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Taylor Swift wins big at AMAs and encourages fans to vote


Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP Taylor Swift reaches the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Released Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|6:13 p.m.

Updated Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|8:49 p.m.

Taylor Swift began her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by motivating fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

Swift won 4 honors including artist of the year at the fan-voted program on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Think Of Dragons and Post Malone for the leading reward.

” This award and each and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you understand what else is voted on by the individuals,” she stated, “the midterm elections on November 6.”

Swift revealed on Sunday that she was electing Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her enduring refusal to go over anything politics.

Ballot was a hot subject at the AMAs. Host and Golden Globe-winning “black-ish” starlet Tracee Ellis Ross used a t-shirt that stated, “I am a voter,” and comedian-actor Billy Eichner told the audience, “The greatest election of our lifetime is taking place.”

” Please get your friends and inform them to vote. Now is the time. If you think in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ neighborhood. If you believe that climate modification is real which we need to do something about it,” he said onstage before presenting an award.

” And you can go to Vote.org like Taylor Swift informed you to,” he added.

Swift made history by becoming the most decorated lady in the show’s history with a total of 23 AMAs. Despite having the year’s top-selling album and three No. 1 strikes, Drake didn’t win a single award. He did not attend the show however connected Cardi B with the majority of nominations strolling into the AMAs.

Swift started the show with an efficiency of “I Did Something Bad,” while Cardi B– who won three honors– got the night’s very first award, preferred hip-hop/rap artist, which she devoted to her daughter.

” I truly wish to thank my child,” said Cardi B, who brought to life Kulture Kiari Cephus in July. “I got ta prove people wrong. They stated I wasn’t going to make it after I had a child.”

The rapper struck the phase to provide a joyful and colorful efficiency of her No. 1 hit, “I Like It,” where she was joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who was wheeled onstage inside a shopping cart. Cardi B’s spouse, Offset of the rap trio Migos, danced along in the audience with group member Quavo as Cardi B worked the phase with dynamic dance moves, including the salsa.

Cardi B returned the favor, yelling gladly when Migos was called favorite pop/rock duo or group, vanquishing Maroon 5 and Picture Dragons, later on in the show.

” We did not understand we was winning this at all,” stated Quavo, likewise offering a shout-out to group member Launch, who didn’t participate in the AMAs.

” I want to thank you attractive woman,” Offset said, indicating Cardi B.

Like Cardi B’s performance, rising newcomer Ella Mai likewise won over the crowd when she sang the year’s biggest R&B hit, “Boo ‘d Up,” beginning the performance as she strolled down the aisle of the Microsoft Theater. Khalid, Quavo and Offset were a few of the audience members dancing along, while others sang and some even shot her with their phones.

Others who shined onstage consisted of R&B singer Ciara, who showed off her knowledgeable dance relocations and was signed up with by a strong Missy Elliott. Carrie Underwood was in ideal kind vocally, and Camila Cabello– who tied Swift with four wins– provided a heartful, touching and vocally remarkable performance of the ballad “Consequences,” earning her a standing ovation.

The three-hour program closed with a rousing homage to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans were amongst the artists who paid tribute to the Queen of Soul’s gospel roots and her iconic album, “Remarkable Grace.”

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was likewise honored: He won favorite soul/R&& B album for his 2017 launching, “17.” It was days after he was named finest new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, stated she was honored to accept the award on behalf of her kid. “I’m so worried,” Bernard said as the audience cheered her on.

Kane Brown swept the country classifications with 3 wins, consisting of male artist, album and song.

Post Malone, who used a child blue match and carried out, won favorite pop/rock male artist, Underwood was called preferred nation female artist and Khalid picked up favorite soul/R&& B male artist.

Other entertainers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.

Taylor Swift performs, Cardi B wins at American Music Awards


Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP Taylor Swift gets to the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018|6:13 p.m.

Taylor Swift began the American Music Awards with an explosive performance and Cardi B won the very first award of the night, committing the honor to her child.

