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Much like the Faces of 2019, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year. The new faces of 2019 appear below in no particular order:

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1. Esme Creed-Miles – The almost 20-year-old British actress raced onto the scene in the Amazon streaming series Hanna, based on the box office movie of the same name. Esme played the leadrole, starring alongside The Killing co-stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos. Hanna was given a second season renewal, and is expected to air sometime in 2020 on Amazon.

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2. Brec Bassinger – Brec is a Texas native actress, who will star as Courtney Whitmore – aka Stargirl – in the upcoming DC Universe streaming service series based on the DC Comics character. Brec had the lead role in the Nickelodeon series Bella and the Bulldogs and appeared in that network’s School of Rock series.

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3. Freya Allan – The 18-year-old U.K. newcomer landed the role of Princess Ciri in the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which debuted on December 20. She will next be seen in the box office film Gunpowder Milkshake, playing Young Eve, who will be played as an adult by Karen Gillan (Doctor Who and the new Jumanji franchise).

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4. Halle Bailey – The talented Atlanta teenager got her start alongside her sister in the R&B duo Chloe x Halle when they were 13 and 11 respectively. They posted covers of pop songs on YouTube, which caught the eye of Beyonce, who signed them to her management company. Halle had a recurring role in the popular comedy grown-ish, but it was her landing the lead role in the upcoming live-action movie The Little Mermaid, in the title role of Ariel, that helped land her on this list.

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5. Jodie Turner-Smith – The statesque British model turned actress got her start in a bit role in True Blood, but her first big break came in the TNT post-apocalyptic series The Last Ship. She followed that up with a role in the Syfy series Nightflyers and the Cinemax series Jett. Her role in this fall’s box office film Queen & Slim alongside Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

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6. Asante Blackk – Earlier this year, Asante, the nephew of actress Samira Wiley from Orange Is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, made his debut in the gripping Netflix mini-series When They See Us, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case, playing Kevin Richardson as a teen; a role that earned him an Emmy nominations, making him one of the youngest nominees in its history before landing the role of Malik Hodges in season four of NBC’s This Is Us.

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7. Crystal Yifei Liu – The Chinese-American actress, dancer, singer and model has quite a resume in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South-East Asia, ranging from TV shows, having one of her songs chosen as the ending theme for the anime series Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z to numerous box office films. But it will be her lead role in the live-action adaptation of Mulan, set to air in early 2020, that will turn heads.

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8. Jessie Buckley – The Irish singer and actress appeared in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Chernobyl in May and June and then in the box office movie Judy that came out in October. She also got a lot of attention from her lead role in the indie film Wild Rose. She previously appeared in the BBC adaptation of War and Peace, FX’s Taboo and BBC’s The Woman in White. She has 5 projects in the works, which includes Doolittle, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Misbehaviour, starring Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

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9. Haley Lu Richardson – Haley starred alongside Riverdale actor Cole Sprouse in the touching, but heartbreaking, box office movie Five Feet Apart, directed by Jane the Virgin actor Justin Baldoni, and starred alongside Downton Abbey alum Elizabeth McGovern in the period piece movie The Chaperone. She also previously appeared in the short-lived dramas Ravenswood and Recovery Road.

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10. Kelvin Harrison, Jr. – Kelvin has appeared in movies The Birth of a Nation and Mudbound as well as the TV series Shots Fired, but it was his lead role in the Octavia Spencer-led movie Luce that turned heads. He has since appeared in the film Waves, alongside Sterling K. Brown, and the EPIX TV series Godfather of Harlem. He will soon be seen in the box office films The Photograph and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

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11. Beanie Feldstein – The younger sister of actor Jonah Hill, Beanie caught a lot of attention for her role as Molly in the breakout hit movie Booksmart and will be seen playing Monica Lewinsky next year in the anthology series American Crime Story. She also appeared in the box office movies Lady Bird and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

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12. Francesca Hayward – The Nigerian-born ballerina was raised in Britain and is now a principal dancer at The Royal Ballet in London. She has appeared in the lead role in productions of The Nutcracker, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle (just to name a few). She has the featured role of Victoria in the Tom Hooper directed film Cats.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2019? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2019

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year.

