Mars tops Drake, The Weeknd for AMA nods

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Bruno Mars is the top nom­i­nee with eight nods at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, while The Chainsmok­ers, Drake, Ken­drick La­mar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece. The nominations were an­nounced Thurs­day for the fan-voted Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, with an all-male lineup for the top prize of artist of the year. Mars will com­pete against The Chainsmok­ers, Drake, La­mar and Sheeran. Justin Bieber, Daddy Yan­kee and Luis Fonsi re­ceived four nominations each, in­clud­ing favourite pop/rock song for their hit col­lab­o­ra­tion, Des­pac­ito. Keith Ur­ban leads coun­try artists with three nominations. The show will broad­cast live from the Mi­crosoft Theater in Los An­ge­les on Nov. 19 on ABC.

MU­SIC CMT for­go­ing for­mal awards for­mat this year

CMT is for­go­ing for­mal award pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing this year’s artists of the year show and de­vot­ing the en­tire live show to “a night of hope and heal­ing through the power of mu­sic.” The change comes af­ter a mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas. The ca­ble net­work said Thurs­day the for­mat for the Oct. 18 show will fo­cus on the fans, as well as those af­fected by re­cent hur­ri­canes and wild­fires. The show will air live from Nash­ville’s Scher­mer­horn Sym­phony Cen­ter at 8 p.m. Eastern.

EVENT Riverdale pop-up din­ers hit ma­jor Cana­dian cities

Pop-up din­ers set up like Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe in the teen drama Riverdale have landed in Canada. Fans of the se­ries, based on the Archie comic books, will get to choose from two milk­shakes: the Betty (an old-fash­ioned vanilla) or the Veron­ica (a dou­ble choco­late), which are served in Pop’s cups. The event kicked off Thurs­day and con­tin­ues Fri­day, with free milk­shakes for the first 200 guests. The pop-up din­ers hit eight dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in six ma­jor cities, in­clud­ing Van­cou­ver, Ed­mon­ton and Toronto. A full list of venues is at pops­diner.ca. Sea­son 2 of Riverdale streams on Net­flix and airs on The CW.

ART Miss­ing Rodin sculp­ture found in New Jersey

A bust of Napoleon by French sculp­tor Au­guste Rodin thought to be lost has been found in a New Jersey bor­ough hall where it sat for 85 years. The bust’s ori­gin was con­firmed in 2015, but of­fi­cials waited to re­veal the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar art­work was a long-lost piece by Rodin on Wed­nes­day. The Record re­ports the own­ers of the bust an­nounced it will be leav­ing the Madison bor­ough hall on loan to the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art. The au­then­ti­ca­tion was made in per­son by Jerome Le Blay, an in­ter­na­tional ex­pert in mod­ern sculp­ture.

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Singer/song­writer Bruno Mars is the top nom­i­nee with eight nods at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards.

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