Drake leads iHeart noms
NEW YORK– Drake leads the nominations for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards with 12, including male artist of the year, while electronic duo The Chainsmokers has 11 nominations, including song of the year for “Closer” with Halsey.
iHeartMedia and Turner announced the nominees Wednesday. It was also announced that Bruno Mars will perform at the fourth annual awards show, to be held March 5 in Los Angeles and televised on TBS, TNT and truTV, as well as simulcast on iHeartMedia stations.
This year’s show has been expanded to more than 30 categories. Other multiple nominees include twenty one pilots, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Daya, Halsey, Nicky Jam and Sia.
Elvis’ birthday celebrated
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Events begin today in Memphis to mark what would have been Elvis Presley’s 82nd birthday, with a cake-cutting ceremony on the front lawn of his home at Graceland.
A total of 164 pieces have been consigned for an auction to be held Saturday at The Guest House at Graceland, where birthday celebration events are being held for the first time.
Many of the authenticated artifacts come from Elvis’ theatrical and musical careers, though some are tokens and gifts.
A few of the featured items included in the auction are a gold and diamond lion head ring given to musician and guitarist Charlie Hodge, boxing gloves worn by Presley in the 1962 film “Kid Galahad” and personal clothing.
Online bidding is underway at http://www .Graceland .com/Auction .
Presley was 42 when he died in 1977.
Tool to play music festival
NEW YORK — Tool, Chance the Rapper and Phoenix are set to the headline the Governors Ball music festival in New York City this summer.
Founders Entertainment announced Wednesday that Lorde, Childish Gambino, Wu-Tang Clan, Rae Sremmurd and Phantogram will also perform during the three-day event on Randall’s Island Park from June 2-4.
Tickets go on sale Friday. The festival is in its seventh year.
The Governors Ball will mark Tool’s first NYC performance in 11 years. Other performers include Bleachers, Cage the Elephant, Flume, BANKS, Schoolboy Q, Marshmello, Franz Ferdinand, Wiz Khalifa, Charli XCX, Kehlani and Tove Lo.
The Associated Press