ABC and Dick Clark Productions Announce Date For the 2014 Billboard Awards

ABC and Dick Clark Productions have announced that “The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 18. The show will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars.

“The 2013 Billboard Music Awards”

ABC’s 3-hour broadcast of “The 2013 Billboard Music Awards” posted an across-the-board victory, winning its 8:00-11:00 p.m. time period with Total Viewers, all key Adults (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54) and Teens 12-17.

· Spiking year to year in Total Viewers (+28% – 9.5 million vs. 7.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (+30% – 3.5/10 vs. 2.7/7), “The Billboard Music Awards” delivered its biggest numbers in 10 years – since 2003.

· “The Billboard Music Awards” stood as the night’s highest-rated TV show with Adults 18-49 (3.5/10).

· “The Billboard Music Awards” was Sunday’s No. 1 most social program with 4,358,169 tweets, shooting up 182% year to year (vs. 1,545,775 tweets on 5/20/12).

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Lady Gaga and Muppets Take on Thanksgiving; Plus Welcome Elton John-Video Interview

Lady Gaga talks about her upcoming special and performing with the great Elton John.

Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John sing one of his biggest hits, “Bennie and The Jets.”

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On The Two-Part Season Finale of Dancing With The Stars: Four Couples Remaining

After 10 weeks of entertaining, stylized dancing from Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater and Amber Riley and Derek Hough, only one couple will be crowned “Dancing with the Stars” champions. These four remaining couples will have one last opportunity to impress the judges and the viewers Monday, Nov. 25 (8 p.m.), concluding with the season finale, Tuesday, Nov. 26 (9 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network.

On Monday, “Dancing with the Stars” season 16 champion Kellie Pickler returns to open up the show with her country hit “Little Bit Gypsy,” accompanied by the pro dancers. The four remaining couples will then compete in three rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the “Judges Pick” and repeat a selected routine from earlier in the season. In round two, the couples will be challenged to a samba relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. The samba relay will be accompanied by 90s hip-hop group TLC, who will perform their classic hit “No Scrubs.” In the last round, and one of the biggest competitive dances of the season, the couples take on a supersized freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. At the end of night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks’ viewer votes, combined with the judges’ scores from Monday night.

In the two-hour season finale Tuesday, and in the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.” During Monday night’s show, the remaining couples will choose songs for their competitors that fuse two contrasting dance styles and they’ll all have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points the following night.

The finale will feature performances by Lady Antebellum, who will perform new single “Compass,” and Enrique Iglesias will sing his current hit “Heart Attack.” The entire celebrity cast returns, including Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Brant Daugherty, Keyshawn Johnson, Christina Milian, Bill Nye, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Leah Remini and Valerie Harper, who will dance with partner Tristan MacManus to a version of “What a Wonderful World” by singer Colbie Caillat. In addition, Ylvis will perform hit single “The Fox,” accompanied by select celebrity and pro dancers.

At the end of the night, the public vote from Monday night will be combined with the judges’ scores from both nights to crown the season 17 champion.

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ABC Newswoman Elizabeth Vargas in Rehab For Alcoholism

One of the country’s top newswomen, ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas has entered a rehabilitation facility to battle alcoholism, the New York Daily News reported.

The former World News Tonight presenter-turned-20/20 co-anchor checked into treatment at the end of last month, according to the New York Daily News.

A statement from the revered TV personality reads: “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And I feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming… Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time.”

Vargas, who is married to singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, will return to Friday night news show 20/20 when she has completed her time in rehab.

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Lady Gaga is to Appear With The Muppets For a One-Off TV Special in America Next Month

The Applause singer will star alongside the puppets in a 90 minute special on American network ABC.
Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular will air on 28 November, which is Thanksgiving in the US. Sir Elton John and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the other guests who will be a part of the show. It’s the second time Lady Gaga, 27, has been part of the network’s holiday special.

“I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year,” said the singer. “I knew it just wouldn’t be a complete night of laughter and memories without The Muppets!”

In 2009, Kermit the Frog was Lady Gaga’s date to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). “Can’t wait to see the gang again and I hope Miss Piggy’s still not mad about Kermit. We’re just friends!”

In a statement from ABC, Kermit the Frog said: “What an incredible opportunity!” “We have a long history with Ms. Gaga, so we jumped at the chance to do a holiday special with her.

The singer also wore a dress made of Kermit the Frog toys on German TV in the same year as her appearance with him at the VMAs.

“We won’t even mind if she mistakes some of the Muppets for pieces of her wardrobe, again,” added Kermit.

Lady Gaga is also set to perform at the first YouTube Music Awards with Eminem and Arcade Fire, among others.

She will appear on Sunday’s (27 October) X Factor results show. It was announced that she’ll perform Venus from her upcoming third studio album Artpop, which is scheduled to be released in November.


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ABC Announces Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular!

Lady Gaga is collaborating with a few new artists — and it’s not whom you might think.

The “Applause” singer will appear on a 90-minute special with the Muppets, her second one, ABC announced today. “Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” will air on Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving) from 9:30-11 p.m. ET.

“I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year,” Lady Gaga said. “I knew it just wouldn’t be a complete night of laughter and memories without the Muppets!”

“Can’t wait to see the gang again, and I hope Miss Piggy’s still not mad about Kermit,” she continued. “We’re just friends!”