Cardi B beat out Drake and Post Malone for preferred rap/hip-hop artist during Tuesday night’s program at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

” I truly wish to thank my child,” Cardi B said, adding: “I got ta prove people incorrect. They said I wasn’t going to make it after I had an infant.”

The rap artist gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus in July. She is married to rapper Offset of the hip-hop group Migos.

The AMAs, airing live on ABC, started with Swift onstage singing “I Did Something Bad” from her “track record” album. She was backed by more than a dozen dancers during the dramatic and smoky performance as a big snake hovered behind her onstage.

The performance marked her first awards show efficiency in three years and comes days after Swift broke her long-standing rejection to talk about politics in a lengthy Instagram post.

Other set to perform include Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, twenty one pilots and Jennifer Lopez. The program will also pay tribute to Aretha Franklin, who passed away in August.

Swift is nominated for the leading prize– artist of the year– where she will take on Ed Sheeran, Think Of Dragons, Post Malone and Drake, who tied with Cardi B for many elections with 8.

Due to their success on the pop and rap charts, Drake and Cardi B made elections in both the pop/rock and rap/hip-hop categories. In the rap/hip-hop and pop/rock categories, Drake is up for preferred male artist, preferred album and favorite song with “God’s Plan.” He has the year’s top-selling album with “Scorpion” and also scored three No. 1 hits on the Signboard Hot 100 chart.

Cardi B’s collaboration with Bruno Mars, the remix of “Skill,” made two nominations and she also earned a nod for favorite music video, among others. Her album, “Invasion of Privacy,” was surprisingly shut of the preferred rap/hip-hop album classification.

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, a streaming juggernaut prior to his death in June and later, made elections for new artist of the year and preferred soul/R&& B album for his 2017 launching, “17.” He won best new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards this month.

Sheeran and Malone, who will carry out with Ty Dolla $ign, each earned six nominations. Other entertainers consist of Shawn Mendes with Zedd, Camila Cabello, Ciara with Missy Elliott, Ella Mai, Panic! at the Disco, Dua Lipa and Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid.

The Queen of Soul will be kept in mind with an efficiency by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans. The musicians will commemorate her gospel roots and her renowned album, “Remarkable Grace.”

Golden Globe-winning “black-ish” starlet Tracee Ellis Ross is hosting the fan-voted show and danced to a variety of hit songs following Swift’s efficiency.

Presenters consist of Tyra Banks, Chloe x Halle, Macaulay Culkin, Sara Gilbert, Heidi Klum, Lenny Kravitz, John Stamos, Amandla Stenberg, The Chainsmokers and Rami Malek.

YouTube Sensation Taylor Davis Performs at the PAC Sept. 29


Carrying out Arts Center is proud to welcome American violinist, author, and arranger Taylor Davis in her very first solo concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. A YouTube experience, her videos have been seen over 250 million times, and her newest album debuted at # 6 on the Billboard classical music chart.


Tickets to Taylor Davis are $50, $40, $30, $20, and can be acquired through the Performing Arts Center ticket officeor by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787). Student rush tickets are $10 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee) and readily available one hour prior to each event, based upon schedule and with legitimate trainee ID. UNLV faculty and personnel discounts likewise are readily available.

A $1.50 centers charge, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Carrying out Arts Center tickets. Package workplace is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

About the PAC

The UNLV Performing Arts Center is Southern Nevada’s first house for the arts: it opened in 1976 and celebrates its 42nd season this year. It hosts a range of performances and events and is home to productions presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, UNLV School of Music, UNLV Dance, Desert Chorale, and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. The UNLV PAC also is pleased to host different Clark County School District Fine Arts celebrations and concerts.

Taylor Swift releases brand-new tune '' Look Exactly what You Made Me Do''.


Evan Agostini/ AP In this Feb. 28, 2016 file picture, singer Taylor Swift participates in the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017|1 a.m.

New York City– You can finally shake it off: Taylor Swift has actually released her brand-new single.

