Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is going to do much more than grub with President Donald Trump. New reports claim the hip-hop artist is going to have a front row seat to watch the head of state sign legislation to help musicians.
According to reports, Ye and Recording Academy president Neil Portnow will be in attendance when Trump sign the Music Modernization Act at the White House.
The bill — which the House and Senate have already passed — updates licensing and royalties to artists, songwriters and producers for music played on streaming services. Kanye and Recording Academy Prez Neil Portnow will be present for the ceremonial signing of the bill. (TMZ)
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Mr. West, who has faced a backlash over his vocal support of the president, will meet first with Mr. Kushner and then have lunch with the president, the two people said. Mr. Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, has been focused on overhauling the criminal justice system, and one person briefed on the meeting said that Mr. West wanted to discuss the availability of job opportunities for former convicts. He also hopes to discuss with Mr. Trump how to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in the Chicago area, where Mr. West grew up and recently said he planned to return, according to the person briefed on the meeting. (New York Times)
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