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MTVWALK THE MOON is nominated for Best Rock Video for "Shut Up and Dance" at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, and they'll be performing their smash single during the VMA Pre-Show.  Lead singer Nick Petricca thinks the band has a chance of taking home the trophy, even though they're mostly up against more established acts.

"I think we do have a chance," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, we kind of see ourselves as the underdogs just kind of in every situation. That’s the attitude we take going on stage and I guess this is no different."

The "Shut Up and Dance" video was very influenced by classic '80s videos from the heyday of MTV, when the medium was in its infancy.  Nick tells ABC Radio, "I think a lot of my favorite videos from the ‘80s are wonderfully bad. They have this charm about them."

"I think the ‘80s were a time that just really celebrated weird and campy, you know, whether it’s in the music or the fashion or the videos," he adds. "And so....I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for them."

As for Video of the Year, WALK THE MOON isn't nominated, but Nick says he's rooting for Taylor Swift to take home the top prize for "Bad Blood."  Not because he necessarily loves the video, but because he's partial to Taylor, who invited him and the band to join her on stage for "Shut Up and Dance" during her current tour.

"I am pretty biased towards her," Nick laughs. "She’s just so gracious and so kind to us and seeing behind the curtain, you know, she’s just so driven and works so hard and is really, really creative, and obviously has a big hand in everything that happens, you know -- which is not the case for a lot of artists. So I would not be upset if she took it home."  

One of the artists who WALK THE MOON is up against for Best Rock Video is Hozier, who's nominated for "Take Me to Church."  He tells ABC Radio that the video, which showed a same-sex couple dealing with homophobia, had a lot to do with how popular the song became.

"I think the video was definitely a very important vehicle for the song, yeah," he says. "And, it kind of captured a lot of people’s hearts and minds in a big way. It was a huge part of the song getting to where it got to, you know, around the world."

"She's Kind of Hot," by 5 Seconds of Summer, is up for the fan-voted Best Song of the Summer award, which will be handed out during the VMA Pre-Show.  Among the competition: "Worth It," "Lean On," "Cheerleader," "Cool for the Summer," "Hey Mama" and "Bad Blood."  "If we win that'd be awesome," says lead singer Luke Hemmings.  "I think it would be a bit of a statement as well," adds guitarist Michael Clifford, "'cause this one’s about being yourself and stuff and I think that’s cool. If that’s the Song of the Summer, that’s awesome."   (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran lead nominees with nine and six nods, respectively. Kanye West will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  Britney Spears has been added to the lineup as a presenter, and the show will open with a performance by Nicki Minaj.  Other performers include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Pharrell Williams.

The pre-show will feature Taylor Swift debuting her new video for "Wildest Dreams," and Nick Jonas performing his new single "Levels."

The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET.  The pre-show starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here's a full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
The Weeknd -- “Earned It”
Nick Jonas -- “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Sia -- “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding -- “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj -- “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 -- “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé -- “7/11”
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift -- “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 -- “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church”
Fall Out Boy -- “Uma Thurman”
Florence the Machine -- “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon -- “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys -- “Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap -- “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy -- “Riptide”
George Ezra -- “Budapest”
James Bay -- “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs -- “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth -- “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd -- “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj -- “Bang Bang"

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson -- “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat -- “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend -- “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna -- “American Oxygen”
Wale -- “The White Shoes”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go -- “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker -- “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran -- “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J -- “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars -- “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar -- “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier -- “Take Me to Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino -- “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé -- “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran -- “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky -- “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar -- “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs -- “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino -- “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo -- “Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, the Creator -- “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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ABC NewsWhile Rachel Platten's hit "Fight Song" has yet to climb higher than #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, across the pond it's another story.  The self-empowerment anthem has now topped the U.K. singles chart.

The song managed to climb to the top in just three weeks.  Rachel tells Britain's Official Charts Company, "I feel so excited and so proud that 'Fight Song' has hit Number 1...I can’t really believe it." 

