Faith Hill found success in Nashville soon after she moved from Mississippi in the late 1980s, but she spent some time flipping burgers at McDonald’s prior to her Music City experience. “Fries, burgers, cash register — I did it all,” Hill said. “I hated it. God bless the people that work there.”
While the majority of country music’s top men hide beneath cowboy hats, more and more are tossing the lid aside. Chris Young made the decision last year, but other stars like Keith Urban and Jake Owen have regularly showcased their long, flowing locks to adoring fans.
A few moments into his duet of ‘You Are’ with Blake Shelton at the 2012 ACM Awards, Lionel Richie sort of smiled, shook his head and recognized the strangeness of two grown, heterosexual men singing the love ballad together. Then he kept singing, turning in a fine topper to an enjoyable — albeit tame — country awards show.
It always seems like Luke Bryan is giving fans every ounce of energy he can muster during award show performances. With a high-octane version of his No. 1 song ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’ at the 2012 ACM Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night, he certainly didn’t let fans down.
The Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas had mostly been a showcase for new country artists during the 2012 ACM Awards broadcast on CBS Sunday night. Brad Paisley joined Fan Jam hosts Zac Brown Band to give the satellite venue some street cred.
Instead of shedding more tears to honor the passing of Earl Scruggs, Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton led a celebration of the bluegrass legend’s life during Sunday night’s ACM Awards in Las Vegas. After the crowd stood to applaud Scruggs, McEntire introduced Rascal Flatts and comedian turned banjo player Steve Martin to sing ‘Banjo.’
Lady Antebellum made a theatrical entrance to the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Moments after winning their third straight award for Vocal Group of the Year, the trio emerged from the smoke to sing ‘Dancing Away With My Heart.’
Sunday night’s 2012 ACM Awards was the all-star game for country music in Las Vegas. The top names came together to celebrate another year’s worth of accomplishments, perform new music and of course work the red carpet in the latest fashions.
There’s an opening in country music for a band with fist-tight harmonies. Edens Edge introduced their sound with ‘Amen’ in 2011, and the Top 20 hit turned into three of the year’s better minutes of radio. Their follow-up is just as satisfying. There’s no denying the perfect fit of these three vocalists.
The first commercials for the 47th annual ACM Awards have begun to air during the NCAA college basketball tournament. The spots revolve around Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire and their road trip to Las Vegas. The 2012 ACMs are on April 1.
Taylor Swift‘s new song ‘Eyes Open’ from ‘The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond’ soundtrack is now available online in its entirety, thanks to an early leak. See below to hear the cut of the just-released track, which we anticipate will fit the mood of the movie perfectly. ‘The Hunger Games’ hits theaters on March 23.
The year’s most anticipated soundtrack is still a week away from hitting stores, but previews of many of the songs are beginning to find their way to the internet. One minute of Taylor Swift‘s second song from ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack was revealed by Perez Hilton on Monday afternoon. The song, called ‘Eyes Open,’ seems to turn into a rocker.
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