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Watch Stevie Wonder, Sheila E. & More Pay Tribute to Prince on Tonight’s BET Awards

BETThe 2016 BET Awards airing live tonight from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m. ET on BET. Among the many expected highlights is a special tribute honoring late music icon Prince, which will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Sheila E., The Roots and Janelle Monae.

Among the many other artists scheduled to perform at the event are Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Erykah Badu, Maxwell and Fat Joe.  

In addition, actor Samuel L. Jackson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Hollywood. Black-ish co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will be back for a second time around as the program’s hosts.

Check out a full list of performers, presenters and nominees at BET.com.

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Tangled Up in Bob: Dylan’s Star-Studded 30th Anniversary Concert Gets AXS TV Premiere Today

Courtesy of AXS TV/Northstar MediaThe concert special capturing the star-packed 1992 show celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan‘s first album premieres on AXS TV today at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The epic three-hour-plus event, which took place October 16, 1992, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, features performances by a jaw-dropping lineup of stars joining Dylan in honor of the folk-rock legend’s incredible career.

Among the many famous artists who participated in the concert were George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson and The O’Jays. The historic performance featured the various stars singing a diverse selection of tunes from Dylan’s catalog, from classic hits to obscure gems. Bob himself brought the show to an end with a four-song set that culminated with all-star finale featuring renditions of “My Back Pages” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration is the centerpiece of a special block of programming dubbed “Pioneers of Rock” airing Sunday on AXS TV. The marathon kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET with the 2012 Beach Boys documentary Doin’ It Again, and also will include concert films featuring Ringo Starr, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin and Brian Wilson.

Here’s AXS TV’s full “Pioneers of Rock” schedule:

12:30 p.m. ET — The Beach Boys: Doin’ It Again
1:30 p.m. ET — The Beach Boys: Live in Concert
2:45 p.m. ET — Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love
3:55 p.m. ET — Crosby, Stills & Nash 2012
5:40 p.m. — Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
8 p.m. ET — Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
11:10 p.m. ET — Brian Wilson & Friends: Live from The Venetian

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Eric Clapton Debuts Video for His New Robert Johnson Cover “Stones in My Passway”

Credit: Simon WhiteheadEric Clapton has debuted the official video for his new cover of blues great Robert Johnson‘s “Stones in My Passway,” which appears on his latest studio album, “I Still Do.” The black-and-white clip features Clapton and members of his backing band working on the tune in the studio.

You can watch the video at WheresEric.com and at Clapton’s official YouTube channel.

In a new Guitar World interview, Clapton reveals that he’s always found “Stones in My Passway” difficult to play, because it features a guitar melody that’s at odds with a coinciding vocal melody.

“There’s a [guitar] phrase [Johnson] plays underneath his vocal that I can’t do,” Eric admits. “I can’t sing it and play that phrase, and I will never do it, I don’t think. I think I’ve tried all my life to figure out how to do that — because the time signature of the singing is one way and the playing is another.”

I Still Do debuted last month at #6 on the Billboard 200. In addition to “Stones in My Passway,” the 12-track collection features a number of original Clapton compositions and renditions of Bob Dylan‘s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” and the standard “I’ll Be Seeing You.” The album marks the first time Clapton has worked with acclaimed producer Glyn Johns since 1977’s multi-platinum Slowhand.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

The Finale Is Coming: “Game of Thrones” Wraps Sixth Season Tonight

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Peter Dinklage as Tryion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”; Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — Hold on to your dragons: Game of Thrones ends its sixth season with an epic finale Sunday night titled “The Winds of Winter.” We’re just assuming it’s epic, considering last week’s game-changing “Battle of the Bastards” that ended with the Starks reclaiming Winterfell.

The director of that penultimate episode and the finale, Miguel Sapochnik, would only offer one ominous hint to The Hollywood Reporter about this week’s season-ending episode: “People die.”

Actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos, was a little more wordy — though no more helpful. He says the finale will be “a little bit different” compared to past finales in that it’s not just a set-up for season seven.  “You can certainly say there are going to be some surprises in the next episode,” he adds, teasing some “very big events.”

One thing’s for certain: make sure you watch the episode right when it airs — at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Otherwise, you might get spoiled. There’s even a new app out there, aptly called Spoiled, which allows users to anonymously text Game of Thrones spoilers to unsuspecting friends immediately after the episode airs.

