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George Strait and Miranda Lambert to perform Merle Haggard tribute at ACM Awards

March 28th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
George Strait
Singers George Strait, Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert are lining up to salute music legend Merle Haggard at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards.

The veteran will be honoured with the Crystal Milestone Award to mark his 50th anniversary in the industry, and Strait and Lambert have signed up to pay tribute with a medley of his hits, including Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down and I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.

Brooks will present the prize to Haggard himself at the ceremony, which will take place in Las Vegas on 6 April (14).

The Band Perry will open the prizegiving, while other performe...

George Strait Triumphs At CMAs

November 7th, 2013 5:20am EST
George Strait
George Strait was named Entertainer of the Year at last night's Country Music Awards 2013.

The country legend was honored with the top award for the third time in his career, after previously taking it home in 1989 and 1990.

Accepting his trophy, he said: "What? Oh my gosh, never in a million years. This blows me away, I cannot believe it ... This means the world to me, I appreciate it."

However, this is likely the last time George - who released his 27th studio album earlier this year - will accept the accolade, as he has announced plans to retire next year.

Blake Shelton was also nomi...

George Strait to close out final tour in Dallas

September 10th, 2013 3:10am EDT
George Strait
Country legend George Strait will wrap up his final tour at one of America's most impressive venues - the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Texas.

The singer announced the extended dates of his two-year-long farewell tour extension on Monday (09Sep13) in Dallas, insisting he will retire from the road after the Texas show, which will be scheduled in the coming days.

The confirmed final shows of The Cowboy Rides Again trek will begin in Bossier City, Louisiana on 9 January (14), and end at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on 31 May (13). The AT&T Stadium show will take place shor...

George Strait to record five more albums

August 29th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
George Strait
Country music legend George Strait has signed a new five-album record deal at 61.

The singer/songwriter announced his new MCA Nashville deal at a gala honouring his 60 number one singles earlier this week (beg26Aug13).

Strait has recorded all 40 of his studio albums with MCA and says, "I've had a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to a whole lot more."

Meanwhile, the Give It All We Got Tonight singer has also extended Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, which kicked off in January (13) and will now continue into next year (14). New dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Garth Brooks pays tribute to country music mogul Jim Foglesong

July 9th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Garth Brooks
Country music star Garth Brooks has paid tribute to the mogul who helped launch his career following his death on Tuesday (09Jul13).

Jim Foglesong was 90 when he passed away at a Nashville, Tennessee hospital after a brief illness, and now Brooks has spoken out to express his condolences.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Brooks writes, "Today, the music industry lost its greatest diplomat for kindness, tolerance, faith, and sincerity. But do not weep for Jim, I have never met a man with a stronger faith, anyone who knew Jim knows where he is now. Instead, weep for those of us who ...

George Strait mourning the death of his dad at 91

June 4th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
George Strait
Country music veteran George Strait is in mourning following the death of his father on Tuesday (04Jun13).

John Strait, a retired school teacher, was 91.

Thanking fans for their prayers and support in the weeks leading up to his dad's death, The Chair singer has released a statement that reads: "We are grateful for the time over the last few weeks we were able to spend with Daddy before he passed away. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time as we mourn our family's loss."

George Strait Announces Retirement From Touring

September 28th, 2012 8:34pm EDT
George Strait
Country music icon George Strait is planning to garage his tour bus after a final 41-date tour.

The beloved singer/songwriter announced his The Cowboy Rides Away tour, which will begin next year, will be his last at a press conference held at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday.

He told fans and reporters he'll perform 21 dates next year and a further 20 in 2014 before hanging up his cowboy hat.

Strait explained, "I just don't want to go to the point where I show up and nobody else does... It's been great. I've been doing it for 30-some odd years ...

Ashton Kutcher Still Defending Himself After Country Music Awards Appearance

April 7th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
Ashton Kucther
Ongoing criticism about his appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards last Sunday has prompted actor Ashton Kutcher to defend himself again.

The star's cowboy clothing and a Capella rendition of George Strait's "I Cross My Heart" onstage at the Las Vegas ceremony had many stars questioning his motives, with many of country's elite suggesting he shouldn't have been at the event at all.

