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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bob Dylan in 2012

Mr. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901. In choosing a popular musician for the literary world’s highest honor, the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels.

You can croon about unrequited love, dance with unbridled passion or dress up in drag. Just keep politics out of it. Organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest say the annual kitsch-fest, which is watched by almost 200 million people in dozens of countries, is about having a good time, not making political statements. Yet it didn't take long for someone to break the no-politics rule at this year's competition in Stockholm.


Jamala - Ukraine

Winner 2016 Eurovision 

On May 10, 2016 semifinal, the first of two leading up the grand final on Saturday, Armenian singer Iveta Mukuchyan waved the flag of Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist region that is officially part of Azerbaijan but currently under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces.   "I just want peace on our borders," Mukuchyan said at a news conference after the show. 

The 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York has been considered as the greates Rock Concert of all. The promotional message included a  white dove sits on a guitar handle above the tagline, '3 DAYS of PEACE & MUSIC.' A schedule with the names of the performers, including Joan Baez, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix appears on the bottom left hand side.


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The original venue plan was Woodstock, New York. After local residents quickly shot down that idea and another possible location was identified in Saugerties, New York. After much pushback, promoters found a farm owner named Max Yasgur who accepted $10,000 to let them have a "small" festival on his 300 acre property.

Taylor Swift is the big winner at 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The pop star swept the board at this year's ceremony in Las Vegas, taking home a total of eight prizes.Not only did the singer premiere her blockbuster video for Bad Blood – featuring the likes of Cindy Crawford, Kendrick Lamar and Lena Dunham – but the pop star also took home eight prizes including top artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 Album, top Billboard 200 artist, top Hot 100 artist and top streaming song.


Swift thanked "all the girls I talk to on the Internet and we talk about your feelings and you teach me your teen slang," during her speech for top female artist, and told her fans that she was "obsessed" with them: "You guys are the reason this year has happened the way that it's happened," she said. It was also a good year for Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith, who each won three awards, while One Direction, Hozier, Jason Aldean, Enrique Iglesias and John Legend, took home two. Calvin Harris also picked up the award for top dance/electronic artist.  The award ceremony was broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday May 17, 2015 on ABC Network.

Though the Grammys ceremony featured a reunion performance by surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, one of the most dramatic moments of the night was the mass live wedding during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's performance. Thirty-three couples were married live on stage during a performance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's single about equality, "Same Love."


The marriages included a mixture of gay and straight couples and were officiated by the rapper and actress Queen Latifah. She was joined on stage by a surprise appearance from Madonna, who was dressed in a white suit accessorised with cowboy hat and cane, and singer Mary Lambert.