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George Strait, Dolly Parton, late Glen Campbell given honors

The country music community honored the late Glen Campbell during the 11th annual Academy of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tennessee, following his death this month at the age of 81.

Campbell's family was in attendance Wednesday night to watch the performance by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Maren Morris at the Ryman Auditorium.

Morris sang "Galveston," a signature hit for the country star, actor and television personality with boyish good looks and friendly tenor. Campbell announced in 2011 that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"It's just really comforting to us to know that Glen is so well respected and admired and that he has influenced so many entertainers throughout the years," Kim Campbell, his widow, told The Associated Press prior to the show.

His son, Cal Campbell, said there has been an outpouring of messages from fans all over the country since his death on Aug. 8. He was buried in a private funeral in his hometown of Delight, Arkansas.

"People just talking about how he changed their life, gave them a reason to pick up the guitar, helped them turn their life around and leave substance abuse behind," Campbell said.

Other country icons were also honored during the awards show, which was taped and will air on CBS on Sept. 15. Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and George Strait were all feted with performances by Brad Paisley, Hillary Scott, Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson.

Additional honorees were the late author and songwriter Shel Silverstein, Toby Keith, Kelsea Ballerini, songwriter Lori McKenna, radio host Bob Kingsley and the cast and crew of the TV show "Nashville."

The ACMs also recognized several musicians, producers and engineers, as well as musical venues.

Jill Scott among headliners for Essence Festival Durban

Neo-soul Grammy Award-winning songstress Jill Scott has been added to the lineup for the second edition of Essence Festival Durban in South Africa.

Scott joins the Rev. Al Sharpton and Bishop T.D. Jakes for the event scheduled Sept. 26-Oct. 1.

Just like the New Orleans festival, Essence Festival Durban draws international performers and speakers together to entertain and inspire, as well as a host of local artists and experts. The event is comprised of nightly music concerts and a daily Empowerment Experience, offering workshops and seminars across a wide range of issues, including development of women and youth in business.

Last year's inaugural Durban Festival drew more than 10,000 people and featured appearances by Steve Harvey, Phaedra Parks and singers Estelle, Kelly Price, NE-YO, Wizkid and Black Coffee.

One of R. Kelly’s alleged ‘cult’ victims violated her nondisclosure agreement to speak out

In July, R. Kelly was accused of keeping women against their will and forcing them to follow every one of his rules or face physical punishment. On Tuesday, one of his alleged victims spoke out to BuzzFeed News. Few of the women who were in the “cult” have come forward because they reportedly signed nondisclosure agreements in exchange for settlement money, but 24-year-old Jerhonda Pace has decided to crack everything wide open.

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Now married with children, Pace opened up to Buzzfeed News about living with Kelly in 2009 when she was 15 years old and was Jerhonda Johnson. She said she was a big fan of the singer and went to the courthouse daily in 2008 as Kelly stood trial for allegedly producing child pornography, saying she wanted to know what happened.

Pace said she skipped school to attend the trial and defended Kelly after he was found not guilty. She said she lied about her age when speaking to reporters, saying that she was 18 because Cook County sheriff’s officers did not allow anyone under 18 into the trial.

Related: R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running cult

In 2009, Pace said a friend and employee of Kelly friended her on MySpace and invited her to a party at Kelly’s mansion in Illinois. She began spending weekends with him. The relationship eventually turned sexual and she said that he often had her dress up like a schoolgirl and wear her hair in pigtails.

Pace said that she was forced to follow strict rules, “which included dressing in baggy clothes, turning over her phone, and asking permission to shower, eat, go to the bathroom, and leave the property. If she broke the rules, she says, she was mentally and physically abused,” BuzzFeed News reported.

Pace eventually ended her relationship with Kelly in January 2010. She sued him, but then decided to settle.

“If I was to get criminal charges, it would probably be like it was last time, where he wouldn’t get convicted,” she told BuzzFeed News. Kelly settled with her out of court in 2010 and asked her to sign a nondisclosure agreement in exchange for the large sum of money. She said she has only been paid part of the settlement money. Pace said later on she signed a new settlement agreement with Kelly. She was paid as recently as July 2015.

Related: Official calls for investigation into R. Kelly ‘cult’ claims

Kelly has routinely denied any allegations of sexual abuse. The singer’s represenatives issued a statement Tuesday denying Pace’s claims, saying, “The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest. It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”

Pace said she is speaking out for the other women she claims are still living with Kelly. She is considering pressing criminal charges against him.

