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Grammys end ‘secret’ nomination committees after criticism from The Weeknd

The organisers of the Grammy Awards have announced that they are ending the “secret” committees responsible for its nomination process.

The Recording Academy had faced criticism from artists including previous Grammy-winner The Weeknd, who stated in March that he would be boycotting the ceremony “because of the secret committees”.

Other artists including Beyoncé, Solange, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean have skipped or criticised the awards body in recent years for failing to honour artists of colour.

On Friday (30 April), the Recording Academy announced that nominations for next year’s major awards would be selected by its full voting body, totalling more than 11,000 members. Previously, nominees in certain categories (including Album, Song, Record of the Year and Best New Artist) had been approved by committees of 15-30 unnamed industry experts.

Nominating committees remain for some of the “craft” categories (such as Liner Notes and Producer), where the process has been the subject of less controversy in the past.

Additionally, 90% of the general Academy electorate will undertake a requalification process this year “to ensure the voting body is actively engaged in music creation”.

In a statement, the Academy said the changes were made “to ensure that the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable”.

The Weeknd’s 2020 album After Hours was one of the most successful records of the year, but was not nominated for any awards at this year’s Grammys.

Writing on Twitter last November, the Canadian pop star claimed: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”

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Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, 14, is all grown up in rare photos

Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn Birkhead made her annual Kentucky Derby appearance looking like a young lady in a teal pants suit and white flowered fascinator.

Dannielynn, 14, is being raised out of the spotlight in Kentucky by her father, Larry Birkhead, however every year, the father-daughter duo have a tradition of getting decked out to attend the Kentucky Derby.

“It’s that time of year again. The @kentuckyderby weekend is here! Even though our favorite event The Barnstable-Brown Party won’t be back until next year, we decided to head out on this beautiful day to Churchill Downs racetrack in preparation for The Kentucky Derby,” Birkhead wrote on Instagram before the big event,

Birkhead shared photos of himself posing with his daughter on steps in front of a building, at Churchill Downs and a selfie where Dannielynn wore a rhinestone face mask that perfectly coordinated with her JOVANI suit. He added that Dannielynn chose the outfit because she “wanted to wear something entirely different than she had in the past.”

“I guess that means no more “little girl” dresses??” he said, adding that Dannielynn also had some fashion opinions to share with him. “She cleaned out the chocolate brownies, ice cream and nachos while at the same time critiquing my outfit.”

Birkhead included the hashtags #prouddad #timeflies and #nomorebraces.

Over the years, the photos have become a great time capsule showing Dannielynn as she grows up.

The Triple Crown event was postponed last year due COVID-19, but was ultimately held in September without any spectators. That means the last Kentucky Derby photo of the father-daughter pair is from 2019. In it, Dannielynn wore a pink hat and dress and gave a big smile showing off her braces.

In 2013, the then 6 and a half-year-old looked adorable in a big white hat accented by a white ribbon and a matching frilly dress.

In 2012, Birkhead posed for photos while holding his daughter. In one snap, the then 5 and a half-year-old, who was holding a stuffed animal, planted a kiss on her dad’s cheek as she looked toward the camera.

Birkhead, who has said he is trying to raise his daughter as a “regular kid,” got down on one knee and fed a pony with his daughter in 2010 as she looked on smiling.

Time certainly does fly!

Fans of the late Anna Nicole Smith commented with their well-wishes and disbelief that Dannielynn is now a teenager and complimented Birkhead for being a devoted dad.

“Her mother would be proud of her. You’re doing a great job,” one person commented.

“Oh my goodness. This is the sweetest thing,” another fan added. “I look forward to your Kentucky Derby photo every year.”

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Billie Eilish Looks Like a Blonde Bombshell on British Vogue Cover

She talked about body image issues — and not necessarily ones she had for her herself … but ones the media placed on her as she was thrust into the spotlight over these past couple years. Billie posted a quote of hers from the Vogue issue, and she talks about the freak-out that some outlets had when Billie stepped out in anything other than her signature look.

