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Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The iconic mogul's annual gala drew a cavalcade of stars headed for Sunday night's Grammys.
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Beatles, Kris Kristofferson, Isley Brothers honored at Grammys event

Beatles, Kris Kristofferson, Isley Brothers honored at Grammys event

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson and the Isley Brothers received Special Merit Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., during Grammy week, the Recording Academy said.
'You're So Vain' duet by Taylor Swift, Carly Simon is Internet hit

'You're So Vain' duet by Taylor Swift, Carly Simon is Internet hit

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., July 30 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift and Carly Simon performed Simon's classic 1973 breakup anthem "You're So Vain" during Swift's weekend concert in Foxborough, Mass.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 22, 2013.
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Willie feels 'better,' not hospitalized

CASTLE PINES VILLAGE, Colo., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Willie Nelson had altitude troubles but no hospitalization for breathing problems, his daughter said in explaining why he canceled a fundraiser near Denver.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 22, 2012.
By United Press International

Nelson gets statue on 4/20 at 4:20 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas, April 22 (UPI) -- A group presented a statue to "Red Headed Stranger," Willie Nelson in Austin, Texas, on a counterculture holiday -- coincidentally, the group's president said.
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Bob Burnett of folk band Highwaymen dies

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Bob Burnett, a founder of the influential U.S. folk group the Highwaymen, died at his home in Rhode Island last week at the age of 71, his family announced.
White House features country music

White House features country music

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett performed at the White House Monday as President Barack Obama celebrated country music.
Jennings documentary to air on GAC

Jennings documentary to air on GAC

NASHVILLE, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A documentary about the making of "The Music Inside," a tribute album honoring late music great Waylon Jennings, is to air on Great American Country.
Streisand to perform at Grammys

Streisand to perform at Grammys

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Barbra Streisand is to perform live on the 53rd annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, The Recording Academy said Tuesday.
Clint may direct Beyonce in 'Star' remake

Clint may direct Beyonce in 'Star' remake

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct a remake of the classic film "A Star is Born," with pop star Beyonce in the lead role, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Freeman, Judd to appear in 'Dolphin Tale'

Freeman, Judd to appear in 'Dolphin Tale'

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- "Kiss the Girls" co-stars Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd have reunited for "Dolphin Tale," a film being shot in Florida, Warner Bros. said Wednesday.
Kings of Leon set for Bonnaroo fest

Kings of Leon set for Bonnaroo fest

MANCHESTER, Tenn., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Kris Kristofferson are confirmed to perform at Tennessee's Bonnaroo music and arts festival, organizers said.
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Kris Kristofferson arrives at the 37th Annual CMA Awards, Wednesday, November 5, 2003, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American musician, actor, and writer. He is known for hits such as "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, but he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein.

Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to parents Mary Ann (née Ashbrook) and Lars Henry Kristofferson, a U.S. Army Air Corps (later U.S. Air Force) major general. Kristofferson's paternal grandfather was also an officer (in the Swedish Army). When Kristofferson was a child, his father pushed him toward a military career. Like most "military brats", Kristofferson moved around frequently as a youth, finally settling down in San Mateo, California, where he graduated from San Mateo High School. An aspiring writer, Kristofferson enrolled in Pomona College in 1954. He experienced his first dose of fame when he appeared in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" for his achievements in collegiate rugby union, football, and track and field. He and fellow classmates revived the Claremont Colleges Rugby Club in 1958, which has remained a Southern California rugby dynasty. Kristofferson became a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Pomona College, graduating in 1958 with a BA, summa cum laude in Literature. In a 2004 interview with Pomona College Magazine Kristofferson mentioned philosophy professor Frederick Sontag as an important influence in his life.

Kristofferson earned a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where his college was Merton. While at Oxford he was awarded his blue for boxing and began writing songs. With the help of his manager, Larry Parnes, he recorded for Top Rank Records under the name Kris Carson. Parnes was working to sell Kris as "a Yank at Oxford" to the British public and Kristofferson was willing to take that sell with the end goal of becoming a novelist. This early phase of his music career was unsuccessful.

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