She adds, "It’s amazing to me that this song that I wrote when I was going through one of the hardest times in my life is also the thing that made my dreams come true. I’m just kind of overwhelmed and really grateful.”

Explaining why she thinks the song has become so big, Rachel says, "It reminds us that those voices in our head...that tell us that we're not good enough...they're not true, and that we don't have to give up on our dreams, and that we can keep fighting for what we believe in."

Rachel wrapped up her tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri on Friday night.

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Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift is the leading nominee for this year's MTV VMAs -- her epic, star-studded "Bad Blood" clip, as well as her tongue-in-cheek clip for "Blank Space," have earned her nine nominations at this Sunday night's ceremony.  But if the winners were determined by Twitter, Taylor would already be clearing space on her trophy shelf.

According to the social media platform, an analysis of tweets about the nominees for Video of the Year, alongside words related to the concept of "winning," shows Taylor's "Bad Blood" will take home the top prize.  The runner-up?  Beyonce's clip of "7/11."

In the category of Best Female Video, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" takes the top prize, according to Twitter.  You may recall Nicki made a fuss last month when she accused MTV of not nominating "Anaconda" for Video of the Year because she doesn't have a "very slim body," like the other nominees..  It appears the two have made up, though, since she's opening Sunday's telecast.

For Best Male Video, Twitter is pointing to a victory for "Chains," by Nick Jonas.

The analyses were based on tweets between the July 21 announcement of the nominees and August 25.  The show airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran is the one who introduced actress Courteney Cox to her fiance, Johnny McDaid of the band Snow Patrol.  So it's no wonder that the Friends star fully expects Ed to entertain guests at their upcoming wedding.

Speaking to the British tabloid The Sun, Courtney says, "We are certainly grateful to Ed for introducing us. I can’t imagine him not playing something at the wedding. It’ll be a musical night.”

So how did Ed hook Courtney up with Johnny?  Well, he lived in Courteney's pool house while he was making his album, X, and Johnny was one of his collaborators on the project, co-writing several tracks, including the hit "Photograph."

Johnny's band Snow Patrol is best known for their 2006 hit "Chasing Cars," which blew up after it was featured on Grey's Anatomy.

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PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsAfter watching Justin Bieber perform on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, make sure you head to Vevo to catch the premiere of his new music video. The visual for his just-released single “What Do You Mean” will be debuting right after the awards ceremony at 11 p.m. ET.

Justin posted a 14-second teaser clip on Twitter Friday. The video -- which looks more like a short film -- co-stars actor John Leguizamo and features Justin in some steamy make-out scenes with a pretty girl. Justin also is seen throwing punches while being attacked by a group of masked men.

“What Do You Mean” was released Friday, after a month-long social media countdown aided by celebrities like Ariana Grande and Ellen DeGeneres. Justin also released a black-and-white lyric video for the song.

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you got the song & the lyric video. Now the #whatdoyoumean music video comes out on @vevo 11pm est on sun after #VMAs pic.twitter.com/MOIGdj1zKp

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 28, 2015

 

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ABC/Richard HarbaughEver since Miley Cyrus started opening up about her fluid sexuality, there’s been a lot of talk about whom she’s dating. In particular, people have been speculating that she’s in a relationship with Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell.  But in a new cover story with Elle U.K., Miley says she’s not tied down to anyone at the moment.

“I’m very open about it -- I’m pansexual,” she says. “But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with.”

We'll save you the trouble of Googling “pansexual”: It describes someone who’s attracted to people of any sex or gender identity.

Miley also tells the mag she set up The Happy Hippie Foundation as a way of using her fame for good.  “I was kind of embarrassed that I got paid money to shake my a** in a teddy bear costume,” she says, adding, “I should not be worth the amount I am while people live on the streets.”

