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Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.

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A number of Hollywood stars will join a women’s march on Washington on January 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.

America Ferrera, who backed Democrat Hillary Clinton, is helping to organize the protest.

Other actresses taking part include Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and Zendaya.

In a statement, America Ferrara said: “Since the election, so many fear that their voices will go unheard.

“As artists, women, and most importantly dedicated Americans, it is critical that we stand together in solidarity for the protection, dignity and rights of our communities.”

Scarlett Johansson, who has criticized the Donald Trump’s incoming administration for “attacking” reproductive rights, said she was taking part to make her voice heard and “stand up for what I believe in”.

The protest organizers say they expect more than 100,000 people to turn out for the march on January 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Chelsea Handler will lead a sister march in Park City, Utah, one of more than 150 solidarity marches planned around the US and the world next Saturday.

Other stars who have said they will take part in the Washington march include Uzo Aduba, Lea DeLaria and Diane Guerrero.

According to organizers say a number of other celebrities will either participate in the march or express solidarity with the marchers in other ways.

They include Katy Perry, Julianne Moore, Cher and Debra Messing.

Not many Hollywood stars have said they will be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20.

2010 America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho will perform the national anthem at the inauguration ceremony.

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Meryl Streep strongly criticized President-elect Donald Trump as she received a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony.

The Hollywood star did not name Donald Trump, but she used almost the entire speech to say the president-elect’ actions legitimized bullying.

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In a phone interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump, who is due to be inaugurated in less than two weeks, dismissed Meryl Streep as “a Hillary lover”.

Meryl Streep was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award by Viola Davis.

Watch Meryl Strep’s Golden Globes speech here:

 

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The 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was led by nominations for La La Land, The Crown, Moonlight and Westworld – and La La Land delivered, winning a record seven prizes.

Best film supporting actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
WINNER: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best actor in a TV series (drama)

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Reese, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Best actress in a TV series (musical/comedy)

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
Issa Rae, Insecure
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
WINNER: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Best TV series (comedy)

Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

WINNER: Atlanta

Best actress in a miniseries or TV movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience
WINNER: Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson
Charlotte Rampling, London Spy
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Best miniseries or TV movie

American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of

WINNER: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV film

Sterling K Brown, American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson
WINNER: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
John Lithgow, The Crown
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
John Travolta, American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson

Best film score

Moonlight
WINNER: La La Land
Arrival
Lion
Hidden Figures

Best original song

Can’t Stop the Feeling, Trolls
WINNER: City of Stars, La La Land
Faith, Sing
Gold, Gold
How Far I’ll Go, Moana

Best supporting actress in a motion picture (drama)

WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV film

WINNER: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Best actor (comedy/musical)

Colin Farrell, The Lobster
WINNER: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best screenplay

WINNER: La La Land
Nocturnal Animals
Moonlight
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water

Best animated film

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini

Sing
WINNER: Zootopia

Best foreign language film

Divines
WINNER: Elle
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best actor in miniseries or TV movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
John Turturro, The Night Of
WINNER: Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B Vance, American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson

Best actress in a TV series (drama)

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
WINNER: Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Best TV series (drama)

WINNER: The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best film director

WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best actor in a TV series (musical/comedy)

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
WINNER: Donald Glover, Atlanta
Nick Nolte, Graves
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best actress in a film (comedy/musical)

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best film (comedy/musical)

20th Century Women
Deadpool

WINNER: La La Land
Florence Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best actor (drama)

WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best actress (drama)

Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
WINNER: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best film (drama)

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea

WINNER: Moonlight

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La La Land has broken the record for the most Golden Globe Awards after winning seven prizes.

The musical won every award it was nominated for – including best musical or comedy film, best director, screenplay, score and song.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling also won in the acting categories.

The Globes are always seen as pointers to the Oscars.

Moonlight was named best drama film, while Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert won other acting prizes.

Casey Affleck was named best actor in a film drama for his role in Manchester By The Sea and Isabelle Huppert was the surprise winner of the award for best film drama actress.

Isabelle Huppert’s performance in thriller Elle – which was also named best foreign language film – beat contenders including Natalie Portman, who had been considered the favorite for playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie.

Viola Davis was named best supporting film actress in Fences – a role she first played on Broadway six years ago.

Fences is an adaptation of the August Wilson play, which explores race relations in post-war America.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson was named best supporting actor for his role in Nocturnal Animals – a prize that had been widely expected to go to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight.

