News Nuggets: Lil Wayne surpasses Elvis Presley on Billboard’s Hot 100

The Grammys will salute Whitney Houston on November 16 on CBS: “Five-time Grammy Award winner Celine Dion, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and seven-time Grammy winner Usher are the first performers announced for ‘We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston.’ The one-hour special will celebrate Houston’s life, artistry and most memorable performances through interviews with and performances by various artists paying homage to the six-time Grammy winner. The special will tape on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Nokia Theatre L.A. live, and air Friday, Nov. 16 (10:00-11:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.” FUTON CRITIC

London Evening Standard Awards add a new category: “The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards will include a new category honouring an emerging director this year. The award will be officially called the Burberry Award for Emerging Director, with this year’s ceremony being run in association with Burberry. The event, which will be held at London’s Savoy Hotel on November 25, will be presented by James Corden, who won a Tony Award for best leading actor earlier this year.” THE STAGE

Lil Wayne surpasses Elvis Presley‘s Billboard record: “He’ll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but w hen it comes to the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, Elvis Presley’s longstanding record total gives way to a new stats king: Lil Wayne. As he debuts as a featured artist (with Chris Brown, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa) on Game‘s aptly titled ‘Celebration’ at No. 82, the superstar rapper rewrites the mark for the most Hot 100 chart visits. Now with 109 entries, Weezy passes Elvis Presley, who totaled 108 between the chart’s 1958 launch and 2003.” BILLBOARD

End of Grammy eligibility period means a glut of new qualifying music releases: “The rush of late-September album releases can only mean one thing: It’s the end of the Grammy Awards eligibility period. Superstars, critical darlings and Grammy bait litter the September release calendar in order to make the Sept. 30 cutoff for Grammy Awards consideration … On last week’s Billboard 200 chart, the top 10 welcomed debuts from two former Album of the Year nominees — Dave Matthews Band and Bob Dylan. This week, we have high bows from three-time winner Pink (No. 1 with ‘The Truth About Love’), the Killers (No. 3) and possible Best New Artist contender Carly Rae Jepsen (No. 6). The latter also seems a lock for a Record of the Year nod for her smash Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single ‘Call Me Maybe.'” BILLBOARD

Motion Picture Academy launches website to find cinema’s lost treasures: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Film Archive is asking the public to help it find ‘Oscar’s Most Wanted’ — Oscar-winning or Oscar-nominated films that have long been missing. People might not know they are sitting on some long-lost cinematic gem. Films that have long disappeared from view often show up in the oddest places, including barns, yard sales and attics. Two years ago, a treasure trove of silent American movies was found at the New Zealand Film Archive. Among the films the archive is looking for is the 1928 Ernst Lubitsch film, ‘The Patriot,’ which earned several Oscar nominations, including best film, and won an Academy Award for writing achievement. The trailer has been found and restored, and a reel was discovered and restored by the Portuguese Film Archive.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

After the success of “The Artist,” Spain selects a silent film to compete for Foreign Film Oscar: “Spain has selected the silent, black-and-white movie ‘Blancanieves’ (‘Snow White’) by director Pablo Berger as its entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, it tells the story of a young woman who suffers a tormented childhood at the hands of her stepmother and flees her past by joining up with a traveling band of bullfighting dwarves. Chosen Thursday by the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, it stars Spanish actresses Maribel Verdu, Angela Molina and Macarena Garcia.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

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