See what else Miley decides to shake when she hosts 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteKelly Clarkson went a little bit country for her latest fan-requested cover song. The singer performed her own rendition of Dolly Parton’s 1973 classic, “Jolene,” for fans in Albuquerque, New Mexico Thursday night.

Kelly belted the tune -- which was requested by a fan in the front row -- with just the simple backing of a piano.

This has been quite an eventful tour for Kelly. Per her tradition, she’s performed a number of amazing fan-requested covers of artists from Taylor Swift to Nick Jonas to ‘NSYNC. She also announced her second pregnancy on stage at her Los Angeles concert last week.

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Ultra Music/Sony Music EntertainmentIf you’ve been cheering for an OMI album, the wait is almost over. The Jamaican pop sensation has announced his debut album, ME 4 U, will be released  October 16.

The album will of course include OMI's smash hit, “Cheerleader,” as well as his new single, “Hula Hoop,” which he premiered Friday. If you pre-order ME 4 U, you’ll receive instant downloads of both tracks. Additional tracks will become available for instant download in the weeks leading up to the release.

Similar to "Cheerleader," “Hula Hoop” is another feel-good tropical jam about female admiration. “Round and round, your love it winds me up/Like a hula hula hoop,” OMI sings on the bouncy track.

The video for the song was shot in Miami this week and will premiere in September.

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Def JamJustin Bieber enlisted dozens of stars to help him count down to his new song "What Do You Mean," from Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly and Miley Cyrus, to Britney Spears, Will Ferrell and Martha Stewart.  Now, the song has finally arrived.

Justin will perform the song this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time.  It's slightly similar to "Where Are U Now," his collaboration with Jack U, but not as electronic sounding.  It's somewhat mellow and hypnotic, with Justin singing, "What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no / What do you mean?"

E! reports that the black and white lyric video features Justin skateboarding with professional skaters Ryan Sheckler and Chelsea Castro, who pull off some impressive tricks.

In a statement, Justin says, ""It's been an amazing journey to write, record and deliver this record to my fans. I'm so glad people have participated in it, and I hope they are receptive to it and love it as much as I do. This is only the first step in the journey for me. This album is so personal to me, there's so much of my heart and soul in it, and I can't wait to bring my fans along for the ride."

Justin will perform "What Do You Mean" this Sunday at the MTV VMAs for the first time publicly.  He'll be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, and take over NBC's Today show for a week starting September 7.

Justin's next album, due November 13, will be his first since 2013's Journals and 2012's Believe.


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Dine Alone RecordsAfter giving us a taste of her new music with an EP released last month, Vanessa Carlton has now revealed the release date for her full-length album. Liberman comes out October 23.

The singer also teased another song off the album, the piano-driven “Willows.” She's released the song’s lyric video as well, telling USA Today the tune was inspired by her childhood home on a Pennsylvania hillside, surrounded by willow trees.  “When you’re a little kid, they’re just magic, those trees,” she says.

Vanessa combined that childlike wonder with the adult realization that the trees were part of the life her parents had created for their family -- something she thought about often as she started a life with husband John McCauley.

"Willows," she says, "was me going through the steps of what type of thing we wanted to start with each other, what we wanted to set up.”

Here is the complete track list for Liberman:

"Take It Easy"
"Willows"
"House of Seven Words"
"Operator"
"Blue Pool"
"Nothing Where Something Used to Be"
"Matter of Time"
"Unlock the Lock"
"River"
"Ascension"

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ABC/Heidi GutmanJason Derulo is set to take the stage at Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row. The fashion, dance and music event will close out New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, September 17.

Jason joins previously announced performer Nate Ruess. In addition to their performances, the event will feature special runway presentations of designs from Heidi by Heidi Klum Intimates, Jessica Simpson, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

Tickets for the event are priced at $55 and $80, and currently are on sale. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation.

If you can’t be there in person, the show will air Wednesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET on E!