Zootopia was named best animated feature film at January 8ceremony, which was hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon’s opening monologue was less risqué than those of some of his predecessors, but he still found time to make light of the divisive year in US politics.

He joked that the Golden Globes ceremony was “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote” – a reference to Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in the recent election despite getting fewer votes overall.

Jimmy Fallon also described grief-stricken film Manchester By The Sea as “the only thing more depressing than 2016”.

This year’s Golden Globes ceremony featured several references to Donald Trump – not least when Meryl Streep launched an attack on the president-elect while accepting the Cecil B. Demille award for outstanding contribution to entertainment.

Meryl Streep referred to Donald Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter and said: “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

The Golden Globe Awards, which are run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, honor the best in TV and movie from the past year.

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Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News after 12 years to join NBC, her publicist has confirmed.

The anchor will host her own daytime news and discussion program at NBC, as well as presenting an in-depth Sunday night news show.

The move deprives Fox News of its second most-popular host after Bill O’Reilly.

Megyn Kelly’s contract with Fox was due to end later this year.

She was pushed into the international spotlight in 2015 when she accused Donald Trump of misogyny during a Republican presidential debate.

Megyn Kelly later said that she would “not apologize for doing good journalism”, following criticism from Donald Trump’s supporters.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack called Megyn Kelly “an exceptional journalist” who has “demonstrated tremendous skill and poise”.

“We’re lucky to have her,” Andrew Lack said.

Further details of Megyn Kelly’s news programs will be unveiled by NBC in the coming months, the company said in a statement on January 3.

Megyn Kelly, a lawyer-turned-journalist, joined Fox News’ Washington bureau as a correspondent before being given her own prime-time show, the Kelly File.

The New York mother-of-three began her career as a local news reporter in 2003, after nine years in law.

During the election campaign, Megyn Kelly challenged Donald Trump on his statements about women.

Megyn Kelly’s accusation of misogyny against Donald Trump made her a target for his supporters and the subject of attacks from the billionaire himself.

Donald Trump accused Megyn Kelly of having “blood coming out of her wherever”, later denying he was referring to menstruation.

In a move described by Fox News as “unprecedented”, Donald Trump later refused to participate in shows hosted by Megyn Kelly.

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Mariah Carey came under fire after her televised New Year’s Eve performance went wrong.

The singer’s live appearance in New York’s Times Square was beset by problems as she complained of sound difficulties and struggled to sing.

Mariah Carey’s representative told Billboard the producers “set her up to fail”.

However, Dick Clark Productions (DCP) said any suggestion it would “compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd”.

Mariah Carey was live on ABC just before midnight and began with Auld Lang Syne, but hit trouble during her 1991 hit Emotions.

Complaining that she could not hear, Mariah Carey did not sing for much of the track and her dancers led her through an awkward stage routine.

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The pop star told the crowd: “I want a holiday, too. Can I not have one? I’m trying to be a good sport here.”

The problems continued during her next song, the 2005 hit We Belong Together. Mariah Carey lowered her microphone but could still be heard singing on a pre-recorded track.

“It just don’t get any better,” the singer said at the end of the song.

Mariah Carey’s spokesperson Nicole Perna told Billboard: “She was not <<winging>> this moment and took it very seriously. A shame that production set her up to fail.”

The singer told the production crew that her earpiece was not working in advance, Nicole Perna said.

“They told her it would be fine once she was on stage,” she explained.

“However, that was not the case and they were again told that her earpiece was not working. Instead of endeavoring to fix the issue so that Mariah could perform, they went live.”

Mariah Carey went on stage but was “flying blind”, Nicole Perna said. Referring to the backing vocal track, she said: “It is not uncommon for artists to sing to track during certain live performances.”

Nicole Perna added: “Any allegations that she planned to lip sync are just adding insult to injury.”

However, DCP said: “As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists.

“To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

DCP said technical errors could occur with live TV in “very rare instances” but that an initial investigation indicated it had no involvement in the problems during Mariah Carey’s performance.

“We want to be clear that we have the utmost respect for Ms Carey as an artist and acknowledge her tremendous accomplishments in the industry,” the production company added.

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A joint memorial service for Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher is reportedly planned by their family.

Debbie Reynolds, 84, died from a suspected stroke on December 28, while grieving for her daughter Carrie Fisher, who died on December 27 at the age of 60.

Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to LA.

