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Taylor Swift leads American Country Awards nominations

October 29th, 2013 9:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift looks set to be the belle of the ball at the 2013 American Country Awards again after landing eight nominations for the 10 December (13) prizegiving.

Among her haul are nods for the coveted Artist of the Year honour, Artist of the Year: Female and Touring Artist of the Year.

Cruise hitmakers Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton have both landed seven nominations apiece and will compete with Swift for Artist of the Year. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan are also up for the big award.

Aldean, Bryan and Shelton will also compete for the Artist of the Year: Male prize alongside Ken...
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Blake Shelton's brushes off cheating rumors

October 26th, 2013 1:50pm EDT
Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton has slammed new rumors Miranda Lambert is cheating on him.
The 'Voice' USA judge insists he and the 'Over You' singer's marriage is still going strong amid reports they are headed for a "$40 million divorce."
The 37-year-old 'Boys' Round Here' hitmaker tweeted on Friday night (10.25.13): "I just read back to back NEW stories that @mirandalambert and I are having a baby, divorcing, cheating and feuding with @cher. Must be true!"
He jokingly added: "If it costs 40 million dollars to get a divorce then how will we ever afford it?!!! We had that money set aside for health care!!!"...
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Usher has star-studded birthday bash

October 16th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
Usher
Usher had a surprise star-studded birthday party on Monday night (14.10.13).
The 'Scream' hitmaker turned 35 on October 14 and celebrated in style with a number of other A-Listers - including P Diddy, Justin Bieber, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ashley Benson, Jermaine Dupri, Blake Shelton, David Arquette, Miguel and Cassie - at Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Hollywood.
A source said: "Usher was on the dancefloor almost all night. He shared the floor with Diddy and Jermaine, who also danced almost all night long. Even David Arquette showed off his break-dancing skills.
"At one point, Usher, Diddy and Bie...
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Blake Shelton takes aim at anti-gay protesters

September 27th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Blake Shelton
Country music star Blake Shelton has taken aim at America's Westboro Baptist Church after the religious extremists announced plans to demonstrate at one of his upcoming gigs.

The controversial group has vowed to picket the singer's 3 October (13) concert in Kansas City, Kansas, branding the singer a sinner and "vulgar adulterer" for marrying second wife Miranda Lambert.

The church also called Shelton and Lambert "fake Christians", claiming they are "the direct cause of same-sex marriage flourishing" - but now outspoken Shelton has fired back.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes,...
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Blake Shelton was drunk for botched arm tattoo

September 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Blake Shelton
Country star Blake Shelton has vowed never to head into a tattoo parlour after a drinking session ever again after a botched skin art session.

The Honey Bee hitmaker admits he's a little embarrassed by the design he has on his left forearm because it looks nothing like the deer tracks they are supposed to be.

He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "It's supposed to have been deer tracks, but there's a chance that when I had that on there, I had been drinking somewhere in the vicinity of that time and I had to draw the guy what I thought a deer track looked like, so he actually just gave me t...
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Birthday boy Blake Shelton wins The Voice for third consecutive year

June 19th, 2013 3:20am EDT
Blake Shelton
Country star Blake Shelton celebrated his birthday in style on Tuesday (18Jun13) after winning The Voice with his top contestant for the third season in a row.

The singer turned 37 years old on Tuesday, and spent his big day taking part in the grand finale of the U.S. talent show.

Shelton enjoyed a night to remember when his protegee Danielle Bradbery was crowned The Voice champion, winning a recording contract and a $100,000 (£65,000) cash prize.

After his victory with Bradbery, an excited Shelton tweeted, "Holy s**t balls!!!! I love y'all!!!!!! Congrats @DBradbery!!!!"

Bradbery's win ...
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Queens of the Stone Age take the crown at the top of U.S. album chart

June 12th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Queens of the Stone Age
Rockers Queens Of The Stone Age have scored their first number one album in America.

The group, led by Josh Homme, has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with Like Clockwork thanks to 91,000 first-week sales.

The album ends Daft Punk's two-week reign at number one - Random Access Memories slides a spot to two on the new countdown, while rockers Sleeping With Sirens debut Feel at three.

Blake Shelton's Based on a True Story... climbs to four and Darius Rucker's True Believers rounds out the top five.

Meanwhile, on the singles chart, Robin Thicke scores a TransAtlantic double with Bl...
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'The Voice' Results Favor Team Blake Again: Does That Matter?

