Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Taylor Swift, Mumford Falls Short At Canada's MuchMusic Awards


Taylor Swift and Mumford And Sons aren't adding a MuchMusic Video Award to their collections.  Swift was among the nominees for International Video of the Year - Artist for her Ed Sheeran collaboration "Everything Has Changed," but the nod went to Lorde's "Royals."  Mumford And Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer," meanwhile, fell to Imagine Dragons' "Demons" for the international group video honor.  The band Hedley is the event's big winner, taking two categories including Video of the Year.  Rapper Drake also earned two awards.  The 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards were presented in a ceremony in Toronto Sunday night.


Kelly Clarkson Welcomes Baby Girl


It's a girl for Kelly Clarkson.  The "American Idol" alum shared the news over Twitter Saturday, revealing the arrival of her first child on June 12th.  Clarkson says she and husband Brandon Blackstock named their daughter River Rose Blackstock, adding that they are "on cloud 9!!"  The Grammy winner announced she was expecting last November, about a month after she and Blackstock tied the knot in a private ceremony that included Blackstock's two other children from a previous marriage.  Clarkson then revealed in January that her baby was going to be a girl.  Kelly's special delivery also means a new grandchild for Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock, who's Brandon's father.


Band Perry's Kimberly Perry Releases Wedding Photo, Details


The Band Perry fans are getting their first authorized look at Kimberly Perry as a bride.  The country star has released her first official wedding photo of her and hew husband, J.P. Arencibia, which was posted over the weekend on,, and other websites.  Kimberly's wearing a white Reem Arca wedding gown with a matching veil over her long, curly blonde locks.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says at their ceremony the couple put a twist on tradition, with Kimberly's brothers and bandmates Reid and Neil Perry serving as her "best men" while J.P.'s nieces stood up with him as his "groomswomen."  Third Day frontman Mac Powell and "Nashville" stars Lennon and Maisy Stella performed during the ceremony.


The couple exchanged vows last Thursday, following a nine-month engagement, at Christ Chapel First Presbyterian Church in Kimberly's hometown of Greenville, Tennessee.  Kimberly's parents hosted the reception at their home.  Kimberly and J.P. donated all the floral arrangements from their ceremony to Random Acts of Flowers, which provides flowers for people in hospitals and nursing homes.


Hank Williams Biopic Gets Leading Man


A new film is in the works about the late country legend Hank Williams. says British actor Tom Hiddleston has signed on to play the part of Hank Sr. in Marc Abraham's upcoming biopic "I Saw The Light."  Hiddleston's recent credits include the role of Loki in "The Avengers" and the "Thor" films.  Hiddleston is expected to do his own singing in the movie, which has secured the rights to such Hank Williams classics as "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Your Cheatin' Heart."  Filming is expected to begin in Louisiana this fall.


Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins Raise 40-Thousand For Cystic Fibrosis Organization


Thomas Rhett and his dad Rhett Akins are once again combining their talents -- this time to help others.  "Country Weekly" says the father and son singer-songwriters recently raised 40-thousand dollars to help those with cystic fibrosis.  The two country stars teamed up earlier this month in their hometown of Valdosta, Georgia for the special show for Great Strides Valdosta, which is raising awareness and providing support to those with the condition.  Thomas says he and his dad had a couple of reasons for helping out.  He explains that in addition to cystic fibrosis being "a terrible disease," he has a cousin who's been diagnosed with the illness.


Chesney Reflects On Being Top Country Touring Act Since 1990


Kenny Chesney says he's humbled to learn he's currently the top country touring star.  The singer led the way for country and ranked ninth overall in a recent "Billboard" rundown of the Top 25 Live Artists of the past 25 years.  Since 1990, Kenny has played 755 concerts for more than 12-point-six-million fans.


