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Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker are among the musicians who will get special awards during the Academy of Country Music Honours. Jackson will be recognized for being a multi-faceted artist who has advanced the popularity of country music. Bentley will get the Merle Haggard Spirit Award, given to an artist who blazes his or her own path like Haggard did.

Rucker will get an award for his philanthropy. Sam Hunt and Rhett Akins will be honoured as well. The A-C-M Honours are set for Aug.22nd in Nashville.



Lifetime Television is working on a documentary series and movie about the allegations of abuse against R. Kelly. One of the producers, Joel Karsberg, says they've been working for more than a year on bringing forth the stories of the women impacted by Kelly. Air dates were not announced.



NEW YORK (AP) _ Authorities in New York City say they now know what caused a fatal fire last month at a Harlem building being used as a film set. Officials say a boiler is to blame. The heat from the boiler ignited nearby materials in the building's cellar, triggering the blaze. It was able to spread as quickly as it did because the building's sprinkler system was shut off. A firefighter died. The building was used to film ``Motherless Brooklyn,'' starring Ed Norton and Bruce Willis.



Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson would rather hang out with his books and cats than party with rock stars. Anderson says he finds it ``spiritually uplifting'' to take a cat for a walk in his garden. He says they are two solitary creatures who come together for a bonding experience. He says after about 10 or 15 minutes, he and the cat say, ``See ya. I've got something more important to do.''



Jay-Z's lawyers went to court yesterday to say he's too busy getting ready for a tour to answer questions from the U-S Securities and Exchange Commission, and his answers aren't needed anyway. A New York Judge says, too bad. U-S District Judge Paul Gardephe says Jay-Z cannot dodge giving a deposition to the SEC anymore after Jay-Z fought two subpoenas. The S-E-C is investigating Iconix Brand Group, which bought Jay-Z's Rocawear apparel brand a decade ago. Gardephe says the S-E-C has shown Jay-Z's participation in communications about the sale is relevant to the probe into Iconix. Jay-Z is required to give a deposition on Tuesday.



The rapper who sang the hook for the Lil' Troy hit ``Wanna Be A Baller'' has died. Big T -- A-K-A Terence Prejean -- died Monday at a hospital in Houston at the age of 52, according to a spokeswoman with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

An official cause of death is pending, but longtime friend Tony Williams says Big T may have had a heart attack. Big T was nicknamed the ``Million Dollar Hook Man.'' Lil Flip, who also collaborated with Big T, writes on Instagram they were about to do an album together and ``Big T always came thru 4 me.''


Police say they want to question several members of Cardi B's entourage suspected of attacking an autograph seeker outside a Manhattan hotel following the Met Gala. Police say it happened at about 2 a-m yesterday. Video posted on T-M-Z shows the victim standing across from a black S-U-V complaining the rapper won't give him an autograph. One man gets out of the S-U-V to join another man as they pummel the man. A third man stomps on the fan before fleeing. The S-U-V then speeds off. The man seeking the autograph was hospitalized in stable condition. The man's attorney calls the beating an ``unjustified ambush.''



Dolly Parton was a surprise guest at a senior centre outside Knoxville on Monday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Parton took part in an exercise class as well as ones for quilting, wood-carving and wood-burning. Parton came for a dedication ceremony to rename the facility the My People Senior Activity Center, in honour of her parents. Parton, who is 72, says her secret for staying young is to keep busy, make friends and get involved.



Ludacris could win a country music award. His featured performance on Carrie Underwood's ``The Champion'' is up for video of the year at the C-M-T Music Awards. Meanwhile, C-M-T has changed the rules so that pop acts can win the top award as long as a country musician is featured. That's how ``Say Something'' by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton got nominated for video of the year, as did ``Meant To Be'' by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line. Nine other videos are up for that award, including ones by Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean. Fans can vote at CMT-dot-com. The final five nominees for video of the year will be announced the morning of June 6th, which is the day the awards will be handed out.


(The Associated Press)