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Elton John, Gu nad ttir win music Oscars

Twenty-five years after winning his first Oscar, Elton John has picked up his second at the 2020 Academy Awards, where “Joker” composer Hildur Gu nad ttir marked a historic night for female musicians.

John won his second best original song award for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from his biopic “Rocketman,” sharing the honor with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. John won an Oscar with Tim Rice for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the original “The Lion King” at the 1995 Academy Awards.

John, 72, has won a Tony Award and five Grammys, and only needs an Emmy to join the elite clubs of EGOTs.

Gu nad ttir, 37, is in a similar position: In just six short months, the classically trained cellist from Iceland has become an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner.

She picked up best original score Sunday for “Joker” and she joins a small group of women to win the prize for scoring music, including Marilyn Bergman, Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley, who was the last woman to win the honor for “The Full Monty” at the 1998 show.

She received a standing ovation for close to a minute from the audience.

Gu nad ttir won an Emmy and Grammy for her work on the hit HBO miniseries “Chernobyl.”

Queen’s grandson, wife to divorce

Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and his wife Autumn are divorcing after 12 years of marriage.

The couple said in a statement Tuesday that the separation was sad but amicable. They plan to share custody of daughters Savannah, 9 and Isla, 7.

The 42-year-old Phillips is the son of Princess Anne and will be the first of the queen’s eight grandchildren to divorce. Three of the monarch’s four children had marriages that ended in divorce, including Anne, who split from first husband Mark Phillips in 1992 and married naval officer Timothy Laurence, her second and current spouse.

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Peter Phillips married Canadian management consultant Autumn Kelly at Windsor Castle in 2008.

Announcement of their separation comes after a tumultuous few months for Britain’s royal family. Last month the queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan quit royal duties, saying they wanted to seek financial independence and spend more time in North America.

The queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, also stepped down from royal duties in November amid controversy over his friendship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Jazz keyboardist Lyle Mays dies at 66

Lyle Mays, a jazz keyboardist whose work, chiefly with the Pat Metheny Group, won nearly a dozen Grammy Awards, died Monday in Los Angeles, it was announced. He was 66.

Mays had a “long battle with a recurring illness,” according to Pat Metheny’s website.

“Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have ever known,” Metheny wrote. “Across more than 30 years, every moment we shared in music was special. From the first notes we played together, we had an immediate bond. His broad intelligence and musical wisdom informed every aspect of who he was in every way. I will miss him with all my heart.”

“Lyle was a brilliant musician and person, and a genius in every sense of the word,” said a statement from his niece, Aubrey Johnson. “He was my dear uncle, mentor, and friend and words cannot express the depth of my grief.”

He joined the guitarist group Metheny in the 1970s, where he was a performer, composer and arranger. The group won numerous jazz performance Emmys, and some for best contemporary jazz album, including 2005’s award for “The Way Up.” But the group also scored an award in 1998 for best rock instrumental performance for “The Roots of Coincidence.”

Mays also was a sideman for albums by jazz, rock and pop artists, including Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and the group Earth, Wind & Fire.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Joe Don Baker is 84. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 74. Guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis) is 70. Singer Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) is 68. Actor-talk show host Arsenio Hall is 64. Actor Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” ”No Country For Old Men”) is 52. Actor Jesse Spencer (“House”) is 41. Actress Christina Ricci is 40. Actress Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) is 27. Actresses Baylie and Rylie Cregut (“Raising Hope”) are 10.

— The Associated Press

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