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Arista RecordsThe Grammy nominations are being announced Tuesday morning, and "If the World Was Ending," the hit duet by Julia Michaels and JP Saxe that seemed to capture the COVID-19 moment perfectly, may very well get a nomination. If that happens, it'll be very special for JP, because that means he'll be carrying on a family tradition.

"My grandfather won a Grammy in '97, and it's one of my earliest memories," he tells ABC Audio. "I remember being four years old and my mom getting the phone call that my grandfather had been nominated for Best Solo Classical Instrumental.  And y'know, he's my hero."

JP's grandfather, Janos Starker, who died in 2013, was described by The New York Times as a "master" and "one of the 20th century's most renowned cellists."  JP went on to inherit his grandpa's Grammy.

"I own a Grammy. I don't have one, but I own one," he explains. "And I have my grandfather's Grammy in my studio. And I've always thought, you know, if and when I get my own, I will put it right next to it."

"So, when I think about winning a Grammy...it's trying to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and his commitment to making genuine music," the Canadian singer/songwriter explains.  "Even though I don't make classical music, I've tried to bring that same intention...you know, what it means to have the privilege of of working in music.  And so that's what it would mean to me." 

The Grammys will be announced via livestream starting at 12 p.m. ET Tuesday at Grammy.com. The category in which JP and Julia would most likely be nominated is Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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Courtesy of VEVOIf watching The Weeknd's performance on the American Music Awards on Sunday made you want to see more from the Canadian star, there's some good news.

Starting today on VEVO, The Weeknd is doing a trilogy of "Official Live Performances" of songs from his album After Hours.  The video series runs through November 25; part one is a performance of "Alone Again," which you can watch now.

While the singer's entire head isn't wrapped in bandages, as it was Sunday night on the AMAs, his face is still pretty beat up in the video.  But it's all part of the look he's adopted to promote After Hours -- he's not really injured. 

No word yet on what the other two songs will be.

Weeknd was recently announced as the headliner for the Super Bowl half time show this February.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for dcpFresh from her performance on the American Music Awards on Sunday night, Bebe Rexha will be one of many artists singing at Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And she's very happy about the float she'll be riding as she sings "Baby I'm Jealous."

According to the Asbury Park Press, Bebe will be riding on the Jennie-O float.  Jennie-O is a company that makes turkey products, and it's the first turkey company in the history of the entire parade.  Of course, the float will be shaped like a giant turkey.

New York City native Bebe tells the paper, "My family and I used to watch the parade every year, it’s a family tradition. I’m so happy to be on the Jennie-O float because their meatballs are actually my favorite. My mom used to make them all the time."

This year's parade will be limited to a few blocks in New York City, and there won't be anybody watching it in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Bebe says it'll be enjoyable anyway.

"Even though people can’t go to the parade in person, I think it’ll be fun for families to watch it from home," she says. "It's really beautiful they are still able to put it on. It brings a sense of unity, togetherness, warmth."

The parade, which will also feature Jordin Sparks, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, Ally Brooke, Matthew Morrison, Dolly Parton, Leslie Odom Jr. and more, streams on Verizon's YouTube channel and airs on NBC starting at 9 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day.

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Courtesy Apple MusicIn a lengthy interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe to promote her new album, Plastic Hearts, Miley Cyrus admits that she fell off the wagon during quarantine.

"I, like a lot of people, being completely honest, during the pandemic, fell off," she says. "I fell off and I realized that I now am back on sobriety, two weeks sober, and I feel like I really accepted that time. One of the things I've used is 'Don't get furious, get curious.' So don't be mad at yourself, but ask yourself, 'What happened?'"

"I'm not a moderation person, and I don't think that everyone has to be f**king sober," she says. "I think everyone has to do what is best for them. I don't have a problem with drinking. I have a problem with the decisions I make once I go past that level of [intoxication]...I become very impulsive."

"I'm very disciplined...it's pretty easy for me to be sober or in and out of sobriety because it's like the day I don't want to f**king do it anymore, I don't," Miley claims.