Her brother, Todd Fisher, told the New York Daily News a joint service was “likely”.

Debbie Reynold’s son said: “It’s what we want to do, but we’re still working on the mechanics.

“We like the idea, if it’s at all possible. I think it’s appropriate.”

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Todd Fisher has posted a cartoon depiction of his mother and sister together, reprising their most famous roles, alongside the caption: “This is a beautiful love story to witness in my 58 years. I miss them both so much. Love is everlasting.”

He announced his mother’s death on December 28, revealing that her last words were: “I want to be with Carrie.”

Todd Fisher confirmed to ABC News that there is currently no date or location for the mother-daughter funeral, but plans are in process.

Bruce Bozzi, the stepfather to Carrie Fisher’s only child Billie Lourd, said he was “honored” to be part of the Fisher and Reynolds family, posting a graduation picture of the 24-year-old Scream Queens’ actress alongside her late mother and grandmother.

He wrote: “It’s an honor to be your stepfather.

“As Carrie said to me years ago <<I’m a good stepmother>> I promise I will always be & the strength of these women live so vibrantly in you.”

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The cause of death of George Michael is still unclear as a post-mortem examination was “inconclusive”, British police have said.

George Michael died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day at his home in London.

More tests will now be carried out to determine what led to the superstar’s death, Thames Valley Police said in a statement. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks.

George Michael’s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

The post-mortem examination took place on December 29.

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The ambulance was called to George Michael’s property at 13:42 GMT on Christmas Day and the singer was confirmed dead at the scene. Thames Valley Police also attended.

George Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz said he had found the singer lying “peacefully in bed”.

Fadi Fawaz told The Daily Telegraph: “I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone. We don’t know what happened yet.”

George Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, said the singer had died of heart failure.

Fans have been lighting candles and leaving handwritten cards outside his home in Highgate, north London.

George Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has died a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

Debbie Reynolds was best known for starring opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain.

The 84-year-old actress had been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke.

Debbie Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of Carrie’s death had been too much for her and in her last words, she had said she wanted to be with her daughter.

She had been at her son’s house in Beverly Hills – apparently discussing the arrangements for Carrie Fisher’s funeral – when she was taken ill.

Debbie Reynolds was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre suffering from breathing difficulties and her death was confirmed a few hours later. It is thought she suffered a stroke.

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Carrie Fisher, renowned for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, had died at the age of 60 the day before, after spending three days in a LA hospital.

The actress never regained consciousness after suffering a massive heart attack on board a flight from London to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve.

Speaking to the Associated Press about his mother, Todd Fisher said: “She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken.”

TMZ reported that Debbie Reynolds cracked while discussing plans for Carrie’s funeral with her son, telling him: “I miss her so much; I want to be with Carrie.”

Debbie Reynolds was leading lady in a succession of major Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 60s.

She rose to stardom with Singin’ in the Rain, at the age of only 19.

Debbie Reynolds received a best actress Academy Award nomination for the 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

In 2015, Debbie Reynolds she was given a lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild. The award was presented to her by Carrie Fisher.

She married singer Eddie Fisher in 1955 and had two children, Carrie and Todd. The couple divorced in 1959 after news emerged of his affair with movie star Elizabeth Taylor.

Debbie Reynolds married twice more.

She had a sometimes strained relationship with Carrie Fisher, who wrote about it in her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher stopped speaking to each other for many years but became closer later in life.

Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60, days after suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles.

The actress was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series.

Carrie Fisher was taken ill on the flight on December 23 and was taken to hospital when the plane landed in LA.

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A family statement said with “deep sadness” Carrie Fisher died on December 27.

As well as starring in other films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, Carrie Fisher also wrote four novels and three memoirs.

In a statement released on behalf of Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, spokesman Simon Halls said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 this morning.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Pop superstar George Michael has passed away on Christmas Day at his home at the age of 53, his publicist has announced.

George Michael, who launched his career with Wham! in the ‘80s and had huge success as a solo performer, “passed away peacefully” in Goring, Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police say they are treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.

Former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said he was “heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend”.

Writing on Twitter and referring to George Michael as “Yog”, a nickname for “Yours Only George”, Andrew Ridgeley added: “Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx”

Elton John posted on Instagram a picture of himself with George Michael, writing: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans.”

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George Michael’s family announced news of his death in a statement issued through the singer’s publicist.

The statement said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

South Central Ambulance Service had been called to George Michael’s property at 13:42 GMT.