Ruthless. The Lannisters would be proud.

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“The Omen” Turns 40 Today

20th Century Fox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — You have been warned: It’s the 40th anniversary of The Omen today.

The classic horror film, starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens, tells the tale of a U.S. ambassador who adopts a newborn child after his wife suffers a stillbirth, only to discover that it may be the Antichrist.

The Richard Donner-directed flick made more than 60 million dollars at the box office following its release on June 25, 1976, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. It earned two Oscar nominations, winning for best original score.

The Omen spawned a few sequels, plus a remake in 2006 and the recently cancelled A&E series Damien.

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Sylvester Stallone Sued Over Reality TV Show

L-R: “Strong” exec. prod. David Broome, host Gabrielle Reece, exec. prod. Sylvester Stallone; Trae Patton/NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) — Sylvester Stallone is being accused of throwing a sucker punch to a personal trainer who’s suing the Rocky star for allegedly ripping off his idea for a reality TV show.

Rob Fletcher claims Stallone, 69, lifted the idea for a show he pitched called America’s Next Great Trainer, and used it for the NBC series he executive produced earlier this year called Strong, Westchester, NY’s The Journal News reports.  The show’s first season concluded June 2.

Fletcher describes his show as a competition that would partner six to 10 contestants with personal trainers. The teams would compete in a variety of categories, and one would be eliminated each week. He claims he enlisted California celebrity trainer Todd Durkin as the show’s front man and got him to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2014.

“Think of it as American Idol for fitness trainers,” Fletcher told the newspaper in 2015.

That same year, he says learned through through a fellow trainer that Stallone’s show had been green-lighted. Fletcher soon discovered the show would feature 10 female contestants paired up with trainers — one of whom was Durkin.

NBC, Durkin and Strong producer David Broome were also mentioned in the lawsuit, but as of early Thursday, only Durkin and NBC reportedly had been served with legal papers.

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NATIONAL NEWS

At Least 2 Dead as Wildfire Fight Continues in California

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE ISABELLA, Calif.) — Hundreds of California firefighters are still struggling to contain a deadly fire that has destroyed entire neighborhoods.

Kern County officials said Sunday that the 58 square mile-wide Erskine Fire blazed through at least 200 homes and other structures.

As of late Sunday night, the fast-moving fire was 40 percent contained and at least two people were killed, according to officials. Kern County officials were also trying to confirm if more were dead as they continued to battle the blaze.

“We weren’t that lucky,” said Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall. “Again, mother nature and a spark collided and this fire moved extremely fast.”

Nearly two million acres have burned in California this year, ahead of last year’s record-setting burnage pace, and fire season has barely started.

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Right-Wing Group’s Rally Turns Violent in Sacramento

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Officials said at least 10 people were injured after an alleged Nazi protest in Sacramento, California, turned violent on Sunday.

The rally was planned by the “Traditionalist Workers Party,” according to Sacramento Police, at the state capitol where counter protesters showed up in advance.

Counter protesters called the Traditionalist Worker Party “Nazis,” according to ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento.

Police were not immediately sure what triggered the violence, but said they were first notified of a stabbing around 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

Nine victims were transported to local hospitals, and officials said two people had critical trauma stab wounds.

The Traditionalist Worker Party says on its website that it “stands for Faith, Family, and Folk. Our party members share a common struggle to transfer power and resources from the corrupt and unaccountable federal government to community and regional leaders who stand for traditional values, strong families, and revived cultures.

“Localism and secessionism are central to our mission,” it says.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the TWP was formed in January 2015 as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, a group that tries to draw high school and college students into white nationalism.

This is a developing story. Check back for additional updates.

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Gay Pride Marches Marked by Celebration and Mourning

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Gay Pride marches took place across the country Sunday, but the celebratory tone of the events was inter-spliced with poignant moments of mourning over the 49 men and women who died during the shooting massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month.

New York, San Francisco and Chicago were among the cities holding marches, where loud music, dancing, and rainbow-colored imagery mixed with more subdued tributes to the victims of the attack at Pulse.

In the New York event, 49 men and women dressed in all white, marched with signs around their necks bearing the names and faces of the victims of the attack, asking for silence. A bystander at the event told ABC News that “you could hear a pin drop” as the group marched.

