Caesars PalaceShania Twain just celebrated the first anniversary of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and it looks like she may be extending her contract into 2015. The current contract expires next year, but Shania tells The Las Vegas Sun she'd like to stick around Sin City a little longer.
She says, "I’m having such a great time! You know we’ve already just passed our first anniversary here. It went by very quickly, and I’d be thrilled to carry on."
Shania wraps up her 2013 shows with a party for her band and crew on December 13 before heading down to the Bahamas for Christmas. Shania's show, Shania: Still the One, kicks off another run on January 22.
"It’s a very short turnaround," Shania explains. "I go away for Christmas, then come right back. I look forward to it; I like the shorter breaks."
Tickets for Shania: Still the One are now available at ShaniainVegas.com.
Business WireCouldn't get tickets to see Pink's The Truth About Love tour this year? Well, this weekend, you'll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own home. Fans will get a front-row seat Saturday night as a 90-minute special documenting one of the tour's shows makes its debut on EPIX and EpixHD.com.
The Truth About Love Tour, which will finally wrap up in January, is one of the most successful and best-reviewed concert treks of the year, and features Pink belting out all her hits in a circus-like atmosphere, complete with special effects, dancers, costume changes and even a ringmaster. She performs gravity-defying stunts and acrobatics, singing while hanging upside down, bouncing up and down on bungee cords, or suspended above the stage in a massive chandelier.
During Saturday night's show, you'll see Pink, her band and dancers run through hits like "Raise Your Glass," "Try," "Just Give Me a Reason" and "Perfect." She also performs a moody cover of Chris Isaak's hit "Wicked Game," and strips things down for an acoustic version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." In addition, she shows off her musical skills with a version of the album track "The Great Escape," which she says she learned how to play on piano specifically for this tour.
In between all the excitement, Pink spends a lot of time bonding with the Aussie audience, who clearly adore her. The show starts with her seated in the audience, among her fans, and then she magically travels to the stage for the opening number. In between songs, she signs autographs for fans, and accepts armloads of presents including homemade posters, stuffed animals and clothing.
"All these presents, I'm holding onto them 'til Christmas," she tells the fans. "And I'm going to give them to [my daughter] Willow and say they're from me!" Pink: The Truth About Love Tour premieres on EPIX at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night.
Fans in New York City will get to see Pink live on Saturday, as she joins Cyndi Lauper for the '80s icon's third annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theater. Also on the bill: Josh Groban, Nelly Furtado, Rosie O'Donnell and Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon. The show will raise money for and awareness of problems of homelessness among gay and transgendered young people.
CBS/NARASRap music dominated the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday night live in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS. Only six categories were announced during the hour-long nominations special, but overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven each. Justin Timberlake also scored seven nominations each, as did Pharrell [fuh-RELL] Williams, who was featured on two of the year's biggest hits: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Rapper Drake scored five nods.
More importantly, instead of being relegated to its own category, rap music showed up in two of the so-called Big Four categories, which include Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city is up for Album of the Year, while he himself scored a nod for Best New Artist.
There were a few big shockers in the announcements during the telecast: one was the fact that Sara Bareilles' latest album The Blessed Unrest scored an Album of the Year nod. While the disc was well-received, and produced the hit single "Brave," nobody predicted it would appear in this category. Even more surprising was the fact that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, the best-selling album of 2013, didn't receive an Album of the Year nod.
Another shocker was Lorde's absence from the Best New Artist category: she had been considered a shoo-in, and her hit "Royals" was nominated for Record and Song of the Year. Instead, British musician James Blake, who isn't well known in the U.S, was nominated. Another Brit, Ed Sheeran, who received his first Grammy nod last year for Song of the Year, also got a Best New Artist nod.
Speaking of Brits, Grammy darling Adele, who's been out of the spotlight for a while, managed to snag one nomination: for "Skyfall," her James Bond theme. It was in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media. Coldplay was also nominated in that category for "Atlas," their song from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and so were Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw for their duet, "We Both Know," from the movie Safe Haven.
The Grammy Nominations Live! CBS telecast began with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walking into L.A.'s Staples Center and up onto the stage, along with their buddy Wanz, to perform their hit "Thrift Shop." The stage was decorated with racks of thrift shop clothing, as dancers gyrated wildly, and Macklemore threw items of clothing into the audience.
