LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Glen Campbell went home last week.
Hundreds of fans hollered and stood to welcome the Country Music Hall of Famer and one of Arkansas’ favorite sons as the opening notes of “Gentle on My Mind” spilled into the theater.
The lyrics ran away from Campbell toward the end of the song, betraying his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, but no one seemed to mind. The music icon pulled a couple of lines together and the crowd cheered him on as his goodbye tour brought him back to his native state.
Much of the Campbell family still calls the small town of Delight home. They jammed on guitars, reminisced about the old days and visited the graveyard where his parents are buried.
Some of his siblings joined him on stage for a couple of tunes and his 25-year-old daughter, Ashley, kept a watchful eye on Campbell, 76, as she played keyboards.
LOS ANGELES — Just call CeeLo Green music’s newest Santa Claus. The 38-year-old singer-rapper is working on a Christmas album that he promises is “the real deal.”
Green said that the album, “CeeLo’s Magic Moment,” is a “soulful take on a host of Christmas classics.”
Among the tunes to be included on the Elektra Records album are “Silent Night,” “The Christmas Song,” “This Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “White Christmas.”
Green’s Christmas album will be released Oct. 30. The “Forget You!” singer is back as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” which has begun its new season.
NEW YORK — Seven-time nominee Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais, creator of “The Office,” are among the stars who will be handing out this year’s prime-time Emmys.
Others will include Ginnifer Goodwin, star of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” and Mindy Kaling, star and creator of the upcoming Fox comedy “The Mindy Project.” Jim Parsons, who’s nominated for CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” and Amy Poehler, nominated for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” are set to be on hand.
Louis C.K. is star of the FX comedy “Louie.”
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Sept. 23 from the Nokia Theatre.
ATLANTA — Kanye West hasn’t released a solo album since 2010, but the rapper has kept relevant with another strong year.
Now, BET is taking notice.
West received the most nominations with 17 for the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which will air Oct. 9. The rapper has had a big year as a producer, performer and director. He also collaborated with Jay-Z on the album, “Watch the Throne.”
The ceremony will be taped Sept. 29 at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Actor and comedian Mike Epps will return as host.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Mariah Carey was late to the BMI Urban Music Awards, where she was the guest of honor, but that didn’t stop other artists from singing her praises.
Fantasia Barrino and Eric Benet were among those who serenaded the star with her own hits at the Saban Theatre, where writers, producers and publishers of the year’s top urban hits were recognized.
BMI chief Del Bryant presented Carey with the music-rights organization’s Icon Award for her outstanding songwriting that has resulted in 18 No. 1 singles and more than 200 million albums sold.
Carey, 42, said, “I’m so humbled by this moment because a lot of people still don’t know I write my own songs.”
Other entertainers honored included Nicki Minaj, who had the year’s most played song with “Super Bass,” and Drake and Lil Wayne, as songwriters of the year.