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Last Update on December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

"THE INTERVIEW" - FALLOUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that Sony has made the bombshell decision to scrap "The Interview" -- the fallout is starting to spread. Actors, directors and writers are wondering if the move may mean they may end up at the mercy of a movie studio that bails on a project because of the potential for controversy. What makes the issue more challenging is that Hollywood has been struggling to get people in the theaters. With rising costs and more people having access to home entertainment systems, some insiders wonder if the pulling of "The Interview" will be seen as a sign that Hollywood might be willing to abandon creative freedom because of political concerns.

"THE INTERVIEW" SUBSTITUTE YANKED

NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for trying to substitute one comedy about North Korea for another. Some theaters had floated the idea of playing the 2004 movie "Team America: World Police" in place of "The Interview," which Sony pulled after a massive computer hack attack. But Paramount Pictures says it won't let the film be released. "Team America" is a puppet film that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. "The Interview" is a comedy that sees Seth Rogen and James Franco being recruited to kill Kim's son, the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

This is a scene from the movie "The Interview," which had its release canceled by Sony Pictures.

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Excerpt of clip from "Team America: World Police"

Here's a little bit of a clip from "Team America: World Police" -- a movie some theater considered as a replacement for "The Interview."

ANOTHER NORTH KOREAN FILM SCUTTLED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Interview" isn't the only film set in North Korea that is biting the dust. Fox is pulling the plug on "Pyongyang" -- the adaptation of a novel. The movie is about an animator who goes to North Korea for work -- and ends up being accused of being a spy. Director Gore Verbinski says he saw the project as a starring vehicle for Steve Carell. In a statement to the trade Web site Deadline, Verbinski says it's ironic that fear is eliminating the chance to tell stories that show how people can overcome fear. The director says the decision to pull the film is related to the fallout over the Sony hacking.

STEPHEN COLBERT SIGNS OFF

UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR') is gone -- and so is Stephen Colbert. The Comedy Central star has left his show and his character behind. Colbert hosted "The Colbert Report" (kohl-BAYR' ree-POHR') for nine years and he never broke character as an outraged conservative commentator. He hosted his final Comedy Central show last night. The studio audience gave him a standing ovation at the start and chanted "Stephen, Stephen, Stephen." Colbert told viewers that if this was their first time tuning into the Colbert Report, he had some "terrible news." Dozens of celebrities from Willie Nelson to Big Bird joined Colbert for a send-off with "We'll Meet Again." Even former President Bill Clinton made a cameo appearance, texting Colbert a farewell message. Colbert is moving to CBS. He'll take over the "Late Show" after David Letterman retires next year.

"The Colbert Report" theme. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

The crowd gives Stephen Colber a standing ovation as he begins his last show. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

Stephen Colbert has some bad news for first time viewers. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host, and scores of celebirties, sing "We'll Meet Again"

Dozens of celebrities, from Big Bird to Willie Nelson, give Stephen Colbert a musical send-off. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

Stephen Colbert signs off with some thank-yous. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

Stephen Colbert thanks the fans for their support. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((not length of cut)) ((mandatory on-air credit))

KRIS AND BRUCE JENNER DIVORCE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has signed off on the divorce paperwork for Kris and Bruce Jenner. The deed ends the couple's 23-year marriage. While the "death do us part" part no longer applies, they technically won't be parted legally until March. That's because California law requires couples to wait six months before being officially divorced. The couple filed for a split back in September.

PEOPLE MAGAZINE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Jennifer Aniston is getting some love from People magazine. She's been given its award for movie performance of the year - actress. It was the top honor handed out at last night's first ever People Magazine Awards. Other winners include Michael Keaton for movie performance of the year by an actor, John Hamm for TV performance of the year, Kevin Hart as comedy star of the year and Kate Hudson as role model.

Country News

Last Update on December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

PAUL McCARTNEY WRITES FOR VIDEO GAME

NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul McCartney felt that after playing a shoot-em-up game, players probably need some positive vibes. McCartney wrote the ballad "Hope For The Future" for the first-person shooter "Destiny." McCartney says he decided to be the "optimistic hope for the future" in the game. That song came easy for him, but they don't always do that. McCartney says he wants to write something in response to the police killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York, but the music is just not coming to him. McCartney says he has not given up on that.

BOBBY SHMURDA PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DRUG RING CASE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bobby Shmurda is being held on $2 million bail. He is accused of being a member of a street gang that's responsible for several shootings in turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda has pleaded not guilty. An indictment names Shmurda in a group of more than 15 defendants accused of murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. The court papers allege Shmurda fired a gun at a crowd of people outside a barber shop in New York earlier this year. Authorities say they found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a car Shmurda was riding in when he was arrested Wednesday.

