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Joni Mitchell debuts at Grammys, performs hit ‘Both Sides Now’ with Brandi Carlile

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Joni Mitchell makes Grammys debut performing ‘Both Sides Now’ with Brandi Carlile

Joni Mitchell performed at the Grammy awards Sunday night in Los Angeles for the first time in her career.

The legendary folk singer,
who turned 80 years old in November, performed alongside Brandi Carlile at the Crypto.com Arena.

Mitchell also earned her 10th Grammy award for best folk album.

“Joni just turned 80 my friends, but we all know she’s time-less and we’re so lucky that history remembers any of us,” Carlile said about her pal. “One thing I know for sure is that I will remember we live in the time of Joni Mitchell.”

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Jay-Z criticizes Grammys in defense of wife Beyoncé

Jay-Z addressed the Grammy Recording Academy’s voting members while accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award Sunday.

After praising Dr. Dre for “all the doors” that he opened in the industry, Jay-Z noted that his wife, Beyoncé has never won album of the year despite being the artist to earn the most wins in Grammy history.

“I don’t want to embarrass this young lady, but she has more Grammys than everyone and never won album of the year,” he said.

“So even by your own metrics, that doesn’t work. Think about that. The most Grammys. Never won album of the year. That doesn’t work.” 

Jay-Z has earned 24 Grammy awards throughout his career.

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Annie Lennox calls for ceasefire during Sinéad O’Connor in-memoriam tribute

Annie Lennox called for a ceasefire during a tribute to the late Sinéad O’Connor at the Grammy awards Sunday.

Lennox performed “Nothing Compares 2 U,” a song originally recorded by Prince and later O’Connor.

O’Connor died in July of natural causes. She was 56.

At the end of the performance, Lennox raised her left hand in the air and said, “Artists for ceasefire, peace in the world.”

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Stevie Wonder duets with video recording of late Tony Bennett during Grammys in-memoriam

Stevie Wonder sat at the piano and performed alongside a video recording of Tony Bennett to open the Grammy awards in-memoriam presentation.

The “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” singer died in July. He was 96

“Tony, I’m gonna miss you forever. I love you always,” Wonder said.

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Taylor Swift announces new album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

Taylor Swift announced the release date of her new album, “Tortured Poets Department.”

“I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the last two years which is that my brand new album comes out April 19,” she told the crowd while accepting the Grammy award for best pop vocal album.

Swift revealed the album artwork on Instagram moments later, and wrote, “All’s fair in love and poetry…”

“This is my 13th Grammy, which is my lucky number,” she told the audience. “I don’t know if I’ve ever told you that.” She explained that she wanted to celebrate by “telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the past two years.”

Fox News Digital’s Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

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Lainey Wilson wins first Grammy award

Lainey Wilson won her first Grammy award Sunday night at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Calif.

Wilson said that her album, “Bell Bottom Country,” has “truly changed my life.”

Following her win, Wilson said she’s been in a “whirlwind.”

“I’ve been trying to keep one foot on the ground at all times. I do feel like I’ve got a lot of people in my life who help me do that,” she told Fox News Digital.

“A lot of people who keep me really humble, and that means Facetimes backstage after you win an award with your family, the people who know you, who know the real you. It’s been crazy. I mean this last year, we played 180 something shows. We have grinded it out.”

Wilson added, “We said we were going to do something, we showed up, and we did it, because that’s the kind of person that my momma and daddy raised
. And I know they’re very very proud of me tonight.”

Fox News Digital’s Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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Rapper Killer Mike detained at Grammys after taking home 3 pre-ceremony awards: report

Rapper Killer Mike was reportedly detained by authorities at the Crypto.com Arena on Sunday where the Grammy awards are being held, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

The outlet first shared a video of a man being lead through the building in handcuffs, and reported on X that the incident was “a misdemeanor and has nothing to do with anything that happened today here inside the arena. Likely he will be released once it’s sorted” adding a source stated “It’s a big nothing.”

“Just after 4 p.m. this afternoon, a male adult was detained by police for a physical altercation that occurred inside the Crypto arena,” officials told Fox News Digital. “An individual was handcuffed and removed from the event where he’s currently being questioned by authorities. The identity of that individual will not be provided until an arrest is made and the individual is booked.”

