FilmMagic For dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018The American Music Awards air this Sunday night on ABC, and it appears as though all eyes will be on Taylor Swift -- even if she wasn't getting the Artist of the Decade award.
Taylor's ongoing feud with her former label over whether she will be allowed to perform her old hits on the show doesn't seem to have been entirely resolved. But according to Page Six, Taylor is planning to turn her appearance on the show into a strong statement about artists' rights.
“Taylor will turn her AMA performance into a huge moment, and a powerful message," dishes a music insider. "We are expecting to see artists such as Selena [Gomez] join her on stage as part of a fierce show of female artistic strength and empowerment."
The insider adds, “Then, when accepting her award, Taylor will likely make a statement about artists being able to own their masters, the music they created, and how she feels she has been treated by Scooter [Braun] and Scott [Borchetta]."
Borchetta founded Taylor's old label, Big Machine, and signed her to it. Earlier this year, he sold the label to Braun -- a situation Taylor called her "worst-case scenario," due to her dislike of Braun.
“Her friends are all going to be pushing her message on the red carpet," the insider claims. "Taylor’s going to play dirty with elegance and grace.”
Tune into the American Music Awards Sunday night to watch the "Sparks Fly," starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Walt Disney Television/Jeff NeiraWe all know Jennifer Lopez has been responsible for some iconic designer fashion moments in her day -- hello, Versace jungle dress -- but now she’s got a new fashion partnership in the works.
The brand posted a black-and-white campaign photo of J.Lo, sporting a chic trench coat and scarf as her hair blows in the wind.
“Get ready to be swept away,” they captioned the photo. “#JLo is the new face of Coach. More to come in 2020.”
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Jennifer will appear in Coach’s global advertising campaigns for leather goods, apparel and footwear, starting with the spring 2020 season.
“I’m so excited for this collaboration with Coach,” J.Lo says in statement obtained by WWD. “It is a timeless brand that I’ve always been a fan of and the upcoming collection really speaks to my personal style –– an uptown/downtown mix.”
Lopez's support of Coach goes way back: she carried Coach Signature bags in her 2002 video for “All I Have.”
Selena Gomez was previously the face of Coach since 2016 and collaborated with the brand on accessories and apparel. No word on what her role, if any, will be going forward.
ABC/Image Group LALast week, Pink appeared on the Country Music Association Awards telecast, performing her song "Love You Anyway" along with country superstar Chris Stapleton. And while the show was packed with performances by a slew of other country stars, ironically, it was Pink who came out the big winner, sales-wise.
As Billboard notes, of all the songs performed on the three-hour ABC telecast, "Love You Anyway" experienced the biggest boost in sales: Specifically a sales increase of close to five thousand percent. Considering the song wasn't a single and most viewers were likely unaware it existed, that's not entirely surprising.
Halsey, the other pop star who appeared on the telecast, also experienced a sales boost. Her performance with Lady Antebellum was a medley of the country trio's hit "What If I Never Get Over You" and her current single, "Graveyard," and it resulted in a 370% sales increase for the latter tune.
Dan Shay's crossover pop/country hit "Speechless," meanwhile, enjoyed an 811% sales increase.
Kayla Reefer for Smithsonian magazine He's got a Teen Choice Award, a CMA Award, and two MTV VMA trophies, but now Lil Nas X has been given an honor that's truly unique.
Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, is giving the "Old Town Road" star one of its annual American Ingenuity Awards. The awards are presented across seven different categories: Youth, Visual Arts, Social Progress, Technology, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Performing Arts. X, who's 20, is the "Youth" category recipient
“I wanted to establish, very early on, that I’m not going in whatever direction I’m expected to go into because I don’t want to limit myself on what I’m allowed to do,” Lil Nas X tells the magazine. "I am a rapper in my head. I am a singer in my head. I am a pop star,” he says. “I can try to do as many things as possible.”
In a statement, Maria Keehan, creative director of Smithsonian magazine, said that the awards honor people who are "spearheading revolutionary change in society," including "redefining what is means to mix genres in music."
Lil Nas X is in good company: among the other nominees this year are world-famous chef José Andrés, painter Amy Sherald -- who painted Michelle Obama -- and the scientists who led the team that produced the first-ever image of a black hole.
One of the Fine Line tracks is called "Treat People with Kindness," which is a slogan Harry's been using to tease the album for quite a while now. The track list is also broken up into Sides A, B, C and D, like a vinyl album, but there's only one song listed on Side D: the title track. The album is due December 13.
Harry's also announced five additional dates for his 2020 trek, called Love on Tour: one each in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando and L.A. Those tickets go on sale to the general public on November 27, except for the Chicago show, which is already on sale.
