PEOPLE: Shelton, McEntire to host music awards

Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire

Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

The 47th annual show will be held April 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Like Shelton, the ACM's Fan Jam also will return for a second year. This time Zac Brown Band will host the parallel event at the Mandalay Events Center.

The academy announced that Lionel Richie will host "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends -- A Lifetime of Hits," its annual television special taped the day after the awards and aired later on CBS. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and others will join Richie on the show.

The appearance will continue country music's love affair with Richie, who is preparing to release a country duets album this spring called "Tuskegee." Most of today's top country stars have said that Richie is an influence, and his recent appearances at celebrity events have drawn crowds of star-struck celebrities.

 

 

Kim Novak lashes out at 'The Artist' filmmakers

"Vertigo" star Kim Novak isn't keeping quiet about her disdain for "The Artist."

Novak, 78, said in a statement released by her manager Monday that she feels violated because music from the Alfred Hitchcock film is used in the French black-and-white homage to the silent-film era. Novak said "The Artist" filmmakers had no reason "to depend on Bernard Herrmann's score from 'Vertigo' to provide more drama."

"My body of work has been violated by 'The Artist,' " Novak said. "This film took the love theme music from 'Vertigo' and used the emotions it engenders as its own. Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart can't speak for themselves, but I can. It was our work that unconsciously or consciously evoked the memories and feelings to the audience that were used for the climax of 'The Artist.' "

 

 

Placido Domingo wins Israel's Wolf Prize

Acclaimed tenor Placido Domingo has been named a winner of Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize, along with seven other American, British and Israeli recipients.

The Wolf Foundation said Tuesday that Domingo is the first vocalist to win its prize. From 1962 to 1965, at the start of his career, he sang with the Israeli opera company.

Each year, the Wolf Foundation awards $100,000 prizes in five fields. Domingo shared the award with English conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Israeli physicist Jacob D. Bekenstein won the physics prize.

The other prizes went to U.S.-based scientists, including chemists A. Paul Alivisatos and Charles M. Lieber, mathematicians Michael Aschbacher and Luis Caffarelli, and in medicine, Ronald M. Evans.