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AMAs reflect year in pop music, where male acts dominated

Bruno Mars

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 video of the year, tour of the year, favorite country …

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AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as “Highway to Hell,” ”Hells Bells” and “Back in Black,” has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death Saturday on their official Facebook page and website. A representative for the band confirmed that the …

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Harry Styles, Miguel set for Victoria’s Secret China show

Harry Styles

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Harry Styles and R&B star Miguel will perform at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai on Monday. People magazine reports that Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang will also perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The show will air Nov. 28 on CBS. Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid are among the …

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Widow of Grateful Dead’s longtime lawyer auctions rare items

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The widow of the Grateful Dead’s longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band. Hal and Jesse Kant’s memorabilia collection includes signed artwork by the band’s late leader, Jerry Garcia, and backstage passes from concerts spanning 30 years. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports some of the items are expected …

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Woman must pay Katy Perry for interfering with convent sale

Katy Perry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has found that a businesswoman must pay $5 million to singer Katy Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles, finding that the woman intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry of a hilltop property that was once a convent. The jury found Friday that entrepreneur Dana Hollister should pay the archdiocese $3.47 million and …

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Green Day releases greatest hits album spanning 30 years

Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool

NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day released a massive greatest hits album on Friday, but the trio isn’t saying “Good Riddance” anytime soon. The Grammy Award-winning band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees released “Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band,” an album that spans about 30 years. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said he thinks it’s the perfect soundtrack …

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Latin Grammys pay tribute to Puerto Rico in songs, speeches

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thursday’s Latin Grammy Awards were a love letter to Puerto Rico, with several artists dedicating their performances and awards to the island hard hit by Hurricane Maria. Lin-Manuel Miranda, rapper Residente and singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi, all of Puerto Rican heritage, dedicated their awards to their homeland. Fonsi’s global hit “Despacito” was the night’s big winner, making …

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The Latest: ‘Despacito’ takes home 4 Latin Grammy Awards

Luis Fonsi

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards being presented Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (all times local): 8:15 p.m. “Despacito” won big at the Latin Grammys. Luis Fonsi’s megahit featuring Daddy Yankee was the biggest winner of the night Thursday, picking up four trophies. The song, whose video is …

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Select winners of 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards

Lila Downs, Paul Cohen

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Winners of the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards, presented Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: — Album of the year: “Salsa Big Band,” Ruben Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta. — Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. — Record of the year: “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi featuring …

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Liz Phair fulfills a dream with 2-book deal at Random House

NEW YORK (AP) — Liz Phair is fulfilling a longtime dream: to be an author. The rock star known for “Exile in Guyville” and other albums has a two-book deal with Random House. The publisher announced Thursday the first book is called “Horror Stories.” It’s billing the book as a “rich and kaleidoscopic memoir” about fame, parenthood, love and “everything …

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