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January 31, 2007

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Police to reunite at Grammys

New York - The Police will reunite to perform at this year's Grammys ceremony, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.

The award-winning group, which won five Grammys and turned out hits such as "Roxanne" and "Every Breath You Take," will open the event - 23 years after breaking up amid internal conflict.

The band - singer Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers - fused reggae with pop and rock, and last performed together in 2003 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sting fanned speculation of a Police reunion and tour when he told the Television Critics Association earlier this month that he and his former bandmates were "talking about" doing something to commemorate their 30th anniversary.

CBS will air the 49th annual Grammy Awards ceremony live from Los Angeles on Feb. 11.

Tribute to Bob Marley

Kingston, Jamaica - Four sons of Bob Marley will hold a concert promoting peace to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the musician's birth, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

The Feb. 10 concert, called "Smile Jamaica," will be in the reggae superstar's birthplace of Nine Miles in St. Ann parish, spokesman Jerome Hamilton said.

The concert shares the name of a 1976 show staged by the government of former socialist Prime Minister Michael Manley to promote harmony between politically aligned gangs, and it will feature Stephen Marley and his brothers Ky-Mani, Damian and Julian, Hamilton said.

"They are trying to push a message of peace although it won't be as hard-core as when Bob did it," he said.

Hamilton said Ziggy Marley, the most famous of the legendary musician's children, was not able to attend.

Marley's children and Rita Marley, the singer's widow, perform across the globe. Rita, who often accompanied her husband's band with her soul trio, the I-Threes, is expected to attend the St. Ann parish concert.

Webber to judge 'Grease'

New York - Here's the word: Andrew Lloyd Webber will be a guest judge on the Feb. 11 edition of the reality TV-er "Grease: You're the One that I Want," NBC announced Tuesday.

The composer, whose Broadway hits include "Evita," "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera," will weigh in on the remaining 12 finalists, who are competing to play Danny the slick greaser and Sandy the naive good girl (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the classic 1978 movie version) in the revival of "Grease" coming to Broadway this summer.

The hopefuls - split evenly between guys and girls - will perform songs from Broadway musicals, including Webber's shows, in the two-hour episode (6 p.m. CST).

Newton-John has made two guest appearances on the show, which is hosted by "Access Hollywood" co-anchor Billy Bush and British TV personality and musical star Denise Van Outen.

Brandy sued for $50 million by parents of crash victim

Los Angeles - The parents of a woman killed in a freeway crash involving Brandy sued the actress-singer for $50 million Tuesday.

The wrongful-death suit claims Brandy was driving recklessly when her Land Rover struck the back of a Honda driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, "The Insider" first reported.

"The accident was a terrible tragedy, and Brandy's heart goes out to Awatef Aboudihaj's family," spokesman Allan Mayer said in a statement.

The suit was filed on behalf of Aboudihaj Ahmed and Labridi Zohra in Los Angeles Superior Court.

It comes a day after the California Highway Patrol recommended Brandy be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the Dec. 30 accident. The city attorney's office is reviewing the case.

Brandy, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, has publicly expressed condolences to the victim's family.

Brandy, 27, was driving on Dec. 30 when traffic slowed and her vehicle hit Aboudihaj's, a CHP report says.

Aboudihaj's car hit another vehicle, slid sideways into the center divider and was then hit by another car, the report said. Aboudihaj, a Los Angeles waitress, died at a hospital from blunt-force injuries, according to the coroner's office.

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