The North American leg of the Love on Tour outing starts June 26 in, appropriately, the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia.
Here's the track listing:
Side A: "Golden" "Watermelon Sugar" "Adore You" "Lights Up"
Side B: "Cherry" "Falling" "To Be So Lonely" "She"
Side C: "Sunflower, Vol. 6 "Canyon Moon" "Treat People with Kindness"
Side D: "Fine Line"
Here are the new dates:
7/6 -- New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden 7/25 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 7/31 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena 8/7 -- Orlanda, FL, Amway Center 9/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
Universal PicturesThe new trailer for the movie CATS offers fans a lot more scenes of Taylor Swift in her furry feline guise as Bombalurina, but it also explains the plot a bit more.
In the trailer, we see, but don't hear, Taylor as Bombalurina singing, dancing and descending from the ceiling on a golden moon set piece while scattering gold dust from a bedazzled can marked "catnip."
In a voiceover, we hear Dame Judi Dench in her role as Old Deuteronomy say, "Tonight is a magical night, where I choose the cat that deserves a new life."
Another feline adds, "The most deserving cat will be reborn into another life, so they can be who they've always dreamed of being."
And Idris Elba's Macavity announces, "It's time -- to make the choice!"
We also see the words, "Many will compete. Only one can win." So in other words, it's sort of a feline American Idol situation.
There's also a lot of footage of Jason Derulo's character, Rum Tum Tugger, Jennifer Hudson's Grizabella and Rebel Wilson's Jennyanydots, as well as the cats played by James Corden and Ian McKellen.
Front and center is Francesca Hayward's cat, Victoria: She's the one who'll sing "Beautiful Ghosts," the song Taylor co-wrote with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for the soundtrack.
ABC/Image Group LANote to fans: Just because a celebrity's significant other touches their belly doesn't mean there's a baby inside.
Recent photos of Halsey and her new beau Evan Peters, showing both of them touching her stomach, predictably led to a rash of pregnancy speculation. Now, Halsey's shot down the rumors by saying that, while she did have something in her stomach, it's not a baby.
"Still not pregnant. Still just allergic to gluten. Still love pancakes," she tweeted.
She then added, "Is it a boy? Is it a girl? It’s pancakes." A fan then responded "Congratulations," with a photo of a sonogram with a stack of pancakes Photoshopped over it.
When the photos first emerged, insiders toldPage Six, "Halsey is just being cute and provocative. That’s her game.” There was also speculation that the couple's stomach touching, and public displays of PDA, are purposely being done to annoy Peters’ ex-fiancé, Emma Roberts.
Getty Images For DCP via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Post Malone will keep on running in 2020.
The chart-topping star has extended his Runaway Tour into 2020, with a new leg of dates kicking off February 4 in Omaha, NE, and wrapping up March 21 in Salt Lake City, UT. Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh will once again be Posty's opening acts.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 22 at 9 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. T-Mobile customers can get exclusive access to stage-front pit tickets by visiting T-Mobile.com/music.
Here are the tour dates:
2/4 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center 2/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 2/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center 2/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Banker's Life Fieldhouse 2/11 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena 2/12 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 2/14 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena 2/16 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Center 2/18 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 2/19 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum 2/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 2/22 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center 2/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 2/27 -- Washington, DC, Capital One Arena 2/29 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 3/1 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 3/3 -- Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Center 3/4 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 3/6 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum 3/9 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 3/10 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center* 3/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 3/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 3/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena* 3/17 -- Ontario, CA, Toyota Arena* 3/19 -- San Francisco , CA, Chase Center 3/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
NBCKelly Clarkson and John Legend's new version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" has caused some controversy, with some upset that their version altered original lyrics that made some uncomfortable. On her talk show Tuesday, Kelly and John's wife, Chrissy Teigen, defended the new version, saying the outrage didn't make any sense.
Some people felt that the original lyric "Say, what's in this drink?," as well as the male singer's repeated attempts to persuade the female singer to stay, made the song seem -- well, "date-rapey" is the term that's used. The new version modifies those lyrics.
The most outspoken critic of John and Kelly's new version is Sharon Osborne, who said earlier this month, "To change an innocent lyric...what the hell are you on? That’s ridiculous...Why do you do this?”
On Tuesday, Kelly explained, "Because of the #MeToo movement, they pulled 'Baby It's Cold Outside,' from a lot of radio stations...both John and I...we like the original. But we noticed that a lot of people didn't. So we're like, 'Oh, let's just give them another option...' And apparently, we killed Christmas!"
