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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Armie Hammer was recently named “Sexiest Risk Taker” in People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. But while many might consider his latest movie, Call Me by Your Name, to be a risk, the actor doesn’t quite see it that way.

“I didn't view this necessarily as a risk, 'cause I knew that this is a really small movie we're doing in the middle of nowhere and there's a chance that no one might ever see it,” he tells ABC Radio. “So that's not so much of a risk as much as it is an opportunity.”

Hammer plays Oliver, a 24-year-old grad student who strikes up a romantic relationship with his professor’s 17-year-old son, played by breakout star Timothée Chalamet, over one summer in Italy.

The two actors bonded on and off set.

“More than anything I just, I met Timothée, who plays Elio in the movie, and I was just like, I really like you! Like, you're a fantastic human being,” he says. “And we got to spend a lot of time together.”

That included several days where the two did nothing but ride bikes around the Italian countryside, which Hammer says felt like “the best job in the entire world.”

The film is already generating Oscar buzz, but Hammer says he chooses to ignore the awards chatter.

“For me, the actual reward of doing something like this is the experience of making it,” he says. “And this was such a beautiful, intense experience of going to a little tiny Italian village and living there for a summer and working with people who I love and [respect]. So anything that happens after that is just icing on an already delicious cake.”

Call Me by Your Name hits theaters Friday, November 24.

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter has announced he’s taking a six-month leave of absence from the animation studios, in the wake of allegations of workplace misconduct.

“I’ve recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me.," Lasseter, 60, says in a memo to employees.  "It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them.”

Lasseter continues, “It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down.”

He goes on to especially apologize to “anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form.  No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.”

Though that's the only specific behavior the memo references, The Hollywood Reporter published a story Tuesday afternoon, prior to Lasseter's announcement, detailing his alleged misconduct in the workplace, saying while Lasseter was known for hugging employees, he was also known for "grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes." 

The Hollywood Reporter also says actress and writer Rashida Jones ended her work on the forthcoming Toy Story 4 after Lasseter allegedly "made an unwanted advance."  The publication says Jones declined their invitation to comment on their story.

Lasseter's memo continues that after conversations with Disney, they determined to first step to reinforcing “the vibrant, respectful culture” of the animation studios is for him to take some time away.  

“My hope is that a six-month sabbatical will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve,” he writes.

A statement from a Disney spokesperson reads, “We are committed to maintaining an environment in which all employees are respected and empowered to do their best work. We appreciate John’s candor and sincere apology and fully support his sabbatical."

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Glen Wilson/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Denzel Washington takes on the larger-than-life role of Roman J. Israel, an intelligent yet quirky attorney, in the legal thriller Roman J. Israel Esq.

Washington, who also serves as a producer on the project, says the savant-like Israel wasn't necessarily written to be autistic, but through his research he discovered what exactly made his character tick.

"It was more of the research that I started doing and the behavior that I felt he had that led me down that road," Washington tells ABC Radio. "Doing a lot of research about the [autism] spectrum, about autism and Asperger's. And so that's the direction I went with."

In the film, Roman serves as a Los Angeles attorney who takes a job at a notable law firm after the death of his longtime partner. While there, he discovers disturbing things about the firm's practices.

Washington says he took the role as Roman because he felt not only drawn to the film, but to what he could do with its character.

"[It was] just a good script," Washington says. "First of all, it wasn't a story I hadn't heard -- not a true story -- but it was a wonderful story and a great character to play. A great opportunity to have fun."

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is now showing in limited release.

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Roy Rochlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- UPDATE: PBS has fired Rose.  A brief statement from the network declares, "In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs. PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”


CBS has fired veteran journalist Charlie Rose after nearly a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct in interviews with the Washington Post and Business Insider.

In a statement to staff also posted on Twitter, CBS News President David Rhodes said Rose was terminated "effective immediately," following "the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program."

"There is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace," the statement continued, in part. 

Rose issued an apology to the Washington Post after the allegations first broke and later, he shared it on Twitter.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose wrote.  “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues."

