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Taylor Swift won the right this week to perform her hits at the American Music Awards, after she accused music executive Scooter Braun of “exercising tyrannical control” over her catalog. Braun acquired Swift’s label, Big Machine Records, this summer for $300 million, and Swift—whom the AMA is honoring as “Artist of the Decade”—said he wouldn’t let her sing pre-2019 music for TV. The message, Swift said, was to “be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.” She asked her 200 million–plus social media followers, dubbed “Swifties,” to contact Braun, and his Nashville office shut down after being deluged with calls. Big Machine complained that Swift endangered its staff by weaponizing her fan base, but later said it had come to an agreement for Swift to include her older hits in live performances.
A surprise tryout for Colin Kaepernick imploded last week, after the quarterback alleged that the NFL demanded he agree not to file any additional discrimination lawsuits. Kaepernick, 32, has been shunned by every team for three years since he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality; after suing, he recently received a settlement from the NFL. To the surprise of many, the league invited him to display his skills in front of scouts—but no media or cameras. But 15 minutes before the workout, Kaepernick’s agent said the NFL had insisted he sign a waiver, so he moved the practice to a high school 60 miles away. Eight teams sent officials to watch Kaepernick throw passes, with one executive saying he displayed “elite” arm strength. “I’ve been ready for three years,” said Kaepernick.
George Conway still loves his wife, Kellyanne, and wants the marriage to work, but says she’ll have to leave the Trump “cult” first, Vanity Fair reported last week. Sources told the magazine that the couple have grown “increasingly distant” since George, a “Never Trump” Republican attorney, began relentlessly criticizing President Trump as a mentally ill narcissist who should be impeached. In private, the couple rarely talk about Trump, but George tells friends the marriage is “not going to get better until she’s cast out of the cult.” ■