December 17, 2012 in Nation/World

Duchess of Cambridge presents at award show

From Wire Reports
 

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The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge made her first public appearance Sunday night since her hospitalization for acute morning sickness.

Looking healthy and strong, the former Kate Middleton presented awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year prizes, which were broadcast throughout Britain.

She wore a dark green outfit and seemed composed and comfortable, showing no signs of the acute morning sickness that had led to her recent hospitalization.

Jason Mraz headlines Myanmar show

American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz mixed entertainment with education Sunday to become the first world-class entertainer in decades to perform in Myanmar, with a concert to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Mraz’s 2008 hit “I’m Yours” was the finale for the nighttime concert before a crowd of about 50,000 people at the base of the famous hilltop Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the country’s biggest city.

Mraz called his top-billed appearance at the concert a “tremendous honor.”

“I think the country is, at this time, downloading lots of new information from all around the world. I’ve always wanted my music to be here, (for) hope and celebration, peace, love and happiness. And so I’m delighted that my music can be a part of this big download that Myanmar is experiencing right now,” he said.

Superstars honor shooting victims

Only at a Rolling Stones concert could appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga seem almost like afterthoughts.

Those superstars and other top acts including the Black Keys and John Mayer jammed with the Stones on Saturday night, winding down a series of concerts celebrating the 50th year of rock’s most enduring band.

The Stones took a moment to acknowledge the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school Friday in Newtown, Conn. “We just wanted to send our love and condolences to all the people who lost loved ones in the tragedy in Connecticut,” said Mick Jagger early on in the concert as the audience applauded. Jagger noted that the entire world was feeling the pain of the stunned nation.

The birthday bunch

Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 76. “Hardball” host Chris Matthews is 67. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy is 66. Actor Barry Livingston (“My Three Sons”) is 59. Director-producer Peter Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber”) is 56. Bassist Mike Mills (R.E.M.) is 54. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 46. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas (“The District”) is 42. Actress Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead”) is 26.

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