Rising country singer Luke Bryan was named entertainer of the year and Miranda Lambert was singled out as a songwriter and a singer on Sunday at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert picked up significant honors from her collaboration with husband Blake Shelton on "Over You," a song they wrote inspired by Shelton's experience as a teenager when his brother was killed in an automobile accident.
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Qatar has pledged $500m in aid to rebuilt Sudan's Darfur region after a decade-long conflict, an official has said.
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Lilly Pulitzer
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Lilly Pulitzer, who parlayed orange juice stains on her clothing into an empire of fashion that reflected her bold and colorful personality, died Sunday at her home in Palm Beach. She was 81.
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Mad Men (#MadMen)
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"The Doorway," the good-but-not-great, often poetic (but also often very slow moving) Season 6 premiere is not an exuberant return. The action is often very detailed, very muted, very dark. But after a not-the-best Season 5, it was wonderful to see "Mad Men" become a bit more nuanced with its characters and the themes it has often explored: the various types of masks people wear, if people are stuck in their lives or can change.
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It will be the first time in country music history that Artists of the Decade George Strait and Garth Brooks will share the same stage ... The lineup of superstar power is phenomenal, with Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and John Mayer.
Las Vegas Sun

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