Garth Brooks performs surprise St. Patrick’s Day show in Texas

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2:58 AM

Country singer Garth Brooks played a surprise show Friday night at The Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas.
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Country singer Garth Brooks played a surprise show Friday night at The Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas.(Austin American-Statesman)

Garth Brooks doesn’t officially take the stage at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, until Saturday, but he capped a day that included a South by Southwest keynote and the reveal of his new single with a surprise acoustic show at the Broken Spoke Friday night.

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Strolling on the stage promptly at 11 p.m. wearing a Lone Star Beer T-Shirt with a flannel and a Garth Brooks hat, the country superstar immediately launched into “Friends in Low Places.”

What followed was a speedy 40-minute set that included 17 songs, mostly his, that the capacity crowd of old fans and young Spring Breakers was all too happy to sing along and dance to.

Brooks looked ecstatic on stage, and some fans in the crowd happily lucked into the St. Patrick’s Day show, arriving without knowing he was even going to be there.

After closing with early hit “The Dance,” he returned to do a quick rendition of “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

“If the honky tonks were like this that I was in, I never would’ve left them,” he said as he left the stage.

Brooks plays Saturday night. Tickets are sold out.

Lil Wayne's 'doing fine' after seizure reports, daughter says

Published: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

Lil Wayne performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Lil Wayne performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Lil Wayne is “doing fine,” said his daughter, Reginae Carter, who is assuring fans after reports surfaced that her dad was hospitalized over the weekend due to seizures.

He was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering seizures in Chicago, TMZ reported. The rapper also known as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. has been hospitalized before for the same reason in years past.

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Here are Carter’s recent posts giving updates on her dad’s condition:

Carter is the daughter of Lil Wayne and his ex, Toya Wright. They teamed up for their daughter’s 16th birthday bash and the star-studded extravaganza was featured on MTV’s “Super Sweet 16” in February 2015.

“Her dad was like, ‘Give her whatever she wants,’” Wright said of her ex-husband during an interview at her boutique, Garb, in Smyrna, Georgia. “I’m big on budgets. We ended up pulling it off.”

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“The most exciting part was getting my cars: I got a Ferrari and a BMW X4,” Carter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time. “That’s what I asked for but I didn’t know they were going to get it for me so that was surprising. I can’t really drive the Ferrari. I drive the Beemer a lot. That’s my every day car.”

The best gifts from her parents, though, are priceless.

“The best thing I inherited from my mother was the way she raised me to be humble and grounded,” she said. “With my father I’ll say his work ethic. I’ll go from singing to acting – I just like to do a lot of things. That’s what my father likes to do. It’s never enough.”

2017 MTV Video Music Awards: Complete list of winners

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 11:37 PM

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The MTV Video Music Awards were held Sunday night in California.

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Here’s a complete list of the night’s winners:

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: P!nk

Video of the Year: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar

Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist: Khalid

Song of Summer: “XO Tour Llif3,” Lil Uzi Vert

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Best Collaboration: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” Zayn and Taylor Swift

Best Pop Video: “Down,” Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane

Best Hip Hop Video: "HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar

Best Dance Video: “Stay,” Zedd and Alessia Cara

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Best Rock Video: "Heavydirtysoul," Twenty One Pilots

Best Fight Against the System: “Black SpiderMan,” Logic Feat. Damian Lemar Hudson; “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done),” The Hamilton Mixtape; “Light,” Big Sean; “Scars To Your Beautiful,” Alessia Cara; “Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL,” Taboo feat. Shailene Woodley; “Surefire,” John Legend

Best Cinematography: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar

Best Direction: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar

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Best Art Direction: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)

Best Visual Effects: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)

Best Choreography: “Fade,” Kanye West (Choreographers: Jae Blaze, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Teyana Taylor & Derek Watkins)

Best Editing: “Wyclef Jean,” Young Thug (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)

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'We don't change': Pink shares uplifting message to daughter in VMA acceptance speech

Published: Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 12:16 AM

Willow Hart (L) and Pink attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Willow Hart (L) and Pink attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Singer Pink shared an emotional story about her daughter, Willow, and the meaning of beauty as she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.

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Ahead of her acceptance speech, Pink blew the audience away with a mash-up performance of her hit songs. The high-energy routine brought down the house, earning her a standing ovation.

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Afterward, actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres presented Pink with the award. She said that Pink asked her to present her with the award because Cher was unavailable.

>> Photos: Stars arrive for the 2017 MTV VMAs“It makes sense that Cher would give the award, because Cher got the Vanguard award last year, and I have not received the Vanguard award. I have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama,” DeGeneres joked.

She praised Pink, a friend, as “the most incredible performer,” and said she was honored to have been asked to present the singer with the award.

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“Then I realized it was the season finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ so I hope we are recording it,” DeGeneres said before listing Pink’s achievements, both in and out of the recording studio.

DeGeneres welcomed Pink onstage, where the singer promptly broke her Moon Person.

Pink started her speech by sharing a moment from her daughter Willow’s life. Her daughter recently told her that she felt like “the ugliest girl at school” because “she looked like a boy with long hair,” she said.

The singer told the audience that she explained to Willow that she has also been told she looks like a boy, but that hasn’t stopped her from selling out arenas and having amazing success.

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“So, baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people change so they can see all kinds of beauty,” Pink said before thanking fellow artists. “Keep shining for the rest of us to see. And, you, my darling little girl, are beautiful.”

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The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Taylor Swift debuts video for 'Look What You Made Me Do' at MTV VMAs

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 9:39 PM

In this Feb. 4, 2017 file photo, Taylor Swift performs at the DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert in Houston, Texas. Swift isn’t nominated for an award, but she could own the night at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star who dominated headlines all week with anticipation of new music will debut a music video at the show Sunday.   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)
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In this Feb. 4, 2017 file photo, Taylor Swift performs at the DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert in Houston, Texas. Swift isn’t nominated for an award, but she could own the night at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star who dominated headlines all week with anticipation of new music will debut a music video at the show Sunday. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)(John Salangsang/John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Taylor Swift fans rejoice: The singer debuted the music video for her latest single Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Swift pokes fun at her own fame in the four-minute video, with multiple versions of herself – Taylor Swift the sweet country singer, Taylor Swift the nerdy girl next door, Taylor Swift the zombie.

“Stop acting like you're all nice, you are so fake," Swift, dressed as a circus ringmaster, says to the country version of herself as multiple versions of the singer line up. The country version bursts into tears.

“There she goes again,” says a Swift decked out in leather, “playing the victim again.”

Warning: The music video contains language that may be offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Swift announced last week that her sixth album, “Reputation,” will be released Nov. 10. The album is her first since 2014’s Grammy-winning “1989.”