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Steve Granitz/WireImageGwen Stefani’s first baby is all grown up.

The singer paid tribute to her eldest son, Kingston, Tuesday on his 14th birthday. She shared a photo of Kingston at the beach, captioning it, “happy 14th bday to my first born son -thank u God for marking me HIS MAMMA GX #loveukingstonjames”

In another post, she shared a video of her boyfriend Blake Shelton smothering Kingston with birthday kisses on the cheek. Kingston pulls away and in true teenage fashion wipes away Blake’s kiss.

Gwen is mom to three boys with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale: Kingston, 11-and-a-half-year-old Zuma and six-year-old Apollo.

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L-R: Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Miley Cyrus; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Demi Lovato has spoken out again about the experiences she and other young pop stars like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers shared while starring in Disney Channel TV shows.

Over the weekend, Demi called into the podcast In Bed with Nick and Megan, hosted by married actors Megan Mullaney and Nick Offerman.  The connection?  Demi appeared in a multi-episode arc of Will & Grace, the show on which Mullaney starred as Karen Walker.

During the chat, Mullalley urged Demi to tell Offerman what it was like growing up on TV with all the other young pop stars.  After correcting Mullalley, who mistakenly believed that Justin Bieber was also a Disney Channel star,  Demi said, "It was this really small group of kids that we really couldn't relate to a lot of people, so we kind of stuck together."

"We called it ‘Disney High,’ because, y'know, when there's only a select few of you that can relate to one another, you kinda start dating each other, and then you become friends with one another, and then you fall out with one another and then you break up with one another," Demi continued.

"Then other people date each other...it's just confusing and dramatic," she noted. "And that's 'Disney High' for you!"

In her recent May Harper's Baazar cover story, Demi also talked about Miley, Selena and JoBros, admitting that Miley is "kind of the only one from that era that I still stay in touch with." 

The "I'm Ready" singer also reunited via Zoom last month with the co-stars of her Disney series Sonny with a Chance.


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Kygo/LiveXLive/Palm Tree CrewSince the music festivals have all been cancelled this year, Kygo has created one you can enjoy from the safety of your own home.

The virtual Golden Hour Festival, in partnership with LiveXLive and Palm Tree Crew, will live stream this Friday, May 29 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on Kygo’s YouTube channel. You can also tune in on @KygoMusic and @LiveXLive social channels including Twitch, TikTok and Facebook, as well as on LiveXLive’s apps and website.

The festival takes place the same day Kygo’s third studio album, Golden Hour, is released. He’ll perform the album in its entirety for the first time during the broadcast.

OneRepublic, who collaborated with Kygo on the track “Lose Somebody,” will be among the festival’s additional performers. There will also be a guided meditation in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and a magic show performed by magician Julius Dein.

The Golden Hour Festival will support organizations including Baby2Baby, Crew Nation and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

This Friday, Kygo will also be performing on GMA's Summer Concert Series with OneRepublic and Valerie Broussard.

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GOLDEN HOUR FESTIVAL, streaming live May 29th!

I'm celebrating my album launch with some amazing artists and finishing it off by performing the songs from Golden Hour for the first time! pic.twitter.com/Vd66P0ljIM

— Kygo (@KygoMusic) May 26, 2020

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Steve Granitz/WireImageOn Monday, both Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra took to their socials to mark the two-year anniversary of their first date.

Posting a picture of themselves wearing cowboy hats, standing in what looks like a clothing store, Nick wrote, "This beautiful woman and I went on our first date two years ago today. It has been the best two years of my life, and to think I am lucky enough to get to spend the rest of my life with her is such an incredible blessing. I love you babe. Happy two years."

Priyanka went a step further, posting a photo of what appears to be their actual first date: a baseball game at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium.

"Two years ago today we took our very first picture together," she captioned the pic. "Every day since then you have brought me endless joy and happiness. I love you @nickjonas Thank you for making our life together so incredible. Here’s to many more date nights..."

He replied in the comments, "Best two years of my life. I love you."