“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” Pace said. “I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him.”

“I know speaking out against Kelly, Kelly could sue me,” she said. “But I’m really not worried about it anymore.”

Read more at BuzzFeed News.

George Foreman praises Trump, suggests Kevin Durant and Colin Kaepernick are unpatriotic

Former pro boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman spoke out in support of president Donald Trump and criticized Golden State Warriors athlete Kevin Durant and free agent Colin Kaepernick during a podcast Monday.

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Speaking on Offended America, Foreman suggested Durant and Kaepernick are unpatriotic because of some of their actions; Kaepernick became infamous for sitting down during renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” saying he could not show pride for a country that “oppresses black people,” and Durant recently said he would not visit the White house if the Golden State Warriors were invited. Durant said he doesn’t “respect who’s in office right now.”

“I love the United States,” Foreman, 68, said during the podcast. “They [Durant and Kaepernick] haven’t been brought up with people who were patriotic ... A lot of people died so that they can have that privilege.”

The heavyweight champion insinuated their attitudes may be a sign of the times and that the athletes may be looking for attention. 

“‘I got all this money, but nobody knows me. So let me say something like Muhammad Ali, and maybe I’ll be different.’ That’s all that is,” he said, mocking a potential perspective of the athletes. “We came in the era (when) we were patriotic. The greatest day of my life was when I put on the colors, representing the United States [during the Olympics].”

Foreman went on to voice his support of Trump.

“He’s a good president. A lot of people don’t like him, but evidently more do, because he was elected President of the United States,” he said.

RELATED: Boxing legend George Foreman weighs in on why he thinks Donald Trump won the election

Foreman also noted that Trump helped him decades ago when Trump sponsored a pay-per-view fight between him and Evander Holyfield in 1991.

“I was broke, too. Bankrupt. Put me back, he was part of writing those checks, so I could be on the wealthy side again. So I’ll always be grateful to the entrepreneur Donald Trump,” he said. “And now, President Donald Trump.”

Read more at the New York Daily News and listen to the full podcast here.

Trevor Noah among nominees for Thurber humor prize

Trevor Noah is upholding a "Daily Show" tradition: He's a nominee for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

The Comedy Central host's memoir "Born a Crime" was among three finalists prize officials announced Wednesday. The other nominees for the $5,000 honor are playwright-screenwriter Ken Pisani's novel "Amp'd" and Aaron Thier's time traveling novel "Mr. Eternity."

Previous winners include Noah's "Daily Show" predecessor Jon Stewart, Calvin Trillin and David Sedaris.

Because all three nominees this year are men, the winner will uphold another tradition: Only once since the award was established in 1997 has a woman received it. Julie Schumacher won in 2015 for "Dear Committee Members."

The Latest: Stopped van thought unrelated to Spain attacks

The Latest on the cancellation of a concert by American rock band Allah-Las in the Netherlands (all times local):

12:35 a.m.

A Spanish counterterrorism official says a van with a Spain license plate that was detained in the Rotterdam is not connected to the attacks that killed 15 people in Spain last week.

The official said investigators discarded a possible link between the van's driver and the extremist cell that carried out the attacks in and near Barcelona after questioning the driver and examining the van.

The van was stopped in Rotterdam on Wednesday night not far from a concert venue where a show by American rock band Allah-Las was cancelled due to an unspecified threat.

Rotterdam's mayor said the vehicle had a number of gas canisters inside.

The official said Spain's Civil Guard had notified Dutch authorities of "an alert indicating the possibility of an attack today in a concert that was going to take place in Rotterdam."

The official spoke anonymously because the Civil Guard is still probing the potential threat.

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10:15 p.m.

The mayor of Rotterdam says police in the port city stopped a van with Spanish license plates containing a number of gas bottles close to the venue of a concert by an American rock band that was cancelled following a threat.

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said at a hastily arranged press conference that the van's driver had been detained and was being questioned on Wednesday night.

Aboutaleb says the concert by Los Angeles band Allah-Las was called off after Dutch police received a terror warning from Spanish police.

He declined to give further details on the nature of the warning or where in Spain it came from.

Police in Spain have been investigating the deadly vehicle attacks last week that killed 15 people.

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9:55 p.m.

The scheduled show by American rock band Allah-Las hadn't yet started when the decision to cancel it was made.

