Lady Gaga will pay tribute to the late David Bowie during the Grammy Awards later this month.
The Grammys announced Tuesday that Gaga will perform a “multisensory tribute” to Bowie at the Feb. 15 ceremony in Los Angeles. Nile Rodgers, who worked with Bowie on the 1983 hit “Let’s Dance,” will be the musical director for Gaga’s tribute.
Bowie died of cancer last month only days after releasing a new album.
LL Cool J will be host of the annual music awards show for the fifth consecutive year. Other performers will include Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, The Weeknd and Adele. A special tribute to Lionel Richie also is planned for the show, which airs on CBS.
O.J. can’t watch TV series about his trial
A lawyer for O.J. Simpson said the former football star isn’t happy with ads and interviews about a cable TV series focusing on his 1995 murder acquittal. Attorney Malcolm LaVergne said that Simpson isn’t upset about how he’s shown, but he admired Johnnie Cochran and believes his defense lawyer at the trial is depicted unfairly by Courtney B. Vance. Simpson won’t be able to see the show, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” because Nevada prisons don’t carry the FX network, which debuted the 10-part show on Tuesday. Simpson, 68, is being held on a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction. He’ll be eligible for parole next year. The series cast also includes Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, David Schwimmer and Sterling K. Brown.
‘wonderful adventure’: Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus in an antique convertible similar to the one used in “Love Story” and reminisced about the film that made them household names nearly half a century ago. Both actors told students that the movie, which was partly shot on campus, has special meaning now that they’re in their 70s and in the twilight of their careers. They are co-stars in a national tour of the play “Love Letters.” “It was a wonderful, wonderful adventure,” said MacGraw, who lives in New Mexico. In the movie, MacGraw’s character dies of leukemia, and O’Neal noted that cancer has played a big part in his life off screen. He recently battled leukemia, which he said is now in remission. He also alluded to the 2009 cancer death of his longtime companion, actress Farrah Fawcett.
He’s back: NBC has signed a new production deal with prolific producer Dick Wolf, ensuring an 18th season of “Law & Order: SVU” and the continuation of his Chicago trilogy of dramas. Wolf had seemed close to the end of his run at NBC at the outset of this decade. The deal promises a second season of the newest drama, “Chicago Med.” NBC had earlier renewed “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”