'Congrats on passing same-sex marriage' - Lorde pays tribute to historic Aussie vote during Sydney gig

Before Lorde belted out one of her songs off her new album Melodrama at the first of her two Sydney shows at the Opera House forecourt, the Kiwi singer took the time to congratulate Australians on voting yes to same-sex marriage. 

The 'yes' result was announced last week, with an overwhelming approval of 62 per cent in a voluntary survey.

With the piano softly playing the tune of Liability, Lorde said, "congrats on passing same-sex marriage by the way!" and then ran to the front of the stage to pick up a rainbow flag which she draped over her. 

Lorde took the opportunity to spontaneously sing Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody. 

"I'm very proud of you," she emotionally told the crowd. 

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Watch: Fleetwood Mac, including Neil Finn, cover Crowded House classic Don’t Dream It’s Over

Kiwi music icon Neil Finn has settled into his new role with Fleetwood Mac, as the legendary group performed a cover of one of his own songs.

Taking the stage in Chicago earlier this week, Fleetwood Mac, with who Finn now performs with, busted out a version of  Crowded House's 'Don't Dream It's Over'.

The former Crowded House and Split Enz frontman is replacing Lindsey Buckingham. Source: 1 NEWS

Not finished there though, as Fleetwood Mac also performed Split Enz's 'I Got You.'

Finn has been playing with Fleetwood Mac since September this year.

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Coroner rules Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer's death as suicide

The Los Angeles County coroner says actor Verne Troyer, who was best known for his "Austin Powers" role of Mini-Me, died last April of suicide.

The coroner's office released its findings overnight following an autopsy and investigation into Troyer's April 21 death.

His representatives said at the time he was struggling with depression.

The coroner's office certified that the manner of death was a suicide.

Troyer, 49, was best known as Mike Myers' sidekick "Mini-Me" in 1999's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and 2002's "Austin Powers in Goldmember."

He also played banker-goblin Griphook in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and appeared in dozens of TV shows and videos.

Troyer, who stood 2-feet-8-inches tall, was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that limited his height.

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Actor Verne Troyer passed away on April 21 aged 49.
Actor Verne Troyer passed away on April 21 aged 49. Source: Supplied


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Husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star to be deported from US after release from prison

The husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice will be deported back to Italy once he's released from prison next year, according to a judge's ruling.

Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice appeared before an immigration court in York, Pennsylvania, via teleconference. He has 30 days to appeal the decision, said Kathryn Mattingly, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Immigration Review.

Giudice is an Italian citizen who came to the US as an infant and wasn't aware he wasn't an American citizen.

He's currently serving a more than 3-year sentence for fraud and failing to pay taxes. He's incarcerated at FCI Allenwood, about 266 kilometres northwest of Philadelphia.

Prison records indicate he is set to be released in March.

The couple pleaded guilty in 2014 to bankruptcy fraud and submitting false loan applications to get $US5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to not paying about $US200,000 in income taxes.

Teresa Giudice served nearly a year in prison and was freed in December 2015.

Messages seeking comment from the couple's lawyers and Teresa Giudice's publicist weren't immediately returned.

In January, during the season eight reunion of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," Teresa Giudice implied she would be open to moving to Italy with him.

"Italy's a beautiful place to live," she told the host at the time. "Listen, whatever God has planned for me, that's what's going to happen. I will embrace it the best I can."

They have four daughters, ranging in age from 9 to 17.

Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice Source: Associated Press


Watch: 'If you believe in equality for women' - Taylor Swift goes political again after big AMA win

Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

Swift won artist of the year at the fan-voted show this afternoon in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone for the top prize.

"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people," she said, "the midterm elections on November 6."

Swift announced on Monday that she was voting for Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.

Voting was a hot topic at the AMAs. Host and Golden Globe-winning "black-ish" actress Tracee Ellis Ross wore a shirt that said, "I am a voter," and comedian-actor Billy Eichner told the audience, "The biggest election of our lifetime is happening."

"Please grab your friends and tell them to vote. Now is the time. If you believe in equality for women, for people of color, for the LGBTQ community. If you believe that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it," he said onstage before presenting an award.

"And you can go to Vote.org like Taylor Swift told you to," he added.

Swift kicked off the AMAs with a performance of "I Did Something Bad," while Cardi B picked up the night's first award, favorite hip-hop/rap artist, which she dedicated to her daughter.

"I really want to thank my daughter," said Cardi B, who gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus in July. "I gotta prove people wrong. They said I wasn't going to make it after I had a baby."

The rapper hit the stage to give a festive and colorful performance of her No. 1 hit, "I Like It," where she was joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who was wheeled onstage inside a shopping cart. Cardi B's husband, Offset of the rap trio Migos, danced along in the audience with group member Quavo as Cardi B worked the stage with vibrant dance moves, including the salsa.

Cardi B returned the favor, screaming happily when Migos was named favorite pop/rock duo or group, beating out Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons, later in the show.

"We did not know we was winning this at all," said Quavo, also giving a shout-out to group member Takeoff, who didn't attend the AMAs.

"I want to thank you sexy lady," Offset said, pointing to Cardi B.

Like Cardi B's performance, rising newcomer Ella Mai also won over the crowd when she sang the year's biggest R&B hit, "Boo'd Up," starting the performance as she walked down the aisle of the Microsoft Theater. Khalid, Quavo and Offset were some of the audience members dancing along, while others sang and some even filmed her with their phones.

Others who shined onstage included R&B singer Ciara, who showed off her skilled dance moves and was joined by a fierce Missy Elliott. Carrie Underwood was in perfect form vocally, and Camila Cabello — who won new artist of the year — gave a heartful, touching and vocally impressive performance of the ballad "Consequences," earning her a standing ovation.

The three-hour show closed with a rousing tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans were among the musicians who paid tribute to the Queen of Soul's gospel roots and her iconic album, "Amazing Grace."

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was also honored: He won favorite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, "17." It was days after he was named best new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, said she was honored to accept the award on behalf of her son. "I'm so nervous," Bernard said as the audience cheered her on.

Post Malone, who wore a baby blue suit and performed, won favorite pop/rock male artist, Underwood was named favorite country female artist, Khalid picked up favorite soul/R&B male artist, and Kane Brown won favorite country male artist.

Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.