In the pre-show ceremony, Killer Mike won all three categories he was nominated in: best rap song and best rap performance for his song “Scientists & Engineers,” and best rap album for “Michael,” released in June.

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Flash flood warning issued in Los Angeles, including downtown LA where the Grammys are happening

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in Los Angeles, including the downtown area where the Grammy awards are being hosted at the Crypto.com Arena.

Forecasters have predicted the Southern California region may receive up to 15 inches of rain on coastal ranges, and 6 feet of snow in the mountains.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom even declared a State of Emergency for several counties in Southern California to support storm response and recovery efforts. 

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Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman receive standing ovation for ‘Fast Car’ performance at Grammys

Tracy Chapman returned to the stage for the first time in years to perform her 1988 hit “Fast Car” with Luke Combs at the Grammy awards.

Combs released a cover of Chapman’s hit song in 2023.

Kelly Clarkson
and Oprah were just a few of the many stars to give the duo a standing ovation at the Crypto.com Arena on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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Miley Cyrus wins first Grammy award


Miley Cyrus
earned her first Grammy award on Sunday.

Mariah Carey presented Cyrus with the trophy for best pop solo performance for “Flowers,” her debut single from her eighth studio album, “Endless Summer Vacation.”

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Trevor Noah tells Taylor Swift haters: ‘Let her live’

Trevor Noah opened the 66th annual Grammy awards Sunday night with a message to Taylor Swift fans.

The comedian noted that it’s “unfair” that the “Midnights” singer receives any backlash for her relationship with Super Bowl bound football player Travis Kelce.

Every time they mention Taylor Swift, I’m gonna get revenge,” Noah told the audience before calling out Terry Crewes. “You better fix your face, Terry. No relaxing for you.”

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Taylor Swift rocks white strapless dress for historic Grammy awards

Taylor Swift arrived in style at the Grammy awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The
“Cruel Summer” singer
sauntered down the red carpet wearing an ethereal white dress with elbow-length black gloves.

Swift may make history tonight and become the first artist to win album of the year four times with her “Midnights” catalog.

Taylor’s nominated for a total of six Grammy awards.

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Jelly Roll talks road to Grammys: ‘No way I’m winning tonight’

Jelly Roll was in his element at the Grammy awards Sunday.

The country star was excited to be around his people, but was certain he wasn’t about to receive an award.

“No way I’m winning tonight,” he told Fox News Digital on the red carpet.

“We’re here to represent and not win. What I know is more people are excited I’m here than I thought were going to be excited I’m here, so I’m excited I’m here.”

Fox News Digital’s Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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Miley Cyrus rocks sheer gold gown at the Grammys

Miley Cyrus dared to bare on the
Grammys red carpet
Sunday.

The “Wrecking Ball” singer showed some serious skin wearing an out-of-this-world gold metal dress with a pair of Christian Louboutin for Maison Margiela heels.

Her dark brown hair was teased high into voluminous waves and she emphasized her cheekbones with dark contour.

Cyrus is nominated for six Grammy awards, including album of the year for “Endless Summer Vacation.”

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Billie Eilish wins Grammy for ‘Barbie’ song

Billie Eilish
and brother Finneas O’Connell earned an early Grammy award Sunday at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Calif.

The duo nabbed the best song written for visual media trophy for “What Was I Made For?” from the “Barbie” soundtrack.

Eilish is up for six awards at the 66th annual Grammys.

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Paris Jackson covers her 80+ tattoos for the Grammys red carpet

Paris Jackson took a different kind of risk on the Grammys red carpet Sunday.

The daughter of late pop icon Michael Jackson hid her 80+ tattoos from the spotlight as she stepped out in a belly-baring black Celine gown.

“#CoverFX meant business when they said total cover cream foundation would have me covered,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen confess Taylor Swift fandom in their family

Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen spoke to Fox News Digital on the Grammys red carpet.

Steenburgen admitted she is a fan of Taylor Swift, telling Fox News Digital, “Taylor is magnificent. We have three little granddaughters that are completely inspired in many wonderful ways by her. So I’m a fan.

