Carrie Underwood's special connection with CMT viewers helped her continue her run at the CMT Awards - and crash Luke Bryan's party. Underwood won her third straight video of the year Wednesday night, taking the top honor for the fifth time with "See You Again." The "American Idol" champion is CMT's top overall winner with 11 belt buckles in her career. Underwood managed to horn in on all the fun top winners Bryan and Florida Georgia Line were having. The two acts teamed up to win collaboration of the year for "This Is How We Roll" - a song they performed at the top of the show with Jason Derulo and ZZ Top and released as a remix with Derulo - and each won another belt buckle trophy. Underwood teamed with Miranda Lambert to shut down the show with their song "Somethin' Bad" and was clearly surprised when she took fan-voted video of the year. "It's really hard to believe," Underwood said on stage. "I've been doing this for nine years but every single second of those nine … [Read more...] about CMT Music Awards 2014: Carrie Underwood takes home third video of the year award
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Beyoncé may be the queen but it's Adele who was awarded the royal blessings at the 59th Grammy Awards.The British singer won five awards Sunday night, including song and record of the year for her hit Hello and album of the year for 25. In addition to running her lifetime Grammy total to 1521 and Rolling in the Deep — and second female artist to win album of the year twice (after Taylor Swift).Other honorees of note: Chance the Rapper took home three Grammys, including best new artist and best rap album, Beyoncé's groundbreaking Lemonade snagged best urban contemporary album, and David Bowie posthumously swept his five nominated categories, including best rock song for Blackstar.Here is a minute-by-minute breakdown (ET) of the Grammy festivities:12:16: Adele surprised journalists by stopping backstage without her Grammy hardware and talking about her victorious night. "America has always been very kind to me, I don't know why," she says. Adele discusses … [Read more...] about Adele takes song, record and album of the year at Grammy Awards
For months Mikalene Ipson, a St. George singer-songwriter, had been struggling with a particular song.In March, a friend had asked her to write a song about losing her baby, who was stillborn on Feb. 10. But the songwriter — who uses only her unique first name as her stage name — couldn’t quite figure out what to say.“I tried like a hundred times to write the song, and I could not,” she says. “I was so frustrated.”Then on Oct. 4 it finally came to her. The first verse “came like lightening.” She sat down and finished the song that afternoon. She couldn’t wait to get into the studio and record it so she simply made a low-quality recording of a performance on her piano at home.Happy with the results, Mikalene posted the song, “Heaven Needed You More,” that night on her music page at Facebook.com/mikalenemusic. Within four days the post had more than 700 shares and 22,000 views. While the numbers are nice, what truly … [Read more...] about New Mikalene song comforts grieving mothers
Although it's unclear if songs Amy Winehouse was working on before her death will ever be released, fans can look forward to some new music from the late singer.Tony Bennett will be appear on his upcoming album "Duets II," and a preview of the track is available online now.Lady Gaga ("The Lady Is a Tramp"), John Mayer ("One for My Baby"), Mariah Carey (When Do the Bells Ring for Me") and Carrie Underwood ("It Had to Be You").London home on July 23 following years of substance abuse. Toxicology results are still pending to determine what exactly killed the 27-year-old singer. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett duet ‘Body & Soul’: Preview from ‘Duets II’ album available online
Michael Jackson's 3D image will perform his "Earth Song" on CBS's Grammy Awards show Jan. 31, accompanied by Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Celine Dion. It has the potential to be "one of our most memorable moments," perennial Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said Wednesday, but it isn't what he, Michael and everyone else had originally planned. "We talked with Michael a year ago about performing on last year's show," said Ehrlich. "And he finally told us he'd do it next year." After Jackson's death on June 25, Ehrlich said he approached the Jackson family with a proposal for a tribute built around the 3D film of "Earth Song." He said the family "was very receptive. . . . They got it right away."The film had been planned as a centerpiece of the tour for which Jackson was rehearsing when he died. "I met with him the night before he passed," said Ehrlich. "We stood together and watched the film, which is quite magic." The Grammy team considered and rejected the … [Read more...] about Michael Jackson’s 3D image to be featured at Grammy Awards in star-studded duet
Paula Zahn's words of love are coming back to haunt her now that the newswoman's estranged husband has his hands on a diary that lays bare her secret affair with another tycoon. "It's Paula's love book," a source tells us. "It documents her tryst" with married ContiGroup CEO Paul Fribourg. What's in the private journal? "It's quite lurid," says the source. "Let's leave it at that." Richard Cohen, the multimillionaire developer who has been the ex-CNN anchor's husband for 20 years, discovered the diary with their 17-year-old daughter, Haley, according to another source. Friends of Zahn, 51, claim Cohen, 59, showed the diary to Haley and her brother, Jared, 13. "It was unnecessary and hurtful," says one pal, who contends Cohen has been "telling people all over town about the diary." "Richard has never shown the diary to his other children [other than Haley]," argues one friend. "Richard doesn't want to drag Paula's dirty laundry through a public arena. He does not want to … [Read more...] about Zahn spells out her tryst?
