‘Miss America’ song cut from pageant over dispute

The next Miss America won't hear a familiar refrain when she's crowned
in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

The song, “Miss America,” which starts with the words, “There she is, Miss America,” will not be part of the pageant.

Miss American Organization vice president Sharon Pearce says the tune, which was first played in 1955, is no longer included. She says no decision has been made on a final song.

song was replaced by instrumental music at the 2013 pageant in January
after the widow of the songwriter filed a licensing lawsuit in federal
court in California in 2012. The complaint was dismissed in December
following a confidential settlement.

The song was not used for three years in the 1980s after a contract dispute.

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