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Friday
May182012

U2's Bono Says He's Not the World's Richest Rocker

Franck Prevel/Getty ImagesBono insists that media reports suggesting he overtook Paul McCartney as the world richest rock star Friday because of the number of Facebook shares he owns are just not true.  Speaking with NBC's Andrea Mitchell at the Global Food Summit in Washington, D.C., the U2 frontman declared, "Contrary to reports…this boy is not a billionaire.  And -- or going to be richer than any Beatle.  And not just in the sense of money, by the way.  The Beatles are untouchable -- that's just a joke."

Regardless of how wealthy Facebook may be making him, Bono had high praise for the social-networking pioneers.

"They're a brilliant team," he told Mitchell.  "And they really care about this stuff.  And…it's a technology that brings people together, people who are traveling a lot, to keep in touch with their families, with their friends."

An NME.com article published Thursday claimed that because Bono owns a 2.3 percent stake the social-networking company, his shares would be valued at more $1.5 billion after Facebook went public on Friday.  In comparison, McCartney's fortune reportedly is worth a little over $1 billion.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Kelly Clarkson to Perform on "DWTS" Season Finale

KellyClarkson.comKelly Clarkson and former Dancing with the Stars contestant and R&B legend Gladys Knight will perform on the show's season finale on Tuesday from 9-11 p.m. ET.

Kelly will deliver a medley of her hit songs "Dark Side" and "Stronger."  Gladys' number has not been announced.

Before Kelly heads out on tour this summer with The Fray, look for her to appear on ABC's new music reality series Duets which premieres on May 24.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

GMA's Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

No Doubt (Interscope Records)A partial list of performers for the Good Morning America's GMA Summer Concert Series has been announced -- from old school to new school, there's something for everyone.  Look for Robin Thicke of ABC's Duets to kick off the first of the Friday concert series on May 25 in New York's Central Park.  So far, other artists include No Doubt, LMFAO, The Wanted, The Beach Boys, with others to be announced. 

The concerts are open to the public and take place during GMA's 7 - 9 a.m. broadcast.

Here's the roster of performers and dates confirmed so far:

May 25 -- Robin Thicke
June 1 -- Brad Paisley
June 8 -- Counting Crows
June 15 -- Beach Boys
June 29 -- LMFAO
July 6 -- Demi Lovato
July 27 -- No Doubt
August 17 -- Neon Trees
August 24 -- The Wanted

For more information, visit GMAConcerts.com.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Sara Bareilles Offers Fans New Music, "Once Upon Another Time" EP

SaraBMusic.comAlthough a full album is still in the works, on Tuesday, Sara Bareilles will release an EP called Once Upon Another Time, and Rolling Stone magazine is offering a exclusive stream of the EP's title track.

The singer-songwriter tells Rolling Stone that the largely a cappella song was produced by friend and fellow Sing Off judge Ben Folds.  Though Sara says she considers Ben to be a "kindred [spirit] ... [and] musical hero," their collab wasn't her first thought. It wasn't until Sara visited Ben's Nashville studio that she knew she wanted to record there.  Then, she says, "It dawned on me, 'Why not just see if Ben would even be interested in producing?'"  Happily, Sara says, the idea was exciting to Ben, "So it worked out good."

To Sara, the new songs represent a new direction and a "sonic rawness... that’s a new territory for me... [and that's] about nurturing my bravery and how far can I push myself as a writer."  On Friday, Sara tweeted some rawness when she teased fans with the tweet, "Hi lovies!! is streaming the title track from my EP. It's called "B****es eat Breakfast". (no it's not)."

The EP may signal a new direction for the whole album, Sara hints. She tells Rolling Stone the goal of her upcoming album is to step out of her comfort zone and could include collaborations with Ryan Tedder and others.  Being produced by someone else and writing with others are also new frontiers for Sara.  "I've always been really closed off to the idea of co-writing.  Now, for some reason, I’m much more open to it," she says.  Why the hesitation to collaborate like other artists?  Sara laughs and says, "I’m antiquated."

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Friday
May182012

Amy Winehouse's Producer Denies Saying She Was "Freaked Out" by Adele's Success

AmyWinehouse.comProducer Mark Ronson  -- who has worked with both Adele and the late Amy Winehouse -- took to Facebook to set the record straight after he was quoted earlier this month as saying that Amy was "freaked out" by Adele's success.

