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Picture this: You're a 12-year-old performer, standing on the national TV spotlight, and you've just been told you won $1 million dollars and a headlining spot in a Vegas show. 

Yeah, you cry, even if everyone around you (comedian Preacher Lawson and musician Chase Goehring, in particular, plus millions of video views) told you that you'd win.

At least that's exactly what singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer did Wednesday night when she was crowned America's Got Talent champion. As she described it to USA TODAY after the show,

"It was waterworks right here on this face. It was like a water faucet."

Farmer had a hard time keeping it together when she was standing next to her friend, singer and runner-up Angelica Hale, because her feelings had been "all bottled up inside, because I felt so loved on my AGT journey... and it just all came out."

That is, until her family ran onstage to embrace her, and she noticed her younger brother had tears in his eyes, too.  usatoday.com
Rapper XXXTentacion is under fire after releasing a disturbing music video featuring a Caucasian boy being lynched on a stage as an African-American boy looks on.

The video “Look At Me!" debuted on Tuesday and features imagery depicting police brutality, violent protests, and the 19-year-old Florida-based rapper placing a white child’s head in a noose on stage in front of a crowded theater and then hoisting him up into the air.

The child’s feet are shown dangling and twitching and then they suddenly stop.

The casting director of the video LaShawnna Stanley told that finding parents who would allow their child to be hanged on stage was a challenge.

“We had to delay the video because the mom that originally agreed and said okay but when she got there she didn’t feel comfortable.  We delayed for a week,” said Stanley. foxnews.com
Four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated are accused of kidnapping a Washington state concertgoer while on its "Double Homicide" tour.

Cops in California busted the bandmates early Saturday after their Friday night performance wrapped up in Santa Ana, according to Spokane authorities.

Spokane police Cpl. Teresa Fuller said the woman attended their concert at The Pin venue in Spokane the night of Aug. 31 and reported her kidnapping hours later around 2 a.m.

She was not immediately identified and it’s unclear where she was taken during the alleged kidnapping.

Police identified the arrested performers as Polish nationals Michal Lysejko, 27, Waclaw Kieltyka, 35, Rafal Piotrowski, 31, and Hubert Wiecek, 30.

The group is being held on kidnapping charges at the Los Angeles County Jail pending their extradition back to Spokane. nydailynews.com
The MTV Video Music Awards are always a big night for pop music, but were also dominated by political statements at a fiery show in Los Angeles.

Artists spoke out against white supremacy and urged suicide awareness during the awards on Sunday night.

Transgender military personnel attended, days after President Donald Trump signed a directive to ban them.

Kendrick Lamar was the night's big winner, picking up six awards including video of the year for HUMBLE.

Ed Sheeran was named Artist of the Year and Fifth Harmony got the Best Pop Video award for Down.

Taylor Swift was a no-show - perhaps wise given her history with awards host Katy Perry - but won best collaboration for her track with Zayn, I Don't Wanna Live Forever. bbc.com
Taylor Swift isn’t staying quiet any more.

After six months of staying under the radar (save for one very public courtroom battle against former radio host David Mueller who was found guilty by a jury of assaulting the star in 2013), the Grammy winner, 27, is facing the haters head-on with her new single “Look What You Made Me Do.”

From her feuds with Katy Perry and Kimye to a snake-like image curated by a critical public, the star appears to take on all of the biggest headlines from the last several years of her life.

As soon as the song dropped, fans latched onto the specific lyrics “I don’t like your little games / I don’t like your tilted stage” and “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now / Why? ‘Cause she’s dead.”

Though she doesn’t mention Kanye West by name, the rapper used a tilted stage while on his Saint Pablo tour. people.com
Joey Bada$$ is touring his new album All Amerikkkan Bada$$ in the States but he's had to cancel a string of shows and it might be because he was staring into the sun during Monday's solar eclipse.

The rapper was kinda bragging on twitter that he was gazing into the phenomenon without protective eyewear, you know, the one thing news outlets and scientists were saying is exactly what you should NOT do.

Now, history has taught us that "unforeseen circumstances" is music industry parlance for literally anything so it's possible there's other reasons at work.

But plenty of folks are already putting two and two together and dragging him as #JoeyBlinda$$ and #JoeyBadeyes.

Plus, "unforeseen" is probably not the best choice of words.

Rest up, Joey, we know a good optometrist if you need. abc.net.au
Canadian pipsqueak Justin Bieber may have successfully turned around his reputation by staying out of the headlines and converting millions of cynical pop fans by releasing uncomfortably decent music, but his good behaviour tour hasn't yet worked on the Chinese government, who have banned the star from performing in the country.

When a Chinese Bieber fan contacted the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture to ask why her idol hasn't been seen in the country for several years, despite scheduling dates in nearby Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines on the Asian leg of his latest world tour, they were met with a friendly if firm response.

"Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer," the bureau told the fan in a statement.

"In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers. telegraph.co.uk
An up-and-coming French singer collapsed and died during a festival concert, likely after being electrocuted

Barbara Weldens, 35, was singing at the Festival Léo Ferré in a church in the village of Goudron in the southwest region of Lot, France, on Wednesday when she collapsed after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest.

While the cause of death is still unknown, it is believed that she was electrocuted while performing.

Weldens was performing barefoot and had a live recording device on stage, according to Le Depeche.  

Police have launched an investigation into her death but have not speculated on the circumstances.

They are reportedly analyzing several videos taken the night of the festival as part of the investigation. dailymail.co.uk
Luis Fonsi's Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time, just six months after it was released.

The hit single has been played 4.6 billion times across all streaming services, overtaking Justin Bieber's Sorry, which previously held the title.

"What's happened with this song is just insane," said Fonsi, who hails from Puerto Rico and sings in Spanish.

The 39-year-old said the global success of his song - which has reached number one in 35 countries, including the UK - gave him hope in the current political climate. bbc.com
Adele has bad news for fans: She's canceled the two shows left on her world tour due to damaged vocal cords.

The pop star wrote an emotional open letter about the decision, saying that after struggling the past two nights on stage at London's Wembley Stadium, she saw a doctor and received a devastating diagnosis.

After 121 shows around the globe, "it turns out I have damaged my vocal cords," she wrote in a note on Twitter. 

"And on medical advice I simply am unable to perform over the weekend.

To say I'm heartbroken would be a complete understatement."

I've considered doing Saturday night's show but it's highly unlikely I'd even make it through the set and I simply can't crumble in front of you all and walk out on you in that way." usatoday.com