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Music Tribute Forgets Some Memorables


YAHOO NEWS:  The Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the late Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Adam "MCA" Yauch and Robin Gibb during Sunday's event. But there were a few iconic names missing from the list of posthumous honorees — Dick Clark, Levon Helm, Etta James and Davy Jones.
Upset fans expressed their outrage online.
"Artists are at the Billboard Awards BECAUSE of Dick Clark. They have to do something for him," Victoria wrote on Twitter.
For more than half a century, Clark was instrumental in launching the careers of pop stars through his work in radio and television. Ike & Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Simon & Garfunkel are a few of the performers who made their first television appearance on his "American Bandstand" dance show.
Another Twitter user Cassie spoke out for former Monkees rocker Jones. "You know, Davy Jones was a music icon and the Billboard awards said NOTHING. That is a pretty big FAIL. I miss him."
A representative for the Billboard Music Awards has not yet responded to Yahoo! Music's request for comment.
The awards show also received backlash for cutting short its tribute to Summer, who died Friday. As Natasha Bedingfield sang Summer's "Last Dance," the producers cut away for a commercial break.
New York radio personality, Angie Martinez, was among the disappointed viewers who complained about the treatment of the Summer tribute. "Donna Summer was literally the voice of an era! they should have at least let Natasha finish the song," the Hot 97 DJ said via Twitter.
The public was more approving of the tributes to Houston, Yauch and Gibbs.

Disco Queens, Donna Summer, Dies @ 63


(Yahoo.com Entertainment News)  Donna Summer, whom millions of fans revered as "the Queen of Disco," has died at the age of 63 in Florida after a battle with cancer, the Associated Press confirmed with the singer's family Thursday morning.
The news comes as a surprise to those who were not aware that she was ill. The legendary superstar was publicly active as recently as last June, when she appeared as a guest panelist on Bravo's music reality show Platinum Hit.
However, a report by TMZ, which initially broke the story, notes that those close to the singer--known for mega-hits including "Last Dance" and "Bad Girls"--revealed she had been trying to hide how sick she was. A source said that Summer did not seem to be in that bad of shape two weeks ago.
She is survived by her adult daughters Mimi (by her first husband, actor Helmuth Sommer), Brooklyn and Amanda (by second husband Bruce Sudano).
In addition to her status as a pioneer in the dance music genre, Summer was a five-time Grammy Award winner, the first artist ever to score three back-to-back No. 1 double albums, and was nominated--but not chosen--for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. She is credited with influencing stars ranging from Madonna and Michael Jackson, to Beyonce and Rihanna. Her last album, Crayons, was released in 2008.

Rolling Stone's Top 10 Concerts of 2012


REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent and Styx

Target Audience: People who hated punk just as much as they hated disco. Fans at this show spent the punk revolution blasting their eight tracks of "Cat Scratch Fever," "Come Sail Away" and "Keep On Loving You." The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones are no more, but these bands tour every single summer. 
Missing Members: Styx is down to just guitarists Tommy Shaw and JY Young, though bassist Chuck Panozzo does sit in on occasion. They haven't played with original vocalist Dennis DeYoung since the late 1990s, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. REO Speedwagon are pretty much intact, though drummer Alan Gratzer no longer tours with the band. Ted Nugent recently reunited with Derek St. Homes, the voice of "Stranglehold" and many other early classics. 
Likely Highlight: Styx has played "Renegade" and "Come Sail Away" about six thousand times, but the fans keep coming back for more. REO Speedwagon usually close with "Ridin' The Storm Out," but we're most looking forward to "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold." The Nuge has some crazy political views, but he remains an amazing guitar player. 
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/the-ten-hottest-summer-package-tours-of-2012-20120501/reo-speedwagon-ted-nugent-and-styx-0855507#ixzz1uELEkuG0

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