Parton, others join gospel music hall of fame

Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith, Dr. Bobby Jones, the Dixie Hummingbirds and producer Lari Goss will be inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame on Feb. 2 in Nashville, Tenn.


Parton is known for her country and pop hits, but she's also released gospel records and mainstream songs with Christian themes.

Smith is one of the best-known artists in Christian music with 18 albums and many hits, including some pop crossovers.


Jones is a singer and host of the long-running Bobby Jones Gospel program on the BET cable network. He has a new series, Bobby Jones Next Generation, on the Gospel Music Channel.

The Dixie Hummingbirds formed in 1928 and have influenced musical acts, including early soul singers such as Jackie Wilson and James Brown. Goss is a keyboard player and arranger.

An image of 'Hope'

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired the iconic red, white and blue collage by Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey that depicts President-elect Barack Obama with the word "Hope." The image became one of the most memorable images from the 2008 election, appearing on thousands of stickers, posters and T-shirts across the country. The curators at the Smithsonian Institution museum plan to hang it by Inauguration Day.

Gallery officials would not reveal how much they paid Fairey for the 5-foot-tall, mixed-media stenciled collage. Art collectors Heather and Tony Podesta of Washington donated money for the Smithsonian to purchase the work.

Post-game victory

CBS is giving a juicy post-championship game time slot to its new hit series, The Mentalist.

An episode will air at 10 p.m. Jan. 18, following the National Football League's American Football Conference championship game. The drama series regularly airs Tuesday nights.


The Mentalist, which stars Simon Baker as a fake psychic who turns his skills to catching bad guys, has been a ratings winner for CBS since its fall debut. A show that airs after a big sports event gets additional exposure and a shot at more viewers.

Directors Guild nods

The Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight has landed a Directors Guild of America nomination for filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Other nominees are Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire, David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon and Gus Van Sant for Milk.

today's birthdays

Author Judith Krantz, 81.

Folk singer Joan Baez, 68.


Rock musician Jimmy Page, 65.

Actress Joely Richardson, 44.

Rock singer Dave Matthews, is 42.