Grapevine: Smokey Robinson to receive high honor
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Robinson to be honored with Gershwin award
Motown great Smokey Robinson will be receive The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, it was announced on Tuesday. “As a singer, songwriter, producer, and record executive, Smokey Robinson is a musical legend,” David S. Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress, said in a statement. “His rich melodies are works of art — enduring, meaningful, and powerful. And he is a master at crafting lyrics that speak to the heart and soul, expressing ordinary themes in an extraordinary way. It is that quality in his music that makes him one of the greatest poetic songwriters of our time.” Robinson joins past winners Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Pauls Simon and McCartney. “It gives me such joy and gratitude to be included among the past recipients of this most prestigious songwriting award,” Robinson said in a statement. The award presentation will be held in November.
Future, Ciara warring over emoji use
Future is in hot water over his use of emojis. In her defamation suit against her former flame, R&B singer Ciara has filed additional paperwork citing threats Future allegedly made against her current love interest, football player Russell Wilson, specifically noting an Instagram post of Future’s where he posted two football emojis and three gun emojis. TMZ reports she also mentions a recent song by Future where he says, “tryna (expletive) my baby mama, dog what’s up with you? You gon’ make me get that heat, I’m pulling up on you,” calling his behavior “frightening” and “socially irresponsible.”
■Nick Jonas and DemiLovato’s tour wound through Florida over the holiday weekend, and the pair allowed employees of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub to attend the show for free. Around 30 employees of the club received a private suite for the show, according to E! News.
■The CW has partnered with Netflix to offer full seasons of shows available for streaming just eight days after a show’s season ends. The deal was announced Tuesday and includes all CW series, including “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “The Flash,” according to EW.com.
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