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Nicki Minaj, center, performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The 6 most memorable moments from the BET Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After nearly four hours of prizes, performances and the occasional bleeped expletive, the 2014 BET Awards came to a close. When it was all over, Pharrell Williams had two trophies, as […]

06/30/2014

Nicki Minaj performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Minaj at BET Awards: I was recently near death

Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself. The rapper rambled onstage when accepting her fifth consecutive win for […]

06/29/2014

Hip-hop singer Nicki Minaj (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

Malcolm X family upset with Nicki Minaj for photo

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm X’s family and estate said Nicki Minaj’s use of a famous photo of the black nationalist with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her […]

02/15/2014

Hip-hop singer Nicki Minaj (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

Minaj uses Malcolm X, racial slur in cover art

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a famous photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song. Minaj posted […]

02/13/2014

Keith Urban at the "American Idol" finale in Los Angeles, May 16, 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Keith Urban returning as ‘American Idol’ judge

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Keith Urban is coming back to “American Idol.” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly on Thursday confirmed the return of the country music star, settling the fate of the only judge from […]

08/01/2013

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‘Idol’ taps veteran of Swedish edition as new boss

  NEW YORK (AP) — One day after dismissing its longtime production pair, “American Idol” has a new executive producer. Freemantle Media has named Per Blankens to head the troubled Fox singing competition. The company […]

06/10/2013

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2 longtime producers leave ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Add two more departures to the “American Idol” post-season tally. Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest. The 12th season ended […]

06/10/2013

American Idol Judges 2013

Mariah Carey not returning to ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey says she isn’t retuning to “American Idol.” The pop star’s publicity firm, PMK BNC, tweeted Thursday that Carey isn’t returning to the Fox series and is planning a world […]

05/30/2013

Entertainer Randy Jackson (AP Photo)

Randy Jackson leaving ‘American Idol’

OS ANGELES (AP) — Randy Jackson out. The 56-year-old “American Idol” judge says he won’t be returning to the Fox talent competition after serving 12 seasons on the show’s judging panel. The record producer said […]

05/09/2013

American Idol Judges 2013

Fox: Passion, disagreements with new ‘Idol’ team

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Five minutes into their season-opening news conference and the new team at “American Idol” were having their first disagreement — about their disagreements.

01/08/2013

"Idol" Names 2 New Judges

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Top-selling rapper Nicki Minaj and Grammy-winning country singer Keith Urban will be judges on “American Idol,” while Randy Jackson will remain as judge when the Fox Broadcasting singing competition begins its 12th […]

09/16/2012