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Jana Kramer Thanks Fans for 'All the Love' After Alleged Separation

Jana Kramer is grateful for her fans' love and support following her reported split from husband Michael Caussin.

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MTV VMA awards: What time, what channel, who’s presenting, who’s performing

Hold on to your streaming device, the VMAs are only hours away.

For the terminally hip and fatally cool among us (which you are not if you call yourself that, so …) it’s the equivalent of Christmas, the feud between Kanye and Taylor and a new drop from Queen Bey, herself, all right there on Spotify.

>> Drake buys Rihanna congratulatory billboard for MTV VMAs honor

Much of the talk in the run-up to MTV's annual award ceremony/fight is centering on Britney Spears and her next “comeback.” The last one on the 2007 show didn’t go over so well, but Spears is in a better place now (her words). Add to that, the incredible coincidence that she released a new album (“Glory”) on Friday and you can expect something good.

Beyonce may get tired going up and down the steps to receive awards – she’s nominated for 11 this year. And, hello, British singer Adele is up for eight awards.

>> Britney Spears 'very nervous' about performing at MTV Video Music Awards

There is no host, but a couple of comedians will keep the night rolling, Rihanna is being honored with the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award -- at 28.

Here’s the particulars of Sunday’s show.

What time is the show?

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, with red carpet arrivals beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET; a pre-show beginning at 8 p.m. ET hosted by DJ Khaled,  and the main event at 9 p.m. ET. 

Where can I watch it on TV?

The show airs live on MTV from Madison Square Garden (there is a tape delay for the West Coast, so it airs at 9 p.m. local time there.) You can watch the show on the MTV and MTV 2 networks. Check with your local TV provider for channel numbers.

What other platforms can I catch it on?

You can watch the show through MTV’s app – with cable authentication. Also, a livestream starts at 7 p.m. Sunday. 

Who is hosting?

There is no host, per se, but comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are being called the masters of ceremonies. They will give a running commentary on the show as their alter egos, The Shamester and Lizard Sheeple.

Who will be handing out the little Moonman trophies?

All kinds of folks are set to hand out the awards. Alecia  Keys, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jaden Smith, Shameik Moore, Fifth Harmony, Tove Lo and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few. Also, the Final Five – the 2016 U.S. Women’s Olympic team – along with Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, have been asked to present awards.   

Who is scheduled to perform?

It will be a treat for music fans, as Spears, Rihanna – who is being awarded the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award  –  Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, the rapper Future, Nick Jonas, The Chainsmokers along with Halsey and Ty Dolla $ign are all expected to perform. And, if history teaches us anything, we can expect a surprise performance by Beyonce. At  least that’s the rumor. 

In memoriam

It seems like this section of the show, if there is one, could last as long as the awards ceremony. We’ve lost a lot of incredible talent this year – David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Frey among them.

Do I need to prep?

The show is not going to watch itself. It’s always good to be prepared. Watch these videos so you can impress your friends with comments like, “Her emotional range is incredible,” or “He’s really grown vocally since the incident with the pet monkey.”

Beyoncé: “Formation” 

Adele: “Hello” 

Drake: “Hotline Bling”

Justin Bieber: “Sorry” 

Kanye West: “Famous” 

Most talked about moment?

At this event, that’s a tough one, but odds are it will somehow be connected to Kanye West. West, in addition to potentially grabbing the mic from any number of people, has been given 4 minutes of “free” stage time to do with as he pleases. What could go wrong with that?

As we said earlier, there is a lot of buzz around Britney Spears’ and Rihanna’s performances.

How can I participate in the show?

Other than playing air guitar or singing into your hairbrush in front of a mirror, there’s only one way – by voting. You still have time to vote for the “Best New Artist.” Remember, they are our future. Click here to vote.

Who is up for what? 

