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Today’s Music News: Beyoncé and Jay Z met with Freddie Gray’s family backstage at Prince concert

The artwork for Prince's song "Baltimore"

After Prince‘s Sunday concert in Baltimore—a concert that was live-streamed on Jay Z‘s Tidal music service—Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé, along with Alicia Keys, met backstage with relatives of Freddie Gray and Mike Brown. Tidal will be matching proceeds from donations made to a fund created to support work towards police accountability and racial justice. (Billboard)

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem is opening a wine bar in Brooklyn. The bar, called the Four Horsemen, is scheduled to open in the Williamsburg neighborhood in early June. (New York Times)

The new version of the video game Guitar Hero, being released later this year, will feature music by artists including the War on DrugsAlt-Jthe Black KeysGary Clark Jr., and Broken Bells. (Consequence of Sound)

Live Nation is getting into the awards show business: the first annual Live Nation Music Awards, honoring the year’s best live music performances, will air Oct. 1 on TNT and TBS. Award categories will include “Road Warrior of the Year,” “Best Special Effects in a Festival,” and “Best On-Stage Collaboration.” (Billboard)

Acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking is the latest addition to the Glastonbury lineup. Hawking will make a “special guest appearance” at the section of the festival dedicated to kids. (Stereogum)

Henry Rollins will star in a new kids’ show on Amazon. A History of Radness, which currently has a pilot episode in production, will be a “music-driven” show featuring Rollins as “Coach Carlucci.” James Iha, formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins, will write the show’s score; narration will be provided by Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. (NME)

Hipsters and squares alike can rejoice at the news that all eight of Phil Collins‘s solo albums will be remastered and reissued by Warner Music Group. (Billboard)

The California State Senate has officially named Kendrick Lamar a “generational icon,” commending the hip-hop artist for his public service and charitable donations. (Rolling Stone)

Gwar have dropped their lead singer Kim Dylla, and will be hiring a new singer to take Dylla’s role of Vulvatron. “Kim did a great job,” said Gwar’s Brent Purgason, “but we wanted to go a different direction with the Vulvatron character.” Dylla has denied reports that she was fired for excessive drinking. (NME)