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Jay Z to become 1st rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Jay Z is set to become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Mezzo Jamie Barton enjoys playing 'truly evil' witch

Mezzo Jamie Barton enjoys playing 'truly evil' witch

NEW YORK — Poor Rusalka! The water nymph heroine of Antonin Dvorak's best-known opera never stands a chance against the witch Jezibaba — especially as played to the hilt by the powerhouse mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.
Skepta, Beyonce and Bowie up for prizes at Brit Awards

Skepta, Beyonce and Bowie up for prizes at Brit Awards

LONDON — Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at the Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.
Jimmy Fallon donates $100K to fund art at his high school

Jimmy Fallon donates $100K to fund art at his high school

NEW YORK — Jimmy Fallon has donated $100,000 to help fund the art program at the high school he attended, with some of the money going toward the school's TV studio.
Book by new national security adviser is No. 1 bestseller

Book by new national security adviser is No. 1 bestseller

NEW YORK — Here's a way to reach the top of the bestseller lists: Become the next national security adviser. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster's "Dereliction of Duty," first published in 1997, was No. 1 on Amazon.com as of Wednesday morning.
7-year-old boy meets NBC's Holt after on-air shout out

7-year-old boy meets NBC's Holt after on-air shout out

NEW YORK — A 7-year-old boy's mention of Lester Holt to a local news reporter in Portland, Oregon, has earned him a chance to meet his favourite news anchor.
Playwright who inspired 'Moonlight' wins PEN award

Playwright who inspired 'Moonlight' wins PEN award

NEW YORK — The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie "Moonlight" has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.
Buffy Sainte-Marie delivers new song collaboration with Tanya Tagaq

Buffy Sainte-Marie delivers new song collaboration with Tanya Tagaq

TORONTO — Two powerhouses of Canada's indigenous music scene have lifted the curtain on a new collaboration. Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq paired for the track "You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)," which has debuted online.
Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner

Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport.
Canadian animator Alan Barillaro makes splash with Oscar-nominated debut 'Piper'

Canadian animator Alan Barillaro makes splash with Oscar-nominated debut 'Piper'

TORONTO — Canadian animator Alan Barillaro has had a hand in some of Pixar's biggest hits including "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.