Elsewhere in the interview, Miley talks about her relationship with her "Prisoner" duet partner, Dua Lipa.

"We have a lot of things in common, if you look at us. I would say our love for fashion, this is my number one, me and Dua both," says Miley.  "She's probably the only person that can rival my collection of fuzzy hats. We have a love for fuzzy hats."

"For her and I, there's just no competition...There's a true partnership," Miley adds.

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Harry Styles' Vogue cover, which pictures him wearing a Gucci gown, has become a hot topic of conversation after the pics were criticized by some conservative commentators.  Harry's since been defended on Twitter by stars like Olivia Wilde, Jameela Jamil, Elijah Wood, Zach Braff and Sara Bareilles. But now even politicians are coming to his defense.

NY Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, was asked on Instagram what she thought of Harry's fashion choice, and in an Instagram Stories response captured by Harper's Bazaar, she said she was all for it.

"It looks wonderful," she wrote. "The masculine and feminine elements are balanced beautifully. The hair and jacket styling gave me James Dean vibes too."

Explaining why she believes the photo has provoked anger, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez added, "Some people are mad at it bc some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society. Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc."

"If it does, then maybe that's part of the point," she continued. "What's the point of creating things if they don't make people think? Or feel or reflect? Especially as an artist or creative. Who wants to see the same thins all the time?"

"Anyway, it looks bomb so...[shrugging shoulders emoji]," the congresswoman concluded.

AOC herself has been criticized for a magazine spread. After she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in a $14,000 outfit, she was called hypocritical for enjoying "the fruits of capitalism" while being a "socialist."

But she quickly clapped back, "The whole 'she wore clothes in a magazine, let’s pretend they’re hers' gimmick is the classic Republican strategy of 'let’s willfully act stupid,'" adding, "you don't get to keep the clothes."

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Epic RecordsMeghan Trainor is throwing a holiday party in her latest video, and you're invited.

The singer teamed up with R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire for the original song "Holidays," on her new album, A Very Trainor Christmas.  The song sounds just like a classic EWF track from back in the '70s, and in the clip, both Meghan and the group perform the song surrounded by festive decorations and dancers.

Meghan recently told ABC Audio that she was five-and-a-half months pregnant when she filmed the video, which is why she camouflages her body throughout the clip in a series of interesting costumes. In various scenes, she's wearing a tent-like ruffled dress, a bodysuit with a gigantic red bow in the front and even a life-size gold-wrapped gift box.

Meghan also told ABC Audio that the baby was kicking so much during the video shoot that she had to lie down because she was getting cramps.

The singer's baby boy with husband Daryl Sabara is due early next year.

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ABCIt's official: The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" has set an all-time chart record.

The song is spending its 40th week in the Billboard Hot 100 top ten.  In the chart's 62-year history, that's the longest any song has spent in the top 10.  Until now, "Blinding Lights" had been tied at 39 weeks with Post Malone's "Circles."

Meanwhile, for the first time ever on the Hot 100, the number-one and number-two positions are held by artists who were born in the 2000s.  Number one for a fifth week is "Mood," by 24KGoldn and Iann Dior, while Billie Eilish is number two, with "Therefore I Am."

As Billboard notes, 24KGoldn, born Golden Von Jones, was born November 13, 2000, while Billie was born December 18, 2001.  Iann Dior's the odd man out; he was born in 1999. 

Only one other artist born in the 2000s has hit number one so far: Jawsh 685, who did it in October, along with Jason Derulo, with "Savage Love."  Jawsh, whose birth name is Joshua Nanai, was born November 5, 2002.

"Therefore I Am" is Billie's fourth top-10 hit on the Hot 100.

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ABCYou've probably already heard that Taylor Swift's wins at the American Music Awards Sunday night extended her lead as the artist with the most awards in the show's history: She's got 32, eight more than Michael Jackson, who's in second place.  But as Billboard notes, quite a few other artists also set records with their wins last night.

Taylor set a record of her own: She won Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock for the fifth time.  She's now won the category more times than any other artist, passing Whitney Houston and Olivia Newton-John, who each won four times.