The 27-year-old vocalist dropped the positive tune “Look What You Made Me Do”– which utilizes an interpolation from Right Said Fred’s 1991 hit “I’m Too Attractive”– late Thursday to streaming platforms and iTunes. The tune, featuring aspects of pop, dance and home, includes sharp lyrics like: “Honey, I rose up from the dead I do it all the time/I got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined I examine it once/Then I examine it two times.”

The track ends with a voice message of Swift saying, “I’m sorry, but the old Taylor can’t pertain to the phone today. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead.”

Some felt the tune was a diss toward Kanye West, whom Swift has actually had concerns with in the past. In 2015 their fight struck a new height when West’s partner, Kim Kardashian, released audio recordings that she stated proved Swift provided West the proceed for a Swift recommendation in the song “Famous.”

Swift’s voice message on her new song might be a recommendation to the audio Kardashian leaked. Others felt the opening lines of “Look What You Made Me Do”– “I do not like your little games/Don’t like your tilted phase”– was a referral to West’s current tour, which featured a floating stage.

The anticipation of “Look Exactly what You Made Me Do” assisted Swift pattern greatly on social networks. The tune is the first single from her 6th album, “track record,” to be launched Nov. 10. A clip of the tune’s video will premiere Friday on “Excellent Morning America.”

Swift wiped her social networks pages tidy recently and triggered a craze online with video bits of slithery snake parts. Fans dissected the hints in hopes it would reveal information about her new music, and the pop star lastly revealed Wednesday that a new song would come today followed by an album three months later on.

“Track record” is the follow-up to 2014’s “1989,” Swift’s first main pop album after years of dominating in c and w. “1989” launched 7 struck singles, from “Shake It Off” to “Bad Blood,” and won 3 Grammys, consisting of album of the year. The album assisted her produce a star-studded world trip, including visitor appearances from musicians such as Justin Timberlake and John Legend to A-List stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock.

“Look What You Made Me Do” utilizes an interpolation of a tune from “I’m Too Hot,” a No. 1 hit that was composed by Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli. After the song’s release, Right Said Fred tweeted thanks to Swift and called the new song a magnificent reinvention.

Swift composed and produced the new tune with frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, who carries out in the bands Bleachers and enjoyable. Antonoff, who has produced for Lorde, Sia, Sara Bareilles and others, made a Grammy Award for his work on three songs from Swift’s “1989.”

He also produced and co-wrote Swift and Zayn’s Leading 5 hit from the “Fifty Tones Darker” soundtrack, “I Don’t Want to Live Permanently,” and the 2 shared a Golden World nomination for the song “Sweeter than Fiction,” from the 2013 film “Once Chance.”

Swift’s “track record” might become the singer’s fourth album to offer more than one million albums in its launching week, following “1989,” 2012’s “Red” and 2010’s “Speak Now.”

Swift justice: Jury takes Taylor'' s side in searching suit


John Salangsang/ Invision/ AP Taylor Swift performs at the DirecTV Now Super Saturday Night Show at Club Nomadic on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017|5:45 p.m.

DENVER– Four years after Taylor Swift tried to manage her groping accusation versus a radio station DJ quietly, the pop superstar got a really public success Monday with a jury’s decision that she hoped would inspire other females.

Jurors in U.S. District Court in Denver pondered fewer than four hours to find that ex-radio host David Mueller attacked and battered Swift during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in June 2013. Per Swift’s demand, jurors awarded her $1 in damages– a sum her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called “a single symbolic dollar, the worth of which is countless to all females in this circumstance.”

After Monday’s verdict, Swift hugged her crying mom and thanked her attorneys “for fighting for me and anybody who feels silenced by a sexual attack, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year-long trial procedure.”

“My hope is to help those whose voices should likewise be heard,” Swift said in a prepared declaration, promising to make undefined contributions to groups that assist victims of sexual assault.

The six-woman, two-man jury also rejected Mueller’s claims that Swift’s mom, Andrea Swift, and radio intermediary Frank Bell cost him his $150,000-a-year job at nation station KYGO-FM, where he was a morning host.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed similar claims against Taylor Swift, ruling Mueller’s team cannot provide proof that the then-23-year-old superstar did anything more than report the event to her group, including her mom.

