Charli XCX Looking Forward to Wearing “a Million Billion” Outfits at Sunday’s AMAs

Bella Howard/Atlantic RecordsThe 2014 American Music Awards kick off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and Charli XCX, who’s nominated and is performing on the show, says she’s less excited about the prospect of winning, and more psyched about the prospect of wearing a series of fabulous outfits.

“Dude, you have no idea!” she gushes to ABC News Radio. “Like, I cannot wait.  I want to have, like, a million, billion outfit changes.  It’s, like, my favorite thing.  I literally can’t wait.”

Charli XCX is nominated for Single of the Year for “Fancy,” her smash collabo with Iggy Azalea.  She says winning awards isn’t really important to her, but she’s not going to turn them down, either.

“I don’t do this for, like, awards, or, like, award wins, or whatever,” she tells ABC News Radio. “You know, of course, I’m very grateful but it’s just like…I’d rather be in the studio, I guess.  But of course, I’m very thankful.” 

Fergie is one of many artists debuting new music on the show: in this case it’s her single “L.A. LOVE (La La),” and she admits it’s pretty nerve-wracking to sing a new song on TV for the first time. “Of course it is,” she tells ABC News Radio. “But that’s when I remind myself what the song’s about.  It’s about having a good time and it’s about spreading the love and I gotta take my own advice!”

5 Seconds of Summer performed on the MTV VMAs earlier this year, and they’ll be performing Sunday night; they’re also nominated.  Drummer Ashton Irwin tells ABC News Radio that the Aussie band likes attending award shows.

“I think it’s cool to see everyone,” he says. “It really exposes how unique they are, these shows, and I think that’s what I like about them, is the individuality that it expresses through the TV, which is a cool thing.  And we get to go to them, and, you know, it’s not competitive or anything, it’s more like, ‘Just be yourself’ and that’s how you got there.” 

Taylor Swift will open the show with her #1 hit “Blank Space.”  The rest of the lineup includes Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Imagine Dragons, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, Lorde, MAGIC!, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and host Pitbull

Presenters include Meghan Trainor, Gavin DeGraw, Becky G, Mary Lambert, Train‘s Pat Monahan, Lucy Hale, Tracee Ellis Ross, Danica McKellar, and Ansel Elgort. The fun begins Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year
Iggy Azalea
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Katy Perry

New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX –“Fancy”
John Legend — “All of Me”
MAGIC! — “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J — “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams — “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons
One Direction

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist — Country
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country  
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just as I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Mary J.  Blige

Favorite Album Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist Alternative Rock
Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary
Sara Bareilles
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist Latin
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United

Favorite Artist Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
The Fault in Our Stars

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

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Katy Perry Slams “Perverted” Australian Paparazzi for Harassing Her

ABC/Paul TrantowEarlier this year, Lorde wrote on Twitter that she felt harassed and threatened by a certain photographer in her home country of New Zealand.  Now, Katy Perry’s taken to Twitter to slam the paparazzi in Australia as “perverted” and “disgusting.”

Katy’s Down Under for her Prismatic world tour and according to, she was visiting a park dressed in a bikini top and shorts when she was harassed by photographers who wouldn’t leave her alone.  She then posted a screen shot of a paragraph she wrote, saying, “Australian PRESS: you should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY.”

She continued, “I was stalked by many grown men today as I tried to take a quiet walk to the beach. These men would not stop as I pleaded over & over to let me have my space. Many other people stopped to try to help but the paps continued to laugh at me & hold their barrels up and shoot.”

Katy went on to add, “They told me to make a ‘deal’ with them. Give them a bathing suit shot and they would leave me be. This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this. I will NEVER make a deal with paparazzi and I will not befriend anyone who perpetuates this kind of behavior.”

Katy then posted photos of three of the paparazzi in question, writing, “THESE ARE A FEW OF THE STALKERS.”

By the next day, though, Katy seemed to be back to her old self, making jokes on Twitter.

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Song Bruno Mars Will Sing on “SNL” Is One of the “Favorite Things That He’s Ever Done,” Says Producer

Dana Edelson/NBCBruno Mars returns to the Saturday Night Live stage this weekend for a performance with his pal, super-producer Mark Ronson.  The song they’ll be performing is “Uptown Funk,” the lead single from Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special. Ronson tells Billboard, “I know that it’s one of Bruno’s favorite things that he’s ever done.”

Ronson tells Billboard that Bruno co-wrote “Uptown Funk” and he also played drums on the album.  However, he was hard to lock down for the sessions, since he was on tour at the time.  “It was six or seven months of chasing Bruno around on tour,” says Ronson, who produced “Locked Out of Heaven” and other songs on Bruno’s album, Unorthodox Jukebox

Cameron Diaz is the host for Saturday night’s episode.  She, Bruno and Ronson star in a series of promos for the show.

The last time Bruno was on Saturday Night Live was in 2012, and he served as both host and musical guest.  He first appeared on the show in 2010.

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American Music Awards Live Pre-Show Features Jordin Sparks, Lance Bass, Gavin DeGraw, Mary Lambert

Dick Clark ProductionsBefore you tune into ABC Sunday night for the American Music Awards, you’ll be able to check out the star-studded pre-show, which will stream live at Yahoo! starting at 5 p.m. ET.