“And you know, I write a lot in Nashville where people know her, and she’s very much appreciated as being a wonderful person. So I’m all for her.”

Fox News Digital’s Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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Carly Pearce predicted Taylor Swift was going to the Super Bowl: ‘It’s awesome’

Carly Pearce knows a thing or two about music, and football.

Pearce was excited to be at the Grammy awards on Sunday, and told Fox News Digital, “As a songwriter and as an artist, it’s just the most incredible honor that you could ever have. And I’m just so proud of the song that I have tonight with Chris Stapleton.”

When asked if she’s a Kansas City Chiefs fan, Pearce told us “I’m a Swift fan … I said Taylor Swift was going to the Super Bowl. So yes, I mean, it’s awesome!”

As for her advice for Taylor and boyfriend Travis Kelce
, Pearce told Fox News Digital, “I can’t imagine what it is like to be the two of them, but it seems like they’re just being authentic. So I have no advice for the king and queen right now.”

Fox News Digital’s Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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Joni Mitchell, 80, making debut Grammy performance after recovering from brain aneurysm

It has been an incredible few years for Joni Mitchell. 

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter will make her debut performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday as part of a celebrated return for the 80-year-old following a brain aneurysm in 2015.

The music legend, who already has nine Grammy awards
to her name and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, is nominated for best folk album for her album “Joni Mitchell at Newport [Live],” which was recorded in 2022 during her surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. 

Read more about Mitchell’s legacy here.

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Grammys red carpet photos

See all the hottest stars walk the Grammys red carpet at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California.

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Was Taylor Swift nominated for a 2024 Grammy award?

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift dominated the musical spotlight in 2023 with her Eras Tour and box-office record breaking film “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.”

She is nominated for six Grammy awards for her record “Midnights:”

Record of the Year – “Anti-Hero”

Song of the Year – “Anti-Hero”

Best Pop Solo Performance – “Anti-Hero”

Album of the Year – “Midnights”

Best Pop Vocal Album – “Midnights”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Karma” ft. Ice Spice

Taylor Swift may break history with a fourth Album of the Year award for her 10th studio album, “Midnights,” which would make her the artist with the highest number of wins in that category. 

Other artists who could make history tonight are SZA and Billie Eilish. 

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is unable to attend the Grammys due to the Super Bowl schedule. Swift also has a busy schedule with the continuation of her Eras Tour and will not be performing at the award show.

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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Who is presenting at the Grammys?

Presenters for the 2024 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony include country singer Carly Pearce, five-time Grammy winner Jimmy Jam and Molly Tuttle who won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2023. 

Presenters for the main broadcast include Kacey Musgraves, who has won six GRAMMY awards, last year’s surprise Grammy winner for Best New Artist Samara Joy and Christina Aguilera. Meryl Streep will also be presenting. She is nominated for Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling Recording. Oprah Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz will be presenting the In Memoriam segment introductions. 

The role of the presenter at an awards show is to announce the award, share the meaning behind each award, read the list of nominees and then announce the winner. Presenters have a responsibility to share the correct information throughout the night and maintain a flow to keep the audience’s attention.

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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Who is performing at the Grammys?

The Grammys is an award show, but the star performances are the main attraction. The 66th GRAMMY Awards will showcase new budding artists like Billie Eilish as well as musical legends including Billy Joel.

J. Ivy, Larkin Poe, Pentatonix, Sheila E. and Jordin Sparks will perform an opening number for the 2024 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony which will take place at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Some of the other notable performers for that event include Gaby Moreno, country singer Brandy Clark, gospel singer Kirk Franklin and jazz pianist Robert Glasper. 

Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell will make her Grammy performance debut at the main event following recovery from a debilitating aneurysm that threatened to leave her mute.

Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman will perform “Fast Car.” Chapman’s original version was nominated for 3 Grammy awards in 1989 and won Best Female Pop Performance. Luke Combs’ cover of the song is nominated for Best Country Solo Vocal Performance.

Other performances tonight include Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Travis Scott. The award ceremony is held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA.

Fox News’ Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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ABC host abruptly ends interview with GOP senator over Supreme Court remarks

Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, was shut down by ABC News “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday after suggesting that former President Trump could defy “illegitimate” Supreme Court rulings. 

