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Tuesday
Nov252014

Big & Rich Playing AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show December 29 in Memphis

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich will perform at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis December 29. They'll also headline the President's Gala Dinner Dance at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis on December 28.

Big & Rich will also receive the Liberty Bowl's Outstanding Achievement Award at the dinner recognizing their achievements in the music world. Previous recipients include Clint Black, Alabama and Little Richard.

For more information on the game, go to AutoZoneLibertyBowl.org. It airs on ESPN December 29 at 2 p.m. ET.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Steven Tyler to Perform at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Image Courtesy of Steven ErleAerosmith's Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.  The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education."

Tyler says in a statement, "I am excited to bring rock 'n' roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists."

Other performers on the concert's lineup include hip-hop star Queen Latifah, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and Norwegian singer Gabrielle.  Queen Latifah will also host the event.

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check NobelPeacePrizeConcert.org to find out when and where to watch the show in your area.  Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartney, Sting, Santana, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Bon Jovi and A-ha.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Sara Evans Debuts Explosive New Video for "Put My Heart Down"

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans doesn't have any co-stars in her new video for "Put My Heart Down." The clip features Sara alone in Nashville's Riverside Mansion, surrounded by hundreds of lights, which are meant to signify the light coming on in her head that this relationship is over. Eventually, the lights explode, something Sara feels demonstrates the song's sad lyrics and happy melody.

She says, "You have such beautiful and pretty scenes with the soft lighting and beautiful mansion, contradicted by the exploding bulbs.  I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.”

Sara premiered the video for "Put My Heart Down" exclusively at RollingStone.com. It's the latest single from her current album, Slow Me Down.

 
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Tuesday
Nov252014

Jack White Covers Band Mate Dean Fertita's "Parallel" 

Image Courtesy of Third Man RecordsJack White has released a cover of band mate Dean Fertita's 2009 song, "Parallel." The track appears as the b-side to White's new "Would You Fight for My Love?" single. You can purchase White's latest single, along with his bluegrass rendition of "Parallel," on iTunes.

Fertita, who plays keyboards and guitar in Queens of the Stone Age, is a member of The Dead Weather, alongside White, The Kills' Alison Mosshart and The Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence. The Dead Weather also have a new single out, featuring the track "Buzzkill(er)."

Last month, Fertita joined White's touring band as a keyboardist following the death of Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, who died ofa heart attack October 14.

White will hit the road for a short tour starting with a two-night stand in Austin, Texas on January 24 and 25. The only other current dates on the tour include stops in Nashville, Tennessee and New York City's Madison Square Garden on January 28 and 30, respectively. All tour information is posted on White's website.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Joni Mitchell Put the Kibosh on Film that Would Have Starred Taylor Swift as Her

Jonathan Meyers; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female singers Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.  There also was word that pop superstar Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made.  Now Joni is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.

Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, "I squelched that!  I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.  It's just a lot of ­gossip, you don't have the great scenes.'"  She also says she didn't agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller.  "There's a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions," Mitchell tells The Times.

In October of 2012, Swift said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, "I wish I could say it's confirmed!  But the thing about movies that I've learned is -- I've been reading scripts for five years, and you just don't know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren't, so I can't talk about it unless it's the real thing."

Girls Like Us would've been Swift's first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day.  The 24-year-old singer finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: "I Knew It Was Coming"

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe hip-hop community is still reeling after a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Killer Mike, who has spoken up on behalf of the Brown since the summer, has addressed the situation during his Run the Jewels concert in St. Louis on Monday night.

Mike can be seen fighting back tears in fan footage posted on YouTube as he sent "all thoughts and prayers to the people who are out there peacefully protesting," as well as "thoughts and prayers for the people who could not hold their anger in, because riots are only the language of the unheard."

He spoke candidly about his reaction to the verdict. "Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor," Mike told the crowd. "I knew it was coming. I knew it when f**king Eric Holder decided to resign. I knew it wasn't gonna be good, but I gotta tell 'em, you motherf**kers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, and I have a 12-year-old son, and I'm so afraid for them."

