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Swift's album ruffles feathers

Taylor Swift's takedown of artists Katy Perry and Kanye West may harm her album's chances of winning big at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

According to editors at British newspaper The Sun, the Shake if Off singer decision to continue her feuds with Fireworks singer Katy and rapper Kanye hasn't gone down well with members of the Grammys voting committee.

The 27-year-old also takes aim at exes Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston on new album Reputation, but it has reportedly infuriated industry figures, including members of the Grammys jury, who have worked with Katy and Kanye.

"A lot of people on the voting committee are not liking Reputation at all," an insider told the publication. The super-ambitious singer's move to declare open warfare on her enemies appears to have lost her some support.

"A lot of the jury members have worked with Katy, Calvin and Kanye so when Taylor has tried to humiliate them, it has left a bad taste. Ultimately she may pay for that when it comes to winning awards," warned the insider.

In June, Taylor finally put her back catalogue back on Spotify on the same day Katy released her album Witness, a move which was widely interpreted as a bid to overshadow Katy's album. It came as a surprise as Taylor had previously made a high-profile stand against the streaming service in protest over how little stars are paid for streams.

"Taylor has to understand that the industry is small, and moves like sabotaging Katy's album hurt people behind the scenes who work hard to make an album happen," shared the source. "How Taylor thinks the industry is going to give its full support to her after she's tried to damage so many people is mad."

The Look What You Made Me Do singer has won 10 Grammys over the past decade. The Pennsylvania born singer's latest recording is not eligible for the 2018 awards due to its release date, but will be in the running for the 2019 Grammys.

Hilton claims the selfie

Paris Hilton has attempted to prove her claim that she invented the selfie.

The hotel heiress hit headlines earlier this year when she claimed that she was responsible for coming up with the move of turning the camera on yourself to take a snap.

And on Sunday, Paris took to Twitter in an attempt to back up her claim with "proof".

Sharing two pictures of herself and singer Britney Spears taken in 2006, Paris wrote: "11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!"

While her post has so far received more than 32,000 retweets, not everyone was convinced by Paris' statement. One cited Madonna's "selfie" from 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Susan, writing: "Madonna took a selfie in 1985. Watch Desperately Seeking Susan...."

Another referenced a scene from 1991 film Thelma and Louise, while a third shared a snap allegedly taken in 1910, showing a man pointing a camera into a mirror to take a picture of himself. "1910 one of the first mirror selfies," the person wrote.

Paris' attempt to prove her claim comes after she told W magazine she had invented the concept of the selfie.

"If a beeper had a camera, I would have taken a selfie with it," she explained to the publication. "I think I have a selfie from when I was a little kid, like on a disposable camera."

Paris first found fame through reality show The Simple Life and her infamous sex tape 1 Night in Paris. However, discussing celebrities today, the 36-year-old added to W that she believes social media has made it easier for anyone to find fame.

"We started a whole new genre of celebrity that no one had ever seen before," she said. "Nowadays, I feel like it's so easy becoming famous. Anybody with a phone can do it."

Beyonce music's top earner

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.

Taylor Swift fortifies

Taylor Swift has turned her historic Beverly Hills mansion into a fortress to keep fans, stalkers, and the paparazzi out.

The singer has obtained permits to block visibility to the pad, which she bought in 2015, by erecting a high cinder block wall by her front porch and and another retaining wall by her tennis court, according to TMZ.

She also upgraded and remodeled her front gate in a bid to make the entrance impenetrable.

The move comes just weeks after Taylor opened up her homes in Watch Hill, Rhode Island and London to select fans and gave them the chance to listen to her new album Reputation ahead of its release.

The singer played the album for a group of lucky devotees, who were also given the chance to hold the Album of the Year Grammy Award Taylor won for 1989.

Back in 2014, the Shake it Off hitmaker opened her homes in Watch Hill, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville, Tennessee, to fans as she was preparing to release her last album.

But Taylor has every reason to be careful - Mohammed Jaffar was arrested in March on stalking and burglary charges for allegedly loitering outside her New York home multiple times and making nuisance calls to her management company.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was committed to a psychiatric facility after being deemed unfit to stand trial in September.

Jaffar is accused of launching a campaign to get in touch with the singer in December, when he turned up at her apartment building and requested a meeting with her and was told to leave. Despite this, he reportedly showed up another four times over the next two months and even managed to gain access to the building in February, when he was caught on surveillance cameras outside her door and also on the roof of the building.

On another occasion, Jaffar allegedly rang Swift's doorbell for an hour straight, before returning the next day and ringing it again for a further 45 minutes.

Following his arrest in March, Swift was granted a protection order against him.

