Madonna, Davies up for Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK — Madonna, John Mellencamp and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are among the nominees for the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They are joined by a number of top acts, including Ray Davies, Sade, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame gave The Associated Press a list of nominees in advance of the official announcement, set for Thursday. The gala will be held June 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Also nominated are Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Vince Gill, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

Cosmopolitan to open new theater in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Strip’s newest concert space is opening its doors just before the new year with a performance by pop star Bruno Mars

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas announced that Mars will play shows on Dec. 29 and 31 at its new Eastern European glass factory-themed venue. He will return to the hotel-casino six more times during 2014.

The 3,000-capacity theater, called the Chelsea, features glass chandeliers, brick walls, a grand staircase, high ceilings and a vintage wooden bar.

The Cosmopolitan is touting the space as an “avant garde” venue where fans can get an up-close look at stars who usually play arenas.

50 Cent says ‘Dream School’ is fresh show

NEW YORK — 50 Cent said he’s excited to be part of the new Sundance series “Dream School” because the reality show focuses on uplifting people.

“Dream School,” which debuted at 10 p.m. Monday, follows a group of high school dropouts who are trying to graduate. 50 Cent appears in the series with filmmaker Oliver Stone and actor David Arquette.

The 15 teenagers from the Los Angeles area who appear in the designed “dream school” dropped out of high school because of issues including fighting, financial problems and pregnancy. One transgender student said bullying forced him out of school.

“Dream School,” a six-part series, also features Jesse Jackson, journalist Soledad O’Brien, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison and producer-rapper Swizz Beatz. 50 Cent is one of the show’s executive producers.

Associated Press