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Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Logic shine at Jingle Ball concert

The roaring cheers and screams at Jingle Ball grew louder and louder as performers hit the stage, from Ed Sheeran to Sam Smith to Demi Lovato.

But when Taylor Swift entered Madison Square Garden on Friday night, the noise easily hit its peak.

Swift closed the nearly five-hour concert in New York City, strutting from left to right as she sang "Shake It Off," ''Blank Space" and the latest hits off her new album, "reputation."

Even the sound of her name earned screeching cheers, as iHeartRadio and Z100 teased the performance throughout the night.

"Well, thank you New York," she yelled after she kicked off her set with the thumping "...Ready for It?"

The venue, full of teenagers, their parents and the in-between, transformed into a colorful dance party when Swift sang "Shake It Off." She closed the night with "Look What You Made Me Do," performing dance moves in a loose black top, black shorts and blonde bangs.

Sheeran — who joined Swift onstage for the new song "End Game" — kicked off the concert by strumming his guitar, and belting hits like "Shape of You," ''Thinking Out Loud" and "Perfect."

The rapper Logic, who recently earned two Grammy nominations, was also a fan favorite: the audience was energetic when he performed "1-800-273-8255," the suicide-prevention anthem that recently peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Smith, who slowed things down during the mostly high-energy show, was a vocal powerhouse, while Lovato was in fine form, especially during "Tell Me You Love Me" and "Sorry Not Sorry." Others who dominated with radio hits this year performed Friday, including Halsey, Julia Michaels, Charlie Puth and the Chainsmokers.

Jingle Ball also became a stage for already-known singers showcasing their solo chops: One Direction's Niall Horan, who launched a No. 1 album this year, was a highlight during "Too Much To Ask" and "Slow Hands"; his former band mate, Liam Payne, won over the audience during "Strip It Down"; and ex-Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, whose song "Havana" is No. 2 on the Hot 100, performed excitedly.

Fall Out Boy and the rising boy band Why Don't We also performed.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes Official Music Charts for the week ending December 7, 2017:

Top Songs

1. Perfect Duet (with Beyoncé), Ed Sheeran

2. Perfect, Ed Sheeran

3. Him & I, G-Eazy & Halsey

4. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage), Post Malone

5. Havana (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello

6. Thunder, Imagine Dragons

7. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Geo..., ebe Rexha

8. Amazing Grace, Brooke Simpson

9. Bad at Love, Halsey

10. End Game (feat. Ed Sheeran & F..., Taylor Swift

Top Albums

1. From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton

2. Songs of Experience (Deluxe Ed..., U2

3. What Makes You Country, Luke Bryan

4. Reputation, Taylor Swift

5. A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe, Pentatonix

6. War & Leisure, Miguel

7. I Don't Believe We've Met, Danielle Bradbery

8. Christmas, Michael Bublé

9. ÷ , Ed Sheeran

10. Warmer in the Winter, Lindsey Stirling

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Ex-DJ says $1 payment to Taylor Swift sent by mail last week

A former radio DJ who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Taylor Swift for groping her at a photo op says he mailed her a Sacagawea coin last week.

David Mueller provided a letter to The Associated Press showing the payment was sent Nov. 28. Mueller previously told the AP he intended the coin featuring a prominent Native American woman as a final jab at the singer in a case her side called a win for all women.

Swift was among the "Silence Breakers" named as Time magazine's person of the year. In a story published Wednesday, she said she hadn't received the dollar.

Mueller had sued Swift claiming she falsely accused him of groping her and sought up to $3 million. A federal jury in Denver ruled for Swift.

Rock icon Johnny Hallyday, known as French Elvis, dies at 74

Johnny Hallyday, France's biggest rock star for more than half a century and an icon who packed sports stadiums and all but lit up the Eiffel Tower with his pumping pelvis and high-voltage tunes, has died. He was 74.

President Emmanuel Macron announced his death in a statement early Wednesday, saying "he brought a part of America into our national pantheon." Macron's office said the president spoke with Hallyday's family but did not provide details about where the rocker died or the circumstances.

