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Last Update on July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

"HERCULES" - DWAYNE JOHNSON

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson remembers the first time he ever encountered the idea of Hercules. He was five years old and he saw a poster of Steve Reeves as Hercules breaking chains from pillars. Johnson says at the time, he didn't know anything about the myth of Hercules. He just thought it was a cool picture. Now it's his turn to bring the myth to life. Johnson plays a modern version in "Hercules," which opens today.

Dwayne Johnson says he never thought Hercules should be a young man.

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Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson says he remembers his first exposure to Hercules.

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Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson says Hercules is the first superhero.

HERCULES APPEARS AT COMIC-CON

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- "Hercules" has muscled-in on Comic-Con. Hercules star Dwayne Johnson made a surprise appearance at the pop culture convention yesterday. He high-fived fans -- and invited them all to special screenings of the new movie. Johnson says he booked three San Diego theaters for the screenings. Johnson isn't the only star to drop by Comic-Con's opening day in San Diego. Actors Jeff Bridges, John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch made appearances.

Comic-con opened yesterday - with some star power. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on the pop culture convention in San Diego.

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Sound of an excerpt of Dwayne Johnson

Sound of an excerpt of Dwayne Johnson, in "Hercules" trailer. ((Cut used in wrap))

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Excerpt of Dwayne Johnson

Excerpt of Dwayne Johnson, in "Hercules" trailer. ((Cut used in wrap))

ALEC BALDWIN ADMONISHED TO "BE A GOOD BOY"

NEW YORK (AP) -- It sounded more like a warning a parent might give a wayward child -- not something a judge would say to a grown man. But that's the admonition Alec Baldwin got from a judge in New York City yesterday. The actor was in court to face charges of mouthing off at police who stopped him while riding a bike. After examining the allegations against him, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John DeLury told Baldwin: "looks like you have a short fuse." Baldwin repeatedly said he'd pay the fine, but the judge said he only wanted the actor to apology. The judge set the case to be dismissed if Baldwin stays out of trouble for six months. Speaking to the actor with his given name, DeLury asked Baldwin: "Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?" Baldwin responded: "Sure, sure" -- then the judge told him: "Be a good boy from now on. Have a good day!" before adjourning the case.

SHIA LaBEOUF SEEKS RESOLUTION OF CASE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shia LeBeouf has another court date set for September in an incident in which he's accused of acting out while in the audience of a Broadway play last month. The actor's lawyer and prosecutors are trying to hash out a settlement over the incident in which LeBeouf lit cigarettes, yelled at actors onstage and cursed security guards. As he was ushered out of the theater, he hollered: "Do you know who I am." LeBeouf's publicist says the episode stemmed from an alcohol problem -- and that the actor has since gotten treatment.

Country News

Last Update on July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

NAS SEARCHING OUT HIS ROOTS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Nas is the latest celebrity -- and first rapper -- to be on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots." And he says he isn't comfortable with what he found. He says he "was enraged" when he learned that one of his ancestors was sold as a slave in 1859. He says he felt like tracking down the owner of his relative -- and telling him that person "owes me some cash." Nas say having concrete information that he descended from slaves makes him think about what his forebears contributed to America -- and that now, he's "on a mission to find out more" about his heritage. Season two of "Finding Your Roots" begins September 23.

BON JOVI PART OF GROUP LOOKING INTO BUYING BUFFALO BILLS AND MOVING NFL TEAM TO TORONTO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Looks like Jon Bon Jovi is serious about his plans to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills. A source tells The Associated Press that the rock star is part of a group looking to buy the franchise -- and that the group has launched a study to see if it's feasible to build a stadium in Toronto. The study is looking at three possible sites: two in Toronto proper and another in a suburb. The source spoke to the AP on condition that he not be identified because the Bon Jovi group hasn't publicly revealed details about their plans to buy the Bills and potentially move the team out of Buffalo, New York.

BON JOVI TO GET PHILLY-BASED AWARD

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jon Bon Jovi is about to get an award named for an opera star that in the past has gone to James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Taylor. He will get the Marian Anderson Award -- an award given to artists who have had a positive affect on society. Organizers say Bon Jovi has used his success in music to support groups that work to end homelessness and hunger. The $25,000 award will be given out in Philadelphia on November 18.

ERIC CLAPTON PAYS TRIBUTE TO JJ CALE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Eric Clapton says JJ Cale was the big brother he never had. And he wants to pay Cale back for helping him escape his personal demons by doing a tribute album featuring Cale's music. Cole died last year and Clapton says while he was headed to his funeral, he thought about doing an album covering Cale's music. The result: "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale" -- a 16-tune album that dropped this week. Among the artists featured on the project are Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler and John Mayer.

