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Comedy on gender confusion sweeps French Cesar film awards

PARIS (Reuters) - A comedy about a young man who worships his mother and whose entire family treats him as a girl since childhood swept five trophies at the French Cesar awards ceremony including Best Film and Best Actor. Actor and director Guillaume Gallienne plays himself and impersonates his mother - often in the same scene - in the autobiographical film "Me, Myself and Mum", which also took the award for best first film.

President's lover Gayet at French film awards

Julie Gayet, the woman outed as French President Francois Hollande's lover, made her first high-profile appearance since news of the affair broke when she arrived Friday at France's top film awards. Gayet, 41, wearing a black trouser suit with her long hair loose over her shoulders, arrived alone for the Cesars, France's Oscars, at the Chatelet Theatre in central Paris.

Adele's '21' passes 3 million US digital sales

The album "21" by British singer Adele has become the first to pass three million digital sales in the United States, the leading online tracking company Nielsen said Wednesday. Three years after its release, the album, Adele's second record, continues to have robust sales and so far has shifted 26 million copies worldwide. A Nielsen spokeswoman confirmed "21" had passed three million digital sales in America, building on its top-selling global status in 2011 and 2012, on the back of the singles "Rolling in the deep" and "Someone like you."

Adele's 'Skyfall' wins best song Oscar

British songstress Adele won the best original song Oscar on Sunday for 007 movie theme tune "Skyfall," at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday. The Grammy-winning singer, who teared up as she gave a short acceptance speech with co-writer Paul Epworth, sang the song earlier in the show in a segment paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of James Bond movies. The 24-year-old Adele managed to say "This is amazing" before breaking down early into her thank-yous and handing over to Epworth, who said he could not "really believe I'm up here to receive this."

RPT-Madonna crowned top music earner in 2012 due to world tour

(Repeats, adding link to Billboard) Feb 22 (Reuters) - Madonna was named the biggest money maker in music in 2012 on Friday, with a world tour helping her take home up to $34.6 million and highlighting the earning power of live performances as the industry increasingly goes digital. The 54-year-old Material Girl topped Billboard Magazine's annual list of 40 top money makers for the second time after earning an estimated $32 million - 93.5 percent of her revenue - from her 88-date "MDNA" tour, 2012's biggest tour.

Madonna crowned top music earner in 2012 due to world tour

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Madonna was named the biggest money maker in music in 2012 on Friday, with a world tour helping her take home up to $34.6 million and highlighting the earning power of live performances as the industry increasingly goes digital. The 54-year-old Material Girl topped Billboard Magazine's annual list of 40 top money makers for the second time after earning an estimated $32 million - 93.5 percent of her revenue - from her 88-date "MDNA" tour, 2012's biggest tour.

Adele wins pop Grammy, admits nerves about Oscars

British songstress Adele won the Grammy for best pop solo performance on Sunday, the first award handed out during the main event on the music industry's biggest night of the year. She also gave a typically straight-talking answer when asked how she is feeling about the Oscars later this month, where she is nominated for best song for the theme tune to Bond movie "Skyfall," admitting she was nervous. The 24-year-old singer, who swept the board with six Grammys at last year's awards show, took the pop performance prize for a live rendition of her hit "Set Fire to the Rain."

Adele wins best pop solo performance Grammy

British songstress Adele won the Grammy for best pop solo performance on Sunday, the first award handed out during the main event on the music industry's biggest night of the year. The 24-year-old singer, who swept the board with six Grammys at last year's awards show, took the prize for a live rendition of her hit "Set Fire to the Rain." "My good luck charm, J-Lo," she said as she accepted the award from Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull. "This is amazing. I wanted to come and be part of the night. I loved it last year, obviously," she added.

Frank Ocean, FUN. are front-runners heading into Sunday's Grammys

* Ocean expected to win Best New Artist * FUN., Ocean received six nominations each * Female artists less prominent this year By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Feb 7 (Reuters) - R&B artist Frank Ocean and indie-pop group FUN. go into Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony as front-runners for the music industry's top accolades in a year where new talent and male artists have attracted most of the attention.
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