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November 23, 2014

American Music Awards

News Roundup: Another 'Big Bang Theory' Star Gets a Raise, 'Gossip Girl' Benches Taylor Momsen and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 23rd 2010 12:15PM
Simon HelbergAnother 'Big Bang Theory' star is getting a raise.

After Simon Helberg's co-stars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons successfully negotiated major raises for their hit CBS sitcom this summer, the actor decided to get one for himself.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Helberg bumped his salary from $40,000 an episode to around $125,000. He entered negotiations along with fellow supporting series regular Kunal Nayyar in September after their co-stars struck their lucrative deal, but Nayyar has yet to secure a payday for his role on the show. Deadline reports that Nayyar is currently making around $25,000 an episode, and if a deal is not reached soon the negotiations will be tabled until the summer.

In other TV news ...

After next week's episode, Taylor Momsen will go on an "indefinite hiatus" from 'Gossip Girl.' The notoriously uncooperative 17-year-old actress will supposedly be gone for "creative reasons." [Deadline]

'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rimes said the upcoming musical episode will be a Callie-heavy story. It'll allow Tony winner Sara Ramirez to show off her pipes, but also feature other actors singing. "You will be very surprised to discover that some people sing quite well. ... Also, some people won't be singing because it doesn't go with the story." [TV Guide]

Chuck Lorre said he built 'Two and a Half Men' around Charlie Sheen because he needed someone who could play a "degenerate." "He's a worker amongst workers," Lorre said of Sheen. "His personal issues don't come onto the stage, and he's been a good partner for a long time." [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Justin Bieber Wins Top Honors at the AMAs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 22nd 2010 8:30AM
Justin Bieber accepts Artist of the Year Award onstage at the 2010 AMAsTeen pop sensation Justin Bieber dominated last night's American Music Awards, winning four trophies. "I can't stop smiling" he said afterward.

Although the ceremony featured pop veterans New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys -- the Ghosts of Teenyboppers Past, perhaps? -- performing together, the night belonged to Bieber. He became the youngest winner of the top award, for Artist of the Year, and also won awards for Best Pop/Rock Male, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Album.

When he accepted the top AMA honor, Bieber invited R&B star Usher to join him on-stage. Recognizing how Usher helped launch his career, Bieber called him "not only my mentor but my best friend and my big brother."

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Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block Join Forces on '2010 AMAs' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 22nd 2010 5:31AM
Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block Join Forces on '2010 AMAs' There was a bit of a time-warp on tonight's '2010 AMAs' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC). In fact, if you fell asleep in front of the TV, then suddenly woke up, you could have been forgiven for thinking that you were dreaming ... that you were back in the year 1996 -- or even 1986.

The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block appeared on tonight's American Music Awards. Yes, the two boy bands are "back." And though the Backstreet Boys never really left us -- continuing their career to the present day -- New Kids on the Block famously tried to re-brand themselves as "NKOTB," then gave up and broke up the band in 1995.

Now, the two former teeny-bopper groups are touring together, using the semi-unwieldy name of "NKOTBSB." Tonight's AMAs represented their coming-out party of sorts. Though the "Boys" were popular in the mid-'90s, and the "Kids" were all the rage in the mid-'80s, it's been a long time since they've had mainstream success.

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Will ABC Let Adam Lambert Into the Oscars?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 7:29PM
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The Adam Lambert/ABC controversy is one of those things that makes zero sense to me. If you recall, after Lambert kissed a dude and briefly simulated oral sex with someone in his band on the American Music Awards, ABC freaked out and started banning him from their shows. The network canceled appearances on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and 'Good Morning America,' apparently fearing that the 'American Idol' runner-up wouldn't be able to refrain from nibbling George Stephanopoulos' ear at 7:30 AM. What I don't get is why this is such a big deal: it's as if ABC is operating in a world in which Lady Gaga and her antics don't exist.

Now the big Lambert news is that he may be attending the Oscars, which is airing March 7 on ABC. As Lambert isn't in the film industry, this makes little sense-- except that he may be attending the ceremony with longtime friend Anna Kendrick, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in the George Clooney film, 'Up In The Air.'

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FCC complaints against Adam Lambert hit the web

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 7th 2010 9:33AM
Remember when American Idol competitor Adam Lambert's controversial performance at the American Music Awards landed him in water so hot that you could boil live lobsters in it? Me neither.

Apparently, a lot of viewers wish they were me because they bombarded the FCC with complaints and they have now found their way to a blog dedicated to them called "Why Not Glambert"?

The complaints obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request list the white-hot grievances in all of their non-spell-checked glory from the senior pastor who vowed to "lead my church in a boycot (sic) of ABC" to the parent who was "truely (sic) disguisted (sic)". I wonder if these same people who were so offended by Lambert's performance also don't own a dictionary because it too contains naughty and offensive words like "angina," "masticate" and "pianist."

[via TVTattle]

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Letterman Makes Barbara Walters Blush Over Adam Lambert Comment (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 9th 2009 11:27AM
It's precisely this sort of willingness to say anything that makes us love David Letterman.

While discussing Adam Lambert's infamous 2009 American Music Awards performance with guest Barbara Walters on last night's 'Late Show with David Letterman,' Letterman referenced a past appearance by the 'American Idol' contestant on his show, mentioned that he seemed like "a very nice guy," then expressed relief that a certain male-specific part of Lambert's anatomy didn't also make an appearance.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Top TV Moment of 2009: Adam Lambert's AMAs Shocker

by Sharon Knolle, posted Dec 8th 2009 9:00AM
Maybe 'American Idol' voters got it right: Adam Lambert with his guyliner, black fingernail polish, questionable sexuality and over-the-top theatricality, was simply too much to handle. Midway through 'Idol', he proved he could tame his wild child in a gorgeous, hushed version of 'Mad World,' that earned a rare standing ovation from prickly Simon Cowell. Even critics sat up and realized, hey, this kid can do more than scream.

