The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 2.16.2016

Grammys emphasize diversity; Cannes Lions picks jury presidents; ADT acquired; Commercial flights to Havana to resume; White House, Congress square off over Scalia replacement; Daily fantasy sports sites plan lobbying push.

'Uptown Funk' wins record of the year. (Image via the Grammys YouTube page).
'Uptown Funk' wins record of the year. (Image via the Grammys YouTube page).

What happened last night: The Grammys
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won best record, while Taylor Swift won best album, then took a dig at Kanye West in her acceptance speech. Kendrick Lamar swept the hip-hop awards and delivered a provocative performance. Rihanna canceled her appearance, and maybe Adele should have. Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie got mixed reviews.

New this morning: Cannes Lions names jury presidents
Leading this year’s PR jury is John Clinton, chair of Canada and North American head of creative and content at Edelman. This year’s festival in the south of France will run from June 18-25.

Also new this morning: Security giant acquired
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management agreed to acquire electronic security provider ADT for $7 billion on Tuesday morning. It is planning to merge the company with its own security corporation, Protection 1.

On Tuesday’s agenda: US, Cuba agree to resume commercial flights
US officials are in Havana to sign documents that will pave the way for commercial flight to the island nation to resume for the first time in more than five decades. The agreement could allow for US airlines to make more than 100 trips to Cuba every day.

What’s next: Battle for the Supreme Court
The White House and congressional Republicans are set for a months-long battle over a successor to Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly over the weekend. Republicans say the next president should pick his replacement; President Obama and other Democrats disagree.

On the campaign trail: Clinton plans race speech
Hillary Clinton is set to deliver what her aides are calling a major speech on racism in Harlem on Tuesday, seeking to keep minority voters from defecting to Bernie Sanders. Elsewhere, former President George W. Bush stumped for his brother in South Carolina, and Donald Trump again threatened the Republican National Committee.

Fantasy sports sites plan full-court lobbying press
Companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings are lobbying public officials in state capitals across the country, focusing on statehouses instead of Congress. More than a dozen states have passed measures since the start of the year allowing daily fantasy sports sites to operate. 

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