You can take the girl out of country, but you can't take country out of the girl.  Taylor Swift pivoted toward pop with her synth-laden 2014 album 1989 and audacious latest effort Reputation, out Friday. Yet the Nashville transplant hasn't entirely abandoned her country roots.  In fact, Swift earned her 12th Country Music Association Award Wednesday, taking home song of the year for writing Little Big Town's Better Man.  The four-piece group's Karen Fairchild accepted the award on behalf of Swift, the sole writer on the breakup ballad who was not in attendance at the ceremony.  "Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song and for loving songs and loving Nashville," Fairchild said.  Swift, who is performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, posted her stunned reaction to the honor on social media, writing, "In NYC for SNL rehearsals. I LOVE YOU @littlebigtown and CMAs."  Better Man marks the first song of the year CMA for Swift, who previously picked up the show's top trophies for entertainer of the year and album of the year (Fearless).
Is Serena Williams pregnant with a mini Serena? Her sister and fellow tennis star Venas Williams may have spilled the beans with regard to the child's sex. In an interview with Eurosport at the French Open Wednesday, Venus was asked what the baby will call her. "She's going to call me her favorite aunt," she said, laughing. Did she let the cat out of the bag? Or should we be rolling in pink already. It wont be long until the world finds out...
Casting for Walt Disney Pictures‘ live-action The Lion King continues today as reports confirm that John Oliver is set to voice Zazu. Oliver, who is best known for hosting HBO‘s Last Week Tonight, joins a cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and James Earl Jones reprising his animated role as Mufasa. Although still unconfirmed, director Jon Favreau has stated that Beyonce is his top choice to voice Nala. Favreau, who previously launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, is bringing to The Lion King the same level of photo-real effects he brought to The Jungle Book. Look for The Lion King to hit the big screen July 19, 2019.
Nick Jonas won Priyanka Chopra over by showing the actress he "respects" her. The former Quantico actress, who is set to marry the singer following a whirlwind romance, opened up on what women should look for when searching for Mr. Right using dating apps. And at the Bumble India launch in New York City on Monday night (29Oct18), she shared how Nick, 26, won her over. “Truly this is what worked for me, he has to be someone who respects you,” Priyanka told People at the event held at Gramercy Park Hotel Rooftop. “By that, I don’t mean makes coffee for you, not that. But someone who respects the hard work you put into your life. “Who respects that if his work is important, so is yours,” she continued. “Or if he makes choices that are important to him, so is your opinion. That’s respect, and that’s incredible to have.” Priyanka went on to explain it makes everything "so easy" in a relationship "because you trust each other." And she added that women shouldn't "settle for less than that.” The Baywatch star is an investor in Bumble India and is also bringing Bumble BFF, the friendship version, and Bumble Bizz, for networking, to her home country. Her comments come days after she celebrated her bridal shower at the Tiffany & Co. Blue Box Cafe in New York City. Guests included members of both Priyanka and Nick's family, and friends including Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Ripa. Fiance Nick was travelling and was unable to attend the shower which featured the star's "favourite foods and cocktails and songs". “This was not a conventional shower, it was a nightclub in Tiffany,” she smiled to People. “There was so much dancing — like five hours of dancing. It was amazing! "It was so special and wonderful. It was such an eclectic, fun, diverse, cool group of women that it just made me so happy."

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