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Music director Rickey Minor (‘Oscars’ and ‘Aretha!’) thinks he should compete against himself ‘as often as possible’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Music director Rickey Minor (‘Oscars’ and ‘Aretha!’) thinks he should compete against himself ‘as often as possible’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Music director Rickey Minor won his first Emmy competing against himself, so he thinks it’s a good sign that he’s double nominated again. “I should try to be against myself as often as possible,” he jokes. This year he’s contending for his work on “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” and “The Oscars.” Watch our exclusive video interview with him above.

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“Aretha!” pays tribute to late soul singer Aretha Franklin, who Minor believes was “the greatest voice of our generation, and arguably of all time.” Every song she sang “meant something, so to try to recreate or create moments that were so organic for her” was “a challenge.” Having worked with her for over 20 years, it was “a huge honor” to take part in the special alongside some of today’s biggest artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Common,
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Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles Vie for First Emmys as Ramin Djawadi Looks to Reclaim Throne

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Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles Vie for First Emmys as Ramin Djawadi Looks to Reclaim Throne
Beyoncé and Sara Bareilles could add Emmy trophies to their awards shelves this year, having been nominated in key music categories Tuesday by the Television Academy.

Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” special on Netflix was nominated in six categories, and four of those include a nod for the pop superstar herself. Only one of those is in a music category; she’s nominated for music direction of a variety special alongside co-music director Derek Dixie (a first-time nominee). Her other nods are as a producer, co-director and writer of the special.

Bareilles, nominated last year for her performance as Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” was cited this year as co-songwriter of a new song on CBS’s Tony Awards, “This One’s for You.” Her co-host on that show, Josh Groban, shares the nomination and is up for his first Emmy.

They were the most high-profile performers cited by Emmy voters in the seven music categories.
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Oscars Music Director Rickey Minor Reveals 10 Secrets of the Telecast

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Oscars Music Director Rickey Minor Reveals 10 Secrets of the Telecast
Rickey Minor is an old hand at conducting music for live TV shows, having handled such chores on “American Idol,” the Grammys and the Emmys. This year, he scored his biggest gig yet: as music director of the Academy Awards.

“It’s the biggest and most prestigious show for a reason,” he says. “It is the most challenging in terms of time. Some 160 cues, not only the nominated material but all of the production numbers, ‘In Memoriam’ and all of the music has to get done in just a few days.

“It was magical, surreal, and I felt like we did what we came to do, which was to use music to raise the vibrations on the planet,” he adds. “People left feeling hopeful, happy, tapping their feet.”

During the course of a post-Oscars interview, Minor revealed 10 things most viewers probably don’t know about music on show-biz’s biggest
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TV Review: ‘Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul’

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TV Review: ‘Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul’
Booking anyone at all to appear in an Aretha Franklin tribute is an act of nerve, since she was arguably the one performer in pop music history who can be said to have had no real peers as a singer, even in her day, much less ours. With that as a given, “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul,” airing tonight on CBS, is about as good as these things get, which is a good thing, considering how flagrantly embarrassing it’d be if the show had had to settle for even the B+ list of contemporary singers. The guest list here is a grade above that.

You could make a top 10 list just of your favorite sustained high notes struck during the two-hour telecast. For myself, I’d have to top that list with whatever gritty stratosphere it is that Patti Labelle is entering at the climax of the 1970 hit “Call Me,
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Ava DuVernay, Casey Bloys, Pearlena Igbokwe and More Appointed to TV Academy’s Executive Committee

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The Television Academy announced Friday six new appointments to its executive committee.

Among them are: Emmy winning and Oscar nominated director, writer and producer Ava DuVernay; HBO programming president Casey Bloys; former president of Viacom’s music and entertainment group, Doug Herzog; Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe; AMC Networks and AMC Studios president David Madden; and Lisa Nishimura, vice president of documentary and comedy programming at Netflix.

The group are tasked to work closely with TV Academy officers and its board of governors to shape the organization’s direction during the 2019 term.

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“We are privileged to have the collective expertise, insights and resources of these visionary executives guiding us through what promises to be another extraordinary time of expansion and innovation in our industry,” said TV academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma in a statement Friday.
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Ava DuVernay, Lisa Nishimura, Casey Bloys Among New TV Academy Exec Committee Members

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Ava DuVernay, Lisa Nishimura, Casey Bloys Among New TV Academy Exec Committee Members
Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay is among the six notable industry figures who have been appointed to the Television Academy’s executive committee by new chairman/CEO Frank Scherma.

DuVernay, whose recent TV credits include the documentary “13th” and drama “Queen Sugar,” will be joined on the committee by HBO programming president Casey Bloys; former Viacom Music and Entertainment group president Doug Herzog; Universal TV president Pearlena Igbokwe; AMC Networks and AMC Studios programming president David Madden; and Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of original documentary and comedy programming.

