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Suspect in killing of T-Pain's niece is found dead

Authorities say the man suspected of killing rapper and record-producer T-Pain's niece has been found dead from an apparent suicide.

Tallahassee police reported Tuesday night that they found the body of 25-year-old Tavon Jackson almost six months after police identified him as the suspect in the slaying of 23-year-old Javona Glover.

T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Najm, tweeted about the slaying after Glover was found bleeding from stab wounds outside the drug store where she worked last August. Glover was Jackson's ex-girlfriend and mother of his child.

Jackson's body was found near the same shopping plaza where Glover was killed.

Meghan Linsey Reveals Gruesome Spider Bite Pictures

Singer Meghan Linsey says she woke up recently with a stinging sensation in her face and a dead brown recluse spider in her hand. Over the next week, she experienced terrible swelling and nerve pain and is just now opening up to fans on social media.

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The Latest: David Bowie awarded British album of the year

The Latest on the Brit Awards ceremony (all times local):

9:42 p.m.

The Brit Award for album of the year has been awarded to David Bowie for "Blackstar."

It is the latest posthumous honor for Bowie, and the second Brit Award he won Wednesday.

His son, film director Duncan Jones, accepted the award on his behalf, noting that his father died the same year Jones became a father.

Jones said his father had "always been there supporting people who think they're a little bit weird or a little bit different ... This award is for all the kooks, and all the people who make the kooks."

"Kooks" is the name of a song Bowie wrote for his son when he was born.

Bowie also was awarded the British male solo artist award, which was accepted by actor Michael C. Hall on his behalf.

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9:18 p.m.

Beyonce, Drake and A Tribe Called Quest have won the Brit Awards for best international artists.

The British music industry named Beyonce as the best female international solo artist and Drake the best international male solo artist.

Hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest was also named the best international group during Wednesday's awards ceremony.

Beyonce beat out her sister Solange and fellow artists Rihanna, Sia and Christine and the Queens for the honor.

Drake beat out Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Leonard Cohen and The Weeknd in the category.

None of the acts attended the ceremony to accept their awards in person, although Drake did record a message thanking fans and saying he was honored to have won.

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8:53 p.m.

The Brit Award for best British single has been awarded to Little Mix.

The girl group formed in 2011 won their first Brit Award for "Shout Out To My Ex."

They opened the award ceremony — the U.K.'s equivalent of the Grammy awards — with a high-energy performance featuring dancers painted in silver.

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8:45 p.m.

The Brit Awards have paid tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day at age 53.

His Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said that with Michael's death, "a supernova in a firmament of shining stars has been extinguished."

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed a moving rendition of Michael's "A Different Corner" — dueting with a recording of Michael himself as an orchestra of violinists accompanied them onstage.

Michael first enjoyed success with Ridgeley and Wham! before he ventured off into a solo career that made him a huge star, a level of fame that Michael expressed ambivalence about.

"His wonderful way with words spoke to everyone," said ex-Wham! backing vocalist Shirlie Holliman. "And his beautiful voice will live on forever as a gift to us all."

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8:20 p.m.

Rag 'n' Bone Man has been named best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards in London.

"His single "Human" has gotten air play on both sides of the Atlantic.

The soulful, big-voiced singer from England's south coast started his career in hip-hop music before he moved to blues and soul.

"Oh my days," said the singer, whose real name is Rory Graham. "I'm nearly speechless.

The breakthrough artist award is one of the few not decided by the British music academy. BBC's Radio 1 listeners pick the winner.

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8:07 p.m.

David Bowie has won the Brit Award for best male artist, the latest posthumous honor for the superstar.

Bowie died in January 2016 and has received numerous honors for his last album, "Blackstar."

He won four Grammy Awards earlier this month. "Blackstar" is also nominated for British album of the year, which will be presented later in the ceremony.

The solo artist award was accepted on his behalf by actor Michael C. Hall, star of Lazarus, a stage musical based on the late artist's songs.

"If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn't be here tonight," Hall said of the famously elusive musician.

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7:56 p.m.

The 1975 has been named best British group at the Brit Awards in London.

The band's latest album is "I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It" included the song "Somebody Else."

Lead singer Matt Healy noted that: "We've been in the same lineup since we were 13 years old and this kind of thing doesn't happen."

Healy told entertainers with a platform not to heed advice to "stay in your lane when it comes to social issues."

