Carrie Underwood Responds To "Sound Of Music" Critics
Carrie Underwood is tapping her faith as she responds to critics of her "Sound of Music" performance. She references the Bible in a tweet that reads, quote, "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25." Underwood has received less than favorable reviews for her performance in NBC's presentation of "The Sound of Music Live!" Thursday night. The majority of reviewers have praised her singing as well as her gutsy decision to take on the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in the first place, but agree that her acting fell short. However, some of the tweets from the general public have been particularly harsh. Underwood's performance has also been criticized by a cast member from the original 1965 movie, as well as one of Maria von Trapp's great grandchildren.
Willie Nelson Cancels SeaWorld Appearance
Willie Nelson is among the latest stars to drop off the lineup to SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival in light of the controversy surrounding the facility. The country legend tells CNN the decision to cancel the appearance "wasn't that hard" for him, because he doesn't "agree with the way they treat their animals." He adds that friends of his granddaughter were asking him "not to play this venue." Willie says it's hard to blame the animals in zoos and other facilities for striking back at their captors. He acknowledges that "some natural-habitat zoos out there" are "probably OK," but "what they do at SeaWorld is not OK." The bands Heart and Barenaked Ladies have also pulled out of the event, which is slated to begin at the Florida attraction in February.
Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Excited By Grammy Nominations
Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift are sharing their excitement and appreciation for their Grammy nominations. Kacey tweeted, "FOUR?! Dang, y'all!...So surreal!" She added a "THANK YOU" in all caps, along with her congratulations to all the nominees. Taylor tweeted a run-on sentence using only capital letters, and references her inattention to grammar rules in saying, quote, "I LOVE YOU GUYS WE GOT AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION AND I AM TOO EXCITED TO USE PUNCTUATION."
Musgraves and Swift lead the country nominees heading into the 56th annual Grammy Awards, with four bids each. They both have bids for Best Country Album and Best Country Song -- Kacey is competing against herself in that category. Swift's "Red" is also up for Album of the Year and she shares a nod with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for the song "Highway Don't Care." Kacey is among the hopefuls for Best New Artist. Nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were revealed Friday night. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on January 26th, and air on CBS.
A select list of Grammy nominees follows.
RECORD OF THE YEAR:
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons
"Royals" - Lorde
"Locked Out of Heaven" - Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
"The Blessed Unrest" - Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" - Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" - Kendrick Lamar
"The Heist" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Red" - Taylor Swift
SONG OF THE YEAR:
"Just Give Me A Reason" - Pink, featuring Nate Ruess (Writers - Pink, Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars (Writers - Bruno Mas, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine)
"Roar" - Katy Perry (Writers - Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter)
"Royals" - Lorde (Writers - Ella Yelich O'Connor, Joel Little)
"Same Love" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Writers - Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Curtis Mayfield)
BEST NEW ARTIST:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
"Night Train" - Jason Aldean
"Two Lanes of Freedom" - Tim McGraw
"Same Trailer Different Park" - Kacey Musgraves
"Based on a True Story..." - Blake Shelton
"Red" - Taylor Swift
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
"I Drive Your Truck" - Lee Brice
"I Want Crazy" - Hunter Hayes
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert
"Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker
"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
"From This Valley" - The Civil Wars
"Don't Rush" - Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
"Your Side of the Bed" - Little Big Town
"Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban
"You Can't Make Old Friends" - Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
BEST COUNTRY SONG
"Begin Again" - Taylor Swift (Writer - Taylor Swift)
"I Drive Your Truck" Lee Brice (Writers - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary)
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert (Writers - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves)
"Merry Go 'Round" - Kacey Musgraves (Writers - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, and Josh Osborne)
"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton (Writers - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Deric Ruttan)
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
"Old Yellow Moon" - Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
"Love Has Come For You" - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
"Buddy and Jim" - Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
"One True Vine" - Mavis Staples
"Songbook" - Allen Toussaint
BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
"It's Just A Road" - The Boxcars
"Brothers of the Highway" - Dailey & Vincent
"This World Oft Can Be" - Della Mae
"Three Chords and the Truth" - James King
"The STreets of Baltimore" - The Del McCoury Band
BEST FOLK ALBUM
"MY Favorite Picture of You" - Guy Clark
"Sweetheart of the Sun" - The Greencards
"Build Me Up From Bones" - Sarah Jarosz
"The Ash & Clay" - The Milk Carton Kids
"They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration" - Various Artists
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Safe And Sound - Capital Cities
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film - Jay Z
Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton
Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
I'm Shakin' - Jack White
BEST MUSIC FILM
Live 2012 - Coldplay
¡Cuatro! - Green Day
I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up! - Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Live Kisses - Paul McCartney
The Road To Red Rocks - Mumford & Sons
Little Big Town, Musgraves Reflect On Grammy-Nominated Material
Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook is pleased to see their single "Your Side of the Bed" get a Grammy nomination. The country star says the harmonies in particular on that song are very powerful.
Little Big Town's "Your Side of the Bed," which Westbrook and his bandmates penned with Lori McKenna, is in the running for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Musgraves is among the top country contenders heading into the event. She has four bids in three categories, including Best Country Album. Kacey says she's proud of her CD's title, explaining that she didn't want to name her disc something "completely obvious." She explains that she prefers titles that make people think over naming albums after a song or the artist. Musgraves admits her record's name, "Same Trailer Different Park," is a song lyric, but says it also conveys an idea. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 26th, and air on CBS.