DURAN DURAN EXPLAIN FAN CLUB LAWSUIT

UNDATED (AP) -- Duran Duran love their fans. They just are not happy with the company that ran their fan club. Duran Duran have issued a statement in response to news that they are suing Worldwide Fan Clubs for failing to pay the band its share of revenues. Duran Duran say their lawsuit is not against their fans, but they just want to protect their rights. The band will now run the fan club themselves.

AL YANKOVIC UNLEASHES INNER EDITOR IN "BLURRED LINES" PARODY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If you think Al Yankovic is one of those people who goes around mentally "editing" what people say and write -- you're correct. He says he's the kind of guy who gets annoyed at seeing signs in stores with quotation marks around them for emphasis -- even though no one is actually being quoted. Or he's keen to catch misspellings on billboards or in ads. So it was a natural that his parody to "Blurred Lines" focuses on "Word Crimes." Yankovic says he decided to go with grammatical errors because it fit his personal style -- and because there were already a bunch of parodies of "Blurred Lines" that dealt with the same themes of the original song.

Weird Al Yankovic says doing a parody of "Blurred Lines" about bad online grammar was a natural fit for him.

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Sound of "Weird Al" Yankovic

Sound of "Weird Al" Yankovic performing his parody of "Blurred Lines," called "Word Crimes".

ROBIN THICKE AND PAULA PATTON PUT HOUSE UP FOR SALE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The house Robin Thicke shared with his wife, actress Paula Patton, is on the market. The Hollywood Reporter reports the three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house in Los Angeles is for sale for $2.9 million. Thicke's father, actor Alan Thicke, bought the house in the 1990s and passed it onto his son in 2005. Thicke and Patton were married in 2004. They separated five months ago and Thicke has been trying so hard to win Patton back he named his latest album "Paula."

JACK WHITE, JAMEY JOHNSON SIGN ON FOR FARM AID

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jack White, Jamey Johnson and Carlene Carter will join Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews for this year's Farm Aid. The concert will be held September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mellencamp says Farm Aid is a great occasion for families to hear great music and teach their children where food comes from.

YES RELEASE "HEAVEN AND EARTH"

SEATTLE (AP) -- The songs on the new Yes album "Heaven and Earth" are short, at least by Yes standards. Drummer Alan White points out most of them are five or six minutes long. He says "Heaven and Earth" was a collaborative effort from all five band members. He says the songs wander through different moods and he thinks people will enjoy them. "Heaven and Earth" is new this week.

Yes drummer Alan White says the "Heaven and Earth" album was a collaborative effort.

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Alan White drummer for Yes

Yes drummer Alan White says the songs on "Heaven and Earth" cover a lot of themes.

MATCHBOX 20'S KYLE COOK STARTS RECORD LABEL

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Kyle Cook of Matchbox 20 hopes to give budding musicians their big breaks. Cook has started a record label called Tennessee Recording Company with songwriter/sound engineer Mike Fiorentino and web developer Ben Shaw. Their first release will be a hip-hop artist named Maurico next month. Cook says it seems obvious for a label in Nashville to sign a country act, but they went with a hip-hop act because no one will see that coming.

WIN A CHANCE TO HAVE A COUNTRY ARTIST IN YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Impress your friends this fall by telling them the commissioner of your fantasy football league is Florida Georgia Line. The Academy of Country Music and CBS Sports have created a fantasy football sweepstakes. Anyone who donates $5 to the ACM's charitable arm, Lifting Lives, through August 9 will be entered into a drawing. The winners will be assigned to a fantasy football league in which the commissioner will be Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Love and Theft, Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town, Chris Young or Montgomery Gentry. Winners will be notified August 18. Details are at www.ACMLiftingLives.org .

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME PLANS KENNY ROGERS EXHIBIT

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Costumes Kenny Rogers wore for "The Gambler" TV series and a rhinestone-studded denim outfit he wore as part of The First Edition will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The display will also include his Grammys, the cameras he uses for his photography hobby and a pack of cigarettes bearing Rogers' name and likeness. The exhibit runs August 15 through June 14. Rogers will take part in an interview at the hall of fame on August 16. It will be streamed live on the hall of fame's Web site.

IGGY AZALEA TO APPEAR AT MTV VIDEO AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE'-yuh) will be appearing at the the MTV Video Music Awards. But not in the way artists usually appear. MTV says she will be doing a running commentary on fashion during the August 24 awards show at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The night after, she will do a fashion recap on the network under the title "House of Style." That show ran on MTV from 1989 to 2000 and came back for a minute online last year. Azalea will do the same online deal starting next month.

Rewind Time

July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 25, 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein (hoo-SAYN') signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state of war.

On this date:

In 1554, Queen Mary I of England married Philip II, future King of Spain.

