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Kelly Clarkson’s Weight Loss Still Touchy Subject for Pop Sensation

(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Clarkson has never been “Stronger.”

The 30-year-old pop singer is this summer’s favorite magazine cover girl, sporting a new sleek, toned figure after reportedly dropping 30 pounds. But weight, something Clarkson has struggled with for years, remains a touchy subject for the pop star.

“I don’t like talking about it so much because I think people put so much emphasis on it and lose the fact that what I do is music,” Clarkson told “Nightline.” “I sound the same regardless if I’m 20 pounds heavier or 20 pounds light, and I think that’s the key thing with my fans and why they continue to be loyal because I’m that type of person.”

Clarkson’s motivation for slimming down, she said, came after her boyfriend “kept complaining” about his trainer’s tough workouts so she decided to give it a try — the singer is dating 35-year-old talent manager Brandon Blackstock, who is the son of her manager, Narvel Blackstock, and the stepson of country legend Reba McIntire.

“I went because I wanted to, that was my thing,” Clarkson said. “And she killed me.”

The two-time Grammy winner is still reveling in the smashing success of her most recent empowerment single, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” and is a mentor on ABC’s new competitive singing show, “Duets.” But since being crowned the first “American Idol” winner 10 years ago, Clarkson’s fluctuating weight has continued to be a topic of tabloid conversation.

“Everybody talks about weight, whether I’m skinny or bigger, they always talk about it,” she said. “I’m already up on a pedestal. People already look at everything I do.”

And Clarkson is not the only “Idol” contestant to publicly battle the waistline bulge during the show’s reign. Last year’s runner-up Lauren Alaina, 16, reportedly shed 25 pounds in her five months on the show. Breakout “Idol” stars Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks have also had stunning weight-loss transformations.

In an April interview with “Nightline,” country sensation Carrie Underwood, whose career was also launched on “Idol,” opened up about her struggles with keeping a trim figure. While on “Idol,” Underwood said she was “gently” told that she needed to lose weight.

“I was heavier than I ever had been,” the 29-year-old singer said. “But they lock you in a room all day. You’re waiting around for your rehearsals, you can’t go anywhere, you can’t do anything, you’re waiting because you don’t know when you’re going to be up, and there’s food there.”

After “Idol,” Underwood became a vegan and said she “immediately slimmed down” after giving up meat. She also brings her personal trainer on tour with her.

“When I’m on the road, [exercise] is part of my daily life,” Underwood said. “I do my own hair and make-up on tour, so I feel like I … deserve to have someone motivating me, helping me be the best that I can be physically so I can get through the rigorous tour.”

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CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood Takes Video of the Year

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday's 2012 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, taking Video of the Year for "Good Girl" and Collaborative Video of the Year with Brad Paisley for "Remind Me." She thanked her fans for watching the videos and supporting the artists. Carrie also turned in a high-energy performance of "Good Girl."

The CMT Music Awards co-hosts, Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, kicked the show off with a comedy bit playing off the presidential election, and this year's candidates even got in on the act. The skit pitted Toby and Kristen against each other in bids to host the show solo. Fake news reports from Steve Kroft of CBS's "60 Minutes" and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of NBC's "Today" gave the opening a real-life feel.

President Obama himself made a cameo, signing a memo saying he wanted both Kristen and Toby to do the job. Mitt Romney weighed in as well, saying he wanted both of them to host the show, adding, "See, I just put two people back to work. You're welcome America."

The skit ended when Willie Nelson stepped in and convinced Toby and Kristen to co-host the show. Toby and Kristen then entered the arena in a giant red solo cup in a nod to Toby's monster hit. Toby said it was CMT's own version of Lady Gaga's "crazy egg" from last year's Grammy Awards.

Lady Antebellum opened the show with a collaboration with Nashville-based pop group Hot Chelle Rae. They performed a mash-up of Lady A's hit "We Owned the Night" and Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight." "We Owned the Night" was named Group Video of the Year too.

Luke Bryan delivered his latest hit, "Drunk on You," on a stage in the middle of the audience before moving to the main stage and handing his guitar to a fan. Luke later won his second CMT buckle for Male Video of the Year with "I Don't Want This Night to End." He thanked his wife for not shooting him after doing such a sexy video. For a laugh, Luke had presenter Tom Arnold pull a pair of camouflage underwear out of the singer's pants and throw it into the audience.

Zac Brown Band performed their brand-new single, "The Wind," for the first time on television. It will appear on their third album, "Uncaged," due out next month.

Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert's all-girl group, made their CMT Music Awards debut singing "Takin' Pills" from their debut album, "Hell on Heels." They're expected to start work on a second Pistol Annies project in the coming months. Host Kristen Bell later sang a spoof of Pistol Annies' song "Hell on Heels," hoping for a spot in the band as "Hollywood Annie."

Miranda took the Female Video of the Year trophy for her emotional #1 hit "Over You." She dedicated the win to her husband Blake Shelton's late brother Richie, who inspired the song.

Little Big Town performed their sexy new single "Pontoon" on board an actual pontoon boat on the stage. Lady A's Charles Kelley and Luke Bryan were spotted in the audience singing along to LBT's new summer hit.

Hank Williams, Jr. and Brad Paisley took over the show's outdoor stage to sing their new duet, "I'm Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams." Eric Church also used the outdoor stage to sing his #1 hit "Drink in My Hand."

Willie Nelson welcomed Jamey Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker and Toby Keith for a group performance of Willie's ode to marijuana, "Roll Me Up," more popularly known as "Roll Me Up and Smoke When I Die."

Kenny Chesney took time out from his Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim McGraw to perform his brand-new, intimate single, "Come Over." Host Toby Keith had a lot of pyrotechnics backing him up for his performance of "Beers Ago."

The Band Perry presented the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year trophy to Scotty McCreery. He filmed the winning video, "The Trouble with Girls," at his own school, Garner Magnet High School in North Carolina.

The Band Perry returned later in the show to sing their latest hit "Postcard from Paris" after an introduction from actress Denise Richards. Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti and Jordin Sparks presented the CMT Performance of the Year trophy to Jason Aldean for "Tattoos on This Town" from the CMT Artists of the Year special. It was his first CMT Music Award win.

Jason came back to present Group Video of the Year to Lady Antebellum for "We Owned the Night." Thompson Square won Duo Video of the Year for "I Got You." Shawna Thompson noted that they were selling boots and buckles at a western store in Nashville not long ago, so it was nice to get the buckle-shaped CMT Award from the fans.

Lauren Alaina, Casey James, Jana Kramer, Scotty McCreery, The Farm and Kip Moore all gave mini-performances on the CMT Music Awards' Nationwide Stage throughout the night.

Rascal Flatts closed out the show with a performance of their hit "Banjo" before welcoming rock legends Journey for a collaboration on "Don't Stop Believin'" as the credits rolled.

Here are the winners of the 2012 CMT Music Awards:

Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood -- "Good Girl"

Male Video of the Year

Luke Bryan -- "I Don't Want This Night to End"

Female Video of the Year
Miranda Lambert -- "Over You"

Group Video of the Year

Lady Antebellum -- "We Owned the Night"

Duo Video of the Year
Thompson Square -- "I Got You"

USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year

Scotty McCreery -- "The Trouble with Girls"

Collaborative Video of the Year
Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood -- "Remind Me"

CMT Performance of the Year
Jason Aldean -- "Tattoos on This Town" from 2011 CMT Artists of the Year

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"American Idol" Recap: Skylar Laine Gone

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Skylar Laine got the boot on American Idol Thursday night.

After nearly 60 million votes, the 18-year-old Mississippi native did not advance to the top four.

Laine is heavily influenced by county star Miranda Lambert, and she sang Lambert’s “Gunpowder & Lead” as her farewell song.

Hollie Cavanagh was in the bottom two with Laine, but she’ll be around to compete next week.

Joshua Ledet, Jessic a Sanchez and Phillip Phillips round out the top four.

Coldplay made their American Idol debut, performing “Paradise” with the stage covered in the fluorescent graffiti motif of their Mylo Xyloto album.

They took the stage again later in the show to perform “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.”

Idol champ Carrie Underwood also returned to sing the title cut from her new album, “Blown Away”, in stores this week.

American Idol returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Lady Gaga Tops 'Forbes' List of Best-Paid Celebs Under 30

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga has risen so far so fast that it's hard to believe she's only 25.  But it's her age that's allowed her to top Forbes magazine's annual list of the Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30.

Of the top 20 highest-earning young'uns, seven are musicians, but Gaga is number one, with annual earnings of $90 million.  That's thanks to her worldwide album sales, her top-grossing Monster Ball tour and all her endorsement deals.

Justin Bieber is the youngest celebrity on the Forbes list this year, and he came in at number two, with earnings of $53 million, thanks to album sales, his concert movie, and his tour.

Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Swift is in at number five with earnings of $45 million, followed by Katy Perry, who's 26.  She took in $44 million, thanks to sales of her singles, her endorsement deals and perfume line.  Beyonce, who's 29, is number eight, with earnings of $35 million, followed by 23-year-old Rihanna at number 11 with $29 million.

Eighteen-year-old Miley Cyrus is next at number 16, with earnings of $15 million, and Carrie Underwood, who's 28, is number 19, with $15 million in earnings.

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'American Idol' Finale: Which Big Stars Will Perform?

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -– Which stars will be joining the finalists on Wednesday night's blowout American Idol finale, which will see either Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina take home the title?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren will duet with her personal idol, Carrie Underwood, while Scotty will sing with Tim McGraw.

Beyonce will perform with the female finalists and James Durbin will take the stage with Judas Priest.  Haley Reinhart will get to sing with legendary jazz vocalist Tony Bennett, while Tom Jones will sing with the male finalists.

That's all in addition to the previously reported pairing of Jack Black with Casey Abrams, plus Lady Gaga and U2's Bono and The Edge.  There's still no word on whether Steven Tyler will sing, but word has it he's been rehearsing with an orchestra.  Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is also expected to take the stage, but with another artist or artists.

The two surviving members of '90s girl group TLC -- Chili and T-Boz -- will also appear.

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Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Make Chart History

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift is making some chart history with her latest single, "Mean."

That song is at number nine on Billboard's Country Songs chart, and it's also her 13th single and 13th top-10 hit -- appropriate, since 13 is Swift's lucky number.  That means the singer is now tied with Carrie Underwood as the women with the most consecutive top 10 hits in the chart's history.

Underwood's 13th top 10, "Mama's Song," peaked at number two in January.

Underwood's and Swift's run of top 10 hits also is the best among all artists on the country chart since Tracy Lawrence put his first 19 consecutive singles in the top 10 from 1991-1997. 

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Carrie Underwood to Appear on Tony Bennett's 'Duets 2' Album

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Carrie Underwood is set to perform with Tony Bennett on the crooner's Duets 2 album.

The project is the follow-up to his Grammy-winning 2006 Duets album and will also feature Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and Amy Winehouse among others, according to

Look for Bennett's Duets 2 album to come out in September, a month after his 85th birthday on Aug. 3.

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Carrie Underwood Wins Big at First-Ever American Country Awards

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(LAS VEGAS) -- Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the first-ever, fan-voted American Country Awards Monday night, taking all six categories in which she was nominated, including Artist of the Year.  She was also honored with Album of the Year for Play On and Touring Artist of the Year for her Play On tour.

While making her speech at the end of the night, Underwood said, "I would first off like to thank God for giving all the artists, all the people in this room, and all the fans watching back home, and myself the biggest love for the best music in the world -- country music."

Lady Antebellum was also a big winner, with their tune "Need You Now" named Single of the Year, Single of the Year by a Duo/Group and Music Video of the Year by a Duo/Group.  The band was also named the ACA Group of the Year, for a total of four American Country Awards.

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Sugarland, Urban, Underwood Performing on Thanksgiving TV Specials

Photo Courtesy - Mercury Records(NEW YORK) -- Country stars will be all over television on Thanksgiving Day.

Sugarland will be on the tube Thursday night at 8 ET to perform at the CNN "Heroes" special, which honors people who are making a positive difference in the world.

Keith Urban will perform the halftime show on Thanksgiving Day as the Dallas Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints.  The seven-minute performance will be carried live on Fox.  It will also serve as the kick-off to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

Cameras will be following Urban for his entire time in Dallas, and that footage will be turned around to air as a special on the NFL network on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET.  "Keith Urban: Halftime in Real Time" will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on such a massive show in such a short amount of time.

Look for Carrie Underwood to perform on CBS's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning, too.  Gloriana will also perform during the parade on NBC.

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Carrie Underwood's Big Screen Debut and New Soundtrack Tune Coming Soon

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Carrie Underwood's big-screen debut in the movie Soul Surfer is coming out April 15, 2011, according to  The film tells the story of competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and then came back to become a champion surfer.

Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt also star in Soul Surfer.

In other news, Underwood's new song, "There's a Place for Us," will be released exclusively on iTunes on Nov. 16.  As previously reported, the singer co-wrote and recorded the tune for the new movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, hitting theaters Dec. 10.

She's already seen a rough cut of the movie and says "I was blown away by the film, and I think people are going to be really excited when they see it."

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