Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Paco Rabanne, who brought the space age to the catwalk, dies aged 88
Paco Rabanne, the Spanish-born designer best known for his metallic ensembles and space age designs of the 1960s, has died at the age of 88. The eponymous label he exited more than two decades ago hailed him as “among the most seminal fashion figures of the 20th century”.
George Michael, Willie Nelson among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees
Late pop singer George Michael, 89-year-old country music icon Willie Nelson and rapper Missy Elliott are among the first-time nominees announced on Wednesday for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2023. Of the 14 nominees on this year’s list, eight are first-timers, including singers Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper and the late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, alongside rock band Joy Division/New Order and rock duo The White Stripes.
Ticketmaster working to avoid Taylor Swift repeat with Beyonce tickets
Ticketmaster is preparing to sell tickets for Beyonce’s first tour in six years in a different way, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s Taylor Swift debacle. Ticketmaster, whose fees and sales processes have aggravated bands and fans for decades, came under fire in November when frustrated Swifties battled its website, often unsuccessfully, to buy tickets for Swift’s first tour in five years.
U.S. first lady Jill Biden to present at Grammy Awards
U.S. first lady Jill Biden will attend this year’s Grammy Awards as a presenter, the White House said on Wednesday.
The Grammys separately announced the lineup of those presenting at the award show, a list that includes rapper Cardi B, pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo, actor Dwayne Johnson, actress Viola Davis, “When Harry Met Sally” star Billy Crystal, comedian James Corden and Canadian pop artist Shania Twain.
From Lizzo to Gayle, Grammy nominees highlight TikTok’s sway in music
Grammy-nominated breakup song “abcdefu” is the latest viral sensation to translate popularity on TikTok into chart-topping success and music industry acclaim. The short-video app, with more than 1 billion monthly active users, has emerged as one of the music industry’s most powerful promotional platforms. Several of this year’s Grammy nominees, including “abcdefu” singer Gayle and R&B artist Muni Long, rose in popularity after influencers and everyday users posted TikTok videos with their music.
Beyond beep beep: Video game music goes to next level at Grammys
Whether it is the catchy chime of a chip tune, the melodies of the metaverse or the latest trending “Super Mario Bros” remix — video game music is seemingly boundless. Now the growing popularity of the video game industry and years of advocacy from game composers will be reflected in the 2023 Grammy Awards as the Recording Academy announced its inaugural “Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media” category.
(With inputs from agencies.)