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Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood is having a blast on her Blown Away tour.

The country music star thinks the "weird life" and odd hours involved in touring the US are worth it as she has a great time hanging out with her backing musicians, but has to take time out from her gruelling schedule to relax every now and again.

"We're having a lot of fun when we're out on the road. If we weren't, we wouldn't keep doing it. We all work so hard and have such funny hours. It's such a weird life that we live. We live on tour buses and it's just strange, so on days off I'll go take the dogs for a super long walk. I got a massage a couple of days ago and that was nice. But it's really all about recharging the batteries."

The 29-year-old singer promises fans a very visual and "cinematic" experience with the tour and says she put a lot of effort into planning the staging to accompany her brand new tracks as she wants the audience to feel they got their money's worth:

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Nicki MinajNicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).

The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.

Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.

Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for Talk That Talk.

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Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift talks to herself in the mirror to calm herself down before going on stage. The 22-year-old singer is a nervous wreck before she performs a gig, particularly at music festivals where fans may not have turned up just to see her, so the blonde beauty quells her anxiety by repeatedly telling herself that she is "going to be OK."

"I get pretty nervous. I kind of like go through, you know when you talk to yourself in the mirror? And I'm like, 'They're not going to throw things at you, it's going to be OK, it's going to be OK.' It's not like that, it's more like, 'Mmm ... it's going to be OK?' I don't get nervous when I'm going on stage and a crowd of people have bought tickets to see me, because I'm like, 'You guys totally want to be here.' It's when I'm not sure if people want me to be on stage."

The "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker - who is currently on a visit to the UK - was delighted to meet fellow singer Ellie Goulding last night because Taylor is "obsessed" with the "Your Song" singer, but thinks the 25-year-old star may have been "weirded out" by her constant questions.

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Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift, Muse and No Doubt will perform at the 2012 MTV European Music Awards (EMA).

The trio are the first batch of performers announced take to the stage at the ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany on November 11, and the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker - who has been nominated for five EMAs including Best Live Act and Best Live Stage - can't wait to sing at the spectacle.

"I've always wanted to go to the EMA, because you hear about the spectacle of it, and how everyone just goes all out for their performances. To be nominated for five EMAs was the most exciting feeling, and I was absolutely blown away. I can't wait to be there this year and perform on the show!"

No Doubt - who will go up against Taylor for the Best Pop accolade at the ceremony - are "really excited" about performing some of their new tracks from latest album Push and Shove at the event.

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Heidi KlumHeidi Klum is to host the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The German supermodel will take control of the ceremony when it takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday, November 11 and can't wait for the event to take place in her home country. "I'm honored to host the 2012 MTV EMAs in its return to my home country of Germany. The MTV EMAs are one of the biggest nights in global music, fashion and culture, and I'm thrilled to play a part in bringing this one-of-a-kind show to audiences all over the world. We're going to have a blast!" she said in a statement.

Rihanna is the most nominated artist for the ceremony with nods in six categories, including Best Pop Act, Best Look, Biggest Fans and Best Female. Taylor Swift follows with five nominations for prestigious prizes such as Best Live Act and she will battle Rihanna for the Best Female statuette as well as Katy Perry, Pink and Nicki Minaj. Justin Bieber and Katy received four nods each, while several acts picked up a hat-trick of nominations including Nicki, Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen.

The event takes place at the Festhalle Frankfurt and fans can vote for the winners by visiting www.mtvema.com.

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Lady AntebellumLady Antebellum have recorded a Christmas album.

The country group - made up of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood - is following up Own The Night with a festive LP entitled On This Winter's Night, which will be released on October 22. It will feature 11 traditional Christmas songs and one original song.

Dave reveals the album was recorded in the summer, and to get into a holiday spirit they decorated the studio: "We recorded this album in two sections, but both times were in the summertime. It is always weird to be in the studio working on Christmas music in June and July, so we decorated the entire studio, we really did. We brought out lights, fake trees and decorated the place to get in the Christmas spirit. You'd leave the studio, and it'd be 100 degrees out in Nashville, but nonetheless, a great experience."

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Taylor Swift crowd surfing at MTV VMAs

Taylor Swift dived into the crowd during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

The 22-year-old singer closed the ceremony last night with a performance of her new single "We Are Never Getting Back Together," for which she was joined by a troupe of dancers in brightly-colored casual outfits and sunglasses. Taylor - who arrived at the ceremony in a white tuxedo but switched to a red and white striped T-shirt, tiny denim shorts and red brogues for her performance - began by singing into a mock studio before stepping out onto the stage for a high energy routine, which she finished with her leap into the audience.

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Taylor Swift at the CMAsTaylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson were among the nominees unveiled for this year's Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

Five categories - Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year - were announced live on Good Morning America this morning by Jason Aldean, with the singer finding himself in the running for two awards.

Taylor and Kelly will battle it out with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood in the Female Vocalist category, while the "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" singer is also in the running for Entertainer of the Year. For that prize, she faces competition from Jason, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

Jason and Blake are also up for Male Vocalist of the Year alongside Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band are shortlisted for Vocal Group of the Year.

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One Direction

One Direction will host MTV VMA special My First Time on Tuesday, ahead of their debut performance at the awards.

The "What Makes You Beautiful" hitmakers will share their thoughts on the annual Video Music Awards' most memorable performances in the half-hour show, discussing Chris Brown's rendition of "Billie Jean" and the infamous performance of "Like a Virgin" by Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The show will also feature segments with artists including Pink, Green Day and Taylor Swift who will take a trip down memory lane by watching their first VMA performances, sharing never-before-heard info about that night and offering advice to One Direction.

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Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift has hidden "little codes in the lyrics" of her new album.

The "Speak Now" hitmaker is renowned for writing songs about her famous ex-boyfriends, and admits there are clues on her new album, Red, as to who she is singing about. "It's pretty difficult to come up with, because I know you guys are going to figure them out. With the last album, I thought I was much more clever and cryptic than I really was. [But I'm trying to] hide little codes in lyrics," she told USA Today.

The first puzzle to emerge is on Taylor's first single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," a heartbreak song which features the line, "And you would hide away and find your peace of mind / With some indie record that's much cooler than mine.

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