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Arts Briefs

Legendary fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, the founder of one of the most influential fashion empires, died at the age of 91.

Known for his exquisite style that celebrated the power of femininity, Givenchy dressed trendsetters such as Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly, and was a pioneer of integrating style and political influence in European and American societies.

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Revived from a two-year hiatus, American Idol returned for a 16th season, this time on the ABC channel. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring a panel of judges — Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry — the show attracted 10 million viewers with its first episode, becoming the most-watched ABC Sunday night show in over five years. Perry was reportedly paid $25 million for being on the show, the highest amount paid to any reality TV celebrity judge in history.

The show’s high ratings on the first night are a relief for ABC, as the network was concerned with whether pop-princess Perry had enough star power to appeal to audiences already fatigued from the Idol franchise.

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Also caught up in the reboot craze, The CW has announced the casting for its new version of Charmed. The TV series about three witch sisters who battle unearthly demons originally ran from 1998 to 2006, receiving huge international success. The reboot, coming in the form of a pilot, will be “fierce, funny, feminist,” according to the official synopsis. The new sister trio will be made up of Madeleine Mantock from Into the Badlands, Melonie Diaz from Fruitvale Station and Sarah Jeffery of Shades of Blue.

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In the spirit of powerful feminist attitudes, International Women’s Day was marked by Rihanna becoming the first woman to cross 2 billion streams on Apple Music worldwide, cementing her status as a significant player in the world of music.

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The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which took place on March 11 in Inglewood, California, started to gain cultural momentum in their fifth year.

Hosted by DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin, the ceremony was opened by Cardi B, who energized the stage with a medley of her hits, including “Bodak Yellow” and her chart-topping collaborations. Cardi B went on to win the awards for best new artist and best new hip-hop artist.

Ed Sheeran, who took home the male artist of the year and song of the year awards for “Shape of You,” performed as well. Other performers included Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Eminem and Kehlani, with the latter two performing in collaboration. Taylor Swift, who won the female artist of the year category, was absent from the show, but the singer’s new single “Delicate” from her album Reputation still premiered its music video.

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March 15, 2018

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