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Mark Ballas and Paige VanZant perform; ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Paige VanZant, Ginger Zee and Nyle DiMarco pulled out all the stops Monday night on the first night of the two-night Dancing with the Stars finale, each performing two routines in their intense contest to win the Mirror Ball trophy.

At the end of the night, Paige VanZant was leading the pack in judges’ scores.

The stars each had to do a “redemption routine,” in which they reprised a previous dance to show how much they’d improved. They also had to perform an all-important freestyle, which has generally had tremendous significance in determining the overall winner of the competition.

The finalists will perform a third routine Tuesday night -- the 24-hour fusion challenge. This challenge, along with the judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week and this week, will be combined to determine the champion.

Co-host Tom Bergeron said the voting so far had been the closest in any DWTS finale.


Ginger Zee
Redemption routine:
Performing with a back injury, the Good Morning America meteorologist was able to impress the three judges with her evocative contemporary routine. Head judge Len Goodman said it was “amazing,” while Bruno Tonioli said the routine showed how much Zee has blossomed as a dancer. Carrie Ann Inaba said she was “really impressed” with the strategy. Scores: 9,10,9: 28/30.

Freestyle: Zee’s ballroom freestyle -– which channeled old Hollywood musical production films -– impressed judges even more. Goodman said Zee showed her versatility, and Inaba said this type of routine was where Zee shone the brightest. Tonioli said he “absolutely adored” the number, adding that it brought back to life the legacy of dance greats Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Scores: 10,10,10: 30/30.

Nyle DiMarco
Redemption routine:
The deaf model and actor reprised his previous quickstep, and even though judges pointed out that he was out of sync at certain points in the routine, they had high praise for him. Tonioli said the routine was “like an exhilarating ride on the Pony Express,” and Inaba said it was “a great dance” for DiMarco. Goodman agreed that the routine was “a little bit hectic in places,” but added to DiMarco: “You’re one heck of a dancer.” Scores: 9, 9, 9: 27/30.

Freestyle: DiMarco wanted his contemporary routine to represent deaf people, but at the end of the stirring performance that earned him a sustained standing ovation from the ballroom audience, Goodman said it was a dance for everyone. “Nyle, you’re a very special person and that was a very special dance,” Goodman said. Tonioli was moved to tears. “That was beyond dancing; that was a work of art...,” he said. Inaba offered her highest praise, telling DiMarco: “I have to say, in 22 seasons that is the best dance I have ever seen...I see a man who’s proving that he can change the world through dance, and I love that.” Scores: 10, 10, 10: 30/30.

Paige VanZant
Redemption routine
: The UFC fighter reprised her salsa with a rapid, red-hot number that had Inaba likening her to a “meteor shower just raining down on us.” Inaba said it was clear that VanZant was still getting better and better, saying the fighter had brought her “A-plus” game. Goodman earned some boos when he said the routine didn’t have the hip action required of the dance style – although he praised the performance itself, and Tonioli was the most enthusiastic yet. “Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!” he said, praising VanZant’s footwork and telling her she was bursting with sex appeal. Scores: 10, 9, 10: 29/30.

Freestyle: VanZant’s poignant contemporary freestyle, which demonstrated her triumph over being bullied, caused tears to flow again on the judges’ panel. Inaba told VanZant that her performance showed how dance heals, and Tonioli said the routine was “really a triumph on a night of creative and artistic excellence.” Scores: 10, 10, 10: 30/30. 

Judges’ Scores (1st dance, 2nd dance. Total)

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 29; 30. Total: 59

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 28; 30. Total: 58

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 27; 30. Total: 57

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Nick B. and JoJo Fletcher on “The Bachelorette”; ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- JoJo Fletcher’s first night as “The Bachelorette” on Monday night was filled with men, alcohol and a surprise visitor.

On the season premiere of the hit ABC reality series, JoJo, the runner-up on Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor earlier this year, welcomed more than two dozen suitors to the Bachelorette mansion.

The Texas real estate developer, 25, prepared herself by seeking advice from former Bachelorette stars Desiree Hartsock, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Ali Fedotowsky.  The trio agreed that the men would be more nervous the first night than JoJo would be. Ali suggested that JoJo choose the guys she really likes, and ignore them for a week so she can learn more about the rest.