They appear in no particular order:

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1. Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Tony nominee for Ghost the Musical (in 2012) had a big year this year, appearing in the Eddie Murphy film Dolemite Is My Name and the Showtime comedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida. She will next be seen alongside Zoe Kravitz in the Hulu streaming series High Fidelity and the box office film The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Viewers will remember her from Empire and People of Earth.

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2. Cynthia Erivo – The Tony nominee for The Color Purple (in 2016) hit it big in the title role in the box office movie Harriet (based on the life of Harriet Tubman) and next year she will play the Queen of Soul herself Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic anthology series Genius. She will also be seen in the HBO mini-series based on the Stephen King novel The Outsider and the upcoming box office film Needle in a Timestack with Orlando Bloom. Viewers will remember her from the movies Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale.

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3. Kirby Howell-Baptiste -The British actress hit it big this year with a recurring role in the HBO hitman comedy Barry, a recurring role in the much-maligned season 4 of Veronica Mars on Hulu, a recurring role in The Good Place and a lead role in the CBS All Access drama Why Women Kill. She will star alongside Emma Stone in the box office movie Cruella. Viewers will remember her from Killing Eve and the box office movie A Dog’s Purpose.

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4. Marsai Martin – She is obviously one of the child stars of the popular ABC comedy black-ish, but what really got her attention this year was the box office movie Little. Marsai came up with the idea at the age of 10, surprising producers at the studio with how well thought-out her project was, becoming the youngest person in Hollywood, at the age of 13, to ever produce a movie.

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5. Himesh Patel – While Himesh appeared in nearly 10 seasons of the British soap opera EastEnders, it was his turn as Jack Malik in the box office film Yesterday that got him a lot of attention. He will next be seen in the box office movie The Aeronauts alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones; and he has joined the cast of the Christopher Nolan movie Tenet that will star Robert Pattinson.

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6 and 7. Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott – They starred as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in the 2019 live-action adaptation of the movie, featuring Will Smith as the Genie. Mena will next be seen in the Hulu streaming series Reprisal, starring Timeless vet Abigail Spencer. Viewers will remember him from the TeenNick series Open Heart and the Amazon series Jack Ryan. Naomi was part of the cast of the new Charlie’s Angels alongside Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks. Viewers will remember her from the short-lived FOX drama Terra Nova, the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth and the 2017 Power Rangers movie.

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8. Andrew Scott – The Irish actor turned heads as Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch; and while he has a film and theatre background, it was his turn as “Hot Priest” in the second season of the award-winning streaming series Fleabag that charmed audiences. He can be seen in the World War II box office movie 1917 (again alongside Benedict Cumberbatch) as well as a recurring role in HBO’s His Dark Materials and he will appear in the title role of the upcoming Showtime series Ripley, playing literary con artist Tom Ripley.

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9. Simone Missick – Simone is the star of the new CBS legal drama All Rise, which has become the highest rated new drama of the fall TV season and she also appeared in the Netflix streaming series Altered Carbon. Viewers will remember Simone from The Defenders, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, playing Misty Knight in all three Netflix shows.

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10. Samara Weaving – The Australian actress was the star of the box office thriller Ready or Not, and she will have an even bigger 2020, appearing in the box office movies Bill & Ted Face the Music and the G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes. Like many other Aussie actors, Samara appeared in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.

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11. Katilyn Dever – She starred in the box office movie Booksmart and was the focus of the Netflix mini-series Unbelievable that received rave reviews for its honest portrayal of a heartbreaking true story. Viewers know Kaitlyn from the long-running comedy Last Man Standing and her recurring role in Justified.

Who are some of the faces from this year who caught your attention either on television, in music or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2020

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2019 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Julie Adams (Actress, Creature From the Black Lagoon)
Danny Aiello (Actor, Do the Right Thing and Moonstruck)
Fatima Ali (Renowned Chef)
Jed Allan (Actor, Beverly Hills 90210)
Carmen Argenziano (Actor, Stargate franchise)
Rene Auberjonois (Actor, Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Claudine Auger (Actress, Domino in James Bond movie Thunderball)

Ginger Baker (Drummer for Rock Trio Cream)
Kaye Ballard (Legendary Actress, Singer and Comedian)
Kevin Barnett (Comedian)
Frank Biondi, Jr. (Former Viacom and Universal Studios Head)
Cameron Boyce (Actor, Descendants franchise) [He was only 20]
Chuy Bravo (Talk Show Sidekick, Chelsea Lately)

