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Last Update on August 20, 2014 07:10 GMT

CELEBRITIES ON FERGUSON, MISSOURI UNREST

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) -- Some celebrities with ties to the St. Louis area are speaking out about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri -- and the police shooting of an 18-year-old that sparked the protests. Rap star Nelly has been among the most vocal, appearing at a rally this past weekend and again on Monday night. He grew up in St. Louis -- not far from Ferguson. He has called for calm in the area. Actor Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" fame describes the area near Ferguson as his neighborhood. He says he hopes that once all the facts are in, that justice will be done.

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DAVID LETTERMAN-ROBIN WILLIAMS

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Letterman considered himself a friend of Robin Williams, as well as a comedy colleague. And he says even as someone who has known Williams for decades, he didn't see his death coming, especially as it did by his own hand. Letterman says he had no idea Williams was in so much emotional pain -- even as he was being one of the funniest people on the planet. Letterman paid tribute to Williams on his show Monday night -- a week after the world learned of his suicide. Letterman talked about how a group of comedians working the Comedy Store in Los Angeles thought they might have to find another line of work after hearing Williams perform as a newcomer.

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DON PARDO-SNL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Just as Don Pardo's voice made "Saturday Night Live" special, everyone knows it just won't be the same without him, now that he has died. Who will be the replacement? The man who runs SNL doesn't know -- and says he's glad he has about a month to figure out what to do. Lorne Michaels says when SNL first went on the air, he was given a list of staff announcers -- and when he saw Pardo's name, he knew he had to have him aboard. Michaels describes Pardo as the show's "link to the beginnings of television on NBC." Pardo died Monday at age 96.

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DWAYNE JOHNSON TO DO DC COMICS MOVIE

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson says he will be taking on a role in an upcoming movie based on DC Comics. Only trouble is he hasn't decided whether to play Shazam or his arch-nemesis Black Adam. While he hasn't come down on one side or the other, he seems to be hinting toward the darker role. He says he has always been a fan of anti-heroes -- and that one of his favorite DC Comics characters is Black Adam. Either way, Johnson says movie fans won't be shortchanged. He promises to put his heart, soul and bones into the role.

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JACKIE CHAN'S SON BUSTED IN CHINA

BEIJING (AP) -- Jackie Chan's son has become the latest celebrity caught up in China's crackdown on drugs. Jaycee Chan, an actor himself, was detained late last week along with a Taiwanese movie star. Police say both actors tested positive for pot -- and admitted smoking weed. Authorities also say 100 grams of pot were taken from Chan's home. A statement from Chan's management team apologizes to the public for the "social impact" caused by the drug bust. China's president declared back in June that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished.

BOB MARLEY MUSICAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob Marley is the latest musician whose work will be the subject of a musical. A Baltimore theater says it will roll out the world premiere of "Marley" around the middle of next year. The show focuses on the years between 1975 and 1978, when Marley survived an attempted assassination in his native Jamaica and went into exile in London. It will feature sings like "Jamming," "Three Little Birds" and "Roots, Rock, Reggae."

Country News

Last Update on August 20, 2014 07:10 GMT

MOTLEY CRUE AND COUNTRY MUSIC COME TOGETHER IN "NASHVILLE OUTLAWS"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue believes you can have country artists covering their songs because the songs can be stripped down easily. Sixx says most of the songs were written on acoustic guitar and a good song will stand up to interpretation. "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue" features acts like Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes remaking Motley Crue songs. Moore says he was attracted to "Home Sweet Home" because it reminded him of his song, "Small Town USA." He says he never would have thought that something like this would ever come to him, but he had fun with it. "Nashville Outlaws" is out this week.

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MOTLEY CRUE SAYS A LONG GOODBYE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Motley Crue's farewell tour will take at least a year and a half, and forgive them if they get weepy each night. Bassist Nikki Sixx says even though the tour will not be finished for a long time for them, for fans in each city, it's the last time. Sixx says in that sense, it will be emotional every night. He says he hopes to take the final bow next year in Los Angeles, where they got their start.

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FLAVOR FLAV'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE IS CLOSED

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada judge has closed Flavor Flav's domestic violence case. Flav completed his required counseling course. He pleaded guilty in April after he got in an argument with his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son and wielded a knife at him at their home in Las Vegas. Flav still faces separate charges in New York for speeding in January.

