Stevie Wonder

King Curtis was at the peak of his career when he died, at 37, in 1971. He had backed Aretha Franklin at her landmark shows at the Fillmore West, and recorded a couple of tracks for John Lennon’s “Imagine” album.

That Lil Nas X spent all of $30 to purchase the beat for “Old Town Road” has become the stuff of music-industry legend. As the story goes, a 19-year-old Dutch trap producer, Kiowa Roukema, who goes by YoungKio, built the beat from a sample of Nine Inch Nails’ “34 Ghosts…

There was no Adele, no Beyoncé and no Harry Styles. But there was the Ticketmaster-crashing Taylor Swift at the 50th American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The 32-year-old  superstar was rewarded with the night’s biggest haul — six awards, including Artist of the Year — extending her record number of AMAs to 40.

Pink received a standing ovation at the 2022 American Music Awards for honoring the late Olivia Newton-John with a moving performance of “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” The 43-year-old “F**kin Perfect” singer took the stage for the second time Sunday night to pay tribute to the 10-time AMA-winning “Grease” star. Pink sang her heart out on…

“It will take a lot more than ALS to silence this icon.”

Writer-director Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning screenplay about a teen rock journalist’s coming-of-age in the ’70s, “Almost Famous,” lands pretty much intact in Broadway’s latest pedestrian film-to-stage adaptation. For those who love the 2000 semi-autobiographical film, this version provides almost a complete re-enactment of the original (via a book written by Crowe),…

Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, better known for his role as The Hulk, has signed on to executive produce an upcoming docuseries that explores the fight against systemic injustice for Native communities. “Natives” aims to highlight the ground-breaking achievements of Indigenous activists and allies in what Ruffalo coins as “The…

Grammy-winner Jazmine Sullivan has teamed up with Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter Dernst “D’Mile’ Emile II for a possible Oscar contender for best original song. Variety has exclusively learned the song “Stand Up,” which will be featured in Orion and United Artists Releasing’s upcoming drama “Till,” will be submitted for Academy…

In the middle of the gangsta-rap heyday, “Gangsta’s Paradise” brought gravitas to the grittiness of thug life.