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Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz & More Performing at MusiCares Tribute to Lionel Richie Tonight

Credit: Alan SilfenBefore being honored with a special tribute at the Grammy Awards on Monday, Lionel Richie will be recognized at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala tonight.

The star-studded tribute concert, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will include performances by Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Rihanna, Dave Grohl, John Legend, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and many other stars. Lionel is being honored for his philanthropy and artistic contributions.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the 26th annual event go toward MusiCares, which provides support for the music community in times of financial, medical and personal need. The organization is the charitable arm of the National Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences, which awards the Grammys.

At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Legend, Lovato, Bryan and Meghan Trainor will salute Richie by singing songs from throughout his career. Lionel also will take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.

The Grammy Awards air Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Brian Wilson Adds Dates to 50th Anniversary “Pet Sounds” Tour

Credit: Mark LondonFounding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson has padded the list of dates for his recently announced world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his band’s influential 1966 album Pet Sounds with a bunch of new shows. The U.S. leg of the trek, which gets underway with a June 14 concert in Burlington, Vermont, now is mapped out through an October 15 performance in Sacramento, California.

Other newly added dates include a July 10 hometown concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as shows in Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Saint Augustine and Sarasota, Florida. In addition, Wilson’s itinerary now features second dates at venues in Burlington, Nashville and San Francisco.

The Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour will feature Wilson and his backing band, joined by Beach Boys alums Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, performing the album in its entirety. The trek kicks off March 26 in Auckland, New Zealand, then heads to Australia for a half dozen dates, followed by three shows in Japan. Brian and company also will play a April 30 headlining set at the Levitation Festival in Austin, Texas, before moving onto to the U.K. for a series of shows in May. After one-off gigs in Spain and Israel, Wilson will bringing the tour back home to the U.S. for a full stateside leg.

Here are all of Wilson’s confirmed 2016 tour dates:

4/30 — Austin, TX, Levitation Festival
6/14 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
6/15 — Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium  
6/17 — Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra)
6/18 — Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra)
6/19 — Lennox, MA, Tanglewood
7/1 — Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Casino
7/6 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts**
7/9 — Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theater
7/10 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl*
7/15 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
7/17 — Council Bluffs, IA, Horseshoe Casino
7/20 — Kansas City, MO, Muriel Kauffman Theater
7/21 — St. Charles, MO, Family Arena
7/22 — Tunica, MS Horseshoe Casino
7/23 — Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Casino (Al Jardine won’t appear)
9/9 — Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre*
9/10 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
9/11 — Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall*
9/13 — St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
9/14 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/16 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium**
9/17 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
9/19 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
9/20 — Washington, DC, Music Center at Strathmore
9/21 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
9/23 — Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theater
9/25 — Easton, PA, State Theater
9/27 — Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents at Oakdale
9/28 — Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo – Center for the Arts
9/30 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theater
10/2 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
10/4 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
10/5 — Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall*
10/7 — Portland OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/8 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
10/10 — Arcata, CA, Humboldt State University – Van Duzer Theater
10/12 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic**
10/13 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
10/14 — Lake Tahoe, CA, Harrah’s Casino
10/15 — Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Community Center Theater*

* = newly added concert
** = second show added in city.

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Barry Manilow “Doing Well” After Emergency Oral Surgery

ABC/Lou RoccoIt looks like Barry Manilow made it through his emergency oral surgery just fine. A message posted Friday on the pop legend’s official website says, “Barry is out of surgery and doing well. His Doctors report that the surgery was successful and they expect no further complications.”

The note adds, with a touch of humor, that “Manilow has been instructed not to talk, sing or rap” for the next 48 hours. The message also points out that the 72-year-old singer “thanks everyone for their well wishes and concern.”

As previously reported, Manilow experienced complications from a surgical procedure he underwent on Monday, and flew back to Los Angeles to have a follow-up operation after playing a sold-out show on Wednesday in Memphis.