June 12th, 2013 8:49am EDT
The Voice
Blake Shelton is one step closer to winning his third straight The Voice title.

Both of Team Blake's remaining singers - Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers - advanced to the hit NBC show's finals on Tuesday, meaning that he has a two-thirds chance of having the winning artist. Team Usher's Michelle Chamuel is the other finalist.

Team Shakira's Sasha Allen and Team Adam's Amber Carrington were eliminated, the latter despite the fact that she cracked the Top 10 on the iTunes singles chart, an achievement which is supposed to multiply an artist's iTunes votes by ten.

The results all re...
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Jake Owen cuts short festival performance due to bad weather

June 10th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Jake Owen
Country star Jake Owen was forced to cut short his performance at the CMA Music Festival on Sunday (09Jun13) due to extreme weather conditions.

The Heaven hitmaker took to the stage at the LP Field Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee for the 42nd annual four-day concert series, but festival bosses warned him to only play one song as a storm was developing.

Owen later took to his Twitter.com page to apologise to fans for his short set writing, "Sorry to all my fans that paid good money for (CMA Music Festival 2013). Due to the weather coming in, I was told to only play one song. I (love) you g...
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CMT Music Awards: Winners, Fashion & A Tribute To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

June 6th, 2013 9:06am EDT
Carrie Underwood
On Wednesday night, Oklahoma natives Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert made their state proud by winning some of the evening's top awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Jason Aldean and actress Kristen Bell co-hosted the show, which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.

Underwood (pictured above) won the coveted "Video Of The Year" prize, beating Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Swift. She sang "See You Again" with a church choir and dedicated the song to the victims of last month's tornadoes in Okl...
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Good night for Oklahoma stars at CMT Music Awards

June 6th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Carrie Underwood
Country stars Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert made Oklahoma proud at the 2013 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (05Jun13) after winning the night's top trophies.

The state was ravaged by a series of deadly tornadoes last month (May13) but fans were given some respite in the wake of the tragedy when homegrown star Underwood scooped the biggest prize of the night, Video Of The Year, for Blown Away, seeing off competition from heavyweights including Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift.

Just moments before accepting the coveted trophy, the former American Idol winner sa...
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Blake Shelton in Twitter feud

June 5th, 2013 2:29pm EDT
Blake Shelton
Country star Blake Shelton has launched a foul-mouthed rant at a music critic who published an unflattering appraisal of the singer's reality TV show The Voice.

Shelton, who is a coach on the American version of the singing contest, became enraged when Houston Chronicle music critic Joey Guerra posted a link to his latest TV blog on his Twitter.com page with the caption, "The Voice sends one singer back to Texas. Don't worry, it's not the one we care about."

In the blog, the writer mentioned the elimination of contestant Holly Tucker, insisting her exit took "much too long", and the comme...
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'The Voice' Results: Blake Shelton Defends Holly Tucker on Twitter

June 5th, 2013 2:51am EDT
Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton finally saw one of his singers sent home on this week's The Voice elimination show. He also became the second coach to stir up some buzz in two weeks, as the country superstar had a few choice words for someone who made some unkind comments about the unlucky eliminee.

The Voice whittled its Top 6 down to the Top 5 on Tuesday night, and it was Holly Tucker, the Baylor marching band standout, who was sent home. Tucker was visibly upset when host Carson Daly revealed that America's final save went not to her but to her teammates, The Swon Brothers.

Yet as emotional as she was, ...
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Blake Shelton Addresses Tabloid Rumors, Opens Up About Marriage To Miranda Lambert

June 2nd, 2013 9:00am EDT
Blake Shelton People magazine
As rumors swirl about his marriage to Miranda Lambert, country music superstar and Voice coach Blake Shelton opens up in this week’s issue of People about how they make it work and keep their love alive. Since their wedding two years ago, they’ve had to get used to living under the glare of the spotlights, and the tabloid rumors that come with it. From week to week, either their marriage is in ruins (She’s lonely and drinking! He has a wandering eye! She’s jealous of his Voice co-star Shakira!) or they’re having a baby.

Shelton, whose first marriage to Kaynette Williams ended in divorce –...
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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Usher, And Others Raise Millions With Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

May 30th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Blake Shelton Healing the Heartland
Several music stars gathered at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to raise millions in charity for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the state.

Blake Shelton organized the Healing in the Heartland event to air on NBC, where he also appears on The Voice. He started the show with a rendition of "God Gave Me You," and then gave the stage to Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for musical performances.

Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert focused on the displaced animals affected by the storms. She held back tears as she sang The House Th...
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Blake Shelton raises funds for Oklahoma with all-star line-up

May 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Blake Shelton
Singers Miranda Lambert, Reba Mcentire and Usher joined forces with Blake Shelton on Wednesday night (29May13) to help raise funds for the tornado recovery effort in his native Oklahoma.

The Honey Bee hitmaker leaped into action last week (begs20May13) to organise the televised Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert after a twister ripped through the state, devastating the city of Moore and leaving at least 24 people dead.

Shelton got proceedings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City underway with a touching rendition of God Gave Me You, followed by performances from D...
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Blake Shelton's Oklahoma Benefit To Take Place On Wednesday

May 25th, 2013 3:22pm EDT
Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton is holding his tornado relief benefit on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. The state native decided to help out after watching footage of the storm, which tore apart the city's suburbs on Monday and killed of 24 people.
 
The country star will headline "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Also performing: Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and his wife Miranda Lambert.

Shelton commented: "Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy. This is why I want to do this spec...
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David Spade And Blake Shelton Lend Their Support To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

May 22nd, 2013 6:25pm EDT
David Spade
Hollywood Celebrities have shown their support for the survivors of the Oklahoma tornado.  David Spade has handed $200,000 to the victims of the deadly tornado.

The comedian's generous donation to the American Red Cross will be used for relief efforts in the state after the natural disaster ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City, claiming at least 20 lives and leaving more than 200 injured.

The Joe Dirt star was inspired to help out after his own terrifying experience with a twister, telling EOnline.com, "When I was four, I moved from Michigan to Arizona and our house got hit by a tor...
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Rihanna And Other Stars Send Out Prayers And Condolences To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

May 21st, 2013 6:07pm EDT
Rihanna
Rihanna, Slash, and many other stars have reached out to offer their prayers to the people of Oklahoma following a devastating series of tornadoes.

Powerful tornadoes landed in Oklahoma City Monday, destroying several buildings. Currently, the death toll is over 90 people, with dozens being school children. The children were at Plaza Towers Elementary School when the storms ripped through the building.

Rihanna took to Twitter.com and posted the simple message, "Praying for Oklahoma." Slash wrote, "Horrible what the people in Oklahoma just went thru. The devastation they're facing now. & t...
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'The Voice': Meet Team Blake's Holly Tucker

May 20th, 2013 12:15pm EDT
The Voice
Blake Shelton has his dream team on The Voice this season: a final three loaded completely with country artists. BFTV recently caught up with one of those artists, Baylor marching band star Holly Tucker, to get to know her better.

"I always expected big things because I've seen the show on TV and it just looks larger than life," Holly said of her Voice experience so far. "That's exactly what I got and more."

Speaking of big things, America has watched Holly blow the doors off the Voice studio with her powerful performances of LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" and Martina McBride's "Broken Wing...
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Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine & Blake Shelton On Board For 'The Voice' Season 5

May 18th, 2013 8:32am EDT
The Voice
NBC has confirmed that "The Voice" is bringing back all four original judges - Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton - for its fifth season in the fall.

Shelton, Levine, Green and Aguilera were the coaches for the first three seasons. Season six will pair Levine and Shelton with Shakira and Usher, who are judges on the current fourth season.

Carson Daly will remain as the host.

Paul Telegdy, president of alternative andl ate night programming at NBC, explained: "We locked in a plan several months ago to have the outstanding Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green rejo...
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Miranda Lambert Follows Mom's Rule: 'Divorce Is Not An Option'

April 11th, 2013 10:39am EDT
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Miranda Lambert's marriage to Blake Shelton is solid, and the country singer vows that it will last forever, despite all the recent gossip about them breaking up.

Lambert told reporters after last Sunday's Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards that sometimes it's tough because the two singers travel alot, but she and Shelton plan on staying together 'til death do us part,' according to CountryWeekly.com.

"You know, it's not easy all the time being on opposite sides of the country and, you know, traveling and all that," she said. "But when you get to celebrate moments like this together an...
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Blake Shelton To Officiate Kelly Clarkson's Wedding

April 8th, 2013 6:20pm EDT
Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson has revealed that pal Blake Shelton will officiate her upcoming wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock.

During Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards, Kelly told "Entertainment Tonight" that The Voice star -- who is managed by her beau -- will be a big part of their wedding.

