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Nancy Wilson, legendary jazz singer, Grammy winner, dead at 81

Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy-winning "song stylist" who excelled as a jazz and pop singer,  died Thursday, her manager told The Associated Press. She was 81.

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Wilson died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, California, Devra Hall Levy, her manager and publicist, said late Thursday.

Wilson put 11 songs into Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart during her career, according to IMDb. Her 1964 song, “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” rose to No. 11 on the charts. From March 1964 and June 1965, Wilson placed four albums in Billboard’s Top LP charts.

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Wilson won her first Grammy Award in 1965 for best R&B recording for her album, “How Glad I Am,” according to IMDb. She also won Grammys for her albums “R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) in 2005, and “Turned to Blue” in 2007.

She retired from live performances in 2011.

Wilson was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio, according to IMDb.

In addition to her singing career, Wilson appeared on radio, television and film. Her credits include “Hawaii Five-O” and “Police Story,” and she hosted NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” for many years, according to the AP

Wilson was active in the civil rights movement and participated in the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, according to the AP. She received an NAACP Image Award in 1998, according to IMDb.

Senator defends '90s boy band booted from Connecticut parking lot

Things got a little hot for 98 Degrees on Tuesday, but a U.S. senator from Connecticut quickly jumped in to cool down the controversy.

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The band -- known for the songs “I Do (Cherish You),” “Because of You” and “What Christmas Means to Me” -- was in Norwalk preparing for a Wednesday concert. Tuesday afternoon, the band’s tour buses were kicked out of a grocery store parking lot in Norwalk, WVIT reported. The buses were there because the hotel the band was staying at -- ironically, named Zero Degrees -- did not have room for the vehicles, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Lauren De Bruijn, who was shopping at the grocery store, told the newspaper that, “The buses look nefarious and the whole thing is so mysterious and weird.”

The buses were finally evicted, but U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy heard about it and tweeted that the treatment of the band was “unacceptable.”

“98 Degrees should be treated like the kings they indisputably are,” Murphy tweeted.

The band responded with a tweet, joking that they were looking for “less nefarious tour buses.”

The group -- brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons -- are playing Wednesday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse. In their tweet, they invited Murphy to the show and for tea in the afternoon backstage.

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' writer's daughter says song isn't about date rape

The daughter of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" writer Frank Loesser is firing back against critics who are giving the holiday classic a frosty reception this year.

>> ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ removed from radio station’s playlist

Susan Loesser, 74, spoke to NBC News last week, defending the 1944 song against claims that it normalizes date rape.

"Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody," she said Thursday. "Way before #MeToo, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song. I would get annoyed because it's a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. But ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time."

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Her comments came just days after a Cleveland radio station pulled the song from its playlist, saying some of its lyrics now seem inappropriate. Although the roles are occasionally reversed, the duet usually features a woman singing, "Say, what's in this drink?" and, "The answer is no," as a man urges her to stay.

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"Absolutely, I get it, but I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time," Susan Loesser, whose father died nearly 50 years ago, told NBC News.

"People used to say, 'What's in this drink?' as a joke," she continued. "You know, this drink is going straight to my head, so what's in this drink? Back then, it didn't mean you drugged me. ... It was a different time."

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61st Grammy Awards: See list of nominees

The nominees for the 61st Grammy Awards have been announced. Kendrick Lamar and Drake received the most nominations. Lamar was nominated eight times, and Drake was nominated seven times. Brandi Carlile had six nominees, CNN reported

Janelle Monáe, whose work “Dirty Computer” was nominated for album of the year, made the announcements Friday Morning with Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes.

The 61st Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 10.