After JoJo made the trip to the mansion, the arrivals by the bachelors began. As usual, they were a mix of sweet and weird. Among the men who emerged from the limos:

-- Former pro quarterback Jordan, a.k.a  the brother of Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers. He pointed out to JoJo that his parents got engaged a few months after they met, and have been married for 36 years.

-- Will brought note cards to read from during his introduction to JoJo, but he dropped them on the ground and mixed them up.

-- Jonathan wore a kilt, but his get-up wasn’t as strange as that of Nick B., who was dressed as Santa Claus.

-- Wells, a radio DJ, was accompanied by the R&B group All-4-One, who sang their hit “I Swear.”

-- Luke rode in on a “unicorn” -- a white horse with a “horn” on its head.

Several of the men were feeling jittery around JoJo, so she initially found it challenging to make a meaningful connection. That changed during a one-on-one conversation with Jordan, with whom she later shared a romantic kiss -- after a very awkward and quick smooch with Will. Jordan ended up with the first impression rose.

The alcohol was flowing throughout the night, making things interesting for JoJo.  Daniel, a Canadian, drank a little too much -- he poked another bachelor’s belly button, then striped down to his underwear and jumped in the pool.

As if that wasn’t uncomfortable enough, JoJo was interrupted by a couple of the men while trying to do on-camera interviews.

At the start of the rose ceremony, JoJo was interrupted by a special guest -- Jake Pavelka, the former "Bachelor" whose engagement to Vienna Girardi in the 2010 season fell apart quickly. But he wasn't aiming to join the competition and turn his longtime friendship with JoJo into something more. He pulled her aside and told her, "I want love...for you," before offering advice. 

With that out of the way, the rose ceremony resumed, with "Santa Claus" and Daniel among those getting roses. Six men were eliminated, including Jonathan the kilt wearer.

The new Bachelorette season continues next Monday night on ABC.

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Hannah Huston performs on "The Voice"; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The season-10 finale of The Voice began Monday night with the remaining four artists taking the stage in hopes of winning the viewers' votes -- and a recording contract.

Adam Wakefield, of Team Blake Shelton; Alisan Porter, of Team Christina Aguilera; Hannah Huston, of Team Pharrell Williams; and Laith Al-Saadi, of Team Adam Levine performed a cover, a duet with a coach, and a brand-new original song they wrote themselves.

Laith kicked off the show with a rockin' rendition of “White Room” by Cream. Blake admitted that he was wrong when he told Laith earlier in the season to focus more on his singing and less on his guitar playing. Adam raved about his artist's "purity of spirit and heart."

Alisan was up next with her original song, a ballad titled "Down That Road." Adam suggested that, if she were to be judged purely on her voice, Alisan deserves to win the competition. Blake called her the "real deal." Christina seconded what Adam said, declaring Alisan "the epitome of The Voice."

Adam Wakefield teamed up with his coach, Blake, for a duet of “The Conversation” by Hank Williams, Jr. and Waylon Jennings.

Hannah's cover had her put a slower, piano- and strings-driven spin on The Police tune "Every Breath You Take." Adam said he loves the original version so much, and was scared to hear Hannah's take, but he thought it was "awesome." Blake added that it was risky, but he believes it will pay off. Crediting the house band for the arrangement, Pharrell said it was "genius" for Hannah to take the song to a different but beautiful place.

Laith returned to the stage for his duet with his coach, Adam, who sat it on drums. Together, they performed a Beatles/Abbey Road medley that included "Carry That Weight" and "The End."

Alisan and her coach, Christina, followed with their own duet, tackling “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor and Carole King.

Adam Wakefield pulled out his guitar for his original song, the country tune “Lonesome, Broken and Blue.” Adam Levine thought it was cool that the contestant was able to perform his own song for millions of viewers. Blake was touched by the lyrics, describing them as "so good." He said the song reminded him of something the late Keith Whitley would have recorded.

Pharrell stepped onto the stage with Hannah for their duet. They sang "Brand New," Pharrell's song with Justin Timberlake.