Mueller, who was looking for up to $3 million, denied Swift’s claims from the start and preserved his innocence after the decision.

“I have actually been aiming to clear my name for 4 years,” he said in describing why he took the singer-songwriter to court. “Civil court is the only choice I had. This is the only way that I could be heard.”

By the time Swift took the stand Thursday, she was more than angry. She was on a mission to remove any doubt about exactly what occurred, and she chose not to sugarcoat her experience

Throughout an hour of testament, Swift blasted a subtle characterization by Mueller’s lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, of what occurred. While Mueller affirmed he never ever got Swift, she insisted she was searched.

“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I stumbled far from him,” Swift testified.

“It was a certain grab. A long grab,” she added.

Mueller emphatically denied reaching under the pop star’s skirt or otherwise touching her inappropriately, insisting he touched only her ribs and may have brushed the outside of her skirt as they awkwardly posed for the picture.

That picture was virtually the only proof besides the testament.

In the image revealed to jurors during opening declarations however not publicly released, Mueller’s hand is behind Swift, simply listed below her waist. Both are smiling. Mueller’s then-girlfriend is standing on the other side of Swift.

Swift testified that after she was groped, she numbly told Mueller and his girlfriend, “Thank you for coming,” and proceeded to images with others waiting in line due to the fact that she did not wish to disappoint them.

But she stated she instantly went to her photographer after the meet-and-greet ended and discovered the picture of her with Mueller, telling the photographer exactly what took place.

Andrea Swift testified that she asked Bell to call Mueller’s companies. They did not call the authorities to prevent additional distressing her child, she stated.

“We definitely wished to keep it personal. But we didn’t desire him to get away with it,” Andrea Swift testified.

Bell stated he emailed the image to Robert Call, KYGO’s general supervisor, for usage in Call’s investigation of Mueller. He stated he didn’t ask that Mueller be fired but that “proper action be taken.”

Judge tosses DJ'' s match against Taylor Swift in searching trial

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017|9:12 p.m.

DENVER– A judge on Friday tossed out a previous radio host’s case versus Taylor Swift in a trial that delved into their dueling claims over whether he searched her during a backstage meet-and-greet and whether she and her team ruined his career.

U.S. District Judge William Martinez figured out that the pop star might not be held accountable since David Mueller cannot prove that she personally set out to have him fired after the 2013 photo op in Denver. His similar claims against Swift’s mom and her radio intermediary will go to jurors for a verdict.

Mueller rejects groping Swift and took legal action against the vocalist, her mother, Andrea Swift, and their radio handler, Frank Bell, seeking up to $3 million as compensation for his destroyed career.

The singer-songwriter said in her countersuit that she desired a symbolic $1 and the opportunity to defend other women. The jury will still consider her claim.

Swift teared up as the judge read his decision and said there was no proof of her actions being insincere. Later, her team smiled and accepted. Mueller’s side didn’t speak.

“I could not be more proud to represent someone like Taylor Swift who’s willing to step up in a scenario like this,” attorney Douglas Baldridge said outside court.

The judge’s choice followed days of testament from the vocalist and others and just before jurors were set to hear closing arguments.

Swift invested an hour on the witness stand Thursday defiantly stating what she called a “despicable and scary and shocking” encounter before a show.

“He remained attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched far from him,” Swift testified.

“It was a certain grab. A very long grab,” she added in her testimony.

Swift’s testy exchange with Mueller’s attorney occasionally generated laughes– even from the six-woman, two-man jury. She got a laugh when she stated her security guard saw Mueller “lift my skirt” but someone would have had to have actually been underneath her to see the actual groping– “and we didn’t have anybody positioned there.”

Swift testified that after the picture was taken, she attempted to get as far Mueller as she could. She stated she informed him and his girlfriend, who was also in the photo, “thank you for coming” in a monotone voice prior to they left.

She also said she was stunned and did not state anything to Mueller or stop the event after he left due to the fact that she did not wish to disappoint several lots people waiting in line for images with her.

