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Lisa Marie Presley's payments to ex limited to legal fees

Lisa Marie Presley will not have to pay spousal support to her estranged husband while they fight over her assets, but she will have to pay some of his attorney's fees, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Cathcart ordered Presley to pay $50,000 to the lawyer representing her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood. It comes days after Presley filed court documents stating she is deeply in debt and their 8-year-old twin daughters are subject to a child welfare case.

The order does not affect the couple's children, who are in the care of Presley's mother, Priscilla. No details about the children were discussed in court. A trial in children's court is scheduled for March.

Presley, 49, is the only child of Elvis Presley and ex-wife of both Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.

Lockwood is challenging the validity of an agreement he signed after marrying Presley in 2006 that would govern how much he is entitled to in a divorce. He had been seeking $40,000 a month in spousal support, but Cathcart said the unemployed musician would have to wait until after a trial on the agreement.

Lockwood's attorney, Jeff Sturman, argued that Presley had not proven she was deeply in debt and had received an average of $5.6 million in payouts from her father's estate, according to her most recent tax returns.

Presley's lawyer, Mark Gross, contended that Presley has not paid $1 million in taxes she owed last year, is deeply in debt on a property in England and didn't receive the big payout from the estate last year that she has received in previous years.

Lockwood "has no money with which to live," Sturman argued. Leaving him without money from Presley "just leaves Mr. Lockwood in this continuing state of poverty."

Lockwood gave up his career and worked for Presley before their breakup, according to court documents.

Gross contended that Lockwood hasn't been looking for work and should apply to be a music teacher or work at Guitar Center.

Presley and Lockwood both appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for Wednesday's hearing but did not appear to speak to each other. They separated in June after 10 years of marriage.

Their breakup has grown messy in recent weeks, with Presley disclosing her money trouble. She also said in court filings that she has been living with her adult daughter and has been in a treatment facility for undisclosed reasons since moving from Tennessee to California last year.

She contends the children's court proceeding was initiated after she discovered photos and "disturbing" video on her husband's computer. Sturman has said the allegations are "highly sensational" and inaccurate."

Priscilla Presley tried to allay fans' concerns about the legal issues and well-being of the twins in a Facebook post Sunday.

"There is lots of confusion, commotion and concern from all the talk circulating," she wrote. "Let me put this to rest ... the girls have not been in foster care and never will be. The girls have been with me and will be until all this is sorted out."

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP .

The Latest: Sandé wins best British female solo artist

The Latest on the Brit Awards ceremony (all times local):

7:44 p.m.

Emeli Sandé is the Brit Award winner for best female solo artist.

It is her second win in the category and her fourth Brit Award. Her second album, "Long Live the Angels," was released last year and includes the single "Hurts."

The best female solo artist category was the first award handed out at Wednesday's ceremony.

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4:34 p.m.

The Brit awards — which celebrate international as well as British acts — have been accused of failing to represent the industry's ethnic diversity.

All last year's British nominees were white, and protesters rallied under the hashtag #britssowhite.

Organizers responded by expanding the diversity of the voter base of 1,000 music-industry figures.

This year's list is more diverse, with chanteuse Emeli Sande, soul singer Michael Kiwanuka and singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas among non-white British contenders, along with the three grime performers.

Grime artists Stormzy and Kano are among the contenders, reflecting the growing artistic and commercial clout of the distinctly British rap genre.

Keith Harris, who was appointed to head a diversity taskforce for the British music industry, said "people feel there might actually be a breakthrough."

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3:41 p.m.

Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.

Bowie, who died in January 2016, is nominated in the album of the year category for valedictory release "Blackstar" and male British artist category at the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

Organizers said the show will also include a tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day at age 53.

Performers during the flashy show at London's O2 Arena include pop-friendly Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, as well as grime musician Skepta, nominated for British breakthrough artist.

Adele, who took four Grammys last week, is not up for the Brits because her album "25" was eligible last year, and took four Brits.

The Latest: Sandé wins best British female solo artist

The Latest on the Brit Awards ceremony (all times local):

7:44 p.m.

Emeli Sandé is the Brit Award winner for best female solo artist.

It is her second win in the category and her fourth Brit Award. Her second album, "Long Live the Angels," was released last year and includes the single "Hurts."

The best female solo artist category was the first award handed out at Wednesday's ceremony.

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4:34 p.m.

The Brit awards — which celebrate international as well as British acts — have been accused of failing to represent the industry's ethnic diversity.

All last year's British nominees were white, and protesters rallied under the hashtag #britssowhite.

Organizers responded by expanding the diversity of the voter base of 1,000 music-industry figures.

This year's list is more diverse, with chanteuse Emeli Sande, soul singer Michael Kiwanuka and singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas among non-white British contenders, along with the three grime performers.

Grime artists Stormzy and Kano are among the contenders, reflecting the growing artistic and commercial clout of the distinctly British rap genre.

Keith Harris, who was appointed to head a diversity taskforce for the British music industry, said "people feel there might actually be a breakthrough."

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3:41 p.m.

Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.