In an expletive-filled rant on his Facebook page on Thursday, Ronson took aim at the published version of an interview he gave the Village Voice earlier this month, writing, "i read the interview for the first time just now, and there are so many wrong quotes in there. i can tell the dude was writing whatever he wanted because he uses words and language that i never EVER f**king use in my daily life."

Ronson went on to clarify what he says he told the Voice reporter when pushed on the subject of Amy.  "Amy was itching to get back in the studio, and the recent success of others that she had blazed a trail for had put the fire in her belly. but that is absolutely it," he wrote, "all these other words are a complete affront to me,... [Amy], adele," and anyone who reads it." 

At the end of his profanity-laced post, Ronson apologizes for getting "so "f**king angry over something that may seem trivial but some wrongs must be righted."  As for talking about Amy, Ronson says he's "learned my lesson and will no longer answer questions about our girl."

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Friday
May182012

Rihanna Dines in Daring Two-Piece Outfit

RihannaNow.comRihanna probably made for some interesting dinner conversation when she showed up at a Santa Monica, California, restaurant wearing a belly-baring two-piece outfit.

Rih was leaving Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi on Thursday night, when photographers spotted her, according to the Daily Mail.  Photos show Rih leaving the restaurant, wearing a tiny, white lace bandeau top and form-fitting crochet skirt.  The flesh-colored underwear Rihanna wore beneath the loosely knit skirt gave the illusion that she was baring a little more skin than usual.

Rihanna's new movie, Battleship, is now in theaters.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Tenacious D Release Sexually-Charged Video for “Low Hangin’ Fruit”

Columbia RecordsHungry for some fruit?  That’s what Tenacious D are searching for in the video for “Low Hangin’ Fruit,” the latest offering from their recently-released album, Rize of the Fenix.

The video -- which is filled with sexual innuendo -- includes some graphic imagery of actor/rocker Jack Black and Kyle Gass wandering around a mystical land, sensually interacting with fruit of all shapes and sizes.

In other Tenacious D news, the band will hit the road for a North American tour that kicks off on Wednesday at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Easton Corbin is All Over the Road on Sophomore CD

Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin’s forthcoming CD will be called All Over the Road.

When it comes to following up a debut album that featured two number one singles, Easton believes the pressure was actually a good thing.  “It keeps you on your toes,” he tells Parade.  “We’ve made a record that’s just as good or better.”

Easton was also careful not to alter a formula that works, making the second CD just like he made the first, with a focus on picking songs he “love(s) and can connect to.”

“I feel like the real country fans out there, they know if it’s not real and I’m making music for them,” he says.  “So if I do something that’s not me, they’re going to know it.”

The new CD features Easton’s current hit, “Lovin’ You Is Fun."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Mumford & Sons to Release Sophomore Album “By the End of the Year”

Facebook.com/MumfordandSonsMumford & Sons fans won’t have to wait too much longer to get their hands on the band’s highly-anticipated second album.

"We would love to get [the album] out tomorrow but we want to get it out definitely by the end of the year", frontman Marcus Mumford tells the Irish website Entertainment.ie. "We don't want to set a date until it's finished. We're feeling good about it. We're getting to the point that we're confident that it's going to sum us up quite well for where we're at now."

Multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett added that while that the band has been testing new material on the road, fans shouldn’t expect those songs to end up on the forthcoming album. “We'd been playing some [new] songs live, so there are some songs that people might assume are on the record -- and they might be right -- but there are some that we've played and we felt weren't really working for us and they won't make it on," reveals Lovett.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Van Halen Concerts Reportedly Postponed Because of "Fatigue"

Facebook.com/VanHalenOn the heels of the news that Van Halen was postponing all of its tour dates beyond its June 26 show in New Orleans, much speculation has circulated about the reasons why the band is truncating its itinerary.  A Van Halen tour source told Rolling Stone on Thursday that the band members have been "arguing like mad."

However, Billboard reports that, according to a reliable tour source, "fatigue" amongst the band mates is behind the postponements.

"They're just burnt and they want to take some time off," maintains the source, explaining that tickets for the shows have been selling very well.

The source also suggests that Van Halen initially added the now-shelved concerts to its schedule because "everything was going so well," while not realizing "how tired they were."  In all, more than 30 shows were removed from the band's itinerary.