Rose continued: "It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

He concluded: "I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

Rose is the latest public figure to be accused of varying degrees of sexual harassment and worse in recent weeks, including movie producers Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner, director James Toback, actors Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor and Steven Seagal, comic Louis C.K., politicians Roy Moore and Al Franken, and others. 

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- It's been 14 years this month since The Incredibles debuted in theaters -- and clearly, everyone's eager to see the next chapter.  

The first teaser trailer for the sequel to the Disney-Pixar animated feature had notched over 15 million views as of Tuesday morning, making it the most-viewed animated trailer ever, and the seventh overall.

The sequel to 2004's The Incredibles -- featuring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner -- reportedly picks up where the first one left off. The superhero family, "still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers," according to the film's official plot synopsis, tries to work together again after "a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot."

Incredibles 2 , also starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger, opens nationwide June 15, 2018 from Pixar and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Craig Blankenhorn/CBS(NEW YORK) -- CBS News has suspended veteran journalist Charlie Rose after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct in interviews with The Washington Post.

"Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously," CBS News said in a statement.

Five women told Post that Rose, an anchor for CBS This Morning, groped them; two said that he walked naked in front of them; and one accused Rose of firing her after he allegedly touched her inappropriately and made sexually charged remarks to her.

The newspaper reported that Rose's accusers either worked with or aspired to work with him on his PBS show, Charlie Rose, from the late 1990s to 2011. At the time of the alleged incidents, the women ranged in age from 21 to 37, according to the newspaper.

Rose issued an apology to the Post and later, he shared it on Twitter.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” he said in a statement to the newspaper. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken," he continued. "I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.

PBS says it has reportedly suspended the distribution of Rose's show in light of the claims.

Bloomberg also says it has suspended broadcasts of Charlie Rose.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- And then there were three.

The first night of the two-night finale of season 25 of Dancing with the Stars was a high-energy television event that featured Pitbull and Fifth Harmony; Lionel Richie; and finalists Frankie Muniz, HGTV’s Property Brothers star Drew Scott, Broadway star Jordan Fisher and violinist Lindsey Stirling. Though he would turn in his best performance of the season on Monday night, Mr. Drew Scott was sent to look for a new home.

The first night of the finals featured two rounds of competition. First, stars and their partners had to participate in the “Redemption Round," during which the judges gave the stars some personal attention and a directive to focus on a performance from earlier in the season that needed improvement.

Later, the couples competed in the freestyles. Monday also featured special guest judge Julianne Hough, upping the ante for a potential of 40 points per dance.

The night began when Judge Bruno Tonioli arrived dressed for a dance renovation as a construction worker, albeit a stylized version of one. He was there to work with Drew on a paso doble from the "Action Film" paso that was not Drew's finest moment earlier in the season. Bruno said, "I expect a transformation from you, Drew.” Bruno challenged him to sort out his shaping, artistry and timing. After his routine, the judges call it his best dance. Drew and Emma Slater’s paso doble earned a 36 out of 40

Carrie Ann Inaba asked Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson to see a repeat their week-one foxtrot because she thinks Frankie can actually win the competition. Part of the challenge is for Frankie to deliver a solo portion of his routine. They danced to Frank Sinatra's “I Won’t Dance” and impressed the judges enough to earn a score of 38.

Later, Pitbull and Fifth Harmony showed up to perform their new single, "Por Favor."

Judge Len Goodman showed up at Jordan and Lindsay Arnold's rehearsal to coach them on his redemption Charleston. Len wanted more traditional moves, but their explosive number, in spite of Lindsay's bad knee and Jordan's corneal abrasion, earned them a perfect score.

He didn’t dance on the ceiling but brand new American Idol judge Lionel Richie showed up to announce Brittany Holmes as the "Golden Ticket" winner who will get a shot at stardom. Idol will return to television on Sunday, March 11 on ABC.

Julianne Hough coached Lindsey Stirling on her quickstep. After the performance, Len Goodman said, "I know you can play the violin, but there was no fiddling about with that quickstep. Honestly. All the flair, the difficulty with quickstep is to get the speed but maintain the control. And you did that. You used the word. I'm going to use a word I never use because it's an American word... Awesome." Their routine brought them a perfect score.

