Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After online naysayers took issue with her traumatized character's dearth of dialog in The Irishman, Oscar winner Anna Paquin took to Twitter to set the record straight.

She utters just six words in her 10 minutes of screen time in the film, playing the haunted adult daughter of Robert De Niro's hitman/family man character.

Some grumbled that Scorsese was somehow discriminating against Paquin and her character in his crime epic.  The U.K. newspaper The Guardian called it part of a "disturbing trend," in Hollywood, the criticism part of an article titled "Seen but not heard: Why don't women speak in The Irishman?"

Paquin was having none of it. "Nope, nobody was doing any 'ordering'" she tweeted. "I auditioned for the privilege of joining the incredible cast...and I’m incredibly proud to get to be a part of this film."

Ironically, The Piano, the film for which a then 11-year-old Paquin won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, featured an Academy Award-winning performance for her onscreen mother, Holly Hunter, who played a mute.

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Kevin Feige and Brie Larson/Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- The man at the head of the Marvel Studios has finally weighed in on Martin Scorsese's repeated disses of the studio's films as "not cinema."

"I think that's not true," producer Kevin Feige told The Hollywood Reporter, commenting on the slights from Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.  I think it's unfortunate. I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies...loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people."

Feige maintains, "Everybody has a different definition of art."

Feige, who had shepherded the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the start, has now executive-produced four of the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time.  The MCU's most recent entry, Avengers: Endgame surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time.

Scorsese insisted superhero films have no "stakes," adding in an op-ed explaining his widely-blasted opinion, that "Nothing is at risk..." in movies like Marvel's.

Feige countered, "We did [Captain America] Civil War. We had our two most popular characters get into a very serious theological and physical altercation. We killed half of our characters at the end of...[Avengers: Infinity War]. I think it's fun for us to take our success and...take risks and go in different places."

Feige also touted the upcoming The Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie, an obscure Marvel Comics title directed by a relatively unknown filmmaker, small-screen veteran Chloe Zhao.

"It is a very big movie," Feige declared.  "It is a very expensive movie. And we are making it because we believe in [Zhao's] vision and...we believe we need to continue to grow and evolve and change and push our genre forward. That's a risk if I've ever heard one."

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Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- As if being the highest grossing movie of all time wasn't enough, Avengers: Endgame topped the 2019 People's Choice Awards, which were presented Sunday night from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

The film, from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC Audio's parent company Disney, collected wins for the "The Movie of 2019," as well as "The Action Movie of 2019" -- and one of its leads, Robert Downey Jr., was honored as "The Male Movie Star of 2019."

Incidentally, the MCU also was given the nod via its hit Sony Pictures co-production Spider-Man: Far from Home, which helped Ol' Web Head himself, Tom Holland, snag the "The Action Movie Star of 2019" trophy. His co-star Zendaya was named "The Female Movie Star of 2019."

Here's the complete list of winners:

The Movie of 2019
Avengers: Endgame     

The Comedy Movie of 2019  
Murder Mystery            

The Action Movie of 2019    
Avengers: Endgame 

The Drama Movie of 2019   

The Family Movie of 2019    

The Male Movie Star of 2019          
Robert Downey Jr.         

The Female Movie Star of 2019       

The Drama Movie Star of 2019       
Cole Sprouse     

The Comedy Movie Star of 019     
Noah Centineo  

The Action Movie Star of 2019       
Tom Holland     

The Show of 2019     
Stranger Things 

The Drama Show of 2019    
Stranger Things             

The Comedy Show of 2019   
The Big Bang Theory

The Animated Movie Star of 2019  

The Reality Show of 2019    
Keeping Up with the Kardashians

The Competition Show of 2019      
America's Got Talent     

The Male TV Star of 2019     
Cole Sprouse     

The Female TV Star of 2019 
Millie Bobby Brown       

The Drama TV Star of 2019 

The Comedy TV Star of 2019
Kristen Bell

The Daytime Talk Show of 2019      
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Nighttime Talk Show of 2019  
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

The Competition Contestant of 2019        
Hannah Brown 

The Reality Star of 2019 
Khloé Kardashian          

The Bingeworthy Show of 2019     

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019    

The Male Artist of 2019       
Shawn Mendes 

The Female Artist of 2019   
Billie Eilish

The Group of 2019    

The Song of 2019      
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello -- "Señorita"