Meanwhile, the source reveals that the rockers "are going to go out and do some more" shows, but an exact time frame for the gigs has yet to be decided.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

The Doors' John Densmore, Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart Help Lead Record-Breaking Drum Session Attempt

Facebook.com/JohnDensmore1The Doors' John Densmore and The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart were among the many drummers and percussionists who participated in an attempt to set a world record for the largest drum session ever.  The event, which took place Friday at the College of the Canyons' Cougar Stadium in Valencia, California, was held in conjunction with the Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds music-education initiative.

About 7,200 students from the area, along with an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 community members, were enlisted to try to break the record.  Other celebrities who lent their rhythmic skills to the big beat were Poison's Rikki Rockett, as well as the backing drummers for pop stars Bruno Mars, Jessica Simpson and Janelle Monae.

Hart led the gathering in a continuous rhythm that lasted about five minutes.  Officials from the Guinness World Records organization were on hand to witness the session and are expected to announce in a few weeks whether they will sanction the session as a world record.

The Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds program provides music and rhythm instruction to sixth and seventh graders in California's Santa Clarita Valley.  The initiative seeks is to help students develop their social skills, creativity and learning capacity.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Justin Bieber Leads First Wave of Teen Choice Awards Music Nominations

Facebook.com/JustinBieberThe first wave of the Teen Choice Awards nominations have been announced.  So far, among artists Justin Bieber heads the list with five nominations -- for everything from Choice Male Artist to Choice Male Hottie.   Taylor Swift and Pitbull follow with four nominations. The music categories include nominees in almost every type of genre including pop, country, R&B, hip-hop, rock, and electronic dance music which was added this year. 

The Teen Choice Awards will air July 22, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET. Starting Friday,  fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2012 nominees at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

Here are the music nominees:

Choice Music: Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Blake Shelton

Choice Music: Female Artist
Adele
Jennifer Lopez
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Group
Selena Gomez & The Scene
Gym Class Heroes
Lady Antebellum
LMFAO
The Wanted

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Beyonce
Flo Rida
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
Kanye West

Choice Music: Rock Group
The Black Keys
Foo Fighters
Foster The People
fun.
Linkin Park

Choice Music: Rock Song
"Lonely Boy," The Black Keys
"Paradise," Coldplay
"Pumped Up Kicks," Foster The People
"We Are Young," fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
"Somebody I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra

Choice Music: Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist
DeadMau5
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Kaskade
Skrillex

Choice Music: Single by a Group
"We Are Young," fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
"Hit the Lights," Selena Gomez & The Scene
"A** Back Home," Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch
"Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
"Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

Choice Music: Single by a Female Artist
"Set Fire to the Rain," Adele
"Stronger," Kelly Clarkson
"Dance Again," Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
"Part of Me," Katy Perry
"Eyes Open," Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Single by a Male Artist
"Boyfriend," Justin Bieber
"Take Care," Drake featuring Rihanna
"Good Feeling," Flo Rida
"It Will Rain," Bruno Mars
"Give Me Everything (Tonight)," Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer

Choice Music: Male Country Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Hunter Hayes
Scotty McCreery
Blake Shelton

Choice Music: Female Country Artist
Lauren Alaina
Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song
"Love on Top," Beyonce
"Take Care," Drake featuring Rihanna
"Wild Ones," Flo Rida featuring Sia
"Without You," David Guetta featuring Usher
"Starships," Nicki Minaj

Choice Music: Country Song
"Tattoos on This Town," Jason Aldean
"Crazy Girl," Eli Young Band
"Storm Warning," Hunter Hayes
"God Gave Me You," Blake Shelton"
"Sparks Fly," Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Country Group
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Thompson Square

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift Among Top Teen Choice Awards Nominees

Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupKaty Perry and Taylor Swift each have four nominations, and Adele, Lady Antebellum and Bruno Mars each have two nods in the first wave of Teen Choice Awards nominations announced Friday.

Katy and Taylor will square off in the Choice Female Artist category; and Katy, Taylor and Adele each have songs nominated in the Choice Single by a Female Artist Category.

