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The rapper and singer has emerged as one of music’s most popular entertainers since releasing her debut album “Pink Friday” late last year. Her hits include “Super Bass” and “Moment 4 Life.” And she’ll have one of her biggest fans on hand at the event, as well: Taylor Swift is being honored as the woman of the year.

Swift invites James Taylor, Selena Gomez for tour’s close

Taylor Swift closed her Speak Now World Tour with her best friend and the man her parents named her after.

The 21-year-old brought out James Taylor and Selena Gomez at her concert Tuesday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Associated Press reports.

Miss Swift said her parents named her after Mr. Taylor, and the two performed his hit “Fire and Rain.” Mr. Taylor also played the guitar while Miss Swift performed her song “Fifteen.”

Miss Gomez joined the country singer earlier in the night, where the two sang a duet version of Miss Gomez’s hit tune “Who Says.”

Miss Swift’s tour has featured guest appearances from Nicki Minaj to Usher to T.I. to Jason Mraz.

Robin Gibb says he’s ‘on the road to recovery’

Bee Gee Robin Gibb said on his website that he is recovering from a serious illness.

The star said he has been “very unwell” but is now “on the road to recovery.”

Mr. Gibb’s extremely gaunt appearance and the cancellation of several public appearances have sparked fears that he is seriously ill. He was hospitalized last month with colon inflammation and other problems but has been discharged.

The 61-year-old Mr. Gibb thanked his fans Wednesday for their messages of support. He said he was grateful for their prayers and good wishes.

The Bee Gees have sold millions of records and are best known for the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack which includes the hit “Stayin’ Alive.”

• Compiled from Web and wire reports.