“We are privileged to have the collective expertise, insights and resources of these visionary executives guiding us through what promises to be another extraordinary time of expansion and innovation in our industry,” said Scherma. “Their leadership provides relevancy and will be vital to ensuring the Television Academy is at the forefront of the industry’s remarkable evolution.”

The
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Ava DuVernay, Casey Bloys, Pearlena Igbokwe Among Six New TV Academy Exec Committee Members

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Six television thought leaders have been named as the Chair’s Appointees to the Television Academy Executive Committee. The new group will work closely with the Television Academy’s officers and board of governors to guide and shape the direction of the Academy for the 2019 term, according to the announcement by Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy.

“We are privileged to have the collective expertise, insights and resources of these visionary executives guiding us through what promises to be another extraordinary time of expansion and innovation in our industry,” said Scherma. “Their leadership provides relevancy and will be vital to ensuring the Television Academy is at the forefront of the industry’s remarkable evolution.”

Scherma’s executive committee appointees are:

Casey Bloys: As President, HBO Programming, he oversees all of HBO and Cinemax’s programming efforts including scripted series, late night, documentaries, HBO sports and HBO films.
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Darci Lynne Farmer and Petunia wish ‘Agt’ fans a Merry Christmas with ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ performance [Watch]

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Darci Lynne Farmer and Petunia wish ‘Agt’ fans a Merry Christmas with ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ performance [Watch]
Singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, who won “America’s Got Talent” back in Season 12, recently returned home to NBC for her first holiday special, “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas.” Among her many performances in the hour-long variety show, Darci Lynne took on the classic tune “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” before being joined by her trusty rabbit puppet Petunia. Watch Darci Lynne’s performance above.

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“With a little help from my friends, and I mean a whole bunch of friends, this is my first Christmas special,” Darci Lynne shouted as the entire theater jumped up in excitement. Darci Lynne then performed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” with by a live band and a group of child backup singers. After the song she thanked the audience and said, “I can’t do my
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‘Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas’ preview trailer: All your favorite ‘Agt’ puppets return to celebrate the holidays [Watch]

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‘Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas’ preview trailer: All your favorite ‘Agt’ puppets return to celebrate the holidays [Watch]
Darci Lynne Farmer, the singing ventriloquist who took the country by storm when she won “America’s Got Talent” Season 12, is returning to NBC on Tuesday, December 11 in her first-ever holiday special. “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” features the Oklahoma teenager celebrating the holidays with her puppet friends Petunia, Oscar, Edna and Katie as well as superstar guests Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling, Rickey Minor and Lonnie Chavis. Watch the preview trailer above.

SEEDarci Lynne Farmer fans, rejoice! Singing ventriloquist returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ as 1 of 50 returning ‘Champions’

And what would a Darci Lynne special be without appearances from the “Agt” judges who helped make her a household name? Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Darci Lynne’s Golden Buzzer mentor Howie Mandel are all set to appear in the hour-long program that was filmed recently in Oklahoma.

Darci Lynne is set to
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TV Academy Elects Frank Scherma As New Chairman & CEO

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The Television Academy’s board of governors has voted vice chairman Frank Scherma to become its new chairman and CEO, a post he will take over from the outgoing Hayma Washington. The election was held Thursday night at a board meeting at which the TV Academy’s annual officer elections were also held.

Scherma, the president of RadicalMedia whose producer credits include music documentaries, Errol Morris’ The Fog of War, Broadway’s Shrek the Musical and IFC TV’s Stan Against Evil, was the lone candidate to step forward by the deadline when Washington said in October he would not seek a second term. Washington was the first African-American leader in the organization’s 70-year history.

The incoming chairman will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2019. Additional incoming officers elected Thursday include Steve Venezia, Vice Chair; Tim Gibbons, Second Vice Chair; Sharon Lieblein, Secretary; Allison Binder, Treasurer; and Mitch Waldow,
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AMAs performers 2018: Taylor Swift is about to do ‘Something Bad’ at the American Music Awards

AMAs performers 2018: Taylor Swift is about to do ‘Something Bad’ at the American Music Awards
Taylor Swift hasn’t performed at an awards show in almost three years, but she’s about to do “Something Bad” at the 2018 American Music Awards. She will open the AMAs with a performance of her song “I Did Something Bad” from her album “Reputation.” And something good might come out of it: she could also win four awards this year, including Artist of the Year.

To date Swift has won a whopping 19 AMAs in her career, and she currently holds the record for the most Artist of the Year victories of all time with three. This year she’s up against Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Drake and Post Malone for that top award. None of them have won it before, so will music fans voting for the winners online continue their love affair with Swift, or will they want to spread the wealth to someone new? According to the
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AMAs performers 2018: Ciara, Missy Elliott and Dua Lipa will ‘Level Up’ the American Music Awards

AMAs performers 2018: Ciara, Missy Elliott and Dua Lipa will ‘Level Up’ the American Music Awards
The 2018 American Music Awards telecast is filling up fast. The October 9 event hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross has added another trio of performers to its lineup: Ciara, Missy Elliott and Dua Lipa. Who are you most excited to see at the 46th annual kudos?

