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Taking Names: ‘Twilight,’ ‘Hunger Games’ winners at Teen Choice Awards
“The Twilight Saga” is gonna need a bigger garage.
Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards brought the supernatural franchise’s tally of surfboard-shaped trophies to 41 since 2008, including two awards earned this year for the penultimate film installment, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1.”
“Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were on hand to pick up this year’s wins, which included the ultimate choice award, the teen-fueled show’s version of a lifetime achievement award.
“It’s amazing you guys are still around and just as strong and just as loyal,” Mr. Lautner said over screams from the crowd.
Other multiple winners included the movie “The Hunger Games,” actress Emma Stone, the TV show “Pretty Little Liars,” the British boy band One Direction, the CW show “The Vampire Diaries,” and singers Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, who picked up her 20th trophy — the most ever won by a female artist.
“I just feel so honored that I get to have you guys in my life,” a beaming Miss Swift told fans. She won five awards Sunday: choice female artist, female country artist, single by a female artist for “Eyes Open,” country song for “Sparks Fly” and choice movie voice for “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”
Host and new “The X Factor” judge Demi Lovato said 134 million votes were cast for the 14th annual awards, which honor film, TV, music and sports stars in such silly categories as choice hottie, villain, lip-lock and hissy fit.
Mr. Bieber performed his tune “Boyfriend” and surfed away with five boards, bringing his Teen Choice Awards total to 12 trophies. His girlfriend and birthday girl Selena Gomez won the choice music group trophy and was presented with a cake and rendition of “Happy Birthday” from the crowd inside the Gibson Amphitheatre.
Other winners on hand to accept their awards included Ellen DeGeneres for choice comedian, Zac Efron for choice drama actor and drama movie for “The Lucky One” and Jonah Hill for choice comedy movie for “21 Jump Street.”
Katherine Jackson safe after missing person report
Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and guardian of his three children, is safe and with a family member in Arizona, authorities said late Sunday, one day after another relative reported her missing.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope said investigators made contact with Mrs. Jackson, but he did not have specifics on her whereabouts. The agency previously said they believed she was with a relative and safe, but wanted to speak with her.
Mrs. Jackson is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona, following a doctor’s orders to “de-stress” and stay away from the phone and computers, her son Jermaine Jackson said in a statement late Sunday. He said access to his mother is not being blocked.
A member of the Jackson family had reported the family matriarch missing on Saturday, prompting a frantic plea from the late pop star’s only daughter to help locate her grandmother.
“I haven’t spoken with her in a week. I want her home now,” 14-year-old Paris Jackson tweeted, later providing a number for people to contact in case they saw her grandmother. Mrs. Jackson has been caring for Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket Jackson since their father’s death in June 2009.
It was unclear who is taking care of the children in her absence.
The incident demonstrated divisions in the Jackson family just days after five of the singer’s siblings once again claimed that the King of Pop’s will was a fake and that the executors of his lucrative estate should step down.
The undated letter, signed by Janet, Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson, claimed Mrs. Jackson was being manipulated by the executors, John Branca and John McClain, her health had been affected, and that she suffered a mini-stroke.
The estate has denied the accusations, which have swirled since Michael Jackson died from an overdose of a powerful anesthetic. Mrs. Jackson obtained permission from a judge to investigate the will’s validity, but never pursued the matter in court.
Winehouse family marks year since singer’s death
Singer Amy Winehouse’s father said it’s tough dealing with the loss of his daughter, but he’s happy she is having a helpful impact on the world through the foundation named after her.
“Even after a small space in time — we’re talking a year since Amy passed away — we are beginning, well, Amy is beginning, to have a positive effect on a lot of disadvantaged young people’s lives,” Mr. Winehouse said in an Associated Press interview Friday.
Winehouse died on July 23, 2011, at her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched last year in the United Kingdom and in April in the United States.
“There are going to be lots of tears and lots of laughter and that is exactly how Amy would have wanted it,” he said.
In the United Kingdom, the Winehouse family has raised more than $1 million and has assisted various charities. In America, the group is working with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to develop “after school music club houses” and feed hungry children throughout Louisiana.
The foundation has raised profits from donations and the release of the Amy’s posthumous album “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” and a book by Mitch Winehouse titled “Amy, My Daughter,” released this summer.
Elton John notches first No. 1 album in two decades
British pop icon Elton John on Sunday scored his first number one album in his home country in more than 20 years, his seventh in total.
The bespectacled pianist claimed the official top spot with “Good Morning To The Night,” a collaboration with Australian duo Pnau.
The knighted star, who is 65, recently released a book detailing his personal connection to AIDS and his fight against the disease through his Elton John AIDS Foundation.
• Compiled from Web and wire reports
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