The rapper continued, "With that said, you motherf***ers will not own tomorrow. We will not live in your fear. We will not accept your cages."

Killer Mike joins the growing list of rappers who have spoken up about the situation. Q-Tip was captured participating in a peaceful protest in New York while Macklemore marched in the streets with his hands up and chanted "Don't shoot."

 


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Garth Brooks Canceling This Week's TV Appearances in Wake of Unrest in Ferguson, MO

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is rescheduling as many TV appearances as possible this week, due to the riots in Ferguson, MO.  This includes his planned appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael Tuesday, a Thursday night appearance on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and a Friday morning appearance on NBC's Today. Garth is also slated to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which tapes in Los Angeles, on Tuesday afternoon. He taped that appearance Monday before the grand jury's decision was announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on murder charges in the death of Michael Brown.

Garth sent an email to fans Tuesday, saying, "We landed in New York last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another...g"

We'll keep you posted on Garth's confirmed cancellations and rescheduled appearances.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Jordin Sparks Releases Profanity-Laced Diss Track Aimed at Jason Derulo 

Image Group LA/ABCIf you thought Jordin Sparks wasn't angry about her breakup with Jason Derulo earlier this year, think again. The singer has just dropped a diss track that's littered with profanity, and it's aimed squarely at Jason.

The song is called "How Bout Now (Remix)," and it's based directly -- music and lyrics -- on Drake's song "How Bout Now."  The chorus goes, "You ain't really f**k with me way back then, but how 'bout now?/'Cause I'm up right now and you suck right now/You thought you had it all figured out back then, boy, but how 'bout now?/'Cause I'm up right now/and you suck right now."

In case there's any question about who Jordin's singing about, the lyrics include the line, "Remember when you broke your neck and I had to wash your back for ya?/You probably don't remember half the sh*t that I did for ya."  Jordin and Jason famously got close after he literally broke his neck onstage, and she nursed him back to health.

Elsewhere, Jordin sings, "Always been mom's little angel/And to watch you blow up, head got big and you started changing/Can't believe all the things that you're saying/Like I'm witcha for your fame and your name, what?/That thought and your vision now setting up a game, what?/What you're dying is to be is the famous/Asking for the things that you gave me/tryin' to lock it in with a baby."

The song is from a mixtape Jordin plans to release today, titled Bye Felicia.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Dave Grohl Remembers Jamming with Prince

Image Courtesy of ABC/Travis BellRemember when Prince covered the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" during the 2007 Super Bowl halftime show?  As it turns out, that wasn't the last time Dave Grohl and the Purple One have crossed paths.

"Three years ago, Prince books 21 nights at the Forum [in Los Angeles].  I can't f**king wait.  I go to the first show, in a party bus with all my friends, boozing it up," Grohl tells Rolling Stone.  "I walk into the Forum Club and bump into somebody from a road crew I'd work[ed] with before.  He says, 'Prince knows you're here.  He wants to jam.'  The end of the night, I'm standing next to this black curtain.  I pull it back -- there's Prince with Sheila E.  I go, 'Hey, man, great show.'  He says, 'When do you want to jam?  How about Friday?'  All right, cool!"

The next week, Grohl shows up at the Forum only to be told Prince was feeling under the weather. However, before he's about to leave, "Prince just appears," Grohl says, and invites Dave to play drums with his band.

"We start playing.  He's got the whole band up there, throwing chord changes with his fingers, conducting the band as we're jamming," Grohl remembers.  "I can't believe this is happening.  And it's happening in a completely empty Forum.  Then he puts on a guitar and starts playing [Led Zeppelin's] 'Whole Lotta Love'.  It's f**kin' bad-ass.  We do that for 10 minutes.  It slays.  He says, 'We should do that, man.  What are you doing next Friday?'"

"I never heard from Prince again," he says.  "But I swear it happened.  I swear.  And nobody saw it."


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Tuesday
Nov252014

This Year, Meghan Trainor's Thankful for Her "Dream"-Like Life 

Epic RecordsHeading into Thanksgiving, Meghan Trainor certainly has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.  Not only did she score one of the biggest hits of 2014 with "All About That Bass," but her new album is coming out in January, followed by a headlining tour, and a Grammy nomination may not be out of the question.  No wonder she describes her life as "a dream."

