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Ariana Grande and Big Sean Split

ABC/Kevin Mazur(NEW YORK) — Ariana Grande and Big Sean are no longer making beautiful music together. The couple has called it quits after eight months of dating.

“They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends,” Grande’s rep tells ABC Radio. “We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time.”

Insiders tell Us Weekly the couple’s conflicting schedules likely contributed to the split. Both the singer and the rapper are currently on tour, making it difficult for them to see each other.

“They made the decision to part ways because their conflicting touring schedules would keep them apart over the next year,” a source says.

Just last month, Sean joined Grande on stage at her Detroit concert. The two performed a couple of songs together and shared a kiss.

Grande and Sean had been dating since August 2014, but only confirmed they were a couple this past October.

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Bobby Brown at Concert: ‘Bobbi [Kristina] Is Awake!’

Lifetime(DALLAS) — During a concert appearance in Dallas Saturday night, Bobby Brown made a surprising announcement about his daughter Bobbi Kristina, who had reportedly been unresponsive since Jan. 31, when she was discovered unconscious in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home.

“Bobbi is awake!” the 46-year-old singer exclaimed to wild applause, according to video TMZ posted of the announcement. “She’s watching me.”

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That would be news indeed if it is confirmed; last official word was the 22-year-old daughter of Brown and the late Whitney Houston was moved out of Emory University Hospital in Georgia to a long-term care facility after attempts were made to wake her from a medically-induced coma.

Bobby Brown’s news appears to be supported by a message from his sister, Tina Brown, who shared a Facebook post Sunday from a friend that declares, in part, “Please don’t stop praying for Bobbi Kris even though she is off life support and she has woke [sic] up.”

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“Star Wars” Celebration News: “Rogue One” Teaser, “Battlefront” Trailer

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — While it might be hard to believe, there was other news coming out of the fan festival Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim over the weekend, other than the revelation of the movie’s latest teaser.

Not only did Electronic Arts reveal footage from its eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront game — which lets players relive some of the greatest battles in the Star Wars saga — but a teaser was also screened of the first Star Wars “anthology” movie, Star Wars: Rogue One.

The snippet of Rogue One, which is set between Star Wars: Episode III and IV, was screened during a scheduled panel Q&A with directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank on Sunday.

Trank, who is to direct the second “stand-alone” Star Wars movie, tweeted in sick at the last moment, but Edwards was on hand to not only screen the footage, but also show some concept art, and confirm that Rogue One centers on the Rebels’ attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star. As you may recall, the plans were later smuggled inside R2-D2, and ultimately used to find a fatal flaw in the space station’s construction that Luke Skywalker exploited to destroy it in Episode IV.

The teaser footage was brief, and hasn’t been released officially, but opens as the camera flies over a forest-covered planet, and the voice of Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi is heard from that film. “For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic,” Kenobi says, as a single Imperial TIE Fighter flies over the treetops.

“Before the dark times,” he continues. “Before the Empire.” With that, the camera pans up to a ghostly sunrise: the Death Star, looming large on the horizon.

Edwards explained the movie, which stars Felicity Jones as a Rebel soldier in the film, will shy away from the Jedi, and center more on the “war” aspect of Star Wars.

While Battlefront is slated for a Nov. 17 release, Rogue One will be released in December 2016 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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ACM Awards 2015: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big

Bill Matlock/CBS(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Co-host Luke Bryan took home Entertainer of the Year honors at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but it was Miranda Lambert who proved to be the night’s big winner.

The wife of Bryan’s co-host Blake Shelton collected her sixth consecutive Female Vocalist trophy. Miranda’s “Automatic” won Song of the Year, and she also notched her fourth Album of the Year award, for Platinum. She is now tied with George Strait in the latter category.

Speaking of Strait, he was one of seven artists to receive the Academy’s 50th anniversary Milestone Award. The others were Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney. They were recognized for their career achievements.

In a particularly touching moment, Swift’s mother Andrea, who Taylor recently revealed via social media is battling cancer, presented the Milestone Award to her daughter, at one point gushing, “Like many of you out there tonight with children of your own, I am a very proud mom.” She also noted that Taylor, who released her first full-blown pop album, 1989, last year, was “brave enough to explore her musical curiosity.”

During her acceptance speech, Taylor praised her Music City family by declaring, “I am so happy I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville.” She then thanked the country music community for showing her who they are with the “grace” with which they accepted her decision to go pop.