Drew Scott returned for his second dance, a freestyle that Emma said, "is going to be different than everybody else's because you're different from everybody else." Their lively dance earned Drew praise from everyone but Carrie Ann, who claimed to have seen him go out of sync with the team of dancers and ruined his chance at a perfect score. Drew's freestyle earned him his highest score of 39.

Frankie and Witney chose a freestyle with dark aspects in spite of a producer's suggestion that Frankie be light. The decision to go out of his comfort zone drew cheers from the audience as they chanted his name after the routine. The judges praised the performance and the decision to go dark but Carrie Ann and Len only awarded 9s while Bruno and Julianne both gave them 10s for a score of 38.

Almost unsurprisingly, Jordan Fisher's jazzy freestyle and Lindsey’s quirky freestyle with Mark Ballas earned them each their second perfect scores for the night.

After an exciting evening filled with magnificent performances, the combined viewer votes and judges' scores put Jordan and Lindsey into competition for the Mirror Ball. Drew and Frankie were in jeopardy but it was Frankie Muniz who actually made it to the finals.

Drew Scott showed great sportsmanship with his closing remarks, saying of his partner, "I mean, there's no way I could have done anything I did out here without her. It's been such a ride. I can't believe I'm here with these guys. Thank you, thanks to the judges, crew, and everybody. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

The second night of finals on Dancing with the Stars airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The Voice was live for the first time this season on Monday, with the top 12 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.

Each artist took the stage with a special dedication.

Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:

Team Miley’s pop/soul singer Brooke Simpson kicked things off by dedicating Kesha’s “Praying” to America, noting that it’s a song about hope and strength. Miley advised Brooke that “this two minutes and 25 seconds is your introduction to who you are right now.” Following the performance, Cyrus said that while it was too early to say that she stole the show, Simpson “just might have.”

Red Marlow, from Team Blake, performed Shenandoah’s “Church on Cumberland Road,” dedicated to his dad, who taught him to play the guitar. During rehearsals, Blake, addressing the camera, said the key for Marlow to nail his performance was to “connect with the audience.” Afterwards, Adam called Red’s performance “as real as it gets.” Shelton -- referring to Red running across the stage, high fiving the crowd -- noted that it was the first time he saw Red’s ability to entertain, as well as sing.

Team Jennifer’s Shi’Ann Jones, 15, tackled “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey, and dedicated it to her coach, for helping her to come out of her shell. Speaking to the camera during rehearsals, Jennifer said she wanted the audience see her “heart and passion like she’s singing for dear life.” Blake said the teen picked the perfect time to become the "highlight of the show.” Hudson said Jones sang with “a reason and a purpose” and “outdid herself.”

Jon Mero, representing Adam’s team, put his spin on Major’s “Why I Love You,” dedicating it to his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa and to his church for all their support. Levine urged his artist to “learn it, then overlearn it, then get super-lost” in the song. Miley called it a “perfect performance,” adding Jon “stepped up the competition.” Adam was also pleased, noting that Mero was “rooted in the classics, but doing something for tomorrow.”

Addison Agen, representing Team Adam, dedicated Sarah Bareilles’ “She Used to be Mine” to her mom – a teacher and worship leader who also raised six children. Adam thought it was the perfect choice for the 16-year-oldm because it represented “a more adventurous…stronger side” of Agen. Following the performance, Addison’s former coach, Miley, praised singer’s confidence and poise. Adam called her an inspiration to many young women, explaining that she’s “a pillar of class and dignity and soulfulness.”

Team Blake’s country/R&B singer, Keisha Renee, put a country spin on “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the Pips, dedicating it to her mother. Shelton was on board with the selection, explaining to the camera that it demonstrated Renee’s willingness to “step out of the box.” Following the performance, JHud said Keisha’s voice was “like silk.” Blake declared, “If you have eyes and ears and didn’t experience how beautiful that performance was, there’s something wrong with you,” adding that it one of his all-time favorite performances he’s seen on The Voice stage.

Cyrus’ California soulful rocker Janice Freeman closed out the show with Brandi Carlile’s “The Story,” dedicated to her husband, who supported her through a battle with cancer. Jennifer threw her shoe in Freeman’s direction -- her expression of approval – and the other coaches followed suit. Miley, noting that her hands were shaking and she was nearly brought to tears, called the performance her favorite of the night.

