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  • Jon Brings Bouquet of Roses To Kate. Kate Leaves Them Behind. Smart Kate.

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan


    Jon and Kate Gosselin

    From Us Weekly...An offer of roses from their husband might make things better with some women, but not Kate Gosselin.

    The controversial TV mom was given a bouquet of roses from her ex, Jon, during their Saturday arbitration hearing at a Pennsylvania courthouse, but the 32-year-old dad of eight's tactics didn't work -- she left without the peace offering.

    The embattled reality TV couple met face-to-face for what was scheduled to be a two-day arbitration hearing with everything from custody of their twins and sextuplets and the division of assets reportedly discussed. The pair agreed to put everything on the table in five-and-a-half hours Saturday, rather than continue the meeting on Monday.

    An arbitrator is expected to rule within 30 days, with the couple's divorce potentially being finalized before the end of the year.


  • Jennifer Lopez Falls During AMA's 09 Performance but Recovers Quickly

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    The singer-actress jokingly played the amnesiac during a Monday interview on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS FM radio show. "Did I trip a little bit?" she says coyly when Seacrest mentions the tumble. "I don't even remember."

    Lopez's mishap occurred after the star mounted a human pyramid of bare-chested male dancers and jumped off a dancer's back -- landing on her famous bottom and quickly bouncing back up.

    After Seacrest commends her for executing the "greatest recovery ever," Lopez kids: "I meant to do that. What are you talking about? Don't you know me better than that? It was part of the choreography!"  Suddenly philosophical, she adds: "the measure of things is, it's not what happens when you fall, it's how you handle it when you fall."

    Her biggest -- but most jittery -- fan? Husband Marc Anthony. "When I perform, this man is a nervous wreck. It is very cute," she coos. "Last night, he was very proud. He couldn't stop -- he was beaming."

    "Louboutins" will appear on Lopez's next album, Love?, due in "late February, early March," she says. "Love with a question mark behind it, because I think, it's the eternal question, it's something that after many experiences myself and even watching what everyone goes through around me . . . it's the one thing that is still the most confusing."

  • Andy Griggs Loses Home in Fire

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    Andy Griggs

    Andy Griggs is counting his blessings today, after fire swept his Nashville-area home on Saturday. The country singer and his family escaped without harm, but their house is reportedly a total loss.

    "Andy and his family are strong in their spiritual faith and they are very appreciative to be alive," reads a press release sent today from his publicist. "Andy is very touched by all of the support of his fans and all of the messages of concern. He wants to assure everyone that he and his family are fine and he expresses his most sincere thanks to all of this fans and friends for their thoughts and prayers at this time."

    There's no word yet on what sparked the blaze.

  • Dierks Bentley On The Affairs of the Heart

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    Dierks Bentley and daughter Evie

    Dierks Bentley shares with Azcentral.com that he thought he had experienced "all sides of love" until his daughter Evie came into his life. Dierks explains, "I had my heart broken as [bad as] it could be. I was losing weight, my hair was falling out, I was on my knees at church just trying to find some solace but I've also been on the other end of love where you can't imagine loving someone more, that would be my wife, so you think you've covered all that ground and all of a sudden a kid comes along and a whole new universe opens up."

    He goes on, "The feelings you feel when you look at the kid's face and they start saying 'da da,' it blows your mind."

    Bentley loves being a father. He says, "It's kind of like a club you gotta be in and once you're in the dad club, there's no words needed to describe how cool it is."

    Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy

    As far as Evie's mom goes, Dierks says that when he reconnected with his eighth grade crush Cassidy in 2005, there was no turning back. He reveals, "The second she walked on the bus, I knew right away that we were going to get married - got married in December of that year, so it's a pretty cool story."

  • The American Music Awards Country Recap

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    American Music awards

    CMIL has a GREAT recap of the American Music Awards from last night...check it out...

    Carrie Underwood, Reba and Keith Urban with Nicole Kidman on the red carpet before the show...

    Carrie Underwood AMA Red Carpet

    Reba McEntire AMA Red Carpet

    Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman AMA Red Carpet

    And the winners are…

    Country- Favorite Female Artist- Taylor Swift

    Country- Favorite Male Artist- Keith Urban

    Country- Favorite Band, Duo or Group- Rascal Flatts

    County- Favorite Album- Fearless- Taylor Swift

    TMobile Breakthrough Artist of the Year- Gloriana

    Pop/Rock – Favorite Female Artist- Taylor Swift

    Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist- Taylor Swift

    Artist of the Year (all genre award)- Taylor Swift

    Swift accepted her awards via satellite from London, where she is rehearsing for her concert at Wembley Arena.  She said...

