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with Trump on
green jobs to
NEW YORK---Leonardo Di-
Caprio and the head of his foun-
dation met last Wednesday with
President-elect Donald Trump to
discuss how jobs centred on preserv-
ing the environment can boost the
In a statement to The Associated Press,
Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonar-
do DiCaprio Foundation, confirmed the
meeting at Trump Tower in New York
City. Tamminen said the pair gave a
presentation to Trump, daughter Ivanka,
and other members of Trump's team on
how focusing on renewable, clean energy
could create millions of jobs.
"Today, we presented the Presi-
dent-elect and his advisors with a frame-
work---which LDF developed in consul-
tation with leading voices in the fields of
economics and environmentalism---that
details how to unleash a major economic
revival across the United States that is
centred on investments in sustainable
infrastructure," Tamminen said.
"Our conversation focused on how
to create millions of secure, American
jobs in the construction and operation
of commercial and residential clean, renewable
The Oscar-winning actor has been a strong
advocate of fighting climate change and pre-
serving wildlife, and his recent documentary,
"Before the Flood," addresses the peril that the
world faces because of climate change.
DiCaprio previously met with Ivanka Trump
and presented her with a copy of the film.
The meeting with Trump's team lasted for
about 90 minutes.
The actor also gave the president-elect
a copy of the documentary, and Trump
promised to watch it, according to a
person who was familiar with the
meeting but not authorized to speak
Tamminen, who was secretary of
California's Environmental Protec-
tion Agency under former Gov Arnold
Schwarzenegger, said Trump was receptive
and suggested they meet again next month.
"We look forward to continuing the con-
versation with the incoming administration
as we work to stop the dangerous march
of climate change, while putting millions
of people to work at the same time," said
The meeting came after word got out
Wednesday that Oklahoma Attorney Gen-
Pruitt, a cli-
nies, is ex-
pected to be
pick to lead
NEW YORK---Beyonce earned
a whopping nine Grammy
including best rock
the singer's twangy
song Daddy Lessons
was rejected by the
country music com-
A person familiar with
the Grammy nomination
process told The Associat-
ed Press on Wednesday that
Beyonce submitted Daddy
Lessons---from her album
Lemonade---to the country category. The person, who spoke
on condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to
speak publicly about the topic, said the country music committee
rejected the song. If Beyonce's song had made it through, it would
have been eligible for honours such as best country song and
country solo performance. Representatives for Beyonce and the
Grammys didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment.
Daddy Lessons highlights the Houston native's Southern mu-
sic roots, incorporating horns, acoustic guitar and hand claps
as Beyonce sings about lessons she learned from her father and
former manager. The lyrics include references to the Second
Amendment, the Bible and shooting guns.
Beyonce performed the track at last month's Country Music
Association Awards alongside the Dixie Chicks, and later released
a version of the song featuring the country trio.
Earlier in the year, the Chicks covered the song on their tour, and
others in the country genre welcomed the tune, including Blake Shel-
ton, who defended the song from critics who say it's not country.
Country star Dierks Bentley told the AP: "There is just something
intangible about it that it feels like a country song."
Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town said, "(Beyonce) has some stories
to tell --- that's clear on Lemonade. And that's what makes country
Beyonce, still, impressed the music world by earning Grammy
nominations in the rock, pop, R&B and rap categories --- becoming
the first artist to earn nominations in those fields in the same year.
Paul McCartney and Janet Jackson have also received Grammy
nominations in pop, rock, R&B and rap, but not in the same year.
Beyonce's nine nominations include the big three: album of
the year for Lemonade and song, and record of the year for
Formation. She is also competing for best rock performance
(Don't Hurt Yourself with Jack White), pop solo performance
(Hold Up), rap/sung performance (Freedom with Kendrick Lamar)
and urban contemporary album (Lemonade).
She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most-nominated
woman in Grammy history with 62 nominations. Beyonce is also
competing for best music film with Lemonade and music video
with Formation. (AP)
Bieber's Sorry tops
Vevo's most-watched 2016
Justin Bieber dominates Vevo's
list of its most-watched music vid-
eos of 2016.
Bieber scored three of the top 10
most-watched Vevo videos this year.
Vevo says Bieber's Sorry topped the
global list with more than 1.8 billion
views. The Canadian singer's What Do
You Mean? and Love Yourself placed
fifth and sixth on the list. Adele's Hello
was second with more than 1.2 billion
plays. Fifth Harmony placed third with
Work from Home.
Vevo also says David Bowie's videos
received biggest number of views in a
24-hour period outside of new releases.
Bowie's videos were viewed 51 million
times following his death in January. Justin Bieber
Actor and environmental
activist Leonardo DiCaprio
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