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"Billboard" Music Awards Air Live from Vegas Sunday

(LAS VEGAS) -- Star-studded collaborations are on tap for Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fans will see solo artists like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars perform, of course, but they'll also enjoy some musical collaborations during the telecast, which starts at 8 p.m. ET. 

Justin Bieber is actually doing double duty Sunday night: he'll sing his song "Take You" solo, and then team up with for their collaboration, "#thatpower." Pitbull is also doing double duty: he'll perform "Live It Up" with Jennifer Lopez, as well as "Feel This Moment" with Christina Aguilera and an unannounced "special guest." We're betting that special guest will be A-ha, the Norwegian '80s pop group whose song "Take On Me" is sampled in "Feel This Moment."

Other collaborations include David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon, who'll perform the song "Play Hard," and Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, who'll perform "High School."

Solo performers on the show include Swift and Bruno Mars -- debuting his new single "Treasure" --  as well as Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Chris Brown, Miguel, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Icona Pop and even music legend Prince, who will receive the Billboard Icon Award during the telecast.

Other stars who'll appear on the show include Madonna, who'll receive a special award for her top-grossing MDNA tour; and presenters Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ke$ha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Miley Cyrus, PSY, Kid Rock, Cee Lo Green and Alanis Morissette.

As for the actual awards, Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are the leading nominees. Because there are so many different Billboard charts, it's impossible to list who's nominated in every single category, but Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are finalists in 11 different ones. Taylor and Maroon 5 also are both competing for the night's big honor: Top Artist of the Year. The other nominees in that category are Rihanna, Justin Bieber and One Direction.

Speaking of Rihanna, she's nominated in 10 different categories, while Carly Rae Jepsen's represented in nine, thanks to the success of "Call Me Maybe." One Direction is represented in eight categories.

Here are the nominees in a few of the biggest Billboard Music Awards categories:

Top 100 Song
"Some Nights"
"Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Call Me Maybe"
"One More Night"

Top Billboard 200 Album
Up All Night
Take Me Home

Top Duo/Group
Maroon 5
One Direction
Mumford & Sons

Top New Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Lumineers
One Direction

Top Pop Artist
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars
Justin Bieber
One Direction

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Britney Spears: 'I Like the Salty and Sweet'

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- As the mom of two growing boys, Britney Spears admits it can be hard to stay in shape.

“I love white chocolate, and I love potato chips! I like the salty and sweet,” the “Toxic” singer and mother of sons Sean, 7, and Jayden, 6, recently told Extra. “When [the boys] come over, the snacks are constantly piling up, and I constantly have to feed them. I’m like, ‘Jesus I want fried chicken too!’”

To counter her love for junk food, Spears, 31, sticks to a workout routine.

“I really love doing yoga. I have two separate trainers that come in and we play with it. I don’t like doing the same thing all the time, but my main ritual is yoga. I do a lot of yoga,” she told Extra.

She’s showing off the results of her hard work in a teeny white bikini on the cover of the June issue of Shape magazine.

In the magazine, Spears expounds on her exercise regimen, telling the writer that she does 90 minutes of yoga twice a week, as well as hour-long cardio sessions three times a week with her trainer.

One reason she’s working so hard to stay in shape: a Las Vegas residency that will start this fall.

"The [Vegas] performances won’t be simple … a massive party from start to finish,” she told the magazine, on newsstands May 20.  “And to pull this off, I have to be in top condition and running at full speed.”

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Is Britain’s Prince Harry Hiding?

JSN Photography/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The world saw much more of Britain’s Prince Harry than they ever expected after nude photos of him partying in Las Vegas were leaked online earlier this month.

Since then, however, the notoriously fun-loving prince has kept an uncharacteristically low profile, declining to speak to photographers as he returned home to England and was notably absent from the Paralympic Games in London Thursday that were attended by his brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

British tabloids claim Harry’s absence from the public eye is because the prince, 27, has been kept hidden by an unlikely source, his one-time rumored flame, Cressida Bonas.