Carmine Caridi (Actor, Murder She Wrote and Starsky and Hutch)
Diahann Carroll (Actress, Singer and Tony Award winner)
Seymour Cassel (Veteran Character Actor)
Carol Channing (Tony-winning Broadway Star)
Beth Chapman (Bounty Hunter)
Martin Charnin (Creator and Director, Annie the Broadway Musical)
John Clarke (Actor, Days of Our Lives)
Larry Cohen (Director and Screenwriter)
Jessi Combs (Experimental Car Driver and TV Host)
Earl Thomas Conley (Country Singer)
Tim Conway (Legendary Comedian and Actor)
Chris Cotton (Comedian)
Elijah Cummings (U.S. Representative)

Dick Dale (King of the Surf Guitar)
Paul Darrow (Actor, Blake’s 7)
Doris Day (Lengedary Actress and Singer)
Gabriel Diniz (Latin Pop Star)
Stanley Donen (Legendary Hollywood Director)
Dr. John (New Orleans Music Legend)
Daryl Dragon (of Captain and Tennille, Former Husband of Toni Tennille)

Aron Eisenberg (Actor, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Georgia Engel (Comedianne and Actress, The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
Robert Evans (Legendary Movie Producer)

Albert Finney (British Actor)
Peter Fonda (Actor, Easy Rider)
David Foster (Producer, The Getaway and The Thing)
Robert Forster (Actor)
Marie Fredriksson (Singer, Pop Duo Roxette)

Godfrey Gao (Taiwanese-Canadian Model and Actor, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) [He was only 35]
Rob Garrison (Actor, Tommy in The Karate Kid)
Leonard Goldberg (Veteran Film and TV Executive, Blue Bloods and Charlie’s Angels Creator)
Edith Gonzalez (Telenovela Star)
Laurel Griggs (Broadway Actress, ONCE, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) [She was only 13]
Grumpy Cat (Internet Sensation)

Sid Haig (Horror Genre Actor)
Goo Hara (K-Pop Star) [She was only 28]
Valerie Harper (Actress, Rhoda)
Kylie Rae Harris (Country Singer)
Rutger Hauer (Actor, Blade Runner)
David Hedison (Actor, Another World)
Rachel Held Evans (Popular Christian Author)
Katherine Helmond (Actress, Who’s the Boss)
Nipsey Hussle (Rapper)

James Ingram (Grammy-winning R&B Singer)

Larry “Flash” Jenkins (Actor, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
Arte Johnson (Actor-Comedian, Laugh-In)
Eddie Jones (Actor, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
Freddie Jones (British Actor)
Juice Wrld (Rapper) [He was only 21]

Ken Kercheval (Actor, Dallas)
Gabe Khouth (Actor, Sneezy on Once Upon a Time)
Bob Kingsley (National Radio Hall of Fame Broadcaster)
Judith Krantz (International Best-Selling Author)

Karl Lagerfeld (Legendary Fashion Designer)
Michel Legrand (Oscar-Winning Composer)
Ron Leibman (Actor, Norma Rae and Angels in America)
Peter Lindberg (Famed Fashion Photographer)
Peggy Lipton (Former Model and Actress, Mod Squad)
Carol Lynley (Actress, The Poseidon Adventure)

Bill Macy (Actor, Maude)
Peter Mayhew (Actor, Chewbacca in Star Wars franchise)
Philip McKeon (Actor, Alice and real-life brother of Nancy McKeon)
Dick Miller (Actor, Terminator and Gremlins)
Eddie Money (Singer)
Shelley Morrison (Actress, Will and Grace)
Toni Morrision (Nobel Prize winning Author)
Harry Morton (Founder of L.A.’s Pink Taco) [He was only 38 years old]

Art Neville (Singer-Songwriter, The Neville Brothers)
Denise Nickerson (Actress, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
Stephanie Niznik (Actress, Everwood)

Beverley Owen (Actress, The Munsters)

