winning just about every musical award known to man.
Turns out, there is something — and something rather unexpected — that she hasn't done. Swift announced Tuesday that she'll be appearing at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, set to air Dec. 10. (Sorry, guys, she'll be performing, not strutting the catwalk.)
"If a mad scientist were asked to create the perfect combination of the beauty of a Victoria's Secret Angel with the ultimate talent and creativity from today's music scene, the answer would be simple — Taylor Swift," CBS exec Jack Sussman said in a statement.
On paper, that sounds about right: Swift certainly has the beauty and stature of a model, along with her obvious career achievement. However, her newest coup may possibly leave some fans with their, er, undies in a bundle.
The V.S. Fashion Show is
winning just about every musical award known to man.Is there anything Taylor Swift has not achieved in her short-but-stellar career? The blond superstar has nailed down seemingly everything, from breaking tour records to Read More »from Taylor Swift Lands Off-Key Victoria's Secret Gig
- Chris Willman | Our Country – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 1:43 PM EST
Miranda Lambert with her female vocalist award [Photo; Chris Willman]Backstage at the CMA Awards, there was the usual amount of discussion about who got statues and why. But one of the other big topics was how Miranda Lambert got either more or less (depending on your viewpoint)... statuesque.
In three words: Girlfriend is slim.
"I just feel like I needed to get ahead of the game," Lambert told the assembled press. "I’m gonna turn 30 on Sunday, and people say, are you okay about it? I guess I am, but I guess I’m not. Because I feel like everybody always says it goes down hill from there, so I just thought, maybe if I can get ahead of it a little, I can kind of not have to work so hard later in life."
Not that many of us were complaining about her previous look, and in fact, Lambert was celebrated as a normal-sized gal. But she used the dawning milestone as occasion to think about turning over a new leaf. "All through my 20s, I worked a lot. I was on the road since I was 17, and the road life is a lot of fast food and a lot of late nights and a lot ofRead More »from CMAs Backstage: Miranda Discusses Getting Skinny; Taylor Talks Strait; George Talks Retirement
Top 10 CMA Highlights: Kacey Musgraves Gets Censored, King George Reclaims His Throne, and Princess Taylor Stays SweetBy Chris Willman | Our Country – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 12:31 PM EST
Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean were showing up for a coronation, and they just didn't know it. King George — as in Strait — was reinstalled on the throne as the CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year Wednesday night, and his subjects had to divide the spoils.
But spoils there were, in one of the better paced and least painful music awards shows in recent memory. Here were the night’s 10 most memorable moments:
Kacey Musgraves gets progressive ... and censored! The wider world still doesn't know what the Best New Artist winner was suggesting that people do — "or don't" do— since ABC cut her mic each time the chorus of "Follow Your Arrow" came around to the line "roll up a joint." When asked by Billboard after the show about the network's decision, Musgraves expressed she thought it was a bit ironic. "I guess for some reason people feel the need to censor that word, but they leave 'crack' in," she said.
So, in other words, ABC was cool with her singing, "But if youRead More »from Top 10 CMA Highlights: Kacey Musgraves Gets Censored, King George Reclaims His Throne, and Princess Taylor Stays Sweet
Photo: Jason DavisThe 2013 Country Music Association Awards aired Wednesday night on ABC at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The top winner of the evening was George Strait, who took home Entertainer of The Year. Husband and wife duo Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert landed, respectively, the Male and Female Artist of the Year awards for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, Shelton scored the Album of the Year recognition. Fan favorite Taylor Swift was honored with the prestigious and exclusive Pinnacle Award, an honor that has only been granted by the Association to one other artist; Garth Brooks in 2005.
Here's a complete list of winners:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Album of the Year: Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story...
Song of the Year: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary, "I Drive Your Truck" (performed by Lee Brice)
Single of the Year: Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"
New Artist of the Year:Read More »from The 2013 CMA Awards: Who Won?
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:46 PM EST
Photo: Mark DiamondThe legendary Kenny Rogers is probably best known for his 1983 duet "Islands In The Stream," which he famously recorded with another country stalwart — namely, the equally iconic Dolly Parton.
However, it wasn't that particular blonde he took the stage with at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards to perform that particular tune.
Rogers was joined by Sugarland frontwoman/newly solo artist Jennifer Nettles, who, while not quite Dolly material, did do Parton proud with her soaring vocals, beaming smile, and tight, low-cut jumpsuit.
Nettles paired up with Rogers as part of the CMA Awards' tribute to Rogers's extraordinary career. He was presented with the Association's Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award for the evening.
In a testament to the 75-year-old Rogers's longevity and flexibility, modern country stalwarts Rascal Flatts gave a stirring rendition of his 1968 hit with the First Edition, "Just Dropped In," an ode to the psychedelic culture of the decade and a sharp diversionRead More »from Kenny Rogers Revisits ‘Islands in the Stream’…But Not With Dolly!
