Dionne Warwick & Whitney Houston Inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_c38a84998b.jpgDionneWarwick.net; Patrick Demarchelier -- Earlier this week, Dionne Warwick and her late cousin, Whitney Houston, joined the New Jersey Hall of Fame. According to NJ.com, the two singers were among 14 honorees inducted during a ceremony in Newark, which is where Whitney was born. "I'm sure she would've been thrilled," Warwick said of Houston, who passed away in February 2012.  "I'm excited to know that she's not forgotten."

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Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy to Be Recognized at 2014 BET Honors

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f27962df07.jpgAretha's Records; Kal Lee -- Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be among the honorees at the 2014 BET Honors, which will take place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on February 8. The Queen of Soul will receive the Musical Arts Award, while Gordy will be presented with the Visionary Award at the event, which celebrates distinguished African-Americans excelling in music, literature, entertainment, media, service and education.

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U2 Receive Oscar Nomination for "Ordinary Love"

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_82f5aab529.jpgImage credit: Damon Winter -- U2 has received their second Oscar nomination, earning a nod in the category for Best Original Song for "Ordinary Love," the song they wrote for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.  The song won a Golden Globe last weekend. U2 was previously nominated for an Oscar for "The Hands that Built America" in 2003, but lost to Eminem's "Lose Yourself."

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Soundtrack of Rolling Stones' "Charlie Is My Darling" Doc to Be Released Digitally Next Week

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_3c5f9b32f3.jpgABKCO Records -- A soundtrack to the archival Rolling Stones tour documentary Charlie Is My Darling -- Ireland 1965, which was re-released in updated and expanded form in 2012, will be available for purchase as a digital download on Tuesday.  The album's digital release celebrates the Grammy nomination for the Best Historical Album honor that the Super Deluxe edition of Charlie Is My Darling recently received.

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Conrad Murray's Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction Upheld

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_a5e3e5fa07.jpgBarcroft Media/Barcoft Media via Getty Images -- A California appellate court on Wednesday upheld Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter conviction in connection with Michael Jackson's death. According to MTV, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal determined there was enough evidence to prove Murray gave the pop icon a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, and that the doctor "violated the trust relationship by breaching standards of professional conduct in numerous respects."

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