He said that "if you have a platform, don't do that. Please don't do that."

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7:44 p.m.

Emeli Sandé is the Brit Award winner for best female solo artist.

It is her second win in the category and her fourth Brit Award. Her second album, "Long Live the Angels," was released last year and includes the single "Hurts."

The best female solo artist category was the first award handed out at Wednesday's ceremony.

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4:34 p.m.

The Brit awards — which celebrate international as well as British acts — have been accused of failing to represent the industry's ethnic diversity.

All last year's British nominees were white, and protesters rallied under the hashtag #britssowhite.

Organizers responded by expanding the diversity of the voter base of 1,000 music-industry figures.

This year's list is more diverse, with chanteuse Emeli Sande, soul singer Michael Kiwanuka and singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas among non-white British contenders, along with the three grime performers.

Grime artists Stormzy and Kano are among the contenders, reflecting the growing artistic and commercial clout of the distinctly British rap genre.

Keith Harris, who was appointed to head a diversity taskforce for the British music industry, said "people feel there might actually be a breakthrough."

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3:41 p.m.

Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.

Bowie, who died in January 2016, is nominated in the album of the year category for valedictory release "Blackstar" and male British artist category at the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.

Organizers said the show will also include a tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day at age 53.

Performers during the flashy show at London's O2 Arena include pop-friendly Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, as well as grime musician Skepta, nominated for British breakthrough artist.

Adele, who took four Grammys last week, is not up for the Brits because her album "25" was eligible last year, and took four Brits.

Luke Bryan fans rally around the family during this tragic time

How much loss can one family endure? That was the question on the lips of fans, family and friends of Luke and Caroline Bryan when it was revealed that their niece, Sadie Brett, the infant daughter of Caroline’s brother and sister-in-law, had passed away earlier in the week.

Those same fans have now issued a call-to-action to their fellow Luke Bryan supporters and are requesting that they wear a white ribbon to Luke’s upcoming shows to honor the passing of the baby girl.

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RELATED: Luke and Caroline Bryan mourn the passing of this sweet angel

On the “Fan Wall” of Luke’s app, “Mom of 10” shared a post suggesting “as a sign of our love, respect, admiration and sympathy for Luke and his family, what does everyone think of wearing a white ribbon on their chest to honor Sadie’s memory at Luke’s upcoming shows?” Of course, the suggestion was met with overwhelming support and the hope that the country superstar would know what the ribbons meant if he spots them at his shows.

So, Luke, if you’re reading, watch for your fans who are showing their love and support to you and your family.

RELATED: Luke Bryan bringing this child onstage just melted thousands of hearts

Obviously, his hit song, “Drink A Beer,” is riddled with meaning for the singer-songwriter, who has suffered so much loss in his 40 years with the passing of his brother Chris, sister Kelly and brother-in-law Ben, and it’s always a tender moment during his live shows. Now it has become even more poignant with the death of young Sadie Brett.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of the Bryans and Boyers.

The video Jamie Lynn Spears shared of her daughter proves miracles do happen

On Feb. 5, it seemed as if the entire country was praying for Jamie Lynn Spears’ 8-year-old daughter Maddie. An ATV accident on Jamie Lynn and her husband, Jamie Watson’s, property landed the sweet girl in the hospital in stable yet critical condition. Many wondered if she would even make it through.

Well, look at her now.

RELATED: Emergency workers reveal the terrifying details surrounding Jamie Lynn Spears daughter’s ATV accident

In a Feb. 21 Instagram post, Jamie Lynn shared a video of Maddie’s first basketball practice, along with the hashtag #GodIsGood. And gosh knows He is, considering that Maddie seems to be well on her way back to a completely normal life.

Maddie can be seen in the video showing off her basketball skills alongside her teammates, and for anyone who was worried for her well-being, it looks like there is no reason to worry anymore.

RELATED: There’s been a turn in the road for Jamie Lynn Spears daughter

“When she woke up, they said that it was obvious that she recognized them all,” a friend of Maddie’s father, Casey Aldridge, told “People” in an interview after the accident. “Everybody was crying because it was such a miracle. The doctors did a lot of tests before she woke up, and it was encouraging, but still — no one knew for sure. Everyone was really worried because they didn’t know how bad the brain injury was. They didn’t know if she was going to recognize them or if she’d ever be the same.”