Hallyday had had lung cancer and repeated health scares in recent years that dominated national news, yet he continued performing as recently as this summer.

Celine Dion was among stars sharing condolences for a rocker with a famously gravelly voice who sold more than 100 million records, filled concert halls and split his time between Los Angeles and Paris.

Hallyday fashioned his glitzy stage aura from Elvis Presley, drew musical inspiration from Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, performed with Jimi Hendrix, and made an album in country music's capital, Nashville, Tennessee.

His stardom largely ended at the French-speaking world, yet in France itself, he was an institution, with a postage stamp in his honor. He was the country's top rock 'n' roll star through more than five decades and eight presidents, and it was no exaggeration when Macron wrote "the whole country is in mourning."

"We all have something of Johnny Hallyday in us," Macron said, praising "a sincerity and authenticity that kept alive the flame that he ignited in the public's heart."

The antithesis of a French hero right down to his Elvis-style glitter and un-French name, Hallyday was among the most familiar faces and voices in France, which knew him simply as Johnny, pronounced with a slight French accent and beloved across generations.

He released his last album "Rester Vivant" — or "Staying Alive" — last year, and performed this summer as part of the "Old Crooks" tour with long-time friends and veteran French musicians Eddy Mitchell and Jacques Dutronc.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy, as mayor of the rich enclave of Neuilly-sur-Seine on the western edge of Paris, presided in 1996 over the entertainer's marriage to his fourth wife, Laeticia.

"For each of us, he means something personal. Memories, happy moments, songs and music," Sarkozy said in 2009, days after Hallyday, then 66, was hospitalized in Los Angeles. Sarkozy called the Hallyday family during an EU summit and gave updates on the singer's condition during news conferences.

The health problems came amid a national tour that included a Bastille Day mega-concert July 14 at the Eiffel Tower with spectacular fireworks.

Hallyday sang some songs in English, including "Hot Legs" and "House of the Rising Sun," — the melody of which was also used for one of his most famous songs, the 1964 "Le Penitencier."

And there was a real American connection: American singer Lee Ketchman gave him his first electric guitar. Hallyday's stardom, however, was not inevitable.

He was born in Paris on June 15, 1943, during the dark days of World War II with a less glamorous name, Jean-Philippe Smet. His parents had separated by the end of the year. The young Smet followed his father's sisters to London, where he met Ketchman.

Hallyday gave his first professional concert in 1960, under the name Johnny, and put out his first album a year later. By 1962, he had met the woman who would be his wife for years, and remained his friend to the end, singing star Sylvie Vartan. That year, he also made an album in Nashville, Tennessee, and rubbed shoulders with American singing greats.

He quickly became a favorite of young people during the "Ye-ye" period, the golden years of French pop music. A respected musician, Hallyday played with Jimmy Hendrix during the 1960s and once recorded a song with Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page.

With his square-jawed good looks and piercing blue eyes, Hallyday was often sought-out for the cinema, playing in French director Jean-Luc Godard's "Detective" (1984) and with other illustrious directors including Costa-Gavras.

Hallyday appeared in Johnnie To's "Vengeance" (2009) and had talked about giving film a bigger role in his life.

However, it was the rocker's personal life, and his marriage to Laeticia, that gave him a mellow edge. He spoke lovingly of daughters Jade and Joy, who were adopted from Vietnam.

"I'm not a star. I'm just a simple man," he said in a 2006 interview on France 3.

Hallyday is also survived by two other children, Dave, a singer fathered with Vartan, and Laura Smet, whom he had with noted French actress Nathalie Baye.

Memorial plans were not immediately announced.

Power outage leaves Garth Brooks fans briefly in dark

A power outage left Garth Brooks' fans briefly in the dark for his final performance after a three-night stop at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The outage occurred just before 8 p.m. Sunday while a warm-up act was on the stage. Fans sang Brooks' song, "Friends in Low Places" while they waited for the lights to come back on.

