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Beauty, thy name is Beyonce

People magazine has named Beyonce the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2012.

The 30-year-old singer tops the magazine's annual list of the "World's Most Beautiful" in a special double issue. The announcement was made Wednesday.

Commenting on her selection, Beyonce tells People: "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this Earth."

Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January.

"She's just the cutest thing," says the Grammy winner, who sings to her daughter and claims to "love" changing diapers.

Does Blue resemble mom or dad?

"She looks like Blue," the singer says. "She's her own person."

"The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy," she adds. "The word 'love' means something completely different now."

Other celebrities on the list include Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Pare of "Mad Men."


Special honor for Pete Seeger

Folk music legend Pete Seeger has won a prize, and he might just sing a song to celebrate.

The 92-year-old troubadour is receiving a "Distinguished Service" award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. According to academy Executive Director Virginia Dajani, Seeger might perform at the May 16 ceremony, where playwright Tony Kushner will present Seeger a certificate and a check for $1,000. In an acceptance letter sent to the academy, and shared with the Associated Press, Seeger wrote that his father, Charles Louis Seeger Jr., would have been "especially pleased." The elder Seeger was a composer, conductor and pioneer of "ethnomusicology."

"I am glad we are all realizing that the arts, in a broad sense, may save the world, save the human race," Pete Seeger wrote to the academy.

Also Wednesday, the academy announced that a pair of Pulitzer Prize winners and academy members will receive gold medals for lifetime achievement: David McCullough for biography and Steven Reich for music.


George Jones' family feud

It's not his health but a family feud that is bothering George Jones.

The 80-year-old country star posted a video message on his website Wednesday, thanking fans as he recovers from an upper respiratory infection. He then accused his daughter Georgette Lennon of spreading lies about him on the Internet.

He was hospitalized for nearly a week last month and had to postpone shows.

Lennon's mother is country singer Tammy Wynette.

Jones claims Lennon has been "putting so much bad things" about him on the Internet and Facebook. He says "none of these things are true. They are all about money."

Lennon says she is "completely devastated" by his message and denies making any negative statements. -- From News and wire services