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Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsCould it be true? Will we get a new Adele album before the year is over? According to Billboard, the singer’s record label is planning for a November release. That means in just a matter of months, we could be hearing Adele’s first collection of new music since 2011’s Grammy-winning blockbuster 21.

Adele and her team largely have stayed silent on any details regarding the album, but information about possible collaborators has been leaking out slowly. Among those she’s reportedly worked with are former Gnarls Barkley member Danger Mouse; OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Rumour Has It” on her last album; Swedish pop master Max Martin; 21 producer Paul Epworth; and producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin, who's worked with Pink and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

Billboard also reports that Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr. wrote a track on the album, and it’s described as a potential standout.

Adele’s 21 has sold more than 11 million copies in the U.S. along and was the top-selling album of the year in both 2011 and 2012.

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MTVTwo years after the twerk heard 'round the world, and a year after she won the top prize, Miley Cyrus returns to  the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night as the host.  Complaining that last year's show had "no energy," she tells The New York Times this year's installment will be "psychedelic and raw."

Miley says that the decision to have her host came from Van Toffler, one of the show's executive producers, who is leaving the company.  As she tells the Times, "He's leaving, so he can’t get fired. He was like, 'I want to do something crazy -- I want you to host the VMAs, because I want that to be my last shebang.' It’s like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."

The singer insists that for her hosting gig, she wouldn't let the producers make jokes about her 2013 performance with Robin Thicke, which shocked the world at the time.  Miley says she still can't see what the big deal was, either.  "When you look at it now, it looks like I’m playing hopscotch," she tells the Times. " Compared to what I do now, it looks like nothing. I can’t believe that was a big deal. It wasn’t shocking at all."

So what is she planning to do?  No jokes, and no actual monologue, she tells the paper, just "fun skits." "What I’m trying to do is create my Instagram -- which people love to think is so freaky -- in real life. It’s letting people into my world," says Miley.

Speaking about choosing Miley as host, Van Toffler tells ABC Radio, "She has a nice, fun history with the show, but she’s grown up since then."

MTV VMA Executive Producer Jesse Ignjatovic adds, "You know, [Miley] was the only person we talked about as possibly hosting. And then there was a meeting and we sort of went in and said, ' This is what the show is and how it’s looking and what we’d love you to do.' And she said, 'No, no, no. This is what I wanna do.' And we said, 'Yes!'” 

Meanwhile, the show's three excecutive producers -- Toffler, Ignajotovic  and Garrett English -- say they're excited about The Weeknd's performance of  "Can't Feel My Face," Justin Bieber's return to the stage with his new single "What Do You Mean," Kanye West receiving the Video Vanguard Award and the show's opening and closing moments, which are, according to them, must-sees.  But what we're all really tuning in for are, of course, those unpredictable moments, like the Madonna/Britney/Christina kiss.

"There’s always mayhem...we particularly like to put the combustible elements in one room together and then stand back, ‘cause that’s what makes a show really special," says Toffler.  "People feel the stage is special when they go up there to perform...they’re mindful of the heritage of the prior performances in the show and...they feel like, 'I wanna create a moment.'"

 "It's gonna be a wild and crazy night," agrees English. "There are gonna be moments that will be resonating for days to come, I'm sure."  

The MTV VMAs air Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCHere's proof Nicki Minaj no longer holds a grudge against the MTV Video Music Awards: she's opening the 2015 edition of the show this Sunday night.

Nicki let the cat out of the bag on Thursday, when she posted on her Instagram a photo of a sonogram of a Moonman statue. The picture no longer appears on her page, but MTV later confirmed the news.

You may recall, after this year's nominees were announced, Nicki complained her hit "Anaconda" was excluded from the Video of the Year category, and that her collaboration with Beyoncé, "Feeling Myself," was snubbed entirely. She tweeted, "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year."

Taylor Swift took the comments personally, chimed in on Twitter, and it led to a tense yet brief exchange that ended when Taylor apologized.

