Kevin McGuire and Taylor Swift at the ACMs [Photo: Kevin McGuire/Twitter]Country superstar Taylor Swift was centerstage at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night. She was a vision in her gold and silver mesh dress on the red carpet, and she floored the audience with her performance of “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. But Swift’s greatest ACMs moment came before the event started: Instead of showing up with some big-shot celebrity, Swift invited a 19-year-old fan named Kevin McGuire, who had been battling leukemia, to escort her to the show.Read More »from Taylor Swift Takes Lucky Cancer Survivor As Her ACMs Date!
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- Breanne L. Heldman | Our Country – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 12:34 PM EDT
(Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images)You'd think the collaboration between a country star like Brad Paisley and a rapper like LL Cool J would have everyone applauding such a genre mash-up. Instead, the song, "Accidental Racist," has people up in arms.Read More »from Brad Paisley Explains ‘Accidental Racism’ on ‘Ellen’
Thankfully, Paisley paid a visit to "Ellen," where he was able to clear the air.
But first, let's rewind for a sec. In the nearly six-minute track, the two create a dialogue about race relations in America. Paisley, 40, describes being a white man in the South as "walking on eggshells" and details an experience at a coffee shop while wearing a Confederate flag on his shirt. "[I'm] just a proud rebel son with an 'ol can of worms/Lookin' like I got a lot to learn," he sings.
LL Cool J, 45, responds, "If you don't judge my do-rag … I won't judge your red flag … If you don’t judge my gold chains … I’ll forget the iron chains."
"I don’t know if any of you noticed but there is some racial tension here and there," Paisley explained to Ellen DeGeneres. "[The song] kind of
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, Apr 8, 2013 4:18 PM EDT
Moore rocks out on Fremont Street stage (Photo: Frazer Harrison)Kip Moore is certainly no stranger to the stage--he's currently one of the hardest-working artists out on the road these past few months, racking up date after date--but he admits that his Las Vegas set as part of the Academy of Country Music's 2013 Fremont Street Experience had a special feel to it.
"It was kind of like a rowdy club show," he smiles. "It's a little different from my shows, where people are there just to see me. This is almost like word-of-mouth: 'Hey, there's a party going on at Fremont!"Read More »from Kip Moore Talks New Music, Writing On The Road, And Why He Feels Lucky In Vegas
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Mon, Apr 8, 2013 2:16 PM EDT
Shelton, Blackstock and Clarkson (Photo: Todd Williamson)Okay, so country fans all know by now that Kelly Clarkson's fiance, Brandon Blackstock, manages Clarkson's good buddy Blake Shelton. You may have also heard by now that Shelton will be singing at their upcoming wedding.
But here's something that's brand new: Shelton apparently is holding an even more important role at the ceremony--he'll actually be marrying Clarkson and Blackstock!
Yup, Shelton will be conducting the wedding, and this isn't the first time he's performed such a role. "He's done it before," Clarkson told Entertainment Tonight, adding that Shelton will also be presiding over Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe's upcoming wedding. (Monroe's bandmate is Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert.)Read More »from Blake Shelton: Singer, TV Star, Wedding Officiant?!
- Chris Willman | Our Country – Mon, Apr 8, 2013 12:01 AM EDT
Luke Bryan wins Entertainer of the Year [photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images]There were exactly two big shockeroos at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Luke Bryan pulled an upset by winning Entertainer of the Year. And, almost as shockingly, Eric Church performed without wearing a ballcap or aviator shades.
Other than that, the ACMs stayed pretty much true to form: lots of pop/country star collaborations among the performance slots, and, when it finally came time to give out a few awards, a tendency to spread the love around rather than overly reward any single performer.
