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See Bette Midler from front row, help turn Big Apple green

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bette-midlerBette Midler will allow one lucky fan to see her in concert, and not “from a distance.”

The Divine Miss M., as she likes to be known, is participating in an online auction that ends on Friday. One of the items in the auction is the chance to meet the “Wind Beneath My Wings” singer and watch her perform from the front row at her Las Vegas show. The auction is handled by CharityFolks.com with proceeds going to the New York Restoration Project, a group Midler founded 15 years ago to put a green shine on the Big Apple by restoring parks and community gardens.

Midler will perform the last show in her nearly two-year Las Vegas run on Jan. 31, and that’s the ticket fans are getting a chance to bid on.

As of Monday afternoon, the latest bid for that ticket stood at $2,000. This for a package that comes with round-trip airfare. Is that the best Midler fans can do?

Carrie Underwood’s big night

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carrie_underwood1Its only been four years since Carrie Underwood won American Idol, but it felt like a long-overdue coronation when she was named entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The 26-year-old superstar beati out Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and George Strait, four of country music’s top-selling male artists, all of them at least a decade older, to cement her place as the biggest star of country music’s next generation. 

Will Carrie Underwood steal Kenny Chesney’s crown?

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carrieCarrie Underwood has become country music’s biggest star since she exploded onto the scene after winning American Idol in 2005, but so far she’s been passed over as the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, which has gone to only six women in 39 years.

In fact in recent years, country superstar Kenny Chesney has had a lock on the Entertainer of the Year award, taking it home in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Carlos Santana happens in Vegas

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carlos-santanaLegendary guitarist and self-proclaimed hippie Carlos Santana has agreed to a Las Vegas hotel residency, in a deal touted this week as a first in rock ‘n roll history. Through 2010, the Mexico-born musician will not be allowed to perform anywhere else in the United States, west of the Mississippi. His deal with AEG Live commits him to play The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Celine Dion have all made a Las Vegas stage their home at some point in their careers, but Santana’s move to Las Vegas takes the performer, who first struck fame in the 1960s era of “peace and love,” far from his roots in the San Francisco hippie scene. The son of a violinist, Santana is known for his spiritual side and his mix of Latino culture and the blues. He performed at Woodstock in 1969 before going on to become a rock ‘n roll institution known for wicked guitar licks. He has posted sales of more than 90 million records and 11 Grammy Awards, and a list of his hit songs includes “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va.”

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