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Garth Brooks gets honest about why he lip-synced his CMA performance

You might have noticed awkward timing during Garth Brooks’ performance at the CMA Awards and chalked it up to the typical delay that is built into live television shows. Brooks and his music didn’t seem to be in sync -- because they weren’t.

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But being the artist that he is, Garth openly admitted to reporters backstage, shortly after he was named the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year, that he was lip-syncing to his newest hit single, “Ask Me How I Know.” And it was for good reason -- his voice was under the strain of 12 shows in 10 days, and as he spoke, the coarseness in his voice was evident.

RELATEDGarth Brooks draws major applause for his CMA Awards performance

Brooks said he and his team made a “game time call” on whether they should sing his tracks or lip-sync, and he chose the latter.

“We decided to lip-sync it because my voice just isn’t going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music the best we can,” he said.

With a seven-night run in Spokane, Washington, starting Nov. 9, the superstar said he was doing his best to save what voice he had left for those performances.

RELATEDGarth Brooks makes no bones about wanting a sixth CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy

Brooks also took the opportunity to give a nod to Female Vocalist winner Miranda Lambert.

“Let me tell you who fought the good fight tonight, in my opinion: Miranda Lambert. She’s one of few females we play, so you’d think she’d want to play it safe. She came out and she stuck country music in all of our faces tonight, traditional country music. So, she’s fighting the good fight.”

In a night that was filled with optimism, hope and healing, where artist after artist spoke about the family that is country music, it was just like Brooks to shine the spotlight on one of his peers.

Keith Urban performs 'Female' at CMA Awards in response to Harvey Weinstein scandal

Over the last few days, Keith Urban has been dropping little hints to some big news. Not only would Wednesday be the day that Urban found himself vying for multiple CMA Awards, but it was also the day he was dropping a new single.

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On Wednesday night, he performed the new single, "Female," in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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The song, which Urban delivered onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards, included lyrics such as, “When you hear somebody say somebody hits like a girl, how does that hit you?” and “When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it just ’cause she was wearin’ a skirt, oh, is that how that works?”

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Pink performed 'Barbies' at the CMA Awards, and fans had plenty to say

Each year, it seems the Country Music Association invites an artist from outside the country genre to sing at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville during the CMA Awards. Last year, the surprise act was Beyoncé. Prior to that, it was Memphis-born pop singer Justin Timberlake.

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Just last month, it was revealed that Pink was going to be the unexpected guest for the 51st annual CMA Awards ceremony Wednesday. However, it was unclear what song she would sing, or if she would sing a duet.

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Nonetheless, she delivered a stripped-down performance of her emotional ballad, “Barbies,” from her seventh studio album, “Beautiful Trauma.”

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The female powerhouse, who is known for soaring across the stage like an acrobat, didn’t need all of the bells and whistles for her performance. Instead, she sat on a bar stool as a string section played along.

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After her performance, fans took to social media with their opinions about whether Pink belonged at the CMA Awards. And, yes, some people seemed a tad confused.

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“Retweet if you’re confused as to why Pink is performing right now #CMAawards,” one person tweeted.

“Shame we didn’t have any country artist that could have performed instead of Pink on the CMA Awards. #CMAawards,” another person added.

On the other hand, many fans were delighted by Pink’s presence at the CMAs.

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“Shout out to @Pink for having one of the most country performances of the night. You did amazing sweetie. Beautiful song #CMAawards,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“Thank you for sharing your voice with #Nashville and the #cmaawards,” another fan wrote.

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And perhaps you’d consider Pink to be an odd choice for a country music awards show, but she’s no stranger to country music, as she was nominated for her first-ever CMA Award this year. Pink earned a nod in Musical Event of the Year for “Setting the World on Fire,” her duet with Kenny Chesney.

Miley Cyrus responds to criticism over Texas church shooting comments

Miley Cyrus responded to criticism of her initial reaction to the news of the deadly church shooting in Texas with a commentary on white men, guns and President Donald Trump.