Taylor Swift was shown singing "I Knew You Were Trouble" from Australia, and before she went on, she turned to the camera and said, "Thank you for the nominations." However, at that point, she hadn't received any, though later on in the show, her album Red received nods for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Did she have advance knowledge, or did she just assume? We may never know. She tweeted later, "LOVE YOU GUYS WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION."
Viewers also saw R&B star Miguel duetting with Keith Urban on Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine," Katy Perry performing an acoustic version of "Roar" from a club in Toronto, and Lorde singing "Royals." Robin Thicke closed the show by performing his nominated single "Blurred Lines" with rapper T.I. and members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Presenters for the night included Ed Sheeran, Kelly Rowland, Melissa Etheridge,Enrique Iglesias and Arsenio Hall.LL Cool J was the evening's host, and when a major screw-up occurred -- Etheridge and actress Pauley Perrette were introduced at the wrong time -- he managed to cover quite smoothly.
The Grammy Awards air January 26, 2014, live on CBS
Here's a selection of the nominees:
Album of the Year The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles Random Access Memories, Daft Punk good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Red, Taylor Swift
Record of the Year "Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons "Royals," Lorde "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Song of the Year(Award to Songwriter) "Just Give Me a Reason," Pink featuring Nate Ruess "Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars "Roar," Katy Perry "Royals," Lorde "Same Love," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best New Artist James Blake Kendrick Lamar Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Kacey Musgraves Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Solo Performance "Brave" — Sara Bareilles "Royals" — Lorde "When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars "Roar" — Katy Perry "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams "Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess "Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams "Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Pop Vocal Album Paradise, Lana Del Ray Pure Heroine, Lorde Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake
Best Rock Performance "Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons "Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin "My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age "I'm Shakin'" — Jack White Best Rock Album 13 — Black Sabbath The Next Day — David Bowie Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin …Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Best Rock Song "Ain't Messin 'Round," Gary Clark Jr. "Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear "Doom And Gloom," Rolling Stones "God Is Dead?," Black Sabbath "Panic Station," Muse
Best Alternative Music Album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case Trouble Will Find Me — The National Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails Lonerism — Tame Impala Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance "Love And War" — Tamar Braxton "Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton "Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip "How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar "Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Urban Contemporary Album Love And War — Tamar Braxton Side Effects Of You — Fantasia One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi Unapologetic — Rihanna New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds Best R&B Album R&B Divas — Faith Evans Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys Love In The Future — John Legend Better — Chrisette Michele Three Kings — TGT
Best Rap Performance "Started From The Bottom" — Drake "Berzerk" — Eminem "Tom Ford" — Jay Z "Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar "Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel "Part II (On The Run)" — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé "Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake "Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige "Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album Nothing Was The Same — Drake Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z good kid, m.A.A.d city — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Yeezus — Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance "I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice "I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes "Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert "Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker "Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton
Best Country Album Night Train, Jason Aldean Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves Based on a True Story…, Blake Shelton Red, Taylor Swift
Best Country Duo/Group Performance "From This Valley," The Civil Wars "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill "Your Side Of The Bed," Little Big Town "Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw," Taylor Swift & Keith Urban "You Can't Make Old Friends," Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton
Best Country Song "Begin Again," Taylor Swift "I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert "Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves "Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton
Best Dance Recording "Need U (100%)," Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK "Sweet Nothing," Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch "Kaskade," Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon "This Is What It Feels Like," Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie "Clarity," Zedd Featuring Foxes
Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty ImagesLast week, one of the oddest trios in musical history took the stage, as Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, came together in London to belt out the Bon Jovi classic "Livin' on a Prayer" at a charity event. And Jon now says that the Prince impressed him with his amazing vocal ability.
According to the Australian Herald Sun, at a press conference ahead of the band's shows in Australia, Jon said of William, ""He's excellent...the guy was right here [next to me], he really belted it out. He was in tune, he can sing, he knew the words and everything." He also called William "very engaging," "very intelligent" and "a great sport."
The fact that William knew the song so well is what really makes Jon, happy, though.
"If you're around long enough people come and they grow into prominent positions," he explained. "If you think about it, we were making records as long as the prince has been with us. As I looked around that stage and saw the prince and Taylor Swift, they both didn't know a world without Bon Jovi records. They sort of grew up in that."
"If you're around long enough and able to be blessed with the opportunity to do what you love to do sometimes if you do good, good things happen and you fall into situations where the future King of England knows the words to your songs," he adds.
