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Ariana Grande to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Telecast Sept. 5; Debuts Four New Songs via MTV

Ariana Grande's beloved grandfather recently died of cancer, which may be why the singer is happy to perform on the upcoming charity telecast Stand Up to Cancer, airing Friday, September 5 across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more. Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, rock legends The Who, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common. The one-hour special will feature stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Sara Bareilles to Perform During "In Memoriam" Segment at This Year's Emmy Awards

Sara Bareilles performed on the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and on Monday night, she'll perform at the Emmy Awards. Unlike the Grammys, where she was a nominee for Album of the Year, Sara isn't up for an Emmy.  She's simply providing the musical accompaniment for the annual "In Memoriam" segment, which salutes those stars who've passed away in the past year.  Chief among them is, of course, Robin Williams, who will be celebrated by his old friend Billy Crystal. It's not clear what song Sara will perform during the segment, though she did recently dedicate her song "Hercules" to…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Ariana, Jessie & Nicki to Perform "Bang Bang," Sam Smith Added to Lineup at MTV VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday, and a whole slew of stars have just been added to the lineup. First of all, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj will deliver the first performance of their hit "Bang Bang" live on the show. That's not just the first TV performance: it'll literally be the first time all three women have ever sung the song together in public. The video for the clip will premiere after their performance at BangBang.MTV.com. Next, Sam Smith will make his U.S. award show performance debut at the VMAs.  He's nominated for Artist to…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Train, Meghan Trainor, Matt Nathanson to Perform at Live in the Vineyard Festival

Train, Matt Nathanson and hot new artists Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are among the acts who'll be performing at the annual Live in the Vineyard Festival, scheduled to take place in Napa Valley, California, November 6 through 9. The twice-a-year festival features great music, as well as fine wines and food prepared by world-renowned chefs.  Train, who have their own line of signature wines, is a natural for the festival, which is why they've performed at it a number of times. In a statement, Pat Monahan of Train said, "We are so excited to be a part of [the festival]…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Taylor Swift Says Twerking Is "Mind-Blowing to Me...It's So Above My Comprehension"

Taylor Swift's a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything -- write, sing, play instruments, accessorize, act -- effortlessly.  But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking. In her new video for "Shake It Off," Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop.  She tells Rolling Stone, "We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it's just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Largest-Ever Collection of Madonna Memorabilia Going on the Auction Block This Fall

Over the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills. Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on November 7 and 8, both in person and online.  The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR

Jennifer Hudson’s Half-Brother Arrested in Stabbing Incident

The half-brother of Jennifer Hudson is facing felony charges after allegedly stabbing a man in Michigan, WWMT.com reported. Stephen Angelo Simpson, 45, is accused of stabbing a man several times at an apartment complex in South Haven Charter Township early Tuesday and then fleeing the scene. Police said the victim is the boyfriend of Simpson’s estranged wife. He is expected to recover. Simpson, who reportedly has a history of domestic violence, is expected to be charged with first-degree home invasion and attempted murder. Jennifer's former brother-in-law, William Balfour, was convicted a few years ago in the 2008 murders of her…

posted 2014/08/20 by Music News From ABC News Radio - CHR