It'll be interesting to see if Nicki crosses paths at Sunday's VMAs with host Miley Cyrus, who touched upon the spat in an interview with The New York Times. She said of Nicki, "If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.

"And it’s not anger like, 'Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue,'" Miley continued. "You made it about you. Not to sound like a b****, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'"

Miley further argued, "You don’t have to start this pop-star-against-pop-star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about."

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ABC/Fred LeeFollowing reports last weekend that One Direction will be taking an extended break next year, their mentor, Simon Cowell, insists he's leaving the group's future up to them.

Speaking at the launch of the 12th season of Britain's X Factor on Wednesday, the show's creator and judge vowed he won't put pressure on 1D to reunite after their hiatus, explaining the group, which formed on the show five years ago, deserves a year off, according to the Daily Mail.

Cowell admitted that he'd "known for a while that they were going to take this year off," explaining, "They had to because of their workload."

After learning of the band's decision, Simon noted, "I did what I've always done with the guys and said, 'You make your own decisions and I hope you stay together, but you've got to want to do it yourself.'"

"They're smart guys, they'll work it out," added Cowell.

Of course, Simon would love for the band to come back after the break, but only if it's really what they want.  Cowell says he told the guys, "This is an opportunity, you won it," adding, "I've always had that attitude with them. They're nice guys and they're loyal so it'll be fine."

On Sunday it was revealed One Direction -- comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- had decided to take at least a year off to focus on solo projects and will not tour behind their upcoming fifth album. The following day, Horan took to Twitter to assure fans they were "not splitting up."

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ABC/Lou RoccoBen Affleck scored major dad points this week. The actor reportedly took his two daughters -- Violet, age 9, and Seraphina, age 6 -- to Taylor Swift’s fifth and final concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday night. They even got to meet the singer backstage.

"They all had a great time," a source tells E! News. "This was something they really wanted to do."

The insider adds that "the girls had been begging to go," and Ben “was so excited for them." They were all apparently “ecstatic” to meet Taylor, too.

That night, Ben and his daughters got to witness Taylor bring Lisa Kudrow to the stage to sing a duet of her Friends classic “Smelly Cat.” Taylor also sang with Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake. The source says the father-daughter night was "made even better by JT's appearance.” If you’ll remember, Ben and Justin co-starred in 2013’s Runner Runner.

In addition to Ben and his girls, other famous faces were spotted in the crowd Wednesday including Reese Witherspoon, Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose and Taylor’s beau Calvin Harris.

Back in June, Ben and wife Jennifer Garner announced plans to divorce after 10 years of marriage. They also have a three-year-old son, Samuel.

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Louie Banks/InterscopeThings have been going pretty well for Ellie Goulding. She scored a number-one hit this year with “Love Me Like You Do,” she’s in a solid relationship with bassist Dougie Poysner and she a bona-fide member of Taylor Swift’s squad. But if you think her new album is going to be filled only with happy songs, you’d be mistaken.

"I'm still the emotional wreck I've always been," Ellie tells Billboard. "I get obsessed with the idea that people sabotage things that are already perfect."

She says initially she intended to write songs “about the world,” but her old sensibilities crept back in. "I resigned myself to the fact that I can't help writing love songs," she says. "It's the one thing everyone wants. What else would I write about?"

While the album will retain elements of the Ellie we’ve come to know and love, it’ll also have a brand new sound. She teamed up with producers Max Martin and Greg Kurstin to explore that new direction.

"I call it 'sub-Ibiza,' where it's a kind of rave but it's a euphoric, ethereal kind of thing," Ellie says. "I laugh at myself when I say stuff like that because it's like, 'Really?' But when you hear the album, it makes sense."

The album, Ellie’s third, will be released later this year.

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Monty Brinton/CBSLady Gaga’s music might be taking a creepier turn. The singer tells Entertainment Weekly that her experience playing a bloodthirsty hotel owner on American Horror Story: Hotel will influence her new music.

“Yes it will,” she says. “It will inform me from this day forward, everyday more and more.”