Bowie, who died in January 2016, is nominated in the album of the year category for valedictory release "Blackstar" and male British artist category at the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

Organizers said the show will also include a tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day at age 53.

Performers during the flashy show at London's O2 Arena include pop-friendly Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, as well as grime musician Skepta, nominated for British breakthrough artist.

Adele, who took four Grammys last week, is not up for the Brits because her album "25" was eligible last year, and took four Brits.

Nick Cannon Welcomes Son named “Golden  Cannon”

Nick Cannon announced being the father of his ex- girlfriend Brittany Bell newborn baby boy. 

The 36 year old entertainer took to his Instagram to share the exciting news. 

“Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning! No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness Welcome to Earth Son! Golden “Sagon” Cannon 2/21/17 #Awakened,

Rhiannon Giddens' 'Freedom Highway' offers rootsy relevance

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens mines the pain and beauty of American social and musical history on "Freedom Highway," a rich tapestry with threads of blues, folk, gospel, soul, country and jazz.

Giddens — a founding member of old-timey innovators the Carolina Chocolate Drops — infuses musical tradition with modern urgency, showing how the struggles that fueled the blues still resonate today.

The voices of slaves and survivors, resilient African Americans and women wrenched from their children run through these 12 songs, from the blues-bluegrass slave ballad "At the Purchaser's Option" to the rap-funk track "Better Get It Right the First Time," a lament for lives lost at the hands of the police.

With multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell among the musicians complementing Giddens' banjo-playing, the album ranges from the folky Americana of "We Could Fly" to the swooning New Orleans jazz of "Hey Bebe," which features trumpet from the aptly named Alphonso Horne.

Alongside Giddens' own compositions are powerful covers of two civil rights anthems: a stately, piano-backed rendition of Richard Farina's "Birmingham Sunday" and a rousing take on Pops Staples' "Freedom Highway."

Giddens' second solo album is rootsy and relevant, delivered with crystal-clear emotion and understated musical skill.

Jay-Z Becomes first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jay Z becomes the  first rapper ever to nominated into the Songwriters Hall. He became eligible because of his album “Reasonable Doubt” back in 1996 and having  multiple hit songs within the last two decades, such as “Big Pimpin’ to Empire State of Mind to name a few. 

According to Rodgers, “Jay Z is in a space where he changed the way we listen to music and the way we have fun”

The Songwriter Hall of Fame will take place on June 15th in the city where all started for Jay Z. 

Janelle Monae shines as both her films get Oscar nods

The journey from pop star to serious thespian is littered with casualties. For every Justin Timberlake, there are big-name hitmakers whose movie careers have stalled with dubious and disappointing results.

Which is just one reason why Janelle Monae's magical movie ride is so noteworthy. The Grammy-nominated performer made her acting debut last year with two films — and both are nominated for best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards.

She first wowed critics in her small but pivotal role in "Moonlight" as Teresa, the nurturing girlfriend of a drug dealer who befriends an introverted, impoverished boy who senses he is different.

But her biggest breakout would come with "Hidden Figures," portraying one of three pioneering black women at NASA whose contributions to the space race were critical, but overlooked by history. As engineer Mary Jackson, Monae shows a depth and range that wowed critics and proved she could hold her own along a star-studded cast.

Though Monae may be one of the biggest surprises of the Oscar season, the 31-year-old sees her acting ascension as part of her natural progression as an artist (she studied acting for years).

"I always did both, and I consider myself not just an actor or a musician or singer, but an artist-storyteller, and my hope is to continue to tell untold, unique universal stories in unforgettable ways," said Monae in an interview.

Monae's career so far has certainly been unforgettable. Her albums — a captivating mix of funk, psychedelic soul, R&B and pop — have been critically lauded, and her electric stage presence recalls James Brown or Prince, who was a close friend and mentor. She's a CoverGirl spokeswoman and a fashion muse known for her eclectic style: On this day, her hair was dotted with eye ornaments.

Space permeated Monae's artistic world long before "Hidden Figures" — her alter ego was a futuristic android Cindi Mayweather, and on her last album, she paid tribute to Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space. She even dreamed of being an astronaut.

"I've been obsessed with space and sci-fi . I was obsessed and still am with Mae Jemison," she said of the first black woman in space.

And yet Monae was unaware of the story of Jackson or the other central characters in "Hidden Figures," based on Margot Lee Shetterly's book of the same name.

Jackson was one of the black female "human computers" working for NASA in the segregated South; while the main character, Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson) was responsible for the mathematical formula that launched John Glenn into orbit, Jackson petitioned and won her case to study engineering at an all-white school to further her career at NASA.

"I thought it was a fictitious story," she said. "Once I found out that these women in fact did exist, and they did contribute to the space race and were an integral part of helping us win the space race, I wanted to make sure that no other young boy or girl or American, human being, went through life without knowing these phenomenal, brilliant-minded women."

Monae was cast as Jackson after the Oscar-nominated Henson and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (up for another Oscar for her portrayal of Dorothy Vaughan) were on board.