CHUCK D EXPLAINS PUBLIC ENEMY LOGO

ROLLING STONE (AP) -- Chuck D is giving some clarification of Public Enemy's logo of a man in the crosshairs of a gun. He tells Rolling Stone a lot of people think it's a state trooper, but it's actually a black man wearing a hat like the ones Run-DMC wore. The logo is on a new limited-edition line of sunglasses Public Enemy has created with Arnette Eyewear.

KATE BUSH ASKS FANS NOT TO SHOOT HER SHOWS

UNDATED (AP) -- Any footage or photos that get posted online of Kate Bush's comeback shows in London are expressly against her wishes. Bush has asked fans to refrain from taking video or photos during the concert. Bush says she's chosen an intimate theater and she would "very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras." She says she knows it's a lot to ask, but it would allow everyone to share in the experience together. The first show is next Tuesday.

MADONNA AUCTION SET FOR FALL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Madonna's 1988 day planner is for sale. Julien's Auctions plans to sell the planner, which includes Madonna's handwritten notes about appearing on David Letterman's show and dates with then-husband Sean Penn. That's expected to sell for $2,000 to $4,000. A signed document related to her separation from Penn is expected to sell for at least $1,000. The pink dress inspired by Marilyn Monroe that Madonna wore for the "Material Girl" video, along with the stole and jewelry, is expected to bring in at least $20,000. The auction also includes costumes from "Evita" and "A League of Their Own," as well as an MTV Video Music Award and a 1991 American Music Award. The auction will be in Beverly Hills, California, in November.

MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER FIGHT AT HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR SHOW

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Police say a 55-year-old Detroit-area man has died from injuries suffered in a confrontation with a 15-year-old at a Hank Williams Junior concert on Sunday. The Oakland County sheriff's office says the teenager shoved Robert Kobe on the concourse of the DTE Energy Music Theatre outside Detroit. Kobe hit his head on the concrete and died yesterday. The teen was at the concert with his father. He has been released pending completion of an investigation into the incident.

GRACELAND TOUR NOW DONE ON IPADS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Elvis Presley probably never dreamed of people walking through his house with handheld computers. Visitors on the Graceland tour now are given iPads for an interactive multimedia experience. Guests will see content based on their location in the house that allows them to see rarely seen video and photos. Another version is made specifically for kids. Visitors can even email their favorite images. Would iPads have freaked out Presley? Probably not. Joel Weinshanker of Graceland says Elvis loved new technology and was among the first to have a home VCR, a big screen TV and a briefcase phone. He says Presley had the first microwave oven sold in Memphis.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS' GRAMMY HAT GOES TO THE NEWSEUM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The hat Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams wore to the Grammys is now a museum piece. The Newseum in Washington will have the hat on display for a limited time beginning Thursday, running through October 26. The hat is on loan from Arby's restaurants. The company bought the hat at a charity auction in March, just weeks after Williams wore it to the Grammys and Arby's jokingly tweeted, "Hey Pharrell, can we have our hat back?"

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC OFFERS BOOK ABOUT ACMS

ENCINO, Calif. (AP) -- The Academy of Country Music is issuing a commemorative book dedicated to the ACM Awards. Reba has written the foreword. Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Alabama's Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Marty Stuart are among those who have contributed to the book. Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood offer firsthand accounts of what happened on and off stage. The book is called "This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards," and it goes on sale September 23. Proceeds from the sales of the book go to the ACM Lifting Lives charity.

T.I. JOINS CAST OF "ANT-MAN"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- T.I. is taking on a role in the movie version of the comic "Ant-Man." The Hollywood Reporter reports shooting on the film began this week in San Francisco. Paul Rudd plays the title character. The movie will come out next July.

Rewind Time

August 20, 2014 07:10 GMT

Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On August 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.

On this date:

In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.

In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.

In 1882, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" had its premiere in Moscow.

In 1910, a series of forest fires swept through parts of Idaho, Montana and Washington, killing at least 85 people and burning some 3 million acres.

In 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force before the House of Commons, saying, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

In 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.

In 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization drive.

In 1972, the Wattstax concert took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

In 1977, the U.S. launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.

In 1989, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife, Kitty, were shot to death in their Beverly Hills mansion by their sons, Lyle and Erik. Fifty-one people died when a pleasure boat sank in the River Thames (tehmz) in London after colliding with a dredger. British conservationist George Adamson, 83, was shot and killed by bandits in Kenya. The situation comedy "Saved by the Bell" premiered on NBC-TV.

In 1994, Benjamin Chavis Jr. was fired as head of the NAACP after a turbulent 16-month tenure.

