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Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, NE-YO and OneRepublic to Perform on Fall Finale of "The Voice"

Lady Gaga will perform her current single “Do What U Want,” from her latest release, “ARTPOP.” R. Kelly is originally featured on the song, and he and Lady Gaga shared the stage when she appeared on the Nov. 16 telecast of “Saturday Night Live.” Dion will duet with NE-YO on the song “Incredible” from her new album, “Loved Me Back to Life.” OneRepublic will perform the song “I Lived” from its recent album, “Native.”

Other high-profile performers are set to be announced over the next few days.

An original single by OneRepublic founder Ryan Tedder, who serves as the in-house songwriter-producer on “The Voice,” will be written specifically for the new champion and sung at the show’s conclusion.

Lady Gaga is a musical and cultural icon, having sold more than 27 million albums and 130 million singles worldwide. She has won five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition to “ARTPOP,” which was released in November, Lady Gaga’s albums have been huge successes, spawning major tours and TV specials. Her debut album, “The Fame” (2008), sold more than 15 million albums and “Born This Way” broke the iTunes record for the fastest rise to No. 1 on its release day.

In 2013, Time magazine named Lady Gaga the second most influential person of the decade. She is one of the biggest forces in social media with more than 60 million likes on Facebook and over 40 million followers on Twitter. She is also a global activist and philanthropist, having been an outspoken supporter of many important issues including LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, body image issues and youth empowerment.

Dion has sold more than 220 million albums around the world and is one of the most successful performers in pop music history. She has been awarded five Grammy Awards, including record of the year and best female pop vocal performance for “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998, and album of the Year and Best Pop Album for “Falling Into You” in 1996.

“Loved Me Back to Life,” which has been a top seller across the globe, is Dion’s first English-language album in six years. She recently booked 35 more dates for the spring/summer of 2014, continuing her long-standing residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Dion is well known for selling out the Colosseum in an historic initial five-year run where sold more than 3 million tickets.

NE-YO is a three-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor who has sold over 10 million records worldwide and earned three Billboard No.1 albums over the past five years. NE-YO has written songs for Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie, amongst others. With roles in “Stomp the Yard,” “Battle” Los Angeles” and “Red Tails,” NE-YO continues to build his brand not only as a musician but as an actor. He currently serves as VP of A&R at Motown Records.

OneRepublic took the world by storm in 2007 with their debut release “Dreaming Out Loud.” The album included the smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s “Waking Up,” produced three singles: “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” OneRepublic released their third studio album, “Native,” in March where it debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The set includes hits “If I Lose Myself,” “Feel Again” and new single “Counting Stars,” which is currently at No. 3 in Top 40 radio.

The band has toured the world, headlining dates in the U.S. and Europe and opening for Bon Jovi and U2.

Monday’s edition of “The Voice” is the season’s #1 reality show and #4 series overall on the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 with a 5.0 rating, 13 share (rankings exclude sports pre- and post-game show). In total viewers, Monday’s “Voice” is averaging 14.8 million persons, an increase versus one year ago (13.6 million) of 8% or 1.2 million persons, while Tuesday’s edition is up 14% or more than 1.7 million viewers (14.0 million vs. 12.3 million). “The Voice” has led NBC to adult 18-49 victories among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox on 10 of 11 Mondays so far this season.

“The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who executive produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

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Video Watch: Katy Perry Performs ‘Roar" and "Walking On Air" on SNL

Katy Perry returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend to promote her upcoming album, Prism. For her first performance of the night, a rendition of the single “Roar,” Perry took on a jungle theme by wearing a leopard print dress while her band wore animal costumes and played on a stage covered with tropical foliage. For her second song, Perry offered the new single “Walking on Air” on a sleek, white stage with backup dancers and elaborate lighting. Prism will hit stores on October 22.

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Is Miley Cyrus Pimping Herself Out, or is She The Hardest Working Woman in Showbiz?