Besides winning the top award, Bryan didn’t win a single other award on-camera, being pushed aside for Jason Aldean in the Male Vocalist category and Church for Album of the Year. (Bryan did win one additional award off-camera, for joining Aldean on a song that won for vocal event of the year.) That puts him squarely in the tradition of past Entertainer of the Year winners like Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney, who tended to get the top honor without usually scoring in any of theRead More »from At ACMs, Miranda Lambert Scores Three Wins But Yields To Luke Bryan As Top Entertainer
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Sun, Apr 7, 2013 11:30 PM EDT
Call it coincidence? Or maybe not. The producers of the Academy of Country Music Awards had to have an inkling of what they were doing when they decided to schedule a performance including John Mayer...directly after one including his best-known former girlfriend, Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift joins Tim McGraw at ACMs (Photo: Ethan Miller)Serendipitous as it may seem, like anything having to do with a multi-million dollar production, it's certain the timing was well planned. However, the organizers of the event had the presence of mind to at least keep the infamous exes within driving distance from each other.Read More »from What Pair Of (In)Famous Exes Played The ACM Awards…Two Miles Apart?
- Chris Willman | Our Country – Sun, Apr 7, 2013 11:20 PM EDT
Luke Bryan wins Entertainer of the Year [photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images]If you like cross-genre duets and hate watching people actually get awards (the first one wasn't given out till 50 minutes in), you may have loved the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Or maybe you didn't, since some of the collaborations misfired, because of either audio problems or lack of star chemistry. Below are five of the show's buzziest moments:
Luke Bryan seems even more surprised than the rest of us by his upset for Entertainer of the Year. Would it be Taylor Swift making it a three-peat, or co-host Blake Shelton repeating his win at November’s CMA Awards? Try neither. Bryan dropped to his knees and seemed teary and speechless--and literally took 15 seconds to physically compose himself before he began his acceptance speech--but finally got it together enough to thank "everybody that I’ve opened up for. I just started headlining! Jason Aldean, Kenny, all the people I’ve watched from the side of the stage and tried to becomeRead More »from The ACMs’ Top 5 Moments: Luke Bryan’s Shock Upset Overshadows Misfiring Comedy, Duets
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Sat, Apr 6, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer (Photo: Rick Diamond)First it was Tim and Faith. Then it was Blake and Miranda. Now, the newest adorable country couple that has fans all abuzz is Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer. The pair, who announced their engagement in January, are attracting extra attention this weekend as they'll be competing against each other for the New Artist of the Year title at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards.
As one might imagine, going head-to-head with one's own beloved for a coveted award can be a bit...tricky. Gilbert and Kramer were both hesitant to even tell each other they'd landed in the running for the award (which is initially determined by fan vote--one female, one male, and one duo or group advance to the category proper). All for one simple reason: They were afraid the other didn't make the cut!Read More »from Jana Kramer And Brantley Gilbert Talk About Going Head-To-Head For ACM Award
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, Apr 5, 2013 5:37 PM EDT
Bryan and Shelton, cohosts for 2013 ACM Awards (Photo: Ed Rode)omg! Insider correspondent Keltie Colleen met up with country crooner Luke Bryan to chat about his co-hosting duties at the ACM Awards on Sunday. This will be Luke's first time hosting the show, and he's got plenty to talk about regarding his prestigious new role.
The Southern heartthrob will share the stage with Voice coach Blake Shelton and joked about his counterpart’s wild and sometimes unpredictable on-air behavior: "The fact that he's my mentor through this is pretty scary!”Read More »from Luke Bryan Talks ACM Hosting Duties: Filling Reba’s Shoes, Tips From Shelton
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Fri, Apr 5, 2013 5:09 PM EDT
Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is arguably the most recognized painting in the world--which means it's probably the most referenced work of art in music, as well. Musicians in all genres, ranging from Britney Spears to Panic! At The Disco, have paid tribute to La Gioconda over the decades.
And that includes country musicians as well. One of the better-known examples of this is David Allan Coe's "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," which he released in 1984. With its haunting, emotional lyrics about a lost love ("The masterpiece that we had planned /Is laying shattered on the ground"), the tune would prove to be Coe's highest-charting single.
Of course, there's also Nat King Cole's classic "Mona Lisa," which was covered by Moon Mullican, Jimmy Wakely, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, and Conway Twitty at various times over the years.
Who knew that a beauty from the Italian renaissance could have so much of an effect on country history? In Nashvillian tribute to Da Vinci, let's all raise aRead More »from Who Knew? ‘Mona Lisa’ Was A Huge Influence On Country Music History
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