Justin Bieber won Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock for the fourth time, setting the record for the most wins in that category.  He passed Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson and Barry Manilow, who each won it three times.

Harry Styles' album, Fine Line, won Favorite Album -- Pop Rock. He's now the only artist who's ever won this category both as a solo artist and as part of a group or duo: His group One Direction won the category twice in 2013 and 2014.

Maren Morris won Favorite Female Artist -- Country Category. It was the first time in 14 years that someone other than Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood won the award. Similarly, Doja Cat won Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B.  It was the first time in 14 years that someone other than Beyoncé or Rihanna won it.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesJustin Bieber proclaimed his devotion for wife Hailey Bieber on her 24th birthday Sunday.

In an Instagram post featuring a series of photos of Hailey, Justin wrote, “My eyes are 4 you. My heart is 4 you. My soul is 4 you. My love is 4 you.”

He continued, “I am Home wherever you are. You are my safe place. I am completely and utterly obsessed with who you are. My biggest dream is growing old with you. I can’t believe you are mine forever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY.”

Justin wasn’t the only one showing Hailey love -- his mom, Pattie Mallette, wished her daughter-in-law a happy birthday as well.  “Happy birthday Hailey!!” she wrote. “You are a gift and a blessing to our family. So grateful you were born! We celebrate you today !!”

Hailey’s famous pals, including fellow models Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, also shared their birthday wishes on social media.

Justin and Hailey have been married since 2018.

Later on Sunday, Bieber performed at the American Music Awards and picked up the awards for Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock and Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song -- Country for "10,000 Hours," with Dan Shay.

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Courtesy NetflixThe video for Shawn Mendes' latest single, "Wonder," is pretty cinematic.  Now he and his manager are taking Shawn's flair for the visual to the small screen.

Variety reports that Shawn and Andrew Gertler have started Permanent Content, a new film and TV production company that will develop documentaries and scripted shows. The common theme will be "issues that impact or are important to today's youth."

The first release from the production company is In Wonder, Shawn's Netflix documentary that began streaming today.

“I’m so excited for the launch of Permanent Content, with the  Netflix documentary as our first project, and so many more exciting things we’re working on,” Variety quotes Shawn as saying.  “Our goal is to create content that motivates and inspires people, by elevating young voices that are making change in the world around us, and highlighting the issues dearest to them.”

A climate change documentary is also in the works, reports Variety.

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Big Hit EntertainmentBTS returned to Good Morning America Monday to perform the group's new song, "Life Goes On," and give fans an update on how they've been coping.

Jin, RM, Jungkook, Jimin, V and J-Hope appeared together -- minus Suga -- and sounded off on quarantining together amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.  RM told GMA they're all "doing our best" while quarantining together, having kept busy by putting on a huge virtual concert and being in the studio making music.

The guys agreed they're not happy being apart from their fans for so long.  "We connect with them," V noted, "but we want to meet them in person."

BTS recently spoke to Esquire about "Dynamite," the K-pop group's first chart-topping song to hit #1 in the United States from the album, Be.

"We were trying to convey the message of healing and comfort to our fans. World domination wasn't actually our plan when we were releasing 'Dynamite,'" Jin told Esquire, with RM noting it "wouldn't be here if there was no COVID-19."

RM explained the group's relationship with their fans, known as ARMY.

"When we feel exhausted, when we hear the news all over the world, the tutoring programs, the donations, and every good thing, we feel responsible for all of this," he said. "We've got to be greater; we've got to be better. All those behaviors always influence us to be better people, before all this music and artist stuff."

The group doesn't have time for dating, with RM telling Esquire their love life "is with all the ARMYs all over the world."

Jung Kook added that "the most important thing for us now is to sleep."

Last night, the group won Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock and Favorite Social Artist at the American Music Awards.

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ABCLewis Capaldi performed on the 2020 American Music Awards Sunday, and backstage, he shared what he's learned about himself during the pandemic and his plans for 2021. But if you're a fan of the Scottish singer/songwriter, you probably know he rarely gives a straight answer about anything.

