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Swift to be honored for past decade

Associated Press

Taylor Swift will receive the artist of the decade award at the American Music Awards next month.

Dick Clark Productions announced Wednesday that Swift will be honored during an ABC live telecast Nov. 24. At the show, she has a chance to break Michael Jackson's record for most wins.

Swift has won 23 AMAs and has five nominations this year; Jackson holds the record for most wins with 24 trophies. 

'Baby' reimagined

John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, his fellow coach on “The Voice,” have joined forces on a reimagined version of the oft-criticized Christmas classic “Baby, It's Cold Outside.”

The song, written by Frank Loesser in 1944, is a duet that has a man trying to convince a woman to stay overnight at his home on a cold winter's night. It's been a flashpoint of the #MeToo era, with foes calling it everything from sexist to an ode to date rape.

Legend and comedian Natasha Rothwell of HBO's “Insecure” wrote the new take, which includes Clarkson leading the lyrics:

“What will my friends think (I think they should rejoice)

If I have one more drink? (It's your body, and your choice.)”

Gone are such lines as, “Gosh, your lips look delicious,” sung by the man, and “Say, what's in this drink?” by the woman.

'Thrones' prequel

HBO is green-lighting a new “Game of Thrones” prequel after reportedly canceling another that starred Naomi Watts.

The cable channel said Tuesday that it's given a 10-episode order to “House of the Dragon,” set 300 years before the original series that ended its eight-season run in May.

The prequel is based on George R.R. Martin's “Fire & Blood,” HBO said. The new drama was co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal, whose credits include “Colony.”

It will focus on House Targaryen.

HBO declined comment on reports Tuesday that it had dropped another “Game of Thrones” prequel. A pilot episode starring Watts had been filmed in Northern Ireland.

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Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Anchorman Dan Rather is 88. Actor Ron Rifkin is 81. Actress Sally Kirkland is 78. Actor Stephen Rea is 73. Actress Deidre Hall is 72. Journalist Jane Pauley is 69. Director Peter Jackson is 58. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 56. Actor Rob Schneider is 55. Musician Vanilla Ice is 52. Actress Piper Perabo is 43. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas is 39. Actor Justin Chatwin is 37. Actress Danielle Rose Russell is 20. Singer-actress Willow Smith is 19.


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