But she’s not trying to combine her music and acting careers just yet. Right now her acting gig is getting all of her attention.

“This is my focus right now,” Gaga says. “I don’t view this as a side thing that I’m doing in between other things. Cramming things in just to be everywhere all the time is really not what I like. It’s not what makes me happy. So it was planned out for me to do one project at a time and give my full attention to each so I can enjoy myself.”

She adds, “If I were to saunter in here and not show true value to the work that’s already been done, that would be a massive mistake because these actors have been working for years. They’re extremely talented. I walked in on my first day and I was like, ‘I am going to give all of myself.’”

Gaga says she’s grateful show creator Ryan Murphy took a chance on her.

“Pop culture puts us in our own lanes doesn’t it?” she says. “They say, ‘Oh these are the music people and these are the television people and these are the movie people.’ I believe that Ryan also has an ability to affect pop culture as a whole. But then he’s going to affect the music world now because he’s believing in me as an actress.”

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX on October 7.

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PRNewsFoto/Hilarity for CharityMiley Cyrus is teaming up with Seth Rogen for a charitable cause. The singer will headline Hilarity for Charity’s Fourth Annual Variety Show, an event founded by Seth and his wife Lauren Miller to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation.

The event -- this year's theme is James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah -- will be held Saturday, October 17 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Miley's scheduled to perform several songs throughout the evening.

This won’t be the first time Miley and Seth have worked together. Seth and his writing partner Evan Goldberg collaborated with Miley for her hosting gig at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, set to air this Sunday. Miley will also appear in Seth’s film, The Night Before, out November 25.

Seth and Lauren, whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, established the Hilarity for Charity Fund in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association. The fund raises money to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide and fund cutting-edge research.

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Syco/Epic RecordsFifth Harmony is already getting us into the Halloween spirit. The ladies explore a haunted hotel in the video for “I’m in Love with a Monster,” their song from the Hotel Transylvania 2 soundtrack.

In between clips from the animated film, the girls dress up in vintage garb and slink through the halls of the creepy, old-fashioned building. As they sing about an unconventional romance, they flirt with some frightening characters along the way.

Fifth Harmony premiered the video on a Sony billboard in New York City’s Times Square Thursday, and it simultaneously debuted on Vevo.

Hotel Transylvania 2 hits theaters September 25.

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Third Thursday on Third Street

August 20th

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA
6:00PM - 9:00PM

Join us again for food, fun and entertainment along Third Street! Come join us for THIRD THURSDAY ON THIRD STREET this THURSDAY, August 20, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm. There will be lots of food and drink specials, variety of music, and as always, a great atmosphere in downtown!



Acoustic Concert Series: Guitar Pull

August 20th

Alexandria Museum of Art
933 Second Street
Alexandria, LA
6:30PM - 8:30PM

Local Duo of Songwriting Singers playing home made Southern Blues, Folk, and Soul originals. 

Live music, food, and fun! Join us on third Thursdays for the Alexandria Museum of Art's most popular recurring social event. Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to music, and snack on tasty food and drink every third Thursday at AMoA 

Admission: 
Free for AMoA Members, $5 Nonmembers

Wild Kidz Tri

Saturday August 29th

LSUA
8100 Highway 71 South
Alexandria, LA
8:00AM

Run Wild MultiSports LLC, a 501(c)3 and friends are bringing back this crowd favorite. This non-competitive kid’s only triathlon is an amazing opportunity for kids to gain a boost in self-confidence, increase self-esteem and achieve a fitness goal while having fun – just in time to build confidence and motivation for another successful school year. Distances are age appropriate. Get more details and register online at www.imathlete.com.


2nd Ammendment Tax Holiday

September 4th & 5th

2220 memorial drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
1:30PM

The 2nd Ammendment tax holiday will take place September 4-6. This tax holiday eliminates all sales tax from the purchase of all hunting equipment and apparel. This includes guns ammo decoys treestands and really anythin else you need for hunting. All retailers participate. Any questions can be directed to Security Sporting Goods 318-445-6246.

