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Entertainment

Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis lead with 6 AMA nods

Newcomers Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, left, and his producer Ryan Lewis will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift for the top prize at the 2013 American Music Awards. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for “Thrift Shop.”

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Entertainment

Kanye, Miley and the death of the diva

Leontyne Price (Jack Mitchell Photo) by LZ Granderson (CNN) — In the third act of the opera “Aida,” there is an aria, “O Patria Mia,” that begins, “Oh, my country, I shall never see you again.” On January 3, 1985, after Leontyne Price sang those words, the audience at the Metropolitan Opera House stopped her with a four-minute ovation. Price first performed at the Met 24 years earlier, and this night, this performance would be her last on an opera stage.

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Opinion

I’m a male feminist. No, seriously

by John Brougher (CNN) — Feminism’s gotten a bad rap lately. For many, even just the word itself conjures up images of radical ideology. Pop music star Taylor Swift and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, to cite two famous examples, asserted that they’re pro-equality, but won’t identify as feminists.

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Entertainment

Rapper Macklemore acknowledges “White privilege”…Is Hip Hop losing its color?

Ryan Lewis, left, Macklemore, center, and Ray Dalton accept the award for best hip hop video for “Can’t Hold Us” as presenters Iggy Azalea, right, and Lil’ Kim look on, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success. In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If you’re gonna be a White dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability. You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and acknowledging that, yes, I understand my privilege, I understand how it works for me in society, and how it works for me in 2013 with the success that The Heist has had.”

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Generation Y

Q&A: Selena Gomez on turning 21, Bieber, new album

Selena Gomez performs on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday, July 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Have a question for Selena Gomez? She says you’ll find the answer in her new album. The singer-actress, who had her breakthrough on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” at age 15, says she knows she hasn’t been too revealing in the past, but she’s becoming comfortable in her own skin — and that’s reflected on “Stars Dance,” released Tuesday.

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Lifestyle

From Kanye West to Cher, here are our five favorite ALL-CAPS rants

Kanye West interrupting an acceptance speech by Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, Sept. 13, 2009.(AP Photo/Brad Barket—PictureGroup) By Doug Gross (CNN) — Last week, the U.S. Navy forsook a tradition dating back to the 1800s. Why? Because it’s now too easily confused with the musings of an Internet lunatic. Naval commanders this week announced that they would be getting rid of a rule that all official communications should be in all-caps. It’s a tradition dating to the 1850s, when the military used teletype machines that didn’t have lowercase letters. The change is meant to simplify communication and is supposed to save the Navy $15 million because it can get rid of a dedicated messaging service and use regular old e-mail instead. But we have to think not wanting to sound like you’re shouting at someone who SAID SOMETHING WRONG ON THE INTERNET played a role, too. The most gentle message can come across as psychotically aggressive when typed in all caps. So as the Navy transitions, we decided to round up five of our favorite examples of all-cap craziness.