Karen Pendleton (Original Mouseketeer)
Ross Perot (Businessman and Former Politician)
Luke Perry (Actor, Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale)
Joe Pilato (Actor, The Day of the Dead)
Michael J. Pollard (Actor, Oscar-Nominated Bonnie and Clyde)
Linda Porter (Actress-Scene Stealer, Superstore)
Andre Previn (Oscar-winning Composer and Conductor)
Harold Prince (Broadway Producer and Director)

Leon Redbone (Singer-Songwriter and Actor)
Cokie Roberts (Pioneer Journalist and Political Commentator)
Carl Ruiz (Food Network Star and Chef)

Alvin Sargent (Oscar-winning Screenwriter)
Lisa Sheridan (Actress, Invasion and The 4400)
Stefanie Sherk (Canadian Model, Actress and wife of actor Demian Bichir)
Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels Pitcher)
Kim Shattuck (Lead Singer and Bassist for The Muffs)
John Singleton (Oscar-nominated Director)
Caroll Spinney (Puppeteer, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Sesame Street)
Kristoff St. John (Actor, The Young and the Restless)
Joan Stanley (Actress, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken)
Sulli (Korean Pop Star) [She was only 25]

Brian Tarantina (Actor, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Rip Taylor (“Zany” Comedian)
Russi Taylor (Voice of Minnie Mouse)
Peter Tork (Singer-Songwriter, Member of The Monkees)
Rip Torn (Actor, The Larry Sanders Show and Men in Black)

Gloria Vanderbilt (Heiress, Socialite, Fashion Icon and Mother of Anderson Cooper)
Jan-Michael Vincent (Actor, Airwolf)

John Wesley (Actor, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Suzanne Whang (House Hunters Host)
Richard Williams (Animator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Allee Willis (Songwriter, “September” and “I’ll Be There for You”)
William Wintersole (Actor, The Young and the Restless)
John Witherspoon (Actor, Friday franchise)
Gene Wolfe (Sci-Fi Author)
Max Wright (Actor, ALF)

Franco Zeffirelli (Italian Film Director)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.

TOMORROW: Ratings

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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just plain silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:

GOLDEN GLOBES (January)

Best Drama Picture – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Musical or Comedy Picture – Green Book
Best Animated Picture – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Foreign Language Picture – Roma
Best Original Song – “Shallow” from A Star Is Born
Best Actress, Drama – Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Best Actor, Drama – Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Best Actress, Limited Series – Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series – Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

CRITIC’S CHOICE (January)

Best Young Actress – Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Best Acting Ensemble – The Favourite
Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Costume Design – Ruth Carter, Black Panther
Best Action Movie – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Best Comedy Film – Crazy Rich Asians
Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie – A Quiet Place
Best Score – Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Best Drama – The Americans (FX)
Best Supporting Actress, Drama – Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
Best Actress, Comedy – Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Best Movie Made for TV – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

SAG AWARDS (January)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, Drama – This Is Us (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by Actor, Drama – Jason Bateman, Ozark
Outstanding Performance by Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries – Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Outstanding Performance by Supporting Actress, Film – Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place

GRAMMY AWARDS (February)

Album of the Year – “Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves
New Artist – Dua Lipa
Pop Vocal Album – “Sweetener” – Ariana Grande
Rock Album – “From the Fires” – Greta Van Fleet
Gospel Album – “Hiding Place” – Tori Kelly
Compilation Soundtrack – “The Greatest Showman” – Various Artists
Score Soundtrack – “Black Panther” – Ludwig Goransson, Composer

RAZZIE AWARDS (February)

Worst Picture – Holmes & Watson
Worst Actress – Melissa McCarthy, The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Worst Screenplay – Fifty Shades Freed by Niall Leonard

OSCARS (February)

Best Picture – Green Book
Lead Actress – Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Director – Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Lead Actor – Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Original Score – “Black Panther” – Ludwig Goransson
Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Supporting Actress – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

SATURN AWARDS (September)

Best Comic-to-Motion-Picture – Avengers: Endgame
Best Science Fiction Film – Ready Player One
Best Fantasy Film – Toy Story 4
Best Actor – Robert Downey, Jr., Avengers: Endgame
Best Actress – Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween
Best Performance by a Younger Actor – Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Far From HOme
Best Film Music – Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns
Best Film Costume – Michael Wilkinson, Aladdin
Best Superhero TV Series – Supergirl
Best Fantasy TV Series – Game of Thrones
Best Actor in a TV Series – Sam Heughan, Outlander
Best Actress in a TV Series – Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Best Streaming Superhero TV Series – Marvel’s Daredevil
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a TV Series – Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