Laith's original composition was a bluesy song titled "Morning Light." Pharrell praised the chord changes. Adam said Laith fills the room with joy.

Adam Wakefield sat behind the piano for his cover, “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill. Christina was impressed by his ad-libs and his runs. Blake complimented him on his taste in making those runs.

Hannah capped her night with an energetic song titled "I Call the Shots." Pharrell said her calling the shots was all her, and he's proud of her.

For the final performance of the night, Alisan belted out Barbra Streisand's version of the West Side Story tune "Somewhere." Christina was brought to tears, telling the audience how hard Alisan has been working.

The new Voice champ will be announced Tuesday night. The two-hour results show airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- After coming up just short on The Bachelor earlier this year,  JoJo Fletcher will search for love once again as ABC’s new “Bachelorette.”

JoJo, a Texas real estate developer who was the runner-up on Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor, will meet 26 suitors on the season premiere of The Bachelorette, airing Monday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The more interesting bachelors include Evan, an erectile dysfunction specialist; Jordan, a former pro quarterback whose brother is Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers; and Wells, a radio DJ who brings R&B group All-4-One with him for his first meeting with JoJo.

ABC is teasing a “surprise visitor” just before the first rose ceremony begins. Who could it be?

Here's a rundown of the announced contestants for season 12 of The Bachelorette:

Alex, 26, a U.S. Marine from Oceanside, CA
Ali, 27, a bartender from Santa Monica, CA
Brandon, 28, a hipster from Los Angeles, CA
Chad, 28, a luxury real estate agent from Tulsa, OK
Chase, 27, a medical sale representative from Highlands Ranch, CO
Christian, 26, a telecom consultant from Los Angeles, CA
Colin “Coley,” 27, a real estate consultant from Chicago, IL
Daniel, 31, a Canadian from Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Derek, 29, a commercial banker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Evan, 33, an erectile dysfunction specialist from Nashville, TN
Grant, 28, a firefighter from San Francisco, CA
Jake, 26, a landscape architect from Playa Vista, CA
James F., 34, a boxing club owner from Nashville, TN
James S., 27, a Bachelor superfan from Phoenix, AZ
James Taylor, 29, a singer-songwriter from Katy, TX
Jonathan, 29, a technical sales representative from Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Jordan, 27, a former pro quarterback, Chico, CA
Luke, 31, a war veteran from Burnet, TX
Nick B., 33, an electrical engineer, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nick S., 26, a software salesman from San Francisco, CA
Peter, 26, a staffing agency manager from Chicago, IL
Robert “Robby,” 27, a former competitive swimmer from Jacksonville, FL
Sal, 28, an operations manager from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vincent “Vinny,” 28, a barber from Delray Beach, FL
Wells, 31, a radio DJ from Nashville, TN
William “Will,” 26, a civil engineer from Jersey City, NJ

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Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD!)  If you don’t want to know, stop reading now.  On Sunday night’s Game of Thrones, we said goodbye to the sweet, brave Hodor.

The big man died trying to save his friend and charge Bran Stark from the wights -- the gang of deadly, zombie-like white walkers chasing the group out of the Three-Eyed Raven's tree location.

We also learned Hodor – not only the character’s name, but the only word we ever hear him say -- is short for "Hold the door," which is what Hodor does before succumbing to the undead attack.

Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor up until last night, told Entertainment Weekly about when he got “The Call” about his character's fate.

“You know what’s going to happen. Some of my friends got the scripts before I did, so I sort of got the hint it was going to happen,” he said.  “With Game of Thrones, nothing is ever certain, and that I made it this far is pretty good. Ned Stark only made it to episode nine!"

Nairn said he "loved" the way his character went out, saving the lives of his friends.

"I couldn’t be happier how he has gone out. The interesting thing is it’s kinda left open. You don’t actually see him [die]. It’s implied," he added. "So who knows? He may come back as a white walker, maybe he got away. But it’s a really good way to do it. I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love. My favorite part is it ties up the question of why is Hodor 'Hodor.' Why does he say the word 'Hodor?'

