NBC just announced the lineup for their big New Year’s Eve show, and unlike many ball drop events, they didn’t forget to include a little country music. ‘The Voice’ coach and favored ‘Honey Bee’ hitmaker Blake Shelton will take the stage on ‘New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly’ alongside fellow judge Cee Lo Green, hip-hop’s Drake, pop’s Jessie J, Tony Bennett and the comedy styling of Jimmy Fallon, among others.
Just a few weeks ago, John Rich was kicked off of a Southwest flight home to Nashville for being too drunk. So you can imagine why he found it especially ironic that while boarding yet another Southwest flight early Tuesday morning, he received not one, but six free drink tickets.
It seems that Christmas came a little early for Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood. With only a few days to spare in 2011, the guitarist officially got engaged to girlfriend Kelli Cashiola, who is a longtime friend of his.
Scotty McCreery can now add being mocked on ‘Saturday Night Live’ to his ever-growing ‘you know you’ve made it when’ list. Singer Michael Buble appeared on the show on Saturday (Dec. 17) as the musical guest, and got a chance to show his funny side in a funny skit promoting his “new Christmas album,” ‘Michael Buble Christmas Duets,’ which features ‘The Trouble With Girls’ singer, as well as Taylor Swift and many big names in pop music.
It’s no secret that Taylor Swift is popular among the younger generation, girls especially — even the singer herself recognizes that she’s a role model for millions. In a new interview with USA Today, ‘Tattoos on This Town’ crooner Jason Aldean tips his hat to the 22-year-old songstress, praising her for the innovative way in which she has expanded country music’s audience.
Next year will be a big one for Brad Paisley. In a recent interview with USA Today, the CMT ‘Artists of the Year’ honoree revealed that in addition to his huge Camobunga! Tour, he’ll also be working on a new album. 2012 is slated to be a year of “intense creativity.”
Blake Shelton got a glimmer of good news yesterday after a heavy week. His father, Dick Shelton, who was taken to the hospital for pneumonia on Dec. 5, could be released as soon as Friday. The ‘God Gave Me You’ hitmaker breathed a virtual sigh of relief when he announced the potential news to his Twitter followers, saying, “Thank you all for the prayers for my dad… Hoping he gets to go home Friday.”
The 2011 American Country Awards winners were announced on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, and though it was only the second annual event, the A-list country music star showing proved that this is one awards show that’s here to stay. With so many beautiful faces and even more talent, handing out awards to name the best of the best is no easy feat.
Chris Young is taking a month-long break from drinking — or at least, that’s the goal. The ‘Tomorrow’ hitmaker shared via his Twitter page that he’s inciting No Alcohol December following the ever-popular No Shave November, which means he won’t drink until after Christmas.
Toby Keith won’t make his ‘Glee‘ television debut until next week, but a full clip of the ‘Red Solo Cup‘ cover has already hit the web. When an old McKinley High School regular (played by Chord Overstreet) returns in the ‘Hold On to Sixteen’ episode, a party ensues, and the red party cups get passed around like candy — filled with sparkling cider, of course.
As Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles remarked, Martina McBride has one of the best voices in music — not just in country, but in all genres. McBride practically floated as she sang her rendition of ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ on the Dec. 1 ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special, which we’d argue could be the performance of the evening.
‘Snow flurries’ fell from the ‘sky’ in the Bridgestone Arena as the three Rascal Flatts wise guys — err, men (in host Jennifer Nettles’ words) — delivered a soft and sweet version of the classic, ‘White Christmas’ during the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special.
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