EMMY AWARDS (September)

Comedy Series – Fleabag (Amazon)
Limited Series – Chernobyl (HBO)
Lead Actor, Drama – Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
Lead Actress, Drama – Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Lead Actress, Comedy – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag (Amazon)
Lead Actress, Limited Series – Michelle Willaims, Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Supporting Actor, Comedy – Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (November)

The Movie of 2019 – Avengers: Endgame
The Family Movie of 2019 – Aladdin
The Drama Movie Star of 2019 – Cole Sprouse
The Female Movie Star of 2019 – Zendaya
The Comedy Movie Star of 2019 – Noah Centineo
The Comedy Star of 2019 – Kristen Bell
The Bingeworthy Show of 2019 – Outlander
The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019 – Shadowhunters
The Male Artist of 2019 – Shawn Mendes

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (November)

Artist of the Decade – Taylor Swift
New Artist – Billie Eilish
Country Female Artist – Carrie Underwood
Soul/R&B Male Artist – Bruno Mars
Favorite Soundtrack – Bohemian Rhapsody

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: Rest in Peace

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In my world, I couldn’t live without music. As I’ve shared for years now, I wake up to music every single day rather than an alarm. Every night I go to bed with music playing. The first thing I do after I start my car is turn on the radio. Whenever I leave my house, my music is playing as I don’t like to have a quiet house – even when I’m not around.

Music may not be for everyone, but I couldn’t function without it.

Since music plays a crucial role in my life, I wanted – like for so many years – to take the time to highlight just some of the songs, performers and video moments from this past year:

Best New Male Singer – Lewis Capaldi

Lewis has been a performing for most of his life, but it was his current single “Someone You Loved” that catapulted him into global stardom:

You can watch his video for that single here:

Best New Female Singer – Billie Eilish

This unconventional 18-year-old singer from Los Angeles began singing when she was a young girl. She released her first single in 2015 on SoundCloud, and released several other singles and an EP over the next few years; but it was her 2019 album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” – which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts – that shot her to the top of heap.

Here is the video to her hit single “Bad Guy”:

Best Duets – Sam Smith and Normani “Dancing with a Stranger” and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello “Senorita

Here is the video for “Dancing with a Stranger”:

Here is the video for “Senorita”:

Top R&B Artist – Lizzo

The Detroit native hit it big this year with her third album “Cuz I Love You,” which peaked inside the top five of the Billboard 200. She is not only a singer and songwriter, but also an actress and flautist.

Here is the video for her big hit “Good As Hell”:

Most Moving Song from a Box Office Film – Cynthia Erivo “Stand Up” from Harriet

The Broadway star shined in the lead role in this box office movie and easily stirs a lot of emotion in the amazing video to the song.

Here is the video for “Stand Up”:

Top Country Hit and Women’s Anthem – Maren Morris “Girl

The last time a song from a female artist topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart was in February 2018 until this January when “Girl” was released.

Here is the video for “Girl”:

Best TV Performance By a Duo – Taylor Swift and Brendan Urie performing “ME!” on the Billboard Music Awards

The duo opened the show with lots of color, a marching band and umbrellas, performing the song – which had just been released a few days before – as if they’d been performing it for a long time.

You can see the opening performance to the award show here:

Hit Song of the Year – Post Malone “Circles

The singer-rapper released this song in August and it quickly became a number one hit of the Billboard charts.

Here is the lyric video for “Circles”:

Still Going Strong – Pink

Nearly 20 years after hitting the charts for the first time, Pink is still going strong, releasing her 8th album this year, featuring the hit single “Walk Me Home”.

Here is Pink’s video for “Walk Me Home”:

Which artists stood out for you over this past year? What was your favorite song? Which songs did you get sick of hearing on the radio? What song could you listen to over and over again? What was the top album in your opinion? Please share your thoughts on the music of 2019 below.