In Chicago, a group marched with an arrangement of rainbow colored balloons shaped into the phrase “1 Pulse”, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

At San Francisco’s parade, a “We’re Orlando” group of about 300 people participated in the parade, honoring with a moment of silence when the march reached the grandstand.

“Our hearts are with Orlando. We think of them every day,” San Francisco resident Cory Vaughn told ABC station KGO-TV, regarding Sunday’s march in his home city.

Throughout the country, security was increased in the wake of the shooting.

Sunday’s events also coincided with the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage, a date that was capitalized upon by advertisers, and celebrated on social media.

On Friday, President Obama designated a new national monument at the site of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, where gay men and women demonstrated against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969.

Local and national politicians took part in Pride events, including presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who marched with a security detail at the New York event, taking breaks to shake hands with onlookers.

Clinton also marched in the New York Pride Parade in 2000 and 2006. She has received criticism in the past for the timing of her support for gay marriage, which she announced in a video for Human Rights Campaign in March 2013, nearly a year after President Obama did in an interview with ABC News.

Sunday’s Pride events were mostly peaceful, according to reports, and in New York, interactions between participants and the NYPD were described as “friendly” by observers.

In the Capitol Hill area of Seattle on Wednesday, Michael Volz, a local trans man, was attacked after leaving a fundraiser for the victims of the Pulse shooting, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV reported.

The attacker allegedly said “Happy Pride” before punching and choking Volz.

The FBI has joined in the investigation, which police are classifying as a hate crime, according to KOMO-TV.

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SPORTS NEWS

‘Past Few Days Have Been Difficult’ for Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, Family Says

Elsa/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — The health of former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt is declining, according to a statement.

“On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses,” said spokesperson Erin Freeman. “She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”

Summitt, 64, made history taking the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols to more victories than any men’s or women’s college basketball team coach. She coached from 1974 to 2012 and started when she was just 22 years old, claiming eight NCAA titles with the team over her career.

In 2011, she announced that she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

“It hurt me but I go, ‘Well, I got to do it. I got to deal with it,'” she told ABC News’ Robin Roberts at the time.

Summitt was the first N-C-A-A basketball coach, and one of only four in history, to reach 1,000 wins.  She was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2012, President Obama awarded Summit the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Cincinnati Reds Retire Pete Rose’s Number After Hall of Fame Induction

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — It was a special weekend in Cincinnati as the Reds honored the all-time hit king and one of their greatest teams.

The team celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series championship team and inducted Pete Rose into the team’s Hall of Fame.


Rose delivered a speech thanking the fans for their support, Rose said he accomplished all he did for them.

“You never realized this after all these years, that I was really, you motivated me to play the way I did,” he said.

As the man known as Charlie Hustle spoke, music hinting that his time was running short began to play. Rose, though, refused to be played off. “In closing, I can honestly tell you to date this is the biggest thing ever to happen to me in baseball,” he concluded.


On Sunday, the three-day festivities concluded with Rose’s son, Pete Rose Jr. throwing the ceremonial first pitch to his father.


Rose’s induction to the team’s Hall of Fame had to be approved by MLB because of his lifetime ban for betting on his team, according to ESPN.

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PGA Tour Cancels Greenbrier Classic Due to West Virginia Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(WHITE SUPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.) — Devastating West Virginia flooding has forced the PGA Tour to cancel the Greenbrier Classic.

“We are heartbroken by the devastation that the residents of West Virginia are experiencing at this time and the reports of lives lost due to the terrible flooding,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement. “Cancelling  The Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

At least 24 people have died because of the severe flooding in West Virginia.

The Greenbrier Classic was scheduled for July 7-10 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Officials said the course, the Old White TPC, “suffered extensive damage from the flooding and is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.”

 

 

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WORLD NEWS

Italy’s Second Most Wanted Mafia Boss Arrested After 20 Years in Hiding

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — After 20 years on the lam, one of Italy’s top mob bosses has been arrested.

Italian authorities found Ernesto Fazzalari, a leading figure of the powerful mafia clan the ‘Ndrangheta, asleep with a female companion in a small apartment in Calabria.

Fazzalari, 46, was fleeing a life sentence for murder. Authorities said he remained a powerful clan leader of the ‘Ndrangheta, believed to control most of the cocaine trade in Europe, while in hiding.

He first fled in 1996, and in 1999 he was convicted in absentia of murder and other crimes.

