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Ariana Grande leads Thanksgiving Day Parade; Stars Tweets Messages

Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning (28.11.13).

The 20-year-old star sung ‘Last Christmas’ from her float while clad in a thick coat and large earmuffs to try and keep warm in New York City.

She tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgivinggg my loves…Wishing you a beautiful holiday with your families and loved ones. I am so thankful for you. (sic)”

Elsewhere in the parade, talk show host Jimmy Fallon joined the ‘Sesame Street’ float with Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count, and Big Bird, who all sang ‘Somebody Come and Play’.

Jimmy had earlier joked on Twitter: ”I’m on the ‘Sesame Street’ float in the parade … But it’ll be awkward when Big Bird asks, ‘What’re you having for dinner?’ ”

Meanwhile on the other side of the US, sitcom star Neil Patrick Harris and Disney star Bella Thorne did their bit to give back last night (27.11.13) by joining hundreds of other volunteers to help to feed Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless at Los Angeles’ LA Mission.

Neil – who was working in the kitchen – tweeted: ”Prepping the turkey for @TheLAMission ‘s annual thanksgiving meal. A wonderful organization. #thankful.

”Super grateful to @MVoltaggio and all the other amazing chefs for lending their time and brawn. I was honored to be included. (sic)”

Bella was joined by her boyfriend, Tristan Klier, and helped to give out meals to the homeless.

Many more celebrities took to social media to send out their best wishes to all.

Lady Gaga tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgiving little turkey+tofurkey monsters, I love you with all my heart and thought all day about how grateful I am to be a performer in this life, writing you songs and singing to you year after year! #thankful4monsters (sic)”

Country star Carrie Underwood wrote: ”I have much to be thankful for…Family,friends and fans! Hope you all have a blessed day. Lots of love from me to you! #HappyThanksgiving.(sic)”

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2013 AMAs Winner’s List: Taylor Swift, One Direction, Justin Timberlake Among Big Night’s Winners

Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Maroon 5 were the biggest winners at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday. Check out a full list of winners below.

COMPLETE WINNER’S LIST:
Favorite Male Pop Rock Artist – Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B – Rihanna

Favorite Album, Country – “Red,” by Taylor Swift

Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop – “The Heist,” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock – Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist, Latin – Marc Anthony

Favorite Album, Pop or Rock – “Take Me Home,” by One Direction

New Artist of the Year, presented by Kohl’s – Ariana Grande

Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B – Justin Timberlake

Favorite Female Artist, Country – Taylor Swift

Single of the Year – “Cruise,” by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly

Favorite Album, Soul/R&B – “The 20/20 Experience,” by Justin Timberlake

Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) – Avicii

Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary – Maroon 5

Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational – Matthew West

Top Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect

Favorite Male Artist, Country – Luke Bryan

Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop or Rock – One Direction

Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country – Lady Antebellum

Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift

X Factor’s Simon Cowell: ‘I Think I’ll Be a Good Dad’

My number one fear is being bored,” says Simon Cowell. “I’d rather jump off a bridge than retire and play golf.” With the third season of The X Factor under way, a booming music and television company to look after and a baby due this winter, Cowell’s competitive spirit keeps him anything but blasé.



Cowell spoke to Parade about fatherhood, his favorite X-Factor and Idol judges, and what he was like as a kid.





Here are the highlights:


What are you most looking forward to about fatherhood?
I’m not brilliant with babies. I never know what to do. But [once he’s older] I think I’ll be a good dad in terms of advice. And then I’ll get to do all the things I want to do, like go to Disneyland or Universal Studios, teach him how to drive—I love all that.
What kind of music will you play for him?
He’ll listen to whatever I listen to and make his own choices. It’s funny—my mom played Frank Sinatra when I was a kid, and because he was her choice, I used to hate it; but I love Sinatra now. He always looked like he was having fun and he didn’t conform. That’s probably why I’ve got pictures of him all over my house!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love animals and cartoons. I pretty much like everything I liked as a kid—the same foods and TV programs. I still watch Scooby-Doo. I never grew up.
You’ve worked alongside many judges over the years. Who’s been the most fun?
Paula [Abdul] and Randy [Jackson] were hilarious on American Idol. We had such a great time in the early years. I like working with Demi [Lovato, on The X Factor]. We bicker, and it’s like having a bratty younger sister, but she’s got a great heart.
When it comes to criticisms, you’re the master. Were you always like that?
I was lippy as a kid. I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I was always getting into trouble with my parents and in school, finding things funny that shouldn’t be. I couldn’t go to weddings or church because I would just lose it.

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