“The Constitution says that the Supreme Court can make rulings, but if the Supreme Court ― and look, I hope that they would not do this ― but if the Supreme Court said the president of the United States can’t fire a general, that would be an illegitimate ruling and the president has to have Article 2 prerogative under the Constitution to actually run the military as he sees fit,” Vance said.

“This is just basic constitutional legitimacy. You’re talking about a hypothetical where the Supreme Court tries to run the military. I don’t think that’s going to happen, George. But of course, if it did, the president would have to respond to it. There are multiple examples throughout American history of the president doing just that.”

Stephanopoulos asked if the president must abide by legitimate Supreme Court rulings, and when Vance responded, the ABC News personality said, “You’ve made it very clear you believe the president can defy the Supreme Court.”

Vance attempted to respond by saying, “No, no, George …” but had his mic muted before the show went to break.

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The two sparred over remarks the Ohio senator made in 2021 on a podcast about how former President Trump should clean house if he were to be reelected in 2024.

“I think that what Trump should do, like if I was giving him one piece of advice, fire every single mid-level bureaucrat, every civil servant in the administrative state, replace them with our people. And when the courts – because you will get taken to court – and then when the courts stop you, stand before the country, like Andrew Jackson did, and say the chief justice has made his ruling, now let him enforce it,” Vance said on the podcast.

“Fire everyone in the government, then defy the Supreme Court. You think it’s OK for the president to fire the Supreme Court?” Stephanopoulos asked.

Vance argued that he did not say to fire everyone in the government, he said mid-level bureaucrats.

 Stephanopoulos interjected, “You said every civil servant in the administrative state.”

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“Let me finish the answer, George, you asked the question. We have a major problem here with administrators and bureaucrats in the government who don’t respond to the elected branches. Let’s just give one very real-world example of this. In 2019, Donald Trump, having defeated ISIS, said that we should redeploy our troops in Syria and Jordan out of the region. You had multiple members of the Defense Department bureaucracy who fought him on that. So, what happened? We have people who are sitting ducks in the Levant right now, three of whom just got killed because the bureaucrats aren’t listening to the political branches,” he said.

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“That’s a fundamental component of our government, George, that whoever is in charge, agree or disagree with them, you have to follow the rules. If those people aren’t following the rules, then, of course, you’ve got to fire them,” Vance said. “And, of course, the president has to be able to run the government as he thinks he should. That’s the way the Constitution works. It has been thwarted too much by the way our bureaucracy has worked over the past 15 years.”

Trump tells Maria Bartiromo what he wants in a running mate and drops two names

Former President Trump revealed his criteria for a running mate on Sunday, but he told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that he won’t announce a vice presidential pick “for a little while.”

Trump made the comments in an interview with Bartiromo that aired on “Sunday Morning Futures.” He said the most important factor is to ensure his running mate would be able to step up and handle the presidency in the case of an emergency.

“What criteria are you using to identify who your running mate is?” Bartiromo asked.

“Always, it’s got to be who is going to be a good president. Obviously, you always have to think that because in case of emergency. Things happen, right? No matter who you are, things happen. That’s got to be No. 1,” Trump said.

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“Who is your running mate?” Bartiromo said.

“Well, I have a lot of good people. I have a lot of good ideas,” he added, saying he “talks to everybody.”

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“You know, I called [South Carolina Sen.] Tim Scott and people like Tim Scott, and I said you’re a much better candidate for me than you are for yourself,” Trump said. “When I watched him, he was fine. He was good, but he was very low-key.”

“I watched him in the last week, defending me and sticking up for me and fighting for me. I said, ‘Man, you’re a much better person for me than you are for yourself,'” he continued.

Trump went on to praise South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem as well, noting that she said publicly that she would never run against him “because I could never beat him.”

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Trump denied reports that his campaign reached out to independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to explore a potential ticket with him early on in the campaign season. Trump said the interaction “never happened.”

Gov. Noem banned from tribal reservation over remarks on southern border

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was banned from the Pine Ridge Reservation after speaking about wanting to bolster the U.S.-Mexico border by sending razor wire and security personnel to Texas, adding that cartels are infiltrating the state’s reservations.

