Fact: Aloe Blacc, Corinne Bailey Rae, JoJo, and the Eagles' Joe Walsh will be among the performers paying tribute to soul man Smokey Robinson when he's honoured with this year’s (16) Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 November (16) at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Samuel L. Jackson will host the tribute.
Tweet: "Congratulations @diananyad! Your determination is inspiring! Diana swam... from Cuba to Florida. She is 64 & it was her 5th attempt." British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae celebrates endurance swimmer Diana Nyad's historic achievement after completing her record-breaking trek from Cuba to Florida on Monday (02Sep13).
Fact: Corinne Bailey Rae picked up an honorary degree in her hometown of Leeds, England this week (ends24Jul11). The singer was given an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Leeds.
Fact: Metallica have been added to the packed bill at London's Live Earth global-warming awareness concert on 7 July (07). The star studded concert - one of many to be staged around the world on the same day - will also feature Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Madonna, Genesis, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, Duran Duran, James Blunt, John Legend and Keane.
Quote: "Bullies would call me 'Paki!' I'd say, 'My dad isn't from Pakistan, he's from St. Kitts, so there.'" Caribbean star Corinne Bailey Rae's mistaken identity as a child growing up in England.
Fact: Corinne Bailey Rae's eponymous debut album has jumped from number 32 to number four on this week's US Billboard 200 chart - thanks to the British soul singer's appearance on Oprah Winfrey's chat show earlier this month (JAN07).
Quote: "If I didn't win any, I might be disappointed. I saw Craig on TV after he was nominated for six Brits and he came away empty-handed." Corinne Bailey Rae is bracing herself for disappointment at this year's (07) Brit Award after watching multi-nominated singer Craig David leave empty-handed at a past ceremony.
Quote: "I've worked every Valentine's Day for the last five years so I'm not very popular. At least this year I'll be singing at the Brits instead of in a wine bar doing Marvin Gaye covers." British singer Corinne Bailey Rae is missing out on another romantic date to sing at next month's (14FEB07) Brit Awards.