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The Daily Dish [Buffalo News (NY)]

November 5, 2013

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Swift to get Pinnacle Award

The Country Music Association Awards aren't until Wednesday, but Taylor Swift is already a winner.

The CMA will present Swift its Pinnacle Award, given to an artist who has achieved worldwide success and recognition that's unique to country music.Garth Brooks is the only other performer to win the award. It was created in 2005.

Swift is the top nominee at Wednesday's awards, airing live at 8 p.m. on ABC. She has six nominations along with Kacey Musgraves and is going for a third entertainer of the year award.

Swift will perform on the awards show with Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken.

Stars to honor teen volunteers

Josh Hutcherson and Queen Latifah will help honor four teenagers at the awards show founded by Nick Cannon, which is set to be broadcast live for the first time.

Nickelodeon announced Monday that the "Hunger Games" actor and rapper-actress will present trophies at the fifth annual TeenNick HALO Awards, which recognize teen volunteers for outstanding community service. "Pretty Little Liars" star Shay Mitchell and pro basketball player Chris Paul will also present awards during the ceremony Nov. 17 in the Hollywood Palladium, which will be broadcast live on Nick at Nite.

Cannon says HALO, which stands for Helping And Leading Others, aims to "continue the conversations about issues that impact teens today and empower young people to take action and make a difference."

This year's honorees are involved with causes such as transgender rights, autism awareness, urban revitalization and girls' education.

Obama to screen Mandela film

The Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" will get an audience from President Obama and a screening in the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Weinstein Co. tells the Associated Press that Obama will screen the film Thursday in the White House. Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela will join, as will the film's stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

The film will also screen Nov. 20 in the Kennedy Center, with Clinton hosting the gala.

Though there have been other films about the former South African president, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" has long had Mandela's approval and the cooperation of his family.

"Mandela" opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 29.

Barrymore expecting No. 2

Drew Barrymore is expanding her brood.

A spokesman for the 38-year-old entertainer says Barrymore and her husband, Will Kopelman, are expecting their second child.

Publicist Chris Miller offered no other details Monday.

Barrymore and Kopelman, who were married in June of 2012, are already parents to a daughter, 13-month-old Olive.

Kopelman, the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman, is an art consultant.

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