Record of the Year
  • “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin.
  • “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile.
  • “This Is America,” Childish Gambino.
  • “God’s Plan,” Drake.
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA.
  • “Rockstar,” Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage.
  • “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.
Album of the Year
  • “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B.
  • “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile.
  • “Scorpion,” Drake.
  • “H.E.R.,” H.E.R.
  • “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone.
  • “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monáe.
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves.
  • “Black Panther: The Album, Music from and Inspired by,” Various Artists.
Song of the Year
  • “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA, written by Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears and Anthony Tiffith.
  • “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai, written by Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai and Dijon McFarlane.
  • “God’s Plan,” Drake, written by Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib.
  • “In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes, written by Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton.
  • “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth.
  • “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, written by Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski.
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.
  • “This Is America,” Childish Gambino, written by Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson.
Best New Artist
  • Chloe X Halle
  • Luke Combs
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • H.E.R.
  • Dua Lipa
  • Margo Price
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Jorja Smith

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.

Grammy-winning teacher forced woman into 'sexual servitude,' police say

A two-time Grammy Award-winning music teacher is accused of using promises of a singing career “to force one of his adult students into sexual servitude,” The News & Observer reported, citing a police report.

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Ivan Hampden Jr., 60, of Clayton, North Carolina, was arrested Wednesday at his Johnston County home. He was charged with five counts of sexual servitude and seven felony counts of disseminating obscenity.

According to police, from 2014 until August of this year, the victim, a 58-year-old woman, took singing lessons at Hampden's business, the Hamptown Music InstituteWTVD reported. Investigators said that during some of the lessons, Hampden would tie up the woman in the back room of his business and film various sex acts, the television station reported.

Some of videos and images were sent to the victim, The News & Observer reported.

Hampden won a Grammy Award in 2004 his participation as arranger, musician and programmer on records: Best R&B Album, “Dance With My Father,” performed by Luther Vandross, and Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals for “The Closer I Get to You,” performed by Beyoncé and Luther Vandross, the newspaper reported.

According to his website, Hampden was Vandross’ drummer and co-writing partner for 17 years.

Hampden is being held at the Johnston County Jail; bail was set at $200,000, The News & Observer reported.

Justin Timberlake postpones remaining 2018 tour dates over bruised vocal cords

Justin Timberlake fans will be crying themselves a river over this news.

The 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter is postponing his remaining 2018 tour dates to heal his bruised vocal cords, “Entertainment Tonight” and Variety are reporting.

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"My vocal cords are healing, but they are not all the way back to normal yet, so my doctors want me to continue to rest my voice," Timberlake wrote in an Instagram post late Wednesday. "They have asked me to hold off on singing until next month. I'm really sorry, I want to be back on the stage and I am doing all I can to get there quickly."

He went on to thank his fans for their understanding, support and love.

"I look forward to coming back stronger than I was before," he said. "More to come on the rescheduled dates."

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LOOK: Cardi B shares first photo of daughter Kulture Kiari

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Cardi B delighted fans Wednesday by sharing a photo of daughter Kulture Kiari for the first time.

>> Cardi B announces split with husband Offset: 'We grew out of love'

"My heart," the "Money" rapper captioned the photo of the pink-clad baby girl, who was born in July.

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The post came hours after Cardi announced her split with her husband and Kulture's father, Offset. The couple were married last year in Atlanta.

>> Cardi B, Offset welcome baby girl, Kulture Kiari Cephus

"I've been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now," she said in an Instagram video early Wednesday. "We're really good friends and, you know, we're really good business partners. He's always somebody that I run to, to talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven't been working out between us for a long time. It's nobody's fault; it's just like, I guess we grew out of love. But we're not together anymore."

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She added: "It might take time to get a divorce. I'm always going to have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter's father."

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Princeton a cappella group cuts 'Little Mermaid' song amid consent controversy

A song from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is causing big controversy for a Princeton University a cappella group.

>> ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ sparks debate over bullying, bigotry

According to The New York Times, the Princeton Tigertones said they will temporarily stop performing "Kiss the Girl" after critics questioned the group's practice of bringing a man and woman from the audience onstage and encouraging them to kiss when the song ends.

