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LOS ANGELES: Ash­ley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Bal­lerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett top the 2020 CMT Mu­sic Awards nom­i­na­tions with three each.

In nom­i­na­tions an­nounced Wed­nes­day for the pan­demic-de­layed show, 14 videos are vy­ing for the top prize of video of the year. The fan-voted show will air on CMT and other net­works on Oct 21 with out­door per­for­mances. The Chicks re­turn to the list of nom­i­nees for the first time since 2007 for their video for “Gaslighter” and coun­try icon Tanya Tucker gets her first ever nom­i­na­tion for “Bring My Flow­ers Now,” both nom­i­nated for video of the year. Also nom­i­nated in the cat­e­gory are Mi­randa Lam­bert, Lit­tle Big Town, Keith Ur­ban, Old Do­min­ion, Car­rie Un­der­wood and Blanco Brown, who is re­cov­er­ing af­ter a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent ear­lier this month.

A num­ber of artists are get­ting their first ever nom­i­na­tions this year, in­clud­ing

Caylee Ham­mack, Gabby Bar­rett, In­grid An­dress, Ri­ley Green and Travis Den­ning. The High­women, a group made up of Maren Mor­ris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and

Amanda Shires, also got their first nom­i­na­tion for group video.

With cat­e­gories that in­clude col­lab­o­ra­tions and per­for­mances from other CMT shows, pop stars Halsey and Gwen Ste­fani both earned their first ever nom­i­na­tions for their duets with Bal­lerini and Blake Shel­ton, re­spec­tively. Elec­tronic pro­ducer and DJ Marsh­mello also earned a nom­i­na­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tive video for the cross­over hit “One Thing Right” with Kane Brown. Pop star

Justin Bieber has a chance to win an­other CMT Mu­sic Award for his duet with Dan + Shay on “10,000 Hours,” af­ter win­ning one as a teenage heart­throb in 2011 for “That Should Be Me” fea­tur­ing Ras­cal Flatts. (AP)

❑ ❑ NEW YORK: An enig­matic paint­ing from Re­nais­sance mas­ter San­dro Bot­ti­celli will go on auc­tion next year and art watch­ers will be see­ing if it fetches more than its eye-wa­ter­ing $80 mil­lion es­ti­mate, de­spite the pan­demic.

Bot­ti­celli’s 15th-cen­tury por­trait of a no­ble­man in “Young Man Hold­ing a Roundel” is the high­light of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale se­ries in New York in Jan­uary.

“Just the sheer beauty of this has been a joy,” said Christo­pher Apos­tle, who has for more than three decades han­dled Old Masters and is now head of the di­vi­sion. “I can’t think of a Bot­ti­celli like this that’s been on the open in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.”

Op­por­tu­ni­ties to ac­quire a Bot­ti­celli - the artist be­hind such mas­ter­pieces as “Pri­mav­era” and “The Birth of Venus” - are very rare.

“The fact that there are 12 known por­traits

by Bot­ti­celli puts it in an elite type of sit­u­a­tion,” said Apos­tle. “These are the most per­sonal things he pro­duced, in a way. It’s just some­thing he’s do­ing with one in­di­vid­ual.”

The auc­tion house be­lieves it could get over $100 mil­lion. The last paint­ing to achieve that level at auc­tion was Claude Monet’s “Meules” at Sotheby’s New York in 2019, go­ing for $110 mil­lion.

If it reaches those dizzy­ing heights, it

San­dro Bot­ti­celli’s 15th-cen­tury paint­ing called ‘Young Man Hold­ing a Roundel’ is dis­played at Sotheby’s on Sept 23, in New York. The paint­ing will go on auc­tion next year and art watch­ers will be see­ing if it fetches more than its eye wa­ter­ing $80 mil­lion es­ti­mate, de­spite the pan­demic. (AP)

In this June 25, 2004 file photo, jour­nal­ist Harold Evans poses for a photo with his wife Tina Brown, af­ter he was knighted by the Prince of Wales for ser­vice to jour­nal­ism. Evans, the charis­matic pub­lisher, au­thor and muck raker, has died at 92. (AP)



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