Bruno Mars wins big

Bruno Mars and Keith Urban were the big winners at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Bruno was named Artist of the Year, while his haul also included Favorite Male Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock, and Video of the Year, and Urban swept the country awards for which he was nominated and seemed genuinely shocked with his triple - for Male Artist, Song and Album.

Caught out by his big win, he instructed presenter Justin Hartley to hand two of his gongs to his wife Nicole Kidman, who was seated in the front row.

Luis Fonsi was a double winner as his Despacito hit with Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee was named Favorite Song - Pop/Rock and Collaboration of the Year, while there were also victories for Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Drake, Carrie Underwood, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, and Linkin Park, who dedicated their Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock honour to late frontman Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in July.

Soul legend Diana Ross also had a night to remember - she picked up the Lifetime Achievement award and performed, while her actress daughter Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the ceremony.

The show began on a sombre note as Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne offered up a tribute to America's first responders.

Foxx introduced the night's opening act - Kelly Clarkson and Pink's emotional performance of R.E.M.'s Everybody Hurts, after delivering his own powerful message.

"This year more than perhaps any other in recent history, we needed the power of music to help us escape the news of the day," he said. "We needed the power of music to help us heal, from hurricanes, wildfires, hate, hatred-filled violence. 2017 was a year that tested our faith - in these moments of crisis, heroes emerged when it would've been so easy to run away."

Foxx and his daughter were then joined onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles by firefighters, paramedics, police officers and others who helped save lives and offer hope and help following 2017's disasters and tragedies.

"As this year comes to a close, we look forward to 2018 with hope," Foxx continued. "For, even as we mourn those who are lost, we know this - together our strength will pull us through, together we shall overcome the pain, together we can unite as a people and a nation.

Highlight performances included Demi Lovato's girl power anthem Sorry, Not Sorry, which she kicked off while sitting in the audience, watching as negative and mean tweets about her flashed across the monitors onstage.

"There's so much hate in this world," Lovato said as she made her way to the stage. "We have to rise up and never say sorry for who you are (sic)."

Hailee Steinfeld hit the stage with Alesso, Florida Georgia Line, and watt to perform Let Me Go - the most bizarre collaboration of the ceremony, while another talking point was Selena Gomez's return to performing live after her summer kidney transplant - she showed off her new blonde look as she sang her new track Wolves, wearing a nightdress. And Lady Gaga beamed in her performance of The Cure from Washington, D.C.'s Capital One Theater - her Sunday night Joanne World Tour stop.

Gaga was awarded the AMA for Favorite Female Artist later in the show and accepted the honor onstage in the U.S. capital.

But the night's biggest performances came from Christina Aguilera and Pink. Aguilera's much-anticipated 25th anniversary tribute to The Bodyguard soundtrack was a showstopper as the singer hit the stage to perform a medley of hits from the film, including I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing.

And, not to be outdone by her one-time pop rival, Pink sang the title track from her new album, Beautiful Trauma, while dangling from wires on the side of the sky-rise Marriott hotel in Downtown L.A. After wowing with Kelly Clarkson at the top of the show, Pink went solo for the death-defying performance, which she admitted was "the craziest, most insane thing I've ever attempted to do" in a video she posted from her rehearsals last week.

Madonna nudes for auction

The earliest known nude photographs of Madonna are reportedly set to go under the hammer at auction later this week.

The Material Girl singer posed naked for photographer Cecil I. Taylor aged 18, with the pair first meeting when she lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, TMZ reports.

In several snaps obtained by the outlet Madonna can be seen with short dark hair striking a pose alongside a ballet barre, with absolutely nothing on, while in another picture the star wears a bandana and a top tied up above her stomach, with nothing covering her lower half.

The photographs are reportedly set to be sold off by Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction house, the establishment which shared Tupac's letter to Madonna from prison in 1995 as well as the note Madonna allegedly wrote to actor John Enos in the early "90s complaining about Sharon Stone and Whitney Houston, on Wednesday.

TMZ reports that the original negatives and copyrights will also be available, with the 108 images set to open at between $8,000 and $12,000. A release form signed by Madonna and Taylor dated 19 May 1977 is to go under the hammer too.

The 59-year-old artist herself has previously fought against the sale of anything relating or belonging to her; earlier this year Madonna obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the sale of items including the Tupac letter, claiming they were wrongfully taken from her.

However, her former friend Darlene Lutz, the art consultant who teamed up with Gotta Have It! Collectibles to auction off the items, insists the singer's lawsuit is an act of revenge.

