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"The Voice" recap: Battles begin with Miley Cyrus winning a two-way battle to steal one of Adam Levine’s artists

NBC UniversalIt was the first night of the battle rounds on The Voice Monday night, as teammates went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition. The evening culminated in Miley Cyrus winning a two-way battle with Blake Shelton to steal one of Adam Levine’s artists. Blake and Jennifer Hudson also stole artists.

Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: DNCE’s Joe Jonas for Team Adam, Rascal Flatts for Team Blake, ex-Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland for Team Jennifer and Billy Ray Cyrus for Team Miley.

Here are some of Monday's highlights:

Team Miley’s “growlers,” 16-year-old Moriah Formica and Shilo Gold, 26, tackled The Guess Who’s “American Woman.” Miley’s dad, Billy Ray, called the pair a “new female Brooks & Dunn,” and predicted that neither was going home. Adam, Blake and Jennifer praised both artists, but leaned towards Moriah. Miley, while praising Shilo’s growth, also picked Moriah, who moved on to the knockout rounds. Gold was sent packing.

Keisha Renee, 30, and 17-year-old Noah Mac battled for Team Blake, dueting on Elvis Presley’s version of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Beforehand, Shelton said the round would go to the singer who delivered the song with “the message and the feeling.” Following the performance, Jennifer called Noah an “old soul,” and declared Keisha’s voice “flawlessly beautiful.” Miley suggested that Blake should go with Keisha. He noted both singers were different, but sang with heart, before giving the round to Keisha, who moves on.

In a dramatic moment, Hudson stole Noah just as he was about to leave the stage. He advances, now representing Team JHud.

Jennifer’s Chris Weaver and Kathrina Feigh were given “Dangerous Woman,” by Ariana Grande. Hudson’s advisor Kelly Rowland loved their “big voices,” but warned that “too much is too much.” Adam, Miley and Blake all praised Kathrina, but gave the round to Chris. Jennifer, noting that Kathrina was going up against a “freight train,” pronounced him the winner. Weaver advances to the knockout rounds.

However, Blake stole Kathrina, explaining that she “never backed down and gave it all she had” and he wanted to see “what she’s all about as an artist.” Feigh also moves on, now as a member of Team Blake.

The final pairing of the night was Team Adam’s rockers Adam Pearce and Whitney Fenimore, covering “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Levine’s advisor, Joe Jonas, was blown away by the duo, saying, “I’d go see that concert anytime.” After the performance, Blake praised Pearce’s “classic rock and roll sounding voice,” but leaned towards Whitney. Jennifer and Miley gave Adam the edge. Coach Adam awarded the round to Pearce, who advances to the knockout rounds.

Whitney wasn’t done though. Both Blake and Miley both fought to steal the singer, with Miley arguing that she turned around for her during the blind auditions, and Blake trying to capitalize on their shared Oklahoma roots. Whitney -- with some egging on from Levine -- chose Miley as her new coach.

The battles continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Jennifer Lopez-headed disaster relief efforts raise $36 million

Jordin Althaus/NBCUniversal/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty ImagesThe disaster relief efforts being spearheaded by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to help Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean have raised more than $35 million to date, the group announced Monday.

Lopez and Rodriguez have secured commitments of more than $26 million from corporations.  In addition, the One Voice: Somos Live Concert and Telethon on Saturday raised more than $9 million.

“With the disasters and tragedies befalling us almost weekly, and the swirling negativity dividing our country, it was gratifying to see people of all ages, races, and backgrounds come together to support and help those in need," J-Lo said in a statement. "Alex and I were amazed by the amount of love, unity and donations that were received.  And I am personally overcome with gratitude for all the incredible artists and talent who showed up in both Los Angeles and Miami to perform, answer phones or lend their services.  While there is still much to do, we are deeply grateful for all that’s been done.  We are, and will continue to be, one voice.”

The Somos Una Voz organization is not done raising money.  Donations are still being accepted at somosonevoice.com.

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Demi Lovato's YouTube documentary premieres today: "People think they know a lot about me"

ABC/Paula LoboDemi Lovato's YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated, arrives today, and the singer promises that even though you may believe you know all there is to know about her, the film will still teach you a thing or two.

"People think they know a lot about me, and they do," she tells ABC Radio. "But for the most part they don't know where I'm at in my life today, and they don't know what it's like being a single adult, navigating my life on my own."

Demi's spent most of her life in the spotlight, and has been very open and candid about her personal struggles over the years. That's covered in the documentary, of course, but you'll also find out about everything that the singer's been up to in recent years, including what went into her new album, Tell Me You Love Me.