The Because We Can Tour wraps up December 17 in Brisbane, Australia, and will likely end up as the year's highest-grossing tour when all is said and done. Explaining Bon Jovi's success on the road, Jon said, "It's cross-generational, that's the magic of it. [Our fans are] six to 60...I think that generation tells the next generation `You gotta see this band live.' That's the blessing. [The audience is] more than guys that grew up in the `80s.'"
EllenTV.comKellyClarkson isn't having an easy first trimester of pregnancy. The singer revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on Friday that she's been tossing her cookies nonstop.
"I vomit a good dozen times a day. It's, like, bad," the 31-year-old singer said on Friday's edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn't [know]."
"I'm not even kidding, it's so bad. It's so bad. I know it's like so gross. And that's the thing, too -- you're not attractive when you're pregnant," Kelly continued. "Everybody tells you [that] you glow and you're hair is pretty and you're nails are pretty. That's total crap. My nails are short, my hair still falls out like it's not all lush and beautiful and I have no glow. Unless it's, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It's horrible."
The American Idol winner, who announced in November that she and husband Brandon Blackstock were expecting, also revealed she's 11 weeks pregnant, and has already thought of names for their bundle of joy.
"I just want to know [the baby's gender]," Kelly told host Ellen DeGeneres. "And it doesn’t even matter because, honestly, the name we’ve picked, if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s the same name."
When DeGeneres then tried to guess baby names that would work for both sexes -- "Chris? Pat?" -- Kelly laughed, "You won’t guess it. It’s a random name. It's not like...Blue Jazz. It’s not going to be a weird name."
Kelly also talked about her wedding to Brandon on October 20, and revealed that she was ugly-crying so badly during the ceremony that her videographer hasn't even showed her the film yet.
ABC/Rick RowellIf you missed Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving special on ABC, you'll have another opportunity to watch it this weekend. Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular will air this Saturday night on VH1 at 7 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
The special, which was only seen by 3.6 million viewers during its original airing last Thursday night, features guest stars such as Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kristen Bell.
CBS/NARASThe nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced live Friday night on a star-studded CBS TV special that will feature performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, Lorde and more. And unlike past years, when a single artist dominated every category, experts think that the Recording Academy is going to spread the love this year.
"I don't think that this is a year where you're going to have an Adele-like phenomenon, because it really wasn't an Adele year," says Bill Werde [wordy], Billboard magazine's editorial director. "I mean, literally, it wasn't a year where one artist kinda swept everything in that kind of a way." Instead, he says, a handful of artists all did very well, and will be rewarded accordingly.
"This year I think you're really looking at artists like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, that really were sort of strong from the beginning of the year to the end of the year," he tells ABC News Radio. " I think that those three artists, to the extent that they have eligible songs and eligible albums, will do really well."
The concept of eligibility is an important one. Only music that was released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 is eligible to be nominated Friday night. That's why, say, Taylor Swift's monster album Red, which came out last November, wasn't eligible for the Grammys that were handed out this past February, but is eligible for nominations this year. It's also why you won't see nominations for, say, Katy Perry's album PRISM: it was released after September 30. Her single "Roar," however, was released in August, so it's eligible to be nominated.
Werde says that these days, Grammy voters are more likely to recognize these kinds of mainstream artists who've had huge success in the past year. In the past, Grammy voters have accused of focusing on veteran acts at the expense of pop stars, but Werde feels that's changed.
"I think that the Grammy voters have gotten a little more in tune with what's happening on the Billboard charts, frankly," he tells ABC News Radio. "So, yeah, I think, if you look at these artists that have had monster years, I think you're going to see them show up at the Grammy Awards this year."
However, young pop stars, as opposed to veteran acts, are the ones who are the most controversial, which brings us to the Miley question. Will Miley Cyrus' musical accomplishments this year be enough to make Grammy voters forget her twerking, tongue-wagging antics? Werde says we'll have to wait and see.
"Miley Cyrus was arguably the pop story of the year, but that doesn't always sit well with Grammy voters," he explains. "Sometimes if you get known for spectacle, it doesn't matter how good your songs are, it doesn't matter how good your singing voice is. And in Miley's case, you know, she scores well on both of those, believe it or not. But I think people have paid so much attention to her antics at times that it's kind of eclipsed the fact that she's got some great music."
All will be revealed Friday night at 10 p.m. ET on CBS, during The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night.