Thames Valley Police said its officers also attended and George Michael was confirmed dead at the scene.

Police added: “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will be undertaken in due course. There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post-mortem has taken place.”

George Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, gave the cause of death as heart failure.

A small heart wreath and a rose are among the tributes that have begun to be left outside the front door of the superstar’s home, a detached property by the River Thames.

George Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.

The musician first found fame with schoolfriend Andrew Ridgeley in duo Wham! – reaching No 1 in the UK singles charts on four occasions – before going on to release solo albums, including the multi-million selling Faith in 1987.

The follow-up Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 outsold Faith in the UK but led to George Michael losing a court case with record label Sony over his frustration at how the album has been marketed.

As a solo artist, George Michael scored a further seven No 1 singles in the UK with songs including Careless Whisper and Fastlove, collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Elton John, and won three Brit Awards and two Grammys.

George Michael later began facing headlines for the wrong reasons.

In October 2006, the singer pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs, and in 2008 was cautioned for possession of class A drugs, including crack cocaine.

In September 2010, George Michael received an eight-week prison sentence following an incident in which he crashed his Range Rover into a shop in north London. He admitted driving under the influence of drugs and possessing cannabis.

Earlier this month it was announced that producer and songwriter Naughty Boy was working with George Michael on a new album.

A documentary film entitled Freedom was due for release in March 2017.

In 2011, George Michael postponed a series of concerts after being taken to hospital for treatment for pneumonia.

After treatment in a Vienna hospital, the musician made a tearful appearance outside his London home and said it had been “touch and go” whether he lived.

Doctors were reported to have performed a tracheotomy to keep his airways open and George Michael was unconscious for some of his spell in hospital.

After years of refusing to be drawn on speculation about his sexuality, George Michael disclosed he was gay in 1998 after being was arrested in a public toilet in Beverly Hills, California.

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Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain at the age of 68, his manager has announced.

The Status Quo guitarist died from a severe infection after going to hospital on December 22 following complications to a shoulder injury.

Rick Parfitt had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017.

Status Quo found global success with hits including Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want.

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In a statement, Rick Parfitt’s manager Simon Porter said the family was “devastated” to announce the musician’s death.

“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo.”

Rick Parfitt had suffered a series of health problems including having to undergo a quadruple heart bypass in 1997.

In October, he said he would no longer be performing with his band after suffering from a heart attack in the summer.

Rick Parfitt is survived by his wife Lyndsay, their twins Tommy and Lily, and his adult children Rick Jr. and Harry, a statement from the family said.

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Tupac Shakur, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Sly Stone are among the artists who will receive lifetime honors from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Six artists have been selected to enter the Rock Hall, including Joan Baez and grunge act Pearl Jam.

Tupac Shakur will be only the fifth hip-hop artist recognized, after the likes of Run DMC and Public Enemy.

The Grammys will honor Velvet Underground and Sly Stone with their special merit awards.

In a statement, the Recording Academy said the Velvet Underground, whose career was masterminded by Andy Warhol, were “ahead of their time, both visually and sonically”.

“Despite a relatively brief lifespan and limited commercial success, the Velvet Underground are now recognized as one of the most influential rock bands of all time,” the statement added.

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Sly Stone, who was the lead singer in Sly and the Family Stone, was praised by the Academy for playing “a critical role in the development of soul, funk, rock, and psychedelia”.

Other recipients include jazz legend Nina Simone, gospel singer Shirley Caesar, jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, country star Jimmie Rodgers and guitarist Charley Pride.

Nina Simone, who died in 2003, became famous in the 1950s and is known for classic songs including Feeling Good and I Put a Spell on You.

The musicians will be celebrated in February as part of the festivities in the run up to the Grammy Awards.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is arguably the more prestigious honor, is voted for by 900 historians, members of the music industry and artists, including every living Rock Hall inductee.

Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album or single. 2017 is the first year Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur were eligible. They are also the first artists to join the institution who started their careers in the 1990s.

The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will broadcast the highlights, which often include an all-star jam featuring past and present winners.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members in advance of the public sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member by December 31, 2016. Additional public ticket details and presale offers will be announced in the future. The special exhibition on the 2017 Inductees will open at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on March 30.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story soared to top of box office with $290.5 million globally on its opening weekend.

It is the second-biggest weekend December debut in history.

