Singer, activist and ‘Grease’ star Olivia Newton-John dies at 73

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Chart-topping singer, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John has died, according to a post on her Instagram page from her husband, John Easterling. She was 73.

"Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends," the note reads. "We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time."

Originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the '90s, Newton-John was in remission for more than 20 years before her cancer returned in 2017. "Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer," continues the post.

"Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer," it concludes. "In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation."

Newton-John is survived by her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi; Easterling, whom she married in 2008; as well as a sister, a brother, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Born in 1948 in Cambridge, England, Olivia was the granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born. When she was five, her family relocated to Melbourne, Australia. By her teen years, she'd landed her big break, winning a talent contest on the TV show Sing, Sing, Sing.

By 1966, Olivia had a deal with Decca Records, but her major breakthrough wouldn't come until 1973, with the country-flavored hit "Let Me Be There." That same year, the Academy of Country Music named her its Most Promising Female Vocalist. In 1974 the Country Music Association agreed, crowning her its Female Vocalist of the Year in a move that sparked controversy among the genre's traditionalists.

The next year, Olivia's career would gravitate more toward the pop side, as she released one of her signature songs: "I Honestly Love You." It won both Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 1974 Grammys.

Generations of fans -- particularly young girls -- would come to identify with Newton-John as she took on her most iconic film role in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta's Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical Grease. The two would become one of cinema's most beloved couples, performing the duets "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" together. Olivia also scored a Grease solo hit with "Hopelessly Devoted to You."

In 1980, Newton-John teamed up with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller skating fantasy Xanadu. Though it failed to be "Magic" at the box office, it was destined to become a cult classic and also gave Olivia another chart-topping hit from its double-Platinum soundtrack.

Newton-John and Travolta rekindled their onscreen romance for Two of a Kind in 1983. While the film wasn't successful, once again Olivia's music was. The soundtrack went Platinum and "Twist of Fate" was a top-five hit.

On the small screen, Olivia would become a music video pioneer, turning her super-sexy single "Physical" into a campy romp through saunas, aerobics and workout rooms. The clip propelled the song to 10 weeks at the top of the chart, and "Physical" won the 1982 Grammy for Video of the Year.  

All told, Newton-John charted 10 #1s and sold more than 100 million albums, continuing to work right up until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour. Earlier, she'd staged a well-received Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo for two years, starting in the spring of 2014.

In her eyes, Olivia was certain to see both her family and her humanitarian work as her greatest accomplishments. She gave birth to her daughter, Chloe, in 1986, and later helped establish the Healthy Child, Healthy World organization after Chloe's childhood friend died of a rare form of cancer.

After going into remission in 1992, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for breast cancer, recording multiple albums that addressed the issue and eventually establishing the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center. It opened in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, in June 2012.

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Chris Lane and ‘Bachelor’ alum Lauren Bushnell Lane expecting second child together

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Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell are about to become a family of four!

On Monday, the Bachelor alumna, 32, and her country star husband, 37, revealed they are expecting their second child together. Sharing an adorable snapshot of the growing family to social media, Lauren, who already shares 11-month-old son Dutton Walker with Chris, announced, "Party of 4, coming October 2022. I cannot wait to see you as a big brother, Dutty!" 

In an interview with People, the couple dished on how they found out their family would be expanding, with Lauren admitting, "To be quite honest, I've never been more shocked in my entire life, because this was very much an unexpected surprise."

Lauren shared that she took a pregnancy test and was so surprised that she interrupted Chris as he was putting their son down for a nap.

"We had planned on having at least two kids, so we're very thankful that it was able to happen for us, even if it wasn't necessarily on our exact timing," she added. "We're both just incredibly excited."

The pair, who wed in October 2019, also shared their thoughts on whether baby number two will be a boy or girl. While the "Big, Big Plans" singer said "all the guys in our family, we make a lot of boys," Lauren thinks "because of that, the Lane family could use some female energy in there." 

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Chris Lane and ‘Bachelor’ alum Lauren Bushnell Lane expecting second child together

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Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell are about to become a family of four!

On Monday, the Bachelor alumna, 32, and her country star husband, 37, revealed they are expecting their second child together. Sharing an adorable snapshot of the growing family to social media, Lauren, who already shares 11-month-old son Dutton Walker with Chris, announced, "Party of 4, coming October 2022. I cannot wait to see you as a big brother, Dutty!" 

