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ELTON JOHN'S OSCAR PARTY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looked like Elton John had thrown his hat in for Pharrell Williams when it came to the Oscars on Sunday night. The singer hosted an Oscars viewing party in Los Angeles — part of an event to raise money for those with AIDS and HIV. John promised that if Williams didn't win best original song for "Happy," he would be "going home early." But since the award came late in the Oscars broadcast, John didn't make good on his threat. Among those attending the event in a huge tent a few miles away from where the Oscars were being given out included Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Quincy Jones and Britney Spears. Elton John autographed a piano that was auctioned off for $220,000 during the party and Tyler offered a five-night stay at his Hawaiian getaway s stay at his five nights in his Hawaiian getaway, which raised $100,000.

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<<CUT *014 (03/04/14)>> 00:16 "end of AIDS"

Elton John

Elton John welcomes people to his annual Oscars viewing party.

<<CUT *015 (03/04/14)>> 00:16 "with that one"

Auctioneer with Steven Tyler

An auctioneer tries to entice bids for a stay at Steven Tyler's home — but Tyler notes there's an important catch.

<<CUT *016 (03/04/14)>> 00:15 "hundred thousand dollars!"

Elton John

Elton John plays a piano he just autographed at the event -- causing bids to spike.

OZZY OSBOURNE TO BE HONORED BY GRAMMY AGENCY

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Ozzy Osbourne says he has gotten help over the years with his battles against addiction. And he says he's happy to help another organization that also saves the lives of those who struggle with substance abuse. This year's MusiCares benefit concert will honor the Black Sabbath singer for his support of the MAP fund — which helps people in the music industry battle their addiction demons. Osbourne will perform at the event — along with Slash, who will do a guest turn on the guitar. The event is set for May 12 in Los Angeles.

JAY-Z'S FIRM WILL NOW MANAGE KANYE WEST

NEW YORK (AP) — If Kanye West were a supermarket, the banner outside would read "Under New Management." Jay-Z's Roc Nation will take over the management of West's career when it comes to managing his production and music endeavors. Roc Nation already manages Rihanna, Shakira, Timbaland and other acts. We'll see if Jay-Z's influence will be able to get West to stop boasting about being an unrecognized genius and complaining that fashion titans are depriving the world of the opportunity to wear the leather jogging pants he claims to have designed.

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Online:

Roc Nation site: http://rocnation.com

Kanye West site: http://www.kanyewest.com

''THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can impress Blake Shelton with more than a big voice. Big earrings will also do the trick. Sisaundra (sihs-UHN'-druh) Lewis had on giant earrings that extended below her shoulders. She got all four judges on "The Voice" to turn their chairs. Sisaundra's a soulful singer, who may have surprised some by going with Team Blake. Usher continues to try to get a leg up on his follow coaches -- this time with his foot. He waited until the last second to hit his button for the Brothers Walker, country-singing twins. But Usher used his foot on the button, so the other coaches wouldn't see him move his hands. Tonight, the blind auditions continue.

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<<CUT *001 (03/04/14)>> 00:26 "''

Ryan Whyte Maloney, performing "Lights"

Ryan Whyte Maloney, performing "Lights." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *002 (03/04/14)>> 00:17 "this show, OK"

Usher and Ryan Whyte Maloney

Usher explains why he was the last to turn his chair. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *003 (03/04/14)>> 00:14 "a stud man"

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton says he loves Ryan's high-pitched singing voice. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *004 (03/04/14)>> 00:29 "''

Clarissa Serna, performing "Zombie"

Clarissa Serna, performing "Zombie." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *005 (03/04/14)>> 00:10 "sister, Miss Sharkira"

Clarissa Serna

All four coaches want Clarissa. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *006 (03/04/14)>> 00:25 "''

Sisaundra (sihs-UHN'-druh) Lewis, performing "Ain't No Way"

Sisaundra Lewis, performing "Ain't No Way." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT *007 (03/04/14)>> 00:11 "that much weight (laughs)"

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton is impressed by Sisaundra's voice and giant earrings. ((Sisaundra is pronounced sihs-UHN'-druh)) COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

DIERKS BENTLEY FLYING FOR A PURPOSE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lot of stars own planes. But for Dierks Bentley, it wasn't some status symbol — it was a necessity to help him stay close to family. He had his pilot's license for a while — but didn't think about buying a plane until he realized that he could get more time at home if he could fly to some of his performances instead of taking a bus. He says while he couldn't "afford to sit in the back right seat of a jet," he could afford "to sit in the front left seat of a prop plane." He says if that helps give him an extra night with his kids once in a while, it's worth the investment. Bentley has a new album out now, titled "Riser."

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Online:

Dierks Bentley site: http://www.dierks.com

DIERKS BENTLEY ON THE LEARNING "CURL"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dierks Bentley says he isn't much of a winter sports guy — but he thinks he has a sure way to get to the Olympic games like the ones completed in Sochi last month: curling. In his view, gliding a ceramic "stone" along the ice to a target on the opposite end of a rink should be easy to master. Bentley says you can probably devote about five years to it and by then, be good enough to get to the Olympics. Other sports — like skiing or ice skating — he says you have to be doing that all your life to get good enough to compete for the gold. Bentley acknowledges his gentle put down of curlers will probably leave fans and experts of the sport mad at him, but he's ready for that.

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<<CUT *012 (03/04/14)>> 00:10 "up doing that"

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley says if you want a quick route to Olympic gold, take up curling.

<<CUT *013 (03/04/14)>> 00:12 "me right now"

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley cracks that he thinks it shouldn't take much time to become a curling expert.

HERBIE HANCOCK TO RETURN TO JAPAN

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbie Hancock was born in Chicago. But he figures he has performed more in Japan than he has in his own hometown. And he will be returning next month for another gig. He will be taking part in an all-star concert in Osaka to highlight the third annual International Jazz Day. Hancock is an U.N. ambassador for jazz — and wants to show his appreciation for Japanese jazz fans — who are often more die-hard than those in the U.S., where the genre originated.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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