SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge has turned down early release from jail for the director of the movie about Gregg Allman’s life who was sentenced in the death of a camera assistant. Former “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller had asked to be freed after serving less than half of his two-year sentence. He had pleaded guilty last March to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing in the death of Sarah Jones. She was killed in February 2014 when the movie had set up on a train bridge without permission and a freight train came through.
ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — John Legend and Colombian musician Juanes played a show yesterday for people who they were not sure could even hear them. They played outside a jail in Eloy, Arizona, where undocumented immigrants were being held. Legend and Juanes performed on a flatbed truck and sang two of their own songs and one song together, Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Their intention was for the detainees to hear the music. However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement it kept inmates in their cells because of concerns “an unsanctioned concert” within view of the recreation yard might provoke a disturbance. Legend told the crowd of about 100 outside the jail that they were there to bear witness to what’s happening so they can tell the world about it. Legend and Juanes toured the facility before the concert and spoke to the detainees.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adele, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Little Big Town are the first performers announced for the Grammys next month. The show is set for February 15 on CBS. For the first time, people in the Pacific and Mountain time zones may be able to see the Grammys live. Usually the show is tape-delayed to run in primetime in those time zones. CBS is offering stations the option of running the Grammys live as they happen, which would be late afternoon and early evening in Pacific and Mountain time zones.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — ABBA has reunited! And that was it and now they’re off in their own lives again. The four members of ABBA made a rare joint appearance yesterday in Stockholm for the opening of a restaurant owned by Bjorn Ulvaeus. They did not sing a note or pose for pictures. The restaurant is inspired by the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” and is set in the Greek islands, but it has a different story. Musicians and actors interact with waiters and guests, and singalongs to ABBA tunes are encouraged. Benny Andersson was asked if ABBA will ever perform again, and he said, “I don’t think so.”
NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie was private in his personal life and his family wants his death to be private as well. Bowie’s family writes on his website they are planning a private memorial service for him and won’t give any more details. They say they welcome the tributes and concerts that are being held in Bowie’s honor, but the family did not organize or endorse any of them. They say they “welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.” Bowie died Sunday of cancer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Bowie has knocked Adele out of the top spot for video views on Vevo. Bowie videos were viewed 51 million times on Monday, the day after his death. That sets a new record for most single-day video views on Vevo. Adele had held the record on October 23 when her “Hello” video debuted. Bowie’s video for “Lazarus” was the most-viewed Vevo video on Monday, with 11.1 million.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prankster has changed the name of Bowie Street in Austin, Texas, to David Bowie Street, and Austin is fine with it for now. The Austin Statesman reports the sign is near the offices for the South By Southwest music festival. City officials say the sign was not sanctioned, but they’ll leave it up until next week.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celine Dion is cancelling her shows tomorrow and Sunday night in Las Vegas. Dion’s husband and former manager, Rene Angelil, has died of throat cancer in Vegas. He was 73. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg says his office was notified yesterday of Angelil’s death. Angelil discovered Dion when she was 12 and mortgaged his house to fund her first record. They married in 1994 and had three children. Dion had taken time off of her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to take care of Angelil for a year. She returned in August.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Smith was in a coffee shop with his mother when he found out he was nominated for an Oscar. He’s up for best original song for co-writing “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre.” Smith says he’s feeling overwhelmed and jokes, “Better pick out a gown.” His competition includes Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, who wrote the song “Til It Happens To You” from the sexual assault documentary, “The Hunting Ground.” Lady Gaga says her nomination “lends a voice to the victims and survivors all over the world.” It’s Warren’s eighth nomination for best original song, but she’s never won. The Weeknd is nominated for co-writing “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey.” He tweets, “It can’t get more surreal than this” and it’s “truly a proud moment.” The other nominees are “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction” and “Simple Song Number 3” from “Youth.” The Oscars will be given out February 28.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Randy Newman’s family has achieved an Oscars milestone. Newman’s cousin Thomas was nominated for an Oscar for writing the score to the film “Bridge of Spies.” Thomas’ father, Alfred Newman, his brother, David Newman, and uncles Emil and Lionel Newman are also film composers. Add all that up and the Newmans have been nominated for Oscars 89 times, more than any other family. “Bridge of Spies” is Thomas Newman 13th Oscar nomination. He has never won. The awards will be handed out February 28.