The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tony Barson/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Marg Helgenberger wants to remind everyone that the season of giving is upon us. As a Stand Up to Cancer ambassador, the  former CSI actress is raising awareness for the organization’s campaign with CVS called The Value of a Dollar.

Over the weekend, CVS shoppers had the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or more to Stand Up to Cancer when they check out at their local pharmacy.

Helgenberger tells ABC Radio she was inspired to get involved after her mother was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s. Her mother, her sister and many of her friends are now among the survivors.

“Everyone in the world has someone in their family [who's been touched] by some type of cancer,” she says. “So I think that it’s something that everybody would be willing to spend a little money to help be a part of the solution.”

When she’s not working in support of cancer research, you can find Helgenberger on stage, in the Off-Broadway show What We’re Up Against. The timely story is about gender politics in the workplace and Helgenberger says she can relate to the misogyny her character experiences.

“Lots of dismissiveness and mansplaining, my God!” she says of the things she’s experienced on the job. “And just being literally sort of ignored.” 

She recounts a story where her director was only relaying direction to her male co-star. She finally had to remind the director that she was in the scene too.

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- A new trailer for director Ava DVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time, debuted during Sunday's American Music Awards.

The film stars Storm Reid as Meg Murry who, along with her brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe -- played by Deric McCabe and Levi Miller, respectively -- travel through time and space to find their missing father, portrayed by Chris Pine.

Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis and Mindy Kaling round out the cast.

A Wrinkle in Time opens nationwide next March from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A high-level Los Angeles Police Department source told ABC News that the department is currently investigating about 22 alleged sex crimes cases linked to Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

The LAPD has also taken 28 "courtesy reports" of incidents that happened outside of the department's jurisdiction and sent them to the appropriate police departments, the source told ABC News on Saturday night.

ABC News previously reported there are active cases involving disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein by both the LAPD and Beverly Hills police.

Sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, first detailed in reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker beginning in October, have led to a flurry of other women and men in Hollywood coming forward with similar allegations.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. He has checked into rehab for counseling in order to pursue "a better path," his spokesperson said. The movie executive has not been charged with any crime, though both the LAPD and New York Police Department have said they are investigating claims against him.

Other celebrities facing accusations of sexual harassment or misconduct include Kevin Spacey, who is being investigated by London police, and James Toback, who is being investigated by Beverly Hills police.

Spacey was first accused by fellow actor Anthony Rapp, to whom he apologized, but has been quiet since a flood of other allegations has been made. His publicist says he has checked into rehab.

Toback denied the allegations to the Los Angeles Times, saying he had never met the women who have made accusations, or, if he did, it "was for five minutes and have no recollection."

None of the men facing allegations has been charged with any crimes.

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Earle Hyman in 1986; Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actor Earle Hyman, best remember for playing Grandpa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has died at 91, The New York Times reports.

Hyman played Russell Huxtable, father of Bill Cosby's Dr. Cliff Huxtable, on 40 episodes of the sitcom in the 1980s and early 1990s. Hyman had a long career as an actor performing the works of Shakespeare, Eugene O'Neill, Ibsen and other great playwrights not only in New York and London but also in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. 

Hyman was also one of two actors who voiced the character of Panthro on the 1980s animated series Thundercats, and had a long career as an acting instructor.

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ABC/Eric McCandless(SANTA PAULA, Calif.) -- It was Harrison Ford to the rescue Sunday when a woman lost control of her car on a California highway.

Local authorities say the actor helped first responders assist the driver of the car, which veered off of the eastbound 126 Freeway around noon Sunday and crashed into an embankment.  Ford was reportedly driving either to or from the airport in nearby Santa Paula, about an hour northwest of Los Angeles.  T

he driver was taken to the hospital and treated for what was said to be minor injuries.  

Neither Ford nor his rep had any comment on the actor's involvement.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor isn't saying he's quitting the Amazon show, but in a statement he says it may be impossible for him to continue amid sexual harassment claims.

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

Two members of the Transparent team -- transgender actress Trace Lysette, who plays yoga instructor Shea on the show, and Van Barnes, a former assistant to Tambor -- have charged that Tambor harassed them during their work on the show.