Tribe President Frank Star Comes Out issued a statement on social media on Friday regarding Noem’s comments.

“Due to the safety of the Oyate, effective immediately, you are hereby Banished from the homelands of the Oglala Sioux Tribe,” Star Comes Out said in a Friday statement addressed to Noem. “Oyate” is a word for people or nation.

In a four-page letter shared on Facebook, Star Comes Out accused the South Dakota governor of using the issue at the border to get former President Trump reelected while boosting her chance of becoming his choice for vice president.

SOUTH DAKOTA GOV NOEM SEEKS TO BOLSTER TEXAS SECURITY EFFORTS AT US-MEXICO BORDER

Star Comes Out said he believes many people coming to the southern border in search of jobs and a better life are indigenous people from places like El Salvadore, Guatemala and Mexico and do not deserve to be “dehumanized and mistreated” by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and “his cohorts.”

“They don’t need to be put in cages, separated from their children like during the Trump Administration, or be cut up by razor wire furnished by, of all places, South Dakota,” Star Comes Out said.

The tribal leader also took offense to comments made by Noem about the “Ghost Dancers,” saying they are affiliated with cartels. Star Comes Out said the Ghost Dance is “one of the most sacred ceremonies” and accused Noem of using the term with “blatant disrespect” and of insulting the Oyate.

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Noem’s comments were made last Wednesday, and at the time, the Republican governor blasted conditions at the border.

During a speech to a joint session of the legislature, Noem said the U.S. was in a time of invasion, which was coming over the southern border.

“The 50 states have a common enemy, and that enemy is the Mexican drug cartels,” Noem said. “They are waging war against our nation, and these cartels are perpetuating violence in each of our stages, even right here in South Dakota.”

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In response to Star Comes Out’s comments, the governor said it was unfortunate he chose to bring politics into a discussion about the federal government’s failures to enforce federal laws at the southern border and on tribal lands.

“My focus continues to be on working together to solve those problems,” she said. “As I told bipartisan Native American legislators earlier this week, ‘I am not the one with a stiff arm here. You can’t build relationships if you don’t spend time together,’” Noem said. “I stand ready to work with any of our state’s Native American tribes to build such relationships.”

Noem has deployed South Dakota National Guard troops three times to the border, including last year, and she has visited several times, including on Friday. Other Republican governors have deployed troops and visited the border, too.

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In 2021, Noem drew criticism for accepting a $1 million donation offered by a wealthy Republican donor to help cover the cost of a two-month deployment of 48 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Taylor Swift makes major announcement at Grammys two years in the making

Taylor Swift announced a new album Sunday night at the 2024 Grammys.

Swift will release “The Tortured Poets Department” on April 19.

The singer-songwriter announced the news after being awarded the Grammy for best pop vocal album for “Midnights.”

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“This is my 13th Grammy, which is my lucky number,” she told the audience. “I don’t know if I’ve ever told you that.” She explained that she wanted to celebrate by “telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the past two years.”

TAYLOR SWIFT’S GRAMMYS PLANS: NO TRAVIS KELCE, NO PERFORMANCE

Swift appeared at Sunday’s award show without NFL star Travis Kelce. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end is preparing to play in Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 11.

The singer plans on being in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl, Fox News Digital has learned. The global pop star is even planning how she’ll spend her time in Nevada, the source said.

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Ahead of the awards show, Swift changed her Instagram profile photo for a black and white version – potentially dropping a hint to fans of what was to come. The “Midnights” singer is known to give out “Easter eggs” – hinting at things that are set to happen for her fans to decipher.

“When I was 15 and putting together my first album … I decided to encode the lyrics with hidden messages using capital letters,” Swift previously told the Washington Post. “That’s how it started, and my fans and I have since descended into color coding, numerology, word searches, elaborate hints and Easter eggs.”

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The singer is known as a “mastermind,” even penning a song using the word. Swift sings, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail/Strategy sets the scene for the tale” in the hit song from her latest album, which landed her six Grammys nominations this year.

“I think the best messages are cryptic ones,” Swift told Entertainment Weekly. “Easter eggs can be left on clothing or jewelry. This is one of my favorite ways to do this because you wear something that foreshadows something else, and people don’t usually find out this one immediately, but they know you’re probably sending a message.”

