Lambert, McGraw lead ACM nominations with 7 each

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are the top nominees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert and McGraw are up for seven awards apiece at the April 6 awards show. The nominations were announced Wednesday morning in a series of...

Miley Cyrus duets with Madonna for MTV special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Miley Cyrus is mashing things up with Madonna for MTV. The 21-year-old pop star and the 55-year-old Queen of Pop grinded and grabbed each other as they performed Cyrus’ hit “We Can’t Stop” and Madonna’s 2000 track...

Motley Crue retiring, plans 72 goodbye concerts

AP Photo/Richard Shotwell LOS ANGELES (AP) — Motley Crue is hanging up its guitars for good. The heavy metal band plans to say goodbye with 72 concerts in the United States and Canada before retiring. The rockers made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday in...

12 artists inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members across the genres, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and pedal steel player and country singer Barbara Mandrell. Also inducted during Tuesday’s ceremony in...

Football moves Emmy Awards to Monday this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This year’s Emmy Awards ceremony will air on a weeknight instead of its traditional Sunday slot. NBC and the TV academy say the ceremony honoring prime-time TV’s best is set for Monday, Aug. 25. A host has not yet been announced. The network...

Morris Turner, Wee Pals comic strip creator, dies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Morris “Morrie” Turner, the creator of the “Wee Pals” comic strip and the first African American cartoonist to be syndicated nationally, has died. He was 90. Family spokesman David Bellard says the Oakland, Calif.-born...

5 essential songs of Pete Seeger

Five essential songs by Pete Seeger, who died Monday at age 94: “If I Had a Hammer”: An all-time singalong co-written in 1949 by Seeger and Lee Hays and released a year later by the Weavers under the title “The Hammer Song.” Popularized in the 1960s by...

Rapper Flavor Flav appears in NY court

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge has released Flavor Flav (flayv) without bail in his speeding case. State police say the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, was speeding and driving without a license en route to his mother’s funeral on Jan. 9. The...

An unpaid bill leads to game battle worth $200,000

AP Photo/Uncredited LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Carl was asleep when the first shot was fired. As he slumbered away in Costa Mesa, Calif., the 29-year-old banker’s virtual space fleet was under siege early Monday morning in what’s become the most destructive and...

‘Infinitely Polar’ about director’s troubled youth

AP Photo/Victoria Will PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — At the beginning of Maya Forbes’ directorial debut, “Infinitely Polar Bear,” we meet two young sisters who are locked inside a car with their mother as protection from their father during one of his manic...