"I had tears in my eyes,” Nairn continued. “I don’t see myself on screen, I see Hodor. I always talk about him in the third person."

The death was also heartbreaking for fans, who fell in love with Hodor.

"I tend to do my grocery shopping in the middle of the night now because it’s awkward [with fans]," he said. "But it’s fun, too. People love the show and identify with us as the characters. People always ask me, 'What’s your worst fan interaction?' I don’t have any. Everyone is super chill, even the slightly annoying ones. 'Thrones' fans tend to be respectful."

Finally, Nairn spoke about the last day on set and how Bran, played by Isaac Hempstead, was involved behind the scenes.

"When it was finally wrapped at the end of season six, they allowed Isaac to be the one to wrap me," he said. "It was an emotional moment. It’s been an incredible journey that completely turned my life upside down and gave me a lot of hope for the future.”

As for what’s next for Nairn: “I can’t wait to see what comes next,” he says.  “I have a lot more words than 'Hodor.'"

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© TopGear.com(NEW YORK) -- Matt LeBlanc is known in the U.S. for being a cast member of the hit sitcom Friends, a show that’s also very popular in the U.K.  But there, he’s about to make history with another TV show.

LeBlanc is the first non-British host of Top Gear, the wildly popular, high-octane, adrenaline-pumping car show that airs stateside on BBC America.

“I would watch the show before and say, ‘That looks so fun and I’d love to be a part of that,’ and here I am now,” LeBlanc told ABC News’ Lama Hasan. “It’s a car show for petrol heads, obviously, but it’s also got a bit of travel in it. You’ve got a bit of culture in it. It’s got a bit of comedy in it.”

Top Gear pairs LeBlanc with British TV and radio star Chris Evans, who compared his partnership with LeBlanc to another famous TV duo.

“I think we’re like Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street,” Evans joked.

Another star of the show is The Stig, an enigmatic race car driver who’s always clad in a white racing coverall, gloves and full-face helmet, whose identity is a closely-guarded secret and whose skills make him seem almost super-human.

“I kind of get lured into this, you know, his world,” LeBlanc said of The Stig. “There’ve been a couple of times during the shooting of these things I’ve been like, ‘Okay that’s, er, dangerous.”

It’s not LeBlanc’s first time on Top Gear.  A speed enthusiast himself, LeBlanc set a record four years ago when he posted the top lap speed ever during the show’s trademark “Celebrity in a Reasonably-Priced Car” challenge.

Shooting Top Gear has already taken LeBlanc and Evans to South Africa, Morocco, northern England, France, Kazakhstan, Italy and Cuba.

“It just keeps getting better and better and better,” LeBlanc said.

The new season of Top Gear premieres on BBC America May 3.

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Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR15/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It's Mrs. Eva Baston now.

The former Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria wed businessman Jose Antonio "Pepe" Baston in Mexico over the weekend.

The actress announced the news by sharing a photo of her and her husband's wedding rings on Instagram.

The caption read: "In our garden, surrounded by a small gathering of people we love, Pepe and I tied the knot! #TalkAboutBlessed #ImStillFloating #OmgMyFeetHurt."

Wedding guests included Ricky Martin with his partner Carlos Abella, Victoria Beckham and her husband David Beckham along with Mario Lopez and Melanie Griffith, according to photos posted to social media.

Photos posted by Telemundo's "Al Rojo Vivo," show Longoria, 41, and Baston, 47, tying the knot in a private ceremony held in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

The couple exchanged vows under an altar of flowers and lights, while standing in front of an over-sized white cross.

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"Beauty and the Beast" star Emma Watson; Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- We don't see much of the cast, but there's lots of atmosphere in the just-released teaser-trailer for Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast.

The trailer, which debuted on today's Good Morning America, shows shot after gorgeous shot of Beast's castle, with cobwebs forming and candles burning down as time passes.  Then, at the door, we catch glimpses of Belle -- played by Emma Watson -- with what sounds like Ewan McGregor's Lumière and Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth discussing her arrival: "What if she is the one?" says Lumière.

And then, as a piano plays the familiar notes from the song "Beauty and the Beast," we get our best, though still brief, look at Belle, as she gazes on the single, enchanted red rose in its glass case.  If you know the story, you know what that rose means.