Ten years ago: Democrats labored to deflect attacks on presidential nominee John Kerry's war record with fresh television ads touting his fitness for national command. In Athens, Michael Phelps matched Mark Spitz's record of four individual gold medals in the Olympic pool with a stirring comeback in the 100-meter butterfly, then removed himself from further competition.

Five years ago: The only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 returned home to Libya after his release on compassionate grounds from a Scottish prison. (Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, said to have only months to live because of prostate cancer, died nearly three years later, claiming his innocence.) Afghans voted for a president for the second time ever, but Taliban threats dampened turnout in the militant south. Ryan Alexander Jenkins, a contestant on the VH1 reality show "Megan Wants a Millionaire," was charged with murdering his wife, Jasmine Fiore, whose body was found in Buena Park, California (Jenkins was found dead three days later, an apparent suicide). One-time Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress (PLEK'-sih-koh BUR'-ihs) accepted a plea bargain with a two-year prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub.

One year ago: A Pakistani court indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges stemming from the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Media Network launched its U.S. cable news outlet, Al-Jazeera America. Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, 87, died in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Jazz pianist Marian McPartland, 95, died in Port Washington, New York, of natural causes.

Today's Birthdays: Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 95. Boxing promoter Don King is 83. Former Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, is 81. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 79. Former MLB All-Star Graig Nettles is 70. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 68. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 67. Actor John Noble is 66. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 66. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 62. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 62. Actor-director Peter Horton is 61. TV weatherman Al Roker is 60. Actor Jay Acovone is 59. Actress Joan Allen is 58. Movie director David O. Russell (Film: "American Hustle") is 56. TV personality Asha Blake is 53. Actor James Marsters is 52. Rapper KRS-One is 49. Actor Colin Cunningham is 48. Actor Billy Gardell is 45. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 44. Rock musician Brad Avery is 43. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 43. Actor Misha Collins is 40. Rock singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 39. Actor Ben Barnes is 33. Actress Meghan Ory is 32. Actor Andrew Garfield is 31. Actor Brant Daugherty (TV: "Pretty Little Liars") is 29. Actress-singer Demi Lovato is 22.

Thought for Today: "To the eye of failure success is an accident." -- Ambrose Bierce, American author-journalist (1842-1914?).

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Rock News

Last Update on August 20, 2014 07:10 GMT

MOTLEY CRUE AND COUNTRY MUSIC COME TOGETHER IN "NASHVILLE OUTLAWS"

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue believes you can have country artists covering their songs because the songs can be stripped down easily. Sixx says most of the songs were written on acoustic guitar and a good song will stand up to interpretation. "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue" features acts like Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes remaking Motley Crue songs. Moore says he was attracted to "Home Sweet Home" because it reminded him of his song, "Small Town USA." He says he never would have thought that something like this would ever come to him, but he had fun with it. "Nashville Outlaws" is out this week.

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MOTLEY CRUE SAYS A LONG GOODBYE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Motley Crue's farewell tour will take at least a year and a half, and forgive them if they get weepy each night. Bassist Nikki Sixx says even though the tour will not be finished for a long time for them, for fans in each city, it's the last time. Sixx says in that sense, it will be emotional every night. He says he hopes to take the final bow next year in Los Angeles, where they got their start.

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FLAVOR FLAV'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE IS CLOSED

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada judge has closed Flavor Flav's domestic violence case. Flav completed his required counseling course. He pleaded guilty in April after he got in an argument with his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son and wielded a knife at him at their home in Las Vegas. Flav still faces separate charges in New York for speeding in January.

CHUCK D EXPLAINS PUBLIC ENEMY LOGO

ROLLING STONE (AP) -- Chuck D is giving some clarification of Public Enemy's logo of a man in the crosshairs of a gun. He tells Rolling Stone a lot of people think it's a state trooper, but it's actually a black man wearing a hat like the ones Run-DMC wore. The logo is on a new limited-edition line of sunglasses Public Enemy has created with Arnette Eyewear.

KATE BUSH ASKS FANS NOT TO SHOOT HER SHOWS

UNDATED (AP) -- Any footage or photos that get posted online of Kate Bush's comeback shows in London are expressly against her wishes. Bush has asked fans to refrain from taking video or photos during the concert. Bush says she's chosen an intimate theater and she would "very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras." She says she knows it's a lot to ask, but it would allow everyone to share in the experience together. The first show is next Tuesday.

