Eddie Murphy, famous for his stand-up routines, films and his early breakout on "Saturday Night Live," will be awarded the nation's top prize for humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Murphy, 54, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 18 in a show that will be broadcast nationally. The humor prize honors those who influence society in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, the writer and social commentator.
Through his work, Murphy "has shown that like Mark Twain, he was years ahead of his time," said Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter.
Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson have all hailed Murphy for his influence and for breaking new ground in films. Morgan has called Murphy his "comic hero" and said Murphy set the tone for the entire industry long ago.
In a statement, Murphy said he was deeply honored by the recognition. Past honorees include Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg.
Murphy's films include "48 Hours," "Trading Places," "Dr. Dolittle" and "Coming to America."
Swift's mom has cancer
Taylor Swift revealed to her fans Thursday that her mother has cancer. Swift wrote about the news in a post on Tumblr. Swift said she wants to keep the details private, but said her mother wanted her fans to know what was going on. The 25-year-old singer said she asked her mother to see her doctors as a Christmas gift. She said "there were no red flags," but they later learned Andrea Swift had cancer. Swift urged her young fans to remind their parents to get checkups.
Writing: Her immediate plans are to host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. But Taraji P. Henson also has a memoir in her future. The Oscar-nominated actress, who stars as Cookie Lyon in the Fox series "Empire," has a deal for a 2016 release.
Fellows: Minneapolis choreographer Rosy Simas attracted accolades last year for her multimedia project "We Wait in Darkness," which draws on her Seneca heritage and critiques treatment of native tribes. Now Simas is one of five choreographers in North America to receive a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She plans to use her $54,000 grant to develop a new work, "Skin(s)," that is co-commissioned by Intermedia Arts of Minneapolis and two California arts organizations. "It deals with questions around how we in native urban communities, which are intertribal and interracial, perceive each other, looking beyond the color of our skin," Simas said. The work will get its local premiere at Intermedia Arts in 2016. Two other Minnesotans are among the 175 artists, scholars and scientists named fellows for 2015. Timothy J. Kehoe, a professor of economics at the University of Minnesota and adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will use his grant to study the impact of NAFTA and trade liberalization. Art historian Matthew P. Canepa, also a U professor, will do research on visual cultures in Persia and the ancient Iranian world.
Celebrating: The heir to the British throne and his consort, Camilla, are celebrating 10 years of marriage. Prince Charles, 66, and 67-year-old Camilla celebrated at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.