Grammy organisers deny claims award nominations are rigged

24 January 2020, 4:46 PM
The organisers of the Grammy Awards denied allegations that nominations for the highest prizes in the music industry are rigged, calling the claims “categorically false and misleading.”
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Billie Eilish to perform new James Bond movie theme song 14 January 2020, 9:18 PM

American teen pop sensation Billie Eilish is to perform the theme song from the upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die,” the singer and the movie’s producers said on Tuesday.

South Africa captain Kolisi wins UK writers’ award 14 January 2020, 1:05 PM

Siya Kolisi was voted the UK Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year for 2019 on Monday after leading South Africa to their emotional World Cup triumph in Japan.

Keeping it real: a behind-the-scenes look at “The Lion King” visual effects 14 January 2020, 6:11 AM

How do you make a computer-generated lion, warthog and hyena look real while singing and talking at the same time?

Queen agrees Prince Harry and Meghan can go it alone 13 January 2020, 7:44 PM

Britain's Queen Elizabeth has given her blessing to grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's wish for a more independent future following crisis talks involving the most senior members of the royal family.

Jury selection in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial enters second week 13 January 2020, 3:30 PM

Jury selection in the high-profile rape trial of Harvey Weinstein is expected to enter its second week Monday, as the judge and lawyers in the case choose a panel of 12 impartial New Yorkers to decide the former movie producer’s fate.

Former Pope Benedict breaks silence on celibacy debate after synod 13 January 2020, 8:49 AM

Former Pope Benedict, in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church in what appears to be a strategically timed appeal to Pope Francis to not change the rules.

Small, coastal Canadian community abuzz over possible move there by Harry and Meghan 13 January 2020, 6:39 AM

Towns on the southern end of Vancouver Island on Canada's west coast are abuzz with interest over the possibility that Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will become semi-permanent residents there.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo set to develop isicathamiya music 12 January 2020, 4:04 PM

World-renowned Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo says it is prepared to develop and nurture local isicathamiya music.

Queen Elizabeth
UK’s Queen Elizabeth calls Prince Harry for crisis meeting 12 January 2020, 11:03 AM

Queen Elizabeth has summoned her grandson Prince Harry for a crisis meeting to discuss future arrangements for him and his wife Meghan following the couple’s shock announcement that they want to step back from royal duties.

Meghan and Prince Harry
Talks on future of Harry and Meghan going well, royal source says 12 January 2020, 7:00 AM

Discussions regarding future plans for Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are progressing well and should conclude within days not weeks, a royal source said on Saturday.

Stage set for 26th Klein Karoo National Arts Festival 11 January 2020, 4:48 PM

Organisers of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn say the stage is set for their 26th event. This year's festival will be held from 23 March to 29 March.

Oscars to go host-less for second year, ABC says 11 January 2020, 12:12 PM

The 2020 Oscars ceremony in February will again have no host, the head of ABC Television Entertainment said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry and Meghan would find friendlier media in Canada but impossible to escape scrutiny 11 January 2020, 7:18 AM

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan can expect less intense local media scrutiny than they have faced in Britain should they move to Canada, experts said on Friday.

Sibusiso Radebe
Tributes pour in for actor Sibusiso Radebe 10 January 2020, 3:03 PM

Tributes are pouring in for former Backstage actor and YoTV presenter Sibusiso Radebe who died Friday morning following a long battle with cancer.

Brazil’s Supreme Court overturns censorship of Netflix show 10 January 2020, 3:00 PM

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an injunction against Netflix Inc that had prevented the video streaming service from showing a domestically-made controversial Christmas special that depicts Jesus as gay.

Meghan goes back to Canada to be with son Archie after royal rift 10 January 2020, 12:24 PM

Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, has gone back to Canada to be with their son after the couple provoked a rift with Britain's royal family by unexpectedly announcing they would be stepping back from their roles to spend more time in North America.

Bill Cosby asks Pennsylvania top court to hear appeal on sex crime conviction 10 January 2020, 8:10 AM

Lawyers for Bill Cosby on Thursday asked the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to hear his appeal of his 2018 sexual assault conviction, a month after a lower court rejected their argument that the disgraced comedian did not get a fair trial.

Facebook tweaks ad policy but still allows political lies in US campaign 2020 10 January 2020, 12:16 AM

Facebook Inc announced limited changes on Thursday to its approach to political ads, including allowing users to turn off certain ad-targeting tools, but defied critics' demands that it bar politicians from using its ads system to spread lies.

Will having a lead female defence attorney help Harvey Weinstein 9 January 2020, 5:43 PM

When Donna Rotunno agreed to represent former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as lead defense attorney in his New York rape trial, she believed that her gender could prove to be an asset in the courtroom.

Justin Bieber says he has been fighting Lyme disease and mono 9 January 2020, 12:17 PM

Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber revealed on Wednesday that he had been battling Lyme disease and a serious case of mononucleosis but said he was overcoming his health issues.

Dozens excused from Weinstein jury as lawyers seek judge’s removal 9 January 2020, 8:13 AM

Dozens of potential jurors were excused on Wednesday from serving in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein, as the former movie producer's lawyers accused the judge presiding over the trial of bias.

Meghan and Prince Harry
UK’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan to “step back” from being senior royals 9 January 2020, 5:38 AM

Britain's Prince Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth, said on Wednesday that he and his American wife Meghan plan to step back from their roles as senior members of Britain's royal family and work to become financially independent.

“Joker” leads BAFTA nominations with 11 nods 8 January 2020, 12:15 PM

"Joker", a dark origins story about the comic book villain, led nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards Tuesday evening, but Britain's top movie honours drew criticism over the lack of diversity in the acting categories.

Dramatic first day of jury selection wraps in Weinstein case 8 January 2020, 9:55 AM

The first day of jury selection in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial wound to a close on Tuesday afternoon, following a dramatic morning as the judge threatened to revoke his bail and jail the former film producer for using a cellphone in court.

Parents encouraged to support learners leading up to matric results release 7 January 2020, 3:18 PM

Thousands of matric learners are counting down to the release of the 2019 DBE examination results.

Jury selection in Weinstein rape trial begins in wake of new charges 7 January 2020, 9:47 AM

Lawyers in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial will begin selecting jurors on Tuesday, a challenging process in the wake of the #MeToo movement and fresh sex crime charges brought against the former film producer.

Some KZN matriculants optimistic ahead of matric results release 7 January 2020, 5:46 AM

Some 2019 matriculants in KwaZulu-Natal say they are positive that they will achieve good results.

Weinstein rape trial begins 6 January 2020, 3:28 PM

The rape trial of Harvey Weinstein, the former movie mogul who transformed the independent film world with award-winning movies like Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient, begins this week in Manhattan.

Tom Hanks honoured with lifetime award at Golden Globes 6 January 2020, 6:36 AM

Tom Hanks, regarded as one of the nicest men in show business, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on Sunday to mark his 30-year movie career.

Cape Minstrels
Tweede Nuwejaar celebration, the most successful in recent years: Organisers 5 January 2020, 5:02 PM

Organisers of the Cape Minstrel Parade say it was their most successful "Tweede Nuwejaar" celebration in recent years. This yearly event has been taking place for more than a hundred years.