Not only will Gaga perform songs from her new album (she’ll sing “Applause” with several of the Muppets and have a duet with Kermit the Frog), but Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul will have duets with Muppets as well. Adding to the star-studded program is Kristen Bell, who will star in a sketch alongside Gaga and the Muppets.

“What an incredible opportunity!” Kermit the Frog gushed. “We have a long history with Ms. Gaga, so we jumped at the chance to do a holiday special with her. We won’t even mind if she mistakes some of the Muppets for pieces of her wardrobe — again.”

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Wynonna Judd Ready To Talk About "Got Soul"; Appearance on CBS "The Talk", October 28

WYNONNA JUDD will make an appearance on CBS’s “The Talk,” daytime television’s fastest-growing network talk show, Monday, October 28 (2-3 PM ET; 1-2 PM PT/CT), to reveal details on her new women’s shoe line Got Soul, as well as plans for her “A Simpler Christmas” tour kicking off December 3.

The five-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, musician and New York Times best-selling author can now add shoe designer to her resume. At the MAGIC Fashion and Apparel Trade Show in Las Vegas this past August,WYNONNA unveiled her new women’s shoe line: Got Soul. The new collection of bedazzled sneakers, wedges and flats, will be available at Fred Segal LA and boutiques across America just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.

As for the inspiration behind starting her own shoe line, WYNONNA said it came from her real-life road experience. “I’m on stage, and I hear from the audience, ‘Oh my god, your shoes,’” WYNONNA told Women’s Wear Daily’s Footwear News (check out the 9/2/13 story here). “[Fans kept saying] the same thing at meet-and-greets. All of a sudden, it was like, ‘bling!’ literally and figuratively. Every woman needs to feel sparkly at some point.”

WYNONNA goes on to share where the desire to create the new line came from. “It wasn’t a marketing thing. I’ve been offered all kinds of deals, but it truly has to be something that’s really me. I wear [fashion sneakers] every night on stage for my two-hour show, so it started authentically, and I’m really proud of that. It’s a very personal love affair with the fans.

“The initial line will include a variety of wedges with cool buckles and fringe, sneakers with an assortment of flag designs and bedazzled sequins, and then my favorites that inspired the entire line, the high top sequined sneakers. I think we did a great job at creating a dynamic line that the fans will love, that are unique and full of attitude.”

While on the “The Talk,” WYNONNA will also discuss her upcoming holiday tour–“A Simpler Christmas”–with her band THE BIG NOISE. The intimate and joyous performances will showcase her legendary voice in a set of inspirational Christmas favorites, plus some of her greatest hits. Wynonna & The Big Noise kick off their “A Simpler Christmas” tour December 3 in Bakersfield, CA with dates running through December 22 in York, PA (see full itinerary below). “The holidays are a hectic time of year for so many,” says WYNONNA. “The guys and I are excited to give fans a chance to experience the simpler sounds of the season.” Finely etched musical arrangements by her band will put WYNONNA’svoice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music and holiday magic.

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The 2013 American Music Awards Nominations Announced

Recording artists Kelly Clarkson and revealed the 2013 American Music Awards (AMAs) nominations this morning in New York City on ABC’s Good Morning America. Five categories were announced live on air followed by a press conference to reveal the remaining seventeen categories at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in Times Square (see full list of nominees below).

It was also announced that Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons will be performing on this year’s show which will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead this year with six (6) nominations. Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake follow with five (5) nominations each, while Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke collected four (4) nominations each. Additionally, Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons were nominated for three (3) awards. This year’s 2013 Artist of the Year nominees are: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake.

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Kelly Clarkson, to Announce AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD Nominations Live on GMA, 10/10

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Global music powerhouses Kelly Clarkson and will announce the 2013AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS nominations in 5 categories LIVE on-air from ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday, October 10, 2013, during the 8:30 AM ET hour. This marks the first time that the nominations will be announced LIVE from New York City. Immediately following GMA, Clarkson and will.i.amwill reveal the nominations in all categories at a press conference at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in New York.

2013 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS nominations will be presented in the genres of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin and EDM as well as in categories for New Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year.

THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS ceremony, produced by Dick Clarkproductions, will broadcast LIVE from L.A. LIVE’s Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC.

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Go To Bed With Miley Cyrus on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Wake With her on Good Morning America

Go coast to coast with Miley.  Mark your calendars guys….

Miley Cyrus is coming to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for an exclusive late-night appearance on TUESDAY, JUNE 25. The hit maker will sit down with the late-night host to talk about her new music followed by an epic performance in the center of Hollywood, CA on “JKL’s” SONY outdoor stage in front of thousands of fans. This will be Cyrus’ first-ever live performance of “We Can’t Stop,” the first single off her forthcoming RCA Records debut album.

Straight from “JKL” (11:35 p.m., ET / 10:35 p.m., CT), Cyrus will hop on a jet and travel across the country to New York City, where “Good Morning America” will capture every moment of her adventure. Fans will be able to relive her journey with “GMA” the next morning, WEDNESDAY,
JUNE 26, and enjoy a performance by Cyrus at “GMA” studios in the heart of Times Square. The entire experience will conclude with a final stop at “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” where Cyrus will sit down with co-host Michael Strahan and guest co-host Kristin Chenoweth.