Afghan officer rescued from Kabul starts new life in U.S.
The dramatic rescue in Afghanistan happened under the cover of darkness. The Taliban were closing in, and Americans were running out of time to save Mohammad Khalid Wardak. The high-profile Afghan national police officer spent years working alongside the U.S. military, and after the fall of Kabul, he went on the run, moving from safe house to safe house, at one point running barefoot to avoid capture.news.yahoo.com
Post Malone owns Billboard Awards, Legend shines onstage
Post Malone accepts the top artist award at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)NEW YORK – Walking into the show with 16 nominations, Post Malone won nine honors at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, where John Legend gave a heartfelt performance that was dedicated to his wife. Garth Brooks accepted the Icon Award from Cher, who called the country star “a true music legend and my friend Garth Brooks." Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who died last week, was honored as the show aired a clip of his Billboard Awards performance from 2015. This year’s Billboard Awards were originally supposed to take place in April but were postponed because of the pandemic.
Killer Mike to earn Change Maker Award at Billboard Awards
NEW YORK – Grammy-winning rapper and social-political activist Killer Mike will receive the first Billboard Change Maker Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Atlanta-born Killer Mike first made waves in music with his appearance on Outkast's 2000 album, “Stankonia." But Killer Mike has made noise outside of music, too. Last year he hosted Netflix's “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike," a 2019 documentary series about issues affected the Black community. The Billboard Change Maker Award will be presented by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the African American Panoramic Experience Museum in Atlanta.
Billboard Awards: Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Malone to perform
NEW YORK – Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Luke Combs and leading nominee Post Malone will perform at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. With restrictions set due to the coronavirus pandemic, it wasn’t clear if the performances will be live or pre-taped. The awards show was originally supposed to take place in April but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, which caused a halt to live performances and TV and film productions. Kelly Clarkson will host the Billboard Awards, and Garth Brooks will receive the ICON Award. Malone’s 16 nominations include top male artist, top rap artist and the show’s biggest prize, top artist.
Houston’s own Lizzo gets 11 Billboard nominations
NEW YORK – Post Malone is the sunflower of the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. The multi-platinum 25-year-old star scored 16 nominations, dick clark productions and NBC announced Tuesday. Malone’s nominations include top artist, top male artist, top rap artist and top streaming songs artist. Lil Nas X follows Malone with 13 nominations, while Billie Eilish and Khalid each scored 12 nods. Four of the five songs nominated for top gospel song are from West.
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records via AP)
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. It lands on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday at 8 p.m.— AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Piano-playing pop star Alicia Keys is putting out her seventh album on Friday. — Kim Cattrall is at the center of Fox’s “Filthy Rich,” a prime-time soap opera loaded with money and betrayal that debuts 9 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 21.
Coronavirus sidelines tours by Green Day, BTS and other acts touring Asia, Italy
Green Day and BTS have joined the list of music acts postponing or axing shows around the world due to coronavirus concerns. We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus, the American Idiot rockers tweeted Thursday. We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus. Green Day (@GreenDay) February 28, 2020AdvertisementK-pop stars BTS on Thursday canceled four hometown shows set for April 11, 12, 18 and 19 in Seoul, South Korea, due to coronavirus concerns. With the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, we are concerned about the potential quarantine we may face affecting further shows and appearances.latimes.com
18 interesting things to know about this year’s Houston Rodeo performers
RELATED: Here are some of the new features coming to Rodeo Houston 2020Here’s a list of facts Rodeo officials shared about the performers on the lineup:Midland’s Cameron Duddy collaborated with Bruno Mars for his “24K Magic” music video. The youngest Houston Rodeo solo entertainer Khalid is 22-years-old and the oldest Houston Rodeo solo entertainer is Willie Nelson, 86. Houston Rodeo “Go Tejano Day” performer, Ramon Ayala, began playing the accordion at just six years old. Luke Bryan is signed on as a judge for the 2020 season of the reality singing competition “American Idol.”Did you know most of these? Test your knowledge about all the music entertainers at this year’s rodeo and learn more about them in our rodeo quiz.
Chance the Rapper to Take the Rodeo Stage March 6
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo welcomes Chance the Rapper on Friday, March 6. The singer, actor and hip hop artist is another of a rather eclectic lineup on non-country artists this year that includes Khalid, Marshmello, Gwen Stefani and Lizzo among others. In December, the artist canceled his entire 2020 tour including a January date at the Toyota Center, citing the desire to spend more time with his family after the birth of his second daughter. As a result, this may be your only opportunity to catch him in Houston for a while. Tickets for Chance the Rapper will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. on the Houston Rodeo website.houstonpress.com
RodeoHouston Announces its Star Entertainment for 2020
RodeoHouston has officially announced most of its star entertainer lineup just now, although earlier today several media outlets reported versions of leaked lists that had been received. This is the second consecutive year in which the list has been leaked early. Gwen Stefani, whose main country connection is through boyfriend Blake Shelton, will probably also be a hot item. Photo by Houston Livestock Show and RodeoReturning talent includes Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Luke Bryan, Cody Johnson and Brad Paisley. This year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs March 3-22.houstonpress.com
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Jonas Brothers and More to Play 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour
The annual iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour has an incredibly star-studded lineup this year. Performers at the 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One include Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, BTS, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Sam Smith, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and more. In 2017, Katie Holmes and her daughter, Suri, made a surprise appearance at Jingle Ball in New York, where they introduced Swift before her performance. Watch the video below to see the cute moment:RELATED CONTENT:Cardi B and Offset Go All Out in PDA-Filled Jingle Ball PerformanceTaylor Swift Holds Hands With Joe Alwyn While Heading Home From Jingle Ball -- See the Sweet Pic! Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran Perform 'End Game' at Jingle Ball -- Watch!
El Paso native Khalid plans benefit concert for shooting victims and families
El Paso native Khalid is planning a benefit concert in his hometown to benefit the victims of Saturdays fatal mass shooting and to help remedy his heavy mind and heart. Singing 915' and city of El Paso on tour every night feels indescribable.The Grammy-nominated R&B star said the Texas concert is expected to take place later this month, with proceeds going to families affected by the shooting. Im planning for a benefit concert later this month, all of the proceeds will go to the families affected by the shooting. AdvertisementFollowing todays terrible tragedy in El Paso we are postponing our Sunday, August 4th show at the UTEP Don Haskins Arena in solidarity with the community. Sending our love to the entire community of El Paso.latimes.com
Houston concert watch 7/17: Khalid and More
Fortunately for residents of Houston, Hurricane Barry took a hard right turn and missed the Bayou City by a few hundred miles. Pick of the Week:KhalidToyota Center 07.18Three years removed from the release of his debut single, "Location," Khalid has become a certified pop star. Fortunately for Houston fans, that means that Lewis and his band are still playing smaller, more intimate venues. Trae Tha TruthSecret Group 07.20Trae Tha Truth is one of the most imposing figures in Houston hip hop. Ahead of the release of his 11th studio album, Exhale, Trae will premier the record in its entirety at The Secret Group this Saturday.houstonpress.com