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Madonna staying in public eye

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Madonna is not done with her recent string of public appearances – she also has signed on to introduce members of Pussy Riot at Amnesty International’s human rights concert in New York.

The pop singer made the announcement Wednesday morning on social media. She’s been busy of late, appearing on Sunday’s Grammy Awards with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and singing with Miley Cyrus during an “MTV Unplugged” taping Tuesday.

Madonna says in a statement that she admires Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. They were recently released after nearly two years in jail following a conviction for hooliganism when they staged a protest in a Russian church.

Bringing Human Rights Home is Feb. 5 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Hall inductions

The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members across the genres, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and pedal steel player and country singer Barbara Mandrell.

Also inducted during Tuesday’s ceremony in Nashville were Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, country musician Jimmy Capps, bass guitarist Will Lee, rhythm guitarist Corki Casey O’Dell and country guitarist Velma Smith. Posthumous inductions went to Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with his band Double Trouble, and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith.

The Musicians Hall of Fame also gave their first Iconic Riff Award posthumously to Roy Orbison for his guitar work on “Pretty Woman,” and their first Industry Icon Award to Mike Curb, the founder of Curb Records.

ACM nominations

Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are the top nominees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lambert and McGraw are up for seven awards apiece at the April 6 awards show.

Lambert and husband Blake Shelton are up for the top honor, the fan-voted entertainer of the year, with Swift, 2013 winner Luke Bryan and George Strait.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Gene Hackman is 84. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 77. Singer Jeanne Pruett is 77. Singer Norma Jean is 76. Singer Marty Balin is 72. Actor Charles S. Dutton is 63. Comedian Brett Butler is 56. Actor Christian Bale is 40. Singer Josh Kelley is 34. Actor Wilmer Valderrama is 34.

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