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2014 MTV Music Video Award Nominees

With the live broadcast show set to take place on August 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards nominations have been announced, with Beyoncé leading the field with eight nominations, including for the coveted Video of the Year for Drunk in Love. The superstar's other nominations include Best Female Video for Partition; Best Collaboration (featuring Jay-Z) for Drunk in Love; Best Direction for Pretty Hurts; Best Choreography for Pretty Hurts, and Best Video with a Social Message for Pretty Hurts. Eminem and Iggy Azalea follow close on Beyoncé's heels with several nominations each. Other artists with multiple nominations include Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Pitbull, Zedd and Hayley Williams.

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Spotlight on The Monkees

Backed by a seven piece band, The Monkees recently entertained fans at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, confirming that they still have the star quality that put them in the spotlight in the 1960s. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork opened their set with their ageless hit Last Train to Clarksville with scenes from the television series that started it all showing on a big screen as a backdrop. Other songs featured in the live concert included Papa Gene's Blues, Your Auntie Grizelda, The Kind of Girl I Could Love, I’m a Believer, Mary, Mary and Sweet Young Thing. The band paid tribute to Davy Jones, who passed away in February 2012, with a soulful rendition of Shades of Grey.

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The Musical Heritage of Gerry Goffin

While performing artists and musicians are often in the limelight, songwriters are sometimes forgotten or receive only some of the reflected glory. The recent passing of Gerry Goffin at the age of 75 has reminded music-lovers of the many songs he penned, either solo or with his first partner Carole King and other songwriters. Husband and wife from 1959 to 1968, the duo were honored for their contribution to music by being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Following their divorce, Goffin and King continued to write chart-topping songs together for some time, and he also collaborated with other songwriters, including Russ Titelman, Barry Mann, Barry Goldberg and Michael Masser.

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Celebrating Worldwide Music Day

Set to take place on 21 June 2014 – the day of the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Worldwide Music Day events are planned in 520 cities around the world. Thanks to musicians, bands, choirs, orchestras, soloists and DJs performing free of charge, events are open to the public to enjoy. The concept of Worldwide Music Day was initiated in 1982 by French cultural minister at the time, Jack Lang, with the first Fête de la Musique taking place in Paris. The concept soon spread to other countries and has become a hugely successful event that continues to grow.

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An Interactive Experience at LA's GRAMMY Museum

Located in downtown Los Angeles, the GRAMMY Museum is dedicated to Grammy Award winners, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about various genres of music by means of interactive touch-screens, recording booths, videos and other hi-tech multimedia. The museum is also home to an extensive collection of items related to the GRAMMYs, including musical instruments, records, costumes, hand-written lyrics and audio/video recordings. Since opening in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum has presented more than 300 public programs where, by means of its carefully constructed educational programs, thousands of local school students have enjoyed learning about music, with many being inspired to develop their musical creativity.

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