Based on Disney's hit 1991 animated version, Beauty and Beast also stars Dan Stevens as The Beast, with Emma Thompson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, and Stanley Tucci.

Beauty and the Beast opens March 17 of next year.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Anthony Mackie as Falcon in "Captain America: Civil War"; Mavel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Captain America: Civil War is the first movie in 2016 to cross the $1 billion mark globally.  The film achieved the milestone on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter and is the fourth title in the Marvel movie universe to surpass $1 billion after The Avengers $1.51 billion, Age of Ultron $1.41 billion and Iron Man 3 $1.22 billion.

Anthony Mackie already portrayed Sam Wilson/Falcon in two of the Marvel flicks and realizes that there is superhero saturation in the marketplace.  But he’s happy to be on a winning team.

“I think right now, the market is inundated with superhero movies,” he tells ABC Radio.  “I think, fortunate for me being in the Marvel universe, all of the Marvel movies are good movies, so I don't think you can have too much of a good thing and I think it's a yin and a yang.  The bad superhero movies make the [good] superhero movies that much better...And I think that's why Cap 3 is doing so well because it's such a great movie.”

Looking to the future, Mackie swears he doesn’t know any definite plans -- particularly about the forthcoming Black Panther or his role, if any, in it.

“I don't know. Marvel is very secretive about who's in and who's not in these movies," he says. "My brother Chad Boseman introduced Black Panther in Cap 3 and did a great job. I've known from the beginning that once that character was being released, they would not be able to tame his success and I'm excited to see the movie and I think Marvel is going to do something remarkable with it.”

With buzz that Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o is "in talks" to jump aboard, and rising actor Michael B. Jordan will be rejoining his Creed director Ryan Coogler in the 2017 movie, some are speculating Black Panther could be the biggest and blackest superhero to date.

New Orleans native Mackie, who recently starred as civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in HBO's acclaimed All the Way, says it ain’t so -- and is cautious of using that terminology.

“Well, it definitely won't be blacker than Coming to America because that's the blackest movie of all time,” he quipped. “I think we should look at it for being just a really good movie instead of being a 'really black movie.'  Don't limit ourselves.” 

Black Panther will be released by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will be the new champion of Dancing with the Stars? We will find out this week, when ABC airs the two-part season finale.

ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee, deaf model Nyle DiMarco and UFC fighter Paige VanZant are all in contention to win the Mirror Ball trophy. But Zee is facing adversity having  injured her pelvis earlier this week during rehearsals for a contemporary routine with her professional partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, but she plans to compete in the finale.

On Monday night’s one-hour edition of Dancing with the Stars, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time, each couple will perform two dances: a redemption style dance and a freestyle routine.

The following night, the couples will take part in a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” in which they will fuse two contrasting dance styles with less than 24 hours’ preparation. That challenge, along with the votes and judges’ points from last week’s and Monday’s performance shows, will determine the winner of season 22. The champ will be revealed in the final moments of Tuesday’s show. 

Here's a rundown of the dances the couples will perform Monday night, along with the song selections:

Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Redemption Style:  Jazz  – “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
Freestyle  – “Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King Cole

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Redemption Style:  Quickstep – “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Freestyle – “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Redemption Style:  Salsa – “Fireball” by Pitbull
Freestyle – “Over the Rainbow” performed by BC Jean

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Rovio Animation/Sony(NEW YORK) -- The Angry Birds movie took flight in theaters over the weekend, managing to soar over the box office champ of the past two weeks, Captain America: Civil War.

The movie based on the Angry Birds game made a whopping $39 million bucks at the box office, though Civil War stayed strong in its third week in theaters, with a $33 million haul that propelled the movie's total take past the billion dollar mark. 

Last week's third place finisher, Money Monster starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, was bounced back to 7th place, thanks to strong showings from newcomer Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which took in nearly 22 million bucks. The Nice Guys, the weekend's final new movie, opened in 4th place, with just over 11 million bucks. 

