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Mark Knopfler pays tribute to Beatles producer George Martin

Mark Knopfler, lead guitarist and vocalist for Dire Straits, has paid tribute to George Martin, the Beatles producer who had died aged 90.

Knopfler grew up in Blyth, Northumberland and Gosforth, Newcastle. He shot to fame in 1978 with Dire Straits' eponymous first album.

He said in a tweet "It's going to be hard to imagine a world of music without George in it."

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Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer up for RTS Awards

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Ant and Dec have been nominated for a Royal Television Society Programme Award.

The Geordie duo are up against Adam Hills of "The Last Leg" and Jack Whitehall of "A League Of Their Own" for the Entertainment Performance Award.

Ant and Dec Credit: PA

Alan Shearer is also nominated this year in the Sport Presenter or Commentator category.

The former Newcastle United player will do battle with Gary Neville and F1's David Coulthard.

Alan Shearer Credit: PA

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Little Mix miss out on BRIT Awards

The Little Mix girls missed out on two BRIT Awards for Best Video and Best Single. They were nominated for Black Magic. Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards from South Shields took their mothers to the event. The group lost out to One Direction for Video and Adele for Single, but were the hot topic on social media for their performance.

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Another North East talent, Jin Jin was nominated alongside Jess Glynne for her work on Hold My Hand. Jin Jin, who is the daughter of the former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett, went home empty handed too.

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