Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Doc Watson, Folk Music Legend, Dies at 89

Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.

Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was hospitalized recently after falling at his home in Deep Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He underwent abdominal surgery while in the hospital and had been in critical condition for several days.

The wavy-haired Watson got his musical start in 1953, playing electric lead guitar in a country-and-western swing band. His road to fame began in 1960 when Ralph Rinzler, a musician who also managed Bill Monroe, discovered Watson in North Carolina. That led Watson to the Newport Folk Festival in 1963 and his first recording contract a year later. He went on to record 60 albums, and wowed fans ranging from 60s hippies to fans of traditional country and folk music.

In 2011, a life-size statue of Watson was dedicated in Boone, N.C., at the spot where Watson had played decades earlier for tips to support his family, according to the Folklore statement. At Watson's request the inscription read, "Just One of the People." He will be missed.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Phillip Phillips Wins Season 11 of American Idol

Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner of American Idol's 11th season on Wednesday night, edging out runner-up Jessica Sanchez.

The 21-year old Georgia native earned the majority of a record 132 million votes cast after Tuesday night's final performance episode, according to Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

The announcement of the winner capped off a two-hour finale that featured 12 of the show's 13 finalists (minus the disqualified Jermaine Jones) and multiple established stars in the music community -- and even a marriage proposal.

Congratulations Phillip!

Monday, May 21, 2012

2012 Billboard Music Award Winners

Missed the 2o12 Billboard Music Awards last night? That's okay, we've got a recap of all the winners for you here!

Top Artist
Adele - Winner
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry

Top Hot 100 Song
Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO feat Lauren Bennett and Goonrock)- Winner
E.T. (Katy Perry feat Kanye West)
Give Me Everything (Pit Bull feat Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer)
Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera)

Top Billboard 200 Album
21 (Adele) - Winner
Christmas (Michael Buble)
Born This Way (Lady Gaga)
Take Care (Drake)
Tha Carter IV (Lil Wayne)

Top Duo/Group
LMFAO - Winner

Top New Artist
Wiz Khalifa - Winner
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Tony Award Nominees

Here is a list of nominations for the 2012 American Theater Wing's Tony Awards, which were announced earlier today.

The awards will be handed out on June 10, in a ceremony at New York's Beacon Theater and will air live on T.V. courtesy of CBS. Neil Patrick Harris will host the show for the third time.

Best Play

"Clybourne Park"

"Other Desert Cities"

"Peter and the Starcatcher"

"Venus in Fur"

Best Musical

"Leap of Faith"


"Nice Work If You Can Get It"


Best Revival of a Play

"Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman"

"Gore Vidal's The Best Man"

"Master Class"


Best Revival of a Musical



"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"

"Jesus Christ Superstar"

Best Book of a Musical

"Lysistrata Jones"


"Nice Work If You Can Get It"


Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

"Bonnie & Clyde"


"One Man, Two Guvnors"

"Peter and the Starcatcher"

For a full list of the 2012 nominees, visit the Tony's website.