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo:

 1. The Angry Birds Movie, $39,000,000
 2. Captain America: Civil War,  $33,114,000
 3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,  $21,790,000
 4. The Nice Guys, $11,270,000
 5. The Jungle Book, $11,017,000
 6. Money Monster, $7,080,000
 7. The Darkness, $2,363,000
 8. Zootopia, $1,703,000 
 9. The Huntsman: Winter's War, $1,190,000 
10. Mother's Day, $1,115,214

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Stevie Wonder and Madonna perform a tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards; Jeff Kravitz/BBMA2016/FilmMagic(LAS VEGAS) -- The 2016 Billboard Music Awards was all about The Weeknd, who grabbed eight trophies, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Song for "The Hills," and Top R&B Album for Beauty Behind the Madness. Adele took home five awards, including Top Female Artist, Top 200 Album for 25, and the big one, Top Artist.

The Weeknd dedicated his Top 100 Artist award to Prince, who died suddenly last month. In The Weeknd's acceptance speech, he noted that the legendary artist was an inspiration to him, helping him "push the envelope."

Adele, who is currently on tour and couldn't make it to the telecast, accepted her award via pre-taped messages. "It's lovely to be in everyone's company," Adele said in her video acceptance speech for Top Artist, adding, "I'm about to go on stage!"

The show also featured the premiere of the video for Adele's new single "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." The psychedelic clip for the third release from her album 25 shows the singer draped in a flowing, floral gown set against a black background with multiple Adeles appearing in kaleidoscopic form.

Britney Spears, opened the show, taking the stage in a pink top hat and jacket, before stripping down to a more revealing outfit and performing a medley of hits that included "Work B****," "Womanizer," "Breathe on Me," "Slave 4 U," "Toxic" and a chorus of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N Roll" for good measure.

Kesha, whose appearance on the show was up in the air at one point due to her ongoing lawsuit with her producer, Dr. Luke, ended up paying tribute to Bob Dylan, backed by Ben Folds on piano. They performed the Dylan classic "It Ain't Me Babe."

Pink gave a breathtaking performance, soaring high in the air suspended by ropes and surrounded by flames as she belted out "Just Like Fire," from the upcoming film Alice through the Looking Glass.

Céline Dion, who was the recipient of this year's Icon Award, delivered a powerful performance of Queen's "The Show Must Go On," backed by violinist Lindsey Stirling. Afterwards, her son, Rene-Charles Angelil surprised her by walking on stage to make the presentation. After thanking her fans and crew, she made a special dedication -- in French -- to her late husband Rene Angelil, who lost his long battle with throat cancer in January Choking back tears, Dion closed her speech by declaring, "The show must go on."

The Go-Go's, who made history during the 1980s as the first and only all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts, reunited on stage and performed their hit, "We Got the Beat."  The band is launching a farewell tour this summer after 38 years together.

The highlight of the evening was Madonna and Stevie Wonder teaming up for a touching tribute to Prince. After Madonna performed Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," made famous by Sinead O'Connor, Wonder joined her for a duet on Prince's classic "Purple Rain." The musical tributes were introduced by The Roots' drummer Questlove, who noted the music legend affected all of us, "no matter what kind of music we make, no matter how long we made it, no matter our race, our color or our creed or sexual orientation," adding that Prince's departure from the land of music "was an earthquake."

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The night's lineup also included the following performances:

Shawn Mendez, "Stitches"
Fifth Harmony featuring Dolla $ign, “Work from Home”
Meghan Trainor, "No"
Justin Bieber, "Company" and "Sorry"
Nick Jonas and Tove Lo, "Close"
Demi Lovato, "Cool for the Summer"
DNCE, "Cake by the Ocean"
Lucas Graham, "7 Years."
Ariana Grande, "Dangerous and "Into You"
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart"

The three-hour show, broadcast live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was hosted by Ludacris and Ciara. 

