Billy Joel, Carlos Santana Celebrated as Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_51ecb53315.jpgRon Sachs-Pool/Getty Images -- Billy Joel and Carlos Santana were among the entertainers who were honored Sunday in Washington, D.C. as the 2013 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. The honors are presented annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of recipients' lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

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John Mellencamp Says He's Written Dozens of New Songs in Preparation for Next Album

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f08fa4a264.jpgHear Music/Concord -- When John Mellencamp gets down to recording a follow-up to his 2010 studio effort, No Better Than This, he's going to have an awful lot of material from which to choose.  In a new Rolling Stone interview, the heartland rocker reveals, "I've got a notebook with 85 new songs that I've written for my next record."

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Jim Morrison Would Have Turned 70 on Sunday; Surviving Doors Reminisce About Late Band Mate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_73c9c361c2.jpgPhoto: Barry Plummer -- Sunday marks what would have been late Doors frontman Jim Morrison's 70th birthday. It's difficult to gauge just how much the iconic singer has influenced music and popular culture, thanks to his charismatic and edgy persona, his powerful vocal style, his exploration of dark themes and his trail-blazing talent for combining poetry with rock music.

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Jon Bon Jovi Says Prince William Sounded Great Singing "Livin' on a Prayer"

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3af7b9e64e.jpgDominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images -- Last week, one of the oddest trios in musical history took the stage, as Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, came together at a charity event in London to belt out the Bon Jovi classic "Livin' on a Prayer."  And Jon now says that the Prince impressed him with his amazing vocal ability.

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Dionne Warwick Teaming Up with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys & More on New Duets Album

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_dbef9d3c97.jpgThe Chamber Group -- Dionne Warwick has announced plans to release her 28th album, Feels So Good, which will arrive in stores this May. The 10-track collection will feature the legendary performer singing duets with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Ziggy Marley and other stars.  Warwick's son, Damon Elliott, and Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz, are among the disc's producers.

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