Public Service Electric and Gas is investigating what caused the outage.

Swift's 'reputation' is on all streaming platforms

Taylor Swift's "reputation" is finally available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms.

Swift released her sixth album three weeks ago, but didn't put the album on streaming sites. "Reputation" sold more than 1 million copies in its first week.

The album is also now available on Google Play, Tidal, Pandora and Amazon Music. It features the hits "Ready for It?" and "Look What You Made Me Do."

Swift earned two Grammy nominations this week: she's up for best country song for writing Little Big Town's "Better Man" and best song written for visual media for "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," taken from the "Fifth Shades Darker" soundtrack.

"Reputation" will qualify for nominations at the 2019 Grammys.

Country star Shelton comforts mourning Massachusetts school

One of country music's biggest stars is comforting a Massachusetts school mourning the deaths of three students.

Blake Shelton recorded a minute-long message that was included in a longer tribute video to the Quaboag (KWAY'-bog) Regional Middle/High School students who died in a Nov. 6 car crash in West Brookfield.

Shelton's brother died in a crash nearly three decades ago.

Shelton said in the message: "I can understand how you guys feel. It's the worst possible feeling. It's confusion. It's anger. It's just an overall brokenness that's just gonna take a lot of time to heal."

Shelton learned of the deaths through his mother, who grew up with the father of a member of Quaboag's school committee.

The crash took the lives of 14-year-old Jaclyn Desrosiers, 15-year-old Christian Congelos and the driver, 16-year-old Lena Noonan.

Guitar heroes: Celebrity music instruments on auction block

Ever wanted to play a guitar like one of your musical idols? An auction of high-profile instruments played by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty could give you that chance. (Unfortunately, talent and fame not included.)

Guernsey's is offering those instruments as well as amplifiers, tapes of musical performances and even the shirt of jazz great Thelonious Monk.

The "Legendary Guitars and Musical Treasures" sale is scheduled for Dec. 2 in New York. Those interested can attend in person or make telephone and online bids.

The offerings include a 1963 Fender Precision Bass that Springsteen used for two songs on his debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.," with a starting estimate of $40,000, and an acoustic guitar that Petty played on tours in the early 1980s, starting at $20,000.

"There's not much that would be described as ordinary in the sale," said Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey's.

The catalog also includes a 1989 Gibson L4 that David Bowie played with his band Tin Machine in the late 1980s, starting at $30,000, and a 1967 Electric Guild Starfire V played by Jimi Hendrix, starting at $140,000. The proceeds from the sale of the Hendrix guitar are going toward philanthropy.

Non-instrument offerings include a set list written by the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and live recordings of performances by a slew of artists such as The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt and Liza Minnelli.

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This story has been corrected to show the surname is spelled Minnelli, not Minelli.

Big-haired 'White Knight of Soul' Wayne Cochran dies at 78

Wayne Cochran, the "blue-eyed soul" singer known for his towering pompadour, has died of cancer at his Florida home, according to his son Christopher Cochran. He was 78.

The singer, who was called the White Knight of Soul for songs like "Last Kiss', saw his heyday in the 1960s and '70s. He had fans from the Blues Brother to Rod Stewart and Elvis Presley, but he gave it all up to become a minister at a church he founded in Miami. He died Nov. 21.

The Miami Herald reports the Blues Brothers took notice of one of his hits, "Goin' Back to Miami," and introduced the song to an '80s audience. Cochran and his band the C.C. Riders opened in Las Vegas for a commercially revived Presley.

But the life in the fast lane took a toll on him. Tired of partying, he broke up with his band in the 1970s and started the Voice for Jesus Church near Miami Gardens in a row of warehouses

Cochran, who was born in Thomaston, Georgia, told the Miami Herald in a 1983 interview that he was "a hillbilly with a sixth-grade education. I'm a rock 'n' roll singer. And yet, pastors will recognize the anointing and invite you in for four or five days to teach their flocks."

