People: First Lady Michelle Obama, Randy Travis, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Sinise, Shakira, Nancy Huston
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First Lady Michelle Obama is thrilled over her first Grammy nomination, a nod in the spoken word category for her book "American Grown."
"This nomination is such an honor not just for me, but for everybody who contributed to the garden and the audio book, from the National Parks Service employees to our White House chefs to our beekeeper," she told People.com.
Her husband already has two Grammys. She hasn't said whether she will attend the ceremony in February (her husband never did; neither did Hillary or Bill Clinton when their audiobooks won), but she hopes the nomination "keeps the conversation going about how we can all work together to ensure a healthy future for all our nation's children."
The book -- part gardening how-to, part cookbook, part White House history -- is, "So close to my heart because it tells the story of our White House Kitchen Garden and gardens all around the country," she said, "as well as what Americans are doing to make sure our kids are growing up healthy."
Randy Travis is back on stage after he was arrested four months ago while nude and allegedly drunk and belligerent on a Texas highway.
The country star, 53, will perform tonight at the American Giving Awards in Pasadena, Calif., for a show airing Saturday night on NBC. In November he appeared on CMT Crossroads with the Avett Brothers.
"Randy is doing great. Life is good," his lawyer Larry Friedman tells People.com. "He's given up drinking alcohol. He's drinking eight glasses of water a day or more. He's on a strict exercise regimen. ... He's in the best shape he's ever been in in his life."
The AGAs, hosted by Joel McHale, is a celebrity tribute to local heroes. Glenn Close will receive the AGA Leadership Award.
Stephen Baldwin seems to be in financial trouble again.
TMZ reports he was arrested Thursday in New York on charges of repeated failure to file personal income tax returns.
According to the Rockland County District Attorney, Baldwin failed to file returns for the 2008, 2009 and 2010. The office said he owes New York state more than $350,000 in back taxes.
If convicted, the "Usual Suspects" actor could face up to four years in prison. He's due back in court in February.
In 2009, Baldwin filed for bankruptcy.
Actor Gary Sinise and New Orleans musicians Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Harry Connick Jr. will lead the parade of the Krewe of Orpheus on the evening of Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. They also will perform at the glitzy ball that follows.
The celebrity riders were announced Thursday in New Orleans at Mardi Gras World, where many of the Carnival floats are built.
Orpheus marks its 20th anniversary when it parades Feb. 11.
The krewe was co-founded in 1993 by Connick and Sonny Borey, the krewe's captain. It has about 1,200 members and is known for attracting celebrities.
Connick will perform an original song he wrote for the anniversary, called "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo." The song will be on Connick's upcoming album of Carnival music.
It's not enough now for celebs to just reveal the sex of their baby before they arrive. Shakira, 35, has shared an ultrasound photo of her son, according to People.com.
The pop star's boyfriend, central defender for FC Barcelona Gerard Piqué, 25, posted the photo to his WhoSay account, alongside the caption: "His first pic! #excited #cute."
Nancy Huston won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, Britain's "most dreaded literary prize," for a steamy description of a threesome: a photographer, her lover and her camera, according to Bloomberg News.
The passage, from Huston's novel "Infrared," defeated torrid scenes by writers including 2004 winner Tom Wolfe and Paul Mason, the economics editor of BBC current-affairs show "Newsnight."
"Infrared" tells the story of a painful Florentine family holiday endured by Rena Greenblatt, a photographer who takes infrared images of her lovers at intimate moments.
Huston is only the third woman to win the award in its 20-year history. It has previously gone to the likes of Norman Mailer, David Guterson and Jonathan Littell.
The award, presented Wednesday night in London, goes to the year's "most embarrassing passages of sexual description in a literary novel." Pornographic or expressly erotic works are excluded, meaning that the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy and its many imitators are ineligible.
British satirist Auberon Waugh established the prize to draw attention to the "crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it."
First Published December 7, 2012 12:00 am