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November 4, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - As the first YouTube Music Awards came to a close Sunday night, creative director Spike Jonze thanked the powers that be at the video-sharing website for "letting us make this mess. " He couldn't have chosen a more apt word. The inaugural 90-minute webcast, held in New York City and hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian Reggie Watts, was conceived as a more spontaneous answer to the Grammys or the Video Music Awards, one in keeping with the anarchic spirit of the Internet.
November 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Grammys have the unrivaled prestige. The MTV Video Music Awards go for unpredictable, deliciously viral irreverence. And the BET, Billboard Music and American Music awards are better known for A-list performers than who wins which trophies. So what will the inaugural YouTube Music Awards look like on (potentially) millions of computer screens Sunday? Well, no one actually knows -- yet. There are awards, with honors handed out in six categories including video and artist of the year, YouTube phenomenon, and innovation of the year.
October 21, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The "Grand Inaugural Gala" to celebrate the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Presented by Salvatore Ferragamo, the affair came with cocktails, a gala dinner, fashion show of the Italian designer's latest collection and the first-ever performance in the Center's 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater. The setting: The brand new "Wallis," designed by architect Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects to incorporate the city's Italian Renaissance-style post office and temporarily house a pop-up Ferragamo boutique.
July 28, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
April Ross and Jennifer Kessy got their redemption Sunday. After the top-ranked pairing lost in the Round of 32 at the FIVB Grand Slam of beach volleyball Thursday, they rallied from behind to win the inaugural World Series Cup in Long Beach on Sunday. “We brought home the World Series Cup for the U.S. and that's a big deal,” Kessy said. “We're going to have our names on there first. Hopefully this is going to be a really long tradition, and April and my name will always be at the top, which is really exciting.” Ross and Kessy defeated Taiana Lima and Talita Antunes of Brazil, 15-21, 21-18, 17-15, in the World Series Cup final after winning the semifinal against Kerri Walsh Jennings and Whitney Pavlik in similar fashion Saturday.
July 24, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sixteen years ago, Tina Thompson was sitting in a law school preparation class in her senior year at USC when a WNBA official left a voicemail inviting her to play for the new league. Thompson had always wanted to be an attorney, so she was hesitant to go in another direction. "They weren't offering very much money," Thompson recalled. "I think the initial offer that the WNBA offered me was below the poverty line in California. " But a few hours before the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997, Thompson decided that she couldn't pass on an opportunity to play for a pro sports league that was backed by the NBA. The Houston Comets made her the first player chosen.
July 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Catherine Saillant
Jimmy Kimmel may not be able to fight City Hall, but now he's played there. The ABC late-night host served as the official emcee at the swearing-in of Mayor Eric Garcetti, which took place amid sweltering heat in downtown Los Angeles late Sunday afternoon. Ever mindful of political realities, Kimmel blamed the heat on the previous administration. He praised Garcetti's down-to-earth roots. "He is truly a man of the people," Kimmel told the crowd. "His parents were people. His grandparents were people.
July 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn
BET Awards red carpet: The 2013 BET Awards were held Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and the red carpet fashion parade did not disappoint. Among our favorites were Janelle Monae in a white Dolce & Gabbana suit, Kat Graham in a black Versace mini-dress, and Gabrielle Union in a sleek red strapless Zac Posen dress (with NBA player Dwyane Wade on her arm). But Jamie Foxx may have made the biggest fashion statement of the evening by wearing a Trayvon Martin T-shirt.  [L.A.
June 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Michael Finnegan
The person who will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is not a judge or another politician but a 13-year-old girl who first met him nine years ago. Kenia Castillo, an eighth-grader at Luther Burbank Magnet Middle School, said she was 4 when she encountered Garcetti outside City Hall at a Justice For Janitors rally. She attended that event with her mother, a janitor, and more recently volunteered for his mayoral campaign. Although she doesn't remember much from that first meeting, the Westlake resident said she is excited to be taking part in Sunday's ceremony.
June 30, 2013 | By William Nottingham
Los Angeles is about to swear in its 42nd mayor in a ceremony now underway on the front steps of City Hall, even though Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti officially took the oath Friday from City Clerk June Lagmay. Hundreds of onlookers are watching from VIP seats on Spring Street or standing on the sloping lawn of Grand Park across the way. After the new mayor, six new City Council members, a new city attorney and city controller are administered their oaths, Garcetti will deliver a speech intended to set the stage for his four-year term.
June 29, 2013 | By Anh Do
To better connect with diverse, tech-savvy constituents, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti on Saturday announced two new digital tools for his inaugural celebration. The first tool is hashtag #lamayor, for those who want quick access to his office via Facebook and Twitter. There is also an app that you can download to follow Sunday's festivities. The link to the app is at: It's packed with a schedule, maps, direct connectivity to social media and is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Web-enabled devices.
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