Lewis started off seriously, explaining that he'd been very productive during quarantine.

"The last eight months for me, professionally, I was pleased to see that..I actually wrote a lot more songs and...I did a lot more work on the next record than I thought I was going to do," he said. "I thought I was just gonna, like, laze around and stuff."

But then, out came the self-deprecating humor.

"On a personal level, it was quite nice to learn I'm exactly who I thought I was," noted Lewis. "I am just as lazy and just as fat and just as disgusting as I thought I was...[I ate] Doritos for breakfast!"

And, he says, it's only going to get worse next year.

"In 2020, I thought: New Year's resolution, I'm gonna be a better person...," he explained. "And I have to say that I've gone too far. I've done too much of that now! So I'm going to say that I'm gonna cut right back in 2021, and I'm gonna become a horrible human being!"

Lewis also promises new music for 2021.

"I was kind of thinking, should I release music in 2020? But I've decided people have suffered enough this year and I'll just wait till next year and then we can start afresh," he cracked.

"Just when people start to get back to normal, and they go 'Woo hoo! Things are looking up!' I'll come with a new album," he laughed. "And just...instant sadness. And joy."

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CoachellaAside from the occasional rare post, Lorde has largely been missing from social media since 2018 but, now, she's finally opening up about why she made that decision. 

Speaking with her friend Cazzie David for Interview magazine, the "Royals" singer revealed that there were a number of issues that ultimately led to her absence. 

"Part of what made me peace out on social media, apart from feeling like I was losing my free will, was the massive amounts of stress I was feeling about our planet, about systemic racism, and about police brutality in this country," she explained.

Lorde, who is from New Zealand, previously shared her thoughts on issues that the United States has been plagued with in a email to fans over the summer. 

Addressing the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, the 24-year-old admitted that she gets frustrated by the "performative activism" that plays out on social media platforms "predominantly by white celebrities (like me)."

“It’s hard to strike a balance between self-serving social media displays and true action,” she said in the note captured by fan account @LordeDaily. 

Lorde made another appearance on social media in October to urge fellow New Zealanders to get out and vote. In that same message, she also seemingly teased new music. 

"Do it for our beautiful country and for me," she wrote. "And next year I'll give you something in return."

Lorde's last album, Melodrama, was released in 2017 and earned her a Grammy-nomination for Album of the Year. It also scored Lorde her first number one at the top of the U.S Billboard 200.

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dick clark productionsThe American Music Awards, held live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  It was a big night for The Weeknd, country duo Dan Shay and Taylor Swift, who took home three awards each.  

Swift cemented herself as the most decorated winner in American Music Award history, bumping her lifetime total to 32.  She also took home the night's biggest honor: Artist of the Year. 


Here's a full list of the 2020 winners at the American Music Awards:

Artist of the Year
Taylor Swift

New Artist of the Year
Doja Cat
 
Collaboration of the Year
"10,000 Hours " -- Dan Shay with Justin Bieber
 
Favorite Music Video
"Cardigan" -- Taylor Swift

Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock
Justin Bieber
 
Favorite Female Artist Pop/Rock
Taylor Swift
 
Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock
BTS
 
Favorite Album Pop/Rock
Fine Line -- Harry Styles
 
Favorite Song Pop/Rock
"Don't Start Now" -- Dua Lipa

Favorite Male Artist Country
Kane Brown
 
Favorite Female Artist Country
Maren Morris

Favorite Duo or Group Country
Dan Shay

Favorite Album - Country
Fully Loaded: God's Country -- Blake Shelton

Favorite Song - Country
"10,000 Hours " -- Dan Shay with Justin Bieber

Favorite Male Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop
Juice WRLD
 
Favorite Male Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop
Nicki Minaj

Favorite Album - Rap/Hip-Hop
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial -- Roddy Ricch

Favorite Song Rap/Hip-Hop
"WAP" -- Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Favorite Male Artist - Soul/R&B
The Weenkd
 
Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B
Doja Cat
 
Favorite Album - Soul/R&B
After Hours -- The Weeknd

Favorite Song - Soul/R&B
"Heartless" -- The Weeknd

Favorite Male Artist - Latin
Bad Bunny 

Favorite Female Artist - Latin

Becky G

Favorite Album - Latin
YHLQMDLG  -- Bad Bunny

Favorite Song - Latin
"Tusa" -- KAROL G & Nicki Minaj

Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock

Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Artist - Adult Contemporary
Jonas Brothers

Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational
Lauren Daigle
 
Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music
Lady Gaga
 
Favorite Soundtrack
Birds of Prey: The Album
 
Favorite Social Artist
BTS

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Emma McIntyre /AMA2020/Getty Images for dcp, ABCOne of the biggest nights in music, the American Music Awards, kicked off Sunday night with a series of worldwide premieres, big wins and even bigger surprises.

Hosted by Taraji P. Henson from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, the audience looked a little different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Along with a "small but mighty COVID-free audience," cardboard cutouts of the who's who within the music industry, like Dolly Parton and Beyonce, lined the front rows -- of which Henson enjoyed pretending to interact with as if they were the real deal.  

On the award's side, three acts emerged as the big winners of the night with Taylor Swiftthe Weeknd and Dan Shay taking home three awards each.

Swift further cemented herself as the most decorated winner in American Music Award history, bumping her lifetime awards total to 32 on Sunday.  The awards she added to her expansive trophy case were Favorite Music Video, Favorite Female Artist from the Pop/Rock category and the coveted Artist of the Year award. 

There also was an exciting reason why the "cardigan" singer was unable to physically pick up her trophies, which she eagerly confessed to in her acceptance speech, "The reason I'm not there tonight is I'm actually re-recording my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it!"

"It's been amazing and I cannot wait for you to hear it," the 30-year-old signed off with a cheerful grin.

As for the Weeknd, the Canadian artist picked up Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Song and Favorite Album within the Soul/R&B category. 

Just as he did at MTV's Video Music Awards, the "Blinding Lights" singer shocked fans by taking the stage with his battered and bruised face wrapped in bandages, an ongoing theme within his latest music videos that support his After Hours album. 

Dan Shay's hit, "10,000 Hours," which features vocals from Justin Bieber, picked up two awards: Collaboration of the Year and, from the Country category, Favorite Song. The duo also collected Favorite Duo or Group within the category.

Said an emotional Dan Smyers, "I just want to say, music has power to unify us, change lives and to save the world. To everybody creating art, thank you for what you do. And the fans, thank y'all for everything, man. This is a dream come true."

Doja Cat also had a strong showing on Sunday, taking home New Artist of the Year and, within the Soul/R&B category, Favorite Female Artist.

It was an amazing night for BTS as well, who accepted two awards live from South Korea for Favorite Duo or Group in the Pop/Rock category and also for Favorite Social Artist.  

Bad Bunny also walked away with an award in each hand thanks to a newly expanded category for Latin music, one for Favorite Male Artist and the other for Favorite Album thanks to his studio effort YHLQMDLG.

Performance-wise, the night was highlighted by nonstop world premieres with artists taking the stage to publicly perform their songs for the first time.

Opening the ceremony was Justin Bieber, who performed a soulful medley of his newest hits, first starting off with an emotional rendition of "Lonely" while staring at his reflection before switching gears for a more upbeat version of "Holy."  He remained on the stage to help Shawn Mendes officially debut their collaboration, "Monster," which dropped on Friday.

Another duet came from the Weeknd, who tapped Kenny G to help him premiere two songs off the After Hours album, "In Your Eyes" and "Save Your Tears."  For his spectacular performance, the Canadian artist closed down an entire bridge in Los Angeles and strutted down the median as fireworks exploded behind him.  He also employed the help of drones to catch his rockstar performance at every angle, becoming the first artist to ever do so in AMA history.

Katy Perry returned to the AMA stage on Sunday and slowed the night down by teaming with Darius Rucker to perform her mournful and reflective single "Only Love," which explores what they would do had they only had 24 hours to live.  

