Carrie Underwood

Ariana Grande leads Thanksgiving Day Parade; Stars Tweets Messages

Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning (28.11.13).

The 20-year-old star sung ‘Last Christmas’ from her float while clad in a thick coat and large earmuffs to try and keep warm in New York City.

She tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgivinggg my loves…Wishing you a beautiful holiday with your families and loved ones. I am so thankful for you. (sic)”

Elsewhere in the parade, talk show host Jimmy Fallon joined the ‘Sesame Street’ float with Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count, and Big Bird, who all sang ‘Somebody Come and Play’.

Jimmy had earlier joked on Twitter: ”I’m on the ‘Sesame Street’ float in the parade … But it’ll be awkward when Big Bird asks, ‘What’re you having for dinner?’ ”

Meanwhile on the other side of the US, sitcom star Neil Patrick Harris and Disney star Bella Thorne did their bit to give back last night (27.11.13) by joining hundreds of other volunteers to help to feed Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless at Los Angeles’ LA Mission.

Neil – who was working in the kitchen – tweeted: ”Prepping the turkey for @TheLAMission ‘s annual thanksgiving meal. A wonderful organization. #thankful.

”Super grateful to @MVoltaggio and all the other amazing chefs for lending their time and brawn. I was honored to be included. (sic)”

Bella was joined by her boyfriend, Tristan Klier, and helped to give out meals to the homeless.

Many more celebrities took to social media to send out their best wishes to all.

Lady Gaga tweeted: ”Happy Thanksgiving little turkey+tofurkey monsters, I love you with all my heart and thought all day about how grateful I am to be a performer in this life, writing you songs and singing to you year after year! #thankful4monsters (sic)”

Country star Carrie Underwood wrote: ”I have much to be thankful for…Family,friends and fans! Hope you all have a blessed day. Lots of love from me to you! #HappyThanksgiving.(sic)”

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New Performers Announced For The 47th Annual CMA Awards

The star-studded lineup for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” continues to grow with today’s announcement of performers for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”

Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood are scheduled to perform. Alan Jackson and George Strait, the two top nominees in CMA Awards history, will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and remains one of the most recognizable and evocative voices in the history of the genre. Jones passed away in April of this year.

Paisley and Underwood will host the ceremony for the sixth consecutive year live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on the ABC Television Network.

Reigning CMA Album of the Year winner, Church, is nominated this year for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know,” with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Church is an eight-time CMA Awards nominee who earned his first nomination in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.

One of this year’s most nominated artists, newcomers and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, earned nods for New Artist and Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as Single of the Year for “Cruise” and Musical Event of the Year for the song’s remix with Nelly.

Jackson is the second most nominated artist in CMA history, with 81 nominations and 16 trophies. He is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Jackson earned his first CMA Awards nominations in 1990 when he was up for New Artist, Album of the Year for Here In The Real World, and Single and Song of the Year for the album’s title track.

Musgraves – who is also a first-time nominee – is tied as the year’s most nominated artist. She collected six nominations including Female Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park, Single and Song of the Year for “Merry Go ‘Round,” and Song of the Year for Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

Paisley is among the top CMA Award winners of all time, with 14 trophies. He is a former CMA Entertainer of the Year and three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, with multiple wins in the Music Video and Musical Event of the Year categories. Paisley’s first CMA Award came in 2000 when he won the Horizon Award, now known as New Artist of the Year.

Strait is not only the top CMA Award nominee of all time, but also the top CMA Award winner with 22 trophies and 82 nominations. He is nominated this year for Entertainer of the Year, an honor he has taken home twice before. Strait is a five-time CMA Male Vocalist and Album of the Year winner.

Three-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood, is again nominated in that category, as well as for Album of the Year for Blown Away, and Music Video of the Year for the album’s title track. Underwood is a five-time CMA Award winner with 18 career CMA Awards nominations.

