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Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Halsey and More to Headline Woodstock's 50th Anniversary Festival. Get your festival and camping gear ready because Woodstock is coming back for its 50th anniversary. Miley Cyrus, Halsey and so many more artists are heading back east to Watkins Glen, New York for the three-day celebration in August. Over 80 musical acts will be playing over the course of the three-day love fest, plus, following the theme of "equality, inclusion and a shared sustainable future," numerous organizations will be partnering with the organizers to bring attention to important causes. Other cool aspects that the organizers have created are "highly curated neighborhoods," workshops and even a "Kidstock" area for the parents who decide to bring their little ones. If that doesn't get you excited then Miley Cyrus' Instagram post about the event will. Alongside the pic of the retro Woodstock logo, Cyrus revealed she will be headlining Friday night, "which means I got the whole rest of the weekend to RAGE!" And Halsey is just as excited about the show too. "yeah for f -- ks sake I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm headlining f -- king Woodstock. f -- k me," the singer announced in typical Halsey fashion. Tickets for the much-anticipated show go on sale on the most fitting date: Earth Day. So be sure to mark the date on your calendar cause these tickets will go fast! (Eonline)

Kelly Clarkson and More Stars Added to 2019 ACM Awards Performers List. Kelly Clarkson is joining Country Music's Party of the Year. The Academy of Country Music announced its next wave of performers on Tuesday and revealed the "Love So Soft" singer would be taking the stage. Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brandi Carlile and Eric Church are also set to perform as are Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line and Ashley McByrde. These artists join a star-studded lineup. Earlier this month, The Academy revealed Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and George Strait are set to perform. Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, and Little Big Town are planning to take the stage, as well. Still, they're not the only ones set to sing. Reba McEntire, who is also serving as host, will perform during the award show as will Jason Aldean, who is also receiving ACM's Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7 starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS. (Eonline)

Lil Wayne, Janelle Monae and Tame Impala to join Ariana Grande at Lollapalooza. Tired of learning about a festival's lineup by scrutinizing a tiny jpeg of a poster with minuscule fonts? Apparently Lollapalooza's organizers are -- they've come up with the novel approach of revealing part of the lineup via a video in partnership with the Chicago-based animal shelter PAWS, which mixes in clues about 2019 Lollapalooza performers in with footage of dogs available for adoption. "AWWWWWWW!" Anyway, Variety broke the news in January that Ariana Grande is one of the headliners, and additional performers revealed in the 13-plus-minute-long video include Tame Impala (who, like Grande, are also headlining Coachella), Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne, J Balvin, Rosalia, Slash, Yaeji, Tenacious D, Gunna, Lil Baby, Lil Skies, Calpurnia and Madeon. The full lineup is expected to be announced later this month. The artists are revealed by hints from a narrator and dogs moving plastic balls around that reveal photos of the performers. The festival takes place from Aug. 1-4, as usual, at Chicago's Grant Park. The festival's 2018 lineup included The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, The National, Vampire Weekend and ODESZA as the main headliners and Tyler, the Creator, Zedd, Daniel Caesar, Lykke Li, Brockhampton and others. (PageSix)

Curtis Mayfield, Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper Works Added to National Recording Registry Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that "La Bamba," ?Gunsmoke" and "Hair" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few more memorable titles including Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and Sam & Dave's "Soul Man." The registry is adding Kennedy's recorded speech after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination -- two months before Kennedy was killed. Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly," Lauper's "She's So Unusual" and Jay-Z's Blueprint album are being added. Other songs being added include Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddam," Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Schoolhouse Rock!" The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. "The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives" said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in a statement. "The influence of recorded sound over its nearly 160-year history has been profound and technology has increased its reach and significance exponentially. The Library of Congress and its many collaborators are working to preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future." The 25 new recordings added to the National Recording Registry bring the total number of titles on the registry to 525. Read more here. (Billboard)

Meek Mill's city-to-city -- and now, state-to-state -- government recognition tour is rolling over to Connecticut, where he's receiving a state key for his efforts to reform criminal justice. Meek is set to perform Tuesday night at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, where we're told Connecticut State Rep. Brandon McGee will give Meek a key to the state ... as well as a state-level proclamation declaring March 19, 2019, as "Meek Mill Day" in the Nutmeg State. We're told Meek's getting this honor for the same reasons he's been getting "Days" all over the country during his current Motivation Tour -- namely, his activism to retool the criminal justice system. He just launched REFORM Alliance with Jay-Z and a string of other powerful names in Jan. Meek's honor also falls just as Connecticut passed some crucial new legislation toward that end. The state legislature recently passed a bill to restore voting privileges to convicted felons who are on parole. Meek's already gotten honors like this from Houston and his hometown -- Philly actually gave him an entire weekend -- but Tuesday night's honor is first on a state level until now. Championship stuff, for sure. (TMZ)


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