"You get to see the making of the album which is really cool," Demi says, adding, "I touch on some issues that I've talked about before but how I relate to them today.  And you get to see some of my philanthropic work, which is really cool."

But will the documentary also address a specific topic which Demi hinted at a few months ago? During an interview with the gay website PrideSource, she was invited to directly address her sexuality, but she declined, saying fans should "watch my documentary." In it, she said, "I answer a lot of questions."

When PrideSource asked her if some of those questions she answers are about her sexuality, she replied, "Yeah, some about that. Because if ever I want to talk about it, I want it to be on my own terms."

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Kelly Clarkson's "best compliment ever" has nothing to do with her voice or music

Vincent PetersAs a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar, Kelly Clarkson doesn't need anyone to tell her that she's an amazing singer and songwriter.  That's why she says the best compliment she gets from fans is one that doesn't involve her music at all -- instead, she says, it involves how she makes her fans feel about themselves.

Speaking to the British paper The Daily Mail, Kelly explains why she's been so open about the fact that the media has been obsessed with her weight ever since she arrived on the scene.  "I have felt conflicted over the years. Do you address it? Do you talk about it? Because then you just add to the noise," she tells the paper. "But people like me to talk about it, so I don’t really mind carrying that flag."

"I love that people come up to me and say: 'Because you are comfortable in your skin, you have made me more comfortable in mine,'” she adds. "That’s the best compliment ever."

In fact, Kelly's new album Meaning of Life features a song that's a response to all the criticism over the years: it's called "Whole Lotta Woman."  "This is who I am and I’m happy," The Mail quotes Kelly as saying at a recent showcase. "Happy looks different on everyone."

In the same interview, Kelly also discusses her feelings about the current political climate in the U.S.

"I’m for the best person to run the show and I definitely didn’t vote for this guy," she says of President Trump. "But he won, so we need to get some great people around him to make better decisions."

The American Idol alum adds, "Life has become a reality TV show, and I don’t want to be in suspense about what’s going to happen next week."

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The Weeknd recognized by RIAA for multi-platinum success

Courtesy Republic RecordsThe Weeknd is being recognized by the Recording Industry Association of American for his multi-platinum achievements.

The singer has received two huge plaques commemorating his success. One recognizes The Weeknd for being the only artist to earn a 2X multi-platinum album in the last year that also includes four platinum or higher songs.

The album, of course, is Starboy.  The title track went platinum five times, “I Feel It Coming” went double platinum, and “Party Monster” and “Reminder” both went platinum.

The Weeknd also received a plaque for scoring 11 platinum or multi-platinum certified songs during the past five years.

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John Mayer celebrates turning 40 with some custom "Big Lebowski" bling

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer is celebrating his big birthday with a Big Lebowski-themed gift to himself.

The singer, who turns 40 Monday, got himself a diamond-encrusted necklace with a pendant in the likeness of The Dude, Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski. He posted a photo of his new bling on Instagram.

“If you’re asking me if I had [jeweler Ben Baller] make me a diamond encrusted chain bearing a likeness of The Dude for my 40th birthday, then I guess my answer would have to be you’re damn right I did,” he writes. “Anxiety and worry is canceled this week.”

The jeweler posted his own photos of his handiwork, showing off the back of the pendant which is engraved with The Dude’s famous quote, “Yah, well, that’s just like, your opinion, man.”

Ben Baller writes to John, “Thank you for trusting me and letting me do my thing for your big bday gift. This is Top 3 career piece for me out of over 600 custom made pieces in a 12 year span.”

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Is Taylor Swift's new video a document of her and her boyfriend's fave hangouts?

Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift was seen in London over the weekend filming a new music video, and according to one British paper, the entire thing is a travelogue of her relationship with her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn.

The Telegraph reports that Taylor filmed scenes for the clip in a North London kebab shop, in a black taxi, on an iconic red London bus driving around Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, and in Joe's local pub.  Taylor also rod a bicycle across the British capital's Millennium Bridge.

"The video shows Taylor on a night out. All of the locations are places she has been to with Joe," a source tells the Telegraph. "She has spent months quietly going under the radar in London this year and has been out a lot more than anybody realizes."

While in London, Taylor also apparently held a listening party for her new album, Reputation, for a small number of hand-picked fans. They've all been sworn to secrecy, but many raved about the new music, and showed off their special souvenirs: snake-shaped key chains with "London" engraved on the back.

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