Billie says, “Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud.” She adds, “Me and all the girls are hoes, and f*** it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin — or not — should not take any respect away from you”

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Cher honors late ‘Moonstruck’ co-star Olympia Dukakis

Cher took to Twitter to remember her late co-star Olympia Dukakis, who died at the age of 89 on Saturday.

Dukakis was best known for starring in “Steel Magnolias” and her Oscar-winning supporting turn in Norman Jewison’s 1987 film “Moonstruck” that also starred Cher. They both snagged Oscars for their portrayal of a working class Italian American mother-daughter duo.

“Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing, Academy Award Winning Actress,” Cher, 74, said on Twitter on Saturday, shortly after news of Dukakis’ passing was shared.

“Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck, & Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We (laughed) ALL The Time. She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis, Her ‘Handsome Talented, Husband.'”

Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing,Academy Award Winning Actress.Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck,& Even Though Her Part was
That Of a Suffering Wife, We😂ALL The Time.She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis,Her”Handsome Talented,Husband”.I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One

— Cher (@cher)

She added, “I Talked To Her 3 Wks Ago. Rip Dear One.”

In a subsequent tweet, Cher added, “Wrote This Hrs Ago, But Didn’t hit Twt. (sic) Heard Olympia Was Sick So Called Her Daughter & Said Could I Talk 2 Her. She Said ‘She might Not HEAR or SPEAK.’ I Called In2 The Receiver ‘Olympia It’s Cher, I (love) You.” Remember ‘Moonstruck,’ She Said, ‘Oh Cher, I (love) you.’ She Was Weak But Happy. RIP O.”

Wrote This Hrs Ago,But Didn’t hit Twt😔.Heard Olympia Was Sick So Called Her Daughter & Said Could I Talk 2 Her.She Said
“She might Not HEAR or SPEAK”.I Called In2 The Receiver”Olympia It’s Cher,I ❤️You”.Remember Moonstruck,She Said
“oh cher,I❣️you”She Was Weak But Happy. RIP O

— Cher (@cher)

In another tweet, the “Believe” singer recreated a pivotal scene from the film, adding, “You never think about Friends, Loved Ones Leaving, But Thank God We Can See Them.”

You never think about Friends,Loved Ones Leaving,But Thank God We Can See Them.


— Cher (@cher)

Dukakis widely considered “Moonstruck” to be her breakthrough.

“Most people don’t know because they know me mostly from the films is I’d constantly been working in the theater but once I had my children I didn’t want to travel,” she said during a 2013 interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.

Dukakis explained that after her youngest child went to college, she got the role that launched her career at 57. “‘Moonstruck’ was the first one. It’s like somebody said, ‘Look, she waited all these years. Let’s give her something good,'” she shared.

“I mean it was incredible and then that changed my whole life. My daughter was going to college on credit cards when I did that movie you know and after that I was we were able to send our children to college with no problems.”

When asked what that meant to her, she answered, “It felt like I was gonna be a good parent.”

“You know what it feels like when you can’t do those things, you feel like you failed. But the fact that even though we both chose this life, it turned out that we were able to do that, and it made me feel that I had provided.”

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Dolly Parton, Sally Field honor Olympia Dukakis with tributes

Dolly Parton and Sally Field are remembering their “Steel Magnolias” co-star Olympia Dukakis, who on Saturday died at the age of 89.

“I was so sorry to hear that Olympia Dukakis had passed away,” Parton said in a statement shared with TODAY. “She has been one of my favorite people that I have ever known or worked with.”

“I really got very close to her and felt like we were good friends,” the 75-year-old country icon continued. “Even though I didn’t get to see her much, I thought of her often and knew that she was such a quality human being. She will be missed by her fans, her family, and those of us that were lucky enough to get to know her personally.”