    “I want to say thank you to country radio for giving fans a chance to hear my music. Thank you to everybody who came out to see my Fearless tour this summer and this year. Thank you to everybody who follows me on Twitter and goes to my Web site and fan sites. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This means the world to me,” she said when accepting the AMA for Favorite Female Country Artist.

    **I totally want to say THANK YOU to Tay Tay for thanking Country Radio!  That is awesome. :)  **

    Swift beat out Michael Jackson for, Artist of the Year, the top honor of the night and she said...

    “Music has never been, ultimately, about competition,” Swift said in her acceptance speech. “To even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson — who we’ll miss and love forever — is an unimaginable honor. I just want to say I’m sending my love to the Jackson family and Janet for reaching out to me the way that you have…And to the fans, you have given me so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and I hope you guys have an awesome Thanksgiving. I miss and I love you.”


    Keith Urban 2009 AMA

    Keith Urban dedicated his first American Music Award to his wife, Nicole Kidman, and their daughter, Sunday Rose.

    Rascal Flatts

    After accepting the AMA for Favorite Country duo/group Rascal Flatts tweeted the photo above along with the caption that read, “You all did this!!! From the bottom of our collective hearts……thank you! Peace & love -jdr G & Jay”

    By the way...Carrie Underwood performed her latest hit, “Cowboy Cassanova” and Keith Urban took the stage to sing “Kiss A Girl" and both did a FANTASTIC job!  Country looked FABOOSH on the American Music Awards...I am SO proud!

    Carrie Underwood

  • John Rich Assault Charges Dismissed

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    Jared Ashley and John Rich

    From WSMV...The singer, who is half of the duo Big and Rich, took the stand to testify against Jared Ashley's allegations that he threatened and harassed him numerous times over the past year.  The assault and harassment charges were filed earlier this year.

     Jared Ashley was a former Nashville Star reality show contestant who said he was friends with Rich for eight years before they had an altercation at Rich's club The Spot and at Legends Bar in downtown Nashville.  Ashley claimed when he was about to walk out of the business he "got sucker punched in the jaw."  However, several witnesses testified on Friday that never happened.

     Rich said he took this case to court after Ashley requested $3 million to drop the charges.  "People read things across the country and assume that it's probably true. When it's not true, it's really hard to reverse something when it's already gone into gear like that," said Rich after the charges were dismissed.


  • Another "Star" Going Country: This Time Jenette McCurdy

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Everyone and Their Mother, Brother, Sister, Father, Cousin, BFF and Tween Stars are Going Country...this time Jenette McCurdy star of I-Carly on Nickelodeon (who plays the bratty BFF character Sam who I can't stand, ugh) has been signed to the same label as Lady A (Capitol) and they join her in the studio in the video above.  

  • Derek Hough Weighs in on Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Breakup

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    Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough

    From People..If big brothers excel at one thing, it's protecting their little sisters. But Dancing with the Starspro Derek Hough says his sister, Julianne Hough, is doing just fine after her breakup with Chuck Wicks. "She's 21 years old and her career is skyrocketing right now and it's tough to sustain a relationship, especially with somebody who's so much older than her," Derek, 24, told PEOPLE Thursday at Diddy's 40th birthday bash at New York's Plaza Hotel. 

    As for how Julianne, 21, and Wicks, 30, are each handling the split, Derek says, "They're both good. He's a great guy – he's cool." And the ex-couple will spend time together when their schedules allow. "We'll all still hang out," says Derek. "We're all very close. And [the split] is amicable. They're still really great friends, and that's the way to do it." 

    Derek should know – he speaks from experience when it comes to remaining on good terms with an ex. His date at the party Thursday was formerDancing partner and on-again, off-again girlfriend Shannon Elizabeth, 36. Asked whether she and Derek might one day rekindle their romance, she was not optimistic.  "We're in different places in our lives," she said. "If he gets past the place he's in now to a new place, then maybe. I'm a little bit older … He goes out partying every night. He doesn't like to stay home alone." And now that Derek's sister available as a party companion, he has one less reason to.