“When everyone was looking for Harry, Harry was actually taking refuge with Cressida and her family,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of UK’s Majesty Magazine told ABC News.

Bonas, 23, is the daughter of 1960s model Lady Mark-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon.  Bonas and Harry were first spotted together at the London premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in July.

The blonde model, who bears a striking resemblance to Harry’s former girlfriend of nearly seven years, Chelsy Davy, was also part of the group of young Brits who took part in a reportedly raucous vacation at the Necker island estate of Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson just prior to Harry’s Las Vegas outing.

Harry and Bonas, along with friends including Arthur Landon and Tom “Skippy” Inskip, spent a week on a private island to celebrate the 27th birthday of Branson’s son, Sam, according to the U.K.’s The Telegraph.

Pictures posted from that week-long vacation include a guy wearing the same shorts that Prince Harry wore in Vegas passed out in the sand and a photo of Bonas and another girl dressed in neon bathing suits and neon-pink wigs.  The pictures, along with Harry’s under-the-radar Facebook account, have since been deleted.

From Necker, Prince Harry and two more from the group – Landon and Inksip, according to the Telegraph – flew on to Vegas for more partying.  It was there that the prince was caught playing pool in a hotel suite room fully naked, in one photo covering his genitals with his hand and, in another, bear-hugging a naked woman.

Bonas,  according to People magazine, was introduced to Harry by his cousin, Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew.

Immediately after the Vegas photos emerged, tabloids reported that Bonas was “humiliated” by the nude photos of Harry with another woman and tired of his wild side, UK’s Daily Mail reported.  The paper said then, however, that Bonas had not dumped Harry, only “hinted” that she wanted “some time out.”

If Harry is indeed hiding with Bonas, his time away from the spotlight appears to be almost over.  The prince, who was thought to have returned to his Army base in Wattisham, Suffolk, post-Vegas, is expected to return to the public eye Monday to attend the Paralympics swimming events.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Flashy Vegas Mom, CEO to Star in New Reality Show

Courtesy Fuchs family(NEW YORK) -- Lana Fuchs, the Las Vegas entrepreneur who told 20/20 she routinely bribed her kids with million-dollar parties and VIP tickets to the Grammy awards, will be featured on a reality show scheduled to premiere on TLC in December.

Vegas High Rollers will focus on Fuchs and four other prominent Las Vegas women in an attempt to take viewers behind the curtain of the flashy city.

“We have been filming for several weeks now. It’s so much fun!” Fuchs said in an email.

Fuchs owns and runs Billionaire Mafia Enterprises — a clothing brand, record label and concierge service. Her interests include diamonds, guns and a pet monkey named Mikey.

Fuchs told 20/20 that while she bribed her kids with expensive items, she also insisted that they work hard.

“They say bribing, I say rewarding,” she said.

Fuchs said she believes the tactic reinforces the behavior she’d like to see, motivating her children to aim for and reach higher goals.

“My children get praise, love, affection and gifts,” Fuchs said.

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Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Accuses Joe Francis of Slander

Angela Weiss/Getty Images/Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- The courtroom clash between two Las Vegas personalities - casino mogul Steve Wynn and Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis - is finally moving forward but without a star witness.

Music legend Quincy Jones was excused from testifying on medical grounds in the pair's slander trial expected to get underway next week, the New York Daily News reports.

In a written order, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell granted Jones' request "in light of the declarations of Mr. Jones and his physician," according to the paper.

Jones, 79, had been dragged into the bitter, more than three-year court feud between the two by Francis, who calls Jones one of his best friends and claims that he showed him an email from Wynn in which the mogul threatened to murder Francis over a gambling debt.

In the alleged email from Wynn, the mogul allegedly plotted to have Francis, 39, killed by bashing him "in the back of the head with a shovel" and then digging him a sandy grave away from the Las Vegas Strip, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2010.

Wynn, 70, who owns the hotel where Prince Harry recently partied in Vegas, denies that such an email exists and included Jones, a 27-time Grammy Award winner, on his witness list.