Garth Brooks also provided one of the show’s memorable moments by using his segment to pay tribute to America’s fighting men and women. He sang “All-American Kid” and, after receiving the Milestone Award from Taya Kyle, the widow of the late “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, he noted, “I’d like …to thank all of our men and women in the armed forces…protecting our freedom.”

Jason Aldean was named Male Vocalist of the Year during the telecast, which aired on CBS.

At the top of the show, Shelton and Bryan revealed that the crowd of 70,252 that filled AT&T Stadium for the ceremony earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Attended Live Awards Show of All Time.”

The duo’s third ACM hosting gig was light on comedy. Instead, they made way for the long list of star presenters and performers. One of the few jokes of the night featured Shelton asking Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to throw a football ball to Bryan, who was wearing gloves. After Bryan caught the ball, Shelton asked Romo if it was one of those deflated balls, referencing the Deflategate scandal involving the New England Patriots earlier this year.

Randy Travis, who suffered a stroke two years ago, was in attendance. His presence was acknowledged by Lee Brice, who also sang a little of Travis’ classic “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

See a complete list of winners here.

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ACM Awards 2015: Taylor Swift’s Mother Presents Her with an Award

Heather Wines/CBS(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Being honored with a Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards was sure to be a a big moment for Taylor Swift.

However, it was made all the more poignant by the fact that mother, Andrea, presented it to her.

“Like many of you out there tonight with children of your own, I am a very proud mom,” Andrea Swift said at Sunday’s awards show. “So I’d like to thank the ACMs for honoring [my daughter] in this way, but I’d also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans…I know you love her as I love her, and for that, I thank you eternally.”

It’s been an emotional stretch for the Swift family. Earlier this month, the singer revealed on her Tumblr page that her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. She kept the details private, and explained that her mother’s battle would prevent her from attending as many 1989 world tour dates as she’d like. However, it’s clear that no matter how many miles apart they may be in the next few months, Andrea Swift is firmly in her daughter’s corner.

“For many years, I was her constant companion, and I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become a young woman with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in,” Andrea Swift told the crowd at the ACM Awards. “Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need.”

The speech was punctuated by moments of levity too. At one point, she also told a humorous story about a situation that led to one of Swift’s most famous songs.

“I’ve watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled-haired little girl growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity until right now, as she prepares for her next world tour, and ever since then, her favorite thing in the world to do has been to write a song, tell a story, play a guitar, or piano, and I’ve seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life, good or bad,” she said. “Now, every once in a while her dad, her brother or I find ourselves to be the subjects of those songs. Sometimes we’re merely the inspiration. Like the time she was 17 years old, and her dad and I strongly disapproved of a certain young man, and rightfully so. But she was mad. She was real mad, and she went to her room, and she closed the door, and she came out about an hour later with a song called ‘Love Story.'”

Swift, like those in the crowd, was touched. Upon taking the stage, the “Style” singer embraced her mother before turning her attention to the audience.

“Somebody once told me that you truly see who a person is when you tell them something they don’t want to hear. You truly see who a person is when you give them news that they weren’t expecting,” she said. “So to the country music community, when I told you that I had made a pop album and I wanted to go explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace you accepted that with. I will never forget it.”

“I’m so happy, so happy that I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville,” she continued. “I’m so grateful that I learned what hard work is from my heroes who are all sitting here, and I’m so unbelievably proud that I learned to treat people with kindness and respect from country music. I love you so much. And to the fans… I’ll see you right here in this exact stadium in a few months on the 1989 world tour. See you soon. I love you.”

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Justin Timberlake Shares Photo of New Son

Larry Busacca/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Justin Timberlake just shared the first public photo of his new son, and, predictably, the baby is adorable.

Justin on Sunday uploaded a picture to Instagram of wife Jessica Biel holding little Silas Randall Timberlake, who’s wearing a Memphis Grizzlies shirt.

The singer wrote, “The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR.”

The Grizzlies beat the Portland Trailblazers in the opening game of their first-round NBA playoff series on Sunday.

Justin and Jessica welcomed Silas, their first child, earlier this month.

The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on Apr 19, 2015 at 5:12pm PDT

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Bruce Jenner Talks About Family in New Diane Sawyer Exclusive Promo

Heidi Gutman/ABC(NEW YORK) — Bruce Jenner tells ABC’s Diane Sawyer that family members are “the only ones I’m concerned with” in a new promotional clip of the exclusive interview.