"We auditioned everyone, and we were having a hard time finding someone who had the fire of Mary Jackson," said director Theodore Melfi. "And then in walks Janelle, who auditioned, and I think she was burning up inside herself. She's such an activist and such a passionate and strong woman, she lit it up for us and did Mary Jackson so much justice and depth."

Sharing billing with heavyweights on only her second film could have been intimidating, but Monae credits her co-stars with making her feel at ease.

"Octavia and Taraji are my big sisters. The sisterhood that you see on screen is genuine," she said.

Spencer echoed those sentiments and called Monae a "brilliant artist."

"She chose material that she responded to. You can't just pick films that don't resonate with you. If you pick films that don't resonate with you, then chances are, it probably won't resonate with anyone," she said.

Monae cared so deeply about both projects that she took a break from recording to devote herself to them. "I felt like these movies are bigger than me; it was for humanity. These movies bring people together."

Monae's advocacy also spills outside her art. She was one of the performers at the Women's March in Washington a month ago, and has been outspoken in her support of gay rights, Black Lives Matter and other causes.

Melfi expects that sincerity to be present in Monae as she navigates her way through Hollywood.

"I don't think you're going to see someone who does a fluff movie," he said. "I think she's going to do movies that mean something to people and that can help shine a light on someone who's suffered an injustice or some kind of movie that builds faith or builds character."

And that next project could include her own script: Monae envisions science fiction movies where black people play the leads, and stories about other hidden figures in African-American history.

"I feel empowered to continue writing and telling the stories that I feel we so desperately need," she said.

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AP writer Jonathan Landrum in Atlanta contributed to this story.

Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 13-19

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "NCIS," CBS, 15.29 million.

2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.51 million.

3. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 11.08 million.

4. "Bull," CBS, 10.64 million.

5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.35 million.

6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.32 million.

7. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.14 million.

8. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.62 million.

9. "This is Us," NBC, 9.04 million.

10. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 8.61 million.

11. "The Great Indoors," CBS, 8.01 million.

12. "Mom," CBS, 7.87 million.

13. "Kevin Can Wait," CBS, 7.86 million.

14. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.68 million.

15. "The Bachelor," ABC, 7.57 million.

16. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 7.35 million.

17. "Superior Donuts," CBS, 7.25 million.

18. "MacGyver," CBS, 7.239 million.

19. "Scorpion," CBS, 7.238 million.

20. "Man with a Plan," CBS, 7.20 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 13-19

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "NCIS," CBS, 15.29 million.

2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.51 million.

3. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 11.08 million.

4. "Bull," CBS, 10.64 million.

5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.35 million.

6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.32 million.

7. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.14 million.

8. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.62 million.

9. "This is Us," NBC, 9.04 million.

10. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 8.61 million.

11. "The Great Indoors," CBS, 8.01 million.

12. "Mom," CBS, 7.87 million.

13. "Kevin Can Wait," CBS, 7.86 million.

14. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.68 million.

15. "The Bachelor," ABC, 7.57 million.

16. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 7.35 million.

17. "Superior Donuts," CBS, 7.25 million.

18. "MacGyver," CBS, 7.239 million.

19. "Scorpion," CBS, 7.238 million.

20. "Man with a Plan," CBS, 7.20 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

CBS rules in prime time, claiming 16 of week's Top 20 shows

CBS had a gleam in its eye again last week as the network held on to its Nielsen crown. In prime-time viewership, CBS could claim the most-watched show, "NCIS," and another 15 of the Top 20 programs. (Remarkably, six of those CBS shows are freshman series.)

AMC's "The Walking Dead" placed third. NBC's "This Is Us" was ninth. ABC had a pair of entries with "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Bachelor" (14th and 15th, respectively).

CBS' broadcast launch of "The Good Fight," its spinoff of "The Good Wife" that will henceforth be available only on the CBS All Access pay channel, placed 21st with 7.2 million viewers.

The week's other premiere, CBS' Katherine Heigl-starring legal drama "Doubt," opened with a so-so 5.3 million viewers.

In late night, CBS had more good news: "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" was the most-watched show in that nocturnal niche for the third consecutive week, averaging 3 million viewers.

Overall in prime time, CBS averaged 7.55 million viewers, while runner-up NBC was far behind with 4.61 million viewers. ABC had 4.50 million viewers, Fox had 2.87 million, Univision had 1.89 million, Telemundo had 1.39 million, ION Television had 1.27 million, and the CW had 1.23 million.

Fox News Channel remained the week's most popular cable network in prime time, averaging 2.72 million viewers. TNT had 2.92 million, HGTV had 1.57 million and MSNBC had 1.55 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.68 million viewers, while NBC's "Nightly News" had 8.54 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 7.10 million.

For the week of Feb. 13-21, the top 10 prime-time shows, their networks and viewerships: "NCIS," CBS, 15.29 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.51 million; "The Walking Dead," AMC, 11.08 million; "Bull," CBS, 10.64 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.35 million; "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.32 million; "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.14 million; "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.62 million; "This is Us," NBC, 9.04 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 8.61 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

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