Madonna sued Lutz and the company over the sales of her former property, with a lawsuit filed in August reading, "This is an action for conversion and related causes of action arising out of Defendants' wrongful taking of Plaintiff's property, valuable memorabilia and highly personal items that Plaintiff's former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz, and/or one or more John Doe Defendants consigned for sale at auction to GHI and/or GHRR.com-despite the fact that the memorabilia is not Defendant Lutz's or any of the John Doe Defendants' to sell."

Indy to the rescue

Harrison Ford came to the real-life rescue of a woman who was involved in a car accident north of Los Angeles.

Santa Paula, California, police tell the Ventura County Star that the actor and a friend were in the area when a car rolled off a highway in the small town Sunday around noon. Senior Officer Matt Alonzo says Ford and the friend came to the driver's aide and acted as good Samaritans. He says Ford and other people on scene were able to help the woman out of the car. She suffered minor injuries.

TMZ published pictures Sunday of Ford standing by the car on the side of a hill and talking with police.

Women rock the AMAs

This year's American Music Awards was a reflection of the year in pop music, with women dominating the show, but not as nominees or winners.

In categories like artist of the year and favourite pop/rock album, where men and women compete, no female acts were in contention. Only six female artists or groups that include women won in the more than two dozen fan voted awards handed out Sunday night. However, the legendary Diana Ross was given a lifetime achievement award, which former President Barack Obama rightfully noted was an overdue honour.

But the women instead took over the show with powerful, incredible, emotional and inspiring performances from Ross, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and more.


The anticipation for the performance by style icon, singer and actress Diana Ross escalated all evening with plenty of hype from her daughter and the show's host actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Ross noted that they were making history as the first mother and daughter to both host the awards show and even donned one of her mother's sequined tops during the show.

The Detroit-born singer who started her career as a member of the Supremes received video messages from the Obamas as well as Taylor Swift. And she did not disappoint when she appeared draped in a purple, fluffy tulle coat and long black gloves. She delivered an upbeat and inspiring medley of her hits, including "I'm Coming Out," ''Take Me Higher" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

She ended the performance by inviting her children and grandchildren on stage as she poured her heart out to her fans. "This is my family and I am sending love out to all of you our global family and I really, really love to be here," Ross said. "And I feel so humbled by this."


In a year marked by tragedies, from devastating hurricanes to mass shootings, the show started with a great homage to those who are the first to help in those situations, from police officers, to firefighters, to paramedics and the military. Actor Jamie Foxx put it succinctly that 2017 tested everyone's faith, but that unity was more important now than ever.

Two of pop music's powerful vocalists, Pink and Kelly Clarkson, performed an epic version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts," with images from the recent tragedies on screens behind them. At the end of the performance, the two singers embraced in a hug and the crowd rose to its feet.


Host Tracee Ellis Ross explained in her opening monologue that this was a night for women to shine after a year in which women all over the world have been empowered to "own our experiences, our bodies and our lives."

"This is going to be an incredible night, filled with nostalgia, featuring earth shaking, ground breaking women," Ross said. "And there's going to be some men singing too."

Christina Aguilera took on the daunting task of singing a medley of hits from Whitney Houston's "Bodyguard" soundtrack, while Demi Lovato's performance of "Sorry, Not Sorry," even had the Korean group BTS dancing in their seats. Kelly Clarkson, who was the first winner of "American Idol," killed her songs "Miss Independent" and "Love So Soft."

Lady Gaga, who performed via telecast from a tour stop in Washington D.C., told her fans that "If you feel different, or feel not understood, don't you dare give up on who you are."


Pop singer Pink is well-known for her high-flying stage performances, where she often flies over her crowds or twists and twirls on long ribbons. But she took it to a superhero level when she performed on the side of a high-rise hotel in Los Angeles with aerial dancers. During her performance of "Beautiful Trauma," Pink and the dancers performed acrobatic flips and poses while their graceful movement reflected off the building's glass windows like they were dancing on water.

David Cassidy gravely ill

David Cassidy's representatives have announced the actor is "now conscious" following reports he was in a coma after suffering from organ failure.

It was reported on Saturday that the former The Partridge Family star had been rushed to a hospital in Florida in pain on Wednesday and his condition had been deteriorating so he was placed in a medically induced coma.

His spokeswoman has since issued a statement to a number of news outlets in which she states, "He is now conscious and surrounded by family."

The 67-year-old is in need of a liver transplant and is reportedly also suffering from kidney failure.

Following the news, fellow former child star Jimmy Osmond, from family band the Osmonds, tweeted, "Prayers for my friend #DavidCassidy and his family right now."

Earlier this year, David revealed he had been diagnosed with dementia, a condition that runs in the family.