“They’ll figure it out in time. Lots of examples of this exist through the history of my career.”

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Swift is set to return to “The Eras Tour” on Feb. 7 in Tokyo.

“The Eras Tour” is the first tour to ever cross the billion-dollar threshold, Pollstar found. Swift’s tour additionally brought in $200 million in merchandise sales and “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” earned the singer-songwriter roughly $250 million, marking it the highest-grossing concert film.

Man writes ‘big check’ to parents, says he’s done with criticisms, this is ‘a refund’

Responding to a dramatic personal struggle shared on social media — to which over 6,500 people have already reacted — a New York City-based expert shared advice for the parents of young adults who are living on their own and trying to establish their own identities. 

“All parents struggle when their children declare their independence,” Erica Komisar, New York-based psychoanalyst, parenting authority and author, told Fox News Digital over the weekend. 

For young people in this situation, “[T]he key is to acknowledge your parents’ sadness, embrace and express gratitude to your parents for what they have given to you, then set a boundary about how you are different from them,” she said.

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She was responding to the story of a 30-year-old man who shared with others on social media that he’s been “fairly successful thus far” in his life and that his parents have been “a huge part of my success” but that he’s ready to live the way he’d like to live, without interference, criticism or edicts from them.

“They kept me motivated through school, they gave me a great childhood, they helped me graduate debt-free,” the young man wrote (he did not share his location).

He added, “My mom’s contacts helped me land a well-paying job straight out of university. I’m a nepo kid. Without them, who knows where I’d be.”

However, he added, “[T]hey think this gives them carte blanche to interfere in my life. They constantly critique everything about my life. I cannot think of one aspect of my life they approve of. And I’m not a bad person or anything.”

“They kept saying they wanted better for me. And that after everything they did for me, I should be doing better.”

Added the Reddit user by the name of “short-fig7734” on the subreddit known as “AITA” (“Am I the a–hole”), “It’s not like they have a problem with me because I am a drug addict or working as a sugar baby. They just think they know better about everything.”

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Recently, the young man continued, he had his parents over to his place “for my dad’s birthday. And everything was wrong. My apartment was too small, the stove didn’t have precise control of the heating elements and I scorched the sauce.”

He continued, “Just everything. And they kept saying they wanted better for me. And that after everything they did for me, I should be doing better.”

Wrote the son further, “Well, I’m doing well. And because I live the way I do, I’ve actually done fantastic for the last eight years.”

He made clear he’d had enough of the personal criticism and was ready to move on.

“So I wrote them a big check and asked them to hold it up. I took a picture of them with the check. They asked what it was for.”

“I just want them to accept that I don’t owe it to them to live my life how they want.”

He told his parents, he said, “that it was everything they had wasted on me, since obviously they think I have failed, so I’m giving them a refund. I told them that I loved them and that I appreciated their help, but now that they were paid back, they could keep their opinions to themselves and [be] out of my apartment.”

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Added the man, “They got huffy and left. I heard from my brother that they are p—– that I did that.”

But “I don’t really care,” he told others. “I just want them to accept that I don’t owe it to them to live my life how they want.”

The man said as well, “Sending them a check is like sending everything back that they have given.”

Komisar added about the challenging situation: “The key is integration.”

She essentially advised him or others in a similar situation to show grace rather than hold grudges, to be respectful and polite, not petulant, while at the same time being firm and fair.

You can “show and tell them,” she said, “the good you have taken and gently but firmly tell them what makes you an individual.”

“There’s nothing wrong in setting boundaries or expecting to be treated with respect and kindness as an adult.”

Added Komisar, “That means when they criticize you, you can remind them that your version of happiness is different than theirs but that you are, in fact, happy.”

Some 6,700 or so people registered a reaction to the personal story, with one person writing in the comments section, “If your parents were actually supportive and loving, they would encourage you instead of criticizing. It’s great that they helped you growing up — but that’s actually what parents are supposed to do.”

Said this same commenter, called “savinathewhite,” “There’s nothing wrong in setting boundaries or expecting to be treated with respect and kindness as an adult.”