As a white teen growing up in west Georgia, Cochran was captivated by black music. "I never heard race in the music. It was just music that spoke to me. It moved me," he told the Herald in 2011. He moved to nearby Macon, and met soul singer Otis Redding. In 1960, he played bass with Redding's band on the single, "Shout Bamalama."

Cochran used the power of popular music for the rest of his life through ministry, saying his was not a typical church, but one where folks to come to get ecstatic, have a good time and boogie.

At one point, his church spiritually adopted 800 families living in housing projects in Miami's impoverished Liberty City.

"He was all about family," said his son Christopher, who is also a pastor. "Over the course of his 25-year career in the music industry he employed over 300 people with different members of the band and the people at his church. He always looked after people. He ran his building like a big family."

Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney & More Up For Grammy Nominees!

To be nominated for a Grammy is definitely an honor. While getting nominated for a CMA and ACM is strictly in the country music format, the Grammy’s honors and recognizes all formats.

Here are the country nominees for the 2018 Grammy’s:

Country solo performance “Body Like a Back Road” — Sam Hunt “Losing You” — Alison Krauss “Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert “I Could Use a Love Song” — Maren Morris “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton Country duo/group performance “It Ain’t My Fault” — Brothers Osborne “My Old Man” — Zac Brown Band “You Look Good” — Lady Antebellum “Better Man” — Little Big Town “Drinkin’ Problem” — Midland Country song “Better Man” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town) “Body Like a Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt) “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton) “Drinkin’ Problem” — Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland) “Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert) Country album “Cosmic Hallelujah” — Kenny Chesney “Heart Break” — Lady Antebellum “The Breaker” — Little Big Town “Life Changes” — Thomas Rhett “From a Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

2018 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories

A list of nominees in the top categories at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy.

— Album of the year: "Awaken, My Love!," Childish Gambino; "4:44," Jay-Z; "DAMN.," Kendrick Lamar; "Melodrama," Lorde; "24K Magic," Bruno Mars.

— Record of the year: "Redbone," Childish Gambino; "Despacito," Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber; "The Story of O.J.," Jay-Z; "HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar; "24K Magic," Bruno Mars.

— Song of the year (songwriter's award): "Despacito," Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Erika Ender and Marty James Garton; "4:44," Jay-Z and No I.D.; "Issues," Julia Michaels, Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Justin Drew Tranter; "1-800-273-8255," Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid and Arjun Ivatury; "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.

— Best new artist: Alessia Cara; Khalid; Lil Uzi Vert; Julia Michaels; SZA.

— Best pop solo performance: "Love So Soft," Kelly Clarkson; "Praying," Kesha; "Million Reasons," Lady Gaga; "What About Us," Pink; "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran.

— Best pop duo/group performance: "Something Just Like This," The Chainsmokers and Coldplay; "Despacito," Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber; "Thunder," Imagine Dragons; "Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man; "Stay," Zedd and Alessia Cara.

— Best traditional pop vocal album: "Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)," Michael Buble; "Triplicate," Bob Dylan; "In Full Swing," Seth MacFarlane; "Wonderland," Sarah McLachlan; "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90," various artists.

— Best pop vocal album: "Kaleidoscope EP," Coldplay; "Lust for Life," Lana Del Rey; "Evolve," Imagine Dragons; "Rainbow," Kesha; "Joanne," Lady Gaga; "Divide," Ed Sheeran.

— Best dance/electronic album: "Migration," Bonobo; "3-D The Catalogue," Kraftwerk; "Mura Masa," Mura Masa; "A Moment Apart," Odesza; "What Now," Sylvan Esso.

— Best rock album: "Emperor of Sand," Mastodon; "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct," Metallica; "The Stories We Tell Ourselves," Nothing More; "Villains," Queens of the Stone Age; "A Deeper Understanding," The War On Drugs.

— Best alternative music album: "Everything Now," Arcade Fire; "Humanz," Gorillaz; "American Dream," LCD Soundsystem; "Pure Comedy," Father John Misty; "Sleep Well Beast," The National.

