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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:24

Tracy Morgan to host Billboard Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Musicians beware: Tracy Morgan will host the Billboard Music Awards. Billboard announced Wednesday that the 44-year-old will host the awards show on May 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" cast member says in a statement that he's honored to host the show. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Miguel will perform at the awards show. Prince will receive the icon award and will also hit the stage. Morgan adds in his statement: "And how can you say no when Prince is going to be there!" The Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Organizers say more than 3,000 tickets have already been purchased by people around the globe who plan to attend the wrap party next month in Scranton to commemorate the final episode of the NBC comedy "The Office." The long-running show is set in the northeastern Pennsylvania city. Organizers of the May 4 celebration say John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, who play lovebirds Jim and Pam Halpert, are among the cast and crew members who'll attend. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports one of the event's sponsor, Times-Shamrock Communications, says more than 3,000 tickets have been sold since Monday. The company's regional director of marketing and events, Timothy L. Holmes, says purchases are coming from as far away as Canada and Great Britain. The series finale is May 16.

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Selena Gomez freaked when Brad Pitt asked to meet her after the MTV Movie Awards. Gomez tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that when she was told Pitt wanted to get a picture with her because his kids were fans, she hid "under the craft service table for like two minutes" because she couldn't believe it was happening. Pitt got his picture, but Gomez was too flustered to ask for picture with him.

NEW YORK (AP) - "The Voice" is pulling ahead of "American Idol" in the ratings. Last week's two episodes rank fourth and fifth, averaging around 13 and a-half million viewers. The two episodes of "Idol" rank sixth and ninth, averaging a million fewer viewers than The Voice. "Dancing With the Stars" is in seventh and tenth place. The top show of the week was the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship that was watched by more than 23 million people. That's a bigger audience than the last two men's championships.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:10

Dancing with the Stars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - D.L. Hughley (HYOOG'-lee) is laughing his way off of "Dancing With the Stars." He and fellow comic Andy Dick were tied for the judges' lowest this week. But Dick makes it through and he's not even in the bottom two. Hughley took some good-natured swipes at the judges on his way out. He told head judge Len Goodman that Goodman needs work on his hip action. Hughley says he had a ball being on the show. Boxer Victor Ortiz was also in the bottom two this week.

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Justin Bieber is coming under fire after visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. He toured the house Friday evening and wrote in the guestbook, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber." Critics jumped on that, saying Bieber is full of himself and insensitive to Frank's plight. However, Frank was into pop culture and wrote in her diary about her collection of film star photos. A museum spokeswoman says she didn't see anything offensive about Bieber's remarks. Bieber's fans tweeted support, although many said they didn't know who Anne Frank is.

Monday, 15 April 2013 10:53

No settlement in Kardashian Divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - They couldn't reach a settlement in Kim Kardashian's divorce case. Kardashian sat in on the negotiations, but Kris Humphries wasn't in court. The trial is set to begin on May 6.

Monday, 15 April 2013 10:53

The Voice

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's the first of the battle rounds tonight on "The Voice." Each coach will pit two of their own team members against each other. They sing the same song together. The coach will then pick which one advances to the knockout round and which will be available to be stolen by another coach. Sheryl Crow, Joel Madden, Pharrell Williams and Hillary Scott will act as advisers to the mentors.

Monday, 15 April 2013 10:53

Dancing with the Stars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The remaining nine contestants on "Dancing With the Stars" will have to dance next to a couple of professionals tonight." "Len's Side by Side Challenge" will let the judges compare the stars to the pros. Tomorrow night, Selena Gomez and The Band Perry will perform before another celebrity is sent home.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Aerosmith and Toby Keith are joining the party to celebrate Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration. They join previously announced performers ZZ Top, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Brantley Gilbert, The Doobie Brothers, Buckcherry, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Sublime With Rome. The festival is Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee.

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