   Sinead O’Connor said in an open letter to Miley Cyrus that the singer is pimping herself out and being a terrible role model to young women.
But many rappers she works with apparently disagree.
“Dear Miley,” O’Connor wrote on her personal website. “I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today I’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your ‘Wrecking Ball’ video was designed to be similar to the one for ‘Nothing Compares’… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.”
   The 1980s pop superstar then tells Cyrus the music industry is using her, and that anyone in her employ who tells her otherwise is also using her.
“I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying f**k about you. They’re there for the money.. we’re there for the music.”
   She then encouraged Cyrus to look at the bigger picture when it comes to how she is presenting herself. 
   “Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous,” she writes. “Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers.. that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherfu**er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”

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Saturday Night Live Loses Bill Hader After 8 Seasons

Saturday Night Live is losing another cast member. Fresh off the news that SNL will lose Seth Meyers to Late Night next year, Bill Hader announced his departure. Known for his talent of celebrity impersonations and his Weekend Update character Stefon, Hader starred on 8 seasons of SNL. He will make his final appearance on Saturday’s season finale.

“It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader tells The New York Times. “It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.'”

Hader, 34, says it was hard to share the news with executive producer Lorne Michaels. “I’d heard stories that you get very emotional in those conversations. And I’ve had other people tell me, ‘Oh, I cried.’ I didn’t, but I did think I was about to faint,” he admits.

Hader may not be the only loss for SNL – Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis are both trying to decide if they will return for another season. “I think they’re making their decisions and we’ll know soon enough,” said Michaels. “You never keep anybody there who doesn’t want to be there, and there is a right time to leave, but it’s more about where they are in their lives.”

Seth Meyers Headed To Late Night To Replace Jimmy Fallon

After 7 years of hosting SNL’s Weekend Update, Seth Meyers is graduating to Late Night. NBC confirmed Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as host of late night next year when Fallon moves to The Tonight Show. Meyers’ new gig was announced Sunday.

“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation. His years at SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement.

“12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice,” Meyers said.

Meyers, 39, has served as a Saturday Night Live head writer for 8 seasons. He has also appeared in films like New Year’s Eve, I Don’t Know How She Does It and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

Fallon was announced as Jay Leno’s Tonight Show replacement last month. “Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time. I’m thrilled he will become the sixth host of ‘The Tonight Show’ at exactly the right moment, in conjunction with our coverage of next year’s Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia,” NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke said at the time.

“Congratulations Jimmy,” Leno said in a statement. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”

Justin Bieber Sings to Whoopie Goldberg

Justin Bieber brought romance to the set of Saturday Night Live by handing out flowers to the audience and serenading actress Whoopi Goldberg.

The Baby hitmaker took on the role of guest host for Saturday’s episode and he acknowledged the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday by singing and giving out flowers to the crowd.

He also spotted Goldberg in the audience and pulled her onto the stage to serenade her. She then gave the teen a kiss on the cheek after she was handed a large bunch of red roses.

In another segment, Bieber appeared to joke about rumors he was recently caught on camera smoking marijuana after a picture showing him holding what looked like a joint emerged online last month.

Bieber addressed himself in the third person as he told the audience, “I also heard he (I) got busted for smoking weed. And he’s really sorry about it, and people make mistakes, and he’s never going to do it again.”

Also during the show, Bieber appeared to make light of a poignant subject by referencing Whitney Houston’s hit film The Bodyguard. Jason Sudeikis, playing Bieber’s bodyguard, scooped the singer into his arms and carried him through a crowd of fans to the sound of Houston’s track I Will Always Love You. The sketch took place on the same night as Clive Davis’ 2013 pre-Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles. Last year’s party was marred by Houston’s death in the city just hours before she was due to make an appearance at the event.

Anne Hathaway Hosts Saturday Night Live

Anne Hathaway donned a blonde wig to poke fun at Homelandstar Claire Danes in a Saturday Night Live skit and resurrected her Katie Holmes impression for the show.

The Devil Wears Prada actress took the reins of the famed TV comedy on Saturday night for her third stint as host, and her first target was Danes in her award-winning portrayal of bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison.

Hathaway feigned a tearful meltdown and a kiss with a detainee in an interview room in a parody of the popular TV drama, before moving on to make fun of newly-single actress Holmes.

The star previously impersonated Holmes on her first stint on SNL and she dressed up as the former Dawson’s Creek star again to present a spoof interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

SNL regular Kate McKinnon played DeGeneres during the routine, and her portrayal won high praise from the talk show host herself, who told fans on Twitter that the skit left in her hysterics when she watched it with her wife Portia de Rossi.

In a post on the social networking website, she writes, “Portia and I just laughed so hard at the spoof of my show on SNL. I love when Kate plays me.”