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Adam Lambert booked on The View

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2009 2:00PM
adam_lambert_foxThe on-again, off-again love affair between ABC and American Idol star Adam Lambert is making my head spin. In the past week or so, still stinging over Lambert's over the top performance at the American Music Awards, ABC dropped Adam Lambert appearances on Good Morning American, Jimmy Kimmel Live and New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Adam absolved ABC of responsibility for the cancellations. He Tweeted that it was pressure from the FCC. Then the folks at GLAAD weighed in, coming to Adam's defense. That was followed by the announcement that Adam is now set to appear on ABC's The View on Thursday, December 10. He'll also be on Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People special on December 9.

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J-Lo Explains Fall at AMAs, Takes Another Spill on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:30AM
On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' Jennifer Lopez explained the cause of her fall while performing the song 'Louboutins' at the 2009 American Music Awards on Nov. 22. During the song, Lopez jumped off the back of one of her dancers and landed none too gracefully when her feet slipped out from under her.

"What happened was ... one of the dancer's backs was slippery, and when I stepped on their backs, my feet were wet, and so when I landed, they slipped from under me," Lopez said on 'Ellen.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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ABC drops Adam Lambert again and again

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 3rd 2009 11:28AM
adam_lambert_sittingWhen Adam Lambert was competing on American Idol, there were times when his performances reminded the judges -- and viewers -- of Elvis Presley. And other rock icons, too. It was all part of Adam's appeal. But now that he's promoting his new CD and did a "scandalous" performance at the American Music Awards, he's really getting the Elvis treatment. There's fear that his actions, which are more graphic than anything Elvis ever did, will go too far.

Today, Adam tweeted that ABC had cancelled two more spots on the network -- his upcoming Jimmy Kimmel Live! date and a New Year's Eve performance. Adam added that nobody should blame ABC for the cancellations because it was pressure from the FCC that prompted ABC's action. So maybe we should really be blaming Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake for the infamous Super Bowl breast/costume malfunction? ABC previously dumped Adam from Good Morning America.

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ABC to Reevaluate Live Performance Policy After Adam Lambert Controversy

by Gary Susman, posted Dec 1st 2009 3:30PM
Rest easy, shielders of the horrified eyes of America's children. There will be no more scandalous Adam Lambert-type live performances, at least not on ABC.

Reuters reports that, in response to Lambert's notorious number on Nov. 22's American Music Awards, ABC is reviewing its live performance policy and will force future live performers to sign contracts assuring the network that they won't spring any surprises during live broadcasts that ABC censors haven't vetted during rehearsals.

"We certainly don't want to suppress artistry at any level," Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney told Reuters on Monday, "but we also have to be very cognizant of who our audience is." Sweeney did not say what measures would be taken to enforce such no-spontaneity contracts. (Will they sue overly exuberant performers? Dock their pay? Hold their fees in escrow until the FCC decides whether or not to levy an indecency fine?)

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Adam Lambert discusses his AMA controversy (and dresses like a vampire)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 25th 2009 3:29PM
We all know that Adam Lambert's Good Morning America performance was canceled because of his controversial appearance at The American Music Awards. But The Early Show snatched him up for a performance this morning and he also talked about the AMAs and why he thinks there was nothing wrong with it.

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Adam Lambert on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO): "I'm Not a Babysitter, I'm a Performer"

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 25th 2009 12:25PM
Adam Lambert didn't have to wait very long for a chance to speak out after his appearance this week on 'Good Morning America' was canceled because of his recent controversial performance on the 'American Music Awards.' 'The Early Show' quickly snagged the 'American Idol' contestant and featured an interview segment and several performances this morning.

Lambert claimed he had no idea his performance, which featured simulated oral sex and male-male kissing, would ignite the firestorm that it has. "I was really looking forward to it. I worked really with my dancers and my band for about two weeks putting that together," Lambert said. "I admit, I did get carried away, but I don't see anything wrong with it. I do see how people got offended, and that was not my intention. My intention was just to interpret the lyrics of my song and have a good time up there."

Watch the video after the jump.

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ABC's 'American Music Awards' Attracts 14.2 Million Viewers

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 24th 2009 2:00PM
Adam Lambert may have offended viewers, and Jennifer Lopez may have fallen on her derriere. But ABC's broadcast of the 'American Music Awards' ended on a high note.

According to the Live Feed, the broadcast attracted a strong 14.2 million viewers and a 5.5 share in the coveted 18-49 demo.

ABC stated that the 'AMA's enjoyed its third straight year of total viewer gains and fourth straight year of viewership gains among young adults. If the final numbers prove true, that will mean the 2009 'AMA's rank as the year's third highest-rated awards show, behind the Academy Awards and the Grammys. It also marks the show's biggest tune-in since 2002.

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Good Morning America cancels Adam Lambert concert

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 24th 2009 12:40PM
Adam LambertAdam Lambert has been on a lot of shows with "America" in the title, including American Idol and The American Music Awards. He won't be appearing on another show with that word in it though.

ABC has confirmed that Lambert's appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday has been canceled. And yes, we can all assume that it's because of Lambert's ridiculous performance on the AMAs over the weekend, where he made out with a guy, dragged another guy along on a leash, and also simulated oral sex with a dancer who was down on this knees. You know, because Lambert wanted to be so EDGY. (Update: Lambert will appear on CBS' The Early Show instead, and Dick Clark Productions has released a statement about the performance.)

Is GMA right canceling Lambert's concert?
Yes. His performance was inappropriate.664 (61.3%)
No way! He didn't do anything wrong.420 (38.7%)

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