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Diana Ross to perform, be honored at American Music Awards

Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at next month's American Music Awards and will celebrate with a performance on the broadcast next month.

ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced the honor Wednesday. It's the first time the AMAs have given out the award since 2006, when it was presented to Sting. Previous winners include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson.

The 73-year-old Ross tells The Associated Press of the honor: "It took a lifetime to get here, I'm not going anywhere ... It's been a wonderful journey for me of joy and much appreciation."

The Motown legend and former Supremes singer has performed at the AMAs several times and hosted the show twice.

The AMAs will air live on ABC from Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Provocative sculpture rejected by Louvre finds new home

A huge abstract sculpture deemed too obscene for the regal gardens of the Louvre Museum has found a new home at Paris' edgier Pompidou Center.

The sculpture was unveiled Tuesday in front of the Pompidou modern art museum. Made of cubical containers, the artwork suggests two human figures having sex. Artist Joep Van Lieshout told The Associated Press the work, titled "Domestikator," is meant to represent the domestication of the Earth by humankind and the evolution of robotics and big data.

The work was meant to be displayed at the FIAC contemporary art festival in the Tuileries Gardens, adjacent to the Louvre. But Pierre Bachelot of the Carpenter's Workshop Gallery representing the artist said Louvre management "found it could shock" visitors.

Bachelot said "it's art, so you must open your mind."

Nielsen says it will report on who's watching streamed shows

The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, now says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.

Nielsen announced its new service on Wednesday and said that eight television networks and studios, including ABC and NBC, have subscribed to it.

Even with Amazon's "The Handmaid's Tale" winning an Emmy for best drama last month, the number of people who actually watch the program has remained a mystery. Since 2014, Nielsen has been able to count viewership of streamed programs but reported it only to the companies that stream them. The companies, led by industry behemoth Netflix, have largely kept that information a secret.

Now, Nielsen will be able to measure viewership of streamed programs through an audio signature that does not require any action by the programmers to activate it, said Brian Fuhrer, Nielsen's senior vice president of product leadership.

Clients like ABC and NBC will be able to know how many people are watching "House of Cards," for example, and have no reason to keep that information private.

"When people start analyzing this, they're going to be quite surprised at the size of the audience these programs are commanding," Fuhrer said.

Between 12 and 13 percent of television consumption now consists of streamed programs, he said. Half of that are shows on Netflix.

When Netflix made eight episodes of its series "Marvel's The Defenders" available on the same day in August, all of them landed among the 20 most-watched television programs for the week among viewers in the prized 18-to-49-year-old demographic, Nielsen said. The remake "Fuller House" has also had strong numbers.

The research company will be able to measure the impact of binge-watching, too. When a company like Netflix releases a season's worth of episodes on a single day, that show's fans watch an average of four and a half episodes in a day, Nielsen said.

People will also learn demographic information on a show's audience, like which programs are more appealing to young people.

A Netflix representative declined comment on the new service.

So far, Nielsen says it can only measure streaming viewership on television, and not on mobile devices.

Nielsen, in recent years, has begun systematically measuring how many people watch regular television shows on a time-delayed basis, instead of on the same night they are broadcast. That gives a fuller view of the rapidly-changing ways in which experience TV, and the streaming numbers will make that picture even clearer. The numbers are eagerly sought by advertisers who want to know how many people are being exposed to their products.

The extent to which Nielsen will make this information available to the public is unknown, or if the company will incorporate the figures in its weekly release of top programs.

Lego unveils 'Women of NASA' set with astronauts, scientists

Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA.

The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton.

Lego versions of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Hubble Space telescope can be put together with the set. A miniature version of Hamilton's workspace at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was programming software for the moon landing is also featured.

The set is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed a women of NASA collection through the Lego Ideas program.

The set retails for $24.99 and goes on sale Nov. 1.

Must-see: High school dance team's 'Wizard of Oz' homecoming routine goes viral

There's no place like homecoming at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona.

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According to the Arizona Republic, the school's Performing Arts Crew dance team, aka PAC, recently took the school gymnasium – and the internet – by storm with a "Wizard of Oz"-themed shimmy down the yellow brick road.

