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Two musical legends are hoping that the third time at the altar is a charm.
The pair of Grammy-winning sexagenarians — Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and voice of Aerosmith Steven Tyler — announced Monday that each is engaged.
Franklin told the Associated Press that she will marry longtime friend Willie Wilkerson. And, “No, I’m not pregnant,” the 69-year-old Franklin joked.
The twice-wed Franklin — who got engaged over the holidays — said she is considering a summer wedding in Florida.
As for Tyler, a representative confirmed that the 63-year-old singer and “American Idol” judge will marry Erin Brady. No other details about the nuptials were available.
Franklin and Tyler have had health setbacks in recent years.
Each is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (Tyler as a member of Aerosmith).
Cee Lo Green angered John Lennon fans with his lyric-changing performance of “Imagine” on NBC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square, Rolling Stone reports.
Instead of singing the original verse, “nothing to kill or die for / and no religion too,” the famous producer and The Voice judge sang “nothing to kill or die for / and all religion’s true.”
Lennon fans took to Twitter to voice their indignation over Green’s version. He responded directly to some angry tweets, and later tweeted: “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyrics guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all.” Green has since deleted all tweets addressing the “Imagine” situation.
Rupert Murdoch started the new year by joining Twitter, the Associated Press reports.
The 80-year-old media mogul, who is still recovering from the News of the World phone hacking scandal, tweeted: “My resolutions, try to maintain humility and always curiosity, and of course diet!” Murdoch attracted more than 40,000 followers just two days after opening his account.