Here is the list of nominees for Sunday’s awards:

Video Of The Year

• Adele — “Hello”

• Beyoncé — “Formation”

• Drake — “Hotline Bling”

• Justin Bieber — “Sorry”

• Kanye West —  “Famous”

Best Female Video

• Adele — “Hello”

• Ariana Grande — “Into You”

• Beyoncé — “Hold Up”

• Rihanna featuring Drake — “Work” (short version)

• Sia — “Cheap Thrills”

Best Male Video

• Bryson Tiller — “Don’t”

• Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna — “This Is What You Came For”

• Drake — “Hotline Bling”

• Kanye West — “Famous”

• The Weeknd — “Can’t Feel My Face”

Breakthrough Long Form Video

• Florence + The Machine — “The Odyssey”

• Beyoncé — “Lemonade”

• Justin Bieber — “PURPOSE: The Movement”

• Chris Brown — “Royalty”

• Troye Sivan — “Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy”

Best Pop Video

• Adele — “Hello”

• Alessia Cara — “Wild Things”

• Ariana Grande — “Into You”

• Beyoncé — “Formation”

• Justin Bieber — “Sorry”

Best Hip Hop Video

• 2 Chainz — “Watch Out”

• Bryson Tiller — “Don’t”

• Chance The Rapper featuring Saba — “Angels”

• Desiigner — “Panda”

• Drake — “Hotline Bling”

Best Electronic Video

• 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child & Brandy — “The Girl Is Mine”

• Afrojack — “SummerThing!”

• Calvin Harris & Disciples — “How Deep Is Your Love”

• The Chainsmokers featuring Daya — “Don’t Let Me Down”

• Mike Posner — “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”

Best Rock Video

• All Time Low — “Missing You”

• Coldplay — “Adventure Of A Lifetime”

• Fall Out Boy featuring Demi Lovato — “Irresistible”

• Panic! At The Disco — “Victorious”

• twenty one pilots — “Heathens”

Best Collaboration

• Ariana Grande featuring Lil Wayne — “Let Me Love You”

• Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar — “Freedom”

• Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna — “This Is What You Came For”

• Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign — “Work From Home”

• Rihanna featuring Drake — “Work” (short version)

Best New Artist

• Bryson Tiller

• Desiigner


• Lukas Graham

• Zara Larsson

Best Art Direction

• Adele — “Hello” (Production Designer: Colombe Raby)

• Beyoncé — “Hold Up” (Production Designer: Jason Hougaard)

• David Bowie — “Blackstar” (Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue)

• Drake — “Hotline Bling” (Production Designer: Jeremy MacFarlane)

• Fergie — “M.I.L.F. $” (Production Designer: Alexander Delgado)

Best Cinematography

• Adele — “Hello” (Cinematographer: André Turpin)

• Alesso — “I Wanna Know” (Cinematographer: Corey Jennings)

• Ariana Grande — “Into You” (Cinematographer: Paul Laufer)

• Beyoncé — “Formation” (Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed)

• David Bowie — “Lazarus” (Cinematographer: Crille Forsberg)

Best Choreography

• Beyoncé — “Formation” (Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia)

• Beyoncé — “Sorry” (Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell, Beyoncé Knowles Carter)

• FKA Twigs — “M3LL155X” (Choreographers: Aaron Sillis, Benjamin Milan, Kenrick Sandy and FKA twigs)

• Florence + The Machine — “Delilah” (Choreographer: Holly Blakey)

• Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell — “WTF (Where They From)” (Choreographer: Hi-Hat)

Best Direction

• Adele — “Hello” (Director: Xavier Dolan)

• Beyoncé — “Formation” (Director: Melina Matsoukas)

• Coldplay — “Up&Up” (Director: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia)

• David Bowie — “Lazarus” (Director: Johan Renck)

• Tame Impala — “The Less I Know The Better” (Director: Canada)

Best Editing

Adele — “Hello” (Editor: Xavier Dolan)

• Ariana Grande — “Into You” (Editor: Hannah Lux Davis)

• Beyoncé — “Formation” (Editor: Jeff Selis)

• David Bowie — “Lazarus” (Editor: Johan Söderberg)

• Fergie — “M.I.L.F. $” (Editor: Vinnie Hobbs)

Best Visual Effects

• Adele — “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (VFX Editor: Jonathan Box, MPC)

• Coldplay — “Up&Up” (VFX Editor: Vania Heymann)

• FKA Twigs — “M3LL155X” (VFX Editors: Lewis Saunders and Electric Theatre Collective)

