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Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits among 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has announced the class of 2018.

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The list is comprised of five artists or bands in the Performer Category and one performer for the Early Influence Award.

Going into the Hall of Fame as performers next year are: 

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi started in the early ‘80s in New Jersey and had hits like “You Give Love A Bad Name” and Livin’ On a Prayer.” They’ve had over 120 million albums sold and performed 2,600 concerts all over the world.

The band was made up of David Bryn, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such and Tico Torres.

The Cars

The Cars were founded in 1976 by Ric Ocasek as part of the New Wave sound. they combined ‘60s pop, ‘70s glam and brought it into the ‘80s. The Cars had 13 Top 40 singles from six studio albums. Co-founder Benjamin Orr died in 2000, but the surviving members released an album, “Move Like This” in 2011.

The band was made up of Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr.

Dire Straits

Dire Straits had their first hit single in 1978 with “Sultans Of Swing.” Then they rode the music video wave with the fledgling MTV channel with their hit “Money For Nothing”

The band was made up of Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher, John Illsley, David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler and Pick Withers.

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues was founded in 1964 as an R&B-based rock band. Known for the hit “Nights In White Satin,” the song is from one of the first progressive rock albums, according the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Moody Blues are said to have influenced bands like Yes and Genesis.

The band was made up of Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.

Nina Simone

Mary J. Blige said that inductee Nina Simone, who started singing in 1964, could sing anything. Simone considered herself a folk singer, but she didn’t perform just that genre. She sung Israeli folk songs, songs from the Bee Gees, music by Leonard Cohen and even compositions by George Harrison. She also sang Spirituals and children’s songs.

Simone has been honored by Lauryn Hill, sampled by Kanye West and covered by George Michael and Whitney Houston.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

The Award for Early influence will be given to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Tharpe, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “is one of the essential figures in the history of rock and roll.” She is said to have been an inspiration for Elvis, Little Richard, Johhny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

She hit the stage in 1938 with her song “Rock Me” and continued her career through the ‘40s and ‘50s. In 1947, she gave Little Richard his break at the age of 14. In the ‘60s, her career in the U.S. had waned and she moved to England, playing for blues fans in London and Liverpool.

Artists have to wait 25 years after their first album or single is released before they can be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone reported.

Bon Jovi, The Cars and The Moody Blues could reunite with former members for the induction concert. Nina Simone passed away in 2003. Sister Rosetta Tharpe passed away in 1973. Dire Straits has been silent as to whether they will take the stage together, Rolling Stone reported

The ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2018 in Cleveland. Information on ticket sales will be released in January.

Pat DiNizio, singer for The Smithereens, dies at 62

Pat DiNizio, frontman for alt-rock-pop band The Smithereens, has died at the age of 62.

The band posted the news on its Facebook page shortly after midnight Wednesday:

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"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America’s Band," the post said.

"Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers."

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New Jersey native DiNizio, with bandmates Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros, buzzed around the rock charts in the late '80s and early '90s with stinging yet melodic songs including “Only a Memory,” “A Girl Like You” and “Blood and Roses.”

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On Saturday, DiNizio posted a lengthy update on Facebook and assured fans that he was receiving “the best medical care and attention possible to repair the damage done to my neck and back in my recent falls.” He also said his treatment was helping him get in shape for the band’s upcoming shows.

Sting performs at Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Grammy Award-winning musician Sting performed Saturday night during the Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala in St. Petersburg, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Sting, 66, who has won 16 Grammys as a solo artist and as a member of The Police, sang some of his notable hits, including “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Roxanne” and “Englishman in New York,” the Times reported.

Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in 1951, Sting earned his first Grammy in 1980 with The Police. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Police in 2003.

Donny Osmond celebrates 60th birthday with help from sister Marie

Can you believe Donny Osmond is 60 years old? Neither can the baker who made his cake, apparently.

The singer rang in his 60th birthday Saturday with a little help from sister Marie and a cake that appears to indicate he’s actually turning 90 years old due to a hilarious mishap.

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“Right side up and upside down no matter how I look at his cake…looks like my bro @donnyosmond turns 90 today!” Marie wrote on Instagram with a nostalgic slideshow of photos. “Glad he’s spending this landmark birthday month with his sweet❤️vacationing!”

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The slideshow features recent photos of the superstar siblings as well as many pictures from over the course of their lives.

The iconic brother-sister duo opened their show on the Las Vegas Strip back in September 2008, and what was supposed to only be a 6-month run is about to turn into a 10-year streak as their popular show has been extended through the end of next year, the Los Angeles Times reported. The pair, who started as a variety show back in the 1970s, continues to entertain the audiences with both their new and old songs, including hits such as “I’m Leavin’ It (All) Up to You,” “Paper Roses” and “Puppy Love.”

“We’re headed into our 10th year,” Donny Osmond said in a news release. “Marie and I are constantly changing our show. That’s probably why we’re fortunate enough to enjoy such longevity.”

Tomi Lahren slams Beyoncé, Colin Kaepernick as 'police-hating' after awards ceremony

Colin Kaepernick was this year’s recipient of Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which he accepted in person from surprise presenter Beyoncé on Tuesday night.