The US accounted for about half of the first Star Wars spinoff’s total, making $155 million, according to box office analyst Exhibitor Relations.rogue-one-box-office

However, the tally is less than the record $248 million taken in 2015 by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Rogue One is yet to open in China and South Korea.

The biggest movie of all time title is still held by Avatar, which made almost $2.8 billion in 2009, followed by Titanic on close to $2.2 billion in 1997. The Force Awakens has made about $2.07 billion.

Produced by Lucasfilm and directed by Briton Gareth Edwards, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, alongside Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna.

The first standalone chapter in Rogue One is set shortly before the events of the original 1977 movie and tells the story of Rebel Alliance fighters trying to steal plans for the Empire’s feared Death Star.

The next movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, known as Episode VIII, is scheduled to be released in December 2017.

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The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced.

The 2017 Golden Globes will be handed out in Los Angeles on January 8 at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Here is the full list.

Film categories

Best motion picture – drama

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best motion picture – comedy or musical

  • 20th Century Women
  • Deadpool
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • La La Land
  • Sing Street

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

  • Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  • Joel Edgerton – Loving
  • Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington – Fences

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

  • Amy Adams – Arrival
  • Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musicalGolden Globes Awards 2017

  • Colin Farrell – The Lobster
  • Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  • Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jonah Hill – War Dogs
  • Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

  • Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
  • Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
  • Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
  • Emma Stone – La La Land
  • Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

  • Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  • Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Dev Patel – Lion
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

  • Viola Davis – Fences
  • Naomie Harris – Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman – Lion
  • Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best director – motion picture

  • Damien Chazelle – La La Land
  • Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  • Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best screenplay – motion picture

  • Damien Chazelle – La La Land
  • Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  • Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  • Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best animated feature film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • Sing
  • Zootopia

Best foreign language film

  • Divines
  • Elle
  • Neruda
  • The Salesman
  • Toni Erdmann

Best original score – motion picture

  • Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – Hidden Figures
  • Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion
  • Johann Johannsson – Arrival
  • Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
  • Nicholas Britell – Moonlight

Best original song – motion picture

  • Can’t Stop the FeelingTrolls
  • City of StarsLa La Land
  • FaithSing
  • GoldGold
  • How Far I’ll GoMoana

Television categories

Best television series – drama

  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • This is Us
  • Westworld

Best television series – comedy or musical

  • Atlanta
  • Black-ish
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Transparent
  • Veep

Best mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • American Crime
  • The Dresser
  • The Night Manager
  • The Night Of
  • The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama

  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
  • Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath

Best performance by an actress in a television series – drama

  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Claire Foy – The Crown
  • Keri Russell – The Americans
  • Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
  • Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best performance by an actor in a television series – comedy or musical

  • Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
  • Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta
  • Nick Nolte – Graves
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical

  • Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
  • Issa Rae – Insecure
  • Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
  • Bryan Cranston – All the Way
  • Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
  • John Turturro – The Night Of
  • Courtney B Vance – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Felicity Huffman – American Crime
  • Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
  • Sarah Paulson – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
  • Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Sterling K Brown – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
  • John Lithgow – The Crown
  • Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
  • John Travolta – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
  • Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
  • Chrissy Metz – This is Us
  • Mandy Moore – This is Us
  • Thandie Newton – Westworld

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La La Land took seven nominations in the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

The musical comedy is up for best musical or comedy film, while there are acting nominations for its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Damien Chazelle is up for best film director and it is also nominated for original screenplay, score and song.

Coming-of-age drama Moonlight is close behind with six nominations, including best drama film.

Naomie Harris is up for best supporting actress for her role as a drug addict in the movie.

Manchester by the Sea, about a caretaker who finds himself taking in his teenage nephew, has five nods – best drama film, original screenplay, director for Kenneth Lonergan, actor for Casey Affleck and supporting actress for Michelle Williams.Golden Globes 2017

The other best drama actor nominees are Joel Edgerton for Loving, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic and Denzel Washington for Fences.

Natalie Portman is favorite for the best drama actress award for playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic Jackie.

The actress will face competition from Arrival‘s Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain for Miss Sloane, Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Ruth Negga for Loving.

World War II biopic Hacksaw Ridge, Texan family drama Hell or High Water and Indian/Australian coming-of-age movie Lion are also up for best drama film.

OJ Simpson v The People is also recognized, with acting nominations for John Travolta, Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson alongside Vance. The drama is also up for best limited series.

In the movie categories, Disney’s Zootopia and Moana are among those up for best animated feature film, alongside Kubo and the Strings, My Life as A Zucchini and Sing.

