Peaceful protestor Abel Tesfaye. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TW The Grammys governing body voted to eliminate the use of anonymous expert committees on Friday, a process that has longed spurred controversy. The anonymous committees, made up of music professionals, review 61 of the 84 categories, determining the nominees from selections made by the academy’s thousands of voters. Committees will no longer be used for the top four awards or genre categories, but remain for 11 “craft” categories for production, packaging, album notes, and more. The board of trustees also reduced the number of genre categories an academy member may vote on from 15 to 10 and added two new awards: Best Global Music Performance and Best Música Urbana Album. Ahead of this year’s Grammys, the Weeknd announced he was boycotting the awards going forward. “Because of the secret committees,” the Weeknd told The New York Times , “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” He joined a loud chorus of largely Black artists in hip-hop and R&B who have been shut out of general categories, locked in genre categories, or, in the case of his record-breaking album After Hours , completely snubbed . The legitimacy of the nominations process was called into question last year when Deborah Dugan , the academy’s former chief and first female president, accused committee members of having conflicts of interests. In one example from the legal complaint about her removal from the job, per the Times , an artist who was up for Song of the Year was allowed to sit on the committee and was further represented by a board member. Last year, the Grammys added a requirement that committee members sign disclosure forms noting connections or direct ties to nominees. These changes will take effect for next year’s 64th annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2022. We’ll be there, but will the Weeknd? Sources new york times … [Read more...] about The Grammys Ditch Controversial Anonymous Nominating Committees
May 07, 2021 - 12:14 BST Sharnaz Shahid Charles Spencer has posted a rare throwback photo of the Queen's grandmother Queen Mary with his own late grandfather. Take a look here... Charles Spencer has touched upon his family ties with the royal family in his latest Instagram post. On Friday, the brother of the late Princess Diana shared a rare throwback photo of his grandfather pictured with Queen Mary, the Queen 's late grandmother, at Sulgrave Manor. MORE: Charles Spencer's portrait of his grandmother bears a striking resemblance to Princess Diana Loading the player... WATCH: Charles Spencer shares stunning addition to family home Althorp House "My grandfather showing Queen Mary round Sulgrave Manor - Northamptonshire home to George Washington’s forebears," he wrote in the caption. MORE: Charles Spencer breaks silence after Prince William and Harry reunite READ: Charles Spencer reveals changes at Althorp House ahead of Princess Diana's birthday "Rather a stiff official photographic record of the day - hopefully they both enjoyed it all, rather more than their faces suggest… #georgewashington #queensofengland #spencerfamily." Sulgrave Manor is the ancestral home of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America - it was purchased in 1914 by a committee including members of the royal family, the then American Ambassador, and the 6th Earl Spencer (the current Earl Spencer's great-grandfather). View this post on Instagram A post shared by Charles Spencer (@charles.earl.spencer) Charles posted this old photograph of his grandfather with Queen Mary Charles' followers were quick to comment on the historic post, with one saying: "I'm sure they did. You can just see our Queen's face in Queen Mary's can't you?" Another remarked: "What a great picture." MORE: Charles Spencer is … [Read more...] about Charles Spencer shares rare photo of royal family member – fans react
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS The Grammys may have changed for the Weeknd, but don’t expect the Weeknd to change for the Grammys. The Recording Academy recently announced it would stop using anonymous committees to determine nominations in most of its categories — a change that came after loud criticism from the Weeknd, whose blockbuster album After Hours earned zero nominations at this year’s awards . After the Weeknd committed, days before the 2021 ceremony, to no longer enter his music for future Grammys because of the “secret committees,” the star stuck to his promise after the Academy’s announcement. “Even though I won’t be submitting my music, the Grammys’ recent admission of corruption will hopefully be a positive move for the future of this plagued award and give the artist community the respect it deserves with a transparent voting process,” the Weeknd said in a May 3 statement to the New York Times . The musician, born Abel Tesfaye, elaborated in an interview with Variety . “I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start,” he said, adding that he is still “uninterested” in participating in the Grammys. The interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., gave insight into the decision in a separate interview with Variety . Mason told the magazine that the change had been in the works for nearly two years and called the final vote “a landslide.” When asked specifically about how the Weeknd’s statement played into the decision, Mason said, “Any time an artist, especially one of that stature, calls our process into question or thinks something is unfair … the Academy is of course going to be affected by that and want to work to make things better.” Mason also updated Variety on the Recording Academy’s search for a permanent president, saying a final decision should come “by the end of May or the … [Read more...] about The Weeknd Still Won’t Participate in the Grammys After Committees Eliminated
