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Last updated: Fri. Jul. 25, 2014 - 01:38 am EDT

Azalea to comment on VMAs

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Pop star Iggy Azalea is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV said Thursday that the singer featured in the summer hits “Fancy” and “Problem” will provide a running commentary on fashion during the annual awards show Aug. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The following night, Azalea will channel her inner Joan Rivers for an MTV fashion recap show under the “House of Style” banner.

Rocker honored

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi will be honored with an award named for an opera singer.

The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way.”

In announcing the recipient Wednesday, organizers said Bon Jovi has used his musical success to support groups working to end homelessness and hunger.

Bon Jovi will accept the $25,000 award Nov. 18 at the city’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Anderson was a celebrated contralto and Philadelphia native who in 1955 became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Barbara Harris is 79. Supermodel Iman is 59. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley is 57. Actress Illeana Douglas is 49. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 47. Actor D.B. Woodside is 45. Actor David Denman is 41.

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