- Wendy Geller | Our Country – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 9:02 PM EST
Yeah, the correct answer to that would be: Absolutely nothing.
That is, unless they are subject matter in the hands of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards. The pair, longtime hosts of the annual awards show — and perpetual jokesters — managed to put their own redneck spin on Thicke's massive summertime hit, "Blurred Lines," using the massively popular redneck reality series as inspiration.
"You're a country girl!" the two warbled, in place of "good girl." And, instead of Thicke's suggestive "I know you want it," they substituted "I know you've hunted!"
The CMA Awards are a family-friendly show, so there was no representation of Thicke's infamously scantily clad models that accompanied him in the "Blurred Lines" video. However, Paisley and Underwood treated the crowd to something even better: The actual cast of "Duck Dynasty," who boogied on stage with them, much toRead More »from Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Put Redneck Spin on ‘Blurred Lines’ At 2013 CMA Awards
That’s Just The Way it Is! Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby Make Beautiful, Unexpected Bluegrass Together| Our Country – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 4:11 PM EST
Photo: Beth GwinnA piano in a bluegrass band. A pop hit from the '80s translated on the fiddle and banjo. Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs. All of these are pairings that aren't intuitive, but that actually work together quite delightfully.
For music fans who are particularly surprised by the last pair, it shouldn't come as much of a shock to those who have been paying attention. Hornsby and Skaggs have been friends since the late '90s, and actually have put out two records together: 2007's Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, and the recently released Cluck Ol' Hen, a live album pairing the two with Skaggs's band Kentucky Thunder. The latter includes a grassed-up version of what is probably Hornsby's biggest hit, 1986's enduring piano-jam "The Way It Is." The new take on the tune is sure to put a smile on just about anyone's face, but it shouldn't be too shocking that this song melded so easily into an unexpected format.
"'The Way It Is' has been turned into rap songs forever," Hornsby points out. "Tupac Shakur,Read More »from That’s Just The Way it Is! Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby Make Beautiful, Unexpected Bluegrass Together
- Chris Willman | Our Country – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 1:28 PM EST
Luke Bryan with Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" at the BMI Awards [Getty Images]At Tuesday night's BMI Awards in Nashville, we queried the stars on the red carpet about who they expected to win Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards tonight. We figured there would be a lot of hemming and hawing, because for the first time in memory, it seems like any of the five contenders has a legitimate shot at it. Luke Bryan seems like the man of the moment; Taylor Swift is arguably the biggest star in music right now, period; Blake Shelton got it last year, and isn't getting any less entertaining; Jason Aldean has been country's biggest breakout star of the last five years; and George Strait is a sentimental favorite.
A few of the artists did hesitate, but for many, if not most, the answer was on their lips before we could even get the question out: It'll be Luke Bryan.
But it's worth noting that several stars couldn't have been more emphatic that it'll be Strait, noting that this might representhis last real shot at picking up Entertainer of the Year, since he's retiringRead More »from On CMAs Eve, Country Stars Predict Entertainer of the Year: It’s Luke
- Chris Willman | Our Country – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Lauren Alaina is in country music for keeps. And if you've doubted that, you need to check out this video of her boldly debuting a song she just co-wrote, "Same Day, Different Bottle," at a private music industry party in Nashville on Monday. The American Idol alumnus turns 19 on Friday but seemed soulful well beyond her years as she delivered a bold, freshly minted ballad about her father's struggle with alcoholism.
Alaina performed the song for about a hundred guests at a CMT Next Women of Country brunch. Although the tune really wasn't intended for public consumption yet — she hasn't even started recording her second album yet — we caught her performance on shaky-cam video, and Alaina graciously allowed us to share it with you, as a glimpse into the pain she's experienced personally and the great strides she's making professionally.
We caught up again with Alaina in Nashville Tuesday night to ask her about the true-life story behind "Same Day, Different Bottle."
"The song is about myRead More »from Lauren Alaina Shares Brave New Song About Family Alcoholism
- Chris Willman | Our Country – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 5:09 PM EST
George Strait was asked Monday night how he'd be spending his free time after his "Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour wraps up in 2014. And, in his typical laconic fashion, he didn't sound like he'd given it an undue amount of thought.
"I'm still gonna do a few things. Maybe five or six things, I’m thinking, in the next few years—see what happens," he said, seemingly referring to possible live one-off events. "But I don’t there’ll be a 'Cowboy Rides Back In' tour or anything," he added, chuckling at the thought of a bait-and-switch comeback.
The notoriously press-shy Strait was having a very rare chat with the media backstage at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, where he was being honored with the publishing rights organization's highest honor, the Founders Award. The invite-only event was capped by a tribute to Strait that featured Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Lee Ann Womack singing a handful of his 60 No. 1 hits.
Strait is also up for Entertainer of the Year at Wednesday'sRead More »from George Strait Talks ‘Bittersweet’ Exit and Gets a Garth Tribute
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