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'Monday Night Football' adds Little Richard song

ESPN is hoping that one of the architects of rock n' roll can bring some new energy to their "Monday Night Football" show with fewer fans in the stands this year.

The new season, which started Monday featured a new version of Little Richard's hit "Rip It Up" featuring new instrumentals and backup vocals from the Virginia-based band Butcher Brown.

The song replaces Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight," which was repurposed with new lyrics like, "All my rowdy friends are here for Monday night." Williams' song was used on the show for two periods, 1989-2011 and then 2017-2019.

Little Richard's1956 song was a No. 1 R&B hit for the flamboyant Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who died in May at the age of 87 in Tennessee.

Atwood honored with Dayton Peace Prize

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Margaret Atwood, whose sweeping body of work includes "The Handmaid's Tale," a depiction of a nightmarish totalitarian future for the United States, is this year's winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates literature's power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

The Canadian writer and teacher has earned the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, officials of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials announced Monday. The award is named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Bosnian peace accords reached in the Ohio city.

Atwood — a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, comic books and, as of late, tweets — in recent years has drawn a new round of acclaim for her bestselling 1985 novel of a dystopian future in which women are subjugated after an overthrow of the U.S. government.

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Some readers of "The Handmaid's Tale" saw in the leaders of authoritarian Gilead similarities to the rise of Republican Donald Trump to president in the election of 2016.

The Dayton lifetime achievement award carries a $10,000 prize.

Swift to perform at ACM Awards

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Country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift is coming back to her roots with a performance at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

The nine-time ACM award winner will perform from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., where the awards show will be broadcast Wednesday on CBS.

Swift will perform "betty" from her new album "Folklore," which has held the top spot on for six weeks on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The song, which is being played on country radio stations, has reached No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country song chart.

This marks the first time in seven years that the two-time ACM entertainer of the year has performed at this awards show and will be her world premiere performance for any song from her "Folklore" album.

Today's birthdays: Comedian Norm Crosby is 93. Actor Henry Darrow ("The High Chaparral") is 87. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 74. Actor Barry Shabaka Henley ("Bob Hearts Abishola") is 66. Actor Danny Nucci ("The Fosters") is 52. Actor Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises") is 43. TV personality Heidi Montag ("The Hills") is 34. Actor Kate Mansi ("Days of Our Lives") is 33.

— The Associated Press


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