In 1814, the Battle of Lundy's Lane, one of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812, took place in present-day Niagara Falls, Ontario, with no clear victor.

In 1909, French aviator Louis Bleriot (bleh-ree-OH') became the first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel, traveling from Calais (kah-LAY') to Dover in 37 minutes.

In 1934, Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss was assassinated by pro-Nazi Austrians in a failed coup attempt.

In 1943, Benito Mussolini was dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III, and placed under arrest. (However, Mussolini was later rescued by the Nazis, and re-asserted his authority.)

In 1944, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.

In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

In 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm off the New England coast late at night and began sinking; at least 51 people were killed.

In 1960, a Woolworth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina, that had been the scene of a sit-in protest against its whites-only lunch counter dropped its segregation policy.

In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first "test tube baby," was born in Oldham, England; she'd been conceived through the technique of in-vitro fertilization.

In 1984, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (sah-VEETS'-kah-yah) became the first woman to walk in space as she carried out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7.

In 2000, a New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after takeoff, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground; it was the first-ever crash of the supersonic jet.

Ten years ago: Israelis formed a human chain stretching 55 miles from Gaza to Jerusalem to protest Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza Strip withdrawal plan. Lance Armstrong won a record sixth Tour de France.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama continued his full-court press to pass health care reform legislation, citing a new White House study indicating that small businesses were paying far more per employee for health insurance than big companies, a disparity the president said was "unsustainable" as well as "unacceptable." Protesters across the world called on Iran to end its clampdown on opposition activists.

One year ago: Pope Francis, dubbed the "slum pope" for his work with the poor, received a rapturous welcome from one of Rio de Janeiro's most violent shantytowns and demanded the world's wealthy end the injustices that had left the poor on the margins of society.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Harris is 79. Folk-pop singer-musician Bruce Woodley (The Seekers) is 72. Rock musician Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) is 71. Rock musician Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) is 63. Singer-musician Jem Finer (The Pogues) is 59. Model-actress Iman is 59. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley ("Curtis") is 57. Rock musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is 56. Actress-singer Bobbie Eakes is 53. Actress Katherine Kelly Lang is 53. Actress Illeana Douglas is 49. Country singer Marty Brown is 49. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 47. Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson is 47. Rock musician Paavo Lotjonen (PAH'-woh LAHT'-joh-nehn) (Apocalyptica) is 46. Actor D.B. Woodside is 45. Actress Miriam Shor is 43. Actor David Denman is 41. Actor Jay R. Ferguson is 40. Actor James Lafferty is 29. Actress Shantel VanSanten is 29. Actor Michael Welch is 27. Classical singer Faryl Smith is 19.

Thought for Today: "Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments." -- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890-1995).

Rock News

Last Update on July 25, 2014 07:07 GMT

NAS SEARCHING OUT HIS ROOTS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Nas is the latest celebrity -- and first rapper -- to be on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots." And he says he isn't comfortable with what he found. He says he "was enraged" when he learned that one of his ancestors was sold as a slave in 1859. He says he felt like tracking down the owner of his relative -- and telling him that person "owes me some cash." Nas say having concrete information that he descended from slaves makes him think about what his forebears contributed to America -- and that now, he's "on a mission to find out more" about his heritage. Season two of "Finding Your Roots" begins September 23.

BON JOVI PART OF GROUP LOOKING INTO BUYING BUFFALO BILLS AND MOVING NFL TEAM TO TORONTO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Looks like Jon Bon Jovi is serious about his plans to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills. A source tells The Associated Press that the rock star is part of a group looking to buy the franchise -- and that the group has launched a study to see if it's feasible to build a stadium in Toronto. The study is looking at three possible sites: two in Toronto proper and another in a suburb. The source spoke to the AP on condition that he not be identified because the Bon Jovi group hasn't publicly revealed details about their plans to buy the Bills and potentially move the team out of Buffalo, New York.

BON JOVI TO GET PHILLY-BASED AWARD

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jon Bon Jovi is about to get an award named for an opera star that in the past has gone to James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Taylor. He will get the Marian Anderson Award -- an award given to artists who have had a positive affect on society. Organizers say Bon Jovi has used his success in music to support groups that work to end homelessness and hunger. The $25,000 award will be given out in Philadelphia on November 18.

ERIC CLAPTON PAYS TRIBUTE TO JJ CALE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Eric Clapton says JJ Cale was the big brother he never had. And he wants to pay Cale back for helping him escape his personal demons by doing a tribute album featuring Cale's music. Cole died last year and Clapton says while he was headed to his funeral, he thought about doing an album covering Cale's music. The result: "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale" -- a 16-tune album that dropped this week. Among the artists featured on the project are Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler and John Mayer.