The Album of 2019    
Taylor Swift -- Lover

The Country Artist of 2019
Blake Shelton    

The Latin Artist of 2019      
Becky G 

The Music Video of 2019      
Kill This Love 

The Concert Tour of 2019   

The Social Star of 2019       
David Dobrik

The Beauty Influencer of 2019       
Bretman Rock 

The Social Celebrity of 2019
Ellen DeGeneres

The Animal Star of 2019      
Doug the Pug    

The Comedy Act of 2019       
Kevin Hart

The Style Star of 2019         
Harry Styles      

The Game Changer of 2019  
Simone Biles

The Pop Podcast of 2019      
Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley and Tanya Rad


The People's Icon Award of 2019
Jennifer Aniston

The People's Champion of 2019

The Fashion Icon of 2019
Gwen Stefani

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Vanessa Hudgens threw it all the way back to 2006 in the most relatable way possible by enjoying a quick round of drunk karaoke. She posted the evidence to her Instagram on Sunday.

Of course, she chose to tackle her biggest hit from Disney’s High School Musical -- "Breaking Free” -- which went hilariously wrong.  She shows just how dangerous it can be when one combines cocktails with a microphone by turning the originally sweet and uplifting song into something beyond recognition. 

Fans shouldn't be too offended by Vanessa’s performance, though, as she explains in the Instagram caption, "Um. Here’s a really bad, aggressive, and totally sober version of breaking free. Yep. That happened lol."

The Spring Breakers actress  is seen bobbing her head and dancing in a circle as she attempts to recall the song's lyrics, to which she shouts at times.  Luckily, some party goers lent her a hand by quietly singing along until she was back on track.

Hudgens elaborated in her caption, "it hurts my ears but also makes me laugh lol" before addressing what was probably the biggest yikes of her cover. "The “ooo yeah”. Dear lord lol," she jokes, finishing with a facepalm and rock sign emoji.

The 30-year-old definitely proves one thing, however. She knows how to have a good time, with or without a mic -- or cocktail -- in hand.  

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Reiner Bajo(NEW YORK) -- Midway, the drama based on the true story of the titular World War II Battle from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, pulled off a huge upset this weekend, topping the weekend box office by beating Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, which was favored to win the weekend.

Midway, starring Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart and Nick Jonas, beat expectations, delivering an estimated $17.5 million.  That number should swell to around $20 million with the Veterans Day holiday factored in on Monday.

In second place was Doctor Sleep. The sequel to The Shining, starring Ewan McGregor, pulled in an estimated $14.1 million -- way below the $25 million it was expected to deliver.

Playing with Fire, which debuted this weekend, also topped expectations, collecting an estimated $12.8 million, for a third place finish.  The family comedy, starring John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo, took in $2 million more than predicted.

Fourth place belonged to this week's fourth major release, the holiday rom-com Last Christmas.  Led by Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians' Henry Golding, the film from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig earned an estimated $11.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was Terminator: Dark Fate, delivering an estimated $10.8 million in its second week of release.

Finishing just outside the top five at number 6 was Joker, in its sixth week of release.  The film, spotlighting the classic Batman villain, is now just $15 million shy of reaching the $1 billion mark worldwide.  Once it does, it will become the fourth DC Comics adaptation to accomplish that, joining Aquaman, The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight.

In limited release, Honey Boy, Shia LeBeouf's semi-autobiographical drama, had an impressive opening, earning an estimated $288,825 from just four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Midway, $17.5 million
2. Doctor Sleep, $14.1 million
3. Playing With Fire, $12.8 million
4. Last Christmas, $11.6 million
5. Terminator: Dark Fate, $10.8 million
6. Joker, $9.2 million
7. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, $8 million
8. Harriet, $7.2 million
9. Zombieland 2: Double Tap, $4.3 million
10. The Addams Family, $4.2 million

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David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Internet is chock full of phony headlines.  Case in point: the rumors that Kylie Jenner sent out cease and desist letters over the use of "Rise and Shine."

Following a Friday tweet from East Coast Renaissance claiming the makeup mogul went after an Australian family's business, Kylie hit back on Sunday writing "Lies lies lies. Never did this. Wow."

Fired up, Jenner launched her own Twitter thread to set the record straight. "guys, please don’t believe everything you read. I have not sent any Rise and Shine cease and desist letters," She wrote Sunday. 