In the image, revealed to jurors during opening declarations however not publicly released, Mueller’s hand lags Swift, simply below her waist. Mueller’s then-girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, is on the opposite of Swift. All 3 are smiling.

Melcher testified Friday that she saw absolutely nothing occur throughout the brief encounter which she and Mueller were rudely confronted and escorted out of the arena that evening. Melcher stated Mueller was devastated by the allegation.

She stated she and Mueller started as colleagues at nation station KYGO-FM and ended up being romantically involved in February 2013, a couple of months prior to the show. They wandered apart late in 2013, but Melcher states they stayed good friends.

Taylor Swift anticipated to affirm in searching case in Denver

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017|6:04 a.m.

DENVER– Pop star Taylor Swift is expected to testify about her claim that a Colorado radio host searched her.

A jury trial in the civil case is set to start Monday and last nearly 2 weeks. Court documents state it is not likely that either side will settle.

Swift says David Mueller got her in June 2013 throughout a check out backstage at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Swift says she and her assistance group didn’t call authorities immediately. Instead they called his boss. The radio station talked to Mueller and fired him two days later on.

Mueller rejects wrongly touching Swift on her buttocks and is suing the singer-songwriter for $3 million in damages for losing his task at country radio station KYGO.

Swift is countersuing Mueller, seeking $1 and a ruling that holds him responsible.

Taylor Swift, ex-radio host head to court over groping claim


John Salangsang/ Invision/ AP Taylor Swift carries out at the DirecTV Now Super Saturday Night Show at Club Nomadic on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017|2:05 p.m.

DENVER– Taylor Swift and her assistance team didn’t call cops after she stated she had been groped by a Denver radio host throughout an image session before a concert.

Rather, they called his manager, and David Mueller lost his job. The video jockey later on took legal action against the singer-songwriter, stating he had actually been incorrectly accused and wanted $3 million in damages.

Swift countersued, declaring sexual assault, establishing a civil trial set to start Monday in federal court in Denver that will largely turn on who the eight-member jury thinks.

Swift is scheduled to affirm. Both sides say no settlement remains in the works.

The claims provide differing accounts of backstage events before Swift performed at a 2013 concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Swift aimed to keep the circumstance “discreet and peaceful and confidential” and was distressed by Mueller’s claim that “for some reason she might have some incentive to actually make this story,” her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, has actually argued in court.

Swift is looking for a verdict that awards her $1, while holding Mueller accountable and “acting as an example to other women who might resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and embarrassing acts,” her lawsuit states.

Some entertainment lawyers state celebrities often want to deal with such scenarios outside court.

“When celebs choose to take legal action, it’s going to hit the press, they’re going to be called as a witness and they have to hang out with that,” stated Tre Lovell, a California-based lawyer who represents production and entertainment management companies.

“They do not necessarily want that. They want to concentrate on their career, their brand names, their sponsorships. They have a whole profits stream that’s at stake,” Lovell stated.

With a lot at stake, Michael Niborski, a lawyer whose company represents Bruno Mars and Kanye West, stated Swift “is especially well-suited to represent women’s rights, female empowerment and not taking this type of behavior.”

Mueller, then 51, was an early morning host at a Denver country-music station when he was designated to participate in Swift’s June 2, 2013, show.

Swift, then 23, was exploring in support of her “Red” album, with hits such as “I Understood You Were Difficulty” and “We Are Never ever Ever Returning Together.”

Mueller and his girlfriend lined up backstage with other fans for a meet-and-greet with Swift and went into a curtained enclosure where they spoke briefly with the singer-songwriter.

A guard and a minimum of 2 other Swift team members were present when it came time for a picture. Mueller stated he delved into the image at the last second.

Mueller stated Swift was cordial as he and his sweetheart left. He went to his cars and truck to drop off an autographed picture then returned to the arena, where he was faced by Swift’s guard.

In court files, Swift stated, “He took his hand and put it up my gown and grabbed onto my ass cheek, and no matter what does it cost? I scooted over, it was still there.”