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The 2013 CMT Awards Winners List

(CMT)—The 2013 CMT Music Awards featured an interesting mix of old and new. Veterans likeBlake Shelton and Carrie Underwood took home top awards, and Miranda Lambert pocketed multiple belt buckles.

But newcomer Hunter Hayes also won an award, and Florida Georgia Line scored multiple buckles as well. Traditional vs. cutting edge, classic vs. new — the 2013 CMT Music Awards had a little something for everyone.

Check out the full list of winners:

Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Male Video: Blake Shelton, “Sure Be Cool If You Did”

Female Video: Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”

Group Video: Lady Antebellum, “Downtown”

Duo Video: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”

Breakthrough Video: Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”

Collaborative Video: Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan and Eric Church, “The Only Way I Know”

CMT Performance of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “Over You”

Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award: Hunter Hayes

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Carrie Underwood Lands Starring Role In The Sound Of Music TV Special

Carrie Underwood is set to transform in to Maria von Trapp for a special live TV broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Maria was originally played by Mary Martin on Broadway. Julie Andrews then took over the role for the 1965 film.

The 3 hour special will air next year on NBC. The network’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt released a statement saying everyone at NBC “couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp.”She (Maria) was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist,” he added.

NBC has not revealed who will take over the role of Capt. von Trapp. Christopher Plummer played the captain in the Oscar winning film. The Sound of Music telecast will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Underwood, 29, has dominated the country music industry since winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She made her acting debut on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2010. Underwood starred in the film Soul Surfer the following year.

Carrie Underwood Pranks Brad Paisley On Tour

Carrie Underwood surprised Brad Paisley at a stop on the latter’s Virtual Reality tour Friday, March 2. Brad, who typically duets with a hologram of Underwood for “Remind Me,” was shocked when the real Underwood walked on the stage at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus.

Paisley, who is a known prankster, was pleased with the surprise:

“Coolest thing that’s happened this tour!,” he tweeted.

“In a sneaky mood tonight . . . Stay tuned,” Carrie tweeted earlier in the evening. Later, she added, “Had so much fun tonight surprising @BradPaisley — Thanks Knoxville!!”

Underwood’s prank is the latest had against Paisley; previously on the tour, opening actScotty McCreery surprised him when he came out on the stage for a duet dressed as Paisley.

Paisley wrapped the first leg of his Virtual Reality tour on March 3.

2011 CMA Awards Winners List: Taylor Swift, The Band Perry Win Big


The 2011 Country Music Association Awards hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, were held Wednesday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Taylor Swift took home the night’s biggest honor – Entertainer of the Year – while The Band Perry took home three awards, including New Artist of the Year. See the complete list of winners below.
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Album of the Year: “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry
Single of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Song of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Video of the Year: “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
Music Video of the Year: “You and Tequila” by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter
Musical Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitar Widgets

Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban Pay Tribute to Glen Campbell on "The 45th Annual CMA Awards"