MADONNA AUCTION SET FOR FALL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Madonna's 1988 day planner is for sale. Julien's Auctions plans to sell the planner, which includes Madonna's handwritten notes about appearing on David Letterman's show and dates with then-husband Sean Penn. That's expected to sell for $2,000 to $4,000. A signed document related to her separation from Penn is expected to sell for at least $1,000. The pink dress inspired by Marilyn Monroe that Madonna wore for the "Material Girl" video, along with the stole and jewelry, is expected to bring in at least $20,000. The auction also includes costumes from "Evita" and "A League of Their Own," as well as an MTV Video Music Award and a 1991 American Music Award. The auction will be in Beverly Hills, California, in November.

MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER FIGHT AT HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR SHOW

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Police say a 55-year-old Detroit-area man has died from injuries suffered in a confrontation with a 15-year-old at a Hank Williams Junior concert on Sunday. The Oakland County sheriff's office says the teenager shoved Robert Kobe on the concourse of the DTE Energy Music Theatre outside Detroit. Kobe hit his head on the concrete and died yesterday. The teen was at the concert with his father. He has been released pending completion of an investigation into the incident.

GRACELAND TOUR NOW DONE ON IPADS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Elvis Presley probably never dreamed of people walking through his house with handheld computers. Visitors on the Graceland tour now are given iPads for an interactive multimedia experience. Guests will see content based on their location in the house that allows them to see rarely seen video and photos. Another version is made specifically for kids. Visitors can even email their favorite images. Would iPads have freaked out Presley? Probably not. Joel Weinshanker of Graceland says Elvis loved new technology and was among the first to have a home VCR, a big screen TV and a briefcase phone. He says Presley had the first microwave oven sold in Memphis.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS' GRAMMY HAT GOES TO THE NEWSEUM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The hat Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams wore to the Grammys is now a museum piece. The Newseum in Washington will have the hat on display for a limited time beginning Thursday, running through October 26. The hat is on loan from Arby's restaurants. The company bought the hat at a charity auction in March, just weeks after Williams wore it to the Grammys and Arby's jokingly tweeted, "Hey Pharrell, can we have our hat back?"

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC OFFERS BOOK ABOUT ACMS

ENCINO, Calif. (AP) -- The Academy of Country Music is issuing a commemorative book dedicated to the ACM Awards. Reba has written the foreword. Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Alabama's Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Marty Stuart are among those who have contributed to the book. Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood offer firsthand accounts of what happened on and off stage. The book is called "This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards," and it goes on sale September 23. Proceeds from the sales of the book go to the ACM Lifting Lives charity.

T.I. JOINS CAST OF "ANT-MAN"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- T.I. is taking on a role in the movie version of the comic "Ant-Man." The Hollywood Reporter reports shooting on the film began this week in San Francisco. Paul Rudd plays the title character. The movie will come out next July.

Urban News

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KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- He is to perform tonight in Oakland, California. But it's an incident that took place Wednesday that has Katt Williams in the news today. He's has been arrested after a man told Oakland police Williams whacked him upside the head with a bottle. Authorities say the comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of assault -- but later released after he and several witnesses were questioned. The victim says he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel. The man was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. Williams is 41 and is known for his HBO comedy special and movie roles including "Friday After Next" and "Norbit.."

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy was a super storm. And some musical superstars are teaming up to help fight back against it. Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and others will be among those who will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden for next month's benefit concert. The arena says Billy Joel and The Who will also take part in the event, called "12-12-12." Other performers will be added to the list. The show -- set for December 12 -- will benefit a fund that helps those affected by Sandy, which pounded the New York City and New Jersey areas.

Online:

Madison Square Garden site: http://www.thegarden.com

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually showing up late for a date will get you a less-than-warm reception. But Rihanna got cheers -- even though she was two hours behind schedule for her performance in Mexico City the other night. She started what's known as her "777" tour with an exclusive party for about 2,000 fans. She thanked fans for their patience, saying their hanging in there until she showed up Wednesday night really made her "feel loved." The concert swing will see Rihanna perform seven shows in seven days in seven different cities. Stops on the tour include Toronto, Paris, Berlin and London before ending up in New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has already won a lot of awards during her career. But she says her career isn't about collecting hardware to put in her trophy case. She says the biggest draw for her being awards shows is performing before a live audience at the venue and on TV. She says that's what she will be looking forward to at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She says she has been at awards shows where she totally forgot she was up for a nomination -- until her name was read off as a winner. The way she sees it, if she keeps making good music, the awards will take care of herself. If you should happen to run into Nicki between now and Sunday, you can remind her she's up for four nominations at the AMAs.