>> Chelsea Handler's tweet about Texas church shooting draws ire

On Sunday, Devin Kelley, 26, killed 26 people after he opened fire in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Cyrus wrote that the shooting was a “TERRORIST act by a WHITE AMERICAN MAN” and said she was “mortified by our country" and its "lack of control/laws” in an Instagram post. 

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Fans were divided by the post.

“Gun laws are not the issue!” one Instagram user argued. “Without guns, the shooter would probably still be alive and have killed a lot more people! But since there was a GOOD GUY WITH A GUN he was able to put a stop to the shooter! Drugs safe illegal, people still find a way to get them. Drinking and driving is illegal, people are dying everyday because of it. Laws do not stop people.”

>> Chelsea Handler doubles down on Texas church shooting comments

Another wrote, “Thank you Miley for the passion and love you speak with not everyone will agree with you and that’s ok but the point is a discussion most be had and something most be done.”

In a follow-up post, Cyrus said she was “aghast” by the reaction to her first post.

"It is completely amazing to me how defensive and in denial this country really is!" she wrote. "You are not focused on the horrific tragedy I addressed but more angered that I am putting a BIG bright spotlight on the fact it was a 'WHITE AMERICAN MALE' terrorist that walked in & killed 26 people (including children) leaving 20 severely injured!"

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She also criticized Trump for saying the focus should be on mental health, not guns, while on a foreign policy trip to Japan.

“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn’t a guns situation,” Trump said in a press conference.

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“I’d like to believe that EVERY person who takes the life of another being is 'mentally ill'…. it’s hard to conceptualize that a sane human could commit such a hideous crime. BUT I am sorry Donald Trump this absolutely is a 'GUNS SITUATION,'” Cyrus wrote.

She then received backlash for speaking on the part that external factors such as gender, race and religion played after a mass shooting.

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In her final post, Cyrus told her fans that it was not her intention to “generalize or stereotype.” She shared pictures of the men in her family with the caption, “Just a few of my favorite WHITE AMERICAN MALES.”

“You are all correct to believe every human deserves the same respect …. but please keep that in mind when you’re judging others. NOT just with the race, religion, gender or sexuality which YOU identify with. Deal?” she wrote.

Cyrus ended her statements with a heart emoji.

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Musician Robert Knight, best known for 'Everlasting Love,' dies at 72

Singer Robert Knight, best known for recording the original version of "Everlasting Love" in 1967, has died, according to The Tennessean. He was 72 years old.

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The newspaper reported Knight died “after a short illness.”

'SNL': Larry David stirs controversy with concentration camp jokes in opening monologue

Larry David's controversial "Saturday Night Live" opening monologue apparently curbed some Twitter users' enthusiasm for the comedian's stint as host.

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David, who won over “SNL” fans with his portrayal of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign, kicked off Saturday's episode with a stand-up bit that included jokes referencing the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the Holocaust.

“A lot of sexual harassment stuff in the news of late, and I couldn’t help but notice a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators — not all, but many of them — are Jews. And I have three words to say to that: Oy vey iz mir (woe is me)," David said.

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star also joked about hitting on women in concentration camps.

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"I've always been obsessed with women, and I've often wondered if I'd grown up in Poland when Hitler came to power and was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking women out in the camp? I think I would," David quipped, adding, "Of course, the problem is, there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp."

Critics took to Twitter to blast David. Check out some of the comments below:

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Blake Shelton Live: ‘Somebody drove their truck into my house’

“This is a weird moment for me,” country music star Blake Shelton said while promoting his new album during a nationally televised interview Friday morning. “I’m talking about ‘Texoma Shore’ and I made the album at my lake house, and I just got a phone call.

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Somebody drove their truck through the front of my lake house,” he said.

Shelton’s said his house is on Lake Texoma in Oklahoma. He was in New York City on Friday to appear on “Live With Kelly and Ryan.” 