DURAN DURAN EXPLAIN FAN CLUB LAWSUIT

UNDATED (AP) -- Duran Duran love their fans. They just are not happy with the company that ran their fan club. Duran Duran have issued a statement in response to news that they are suing Worldwide Fan Clubs for failing to pay the band its share of revenues. Duran Duran say their lawsuit is not against their fans, but they just want to protect their rights. The band will now run the fan club themselves.

AL YANKOVIC UNLEASHES INNER EDITOR IN "BLURRED LINES" PARODY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If you think Al Yankovic is one of those people who goes around mentally "editing" what people say and write -- you're correct. He says he's the kind of guy who gets annoyed at seeing signs in stores with quotation marks around them for emphasis -- even though no one is actually being quoted. Or he's keen to catch misspellings on billboards or in ads. So it was a natural that his parody to "Blurred Lines" focuses on "Word Crimes." Yankovic says he decided to go with grammatical errors because it fit his personal style -- and because there were already a bunch of parodies of "Blurred Lines" that dealt with the same themes of the original song.

Weird Al Yankovic says doing a parody of "Blurred Lines" about bad online grammar was a natural fit for him.

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Sound of "Weird Al" Yankovic

Sound of "Weird Al" Yankovic performing his parody of "Blurred Lines," called "Word Crimes".

ROBIN THICKE AND PAULA PATTON PUT HOUSE UP FOR SALE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The house Robin Thicke shared with his wife, actress Paula Patton, is on the market. The Hollywood Reporter reports the three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house in Los Angeles is for sale for $2.9 million. Thicke's father, actor Alan Thicke, bought the house in the 1990s and passed it onto his son in 2005. Thicke and Patton were married in 2004. They separated five months ago and Thicke has been trying so hard to win Patton back he named his latest album "Paula."

JACK WHITE, JAMEY JOHNSON SIGN ON FOR FARM AID

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jack White, Jamey Johnson and Carlene Carter will join Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews for this year's Farm Aid. The concert will be held September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mellencamp says Farm Aid is a great occasion for families to hear great music and teach their children where food comes from.

YES RELEASE "HEAVEN AND EARTH"

SEATTLE (AP) -- The songs on the new Yes album "Heaven and Earth" are short, at least by Yes standards. Drummer Alan White points out most of them are five or six minutes long. He says "Heaven and Earth" was a collaborative effort from all five band members. He says the songs wander through different moods and he thinks people will enjoy them. "Heaven and Earth" is new this week.

Yes drummer Alan White says the "Heaven and Earth" album was a collaborative effort.

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Alan White drummer for Yes

Yes drummer Alan White says the songs on "Heaven and Earth" cover a lot of themes.

MATCHBOX 20'S KYLE COOK STARTS RECORD LABEL

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Kyle Cook of Matchbox 20 hopes to give budding musicians their big breaks. Cook has started a record label called Tennessee Recording Company with songwriter/sound engineer Mike Fiorentino and web developer Ben Shaw. Their first release will be a hip-hop artist named Maurico next month. Cook says it seems obvious for a label in Nashville to sign a country act, but they went with a hip-hop act because no one will see that coming.

WIN A CHANCE TO HAVE A COUNTRY ARTIST IN YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Impress your friends this fall by telling them the commissioner of your fantasy football league is Florida Georgia Line. The Academy of Country Music and CBS Sports have created a fantasy football sweepstakes. Anyone who donates $5 to the ACM's charitable arm, Lifting Lives, through August 9 will be entered into a drawing. The winners will be assigned to a fantasy football league in which the commissioner will be Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Love and Theft, Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town, Chris Young or Montgomery Gentry. Winners will be notified August 18. Details are at www.ACMLiftingLives.org .

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME PLANS KENNY ROGERS EXHIBIT

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Costumes Kenny Rogers wore for "The Gambler" TV series and a rhinestone-studded denim outfit he wore as part of The First Edition will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The display will also include his Grammys, the cameras he uses for his photography hobby and a pack of cigarettes bearing Rogers' name and likeness. The exhibit runs August 15 through June 14. Rogers will take part in an interview at the hall of fame on August 16. It will be streamed live on the hall of fame's Web site.

IGGY AZALEA TO APPEAR AT MTV VIDEO AWARDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Iggy Azalea (uh-ZALE'-yuh) will be appearing at the the MTV Video Music Awards. But not in the way artists usually appear. MTV says she will be doing a running commentary on fashion during the August 24 awards show at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The night after, she will do a fashion recap on the network under the title "House of Style." That show ran on MTV from 1989 to 2000 and came back for a minute online last year. Azalea will do the same online deal starting next month.

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))

<<CUT ..003 (11/16/12)>> 00:05 "home is Jennel"

Simon Cowell

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

<<CUT ..004 (11/16/12)>> 00:07 "you so much"

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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