TOMORROW: Movies

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2018 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Marty Allen (Legendary Comedian)
Harry Anderson (Actor, “Night Court”)
Michael Anderson (Director, “Logan’s Run”)
Susan Anspach (Actress, “Five Easy Pieces” and “Play It Again”)
Avicii [aka Tim Bergling] (Artist, DJ and Producer) [He was only 28]

Marty Balin (Co-Founder, Jefferson Airplane)
Ken Berry (Actor, “F-Troop” and “Mayberry R.F.D.”)
Arthur Black (Canadian Humorist, Author and CBC Radio Personality)
Steven Bochco (Co-Creator, “NYPD Blue” and “Hill Street Blues”)
Anthony Bourdain (TV Personality, Celebrity Chef and Writer)
DuShon Monique Brown (Actress, “Chicago Fire) [She was only 49]
Barbara Bush (Former First Lady)
George H.W. Bush (Former President)

Joseph Campanella (Actor, “Mannix” and “One Day at a Time”)
Reg E. Cathey (Actor, “House of Cards,” “The Wire” and “Oz”)
Roy Clark (Legendary Country Guitarist and “Hee Haw” Star)
“Fast” Eddie Clarke (Guitarist, Rock Band Motorhead)
Anne V. Coates (Oscar-Winning Film Editor, “Lawrence of Arabia”)
Olivia Cole (Veteran Actress, “Roots” and the Mini-Series “Backstairs at the White House”)

Bill Daly (Actor, “I Dream of Jeannie”)
Paul De Meo (Screenwriter “The Rocketeer” and Producer “The Flash” 90’s TV Series)
Steve Ditko (Co-Creator, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange)
Peter Donat (Actor, “The X-Files”)
Bob Dorough (Composer, “Schoolhouse Rock!”)

Harlan Ellison (Sci-Fi Writer, “Star Trek” and “Babylon 5”)
R. Lee Ermey (Actor, Golden Globe Nominee, “Full Metal Jacket”)

Nanette Fabray (Actress-Singer, “The Band Wagon)
Milos Forman (Oscar-Winning Director, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”)
Naomi Parker Fraley (The Real Rose the Riveter)
Aretha Franklin (the Queen of Soul)
Joel Freeman (Veteran Producer, “Shaft” and “Love at First Bite”)

John Gavin (Actor, “Psycho” and “Spartacus”)
Lewis Gilbert (Director, “Alfie,” You Only Live Twice,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker”)
William Goldman (Oscar-Winning Writer, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”)

Barbara Harris (Actress, the original “Freaky Friday”)
Stephen Hawking (Theoretical Physicist and Author)
Stephen Hillenburg (Creator, “SpongeBob SquarePants”)
Tab Hunter (Actor, “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry”)

Joe Jackson (Patriarch of Jackson Family)
Keith Jackson (Legendary College Football Sportscaster)
Johann Johannsson (Composer, “Theory of Everything”)
Georgann Johnson (Actress, “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “All My Children” and “As the World Turns”)
Mickey Jones (Character Actor)
Paul Junger Witt (Producer, “The Golden Girls,” “Benson” and “Soap”)

James Karen (Veteran Actor, “Poltergeist” and “The Return of the Living Dead”)
Carl Kasell (Legendary NPR Newsman)
Margot Kidder (Actress, “Superman”)

Christopher Lawford (JFK Nephew and Actor, “General Hospital” and “All My Children”)
Ursula K. Le Guin (Renowned Author, “Earthsea”)
Robin Leach (Host, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”)
Stan Lee (Legendary Writer, Editor and Publisher, Marvel Comics Characters)
Andy Lewis (Oscar-nominated co-writer “Klute”)
Sondra Locke (Oscar nominee-Actress “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”)
Deanna Lund (Actress, “Land of the Giants”)

Katherine MacGregor (Actress, “Little House on the Prairie”)
John Mahoney (Actor, “Frasier”)
Dorothy Malone (Veteran Actress, “Basic Instinct” and “Peyton Place”)
Robert Mandan (Actor, “Soap”)
Penny Marshall (Director – Actress, “Laverne and Shirley”)
Jan Maxwell (Gifted Comic Actress and 5-Time Tony Nominee)
John McCain (Arizona Senator and One-Time Presidential Nominee)
Peggy McCay (Veteran Actress, “Days of Our Lives”)
Benjamin Melniker (MGM Executive and Producer of nearly all Batman films) [He was 104]
Donald Moffat (Actor, “The Right Stuff” and “Clear And Present Danger”)
John Morris (Veteran Composer, “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein”)
Patricia Morison (Actress, “Song of Bernadette” and “Dressed To Kill”) [She was 103 years old]

