Amy Adams Fangirls over One Direction in New “Saturday Night Live” Promos

Jeff Daly/NBCAmy Adams unleashes her inner One Direction fangirl in a series of new Saturday Night Live promos.

The actress will be hosting the show this weekend, and the British boy band will be the musical guest. In one of the promos, Adams suppresses the urge to scream around the guys. In another, she hangs a strategically-placed mistletoe and tries to get the guys to kiss her. “You said we have to kiss you,” Harry Styles points out. To which Liam Payne adds, “Otherwise, we can’t do SNL.”

The last promo features the band members holding Adams. “Should we, uh, put you down?” Liam asks. “Don’t you dare,” Adams responds, as she runs her fingers through Zayn Malik’s hair.

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Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and 5 Seconds of Summer Perform on the First People Magazine Awards

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsThe first-ever People Magazine Awards, which took a look back at the year in pop culture, aired live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC Thursday.

The evening also included performances from Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.

The two-hour special was hosted by Nick Cannon, who managed to sneak in a joke about splitting with his wife Mariah Carey after six years of marriage.

“I’ve been told that I have graced People from time to time. A little small mention here and there,” the America’s Got Talent host told the audience, adding, “I don’t know why, it’s not like anything interesting has happened in my life in 2014.”

Stefani, who earlier won the Style Icon of the Year award, teamed up with her fellow Voice coach Pharrell for their new single, “Spark the Fire.”

5 Seconds of Summer performed their cover of The Romantics‘ “What I Like About You,” from their album She Looks So Perfect.

Maroon 5 performed their hit, “Animals.”

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Nick Minaj: “I Am the Greatest Female Rapper”

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj is the greatest female rapper of all time, if you ask her.

“I am the greatest female rapper, and it’s humbling because the people make you that,”  Nicki explained during a recent interview for Elliott Wilson‘s CRWN Internet inteview series. “I wanna let the hip-hop culture know I take this serious.”

She adds that she brings something to the table that no other female rapper has. “The word of the day is skill,” she says.

Her third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released Monday and is projected to become her third #1 on the Billboard album chart following her  previous projects, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

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Katy Perry, John Legend Among the Most “SoundHound’ed” Artists of the Year

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsFirst we had the list of the most Shazamed artists of the year, based on the popular song-tagging app.  Now we’ve got the list of the most SoundHound’ed artists of the year, based on a similar app that identifies not only recorded songs, but songs that you sing or hum.

According to SoundHound, the song most people were curious about was “All of Me” by John Legend, followed by Clean Bandit‘sRather Be,” Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy,” MAGIC!‘s “Rude,” “Am I Wrong” by Nico & Vinz and “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry.  Others in the top 10: Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” OneRepublic‘s “Counting Stars” and “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance.

On the album side, Katy’s PRISM album was the most SoundHound’ed, followed by Macklemore & Ryan LewisThe Heist, John Legend’s Love in the Future, Ariana Grande‘s My Everything and Prayer by Mr. Probz.  Other albums in the top 10 included discs by Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Pharrell and Lorde.

The most SoundHound’ed artist of the year overall, though, was Pitbull, thanks to his own hits, and his appearances on other artists’ records.  Number two was David Guetta, and number three was OneRepublic.

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Watch Maroon 5, Gwen & Pharrell, Plus 5SOS, Perform on Tonight’s “People” Magazine Awards

Dana Edelson/NBCIf you’re upset that The Voice is over for the season, just turn on tonight’s People Magazine Awards. It’ll be like it never ended.

On the show, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC, you’ll see Maroon 5 perform, and Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams teaming up for their collaboration “Spark the Fire,” Gwen’s new single.  5 Seconds of Summer, who have a new live album out, also are on the bill.

Nick Cannon hosts the show, which will look back on the year in pop culture.  Other stars attending include Jon Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Lopez, Josh Groban and Kate Upton, among others.

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Nicki Minaj Becomes the Face of Roberto Cavalli

Dana Edelson/NBCNicki Minaj has landed a new endorsement. The rapper has become the new face of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli’s spring/summer 2015 advertising campaign.

In tribal-inspired images shot photographer Francesco Carrozzini, Minaj exudes the “strong sensuality” that Cavalli was seeking for his campaign.