She added, "Rise and Shine was an unexpected moment.. I had a lot of fun with it, and I have laughed so hard seeing everyone’s memes since the video came out a few weeks ago."

The 22-year-old finished her thread with a concise, "there are no law suits, no cease and desist letters. Happy Sunday."

To back Kylie up, Cased Clothing -- the Australian business in question -- issued a company statement on Facebook, writing, "You may have seen CASED on the news regarding Kylie Jenner & the rise and shine slogan.  We are in no way cooperating in this drama and will be closing the website down until this all blows over.  We currently do not and have never had a problem with Kylie Jenner."

For those out of the loop, the hubbub over Jenner's "Rise and Shine" song erupted last month following a video tour of her Kylie Cosmetics Office where she includes a sweet moment of her waking her daughter, Stormi, from her nap.

While Jenner did try to trademark "Rise and Shine" and a stylized version “Riiise and Shiiinnee," after going viral, the attempts failed after the Rise-N-Shine vitamin company -- founded in 2006 -- claimed to have rights to the phrase.

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The plot of the romantic comedy Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, was inspired by the 1984 Wham! hit "Last Christmas." Thompson, who wrote the movie, tells ABC Audio that at first, she wasn't thrilled with the idea of basing an entire film on a pop song.

"Our producer said, 'Do you want a write a movie based on the song?' And I listened to the song and thought, "Ugh......Not really!'" she tells ABC Audio. But she says she and her husband then "started to talk about ways in which we could come at theme of the song from a different angle."

The result? A non-traditional romantic comedy which tackles social issues, family dynamics and self-empowerment.

"I didn't want to write a classic rom-com because I think they're a little bit out of date," admits Thompson. "And...fairytale endings don't work for me either."

In the movie, Clarke plays Kate, a young Londoner with serious health issues and very few job prospects.  Thompson says Clarke was perfect for the role.

"She's had her own kind scares in her life, so she absolutely knew what Kate had been through," Thompson explains. "And I didn't know she was as funny as she is! She's really a clown."

But don't ask if Last Christmas has what it takes to be a classic like Thompson's previous holiday rom-com, Love Actually -- because the Oscar-winner has a different goal for this film.

"What I want from this movie is for everyone to go out feeling like they've been hugged, and...feel better about everything to do with being human," Thompson says.

"We can accept and love and tolerate one another to an extraordinary degree -- and we need to remind ourselves of that."

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ABC/John Cena(LOS ANGELES) -- In the new family comedy Playing with Fire, John Cena plays a hardened smoke jumper who finds he has a soft spot for three siblings he rescues from a fire.

While the kids in the film teach his character, Fire Superintendent Jake "Supe" Carson, everything from new lingo to what emojis mean, Cena says working with the child actors gave him some lessons of his own -- namely, how to be patient.

“Most times as adults, we just want to…go to work, we want to get our work done well,” Cena tells ABC Audio. “When as a four- and eight-year-old you just want to…find out about what's going on around you and I think that's extremely awesome quality to have a lot of us forget.”

He adds, “So that was the best takeaway, was just a reinforcement of like, hey, if these people aren't totally focused on the task at hand, that's because they're really enamored with life. And that's super special.”

Not only that, but by playing a first responder, Cena gained a new understanding of the profession. He also donated $500,000 to the first responders battling the current California wildfires.

“I've been like, wow, these people are my heroes. And it just so happens that due to the unfortunate set of circumstances just going on in California, my heroes need help," he says. "So not only is this movie giving me great joy, but it's also giving me a sense of great purpose as to who I look up to for inspiration and why and be a person of action, not just idle words."

Playing with Fire -- also starring Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Judy Greer -- hits theaters today.

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Adult Swim(NEW YORK) -- After a nearly two-year break, the beloved, Emmy-winning animated series Rick and Morty returns Sunday night.

Part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup, the fourth season premiere airs at 11:30 p.m.

For the uninitiated, the show stars the voices of co-creator Justin Roiland as both lead characters: Rick, a brilliant sociopathic, substance-abusing scientist, and Morty, his awkward grandson, whom Rick drags along on on inter-dimensional adventures across space and time.

In past episodes, the pair have saved the planet from an American Idol-like show in which a species of giant alien heads vaporize the planet of the losing finalists, and in one of the show's more "grounded" episodes, Rick turned himself into a pickle just to avoid a family therapy session.

