava Gardner, CNN reported. Sinatra married Gardner days after the divorce was final.
After he divorced Gardner, Sinatra went on to marry Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1978.
He died in 1998 at the age of 82.
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:54 PM
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia soap opera actor was convicted of child molestation nearly two years after the allegations first surfaced, according to Cherokee County court records.
A jury convicted Corey Seth Sligh of one count of child molestation and cleared him on another count last month, records showed. Sligh has not been sentenced, yet.
Sligh, a Canton resident, was first arrested in October 2016 after parents of the victim, who was under the age of 10, reported the molestation. According to a police report, the molestation took place between April and September of that year. The parents reported the incident Sept. 24, 2016.
Nearly a month after his arrest in that case, officials in Walton County, Florida, arrested Sligh on similar charges. He has yet to go to trial in that case.
Sligh allegedly touched another girl under 10 while she was vacationing with her family on Rosemary Beach in June and July of 2016, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News, which cited an arrest warrant. The girl also told authorities Sligh forced her to touch him inappropriately.
Authorities were notified of that incident in September 2016. Sligh was ordered to wear an ankle monitor following that arrest.
Sligh was an extra on the long-running CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” online entertainment site TMZ reported. Sligh also appeared in a short-lived TV series, “All About Lizzie,” according to his IMDb page.
Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— If only yoga mats had built-in coozies.
Warped Wing Brewing Company is once again pushing aside everything in their iconic warehouse brewery to make room for a Warped Yoga session.
For $15, you can experience an hour yoga class while enjoying your favorite Warped Wing “beverage.” Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed to be consumed during the session.
“Yoga and beer share the common intention of bringing people together so what could be better than both at the same event! Beginners welcome!” read a Warped Wing Facebook post.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Warped Yoga
WHEN: 11 a.m. Sunday, July 15
WHERE: Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St., Dayton
Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 1:36 PM
— An EGOT would be a perfect ego boost for Springfield native John Legend, not that there is anything wrong with his ego.
The singer, actor and humanitarian was nominated Thursday for his first Emmy for his work on “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert.”
13 nominations for Jesus Christ Superstar this morning! John got two emmy nominations! If he wins, he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved. But it’s ok I AM SO PROUD!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 12, 2018
Legend spoke to ABC’s “Good Morning America” about the nomination and shifted attention to his “Jesus Christ Superstar” cast mates.
“It's pretty fulfilling to find out our show is nominated so many times, 13 times, and particularly for me as an actor, which is not something I do normally as a day job," he reportedly said. "To even be nominated among such a formidable group of actors, that's pretty incredible."
The Emmy would put Legend among a very, very short list of celebrities with an EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
There are only a dozen EGOT holders including Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks and Rita Moreno.
Legend reportedly told “Good Morning America” that he has had the “good fortune” to work with talented people.
"It feels good to be on the brink [winning an Emmy]," he reportedly told the morning show. "Even if it doesn't happen this year, if we do more on TV, it could happen another time, but this is probably the best shot I'll have for awhile. My fingers are crossed and if it happens, I'm very excited about the possibility."
JOHN LEGEND’S PATH TO EGOT
Emmy | 2018 nomination for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”
Grammy | 10 awards including best new artist and best R&B album in 2006; best R&B album, best R&B song and best traditional R&B vocal performance in 2011 and best song written for visual media in 2016.
Oscar | 2015 Best Original Song (“Glory”)
Tony | 2017 Best Revival of a Play (“Jitney”)