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US rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win big at Grammys

US rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took an early lead at the Grammys on Sunday, winning four prizes including best new artist at music's version of the Oscars. French electro duo Daft Punk also secured three quick awards at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, with the big prizes -- record, song and album of the year -- still to be claimed. Other early winners included Paul McCartney -- who was due to receive a lifetime achievement award with fellow surviving Beatle Ringo Starr -- who shared the best rock song award with Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl.

US rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win big at Grammys

US rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took an early lead at the Grammys on Sunday, winning four prizes including best new artist at music's version of the Oscars. French electro duo Daft Punk also secured three quick awards at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, with the big prizes -- record, song and album of the year -- still to be claimed. Other early winners included Paul McCartney -- who was due to receive a lifetime achievement award with fellow surviving Beatle Ringo Starr -- who shared the best rock song award with Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl.

J.Lo, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte to sing official World Cup anthem

US pop music stars Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull will join Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte on the official World Cup anthem "We Are One," FIFA announced here Thursday. "Only music and football can attract 80,000 people to a stadium, but a concert has just one artist, while football has 22," said FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke at Brazil's Maracana Stadium, making the announcement. ybl/sg/jm

Driven teen Bouchard starts to fulfill her promise

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - When Canada's Genie Bouchard won the junior Wimbledon title in 2012, it did not take long for her to be tipped as the next big thing in women's tennis. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old began to fulfill those prophecies when she beat Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 5-7 7-5 6-2 to become the first Canadian to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Frenchman may face death for Bali drugs smuggling

A Frenchman has been arrested for trying to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali, an offence punishable by death, an official said Monday. Francois Giuily, 48, was detained Sunday at Bali airport with more than three kilograms (6.8 pounds) of the drug hidden in plastic bags in his suitcase lining.

Nyong'o, Leto win supporting actor awards from Hollywood peers

By Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto won Screen Actors Guild awards for their supporting roles on Saturday as Oscar nominees seek to gather crucial momentum in a competitive race for Academy Awards in six weeks. The Kenyan actress Nyong'o was recognized for her role as the hardworking slave Patsey in "12 Years a Slave," while Leto won for his turn as transsexual AIDS activist in "Dallas Buyers Club," in honors that actors relish because they are voted by their peers.

Rock star Gene Simmons raises $450,000 for Saskatchewan Children's Hospital

REGINA - Kiss rock star Gene Simmons has raised $450,000 for the new Saskatchewan Children's Hospital by auctioning off a custom 1956 Ford F-100 truck. The silver truck, named Snakebit, went up for sale Friday at auctioneers Barrett-Jackson in Arizona and was bought by Gord Broda, a businessman from Prince Albert, Sask. The hospital is in Saskatoon, where Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, grew up.

'Dallas Buyers Club': underdog film turned scrappy Oscar contender

By Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - "Dallas Buyers Club" is a film that prompts a discussion about money - not big Hollywood money, but rather the lack thereof. The scrappiest of the nine films nominated for a best picture Oscar on Thursday cost just $4 million to make - a speck on a Hollywood studio spreadsheet - and 25 days to film.

'Dallas Buyers Club': underdog film turned scrappy Oscar contender

By Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - "Dallas Buyers Club" is a film that prompts a discussion about money - not big Hollywood money, but rather the lack thereof. The scrappiest of the nine films nominated for a best picture Oscar on Thursday cost just $4 million to make - a speck on a Hollywood studio spreadsheet - and 25 days to film.

Rock star Gene Simmons to auction truck for Saskatchewan Children's Hospital

REGINA - Kiss rock star Gene Simmons is helping to boost the health of children in Saskatchewan by auctioning off a custom 1956 Ford F-100 truck. The truck, named Snakebit, will be up for sale this week at auctioneers Barrett-Jackson in Arizona, with proceeds going to the new Saskatchewan Children's Hospital. The hospital is in Saskatoon, where Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, grew up. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the highest a '56 Ford has sold for at Barrett-Jackson is $180,000, and the hope is that this auction will raise even more money for hospital equipment.
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