The couple actually met -- albeit for five minutes -- in 2017 at an Oscars after-party.  A week before that year's Met Gala, they met for drinks, and then attended the event together on May 1.  Two weeks later, Priyanka dismissed speculation that they were dating.  But in 2018, they were spotted together multiple times, including at Dodger Stadium.

That June, they made their relationship Instagram official, and on July 19, they got engaged. Their lavish wedding took place over several days in Jodphur, India, starting November 30.

2 years ago today we took our very first picture together. Every day since then you have brought me endless joy and happiness. I love you @nickjonas Thank you for making our life together so incredible. Here’s to many more date nights... ❤️😍 pic.twitter.com/oCOgb7zwP9

— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 25, 2020

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ABC/Image Group LAHalsey, who showed off a cast on her leg on social media last week, is finding it hard to believe that she managed to fracture her ankle in the most unglamorous way possible.

In an interview with the U.K.'s Capital Radio Monday, the singer admitted, "You know, 2,000 live shows, where I'm jumping around for two hours, [and] I finally fractured my ankle. In the kitchen. At my house."

She then detailed the mishap, explaining, "I was loading the dishwasher and I pulled the door down to load the dishwasher, and the kitchen floor was wet and I tripped over the dishwasher door."

As one of the radio hosts commented, "That's not very showbiz, is it?"

Separately on Twitter, Halsey wrote, "I tripped over the open dishwasher door cause the kitchen floor was wet when I was loading the dishes and slammed my ankle bone into the metal and fractured it hahaha." 

When a fan replied that her bones must be "fragile af," she responded, "I REALLY slammed that f***ker haha."

On Monday night, Halsey posted a photo of herself posing in a skimpy bikini without her ankle boot, and explained, "I took my brace off my ankle cause it was itchy and now I need to put it back."

She also posted pictures of the food she's been making -- quiche and "fresh spinach butternut squash ravioli" -- admitted she "can’t stop watching Avatar," and added a childhood photo of herself dressed up in some sort of hippy outfit.

"Judging from the baby pic I’ve been a disassociating little freak who romanticizes the 70s for my whole life," she wrote.

Ouch 🙃 @halsey managed to fracture her ankle in probably the least ✨showbiz✨ way possible... pic.twitter.com/8w9UGm5Qro

— Capital (@CapitalOfficial) May 26, 2020

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Katy Perry has unveiled an animated lyric video for her new single, "Daisies," and as she explains, her performance of the song on American Idol was an attempt to create a live-action version of that animation.

She tweeted the video with the message, "Last week I was in a live action version of this animation created by @valleeduhamel, and I’m happy to reveal the next dimension of #Daisies with this lyric video."

She also posted a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of her American Idol performance, which used a technology called XR, or Extended Reality -- and it turns out she actually left her home to film it.  Specifically, she shot it on a special XR stage, in "a safe environment that supported the production within COVID-19 guidelines," according to the studio.

Katy is also selling a "Daisies" face mask, with all proceeds going to Direct Relief, a charity based in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA that provides PPE and medical items to health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

It’s been 1 week since my first TV performance of #Daisies🌼 and I know a lot of y’all have been curious about how we did it... here’s a look at how XR studios transported me to that animated 🌎 (that u may or may not see again soon 👀) pic.twitter.com/GUVtxgfCl6

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 24, 2020

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Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesLady Gaga and Sia were among the big winners at this year’s Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards held on Monday.

Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s duet, “Shallow,” from their 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, was previously announced as the Most Performed International Work. And Sia’s “Cheap Thrill’s was named Most Performed Australian Work Overseas for the third straight year.

Australian singer/songwriter Tones and I took home the awards for Song of the Year and Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year for her breakout hit, “Dance Monkey.”

The APRAs were originally set to be handed out on April 28, but was replaced with an hour-long “virtual” event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full list of winners is available here.

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ABC/Image Group LASunday, Taylor Swift posted on her socials about the fact that a cover version of her hit "Look What You Made Me Do" was used on that night's episode of the award-winning BBC dramedy Killing Eve. But now fans are convinced that the star herself is behind the cover.