She added, “Writing them a check was an inventive way of trying to point out their negative behavior. I’m not sure it will work to make them understand how their actions aren’t reasonable or kind, but it was a better option than losing your temper!”

She also said, “Keep your boundaries, live your best life, and if your parents want to be a part of it, they can learn” to treat him better, she added to the original poster.

Other users on Reddit generally deemed the young man “not the a–hole” for the way he handled the situation.

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But one commenter went “against the grain here,” by his own admission, in his response to the personal situation.

Wrote this individual, “It doesn’t sound like at 30 years old you have ever tried to address this? As you say, they were good parents.”

“One attempt at an adult conversation was warranted.”

The commenter named “BigMax” went on, “I think maybe one conversation to try to get them to see what they were doing might have been in order. Who knows, maybe they would have seen the error of their ways and worked to be better.”

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The person also added, “Refusing to communicate and making a huge gesture and cutting them off seems kind of sudden.”

He ended his thoughts by saying, “They were certainly in the wrong here! But one attempt at an adult conversation was warranted.”

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Man gains millions of TikTok followers for posting clever home repair hacks

A Florida man has accrued nearly 50 million likes and three million TikTok followers for sharing his simple – but clever – home repair hacks.

The TikTok user, who goes by the childhood name Gator, has posted hundreds of videos.

Gator, who hails from Tallahassee, told Fox News Digital that he was inspired to join TikTok after his son encouraged him to.

“[My son] posted a couple silly videos… and they did really well, close to a million [views],” he explained.

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“And I was like, ‘Well, let me just get that app.’ And then I actually started posting videos.”

Gator originally used his account to post funny videos. He was at 200,000 followers before someone suggested that he share his home repair expertise on the short-form video app.

“I went live with somebody and I was actually working at a rental house. And then they were like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I’m just fixing a water heater.'”

“They said, ‘Why don’t you make this your content?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know. I never even thought about it.'”

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Gator told Fox News Digital that the first home repair video he posted amassed 20 million views in the first two days.

“And the whole comment section was just like, ‘Can you show me how to do another tape measure hack?’ ‘How do you use a drill?’ ‘Can you fix a toilet, do you fix a door?'”

“And I was like, this is crazy.”

The Florida resident said that he learned about home repair when he began building houses at 18.

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“We didn’t really have the Internet back then,” Gator explained. “So you had to either ask somebody or know somebody.”

The TikTok star said that he thinks his videos are popular because many young people aren’t taught basic skills. 

“When I was young, you had to get out and learn something. With social media and the technology, people are getting different jobs that don’t require them being out there working to learn anything,” he theorized.

“So they go to the Internet to find that.”

The unexpected social media personality called his TikTok stardom “a complete accident.”

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“I’ve never been on social media until a little over two years ago. Not ever. No Facebook. No nothing.”

A high point for Gator was when WD-40 reached out to him to offer a sponsorship deal.

“I’ve been using [WD-40] my whole life. My dad was in the Army, so I started showing WD-40 hacks…so then [they] contacted me.”

Despite his extensive construction experience, Gator maintains that he focuses on making videos that are accessible to all audiences.

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“I’m not showing you how to knock out a wall and remodel your bedroom. I’m showing you how to unclog a dishwasher and fix your garbage disposal.”

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Houthis issue furious response after US, UK launch more strikes on Iran-backed group

Houthi rebels vowed “escalation” in reaction to U.S. and U.K. strikes launched in Yemen on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Iran-backed group vowed to continue its campaign of disrupting regional trade “no matter the sacrifices it costs us.” The U.S. and U.K. launched a series of attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen this weekend in reaction to a lethal drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan last week.

“The US-British coalition’s bombing of a number of Yemeni provinces will not change our position, and we affirm that our military operations against Israel will continue until the crimes of genocide in Gaza are stopped and the siege on its residents is lifted, no matter the sacrifices it costs us,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed al-Bukhaiti wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“Our war is moral, and if we had not intervened to support the oppressed in Gaza, humanity would not have existed among humans. The American-British aggression against Yemen will not go unanswered, and we will meet escalation with escalation,” he added.

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Tensions in the region have skyrocketed since three U.S. soldiers were killed in the attack in Jordan. President Biden vowed an ongoing response, targeting Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan also refused to rule out the possibility of carrying out strikes within Iran in the near future on Sunday.