The Coca Cola Red Carpet LIVE! pre-show will feature three hours of celebrity interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and live performances.  Hosting the festivities will be Jordin Sparks, Lance Bass, Gavin DeGraw, Ariana Grande‘s brother Frankie Grande, and others.  Performances from Mary Lambert, Becky G and Ella Henderson will round out the event.

Mary Lambert, who’s a veteran of the MTV VMAs and The Grammy Awards, says she’s looking forward to her performance of her hit, “Secrets.”

“I usually have a lot of fun at award shows.  I have an awesome time,” Mary tells ABC News Radio. “And for me it’s just like a big party, and it feels really cool to be performing at an award show with, y’know, a song that I sort of ‘birthed,’ I guess.  And I’m stoked for people to see it.” 

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Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Hudson to Perform on “Dancing with the Stars” Finale

Brooke Nipar/Epic RecordsThe Dancing with the Stars season 19 finale airs on Tuesday, and the show will feature performances by some top musical talent.

Meghan Trainor will appear on the show performing a medley of “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin’,” and Nick Jonas will take the stage to perform his new hit “Jealous.”  In addition, Jennifer Hudson is teaming with English electronic duo Gorgon City to perform a song called “Go All Night.”

The remaining couples on the show are Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro and his partner Witney Carson, YouTube star Bethany Mota and her partner Derek Hough, Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, and Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas.  One couple will waltz off with the coveted Mirror Ball trophy at the end of Tuesday night’s show.

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Rixton to Release Ed Sheeran-Penned Song “Hotel Ceiling” as Next Single, Debut Album Now Due in March

Image credit: Lindsey ByrnesFollowing their hits “Me and My Broken Heart” and “Wait on Me,” Rixton‘s next single will be “Hotel Ceiling,” a track which was co-written Ed Sheeran.

A video for the song is due in January, and they’ll perform the track live January 6 on ABC’s Good Morning America.  If you pre-order Rixton’s debut album Let the Road, you’ll get a download of “Hotel Ceiling” instantly.  The album, initially due on January 6, will now be released on March 3.

On Black Friday, fans in Minnesota will be able to pre-order a copy of Let the Road with the band in attendance: on Black Friday, November 28, they’re doing a concert in the Rotunda of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Rixton will open for Ariana Grande on her upcoming North American tour, which starts February 25, and on her European tour, which starts May 15.

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Revealed: Why Taylor Swift Won’t Show Her Belly Button

Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsRemember that Saturday Night Live parody “Swiftamine,” where the announcer cracked that Taylor Swift is “always wearing a 1950s bathing suit?”  Well, one design detail of those kind of suits is that they don’t reveal your belly button.  In fact, Taylor is almost always photographed in high-waisted ensembles that completely cover her navel.  Why won’t she show it off?  

“I don’t like showing my belly button,” explains Taylor in the new issue of Lucky magazine. “When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing — you’re only seeing lower rib cage. I don’t want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery.” 

Cultivating an air of mystery seems to be an ongoing theme with Taylor: she recently said that’s why she only wanted to show half her face on the cover of her latest album, 1989.

“As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced,” she laughs. “They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that.”

You can read more with Taylor in the December/January issue of Lucky.

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Harry Styles Denies Rumor He Gave Taylor Swift 1,989 Roses

Peter Kramer/NBCAlthough he reportedly inspired a few songs on Taylor Swift‘s latest album, 1989, her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles didn’t help her celebrate the album’s success by sending her roses.  Lots of them.

Australia’s New Weekly magazine claimed the One Direction member sent Taylor 1,989 roses after her album did so well on the charts, but Harry says it must’ve been someone else.

“I know about the rumor. I don’t know anything about the roses,” he said, laughing, on Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I think it might have been someone else and I may have falsely taken [credit].”

Taylor and Harry split in 2013.  Harry was allegedly the inspiration for the song “Out of the Woods” and, perhaps, other songs on 1989.

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Train, Rixton, Jennifer Hudson & More to Perform on “A Home for the Holidays”

Pamela Litky/Columbia RecordsThis year’s edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays will include the musical talents of Train, Rixton, Jennifer Hudson and more.

As always, the show will feature uplifting stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care.  Celebrity presenters, some of whom have had their own adoption experiences, or who are involved in children’s issues, will also be part of the show.

Also on the bill for the special are legendary R&B group Earth Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee, Ashley Monroe – who duetted with Train on their single, “Bruises” — Jillian Michaels, and country duo Dan + Shay.   It airs December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Katy Perry, One Direction Winners at “Billboard” Touring Awards

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry and One Direction were winners at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards, which honors achievements in concert tours over the past year.

One Direction’s Where We Are tour took home the prizes for both Top Tour and Top Draw — the trek has grossed more than $290 million.  In addition, the band’s management firm was named Top Manager.

Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour was named Top Package for its eclectic lineup of opening acts, which has over the year included Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan & Sara, Becky G, and Ferras.

Country duo Florida Georgia Line was named Breakthrough Touring Act at the show.

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