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  • Mellencamp FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, John Mellencamp performs at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. Mellencamp has been chosen to receive the Woody Guthrie Prize. The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced Wednesday, July 11, 2018, that Mellencamp is the fifth recipient of the award and will be presented with it during an Aug. 30 ceremony. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

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  • Cardi B FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2018 file photo, Cardi B arrives at the Maxim Super Bowl Party in Minneapolis. The 25-year-old rapper welcomed Kulture Kiari Cephus during a post on Instagram Wednesday, July 11. The girl was born Tuesday. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP, File)

Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:00 am

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Mellencamp to get annual Guthrie prize

Associated Press

Rocker John Mellencamp has been awarded the Woody Guthrie Prize.

The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced Wednesday that Mellencamp will be presented with the award during an Aug. 30 ceremony. He is the fifth recipient.

The annual prize is given to an artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate and serving as a positive force for social change.

The center says in a news release that Mellencamp, like Guthrie, “has used his artistic gifts to spread a positive message of hope, equality and freedom.”

Mellencamp is an Indiana native and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Benefit concert

The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom.

Mayor Gavin Buckley said Wednesday the event dubbed “Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The Capital Gazette and Free Press” will take place July 28 and will include performances, as well as guest speakers from the journalism community.

Information on tickets will be available at a later date. Proceeds will benefit a fund established for the victims and survivors, as well as journalism scholarships.

Cardi B baby

Cardi B is celebrating the birth of her first child.

The 25-year-old rapper welcomed Kulture Kiari Cephus during a post on Instagram Wednesday, which her representative confirmed. The girl was born Tuesday.

The announcement comes two weeks after Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, confirmed she and rapper Offset, of the hip-hop group Migos, had secretly married in September 2017.

This is the fourth child for 26-year-old Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus.

Summer photos

Snap a great photo at a festival, concert, park or even just your backyard? Post it on social media using #JGSummerAlbum or email a JPG and name/city/date to Corey McMaken at cmcmaken@jg.net. We'll share reader photos in print and online at the end of summer. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 20.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Christine McVie is 75. Actress Cheryl Ladd is 67. Singer Shannon Lawson is 45. Rapper Magoo is 45. Actress Anna Friel is 42. Singer Tracie Spencer is 42. Actress Alison Wright is 42. Actor Steve Howey is 41. Actor Topher Grace is 40. Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 40. Singer-guitarist Kimberly Perry is 35. Actress Natalie Martinez is 34. Actress Ta'Rhonda Jones is 30. Actress Rachel Brosnahan is 28.