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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo, Vince Gill performs during a memorial service for country music singer Troy Gentry at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Gill is defending the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year’s Grammy Awards. Gill says it’s impossible not to leave someone off the list each year and that some group always feels slighted. The country music star made the comments earlier this week of Feb. 12, 2018, before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
February 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards. Gill said it is "impossible" to not leave someone off the list in a given year. "I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I...
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Kendrick Lamar performs at L.A. LIVE's Microsoft Square during NBA All Star Weekend 2018 on Friday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
February 17, 2018 - 6:09 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday's NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night. The Grammy-winning rapper was alone on an outdoor stage across from Staples Center for a 45-minute set packed with hits from his albums, collaborations and mixtapes...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 19, 2017 file photo, workers finalize details at a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., at the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. A ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of a deadly nightclub fire that killed 100 people has been postponed due to an expected snowstorm. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation announced the postponement on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)
February 16, 2018 - 5:30 pm
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people has been postponed because of an expected snowstorm. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation announced the postponement Friday. The service had been planned for Sunday at a park...
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In this Feb. 13, 2018, photo, Morris Robinson, who plays Porgy, and Talise Trevigne, who plays the role of Bess, rehearse "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. A restored edition of the pioneering, enduring American opera gets a test-drive Saturday, feb. 17 in Michigan en route to a planned, official debut in 2020 by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Karoub)
February 16, 2018 - 11:44 am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A restored edition of a pioneering, enduring American opera emerges at a time its racial and social themes are as relevant as the era in which it premiered. The long-in-the-works "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" gets a test-drive Saturday in Michigan en route to a planned,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, Janelle Monae arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Annihilation" at the Regency Village Theatre. Monae’s trailer for her new album and film will get a boost when it airs in theaters ahead of “Black Panther” on Friday, Feb. 16. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
February 16, 2018 - 9:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Janelle Monae's trailer for her new album and film will get a boost when it airs in theaters ahead of "Black Panther" on Friday. The teaser for "Dirty Computer," the Grammy-nominated singer's third solo album, will play in select theaters nationwide moments before the highly...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the music director for The Philadelphia Orchestra, poses for a portrait in Philadelphia. Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera's music director next season, two years earlier than planned. His appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson's disease caused the end of James Levine’s 40 year-run. The company announced Nezet-Seguin would start a five-year contract in 2020-21 after three seasons as music director designate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
February 15, 2018 - 7:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera's music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade. Nezet-Seguin's appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after...
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This Dec. 10, 2014 image released by the San Diego Symphony shows conductor Rafael Payare in New York. The San Diego Symphony today announced that acclaimed conductor Rafael Payare will become their next music director. Payare will begin a four-year contract immediately, serving as music director designate for the first year, and begin the role of music director on July 1, 2019. (J Henry Fair/San Diego Symphony via AP)
February 15, 2018 - 1:44 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Even in the throes of crisis, Venezuela keeps churning out one export prized the world over: classical music maestros. The latest addition to the country's growing cadre of top-flight musical talent is Rafael Payare, who was named musical director of the San Diego Symphony...
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FILe - In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, President of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow poses in the press room at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that they are not behind the music industry when it comes to female representation. In a letter sent to members on Thursday, Feb. 15, obtained by The Associated Press, the academy offers statistics to show that women had a larger presence at the Grammys compared to the industry standard. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
February 15, 2018 - 1:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After a few missteps, The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that it is not lagging behind the music industry when it comes to female representation. In a letter sent to voting and non-voting members Thursday, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the academy offers...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kendrick Lamar arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif. Lamar curated the release, "Black Panther The Album Music from and Inspired By," performed by various artists. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
February 14, 2018 - 3:46 pm
"Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By," Various Artists (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) At times, the Kendrick Lamar-curated "Black Panther" album feels like a stand-alone set, only loosely related to the Marvel film for which it's named. But the album is a solid, entertaining listen...
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This Feb. 9, 2018 photo released by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra shows Riccardo Muti, standing right, during a rehearsal for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2018 Winter Tour at Carnegie Hall in New York. (Todd Rosenberg/Chicago Symphony Orchestra via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 2:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Riccardo Muti thinks about how an afterlife meeting with Giuseppe Verdi would go after spending decades fighting to perform the works of Italy's greatest composer exactly as written. "My questions to Verdi would be if I did right," the 76-year-old conductor said. "And if he says...
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