Ciara and Missy Elliott will team up to perform the song “Level Up,” and Ciara will also perform “Dose” from her upcoming album. Ciara hasn’t performed at the AMAs since 2005, which also marked her first nomination at the awards. She contended that year for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, and she was nominated again in that race in 2013, but she has yet to win. Missy Elliott, meanwhile, is a two-time winner for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Female Artist. That award is now defunct; the AMAs now award rap artists in a single gender-neutral category.

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Aretha Franklin to Be Honored With American Music Awards Tribute

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Aretha Franklin to Be Honored With American Music Awards Tribute
Aretha Franklin will be honored with a special tribute at the 2018 American Music Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and broadcasting live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Et.

Soul and gospel stars Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans will headline the evening with a group performance honoring the late Queen of Soul’s iconic gospel album, “Amazing Grace.” Composer and producer Rickey Minor has signed on as musical director for the tribute.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the American Music Awards, dick clark productions and American Music Awards producer, Larry Klein, for honoring Aretha Franklin with a musical tribute for this year’s broadcast,” said Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and executor of the Aretha Franklin Estate, in a statement. “We still remember when Aretha won her first American Music Award in
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AMAs will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin with star-studded performance

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AMAs will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin with star-studded performance
The American Music Awards have announced that they will pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died in August at age 76. The star-studded performance will bring together Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor to celebrate the late singer’s gospel roots, particularly her 1972 album “Amazing Grace.” The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday night, October 9.

Franklin herself won six AMAs during her career, including four prizes for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist. She also won 18 Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Arts Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And she was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and the executor of her estate, said in a statement, “We would like to express our
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Gladys Knight to Lead Aretha Franklin Tribute at American Music Awards

Gladys Knight to Lead Aretha Franklin Tribute at American Music Awards
Gladys Knight will lead a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the American Music Awards, which will air live October 9th on ABC, The Associated Press reports.

Dick Clark Productions confirmed the tribute, which will also feature Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor. The performance will focus on Franklin’s gospel roots and her seminal 1972 album, Amazing Grace.

“When I heard some of the initial ideas for the tribute, I knew without a doubt that this tribute will go down as one of the best in American music,
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Recording Academy Premieres New Tone in ‘We Are Music’ Campaign, Featuring Swizz Beatz, H.E.R., More (Watch)

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Recording Academy Premieres New Tone in ‘We Are Music’ Campaign, Featuring Swizz Beatz, H.E.R., More (Watch)
After a challenging first half of 2018, the Recording Academy has premiered a new tone in a campaign entitled “We Are Music,” which was directed by Danny Clinch and features Swizz Beatz, H.E.R., Chad Hugo, Ann Mincieli and Rickey Minor and was serviced to members Monday morning. The tone is looser and less formal than the organization’s recent messaging — and perhaps most strikingly, especially in light of the recent criticism the Academy has weathered over a lack of diversity, no white males appear in the video.

The message accompanying the video reads as follows:

Greetings,

It’s important for us to celebrate the people who create music every day, the people who are the lifeblood of the Recording Academy.

That’s why we developed the first-ever Recording Academy campaign to shine a light on the professional performers, songwriters, producers, and engineers who make up our community.

Directed by renowned photographer/videographer Danny Clinch,
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Whitney Houston's Mother Expresses 'Horror' Over Claims Singer Was Molested by Dee Dee Warwick

Whitney Houston's Mother Expresses 'Horror' Over Claims Singer Was Molested by Dee Dee Warwick
Who was the real Whitney Houston and what was it that haunted her so very deeply?

In the six years since the superstar’s untimely death at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, 2012, questions continue to swirl about how the beloved once-in-a-generation singer with the heavenly voice found herself so entrenched in addiction that it killed her.

With the new documentary Whitney, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald set out to answer these questions, interviewing over 60 of Whitney’s closest friends and family members. But the final theory the film presents — that as a child Whitney and older brother Gary were both
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Emmys: Production Team For Primetime Awards Unveiled

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards is only five days away, and today CBS and the Television Academy announced the trophy show’s production team. White Cherry founders Glenn Weiss (executive producer/director) and Ricky Kirshner (executive producer) will be joined by Steve Bass, head writer Dave Boone, Bob Dickinson, Sarah Levine Hall, Danette Herman, Rickey Minor and Rob Paine to produce the telecast. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Ep Chris Licht previously was announced…
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Emmy 2017: Society of Composers and Lyricists hosts panel discussion with 7 composer nominees

Emmy 2017: Society of Composers and Lyricists hosts panel discussion with 7 composer nominees
The Society of Composers and Lyricists hosted a panel discussion Thursday night with Emmy-nominated composers Gary Lionelli (“O.J.: Made in America”), Mac Quayle (“Feud: Bette and Joan”), Jeff Russo (“Fargo”), Jacob Shea (“Planet Earth II”), and Christopher Willis (“Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special”), Emmy-nominated music supervisor Rickey Minor (“Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” and “Taking the Stage: […]
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