On her socials, Taylor wrote, "VERY STOKED about this cover of lwymmd on @KillingEve by Jack leopards & the dolphin club!!"  But Swifties' research claims that the band itself probably doesn't exist, and that Taylor herself produced the cover.

One of the producers credited on the song is Nils Sjöberg, which, as all Taylor fans know, is the pseudonym she used to co-write the hit "This Is What You Came For" with her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. His name is also written on one of the gravestones in the video for "Look What You Made Me Do."  The other producer is Jack Antonoff, Taylor's frequent collaborator.

Swifties also believe that the male vocals on the song were actually provided by Taylor's brother Austin Swift, whose Twitter handle was once @thedolphinclub.  Also, Jack, Austin and Taylor were reportedly spotted together in the studio back in December, indicating that the cover could have been recorded then.

Plus, the British tabloid The Daily Mail claimed in February that Taylor had asked Killing Eve executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge -- with whom she appeared on Saturday Night Live -- if her brother could sing on the show's soundtrack the following season.

Why would Taylor go to all this trouble?  Fans believe it's a way to keep Scooter Braun, the man who owns her masters, from earning any money on the song. He'd only make money if a copy of the original version of the song was sold, but if it's a cover, Taylor makes the money.

 

VERY STOKED about this cover of lwymmd on @KillingEve by Jack leopards & the dolphin club!! pic.twitter.com/fhkLfOssfm

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 25, 2020

 

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ABC/Lou RoccoBoy, how time flies. Sunday night marked the 15-year-anniversary of Rihanna's debut single "Pon de Replay" and prompted the trending hashtag #15YearsOfRihanna.

The 32-year-old singer took a moment to join in on the social media celebration and thanked her fans, who are affectionately referred to as Navy, for honoring the song that started her music career. 

"Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today! Man this is trippy," she in an Instagram story. "Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay[-Z]."

She continued, "Pon de Replay is where it all began....15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!"

The Fenty Beauty creator added, "I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family."

"Pon De Replay" was released on May 24, 2005, and was the lead single off of Rihanna's debut studio album Music of the Sun. She has since gone on to release seven studio albums.

The singer has teased her highly-anticipated ninth album studio album, dubbed "R9," but has yet to announce a release date. 

By Danielle Long 
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Courtesy of the Jonas Brothers via Spotify

By ANDREA DRESDALE and CARENA LIPTAK, ABC News

For the graduates of 2020, celebrations look a whole lot different now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for friends and family to mark the milestone in person. But The Jonas Brothers are one of a number of artists who've come together to make the experience special with a new, personally-curated playlist on Spotify. 

For their playlist, “Jonas Brothers' Class of XX" -- after the name of their current single, "X" -- Nick, Joe and Kevin have chosen current party tracks, classics and songs whose messages sum up the moment, like Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," "Memories" by Maroon 5, "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus," "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox Twenty, "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men, "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson, and "We Are the Champions" by Queen.

Of course, the Bros' latest singles, "X" and "Five More Minutes," are included, as is their classic, "Year 3000."

The “Class of Bootleggers” playlist is part of the Spotify Yearbook, a group of artist-curated playlists. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, country star Luke Combs and more are also offering their own selections.

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NetflixBy ANDREA DRESDALE, ABC News

Alessia Cara's movie debut, the animated Netflix film The Willoughbys, has been a huge hit on the streaming platform, Variety reports.

The movie is about a family neglected children who try to send their selfish parents away so they can be orphans.  Alessia voiced the family's middle daughter, Jane, and also recorded a new song called "I Choose" for the movie's soundtrack.

Variety reports that The Willoughbys was watched by 37.6 million households in its first 30 days on Netflix.  Those numbers don't account for repeat viewing, though, which means they could be even higher.

Variety notes that the film is the best-reviewed animated movie of the year so far, with a 90% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  In addition to Alessia, the voice cast includes Ricky Gervais, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph and Jane Krakowski.

The Willoughbys is the second original Netflix animated family film, following 2019's Klaus, which reportedly racked up 40 million views in its first 28 days.

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ABC/Image Group LA By RACHEL GEORGE, ABC News

 Lizzo wants you to look right at home while giving back with her new eyeglass collaboration.