Allah-Las is a four-piece band from Los Angeles. The band did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on Wednesday night.

In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian last year, band members said they chose the word Allah, Arabic for God, because they were seeking a "holy sounding" name. They said they didn't realize it might offend Muslims.

Lead singer Miles Michaud told the newspaper that the group received emails from Muslims around the world who said they were offended. Michaud said the band usually wrote back and explained its intentions were honorable "and mainly they understand."

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This item has been corrected to show the band based its name on Allah, the Arabic word for God, not All.

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9:50 p.m.

Rotterdam police say a concert in the Dutch port city by American rock group Allah-Las has been cancelled because of a "terror threat."

Rotterdam police did not specify the nature of the threat in a statement Wednesday night, but said an investigation was underway and no arrests have been made.

The statement said: "Police took this information seriously enough that after discussion with organizers it was decided to cancel the event," the Rotterdam police statement said.

Concert organizer Rotown said earlier on Twitter that the concert venue, a former grain silo, was being evacuated because of the unspecified threat and concertgoers would get their money back.

Dutch television showed officers in body armor outside Maassilo and what appeared to be members of the band leaving the venue in a white van with a police escort. The band did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

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9:00 p.m.

A rock music venue in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam says it has cancelled a concert by American group Allah-Las because of a "terror threat."

Concert organizer Rotown said on Twitter that Wednesday night's concert at the Maassilo venue was cancelled on orders of police.

It said the venue, a former grain silo, was being evacuated because of the unspecified threat and concertgoers would get their money back.

Police in Rotterdam had no immediate comment, but said they would issue a statement. Dutch television showed officers in body armor outside Maassilo.

Allah-Las is a four-piece band from Los Angeles.

A concert in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam by American rock group Allah-Las was cancelled Wednesday night because of a "terror threat," police said in a statement.

"Police took this information seriously enough that after discussion with organizers it was decided to cancel the event," the Rotterdam police statement said.

An investigation was underway, but no arrests have been made, police said.

Concert organizer Rotown said earlier on Twitter that the concert venue, a former grain silo called Maassilo, was being evacuated because of the unspecified threat and concertgoers would get their money back.

The show hadn't yet started when the decision to cancel it was made.

Dutch television showed officers in body armor outside Maassilo and what appeared to be members of the band leaving the venue in a white van with a police escort. The band did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Allah-Las is a four-piece band from Los Angeles.

In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian last year, band members said they chose the word All, Arabic for God, because they were seeking a "holy sounding" name and did not realize it might cause offense.

"We get emails from Muslims, here in the U.S. and around the world, saying they're offended, but that absolutely wasn't our intention," lead singer Miles Michaud told the newspaper. "We email back and explain why we chose the name, and mainly they understand."

“America’s Got Talent” judge Mel B tosses drink on Simon Cowell after he makes crude joke about her

Melanie “Mel B” Brown left the set of “America’s Got Talent” after fellow judge Simon Cowell made a crude remark about her wedding night.

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The former Spice Girl is currently in the middle of a messy divorce from Stephen Belafonte that includes allegations of  her being abused by Belafonte. She was in no mood for Cowell’s jokes. 

Cowell made the crack after a magician suffered technical difficulties during his live performance.

Related: Singer Mel B alleges abuse in restraining order against ex amid divorce

“I kind of imagine this would be like Mel B’s wedding night,” Cowell said. “A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.”

Brown was not amused by the joke and threw her glass of water at Cowell before storming off stage.

Related: Singer Mel B divorcing husband of nearly 10 years

“Mel B is out,” host Tyra Banks said after the incident. “This is live TV, y’all. Live TV.”

Brown spoke to Entertainment Tonight following the incident and said of Cowell, “He should know, if you say something inappropriate, he’s gonna get like, stuff thrown at him.”

Rod Stewart to perform remotely on MTV Video Music Awards

Rod Stewart will perform a reworked version of his hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" remotely from Las Vegas at the MTV Video Music Awards, to be held in California.

MTV announced Wednesday that Stewart will perform the 1978 song with pop band DNCE on Sunday. The network said Demi Lovato will also perform remotely from Vegas.

The 2017 VMAs will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Performers include Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Pink, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and host Katy Perry.

On Tuesday, MTV announced an additional award — song of summer. Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" earned a nomination in the late-added category, but the record-breaking video wasn't included in other VMA categories because it hasn't been played on MTV or MTV2.

