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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

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You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

2019 Grammy Awards Show: Men Need Not Apply

Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys,
Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez
at the 2019 Grammy Awards. (CBS)
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For years now, the Grammy Awards have done away celebrating all forms of the recorded music and instead only focus on a select few. This year the show seemed to go further by forgetting to invite the men to the party.

While the 61st celebration chose to honor a number of iconic people worthy of their craft, almost none of them were male, which is okay I guess. Showing honor by giving tributes to women like Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross is something that the Grammy’s do best, but overall the special felt off-center. From the show’s host to numerous presenters, men were barely seen and rarely heard.

The 2019 presentation opened with a colorful version of Camila Cabello's Havana followed by the show's host, Alisha Keyes greeting and parading Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez touting the importance of music.

Camila Cabello (CBS)
The talented Alisha Keyes did a fine job of hosting this year with the exception of her constant self-promotion throughout the night. I really like Keyes, but she seemed pretty impressed with herself. She often referenced the various women who influenced her career.

The night featured a tribute to Dolly Parton with Parton taking center stage with Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry (who tried to out-do Dolly before she even came on stage), Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris and Little Big Town.

Diana Ross chose to celebrate her birthday at the Grammys who was introduced by her grandson. While the 75-year-old looked and sounded fantastic, her performance was a bit disappointing as I was hoping to hear a medley of her greatest hits. Instead, she sang “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” The Motown tribute featuring Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, which also gave a tribute or two to Ross was a lot more fun.

Lady Gaga (CBS)
Lady Gaga not only sang her song “Shallow” from her hit movie, A Star is Born, she also won five awards for the song including Song of the Year. Another winner of the night was a no-show. Ariana Grande made headlines earlier in the week with her spat with the show's producer, but she still won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album (Sweetner).

As for Christian and Gospel music, Lauren Daigle won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Look Up Child) and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("You Say"), Tori Kelley won for Best Gospel Performance Song ("Never Alone" with Kirk Franklin) and Best Gospel Album (Hiding Place) and Jason Crabb won Best Roots Gospel Album (Unexepected). Unfortunately, we didn't actually see any of them receive their awards or perform their music.

Perhaps the highlight of the night was the Aretha Franklin tribute which featured Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Andra Day and Yolanda Adams right after the memorandum of the artist who passed away this year. Together, they sang “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”

Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day (CBS)
This year’s winners are:

  • Record of the Year: This is America by Childish Gambino
  • Album of the Year: Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  • Song of the Year: "This is America" by Donald Glover, Ludwig Goransson and Jeffrey Lamar Williams
  • Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
  • Best Pop Solo Performance: “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?) by Lady Gaga
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: My Way by Willie Nelson
  • Best Pop Vocal Album: Sweetner by Ariana Grande
  • Best Dance Recording: “Electricity” by Silk City and Dua Lipa featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson
  • Best Dance/Electric Album: Woman Worldwide by Justice
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Steve Gadd Band by Steve Gadd Band
  • Best Rock Performance: “When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
  • Best Metal Performance: “Electric Messiah” by High on Fire
  • Best Rock Song: “Masseduction” by Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark
  • Best Rock Album: From the Fires by Greata Van Fleet
  • Best Alternative Music Album: Colors by Beck
  • Best R&B Performance: “Best Part” by H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar
  • Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” by Leon Bridges
  • Best R&B Song: “Boo’d Up” by larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane
  • Best Urban Contemporary Album: Everything is Love by The Carters
  • Best R&B Album: H.E.R. by H.E.R.
  • Best Rap Performance: King’s Dead by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake
  • Best Rap/Sung Performance: “This is America” by Childish Gambino
  • Best Rap Song: God’s Plan by Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib
  • Best Rap Album: Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
Diana Ross celebrating her 75th birthday. (CBS)
  • Best Country Solo Performance: “Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves
  • Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Tequila” by Dan and Shay
  • Best Country Song: “Space Cowboy” by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves
  • Best Country Album: Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  • Best New Age Album: Opium Moon by Opium Moon
  • Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Don’t Fence Me In” by John Daversa
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: The Window by Cecile McLorin Salvant
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Emanon by The Wayne Shorter Quartet
  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: American Dreamer: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom by John Daversa Big Band featuring DACA Artists
  • Best Latin Jazz Album: Back to the Sunset by Dafnis Prieto Big Band
  • Best Gospel Performance Song: “Never Alone” by Tori Kelley featuring Kirk Franklin
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “You Say” by Lauren Daigle
  • Best Gospel Album: Hiding Place by Tori Kelly
  • Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle
  • Best Roots Gospel Album: Unexepected by Jason Crabb
  • Best Latin Pop Album: Sincera by Claudia Brant
  • Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Aztlan by Zoe
  • Best Regional Mexian Music Album (Including Tejano): ¡México Por Siempre! By Luis Miguel
  • Best Tropical Latin Album: Anniversary by Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • Best American Roots Performance: “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile
  • Best American Roots Song: “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile
  • Best Americana Album: By the Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile
  • Best Bluegradd Album: The Travelin’ McCourys by The Travelin’ McCourys
  • Best Traditional Blues Album: The Blues is Alive and Well by Buddy Guy
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album: Please Don’t Be Dead by Fantastic Negrito
  • Best Folk Album: All Ashore by Punch Brothers
  • Best Regional Roots Music Album: No ‘Ane’I by Kalani Pe’a
  • Best Reggae Album: 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy
  • Best World Music Album: Freedom by Soweto Gospel Choir
  • Best Spoken Word Album: Faith – A Journey For All by Jimmy Carter
  • Best Comedy Album: Equanimity and The Bird Revelation by Dave Chappelle
  • Best Musical Theater Album: The Band’s Visit
  • Best Compliation Soundtrack for Visual Media: The Greatest Showman
  • Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Black Panther
  • Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt

For the complete list of winners, visit the Grammys website.

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