Parton starred alongside Dukakis in the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias” that is based on a 1987 play of the same name. Set in a small-town in the south, the play and film profile the bond between a group of women and how they cope when one of them, M’Lynn Eatenton, loses her daughter. In the film, M’Lynn is played by Field, who was also remembering her late co-star this weekend.

“What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her,” Field, 74, said in a statement sent to TODAY. “She was a gift… unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace, my friend Olympia.”

Another co-star of Dukakis who was remembering her legacy was Cher, who starred alongside her in Norman Jewison’s 1987 film “Moonstruck.” They both snagged Oscars for their portrayal of a working class Italian American mother-daughter duo.

“Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing, Academy Award Winning Actress,” Cher, 74, said on Twitter on Saturday, shortly after news of Dukakis’ passing was shared.

“Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck, & Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We (laughed) ALL The Time.”

She added, “I Talked To Her 3 Wks Ago. RIP Dear One.”

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‘Night Court’: EP Melissa Rauch Set To Star With John Larroquette

EXCLUSIVE: The new Night Court has set up a dream leading duo. The follow-up to the classic legal comedy series, which has been heating up for a pilot order at NBC for several weeks, will star Melissa Rauch and the original series’ co-star John Larroquette, reprising his Emmy-winning role, I have learned.

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This marks the first post-The Big Bang Theory TV role for Rauch, the driving force behind the reboot, who initially was only set to executive produce for Warner Bros TV but decided to take on the lead role after reading the script, I hear. Reps for NBC and WBTV declined comment.

Written/executive produced by Dan Rubin based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, the multi-camera Night Court centers on the unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone (Rauch), daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette).

The original Night Court, which aired on NBC for nine seasons from 1984-92 and earned three Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nominations, followed the proceedings during the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court, led by a young, unorthodox judge, Harold “Harry” T. Stone. He was played by Harry Anderson, who died in 2018 at age 65. Abby is a newly created character who was not part of the original show.

Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch executive produce via their After January production company, which is based at Warner Bros. TV. After January produces in association with WBTV, which was also the studio behind the original series. Under her company’s WBTV deal, Melissa Rauch approached the studio about the Night Court IP as she grew up a fan of the show and felt that a new incarnation could work well today.

Rauch is coming off Warner Bros TV’s blockbuster comedy series The Big Bang Theory, which aired on CBS for 12 seasons. She recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat alongside Meryl Streep. Rauch starred, produced and co-wrote along with husband Winston Rauch, The Bronze – which was the official opening-night film of the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics. She recently produced, co-wrote (with Winston) and starred in a stage production of a political satire titled The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka at Joe’s Pub in NYC. She is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.

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Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe ‘in talks to co-produce Gladiator 2’

It’s been more than two decades since Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator became a critical and box office sensation, earning more than $400 million worldwide and securing 11 Oscar nominations.

Now there are rumours Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe are in talks to co-produce an action-packed sequel: Gladiator 2.

An industry insider told New Idea on Monday that Chris and Russell are carefully considering the concept, and have spent hours musing over script ideas.

Coming soon? Chris Hemsworth (pictured) and Russell Crowe ‘in talks to co-produce Gladiator 2′ as rumours the Thor hunk will play Maximus’ son in action-packed sequel

Gladiator 2 was first speculated in 2018, with original reports claiming the sequel would occur 20-30 years on from the death of Roman leader Maximus (Crowe).

‘Russell thinks he could be the only man to credibly play his son in a Gladiator sequel,’ explains the source.

The mystery insider also claimed that the actors have become closer ever since Russell joined Thor: Love and Thunder’s filming in Sydney.

Flash forward! Gladiator 2 was first speculated in 2018, with original reports claiming the sequel would occur 20-30 years on from the death of Roman leader Maximus (Crowe- above)

Pals: In March, Chris (middle) and wife Elsa Pataky (l even attended a South Sydney Rabbitohs game with Russell(right), and some of their Thor co-stars

In March, Chris and wife Elsa Pataky even attended a South Sydney Rabbitohs game with Russell, and their Thor co-stars Natalie Portman, Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson.

