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J Lo gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Plus: Andrew W K sets record for drumming; I don¿t care what people say: Amanda Bynes; Bruno Mars to wear Dolce & Gabbana for tour; Miss Algeria contest back after 10-year break

J Lo gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jennifer Lopez was awarded the 2,500th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. "I cried like almost 15 thousand times," she said after the ceremony. "It was so crazy. But I kept promising everybody I wasn't going to cry and they were like, 'Cry! You're not helping!' But it was an amazing moment." Lopez, who was with her boyfriend Casper Smart and Max and Emme, her 5-year-old twins with her former husband Marc Anthony, called it a "landmark day" for herself and her family. - AP

Andrew WK sets record for drumming

The musician Andrew WK, 34, set a new world record after playing drums non-stop for 24 hours during MTV's O Music Awards last week. The O Music Awards, which give out accolades in a variety of fan-voted categories to musicians who make an impact online through social media, was streamed solely online as a 24-hour virtual concert. The American, who was born Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier, drummed from Wednesday to Thursday, earning the world record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store, MTV said in a statement. Artists such as the Jonas Brothers, Hanson, Atlas Genius and Kate Nash performed from the MTV studios in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville during the live music festival that MTV billed as the largest online-only event of its kind. - Reuters

I don't care what people say: Amanda Bynes

The actress Amanda Bynes says she doesn't care what people say about her. The 27-year-old had her first nose job last month to remove skin that was like "webbing" between her eyes and she insists the surgery has done "miracles" for her. "It doesn't matter if you feel sexy or if you don't look sexy. I don't care what you say about me if I don't find you physically attractive," said Bynes, according to femalefirst.co.uk. "Surgery is a complete miracle for me, nothing can hold you back from living out your dreams. There's a surgery for everything that's wrong with you," she added. The actress was recently charged with evidence tampering, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. - IANS

Bruno Mars to wear Dolce & Gabbana for tour

The singer Bruno Mars will don creations of the fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for his Moonshine Jungle world tour, which starts on Saturday. "Bruno's style and music are so eclectic that oftentimes we have taken inspiration directly from his work to create looks that were at the same time in line with his very personal taste, as well as with the DNA of Dolce and Gabbana," read a statement released by the fashion house. The fashion duo were convicted in an Italian court of tax evasion last week but have said they will appeal the verdict. - IANS

Miss Algeria contest back after 10-year break

After 10 years, the Miss Algeria beauty contest was held on Friday in the western city of Oran, with the 19-year-old science student Rym Amari taking the top honour. The competition was suspended in 2003 after the death of Cheradi Hamdad, who launched the contest in 1996 during Algeria's civil war and whose son Faycal Hamdad has taken up the mantle. "I have picked up the torch for this year only because my father died last year of lung cancer," said the new pageant director, rights activist and performer. The hopefuls paraded in traditional outfits, sportswear and evening dresses - no swimsuits. Miss Algeria 2013 has been crowned too late to be able to participate in this year's Miss World contest, which is due to be held in Bali in September. - AFP

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