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The eye-popping routine quickly went viral, raking in 1.45 million views since it was posted late last month.

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This traveling Hedgehog will melt your heart!

This traveling hedgehog will make you go to the pet store IMMEDIATELY. This tiny Japanese hedgehog, Azuki, has quite a life! He recently went on a camping trip and the pictures will make you scream.

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3) Look at his little hat!

4) The Grillmaster at work.

5) This our favorite shot from the trip. Morning world!

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These shots are from one of the many adventures Azuki has had. Check out his Instagram page!

Ed Sheeran’s injury will cost him several shows.

After Ed Sheeran was struck by a car while riding his bicycle, he took to Instagram to keep #Sheerios updated. His injury is going to cost him his next several shows.

He confirmed this yesterday with a photo of his arm in a badass black cast that he’s canceling five upcoming dates in Asia because he broke his right wrist and left elbow.

Ed finished the post with this statement: “I’m waiting to see how the healing progresses before we have to decide on shows beyond that. Please stay tuned for more details. PS – Ed isn’t typing this as he has both arms casted/bandaged.”

We wish Ed a speedy recovery and that he feels better soon!

 

Is Khloe Kardashian really pregnant?

HUGE debate going on Twitter and Instagram lately about whether or not Khloe Kardashian is really pregnant.

She posted this pic where she’s kissing her man, Tristan Thompson and she’s in some tight workout clothes and…no baby bump.

So, a bunch of Khloe fans are like, “See, proof, until she confirms, she isn’t pregnant so just shut up about it.”

While others have pointed out the terrible photoshop job the photo seems to have had, pointing out that Tristan’s hand is in front of her belly but he only has three fingers!

They all agree that until she confirms, it’s not true.

Kevin James explains why his 'Kevin Can Wait' TV wife was killed off

"Kevin Can Wait" star Kevin James is finally talking about what led to the sudden death of Erinn Hayes’ character, Donna.

James told the New York Daily News that the decision did not have anything to do with Hayes, but because they were out of story ideas.

“I get that people are like, ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” he said.

>> Leah Remini’s arrival on 'Kevin Can Wait' leaves fans cold

According to James, the show was initially meant to portray him as a single father, but he and producers decided to write in a wife and three children. For the show to live beyond the first two seasons, things apparently needed to change.

>> On Rare.us: Leah Remini says the Church of Scientology wanted her to convert Kevin James

“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive,” James said. “If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one. We were literally just running out of ideas.”

James’ former TV wife from “King of Queens,” Leah Remini, has since signed on as a series regular.

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After Remini’s character was announced, Hayes took to Twitter to let fans know that she was out.

“True, I’ve been let go from the show,” she wrote. “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

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Donna Karan begs forgiveness for Harvey Weinstein remarks

Fashion designer Donna Karan is "apologetic from the bottom of my heart" and embarrassed about "stupid" remarks she made last week that suggested sexual harassment victims were "asking for it" by the way they dressed.

Her comments on a red carpet touched off outrage online following sexual harassment and assault allegations against fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Karan spoke to Women's Wear Daily in an interview published Monday, saying she spoke while sleep deprived and without knowing details of the mounting allegations against Weinstein, telling a red carpet reporter:

"How do we display ourselves, how do we present ourselves as women, what are we asking? Are we asking for it, you know, by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality? ... It's not Harvey Weinstein. You look at everything all over the world today, you know, and how women are dressing and, you know, what they're asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble."

The designer told WWD, "I made a horrible mistake. I regret it from the bottom of my heart. This is never who I am as a woman."

Karan has been in the fashion business for 40 years, often championing women's causes. Her on-camera comments went viral, triggering outrage and a drop in the stock price of G-111, which has owned the company that bears her name since last year.

The production company Weinstein co-founded fired him Oct. 8, days after he was accused of sexually harassing women for decades in an expose by The New York Times. Subsequent stories by the Times and The New Yorker included allegations of abuse, and more than three dozen women have publicly accused the disgraced mogul of abuse. He resigned from the board of The Weinstein Co. on Tuesday. Weinstein has denied the allegations.

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