Traditionally, the Billboards Music Awards show has been less about the trophies — which reflect success on the Billboard charts — and more about the performances.
That certainly was true Sunday night when the show was aired live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC-TV.
Prince received the Icon Award, but instead of an acceptance speech, the legendary artist entertained viewers with a rare TV performance, closing the show with a melody of his jams in a turquoise and purple ensemble.
He completely jammed out on the guitar while performing his 1984 hit song, “Let’s Go Crazy.” Then, he transitioned into his new song “Fixurlifeup,” which he released in April.
Book on home-grown terrorists
The author of best-sellers about Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaida is working on a book about terrorists in the United States. Crown Publishers announced Monday that CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen has a deal for a definitive book on homegrown terrorism. The book will cover topics including the Boston Marathon bombings and the impact of government surveillance. Bergen’s previous works include “The Osama bin Laden I Know,” “Holy War Inc.” and “The Longest War.” His most recent book, “Manhunt,” was adapted into an HBO documentary.
Israel honors streisand: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will present Barbra Streisand with an honorary doctorate next month because of her concern for human rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people. Streisand, 71, is expected to perform at a June conference in honor of the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres. She will also appear in two public concerts. It will be the first time Streisand has performed in Israel. The university’s school of Jewish studies is named after Streisand’s father, Emanuel.
concert news: The Minnesota State Fair added buzz to its 2013 music lineup by announcing performers at the Leinie’s Bandshell and other free stages. The bandshell will feature Texas country starlet Sunny Sweeney (Aug. 22-23), undying “Don’t Fear the Reaper” rockers Blue Őyster Cult (Aug. 24-25), matured teen-popsters Hanson of “MMMBop” fame (Aug. 26-27), former Prince protégé Sheila E. (Aug. 28-29), sacred-steel rockers Robert Randolph & the Family Band (Aug. 30-31) and Branson, Mo., mainstays Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers (Sept. 1-2).
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