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"Lyrics such as, 'It’s possible she wants you too/There’s one way to ask her/It don’t take a word, not a single word/Go on and kiss the girl, kiss the girl,' and 'she won’t say a word/Until you kiss that girl,' unambiguously encourage men to make physical advances on women without obtaining their clear consent," Princeton sophomore Noa Wollstein wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Princetonian last month.

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Wollstein continued: "The fervor with which the all-male Tones press the man to kiss the female subject eerily amplifies the song’s assertions of toxic masculinity. The absence of opportunity for the chosen woman to protest at a Tigertones show mimics the song’s acceptance of the woman’s lack of consent to being kissed."

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Tigertones President Wesley Brown responded with a letter to the editor in Friday's Princetonian.

"Because of these concerns, we are removing 'Kiss the Girl' from our active repertoire until we can arrive at a way to perform it that is comfortable and enjoyable for every member of our audience," Brown wrote.

The complaints quickly sparked backlash on social media. Here's what some people were saying:

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Cardi B announces split with husband Offset: 'We grew out of love'

Cardi B and husband Offset are no longer a couple, the "Money" rapper announced early Wednesday.

>> Cardi B, Offset welcome baby girl in Atlanta

"I've been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now," she said in an Instagram video. "We're really good friends and, you know, we're really good business partners. He's always somebody that I run to, to talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven't been working out between us for a long time. It's nobody's fault; it's just like, I guess we grew out of love. But we're not together anymore."

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She added: "It might take time to get a divorce. I'm always going to have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter's father."

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The pair, who were married last year in Atlanta, welcomed daughter Kulture in July.

Waffle House hero replaces Kid Rock as Nashville Christmas parade grand marshal

James Shaw Jr., the man who helped disarm a gunman at a Nashville Waffle House in April, replaced musician Kid Rock as grand marshal in the city’s Christmas parade, according to the Tennessean.

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Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was ousted at the last minute for making profane comments about “The View” co-host Joy Behar during a Friday interview on “Fox & Friends” about his new restaurant.

During the interview with Fox host Steve Doocy, Kid Rock condemned the country’s divisiveness and “oversensitivity” under President Donald Trump, saying, “We can disagree and still be cordial with one another. God forbid you say something a little bit wrong; you’re racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, this that and the other. People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct, and I would say, love everybody.”

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But his comments didn’t stop there.

He continued, “I would say, 'love everybody,' except I'd say, screw that Joy Behar (expletive).”

Behar has emerged as one of Trump's biggest critics, while Rock has appeared with the president at the White House.

Doocy immediately apologized for Kid Rock’s statement and the network issued another apology on air later that day. But the backlash ensued online, first with Nashville Councilman Freddie O’Connell’s refusal to attend the parade with Kid Rock as grand marshal, followed by Mayor David Briley’s refusal. The sponsors shortly followed suit.

Parade organizers considered an alternate in Shaw, who they described as a “community hero” fit for a role meant to “personify the spirit of the Nashville community,” according to the Tennessean. The decision to officially replace Rock with Shaw wasn’t solidified until the day of the parade.

“When the dust settled, the clouds parted and the parade finally began, it was James Shaw Jr. in the grand marshals’ chariot” at Nashville’s Christmas Parade on Saturday, the newspaper reported. “And maybe, maybe Nashvillians feel, it always should have been.”

Kid Rock took to Instagram to address his removal from the parade. “In the end, it is not about me,” he captioned a photo with his granddaughter. “It is about the kids and the wonderful work they do at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Either way, myself, family and especially my granddaughter, are gonna enjoy today.”

Shaw rode in a horse-drawn carriage with relatives of musician Akilah Dasilva, one of four who died in the April shooting at the Nashville-area Waffle House. Shaw received acclaim for his bravery during the shooting, finding a way to wrestle a rifle from the gunman and throw it out of his reach, likely saving the lives of several patrons.

“It warms the heart to be here with the Dasilva family,” Shaw said while climbing in, according to the Tennessean.

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