The Human Rights Foundation has criticized Kanye West for performing at a wedding in Kazakhstan, joining a chorus of detractors who say he legitimized the human rights violations of the nations president.
The rapper performed at the wedding of Nursultan Nazarbayevs grandson Saturday. The human rights group compared the appearance to a similar visit this summer by Jennifer Lopez to Turkmenistan, which has its own history of human rights violations.
Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nations top humor prize in Washington.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is awarding Burnett the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20. The show will be broadcast on PBS stations Nov. 24.
The lineup of entertainers who will salute Burnett onstage also includes Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance in Nashville and performed two songs before the audience was ushered out for the next show.
Tyler was in the audience Tuesday night at the Bluebird Cafe watching four Nashville songwriters perform in the round, including Mallary Hope, Phil Barton, Lindsey Lee and Marti Frederiksen. The small, 90-seat venue is where many country singers first got their break and where many established artists often stop by to play a few songs or listen.
Singing on catwalk
Models on Rebecca Minkoffs New York Fashion Week runway will be strutting to the live music of Janelle Monae.
Monae will sing at Fridays show at Lincoln Center as part of American Express Unstaged, a program that pairs artists of different mediums and makes their collaborations available to the public through digital media, including a live stream of the catwalk.
The live stream will be Friday at 3 p.m.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 84. Actor George Lazenby is 74. Actress Raquel Welch is 73. Singer Al Stewart is 68. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 67. Actor Michael Keaton is 62. TV personality-musician Dweezil Zappa is 44. Actress Rose McGowan is 40. Actress Kat Graham is 27.