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I think this is really cool! Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees has been knighted!

Barry Gibb, the frontman of legendary disco group the Bee Gees, was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

The ceremony took place Tuesday with the singer receiving the honor for his services to music and charity. Gibb, 71, attended the event with his wife, Linda and children, Michael, Alexandra and Ashley.

Gibb is the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, which also included his brothers Maurice and Robin. The band, which has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, is best known for songs such as "Staying Alive," "More Than a Woman" and "Tragedy" among others.

"If it was not for my brothers, I would not be here," Gibb said after being knighted. He would go on to call receiving the honor "surreal."

"It is a high award that your culture can give you and that is something I am enormously proud of," he continued.

I am so happy for Barry Gibb, but a little confused. I thought Mr. Gibb had a bad case of "Night Fever," right?

Be Well,
Steve


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Joe Jackson, father and manager of the Jackson 5, dead at 89
Joe Jackson, the patriarch and manager of the musical Jackson family, including the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson as a solo artist and Janet Jackson, has died at the age of 89.

Joe Jackson died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital following a battle with terminal cancer. Brian Oxman, a close friend of Joe Jackson's, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone.

"We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson's passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family," the estate of Michael Jackson, which includes co-executors John Branca and John McClain, said in a statement mentioning Joe Jackson's wife Katherine.

"We had developed a warm relationship with Joe in recent years and will miss him tremendously," they continued.

Joe Jackson's grandson, Randy Jackson Jr., also confirmed the family patriarch's death on Twitter. "RIP to the king that made everything possible!!! I love you grandpa," Randy Jr. said alongside an image of his grandfather.

Joe Jackson married Katherine, his second wife, in 1949 and settled down in Gary, Ind. The couple shared nine children together including Maureen, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy Sr., Janet and Michael -- who died at the age of 50 in 2009. Joe Jackson is also the father of Joh'Vonnie Jackson from an extramarital relationship.

Joe Jackson helped form and manage the Jackson 5 which consisted of Jermaine, Jackie, Tito Marlon and Michael. The band found success with hit songs including "I Want You Back" and "ABC," among others.

Joe Jackson managed Michael with his solo career starting with 1979's Off the Wall with Michael cutting ties with his father following the release of legendary album Thriller in 1982, the same year Joe Jackson launched Janet's musical career. Janet would also separate herself from her father professionally by 1986.

Joe Jackson was known as a strict leader who preferred his children call him by his name instead of dad or father. Michael would accuse Joe Jackson of being physically abusive during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993. Katherine and a number of Michael's siblings would defend Joe Jackson, however, in the face of abuse allegations.


Major Grammy categories to feature eight nominees
The Recording Academy has announced that the amount of nominees selected in major Grammy categories such as Record, Song and Album of the Year and Best New Artist, will be expanded from five to eight.

The change was announced to Recording Academy members on Tuesday and will be implemented with the 61st annual Grammy Awards in 2019.

Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said that expanding the amount of eligible nominees from five to eight in some of the Grammy's biggest categories will allow voters greater flexibility in choosing the year's best recordings.

"This creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition in these important categories and gives more flexibility to our voters when having to make the often challenging decisions about representing excellence and the best in music for the year. We look forward to celebrating all of our nominees when they are announced later this year," Portnow said in a statement.

The expansion comes following the 2018 Grammy Awards in January where Bruno Mars dominated the major categories, taking home the awards for Best Record, Song and Album.

The 2018 ceremony was criticized for the lack of female representation with male music stars Mars, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Khalid and producer No I.D. receiving the most nominations across a number of categories.


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"I thought the bathroom ended up looking like a Jackson Pollock."
--Steve Martin, joking about the state of his one bathroom after his bi-annual "colonoscopy party" with pals Tom Hanks and Martin Short, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!



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Camille Grammer: Kelsey Grammer 'acts like I never existed'
Camille Grammer says ex-husband Kelsey Grammer acts like she "never existed."

The 49-year-old television personality spoke out in a series of tweets Tuesday after Kelsey gushed about fourth wife Kayte Walsh and their family in a new interview.

"I don't begrudge him his happiness," Camille wrote. "What's unnerving is that fact I was there to help him get through some of his hardships and supported his career and his sobriety. I was rt by his side and he acts like I never existed that's disappointing."

"We were together through his success," she said. "I was there during the writers strike and the cancellation of Back to You. We moved the company to our home in Malibu. I sat at his bedside for 8 days straight while he was in the cardiac intensive care unit in NYC. I read him poetry and helped wash his hair. Now I don't exist."

Kelsey married Kayte in February 2011, just two weeks after his divorce from Camille was finalized. Camille and Kelsey, who are parents to 16-year-old daughter Mason and 13-year-old son Jude, initially split in July 2010 after 13 years of marriage.

"We have two beautiful children and I was blessed to have shared those years of my life with him. We have both moved on. Just wish it ended in a more civil manner," Camille tweeted.

Kelsey said in a new interview with Closer Weekly that life with Kayte and their three children, 5-year-old daughter Faith, 3-year-old son Kelsey and 19-month-old son Auden, is "fantastic."

"[Kayte] has a pristine and extraordinary ability to love," the actor said of his wife. "She loves being pregnant and being a mom."


Ray Davies says The Kinks are reuniting, working on new album
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies has said in a new interview that the band is getting back together and is working on a new album.

Davies made the comments Monday during an interview with Channel 4 where he received a phone call from Kinks drummer Mick Avory during the middle of the conversation. Davies then confirmed that they were meeting up and was working on a new album inspired by the Rolling Stones.

"We've been talking about it because I've got all these songs that I wrote, then the band - not broke up, we parted company - and I think it's kind of an appropriate time to do it," he said after getting off the phone.

Davies, when asked for clarification about reuniting said "Officially we are, yes... In the pub later on." The interview also included the rocker praising the Rolling Stones and how their well-organized comeback and U.K. tour inspired him.

"The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar," he said in comparison to the Rolling Stones.

The Kinks were founded in 1963 by Davies, his brother Dave, Avory and bassist Pete Quaife who died in 2010. The group was known for songs such as "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "A Well-Respected Man," "Waterloo Sunset" and "Lola" among others. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 before splitting up that same decade.

"The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick, never got along very well. But I've made that work in the studio and it's fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire," Davies also said in the interview.

Davies is set to release a new album, Our Country: Americana II on Friday, his second collaboration with the Jayhawks.


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Flip or Flop star Christina El Moussa shared plans Wednesday for her new HGTV series.

The 34-year-old television personality said on Instagram that she's "so excited" to star on the show Christina on the Coast.

"I'm so excited to announce my new series on HGTV called Christina on the Coast, which will debut in early 2019!" she wrote. "I will be helping homeowners redesign their outdated properties into beautiful spaces! #ChristinaOnTheCoast #HGTV."

HGTV confirmed the news in a press release. The network said Christina on the Coast will consist of eight episodes and follow El Moussa as she expands her design business in Southern California.

"Christina's design style is very popular, so it's a natural progression for us to expand her visibility with a new series," HGTV president Allison Page said. "Her fans are also deeply vested in her personal life and eager to see 'what happens next.'"

El Moussa split from husband and Flip or Flop co-star Tarek El Moussa in December 2016 after seven years of marriage. The pair remained co-stars and collaborated on a new season that premiered in May.

"The past few years have brought a lot of change into my life and I am so excited to see what the next stage has in store for me both personally and professionally," El Moussa said.

Tarek is also in talks for a new HGTV series.

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