This is a short week for most workers and one of the busiest travel times of the year. Terrorists threats will mean greater security everywhere. My suggestion is to take a time out from the chaos if possible to enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family. Global news will continue to reflect terrorism, politics, and holiday topics.
On the music scene, Sunday night at the American Music Awards Jennifer Lopez was an awesome host her positive energy starting the show as she encouraged the audience to get up and dance ... so I did. Jen opened the ceremony with an extended dance routine, set to a medley of the year's biggest hits - including Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, Taylor Swift's Bad Blood and Drake's Hotline Bling. Audience members Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd, whose songs were included in the mix, looked somewhat bemused by the honor.
The Paris attacks were very much on the minds of the other performers and nominees. Jared Leto made a moving speech about terror attacks in Paris, recalling the time his band played at The Bataclan. "Tonight we honor the victims of the unimaginable violence that took place in Paris and around the world," said Leto, who sings with rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. "France matters. Russia matters. Mali matters. Syria matters... The whole world matters. Peace is possible." Celine Dion paid tribute to the victims of the recent Paris attacks by singing Edith Piaf's "Hymne a L'Amour" in French as some audience members cried.
I watched Adele on SNL - looking and sounding great. Her new album, "25", sold at least 2.5 million in its first week, the highest weekly sales for any album in the U.S. since at least 1991 - and is not streaming yet.
One Direction also fared well, being named favorite group and artist of the year, for the second year in a row. An absent Taylor Swift dominated the American Music Awards, winning three prizes, including album of the year and song of the year. Justin Bieber's new album, "Purpose", debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard charts today. Read more ...
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