Rock Hall Announces 2011 Nominees

Rock Hall Announces 2011 Nominees

Rock Hall Announces 2011 Nominees
Bon Jovi
, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Donovan, and Dr. John are first-time nominees among the 15 acts nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011. Other nominees include Beastie Boys, Chic, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits, and Chuck Willis. Inductees will be announced in December and honored at a ceremony on March 14 in New York. (9/28)

Opry Set To Reopen
The Grand Ole Opry will open its doors to the public for the first time on Sept. 28 since being hit by the flood that affected Nashville, Tenn., in May. A restoration project has since taken place to replace the stage, dressing rooms and audience seating. The Opry will celebrate its reopening on Tuesday with performances by GRAMMY winners Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, among others. (9/28)

Domingo To Leave Washington Opera
GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Plácido Domingo has announced he will leave the Washington National Opera when his contract expires next year. Domingo, who will be honored as the 2010 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in November and who recently extended his contract with the Los Angeles Opera through the 2012–2013 season, has served as general director of the Washington Opera since 2003, and as artistic director since 1996. (9/28)

MacArthur Foundation Announces Fellows
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced honorees for the MacArthur Fellows Program, including theater director David Cromer, jazz pianist/composer Jason Moran and violist/violinist/music educator Sebastian Ruth, among others. The recipients are being recognized for their "extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction," and will receive a $500,000 grant to be paid quarterly over five years. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that GRAMMY-winning Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim will be honored with a grant in his name to recognize outstanding teachers across the United States with $10,000 awards. The grants will be funded by Chairman of Music Theatre International Freddie Gershon, and his wife Myrna. (9/28)


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