News Nuggets: Latin Grammys expand to 10 nominees; should original Grammys follow?

The Latin Grammys expand their top categories to ten nominees: “The chance of winning an album of the year Latin Grammy just slightly improved. Coming to the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards is an expansion of the four top categories, which will now include 10 nominees apiece. This adds five new contenders to best new artist, as well as the record, album and song of the year fields. The move would seem to foretell similar changes for the Grammy Awards and would follow like-minded tweaks by the Academy Awards and the Emmys. However, the Latin Recording Academy operates independently of the Recording Academy, with each maintaining a separate board of trustees.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Should the original Grammy Awards also expand to 10 nominees? “… There’s no reason to think the Grammys wouldn’t want to do the same, especially while they are on a roll: this year’s show received some of the best ratings in decades. Plus, the expansion to 10 nominees in the four general fields could help make up for the heat the Recording Academy got after it cut the number of categories from 109 to 78 this year. The consolidation did not mean that any recording previously eligible was no longer allowed, but it did mean that many genres and sub-genres that previously had their own fields were now competing in much more crowded categories.” HIT FIX

Once” star Elizabeth A. Davis celebrates her Tony nomination: “Elizabeth A. Davis is the kind of woman who sets goals, writes them down and puts them on the fridge. It just makes sense. ‘People need to know where they’re going. If you don’t have a map and you’re driving a car, you’re going to end up who knows where. So I have a map,’ says the actress and musician … After years of toil in regional theater and off-Broadway, she made her Broadway debut in March in the hit musical ‘Once’ and promptly earned her first Tony Award nomination. ‘I’m incredibly honored and very thankful,’ she says during an interview in her flower-filled dressing room at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. ‘I will carry it as a banner for all of us and say, “This is a nod for us, for our ensemble.”‘” MERCURY NEWS

Why the soon-to-close “Leap of Faith” never had a prayer: “Broadway has always been a gambler’s business, and the biggest crapshoot of the season was the new musical ‘Leap of Faith,’ whose producers hurried it into New York this spring rather than lose a prized theater that had suddenly become available. This week the bet soured, as the producers announced a closing date of Sunday, with losses exceeding $14 million, making ‘Leap of Faith’ the biggest flop of the season as well as the latest case study in how shows fail.” NEW YORK TIMES

Could this year’s Cannes Film Festival launch another “Artist”? “At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, few attendees would ever have believed that ‘The Artist,’ a likeable black-and-white silent film about the early days of Hollywood, would eventually go on to win the American film industry’s biggest honor: the Academy Award for Best Picture … While plenty of talent from the famous French fest will walk the red carpet at both events, most of the movies that play in Cannes are often too arty to be considered Best Picture material. But strange things do happen, especially with Harvey Weinstein involved. On the eve of this year’s Festival de Cannes — which kicks off Wednesday, May 16 with Wes Anderson’s new film ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ – here are five contenders that could go the distance.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

Lady Gaga will visit Springfield: “‘The Simpsons‘ have officially gone Gaga. Mother Monster is set to star in the season finale called ‘Lisa Goes Gaga’ – set to go to air on May 20 in the US. The episode will feature no fewer than 18 costume changes in the episode, including her infamous meat dress from the 2010 MTV VMAs and iconic flame-spitting bra. Gaga said her guest appearance on the show would be as provocative as she is in real life … ‘I would say this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. My Dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.'” NEWS.COM.AU

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