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma also paired for a duet and used their energetic performance to tease their upcoming romantic comedy, Marry Me by debuting two songs off of the official soundtrack: "Pa'ti" and "Lonely."

Closing out the night was BTS, who performed an energetic rendition of "Dynamite" and also debuted their brand new inspirational single "Life Goes On."

However, the night wasn't all about saluting new songs -- it was also a big night for rapper Nelly, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album Country Grammar.  The Dancing with the Stars finalist performed a medley of his hits that propelled him to global stardom -- "Country Grammar," "E.I." and "Ride wit Me."

In addition, the audience was also treated to another throwback moments courtesy of Bell Biv DeVoe, who came together to perform their own medley of hits, singing "Do Me!" and "Poison."

One for the books. Thanks @tmobile @amas #AMAsWithUs #Ad pic.twitter.com/rKmMwZMOtd

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 23, 2020
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ABC via Getty ImagesBackstage at the American Music Awards, the mood remained upbeat and hopeful as the stars spoke about the experience of taking part in an awards show during the COVID-19 pandemic along with the silver linings they've found amid a challenging year.

Doja Cat, who took home multiple awards, including Best New Artist, said, "Obviously, everyone's cooped up at home and we're just trying to make the best of everything all year...[but] it's the most creative I feel like I've been because of that...I feel blessed."

When asked how she felt about the possibility of receiving a Grammy nomination on Tuesday, when the nominees are announced, Doja revealed she and her DJ have a bet: If she wins a Grammy, he has to have her name tattooed on his butt.

Dan Shay won three awards, and backstage, they admitted that those wins mean more to them during this difficult year because they couldn't see their fans in person.

"It's just such a time for everybody," said Dan Smyers.  "We're at home, it's like 'Do people still like us?  What's going on? Are we ever gonna be able to play a show again?' But these moments when fans vote for us to win these awards...it means the world to us...it makes us feel good, especially in these crazy times. So it's really rewarding."

Bebe Rexha detailed just how difficult it was to rehearse for the show, given all the COVID-19 safety protocols they had to follow. "It was constant testing and you would go into the rehearsal space and every 45 minutes, it had to be aired out for 15 minutes and cleaned," she explained. 

"I was tested two times a day for a week straight, so it's been a very intense week and a lot of safety precautions, but it's worth it!" she added. "Even though we're in these tough times, we all know that we're here to bring entertainment to people and you still feel that warmth."

Singer and rapper 24KGoldn, who's at number-one with his hit "Mood," talked about having so much success at such a young age.

"It's very surreal 'cause I literally turned 20 last week and I have the number one song in the world pretty much!" he said. "I feel like that's not really a typical situation, but my whole life has never been typical either so...I should have expected the unexpected."

Ciara said she'd managed to "power through" quarantine, even though earlier this year she was pregnant with her son Win, her second child with husband Russell Wilson and third, overall.

"I kinda feel like you have no choice but to be creative 'cause you're in the same four walls every day," she said. "And then being pregnant, it felt like the time was going really slow -- it was the slowest pregnancy that I've had in life!"

G-Eazy, who presented an award, noted that the right thing to do next week is to avoid your family during Thanksgiving so as not to infect them.

"I think Zoom is gonna get a lot of traffic on Thanksgiving," he laughed. "You gotta play it safe when it comes to family...just out of respect...you gotta consider each other and that's what this is really reminding us all, y'know, think of each other and be respectful of each other...and take care of each other."

"And if that means having to see you a screen, then that's how we stay safe and get through this."

 

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicYou may not be aware of the fact that Bruno Mars has had an equity stake in a rum brand called SelvaRey for the past six years.  But now he's planning to help the brand take over the world.

According to Bloomberg, Bruno now has a new title: "creative visionary" for the brand. "My friends are always asking me, ‘Where can I get this bottle?’ So I decided I wanted to take it to a funkier place,” he tells Bloomberg.

“The goal is global domination. Rum takes you on an instant vacation,” he adds. “I drink it and I want to start dancing.”