Asked what she'll be most thankful for this year, Meghan tells ABC News Radio, simply, "Life.  My songs, and all this happening.  This is incredible."  She adds, "Everything is a dream. It's like a movie."

In fact, Meghan says she's eager for all the cool stuff she's getting to do -- like presenting on Sunday night's American Music Awards -- to be documented for posterity. 

"My brother was saying he should maybe just tape a GoPro to his head for wherever we go," she laughs. "Because, like, we meet cool people every day, it's ridiculous!"  

You can catch Meghan performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday on NBC.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

This Year, Meghan Trainor's Thankful for Her "Dream"-Like Life 

Heading into Thanksgiving, Meghan Trainor certainly has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.  Not only did she score one of the biggest hits of 2014 with "All About That Bass," but her new album is coming out in January, followed by a headlining tour, and a Grammy nomination may not be out of the question.  No wonder she describes her life as "a dream."

Asked what she'll be most thankful for this year, Meghan tells ABC News Radio, simply, "Life.  My songs, and all this happening.  This is incredible."  She adds, "Everything is a dream. It's like a movie."

In fact, Meghan says she's eager for all the cool stuff she's getting to do -- like presenting on Sunday night's American Music Awards -- to be documented for posterity. 

"My brother was saying he should maybe just tape a GoPro to his head for wherever we go," she laughs. "Because, like, we meet cool people every day, it's ridiculous!"  

You can catch Meghan performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday on NBC.


Tuesday
Nov252014

OneRepublic Offers New Charity Remix, Chance to Win a VIP Tour Experience 

Courtesy Coca-ColaOneRepublic has teamed up with Bono's (RED) charity campaign and Coca-Cola to offer a remix of their new single "I Lived" that will raise money for a good cause, and you can join in and win some great prizes.

Proceeds from downloads of the "I Lived" remix will go to the (RED) Global Fund, specifically to its latest campaign, called Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation, which is working to fight mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  In connection with that, the band is also offering fans the chance to spend a day with them and live like a VIP.

If you visit Omaze.com, you can donate money for chances to win the grand prize: you and a guest will fly to join the band at the tour stop of your choice.  You'll get a VIP backstage tour, go to the soundcheck and hang out with the guys and then watch the show from VIP seats.

"We're proud to be part of the (RED) campaign this year and are looking forward to spending time with a winning fan" said OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.

Depending on how much you donate, you can also receive cool merchandise, like OneRepublic t-shirts, hoodies, autographed albums, guitars and more.

Ryan, who's friendly with Bono, tells People magazine that teaming with the U2 singer's (RED) charity was a no-brainer, adding, "It made sense. The nature of our song 'I Lived' lined up with the whole theme of their campaign."   The song itself, says Ryan, was written about his four-year-old son, Copeland.

"He knows the song is about him. He loves it. He loves this song," says Ryan. "He's always into whatever is the most recent song that we've done. So right now, he walks around singing 'Love Runs Out' cause that was our last single. Before then, it was 'Counting Stars,' and now it'll be 'I Lived.'"


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKelly Clarkson's husband, Brandon, is the manager of which country superstar? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Joni Mitchell to Discuss New Box Set, "Love Has Many Faces," During "Tavis Smiley" Appearance Tuesday

RhinoJoni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance when she visits PBS' Tavis Smiley show on Tuesday night.  The lauded singer/songwriter will reminisce about her eventful life and career, and also will chat about her just-released box set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.

The 53-song, four-CD collection, which was curated by Mitchell herself, began as the soundtrack to a planned dance production that was to have been put on by Canada's Albert Ballet, but was abandoned when she was unable to settle on a list of tunes for the project. Joni eventually wound up gathering the songs into four separate themed sections, each one that she views as a potential ballet act, and each corresponding to a disc in the box set.