Chris Parnell plays Morty's "sad-sack" of a dad, Jerry. He calls Roiland a "genius," and says he's constantly floored by what Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon and their writers come up with.

"They're amazing," the Saturday Night Live and Archer veteran says. "With Rick and Morty, you know, they can go anywhere in the universe. They've set up such a great premise. You've got a family there that you can relate to...however dysfunctional they may be, and then they can go off to other dimensions where you can do anything you can imagine."

Parnell says of his character, "[H]e's a bit of a loser. He generally means well, but yes, he's a little pitiful, you know. He generally tries to do the best he can, I think. But that's that's not amazing. He does love Beth and he cares about his kids. He resents Rick a lot, understandably. Yeah. He's a fun guy to play."

Five episodes of season four will roll out this year, starting with Sunday night's "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat." The show centers on the pair's recovering fate-predicting crystals from a remote planet -- and the consequences of Morty's swiping one.

Rick and Morty's regular cast includes Sarah Chalke and Spencer Grammer, though season four will also feature the voices of Paul Giamatti, Sam Neill, Kathleen Turner and Taika Waititi.

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Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The romantic comedy Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, is in theaters today. It was inspired by the 1984 Wham! hit "Last Christmas," and the entire soundtrack is made up of Wham! and George Michael hits.  Thompson, who also wrote the film, says the George gave the movie his blessing before his death, and also appreciated that it touches on real-world issues.

"During the development of the project, I met with George and told him the story that we had, and he loved it, and he was particularly thrilled about all the stuff [in the movie] about homelessness," Thompson tells ABC Audio. "Because he [had] a passionate social conscience."

The movie is a great opportunity for younger fans to discover George's music, which Thompson, Henry Golding and, according to them, everyone in the U.K. loves. 

"There's a tune or track of his that follows you throughout life," says Golding. "And George was one of those magnificent people who wrote from the heart. He created melodies that would last a lifetime, and left us with something so, so special."

Thompson, meanwhile, admires how George's music evolved from Wham!'s pop hits to deeper material like "Praying for Time."  When the late singer finally came to terms with his sexuality, she notes, "His music just became remarkable."

The film's end credits feature an unreleased song by George called "This Is How (We Want You to Get High)." Thompson personally chose it from several offered to her because, she says, it mirrors the movie's theme.

As she puts it, "It's about looking up into the world and getting the highs that we get -- not from the dopamine hit that you get from your social media...but getting it from looking into each other's eyes." 

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- After initially saying she wasn't interested in doing a sequel to Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed horror Us, Lupita Nyong'o now says she's may have had a change of heart.

In an interview Indie Wire, the Oscar winning actress says she'd be up to reprise her role as Adelaide Wilson and her doppelgänger Red in the film.

"Well, never say never, because the minute you say ‘no,’ that’s exactly what’s going to happen,” she said. “So maybe I’ll say, absolutely, yeah, just so that karma doesn’t come to bite me in the butt.”

Nyong'o explains she initially said "no" to doing a sequel because the first film took an "emotional toll" on her.

“It cost me a lot, but it also offered me a lot, and I grew so much,” she said.

Still, the actress has one caveat to do the film: she'd only return if Peele wants her back.

"Ultimately, I really do love the work we created together, and how imaginative it is,” Nyong’o said. “Obviously, I’m in love with Jordan’s mind and the work that comes out of it. And in this case, that includes the role that he bestowed on me.”

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Disney(NEW YORK) -- Hard to believe America first fell in love with Frozen six years ago.  Now, in just a few short weeks, its long awaited sequel finally arrives in theaters and aims to answer questions that were left unresolved in the original movie, such as the mystery surrounding Queen Elsa's powers.

Thursday was the red carpet premiere of Frozen 2 and ABC News caught up with stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff -- who play Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff, respectively -- in hopes to squeeze some new information about the highly anticipated film out of them.

While the actors remained tight lipped about details surrounding the plot, Menzel divulged a little about what's in store next for Elsa.

"In the first movie she was fearful and ashamed that she might endanger the people that she loved with her powers," She began before excitedly revealing, "And in this movie, there's a sense of her that really wants to step into her power and own it."

Elsa wrestled with her powers in the first film and came to fear them after her parents urged her to conceal them, even from her little sister Anna.  Bell, who plays Anna, revealed that Frozen 2 confronts the "mistakes that their families made" which "affects the future of their kingdom."  

