MISSY ELLIOT BECOMES FIRST FEMALE RAPPER NOMINATED FOR SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
Missy Elliot has made history, becoming the first female hip-hop star to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If inducted, Elliot will be only the third rapper to receive the honor following Jay-Z in 2017 and Jermaine Dupree in 2018. Other notable nominees for the 2019 list include John Prine, Jimmy Cliff, Mariah Carey, Vince Gill, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics and more. Songwriters Hall of Fame voting members will decide on six inductees out of the 24 nominees.
BILLY JOEL TO BREAK MSG RECORD WITH 61ST CONSECUTIVE SHOW
Billy Joel will break a Madison Square Garden record by playing his 61st consecutive show at the famed venue on Feb. 14. The record-breaking show is part of Joel’s unique residency at the Garden which began with monthly shows in 2014. The Valentine’s Day show will mark Joel’s 107th performance at the New York venue. Tickets for the February show will go on sale to the public via Ticketmaster on Friday, Nov. 16.
SPECTRA DELIVERS FIRST PROFITABLE YEAR FOR IDAHO CIVIC CENTER
For the first time in the venue’s history, Ford Idaho Center has turned a profit since opening its doors in 1997. Spectra, the provider of venue management for the Ford Idaho Center, exceeded its operating budget for the third consecutive year marking the first time the venue’s operating budget has finished with a positive number. The venue finished $185,768 in the black versus a budgeted operating deficit of ($726,023), denoting a $911,791 positive variance. By comparison, the facility’s operating account lost $243,684 in FY17, $646,804 in FY16, and approximately $1.1 million in FY15, with annual figures hovering around a $1.5 million deficit in prior years.