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Friday, December 2, 2011

Eddie Longs Wife's Divorce Filing Sticks--She Still Wants to Call It Quits

Friday morning Vanessa Long, the wife of Bishop Eddie Long announced in a statement that she was filing for a divorce. Hours later  she recanted the filing in another statement released by New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.   She blamed that filing on years of attack from the media.  It read, "Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long. I love my husband."  Making matters more confusing and curious,  in yet another statement, Mrs. Longs attorneys said her original statement  still stands.  The Longs have been legally separated the most recent statement indicated and according to a 12-page divorce petition Mrs. Long  "is entitled to a divorce upon grounds that the marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken, there being no hope of reconciliation of the parties, and it being in the best interest of all parties concerned that this marriage be terminated by divorce."

This divorce drama follows the accusations of Bishop Eddie Long having sex with boys he mentored at his New Birth Baptist Church in Lithonia, GA.

Read more at  http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/02/bishop-eddie-longs-wife-files-for-divorce/.
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A GROUNDBREAKING, AWARD-WINNING YEAR OF BLESSINGS CONTINUES FOR R&B/GOSPEL ACT MARY MARY


INSPIRATIONAL DUO ADDS TWO JUST-ANNOUNCED GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINATIONS TO AN OUTSTANDING YEAR OF CHART SUCCESS, AWARDS, TELEVISION APPEARANCES, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS –
AND A NEW BABY ON THE WAY

2012 Grammy® Award Nominations for Best Gospel Album (“Something Big”)
 and Best Gospel Song (“Sitting With Me”)Arrive on the Heels of Nationally Televised Soul Train Awards Win and Spirited Performance


(New York, NY – December 1, 2011)  –  The amazing year that multi-Grammy® Award-winning My Block/Columbia recording artists Mary Mary has had thus far refuses to slow down, moving full-steam ahead in a blessed and highly favored fashion.  Their sixth studio album, released earlier this year and appropriately titled Something Big, has fueled one of the duo’s biggest, most successful years yet. 

Mary Mary – sisters Erica and Tina Campbell – have just been nominated for two 2012 Grammy® Awards:  for Best Gospel Song (“Sitting With Me”) and Best Gospel Album (“Something Big”). Adding to the pair’s three previous Grammys®, these nominations for music’s highest award continue to acknowledge an act with incredible staying power, functioning at the very highest levels of the music industry.

Just this past weekend, news broke of Mary Mary’s Soul Train Awards win for Best Gospel Performance (for their chart-topping single “Walking”).  Erica and Tina also gave a passionate performance of the soulful classic “Midnight Train to Georgia,” as part of the evening’s tribute to legend Gladys Knight.  The Grammy® nominations and Soul Train win follow earlier awards this year – including the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award and a top BET Award. The duo has also garnered six 2012 Stellar Awards, gospel music’s biggest night, will be held January 14, 2012, in Nashville, and will air later in national syndication and exclusively on cable on GMC. 

This year has also seen a long succession of high-profile national television appearances, including performances on the NAACP Image Awards, The Talk, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Mo’Nique Show and BET’s “Black Girls Rock.”  Erica and Tina also appeared as judges on this season’s edition of BET’s “Sunday Best.”  This summer, during an appearance on Good Morning America, while discussing their cause-related work with the American Red Cross, the duo revealed that Erica and her songwriter/producer husband Warryn Campbell are expecting the couple’s third child in February.

Further on the television front, the pair recently announced an exciting new original series, tentatively titled “Mary Mary,” premiering in March 2012 and airing on cable network WE tv.  The show follows the sisters in their daily lives as they work to do it all – busy career women touring the country to promote their album and walking red carpets, but also as sisters and mothers who strive to balance hectic careers with growing families.

This fall, the duo announced a strategic partnership with Pillsbury to launch new frozen breakfast items.  Mary Mary is also the featured artist behind the campaign’s catchy jingle, “Brand New Morning,” accompanying the new Pillsbury Frozen Breakfast TV spots, which began airing nationwide in September.
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2012 Grammy Award Nominations

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The 2012 Grammy Award nominations were announced Wednesday night in a live telecast on CBS hosted by LL Cool J.  Kanye West lead the list of nominees with seven nods, followed by Bruno Mars, Foos and  "Rolling in the Deep" Star Adele with 6.  

In R&B, Ledisi was nominated for 3 Grammys including R&B Song of the Year.

As usual there were some shockers that made the list, but the media was all a chatter about who did not get nominated.  "Born this Way" by Lady Gaga was not nominated for song of the year, after she debuted it in such a massive way at last year's Grammys.  However, Gaga did make the Album of the YEar category fro Even thought Kanye West has the most nods, his name is incognito in the Song of the Year" category.  Taylor Swift was also denied a spot for "Song of the Year."  In Gospel, Sunday Best newbie Leandria Johnson was nominated for Best Performance, surprisongly because her album has been out less than six months.  

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 12, 2012, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).


Artists were nominated in 78 categories, down from 103 the previous year. Congrulations to all nominees! 

Gospel nominees are listed below. For a complete list of 2012 Grammy Nominees click here.

BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Steven Curtis Chapman “Do Everything”
Natalie Grant “Alive (Mary Magdalene)”
Brandon Heath “Your Love”
Le’Andria Johnson “Jesus”
Chris Tomlin “I Lift My Hands”

BEST GOSPEL SONG
Kirk Franklin “Hello Fear”
Mary MarySitting With Me”
Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes “Spiritual”
Richard Smallwood & Vision “Trust Me”
Canton Jones “Window”

BEST GOSPEL ALBUM
Kim Burrell The Love Album
Andraé Crouch The Journey
Kirk Franklin Hello Fear
Mary Mary Something Big
Trin-I-Tee 5:7 Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

VALERIE SIMPSON AND MIKE STOLLER TO JOIN USHER IN A MOVING TRIBUTE TO SONGWRITERS ON "THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®"

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Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry Set to Present on CBS Entertainment Special Announcing Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 30 Telecast Will Feature a Special Live Announcement Regarding a Historic Band Reunion Set to Take Place on the GRAMMY Stage in February 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Valerie Simpson (of the hit songwriting/performing duo Ashford and Simpson) and Mike Stoller (of the GRAMMY®-winning songwriting team Leiber & Stoller) — both of whom lost their longtime songwriting partners (Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber) this past year — will join previously announced seven-time GRAMMY winner Usher in a moving tribute to songwriters on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" (www.grammy.com). R&B/rap star Nicki Minaj and pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry are the first presenters announced for the one-hour special, which takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show, which will also announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Other previously announced performers are country artist Jason Aldean, five-time GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga, three-time GRAMMY winner Ludacris, GRAMMY winner Lupe Fiasco, four-time GRAMMY winner Rihanna, GRAMMY-winning duo Sugarland, and country music sensation the Band Perry. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is once again set to host. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

The concert special marks the fourth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. In addition to unveiling nominations for the 54th GRAMMY Awards, "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!" will feature a special live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place on the GRAMMY stage on Feb. 12, 2012.


Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will enjoy an exclusive concert by the Band Perry. Tickets for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" are on sale now at www.nokiatheatrelalive.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000. For discounts on groups of 10 or more, and for more information on VIP packages, visit www.aegtickets.com or call 877.234.8425. A portion of the proceeds from this very special evening will benefit the GRAMMY Museum®.

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is producer.


Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
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