The latest on BTS, Piers Morgan and Patti Smith

BTS on 1st Grammy nod: ‘It’s hard to express in words’

NEW YORK: Nominated for best pop duo/group performance for “Dynamite,” BTS is the first K-pop act to compete at the Grammys.


“People were sad and down because of the Covid situation and [‘Dynamite’] was sort of our suggestion to pick [everyone] up,” Jin told AP.

“We were supposed to do the whole stadium tour. There was no plan to release [‘Dynamite,’]” RM explained. “‘Dynamite’ gave us huge success — life is really interesting.”

“It’s really hard to express in words,” Jimin said. “We can’t still believe that we’re nominated, and we’ll be able to perform. We’re thankful [and] honored.”

Piers Morgan quits British TV program after Meghan comments

LONDON: Piers Morgan quit “Good Morning Britain” after commenting about Meghan’s interview on air.

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On Monday, Morgan said about Meghan’s revelations, “I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says,” he said.

On Tuesday, Morgan stressed that mental illness should be “taken extremely seriously.” He maintained he had “serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what [Meghan] said.”

He then stormed off the set as broadcaster Alex Beresford confronted him.

Producer ITV said, “Following discussions, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave ‘Good Morning Britain.’ ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

Patti Smith returns to singing live with Brooklyn concert

NEW YORK: Patti Smith performed a mini-concert at the Brooklyn Museum to honor photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and museum workers.

Patti Smith AP PHOTO

Smith performed six songs as well as read poetry and excerpts from her book Just Kids in the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court.

Dressed in black from her boots to her shirt with her gray hair flowing, Smith and an accompanist, Tony Shanahan, performed “Wing,” “My Blakean Year,” “Grateful” and “Dancing Barefoot,” as well as Tim Hardin’s “How Can We Hang On to a Dream?” and Neil Young’s “Helpless.” She ended the set with her biggest hit, “Because the Night,” written with Bruce Springsteen.