Singer Lena Horne Dies

Singer Lena Horne Dies
GRAMMY-winning jazz singer Lena Horne died Sunday in New York. No cause of death was provided. She was 92 years old. Horne's career spanned more than 60 years and included work in music, films, television, and Broadway. Known for her smooth vocal delivery, her signature songs included "Stormy Weather" and "Love Me Or Leave Me," the latter of which was her sole Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit. The first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major film studio, Horne appeared in films such as Broadway Rhythm, Panama Hattie and Swing Fever. She won two GRAMMY Awards, including Best Jazz Vocal Performance for An Evening With Lena Horne in 1995, and received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. "The incomparable Lena Horne had a sultry voice and mesmerizing stage presence that were instantly recognizable," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "She embraced activism and used her talent to fight for civil rights, helping to break down racial barriers for other singers and actors who would follow. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and fans worldwide." (5/10)

McGraw, Hill Organize Nashville Benefit
GRAMMY-winning husband-and-wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, along with AEG Live/the Messina Group, Live Nation, Outback Concerts, and Red Light Management, have organized a benefit concert to assist victims of the recent Tennessee floods. Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery will take place June 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and feature performances by artists including Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, McGraw and Hill, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood, among others. Tickets will go on sale to the public May 14 at Ticketmaster. (5/10)
 

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