People: Lester Holt receiving Walter Cronkite Award; Nicki Minaj drops Saudi Arabia concert; Willie Nelson bringing Farm Aid to Wisconsin

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Lester Holt getting prized journalism award

Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is awarding its 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to Lester Holt, news anchor for NBC.

Holt has anchored NBC's flagship "Nightly News" broadcast since 2015, following eight years as anchor of the newscast's weekend edition and 12 years as co-anchor of "Weekend Today."

The university announced Tuesday that Holt will receive the award Nov. 4 in Phoenix.

Cronkite dean Christopher Callahan called Holt "a fantastic role model for our students and all journalists for his insightful, caring, fact-based journalism ... "

Minaj dropping Saudi Arabia concert

Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.

"After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression," Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press.

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Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert on July 18.

Willie Nelson bringing Farm Aid 2019 to Wisconsin

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and the Dave Matthews Band will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin's struggling dairy country in September.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the Sept. 21 event at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, about 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

"With devastating weather, low prices and harmful farm and trade policies, America's family farmers are facing immense challenges to hold on to their farms. It's not right ... ," Nelson said in a statement.

Farm Aid has raised $57 million to support family farms since 1985.

Other performers will include Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Yola, and Particle Kid.

Today's birthdays: Singer Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 69. Actor Stephen Lang is 67. Actress Sela Ward is 63. Reggae singer Michael Rose of Black Uhuru is 62. Guitarist Richie Sambora is 60. Singer Suzanne Vega is 60. Bassist Scott Shriner of Weezer is 54. Actor Justin Chambers is 49. Rapper Lil' Kim is 44. Singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie is 43. Rapper Lil' Zane is 37. Singer Alessia Cara is 23.

                                                                       — The Associated Press


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