Chesney says hearing the news made him think of the company he's keeping on the list, admitting many of them are his heroes.  The Rolling Stones, U2, and Bruce Springsteen are the top three, while Elton John, Paul McCartney, George Strait, and Toby Keith are also among the 25.  Kenny adds that he thought about the many other people who made this accomplishment possible, including his band, crew, and truck drivers, as well as his buddies that he "grew up with dreaming this dream."


And the dream isn't over.  Chesney's next single, "American Kids," is due later this month.


Miranda Lambert Sharing Herself On Latest Album


Miranda Lambert says her latest album, "Platinum," really reflects her growth and maturity as a woman. 


The country star adds that she appreciates all the support she's received for her music.  "Platinum" debuted last week at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart, making Lambert the first artist ever to have their first five albums all top that chart.  Meanwhile, "Platinum" is Miranda's first album to go to number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.


Jerrod Niemann Pleased His Music Is Diverse, Generating Complaints



Jerrod Niemann says he's glad his two chart-topping hits really sound nothing alike.  The country star first went to number one in 2010 with "Lover, Lover," while his latest number one, "Drink To That All Night," achieved the feat this spring.  Jerrod tells "Rolling Stone Country" he's "thankful that the two widest array of songs are successful," because he loves "being a part of all that's different."


However, Niemann says he also appreciates those traditionalists who are going online to complain about how he and others are changing country music.  The singer admits he can't "really get made about it" because it's a reflection of how much the music means to them -- and his own passions run just as high.  But Niemann says every artist has to find their own sound.  He explains that a singer who tries to mimic Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings won't "go anywhere," because those legends "can't be replicated."


Gene Watson Shares Admiration For Willie Nelson


Gene Watson says he has a great deal of respect and admiration for Willie Nelson.  The veteran country star says he's known Nelson for decades, and has seen Willie's career just skyrocket.


Watson includes Willie's classic "Turn Out The Lights (The Party's Over)" on his new album "My Heroes Have Always Been Country."  Gene says the eleven-track covers collection reflects his musical roots, and servers as a tribute to those he credits for paving the way for him.  Watson's album is in stores now.


Quick Bite


Taylor Swift is reportedly going entirely solo for her next album.  In an interview with MTV, her friend and former tour partner Ed Sheeran says the country star won't be including any collaborations on her follow-up to "Red."  The British singer adds that to the best of his knowledge, Taylor wrote the whole album "on her own."  For "Red," Swift and Sheeran joined forces on the duet "Everything Has Changed."


Country Birthdays Include


Billy "Crash" Craddock is 75.

LeAnn Rimes' husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, is 41.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1978, Mac Davis hosted the rock program "The Midnight Special."


Today in 1981, the Oak Ridge Boys' single "Elvira" was certified Gold.


Today in 1989, Ricky Skaggs topped the country charts with "Lovin' Only Me."


Today in 1992, Pam Tillis' "Put Yourself In My Place" became her first Gold album for sales reaching the 500-thousand mark.


Today in 1995, Tracy Lawrence's "Texas Tornado" topped the charts.


Today in 1997, Alan Jackson got his sixth Male Vocalist of the Year nod at the TNN/Music City News Country Awards, becoming the first artist to take the category that many times.


Today in 1999, Travis Tritt, his wife Theresa, and their one-year-old daughter Tyler, welcomed new son Tristan James into the family at a Nashville hospital.


Today in 1999, Chely Wright appeared as herself on NBC's daytime soap "Another World."  She sang her hit "Single White Female."


Today in 1999, The Country Music Association announced that Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Johnny Bond will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2000, Brad Paisley was the big winner at the TNN Music Awards, taking home multiple trophies.


Today in 2000, Charley Pride and Faron Young were selected to become new members of the Country Music Association.


Today in 2000, Diamond Rio performed during halftime of Game Five of the NBA finals in Indianapolis.


Today in 2000, Lee Ann Womack's album "I Hope You Dance" was certified Gold just three weeks after its release.