The Grammy-winning singer snagged a sunglasses campaign with Quay Australia eyewear for a glammed-up collection so fans can be stylish from the living room to the backyard during COVID-19.

"I'm feeling good as hell in my Quay sunglasses collection, and you can too!" Lizzo wrote on Instagram.

The collection features eight colors, styles, and classic silhouettes inspired by Lizzo's own funky style, vibrant personality and bold voice, starting at $55. 

Through May 25, you can buy one pair and receive a complimentary pair for free. "Cuz We Love You," the website states, echoing Lizzo's single, "Cuz I Love You."

In honor of the launch, Quay has committed to donating 100 meals per purchase, up to one million, to Feeding America, to support those in need during COVID-19.

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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are dancing the pain away in the new music video for their empowering new collab, “Rain on Me.”

The clip begins with a pink-haired Gaga struggling to get up from the ground as rain and daggers fall from the sky around her. We see she’s been injured, a knife stuck in her leg.

As the song kicks in, we see Gaga dancing with a group of backup dancers, despite the knife still stuck in her leg. The screen then flips to Ariana, sporting a super-high ponytail and butterfly wings, having her own dance party in the rain.

Eventually the two join up and dance together. For one of the video’s futuristic looks, Ariana gives a rare glimpse of her hair without her signature ponytail.

“Rain on Me,” released at midnight Friday, is about pushing through the pain. Gaga told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe Thursday that it’s a “metaphor for tears and for the amount of alcohol I was taking to numb myself.”

“I'd rather be dry but at least I'm alive/Rain on me," the lyrics declare.

“Rain on Me” is the second release off Gaga's upcoming album, Chromatica, following "Stupid Love." Chromatica comes out May 29.

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ABC News/Frame GrabBy CARSON BLACKWELDER and ANDREA TUCCILLO, ABC News

Katy Perry appeared on Good Morning America Friday to kick off the show's Summer Concert Series with a virtual performance of her new single "Daisies." The pregnant singer opened up about how she wants her music to be a "light at the end of the tunnel."

"I would like this record that I've been working on for two years to come out and be a gift to the public," she explained, "because I think we're all going to be dancing in the street at some point when it's safe."

Perry described "Daisies" as a song about "going after your dreams and not caring about what anyone thinks about that or if they're too big." That said, she also talked about how her tune has taken on a new meaning given our current reality.

"Maybe we've all had this time to reflect and maybe we have taken things for granted or put certain dreams on a shelf," Katy noted. "And now, when we get the freedom to live our lives, aren't we going to live our best lives and maybe fulfill some of those dreams?"

Of her upcoming sixth studio album, Katy said fans can expect it to be "full of songs of empowerment and resilience and joy."

Over the past two years, while writing the album, Katy admitted she was "clinically depressed" and "couldn't really even imagine living, to be completely honest."

"Now I feel like I've done the work and I'm still doing the work emotionally, spiritually, physically, psychologically," she continued. "Now I've come to this light at the end of the tunnel, which means I am going to live and, not only that, I'm going to bring life into the world. So it ends in a positive place."

Her new album is due out August 14.

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By ANDREA DRESDALE, ABC News

"Rain on Me," Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's much-anticipated duet, is out now, with the video due to drop in a few hours.  While we wait, the two singers took to Twitter early Friday morning to gush over how much they love one another.

"one time ..... i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did... who cried as much as i did, drank as much wine as i did, ate as much pasta as i did and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me," Ariana wrote.

"she then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of Chromatica and together, we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to m****rf***in cry!" she added. "i hope this [song] makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love u @ladygaga, u stunning superwoman!

Ari also posted a few of Photoshopped images from SpongeBob SquarePants, inserting herself and Gaga into the mix.

Gaga, meanwhile, was equally effusive, writing, "One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things. @arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got."

"Thank you for reminding me I’m strong, I’m super emotional and love you so very much, I cherish you @ArianaGrande," Gaga continued. "And little monsters, without you I don’t know how I would survive. I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive."