“I can’t let myself hurt them,” Jenner says in the new promo that began airing on the ABC Television Network Sunday night.

Jenner has six biological children — Burt, Cassandra, Brandon, Brody, Kendall and Kylie — and four step-children — Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian.

Jenner, a record-shattering, gold medal Olympian and reality television star, talks with Sawyer about the journey through the years, and says in the promo, “It made me who I am.”

“My whole life has been getting me ready for this,” Jenner said.

Jenner sat down with Sawyer for a far-ranging interview that will air on Friday, April 24 during a special two-hour edition of ABC’s 20/20.

The special, Bruce Jenner – The Interview, airs on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.

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“Furious 7″ Holds Top Spot at Box Office for Third Straight Week

Universal(NEW YORK) — Furious 7 kept its run of box office victories rolling this weekend, taking the top spot for the third consecutive weekend.

Debuts from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended couldn’t top the Vin Diesel-lead juggernaut. Furious 7 brought in just over $29 million this weekend, bringing its total gross to $294,410,000.

The Paul Blart sequel, starring Kevin James, came in second place.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

1. Furious 7: $29.056million
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: $24 million
3. Unfriended: $16.023 million
4. Home (2015): $10.3 million
5. The Longest Ride: $6.85 million
6. Get Hard: $4.83 million
7. Monkey Kingdom: $4.715 million
8. Woman in Gold: $4.587 million
9. The Divergent Series: Insurgent: $4.15 million
10. Cinderella (2015): $3.871 million

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New “Star Wars: Episode VII” Stormtrooper Uniform Is the Main Attraction at Celebration

ABC News(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Almost as soon as Imperial Stormtroopers blasted their way onto the big screen in 1977, Star Wars fans have wanted to know where and how to get their own suit of ultra-cool white armor.

But you either had to have the serious skills needed to build your own or had to deal with an often confusing web of unauthorized armor builders with wildly varying reputations and quality.

Now a company called Anovos is bringing classic and the new Stormtrooper armor from Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens to the masses – for a price.

The “Star Wars” production company, Lucasfilm, and ABC News are owned by The Walt Disney Co.

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Miley Cyrus, John Legend, John Mayer to Honor Legends at Rock Hall of Fame

StonePhotos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Some of today’s biggest stars will be on hand to induct — and perform tributes to — the iconic musicians entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year at the hall’s induction ceremony Saturday in Cleveland.

Miley Cyrus, who’s often spoken about her admiration for ’80s rock icons Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, will get to usher them into the hall, though it is not clear if she’ll perform, as well.

Meanwhile, fun.’s Nate Ruess, who just kicked off his solo career, will perform in honor of another of this year’s inductees, the late Lou Reed.

John Mayer will induct one of his heroes, the late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his band Double Trouble, and will take part in a tribute performance.

Stevie Wonder will induct Bill Withers, and John Legend will perform in honor of Withers, the soul singer best known for the hits “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me.”

Paul McCartney will induct his Beatles band mate, Ringo Starr.

Fall Out Boy will induct this year’s youngest honorees, Green Day, and is going to great lengths to do it: Earlier in the day, the band will be performing at the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day concert in Washington, D.C., along with Usher, Train and other acts. Then, the band members will hop a plane to Cleveland to take part in the Hall of Fame ceremony.

“It’s really exciting for us,” Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz told ABC News about participating in ushering Billie Joe Armstrong and the guys into the hall. “I think that, as punk rock bands, it’s cool. When one of us makes it, it’s kind of like all of us [do], it seems like. To me, I think Green Day is definitely Rock Hall of Fame-worthy.”

Green Day and its hit-packed 1994 album, “Dookie,” had a huge influence on Fall Out Boy, said Wentz, and that’s why he’s so happy that the band is being given such a prestigious honor.

“I think about [Green Day] on the iconic scale of a band like U2, and it’s a cool moment to see that happen,” Wentz said. “I think without Green Day putting out ‘Dookie,’ I don’t know if Fall Out Boy ends up in the same place that we end up. So I think that it’s really special for us, personally.”

Fall Out Boy hasn’t been announced as actually performing at Saturday’s induction ceremony, but is perfectly happy just to be there.

“I would love to [perform], but I don’t know if we do,” Wentz said. “In 2009, we used to cover ‘Basket Case’ by Green Day. You can find those videos online somewhere.

“It’d be cool,” he added. “I have no idea. I don’t know. We’re just lucky enough to be going.”

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