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Aretha Franklin Reportedly In Hospice Care              

We’re hearing more about “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin – and it isn’t good.  Franklin has been described as “gravely ill” and that she is surrounded by family and friends as she awaits the end of her life.

Now CNN is reporting that the legendary singer is receiving hospice care – and there are suggestions that the cancer she fought off nearly a decade ago has returned. That may be – but her family is trying to stay positive – and says she’s doing the same. While not addressing the newest reports directly, Franklin’s nephew, Tim Franklin, has confirmed that she’s home.

“She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people,” he tells “People” magazine. “Family is there with her. She’s home.” As for what the future holds, Tim says everyone is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.” “We believe she’ll pull through it,” he adds. “She believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing.” She's said to be asking for prayers as well...and she's surely getting them.

In March, Franklin’s doctor ordered her to cancel her performances, one year after she announced she was retiring from music - save for a smattering of performances here and there. Franklin’s last public performance was in August 2017, with her taking the stage for the last time in November last year at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.

MTV VMAs Unveil Song Of Summer Nominees              

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards is just a week away, and they’ve just added a brand new category, with fans playing a role in who’ll win. Nominees for Song of Summer, powered by Truth, have just been revealed and they include:

Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It”Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi BCalvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss”Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up”DJ Khaled’s “No Brainer,” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and QuavoDrake’s “In My Feelings”Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams”Post Malone’s “Better Now”

Voting is now open, with the category being cut down to two nominees by tomorrow, and voting officially closing on Thursday. The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards happen Monday, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Stars Send Support To Demi Lovato              

Demi Lovato was on the mind of several stars at this weekend’s Teen Choice Awards.

Noah Cyrus offered her support for the singer, telling “Billboard,” “I've known Demi since I was a kid -- like really young kid -- and I love her more than anything in the world, so I'm rooting her on so much and I love how honest she's been with everybody,” adding, “I love you, Demi, I'm rooting for you and I'm praying for you. We're like childhood family, you know?"

Also sending her best wishes was Meghan Trainor, who shared, “You're so strong. We know you'll come back stronger than ever and I can't wait for her return.”

Meanwhile, Lauren Jaregui revealed that she spoke with Demi, sending her “so much love.” “We all go through our own struggles in life, and I feel like it's incredibly brave of her to be so open about it,” she says. “I think being famous [makes it] hard to go through things like that -- having everybody in your business is obviously invasive, so I just send her love and healing from whatever place I can. She knows I love her.”

  Calvin Harris to drop song with Sam Smith:Calvin Harris is getting ready to release a new single with Sam Smith. The singer revealed on Twitter that the tune "Promises," will drop Friday. He notes he's, "very excited about this one."

 Weird Al getting star on Hollywood Walk of Fame:Weird Al Yankovicis set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The parody king’s ceremony will take place August 27th at 11:30 am, right across the street from the Chinese Theatre.

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