Carrie Underwood and Isaiah singing hymns in the car is just about the sweetest thing ever

We all love to hear Carrie Underwood sing a faith-based song, but hearing her sing “Jesus, Loves Me” with her baby boy, Isaiah, is about more than we can stand!

RELATED Watch a young Carrie Underwood prove she’s a star in this vintage performance

Carrie posted this Instagram clip from the car on Feb. 22 showing Isaiah in the backseat riding in his car seat. It starts off with Carrie singing “Jesus, Loves Me,” and then Isaiah takes over. He’s not even 2 years old yet, and he’s already singing on pitch! They then trade lines back and forth before closing it out together singing “the Bible tells me so.”

Carrie captioned the clip, “Yes, Jesus loves us.” It’s so great to see Carrie and her husband, Mike Fisher, raising Isaiah with such a solid foundation of faith. She’s clearly taking advantage of her time off the road to just relax and spend time with her family.

RELATED: Carrie Underwood explains why she’s “taking a little break” from the road right now

Oh, and if Isaiah were trying out for “American Idol” or “The Voice,” we’d definitely put him through based on this performance!

Remember When Johnny Cash Proposed to June Carter Onstage?

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash were one of country music's most legendary couples, and the Man in Black's proposal to his future wife was something straight out of a movie — literally. Continue reading…

Rhiannon Giddens' 'Freedom Highway' offers rootsy relevance

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens mines the pain and beauty of American social and musical history on "Freedom Highway," a rich tapestry with threads of blues, folk, gospel, soul, country and jazz.

Giddens — a founding member of old-timey innovators the Carolina Chocolate Drops — infuses musical tradition with modern urgency, showing how the struggles that fueled the blues still resonate today.

The voices of slaves and survivors, resilient African Americans and women wrenched from their children run through these 12 songs, from the blues-bluegrass slave ballad "At the Purchaser's Option" to the rap-funk track "Better Get It Right the First Time," a lament for lives lost at the hands of the police.

With multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell among the musicians complementing Giddens' banjo-playing, the album ranges from the folky Americana of "We Could Fly" to the swooning New Orleans jazz of "Hey Bebe," which features trumpet from the aptly named Alphonso Horne.

Alongside Giddens' own compositions are powerful covers of two civil rights anthems: a stately, piano-backed rendition of Richard Farina's "Birmingham Sunday" and a rousing take on Pops Staples' "Freedom Highway."

Giddens' second solo album is rootsy and relevant, delivered with crystal-clear emotion and understated musical skill.

This ACM Awards nominee lays out the details of the injury that ended his baseball dreams

There are certain moments that change the entire course of your life and take you in new directions you never dreamed of. That’s what happened to rising country singer Brett Young a few years back on the baseball diamond.

Brett was a star college baseball player at Fresno State in California warming up for a big game that day. There were several major league scouts in the stands to see him and another star pitcher, and the pressure was on for Brett.

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He tells Rare Country, “It was opening night. It was five minutes before the start of the game. Every single major league team had a scout in the stands because the guy I was pitching against, he was actually the No. 1 pitching prospect in the country. It was a lot of the guys that had scouted me in high school that were back to see me again. Five minutes before start time I threw a slider, and I just felt [my elbow] pop.”

That elbow injury hurt physically, but Brett also had a feeling it would end his professional baseball dreams for good. That was tough to take.

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“The first thing that comes into your head is, ‘I’ve been doing this for 17 years since I was 5 years old. I thought this was going to be my future. This might be over.’ It was a pretty difficult, pretty intense moment.”

Had Brett’s injury not ended his baseball career, he probably wouldn’t have pursued his other passion of making music. With his debut single, “Sleep Without You,” hitting No. 1, things seem to be working out pretty well for Brett.

He adds, “[That injury] is probably the reason that I found music. So, it’s really hard to regret any of it.”

Brett has followed up “Sleep Without You” with his latest single, “In Case You Didn’t Know.” Both songs are featured on his self-titled debut album, available now.

Of note, Brett is up for New Male Vocalist at the ACM Awards coming up April 2 on CBS.

Carrie Underwood Plays 'Never Have I Ever,' Admits to Putting Makeup on Husband

Carrie Underwood recently sat down with InStyle to reveal some of her beauty secrets. During a fun game of "Never Have I Ever: Beauty Edition" the "Dirty Laundry" singer revealed that she has gone incognito and has even put makeup on her husband. Continue reading…

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