You can take the girl out of country, but you can't take country out of the girl. Taylor Swift pivoted toward pop with her synth-laden 2014 album 1989 and audacious latest effort Reputation, out Friday. Yet the Nashville transplant hasn't entirely abandoned her country roots. In fact, Swift earned her 12th Country Music Association Award Wednesday, taking home song of the year for writing Little Big Town's Better Man. The four-piece group's Karen Fairchild accepted the award on behalf of Swift, the sole writer on the breakup ballad who was not in attendance at the ceremony. "Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song and for loving songs and loving Nashville," Fairchild said. Swift, who is performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend, posted her stunned reaction to the honor on social media, writing, "In NYC for SNL rehearsals. I LOVE YOU @littlebigtown and CMAs." Better Man marks the first song of the year CMA for Swift, who previously picked up the show's top trophies for entertainer of the year and album of the year (Fearless).
The Baby hitmaker and Hailey split in 2016, but they were seen getting cozy in Miami. In one picture published online, Hailey is seen helping Justin dry off on the balcony of their hotel room, and according to Us Weekly sources, the couple was spotted together at a VOUS church conference and dinner at Casa Tua and the LIV nightclub on Saturday (09Jun18) night. "(They) were being very flirty and dancing on each other (while) holding hands," a source tells the magazine. "Justin (put) his arm around Hailey throughout the night. (They) didn't shy away from the crowd or onlookers." The 24-year-old and Hailey's vacation comes a month after the model was linked to another Canadian singer - Shawn Mendes. She denied the romance rumors in May (18), insisting the Stitches singer was "super-lovely" but she was "single" following a reported date night at the Met Gala. She recently revealed she had become friends with Justin again. "Justin and I were friends for a long time," she told The Sunday Times. "I met him when I was really young and he was one of my best friends. Everybody knows that at a certain point in time that turned into something else, but that just happens when you're 18, 19. It was what it was. "We went through a long period of time when we weren't friends. We didn't speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on. We've moved past that... We just work much better as friends. He's somebody I really cherish. Now it's a very mature situation. It's good." Meanwhile, Justin was most recently linked to his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez, but they split in May.
The wrapper of a candy ring used in Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas' Las Vegas wedding is being sold on eBay for thousands of dollars. Due to the last minute nature of the pair's nuptials, which took place at the fabled A Little White Wedding Chapel on 1 May (19), they used a Ring Pop Sours as a temporary stand-in for a more permanent ring. Elvis Presley impersonator Jesse Garon officiated the wedding, and found the wrapper while he was being interviewed about the ceremony by U.S. TV show Entertainment Tonight. Seizing his opportunity, Garon then put the wrapper on the U.S. auction site - with the bid standing at $4,050 (£3,090) as WENN went to press. As well as getting the "slightly used" wrapper if they win the auction, the victor will also receive a copy of the moment Garon found the trash, in addition to a "certificate of authenticity" signed by the minister. To further encourage bids on the item, Garon states in the description it is "a great gift for the Jonas Brothers fanatic the has everything (sic)." Fans clearly agree with him, as the lot already has a staggering 82 bids - with seven days still left in the auction. According to reports, Game of Thrones star Turner and her singer spouse decided to go ahead with the Vegas wedding in a bid to make their union official in the U.S. before they celebrate with a larger ceremony in France later this year. Their Sin City nuptials took place just hours after the Billboard Music Awards, with the date also the same day late singer Elvis married wife Priscilla 52 years previously. Asked about the tribute, Priscilla acknowledged it was "very sweet, really, really, very sweet," during a chat with Us Weekly magazine.
Katy Perry finally explains why she finally decided to address her feud with Taylor Swift during a May appearance on The Late Late Show. "Well, James Corden makes me and the whole world feel very safe. No one has asked me about my side of the story," she says, "and there are three sides of every story: one, two and the truth." Perry says she finally reached a breaking point with Swift, who has not spoken out since the interview. "Things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I'm also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls," she explains. "That's so messed up!" And even though Swift hired Perry's longtime collaborator Max Martin to co-write the diss track "Bad Blood," the "Bon Appétit " singer doesn't hold any grudges against the popular music producer. "I'm not supposed to tell him what he can and can't do. I'm very fair; I'm super-duper fair and I'm not one of those people who's like, 'You can't do that because I don't like that person,'" she tells sources. "You do you. Make your own choices...I'm not his mother."