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May 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Arsenio Hall wins 'Celebrity Apprentice'

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Comedian Arsenio Hall beat out singer Clay Aiken in the season finale of the business-themed competition series, "The Celebrity Apprentice," in New York.

In announcing the winner Sunday night, "Apprentice" judge and producer Donald Trump praised Hall for his management style and business acumen.

"Arsenio Hall clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a winner," Trump said. "As the new Celebrity Apprentice, he represents all the qualities necessary to follow through and come out on top with very significant winnings for his charity, Magic Johnson Foundation. Arsenio was smart and a good team player. He proved he had a winning strategy to make it through the grueling schedule. I congratulate him on his win -- Arsenio's a star all the way and clearly back on top."

"Allow me to begin by saying, 'Woof Woof Woof!' This has been an amazing experience," said Hall. "I can't wait to deliver this $250,000 check to my friend 'Erv' [Magic] for The Magic Johnson Foundation -- it's a dream to be able to support the important work they do on a daily basis and I am humbled to be able to contribute to their ongoing mission. Working with Mr. Trump and his incredible staff on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' has been an honor. And last but never least -- I want to congratulate my lil' brother Clay because tonight WE are both truly winners! Reality's Batman and Robin! I will always treasure that friendship."

Including the top prize, Hall raised a total of $522,100 throughout the show's season for the Magic Johnson Foundation, which helps people living with HIV and AIDS.

Hall, 56, is the first African-American star to win on the show, the New York Daily News said.


Adele, LMFAO win big at Billboard Awards

LAS VEGAS, May 21 (UPI) -- British soul singer Adele won 12 prizes, including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album, at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

She also earned the honors for Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Pop Album for "21," Top Alternative Song and Top Streaming Song for "Rolling in the Deep," Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Digital Media Artist and Top Pop Artist.

The pop pair LMFAO won six awards. They took home the Top Duo/Group prize, as well as the awards for Hot 100 Song of the Year, Top Pop Song, Top Dance Song, Top Rap Song and Top Digital Song for "Party Rock Anthem."

Coldplay and Lil Wayne each won four awards, while Casting Crowns, Jason Aldean and Lady Gaga each received two.

Lil Wayne was named Top Male Artist, Wiz Khalifa Top New Artist, Chris Brown Top R&B Artist, Justin Bieber Top Social Artist, Rihanna Top Streaming Artist, Lady Antebellum Top Country Artist, Lady Gaga Top Dance Artist, and Coldplay Top Rock Artist and Top Alternative Artist.


Jimmy Buffett brings the party back home

NEW ORLEANS, May 21 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett says opening a Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant in Biloxi, Miss., has special meaning for him.

"Biloxi was the first place I ever made a dollar professionally," Buffett said Sunday in New Orleans.

The 65-year-old Mississippi native has 26 albums, three No. 1 New York Times best-selling books and developed the Margaritaville Cafe and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain.

"Actually growing up down there, it's a big part of my family history and musical history," Buffett said.

"And then you throw in a couple of hurricanes and an oil spill ... I care enough about this place to have wanted to do something to help recover from those things, and that's how [the casino] came about."

Buffett said the waterfront complex, which opens Tuesday, will feature special indigenous touches, including memorabilia.

The singer hits the road with his Coral Reefer Band May 30. He plans to record a new album this fall.


Part of Jobs film to be shot in Los Altos house, garage

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- Scenes from Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs film will be shot in the actual Los Altos, Calif., house where Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple, producers said.

Kutcher will play Jobs, the iconic Silicon Valley visionary, in the bio-picture, "jOBS," which is to begin principal photography in June.

The film covers Jobs from his early years as an "impressionable youth and wayward hippie, through his initial successes and infamous ousting, to his storybook return and ultimate triumphs as a man who set out to change the world and did just that," said a synopsis from Five Star Feature Films.

The film is to be released in late fall.

Jobs, the computer genius who helped revolutionize the communication and entertainment industries, died of cancer in October. He was 56.

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