• The Weeknd — “Can’t Feel My Face” (VFX Editor: Bryan Smaller)

• Zayn — “PILLOWTALK” (VFX Editor: David Smith)

Song of the Summer

• Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna — “This Is What You Came For”

• Drake — “One Dance”

• Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap — “All In My Head”

• Justin Timberlake — “Can’t Stop The Feeling”

• Kent Jones — “Don’t Mind”

• Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber — “Cold Water”

• Nick Jonas featuring Ty Dolla $ign — “Bacon”

• Selena Gomez — “Kill ‘Em With Kindness”

• Sia — “Cheap Thrills”

• The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey — “Closer”

UK broadcaster shuts down for hour, asks viewers to exercise

One of Britain's leading broadcasters has blacked out its programs for an hour in hopes of spurring viewers to get some exercise.

ITV shut down broadcasts on several of its channels Saturday morning as part of its effort to entice UK citizens to sports clubs, which are being opened for free this weekend as part of a national event called "I Am Team GB."

Many viewers lauded ITV's challenge to couch potatoes, describing on social media the activities they'd been inspired to do.

Others, predictably, stuck to their sofas and poked fun at the gesture, describing the blank screens as the best entertainment they'd ever seen on ITV. One viewer said his remote-control thumb had a good workout.

ITV is sponsoring the weekend's sports-promotion activities alongside the National Lottery.

Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.

Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday.

Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects bones and soft tissue in children and young adults.

Treatment brought about a remission that permitted Ritvo to finish high school and attend Yale University, where he performed in an improv comedy group. His teachers included Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Gluck.

Ritvo's cancer returned in his senior year, but he completed Yale and this year earned a master's degree from Columbia University.

Ritvo's battle with the disease informed his works. A June poem in The New Yorker discussed an experiment where cells from his tumors were used in cancer drug treatment experiments with mice.

"I want my mice to be just like me," Ritvo wrote. "I don't have any children. I named them all Max. First they were Max 1, Max 2, but now they're all just Max. No playing favorites."

Ritvo's first book of poetry, "Four Reincarnations," is scheduled to be published this fall.

In radio and podcast interviews, Ritvo spoke about his suffering. But he rejected any idea that he was a victim of the disease — especially a heroic one.

At their wedding last summer, Ritvo and his wife, Victoria, banned words such as "inspirational" from the speeches, his mother said.

"He was about love and compassion, human and animal rights and about writing and sharing himself with the world," she said. "He didn't want people to see him as an invalid."

Ritvo saw humor not as a coping mechanism but as an intrinsic part of dealing with his illness.

"You know, we imagine in our hysteria that it's disrespectful for the sadness. But when you laugh at something horrible, you're just illuminating a different side of it that was already there and it's not a deflection, it makes it deeper and makes it realer," he said last month in the WNYC Studios podcast "Only Human."

Ritvo also inspired people with his attitude, his wife said.

"Max said 'I love you' to everyone. He hugged everyone. He just wanted there to be more love and laughter," she said.

Ritvo was writing until just days before his death and had told his family that the end would be near when he was no longer able to write.

The day before his death, he told his mother and wife: "I can't write anymore, I can't speak, I can't breathe...I'm not me...You guys have to be OK with me going," his mother said.

Earlier this month, Ritvo tweeted a link to poem called "The Final Voicemails," which he said was "about goin a bit loopy under quarantine and what Death is."

Its final lines: "Red as earth, red as a dying berry, red as your lips, red as the last thing I saw — and whatever next thing I will see."

Al Roker on Ryan Lochte: NBC refutes reports that execs are upset

The heated debate "Today Show" weatherman Al Roker and reporter Billy Bush had about U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte's Rio incident went viral as the Olympics ended last week.

It drew viewers to the NBC morning program, but according to gossip site Page Six, NBC executives are "embarrassed" by the argument.

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Bush and Roker were debating the circumstances of Lochte's story in which he said he and three other swimmers were robbed by police in Rio.

Lochte was charged by Rio authorities Thursday for filing a false police report. Although there were reported holes in Rio's account, which accused the swimmers of destroying a gas station bathroom.

Only a ripped poster was found, according to a USA Today account.