"Sharon assumed that you guys burned them all in the backyard or something and they can never listen to the original ever again!" Chrissy snarked, and then imitated someone whining about it: "If I can't have my creepy song, it's not Christmas!"
Kelly got in on the joke, mock-whining, "'I want the date-rape drink!'"
"'I want date-rapey songs!'" Chrissy whined.
"Honestly, the original doesn't even offend me," Kelly added. "I just was like, 'Cool, we'll do another version.'"
Kelly says she loves Sharon Osbourne, but insists, "We didn't kill Christmas. Santa's still alive!...I'm trying to understand [the outrage] because, I mean, there are so many issues in the world right now!"
The "bad guy" singer will be honored with the title at the trade publication's annual Hitmakers Brunch, held December 7 in Los Angeles. Additionally, Eilish will cover the December 4 music issue of Variety, which will feature an exclusive interview and photo shoot with the 17-year-old phenom.
Eilish has certainly earned her Hitmaker of the Year title. Her 2019 chart accomplishments include topping the Billboard Hot 100 with "bad guy" -- thereby ending the record-breaking run of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" -- and setting a record for the most songs by a female artist to simultaneously chart on the Hot 100.
Ellie Goulding, BTS, Swae Lee, Megan Thee Stallion and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder will also be honored at the event.
Ellie will receive the Decade Award for scoring 10 years of hits, from 2010's "Lights" to this year's "Close to Me." The featured performer on that song, Swae Lee, will receive the Crossover Award, thanks to his presence not only on Ellie's hit, but on Post Malone's smash, "Sunflower," and singles by Madonna, Travis Scott, French Montana and more.
BTS will receive the Group of the Year award thanks to their huge stadium tour and top-selling singles. Ryan Tedder will be named Songwriter of the Year for helping to engineer The Jonas Brothers' comeback with "Sucker."
Finally, Meghan Thee Stallion will be named Breakthrough Artist thanks to her buzzy single, "Hot Girl Summer."
Trae Patton/NBCThe Voicewas live on Monday, with the top 13 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coachesBlake Shelton,Gwen Stefani,Kelly ClarksonandJohn Legend. Two artists will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.
On Monday, each artist took the stage with a special dedication.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
Team Gwen'sJoana Martinezdedicated "Get on Your Feet," byGloria Estefan -- who, like Joana's family, immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba and settled in Miami -- her hometown. Gwen told the 15-year-old pop singer that the secret to nailing her performance was working the stage. Martinez, who drew a standing ovation from all four coaches, including Gwen who was "shocked" at how well Joana pulled it off.
Max Boyle, who Kelly stole from John Legend, sentAllen Stone's "Unaware" out to his family, particularly his young nice and nephew, explaining that as the youngest of six children, he never got to be a big brother. Max's former coach cheered the artist's "power and charisma." Clarkson also praised Boyle for nailing a tough song.
Myracle Holloway, saved by Gwen Stefani during the live playoffs, had some pretty big shoes to fill by dedicatingWhitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight" to her late grandmother, who raised her when her mother could not. Kelly called Myracle "a champion." Gwen hailed the performance as "perfect" and "incredible."
Team Legend'sWill Bremandedicated "I Won't Give Up," byJason Mraz, to his mom, who never gave up on Will, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Following Breman's performance, John and Blake were impressed with the singer's emotion and connection to the song.
Kat Hammock, representing Team Blake, chose the traditional ballad "Danny Boy," which she dedicated to her grandparents. During rehearsals, Blake struggled to find anything wrong with her performance. Afterwards, Shelton called her "one of the most important artists" he's ever worked with on the show.
Team Legend's powerhouse singerKatie Kadandedicated "I'm Goin' Down" by "Mary J. Bligeto "all the single ladies who've had their hearts broken." John predicted a "tour de force performance" from Katie and got it. The performance brought all four coaches to their feet, with Legend calling it the best one they'd seen on the show this season.
Hello Sunday, also from Team Kelly became the show's first ever wild card artists last week. The duo, both just 14 years old, sentJessie J's "Mama Knows Best" out to their moms, of course, but to their dads as well. John Legend thought it was their best performance so far. "You're so talented, and you're so freakin' young," added Clarkson.
The Voicereturns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Valheria RochaJohnMayerandTaylor Swiftsplit up nearly 10 years ago, but that doesn't mean they don't enjoy the other's music. In anInstagramLive video on Monday with Shawn Mendes, Mayer praised Swift's "Lover." But, he revealed that he has a serious issue with one of the lines.
"I love the song. I really like the song. I get a little chuckle because she says, 'We can keep the Christmas lights up till January.' And I go, 'You're insane!' Everyone keeps their Christmas lights up 'till January,'" Mayer deadpans while Shawn, who is sitting next to him, grins and silently chuckles.