Keith Urban Impressed With Miguel, Lorde
Keith Urban says he's a big fan of fellow New Zealand native Lorde. But it's not simply because they share a homeland. The country star says the teen pop singer is an amazing talent.
Urban is also impressed R&B singer Miguel. The two teamed up for a performance at Friday's Grammy nominations concert special. Keith says he had "a blast" singing the Bill Withers classic "Ain't No Sunshine" with Miguel at the event. Urban, Lorde, and Miguel are all among the nominees for the upcoming Grammy Awards. Keith is in the running for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Highway Don't Care," his collaboration with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles, and air on CBS on January 26th.
Garth Brooks Salutes Billy Joel At Kennedy Center Honors Gala
Garth Brooks is paying tribute to his roots one more time. "The New York Times" says the country superstar was among those on hand to salute this year's Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Brooks took part in recognizing Billy Joel at the event. In describing the respect others have for Joel, Garth recalled that Paul McCartney traveled to New York just to perform with Billy at Shea Stadium, and "that's a freaking Beatle." Other 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees include rocker Carlos Santana, actress Shirley MacLaine, jazz great Herbie Hancock, and opera singer Martina Arroyo. The Kennedy Center Honors gala took place in Washington, DC Sunday night. Highlights from the event will air as a CBS special on December 29th.
Jewel Debuting As Judge As "The Sing-Off" Returns
Jewel is making her debut as a judge on "The Sing-Off." NBC's a cappella group competition is set to kick off a fourth season tonight. The show is back with a revamped format spearheaded by Mark Burnett, the man behind NBC's other singing show "The Voice." Starting Monday night, ten teams will compete for the chance at a recording contract and a 100-thousand-dollar grand prize. Jewel is joining returning judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman, while 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey will return in his role as host.
Cassadee Pop Raves About Blake Shelton's Coaching
Cassadee Pope says Blake Shelton is truly dedicated to his singers on NBC's "The Voice." The show's season three winner admits Shelton is definitely a jokester, but says he's also very nurturing and affirming.
Cassadee will be returning to the show this week. She's among the special guests slated to appear on Tuesday's results show, along with season four winner Danielle Bradbery, another Team Blake alum. This season's top five remaining hopefuls will perform for viewer votes on Monday's show. Blake still has one singer -- Cole Vosbury -- in the competition.
George Strait's Final Concert Sells Out
George Strait will wrap up his formal touring career before a packed house. It didn't take long for the last stop on his "Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014" to sell out -- all the tickets were gone within hours of becoming available last Friday. Strait will end his trek at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7th, playing before a capacity crowd of more than 100-thousand fans. An impressive lineup of guests are on board to help King George complete this phase of his career. Asleep At The Wheel will serve as the opening act, while Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride are just some of the stars slated to perform with George during the show.
Strait calls the fast sell-out "humbling and exciting" He adds that he's sure it's "going to be an incredible night." Strait will begin his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour with a sold out show in Bossier City, Louisiana on January 9th.
Florida Georgia Line Pleased With First Headlining Tour
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says their first headlining tour has been going great. He explains that the shows have been a great reward for all their efforts.
Tyler adds that he and Brian Kelley have had some great touring role models, including Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan, which helped them as they planned their own trek. He also says the tour has been a wonderful way to cap off their very busy year. Florida Georgia Line's next show is coming up in Fresno, California on Wednesday. They'll also perform in Reno, Nevada and Eugene, Oregon before bringing their "Here's To The Good Times Tour" to a close in Kent, Washington on Saturday. Colt Ford and Dallas Smith are also on board to open the shows.
Country Birthdays Include
Country star David Kersh is 43.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1980, the "Theme From "the Dukes Of Hazzard" single by Waylon Jennings was certified Gold.
Today in 1987, Reba McEntire's "Greatest Hits" went Gold.
Today in 1989, Rodney Crowell became the first country artist to release an album that included five singles that hit number one in the U.S.
Today in 1989, Garth Brooks scored his first number one hit on the country charts with the single "If Tomorrow Never Comes."
Today in 1992, Tanya Tucker earned a Platinum record for "Can't Run From Yourself."
Today in 1995, Nick Kane of the Mavericks married his wife Kimberly.
Today in 1996, the "Marshall Tucker Band's Greatest Hits" album was certified Platinum.
Today in 1998, Shania Twain's "Come On Over" album was certified for multi-Platinum sales of seven-million.
Today in 1999, Brad Paisley guest starred on the "Woman's Day Holiday Special with Florence Henderson" on TNN. With Lari White and Lee Roy Parnell also on the show, they helped Florence bake gingerbread cookies.
Today in 2001, Garth Brooks teamed up with actor Anthony Zerbe for a performance of the musical play "Lime Green Christmas" in Nashville.
Today in 2002, Tim McGraw's first book, "Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors: This Is Ours," debuted at number 19 on the "New York Times" Bestseller List.
Today in 2003, Rascal Flatts "Melt" album was certified Platinum.
Today in 2003, Toby Keith was named Country Singles Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards. Other country acts taking home awards included Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, and the Dixie Chicks.
Today in 2004, Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack were among the performers at the 1st annual Road to Recovery Tribute & Conference at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The three-day event brought together 150 of the most seriously wounded veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with their families, for support and encouragement.
Today in 2008, Vince Gill was named the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 2009 Artist-in-Residence.
Today in 2008, new releases included "Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs."
Today in 2011, Willie Nelson's lontime bassist Dan "Bee" Spears died of accidental exposure at his property near Nashville, Tennessee. Dan had fallen outside his home a day earlier, and was unable to get himself to safety from the elements.
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