WITNESS SAYS R. KELLY LOCKED HER IN ROOM BEFORE ASSAULT
NEW YORK _ A former radio intern who thought she scored her first celebrity interview with R. Kelly says she woke up certain she had been violated. The woman, who was 21 at the time and is now 39, testified at Kelly's sex-trafficking trial in New York that she was invited to fly to Kelly's studio in 2003 -- with the singer picking up the tab. The woman says she was taken to a room that was locked from the outside for two days before she was given food. She says she passed out after a few bites. She says she woke up without her clothes and Kelly pulling on his pants in the corner. She eventually was given a flight home. The woman admitted on cross-examination that she had a cell phone with her in the locked room but never called 9-1-1. Kelly has denied doing anything wrong.
BRETT ELDREDGE MEETS A BEAR IN THE GARAGE
ASHEVILLE, N.C. _ Brett Eldredge says he "opened the garage door to go on a hike and had a new friend waiting to say hello." It was a bear. Eldredge posted an Instagram video of the bear entering the garage of a home in Asheville, North Carolina and knocking over a trash bin. Eldredge and another man yelled to scare it off. The bear eventually gave up. Eldredge seems to have a way with animals trying to meet him. In 2017, he posted a video of a snake coming out of a toilet while he was staying at a resort in the Bahamas.
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO WILL HAVE GRANDMASTER FLASH AS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Grandmaster Flash will be an artist in residence at the University of Buffalo for the upcoming semester. He will connect with students digitally later this month, then be in person starting September 30th. He will conduct a master class on October 1st, and the next day, students will share their work with him. Flash says it's important to him to tell the whole story of hip-hop, so the next generation will take it in new directions.
CMA AWARDS NOMINATIONS REVEALED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Carly Pearce says she wrote her "29" album to sort through her divorce and the death of her friend and producer. She says to see it recognized as an album of the year contender for the Country Music Association Awards blows her away. Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead the nominations with five each. Miranda Lambert earns three more nominations, bringing her all-time total for C-M-A nominations to 58. That ties Lambert with Brad Paisley for third-most overall. Morgan Wallen's "Dangerous: The Double Album" is a notable nominee for album of the year. The C-M-A declared him ineligible for awards but is allowing his music to be awarded. Wallen came under criticism when a video showing him using a racial slur surfaced earlier this year. The C-M-A Awards will be November 10th.
(Music Report by The Canadian Press)
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