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St. Paul & the Broken Bones ignite soul sparks at Elton John's Oscar bash

Arguably the most riveting musical performance on Academy Awards night didn’t emanate from the Kodak Theatre stage during the ceremony itself, but from Alabama’s neo-soul band St. Paul & the Broken Bones. The act capped Elton John’s annual Oscar-viewing party and fundraiser for his AIDS foundation.

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Actor Bill Paxton, 61, dies after complications from surgery

Bill Paxton, who earned success through roles in movies including “Apollo 13,” “Titanic,” “A Simple Plan,” “Weird Science,” “Twister” and “True Lies,” as well as that of a polygamist Mormon businessman in the hit HBO series “Big Love,” has died. 

The actor, who was 61, died due to complications from surgery, according to a statement from a representative of Paxton’s family. 

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Rhiannon Giddens channels 'voices that need to be heard' on 'Freedom Highway'

Singer Rhiannon Giddens was perplexed last week when she picked up the phone and was congratulated for her role in a song that picked up a major award nomination.

It was several days after the 2017 Grammy Awards ceremony, where she was nominated twice but failed to take home a trophy.

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Byrds founding member Gene Clark to be saluted Saturday in South Pasadena

Gene Clark — a founding member of the Byrds whose musical legacy is often overshadowed by those of his onetime bandmates Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Clarence White and latter-day member Gram Parsons — will get a salute of his own on Saturday at the South Pasadena Library from several peers and collaborators.

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Beyoncé joins outcry against Trump's move on transgender rights
In a wild Oscars show, the music could've been wilder

Did the Oscars watch the Grammys this year?

That was one way to look at the wild — and undoubtedly conversation-starting — conclusion to Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, in which presenter Faye Dunaway accidentally named “La La Land” best picture before her co-presenter, Warren Beatty, realized that “Moonlight” had in fact won the film industry’s most coveted prize.

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