Alicia Keys has been hired to be the host for this year’s Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th. The popular singer, songwriter, and pianist has won an impressive total of 15 golden gramophone trophies throughout her very successful recording career, although it’s her ability to understand the mindset of her fellow musicians which really qualifies her for the job. The televised award show had been hosted by rapper LL Cool J from 2012 until late-night television host James Corden took over duties in 2017 and 2018. The show had no host from 2006-2011.“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” Keys said in a statement about her new role to go with Monday’s announcement. “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and, magic. I’m especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!”There’s no doubt that the Recording Academy is in desperate need of a change or two, especially considering the organization operates in an industry whose main product continues to lose its monetary value while streaming and file sharing continues to dominate the recording side of the music business. The annually televised show also continues to see a steady decline in viewership over the last few years. Since peaking at a decade high of 39.91 million viewers in 2012 (mostly thanks to the then-recent passing of Whitney Houston), the ratings have decreased to 19.80 million in 2018, the lowest numbers since 2009.Related: L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Albums Of 2018If there’s any veteran pop artist who has the capability of drawing a stronger viewership rating, someone like Keys certainly has the credentials to meet the duty head-on. Her 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, earned Keys five Grammy wins, including “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” for “Fallin’”. Keys released her sixth studio album back in November 2016 with Here.Some fans may see this as a wonderful opportunity to let artists, especially a noteworthy female artist, speak for their colleagues and do a better job of translating the ethos of artistic communities into the homes of everyday Americans. Other musical purists will probably spend the coming weeks asking themselves yet again why such a meaningful and life-altering experience like music needs to be made into a competition.Fans can tune into to see all of this year’s awards and performers with the 61st Grammy Awards airs live on CBS on February 10th.
Trainer Mick Winters claimed back-to-back runnings of the Guinness Galway Hurdle as dual-purpose mare Missunited struck gold in the hands of Robbie Power. Press Association Power said: “The race worked out 100%. It’s not often things work out in a 20-runner handicap. I jumped off and I got a lovely position. When I gave her smack after the last she quickened up and put her head down. “Mick was very confident, very bullish, and said the ground wouldn’t be an issue. To win the race two years in a row with two different horses is unbelievable.” Winters said: “The mare is Flat-bred and the owner was anxious about letting her take her chance here. I’ve just been terribly lucky to have herself and Rebel Fitz. This one stays and I was confident enough when she hit the front. “It’s super to win it back to back. Last year I had to muck out the next morning but this year I’m prepared and I have a few on to work. “Jason Maguire was asked to ride but he couldn’t do the weight. Martin Ferris did a good job schooling her but the owners wanted someone that was there before. “I had this race mapped out for her for 12 months and now I’d love to see her coming up the hill in Cheltenham. The only mare that I’d be afraid of in the country is Annie Power. “The mare will now go for a Listed race in the Curragh over a mile and three-quarters in two weeks’ time.” The genial County Cork handler landed a gamble 12 months ago with stable star Rebel Fitz, successful over fences earlier on the card, and this year’s challenger was a leading contender at 7-1. Never too far off the pace, the six-year-old scooted clear from the home turn and safely negotiated the final flight to secure victory by three and three-quarter lengths. Flaxen Flare filled the runner-up spot ahead of Make Your Mark and Drive Time, who finished third and fourth respectively.
Senior Trevon Hughes will lead the Badger backcourt along with fellow senior Jason Bohannon.[/media-credit]It’s been five years since the Wisconsin Badgers had a pair of seniors starting at guard. This year, seniors Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — both of who were starters last season — are ready to end that drought.When asked about the duo starting together as seniors, head coach Bo Ryan recalled the last time he had a pair of senior guards as starters.“You can never look in a crystal ball and say this is how a couple senior guards will play,” Ryan said. “(But), you know, I thought Sharif Chambliss and Clayton Hanson did a pretty good job together, with help obviously from the bench with [Kammron Taylor].”Like Chambliss and Hanson, Hughes and Bohannon will get plenty of help from a deep Wisconsin bench. The Badgers have three guards — Tim Jarmusz, Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson — that will see plenty of time this year.The difference between the Chambliss-Hanson backcourt and that of Hughes and Bohannon is that the latter are the only seniors on the 2009-10 squad, while Chambliss and Hanson had a strong supporting cast of seniors, including forwards Zach Morley and Mike Wilkinson.Hughes and Bohannon are the oldest players on a young Wisconsin team, and as such, they have embraced the leadership role that is expected of them.“[We] have as much experience as anyone on the team right now, and we’ve kind of learned the ins and the outs through the years,” Bohannon said. “We’re trying to pass that along to the younger guys and get them ready for competition.”As the only seniors for Wisconsin this season, Hughes and Bohannon have a large task ahead of them: leading a Badger team that has to find a way to replace forwards Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft, who constituted roughly 40 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding last year.Bohannon, though, is not particularly worried about the losses.