According to Swift's fans who werewatching the broadcast, that was a cardinal sin. Swift's fans blasted the "Treat You Better" singer for not sticking up for his friend and for laughing with Mayer as he mocked the lyrics.
Mayer then went on to spoof on "Lover" by focusing just on the January lyric. "We can keep the Christmas lights up until January," The 42-year-old sings before diving into a freestyle. "And then about January 5, we’ll take the lights down. And we’ll put ’em in a box and we’ll label that box Christmas lights. And we’ll put ’em in the attic 'till next December!'"
As of early Thursday, the Shawn Mendes hashtag is still trending in the U.S., while the 21-year-old has still yet to respond to it.
Todd & Chris OwyoungIn 2000, Hootie & the Blowfish demonstrated their love for Waffle House by naming their album of cover songs Scattered, Smothered and Covered -- the same phrase the diner franchise uses to describe its hash browns. Now, Waffle House is returning the favor by naming the band a Jukebox Legend.
On November 20, Waffle House will present the Tunie Awards, recognizing the most popular songs and artists out of the 30 million tracks selected by customers on the nearly 2,000 TouchTunes jukeboxes in Waffle Houses nationwide over the past 12 months.
During the Facebook Live event, Hootie & the Blowfish will be presented with the Waffle House Jukebox Legend Award, in recognition of the band's longtime association with the restaurant chain, dating back to their college days in South Carolina.
The Facebook Live event, which starts at 8 p.m. ET, will also feature appearances by the classic rock band Foreigner, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as country superstar Chris Stapleton, Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block, and pop star and current Dancing with the Stars contestant Ally Brooke.
Last year, the top 10 most popular acts at the Tunie Awards included Chris Stapleton, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Keith Urban. The top Tunie Award for most popular track went to Khalid, for his song "Location."
NBCThe Kelly Clarkson Show will be back for season two. NBC has announced the syndicated talk show has been renewed through the 2020-21 season.
Before launching the show on September 9, Kelly was worried no one would watch, but in its first week on air it scored the best debut ratings for a new syndicated series since 2012. The show averaged 1.9 million viewers per episode and placed fourth among syndicated daytime talk shows, behind veterans Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Kelly and Ryan.
“The Kelly Clarkson Show is connecting with viewers in a unique way and we are so happy to build on that momentum, bringing Kelly’s brand of humor, heart, and, of course, the incredible ‘Kellyoke,’ to stations for a second season,” says Tracie Wilson, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
Wilson adds, “It is a privilege to be in business with Kelly and our production team, led by Alex Duda, who have a clear creative vision and a talent for storytelling and creating quality entertainment that invites you in for a good time and leaves you feeling happy.”
Daniel Jackson/GQIn the new "Men of the Year" issue of GQ, which hits stands Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez takes her place as the magazine's Icon of the Year, talking about her career, empowerment, and -- celebrating both -- her movie, Hustlers.
The based-on-real-life film had Lopez playing Ramona, a stripper at a high-end gentlemen's club who launches a scheme to scam her and her co-workers' wealthy clients. Unlike Ramona, Lopez says money isn't always her focus.
"I do things because I love them. I didn't get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers," says J. Lo. "I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself."
She adds, "That's the 'Jenny From the Block'. I do what I want, I do what I love."
Hustlers was a "movement," says Lopez: "This is our movie where we run s**t. They know it's all women producers, women director, women writer, all women starring in it. For me, who grew up with my sister sleeping in the same bed, and then went from one relationship to the other, playing that character, and having to be that independent and in charge, I was just like, 'God, this is so empowering.'"
However, J. Lo confessed, "It was scary when I was watching it."
Lopez also touched on her upcoming co-headlining the Super Bowl Halftime gig with Shakira. Considering the controversy with the NFL over social issues, Jennifer said, "I understand people not wanting to do it."
However, she adds, "I feel like it's...one of the biggest [platforms] in the world to put out whatever message you want to put out...I feel that it's a great thing to have two Latina women in Miami headlining the Super Bowl...I think it could be a really beautiful celebration."
Lauren DukoffMelissa Etheridge is taking her show on the road again: The Medicine Show, to be specific.
The Grammy-winning star has announced a spring tour in continuing support of her latest album The Medicine Show, which came out this past April.
"I received such a great response and warm welcome when I toured around the album's release, I knew I wanted to take The Medicine Show back on the road," Melissa says in a statement. "This time around I plan on hitting some new cities. It's time again to lift up, to inspire and be inspired."
