April 24, 2014

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Antonio “L.A.” Reid to receive the President’s Merit Award by the Recording Academy

Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ( www.grammy.com ).
Sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide, this exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances and will be attended by the world’s most renowned artists and top industry VIPs in music, film, television and new media. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .
As part of the evening’s celebration, the 2013 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® will honor Epic Records’ Chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The Recording Academy will present Reid with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, and Mo Ostin.
“We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Clive Davis on this legendary gala filled with unique performances and stories,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “With his keen ability to foster and guide young artists, Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid has brought to the world some of the most accomplished and beloved musicians. We are delighted and excited to pay tribute to this luminary who has shaped the contemporary music landscape with his passion, diversity, dedication, and musical judgement.”
Before becoming the consummate executive, Reid was a recording artist, drummer, songwriter, and producer. In 1989 he co-founded LaFace Records with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, in partnership with Clive Davis and Arista Records and introduced a string of multi-platinum artists, including Toni Braxton, OutKast, TLC, and Usher. The label, which reshaped R&B and hip-hop, became one of the premier record companies of its time
In 2000 Reid was named president and CEO of Arista Records and brought successes to the label by signing such multi-platinum artists as P!nk, Ciara and Avril Lavigne. Additionally, during his tenure at Arista he oversaw OutKast’s GRAMMY-winning album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and executive produced Usher’s Confessions, which went on to win a GRAMMY and sell more than 10 million copies in the United States.
As chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, reins he took in 2004, Reid supervised the revitalization of [...]

Usher postponing tour to focus on family

HollywoodNews.com: Usher was recently granted primary custody of his children with his ex-wife, and now he wants to do everything he can to make their lives right.
Usher has announced that he will be postponing his European Euphoria tour that was supposed to start in January 2013, states UsMagazine.com. “The feeling of euphoria that I get when performing for you is indescribable. I love each and every one of you and thank you for being there every step of the way,” Usher commented.
“I truly appreciate and am grateful for your support while I take this time to focus on my children and continue to evolve with my fans. Evolve or evaporate,” the singer added about his tour being moved to fall of next year.
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Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green allegedly leaving ‘The Voice’

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like the fourth season of ‘The Voice’ will be the first one where things are a bit different as it is rumored two judges will be gone.
It is rumored that Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green will be replaced by new judges after this third season is done, states RadarOnline. As their replacements, it is rumored that Usher and Shakira will be brought onto the show.
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will allegedly both be asked back for another season so it will be up to them if they want to continue.
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Usher talks about his stepson’s death to Oprah

HollywoodNews.com: Usher’s ex-wife, Tameka, lost her son recently after he was involved in a jet ski accident, and now the singer is opening up about the tragedy.
Usher sat down with Oprah on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ to discuss the recent passing of his stepson, Kile, states UsMagazine.com. “I miss Kile. We cooked together, we laughed, we sang. He loved to sing and dance. He loved to tell jokes,” Usher commented.
He also cleared up some rumors surrounding the matter: “It hurts me to hear people speculating that I wasn’t at the funeral. I absolutely was at the funeral. I was at the burial as well.”
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Brad Pitt opens up about wedding plans with Angelina Jolie

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone wants to know when Brad Pitt will marry Angelina Jolie now that they are engaged, but it seems even he doesn’t know yet.
Pitt recently opened up about not having a date set, but knows that it will happen, states UsMagazine.com. “No plans yet, other than we are going to do it. I plan very little as I get older,” Pitt admitted.
But no matter when it happens, Pitt will be sure to find best friend George Clooney a spot in the wedding even if it is usher: “Well, you know, he doesn’t believe in institutions, so he can get people to their seats or something.”
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Usher’s ex will allegedly appeal custody decision

HollywoodNews.com: Usher recently received primary custody of his two sons with his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, but it seems that the battle is not yet over.
It is reported that Tameka plans to appeal the decision as she believes it was made by a biased judge, states TMZ. Tameka allegedly recently found out that Usher’s lawyer’s law firm held an election fundraiser for the judge back in 2008.
She allegedly finds the ruling unfair because Usher is always on the road while she has a more stable lifestyle in one place.
Tameka reportedly plans to move forward with this as soon as possible.
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Usher receives primary custody of kids with ex

HollywoodNews.com: After a long custody battle, Usher has finally been granted primary custody of his two sons with his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond.
The two have been battling for custody for some time now, which was likely made more stressful as she recently lost her son, Kyle Glover, states RadarOnline. The two reportedly previously had a joint custody agreement in place.
Throughout the process, the two accused each other of a number of issues including cheating, child neglect and partying too much.
Usher and his ex divorced in 2009 after two years of marriage.
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Usher’s stepson passes away due to jet ski accident

HollywoodNews.com: Usher’s stepson from his marriage with Tameka Foster has reportedly died due to a jet ski accident.
Kyle Glover was reportedly removed from life support after it was determined that his injuries were too severe to survive, states Hollyscoop. Glover was reportedly riding on an inner tube when a jet ski collided with it and injured him.
The accident is still under investigation in regard to any charges that may result.
Our thoughts are with Tameka Foster and her son’s family and friends.
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Usher’s stepson declared brain dead after jet ski accident

HollywoodNews.com: There is sad news out in regard to Usher’s stepson with his ex-wife Tameka Foster as he has reportedly been declared brain dead after being involved in a jet ski accident.
Kyle Glover, Tameka’s 11-year-old son, was reportedly accidentally hit by a jet ski while he was riding an inner tube which knocked him unconscious, states UsMagazine.com. He has allegedly had no registered brain activity since being admitted to a hospital.
Usher has reportedly joined his ex-wife in Atlanta during this time.
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Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift working on a duet

HollywoodNews.com: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift have worked with a number of major music artists, but now they are working together on a duet.
Bieber recently revealed that he has collaborated with a number of people for his upcoming album including Swift, states UsMagazine.com. “I mean I even wrote a song with Taylor Swift, so the whole album ranges differently,” Bieber revealed.
He will reportedly also feature collaborations with Kanye West, Drake, Usher, Timbaland and Diplo on the album that is allegedly out this summer.
Which collaboration are you looking forward to hearing?
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