Nicki Minaj says she's more excited about performing at award shows than she is at winning trophies.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj says she doesn't do music for awards, but figures if she's good enough during her career she'll get her share.

RIHANNA/NICKI MINAJ: LEAD GOING INTO SUNDAY'S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way when it comes to nominations at Sunday's American Music Awards. Each singer has four nods going into the event. Other multiple nominees include two guys who have been reportedly fighting for Rihanna's attention lately -- Drake has three while Chris Brown has two nods. Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber, Usher, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC.

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of nominees for Sunday's American Music Awards. The event will aired live on ABC from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

-- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

-- Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

-- Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

-- Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

-- Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

-- Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

-- Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

-- Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

-- Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

-- Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

-- Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

-- Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige,,Rihanna.

-- Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

-- Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

-- Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

-- Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

-- Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

-- Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

DETROIT (AP) -- They most recently were known as the Frederick Douglass Homes in Detroit. But back in the day they were known as the Brewster projects. And that was the place where Diana Ross and the Supremes grew up. Now, the housing project is about to become another memory. Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the demolition of the massive high rise apartment buildings could start early next year. The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Bing says he knows the former Brewster projects have "a lot of history" -- but has since "become an eyesore."

WILL SMITH/USHER: AMONG NOMINEES FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The People's Choice Award nominations are out. And Usher and Will Smith are among the nominees. Usher is up for best R&B act while Smith is among the male actors up for honors. Other nominees include Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pitbull and Jay-Z. Fans vote for the winners -- and you can vote on any of the 48 categories through December 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for January 9, 2013 -- and broadcast on CBS.

Online:

People's Choice Awards site: http://www.peopleschoice.com

Sound of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performing "One More Night," nominated for Favorite Song.

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Sound of Justin Bieber

Sound of Justin Bieber singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift singing "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together," up for Favorite Song.

THE X FACTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rappers Lyric 145 were the first to go on last night's "X Factor." Lyric Da Queen says they didn't get an opportunity to do what they do best -- including rap. But she says you have to take the good with the bad. Later in the show, Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia had a sing-off. Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote, sending Jennel home. Thirteen-year-old Diamond White is still in the running. And the top three on the leaderboard remain unchanged: Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Vino Alan (ah-LAHN').

Lyric Da Queen says they had a lot more to show the world. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell casts the deciding vote, after the sing-off between Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tate Stevens, contestant

Tate Stevens thanks his fans for keeping him in the top spot. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

GABBY DOUGLAS: MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Fierce Five and other members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama. The gymnasts met with the president in the Oval Office before huddling together in the chill outside to watch his helicopter lift off. Obama was headed to New York to tour storm damage. The gymnasts, including Gabby Douglas -- won gold at the summer Olympics. They signed leotards to give to the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: FORMER NBA STAR ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after what appears to be a case of domestic violence. She is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police in Atlanta says the incident happened after Holdsclaw followed Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Lacy identifies Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend. The two were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. Holdsclaw was in custody last night under $10,000 bond on charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

LUTHER VANDROSS: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Luther Vandross won two American Music Awards. He won for favorite soul/R&B male artist and soul/R&B album for "Dance With My Father." The album came out about a month after Vandross suffered a massive stroke. His mom accepted for the singer and apologized that her son couldn't be there in person. Vandross died earlier this year from complications from the stroke. Other winners included Aaliyah and 50 Cent.

MISSY ELLIOTT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Missy Elliott won an American Music Award but lost her ride to the show. She won for favorite rap/hip-hop female artist but wasn't there to pick it up. She showed up later and told the audience her limo was stolen from her hotel and she had to get to the show on her own. She went on to tell the audience she needed to bum a ride back to her hotel.

MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1989, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show." The singer popped on stage to present an MTV viewers' poll award to comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Murphy reciprocated by presenting Jackson with the video award from the same poll.

O.V. WRIGHT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1980, R&B singer O.V. Wright died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 41. He had many hits for the Back Beat label in the 1960's and 70's, the biggest of which was "Ace of Spades."

LISA BONET/LENNY KRAVITZ: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1987, actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') and musician Lenny Kravitz got married. They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1993.

LISA BONET: BIRTHDAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') has a birthday today. She's 45. She first rose to fame as one of the Cosby kids on "The Cosby Show." In the show, she left home to go off to college and ended up on a spinoff show, "A Different World," which she left after just a year. She also starred in the 1987 movie "Angel Heart."

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