Phone: 
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Thursday September 10th

Thru The 13th

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
7:00PM

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock'n'roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

Admission: 
$18 regular admission, $15 seniors 55 and up, $13 children 12 and under and for groups of 10 or more
Phone: 
(318) 487-8243

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Kent Plantation House, Alexandria LA

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Check-in & late registration 9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony 10 a.m.
register today online / no registration fee


A Perfect Fit Pancake Breakfast 2015

Thursday September 17th

St. James Episcopal Church
1620 Murray St.
Alexandria, LA
6:00AM - 11:00AM

Join A Perfect Fit Foundation for their annual Pancake Breakfast to be held Thursday, September 17 in the Parish Hall of St. James Episcopal Church. Patrons will receive a short stack of pancakes, sausage, a beverage, and fresh fruit for their donation. Breakfast is available by dine-in or carry out from 6 to 11 AM. And, remember, with each donation you are helping A Perfect Fit Foundation fulfill its mission to provide free, appropriately-fitting shoes for needy school children in Central Louisiana. Donations of $7.00 per person are suggested. La Capitol Federal Credit Union is proud to be the corporate sponsor of A Perfect Fit Pancake Breakfast.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and support a worthy cause!

Admission: 
$7 suggested donation

Dancing with the Stars Cenla Style

Thursday September 17th

Sai Convention Center
Alexandria, LA
United States
6:00PM

Susan G. Komen Golf Tournament

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.

Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m.

The tournament will be held at Oakwing Golf Club.

For those interested in becoming a sponsor or playing in the tournament, please contact Cindy

Perdue or Terry Taylor with Cleco at 318-484-7400


4th Annual Le Tour de Bayou Pre Ride Party

Friday September 18th
Kent Plantation House
3601 Bayou Rapides Road
Alexandria, LA
6:00PM

This cycling/running event is one of the largest in Central Louisiana! Run the 5K or ride the 100, 70,56,31 or 10 Mile! Ride or Run the 2 mile family fun ride/walk! Enjoy music, food and family fun! See our facebook page or website for more info letourdebayou.com


LSUA 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday September 26th

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Join the LSUA student-athletes and come run with the Generals on Saturday, September 26 at 8:30am at LSUA. 

Choose between the 5K and the 1 mile fun run.

Register online at www.lsua5k.com and raceway registration is available at the Fitness Center. 

The cost is $20 and each participant receives a surprise bonus. 

For more information, contact Larry Cordaro at lcordaro@lsua.edu or 318-619-2968.


Pops on the River

Rapides Symphony Orchestra

Saturday September 26th

Alexandria Amphitheater
Alexandria, LA
7:30PM

Join the Rapides Symphony Orchestra on September 26, 2015 for their annual Pops on the River.  This spectacular season opener is back at the Alexandria Amphitheater overlooking the beautiful Red River.  This year’s concert will feature New Orleans jazz legend pianist Ronnie Kole alongside our local orchestra.  Don’t miss this fun evening of music! 

Admission: 
Free and Open to the public

Inglewood Harvest Barn Market

Every Tuesday!!
6233 Old Baton Rouge Hwy.
Alexandria

3:00PM - 6:00PM

 

Alexandria Mid-Week Farmers’ Market **
2727 Jackson Street
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Thursdays
Pineville Market **
Highway 28 E
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Leesville Main Street Farmers’ Market **
3rd Main Street
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Saturdays
Inglewood Harvest Barn Market **
6233 Old Baton Rouge HWY
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market
at the Horse Farm
2913 Johnston Street
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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featuring local and organic produce, humanely raised meats, artisan baked goods, preserved foods and handmade crafts. Check their Facebook page for special events: http://www.facebook.com/InglewoodFarmMarketAtTheBarn.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318) 442-6398

 



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