- Smokey Robinson & Berry Gordy honored as MusiCares Persons of the Year
lberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesThe stars came out in Los Angeles Friday night to celebrate Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, who were honored as the Recording Academy's MusiCares Persons of the Year, the first time the organization has had dual honorees. USA Today reports the star-studded night featured performances of plenty of Motown classics, including a surprise performance by Stevie Wonder, who performed "Try Something New” and joked that Gordy “didn’t think I could sing” when he was younger. Stevie also performed a reggae version of "The Tears of a Clown.” Lionel Richie was also on hand to celebrate his two friends, performing his classic “Easy.” He told the crowd, "To get a chance to sit here in front of two of my amazing mentors … I don't know if I'm more excited to be part of the Motown family or having Berry and Smokey as my dear friends." Among the other performances: Dionne Warwick sang “My Guy,” Sheryl Crow performed the Jackson 5 hit “I Want You Back,” Brandi Carlile performed "The Tracks of My Tears,” The Temptations treated the crowd to a medley of “The Way You Do the Things You Do," "I Can't Get Next to You" and "My Girl, and The Four Tops sang a medley of "Baby I Need Your Loving," "It's the Same Old Song," "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." Smokey himself, who's 82, also performed a ballad he wrote for Gordy called “Did You Know,” telling Gordy they have “the best friendship in the world," and adding, "you are so precious.” Gordy, 93, reiterated Smokey's sentiment in his acceptance speech, sharing, "I'm happy to be here with my best friend. I mean…damn." Copyright © 2023, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Depeche Mode announces first 'Memento Mori' single, "Ghosts Again"
Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesDepeche Mode has revealed the title and premiere date of the first single off the band's upcoming album, Memento Mori. The track is titled "Ghosts Again" and will arrive Thursday, February 9, at 11 a.m. ET. You can listen to a brief snippet of the song via Depeche Mode's Twitter. Memento Mori is the follow-up to 2017's Spirit. It is the first Depeche Mode album following the death of band member Andy Fletcher, who died last May. "We started work on this project early in the pandemic, and its themes were directly inspired by that time," Depeche Mode's Martin Gore said of Memento Mori. "After Fletch's passing, we decided to continue as we're sure this is what he would have wanted, and that has really given the project an extra level of meaning." Depeche Mode will support Memento Mori on a giant world tour, which kicks off in the U.S. in March. Copyright © 2023, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Ringo Starr & Paul McCartney dance together at Los Angeles bash
Fred Duval/FilmMagicThere was a Beatles reunion in Los Angeles this week. Ringo Starr shared video of him dancing with his bandmate Paul McCartney at a party thrown by McCartney’s daughter Stella McCartney. “Man, this beautiful day is getting better and better we were at the Stella McCartney rollerskating party,” Ringo wrote on Twitter next to a clip of him and McCartney dancing to the '70s disco hit "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton. “What a time we had go get them, Paul, peace, and love.” According to TheNewsMarket, the bash, which took place at Henson Recording Studios, celebrated Stella’s 18-year partnership with Adidas. The party also showed off the Spring Summer 23 Adidas by Stella McCartney collection. Copyright © 2023, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Kevin Cronin introduces REO Speedwagon fans to new keyboardist
Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesREO Speedwagon keyboardist Neal Doughty retired last month after 55 years with the band, and now the group is introducing fans to his replacement, Derek Hillard. “Hi friends, those of you who have caught any of our 2023 shows may have noticed a new face behind the keyboards,” frontman Kevin Cronin writes on Instagram, introducing Hillard. “Coincidentally Neal and Derek met several years ago when Derek was playing in Iron Butterfly. After that show, Neal approached the young keyboardist and complimented his playing; Derek has never forgotten that encounter.” Cronin shares that Hillard has previously toured with Whitesnake, Foreigner and most recently Rick Springfield, who he worked with for 15 years. Cronin noted that Rick gave him a glowing recommendation. “Derek is a bit younger than the rest of us, (who isn’t :), grew up listening to REO Speedwagon, and is a long-time fan of Neal’s keyboard work,” Cronin shares. “He is a perfect fit, and fits right in with our band vibe.” Finally he writes, “While Neal is certainly irreplaceable, Derek is an extremely gifted keyboardist and a fine singer, who brings renewed enthusiasm to our band. We will carry on, continue to raise the bar musically, and have fun in the process.” REO Speedwagon is currently on tour and hit Cherokee, North Carolina, on Friday. Copyright © 2023, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Bonnie Raitt, ABBA & more competing for multiple Grammy Awards Sunday
CBS/Recording AcademyThe Grammys are finally happening Sunday in Los Angeles and several of your favorite artists are in the running this year. Bonnie Raitt is up for four awards, including Song of the Year for “Just Like That,” which is her first-ever nomination as a songwriter. The tune is also up for Best American Roots Song, while the album Just Like That... is nominated for Best Americana Album and “Made Up Mind” is nominated for Best Americana Performance. Competing against Raitt for Best Americana Album is Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raise the Roof. The album’s track “High and Lonesome” is also in the running for Best American Roots Song, while “Going Where the Lonely Go” is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. ABBA is up for four awards, including two in the major categories: “Don’t Shut Me Down” for Record of the Year and Voyage for Album of the Year. They are also up for Best Pop Vocal Album for Voyage and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for “Don't Shut Me Down.” Should they pick up a win in any category, it will be the Swedish band’s first Grammy. Other nominees include Diana Ross' Thank You, up for Best Pop Traditional Vocal Album; Elvis Costello & The Imposters' The Boy Named If up for Best Rock Album; and Bryan Adams' "So Happy It Hurts" up for Best Rock Performance. The 65th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Copyright © 2023, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.