Music News: Bob Dylan accepts Nobel in private ceremony


A person supposedly being the US artist Bob Dylan wearing a black jacket and a hoodie is photographed while entering the backstage door at Stockholm Waterfront April 1, 2017, where Bob Dylan is performing the same night. There is no certain confirmation yet if this is in fact Bob Dylan pictured. Dylan is in Sweden to perform but also to receive his Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal during his visit to Sweden. (Jessica Gow | Getty Images)

On Saturday, Bob Dylan finally appeared in Stockholm to accept his Nobel Prize in Literature. Swedish Academy member Klas Ostergren said "the ceremony was a small, intimate event in line with the singer's wishes, with just academy members and a member of Dylan's staff attending."

Dylan was in town to perform a pair of concerts, which proceeded as usual with absolutely no mention of the prize. There were hopes that he'd present the required Nobel lecture during the visit, but instead he says he'll send a recorded version later. It was a significant weekend for Dylan in another respect: Triplicate, his 38th studio album, was released on Friday to warm reviews. (MPR News)

Gord Downie wins big at Juno Awards

Singer Gord Downie was the big winner at this year's Juno Awards for excellence in Canadian music, winning a total of five awards between his solo music and his work with the Tragically Hip. Downie has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, and last year's Tragically Hip tour was presented as a goodbye to the band's many fans.

The Junos were presented at a private gala dinner on Saturday and in a televised Sunday ceremony. The Tragically Hip won Group of the Year and Downie won Songwriter of the Year for his solo album Secret Path. Album of the Year went to the late Leonard Cohen for You Want it Darker, and Alessia Cara won Best Pop Album for Know-it-All. (Billboard)

Chance creates arts and literature fund for Chicago

Chance the Rapper announced on Friday that he's launching a philanthropic venture called the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund. In collaboration with the Children's First Fund, Chance's new fund will support the improvement of arts education programs in the Chicago Public Schools. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering Rosie Hamlin

Singer-songwriter Rosie Hamlin has died of undisclosed health issues at age 71. Hamlin was best-known for the 1960 hit "Angel Baby," a song she wrote at the young age of 14 and recorded with a group called Rosie and the Originals. The song was a top five hit, and was called "one of my all-time favorite songs" by John Lennon — who recorded a cover version during the sessions for his album Rock 'n' Roll. (Rolling Stone)

Steve Perry will appear at Rock Hall induction, but won't sing

Steve Perry, whose powerful voice led Journey through their '80s heyday, will appear at this week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony to be inducted along with his former bandmates — but keyboardist Jonathan Cain says that Perry doesn't plan to perform with the group. Instead, Journey's current vocalist Arnel Pineda will do the musical honors. (Consequence of Sound)

Where art thou, Weezy?

On Friday night, a Target Center audience waiting for Lil Wayne to perform — after all the openers, including Rick Ross, had already gone through their sets — were shocked to hear that the remainder of the concert was off. "Lil Wayne has postponed his set tonight at Target Center due to plane mechanical issues," announced Target Center. No details on a rescheduled date have yet been announced.

The no-show was the latest in a string of bummers for local Weezy fans — in 2015, another scheduled show was canceled at the last minute, and this year's show had already been postponed once. (Pioneer Press)

Jack Black does Prince

This is what it sounds like...when Jack Black sings "When Doves Cry." The singer-songwriter and actor busted out with his take on Prince during a performance by his band Tenacious D at a German music festival. (NPR)

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