— Best urban contemporary album: "Free 6LACK," 6LACK; "Awaken, My Love!," Childish Gambino; "American Teen," Khalid; "Ctrl," SZA; "Starboy," The Weeknd.

— Best R&B album: "Freudian," Daniel Caesar; "Let Love Rule," Ledisi; "24K Magic," Bruno Mars; "Gumbo," PJ Morton; "Feel the Real," Musiq Soulchild.

— Best rap album: "4:44," Jay-Z; "DAMN.," Kendrick Lamar; "Culture," Migos; "Laila's Wisdom," Rapsody; "Flower Boy," Tyler, the Creator.

— Best country album: "Cosmic Hallelujah," Kenny Chesney; "Heart Break," Lady Antebellum; "The Breaker," Little Big Town; "Life Changes," Thomas Rhett; "From A Room: Volume 1," Chris Stapleton.

— Best jazz vocal album: "The Journey," The Baylor Project; "A Social Call," Jazzmeia Horn; "Bad Ass And Blind," Raul Midon; "Porter Plays Porter," Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King; "Dreams And Daggers," Cecile McLorin Salvant.

— Best jazz instrumental album: "Uptown, Downtown," Bill Charlap Trio; "Rebirth," Billy Childs; "Project Freedom," Joey DeFrancesco & The People; "Open Book," Fred Hersch; "The Dreamer Is The Dream," Chris Potter.

— Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: "Baby Driver"; "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2"; "Hidden Figures: The Album"; "La La Land"; "Moana: The Songs."

— Producer of the year, non-classical: Calvin Harris; Greg Kurstin; Blake Mills; No I.D.; The Stereotypes.

— Best music video: "Up All Night," Beck; "Makeba," Jain; "The Story of O.J.," Jay-Z; "Humble," Kendrick Lamar; "1-800-273-8255," Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid.

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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes Official Music Charts for the week ending November 23, 2017:

Top Songs

1. Havana (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello

2. Thunder, Imagine Dragons

3. Perfect, Ed Sheeran

4. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage), Post Malone

5. Wolves, Selena Gomez & Marshmello

6. What Lovers Do (feat. SZA), Maroon 5

7. Échame La Culpa, Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato

8. Feel It Still, Portugal. The Man

9. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line), Bebe Rexha

10. Home, Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors & Bebe Rexha

Top Albums

1. reputation, Taylor Swift

2. The Rest of Our Life, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

3. Beautiful Trauma, P!nk

4. A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe, Pentatonix

5. Everyday Is Christmas, Sia

6. The Thrill of It All, Sam Smith

7. Red Pill Blues, Maroon 5

8. Evolve, Imagine Dragons

9. ÷, Ed Sheeran

10. A Why Don't We Christmas - EP, Why Don't We

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Johnny Cash boyhood home considered for historic nomination

The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's review board is to meet Wednesday to consider 14 state properties for nomination to the list of the nation's historic places, including the Cash home that was built in 1934 in Dyess in northeastern Arkansas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

The house and 40 acres (16 hectares) were provided to the Cash family as part of a federal government economic recovery program during the Great Depression.

Preservation Program spokesman Mark Christ told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that a final decision on whether the property is included on the list will be made by the National Park Service.

"They go through a rigorous internal determination of eligibility before going to the (Arkansas) board, so if a nomination makes it through both of those processes, it's definitely a property that should be listed," he said in an email to the newspaper.

The home, which is under the control of Arkansas State University, would not have qualified for nomination without the completion in 2014 of a restoration project that brought it back to its 1934 appearance, said Ruth Hawkins, director of ASU's Heritage Sites.

The home was sold by the Cash family in 1954, and subsequent owners installed paneling, wallpaper and modern tile flooring, which had to be torn out, Hawkins said. She added that most of the original material was still there.

"The house retains much of its original 1930s vernacular/Colonial Revival design," the nomination form says. "The property retains the feeling of a farmhouse from the 1930s-era Dyess Colony."

