Bronfman Resigns As WMG Chairman

Bronfman Resigns As WMG Chairman

Bronfman Resigns As WMG Chairman
Edgar Bronfman Jr.
will step down from his role as Chairman of Warner Music Group, effective Jan. 31, 2012, according to Billboard.biz. The news follows Bronfman's departure from his role as CEO of the company earlier this year. Bronfman will remain a member of WMG's Board of Directors, and a successor to the chairman position is expected to be announced in January. (12/6)

GRAMMY Foundation To Receive Honor From USC
The GRAMMY Foundation will be awarded the John C. Argue Dickens Medal of Honor in recognition of the organization's transformational impact on the music community in Southern California at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music's 25th Annual Charles Dickens Dinner on Dec. 9 in Los Angeles. The event will also honor Richard Carpenter with the Thornton Legacy Award, and alumni from the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp program will perform a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." (12/6)

Soul Singer Howard Tate Dies
GRAMMY-nominated soul singer Howard Tate died Dec. 2 following a battle with cancer. He was 72. Raised in Philadelphia, Tate started singing in his father's church and was subsequently discovered by producer/songwriter Jerry Ragovoy. Tate recorded a string of singles throughout the '60s and '70s, including "Ain't Nobody Home," which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart in 1966. Tate received additional exposure when several of his songs were recorded by the likes of Ry Cooder, Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King. In 1971 Janis Joplin covered Tate's "Get It While You Can," which peaked at No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100. Tate's sole GRAMMY nomination of his career came in 2003 for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Rediscovered. (12/6)

Jason Aldean Wins Big At American Country Awards
54th GRAMMY Awards nominee Jason Aldean was the big winner at the second annual American Country Awards on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, garnering six awards, including Artist of the Year; Single of the Year, Male for "My Kinda Party"; and Touring Artist of the Year. Current GRAMMY nominees Thompson Square and GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood won three awards each. Additional artists taking home awards were Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Blake Shelton. (12/6)

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