Legal experts say that without Jones, Wynn's defense is weak.

"Jones is the key to this case," legal analyst Larry Walters told ABC News. "Without Jones there is no death threat because there is no email that has been produced."

The court battle between the two moguls began in 2009 when Francis, who has a reported $150 million fortune and has faced charges of tax evasion, child abuse and prostitution in the past, refused to pay a $2 million debt owed to one of Wynn's casinos.

After Francis publicly accused Wynn of deceptive practices at his casinos, Wynn sued him for defamation. In February a Nevada judge ruled in favor of Wynn and ordered Francis to pay $7.5 million.

Wynn's camp argues that Francis' latest allegations against Wynn of threatening murder amount to slander because of their impact on his reputation.

"Joe Francis says he saw emails that don't exist," Wynn's attorney said in a statement to ABC News. "Everything is a lie."

Francis had no comment on the case when contacted by ABC News.

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Partier Spills Details of Prince Harry's Shenanigans

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Before Prince Harry was caught playing pool naked in front of cameras in Las Vegas, he was all dressed up at a Sin City hotel pool, wearing a tank top custom-made for a visiting bachelorette party.

“He asked us if he could wear one of our bachelorette shirts and we didn’t hesitate,” one member of the bridal party, all from New York, told “Good Morning America.”  “[He] put it on and, wearing our tank tops, jumped on his friends shoulders and waved his hands in the air.”

The bridal party’s tank tops said “Let’s get Wild,” and Prince Harry, 27, seemed determined to do just that when he ran into the girls last weekend, even asking who among them was single and where they were staying.

“He didn’t really have a lot of security, which is really surprising,” one said.  “He was just looking to have a good time.  He didn’t say anything rude or obnoxious, just really kind.”

“He was like a normal guy,” another said.  “It was kind of amazing that here is the prince of England.”

That Harry, the third in line to the British throne, was at a public pool party and later partying in a hotel room where cellphones were not confiscated has amazed security experts and, according to sources, infuriated Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and the rest of the royal family.

“I think the security could have been better on this occasion,” Ken Wharfe, a former bodyguard for Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, told GMA. “What’s important about this is that this isn’t just Harry having a private party.  This is a hotel, in America, where he invites people he’s never met before, into his own hotel room.  When you do that you actually start compromising your own security.”

Harry had maintained a low profile in Vegas, going virtually unnoticed amid stars like Jennifer Lopez and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, until he invited a group of girls up to his Vegas hotel suite where the now infamous naked pictures, first posted by TMZ, were taken.

“What should have happened, and what didn’t happen, sadly, it would appear, they need to be searched.  Their identities need to be checked,” Wharfe said.  “Had they been carrying something else besides their mobile phones, say some drugs or firearms, we would have had a real security problem.”

Harry, who returned to England earlier this week, is now known to have begun his raucous vacation a few days before Vegas, partying with friends at the Necker Island estate of Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson.

The prince, along with friends including Arthur Landon, Tom “Skippy” Inskip and rumored love-interest Cressida Bonas, spent a week on a private island to celebrate the 27th birthday of Branson’s son, Sam, according to the U.K.’s The Telegraph.

Pictures posted from that week-long vacation include a guy wearing the same shorts that Prince Harry wore in Vegas passed out in the sand and a photo of two girls dressed in neon bathing suits and neon-pink wigs.

From Necker, Prince Harry and two more from the group – Landon and Inksip, according to the Telegraph – flew on to Vegas for more partying.

The palace has stayed mum on Harry’s partying, beyond confirming that the naked photos are real and then issuing a demand to the British media that they not use the photos.

Prince Charles and the queen are on their annual summer break at Balmoral. Prince William, Harry’s older brother, is on duty with the RAF in Anglesey, Wales, where he has captained two rescue operations in the past 10 days.

Harry, who was said to be in Vegas blowing off steam before reporting back to duty, has now reportedly returned to his Army base in Wattisham, Suffolk, this week before a planned visit to Clarence House for discussions with aides.