The tour gets underway March 26 in Waukegan, IL and is scheduled to wrap up May 1 in Clearwater, FL, but additional dates will be announced soon. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 a.m. local time. VIP packages will also be available, which include photo ops, exclusive merchandise and more. Visit MelissaEtheridge.com for tickets and information.
In other Melissa news, her fourth fan cruise is scheduled to set sail October 20, 2020. It'll leave from Miami on the Norwegian Pearl and visit Key West, Ochos Rios and Great Stirrup Cay. Among the artists joining Melissa on board are Tegan and Sara, Shawn Colvin and comedian Tig Notaro.
Here are the tour dates:
3/26 -- Waukegan, IL, The Genesee Theatre 3/27 -- Nashville, IN, Brown County Music Center 3/28 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino 3/31 -- Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center 4/1 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall 4/3 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center 4/4 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino 4/5 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 4/7 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 4/9 -- Portland, ME, State Theatre 4/10 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino 4/11 -- Boston, MA, Emerson Colonial Theatre 4/13 -- Albany, NY, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts 4/14 -- Portsmouth, NH, The Music Hall 4/15 -- Torrington, CT, Warner Theatre Main Stage 4/17 -- Orillia, ON, Casino Rama 4/18 -- Geneva, NY, Smith Opera House 4/19 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino 4/21 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre 4/23 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre 4/24 -- Charles Town, WV, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races 4/27 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center 4/28 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre 4/30 -- Orange Park, FL, Thrasher-Horne Center 5/1 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Kharen HillSarah McLachlan is heading back to Las Vegas next year for a special three-night engagement.
She’ll return to Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater from February 19 to 22 for An Intimate Evening of Songs and Storytelling. She previously performed a three-night-only show at the Encore Theater back in April.
During each of the three nights, Sarah will perform some of her most popular hits -- including “I Will Remember You,” “Angel,” “Building a Mystery” and more -- accompanied only by a cellist. She’ll also reveal the stories behind the songs.
Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 a.m. PT.
Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani's debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., came out 15 years ago, so the singer and The Voice coach is marking the occasion with a special release.
On November 22, a remastered version of the album will be released digitally. Gwen's also reissued a hoodie and a t-shirt from the original Love. Angel. Music. Baby. merchandise collection via her online store.
Then on November 26, Gwen will perform a medley of hits from Love. Angel. Music. Baby. during the live results show of The Voice. The album spun off hits including "Rich Girl," "Hollaback Girl" and "What You Waiting For?" and has sold more than 15 million units worldwide.
"Hollaback Girl" was the first song in history to rack up one million digital downloads; its video has captured nearly 200 million views.
Gwen's most recent solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, came out in 2016, while her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, came out in 2017. She'll perform on the NBC special Christmas at Rockefeller Center on December 4.
Valheria RochaTaylor Swift is the only female artist ever to have been named Billboard's Woman of the Year twice, so it's no surprise that next month, the publication will present her with its first-ever Woman of the Decade Award.
Taylor will receive her honor December 12 at L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium, during Billboard's annual Women in Music Event. Other female stars being honored that night include Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, and Grammy-winning Americana artist Brandi Carlile.
The 14th annual Women in Music Event and Red Carpet Pre-show will stream live at YouTube.com/Billboard starting at 9pm ET on December 12.
The event itself will be hosted by singer Hayley Kiyoko, who last year was named Billboard's Rising Star. Hayley's also one of the many stars who appeared in Taylor's video for "You Need to Calm Down" -- she's the one who shoots the arrow at the target.
Taylor's Billboard stats are impressive: This decade, she's had five number-one albums and five number-one Hot 100 singles, and also mounted the highest-selling U.S. tour in history.
As previously reported, Taylor will be named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards, which air this Sunday night, November 24 on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LASounds like Taylor Swift officially has the all-clear from her former record label Big Machine to perform some of her old songs at the American Music Awards this Sunday, without any licensing issues.
Or does she?
In a joint statement to ABC News, The Big Machine Label Group and dick clark productions announced “that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms. This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances.”
The statement concludes, “It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media. Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists' audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”
However, several hours later, dick clark productions issued a statement that seemed to negate the earlier statement.
“At no time did dick clark productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards," it states. "Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team. We have no further comment.”
In case you've lost track, in a Tumblr post last week, Taylor claimed Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun were blocking her from performing any songs from her old catalog at the AMAs. Borchetta and Braun own the rights to those songs and Taylor said the two men claimed the television performance "would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year."
Big Machine released a statement shortly thereafter, denying Taylor's claims. "At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special,” they said. “In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere."
The AMAs air Sunday, November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.