Chris began production on Thor: Love and Thunder in Sydney on January 26.

Much like Russell was in 2000, Australian actor Chris (left) is in his physical prime and has a muscular frame fit to play a Roman gladiator.

Muscle man: Much like Russell was in 2000, Australian actor Chris (left) is in his physical prime and has a muscular frame fit to play a Roman gladiator

Superhero: Chris began production on Thor: Love and Thunder in Sydney on January 26. The father-of-three has played Thor in eight Marvel Cinematic Universe films since 2011

Meanwhile, it was announced in March that Chris would be helping produce, alongside Kathy Morgan, Christopher Mapp, Robert Slaviero, and Peter D. Graves, his wife Elsa Pataky’s new film.

Netflix’s exciting new action drama film Interceptor will see the Spanish actress, 44, star as the lead character – a woman set to save the world from 16 nuclear missiles.

The exciting new movie will be filmed in Sydney, with production set to commence this month.

Couple goals: It was announced in March that Chris would be helping produce his wife Elsa’s (left) new Netflix action film, Interceptor

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Queen, 94, enjoys a socially-distanced Easter walk with Prince Charles, 72, in Windsor 

Like families across the country, the Windsors have been making the most of the fine spring weather to see their nearest and dearest.

And this charming new image of the Queen and Prince Charles shows how much even a socially distanced walk can mean in these still difficult times.

The pair were snapped together as they took part in a private engagement at Frogmore on the monarch’s Windsor estate, details of which will be released in the next few weeks.

Mother and son appeared so happy and relaxed that when staff asked if they might pose for a handful of spur-of-the-moment pictures, they agreed.

The Queen, who turns 95 later this month, looked radiant. Wearing  one of her famed headscarves with a green, full-length raincoat and black rubber boots, she smiled and laughed, with her gloved hands in her pockets.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles enjoy spring weather and pose for a portrait in the garden of Frogmore House in Windsor

The Prince of Wales, 72, was more formally dressed in a favourite brown overcoat, shirt, tie and brogues, but looked equally delighted to be spending time with his beloved mother.

Behind them are the cherry trees, in full blossom, and daffodils that Frogmore House (as opposed to Frogmore Cottage, the Windsor home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) is so famed for at this time of year, as well as a small stone bridge over one of the estate’s ornamental lakes.

Frogmore – which is low-lying and marshy and derives its name from the preponderance of frog it attracts – was the setting for a family picture alongside Philip, Anne, Andrew and Edward taken in 1968.

While the latest picture was captured on a whim, it serves to provide a happy contrast to events of recent months.

Both the Queen and Charles have been deeply saddened by the acrimonious departure of Harry and Meghan as working royals and their subsequent emigration to California.

And as a doting grandmother and father they were also personally wounded by the bitter and highly damaging allegations that have since been thrown at them – and other Royal Family members – by the couple.

Have you come far: The royals in 60s sunshine at Frogmore with Princess Anne, Princes Philip, Andrew and Edward in 1968

Last month, in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Sussexes accused the Royal Family of outright racism and failing to  support Meghan as she suffered a serious mental health crisis.

The Queen made clear that while deeply concerning, the family did not accept all of the accusations (‘recollections may vary’, she said) but stressed they wished to try to build bridges privately as a family.

And however upsetting it has been, the crisis has brought mother and son even closer together, united at having to put their personal feelings to one side in order to act in unison as The Firm’s ‘CEOs’.

The Daily Mail understands they have not only spoken but also met regularly in recent months, with Charles a frequent visitor to Windsor where his mother has been isolating since last spring with Prince Philip, 99, in line with Government coronavirus regulations.

A source said: ‘Although unplanned, this picture offers an insight into a family that is still together, happy and united after a difficult few months.’

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