"SNOOP AND SON" FOLLOWS SNOOP DOGG'S FOOTBALL STAR SON

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN will run a five-part documentary on a 17-year-old football star who happens to be Snoop Dogg's son. "Snoop and Son: A Dad's Dream" will follow Cordell Broadus, his meetings with recruiters and his father's presence in his career. Snoop regularly attends Broadus' practices and has Broadus' games streamed to him, no matter where he is in the world. Snoop even started a youth football league to develop his son's talent. "Snoop and Son" will debut January 14.

BLAKE SHELTON LOVES CHRISTMAS MUSIC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Shelton is one of those guys who is always trying to push Christmas earlier. Shelton says he starts listening to Christmas music the second he thinks he can get away with it. Shelton says his wife, Miranda Lambert, will realize what he's doing and say, "Are you playing 'Jingle Bells'?" It's the Fourth of July!" Shelton's response is, "Thank God it's Fourth of July. Speaking of God, let's listen to 'The First Noel."'

SOUND:

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Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton says Christmas is usually a laid-back affair for him and his wife, country singer Miranda Lambert. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..012 (12/19/14)>> 00:06 "yeah around us"

Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton was asked if he'll be hunting at Christmastime.

<<CUT ..013 (12/19/14)>> 00:11 "away with it"

Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton says he's guilty of pushing Christmas earlier and earlier, which annoys his wife, country singer Miranda Lambert.

<<CUT ..014 (12/19/14)>> 00:13 "the First Noel"

Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton says he tries to sneak Christmas music earlier and earlier, to the annoyance of his wife, country singer Miranda Lambert.

ANTHRAX CREATE INDIANS BOURBON

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Anthrax have issued a limited-edition bourbon named after their song "Indians." Anthrax teamed with Jefferson's Bourbon to produce a small batch of blended bourbon and rye whiskey. Bassist Frank Bello says they wanted to come up with something special that wasn't a T-shirt, a hoodie or a poster. The bourbon is sold through Atlantic City Bottle Company for $75 if you pick it up and $100 if it's shipped. Each bottle comes with an autographed piece of the barrel in which it was aged.

CRAZY TOWN RETURN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Crazy Town have reunited for an album and tour. Crazy Town had a number-one hit with "Butterfly" in 2001 but disbanded the next year. Crazy Town's Bret Mazur tells Billboard he approached bandmate Seth Bizner about releasing some songs they had written. He says they had a great vibe in the studio and "a couple of new songs turned into a whole record." Their first single, "Megatron," won't come out until January 27 but you can preview it on Billboard's site. The album, "Brimstone Sluggers," will be released in the spring. They're planning a tour for early next year.

Rewind Time

December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 19, 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States in the U.S. Senate chamber by Chief Justice Warren Burger with President Gerald R. Ford looking on (in a first for the Senate, the proceeding was televised live).

On this date:

In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter.

In 1813, British forces captured Fort Niagara during the War of 1812.

In 1843, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.

In 1907, 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.

In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas with its Empire Service to Australia.

In 1946, war broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.

In 1950, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of the military forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

In 1961, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., 73, suffered a debilitating stroke while in Palm Beach, Florida.

In 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.

In 1984, a coal fire at the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville, Utah, killed 27 people. Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.

In 1986, Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independent counsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.

In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice (he was subsequently acquitted by the Senate).

(Stations: Al Goldstein entry, note title of magazine)

Ten years ago: In Iraq, car bombs tore through a Najaf funeral procession and Karbala's main bus station, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120 in the two Shiite holy cities. In Baghdad, three Iraqi election officials were killed execution-style by insurgents. Time magazine named President George W. Bush its Person of the Year for the second time. Opera singer Renata Tebaldi died in San Marino at age 82.

Five years ago: A U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen ended with a nonbinding accord to show for two weeks of debate and frustration; the deal was brokered by President Barack Obama, who attended the conference on its final day. A snowstorm paralyzed much of the eastern U.S. on the last holiday shopping weekend.