In an interview with People, the couple dished on how they found out their family would be expanding, with Lauren admitting, "To be quite honest, I've never been more shocked in my entire life, because this was very much an unexpected surprise."

Lauren shared that she took a pregnancy test and was so surprised that she interrupted Chris as he was putting their son down for a nap.

"We had planned on having at least two kids, so we're very thankful that it was able to happen for us, even if it wasn't necessarily on our exact timing," she added. "We're both just incredibly excited."

The pair, who wed in October 2019, also shared their thoughts on whether baby number two will be a boy or girl. While the "Big, Big Plans" singer said "all the guys in our family, we make a lot of boys," Lauren thinks "because of that, the Lane family could use some female energy in there." 

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Ashley Judd reveals mother Naomi “used a firearm” to end her life

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Naomi Judd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, her daughter Ashley Judd revealed in an exclusive interview Thursday on Good Morning America with ABC's Diane Sawyer.

"I've thought about this so much, because once I say it, it cannot be unsaid," Judd told the fellow Kentucky native during an interview on her Tennessee farm. "And so because we don't want it to be a part of the gossip economy, I will share with you that she used a weapon. Mother used a firearm."

"So that's the piece of information that we are very uncomfortable sharing," she went on, "but understand that we're in a position that, you know, if we don't say it, someone else is going to."

The actress also disclosed that she was the one who found her mother on April 30, just one day before she was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the time, Ashley was at her mother's home, and had stepped outside to let in a friend.

"I went upstairs to let her know that the friend was there and I discovered her," she said. "I have both grief and trauma from, from discovering her."

While her sister, Wynonna, wasn't ready to speak on camera about the tragedy, Ashley read a brief note from her, focusing on the comfort the two siblings find in each other. 

Previously, the sisters had said only that "We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness." They used Thursday morning's interview as a chance to encourage anyone going through something similar to reach out for help.

Naomi's life will be celebrated on Sunday during a public memorial that will air live from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on CMT. 

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if it feels like it, you are not alone.

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“Be free, my beautiful mother. Be free”: Ashley Judd shares moving post in honor of mother Naomi Judd

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Ashley Judd is taking a walk down memory lane as she reflects on the passing of her mother, Naomi Judd

The actress took to Instagram following The Judds' induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame to share how the family has been honoring the memory of Naomi, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 76 due to mental illness. 

In the loving post, Ashley shared a photo of her and sister Wynonna Judd with their backs to the camera, looking at the bronze plaque of The Judds that sits in the rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with a photo of Carly Pearce performing at the ceremony. 

Ashley then takes viewers inside the Judds' home, sharing a photo of the altar she created in her mother's honor that includes a picture of her silhouette from when she was 11 years old, surrounded by flowers and a book titled Grief Therapy. She also shares a video of Naomi's husband, Larry Strickland, singing "How Great Thou Art," along with a throwback photo from childhood of the sisters with their mom at Little Cat Creek in their home state of Kentucky. 

"Speechless," Ashley begins in the caption. "Your outpouring is reaching me. Thank you for every thought, prayer, message, text, email, post, expression. We each are alone and we are in fellowship, broken and held, protected from nothing and sustained in everything. It’s the beginning of an old story, life and death, loss and life. Be free, my beautiful mother. Be free." 

Ashley and Wynonna were both present at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville Sunday, where they paid a tearful tribute to their late mother, who died one day before the event.

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Grammys 2022: The complete winners list

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The 64th Annual Grammy Awards aired live from Las Vegas Sunday night on CBS, hosted by Trevor Noah.

Here is the complete list of winners in the major categories:

Record of the Year
"Leave the Door Open," Silk Sonic

Album of the Year
We Are, Jon Batiste

Song of the Year
“Leave the Door Open,” Brandon Anderson, Christopher Brody Brown, Dernst Emile II & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Silk Sonic)

Best New Artist
Olivia Rodrigo

POP

Best Pop Solo Performance
"driver’s license," Olivia Rodrigo

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Featuring SZA

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Love For Sale, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sour, Olivia Rodrigo

ROCK/ALTERNATIVE

Best Metal Performance
"The Alien," Dream Theater

Best Rock Song
"Waiting on a War," Foo Fighters

Best Rock Performance
"Making a Fire," Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album
Medicine at Midnight, Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album
Daddy’s Home, St. Vincent

R&B/RAP

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE (TIE)
"Leave the Door Open," Silk Sonic
and
"Pick Up Your Feelings," Jazmine Sullivan

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Fight for You," H.E.R.

