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Country Music HOF Honors Kenny Rogers

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is paying tribute to Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Rogers with a new exhibition detailing his lengthy and ongoing career in the music industry. Entitled Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, the exhibition opens August 15 and will remain open to the public through to June 14, 2015. Visitors to the Country Music HOF will have the opportunity to view some of the numerous awards made to the popular singer-songwriter, who has sold more than 165 million records worldwide and charted over 120 hit singles in various genres.

Other items on show include Rogers' costumes, sheet music and a vast array of memorabilia from the musician's private collection, and well as from the various artists he has collaborated with over the years. Notable items on display include the rhinestone-studded velvet jacket and dress worn by Dolly Parton when performing their hit duo "Islands in the Stream" on her television show, Dolly, as well as a rhinestone-embellished denim outfit worn by Rogers in his 1970s era as frontman of Kenny Rogers and The First Edition.

Visitors will also see items from his stint in the Gambler television series, such as his brass-topped cane, gun belt, fedora, Western-cut jacket, shirt and brocade vest. An assortment of cameras used by Rogers in his photography work are on display, including his Linhof Master Technika Classic camera with which he took the portraits of country artists featured in his book Kenny Rogers: This Is My Country.

Awards on display include Grammy statuettes; the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award; the Academy of Country Music's Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award; and the Honorary Master of Photography Award from the Professional Photographers of America.

The guests at the special opening event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 13, included members of the First Edition – the band with which he had his earliest recording success – as well as other musicians, music industry executives and media representatives.


Spotlight On: The Beatles

Widely considered to be one of the best bands of all time, The Beatles took the world by storm in the 1960s, stirring up emotions among fans in a phenomenon that came to be known as 'Beatlemania'. This fan-frenzy is well documented in film footage of The Beatles arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and when the 'Fab Four' from Liverpool performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, with (mainly female) fans screaming, crying and fainting. Their music started out mainly as rock 'n roll, with later albums experimenting with a variety of genres, such as pop ballad, hard rock and psychedelic, with elements of classical music skillfully blended in.


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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