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and former CMA Entertainers of the Year Vince Gill and Keith Urban will pay tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Glen Campbell during “The 45th Annual CMA Awards.” The three guitar virtuosos’ performance saluting the legendary singer/musician will be a highlight of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.”  
“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke BryanEric ChurchSara EvansFaith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda LambertMartina McBride,Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Thompson Square, Keith UrbanChris Youngand Zac Brown Bandplus Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila;” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet “Easy;” Lionel Richie performing a medley of hits with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker; and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”
Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The legendary performer has sold more than 45 million albums and recorded such classic hits as “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” As a musician, Campbell was part of the much-heralded Wrecking Crew that performed on a variety of artists’ albums. His guitar prowess is featured on the Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds and on Frank Sinatra‘s megahit “Strangers in the Night,” among others. He acted alongside John Wayne in the movie “True Grit,” and hosted “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on television from 1968-1972. Earlier this year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is in the midst of his successful Goodbye Tour after releasing his final album, the critically-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas.  
Gill is No. 3 on the list for the most career wins in CMA Award history, having won 18 CMA Awards thus far, including two Entertainer Awards (1993, 1994), five consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (1991-1995, tying him with George Strait for the most wins in that category), two Album Awards (1993 for I Still Believe in You and 1994 for Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles), and a record-holding four Song of the Year Awards (1991 for “When I Call Your Name,” 1992 for “Look at Us,” 1993 for “I Still Believe In You,” and 1996 for “Go Rest High On That Mountain”). Gill served as host of the CMA Awards for 12 consecutive years (1992-2003), a record for hosts of any nationally televised Awards show. He released his new album, Guitar Slinger, last week.
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Paisley received five nominations in 2011 for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for This is Country Music; and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year for “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama. Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards to date, including three consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (2007-2009) and Album of the Year (in 2006 for Time Well Wasted). This is his fourth consecutive year to co-host the CMA Awards with Underwood.  
Urban received two nominations this year: Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has won four CMA Awards to date: Entertainer in 2005 and three consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (2004-2006). Urban’s current album is Get Closer.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Will Perform "Remind Me" on "The 45th Annual CMA Awards"




The star-packed lineup for “The 45 Annual CMA Awards”
grows with today’s announcement that co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
will perform their duet “Remind Me” on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” This
will be their first live performance of the No. 1 hit song on national
television. “The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and
Carrie Underwood, will broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on WEDNESDAY,
NOVEMBER 9 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
on the
ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean,
Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
Paisley, who was also previously announced as a performer, is CMA’s
reining Entertainer of the Year. He received five nominations in 2011 for
Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for “This is Country Music;” and Musical
Event and Music Video of the Year for “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama. Paisley
has won 14 CMA Awards to date, including three consecutive Male Vocalist Awards
(2007-2009) and Album of the Year (in 2006 for “Time Well Wasted”). He is No. 5
for the most career wins in CMA Awards history, behind George Strait (22), Brooks
& Dunn (19), Vince Gill (18) and Alan Jackson (16).
Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2011, an
Award she has won three times (2006-2008). If she wins the Award this year, she
will tie with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987)
for the most wins in the category. Underwood has received a total of five CMA
Awards thus far, including the Horizon Award (2006) and Single of the Year
(1997 for “Before He Cheats”), and has a total of 14 CMA career nominations to
Tickets for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” can be
purchased at Ticketmaster outlets,
or call 1-800-745-3000. “The 45 Annual CMA Awards” is a production
of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul
Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot
in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV
format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. 

James Blunt’s "Some Kind of Trouble Tour" Rolls On

Atlantic recording artist James Blunt has announced details of his upcoming North American tour.  The trek – which celebrates the recent release of his  third album, “Some Kind of Trouble – begins November 24 at Sherbrooke, Quebec’s Palais des Sports and then continues through a pair of eagerly awaited U.S. dates in early December, including Mystic, Connecticut’s MGM Grand At Foxwoods on December 2 and Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on December 3.  The British singer/songwriter’s “Some Kind of Trouble Tour” is slated to continue into 2012.
Pre-sale tickets to the November/December dates will be available exclusively to members of beginning Monday, September 19 at 10 am (ET).  All remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 24.  For more details and ticket information, please visit
Blunt is also poised to unveil his latest single/video, “Dangerous.”  The track’s video clip will have its world premiere via on Monday, September 19 at 12 noon (ET).  In the meantime, a stirring live version of “Dangerous” from the five-time Grammy-nominated troubadour’s recent performance at Radio 2 Live: In Hyde Park can be viewed through October 10 at,dangerous-live-from-hyde-park_103.htm.
“Some Kind of Trouble” – which includes the international smash singles, “Stay The Night” and “I’ll Be Your Man” – has proven a true global sensation.  “Stay the Night,” written by Blunt with Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) and award-winning songwriter/producer Steve Robson (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Take That), was Blunt’s 2 highest radio airplay single behind “You’re Beautiful” and a top 10 favorite in a range of countries, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Australia, where it also received platinum certification.“SOME KIND OF TROUBLE” finds Blunt in a delightfully upbeat frame of mind, capturing the talented tunesmith’s newfound sense of spontaneity and excitement.  Produced by Robson (with additional production from The Bird & the Bee’s Greg Kurstin, and Eg White), the album – which follows 2007’s acclaimed “ALL THE LOST SOULS” – marks Blunt’s most positive work to date, with songs alive with energy and optimism.With global album sales now at a staggering 19 million, James Blunt is without question among the most gifted and successful singer/songwriters of his generation.  He first captured the world’s attention in 2005 with his 2x RIAA platinum-certified debut, “BACK TO BEDLAM,” which featured the history-making #1 classic, “You’re Beautiful.”  “ALL THE LOST SOULS” followed two years later, debuting atop the album charts in 10 countries and earning unanimous critical acclaim for such hits as “1973” and “Same Mistake.”
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American Idol To Be Inducted Into Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame

American Idol, the groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning and top-rated FOX primetime series created by Simon Fuller and from producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment (a division of CKX), will be inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame. The 21st annual awards dinner, honoring the broadcast industry’s best, is set for Wednesday, October 26, at the famed Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

“American Idol has been a broadcasting phenomenon from the moment it debuted, and it just keeps getting stronger,” said Bill McGorry, Chairman of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. “This honor is richly deserved for a show that has had such an unprecedented impact on the entire industry.”

“It’s always special when American Idol gets honored, and even more so when it is by a distinguished organization such as theBroadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame,” said Simon Fuller, creator of American Idol. “This show has entertained hundreds of millions of TV viewers and music fans around the world over the last 10 seasons, and I’d like to dedicate this award to everyone who has helped us stay true to our pure ideal of discovering and showcasing the very best new singing talent in America.”

“This is an exceptional honor for all of us,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America and executive producer of American Idol. “It is quite extraordinary and rare for a television show to receive such recognition for its achievements alongside some of the most accomplished individuals in the broadcast industry, and for that we are truly grateful.”

“We feel incredibly privileged to be recognized in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Our entire American Idol team is honored to be a part of such a groundbreaking show, and we’re very thankful to everyone who has supported the series for the past 10 seasons.”

“The star power of American Idol takes what is already the industry’s premier awards event and elevates it to yet another level,” added Louis Hillelson, VP/Group Publisher, Broadcasting & Cable. “We are thrilled to welcome Idol into the Hall of Fame, and we look forward to what will be a truly unforgettable evening.”

American Idol is an undisputed ratings juggernaut, has ranked as the No. 1 show for eight consecutive seasons and has shattered a series of long-standing television records. A bona fide cultural phenomenon, Idol resonates far beyond the scope of television. The show broke out from the unscripted genre by offering the viewing public a first: the chance for America to choose the next music star through telephone, text, and more recently, online voting. In 2011, the series finale garnered an astonishing and record-breaking 122 million votes, which was the highest number of votes in the show’s history.

American Idol set out to prove that one audition can change the rest of someone’s life. And it did just that by producing some of the biggest names in the music business, and the show’s talent roster reads like a Who’s Who of the entertainment industry including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry, Adam Lambert and David Cook. Idol finalists have also been awarded a long list of accolades, including nine Grammy wins.

Over the years, some of the faces have changed, but the goal of the show remains the same: empowering viewers to decide who will be America’s next singing superstar. Emmy-nominated host Ryan Seacrest has been with the show since day one and continues to keep viewers engaged throughout each broadcast. Last year, Idol welcomed two new judges to sit alongside Grammy Award-winning producer and 20 year music industry veteran Randy Jackson on the panel for Season 10: Golden Globe-nominated actress, platinum-selling recording artist, movie producer and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez; and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, frontman of Aerosmith and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steven Tyler.