“What we’ve got to remember here is this man is a serving Army officer of captain rank, he’s the third in line to the throne, he’s publicly known globally, he has a reputation, everyone knows him,” Wharfe said.

“What needs to happen now is … some serious talking needs to be happening with his private office, with his private secretary and the head of the Royal Protection Department here to build upon a better relationship.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Prince Harry Parties…With J-Lo?

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Forget the need for bodyguards or disguises.  When a prince wants to go incognito in the U.S., all he has to do is party alongside the queen of bling, Jennifer Lopez.

That was the lesson learned by Britain’s Prince Harry, who went virtually unnoticed while partying at the same place as J-Lo herself this weekend, MGM Grand’s Wet Republic in Las Vegas.

The 27-year-old, fun-loving royal wore baggy red Bermuda shorts, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat while partying in a VIP bungalow Saturday with five male and five female friends, the UK’s The Sun reports.

Perhaps inspired by the hours he spent watching women’s beach volleyball during the London Olympics, Harry was spotted carrying a giant inflatable beach ball and reportedly running after it in the crowd.  Apparently he remained anonymous.

“Harry looked to be in his element, being able to enjoy himself without anyone outside of his group recognizing him,” a source told the Sun. “They were dancing away and throwing a beach ball around, like any other young people having a good time.”

Also up for a good time, in a very high-profile way, was Harry’s surprise paparazzi cover for the afternoon, J-Lo.  The former American Idol host, now on tour with Enrique Iglesias, hosted the pool party just hours before her Sin City concert and happily kept the spotlight on herself, walking the red carpet and then sunning in a two-piece white midriff-baring outfit.

Lopez and her beau, Casper Smart, ate, drank and relaxed in a bungalow just a few short steps away from Prince Harry, although the trio never appeared to interact or greet each other, according to

The prince, who is the third in line to the throne, continued the fun after the sun had set, moving from the pool to the casino at the Wynn resort, where he played craps, a source told the Daily Beast.

The next day, Harry reportedly stayed at the Wynn for another pool party, this one at the luxury hotel’s Encore Beach Club.

Harry last tried his luck in Vegas last November when he played several rounds of blackjack and hit the dance floor at the Wynn’s Tryst nightclub. He was in the United States for a two-month helicopter training program in California and Arizona.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Report: Britney Spears Rejects 'X Factor' Offer

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Britney Spears may have priced herself out of a job with The X Factor.

Last week, published reports indicated that Spears was mulling a $10 million offer to become a judge on Simon Cowell's singing competition.  However, claims she rejected that proposal three weeks ago, and is seeking $20 million for her services -- a number that Fox reportedly won't touch. says Spears is now exploring the possibility of doing a concert residency in Las Vegas, much like Celine Dion.

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Paris Hilton Wins $30K in Vegas

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Some girls have all the luck. While celebrating her 31st birthday over the weekend, Paris Hilton scored $30,000 playing blackjack at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Hilton tweeted about her haul, writing, "#BirthdayGirlsLuck. I love gambling.” She later tweeted that the night was “EPIC.”

The socialite is now jetting around the world promoting her new line of sunglasses.

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Katy Perry Makes First Post-Split US Appearance

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Katy Perry was smiling Friday night in Las Vegas as she stepped out for her first U.S. public appearance since her split with husband Russell Brand just before New Year’s.

Katy was at the 1OAK club at the Mirage Hotel to support, a charity founded by Patricia Arquette that helps Haiti’s earthquake victims, and she walked down the red carpet sporting blue hair and a sexy black cocktail dress.

The event was co-hosted by her best friend, jewelry designer Markus Molinari, who told People magazine that the singer was doing “amazing” and she’d decided to attend the event because “that’s what friends do.”

At the event, which was also attended by David Arquette and Balthazar Getty, Katy and J. Molinari jewelers, the company for which Markus works, presented a $50,000 check to GiveLove.

After the event, Katy tweeted, “Thanks to everyone who helped out w/the @givelove event at Mirage & 1 Oak LV. Go to to see how u can MAKE a difference!”

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