She also promises the film is full of "uncharted territory."

Groff, who plays Anna's romantic partner Kristoff, eagerly revealed that Frozen 2 pushes the main characters in a completely new direction.  "The filmmakers did a beautiful job of evolving the character like, reminding you why you loved the characters and then taking them to places that, even as a person that was in the movie, were completely surprising to me," he gushed.  "Its a beautiful film." 

Frozen 2 arrives in theaters November 22.  Disney is the parent company of ABC Audio.

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Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Doctor Sleep -- The film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name -- the sequel to The Shining -- centers on an adult Danny Torrence, played by Ewan McGregor, still dealing with the trauma of the Overlook Hotel, as well as a drinking problem that temporarily dulls his "shining" powers.  Those powers return with sobriety and he uses them to help a girl, played by newcomer by Kyliegh Curran, who shares his powers, and is the target of a group with similar abilities. Also starring is Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis.  Rated R.

* Last Christmas -- Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's romantic comedy stars Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as a cynical Christmas store worker who keeps running into and eventually falls for a overly cheerful man, portrayed by Crazy Rich Asians standout Henry Golding.  Emma Thompson, who wrote the script, also co-stars, along with Michelle Yeoh.  Rated PG-13.

* Midway -- Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart and Nick Jonas star in Independence Day director Roland Emmerich's drama based on the true story of the titular World War II Battle -- told from the perspective of the soldiers who fought it -- in which the U.S. Navy dealt a crushing blow to the Imperial Japanese Navy, six months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.  Rated PG-13.

* Playing with Fire -- This family comedy follows John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo as a group of firemen forced to watch over three children separated from their parents in an accident.  Also starring Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, and Judy Greer.  Rated PG.

* Better Days – This foreign language thriller follows a bullied teen and a small-time criminal that fate brought together.  But, before they can retreat into their own world, both are dragged into the middle of a murder investigation that will forever change their lives.  Not rated.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Honey Boy -- Shia LaBeouf wrote and stars in this drama based on his childhood and his relationship with his father.  Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe and FKA Twigs also star.  Rated R.

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Normally, Chrissy Teigen is the one humbling others on Twitter.  This time around, she found herself on the receiving end when a cute anecdote about her mother completely backfired on Thursday.

The Bring the Funny judge riled up fans when she tweeted about her mother's weird relationship with technology. "My mom treats her air pods like they're disposable. buys a few a month. she says they would be easier to not lose if they had....a cord," she wrote Wednesday.

Unfortunately for her, the joke fell flat as fans were quick to point out how her tweet came across as insensitive.  While some reminded Teigen that not everyone has the luxury of affording multiple pairs of air pods a month, others seemed disturbed about the tweet's environmental implications.

The former model was quick to own up to her words and offered a lengthy apology on Thursday.  "I didn’t realize how many people were super pissed off about this," she remarked on Twitter before explaining, "It was meant as a joke (and exaggeration) about how my mom doesn’t realize air pods are with a cord are headphones but it came across as super tone deaf and icky."

Teigen then made a pledge to her fans in a follow-up tweet, "I promise I will not always say the right thing in the right way but I also promise I hate disappointing or pissing you guys off. I’m sorry and I will do better to not be such an a******."

While some of Chrissy's followers were appeased by her apology, others urged her to set a better example by becoming more familiar with poverty and environmental issues.

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Disney Channel/Tony Rivetti(ORLANDO) -- The performers for Disney's annual lineup of holiday specials have been announced, so set your DVRs.

First up, it's The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, which will air Thursday, November 28. Hosted by former Glee star Matthew Morrison and Spice Girl Emma Bunton, the show features performances from Disney World and Disneyland from Sting and Shaggy, Pentatonix, "Feel It Still" band Portugal. The Man, Lindsey Stirling, and a duet between Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer.  Former Fifth Harmony singer and current Dancing with the Stars standout Ally Brooke will also perform.

Next up, it's Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World, airing December 13 on the Disney Channel.  Pentatonix and Shaggy will both perform on that show.

Finally, it's the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade, airing December 25 on ABC.  It also features Matthew Morrison and Emma Bunton,  joined by black-ish star Marsai Martin and The Lion King star JD McCrary.

Performers on that show also include Sting and Shaggy, each performing solo, Pentatonix, Ingrid Michaelson teaming with Grace VanderWaal for a duet, Portugal. The Man and Ally Brooke.

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