Music News: Selena's star unveiled on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Selena's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Singer Selena Quintanilla is honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (TARA ZIEMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of fans filled Vine Street in Los Angeles on Friday, the largest crowd ever to attend the unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They were there to honor Selena, the Texas-born pop star of Mexican and Cherokee descent who died tragically young in 1995.

L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti, a Mexican-American, spoke at the event, delivering his remarks in both English and Spanish. "This is history in the making," he said. "Selena was an angel, and we thank the family for all they gave and have given this country, and it's a message we need now more than ever. Because we aren't strangers to this land, this is our home." (Billboard)

Bikini Kill reunite

Even author Jenn Pelly was surprised when her book launch party became the occasion for Bikini Kill’s first onstage reunion in 20 years. At The Kitchen in New York City on Saturday night, Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, and Kathleen Hanna played "For Tammy Rae," their first performance together since Bikini Kill broke up in 1997.

It was the climax of a three-day event marking the publication of Pelly's book, in the 33 1/3 series, on the self-titled 1979 debut album by London post-punk band the Raincoats. Another notable moment came when drummer Palmolive rejoined the Raincoats on stage for the first time since 1979. (Pitchfork)

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CMAs controversy over Las Vegas

The Country Music Association has apologized for asking journalists to avoid asking artists about the recent mass shooting that took place at a Las Vegas country music festival. The organization's annual awards ceremony, popularly known as the CMAs, is taking place this Wednesday, and the association faced a strong backlash from media and some artists after initially asking journalists heading to the red carpet not to broach topics including "the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like."

Among those who quickly protested was Brad Paisley, who's co-hosting the ceremony with Carrie Underwood. Paisley called the restrictions "ridiculous and unfair," and the CMAs later issued a statement rescinding the restrictions. "The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country music," said the association. (New York Times)

Highway named for Haggard

Renaming a highway overpass may not be the most glamorous way to honor an artist, but it seems appropriate in the case of the late Merle Haggard, who was well-known for his songs about life on the open road. "The Interstate 5 and Highway 44 interchange in Redding, California, is now known as the Merle Haggard Memorial Overpass," reports Rolling Stone.

The interchange is near Haggard's final home in Palo Cedro, and neighbors raised funds to pay for new signage. Haggard's widow and daughter appeared at a dedication ceremony late last month.

Feist covers Cohen

On Monday night, stars including Feist, Lana Del Rey, Philip Glass, Elvis Costello, Sting, and k.d. lang will appear at a Leonard Cohen tribute concert in Montreal. Ahead of the show, Feist has shared her cover of Cohen's 1967 classic "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," which she previously performed at the Juno Awards. (Rolling Stone)

Harry Styles, bingo caller

Is there anywhere Harry Styles can hang out without drawing an instant crowd? BBC radio host Nick Grimshaw had an idea: he brought the former One Direction member to a nursing home, where Styles called a bingo game. Even the elderly have the hots for Harry, though, as one resident demonstrated when Styles held up a container of body butter that would be one of the bingo prizes. "Will you come with it?" she asked. (Billboard)


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