Stoneman Douglas student speaks at iHeartRadio Music Awards, introduces Eminem

Alex Moscou, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student who survived the mass school shooting Feb. 14, spoke during the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night.Rapper Big Sean introduced the sophomore as a lacrosse goalie and member of the drama club at the Parkland high school.Wearing a blue “March For Our Lives” T-shirt, Moscou then talked about the shooting and gun reform.“We are tired of hearing politicians send their thoughts and prayers to us and doing nothing to make the necessary changes to prevent this tragedy from happening again,” Moscou said. “School is a place where we should feel safe and if those elected to represent us won’t do what’s right to keep us safe then we’re going to be too loud for them to ignore.”Moscou went on to talk about the upcoming “March For Our Lives” event in Washington, D.C. Students from his school and the New York-based nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety are organizing the March 24 demonstration. There are more than 600 sister marches and events happening around the country including in Parkland, Miami Beach, Coral Springs and Boca Raton.“We are marching on March 24 in Washington, D.C. for all our fellow students and for the victims and survivors of gunfire in every community from New Orleans to Chicago, Baltimore or Detroit. Wherever you are, we hope you will join us,” he said. “This will be a march for our lives. We are MSD strong.”Afterward, he joined Big Sean in introducing rapper Eminem, who slammed the NRA in his ensuing performance.On Twitter, Moscou shared that he was “so thankful and honored to have been able to speak in front of so many amazing people.”The awards show, which took place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, featured some of the biggest names in music, including Miami’s Camila Cabello and DJ Khaled.Model Hailey Baldwin also gave a shout-out to the Parkland school at the awards show, wearing a black Continue Reading

Eminem Attacks Gun Owners, NRA During iHeartRadio Music Awards Performance (Video)

Rapper turned political activist Eminem took aim at gun owners and the National Rifle Association (NRA) Sunday night while performing his hit single “Nowhere Fast” at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. “Gun owners clutching their loaded weapons. They love their guns more than our children,” Eminem rhymed while taking the stage at the Forum in Inglewood, California.The Detriot-based crooner called out the NRA in a gun control-themed verse, rapping, “This whole country is going nuts/ And the NRA is in our way. They’re responsible for this whole production. They hold the strings, they control the puppet.” Eminem’s politically charged performance Sunday was preceded by a call to action from Alex Moscou, a sophomore who survived the mass shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida. “We’re tired of hearing politicians send their thoughts and prayers to us, and doing nothing to make the necessary changes to prevent this tragedy from happening again,” Moscou looked into the camera and said, urging lawmakers to pass more gun control laws and encouraged the audience to join him in the March for Our Lives on March 24. “If those elected to represent won’t do what’s right to keep us safe, we’re going to be too loud for them to ignore.” “We’re marching in Washington, D.C. on March 24th, for all of our fellow students and for the victims and survivors of gun violence in every community,” Moscou added. “From New Orleans to Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, wherever you are, we hope you will join us. Go to to RSVP today.” Model Hailey Baldwin, who co-hosted Sunday’s telecast alongside DJ Khaled, showed her support for the south Florida school by wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Stoneman Douglas High.” No stranger to attacking the right Continue Reading

Full list of 2018 ACM Awards nominations: Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton lead top categories

Last Updated Mar 1, 2018 4:19 AM EST Country music icon Reba McEntire joined "CBS This Morning" to announce the nominees for the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards' top categories including entertainer of the year and male and female vocalists of the year. McEntire, who has hosted the awards show 14 times since the late 1980s, also revealed that she will be returning as the show's host. McEntire learned that she herself is a nominee in the female vocalist of the year category. This is her 16th time being nominated in that category. ENTERTAINER OF THE YEARJason Aldean  Garth Brooks Luke Bryan   Chris Stapleton   Keith Urban   FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Kelsea Ballerini   Miranda Lambert   Reba McEntire   Maren Morris Carrie Underwood   MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Chris StapletonThomas RhettKeith UrbanChris YoungVOCAL DUO OF THE YEARBrothers Osborne  Dan + Shay   Florida Georgia Line   LOCASH   Tim McGraw & Faith Hill   VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEARLady Antebellum  LANCO  Little Big Town Midland   Old Dominion    SONG OF THE YEAR"Body Like a Back Road" by Sam HuntSongwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne    "Female" by Keith Urban  Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally   "Tin Man" by Miranda Lambert  Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall   "Whiskey And You" by Chris Stapleton   Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton   NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Lauren AlainaDanielle BradberyCarly PearceRaelynnNEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Kane BrownLuke CombsDevin DawsonRussell DickersonBrett YoungNEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR High ValleyLANCOLOCASHMidlandRunaway JuneALBUM OF THE YEAR "Breaker," Little Big Town"California Continue Reading

