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EMMY- AND TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS ANDREA MARTIN JOINS ALL-STAR ‘HAIRSPRAY LIVE!’ CAST – Two-time Emmy and Tony Award winner Andrea Martin has been added to the all-star cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, as part of the stellar line-up that includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio, and special guest stars Sean Hayes and Rosie O’Donnell. Martin will play Prudy Pingleton, Penny Pingleton’s (Ariana Grande) overprotective and often close-minded mother who doesn’t approve of her daughter being best friends with a rebel like Tracy Turnblad. – Read more at NBCumv

The Voice Winner Alisan Porter Speaking and Performing at the UN’s World Humanitarian Day Friday August 19 – Tomorrow I head to the big apple for a really incredible event. I will be representing mothers on World Humanitarian Day at the UN. I’ll be speaking and performing on behalf of all mothers but specifically a woman named Hala, who fled Syria with her children. I’m honored and humbled to be of service to my craft and to the bravest people I know, moms. – More at Instagram

ALICIA KEYS AND MAREN MORRIS SET TO MEET AT THE “CMT CROSSROADS” FOR EPISODE TO AIR IN DECEMBER – Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Alicia Keys will make her CMT debut with a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” with newcomer Maren Morris, the Nashville singer/songwriter who has taken the country world by storm. Keys and Morris will tape the episode in Nashville and it will air Friday, December 2 at 10pm ET/PT. – Read more at CMTPress.com

The Voice’s Meghan Linsey Is Raising Money to Aid Louisiana Flood Victims: How You Can Help – The Voice season eight runner-up Meghan Linsey is taking a break from making new music to contribute to a cause close to her heart. The Ponchatoula, Louisiana, native has pledged to help the residents of her flood-ravaged home state in a very big and personal way. Linsey has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the victims and has organized a donation drive in Nashville. She will motor a truckload of offerings to Louisiana herself, and has also pledged to support the area’s animal shelters, which are caring for thousands of animals under extreme conditions. She talked to Parade about her efforts. Click to Check out the GoFundMe Campaign. – Read more at Parade

How Chris Young and Cassadee Pope’s Friendship Survived the ‘Worst Thing That Can Happen’ on Stage – Pope, 26, told the story on herself – and apologized again – at the duo’s No. 1 party on Tuesday in Nashville. “I promise always to make it on stage for my verse,” Pope sheepishly vowed to Young and the hundreds gathered to celebrate the song in the Country Music Hall of Fame rotunda. “Sorry about that one time. Let me reiterate – one time that I didn’t make it on stage,one time.” – Read more at People

Catching Up With Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs – Musically speaking, do either of you have anything coming out that fans should keep an ear out for? Kellie: We just went in the studio and recorded a new Christmas song for my Selma Drye interior line. Kyle: It’s going to be beautiful. She sang so well. Kellie: And you’ve been working with Lee Brice in the studio. Kyle: Yeah, we’re going to have a new album coming out soon. It’s going to be one of my favorites. Will there be any musical moments in Season 2? Kellie: We perform at the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit. And we go to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital at the Ryan Seacrest Studio to perform for the kids and their families. We did that with Ken and Andi — or “Huck and Lily,” as they go by. They have a great children’s record, and we got to sing those songs for the kids. – Read more at CMT.com

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