Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Short Takes: Johnny Cash, Madonna, Robin Gibb, Mel Tillis, Grammy Awards, Bonnaroo

Johnny Cash will be the subject of a new museum opening in downtown Nashville. The new facility is being put together by William W. Miller, Jr. who wrote a biography of Cash and was friends with the singer for 25 years. The museum will include items from Cash's Hendersonville, TN home along with artifacts donated by the Carter family. An official announcement is coming sometime this week.

Rosanne Cash told the AP that, if anyone is going to do the job, it's Miller. "I think he’ll do something with dignity and class that’s historically important, not some kitschy thing. I’m very interested in seeing what he does."

Madonna has reacted to M.I.A.'s stunt during last week's Super Bowl performance. The rapper extended her middle finger while on camera, drawing a raft of criticism after the broadcast.

Madge said that she didn't know about it until after leaving the stadium and "wasn't happy."

"I know it's kind of punk rock and everything, but to me, there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, and it just seemed negative. It's kind of a teenager irrelevant thing to do in one respect, but there was such a feeling of love and unity there so what was the point? It was just out of place."

Robin Gibb told onlookers at a Sunday night charity show that he is doing really well. "The cancer's almost gone. I feel fantastic. From now on it's just what they could describe as a 'mopping-up' operation. I am very active and my sense of well-being is good."


The big news tomorrow will be the official announcement of the lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Festival. This years gathering is scheduled for June 7 to 10.

Mel Tillis received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama on Monday in a ceremony at the White House. As part of the ceremony, Obama pledged to keep the arts and humanities a priority for the rest of his term in office.

The Grammy's delivered their biggest audience since 1984 and the peak of Michael Jackson fever.

39.9 million people watched the awards, making them the second biggest ever just behind the night that Jackson took home a record eight Grammys for his Thriller album (7) and one for his E.T. recording. That's up a whopping 13.9 million over the people who watched last year.

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