Taylor Swift became the youngest winner ever of Songwriter of the Year at last night's BMI Awards in Nashville. Taylor looked great in her Z Spoke by Zac Posen dress and got choked up on stage talking about a friend who recently passed away. She also took home Song of the Year for "You Belong With Me" making it quite the week for Taylor and that's before tonight's big CMAs where she's up for best Female Vocalist. Taylor just racked up even more nods with two People's Choice nominations, though she can't celebrate immediately with Jake Gyllenhaal who is off dodging questions about their relationship in London. Taylor will reportedly sing "Back to December" during this evening's show and Gwyneth Paltrow will perform her country single for the first time — does that encourage you to tune in? Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were also out yesterday after joining Gwyneth and Leighton Meester for Monday's Tennessee premiere of Country Strong. The whole group will be back together in a few short hours to celebrate what's touted as the genre's biggest event.
- Diane Sawyer will replace Charles Gibson as the anchor on World News. — Variety
- Megan Mullally has joined the cast of Party Down. — The Hollywood Reporter
- Lena Headey will star in HBO's new fantasy series called Game of Thrones. — Reuters
- Mad Men has been renewed for a fourth season. — The Hollywood Reporter
- American Idol's Danny Gokey has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and RCA Nashville. — Billboard
- Rashida Jones and Chris Messina will star in the indie romantic comedy Monogamy. — Reuters
- Avril Lavigne will be a guest judge on American Idol. — Zap2it
- Paul W.S. Anderson has a 3D Musketeers movie in the works. — Coming Soon
- HBO will air Boardwalk Empire, a series produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Steve Buscemi. — Variety
Danny Gokey was an early favorite on American Idol this season, but his path stopped just short of the finale when he was eliminated on Wednesday. This morning, he spoke with reporters about his big post-Idol dreams: the Milwaukee-based singer said he wants to "start a movement" with his music, combining it with the goals of Sophia's Heart Foundation, which he started in honor of his late wife. He also sized up Kris and Adam heading into next week's finale and clarified that no, he's not taking money from LensCrafters for making that heart symbol with his hands. Here are highlights:
- On the pressure of being an early favorite: "I felt like I had so much on me in the beginning of the show that I had to outdo myself every week. . . . I'm still growing as a musician, yet people expect this to come out of me, and I felt at times like I just wasn't there yet. . . . Maybe people got disappointed, like, 'Man, I thought you were better than that.'"
- On his much-discussed "Dream On" scream: "I was actually thinking about that this morning — I was like, maybe that was kind of like the downfall. I really wanted to have a big song that week and I took a big risk. . . . So late in the competition, you don't want to have a performance like that. Everything in that performance was good up to that point."
- On sizing up Kris and Adam for the finale: "Kris, you know, obviously he's really artistic, and Adam has a way on the show of capturing the audience. . . . This competition is not over yet. I feel like it's going to be a very tight race this next week. . . . One thing in my book about Kris is that he's very mellow, and that's one character trait I've always wanted. I'm an intense personality at times. Adam, he's just a great guy. I really can't fault him on anything. I think Adam is who he is onstage and who he is offstage. He's very creative — he lives creative, he dresses creative, he talks from that perspective."
- On what he learned about himself from Idol: "I learned a lot about how pressure has an effect on a person. For me, this whole experience, I learned to overcome things in my life — overcome insecurities, overcome doubts. Sometimes you really didn't want to go out on that stage — I felt maybe unprepared, or 'Wow, is anyone going to like what I'm doing?' When I had the good performances, especially this past week, I was so thankful."
To see what Gokey had to say about making his Idol songs fit his style, what his album might sound like, and what he hopes his musical future will be, just read more
Wednesday night was a big one on American Idol, as we learned which of the final three guys would advance to next week's big finale. Would it be the perpetually safe Danny Gokey? The longtime favorite Adam Lambert? The dark horse Kris Allen? With more than 80 million votes, and only a million between the top two, it was quite a struggle for the final two spots. To talk about who got them, just read more