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Back On? Katy Perry Kisses John Mayer in N.Y.C. | John Mayer, Katy Perry

Katy Perry Kisses John Mayer at Friars Club Roast in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 06/25/2013 10:05AM

Katy Perry and John Mayer's on-again, off-again romance appears to be back on.

After recently telling Vogue magazine that she was "still madly in love" with Mayer, Perry was spotted out with the "Paper Doll" singer at New York's Greenwich Hotel on Saturday night and, later, at Monday's Friars Foundation Annual Applause Awards Gala honoring Don Rickles at the Waldorf-Astoria.

At the event, Mayer performed a tune made famous by Frank Sinatra, which captivated Perry.

"When John performed, Katy was enamored by his performance," a source tells PEOPLE. "He sang 'One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).' When they were sitting down, she had her arm around John at one point. They shared kisses."

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Natalie Cole's Mother, Maria Cole, Dies of Cancer

Natalie Cole's Mother, Maria Cole, Dies of Cancer

Originally posted 07/02/2012 06:55AM

Maria Cole, the widow of singing legend Nat "King" Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and in her own right a former Big Band singer, died Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a brief battle with cancer, her family announced. She was 89.

"Our mom was in a class all by herself. She epitomized class, elegance, and truly defined what it is to be a real lady," said Natalie Cole and her siblings, Timolin and Casey Cole, in a statement.

"We are so blessed and privileged to have inherited the legacy that she leaves behind along with our father. She died how she lived – with great strength, courage and dignity, surrounded by her loving family," the Coles' statement also said.

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Natalie Cole Coping with Life's Joys and Sorrows

Natalie Cole Coping with Life's Joys and Sorrows

Originally posted 09/23/2009 07:00AM

For Natalie Cole, the past four months can be summed up in one word: unforgettable.

Back in May, the singer received a life-saving kidney transplant. But when she came out of surgery, she learned her sister Cookie, who had been battling lung cancer, had passed away.

"This was a very joyous moment where I've got new life. It was also a very sorrowful moment, where my sister had gone on, and the family that donated the kidney had lost their daughter as well," Cole, 59, says in the November/December issue of AARP The Magazine.

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Natalie Cole Returns to the Stage in Hollywood | Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole Returns to the Stage in Hollywood

Originally posted 09/10/2009 06:05PM

Four months after undergoing kidney transplant surgery, Natalie Cole made an energetic return to the stage Wednesday, belting out more than a dozen songs at a comeback concert in Hollywood.

"I really do have to say ... it really is a miracle time. It's a miracle night for me," she told the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl. "I never thought I'd be standing here healthy and whole and 100 percent."

The Grammy Award-winning singer, 59, dressed in an asymmetrical purple gown, received multiple standing ovations throughout the night – at the beginning of her performance when she first stepped out onstage, during songs and at the end of her encore performance.

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Natalie Cole Feels 'Remarkable' with New Kidney | Natalie Cole

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Natalie Cole Feels 'Remarkable' with New Kidney

Originally posted 08/14/2009 07:00AM

While she does not know who donated the kidney that potentially saved her life, Natalie Cole is on the mend and "really doing well," the Grammy-winning singer said at Thursday's Harold Pump Foundation Gala in Beverly Hills to honor Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Bill Russell.

"It's remarkable what a new kidney does to your life. I have no complaints ... I'm pretty amazed. I have been working on my stamina."

Cole, whose transplant surgery took place in May, says, "I just went to the doctor today. He is thrilled. I'm just really, really thankful. I'm thankful to the doctors, I'm thankful to the family that donated the kidney."

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Natalie Cole Celebrates Life with a Post-Surgery Concert

Natalie Cole Celebrates Life with a Post-Surgery Concert

Originally posted 06/09/2009 05:00PM

Just weeks after a successful kidney transplant, Natalie Cole has announced her performance comeback. The 59-year-old Grammy-winning singer says she will return to the stage on Sept. 9, appearing at the Hollywood Bowl.

Cole, who was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2008, also conveyed her "deepest appreciation and gratitude" toward her fans for the support she has received since the transplant and the death of her elder sister, Carole Cole, from lung cancer on May 19, the same day as Natalie Cole's surgery.

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Natalie Cole Is Released from the Hospital | Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole Is Released from the Hospital

Originally posted 05/25/2009 06:45PM

Natalie Cole has been discharged from the hospital five days after undergoing a kidney transplant.

Cole headed home on Sunday to continue her recovery, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

The Grammy winner, 59, planned to attend a private family memorial service on Monday for her sister Carol "Cookie" Cole, who passed away following a battle with lung cancer the same day Natalie received her life-saving organ transplant.

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Natalie Cole's Sister Dies During Singer's  Kidney Transplant | Natalie Cole

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Natalie Cole's Sister Dies During Singer's Kidney Transplant

Originally posted 05/22/2009 01:25PM

Natalie Cole was with her cancer-stricken sister Carole "Cookie" Cole when the Grammy-winning singer got the call: a donor kidney was available to save Natalie's life.

"She said, 'What do you mean? I can't deal with that right now! I'm here with my dying sister!' " Natalie's other sister, Timolin Cole, tells the New York Post. "And they said to her, 'No, ma'am. We've got to do it now. You've got to be at Cedars-Sinai in two hours.' "

"I told her, 'Natalie, this is God's gift, and you've got to go now. Cookie would want this for you.' "

Cookie, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer just the week before, died during Natalie's surgery, Timolin said. "This is all so surreal, and it is devastating."

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Natalie Cole Undergoes Kidney Transplant | Natalie Cole

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Natalie Cole Undergoes Kidney Transplant

Originally posted 05/20/2009 04:25PM

Natalie Cole has a new lease on life.

The Grammy winner underwent kidney transplant surgery in L.A. on Tuesday and is now "resting comfortably," according to her rep.

Cole, 59, has struggled with kidney problems while undergoing treatment for hepatitis C, which she was diagnosed with a year ago.

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Pregnant M.I.A. to Rap at Grammys – On Her Due Date | M.I.A.

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Pregnant M.I.A. to Rap at Grammys – On Her Due Date

Originally posted 02/05/2009 12:45PM

Rapper M.I.A. had better add one more person to her Grammy entourage – a doctor.

The pregnant hip-hop star, who is nominated for two awards, is scheduled to perform at the ceremony Sunday, which is also her due date.

"They say that you're often late the first time, so I'm planning to go," the mom-to-be, 31, who is engaged to musician Benjamin Brewer, tells USA Today. "We'll see. People are trying to get me to relax and focus on the baby. It's like being in parallel universes."

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