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Natalie Grant and Jonathan McReynolds served as affable co-hosts for the evening; this marked McReynolds’ first time co-hosting the event, while Grant previously hosted in 2007.We the Kingdom gave the first performance of the evening, bringing the churning folk-rock of “God So Loved” to the stage and welcoming international children’s choir His Little Feet. The…

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Natalie Grant and Jonathan McReynolds served as affable co-hosts for the evening; this marked McReynolds’ first time co-hosting the event, while Grant previously hosted in 2007.We the Kingdom gave the first performance of the evening, bringing the churning folk-rock of “God So Loved” to the stage and welcoming international children’s choir His Little Feet. The first award of the evening, contemporary gospel album of the year, went to Koryn Hawthorne’s I AM.From there, this year’s GMA Dove Awards seemed to easily blend performances from CCM, gospel, rap/hip-hop, worship, Southern gospel and more into a seamless showcase for the breadth and depth of the genre as a whole, from the hard-hitting hip-hop of KB, Hawthorne’s simmering R&B, the folksy worship style of Daigle, The Isaacs’ bluegrassy “The American Face,” CAIN’s amalgam of rock, country and folk, and the congregational worship style of Elevation Worship.Grant and CeCe Winans, two of gospel and Christian music’s premier vocalists, held court during the evening. When Grant took the stage, a silence immediately fell over the crowd and attendees stood to attention as she performed “My Weapon,” teaming with the Belonging Co. choir to offer a commanding, string-filled performance.Winans has had a banner year, collaborating with Carrie Underwood on “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (from Underwood’s My Savior album) and having her own “Believe for It” currently residing in the top 15 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. She offered a stunning live rendition of the song that was both powerful and elegant.Winans, one of gospel music’s most highly awarded entertainers, added to her accolades, winning in four categories during the evening, including gospel artist of the year, gospel worship album of the year (Believe for It), gospel worship recorded song of the year (“Believe for It”) and Inspirational song of the year (“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” with Underwood).Later in the evening, We the Kingdom returned to the stage as winners in the contemporary Christian artist of the year category. They also took home the pop/contemporary album of the year honor for Holy Water. The members of the multi-generational group, led by popular songwriter/producer Ed Cash, hugged each other after taking the stage to accept the honor.Jason Ingram also took home four honors during the evening, including songwriter of the year (non-artist).“I’ve been doing music a long time and this means so much to me,” said Cash, who is also known for his work writing CCM hits such as Chris Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” and “Made to Worship.” “This means so much because I have seen God move in my family in miraculous ways.” Of winning the honor, he said, “God saw fit for whatever reason, so I want to give Him all the glory.”Key collaborations during the ceremony included Mali Music and McReynolds joining forces on “Best Thing” and “Jump Ship,” and Dante Bowe’s collaboration with Kelontae Gavin. Later, Matt Redman guested on KB’s performance of “10k,” which includes a snippet of Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).”In addition to delivering one of the most electrifying performances of the evening, KB offered one of the evening’s most impactful acceptance speeches, for his win in the rap/hip-hop album category for his project His Glory Alone.“Wow. I was 16 years old when somebody gave me a Christian hip-hop CD. It had a dude on the front cover that had dreadlocks like mine, a red bandana going across his forehead and a red bandana going across his mouth and the album was called Bloody Streets. I said, ‘Listen, I have no degree in Lifeway Christian Bookstores, but this is not Christian rap, this man’s about to rob a bank.’ He said, ‘No, this is Christian hip-hop. You take it home.’ I was in a dark, dark place. I took that album home. I listened to it front to back and the eighth song was a gospel presentation and I believed on Jesus listening to that album,” he said, as the crowd cheered. “I vowed to the Lord Jesus that I would spend my life trying to reproduce that moment for people all over the world.” Turning to acknowledge one of his collaborators on the album, he added, “It just dawned on me: The gentleman behind me, Wes, who helped create this project, heard my album several years ago, believed on Jesus and now he’s helping me make records.”Elevation Worship collected wins in four categories through its work with Brandon Lake and Kari Jobe. “Graves into Gardens,” featuring Lake, was named worship recorded songs of the year, while “The Blessing” from Elevation Worship, Jobe and Cody Carnes was named song of the year. Elevation Worship’s work with worship music collective Maverick City Music on the album Old Church Basement won worship album of the year, while Lake was named songwriter of the year (artist). “Graves into Gardens” also picked up a win for recorded music packaging of the year.Maverick City Music has stormed up Billboard’s Christian and Gospel charts with “Jireh” (which featured Elevation Worship, Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine) and their current single “Promises” over the past year, and took home a Billboard Music Award earlier this year for top gospel album. At the GMA Dove Awards, the group took home the new artist of the year honor.For King & Country’s Joel and Luke Smallbone earned the evening’s biggest honor, artist of the year. It was one of three wins for the duo during the ceremony. Last year, they earned a Billboard Christian Airplay hit with “Together,” featuring Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly, and this year followed with “Amen.”“It’s been a little bumpy, It’s been a strange couple of years,” Luke told the audience, and sharing his own struggle with throat surgery a few months ago. “For about five days, you can’t say a word. So you wait in suspense to find out what’s going to happen,” he recalled the days following the procedure.”I felt good until about two days after the surgery until some of those thoughts came through my mind: ‘What if I can’t do this any longer? What if my voice is taken? What If I can’t do this with my brother anymore? What if I can’t write songs or perform?’ When you start asking those questions, it comes to a point where you think, ‘Who am I if I can’t sing?'” Luke said. “I felt God say really, really clearly, ‘It’s never been about a song that you can sing. It’s never been about a performance, a show,  about the mistakes you’ve made in the past, or the good things or failures that may take place in the future. I love you.'” He added, “I stand up here…more convinced than ever that the power of music is transforming.”See a selected list of winners below:Song of the year: “The Blessing,” from Kari Jobe (writers: Kari Jobe, Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Steven Furtick)Contemporary christian artist of the year: We the KingdomGospel artist of the year: CeCe WinansGospel worship album of the year, Believe for It, CeCe WinansGospel worship recorded song of the year, “Believe for It,” CeCe WinansArtist of the year: for King & CountryNew artist of the year: Maverick City MusicWorship recorded song of the year: “Graves into Gardens,” Elevation Worship feat. Brandon LakeRap/hip-hop album of the year: His Glory Alone, KBSouthern gospel album of the year: Change Is Coming, Joseph HabedankContemporary gospel album of the year: Koryn HawthorneInspirational film of the year: A Week AwaySongwriter of the year (nonartist): Jason IngramSongwriter of the year (artist): Brandon LakeRap/hip hop recorded song of the year: “Deep End,” LecraePop/contemporary recorded song of the year: “Famous For (I Believe),” Tauren WellsInspirational recorded song of the year, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” Carrie Underwood feat. CeCe WinansPop/contemporary album of the year: Holy Water, We The Kingdom

