This past Sunday my husband and I ventured to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California for the Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday celebration. The Dalai Lama holds a special place in my heart because it was just a few years ago that my father and I were visiting San Diego.
Here are 20 post-50 celebrities -- that are, thankfully, still alive and well -- who took the pledge to serve America so that every person could savor their freedom while enjoying 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'
To have PSY, a Korean superstar and MC Hammer, an iconic black star from 1992, performing "Gangnam Style" and "2 Legit 2 Quit" on stage together to close out the American Music Awards, seems an appropriate -- even touching -- bookend for the year.
I quit smoking in February of this year, but after I watched the 2012 American Music Awards, I wanted to go buy a pack of cigarettes, rip the filters off, and smoke it like my Father is making me smoke the whole pack as punishment.
"I wrote a song about my high school girlfriend who broke my heart and have been milking it ever since. The irony of it is, it's the very first song I ever wrote and it's the song that's pinned on my back, kind of like 'kick me.'"