Here are the 2016 Billboard Music Award winners:
Top New Artist:
Fetty Wap
Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist:
Top Duo/Group:
One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Song Sales Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Radio Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Social Media Artist:
Justin Bieber
Top Touring Artist:
Taylor Swift
Top R&B Artist:
The Weeknd
Top Rap Artist:

Top Country Artist:
Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist:
twenty one pilots
Top Latin Artist:
Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
David Guetta
Top Christian Artist:
Hillsong UNITED
Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele, 25

Top Soundtrack:
Pitch Perfect 2
Top R&B Album
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Top Rap Album:
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More than Money
Top Country Album:
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Top Rock Album:
twenty one pilots, Blurryface
Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Zedd, True Colors
Top Christian Album:
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
Top Gospel Album:
*Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Top Hot 100 Song:
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Selling Song:
Adele, “Hello”

Top Radio Song:
WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
Top Streaming Song (Audio):
The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Streaming Song (Video):
Silentó, “Watch Me”

Top R&B Song:
The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Rap Song:
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Country Song:
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
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WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
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Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdón
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Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ “Lean On”
Top Christian Song:
Hillsong UNITED “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
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Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- Prince, who was found unresponsive in an elevator inside his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota in April, may have been dead for hours before his body was discovered, a source confirmed to ABC News.

Minneapolis' Star Tribune first reported that the late singer was likely "dead for at least six hours." A paramedic who responded to the scene told law enforcement, Prince's staff, and others that detail, adds the newspaper.

The music legend's cause of death has not yet been announced, though an autopsy was performed April 22 and results of toxicology tests are expected in the coming weeks.

According to the Midwest Medical Examiner's office, Prince's body was returned to the family after the autopsy was completed.

Still, less than a week after the singer's death, authorities obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate. The sealed paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs had been found in Prince’s possession and at his home.

Sources also told ABC News that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks beforehand.

Prince's sister Tyka Nelson said in a Facebook post that the family will hold an official memorial in August.

Prince died April 21. He was 57.

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Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD!) After last week's fiery conclusion, this week's Game of Thrones focuses on the icy part of Westeros. Jon and Sansa plan their attack on Winterfell, the White Walkers return, and we finally learn the truth about Hodor. Plus Arya gets a mission, and a new Red Woman enters the fray to champion Daenarys as the true ruler promised by the Lord of Light.

Castle Black
After finally reuniting with Jon Snow, Sansa Stark reunites with someone she is much less happy to see: Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. He tells Sansa that the Knights of the Vale are ready to fight for her in her quest to retake Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton, but Sansa refuses his help. She is very distrustful of Baelish, as he was the one who arranged her marriage to Ramsay. Sansa makes Petyr recite how he thinks Ramsay tortured her, and Littlefinger tries to apologize. He also tells her that her uncle, Brendan "The Blackfish" Tully, has assembled an army, and advises her to seek him out. Sansa decides to tell Jon about The Blackfish's army, but she does not mention Littlefinger and lies to him about how she heard the news.

Arya is back in the House of Black and White and is no longer blind. Though even with her eyesight restored, the Waif is still a better fighter. After another brutal combat lesson that ends up as a bare-knuckle brawl, Jaqen H'ghar interrupts to give Arya a mission. He tells her to poison an actress who performs plays in the street. After watching the play, which turns out to be basically a reenactment of the first Game of Thrones season, including the beheading of Ned Stark, Arya follows the actress backstage and realizes how she can poison her. 

Under the Tree
Bran embarks on another vision with the Three Eyed Raven, and this time he sees the non-human Children of the Forest, who are thought to be the first inhabitants of Westeros, Bran sees the Children create the first White Walker. When Bran wakes up, one of the Children says they created White Walkers to defend themselves from men.

Later, Bran again enters a vision, but without the guidance of the Three Eyed Raven. He sees an army of inanimate White Walkers. As he walks through the crowd, he reaches the Night King, last seen leading the White Walker army during the Massacre at Hardhome. Though Bran is in a vision, the Night King sees the young Stark boy and grabs his arm. This marks Bran in real life, and allows the Night King and the White Walkers to enter Under the Tree, which had previously been immune to the creatures. The Three Eyed Raven tells Bran that the time has come for him to take his place. When Bran asks if he's ready, the Three Eyed Raven replies, "No."