Best R&B Song
"Leave the Door Open," Silk Sonic

Best Progressive R&B Album
Table for Two, Lucky Daye

Best R&B Album
Heaux Tales, Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Performance
"Family Ties," Baby Keem Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Melodic Rap Performance
“Hurricane,” Kanye West featuring the Weeknd and Lil Baby

Best Rap Song
“Jail,” Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Shawn Carter, Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, Kanye West and Mark Williams, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Jay-Z)

Best Rap Album
Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, the Creator

COUNTRY

Best Country Solo Performance
"You Should Probably Leave," Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Younger Me," Brothers Osborne

Best Country Song
"Cold," Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon & Chris Stapleton

Best Country Album
Starting Over, Chris Stapleton

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC

Best Dance Recording
"10%" by Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Alive, Rüfüs Du Sol

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
"Believe For It," CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans & Mitch Wong

Best Gospel Album
Believe For It, CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Old Church Basement, Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music

Best Roots Gospel Album
My Savior, Carrie Underwood

LATIN

Best Latin Pop Album
Mendó, Alex Cuba

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Origen, Juanes

Best Regional Mexican Music Album
A Mis 80s, Vicente Fernandez

Best Tropical Latin Album
Salswing!, Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

COMEDY

Best Comedy Album
Sincerely, Louis C.K.

MUSICAL THEATER

Best Musical Theater Album
The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Composers/Lyricists Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, Producer Emily Bear

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (TIE)
Caros Raphael Rivera, The Queen’s Gambit
and
Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, Soul

Best Song Written For Visual Media
"All Eyes on Me" (from Bo Burnham: Inside), Bo Burnham

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

Best Music Video
"Freedom," Jon Batiste

Best Music Film
Summer of Soul, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, video director; David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent & Joseph Patel, video producers

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Oscars 2022: Reba McEntire performs “Somehow You Do”

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Reba McEntire took the Oscar stage for the second time in her career Sunday night, to perform "Somehow You Do," the Oscar-nominated song from the film Four Good Days.

Reba sang the song, written by 13-time nominee Diane Warren, while wearing a black gown with huge jeweled detail in the front. Her hair was up and she wore a pair of simple earrings.  In the audience, Warren applauded Reba wildly.

Her previous Oscar performance came in 1991: She sang the song "I'm Checkin' Out," from the Meryl Streep film film Postcards from the Edge.

Monday just happens to be Reba's birthday, so no matter if the song wins or loses, it's safe to say she'll be celebrating tonight.

On a more somber note, immediately following Reba's performance, the Oscars held a moment of silence for Ukraine.

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‘American Idol’ recap: A star is born as the judges hand out the second platinum ticket

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The search for the next American Idol continued Sunday night, with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy PerryLuke Bryan, and Lionel Richie leading the hunt.

Here are some of the night's highlights, which include giving away the second out of three coveted Platinum tickets for the milestone season 20.

Kicking things off was 27-year-old Betty Maxwell, who some might recognize as Miss Georgia 2015 and Miss America 2016. Now, she's after the American Idol crown, and after singing Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel," she's well on her way with a ticket to Hollywood. 

Leah Marlene, 20, from Illinois admittedly has some "questionable fashion choices" but the judges didn't have to question anything when it came to whether or not they were sending her through to the next round. She performed One Direction's "Steal My Girl" and Katy even drew a comparison to former Idol contestant Catie Turner, who made it to season 16's top seven.

Unfortunately, the same fate wasn't in the cards for 17-year-old Skylie Thompson, who shared an original song called "Buckle Bunny" followed by a cover of Zach Bryan's "Oklahoma City."  Although the trio of judges enjoyed her energy and performance, they ultimately sent home with an optimistic "not yet."

Luke Taylor's deep voice took the judges by surprise. After having a few laughs, which included him singing "Frosty the Snowman," Luke and Lionel voted him through to Hollywood. 

Kenedi Anderson, 17, took home a Platinum ticket, impressing the judges with her rendition of Lady Gaga's "Applause." She had the judges praising her, even saying she was "born to be a star" and top ten material. 

Other notable auditions included, 18-year-old Kelsie Dolan, who was praised by the judges for hitting "no bad notes" after taking a swing at Kelly Clarkson's "Piece by Piece," and Adele's "When We Were Young." 