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By ANDREA DRESDALE, ABC News

Almost as long as he's been famous, Lewis Capaldi's been joking that he's single and lonely. Well, he doesn't have to say that any more: He's now officially confirmed that he's dating someone.

During a Zoom chat with a fan that's been posted online by The Scottish Sun newspaper, Lewis was asked if he prefers the single life to being in a relationship.  He responded, "Well, I'm in a relationship so if I said the other one, my girlfriend would kill me." 

He then added, "I've never told anybody that I'm in a relationship, so there you go. It's an exclusive for you, right here right now."

When the fan asked Lewis what else he could tell her about his girlfriend, he said, "She's got red hair, she's got quite a posh voice. And that's that, that's all you're getting."

The "Someone You Loved" singer also revealed that he and his girlfriend were together for his tour, which ended a week before quarantine.  Then, they both went back to their respective homes, so he hasn't been able to see her during the lockdown.

But the self-deprecating Scottish star added that it was for the best, joking, "I'm not good to be around that often. Like a little ten-minute spell...great. I think for everyone's sanity it's good if [you]...take me in doses."

Just because Lewis wouldn't say anything about his girlfriend doesn't mean we don't know about her, though. Back in February, The Scottish Sun revealed that she's a student named Catherine Halliday, whom he met through friends.  She's Scottish, like him, and she does indeed have red hair.

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By MEGAN STONE & ANDREA DRESDALE, ABC News

With COVID-19 dashing the world's spring and summer concert plans, Apple Music is stepping up to ease that major concert FOMO over Memorial Day weekend. 

Starting Saturday, May 23, the streaming service kicks off a three-day nonstop concert extravaganza called At Home with Apple Music: Best Seat in the House, during which fans can relive some of the biggest performances in music history.  

Saturday is dedicated to "Pop's Biggest Hitters," so you'll get to see Lady Gaga's 2011 Monster Ball Tour stop at Madison Square Garden, Camila Cabello performing in L.A. last year, Coldplay performing live in São Paulo, Brazil in 2017 and OneRepublic live in South Africa in 2015. Concerts by Amy Winehouse, Lil Wayne and Latin star J Balvin make up the rest of the day's programming.

If you tune in on Sunday, you'll see concerts from the likes of U2, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, while Monday focuses on classic rockers like Elton John, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and Queen.

Here's the complete schedule:

Saturday, May 23 -- Pop's Biggest Hitters
 Lady Gaga - The Monster Ball Tour Live at Madison Square Garden (New York City, USA 2011)
Coldplay - Live In São Paulo (São Paulo, BR 2017)
Amy Winehouse - Live at Porchester Hall (London, UK 2007)
Lil Wayne - Live at House of Blues Los Angeles (Los Angeles, USA 2008)
Tyler, the Creator - Apple Music Presents: Tyler, the Creator (Los Angeles, USA 2019)
J Balvin - Bruuttal (Medellín, CO 2017)
Camila Cabello - New Music Daily Presents: Camila Cabello (Los Angeles, USA 2019)
One Republic - Live in South Africa (Johannesburg, ZA 2015)

Sunday, May 24 -- Rock Heroes
Pearl Jam - Immagine in Cornice (multiple cities in Italy, 2006)
Metallica - Quebec Magnetic (Quebec City, CA 2009)
Rage Against the Machine - Live at Finsbury Park (London, UK 2010)
Nine Inch Nails - Beside You in Time (multiples US cities, 2006)
U2 - 360 at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, USA 2009)
Nirvana - Live at Reading (Reading, UK 1992)

Monday, May 25 -- Legends
Eagles - Hell Freezes Over (Los Angeles, USA 1994)
Bob Marley - Uprising Live! (Dortmund, DE 1980)
Elton John - Live at Madison Square Garden (New York City, USA 2007)
The Rolling Stones - Hyde Park Live (London, UK 2013)
Queen - Live at Wembley '86 (London, UK 1986)
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - London Calling: Live at Hyde Park (London, UK 2009)

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Interscope RecordsBy DANIELLE LONG, ABC News

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande released the full audio for "Rain On Me" and it's exactly what you would think their collab would be -- an upbeat pop-techno dance anthem. 