“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes,” Cavalli said in a statement. “With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body — who is not afraid to show her curves. Instead, she makes them her strength”

The rapper expressed her gratitude on Instagram. “I am so honored to be the face of the new #RobertoCavalliSS15 campaign. #NickiForCavalli,” she wrote.

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Sam Smith the Only Artist to Sell a Million Albums in Both the US & UK This Year

Capitol RecordsChalk up another achievement for Sam Smith.  Britain’s Official Charts Company reports that the Grammy-nominated singer is the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 2014.

Sam’s debut In the Lonely Hour passed the one-million mark in the U.K. just this week, and that certification came just about a day after the album was certified platinum in the U.S.

In a statement, Sam tells the Official Charts Company, “To say I am ecstatic is a huge understatement. Thank you so much to every single person who has purchased my album.”  He also tweeted that he was “completely speechless” over the achievement.

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Carly Rae Jepsen to Return in 2015 with New Single

ABC/ Lou RoccoAfter ruling 2012 with “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen took some time off from music to star on Broadway in Cinderella.  But it looks like she’s planning a comeback for 2015.

According to her record label’s promotional website, Carly Rae has a new single coming in 2015 called “I Really Like You.”  It’s listed alongside other new singles coming next year, from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Rixton, Selena Gomez, Madonna and Zedd, among others.

Speaking to ABC News Radio earlier this year, Carly Rae talked about the new music she’d been making, saying, “I’m definitely excited to surprise people…I think after having a song like ‘Call Me Maybe’ and kind of going into the pop world in such a happy way, there is a desire in me to just try something completely different and I’ve learned to just kind of follow those impulses.”

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Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz, Train, Ella Henderson Join “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Lineup

ABC/Kelsey McNealYet another batch of performers for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest has been announced.  The Hollywood Party portion of the show will now include Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz, Train and Ella Henderson, as well as country star Brantley Gilbert.

They join previously-announced performers One Direction, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Jason Derulo, Rixton, Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor on the show, which will be hosted by Fergie on the West Coast, and Ryan Seacrest live from New York’s Times Square.  As previously reported, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, MAGIC! and Florida Georgia Line will perform live in Times Square, while Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum will join the festivities from Nashville.  Elton John will perform remotely from Brooklyn, New York.

The fun gets underway December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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Maroon 5′s Guitarist Teases New Wedding Crashers-Themed Video, Talks “Animals” Clip Controversy

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Last week, word came that Maroon 5‘s video for their new single, “Sugar,” would feature scenes of them crashing real-life weddings.  Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine says this plan — showing up unannounced at actual couples’ nuptials — could have gone horribly wrong, but amazingly, it didn’t.

“I will say that it couldn’t have gone any better,” James tells ABC News Radio.  “Basically, we approached the grooms. So the grooms knew about the surprise, but it was a surprise for the brides. And we were behind a screen and we start playing the song, and the screen drops, and everyone was just really stoked. And I think it’s really going to be one of our best videos yet.” 

No word yet on when that video will premiere.  Meanwhile, the video for the band’s current hit “Animals” caused some controversy earlier this year, because it cast Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine as a creepy stalker who hangs around — literally — in a meat locker — when he isn’t sneaking into the bed of a woman played by his wife Behati Prinsloo.  The clip was condemned by an anti-sexual assault group, who called it ” a dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fantasy — and no one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance.”

“Yeah, a little bit,” says James when asked if he was surprised at the controversy.  “We’ve made so many videos that we were stretching a little bit to try something new and we sort of approached it like a little mini-movie. So yeah, I was a little surprised from all the controversy. But I think it certainly wasn’t our intention to offend anyone.”

Meanwhile, “Animals” itself has become a massive hit, even outpacing “Maps,” the band’s first single from their album V.  James says unlike the controversy over the video, the single’s success hasn’t been a surprise.

“Well, I always believed in it as a song. I always kinda felt like it was the biggest song on the record,”he tells ABC News Radio. “It just has one of those undeniable ear worms in it that you can’t kinda sort of get rid of. And I really love the production.”  

Fans will hear both “Sugar” and “Animals” when Maroon 5 kicks off their big tour this February. First, though, they’ll ring in 2015 with two shows in Las Vegas on December 30 and 31.

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