She stated she fulfilled and greeted other fans, then reported the incident to the guard and a photographer.

Mueller rejected wrongly touching Swift and said he informed the guard: “Please call the authorities. I didn’t do anything.”

Under regional law, such an act would warrant a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual conduct, which carries a maximum possible sentence of two years in prison. No criminal charges are pending.

After escorting Mueller from the arena, a member of Swift’s group called Mueller’s boss and asked that suitable action be taken.

The radio station talked to Mueller and fired him, mentioning a morality provision in his agreement that enables his company to fire him for conduct that could reflect unfavorably on the station or its sponsors, court documents say.

The documents also say an agent of the station stated Mueller had actually altered his story from not having touched Swift to potentially touching her incidentally or mistakenly.

Mueller’s lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, argues that Mueller might have been misidentified after somebody else touched Swift.

He also says the security guard did not respond to anything during the backstage meeting and that as many as 20 other people took pictures with Swift after Mueller left.

The trial is being kept in U.S. District Court since the Mueller and Swift reside in separate states and the matter involves a claim for damages greater than $75,000.

Ascena to Buy Owner of Ann Taylor and Loft Stores

Company Getting Mall-based Fashion Brands, to Pair with Lane Bryant, Justice, Outfit Barn and Cacique Retail Clothing Stores it Owns

The yearly Las Vegas event of retail homeowner and merchants at this year’s Reconnaissance conference began with a bang today with the news that Ascena Retail Group will buy the owner of Ann Taylor and Loft in a cash-and-stock offer valued at about $2.16 billion.

New Jersey-based Ascena plans to include Ann Taylor to its line of fashion-based apparel stores, which includes Lane Bryant, Justice, Dress Barn and Cacique. All informed, Ascena possesses about 3,900 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Ann Inc. the dad and mom business of Ann Taylor and Loft, operated 1,030 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, Loft, Loft Outlet and Lou & & Grey shops in the U.S. and Canada at the beginning of this year. The seller shocked experts by publishing a strong fourth-quarter revenue in March after revealing plans to expand its new casual brand, Lou & & Grey, by opening more shops this year and launching a major e-commerce presence.

Under regards to the arrangement, Ann shareholders will certainly get $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of Ascena Retail Group stock in exchange for each share they have. The companies implied a price per share of $47.00 based on the closing cost of Ascena stock on May 15, 2015. The deal provides the owner of Ann Taylor shops an enterprise value of roughly $2 billion.

Ascena stated it has actually recognized $150 million in annualized expense savings it anticipates to produce from the combination over a three-year period. The majority of the expense savings would come from item sourcing and procurement, distribution, logistics and other performances.

Ascena, which intends to load up on bank financial obligation to finance the acquisition, stated it anticipates the mix to create substantial cash flow to maintain “suitable levels of capital expenses and making it possible for quick deleveraging.”

The buyout, which has been unanimously authorized by the boards of both companies, is expected to close later this year.

“This powerful deal signs up with 2 strong and highly complementary companies and management groups and dramatically enhances our leadership position in females’s specialty clothing selling,” stated David Jaffe, Ascena’s president and CEO in a statement announcing the agreement. “With the addition of the Ann Taylor and Loft brands, Ascena will become one of North America’s largest and most diversified specialty clothing merchants, with a tremendous set of opportunities to continue to broaden its management position in the women’s garments market.”

Kay Krill, Ann Inc.’s president and CEO, stated she was confident that integrating with Ascena is the best next step for the fashion apparel chain.

“The deal will make us part of a larger company with a diversified portfolio of brands focused on the ladies’s garments market, a strong operating platform and an effective financial base,” said Krill.

