Arts and Entertainment Elton John performing at his 'Brits Icon' concert at The Palladium in London

Sir Elton John has become the recipient of the first Brits Icon award after being presented with honour by Rod Stewart at a special concert at the London Palladium.

Bob Dylan's 'Nina Felix' - part of the exhibition 'Bob Dylan: Face Value' at the National Portrait Gallery

Review: Bob Dylan, Face Value - The musician-turned-artist's portraits have a lyrical side

“The empty handed painter from your streets / Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets,” Bob Dylan sang on his 1965 hit "It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue". While Dylan, now 72, is loved by millions for creating songs with such depth, anger, and poetry, he has also always been a visual artist, albeit a private one.

Tim DeLaughter, The Polyphonic Spree

Fantasy band: Tim DeLaughter, The Polyphonic Spree

'I used to hop in elevators to Percy Faith's arrangements'

Swiftly disposed: the Nashville pop star condemned fan mail to the bin

Fan mail: Return to sender? No, Taylor Swift's 'people' chuck it in the skip

It’s safe to assume that most fan mail intended for global superstars comes to the same resting place. Namely, the bin. What else are idols (and their management) expected to do with the thousands of letters that arrive day after day? But it would be a PR disaster to admit that anything else happens to them other than being read with great interest and treasured forever.

Freda Kelly was The Beatles’ PA for more than a decade

Got to get you into my life: Loyal PA to The Beatles, Freda Kelly, is finally telling her story

They were the biggest band in the world and she was their biggest fan. "You were there in the beginning," George Harrison told her. "You're there at the end." Freda Kelly was The Beatles' PA for more than a decade. She ran their fan club and was a trusted member of their inner circle. Yet her story has remained untold – until now.

Conor O'Brien: 'I'd love to see Mozart on stage playing vintage synths'

My Fantasy Band: Conor O'Brien, Villagers

'I'd love to see Mozart on stage playing vintage synths'

British publicist Max Clifford speaks to the press at the gates of Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hertfordshire as he arrived for the wedding of British reality TV star Jade Goody

Max Clifford's top 5 career highlights*

*Or lowlights, if you'd rather

St Georges Hill, the private residential estate in Weybridge where Alexander Perepilichnyy rented a house

The exclusive gated community in Weybridge where Alexander Perepilichnyy lost his life

Ringed by fences, electronic gates, CCTV cameras and a  24-hour contingent of security guards, St George’s Hill in Weybridge, Surrey, is one of Britain’s most exclusive and secure private estates.

Jimmy Savile portrait buyer tells charity: ‘Keep the money, but I don’t want the painting’

A woman who spent £400 on a portrait of Jimmy Savile at a charity auction just days before the allegations about his paedophilia made headlines across the country has told the charity: “Keep the money, but I don’t want the painting”.

Sarah Jessica Parker will make an appearance in Glee playing the online editor of Vogue

Trending: Aiming for some ratings Glee with SJP

Sarah Jessica Parker is the latest star to be drawn into the Glee firmament. The former Sex and the City actress is to play the online editor of Vogue on the show, according to an announcement at the weekend. She follows in the wake of Britney Spears, who appeared as herself in 2010, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who played a frisky teacher in 2011.

Rockeries Ringo Star, Roger Daltrey and Sir Cliff Richard joined the guestlits of the Chelsea Flower Show's preview yesterday

Chelsea Flower Show: It's the Monsters of Rock Garden

It was a case of sex, drugs and rockeries as Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey and Sir Cliff Richard joined other special guests to enjoy an exclusive preview of the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.

Mark Foster, Foster the People
Sir Paul McCartney unveils his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Sir Paul McCartney unveils Hollywood star

Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to the other "three boys" in the Beatles as he unveiled his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cornell Dupree: Guitarist who played on more than 2,500 jazz, rock and soul tracks

The American guitarist Cornell Dupree lent his instrumental prowess to over 2,500 recordings by some of the biggest jazz, soul and rock performers of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, including Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, Grover Washington Jr, James Brown, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Duane Allman, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon and James Taylor.

The £161m question: why do big winners go public?

The names and faces of Colin and Christine Weir may not remain in the public's consciousness for quite as long as some of the people whose worldly wealth theirs now exceeds – David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins – but their decision to go public is an increasingly rare one among lottery winners in an increasingly media-savvy world.

Winner claims £161m jackpot

The British winner of Europe's biggest lottery jackpot has come forward to claim Tuesday's £161m EuroMillions prize.

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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