In addition to compiling Love Has Many Faces, Mitchell designed the package, which includes six new original paintings, a selection of lyrical poems and extensive liner notes telling the story behind the project.

Check your local listings to find out when Tavis Smiley airs in your area.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Pharrell Stars in Short Film for Chanel

ABC/Randy HolmesPharrell has been tapped for a new Chanel campaign. The hitmaker appears in and contributes music to a short film entitled Reincarnation, which was directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

According to Women's Wear Daily, Pharrell stars opposite model Cara Delevingne as they reenact the moment when company founder Coco Chanel became inspired from the uniform of the elevator operator of the Austrian hotel while vacationing back in 1954.

Pharrell's original song, “CC the World,” can be heard in the the sneak peak posted on the company's Instagram page. In the clip, Pharell plays Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, while Cara Delevingne portrays his wife, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was known as Sisi.

“It’s not meant to be a historical reconstruction or something heavy like that. This is light and funny,” says Lagerfeld.

The film is set to premiere at the Métiers d’Art collection show in Salzburg, Austria, on December 1.

 


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Randy Houser Surprises Military Family with VIP Trip to His Upcoming Tucson Concert

Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser was the bearer of really good news for one military concert during a backstage visit at his show in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday night. Air Force Staff Sergeant Christopher Solso and his wife, Clare, were surprised with a meet-and-greet with Randy, who presented them with a voucher for a year of free groceries on behalf of Eckrich meats' Operation Inspiration campaign and Operation HomeFront.

Randy will also host the Solso family for a VIP trip to his December 14 concert in Tucson, Arizona. The husband and wife will tour the film studio in Tucson where Randy shot his latest video, "Like a Cowboy," before seeing Randy's show that night at the city's Fox Theater.

Randy says, "Being a part of Operation Inspiration and getting to meet with military families like Christopher and Clare Solso is such an honor. I am proud to have been a part of this surprise and can’t wait to see them again in December."

For more information on Operation Inspiration, go to Facebook.com/EckrichMeats.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Bleachers Star in Mobile Payment System Commercial 

Image Courtesy of Daniel Silbert/RCA RecordsJack Antonoff and his side project Bleachers are the stars of the new Chase Apple Pay commercial. The ad, which is set to the Bleachers song "Rollarcoaster," shows the fun. guitarist and his band using the mobile payment service to pay for haircuts, guitar tune-ups and nachos.

Starring the the first Chase Apple Pay commercial is another highlight of Antonoff's eventful 2014. Not only did his first album with Bleachers, Strange Desire, make it to number two on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart, Antonoff also helped produce and write two songs on pop star Taylor Swift's smash hit album 1989.

You can watch the Chase Apply Pay commercial starring Bleachers on YouTube.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Watch Official Lyric Video for The Who's New Song, "Be Lucky"

Geffen/Universal MusicThe Who has premiered an official lyric video for their new song, "Be Lucky," streaming now at VEVO.com.  The track, which appears on the recently released The Who Hits 50! compilation, is the first new tune from the band since 2006.

The video features a montage of archival clips -- both rare and recognizable -- from throughout the band's career, while the lyrics pop up in animated form, reflecting the same classic comic-book graphics featured on the cover of The Who Hits 50!  Among the recognizable segments are clips from the band's promotional videos for "Happy Jack," "Who Are You," and "Don't Let Go the Coat."

All royalties from sales of "Be Lucky" are being donated to Teen Cancer America, the charity that The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend co-founded in 2011.

The Who kicked of their 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, which was the band's first-ever concert in the Middle East.  The rock legends will begin the U.K. leg of the trek this Sunday, November 30, in Glasgow, Scotland.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

"The Voice" Recap: New Mentors Advise the Top 10

Trae Patton/NBCThe top 10 artists on NBC's The Voice were back in the spotlight Monday night, again performing for viewers' votes.

Helping the contestants in rehearsals were four new mentors. Fall Out Boy singer and Sing-Off judge Patrick Stump assisted Adam Levine's team; on-again, off-again Voice coach Christina Aguilera tutored Gwen Stefani's team; Colbie Caillat dispensed advice to Blake Shelton's crew; and Motown legend Diana Ross teamed up with Pharrell Williams' artists.