Today in 2001, Tim McGraw's "Grown Men Don't Cry" went to number one on the country singles chart.


Today in 2002, it was confirmed that Tim McGraw had inked a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster for an estimated one-point-five-million-dollars.


Today in 2002, Wynonna attended the debut of the Disney movie "Lilo & Stitch" in Hollywood.  The soundtrack included her version of "Burning Love."


Today in 2003, Lee Ann Womack, Chely Wright and Kid Rock were among the performers that headed to the Middle East for a USO tour.  Other entertainers that went included Robert DeNiro, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Wayne Newton.


Today in 2004, Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander, Jeff Bates and Craig Morgan skydived as part of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team in Smyrna, Tennessee.


Today in 2004, John Michael Montgomery gave a free concert at the Pentagon.


Today in 2004, Darryl Worley and Mark Wills performed for troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney threw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game between the Oakland A's and the New York Mets.


Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood sang the national anthem before Game Four of the NBA finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.


Today in 2006, Ricky Skaggs' bus struck and killed a pedestrian on Interstate 24 near Manchester, Tennessee as he was leaving the Bonnaroo Music Festival.  The victim apparently jumped a fence and entered the highway stepping into the path of the bus, and authorities said they didn't believe Skaggs' driver was at fault.


Today in 2006, Phil Vassar helped Southwest Airlines celebrate its 35th anniversary by performing mini-concerts in Nashville, Houston, Austin, and Dallas -- four of the airline's hubs.


Today in 2006, Kenny Chesney was included in "People" magazine's hottest bachelors issue.  In addition, his hit "Summertime" hit number one on the "Radio & Records" country chart.


Today in 2007, Dierks Bentley performed on the typically rock Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.


Today in 2007, Johnny Rodriguez was released from McClain County jail after posting a 65-hundred-dollar bail. He was arrested near Purcell, Oklahoma the day before for speeding and police allegedly found bags of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia plus an open container of beer in his truck.  Rodriguez was charged with three felony drug counts and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift began a four-day run as the guest host on MTV's "TRL."  She was the first country artist to host the pop music show.


Today in 2008, Trace Adkins made a guest appearance on NBC's "Nashville Star," performing his hit "You're Gonna Miss This" with the finalists.


Today in 2008, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Amy Grant, and Vince Gill were among the artists who took part in the 21st Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament, which supported United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.


Today in 2008, The funeral for the late Nashville Brass leader Danny Davis was held at St. Edwards Church in Nashville.


Today in 2009, Taylor Swift was the big winner at the CMT Music Awards, earning Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year honors for "Love Story."  She also generated a lot of buzz as well for her collaboration with rapper T-Pain in the video "Thug Story," which was included in the ceremony's opening segment.  Brad Paisley also received two awards, while Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Dierks Bentley, and the Zac Brown Band were also winners.


Today in 2009, new releases included Holly Williams' CD "Here With Me" and the DVD "CMT Crossroads: Taylor Swift and Def Leppard."

Today in 2010, Lonestar served as the house band for a day on "The Price is Right."


Today in 2011, Garth Brooks was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Billy Joel, who covered Brooks' "Shameless," handled the induction, while Garth's wife Trisha Yearwood and Dwight Yoakam also took part in the New York City ceremony.


Today in 2011, Trace Adkins' daughter Brianna earned PETA's "Compassionate Action Award" for her heroic efforts in rescuing her family's puppies from their burning home earlier in the month.


Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood led GAC's fan-voted rundown of the "Top Ten Sexiest Women of Country."


Today in 2013, Trisha Yearwood's Food Network series "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" shared the honor for Outstanding Culinary Program with The Best Thing I Ever Made at the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Little Big Town was a winner as well, getting the nod for Outstanding Original Song with their theme to ABC's "Good Afternoon America."


Today in 2013, Darius Rucker sang the national anthem at Game Five of the NBA championship series between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, and drew criticism for missing a few of the notes.


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