"Not only is he singing, he is marrying us," she says.

Shelton will also preside over the ceremony for Ashley Monroe, who sings in wife Miranda Lambert's side band the Pistol Annies.

"He has done it before with people, he is actually marrying Ashley Monroe from the Pistol Annies as well," she ad...
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Miranda Lambert Dominates The 2013 Academy Of Country Music Awards

April 8th, 2013 12:31am EDT
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert scooped up three of the top prizes at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night, including Female Vocalist of the Year.

The singer bested fellow nominees Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift to win the award.

Lambert also won Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her single, "Over You," and accepted the latter with husband and co-writer Blake Shelton by her side.

"As a songwriter, having your song and your lyrics recognized by your peers is pretty much as good as it gets," she said during her acceptance speech. "And ...
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TV Preview: 'The Voice' Season 4

March 25th, 2013 11:03am EDT
The Voice
Welcome to the new Voice - just as good as the old Voice.

The Voice is back for its fourth season, and it's come with much buzz over the arrival of Shakira and Usher, who are standing in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green this time around. Everyone wants to know if the new foursome in the big red chairs will click like the old one, and the answer is a resounding yes. The Voice of season four is reminiscent of the Voice of season one: all the banter but without the moments of tension that raised some eyebrows in later cycles. This is not to detract from Aguilera and Green, who were goo...
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Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Joke About Cheating Rumors On Twitter

March 19th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert had some fun with their Twitter followers after it was reported in tabloids that their relationship was coming to an end following a cheating scandal.

Shelton's alleged affair with a younger woman made the cover of the rag, boasting that it had the details on their "shaken up" marriage.

"Hey @mirandalambert… I just read in a tabloid that our marriage is falling apart! FOCK!" tweeted Blake to his wife. "Oh no! Can't wait to read if we make it or not," replied Miranda.

Back in November, the two traded joking tweets over another tabloid headline - this one ...
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Celebrity Valentines for 2013

February 14th, 2013 8:30am EST
Adam Levine
Ah, Valentine's Day. It's a holiday all about love. While it's generally taken to be reserved for that special someone in your life, there are other kinds of love, too - like showing some love for your favorite celebrities. Here's BFTV's list of the celebrities I've fallen in love with and why I want to give them a little extra appreciation this year. Not only are they talented at what they do, but they're also pretty fantastic people.

In alphabetical order:

Jamie Bamber: I waited a couple of years to meet the Monday Mornings star, during which I heard from several mutual friends and fans...
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Blake Shelton To Perform At Kelly Clarkson's Wedding Reception

January 29th, 2013 1:43pm EST
Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton is set to sing at Kelly Clarkson's upcoming wedding after the former American Idol star accepted his offer to perform on her big day.

Shelton's manager, Brandon Blackstock, proposed to the Since U Been Gone hit-maker last month, and the couple has been busy making plans for the nuptials. The Honey Bee star voiced a desire to sing for the newlyweds, and Clarkson now reveals she has taken him up on his offer.

In an interview on radio country station K-Frog, she says, "Blake actually is going to play at our reception, so we're pretty excited."

Clarkson and Blackstock are se...
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Blake Shelton Vows To Cut Back On 'Controversial' Twitter Posts

January 5th, 2013 5:02pm EST
Blake Shelton
Many people make New Year's resolutions, and country star Blake Shelton is one of them. The singer has vowed to watch what he tweets in 2013.

"The Voice" judge told US Weekly, "I need to work on being a less controversial tweeter."

On New Year's Eve he posted a photo of himself on Twitter passed out in a chair. The beer-loving singer got into a lot of trouble last year for his boozy posts, and while there are no signs of him cutting back on alcohol, he's determined not to write about it online.

The singer also caused controvery last year when he posted something about hitting a turtle wi...
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Blake Shelton Was Glad He Got One More Christmas With His Dad

December 26th, 2012 10:30am EST
Blake Shelton
Country star Blake Shelton will have a heavy heart as he celebrates Christmas this year - because it will be his first without his beloved father Dick, who died in January.

The Honey Bee singer was in Oklahoma last year, so he could spend what became his dad's last holiday season by his bedside, and he admits it'll be odd not to have the old man near him this Christmas.

Shelton, who is enjoying success with his first holiday album, tells Country Weekly magazine, "My sister (and her husband)... were doing their normal Christmas Eve with the kids. And (my wife) Miranda (Lambert) has a tradi...
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