Barry’s health issue forced him to postpone two of his concerts this week, shows scheduled last night in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and tonight in Nashville. The concerts will be rescheduled soon, and those with tickets can hold on to them and redeem them on the new date.

The next show on Manilow’s itinerary is scheduled for this Wednesday, February 17, in Houston. The current North American leg of his One Last Time — One Last Tour is mapped out through a March 26 concert in Rockford, Illinois.

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ABC Stars Offer Valentine’s Day Tips

ABC/John Fleenor(NEW YORK) — Need some last-minute advice on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone? Let the stars of ABC’s Thursday-night lineup help you out.

Taking your date to a restaurant is either a good idea or a bad idea, depending on the actor you ask. Katie Lowes, who plays Quinn on Scandal, is in favor of it, telling ABC Radio, “Make a reservation at a good restaurant that has good ratings with delicious food and call early.”

Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jason George begs to differ. He warns couples to avoid dining out on Valentine’s Day because, “You’re gonna pay three times as much and they’re gonna pack in twice as many people…you’re having to wrap your arm around some dude’s neck so you can spoon food into your own mouth, and it’s just insane.

“The food’s bad ’cause they mass produce it in the joint,” he adds.

Cornelius Smith Jr. of Scandal recommends something that’ll warm your date’s heart: “Go get a little cup that keeps the tea warm for 12 hours and take a walk through the botanical garden, and then go get a drink and then maybe have some dinner and a massage. Relax that body.”

How to Get Away with Murder actress Karla Souza suggests the element of surprise works well, restaurant or not. “Whatever they think they’re gonna go, there’s like a tablecloth, well, take them to the opposite,” she says.

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Ryan Reynolds Recalls the Moment He Fell in Love with Blake Lively

VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Reynolds recently revealed how he fell in love with wife Blake Lively, and it sounds like a plot from Lively’s hit show, Gossip Girl.

The two hit it off while on a double date with other people.

“About a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and we were both single we went on a double date — she was on a date with another guy and I was on a date with another girl — and it was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across,” Reynolds told People magazine.

“We were buddies for a long time, which I think is the best way to have a relationship, to start as friends,” Reynolds, 39, added.

Reynolds and Lively, who’s 28, co-starred in 2011’s Green Lantern and wed a year after the film premiered. They have a one-year-old daughter named James.

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“Roots” Remake to Air Memorial Day Weekend

HISTORY(NEW YORK) — The remake of the landmark television miniseries Roots will premiere on the HISTORY channel starting May 30. The four-night, eight-hour television event will air over four consecutive nights.

Billed as “a historical portrait of American slavery recounting one family and their will to survive,” the new version of Roots will also be simulcast on the A&E and Lifetime networks.

Based on the Alex Haley novel, the remake will feature a stellar cast, including Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin.  The film also features Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose and rapper T.I.   Mekhi Phifer and Emayatzy Corinealdi will also appear in the film, which will introduce newcomers Rege-Jean Page in the role of Chicken George and Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte.

“Roots will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both incredibly inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said A&E and HISTORY president Paul Buccieri.  “We are proud that HISTORY will be able to bring new life to this incredible story that remains as important today as it did when the original ‘Roots’ first premiered.”

LeVar Burton, who launched his career with the breakout role of Kunta Kinte in the original 1977 ABC miniseries, serves as co-executive producer of the new Roots.  “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever,” he said.

Ride Along producer Will Packer is also an executive producer, while Questlove is the executive music producer. Mario Van Peebles is one of the directors. 

The original version of Roots premiered on ABC on January 23, 1977.  The mini-series, which also starred Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, Lou Gossett, Jr., Madge Sinclair, Leslie Uggams, John Amos, Sandy Duncan, Ben Vereen and Lloyd Bridges, broke Nielsen ratings and received 27 Emmy Award nominations. 

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies at 79

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79, two law enforcement sources told ABC News on Saturday.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said in a statement: “On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family.”