May 02, 2018 - 16:17 BST Emmy Griffiths Find out everything you need to know about Prince Louis' namesake, Lord Louis Mountbatten Prince William and Kate Middleton 's third child, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, is thought to be named after his great-grandfather Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, but how much do you know about the man behind his namesake? Find out everything you need to know about Lord Mountbatten, from his impressive career to his family connections to the Queen as well as Prince Philip. Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten was known by his family as simply 'Dickie' and was born in Windsor in 1900 as the son of Prince Louis of Batternberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse. Lord Mountbatten was a military man His own great grandmother was Queen Victoria, meaning that he was also the second cousin to Queen Elizabeth as well as uncle to Prince Philip. Lord Mountbatten was considered to be a father figure to Prince Philip, who had an unusual childhood after his family were exiled from Greece in the 1920s. He was also, incidentally, the one who first introduced Philip to a 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth after inviting the royal family to tour Dartmouth Royal Naval College. After Prince Philip denounced his title as the Prince of Greece in order to marry the then-Princess Elizabeth, he took his uncle's surname of 'Mountbatten' instead. MORE: Actors who have played members of the royal family He was a mentor to Prince Charles He also become a close friend and mentor to Prince Philip's eldest son, Prince Charles. According to biographer Jonathan Dimbleby, the pair would call each other 'honorary grandfather' and 'honorary grandson'. One of Prince William's middle names is also Louis, which is thought to be after his father's mentor. READ: Prince Louis' surprising connection to Emma Thompson's husband Greg Wise Lord Mountbatten … [Read more...] about Who was Lord Louis Mountbatten? Everything you need to know about Prince Louis’ namesake
April 28, 2021 - 11:02 BST Eve Crosbie The popular BBC crime drama welcomed Line of Duty's very own DI Steve Arnott actor Martin Compston - did you spot him? Death in Paradise has welcomed some huge stars over the years, but did you know a certain member of AC-12 appeared in the beloved series? MORE: 6 questions we need answering in Line of Duty series six finale Line of Duty's very own DI Steve Arnott actor Martin Compston paid a visit to the island of Saint Marie way back in season five, when Humphrey Goodman, portrayed by Kris Marshall, was still the show's main detective. In the episode titled Dishing Up Murder, Martin plays a young sous chef named Dexter, who finds himself accused of murdering his boss, a brilliant but volatile chef. Loading the player... WATCH: HELLO! Insider breaks down episode six of Line of Duty The synopsis for the episode reads: "The team enter the high-pressure world of fine dining when a well-known chef is murdered in his own restaurant. Florence has one final lesson on love for DI Goodman and Dwayne gets a chance to repay an old debt." Viewers can catch the episode on BBC iPlayer, where all ten series of Death in Paradise are currently available to watch. MORE: Line of Duty star Stephen Graham's role in Peaky Blinders confirmed MORE: Death in Paradise: Everything we know so far about series 11 Martin flew out to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe to film the episode back in 2015, between Line of Duty's second and third seasons. Speaking about how the two crime dramas compared to one another, he told What's on TV : " Line of Duty is a tough old shoot, so getting to work on such a beautiful beach in the Caribbean was perfect, just what I needed." Martin played a young chef on series five of Death in Paradise He continued: "In between filming, myself and the other guest stars would sunbathe together or hire … [Read more...] about Line of Duty: did you spot this AC-12 detective in Death in Paradise?
April 22, 2021 - 13:20 BST Emmy Griffiths Line of Duty won't be on our screens forever, so what else is a top choice for fans of the show? Line of Duty 's penultimate episode airs on Sunday, and while we are devastated that it is nearly over (it feels like it's only just returned to our lives!), for fans of the series, we have just the thing to watch next that we think you might love. Check out our top pick shows for Line of Duty fans here... MORE: Line of Duty: breaking down season six theories so far Happy Valley - BritBox This outstandingly good series follows a Yorkshire sergeant, Catherine Cawood, as she deals with the kidnap for ransom of a local businessman's daughter , as well as a very complicated home life; bringing up her son of her late daughter, who died by suicide after she was assaulted by Tommy Lee Royce... who has just been released from prison. Loading the player... WATCH: Have you seen Happy Valley yet? Strike - BBC iPlayer Based on the bestselling novels by JK Rowling, this drama follows Cormoran Strike, an army veteran turned private detective with an estranged rockstar father, and his office assistant turned partner Robin. Each season is better than the last, and sees Cormoran and Robin take on an assortment of grisly investigations in London. No Offence - Channel 4 This whip-smart, seriously underrated Channel 4 show is based in Manchester and follows a team of detectives looking into a serial killer who has been targeting girls with Down syndrome. As another girl is killed, the race is on to stop the culprit, before he strikes again. Giri/Haji - Netflix With a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is absolutely one to catch up on if you haven't watched it yet. The story follows a Tokyo detective, Kenzo Mori, who travels to London in search of his brother, Yuto, who in turn has been accused of murdering a Yakuza family member. … [Read more...] about Line of Duty: 5 shows to watch if you love police drama