Mike Parker, 27, sang his heart out as his family grapples with his mother's health issues. He sung Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" and had Katy saying he's potential "Top 24." Also winning the judges compliments was Christian Guardino, singing Donnie Hathaway's "A Song For You" and Lady K, who took a stab at Katy's song "Wide Awake." Both had the judges saying that they're "magic."

The auditions continue when American Idol returns Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m ET on ABC.

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‘American Idol’ recap: A star is born as the judges hand out the second platinum ticket

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The search for the next American Idol continued Sunday night, with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy PerryLuke Bryan, and Lionel Richie leading the hunt.

Here are some of the night's highlights, which include giving away the second out of three coveted Platinum tickets for the milestone season 20.

Kicking things off was 27-year-old Betty Maxwell, who some might recognize as Miss Georgia 2015 and Miss America 2016. Now, she's after the American Idol crown, and after singing Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel," she's well on her way with a ticket to Hollywood. 

Leah Marlene, 20, from Illinois admittedly has some "questionable fashion choices" but the judges didn't have to question anything when it came to whether or not they were sending her through to the next round. She performed One Direction's "Steal My Girl" and Katy even drew a comparison to former Idol contestant Catie Turner, who made it to season 16's top seven.

Unfortunately, the same fate wasn't in the cards for 17-year-old Skylie Thompson, who shared an original song called "Buckle Bunny" followed by a cover of Zach Bryan's "Oklahoma City."  Although the trio of judges enjoyed her energy and performance, they ultimately sent home with an optimistic "not yet."

Luke Taylor's deep voice took the judges by surprise. After having a few laughs, which included him singing "Frosty the Snowman," Luke and Lionel voted him through to Hollywood. 

Kenedi Anderson, 17, took home a Platinum ticket, impressing the judges with her rendition of Lady Gaga's "Applause." She had the judges praising her, even saying she was "born to be a star" and top ten material. 

Other notable auditions included, 18-year-old Kelsie Dolan, who was praised by the judges for hitting "no bad notes" after taking a swing at Kelly Clarkson's "Piece by Piece," and Adele's "When We Were Young." 

Mike Parker, 27, sang his heart out as his family grapples with his mother's health issues. He sung Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" and had Katy saying he's potential "Top 24." Also winning the judges compliments was Christian Guardino, singing Donnie Hathaway's "A Song For You" and Lady K, who took a stab at Katy's song "Wide Awake." Both had the judges saying that they're "magic."

The auditions continue when American Idol returns Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m ET on ABC.

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‘American Idol’ recap: A star is born as the judges hand out the second platinum ticket

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The search for the next American Idol continued Sunday night, with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy PerryLuke Bryan, and Lionel Richie leading the hunt.

Here are some of the night's highlights, which include giving away the second out of three coveted Platinum tickets for the milestone season 20.

Kicking things off was 27-year-old Betty Maxwell, who some might recognize as Miss Georgia 2015 and Miss America 2016. Now, she's after the American Idol crown, and after singing Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel," she's well on her way with a ticket to Hollywood. 

Leah Marlene, 20, from Illinois admittedly has some "questionable fashion choices" but the judges didn't have to question anything when it came to whether or not they were sending her through to the next round. She performed One Direction's "Steal My Girl" and Katy even drew a comparison to former Idol contestant Catie Turner, who made it to season 16's top seven.

Unfortunately, the same fate wasn't in the cards for 17-year-old Skylie Thompson, who shared an original song called "Buckle Bunny" followed by a cover of Zach Bryan's "Oklahoma City."  Although the trio of judges enjoyed her energy and performance, they ultimately sent home with an optimistic "not yet."

Luke Taylor's deep voice took the judges by surprise. After having a few laughs, which included him singing "Frosty the Snowman," Luke and Lionel voted him through to Hollywood. 

Kenedi Anderson, 17, took home a Platinum ticket, impressing the judges with her rendition of Lady Gaga's "Applause." She had the judges praising her, even saying she was "born to be a star" and top ten material. 

Other notable auditions included, 18-year-old Kelsie Dolan, who was praised by the judges for hitting "no bad notes" after taking a swing at Kelly Clarkson's "Piece by Piece," and Adele's "When We Were Young." 

Mike Parker, 27, sang his heart out as his family grapples with his mother's health issues. He sung Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" and had Katy saying he's potential "Top 24." Also winning the judges compliments was Christian Guardino, singing Donnie Hathaway's "A Song For You" and Lady K, who took a stab at Katy's song "Wide Awake." Both had the judges saying that they're "magic."

The auditions continue when American Idol returns Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m ET on ABC.

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