Scalia died Saturday in Texas of apparently natural causes, according to law enforcement sources.

Scalia, a conservative, was the longest-serving current justice on the Supreme Court. He was nominated to the court by President Reagan and took his seat Sept. 26, 1986.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement on Saturday, “Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law.”

“He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans,” Abbott said.

“We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law,” Abbott said.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called Scalia “a champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution,” in a Facebook post Saturday. “He will go down as one of the few Justices who single-handedly changed the course of legal history.”

“As liberals and conservatives alike would agree, through his powerful and persuasive opinions, Justice Scalia fundamentally changed how courts interpret the Constitution and statutes, returning the focus to the original meaning of the text after decades of judicial activism,” Cruz said. “And he authored some of the most important decisions ever, including District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized our fundamental right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. He was an unrelenting defender of religious liberty, free speech, federalism, the constitutional separation of powers, and private property rights. All liberty-loving Americans should be in mourning.”

“Justice Scalia’s three decades on the Court was one of President Reagan’s most consequential legacies,” Cruz continued. “Our prayers are with his beloved wife Maureen, their nine children, and their precious grandchildren.”

Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on March 11, 1936. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Scalia was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. He also served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974 to 1977, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972 to 1974 and General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971 to 1972.

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Injuries Reported in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Pennsylvania Interstate

MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(FREDERICKSBURG, Pa.) — A multi-vehicle crash, involving between 20 and 30 vehicles, has shut down traffic on a Pennsylvania interstate highway as some people are reported to be trapped inside their cars.

The crash has shut down Interstate 78 in the area of Fredricksburg and Route 22. According to PennLive, emergency crews are on the scene. Weather likely played a role in the crash, as snow was falling at the time. The Northeast is also dealing with frigid temperatures as part of an Arctic Blast.

This is a developing story.

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Police Rescue Man Lost in Nevada Desert for a Week

iStock/Thinkstock(CEDARVILLE, Calif.) — A 69-year-old Oregon man has two Nevada police officers to thank for saving his life after he was lost in the desert for a week.

Philip Besanson said he was traveling from Arizona to Eugene, Oregon, when his truck broke down on a snow-covered road 50 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada on Feb. 5, according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Reno, Nevada.

The man stayed with his vehicle and survived off of rationed canned food and water from the melted snow, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

On Friday, Patrol Lt. Phil Condon and Sgt. Dennis Hippert were inspecting the remote area of the highway when they found Besanson that morning. They took him to a hospital in Cedarville, Calif., where he’s recovering.

The rescuers say Besanson did the smart thing by staying with his truck rather than attempting to walk to Gerlach. The vehicle provided shelter and was much easier for Condon and Hippert to locate.

“Mr. Besanson told us that he believes his life was saved by Lieutenant Condon and Sergeant Hippert today and I agree with him,” said Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen, who praised the officers in a statement.

“Because of the bad road and weather conditions along SR 34 this time of year, it may have been several more weeks before anyone else traveled up that particular stretch of highway and located this gentleman,” he added.

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Kentucky Coach Calipari Ejected from Game Against South Carolina

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Kentucky Wildcats coach John Clipari didn’t last very long in Saturday’s road game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

ESPN reports that Clipari received two technical fouls before being ejected with almost 18 minutes left in the first half.

Kentucky was leading 5-2 battling for first place in the SEC when Calipari began arguing with official Doug Sirmons after South Carolina’s Mindaugas Kacinas was called for a foul, ESPN reported.

After getting hit with the first technical foul, Calipari received a second one after continuing to go after Sirmons.

According to ESPN, the Wildcats assistant coach Tony Barbee and some of the players had to restrain Calipari as he tried to return to his exchange with the official.

Calipari eventually left the game and stormed into the locker room.

ESPN reports that this is not the first time Calipari was ejected form a game. The head coach was thrown out of Kentucky’s 72-67 loss at South Carolina on March 1, 2014.