Cash was born in 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, according to the official website devoted to the musician. His family later moved to Dyess.

He began his music career as a rockabilly singer in Memphis on the same Sun Records label as Elvis Presley and is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

Taylor Swift 'reputation' sells 1.22 M albums in 1st week

Taylor Swift's "reputation" is in good standing: the album has sold more than 1.22 million units in its first week.

Nielsen Music and Billboard report Monday that the album is Swift's fourth project to sell more than a million copies in a week. Swift became the first artist in history to have three albums sell more than a million units in their debut week when "1989" sold 1.29 million copies in 2014. Her albums "Red" and "Speak Now" each sold 1.21 and 1.05 million copies when they released in 2012 and 2010, respectively.

"Reputation," released on Nov. 10, has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year. Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar's recent albums are behind Swift, but have not sold a million units traditionally.

Since Billboard changed how it views album sales — incorporating single track sales (10 song sales = 1 album sale) and streaming (1,500 streams = 1 album sale) — both Sheeran and Lamar's albums have each sold more than 2 million units.

Swift's "reputation" is not available on streaming services, pushing fans to buy it or wait until it appears on Spotify or Apple Music. The album includes the hit singles "Ready for It?" and "Look What You Made Me Do."

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Thomas Rhett’s Baby Girl Snug As A Bug

How adorable! Ada Rhett is a few months old now, certainly cute as a button all bundled up! Mama Lauren and daddy Thomas are as busy as ever, but we love that Lauren doesn’t mind sharing the cuteness!

 

Forbes names Beyonce music's highest-earning woman

Forbes has crowned Beyonce as the highest paid woman in music.

Forbes magazine says the singer earned $105 million over a yearlong period stretching from June 2016 to June of this year. Beyonce's earnings were boosted by her "Formation" world tour last year, which Forbes says grossed $250 million.

Runner-up Adele also enjoyed a successful year on the road. Her tour helped contribute to $69 million in earnings.

Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez complete the top five highest female earners in the business.

Dolly Parton is a surprising sixth. Forbes says the 71-year-old brought in $37 million with the help of 63 shows during the yearlong period.

Randy Houser & Wife To Host Thanksgiving for First Time

The first time you may host a Thanksgiving at your house I am sure can be stressful and overwhelming.

Do you remember the first time you hosted? Or maybe you haven’t reached that point yet?

 

 

 

List of winners at the 2017 American Music Awards

A list of the winners at the 2017 American Music Awards, held Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

— Artist of the year: Bruno Mars.

— New artist of the year: Niall Horan.

— Collaboration of the year: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, "Despacito."

— Video of the year: Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like."

— Tour of the year: Coldplay.

— Favorite pop/rock male artist: Bruno Mars.

— Favorite pop/rock female artist: Lady Gaga.

— Favorite pop/rock duo or group: Imagine Dragons.

— Favorite country male artist: Keith Urban.

— Favorite country female artist: Carrie Underwood.

— Favorite country duo or group: Little Big Town.

— Favorite rap/hip-hop artist: Drake.

— Favorite soul/R&B male artist: Bruno Mars.

— Favorite soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce.

— Favorite alternative rock artist: Linkin Park.

— Favorite adult contemporary artist: Shawn Mendes.

— Favorite Latin artist: Shakira.

— Favorite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle.

— Favorite electronic dance music artist: The Chainsmokers.

— Top soundtrack: "Moana."

— Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross.

The Latest: Bruno Mars wins 7 at American Music Awards

The Latest on (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Bruno Mars wasn't at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, but he was the big winner with seven awards, including entertainer of the year. Mars also won video of the year and favorite male artist, pop/rock, and favorite album, pop/rock.

"I wish I could be partying with y'all," said Mars, who appeared in a video.

Also picking up multiple awards were Keith Urban, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.

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Diana Ross received the lifetime achievement award at the American Music Awards.

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama congratulated Ross in a video before the style icon, singer and actress delivered an upbeat medley of her hits. Her performance Sunday included "I'm Coming Out," ''Take Me Higher" and "The Best Years of My Life."

