Music News: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' upsets 'A Star is Born' at Golden Globes


Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen pose with Rami Malek.
Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen pose with actor Rami Malek in the Golden Globes press room. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" upsets "A Star is Born" at Golden Globes
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There usually isn't much music news at the Golden Globes, other than the award for Best Original Song — which at Sunday night's ceremony, went as expected to "Shallow" from A Star Is Born. That was the only award the romantic drama collected, though, with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody winning Best Drama and Best Actor in an upset, and Glenn Close winning the Best Actress trophy that was widely expected to go to Lady Gaga.

Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor were seated at a table with star Rami Malek for the ceremony, and they all took the dais with producer Graham King to accept the Best Drama award. King dedicated the award to Freddie Mercury, saying, "Thank you for showing us the power of embracing your true self. This one is for you."

Gaga didn't even get many words in when she went up to accept Best Song with her co-writers: Mark Ronson did most of the talking, though he wrapped up with praise for the singer and star. Gaga did get a few seconds to say, "As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songwriter."

Does this mean we'll see Brian May at the Oscars? Almost certainly, although it's unclear that it will be for a Best Picture win: only half the time does that Oscar go to one of the Globes' best-picture winners. (The other big winner on Sunday was Green Book, a road movie about race relations in the 1960s South.) (New York Times)

Wayne Coyne got married in (of course) a bubble

On Saturday, Wayne Coyne got married, and of course it was inside a giant plastic bubble like the ones he likes to use for crowd-surfing during Flaming Lips shows. Coyne wed his longtime partner Katy Weaver in Oklahoma City, with his bandmates and (also, of course) Miley Cyrus in attendance. (Consequence of Sound)

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Britney Spears takes hiatus to care for father

On Friday, Britney Spears announced an "indefinite work hiatus" to care for her ailing father Jamie Spears. That means the cancellation of the new Las Vegas residency that was scheduled to begin next month.

Late in 2018, Jamie Spears spent a month in the hospital after his colon ruptured; his daughter says the incident was near-fatal. In a statement, Britney Spears wrote, "We have a very special relationship and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me."

Since Britney Spears's much-publicized breakdown in 2008, Jamie Spears and an attorney have exercised guardianship over the singer's financial and legal affairs. (New York Times)

Honeycombs drummer Honey Lantree dies at 75

Drummer Honey Lantree has died of breast cancer at age 75. She was a member of the Honeycombs, a British rock group that had a U.K. number one and a U.S. top five hit with their 1964 single "Have I the Right?" That made Lantree one of the few female drummers to play in a commercially successful '60s rock group.

Lantree's bandmate Martin Murray said she spontaneously jumped behind a drum kit one day during a scheduled guitar lesson and proved to be "a born, natural drummer." Once they had a hit, the band endured, and constantly denied, untrue rumors that Lantree hadn't actually played the drums on record.

After the band broke up in 1967, Lantree went back to her previous job as a hairstylist, though she rejoined the band for occasional reunions over the years. (New York Times)

Coachella names "safety ambassadors" to combat sexual harassment

As Jezebel puts it, "at Coachella, sexual harassment is pretty much just as prevalent as flower crowns." A 2018 Teen Vogue investigation found that every single one of 54 women interviewed reported having been sexually harassed or assaulted at Coachella.

This year, the festival is taking steps to change that, with a zero-tolerance policy and new "safety ambassadors" who will maintain tents to support festivalgoers who need "extra support or a quiet moment away."

The Daily Beast also notes that the festival is debuting all-gender restrooms, despite the fact that festival founder Philip Anschutz has donated large sums to anti-LGBTQ causes.

Viral clip: Chance the Rapper hangs out with Cookie Monster

The ever-charming Chance the Rapper is up to it again: doing something in a video clip to make you smile. Today, his co-star is Cookie Monster, in a Sesame Street video in which the monster and the rapper are co-starring in a play directed by Elmo. The director thinks that Chance should play the character of a monster who loves cookies, and his co-star just can't stand it. (Rolling Stone)

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Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
The Honeycombs: "Have I the Right?"
Lizzo: "Juice"
Golden Globes acceptance speeches
Sesame Street
Chance the Rapper: "Work Out"

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