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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Grammy Nominations Moved Due to Scheduled Memorial Services For Former President George H.W. Bush. The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, originally planned for Wednesday (Dec. 5), will now be announced Friday (Dec. 7). The Recording Academy said Monday that because of former President George H.W. Bush's funeral and public viewing this week, it will push back the release of its nominations. It's a busy week for the entertainment world: Nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes come out Thursday. Bush's body arrived Monday in Washington for public viewing, which kicks off four days of events that will include a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral on Wednesday and a private service at Bush's longtime church in Houston on Thursday. Select nominees for the Grammys will first be announced on "CBS This Morning" and Apple Music at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. A full list of nominees will be available at 8:45 a.m. Eastern on Grammy.com. (Billboard)

Ellie Goulding Will Host Billboard's 2018 Women in Music Event. Billboard has announced on Monday (Nov. 3) that Ellie Goulding will be hosting the 13th Annual Women in Music event in New York City on Dec. 6. The electropop singer-songwriter has had six Top 10 hits on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, including "Lights," "Burn," and "Love Me Like You Do." Her collaborative track, "Close to Me," with Diplo and Swae Lee released via Interscope Records, also recently made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100. Aside from music, Goulding is a UN Global Environmental Ambassador, a patron of The Marylebone Project which works to provide housing and resources for women affected by domestic violence and homelessness, as well as frequently raising money for Streets of London, another project that helps tackle homelessness in London. The Billboard Women in Music event will also honor artists like Billboard's 2018 Woman of the Year Ariana Grande, Janelle Mone, Cyndi Lauper, SZA and more. Fans will be able to stream the 13th annual Women in Music event's red carpet pre-show on Twitter from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 6. (Billboard)

Robin Thicke got everyone in the holiday spirit when he performed at the "One Love Malibu" benefit concert. The singer gave a solid rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Sunday at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas for the concert benefiting victims from the deadly Woolsey Fire. Robin's just one of several artists scheduled to headline the event. Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani scheduled to perform and tons of celebrities attending. We already spotted Brody Jenner hanging out early. As we reported ... the Woolsey fire torched nearly 100k acres and destroyed more than 1,600 structures. Three people were killed as a result of the fire and nearly 300k people were evacuated. Gerard Butler, Camille Grammer, Liam Hemsworth and Robin himself are some of the celebs who lost their homes. Kim Kardashian West was flying over Malibu when she saw the flames, which reached her and Kanye's property. The sold-out event also featured an auction ... including a motorcycle ride with Orlando Bloom. (TMZ)

Beyonce's brilliance continues sailing new heights ... it's the only way to describe her performance Sunday honoring the late Nelson Mandela. The Queen brought the crowd to its feet and even triggered tears -- presumably of joy -- from thousands of fans who watched her perform at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The event honored Mandela's 100 years since the South African president's birth. Jay-Z also headlined the event but no doubt the show belonged to his wife. You can see her jam out with Ed Sheeran ... and the crowd -- treated to the free concert -- ate it up. Before the event, Bey wrote a letter dedicated to Nelson saying, in part, "Your kindness and gratitude for every experience, and your ability to forgive are lessons I have learned and will pass on to my three children. My entire family holds you in high regard." (TMZ)

Tekash69 has more legal drama on his hands, but it's got nothing to do with his federal racketeering case. TMZ's learned Tekashi's being threatened with a lawsuit if he doesn't cough up $500k to Hits Before Fame & DMV Events ... the promoters who fired off legal letters to Tekashi's team claiming that's how much they're owed after 69 bailed on one of their concerts. TMZ broke the story ... Tekashi was scheduled to perform during Howard University Homecoming weekend in October but the rapper angered thousands of fans when he bailed 35 minutes before doors opened at Echostage in D.C. ... forcing organizers to turn away about 400 people waiting in line. Making matters worse ... Tekashi turned up a couple hundred miles away at Powerhouse in NJ on the same night. According to the legal letter, obtained by TMZ, the promoters say they're out the $58,470 paid to Tekashi ... plus loss of ticket sales and rental/marketing expenses, among other things. The promoters want Tekashi to pay up or face a lawsuit. We reached out to Tekashi's entertainment lawyer, so far, no word back. (TMZ)

'Baby It's Cold Outside' banned by Cleveland radio station. I really can't stay," intones one half of the 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' duet -- and it seems one Cleveland radio station agrees with the sentiment. WDOK Christmas 102.1 in Cleveland, Ohio pulled the song from its 24-hour Christmas rotation this week, citing listener complaints, according to local Fox 8 news. The song, first penned by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) in 1944 as a duet for him to sing with his wife at parties. Loesser later sold the song to MGM for use in 1949's Neptune's Daughter, in which the song plays seriously between Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban, and gender-swapped for humor between Betty Garrett and Red Skelton. In the years since, the duet has become an enduring holiday classic, sung by everyone from Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart to Michael Buble and Idina Menzel to Chris Colfer and Darren Criss on an episode of Glee. Over the last several years, many have called the song "date-rapey" in reference to the lyrics "Say, what's in this drink?" The song details a back-and-forth, traditionally between a man and a woman, where the man tries to convince a woman to stay the night despite her continued protests, saying, "The answer is no." It seems the station received a call complaining the song is inappropriate in 2018, and after a listener poll on the WDOK website supported this sentiment, they decided to ban the song from their Christmas radio play. "People might say, 'oh, enough with that #MeToo,' but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it's not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of a situation," midday host Desiray told Cleveland's Fox 8. "The tune might be catchy, but let's maybe not promote that sort of an idea." In a blog post on the station's website, radio host Glenn Anderson further explained the decision, writing, "I gotta be honest, I didn't understand why the lyrics were so bad... Until I read them." He concluded, "Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong. The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place." The song continues to be decisive in today's cultural climate, and for WKOD, it seems the easiest thing is simply to say that when it comes to 'Baby It's Cold Outside,' the answer is no. (Entertainment Weekly)

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