After some small talk, Shelton mentioned the truck crashing into his home, which also doubles as a studio. He even made light of it, since there have been no reports of injuries. However, Shelton wondered if the crash was a bad omen.

“So if this album doesn’t hit, then that’s bad luck,” he said.

The crash was an accident, Shelton told his hosts, but he was still perplexed.

“There's a truck sticking out of the front of my freaking house. I gotta sell some records.”

According to Marshall County Water employee Eric Bridgeman, who was working next door, the accident happened around 9:30 a.m. Friday, KTEN reported.

A man who worked for Allison Landscape and Pool Company came to Shelton's house and was trying to get through the gate,” KTEN reported. That's when Bridgeman said he heard a loud crash.

The pool company's truck had rolled into the gate and crashed through the front wall of the house with no one behind the wheel. KTEN reported.

“He made every effort ... I mean, the door was open on the truck and he was running as fast as he could,” Bridgeman told KTEN. “Honestly, if there was anything I could have done to help him, I would have, and I know my buddy would have.”

Selena gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

In a rare Friday night ceremony, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled to posthumously honor singing star Selena, KFMB reported.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and actress Eva Longoria spoke at the ceremony in front of the Capitol Records building. Selena's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, accepted the star.

The Tejano singing star was shot and killed on March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club.

Selena’s star is the 2,622nd to be unveiled since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars, KFMB reported.

Born Selena Quintanilla on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas, Selena began her career in music in 1980 as the lead of the family band “Selena y Los Dinos,” with her siblings A.B. and Suzette.

Selena began recording professionally in 1982 and won the first of 10 consecutive female vocalists of the year awards at the Tejano Music Awards in 1986.

Selena's best-known songs include “Bid, Bid Bom Bom,” “Dreaming of You,” “No Me Queda Mas,” “Amor Prohibido” and “Como La Flor.”

The ceremony was the first at night since Feb. 8, 2010, when a star honoring Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was unveiled, said Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame.

Photographer to publish book of pictures from David Bowie’s 1983 tour

A photographer who shadowed rock star David Bowie on his 1983 world tour will publish a limited-edition book in May 2018 that features unpublished photos, The Guardian reported. 

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“Ricochet: David Bowie 1983” will showcase the pictures British photographer Denis O’Regan and will be published by Moonlight Books. Only 2,000 copies will be produced, The Guardian reported.

The photographs all come from Bowie’s 1983 Serious Moonlight tour for his album “Let’s Dance.” Bowie played at nearly 100 venues in 15 countries, beginning his tour in Brussels, Belgium, and ending it in Hong Kong.

O’Regan recalled telling Bowie that it was seeing the Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973 that inspired him to take up rock photography, The Guardian reported“Being David, he wasn’t very good at taking compliments. I said: ‘It’s because of you that I became a rock photographer.’ He said: ‘Yeah, you’ll probably tell Bono the same thing tomorrow night.’”The book will contain memorabilia that includes handwritten lyrics, tickets, set lists, three large limited-edition prints and a 12-inch picture disc of “Ricochet” and “Let’s Dance.”

Bowie had intended to sign the book before his death in January 2016. Bowie and O’Regan sifted through nearly 20,000 photographs from the tour, The Guardian reported.

Taylor Swift releases fourth song from upcoming album

As promised, singer Taylor Swift released a new song at midnight Friday.

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“Call It What You Want” is a track from Swift’s upcoming “Reputation” album, which will be released on Nov. 10, Billboard reported.

Swift teased the song on social media Thursday with a typewritten note that previewed some of the song’s lyrics.

The song is the fourth preview from Swift’s upcoming album. Previously released were “Look What You Made Me Do,” “... Ready for It?” and “Gorgeous.” Swift is set to premiere another tune with a live performance airing during ABC’s “Scandal” show on Nov. 9, Billboard reported.

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