NEW YORK — Cee Lo Green says he's quitting as a coach on "The Voice."
The singer-songwriter-actor announced on Wednesday's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that he won't be coming back "at all."
He already was taking a break from the sixth season of the NBC talent competition, which begins airing Monday.
But Green told DeGeneres that he plans to continue his relationship with NBC, with which he has a development deal. NBC confirmed Green's departure from the show and expressed hopes to work with him on future projects.
Green was one of the original coaches when "The Voice" premiered in 2011. He appeared in seasons one through three, as well as season five.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira will serve as coaches for the upcoming "Voice" season. -- (AP)
Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend will likely give a lift to graduates of the University of Pennsylvania this spring.
School officials announced Tuesday that Legend will speak at the commencement for his alma mater in Philadelphia.
Legend was known as John Stephens when he attended the Ivy League school. He graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in English.
The musician released his platinum-selling debut album "Get Lifted" in 2004. Legend is currently touring the U.S. in support of his recording "Love in the Future."
He'll receive an honorary doctorate in music at the ceremony on May 19.
When asked if Legend will perform at the event, a university spokeswoman replied via email: "Probably not." -- (AP)
NEW YORK — Singer Betty Carter, guitarist Wes Montgomery, drummer Elvin Jones and bandleader Fletcher Henderson have been voted into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
JALC announced the 2014 inductees Monday after tallying votes by jazz fans worldwide from a list of 10 nominees selected by a committee of musicians and scholars.
Montgomery influenced countless modern jazz guitarists, including George Benson and Pat Metheny. Jones was the driving force propelling saxophonist John Coltrane's classic quartet.
Henderson's big band helped create swing music, and his arrangements were used by Benny Goodman's orchestra. Carter was a masterful scat singer known for her adventurous improvisations.
JALC has inducted 45 members into the Hall of Fame since 2004. -- (AP)
NEW YORK — Diversity on the runway is only part of the race problem in fashion, said Tracy Reese. There’s plenty to be done behind the scenes as well, she said.
Reese, a rare black female designer at New York Fashion Week, sees no one solution.
“There’s so many things that need to change. There are a lot of designers of color but I think there’s just a dearth of designers out front,” she said Sunday as she dashed from runway walk-through to makeup re-touches for one of her models Sunday at a space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
“Some of that is finance. But I think by saying that diversity is beautiful, that is a beginning, to look at all people and to see the beauty in each of us and their value is a very strong beginning. It’s important to keep the conversation going, then people will start to broaden their vision.”
During September’s Fashion Week, supermodel Iman joined Naomi Campbell and veteran modeling agent Bethann Hardison talking loud and clear about race and runways.
They launched Balance Diversity, an effort to boost the number of black models. And they named names, calling out Donna Karan, Proenza Schouler, The Row, Victoria Beckham and Calvin Klein as among those who used nearly no black models the previous February.
The website Jezebel calculated that 82.7 percent of that season’s New York Fashion Week models were white, 9.1 percent were Asian, 6 percent were black and 2 percent Latina.
Reese, known for diverse runways, said she mentors up-and-comers of all colors, including black women.
“Quite a few black women have interned for us over the years. I’ve hired a few of them on our team. That’s important, too, to keep talking to young people and let them know what the possibilities are in the industry,” she said.
But it’s not all about the runway.
“There are so many amazing jobs in the fashion industry as a whole. It’s not all about design,” she said. “We need great PR people of color, for one. That’s a very non-diverse group. It’s all facets of the industry that have to be addressed.” — (AP)
LOS ANGELES — Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards.
Oscar producers said Tuesday the producer-performer will sing his nominated song "Happy." There was no word on whether his Grammy Award-stealing hat would make an appearance.
Williams wrote "Happy" for "Despicable Me 2." It's nominated for original song along with U2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," ''Let It Go" by Idina Menzel from "Frozen" and Karen O's "The Moon Song" from "Her."
The 40-year-old Williams has been on quite a run with prominent roles in the recent hits "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" and with four Grammy wins, including producer of the year.
The Oscars will be presented March 2. -- (AP)