One year ago: Discount retailer Target announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend. The ceiling partially collapsed onto a packed audience at the Apollo Theatre in London, injuring almost 80 people, seven of them seriously. Al Goldstein, 77, the publisher of Screw magazine who smashed down legal barriers against pornography, died in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 94. Actress Cicely Tyson is 90. Former game show contestant Herb Stempel is 88. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 73. Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is 73. Actress Elaine Joyce is 71. Actor Tim Reid is 70. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 70. Musician John McEuen is 69. Singer Janie Fricke is 67. Jazz musician Lenny White is 65. Actor Mike Lookinland is 54. Actress Jennifer Beals is 51. Actor Scott Cohen is 50. Actor Robert MacNaughton is 48. Magician Criss Angel is 47. Rock musician Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) is 47. Actor Ken Marino is 46. Actor Elvis Nolasco is 46. Rock musician Kevin Shepard is 46. Actor Derek Webster is 46. Actress Kristy Swanson is 45. Model Tyson Beckford is 44. Actress Amy Locane is 43. Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is 42. Actress Rosa Blasi is 42. Actress Alyssa Milano is 42. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (JIH'-lihn-hahl) is 34. Actress Marla Sokoloff is 34. Rapper Lady Sovereign is 29. Actor Iain de Caestecker (TV: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") is 27.

Thought for Today: "Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all." -- Jean Genet (1910-1986).

Rock News

Last Update on December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

PAUL McCARTNEY WRITES FOR VIDEO GAME

NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul McCartney felt that after playing a shoot-em-up game, players probably need some positive vibes. McCartney wrote the ballad "Hope For The Future" for the first-person shooter "Destiny." McCartney says he decided to be the "optimistic hope for the future" in the game. That song came easy for him, but they don't always do that. McCartney says he wants to write something in response to the police killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York, but the music is just not coming to him. McCartney says he has not given up on that.

BOBBY SHMURDA PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DRUG RING CASE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bobby Shmurda is being held on $2 million bail. He is accused of being a member of a street gang that's responsible for several shootings in turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda has pleaded not guilty. An indictment names Shmurda in a group of more than 15 defendants accused of murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. The court papers allege Shmurda fired a gun at a crowd of people outside a barber shop in New York earlier this year. Authorities say they found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a car Shmurda was riding in when he was arrested Wednesday.

"SNOOP AND SON" FOLLOWS SNOOP DOGG'S FOOTBALL STAR SON

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- ESPN will run a five-part documentary on a 17-year-old football star who happens to be Snoop Dogg's son. "Snoop and Son: A Dad's Dream" will follow Cordell Broadus, his meetings with recruiters and his father's presence in his career. Snoop regularly attends Broadus' practices and has Broadus' games streamed to him, no matter where he is in the world. Snoop even started a youth football league to develop his son's talent. "Snoop and Son" will debut January 14.

BLAKE SHELTON LOVES CHRISTMAS MUSIC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Shelton is one of those guys who is always trying to push Christmas earlier. Shelton says he starts listening to Christmas music the second he thinks he can get away with it. Shelton says his wife, Miranda Lambert, will realize what he's doing and say, "Are you playing 'Jingle Bells'?" It's the Fourth of July!" Shelton's response is, "Thank God it's Fourth of July. Speaking of God, let's listen to 'The First Noel."'

SOUND:

<<CUT ..011 (12/19/14)>> 00:17 "with Miranda's family"

Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton says Christmas is usually a laid-back affair for him and his wife, country singer Miranda Lambert. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..012 (12/19/14)>> 00:06 "yeah around us"

Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton was asked if he'll be hunting at Christmastime.

<<CUT ..013 (12/19/14)>> 00:11 "away with it"

Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton says he's guilty of pushing Christmas earlier and earlier, which annoys his wife, country singer Miranda Lambert.

<<CUT ..014 (12/19/14)>> 00:13 "the First Noel"

Blake Shelton country singer

Blake Shelton says he tries to sneak Christmas music earlier and earlier, to the annoyance of his wife, country singer Miranda Lambert.

ANTHRAX CREATE INDIANS BOURBON

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Anthrax have issued a limited-edition bourbon named after their song "Indians." Anthrax teamed with Jefferson's Bourbon to produce a small batch of blended bourbon and rye whiskey. Bassist Frank Bello says they wanted to come up with something special that wasn't a T-shirt, a hoodie or a poster. The bourbon is sold through Atlantic City Bottle Company for $75 if you pick it up and $100 if it's shipped. Each bottle comes with an autographed piece of the barrel in which it was aged.

CRAZY TOWN RETURN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Crazy Town have reunited for an album and tour. Crazy Town had a number-one hit with "Butterfly" in 2001 but disbanded the next year. Crazy Town's Bret Mazur tells Billboard he approached bandmate Seth Bizner about releasing some songs they had written. He says they had a great vibe in the studio and "a couple of new songs turned into a whole record." Their first single, "Megatron," won't come out until January 27 but you can preview it on Billboard's site. The album, "Brimstone Sluggers," will be released in the spring. They're planning a tour for early next year.

Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

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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