Meanwhile, Yahoo!'s Chart Watch has made some predictions in the so-called "Big Four" categories: Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. It's important to note that Song of the Year goes to person who wrote the song, while Record of the Year goes to the artist and the producer. Here are the website's predictions:
Album of the Year Likely: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist Taylor Swift, Red Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
Possible: Drake, Nothing Was the Same Lorde, Pure Heroine Daft Punk, Random Access Memories Florida Georgia Line, Here’s to the Good Times
Record of the Year Strong Contenders: Lorde, "Royals" Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop" Pink & Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason" Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven" Avicii w/Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up" Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise" Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors" Daft Punk, "Get Lucky"
Possible: Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" (not a lock because of the legal issues surrounding it) Katy Perry, "Roar" Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble" Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"
Song of the Year Pretty much an overlap with Record of the Year, except Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' pro-gay-marriage anthem "Same Love" will likely show up here, and not "Thrift Shop."
Best New Artist Lorde Imagine Dragons Macklemore & Ryan Lewis HAIM Kacey Musgraves Florida Georgia Line
Image Courtesy Ryan Murphy via TwitterStevie Nicks fans know that the singer will soon be making an appearance on American Horror Story: Coven, but now word has emerged that the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman actually will be showing up on not one but two episodes of the hit FX series.
The show's creator, Ryan Murphy, disclosed the news in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
"Stevie will be in episode 10 and then we have Stevie for another one, doing an idea that she came up with that I thought was too perfect to say no to," reveals Murphy.
He explains that the idea to include Stevie in another episode emerged after she'd been poring through some of the show's upcoming scripts and came across a scenario that seemed very familiar to her.
"[She] called up and said, 'Are you aware that one of the things you're doing I actually wrote a song about?'" notes Ryan. "I'm like, 'You've got to be kidding.' Then I remembered the song. We have something cool that was her idea."
Stevie's first appearance on American Horror Story: Coven will air on January 8. As previously reported, a source who works on the show told E! Online that Stevie will play herself in the episode and will show up to meet her "biggest fan," the eccentric witch character Misty Day.
Nino Munoz / FOXThe X Factor set its top four on Thursday night. The two artists who were eliminated during the one-hour results show both belonged to Demi Lovato's "girls" category: Ellona Santiago and Rion Paige.
Rion battled Carlito Olivero, the last of Paulina Rubio's "boys," toward the end of the show. She sang Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me," while Carlito performed Usher's "You Make Me Wanna..." Carlito prevailed in the coaches' vote.
Rion's journey on The X Factor was an inspirational one. The 13-year-old is almost permanently blind in her right eye, and she also suffers from arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, a condition that she said affects her joints and which has caused her hands to curve differently.
The top four is comprised of Carlito, Kelly Rowland's "Over 25" rocker Jeff Gutt, and Simon Cowell's groups Restless Road and Alex and Sierra.
Thursday's program began with Simon paying tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier in the day. Simon said, "He was an incredible man, a selfless man, and we want to send out our respects and best wishes to his family. He's going to be sorely missed."
The show also featured performances by season-two act Emblem3 and girl group Little Mix from the U.K. edition of The X Factor.
The top four will kick off the semifinals next Wednesday night on Fox.
Photo by Media24/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesPeter Gabriel had a strong connection to Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday at the age of 95. The musician called Mandela a friend and worked with him extensively on human rights issues.
At a New York City event Thursday night for his human rights organization Witness, Peter told ABC News Radio that Mandela's death was "an enormous loss."
Peter said of Mandela, "He's the great figurehead for anyone struggling for human rights, you know, maybe Gandhi before, but to go from to a violent struggle and then reach non-violence and forgiveness and really inspire not only your own people but people all around the world, we haven't seen anything like that."
The human rights group The Elders, which was launched by Mandela in 2007, began as an idea from Peter and mogul Richard Branson. It's comprised of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights.
Peter's ties to Mandela extend to the musical arena, too. He performed at many events for the late leader's charity, including a 70th birthday concert for Mandela at London's Wembley Stadium in 1988, singing "Biko," about South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.
Peter was one of many musicians who spoke highly of Mandela following his death. In a phone interview with ABC News, Aretha Franklin shared her own thoughts. The Queen of Soul, who met Mandela in 1990 and later performed at a Mandela Day benefit concert in New York in 2009, said, "Even though he was imprisoned in a small jailhouse, his spirit and his ideals and his heart and his soul could not be imprisoned."