Florence Foster Jenkins, based on the true story of a New York heiress who dreams of being an opera star, has four nominations, including a 30th Golden Globe nod for Meryl Streep and one for Hugh Grant.

The 74th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on January 8 at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

President-elect Donald Trump has denied that he will work on the new series of Celebrity Apprentice after taking office.

It had been reported that Donald Trump would continue to be an executive producer of the reality show he helped create.

Donald Trump tweeted on December 10 that he would “devote zero time” to the new series, which will be hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

However, the president-elect did reaffirm that he has a “big stake” in the show.

Donald Trump fronted Celebrity Apprentice, which is owned by MGM and aired by NBC, until 2015, when his political career took over.

There have been concerns about a conflict of interest because of The Apprentice‘s advertising deals and because NBC also runs various news productions.

Donald Trump tweeted, referring to the Apprentice‘s creator, TV producer Mark Burnett: “I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!”

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He described the reports that he would be working on the show during his presidency as “fake news”.

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the United States president on January 20, 18 days after the new series begins.

Variety magazine, which first reported the story, had claimed Donald Trump would be paid at least “in the low five-figures” per episode. MGM declined to comment on the financial arrangements.

Some observers have questioned whether the connection could affect the reporting on Donald Trump by NBC’s news division.

In June 2015, NBC said it had ended its business relationship with Donald Trump because of “derogatory statements” he made about immigrants during his presidential campaign.

However, The Apprentice new series was recorded in February, before NBC severed its ties with Donald Trump and before his election.

His supporters have defended him, comparing his Apprentice credit to royalties received by President Barack Obama from his books.

Donald Trump is due to hold a news conference next week outlining how he plans to leave his business “in total in order to fully focus on running the country”.

The new series of Celebrity Apprentice features stars including Boy George, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

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Donald Trump’s fans are urging a boycott of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, due for release in the United States next week.

The campaign began with a series of tweets from activist Jack Posobiec, who claimed the writers rewrote and reshot the movie to add in anti-Trump scenes.

Screenwriter Chris Weitz said that this was “completely fake”, though he and another writer have tweeted their opposition to Donald Trump.

#DumpStarWars has been re-tweeted 120,000 times in the past 24 hours.

In a Periscope video, Jack Posobiec, who is an activist with Citizens for Trump, claimed the writers had said the Empire in Rogue One “is a white supremacist organization like the Trump administration and the diverse rebels are going to defeat them”.

“They’re trying to make the point of using this movie to push the false narrative… that Trump is a racist,” he said.

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Image source Flickr

The basis of the claims appears to be tweets sent by Chris Weitz and fellow screenwriter Gary Whitta.

Following Donald Trump’s election win on November 8, Chris Weitz posted: “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.”

Gary Whitta responded: “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”

Both tweets were deleted within the day and Chris Weitz later apologized for politicizing the movie.

In the wake of the election, both writers also changed their Twitter avatars to the symbol of the Rebel Alliance, with a safety pin – a symbol which has been adopted in support of minorities.

President-elect Donald Trump has 17 million followers on Twitter.

Among them are a group of fans who frequently champion him and are quick to denigrate those who oppose or criticize the president-elect.

#DumpStarWars is only the latest in a series of online campaigns they have launched.

In the last few weeks, there have also been calls to boycott the cereal company Kelloggs, Starbucks and the musical Hamilton.

A handful of accounts are frequently re-tweeted in the thousands.

They tend belong to people who work in the media, managing websites or producing other media supporting Donald Trump.

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Game of Thrones star Peter Vaughan has died at the age of 93, his agent has confirmed.

The British actor played Maester Aemon in the HBO series.

Peter Vaughan’s many other roles included parts in TV shows Porridge, Citizen Smith, Chancer and Our Friends in the North.

Sally Long-Innes said: “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.”

Peter Vaughan began acting in the 1950s and became a recognizable face by playing numerous mainly supporting roles on stage, TV, radio and movie.

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Image source HBO

He specialized in characters with a tough edge – such as police officers, secret agents and authoritarian elders.

Peter Vaughan described himself as a character actor, saying he did not have the looks to play romantic leads.

He was never out of work for long, but Peter Vaughan was not overly fond of only being recognized for Porridge.

However, Game of Thrones brought Peter Vaughan a new level of fame with a younger audience at the age of 86, and he remained in the show for five years.

