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Taylor Swift Sets New American Music Award Record, Urges People To Vote

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Taylor Swift Sets New American Music Award Record

Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into U.S. politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Tuesday where she used her platform to again urge her fans to get out and vote.

The 28-year-old pop singer won a record fourth artist of the year trophy at the fan-voted American Music Awards, beating rappers Drake and Post Malone, as well as Britain’s Ed Sheeran and rock band Imagine Dragons for the top prize.

She also picked up three other awards, for best female pop artist, best tour, and best pop album for “reputation,” the biggest seller of 2017.

On Sunday, Swift provoked a storm by breaking her silence on politics and announcing she would vote for two Democrats in Tennessee in the U.S. congressional midterm elections in November. Her comments drove a spike in voter registration.

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On Tuesday, the “Fearless” singer told the American Music Awards audience in Los Angeles and millions watching at home to go and vote.

“This award and every single award given out tonight is voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people? – The midterm elections of Nov 6. Get out and vote,” Swift said when accepting her trophy.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, New York rapper Cardi B, brought down the house with an exuberant performance of dance hit “I Like It” with J.Balvin and Bad Bunny.

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Cardi B, who has had a breakout 12 months, was also named favorite hip-hop/rap artist, but she lost the best new artist category to Cuban-born Camila Cabello.

Other winners included Post Malone (male pop/rock artist), Khalid (male soul/R&B artist), and country star Carrie Underwood, who accepted her 13th American Music Award.

Boy band BTS became the first Korean group to win an American Music Award, taking the trophy for favorite social artists.

Glady Knight led a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died of cancer in August at age 76. Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.

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Some of music’s top stars, including Drake, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Kanye West, were absent on Tuesday. West was snubbed in the nominations while Beyonce, Rihanna and Grande got just one nomination each.

Apart from Swift, the show was largely politics free.

Host Tracee Ellis Ross sported a white T-shirt for part of the evening saying “I am a voter,” and presenter Billy Eichner, best known for the TV comedy “Parks and Recreation,” urged the youth audience to register to vote.

“You can go to vote.org, like Taylor Swift told you to,” Eichner said.

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Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara Steps Down Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct Investigation Involving British Actress

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Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara Steps Down Over Sexual Misconduct Investigation Involving British Actress

Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara, has stepped down amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. He is alleged to have offered to promote the career of British actress Charlotte Kirk, with whom he was having a sexual relationship.

In a statement by WarnerMedia, the actress through her spokesperson publicly denied any impropriety in her casting.

The CEO of WarnerMedia, John Stankey, said that Kevin stepped down as the chairman in the best interest of the company and everyone working under it.

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“Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him,” he added.

In a statement released by Tsujihara about his departure, he said, “I love this company and the people that make it great. I have been honored to head this organisation and work alongside all of its talented employees of the past 25 years.”

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“Together we’ve build this studio into an unequivocal leader in the industry. However, it has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organisation is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past distract from all the great work the team is doing,” the 54-year-old said.

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The personal lawyer of Tsujihaha’s also stated that Mr Tsujihara had no direct role in the hiring of this actress.

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Egyptian Actor Amr Waked Fears Arrest Upon Return To Egypt Over Fake News

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Egyptian Actor Amr Waked Fears Arrest Upon Return To Egypt Over Fake News

An Egyptian actor, Amr Waked, has told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Egyptian Embassy in Madrid had unofficially informed him that military courts have convicted him of spreading fake news and insulting the state.

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The 45-year-old Egyptian actor, known for his roles in “Syriana,” “Lucy,” and the Netflix Series “Marco Polo,” currently lives in Europe.  He is a well-known critic of president Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi’s government.

The two sentences amount to an eight-year prison term.

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Waked also says an official embassy notice to him says his Egyptian passport could only be renewed if he personally returns to Egypt for the process.

A retired Egyptian intelligence official, Mohammed Rashad, says this is not the first time Amr waked has made public statement against the government of Egypt.  He said waked had been warned before.

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TAMPAN Commends FG’s Response To Baba Suwe’s Medical Treatment

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TAMPAN Commends FG's Response To Baba Suwe's Treatment

A week ago, the story of Baba Suwe, Babatunde Omidina’s health challenges and admission to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, was told in many media outlets.

In it, national president of the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria TAMPAN, Bolaji Amusan, also known as Mr. Latin, says the veteran actor is suffering from an undisclosed ailment.

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Amusan said Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole had announced that the federal government will foot Omidina’s medical bills.  He thanked the minister for making arrangements for LUTH to admit and treat the ailing actor.  He also commended Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for donating a million naira toward Baba Suwe’s treatment.

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We are telling the story again to let every Baba Suwe fan know that he is in good hands and is receiving great treatment.

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