Clinton: My 'skin crawled' as Trump hovered on debate stage

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's pacing, hovering demeanor onstage during an October 2016 presidential debate made her so uncomfortable "my skin crawled." She says in her upcoming book that Trump shadowed her so closely she had to resist shouting out, "Back up you creep, get away from me."

The Democratic presidential nominee recounts her struggle to keep composed during that pivotal Oct. 9 faceoff in St. Louis less than a month before the election. Two days earlier, their bitter campaign was rocked by the release of footage in which Trump bragged aggressively about groping women.

During the town-hall style debate, the 6-foot-3 Trump repeatedly hovered over Clinton, who's closer to 5-foot-5, as she responded to questions.

"This is not OK, I thought," Clinton says in her audio narration of "What Happened," set for release Sept. 12. "It was the second presidential debate, and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable he was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled."

Clinton says, "It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, 'Well, what would you do?' Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly, 'Back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can't intimidate me, so back up.'"

Clinton says she "kept my cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off."

"Maybe I have overlearned the lesson of staying calm, biting my tongue, digging my fingernails into a clenched fist, smiling all the while determined to present a composed face to the world," Clinton says.

Excerpts of Clinton reading from the book aired Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Dutch police detain driver of Spanish van near cancelled gig

Police in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam detained the driver of a van with Spanish license plates and a number of gas tanks inside after a concert by an American rock band was cancelled Wednesday night following a threat, the city's mayor said.

A Spanish counterterrorism official said the van is not connected to the attacks that killed 15 people in Spain last week.

The official said investigators discarded a possible link between the van's driver and the extremist cell that carried out the attacks in and near Barcelona after questioning the driver and examining the van. Rotterdam police could not be reached for a reaction to the Spanish official's comments.

Police detained the driver for questioning about two hours after a concert by Los Angeles band Allah-Las was called off after Dutch police received a terror warning. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said the warning came from Spanish police.

However, Aboutaleb said at a hastily arranged press conference that it was too soon to link the van to the unspecified threat directed at the concert.

"It is not yet good to say that the things are linked," Aboutaleb said. "It still has to be established that there was a link between the van and the threat. We can't say that yet."

Military explosives experts checked the van and a police officer later got behind the wheel and drove the vehicle away, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported.

Police said in a statement that the van contained "a couple of gas bottles."

The Dutch terror threat level, which is at level four of a five-step scale, remained unchanged, Lodewijk Hekking, a spokesman for the country's counterterror chief told the AP in a text message.

The Spanish counterterrorism investigation official said Spain's Civil Guard received "an alert indicating the possibility of an attack today in a concert that was going to take place in Rotterdam."

The Civil Guard shared the information with Dutch authorities and is investigating the threat, said the source, speaking anonymously because the Civil Guard is still probing the threat.

Police in Spain have been investigating the deadly vehicle attacks last week in and near Barcelona. They later found bomb-making equipment that included more than 100 tanks of butane gas, nails and 500 liters of acetone.

Rotterdam police said they took the information about a threat "seriously enough that after discussion with organizers it was decided to cancel the event."

Concert organizer Rotown said earlier on Twitter that the concert venue, a former grain silo called Maassilo, was being evacuated because of the unspecified threat. The show hadn't yet started when the decision to cancel it was made.

Dutch television showed officers in body armor outside Maassilo and what appeared to be members of the band leaving the venue in a white van with a police escort. By around midnight, the area was calm and police had lifted the cordon they earlier put up around the venue, the NOS reported.

Allah-Las is a four-piece band from Los Angeles.

In an email to The Associated Press, the band's label, Mexican Summer, said: "Due to a potential terror threat at The Maassilo in Rotterdam, the Allah-Las show was cancelled tonight.

"Details are not available at this time as the incident is still under investigation. The band is unharmed and are very grateful to the Rotterdam Police and other responsible agencies for detecting the potential threat before anyone was hurt."

In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian last year, band members said they chose the word Allah, Arabic for God, because they were seeking a "holy sounding" name and did not realize it might cause offense.

"We get emails from Muslims, here in the U.S. and around the world, saying they're offended, but that absolutely wasn't our intention," lead singer Miles Michaud told the newspaper. "We email back and explain why we chose the name, and mainly they understand."

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Aritz Parra in Madrid contributed to this story.

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This story has been corrected from an earlier version to show Allah-Las derived its name from Allah, the Arabic word for God, not All.

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