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Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash on 9 December, was at the peak of her career as perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated regional style influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles. A 43-year-old mother of five children and grandmother of two, the woman known as the "Diva de la Banda" was known for her frank talk about her struggles to give a good life to her children despite a series of setbacks.
Veteran country music star Emmylou Harris is teaming up with London folk band Mumford & Sons to explore their shared love of high harmony, sad songs and the oft-belittled banjo on a US TV show.
Nineties punk band Green Day have confirmed they will play their breakthrough album Dookie in full at Reading Festival this weekend.
The Fiction Uncovered prize is an unusual one, in that it selects eight titles instead of one winner each year. Its remit is quite simple: to “uncover and celebrate our best British writers”.
Whitney Houston, who has died at the age of 48, was a dazzling performer who blazed a trail for a new generation of black female singers, from Beyoncé Knowles to Mary J Blige.
After seven years with a no-host format, the Grammys will have an emcee — LL Cool J.
As sharp-tongued comedian Ricky Gervais is invited back to present the Golden Globes for the third time this Sunday, we take a look at other shocking gong-giving occasions
When Radio 3 pulled out of its annual world-music awards, Songlines moved in to fill the gap, and its annual compilation of artists nominated for its own awards makes just as good a barometer.
The sports-luxe look may be all the rage on the catwalk right now, but few designers are prepared to make sport and fashion such close bedfellows as Angy Morton, whose latest range of couture gowns is made from Premier League football shirts.
Last night marked the first of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions of 2010, with The Maccabees and The Rumble Strips playing to a packed-out studio at London’s prestigious Hospital Club.
It's not so easy being the next big thing. Ms Dynamite offers some advice
The fifth podcast in our series sees another nomination for international giant Sir John Eliot Gardiner with Brahms Symphony No. 1, performed by the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir.
Hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny, this series of six Classical Music podcasts -available exclusively to Independent readers - feature BBC Music Magazine Editor Oliver Condy and the Chair of the Judging Panel Helen Wallace (who is a regular commentator on BBC Radio 3 and 4) discussing the nominations for the 2009 BBC Music Magazine Awards.