Brad Paisley plays Ak-Chin Pavilion to kick off a month that also features shows by Slipknot, Cage the Elephant and the hip-hop nostalgia of the I Love the '90s Tour with Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice. Here's a look at those and other highlights playing the Valley in June.These psychedelic rockers have been at it since the early '90s, setting the tone for their first album, "Spacegirl and Other Favourites," with a hail of feedback that blankets everything as the trance-inducing groove of "Crushed" kicks in. Their latest is every bit as edgy and uncompromising, not to mention just as trippy, bringing a Germanic electronic pulse to the garage on 2010's excellent "Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?" and indulging their love of the 13th Floor Elevators by covering “Dust” on last year’s “Mini Album Thingy Wingy.”Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20; $18 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.One of … [Read more...] about June concert guide for Phoenix: Brad Paisley, I Love the ’90s Tour, Slipknot, Cage the Elephant
Some of the biggest names in popular music will swing through metro Phoenix this spring, from the Used to Pentatonix. For those about to rock, you've got Slipknot at Ak-Chin Pavilion. And for those about to drink, well, Eric Church and Jake Owen are heading to Florence for the four-day rager that is Country Thunder 2016. Here's a look at those and other big shows. We'll be back with critic's picks.There's a reason this one sold out so ridiculously fast. The Killers are way too big to play the Marquee Theatre and they don't tour so much these days, although they have been working on their first release in four years with producers Flood and Alan Moulder. It's been 13 years since Brandon Flowers and his bandmates hit the mainstream with a triple-platinum breakthrough hit called "Mr. Brightside." Subsequent calling cards include the triple-platinum "Somebody Told Me" and three platinum singles, "All These Things That I've Done," "When You Were … [Read more...] about Big spring concerts playing Phoenix: Rihanna! Slipknot! Country Thunder!
'Melrose Place" babe Heather Locklear, 44, and esteemed British thespian Francesca Annis, 61, live in different acting galaxies, but this week they're both playing women scorned. Yesterday, lawyers for Annis announced that she and two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes were separating after an 11-year romance. As we told you on Tuesday, Annis was humiliated last weekend when British papers carried interviews with 31-year-old Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan, who claimed she'd carried on a two-year affair with "The English Patient" star, who is 18 years younger than Annis. (We particularly enjoyed the part about him asking her to leave on her diamanté heels during lovemaking.) How mad is Annis? Well, her lawyers say she plans to sue London's Daily Mail for defamation and invasion of privacy because of a story claiming she'd forgiven Fiennes. Apparently, she doesn't buy into that scene in "Schindler's List" in which Fiennes' Nazi commandant character reflected on the nobility of … [Read more...] about TWO STRAYING TOMCATS GET TURNED LOOSE
LOS ANGELES — Nick Fradiani is the latest winner of "American Idol." The 29-year-old rocker of Guilford, Connecticut, bested soulful 22-year-old vocalist Clark Beckham of White House, Tennessee, to win the 14th edition of the Fox talent competition. "This is amazing," he told "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. "This is the best day of my life." Fradiani joins such champions as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Phillip Phillips and Kris Allen, as well one more winner to be determined next year. Fox announced earlier this week that the next season would be the last for "Idol." Before he was revealed as the winner on Wednesday, Fradiani dueted with singer-songwriter Andy Grammer. "I can't even think right now," Fradiani said after Seacrest informed him that he received the most viewer votes — without revealing the exact number cast. Fradiani's win came on the strength of his renditions Tuesday of Matchbox 20's "Bright Lights," Jason Mraz's "I … [Read more...] about ‘American Idol’ crowns Season 14 champion