Celine provides, Mariah carries out, Taylor admired at star-laden Signboard Music Awards


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Taylor Swift accepts the award for top billboard 200 album for “1989” at the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen carry out at the Signboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Hosts Chrissy Teigen, left, and Ludacris speak at the Signboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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From left, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction accept the award for leading duo/group at the Signboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, Might 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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From left, Zendaya, Martha Hunt, Taylor Swift, Lily Aldridge, Hailee Steinfeld and Ellen Pompeo speak at at the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Hosts Chrissy Teigen, left, and Ludacris speak at the Signboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, Might 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Taylor Swift accepts the award for leading billboard 200 album for “1989” at the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, Might 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Wiz Khalifa performs at the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Fans collect at the red carpet prior to tonight’s 2015 Billboard Music Awards show at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Las Vegas remains to act as the center of the popular song universe, as the 2015 Billboard Music Awards telecast is rumbling through MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show strikes town less than 24 Hr after Rock in Rio USA closed its two-weekend run at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds.

Off the top we warn: “Spoiler alert!” throughout this post.

The program airs on tape-delay on ABC at 8 p.m. pacific time (Las Vegas is in the Pacific Time Zone), though it is carried out live at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the country. Thus, a lot of awards will be noted throughout, as will a few of the surprises meant for the telecast.

Set for the night are on-air tributes to two departed Kings: B.B. King and Ben E. King. The latter will be honored by Picture Dragons, playing an acoustic version of “Stand By Me.” Likewise in the telecast is the launching of Taylor Swift’s new video, “Bad Blood,” at the top of the show;. The program will certainly throw to Britney Spears at the Axis Theater at World Hollywood, and a performance by Mariah Carey is … arranged.

Tonight’s co-hosts are taping and movie star Ludacris and supermodel/TV host (“The Chew” and “The View”) Chrissy Teigen. Evaluating by the early run-through of the show, Teigen’s outfit will be a hot topic throughout and after the broadcast.

Otherwise, follow along.

Updated at 4:55: Wayne and Kat Newton were on the carpeting earlier. Look smashing. Wayner is progressing with plans to turn Casa de Shenandoah into a museum and public destination, as well as host occasions on the home. Just recently, Ludacris stated the most random person he ever sat next to at an awards show was Newton. “I tried to get his contact information because he has the essential to the entire damn city. So if I ever go to jail in Vegas, I can call Wayne Newton.

5:05: “Bad Blood” simply aired. Really slick. “Band-aids don’t deal with bullet holes,” sings Tay.

5:10: Van Halen, or exactly what continues to be with Wolfie Van Halen on bass, dusts off “Panama.” Damn they still bring it. Britney amongst those groovin’ to this 31-year-old rocker.

5:11: All I can say about Van Halen is, if you think they are nuts now, you should have seen them in their prime.

5:13: “I bang an artist!” Teigen says, discussing her credentials to host the program. John Legend stands and is recognized.

5:15: “Minaj? I cannot do these any longer,” Teigen states. She’s a handful, that one.

5:17: One Direction wins leading duo/group. There are now four, remedy? One Fewer Direction? Zayn gets a shoutout.

5:25: Swift wins leading Billboard 200 cd award, and kisses a person who looks much like Calvin Harris on her method to the stage. She looks actually fantastic tonight in a cut-through, white pantsuit.

5:29: Fall Out Boy vocal singing, “She Wishes to Dance like Uma Thurman,” with dancers dressed as Thurman from “Pulp Fiction.” Classic. This scene has to be seen.

5:30: Enjoyable Fact: Radio character Heidi Harris has actually been the companion for the Fall Out Child Dancers, all dressed like Thurman. Like, all 10. But not Heidi.

5:40: Meghan Trainor with John Legend duet on “Like I’m Gon na Lose You,” and it is very sweet. She’s holding one of those jewel-encrusted microphones that looks very pricey, or possibly is a toy.

5:40: Meghan Trainor with John Legend duet on “Like I’m Gon na Lose You,” and it is very sweet. She’s holding among those jewel-encrusted microphones that looks really pricey, or maybe is a toy.

5:43: “Britney with Iggy.” That must be fun. Coming up shortly (as the lady stated).

5:53: Carey is making her very first BMA appearance in 17 years. Vocally strong for “Vision of Love” and “Infinity” assortment. “Infinity” actually could be about Nick Cannon, however they say it is not. She goes up-up-up, vocally, at the end. Crowd enjoys that.

