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Get in the holiday mood with Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton

Nov. 23, 2020 7:38 PM EST

Here’s a collection of 2020 holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. ____________ Carrie Underwood, “My Gift” (Capitol Nashville) Carrie Underwood takes fans to church with her first holiday album “My Gift,” a set of hymns and traditional Christmas classics that invoke...

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Nov. 23, 2020 8:25 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Nov. 29: Blues musician John Mayall is 87. Actor Diane Ladd is 85. Musician Chuck Mangione is 80. Country singer Jody Miller is 79. Singer-keyboardist Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals is 78. Actor Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” “The Marshal”) is...

In this screen shot provided by ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC via AP)

Swift wins top prize at AMAs, says she's re-recording music

Nov. 22, 2020 11:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she's busy re-recording her early music after her catalog was sold. In a video that aired during Sunday's awards show, the pop star said...

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List of winners at the 2020 American Music Awards

Nov. 22, 2020 11:32 PM EST

A list of the winners at the 2020 American Music Awards, held Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. — Artist of the year: Taylor Swift — New artist of the year: Doja Cat — Collaboration of the year: Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours" — Favorite pop/rock...

Dolly Parton helped fund a COVID-19 vaccine

Nov. 21, 2020 9:37 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A million-dollar donation by Dolly Parton has helped fund the production of a promising new coronavirus vaccine by Moderna Therapeutics. Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Moderna released data early Monday on its candidate vaccine, mRNA-1273, finding that it reduced the risk...

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Review: Kelsey Waldon covers weighty topics on new album

Nov. 20, 2020 12:20 PM EST

Kelsey Waldon, “They'll Never Keep Us Down” (Oh Boy) Kelsey Waldon’s “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” is a serviceable homage release, as the proud Kentuckian covers everyone from Nina Simone to Neil Young, and everything from union labor to feelings of freedom. It’s...

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Brandi Carlile memoir 'Broken Horses' coming in April

Nov. 19, 2020 2:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy winner Brandi Carlile has a memoir coming in April. Her publisher calls the book an “evocative and piercingly honest” journey through the life that has shaped her “very raw art.” Crown announced Thursday that Carlile's book is called “Broken...

FILE - Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019.  Ricch, whose successful year included a Grammy win, No. 1 album and No. 1 song, won two Apple Music honors that were based on streaming data. His debut album, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,

Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, Taylor Swift win Apple Music Awards

Nov. 19, 2020 12:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Lil Baby has been named artist of the year at the second annual Apple Music Awards. The rapper, who topped the charts this year with his sophomore album “My Turn" and reached the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his hit “The Bigger Picture," was...

This combination photo shows, from left, The Weeknd, Harry Styles, Roddy Ricch and Megan Thee Stallion, who are likely to be contenders when The Recording Academy announces the 2021 nominees Tuesday. (AP Photo)

And the Grammy nomination goes to ... Megan? Harry? Weeknd?

Nov. 18, 2020 1:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rappers and R&B singers tend to be the most-nominated acts at the Grammys thanks to producing their own hits and collaborating with others — sometimes from different genres — giving them a chance to qualify for more nominations than a pop or country singer who worked alone...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019 file photo, Dolly Parton performs at the 53rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Parton's $1 million gift to Nashville's Vanderbilt University helped researchers develop Moderna's experimental coronavirus vaccine, announced this week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Dolly Parton adds pandemic hero to list of accomplishments

Nov. 18, 2020 12:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Dolly Parton is being celebrated in song — a rewritten version of her own “Jolene” — for her contribution to an experimental coronavirus vaccine. Northeastern University associate English professor Ryan Cordell posted a video on Twitter of himself performing a...