McCartney backs anti-violence effort


Paul McCartney is adding his voice to Tony Bennett’s campaign against gun violence.

The former Beatle recorded a voice message that’s part of a text-to-call operation Wednesday for Bennett’s Voices Against Violence campaign. McCartney and others are encouraging Americans to send a text, which will lead to the singer’s message and connect the caller to their local Senate office after providing their ZIP code.

The Senate voted Wednesday against a proposal to expand background checks, the linchpin of the effort to curb gun violence. In December, 20 children and six aides were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, propelling gun violence into a national issue. Families of the Newtown victims have been lobbying lawmakers.

Other celebrities supporting include Alec Baldwin, Gloria Estefan and Josh Groban.

Library of Congress wins special Grammy


The Library of Congress is being honored with a special Grammy Award in Washington for its work over the past decade to preserve historic audio recordings.

The Recording Academy was to present its Grammys on the Hill Award to the library Wednesday night. The group also is honoring Jennifer Hudson with a Recording Artist Coalition Award for her charity work.

The Grammys on the Hill Awards are meant to connect the music industrySFlbwith the world of policy and politics in Washington.

Daryl Friedman, the Recording Academy’s chief lobbyist in Washington, says the library’s National Recording Registry that preserves historic sound recordings each year has raised the profile of great American recordings.

The music group pushed for legislation in Congress 10 years ago to create the preservation program.

Shakira asks judge to toss out ex’s suit


Pop star Shakira says her hips don’t lie but her ex-boyfriend does.

The singer and judge on “The Voice” is asking a New York judge to throw out a $250 million lawsuit filed by her ex, Antonio de La Rua.

De la Rua is the son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua. He dated Shakira for more than a decade before they split in 2011.

De la Rua has been waging an international war against his ex, saying he shaped the “Shakira brand.”

The Daily News reports that Shakira said in court papers filed in Manhattan that she does not owe her success to de la Rua. She says he was just one of her numerous advisers.

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