Tim O’Connor (Actor, “Peyton Place”)
Dolores O’Riordan (Singer-Songwriter, Lead Singer of “The Cranberries”)
David Ogden Stiers (Actor, “MASH”)

Charlotte Rae (veteran actress, “Facts of Life”)
Burt Reynolds (Actor, “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Deliverance”)
Donnelly Rhodes (Veteran Actor, “Soap” and “Battlestar Galactica”)

Mark Salling (Actor-Singer, “Glee”)
Mitzi Shore (Owner, “The Comedy Store”)
Neil Simon (Playwright, “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park”)
Nancy Sinatra, Sr. (the late Frank Sinatra’s first wife and mother of his three children)
Russ Solomon (Founder of Tower Records)
Kate Spade (Fashion Designer)
Elizabeth Sung (Character Actress, “The Young and the Restless” “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Sopranos”)
D’Wayne Swear (Retired Naval Investigator who inspired NCIS: New Orleans character Dwayne Pride)

Emma Tennant (Top British TV Executive)
Verne Troyer (Actor, “Austin Powers” franchise)

Jerry Van Dyke (Veteran Actor “Coach” and Brother of Dick Van Dyke)
Will Vinton (Award-Winning Animator and Pioneer of Claymation)

Clint Walker (Actor, 1950’s western classic “Cheyenne”)
Nancy Wilson (Grammy-Winning Singer, Actress)
Scott Wilson (Veteran Actor, “The Walking Dead”)
Tom Wolfe (Journalist and Author, “The Right Stuff”)

Craig Zadan (Prolific Stage, TV and Film Producer)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.

TOMORROW: Ratings

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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just plain silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:

GOLDEN GLOBES (January)

Best Drama Picture – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actor Drama Picture – Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
Best Comedy TV Series – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Allison Janney in I, Tonya
Best Animated Film – Coco
Best Original Song – This Is Me from The Greatest Showman
Best Drama TV Series – The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor Drama TV Series – Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us
Best Actress Drama TV Series – Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actress Comedy Series in a TV Series – Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actress Limited TV Series – Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
Cecil B. DeMille Award – Oprah Winfrey

CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARDS (January)

Motion Pictures:

Best Picture – The Shape of Water
Best Actress – Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Young Actor/Actress – Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project
Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread
Best Action Movie – Wonder Woman
Best Actress in a Comedy – Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

Television:

Best Supporting Actor in TV Drama – David Harbour in Stranger Things
Best Actor in a TV Comedy – Ted Danson in The Good Place
Best Limited TV Series – Big Little Lies

NAACP IMAGE AWARDS (January)

Entertainer of the Year – Ava DuVernay
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture – Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture – Octavia Spencer in Gifted
Outstanding Actress in a TV Comedy – Tracee Ellis Ross in black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a TV Drama – Taraji P. Henson in Empire
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Drama – Joe Morton in Scandal
Outstanding Male Artist – Bruno Mars
Outstanding Female Artist – Mary J. Blige

SAG AWARDS (January)

Actress TV Drama – Clarie Foy in The Crown
Actor in Limited TV Series – Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies
Ensemble in a Motion Picture – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

GRAMMY AWARDS (January)

Album of the Year – 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
Top Country Album – From a Room, Vol. 1 by Chris Stapleton
New Artist – Alessia Cara
Pop Duo/Group Performance – Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Top Rock Song – Run by Foo Fighters
Song Written for Visual Media – How Far I’ll Go from Moana by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – La La Land
Musical Theater Album – Dear Evan Hansen

RAZZIE AWARDS (March)

Worst Picture – The Emoji Movie
Worst Actor – Tom Cruise in The Mummy
Worst Supporting Actress – Kim Basinger in Fifty Shades Darker
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel – Fifty Shades Darker

OSCARS (March)

Best Picture – The Shape of Water
Original Screenplay – Get Out by Jordan Peele
Film Editing – Lee Smith for Dunkirk
Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (May)