Related: Ryan Lochte has been charged by Rio authorities, report says

Roker insisted that Lochte lied and threw his teammates under the bus by leaving Rio. Bush, who later said he was playing devil's advocate, used Lochte's wording in the swimmers interview with Matt Lauer and said that Lochte was simply "exaggerating." Bush also said that all the facts were not clear, but Roker was adamant that Lochte lied regardless.

"There were several producers and talent who were left trying to explain Al’s over-the-top behavior. Several insiders found themselves wanting to distance themselves from his response," Page Six said a source told them. "It was a great thing to watch online, but a lot of NBC staff thought that he took it way too far for something that, while it was certainly a legitimate issue and certainly bad behavior by Lochte, outrage to that level just wasn’t justified."

But an unidentified NBC exec said otherwise.

"This is not true. No one feels this way," the exec told Page Six. "In fact, everyone here is happy -- specifically with the 'Today' show’s great ratings."

Oregon fair generates buzz with 1st legal pot display in US

Living marijuana plants went on display Friday at the Oregon State Fair, with organizers saying it's the first state fair in the nation to allow cannabis for public viewing.

The state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014. Here are a few things to know about legal pot in Oregon and the display at the fair:



The Oregon State Fair allowed a display about marijuana without any living plants last year and it generated no complaints. So this year, the organization took the next step and agreed to let marijuana growers display live plants.

The Oregon Cannabis Business Council, which is sponsoring the display, says it's the first time living pot plants have been open for public viewing at any state fair nationwide.

The council is renting space in an exhibit hall for its tent and selected nine plants for the display at an industry event two weeks ago.



No. While the tent holding the display smells strongly of weed, fair authorities are only allowing immature plants — that is, pot plants without flowers.

Marijuana leaves are much less potent than the flowers, or buds, and it's not yet legal to transport flowering plants within the state anyway.

Donald Morse, director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, said his group hopes to get permission to display flowering pot plants next year, but the details aren't finalized.



No. The exhibit is in a translucent tent and both the entrance and exit are monitored. Anyone entering must present identification proving they are 21 or over.



The way people think about marijuana in Oregon is changing, and recreational grow sites are recognized under state law as farm crops.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is in the process of licensing recreational marijuana in much the same way it already controls the sale and use of alcohol.

Fair spokesman Dan Cox says the event must adapt to changing cultural and societal values and allowing the display is one part of that shift.



Oregonians voted to legalize marijuana in 2014 and the state allowed the sale of marijuana "edibles," such as pot-infused candies and confections, earlier this year.

This week, the state said it had processed $25.5 million in taxes on recreational pot since January 2016.

Anticipated state revenue through June 2017 was recently quadrupled by Oregon's Legislative Revenue Office, from $8.4 million to $35 million.



Recreational marijuana is still illegal in 46 states and is banned by the federal government.


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Krispy Kreme launches new peanut butter treat

Peanut butter lovers have a new doughnut to try at Krispy Kreme.

The popular doughnut chain has announced the Reese's Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme doughnut Monday on its Australian website.

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The AU Review reported that the new menu item is filled with Reese's peanut butter sauce and is topped with chocolate icing and Reese’s peanut butter chips.

The doughnut is available for a limited time along with a Reese's Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme milkshake made with peanut butter, chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavored syrup.

It is only available in Australia for the time being, but according to U.S. World News &  Report, there is a petition to get the treat brought to America. So far it has 521 signatures.

Go Behind the Scenes to See Florida Georgia Line's Pre-Show Rituals [Pictures]

Florida Georgia Line are kicking off their Taste of Country takeover with a series of exclusive behind the scenes pictures from a recent concert at Jones Beach Theater.

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Justin Moore Stops Show to Tell Off Fan for Mistreating a Woman [Watch]

His new album may be called Kinda Don’t Care, but when it comes to treating women right, Justin Moore really does care. A fan found that out the hard way on Thursday night (Aug. 25) in Chicago.

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Jason Aldean's Concert for a Cure Teams With the Opry

Jason Aldean has long been a champion of fighting breast cancer, and this year for his Concert for a Cure event, he’s joining up with the Opry’s annual "Opry Goes Pink.” Continue reading…

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