Bruno Mars Crowned Artist of the Year; China Reaches the Moon
Dec. 15, 2013
By ABC NEWS
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Bruno Mars Named Artist of the Year
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Better luck next year, Justin.
Bruno Mars beat out flashier competitors like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gags and Justin Timberlake to win Billboard Magazine's coveted Artist of the Year award.
Although his album sales for "Unorthodox Jukebox" came second to Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," Mars was deemed biggest overall artist for the year with his number one hit, "When I Was Your Man."
Khaleesi Goes Terminator
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But where are her dragons?
Emilia Clarke has signed up to play Sarah Connor in the new Terminator remake. The British actress, best known for her role as the steely Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's "Game of Thrones," will take on the role made famous by Linda Hamilton in the original two movies.
She may have dealt with dragons, murder plots against her and a creepy brother on "Game of Thrones," but in the new Terminator movie Clarke will take on her biggest foe yet, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Shaun White Gives Trophy to 11-Year-Old Boy
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That's one way to get a memorable souvenir.
Pro-snowboarder Shaun White made one fan's day, when he handed over a trophy he had just won. White was competing in Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships on Saturday
After finishing second, White handed over the wooden plague to 11-year-old Connor Tripp after he stepped off the podium.
"I thought he was just letting me hold it," Connor told USA Today. "He's a really good snowboarder and he's really nice."
China Lands on the Moon
China has officially made touch down.
The country's first lunar rover, called the "Jade Rabbit," landed on the moon on Saturday. The rover was named after a myth about the rabbit of a goddess that lives on the moon.
It has an optical telescope and ultraviolet camera that will be used to explore the moon's surface.
The landing makes China the third country to reach the moon.
With continued NASA experiments being sent to the moon and Space-X planning to launch in the next few years, it sounds like things in space might be getting a little crowded.
SNL Mocks Mandela Memorial Snafus
After Obama's not-so-good week following a series of snafus at the Nelson Mandela memorial, "Saturday Night Live" had fun parodying the president. In the opening sketch, the show poked fun at Obama's infamous selfie with the Danish prime minister, the president shaking hands with Raoul Castro and of course the bungled sign language interpreter who was actually saying nothing.
Too bad they never got around to signing, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!"