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Last Update on May 04, 2016 07:07 GMT

"HAMIL-TONYS?" LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA'S MUSICAL SETS RECORD FOR NOMINATIONS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that it has captured the most nominations ever for a single year of the Tony Awards, "Hamilton" will set out to become the production to win the most Tonys in a year. The musical has captured 16 nominations -- doing so in all 13 categories in which it was eligible. Among the nods Hamilton is up for is best new musical. It also picked up seven acting nominations, including nods for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson and Renee Elise Goldsberry.

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004-r-30-(Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor who wrote music, lyrics and book for "Hamilton", singing "Alexander Hamilton" from the Broadway musical "Hamilton")--Sound of Lin-Manuel Miranda singing excerpt of "Alexander Hamilton" from the Broadway musical "Hamilton." (4 May 2016)

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005-r-26-(Zachary Levi, actor, performing "She Loves" from the cast album of the Broadway revival of "She Loves Me")--Sound of Zachary Levi singing excerpt of "She Loves Me" from the Broadway revival of "She Loves Me." (4 May 2016)

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PRINCE - RADIO TRIBUTE

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The latest planned tribute to Prince is a musical one -- being organized by a Minnesota radio station. The Minnesota Public Radio station is inviting stations around the country to play Prince's hit "Nothing Compares 2 U" this afternoon at 5:07 p.m., Central time. Why? "Nothing Compares 2 U" contains the lyric "7 hours and 13 days" -- and 5:07 p.m. would mark that length of time since Prince died. So far, stations in Seattle, Philadelphia, New York and Austin, Texas are among those that have signed on for the tribute.

PRINCE - LARRY GRAHAM

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) -- Larry Graham says there's no telling what might be left in Prince's musical vaults. Graham says over the years, he and other band members had recorded a lot more material with Prince than ever made it onto a single or album. Trouble is, Graham says, he has no idea what Prince did with those recordings. He says he doesn't know what stuff Prince left and what he got rid of. Graham added that while people knew Prince as a musician, in his later life he got his biggest joy from sharing the Bible with others as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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PRINCE - DWAYNE WADE

UNDATED (AP) -- Celebrities have fans. But some celebrities are fans of other famous people. Dwayne Wade found that out when he heard that Prince described Wade as his favorite basketball player. The Miami Heat guard tells Twitter he had "all kinds of emotions" after hearing that. He says hearing Prince say he was his favorite, "was an ultimate compliment."

PRINCE - FORMER ASSISTANT

NEW YORK (AP) -- It isn't just fans wondering what happened to cause Prince to die so suddenly. One of the musician's former assistants says she is still trying to figure out how someone so healthy could have died. Mariah Brown says she never saw Prince take drugs while she worked for him and that the musician had "more energy" than she did and most people she knew. Prince was found dead at his home two weeks ago. Toxicology reports from his autopsy won't be available for a while. But a law enforcement official has told the AP investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose.

TUPAC SHAKUR'S MOM ON "STILL ALIVE" RUMORS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Since Tupac Shakur was shot in 1996, some have insisting there was a conspiracy and that the rap icon was alive and well. Apparently, one of those people was not Tupac's mom, Afeni (ah-FEE'-nee) Shakur, who died Monday. In a 2005 interview, she dismissed fans wrapped up in conspiracy theories, saying she "decided to deal with the living." She said she needed to focus on what she needed to do in life, adding: "it ain't trying to figure out who killed Tupac." For the last two decades of her life, Afeni Shakur also focused on maintaining her son's legacy and managing his music catalog. She was 69.

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015-a-10-(Ricky Buquia (BOO'-kwah), family friend of Afeni Shakur, with reporters)-"to help people"-Afeni Shakur family friend Ricky Buquia says her death is a real loss to the community. (4 May 2016)

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"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a good night for the ladies on "The Voice." All made it through last night, staying out of this week's bottom two. Nick Hagelin from Team Xtina and Team Pharrell's Daniel Passino had to battle it out for the instant Twitter save. Daniel seemed to know what was in store as he smiled and patted Nick on the shoulder for encouragement. It was Daniel who came up short when the results were announced. That leaves Team Pharrell with just a single singer in the Top 9. Team Xtina and Team Blake have three apiece. Team Adam has two artists still in the competition.

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GEORGE LUCAS MUSEUM FLAP

CHICAGO (AP) -- The struggle continues over the effort by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to build a lakefront museum in Chicago. Opponents of the project say they aren't crazy about an alternate site offered for the project. The city is considering putting the $400 million art museum where a convention complex now stands. While the Friends of the Parks group says it won't reject the new site out of hand, they don't feel it should be along the lakefront at all.

KATE UPTON ENGAGED

NEW YORK (AP) -- We can't be sure how their kids turn out, if they have any. But it's a safe bet they could be thespians with an eye for fashion -- and a mean curveball. Actress Kate Upton has announced that she's engaged to star baseball pitcher Justin Verlander. Upton showed off her engagement rock on the red carpet in New York Monday night, saying Verlander made the pitch for her hand in marriage just before the baseball season started -- and she's glad to be able to talk about it now.

NIELSEN RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Big Bang Theory" was the comedy winner in TV last week. And like the front-runners in the presidential sweepstakes lately, the victory was decisive. Nielsen reports the CBS sitcom was seen by 14.1 million last Thursday, by far the nation's most-watched program. Overall, the network was the week's leader when it came to viewership.

 
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