“We lost two important pieces last year with Joe and Marcus, but I feel like we’ve had guys that played in the big games,” Bohannon said. “They’ve all had the experience in those crucial moments through the year, (and) I think that’ll pay off for us.”Certainly, Hughes and Bohannon will be expected to pick up some of the slack with the departure of Landry and Krabbenhoft but they were already the team’s second- and third-leading scorers, respectively, during the 2008-09 campaign.The real key for the senior duo will be making up for the leadership lost without Landry and Krabbenhoft.Being senior leaders presents an interesting challenge for both guards, who typically are not the most vocal players on the team. As the team’s only seniors, though, they know they must speak up more frequently this season with the younger players looking up to them.“We haven’t spoken about it, but we realize that that’s our role, this year especially,” Hughes said.Whether or not they become more vocal throughout the season, Hughes and Bohannon know they can lead by example. They each already have shown an ability to score, as well as play strong defense, though Hughes is better in the latter category.Still, Hughes and Bohannon each said they have tried to become leaders that are more vocal when the time is right.In particular, Hughes, a Queens, N.Y., native, has drawn on his experience at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.“I can (be vocal). I went to a military school and they teach you to be vocal. So, that helps out a little bit,” Hughes said. “If we could do it, I’d try to have them march. It builds character.”But it is not as if Hughes has not already been in a leadership position with the Badgers.“I’ve been trying to take that role since I was handed the keys to being the point guard of the team,” Hughes said. “That’s the kind of territory you get when you’re a point guard of a team.”Hughes showed his ability to take over the game in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament against Florida State, winning the game with an acrobatic layup over the outstretched arms of several Seminoles with two seconds remaining in overtime.And according to Ryan, the two have already made a difference with what they did working with their teammates, young and old alike.“Their leadership has already shown in the conditioning,” he said.For him, though, having the two seniors avoid injury throughout the 2009-10 season is just as important as their leadership. He cited the NCAA Tournament loss to Davidson in 2008 as an example, as the Badgers struggled in the second half with Hughes sidelined.“I think they’re ready right now, but it’s a long season and you don’t know what can happen,” Ryan said. “It’s one of those things where if you have them and … if the two of them can stay healthy, having two seniors, that’s pretty good stuff.”Beyond just stepping into a role that is expected of them, there exists some personal motivation for Hughes and Bohannon to do all they can as senior leaders at Wisconsin.In particular, the two do not want to snap the Badgers’ streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.“Everybody keeps saying it, but we don’t want to leave here as the team that dropped the ball, the two seniors that didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament,” Hughes said.Bohannon has a more specific goal for his final season.“We’ve got to make this the best last go-round we can,” Bohannon said. “There couldn’t be a better way to go out than winning a Big Ten Championship.”
Is Jake Paul married?No. Paul and fellow YouTube star Tana Mongeau had a Las Vegas wedding that cost over $500,000, but Mongeau later admitted their marriage isn’t legally binding. The two never obtained a marriage license, so many believed the two got “married” for attention.But Mongeau and Paul each say the relationship is real, even if the marriage isn’t.Is Jake Paul related to Logan Paul?Yes, Jake Paul is the younger brother of Logan Paul. Jake is about two years younger. At the end of the fifth round, Paul hit Deji several times and eventually led to Deji’s camp waving the white towel before the start of the sixth round.Paul will not be part of the undercard this time around. But he will be supporting Logan Paul as he’s attended the press conference and other events leading up to the fight.Join DAZN to watch Logan Paul vs. KSI live on Nov. 9Who is Jake Paul?If you couldn’t tell by the name, Jake Paul is the younger brother of Logan Paul. He’s a 22-year-old who essentially does the same type of content as his older brother. He gained popularity on the video-sharing app Vine, where he’d make comedy sketches, often with his brother.He also played the character Dirk Mann on the Disney Channel television show “Bizaardvark.” He was later fired from the show, according to his own account, following a video interview with KTLA that went viral. In the video, Paul was interviewed about noise complaints from his neighbors and decided to put on a show during the aired segment.He’s also made a few film appearances, helping his brother co-write the film “Airplane Mode,” which released earlier this year. He also had roles in the movies “Dance Camp” and “Mono.”What is Jake Paul famous for?Paul rose to fame on Vine, and once that social media platform died he turned his attention to YouTube. He grew in popularity and currently sits at 19.7 million subscribers, which is just shy of his brother Logan, who has 19.9. Paul’s videos typically include vlogs. At one point in his career, he filmed a vlog every single day.This led to him creating the song “It’s Everyday Bro,” which is currently the third-most disliked video ever uploaded on YouTube.In 2017, he created the entertainment collaborative Team 10, which was basically a collection of social media stars. The Team 10 members would all star in each other’s videos and most lived within the same house. After several members left, Paul said in October 2018 that Team 10 “is over.”Jake Paul’s net worth: How much money does he make?Paul has made a lucrative living off of YouTube as Forbes says he made $21.5 million in 2018. This was enough to make him the second highest-paid YouTuber that year, earning more than his brother ($14.5 million). Paul makes money off of ad revenue, but also through his popular merchandise business.Wealthy Gorilla estimates Paul’s net worth at $19 million.Jake Paul’s Instagram & other social media accountsInstagram: 12.5 million followersYouTube: 19.5 million subscribersTwitter: 3.7 million followersFacebook: 5 million likesTikTok: 6.7 million followers If you’re watching the Logan Paul vs. KSI rematch, you may see Jake Paul lingering around.Jake Paul was featured as the co-main event during the first fight between Logan Paul and KSI, fighting KSI’s brother, Oladeji “Deji” Olatunji. Paul was mocked early on in the fight because his face was bloodied, but he turned things around quickly.