Music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine visit Warriors practice

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: Producers Dr. Dre (L) and Jimmy Iovine arrive at the premiere screening of HBO's "The Defiant Ones" at Paramount Studios on June 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 04: Dr. Dre performs onstage during the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at The Forum on October 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Live Nation) Subjects of the film Dr. Dre, from left, and Jimmy Iovine pose with producer Allen Hughes at the premiere of HBO's "The Defiant Ones" at the Time Warner Center on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Dr. Dre attends "The Defiant Ones" premiere at Time Warner Center on June 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) INDIO, CA - APRIL 23: (L-R) Members of N.W.A. DJ Yella, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and MC Ren perform onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) Snoop Dogg, right, and Dr. Dre perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, April 13, 2012 in Indio, California. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Dr. Dre thanks his fans as he receives the Bill Graham Lifetime Achievement award during the California Music Awards at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Saturday, March 13, 1999. (AP Photo/Randi Lynn Beach) Show Caption of Expand By Logan Murdock | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm | UPDATED: January 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm The duo’s presence caused many of the players to do a double-take. “It’s pretty awesome,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted. “Our guys are pretty pumped up. The duo, who attended Tuesday’s practice at the behest of the Continue Reading

Jeremy Facknitz takes you on a live Take 10 musical adventure

0 View Gallery  View Comments Jeremy Facknitz will be the first Take 10 performer of 2018 on the Gazette News Facebook platform during the noon hour on Jan. 5. Facknitz has been playing guitar professionally for since 1997, when he started playing with rock band the Ottomans in Detroit. According to Facknitz, they won the Detroit Music Awards in 2001 for Best New Alternative Band. A year later he moved on from the band and since then has really focused on his solo career of singing, playing guitar and writing songs. Facknitz is proud of his singer-songwriter style that hearkens back to the folk rock of James Taylor or Paul Simon. Facknitz admits he is very influenced by this musical movement of the 1970s, "I want my audience to relate to what I am saying in my songs. My music is very personal and sometimes people say 'Wow, thanks for writing that song.' Other times, the reaction from them may be 'too much information.' Boil it all down and we are all human beings experiencing much of the same things. My music is very honest." That honesty in Facknitz's music includes a song called "This is the Stuff that my Nightmares are Made Of" about an ex-girlfriend and her substance abuse issues and how he dealt with them. He talked about leaving her one night after having to sleep in his van and wondering why he was staying in a relationship that was so highly volatile. Facknitz said that after singing that song a man in the audience walked up to him and thanked him for writing it. He believes this kind of one-on-one with the audience helps reinforce that music is a special bridge to understanding, "It made me feel proud to have connected with this audience member and validated how important it was to talk about the pain and how to overcome it. It was fantastic." Facknitz has recorded four albums and is working on a fifth that will be soon to be released. He also does live shows in the Colorado Springs area and on the road. He resides in the Pikes Peak region with Continue Reading

Jared Leto pays tribute to Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell at MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards struck a somber note Sunday when Jared Leto paid tribute to late rockers Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell. The iconic rock artists — and longtime friends — took their own lives within two months of each other earlier this year. "MTV asked me to come here to say a few words about Chester and the late, great, Chris Cornell, two artists I had the absolute pleasure of touring with. … Chester said of Chris, 'Your voice was joy and pain and anger and forgiveness, love and heartache, all wrapped up into one,'" Leto began. "Chester was my friend, as he was to so many," he continued. "Witnessing his life taught me important things. Especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams, and being kind and caring while doing it." Leto then assured anyone who is struggling with depression that they are not alone in their battles, before introducing a video showing Bennington's former band Linkin Park performing at the 2010 VMAs. Cornell died in May at the age of 52. Authorities discovered his unresponsive body in a Detroit hotel room with a band tied around his neck. Bennington was then found dead at his Los Angeles-area home at the age of 41 on July 20, which would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday. Continue Reading

American Music Awards 2014: Iggy Azalea mentions Eminem in American Music Awards acceptance amid rape lyric threat

Iggy Azalea appeared to get the final word in her feud with Eminem at the American Music Awards Sunday. The 24-year-old rapper beat out Eminem for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop album, and then mentioned the Detroit rapper in her acceptance speech. "It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this. It's amazing," Azalea said, before going on to thank mentor T.I. Azalea also mentioned that the award was the first prize she's ever won.  "It means so much to me that it is for Best Hip-Hop, because that's what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams..." she said.  Azalea also took home the hardware for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop artist Sunday, again besting Eminem and Drake. Last week, the "Fancy" rapper hit out at Eminem after "The Real Slim Shady" rapper was heard threatening to rape her in a new song that leaked online recently. "I'm bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend," the "Fancy" rapper tweeted. "Much more interested in the young women getting $ trend. zzzz" She added, "Its especially awkward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. nice!" ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH VIDEO HERE Continue Reading

