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Today’s Music News: Bob Dylan accepts MusiCares Person of the Year with half-hour speech

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Bob Dylan accepted the annual MusiCares Person of the Year award on Friday night with a long speech that started with an acknowledgement of John Hammond—the legendary A&R man who signed Dylan to Columbia Records—and went on to thank many of the artists who helped popularize Dylan’s work, including Peter, Paul & MaryJimi Hendrix, and Joan Baez. Dylan also challenged the critics who have long disparaged his singing voice, and spoke in sincere tribute to the work MusiCares does to support artists who need medical care. At the event, Dylan’s songs were covered by stars including BeckNeil Young, and Jackson Browne. (Los Angeles Times)

At Sunday night’s Grammys, Sam Smith took Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Stay With Me,” while Beck claimed Album of the Year for Morning Phase and Prince once again won a standing ovation merely for showing up to present an award. (Local Current)

Danielle Haim, guitarist and singer in Haim, was involved in a Friday night car accident that kept her from attending some pre-Grammys events—but, the band says, “she is totally 110% okay!” (Pitchfork)

Iggy Azalea was shut out at the Grammys, receiving zero awards—and to add injury to insult, her Papa John’s driver apparently leaked her personal phone number. (NME) Azalea will be at Target Center on April 30.

The Eaux Claires Festival has begun revealing artists in its lineup via letters to presale ticket buyers. (Stereogum)

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a report with recommendations on updates to music licensing law. Among the most notable recommendations would be the creation of a performance right for terrestrial radio: creators of a recording (the performer and the label) would be paid when the recording is played on the radio. Currently, only songwriters are compensated for that airplay. (Billboard)

Police are reportedly investigating potential foul play in the sudden need for Bobbi Kristina Brown—the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown—to be hospitalized last weekend in Atlanta, where she remains in serious condition. (Billboard)

Kim Gordon‘s forthcoming memoir Girl in a Band is looking more and more fascinating with every new excerpt that’s published. In an excerpt shared in the Guardian, Gordon writes about the early days of Sonic Youth and the end of her relationship with husband and bandmate Thurston Moore—as well as about her feud with Courtney Love.

FKA Twigs is in a legal dispute over her performing moniker. Her adversaries are the Twigs, a Chicago band who denied FKA Twigs’s attempt to buy the rights to their name in 2013, when she was performing as Twigs. A subsequent lawsuit led to FKA Twigs adopting the “FKA” preface, which stands for “formerly known as.” That’s not good enough, though, for the Twigs, who are threatening to sue FKA Twigs again unless she pays what they regard as fair compensation. (Pitchfork)

Jack White has become embroiled in what some are calling “GuacamoleGate” after a student newspaper at the University of Oklahoma published White’s concert rider—which included a detailed recipe for the guacamole contractually required to be available backstage. White criticized the newspaper from the stage when he played at the university last Monday, and his booking agency then told the school’s student activities committee that the agency wouldn’t be booking any more shows there. When that news broke, White’s management issued a statement clarifying that White himself had not “blacklisted” the university, and additionally noting that the guacamole recipe was actually for the benefit of White’s supporting crew: “We’re not even sure he likes guacamole.” (Local Current)

Van Halen will release their first-ever live album with David Lee RothTokyo Dome Live in Concert comes out March 31. (Billboard)

Journey founder/guitarist Neal Schon is suing the City of San Francisco, claiming that the city unfairly hiked the rental price of its Palace of Fine Arts—where Schon was married in 2013—after the city learned the wedding would be filmed for a reality TV special. (Billboard)

Better not try to sell those handmade “Shake It Off” maracas online: Taylor Swift has taken legal action against numerous sellers of Swift-themed items on Etsy. (Billboard)