People in Brief


LOS ANGELES — Debbie Allen, “black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw will be honored by Essence magazine at its pre-Oscars luncheon later this month.

The magazine announced Tuesday that it will honor the three women at its Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Feb. 25.

Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca said in a statement that the indomitable power and presence of Allen, Ellis Ross and Shaw embraces an inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.

The event will be broadcast as a TV special Feb. 27 on the OWN cable channel.

NEW YORK — Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart’s next book will be a guide to self-empowerment.

Smart is an activist and author of a best-selling memoir about her kidnapping as a teenager. She has an agreement with St. Martin’s Press for “Hope Empowered,” in which she’ll draw on her experiences helping others recover from traumatic events.

The publisher said the new book is scheduled for spring 2017.

Smart’s book “My Story” was published in 2013. It recounts her 2002 abduction from her Salt Lake City home when she was 14 years old.

NEW YORK — The Grammy Awards this year will have a little Broadway sparkle: The cast of “Hamilton” will perform live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

It will be the first time the Grammys have made room for a Broadway show since “American Idiot” in 2010.

The cast will be part of huge list of performers in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 including Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.

Associated Press