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Hampton University Becomes First HBCU with Division I Men’s Lacrosse Team

Photo by Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post via Getty Images(HAMPTON, Va.) — Hampton University makes history Saturday, hosting its first varsity lacrosse game against Division II Roberts Wesleyan College.

Hampton becomes the 70th NCAA Division I program with a men’s lacrosse team — and the first Historically Black College or University to field a lacrosse team since Morgan State University in 1981. The Morgan State team competed at the Division II level, however, making Hampton the first HBCU school with a Division I men’s lacrosse team.

ESPN broadcast its SportsCenter on the Road from Hampton’s Armstrong Stadium Saturday morning.

The Hampton head coach, Lloyd Carter, played on the Morgan State team in 1981. He was previously the coach of Hampton’s club lacrosse team.

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FIFA Suspends Former Secretary General Jérôme Valcke for 12 Years

Photo by Alessandro Della Bella/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Secretary General of FIFA, the international governing body for the sport of soccer, was banned from involvement in all soccer-related activities for a minimum of 12 years by FIFA’s Ethics Committee on Friday.

In a media release, FIFA said that Jérôme Valcke was found to have encouraged a sports marketing firm to gain an undue advantage by selling World Cup tickets, traveled at FIFA’s expense purely for sightseeing reasons, and choose private flights for his trips, instead of commercial flights, with no business reason for doing so.

FIFA says Valcke failed to act in the best interests of the organization and “caused considerable financial damage to FIFA.” Additionally, FIFA claims that Valcke’s “private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties as the Secretary General of FIFA.”

Valcke also apparently attempted to grant television and media rights for the next two World Cups to a third party for a fee well below market value, as well as attempting to obstruct proceedings against him. FIFA claims he deleted or attempted to delete several files and folders relevant to FIFA’s investigation against him.

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Earthquake Hits Christchurch, New Zealand

USGS(CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand) — A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday local time.

GeoNet Science, New Zealand’s official monitoring service, cautioned of aftershocks, according to Australia’s ABC.

The earthquake was too small to cause a tsunami, according to GeoNet spokeswoman Caroline Little, but objects were still sensitive enough to fall from walls and shelves.

Jenny Krez, a coffee shop manager, said items broke in her shop, according to the New Zealand Herald. Shopping malls were evacuated.

This quake is just a week short of the fifth anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude quake that hit the same area and killed 185 people.

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Cleared to Sail, Coast Guard Says

ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by terrifying, hurricane-force winds off the coast of the Carolinas six days ago was cleared to sail by the Coast Guard Saturday.

Anthem of the Seas is setting sail on its originally scheduled cruise itinerary, traveling from New Jersey to Florida and the Bahamas.

Anthem of the Seas originally left Cape Liberty, New Jersey, last Saturday for a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas. But Sunday, when the ship encountered a storm off the coast of the Carolinas, passengers and crew members endured wind gusts topping 76 miles per hour and waves nearly 40 feet high.

The weather toppled chairs, broke ceilings and shattered glasses. Passenger Jessica Sheridan, who was on the ship with her husband and 20-month-old son, told ABC News that she was afraid for her life as the boat tipped from side to side.

The 10-month-old ship has 2,090 staterooms and can hold over 4,000 guests.

No one was seriously injured, but the rough seas prompted the captain to turn the ship around and head back to New Jersey, where it’s been since Wednesday.

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Pope Francis’s Busy Day in Mexico

Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images(HAVANA) — Pope Francis has a very busy day ahead of him in Mexico City.

He is planning to speak with the country’s elite, political, and church leaders and try to urge them to deal with the problems that plague Mexico, including corruption, drug violence, poverty, and inequality.

The pope will then join the people for a mass at Mexico’s most sacred shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Pope Francis told reporters on his way to Mexico from Rome that the ultimate goal for him on this trip is to pray at that shrine, which is beloved by so many around the world.

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