Fazzalari was Italy’s second most wanted mob boss, but the search continues for Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, one of the most wanted criminals in the world.

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British Ambassador on Brexit: ‘We’re Not Going to Disappear from the World Stage’

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) —  British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch was clear Sunday about England’s position following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union: “We’re not going to disappear from the world stage. We will still be important players and America’s closest ally,” he said.

“There’s going to be a period of uncertainty while we work out this new relationship with Europe,” Darroch said on This Week. “But we are a strong country, a stable country. We will work it out in our usual pragmatic way. We will come through this and we will end up as important a player on the international scene as we have been.”

He also gave assurances that “the special relationship” between the United States and England “will endure and will be as strong as ever.”

The final vote on the Brexit referendum was split 51.9 percent “leave” to 48.1 percent “remain,” leaving many questioning the finality of the decision. In fact, by midday Sunday more than 3 million people had signed a petition asking for a new referendum. Darroch, however, described the Brexit decision as “irrevocable.”

The vote to exit the European Union also led Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation. According to the ambassador, the “expectation” is that England’s Conservative Party will elect a new leader by the end of September.

“The prime minister made it clear throughout that this was a once-in-a-generation vote and the result was final,” Darroch said. “The task for us now is to pull together and work out the new relationship with Europe.”

Darroch served as Prime Minister Cameron’s national security adviser for four years prior to accepting his current position in the United States.

“I’m sad that he’s resigning,” Darroch said. “I understand why he has chosen to go in these circumstances.”

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10 Hurt When Roller Coaster Crashes Near Children’s Attraction at Scottish Theme Park

iStock/Thinkstock(MOTHERWELL, Scotland) — An inverted roller coaster at a Scottish theme park derailed, hit the ride’s support and crashed to the ground, injuring 10 people, including eight children, police said.

The incident occurred this morning at M&D’s theme park in Motherwell, about a half-hour from Glasglow, according to the Lanarkshire, Scotland, police. The Tsunami inverted roller-coaster ride, involving five gondolas in a train, detached from its rails, collided with the ride’s main structure and hit the ground, police said.

“On arrival it became clear a series of five gondolas connected on a train on the Tsunami ride have detached from the rails, struck the superstructure and then struck the ground,” Chief Inspector David Bruce of Police Scotland said. “They [the gondolas] fell less than 20 feet. It would appear that they have been coming round a bend and at that point it has detached.”

He could not confirm the speed the cars were going when they derailed, but confirmed that they “hadn’t struck anything on the ground.”

Police said two of the injured were struck on the ground. The 10 people were all being treated a local hospitals, but details of their injuries were not available, police said. Police had earlier reported 11 people were injured.

A spokesperson for M&D’s said in a statement that “a serious incident occurred at M&D’s today involving the tsunami rollercoaster. We have all emergency services on site to assist. The theme park is closed until further notice.”

The “Tsunami” is the only inverted roller coaster in Scotland and can reach speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour as it goes through corkscrew twists, according to the theme park website. Children under 10 are not allowed on the ride, the website says.

One woman who said she had gotten off the ride when the accident happened said the scene was “like something out of a horror film.”

“My heart goes out to everyone on it,” Katie Burns said in a posting on Facebook. “A full load came off the track but and on the pavement, like a horror film worse thing ever heard and seen, can’t get over this.”

Another woman who was there said she was “in shock” at what she saw.

 

 

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The 101 number one song of the day came along at just the right time for the artist who was facing lawsuits from former band members, he was going through a divorce and he almost went to jail for failure to pay child support. Still, he was reluctant to record the song because of its genre…he was on the Motown label and they wanted him to record a …DISCO song! read more…

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The 101 number one song of the day was written by the most successful female songwriter of all time. She wrote songs for others because she once said, “She didn’t want to become a star.” (But that would all change with the release of today’s featured single.  read more…

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day has a warble…and the band’s label didn’t like that – they thought it would keep the single from being successful so it wasn’t released first from the new album, as the band had hoped it would be. It was probably that warble that made it really stand out. The song ended up being one of two that would prevent Bruce Springsteen from reaching number one with “Dancing in the Dark” – the other was Prince’s “When Doves Cry”. Today’s featured single would be one of only two chart toppers for the group although they would have 11 tracks reach the top 20 in the U.S. The year was 1984. The group is Duran Duran and “The Reflex” is today’s 101 #1 song of the day

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