Cultural institutions reflecting on Detroit’s fractious summer of 1967

The memory of Detroit’s long hot week of violence in July 1967 has taken a turn that no one could have predicted five decades ago: It has become a cultural phenomenon.It has a brand — “Detroit 67.”It has a slogan — “Looking back to move forward.”It will soon have a prominent place at most of the city’s cultural institutions, both big and small. Related: Gallagher: Business leaders fear, welcome Detroit 1967 riot exhibits Watch the gripping trailer for 'Detroit,' a film on the 1967 riot Detroit riot movie draws huge crowd, sparks conversation Despite the physical and psychic toll the disorder took on the city and region 50 years ago, leaders of the city’s museums and libraries are confronting the troubling story of 1967 in a variety of exhibitions, programs, film showings and even neighborhood-improvement projects.They want to help the public explore reasons why Detroit erupted into one of the worst civil disorders in American history, and they want people to think about the implications of those issues today — and even get involved in improving the city.While the 1967 outbreak was not a race riot — black and white residents did not attack each other as they did in the 1943 Detroit riot — questions about race, inequality and police treatment of minorities loomed large in 1967, just as they do in 2017.“This is a Detroit story,” said Bob Bury, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Historical Society, which operates the Detroit Historical Museum, and began planning for the anniversary by convening discussions with dozens of city organizations. “It is one of the most significant stories of the last 100 years, like it or not. It’s a significant story for America as well.”Some 1967 activities are under way; others will begin between now and September. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History already has been looking back on Continue Reading

Group seeks Detroit music museum, ‘music city’ branding

Why doesn't Detroit take advantage of its vast musical heritage?It's a question that's been asked for years by locals and visitors, perplexed that a place widely regarded as one of the world's historical music capitals does so little to officially celebrate it.Now a high-powered new organization is ready to get the ball rolling, with plans to step up the branding of Detroit as a music center and ultimately construct a downtown museum spotlighting the region's musical history.The nonprofit organization doesn’t have a public name yet. No detailed blueprint or budget is set. But with fund-raising efforts set to kick off, the project was unveiled onstage during Friday night’s Detroit Music Awards at the Fillmore Detroit by group founder and entertainment attorney Howard Hertz. Hertz’ announcement to a theater of music professionals was intended to spark momentum for the budding project.They'll be seeking millions of dollars from Detroit corporations and philanthropists. If all unfolds as hoped, a museum would be in place within two to four years, likely within an existing downtown structure, Hertz said. Exhibits and memorabilia would highlight Detroit music and artists — Motown, rock, jazz, techno, hip-hop — alongside a performance space and recording studio."We've had enough interest already from (potential) partners, sponsors and foundations that I'm confident we can raise the funds," Hertz said.Unlike cities such as Nashville and New Orleans, which play up their pivotal roles in American music, Detroit has long neglected what should be one of its prime calling cards, said Brian Pastoria, part of the group's executive board.Right now, Detroit offers just a few options for musically curious tourists. The Motown Museum on West Grand Continue Reading

Women were big winners at ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS - The women of country have taken the wheel. Carrie Underwood captured entertainer of the year Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, winning the top honor that has eluded women for nearly a decade, while Taylor Swift won album of the year and Julianne Hough snagged top new artist. Country music's boys' club was adjourned for the year when Underwood broke Kenny Chesney's four-year win streak and became the first woman to hold the title since the Dixie Chicks in 2000. The significance wasn't lost on the 26-year-old superstar. "I accepted that award on behalf of myself and my fans, but also on behalf of other women who came before me that kicked butt but never got the recognition they deserved," Underwood said. "I can't wait (for) the day, which I hope is in the very near future, where having females in the category is no big deal whatsoever." In 39 years of recognizing a top entertainer, the academy has granted the honor to a woman seven times, including Underwood. The others were Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks. Each won once. Chesney, who missed the chance to tie Alabama for most entertainer of the year awards, kissed Underwood as she walked up to accept the honor. "He told me he was proud of me," said Underwood, who's enjoyed astounding success since winning "American Idol" in 2005 with eight No. 1 country hits including the signature single, "Jesus Take the Wheel." Swift, another woman dominating not only country music but the entire industry, won album of the year for her sophomore disc "Fearless." Both of Swift's albums have topped the 3 million mark - a rare feat today. She's connected with fans both young and old for her intensely personal songs, which she writes usually on her own or with a co-writer. Backstage, Swift told reporter that she "obsessed" over making "Fearless." "I labored over this album for two years," she said. "The fact Continue Reading