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Stephen Sondheim Remembered by Uzo Aduba, Hugh Jackman, Josh Gad and More: ‘The Best There Ever Was’

Following the death of Stephen Sondheim, Hollywood stars took to social media to share tributes and memories of the award-winning composer and lyricist who was known for revolutionizing American musical theater. Sondheim, whose achievements included Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods, died at 91. Explore See latest videos,…

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Following the death of Stephen Sondheim, Hollywood stars took to social media to share tributes and memories of the award-winning composer and lyricist who was known for revolutionizing American musical theater.
Sondheim, whose achievements included Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods, died at 91.

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The composer often collaborated with producer-director Hal Prince, pairing with him on musicals such as West Side Story and Merrily We Roll Along. Sondheim collected nine Tony Awards during his tenure, as well as an Oscar, a Pulitzer Prize and eight Grammy awards.

On Twitter, Uzo Aduba referred to Sondheim as “the best there ever was.” She wrote, “I don’t know when we will ever have another of his caliber, of his breadth and scope. Just the greatest, a legend, a true titan. Rest In Peace.”
“He wrote me a wonderful permission letter to use ‘Old Friends’ in American Gods,” wrote Neil Gaiman. “I avoided meeting him (failed only once) and refused dinner because I didn’t have many heroes. Now I’ve got one less. Thank you Stephen Sondheim so much.”
Hugh Jackman wrote: “Every so often someone comes along that fundamentally shifts an entire art form. Stephen Sondheim was one of those. As millions mourn his passing I also want to express my gratitude for all he has given to me and so many more. Sending my love to his nearest and dearest.”
Anna Kendrick shared that “performing his work has been among the greatest privileges of my career” and called Sondheim’s death “a devastating loss.”
George Takei, meanwhile, labeled Sondheim a “towering giant” and wrote that his legacy of song and lyric was unparalleled. “From West Side Story to Sweeney Todd, from Gypsy to Sunday in the Park with George, there will never be a master like him.”
Darren Criss thanked Sondheim for “something between ridiculous and sublime.”
Read these reactions and more, below.

Stephen Sondheim was the best there ever was. I don’t know when we will ever have another of his caliber, of his breadth and scope. Just the greatest, a legend, a true titan. Rest In Peace. ❤️
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) November 26, 2021

Perhaps not since April 23rd of 1616 has theater lost such a revolutionary voice. Thank you Mr. Sondheim for your Demon Barber, some Night Music, a Sunday in the Park, Company, fun at a Forum, a trip Into the Woods and telling us a West Side Story. RIP. 🙏 https://t.co/jHX7ob9JWv
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 26, 2021

Just a few months ago the legend Stephen Sondheim joined us in person for an unforgettable conversation. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/qyhdjz9TX6
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) November 26, 2021

Every so often someone comes along that fundamentally shifts an entire art form. Stephen Sondheim was one of those. As millions mourn his passing I also want to express my gratitude for all he has given to me and so many more. Sending my love to his nearest and dearest. pic.twitter.com/4KlnJJJipq
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 26, 2021

I am at a loss. Feels like the end of an era. He did indeed set the standard for the American musical.
Rest well, sir. #StephenSondheim
— Ariana DeBose (@ArianaDeBose) November 26, 2021

I was just talking to someone a few nights ago about how much fun (and fucking difficult) it is to sing Stephen Sondheim. Performing his work has been among the greatest privileges of my career. A devastating loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) November 26, 2021

Goodbye dear sir. We will spend our lives trying to make you proud. #stephensondheim
— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) November 26, 2021

thank you so muchfor something betweenridiculous and sublime#StephenSondheim
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) November 26, 2021

Rest In Peace Stephen Sondheim. You gave us something new. You changed the game. I was so lucky. pic.twitter.com/iF3iMKd5YJ
— Mario Cantone (@macantone) November 26, 2021

He only wrote one screenplay, but it’s an absolute gem of a whodunnit. Why not pay tribute to the great Stephen Sondheim by watching his parlor game cult classic ‘The Last Of Sheila’. (Co-written with Anthony Perkins, no less). RIP x pic.twitter.com/Cqd2FpUgtw
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 26, 2021

He wrote me a wonderful permission letter to use “Old Friends” in American Gods. I avoided meeting him (failed only once) and refused dinner because I didn’t have many heroes. Now I’ve got one less. Thank you Stephen Sondheim so much. pic.twitter.com/soRo4G2ZFU
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 26, 2021

RIP Stephen Sondheim, master musical man. His words for West Side Story alone would have guaranteed him theatrical immortality but there was so much more. He bestrode songwriting like a Colossus.
— Tim Rice (@SirTimRice) November 26, 2021

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Billboard Buys: Sony is Blowing Out These Top-Rated Headphones for $10

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Sony headphones used to cost a pretty penny, but the electronics company has come out with a line of budget headphones that pack a decent punch.
Case in point: these Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones, which are on sale right now for just $10 on Amazon (regularly $24.99+). For just 10 bucks, you get a pair of brand new, genuine Sony headphones for music, work, recording and more. This is not just one of the best Sony headphone deals online, but one of the best headphone deals – period.