Nearly two weeks ago, Barnes posted a private Facebook message complaining about harassment by Tambor.  Then last week, Lysette posted a public statement via Twitter accusing Tambor of making "many sexual advances and comments" towards her and writing, "one time it got physical."

A rep for Amazon had no comment Sunday night about Tambor's statement, though at the time of Barnes' initial claim a rep for the company told Deadline that the company was investigation the claim and a rep for the company told The Hollywood Reporter last week, in response to Lysette's statement, that "This information will be added to our ongoing conversation."

Tambor has won two Emmys for his performances on Transparent, a groundbreaking show about a retired college professor who late in life opens up to his family about being transgender.

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Dick Clark Productions(LOS ANGELES) -- Bruno Mars was the big winner at last night's American Music Awards, which aired live from L.A. on ABC. He scored in seven of the eight categories he was nominated in, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for 24K Magic.  Unfortunately, he wasn't on hand to accept his hardware.

"I wish I could be partying with y’all, but I’m a million miles away right now in a f*****' minivan," the singer said in a videotaped acceptance speech for Artist of the Year.  But even though the audience was deprived of one of Bruno's patented show-stopping performances, there were plenty of others to make up for it.

Chief among them was Pink, who sang "Beautiful Trauma" while performing an eye-popping, breath-taking aerial dance routine while literally hanging off the side of the JW Marriott, high above L.A.  As she and her dancers flipped, twirled, and climbed up and across the outside of the building Batman-style, it was hard to believe she was singing live, but we're pretty sure she was.  The video for the song, which stars Channing Tatum, will premiere on Tuesday.

Pink and Kelly Clarkson also helped kicked off the show in grand style.  First, Jamie Foxx made a speech in which he referred to the many tragedies the country has suffered in the past year -- wildfires, hurricanes and hate-fueled violence -- and introduced a group of real-life first responders.

He continued, "As this year comes to a close, we look forward to 2018 with hope. For even as we mourn those who are lost, we know this: Together our strength will pull us through, together we shall overcome the pain, together we can unite as a people and a nation."   Then, Pink and Kelly duetted for the first time ever, singing R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts."

Later, Kelly returned for her own performance, singing her first post-American Idol hit, "Miss Independent," before seguing into her current hit "Love So Soft."

By the way, "Miss Independent" was co-written by Christina Aguilera, who delivered another memorable performance: She paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston's record-breaking soundtrack for The Bodyguard, released 25 years ago this week. 

With her hair slicked back and minimal makeup, Christina sang a medley of "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "Run to You" and "I'm Every Woman." At the end, an emotional Christina said, "Thank you Whitney Houston, for being the best inspiration ever!" 

Pink was seen in the audience watching Christina with tears in her eyes. Despite what some were saying on Twitter, the two have long quashed their ancient beef and are now friends, and she was genuinely moved by the performance.

Yet another emotional moment came when Linkin Park won for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.  The producers evidently weren't aware that the band, who lost their lead singer Chester Bennington to suicide earlier this year, was in the house, but they eventually made their way to the stage.  LP's Mike Shinoda dedicated the win to Chester's "memory," "talent," "sense of humor" and "joy," adding, "Take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud."

The show ended with the legendary Diana Ross -- mother of the show's host, Tracee Ellis Ross -- winning the Lifetime Achievement Award and performing a medley of her hits.  Dressed in a fabulous gown, with her hair as big as ever, the 73-year-old icon sang "I'm Coming Out," "Take Me Higher," "Ease on Down the Road," "The Best Years of My Life" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

While singing the latter song, Ross brought some of her grandchildren on stage, and then her entire family joined her.  So did fellow Motown legend Smokey Robinson and 87-year-old Motown founder Berry Gordy, the man who made Ross a star, and fathered her daughter Rhonda.

Two videotaped tributes to Miss Ross were also played: one was from Taylor Swift, who said, "I don't personally know anyone in music who hasn't been inspired by you and influenced by have paved the way for everyone who does what we do now, including me." 

The other was from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.  "We still listen to Diana around the house," said Obama. "That's why I gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year. But this is a big deal too!"

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