The Teen Choice Awards will air July 22, live on Fox from 8-10 p.m. ET. Starting Friday,  fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2012 nominees at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

Here are the music nominees:

Choice Music: Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Blake Shelton

Choice Music: Female Artist
Adele
Jennifer Lopez
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Group
Selena Gomez & The Scene
Gym Class Heroes
Lady Antebellum
LMFAO
The Wanted

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Beyonce
Flo Rida
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
Kanye West

Choice Music: Rock Group
The Black Keys
Foo Fighters
Foster the People
fun.
Linkin Park

Choice Music: Rock Song
"Lonely Boy," The Black Keys
"Paradise," Coldplay
"Pumped Up Kicks," Foster The People
"We Are Young," fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
"Somebody I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra

Choice Music: Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist
DeadMau5
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Kaskade
Skrillex

Choice Music: Single by a Group
"We Are Young," fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
"Hit the Lights," Selena Gomez & The Scene
"A** Back Home," Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch
"Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
"Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

Choice Music: Single by a Female Artist
"Set Fire to the Rain," Adele
"Stronger," Kelly Clarkson
"Dance Again," Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
"Part of Me," Katy Perry
"Eyes Open," Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Single by a Male Artist
"Boyfriend," Justin Bieber
"Take Care," Drake featuring Rihanna
"Good Feeling," Flo Rida
"It Will Rain," Bruno Mars
"Give Me Everything (Tonight)," Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer

Choice Music: Male Country Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Hunter Hayes
Scotty McCreery
Blake Shelton

Choice Music: Female Country Artist
Lauren Alaina
Miranda Lambert
Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song
"Love on Top," Beyonce
"Take Care," Drake featuring Rihanna
"Wild Ones," Flo Rida featuring Sia
"Without You," David Guetta featuring Usher
"Starships," Nicki Minaj

Choice Music: Country Song
"Tattoos on This Town," Jason Aldean
"Crazy Girl," Eli Young Band
"Storm Warning," Hunter Hayes
"God Gave Me You," Blake Shelton"
"Sparks Fly," Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Country Group
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Thompson Square

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Beyonce Reveals She Spent Weeks Preparing for Atlantic City Comeback Performance

PR NewswireJust after four months since the birth of her first child, Beyonce is set to return to the stage in a highly anticipated concert series.  Blue Ivy's mom is set to perform in sold-out shows at the official grand opening of the new Revel resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend.  

Beyonce has been in rehearsals for nearly a month, preparing for her first live performances since last summer.  "That's why we're here almost a month before the show so we can be prepared," the 30-year-old singer dished on Friday's Good Morning America.

Fans, many of whom were gathered in Times Square, New York on Friday dressed like bees -- a nod to Beyonce's fans, whom she calls the "Beyhive" -- also got a behind-the-scenes look of the show. Exclusive footage showed background dancers dressed in extravagant costumes twirling about the stage.

Beyonce's four shows -- all of which sold out less than a minute after going on sale -- will take place May 25-28. 

Revel is Atlantic City's first smoke-free casino resort.  It includes a 5,000-seat Ovation Hall, hotel, several nightclubs, a spa, a dozen restaurants and more.

In other Beyonce news, the singer penned a note to the late Donna Summer.  In a message posted to her website, Bey writes that Summer, "was so much more than the queen of disco she became known for, she was an honest and gifted singer with flawless vocal talent."  Beyonce, who counts herself as a "huge fan" of Donna says she was honored to sample Summer's song "Love to Love You Baby," on her 2004 hit "Naughty Girl."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Carly Rae Jepsen to Perform at "Billboard" Music Awards

Schoolboy RecordsCarly Rae Jepsen has been added to the list of performers appearing at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday.

The "Call Me Maybe" singer -- who was been signed to Justin Bieber's record label on the strength of the catchy hit -- joins Justin and other previously announced performers like LMFAO, Cee Lo Green and Kelly Clarkson.

The Billboard Music Awards air live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, May 20 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm to Hit the Road for 2012 Carnival of Madness Tour

CarnivalOfMadness.comThe producers of the Carnival of Madness Tour have announced the lineup for this year’s event.  Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine will take the stage for the third installment of the annual tour, which kicks off on July 31 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL.  The two-month trek will make stops in Boston, Atlanta, El Paso and Chicago, among other cities.

“We're really looking forward to the Carnival of Madness tour this summer,” said Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee in a statement.  “We love Chevelle and haven't hit the road together in years, and I'm really stoked to finally be playing some shows with Halestorm.  Naturally I'm a fan of strong women in music and [frontwoman] Lzzy [Hale]'s voice is spectacular.”

Pre-sale tickets for the event will be available for Carnival of Madness fan club members on Wednesday, while artist fan club pre-sales will begin on Thursday.  Tickets will be available to the general public on June 1.

