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Thursday, 27 September 2012 10:01

Celine Dion, Usher to perform for Houston special

(NEW YORK) -- Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston in a one-hour TV special. "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston" will tape Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and will feature performances by Dion, Hudson and Usher. It will air Nov. 16 on CBS. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that the special will also include Houston's "most memorable performances" and interviews with various artists. More performers will be announced. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday. Houston died at age 48 in February. Authorities called her death an accidental drowning, complicated by heart disease and cocaine use. The compilation album, "I Will Always Love You - The Best of Whitney Houston," will be released on Nov. 13.

 

--Associated Press

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 16:53

Aldean, Clarkson among CMA awards performers

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- -Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are among the first performers announced for this year's Country Music Association Awards. The two stars, who teamed to win a trophy last year at the ceremony, will be joined by Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town on the broadcast. Aldean is up for three awards this year, including top honor of entertainer of the year, and Clarkson has been nominated in the female vocalist of the year category, her first solo nomination. Bentley is up for three CMAs, including album of the year for "Home," while Little Big Town also has three nods. More performers will be announced later. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the Nov. 1 awards, which will air live on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

--Associated Press

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:24

Rowling not ruling out another Harry Potter book

(LONDON) -- J.K. Rowling says she plans to return to writing for young people - and doesn't rule out another book set in Harry Potter's magical world. Rowling became the world's most successful living author with her seven novels about a boy who discovers that he is a wizard and is pitched into battle against the forces of evil. Rowling's first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," is being published Thursday, five years after the release of the last volume in the Potter saga. The author told the BBC in an interview broadcast Wednesday that her next book would be "for slightly younger children than the Potter books." And she said while "where Harry's story is concerned, I'm done," she was considering "a sidestep" story set in the same universe.

 

--Associated Press

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:22

TLC orders specials, extra episodes of Boo Boo

(NEW YORK) -- Get ready for some Honey Boo Boo holidays. The TLC network said Wednesday that it has ordered Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials focusing on its seven-year-old breakout star, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. The series airs its 10th and final episode of its debut season on Wednesday. The show centers around Thompson, her mother June Shannon and their rural Georgia family and has been a breakout hit for the cable network. Thompson's outgoing personality and catchphrases like "A dolla makes me holla" made her a star, although some critics suggest the show mocks small-town Southern life. TLC has also ordered additional episodes of the series to air next spring.

--Associated Press

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:21

Girl who called self 'Mrs. Bieber' dies of cancer

(BOSTON) -- The 6-year-old Massachusetts girl whose love for Justin Bieber encouraged hospital workers to organize a pretend wedding to the pop star as she battled a rare brain cancer has died. The family of Avalanna Routh - who called herself Mrs. Bieber - said on their Twitter account that she died Wednesday. Her pretend wedding to Bieber led to a social media campaign to help her meet the singer. Bieber later arranged for girl to meet him in New York. He tweeted that the experience was inspiring and called it the best thing he's done. Routh suffered from an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. Only 30 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says Routh raised awareness about the disease and the need for greater research.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:02

Publicist: 'Moon River' singer Andy Williams dies

(BRANSON, Mo.) -- Emmy-winning TV host and "Moon River" crooner Andy Williams has died at the age of 84. Williams' publicist, Paul Shefrin, said Wednesday that the silky-voiced singer died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo., following a year-long battle with bladder cancer. Williams said in November 2011 that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer but planned to continue performing at the namesake theater he built in Branson in 1992. The clean-cut Iowa native began singing with his brothers as a child, and his easy style and mellow voice led President Ronald Reagan to call Williams "a national treasure." Though his version of "Moon River" made him world famous, it was among his many hits, including "Butterfly" and "Can't Get Used to Losing You."