The two-hour broadcast began with the top 10 singing a medley of Rascal Flatts songs.

The Voice later featured footage of the artists meeting with legendary record executive Clive Davis, who was also in attendance for the live show.

Matt McAndrew of Team Adam delivered the first individual performance of the night: a rendition of the Coldplay hit "Fix You." Patrick urged him to show more confidence during the lyric, "Tears stream down your face."   

Following Matt's performance on The Voice stage, Blake said Matt has the drama, range, and stage presence. Gwen said Matt's last note was unlike anything she'd heard from him before. Adam said his artist did Coldplay proud.

The first member of Team Gwen to enter the spotlight was Anita Antoinette. Christina immediately remembered her from her brief appearance during season three. Anita put her reggae spin on the Passenger single "Let Her Go."

Pharrell marveled at Anita's resiliency after she was rejected on the show several seasons ago. Gwen said Anita took over the song, adding that it sounded like something Anita would record.

Team Adam's Damien performed "You and I (We Can Conquer the World)" by Stevie Wonder. Patrick warned him in rehearsals not to constrict his air flow while singing.

After Damien received a long applause from the studio audience for his live performance, Pharrell said the artist's family members in attendance must be so proud of him. Adam said he felt the entire crowd "get on board" with Damien.

Team Blake teen Reagan James sang a more poppy version of the Iggy Azalea rap hit "Fancy." Colbie suggested to Reagan in rehearsals that she stop at one point in the song and make contact with the studio audience.

In critiquing Reagan's live performance, both Adam and Blake gave her credit for taking on such a complicated song. Blake called it Reagan's best showing to date.

Team Pharrell's Luke Wade covered the Otis Redding song "Try A Little Tenderness." Diana recalled her experiences with Otis, and said Luke's performance needs to come from his soul and his heart.

Adam said Luke bounced back after a rough outing last week. Pharrell simply said it was a job well done by Luke.

Craig Wayne Boyd of Team Blake played the Johnny Cash classic "I Walk the Line" on an acoustic guitar.

Pharrell said there's no artist like Boyd in the competition. Adam declared that it was obvious Boyd has become "crazy, crazy good." Blake described Boyd's performance as "magic."

Gwen assigned Ryan Sill the Muse song "Starlight."

Adam said Ryan has been going through the process of what he wants to be as an artist. Pharrell added that it's been interesting to watch Ryan's journey on the show. Gwen called Ryan's performance beautiful.

Team Pharrell's DaNica Shirey belted out Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Diana advised her in rehearsals to visualize singing it to the house band's music.

Gwen said DaNica never messes up. Blake proclaimed this was the best live Voice show he's ever seen. Pharrell said his "mind is blown" to think of how far DaNica has come.

Team Gwen's Taylor John Williams sang The Beatles classic "Come Together." Christina told the cameras that Williams has to "own" the song on stage.

Blake observed how much fun Williams had during his live performance. Pharrell said it was one of the "craziest" performances the coaches have seen this season. Gwen admitted she was worried about the song choice, but thought it worked out. She said if she was 15 and in high school she'd have a crush on Williams.

Chris Jamison of Team Adam closed out the show with "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Patrick told Chris he should slur some of the words to give them a bit of an edge.

Gwen said Chris commanded the stage. Adam said he usually has artists on his team who are not afraid to try something different.

Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, which airs on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Stevie Wonder Honored with Medal of Freedom at White House Ceremony

ABC/Lou RoccoPresident Obama on Monday honored 19 individuals, including Stevie Wonder,with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

At the White House ceremony, Obama noted that Wonder’s classic 1972 album Talking Book had a profound impact on him when he was growing up.

“This is, by the way, the first album I bought with my own money. I was 10 years old, maybe 11...with my own cash!” the president recounted, as the singer sat beside him. “I didn't have a lot of it.”

“And I listened to that thing -- that thing got so worn out, had all scratches -- young people, you won't remember this, but you had albums and they got scratched,” Obama added.

The honorees also included actresses Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas.


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