Country Legend Jimmy Dean Dies
GRAMMY-winning country artist Jimmy Dean died Sunday at his home in Varina, Va. No cause of death was provided. He was 81 years old. Dean was known for his work in music, television and film, and as a sausage business entrepreneur with the Jimmy Dean Meat Company. His signature songs included "Big Bad John," which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and won him a GRAMMY for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961, and hits such as "I.O.U." and "The Cajun Queen." Dean also hosted the variety television program "The Jimmy Dean Show" in the mid-'60s and appeared regularly on the "Daniel Boone" series. He was among this year's inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. "The world has lost a great country music artist, entrepreneur, and witty character, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, his friends and his fans," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.
"Memphis" Wins Best Musical At Tonys
"Memphis" took home Best Musical honors at the 2010 Tony Awards Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "Memphis," with music by GRAMMY-winning Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro, also won awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre and Best Orchestrations. GRAMMY winners Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Will Smith's production of "Fela!" was honored with awards for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical. Also picking up awards was "American Idiot," based on the GRAMMY-winning Green Day album, for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. (6/14)
World Cup Concert Draws 8.5 Million Viewers
The FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert on June 10 in Soweto, South Africa, drew nearly 8.5 million South African television viewers, according to Nielsen. The concert, which was the highest-viewed local entertainment event since the 2008 South African Music Awards drew approximately 5 million viewers, was broadcast live around the world and included performances by GRAMMY winners Black Eyed Peas, Juanes, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, and Shakira, among others. (6/14)