A giddy Taylor Swift won her second entertainer of the year award and rising sibling act The Band Perry was the night's top winner as The Country Music Association Awards celebrated the young women of country music on Wednesday night, the Associated Press reports.
Swift was rewarded for an amazing year during which she brought country music to the Far East, scored hits all around the world and continued a run that's made her country's hottest young star for several years. She's just the second woman to win the award twice, joining Barbara Mandrell.
It was The Band Perry's melancholy song about dying young that ran hard against the tried-and-true country radio formula that had everyone's attention most of the night, though. "If I Die Young," written by Kimberly Perry, won song and single of the year and the band picked up new artist of the year as well.
"If I Die Young" is one of the few country songs that managed to cross over into the pop world.
Crossover appeal proved to be the theme of the night. Jason Aldean, who won his first major CMA award when his platinum-selling "My Kinda Party" won album of the year, also won musical event of the year for his duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson. And Kenny Chesney won music video of the year for his duet "You and Tequila" with Grace Potter.
Lady Antebellum won vocal group of the year for the third straight time, and Sugarland took its fifth straight vocal duo of the year award. And Blake Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, repeated as male and female vocalists of the year.
America still has talent, but now it's missing a judge, People reports.
Piers Morgan is leaving NBC's "America's Got Talent" after six seasons, he announced Wednesday night, saying his schedule had become too hectic since he began hosting a nightly talk show, "Piers Morgan Tonight," on CNN in January.
"Turned out that juggling's harder than it looks, so I'm going to focus on CNN," he wrote on Twitter.
The British TV personality, 46, thanked NBC, production company FremantleMedia, "and, of course, my friend Simon Cowell, for giving me such a great opportunity. It's been a blast."
He added: "And congrats to @MrsSOsbourne @howiemmandel & @NickCannon -- you don't have to put up with me any more!"
Morgan was also one of the original judges on "Britain's Got Talent," but he quit that show in 2010 after four seasons to take on the CNN gig.
Her hips don't lie and neither do her massive album sales.
International pop star Shakira was honored as the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in Las Vegas Wednesday night, the Associated Press reports.
The 34-year-old Colombian singer was recognized at a tribute dinner attended by some of Latin music's biggest stars, including Venezuelan crooner Franco De Vita, Mexican rocker Alejandra Guzman and salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa.
Shakira has sold more than 60 million albums in Spanish and English and is the youngest person to receive the Latin Recording Academy's most prestigious award. Previous honorees include Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin.
Hot off his World Series win and MVP title, St. Louis Cardinal David Freese is coming to ABC, EW.com reports.
Freese has made the talk-show rounds since helping the Cards win the championship, appearing on NBC's "The Tonight Show" and the syndicated "Ellen." But now he's landed a guest star role on an episode of ABC's upcoming new comedy "Work It." The third baseman will play himself on the show, appearing as Angel's (Amaury Nolasco) favorite baseball player.
"Work It" joins ABC in midseason.
On-air radio personality Tracey Lee is back on WAMO weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the station reports.
Lee returned to 100.1 FM and 660 AM Monday. She worked as a program director and on-air personality for the former WAMO AM 860, which Sheridan Broadcasting owned and operated before selling the station in 2009.
Martz Communications now owns and operates WAMO 100.1 FM and 660 AM -- "Pittsburgh's Home for Hip-Hop and R&B."
General manager Laura Varner Norman said, "We are glad to work with Tracey Lee. She's a seasoned professional who is respected for her contribution to urban music in Pittsburgh."
Originally from Philadelphia, Lee has been in Pittsburgh more than 10 years. In addition to her WAMO roots, she has worked at Harrisburg's The Touch 1400 AM and WNNK-FM Wink 104.
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture Wednesday announced its 2011-12 August Wilson Center Fellows: Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy, literary artist; Erika Beras, media arts; Kelli Stevens Kane, performance-based and literary arts; and Staycee Pearl, performance-based and visual arts.
Through the fellowships, the artists will: have new venues to create and present their own works of art, pursue individualized career advancement, participate in collaborative creative and marketing projects, strengthen community connections, acquire financial services and collect a regular stipend.
The fellowships are awarded for a minimum of one year. The stipends provide artists with economic freedom to focus on their individual practices over the year to explore, experiment and develop their work more fully.