Shop: Sony ZX Series Wired Headphones $9.99

The Sony ZX Series Headphones feature 30mm neodymium dynamic drivers that deliver loud, peppy music with a well-balanced output of highs, mids and low-end bass.
The headphones are super lightweight (under five ounces!) and come with cushy earpads so they stay comfortable even while wearing for long periods of time. The headband is adjustable too, and Sony says its closed-back design helps to seal in sound.

What we like: the swiveling earcup design allows the headphones to fold flat when you’re traveling, so they tuck easily into your bag without taking up too much space.
You don’t have to worry about battery life here — these are traditional wired headphones, so they can plug-in directly to your laptop, phone or gaming console to get long, uninterrupted sound. The durable cable holds up to repeat use, and at 1.2 meters (about four feet), you’ll have plenty of room to move around without being tied down — literally — to your listening device.
This is the best deal online for cheap Sony headphones. But don’t take our word for it: the Sony MDR-ZX110AP headphones are a #1 best-seller on Amazon with a 4.5-star (out of five) rating from more than 70,000 reviewers online. Get the $10 Sony headphones on Amazon here. Amazon also has a pair of Sony headphones with a mic (great for teleconferencing or video calls) on sale for $19.99 here.
Another way to snag these $10 Sony headphones? Target has the Sony headphones deal for $9.99 and is offering same-day delivery or in-store pickup. See details here.
Billboard is picking a weekly deal to share with our readers. Check billboard.com each week for our Billboard Buys product.

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Celebrate the Premiere of ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ With These Beatles Turntables

All products and services featured are independently chosen by editors. However, Billboard may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. It’s been 54 years since the May 26, 1967 release of the Beatles’ classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, and,…

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It’s been 54 years since the May 26, 1967 release of the Beatles’ classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, and, as expected, searches for Beatles merch have gone up online.
For music lovers looking for more than just a T-shirt or hat, Ringo Starr has an official drumstick collaboration with accessories brand, Zildjian. Designed with the drummer himself, the $11.99 sticks feature his signature and trademark star. See them here.

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But the best piece of Beatles merch online right now are a pair of Beatles turntables. Both pieces are on sale for the holidays, making them a no-brainer gift idea for both Beatles fans and collectors alike.

Turntable brand Pro-Ject also recently re-stocked their limited-edition Sgt. Pepper turntable, first released in 2017 in honor of the Beatles’ eighth studio album’s 50th anniversary.

Shop: Pro-Ject The Beatles Sgt. Pepper Essential III Special Edition Turntable $500

The design of the Essential III turntable from Pro-Ject shows the base drum of the album, laid on top of a blue psychedelic pattern. It also features a factory-mounted Ortofon series OM-10 cartridge and a precision aluminum tonearm.  See it via Amazon here.
The other turntable from Pro-Ject, a high-end 2Xperience SB features a sleek black and wooden design with both the Beatles and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band logo. See it here.
For a more portable Beatles-inspired record player, Crosley has a Beatles-edition version of its popular suitcase-style turntables. Available now for $159.95 on Amazon, the vintage-style turntable is part of Crosley’s “Anthology” series and plays 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM LPs with full, loud sound through its built-in speakers.

Shop: Crosley Anthology Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable $159.95

Both the Pro-Ject turntables and the Crosley record player are officially-licensed releases from the brands and The Beatles. Everything was produced in limited-edition though, so we recommend adding these record players to your cart before quantities are sold out.
It’s a great time to pick up some Beatles merch, as the Fab Four are the subject of a new Disney+ documentary called The Beatles: Get Back. Directed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now, exclusively on Disney+.

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