Sting was honored Friday by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for his musical and his philanthropic contributions to American culture.
The English singer, songwriter and former frontman for the Police donated the 1978 Fender Stratocaster on which he wrote several of the Police’s hits and played his first-ever solo performance for a 1981 Amnesty International benefit.
“I’ve decided to give them my Fender Strat from the ‘80s, the one I used on the 'Secret Policeman's Other Ball,'” Sting said in a statement. “There are a number of reasons why I think this is the right choice. … I wrote a lot of my hits on that guitar ('Message in a Bottle' for one). That performance marked the beginning of my move to a solo career. ... It also marked my long-standing and continuing association with Amnesty International.”
With Noel Gallagher at the top of the bill, Manchester Arena reopened Saturday for the first time since a May 22 terrorist attack outside an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and a city traumatized.
The mood at the We Are Manchester benefit was both teary and triumphant with Gallagher and his High Flying Birds headlining the concert, which also featured sets by Courteeners, Pixie Lott, ex-Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, Rick Astley, Blossoms and Bugzy Malone.
The most emotional moment in Gallagher's set came with the performance of "Don't Look Back in Anger," the unofficial rallying anthem of the Manchester attack.
After a few weeks off the air, "Last Week Tonight" returned to HBO on Sunday night with a blistering segment on Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff recently pardoned by President Trump.
Or, as host John Oliver put it, "a man who answers the question 'What if a decaying russet potato somehow hated Mexicans?'"
As Oliver recapped, Arpaio gained a national profile thanks to a host of controversial practices, including feeding prisoners rotting food and forcing them to wear pink underwear and chain-gang style uniforms and live in a tent city where temperatures soared.
A trio of shows — "Westworld," "Saturday Night Live" and "Stranger Things" — each took home five wins and HBO notched 19 wins total at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend.
Though the bulk of the awards handed out Saturday and Sunday nights were for behind-the-scenes and technical achievements, there were some performance awards as well.
Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle won for guest actress and actor in a comedy series for their appearances on "Saturday Night Live," while the awards for guest actor and actress in a drama went to Gerald McRaney, for his work as Dr. Nathan Katowski on "This Is Us," and Alexis Bledel, who played Ofglen in “The Handmaid’s Tale."
I’ve been doing this for a long time, and in my opinion I’ve been doing very good work. But now people are discovering me.... I’ve always been that utility worker, that utility actor, but now all of a sudden the world is seeing me on a platform they’ve never seen me on before.
I'm more comfortable in dramas than in comedies, and I think there's a certain irony that for so many years I was involved on the comedy side. Some of them I'm really happy to have done. But they're not necessarily movies that I would go to.
I think it's a mistake to take projects just for that intention or just to shock people. You attract what you are ready for. I am finding that to be true. The projects I have come across recently have been there for a reason. It's all about timing.
Troy Gentry, the co-founder of the country-rock duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in a helicopter crash. He was 50.
The duo was scheduled to perform a show on Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, N.J. The helicopter crashed in a forested area just outside the venue, according to FAA reports cited by Associated Press.
Gentry and a fellow passenger were killed, though it was not immediately clear who was piloting the helicopter.
The pharmaceutical pariah who turned out to be the secret purchaser of the Wu-Tang Clan’s single-copy-only album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” is auctioning it off with the stated hope that “someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear.”
Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of his own Retrophin pharmaceuticals company as well as Turing Pharmaceuticals, where he drew international scorn for hiking the price of a lifesaving AIDS drug to boost his company’s profits, bought the Wu-Tang album in 2015 for $2 million.
He posted the CD on eBay and started bidding at $1. As of Friday afternoon, the album had drawn 320 bids that have upped the potential sale price beyond $1 million.