The highly anticipated record is the second single off of Gaga's upcoming album Chromatica and was released on Friday. It starts with a barely-there rhythm playing in the background as Gaga's impeccable vocals reign supreme. As she sings the hook, the beat builds up the anticipation for a beat drop, which hits perfectly and leads into a break of techno vibes perfectly fit for a rave. 

After a few ad-libs, Ariana takes over for the second verse before alternating lines and harmonizing with the A Star Is Born actress. 

While the energetic beat and tempo gives off a fun, happy-go-lucky vibe, the lyrics actually tell a more serious story of a time when she used to "numb" herself with alcohol. 

"[Rain On Me] is also a metaphor for tears and for the amount of alcohol I was taking to numb myself. I'd rather be dry but at least I'm alive, rain on me," the 34-year-old singer shared during an interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe.

Gaga added that working with Grande on the record helped her through her healing process, even though she initially turned down the 26-year-old's attempts at being a supportive friend. Though not fully sober just yet, Gaga chooses to look on the bright side. 

"Part of my healing process was going, 'Well, I can either lash the hell out of myself every day for continuing to drink, or I can just be happy that I'm still alive and keep going and feel good enough," she said. "I am good enough... I'm perfectly imperfect."

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NBCBy MEGAN STONE, ABC News

The sixth annual Red Nose Day special looked a little different this year with digital noses, but its objective remained the same: raise awareness and funds to help end child poverty.  Hosted by This Is Us stars Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley, a variety of singers, actors and comedians teamed up to raise money for children and spread a message of unity in the face of COVID-19.

Joining the two hour fundraising telecast with special performances were artists such as Gwen Stefani and Blake SheltonKelly ClarksonMeghan TrainorOneRepublicJames Taylor and more.

James Taylor performed a comforting rendition of the popular throwback tune "As Easy as Rolling off a Log" while Gwen and Shelton teamed up to perform their recent chart-topping hit "Nobody But You."

Other artists, like Trainor and Five Seconds of Summer, aimed to raise the audience's spirits by performing uplifting tunes "Better When I'm Dancin'" and "Best Years," respectively.

However, comedian and actor Steve Martin stole the show with his lively and hilarious performance of "I Can Play the Banjo" with the Steep Canyon Rangers, where he and band banjoist Graham Sharp held a one-sided duel over who was more skilled at the instrument. The bluegrass tune was filled with comedy, with Martin trying to sabotage Sharp while reminding the band that he was the star of their segment.

Another memorable skit came from Bryan Cranston, who played a deceased grandpa holding a Zoom conference from heaven with his living grandson, that shared a message for children frustrated by their parents' homeschooling methods to be patient and kind.

Other celebrities like Joel McHaleElizabeth BanksPaul RuddJennifer Garner and Stephen Merchant made impassioned pleas for donations while highlighting children from underserved areas in the country and over the world who greatly benefit from the Red Nose fund.

The donations collected during the telecast will help provide food, shelter and healthcare for at-risk children.  The amount raised has not yet been released.

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By ANDREA DRESDALE, ABC News

The U.S. is once again leaving Planet Earth...and Katy Perry is coming along for the ride...metaphorically.

The singer will appear live on a May 27 special on Discovery and Science Channel called Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space, which will take viewers inside NASA's launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule from  the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL.  This is the first crewed space mission to be launched from U.S. soil since 2011.

So far, there aren't any details about what Katy will do during her appearance on the special, which airs live starting at 2 p.m. ET -- though a performance of her hit "E.T." would seem appropriate.  Katy's current single, though, is "Daisies."

In addition to Katy, the special will include appearances by Adam Savage, former NASA engineer and YouTube star Mark Robert and "surprise celebrity guests," plus former and current astronauts.  Astronaut Chris Cassidy will chime in from the International Space Station, where the capsule, carrying veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, is heading.

Space X founder and new dad Elon Musk won't be part of the show -- so there's no chance he'll be giving Katy bad advice about what to name her baby girl.

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