Noting the rum's new slogan -- "Tropical Luxury" -- the Hawaii-born singer laughs, "How can you say tropical luxury and not think Bruno Mars?” 

SelvaRey is produced in Panama and comes in two styles: white and chocolate, priced between $30 and $35 a bottle.

Bruno was involved in redesigning the booze's bottle, and even refining the flavors.

“It was a science lab at my house at one point,” he says. “This is amazing, this is gross—that’s what it boils down to.”

Speaking with Travel Leisure, Bruno says he's partial to rum, having grown up in Hawaii.

"Rum is like the instant vacation drink ...I used to perform in Waikiki and I'd just see everyone with a Mai Tai in their hand, a Piña Colada in their hand, rum punch in their hand, you know, and it's just joy," he notes.

Discussing his approach to surviving quarantine, the Grammy-winner says, "You know, if there's any way we can smile through this thing, it's going to be through music. Why not pair that with a delicious drink?”

🍹✨🌴 @SelvaReyRum pic.twitter.com/CHKizww7aI

— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) November 17, 2020

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Simon & SchusterHalsey is officially a New York Times bestselling author.

The singer’s book of poetry, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry, hit number two on the New York Times’ hardcover fiction list.

Halsey reacted to the news on social media, sharing a photo of herself as a child sitting on a stoop and writing something on her leg.

“I am kind of in shock,” she writes. “Accolades are sometimes based on weird algorithms and viral hits and luck. But sometimes they are based on a true human connection to the art.”

Ha;sey reflects on being a young girl who “learned all her life lessons in novels,” to being a teenager who would write short stories in class, to a 20-year-old writing down her emotions on the Notes app on her phone. 

“26 year old me who has often seen my art populate because of a pretty outfit or a dating rumor, thanks you,” Halsey continues. “This is faceless. I am not sexy, or loud, or charismatic for this art. I am sad, and frustrated with myself, and trying to decide which memories scald me the least to touch. Or perhaps which ones do the most.”

She concludes, “This is for you to find yourself in. I hope in your loneliness or sorrow you find a mirror in here. I hope you find a loving embrace. And if you don’t, I hope you at least think the cover looks pretty cool.”

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Interscope RecordsEllie Goulding is gathering her coziest wintertime songs all in one place.

The singer has released a new six-song EP, Songbook of Christmas, featuring some previously released classic covers and past album tracks.

“I’m excited to release Songbook for Christmas, a compilation of my favorite festive holiday tracks and winter favorites,” Ellie says in a statement. “These releases span across various releases and different stages of my career, so it’s really nice to have them together on an EP for my fans to enjoy.”

She adds, “This year has been challenging for so many, but I hope this EP can bring some festive cheer and some comfort this Christmas.”

The EP includes her 2010 cover of Elton John’s “Your Song,” which was featured in a Christmas ad for the British department store John Lewis & Partners, and the Christmas classic “O Holy Night.” It also includes “The Writer,” off of Ellie’s debut album, Lights, and "Explosions," off her album Halcyon.

The Amazon Music version of the EP will exclusively feature her Amazon Original cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River.”

Here is the Songbook of Christmas track list:

"O Holy Night"
"Your Song"
"Vincent"
"How Long Will I Love You"
"Explosions"
"The Writer"

Amazon Music version
"River" (Amazon Original)
"O Holy Night"
"Your Song"
"Vincent"
"How Long Will I Love You"
"Explosions"
"The Writer"

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Credit: Denelle & Tom Ellis2020 may not have been the greatest year, but AJR plans to close it out with a "Bang!" anyway.

The brother trio has announced One Spectacular Night, a livestream concert set to take place the day after Christmas, December 26.

According to a press release, the virtual show will include "all of the stops to bring the event to life in epic fashion."

"The musicians thread together a set of fan favorites with a theatrical arc and explosive production complete with lots of lightning, lasers, and illusions," the release reads. "The sights and sounds of the ultimate AJR concert ensure One Spectacular Night will more than live up to its name."

For ticket info, visit AJRBrothers.com.

The livestream follows AJR's pair of drive-in concerts this past August in Philadelphia.

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