The Night King soon arrives with a massive army. As this happens, Bran and the Three Eyed Raven return to the vision that showed Hodor, formerly named Wylis, talking. Bran then wargs into Hodor, and pulls his body out of the cave as they run from the invading White Walkers. He does so, and a Bran-controlled Hodor pulls Bran's body out of the cave as they run from the invading White Walkers. They escape the cave, and Meera continues to yell at Hodor to "hold the door."

Back in the vision, Bran watches as Wylis fall over and go into a seizure. His eyes go white, and he starts to yell "hold the door." As he continues to yell, "hold the door" soon becomes "hodor," revealing how Hodor's condition came to be.

Iron Islands
With Lord Balon Greyjoy dead, the time has come for the Iron islands to pick a new ruler. His daughter Yara Greyjoy declares her intention to take the throne, though many do not want a woman to rule. The recently returned Theon Greyjoy, Yara's brother, then throws his support behind his sister, which sways most of the dissenters. Just when it looks like Yara will be crowned queen, Balon's formerly exiled younger brother, Euron Greyjoy, appears and claims the throne. Yara accuses Euron of killing Balon, which he happily admits to doing. He then declares that he's going to seduce Daenarys Targaryen and team up with her and her dragons to conquer Westeros. Euron is then named king of the Iron Islands, and Yara and Theon escape with the best ships in the Ironborn fleet.

Vaes Dothrak
Following her dramatic burning of Temple of the Dosh Khaleen and winning the hearts and minds of the Dothraki people, Daenarys turns her attention to another matter: Jorah Mormont. Although Daenarys has banished Jorah twice, he still helped save her life. As she decides whether or not to banish Jorah a third time, he makes the decision for her by revealing that he shows that he has the fatal disease greyscale. Before Daenarys has time to grieve for him, Jorah reveals another secret, albeit one that everybody this side of the Narrow Sea already knows: he's in love with her. Jorah then prepares to leave his Khaleesi for the third and final time, but Daenarys stops him. She commands Jorah to find a cure for greyscale, and once he does, he is to return back to her and advise her.

After striking a tentative agreement with the Masters of Slavers' Bay, Tyrion and Varys try to figure out how to show the people of Mereen that Daenarys can keep them safe. Enter: another Red Woman. This priestess says that she saw Daenarys claim victory in the flames, and is thus the real champion of the Lord of Light. Varys is skeptical, as he's seen the Red Woman Melisandre make similar proclamations about Stannis Baratheon, which did not turn out so well. To prove her claims, the new Red Woman begins to retell the story of Varys' castration as a young boy. As a horrified Varys listens, the priestess implies that he heard Daenarys' name on that night, proving that she is indeed the Lord of Light's choice.

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Dick Clark Productions(NEW YORK) -- The Weeknd is the leading nominee for this year's Billboard Music Awards, taking place tonight in Las Vegas.

The R&B singer earned nominations in 16 categories, including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Fellow Canadian Justin Bieber is a finalist in 11 categories, while rappers Fetty Wap and Drake will both compete in 10 categories. Pop stars Adele and Taylor Swift each have eight nods.

Hosts Ludacris and Ciara say what makes the Billboard Music Awards different from other awards shows is it's focus.  "Because it’s the people that vote," Ludacris tells ABC Radio. "When it comes to the charts, every artist is constantly looking at the Billboard charts but this award show has been about the people, for the people, by the people for decades."

Adds Ciara, "I remember my first song, 'Goodies,' being number one for eight weeks on the Billboard chart and it was pretty huge."

Of course, the BBMAs are as much about the performances as they are who wins.  This year’s telecast will feature live performances by artists including Justin Bieber, DNCE, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Pink, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Meghan Trainor, and Lukas Graham, and collaborations with Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Madonna will perform a Prince tribute.

The list of high-profile presenters includes Kate Beckinsale, Priyanka Chopra, Laverne Cox, Mark Cuban, new Bachelorette star Jojo Fletcher, Lucy Hale, Halsey, Heidi Klum, Kelly Rowland, Seal, Tyrese, and Zendaya.  They join previously-announced presenters Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Steven Tyler, Keke Palmer, Rebecca Romijn, The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan and Taylor Swift squad member Serayah.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas tonight at 8:00 ET, broadcast live from coast-to-coast on ABC.

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