Here are the Carnival of Madness tour dates:

7/31 -- Springfield, IL, Prairie Capital Convention Center
8/1 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion
8/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, House Of Blues
8/4 -- Chester, PA, Harrah's Chester Downs
8/6 -- Boston, MA, Bank of America Pavilion
8/7 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six
8/8 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/11 -- Gulfport, MS, Jones Park
8/13 -- Belton, TX, Bell County Expo
8/14 -- Laredo, TX, Laredo Energy Center
8/15 -- Midland, TX, Midland Horseshoe Arena
8/17 -- Lubbock, TX, Venue TBA
8/18 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
8/20 -- Sioux City, IA, Venue TBA
8/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
8/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Rock The Rapids – Downtown
8/24 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Music Theatre
8/26 -- Chicago, IL, Toyota Park
8/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
8/29 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Amphiteatre
8/30 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
9/2 -- Buffalo, NY, Venue TBA
9/5 -- Evansville, IN, Venue TBA

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Friday
May182012

Garth Brooks Sings with Troy Aikman at Children's Center Opening

Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has a new, if unexpected, singing partner: former Dallas Cowboys star Troy Aikman. The two sang together on a version of “This Land is Your Land” last week at the dedication of the Child Life Zone at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Forth Worth.

In addition to a pool table and arcade games, the $1.1 million center also boasts a state-of-the-art recording and TV studio, where kids can experiment with the help of the pros. Garth joked to Dallas-Fort Worth's WFAA that he “had to be 50 and have a record deal before I got something like this,” then spent several hours visiting with patients.

An 8-year-old cancer patient got the rare chance to interview Brooks, asking what music the kids should pick for their jukebox. “I think you should have a lot of Garth Brooks on there, and a lot of Trisha Yearwood,” he suggested. “I think you’re good!”  Yearwood, of course, is married to Brooks.

Brook’s & Aikman’s Teammates Foundation paid for the Child Life Zone, which officially opens in June.

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Friday
May182012

Rep for Donna Summer's Family Addresses Rumors About Public Memorial, Cause of Death

Facebook.com/DonnaSummerA spokesperson for Donna Summer's family says reports of a public memorial for the late singer next week in Nashville "are not accurate."  "The services being planned will be private to include only family and close friends," family rep Brian Edwards says in a statement provided to ABC News Radio about funeral arrangements for the Queen of Disco.

Music stars, from Mary J. Blige to Dolly Parton, have joined Summer's fans in offering their condolences to the late singer's children and husband, Bruce Sudano.  "On behalf of the Sudano Family, the overwhelming outreach from the media, fans and friends alike has been most truly appreciated," the family rep says in a statement.  "Thank you for continuing to respect the family's privacy during their time of loss."

Summer passed away Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer.  Clearing up rumors about the cause of the singer's death, Edwards further explains that the cancer "was not related to smoking.  Ms. Summer was a non-smoker."  He adds that, "Obviously, numerous factors can be attributed to the cause of cancer in general, but any details regarding the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Ms. Summer's case remain between her family and team of doctors."

Donna Summer was in Florida when she died.  She was 63.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Mark Knopfler Receives Lifetime Achievement Honor at UK's Ivor Novello Awards

Photo: ZoriahMark Knopfler was among the honorees at the U.K.'s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters, held Thursday in London.  The ex-Dire Straits singer and guitarist was presented with the Lifetime Achievement prize, acknowledging his accomplishments with his former band, his solo recordings, and his work as a soundtrack composer.

Among the 57th annual event's other winners was Jimmy Webb, who received the Special International Award, which is given to esteemed non-British songwriters.  Siouxsie and the Banshees singer Siouxsie Sioux, meanwhile, was recognized with the Ivors Inspiration Award, while Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp received the Outstanding Song Collection trophy. 

The evening's only multiple honoree was young pop sensation Adele, who was recognized in the Songwriter of the Year and Most Performed Work categories.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May182012

Stevie Wonder to Perform with Alicia Keys at 2012 Billboard Music Awards

Facebook.com/StevieWonderStevie Wonder will be presented with the prestigious Icon Award by Alicia Keys at this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC at 8 p.m.  In addition, the Motown legend and Keys will team up for a special tribute performance during the event.

This won't be the first time that Stevie and Alicia have shared a stage.  They sang together at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards and presented together at the Grammy Awards in 2006.  Earlier this year, they both performed at Whitney Houston's funeral.

Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Sheen and Zooey Deschanel have been added to the show as presenters, joining a list that includes Gladys Knight and many other celebrities.  The event also will feature a bevy of performances, including a special tribute to Houston.

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