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Prior to the ceremony, Sports Illustrated writer Michael Rosenberg praised Kaepernick for making “his truth known” with his controversial national anthem protests. Explaining the award, Rosenberg wrote, “Each year, SI and the Ali family honor a figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world.”

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This sentiment was reflected in the short introductory speech given by Beyoncé, who said the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback “took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better.”

“With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people,” Kaepernick said.

Several hours later, political commentator Tomi Lahren weighed in on the award with a controversial tweet.

“Police-hating Beyoncé presents police and America-hating Kappy with a ‘legacy’ award. This is how far we’ve fallen. Wow,” she wrote.

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Both Kaepernick and Beyoncé have said they neither hate the military nor the police, both praising members of the respective institutions.

Lahren has been a vocal critic of Kaepernick's protests for more than a year.

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In March, Lahren was fired from The Blaze, the news outlet where she gained a following for, among other things, speaking about Kaepernick. After settling a legal dispute with her formal employer, she went to work for Fox News.

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WATCH: Beyoncé presents Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali award

Surprise!

Former San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick, who sparked NFL players' recent protests during the national anthem against racial injustice, received Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from a special surprise presenter – Beyoncé.

>> Instagram star gaining attention for resemblance to Beyoncé

"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better, to change perception, to change the way we treat each other – especially people of color," she said Tuesday night at SI's Sportsperson of the Year ceremony.

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"I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested," Kaepernick said after an introduction by "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. "And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With our without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people." 

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The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports Network.

John Mayer hospitalized for emergency appendectomy

Musician John Mayer was hospitalized early Tuesday to undergo an emergency appendectomy, according to an announcement from his bandmates in Dead & Company.

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The band announced that Mayer’s hospitalization prompted them to postpone a planned concert Tuesday in New Orleans.

The group said tickets for Tuesday’s show will be honored when the performance is rescheduled, although a date for the show was not immediately set. Refunds will also be available at the point of purchase.

It was not immediately clear whether any other upcoming Dead & Company tour dates would be affected.

 People magazine reported that Mayer, 40, has been touring with the band, an offshoot of the Grateful Dead, this fall. He joined the group in 2015, alongside Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.

His fellow band members took to social media to wish him a speedy recovery:

The band is scheduled to play the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Dec. 7.

Photos: Kennedy Center Honors 2017

Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J and Lionel Richie were recognized at the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump did not attend.

Mitch Margo, who took 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' to No. 1 in 1961, dead at 70

Mitch Margo, who rose to fame with the 1961 hit song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” died at his California home, The Los Angeles Times reported. He was 70.

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Family members said Margo died Nov. 24 in Studio City but did not give a cause.

Margo was a 14-year-old attending high school in Brooklyn, New York, when he formed The Tokens, the Times reported.

The group based “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on a recording of a Zulu folk song, turning it into a doo-wop hit. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts on Dec. 23, 1961, and stayed there for three weeks before being supplanted by Chubby Checker’s hit “The Twist,” which hit No. 1 for the second time on Jan. 13, 1962.

The Tokens followed up with several minor hits, including “I Hear Trumpets Blow” and “Portrait of My Love,” the Times reported.

Margo teamed with his brother Phil and two others in The Tokens. He later produced hits for bands such as The Chiffons and Tony Orlando and Dawn. He also wrote musical scores for television projects and did artwork for children’s books, the Times reported.

“Mitch was an adjective-defying human being,” Noah Margo, a nephew who played drums for the Tokens for 24 years, told the Times. “His humor, wit and slanted observations will be deeply missed.”

Margo was born May 25, 1947. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was originally written and recorded by Solomon Linda, a South African laborer, in 1939. The record was released by the Gallo Record Company under the title “Mbube,” the Zulu word for “lion,” the Times reported.

The song would be recorded by 150 different artists, including Robert John, who took the song to No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 1972 and earned a gold record. 

But when it was used in the film “The Lion King,” and generated an estimated $15 million in movie and stage revenues, Linda’s heirs sued the Walt Disney Co. and the music firm that licensed the song to Disney. The case was eventually settled by Linda's heirs for an estimated $1.6 million, the Times reported.

The Tokens, who made dramatic musical changes to the song, gave Linda credit but later fought to claim some share of the song's publishing rights, the Times reported. The group's lawsuit was ultimately dismissed due to a statute of limitations ruling.

Flat-Earth proponent B.o.B now questions if slavery happened

Atlanta rapper B.o.B, who started a GoFundMe campaign in September aiming to bankroll his quest to prove the Earth is flat, is back with more revisionist history.

This time he questions if slavery happened in America.

“You ever seen a slave ship? They can find a billion year old dinosaur bone but can’t find any slave ships,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

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He’s also not sure if the planet we all live on is a thing, either. “Earth is not a place. It’s a state of mind,” he tweeted.

To state the crushingly obvious, it’s not hard to find evidence of slave ships and other vestiges of slavery. Here’s an article in The Atlantic about efforts by a network of scholars and the Smithsonian to restore a sunken ship that wrecked in 1794.

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Here’s a link to the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection of slavery artifacts, including articles of clothing, a “slave badge” and photos.

Here’s a link to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, located in Atlanta.

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