She dedicated the performance to her fans, saying "You are everything to me," and invited her family up on the stage to celebrate the honor, including the awards show host Tracee Ellis Ross.

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5:15 p.m.

Kelly Clarkson and Pink opened the American Music Awards with a tribute to first responders with a powerhouse vocal duet of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts." Before their performance on Sunday night in Los Angeles, Jamie Foxx stood in front of a group of first responders and said that this year "tested our faith."

The two pop singers traded vocals on the song while images from recent natural disasters played on screens behind them. They ended the duet with a hug and got a standing ovation.

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The performers at the 2017 American Music Awards are evenly split between men and women, but the nominees? Not so much.

In categories like artist of the year and favorite pop/rock album, where men and women compete, no female acts are in contention. Other categories where male acts dominate include tour and video of the year, among others.

Halsey is the only female nominated for favorite pop/rock song and collaboration of the year. Julia Michaels is the only woman up for new artist of the year.

Sunday's AMAs are a reflection of the year in pop music. No woman hit the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 2017 until Taylor Swift and Cardi B did so in September.

Bruno Mars is the top contender at the AMAs.

Reaction from the country music world on Mel Tillis' death

A look at reaction from the country music world on Mel Tillis, who died Sunday at age 85.

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Blake Shelton, on Twitter:

— He did his best to try and keep my head on straight. I looked up to Mel more than he could've possibly known. A talented songwriter. An incredible entertainer. And a funny funny guy. It has been a couple years since I saw him last. I deeply regret that now.

— He once spent an entire day at his place in Tennessee showing me all the memorabilia he'd gathered over the years where he gave me a pair of his stage boots. He even took time to talk me through some hard times in my life on a couple phone calls.

— Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis. Many many great memories. From fishing, to just having a beer, to him crashing my concert!

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Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO, in a statement:

— Mel Tillis spent a lifetime giving us joy and laughter and music, which is why his death brings such sadness. Had he never stepped on a stage, he would still have been one of the funniest and most genuine people on the planet. But his whimsy and warmth were only a part of his appeal. He wrote some of country music's most compelling and consequential songs, he fronted a remarkable band, and he sang with power and emotion. He also shone as an inspiration, revealing what others called an impediment as a vehicle for humor and hope.

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Crystal Gayle, on Twitter:

— I'm saddened to hear of the passing of my friend, Mel Tillis. Sending my love and prayers to his family and friends. There will never be another Mel Tillis!

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John Rich, on Twitter:

— Mel Tillis and I became laughin buddies many years ago! He was truly one of a kind, and it was a real privilege to call him my friend.

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Charlie Daniels, on Twitter:

— Mel Tillis, you will be missed by so many of us you touched over the years. Rest in peace my friend.

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Tanya Tucker, in a statement:

—My heart is just broken over the passing of the great Mel Tillis. I have so many wonderful memories with him. I'll never forget working with him on "Love Boat" with Dottie West. We just go way back — from the time I was 8 years old when he brought me on stage with him. When I got older, sometimes I had to use other bands because I didn't have a band. Mel always let me use his band and I'll never forget that. We remained friends right up until the end. Love you, Mel.

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Naomi Judd, in a statement:

—There are stand-up comedians and then there's Mel Tillis. His hilarious misadventures out on the road are legendary. Just ask Mac Davis or Ray Stevens. I also know Mel as my friend. Upbeat guy who admirably turned his stuttering into an asset and educated everyone on how to overcome stereotypes. There will never be anyone else like Mel Tillis.

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Gene Watson, in a statement:

—Mel was a true country legend. A singer, a songwriter and entertainer. Like Ray Price, Mel was a forerunner in bringing a big band to country with 3 fiddles. As big as he was, he made time to come visit when I was in the studio. When I was in Branson, he would often drop by. I recorded Mel's song "Burning Memories." He was just a genuine nice guy and we will all miss him dearly.

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