Peter Vaughan was married to actress Billie Whitelaw for 14 years until 1966 and then married Lillias Walker.

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The 59th Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017, and will be hosted by James Corden.

Album Of The Year

  • Adele – 25
  • Beyonce – Lemonade
  • Justin Bieber – Purpose
  • Drake – Views
  • Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Record Of The Year

  • Adele – Hello
  • Beyonce – Formation
  • Lukas Graham – 7 Years
  • Rihanna ft Drake – Work
  • Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out

Song Of The Year

  • Adele – Hello
  • Beyonce – Formation
  • Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
  • Lukas Graham – 7 Years
  • Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In IbizaGrammys 2017

Best New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Best alternative album

  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  • Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Best pop album

  • Adele – 25
  • Justin Bieber – Purpose
  • Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  • Demi Lovato – Confident
  • Sia – This Is Acting

Best rap album

  • Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
  • De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
  • DJ Khaled – Major Key
  • Drake – Views
  • Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  • Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

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Beyonce has scored nine nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards, extending her lead as the most-nominated woman in Grammys history.

The singer is up for the main prize, album of the year, for her ambitious visual album, Lemonade, which tackles themes of race and female identity.

Beyonce’s single Formation is also up for song and record of the year.

In all three categories, Beyonce is up against Adele – who previously won the ceremony’s top three prizes in 2012.

Beyonce now has 62 Grammy nominations across her work as a solo artist and as part of Destiny’s Child, making her the fourth most-nominated artist ever.

Beyonce has topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List in 2014

The pop star has won 20 trophies altogether, although she has yet to clinch the album of the year prize, having been beaten to the title by Beck in 2015 – much to the disgust of Kanye West, who stormed the stage in protest.

Kanye West receives eight nominations this year for his album The Life Of Pablo – all in the rap categories.

Rihanna and Drake also have eight nominations, including three for their hit collaboration, Work.

Making Grammy history is Chicago-born musician Chance The Rapper, whose album Coloring Book is the first streaming-only record to be recognized by the Recording Academy.

Chance The Rapper achieves seven nominations, including best new artist, without ever releasing a physical album or digital download.

Beyonce and Adele go head to head with Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson in the best album category.

If Adele wins, she will become only the second woman to receive the best album prize twice, after Taylor Swift.

Notably absent from the shortlist is David Bowie, who was tipped to win for his critically-acclaimed Blackstar album.

The record does make an appearance in the best alternative album category, as does Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool.

Coldplay have also fared badly, receiving just one nomination – best music video – despite selling millions of copies of their latest album, A Head Full Of Dreams.

Prince receives a posthumous nomination for his final album, Hit N Run Phase Two, in the best engineered, non-classical category, where Blackstar also makes the shortlist.

British star James Corden will host

The 2017 Grammy Awards, which take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, will be hosted by James Corden.

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Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host the 2017 Oscars, it has been announced.

It will be the first time Jimmy Kimmel has fronted the ceremony, which takes place on February 26, 2017.

Jimmy Kimmel addressed Kanye West's profanity-studded Twitter rant during Thursday’s monologue

Jimmy Kimmel addressed Kanye West’s profanity-studded Twitter rant during Thursday’s monologue

Jimmy Kimmel has previously hosted the American Music Awards and has twice fronted the Emmys – in 2012 and 2016.

Previous presenters of the Oscars include Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Seth MacFarlane, Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris.

Since 2003, Jimmy Kimmel has hosted his own nightly hour long talk show – Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Regular features on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show include celebrity guests reading out insulting tweets about themselves and parents filming their children’s reaction to being told all of their Halloween chocolate has been eaten.

Jimmy Kimmel has also made cameo appearances in movies such as Pitch Perfect 2 and Ted 2, as well as TV shows including Sesame Street and Entourage.

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Ellen DeGeneres was praised by President Barack Obama for her influence on the gay rights movement as she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Other celebrities including Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Michael Jordan were also among the 21 recipients of the country’s highest civilian honor.

President Obama said it was easy to forget the risk Ellen DeGeneres took to come out as gay in 1997.

During the award ceremony at the White House, he said Ellen DeGeneres’ bravery helped “push our country in the direction of justice”.ellen-degeneres-medal-of-freedom

“It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come so far… just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago,” President Obama said.

“What an incredible burden that was to bear – to risk your career like that – people don’t do that very often. And then, to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders.”