He told People magazine in February how he watched his mother "disappear" before his eyes as the tragic condition took hold.

"In the end, the only way I knew she recognized me is with one single tear that would drop from her eye every time I walked into the room... I feared I would end up that way," he shared.

He subsequently decided to stop touring to focus on his health, saying, "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

He is the father of Arrow actress Katie Cassidy, 30, from his relationship with Sherry Williams Benedon, and son Beau, 26, from his marriage to third wife Sue Shifrin. She filed for divorce in 2014.

Justice League at the top

Only in the modern era of superhero films could a $96 million opening weekend be considered anything less than impressive. But that's the situation Warner Bros. and DC's "Justice League" is in.

The big-budget superhero mashup came in well under expectations, which had pegged it for a $110 million launch in North American theatres. If studio estimates hold, it will also have the dubious distinction of being the lowest-opening film in the DC Extended Universe.

It has been a rollercoaster for the DC Universe since "Man of Steel" kicked off the comic book franchise in 2013, with films battling high expectations, critical reviews and the impossible standard of competing against the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" may have been a critical dud in early 2016, but it still opened to $166 million and went on to net $873.3 million worldwide by the end of its run.

"Justice League" comes on the heels of the widely well-received "Wonder Woman," the first DC Extended Universe film to score with both critics and audiences. It reunites Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman to fight a new threat facing earth while introducing new characters like Ezra Miller's The Flash, Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Ray Fisher's Cyborg.

"Justice League" didn't impress critics, but neither did "Batman v Superman" or "Suicide Squad," which still managed to earn $133.7 million out of the gates.

Warner Bros. is remaining optimistic about "Justice League's" prospects, even with the lower-than-expected launch against a production budget that's reported to be in the $250 million to $300 million range, which doesn't include marketing expenses.

"I did have a higher expectation for the three days," said Jeff Goldstein, who heads up domestic distribution for Warner Bros. "(But) this is a big vacation week, and we have an opportunity to get a big audience to see us in a different pattern."

One film that did have a heroic showing this weekend is "Wonder," an adaptation of R.J. Palacio's novel about a child with a facial deformity that stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. The family-friendly drama opened in second place with $27.1 million against a $20 million production budget and could be on its way to becoming a sleeper hit. Lionsgate distributed the film, which was financed and produced by Participant Media.

Disney and Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" fell to third place in weekend three with $21.8 million, bringing its North American total to $247.4 million. "Daddy's Home 2" took fourth with $14.8 million, and "Murder on the Orient Express" landed in fifth with $13.8 million. Both are in their second weekend in theatres.

Country star Mel Tillis dies

Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.

A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

Grubbs said Tillis battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.

Tillis, the father of country singer Pam Tillis, recorded more than 60 albums and had more than 30 top 10 country singles, including "Good Woman Blues," ''Coca Cola Cowboy" and "Southern Rain." Among the hits he wrote for others were "Detroit City" for Bobby Bare; "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," by Rogers and the First Edition; and "Thoughts of a Fool" for George Strait.

Although his early efforts to get a record deal were rebuffed because of his stutter, he was a promising songwriter in Nashville in the 1950s and 1960s, writing tunes for Webb Pierce and Ray Price.

In all, the Country Music Hall of Fame member wrote more than 1,000 songs and in 2012 received a National Medal of Arts for bringing "his unique blend of warmth and humour to the great tradition of country music."

He also dabbled in acting, appearing in such feature films as Clint Eastwood's "Every Which Way But Loose," and the Burt Reynolds movies "Cannonball Run I and II" and "Smokey and the Bandit II." He starred in several television movies and briefly had a network TV show, "Mel and Susan Together," with Susan Anton.

Tillis became a major success in the late 1960s and toured for decades, often using his stutter as a source of humour — though his stutter disappeared when he sang.

"One of the reasons I worked it into my show is that it's my trademark," he once told The Associated Press.

Diana Ross to be honoured

Tracee Ellis Ross is looking forward to celebrating her mother Diana Ross at the American Music Awards Sunday.

The Black-ish actress is hosting the music industry event at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and feels particularly excited as legendary Motown icon Diana will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the night.

"I do award show hosting, which I really enjoy, but this is an extra special evening because my mom is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award," she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week. "It's one of those things, I don't think I could've thought that up."

Tracee shared that she would be looking to her mother for tips on presenting, as Diana hosted the bash twice during the early '80s. She also explained that the AMAs would be a family affair, with the extended Ross family, including her father Robert Ellis Silberstein and half-brother Evan Ross, all expected to attend.

"My entire family will be there. All the fathers, all the kids, all the husbands and wives," the 45-year-old said.

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