Top Male Artist – Ed Sheeran
Top Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group – Imagine Dragons
Top Country Female Artist – Maren Morris
Top Soundtrack – Moana
Top Dance/Electronic Song – Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

TONY AWARDS (June)

Best Play – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Best Musical – The Band’s Visit
Best Revival of a Play – Angels in America
Best Actor in Leading Role in a Play – Andrew Garfield in Angels in America
Best Actress in Leading Role in a Play – Glenda Jackson in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – Nathan Lane in Angels in America

MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS (June)

Best Movie – Black Panther
Bet Performance in a Show Female – Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
Best Hero – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) in Black Panther
Best Villain – Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) in Black Panther
Scene Stealer – Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) in Riverdale
Best Fight – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers in Wonder Woman

BET AWARDS (June)

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist – Bruno Mars
Video Director of the Year – Ava Duvernay
Best Actress – Tiffany Haddish
Young Stars Award – Yara Shahidi

SATURN AWARDS (June)

Best Action/Adventure Film – The Greatest Showman
Best Independent Film – Wonder
Best Actor in a Film – Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Best Actress in a Film – Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman
Best Supporting Actor in a Film – Patrick Stewart in Logan
Best Supporting Actress in a Film – Danai Gurira in Black Panther
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film – Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Best Fantasy TV Series – Outlander
Best Superhero Adaptation TV Series – The Flash
Best New Media TV Series: – Star Trek: Discovery
Best New Media Superhero Series – Marvel’s The Punisher
Best Actress on TV: Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery

TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS (August)

Achievement in Drama – Keri Russell in The Americans
Achievement in Comedy – Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding New Program – Killing Eve
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy – The Good Place
Lifetime Achievement – Rita Moreno
Heritage Award – Friends

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS (August)

Choice Action Movie- Avengers: Infinity War
Choice Sci-Fi Movie – Black Panther
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor – Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress – Letitia Wright in Black Panther
Choice Fantasy Movie Actress – Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Choice Comedy Movie – Love, Simon
Choice Comedy Movie Actor – Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Choice Summer Movie Actor – Chris Pratt in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Choice Drama TV Show – Riverdale
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Choice Action TV Actor – Grant Gustin in The Flash
Choice Action TV Actress – Melissa Benoist in Supergirl
Choice Comedy TV Actor – Jaime Camil in Jane the Virgin
Choice Comedy TV Actress – Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin
Choice Summer TV Star – Olivia Holt in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Choice Breakout TV Star – Vanessa Morgan in Riverdale
Choice Female Artist – Camila Cabello
Choice Country Artist – Carrie Underwood
Choice Collaboration – Rewrite the Stars by Zac Efron & Zendaya from The Greatest Showman soundtrack
Choice Summer Male Artist – Shawn Mendes

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (August)

Artist of the Year – Camila Cabello
Best Pop – No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande
Best Rock – Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons

EMMY AWARDS (September)

Drama Series – Game of Thrones
Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Foy in The Crown
Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Matthew Rhys in The Americans
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Thandie Newton in Westworld
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Darren Criss in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie – Merritt Wever in Godless
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Alex Borstein in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Henry Winkler in Barry

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (October)

Favorite Female Artist Country – Carrie Underwood
Favorite Artist Alternative Rock – Panic! At The Disco
Favorite Soundtrack – The Album, Music From And Inspired By Black Panther

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (November)

Movie of 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War
Comedy Movie – The Spy Who Dumped Me
Family Movie – Incredibles 2
Action Movie Star – Danai Gurira in Black Panther
Show of 2018 – Shadowhunters
Drama Show – Riverdale
Male TV Star – Harry Shum Jr. in Shadowhunters
Female TV Star – Katherine McNamara in Shadowhunters
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show – Wynonna Earp
Male Artist – Shawn Mendes
Country Artist – Blake Shelton

GOTHAM AWARDS (November)

Best Feature – The Rider
Best Actor – Ethan Hawke in First Reformed
Best Actress – Toni Collette in Hereditary
Breakthrough Actor – Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade
Breakthrough Series, Long Form – Killing Eve
Jury Award for Ensemble Performance – Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone in The Favourite
Audience Award – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: In Memorium

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