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Courtney Leigh Heins won the IMEA’s award for best country song of the year on Saturday.

City native Heins wins song award


Singer-songwriter and Fort Wayne native Courtney Leigh Heins won best country song of the year at the International Music and Entertainment Association Awards on Saturday in Ashland, Ky.

Heins was also nominated for best country album.

Her winning song, “Bright Blue World,” is off of her album of the same name, which offers an array of snapshots of Heins’ life in Fort Wayne and moving away first to Boston College, and then on to Los Angeles, where she currently lives. Heins released the album, her third, in January.

In an email announcing her win, Heins says she is excited and that “it was a great night.”

The IMEA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support individuals and other organizations that are in the entertainment industry.

Parade stars set

There will be a strong helping of duck at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – “Duck Dynasty,” that is.

The reality show sensations will be among the celebrities appearing at the annual event in New York City. They’ll join Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, Florida Georgia Line, Cirque du Soliel and several other acts on the famous parade floats.

Macy’s says more than 8,000 people will participate in the event.

This year, Snoopy and Woodstock will be among the balloons, as well as Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon.”

‘Game’ winner

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Ender’s Game,” $27 million

2. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” $20 million

3. “Last Vegas,” $16.3 million

4. “Free Birds,” $15.8 million

5. “Gravity,” $12.8 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Art Garfunkel is 72. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 70. Singer Peter Noone is 66. Actor Robert Patrick is 55. Singer Bryan Adams is 54. Actress Tilda Swinton is 53. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 50. Singer-guitarist Ryan Adams is 39. Guitarist Kevin Jonas is 26.