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, which recognizes contributions to United States culture, security and international interests, is the highest honor a civilian can receive, alongside the Congressional Gold Medal, a similar accolade awarded by the US Congress.

“These are folks who have helped make me who I am,” Barack Obama said.

“Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn’t imagine.”

Honorees from the entertainment world included Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Cicely Tyson, as well as musicians Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross.

From the sporting world, former basketball superstars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan were awarded the medal, alongside sports broadcaster Vin Scully.

Bill and Melinda Gates were awarded for their philanthropic work through their charitable foundation.

Despite Barack Obama’s words on the contribution Ellen DeGeneres made to the country, she almost missed the ceremony after security refused to let her in to the White House.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted alongside a photo of herself sitting on a nearby park bench: “They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID.”

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American Music Awards co-host Gigi Hadid has apologized for her impression of Melania Trump at the ceremony.

Gigi Hadid wrote: “I apologize to anyone that I offended and have only the best wishes for our country.”

Melania Trump is set to become first lady in January when her husband takes up the US presidency.

Gigi Hadid imitated Melania Trump’s European accent, also making reference to claims Donald Trump’s wife copied a speech made by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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“I removed or changed anything in the script that I felt took the joke too far, and whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humor and with no bad intent,” Gigi wrote.

“I too have been the centre of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and was able to find the humor in it.

“I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run.”

Gigi Hadid’s co-host, Jay Pharoah, called for people to “leave Gigi alone” and shared a message of support on his Instagram feed.

“Everybody pump on the brakes one minute,” he wrote.

“Over the last eight years the beautiful Michelle Obama has been the victim of excessive slurring.”

Reaction on the night to Gigi Hadid’s imitation of Melania Trump was mixed.

Other artists also used the event to pass comment about the forthcoming Trump presidency.

Green Day turned a performance of their track Bang Bang into an anti-Trump song.

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According to recent reports, Kanye West has been hospitalized following an emergency services call.

Police say they had received a “disturbance call” on Monday afternoon, November 21, but did not name the singer.

The disturbance was later deemed a medical incident and the fire department responded.

A spokesman for the LA Fire Department said an unnamed man had been taken to hospital for “further assessment”.

“At 13:20 Pacific Time, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an unspecified medical aid request,” a spokesperson for the service said.

“An adult male described as medically stable was taken to an area hospital for further assessment.”

Further details of the incident naming Kanye West varied in conflicting reports from multiple news sources.

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According to NBC News, officers had been responding to a “medical welfare call” and the decision to hospitalize the rapper was for his own health and safety, citing “multiple authorities familiar with the case”.

TMZ reported that Kanye West was taken to hospital for “psychiatric evaluation” and had been seeking treatment for “severe sleep deprivation”.

The Los Angeles Times said that there had been a 911 call from the address, citing a fire department source.

Neither Kanye West nor his representatives have made an official statement about the incident.

Before news broke of Kanye West’s hospital treatment, his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, spoke to media about his reasons for canceling his shows.

Kris Jenner told Extra show: “He’s exhausted, he’s just really tired. He’s had a grueling tour and it’s been a grind so he just needs some rest.”

Some celebrities took to social media to voice their concern and offer well wishes to Kanye West.

Rapper 9th Wonder tweeted: “Been knowing the brother upwards of 13 years. Mental healing is a serious thing, no matter what. Stay strong Kanye West.”

Comedian Ronald Funches wrote: “I wish Kanye West love and support through his journey. Mental health is no joke and a constant battle and I hope he makes more dope music.”

Kim Kardashian was expected to appear at a NYC social event on November 21 – her first public appearance since she was robbed in Paris in October – but she did not attend.

Kanye West had canceled all remaining dates on his current tour after abandoning a Sacramento performance at the weekend.

The rapper had performed just three songs on Saturday night, November 19, before embarking on an unscripted rant, criticizing Beyonce and Jay Z, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Hillary Clinton.

Kanye West criticized Mark Zuckerberg for failing to give him $53 million to get out of debt and said he was hurt that Jay Z failed to visit his family after last month’s robbery.

The rapper then appeared to suggest that Jay Z employed hit men, saying: “Jay Z, I know you got killers, please don’t send them at my head.”

“Get ready to have a field day, press, because the show’s over,” Kanye West said, as he dropped his microphone and walked out.

Kanye West’s promoter, Live Nation, has announced refunds for all tickets from the show.

No reason has been given for the cancelation of the remaining dates.