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“The president has approached this with a straightforward principle, which is that the United States will step up and respond when our forces are attacked. And the United States also is not looking for a wider war in the Middle East. We are not looking to take the United States to war. So we are going to continue to pursue a policy that goes down both of those lines simultaneously, that responds with force and clarity, as we did on Friday night, but also that continues to hew to an approach that does not get the United States pulled into a war, that we have seen too frequently in the Middle East,” Sullivan told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” 

“Inside Iran? Would you rule that out at this point?” Bash asked. 

 “Look, sitting on a national TV program, I’m not going to rule in and rule out any activity anywhere. What I am going to say is that the president will do what he thinks needs to be done and again, reinforce the point that he’s going to defend our forces, and also that he is not looking to get into a war,” Sullivan said.

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Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and Hezbollah threaten to open another front in Israel’s current war against Hamas. Hezbollah, an Iran-backed terror group in Lebanon, has launched hundreds of missiles across Israel’s northern border since Oct. 7, and Israeli military officials warned Sunday that they would not hesitate to invade.

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“We do not choose war as our first priority, but we are certainly prepared,” IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said. “We will continue to act wherever Hezbollah is present, we will continue to act wherever it is required in the Middle East. What is true for Lebanon is true for Syria, and is true for other more distant places.”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report

State eliminates college degree requirements for about 90% of jobs

The State of Massachusetts is eliminating college degree requirements for more than 90% of its job postings, putting more emphasis on skills-based hiring practices.

In January, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey signed an executive order only allowing degree requirements to be part of a job posting “when absolutely necessary” to the performance of the role being sought.

By doing so, the governor’s office said, the administration puts the focus on the applicants’ skills, knowledge and abilities instead of educational credentials.

“As the state’s largest employer, we rely on a strong, diverse workforce to deliver crucial services and programs for Massachusetts residents, businesses and communities every day. But too many job applicants are being held back by unnecessary degree requirements,” Healey said. “This Executive Order directs our administration to focus on applicants’ skills and experiences, rather than college credentials. It will expand our applicant pool and help us build a more inclusive and skilled workforce than ever before. Our administration is leading by example, and we encourage the business community to join us by adopting similar skills-based hiring practices.”

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The governor’s executive order also ensures hiring managers will get the training and tools needed to implement the new hiring strategy.

All agency managers will be required to take a skills training class intended to make sure all job postings and interview questions promote the skills, knowledge and abilities of candidates.

Previously, job postings specified a minimum level of education to be considered for a position.

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Currently, only 7% of the jobs posted on the state’s website require an education requirement. It will be up to the Human Resources Division to routinely review positions to determine if education requirements are necessary.

“Our administration recognizes that job applicants have a wide range of skills and that nobody can be reduced to a line on a resume,” Lieutenant Gov. Kim Driscoll said. “We have so many jobs across the state that need to be filled, and we have qualified, talented workers who want them. We just need to lower the barriers to entry, which is exactly what this Executive Order aims to do.”

Healey’s order comes as American businesses are increasingly eliminating college degrees as part of their requirements for corporate roles, de-emphasizing the value of a four-year diploma.

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American companies like Walmart, IBM, Accenture, Bank of America and Google have all announced plans to reduce the number of jobs requiring a college degree.

Walmart has eliminated college degrees as a requirement for hundreds of its corporate roles, vowing to remove “unnecessary barriers” that prevent career advancement. The company also announced it would waive the university degree as a necessity if candidates can show they have gained the necessary skills based on different, prior experience. 

Between 2017 and 2019, 46% of “middle-skill occupations” and 31%  of “high-skill occupations” saw a drop in college degree requirements which “could have major implications for how employers find talent and open up opportunities for the two-thirds of Americans without a college education,” according to a report from the Burning Glass Institute. In line with the trend, the report projected the move could open up 1.4 million jobs for American workers without college degrees over the next five years.

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The cost of a college degree has skyrocketed in recent years in conjunction with the millions of Americans who are burdened by thousands of dollars of debt, which has prompted corporations to switch to so-called “skills-based hiring” methods. 

Fox News Digital’s Kendall Tietz and Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.