5:56: Top rap song goes to Iggy Azalea and Charlie XCX for “Fancy,” and they both are. Award is provided by Danica McKellar, whom we remember as Winnie from “The Wonder Years.”

6:06 p.m.: “Hi, Las Vegas!” states Celine Dion, doling out the leading male artist award to non-attendee Sam Smith, in New york city recovering from vocal surgery. But he is shown on remote with cue-card messages thanking the fans and calling out Minaj for her great bum.

6:13: “This is a band that has a lot of stars crossed and such a vibrant history, it feels like a Lucille Sphere comedy,” states Diamond David Lee Roth, speaking of Van Halen. States he got some “SEC” with J-Lo throughout “Panama.” SEC? “That stands for Serious Eye Contact.”

6:35: Swift gets another award in Vegas, her 167th, by informal count. For leading female artist. Extremely shimmery, is Tay tonight. She is an authentic star. Thanks “all the women I speak with all the time in the Web, who teach me all the teenage slang.”

6:44: Leading touring artist is– with the Rolling Stones signing up with One Direction on this list– goes to One Instructions!

6:46: “Las Vegas’ latest experience!” is how J-Lo is introduced, and she asks, “Vegas! Are you ready?” Seems pop super stars are acutely concerned for our city’s celebration prep works. She presents Pitbull and Chris Brown, who boogie and sing to “Fun.” Say exactly what you want about Brown, he is one of the excellent dancers aout there and he is also using a match the color of a splattered pomegranate.

6:48: Funny: “Someone needs to send a genuine pitbull after Chris Brown.”

6:56: Few artists get more out of an acoustic guitar than does Ed Sheeran. Standing-O for him.

7:10: Another award for Swift, Signboard Fan Achievement, mainly determined by fan interest and involvement on social media sites.

7:14: Britney and Iggy! At last. In “Pretty Girls.” Spears has her share of great duet partners over the years. Steven Tyler, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna amongst them. Tape-recorded at Axis at World Hollywood, which is well-served by the coverage.

7:18: Minaj in a three-minute flurry. She is so enjoyable to enjoy. And she appears to know it.

7:22: Revitalizing acoustic turn by Tori Kelly, “Ain’t no one love like you do,” she sings and plays. Efficiency sponsored by Kia, states the voice-over.

7:25: “Thirty years back– 30 years ago!– I was in an extremely special club!” states Molly Ringwald. Right here come the Simple Minds, and “Do not You Ignore Me.” Hashtag-nostalgia. Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

7:29: After that song, Ringwald was standing alongside Swift, who appeared to be entering her number into her iPhone.

7:34: The one who started the “American Idol” frenzy, Kelly Clarkson, with “Invincible.” Her champion on the program was 13 years ago.

7:38: Top nation artist goes to Florida Georgia Line, which has actually been on a prolonged run for the previous few years in awards shows here in VegasVille. Another cutaway to Swift. All these programs feature cutaways to Taylor Swift.

7:41: Think of Dragons with the long-awaited cover of “Stand By Me,” the and resting on amp cases. Honoring Ben E. King. This tune has actually been taped by more than 400 artists, consisting of Otis Redding and John Lennon. Great, moving guitar solo by Wayne Sermon.

7:45: Earlier, from Celine, when somebody inquired about her returning to Vegas: “I am here. I am already in Vegas. I live here.”

7:50: The cast of “Entourage” reunites to deal the top artist award to … Swift! “Oh this is such a good night … earlier this morning I saw my brother Austin graduate from Notre Dame, then I flew right here.” Friday in Vegas for Rock in Rio UNITED STATE, Saturday in South Bend, back to Vegas. She commits the award to graduates everywhere.

7:55: Kanye West, with Kendall and Kylie Jenner with “All the time” and “Black Skinhead,” the last efficiency. called by pyrotechnics. Seems to be using a fire-retardant match.

8:23: Sounded like boos invited that show-closing act. It was a chorus of something. Boos towards the Jenner women? Is that the scene?

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