Others, like Miranda Lambert, who received an award from Kutcher, suggested he was actually mocking the genre.

The actor took to earlier this week to respond to remarks Lambert made, sta...

Toby Keith Is The Highest-Earning Country Music Star

September 21st, 2011 11:26am EDT
Toby Keith
Toby Keith has been crowned country music's highest earning star by Forbes magazine.

The musician took the top spot in the publication's list of the highest-earning stars in country music by earning an estimated $50 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

Keith's massive earnings are said to have come from his lucrative tour, sponsorship deals and his popular restaurant chain, putting him ahead of singer/songwriter Taylor Swift who came in at number two with estimated earnings of $45 million and Brad Paisley at three ($40 million).

The other artists in the top five are Tim McGraw ($35 ...

'Pure Country 2: The Gift' - On Demand, For Download & On DVD Now

April 28th, 2011 7:06am EDT
Pure Country 2
In "Pure Country 2: The Gift," suddenly thrust into the bright lights and big stages of country music stardom, Bobbie loses not just her way but her angelic gift of song.

Follow singing sensation Katrina Elam as she rights the wrongs in her past and finds her voice once again with the help of country music sensation George Strait.

Watch it NOW, On Demand, For Download and on DVD

'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants (& Judges) Disappoint On Movie Night

April 14th, 2011 8:10am EDT
American Idol
I just couldn’t wait to see how they did.

For once, I’m not talking about the contestants. Last night it was the judges’ performance that had me most anxious for the show to begin. After Pia’s exit, they’d been taking a ton of flak from myself and endless other ‘ American Idol’ recappers saying it was finally time for them to toughen up.

And this was the perfect night to test. After weeks and weeks of solid performances all down the line, last night we got our first really consistently bad night from the contestants. A night that totally blew out my restrictive theme theory – because last...

Miranda Lambert Triumphs At Country Music Awards; See Full List Of Winners

November 11th, 2010 8:13am EST
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert had a very special 27th birthday at the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday - she took home Song, Video and Album of the Year honors and was named Female Vocalist of the Year.

Her fiance Blake Shelton was also a big winner, claiming the Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year awards.

Lady Antebellum were the only other multiple winners, picking up accolades for Vocal Group and Single of the Year, and it was a huge night for event co-host Brad Paisley, who claimed the Entertainer of the Year prize.

Lambert, who was nominate...

Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

November 10th, 2010 8:11am EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift became the youngest ever winner of the coveted Songwriter of the Year prize at the BMI Country Awards on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old singer/songwriter was the toast of the awards show, which celebrates the most played songs on radio and television, and took the night's top prize, making her the youngest artist ever to land the coveted trophy. The record was previously held by Bill Anderson, who won the honor in 1960 at the age of 23, and Johnny Cash, who won in 1956 when he was 24 years old.

Swift also scored her third consecutive BMI Country Song of the Year title for h...

Carrie Underwood's Four Dresses At The Academy Of Country Music Awards - Which One Was Best?

April 19th, 2010 5:59pm EDT
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood was the Belle of the Ball at last night's Academy of Country Music Awards. She became the first woman to win "Entertainer of The Year" twice, but four times was the charm for the country pop star - sho wore four different dresses during the course of the evening.

She made her first red carpet appearance of the night in a light peach dress with silver beaded accents. We weren't crazy about the puffy one-sleeved shoulder ensemble.

She performed twice in two very different dresses. One, a pastel purple and pink floral dress, definitely screamed country. But country can be...

Jewel's Sexy Blue Jeweled Dress - Hot Or Not?

April 19th, 2010 2:05pm EDT
Whatever happened to Jewel? Well, she looked fabulous at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in a blue Jenny Packham gown. The simple, long flowing dress was accented by a jeweled bodice. And the music star topped off the look with dangling gold earrings. Simple, yet sweet!

Last fall a man was charged with stalking the singer. He told authorities he was led to her Texas home on a mission from God. Michael Lawrance Kozelka was arrested after showing up at the ranch Jewel shares with her rodeo star husband Ty Murray. The Wisconsin man was told to stay away from the property but...

Taylor Swift Crowd Surfs At The ACM Awards (Pics)

April 19th, 2010 12:30am EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift took in a little crowd surfing during her performance at Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas.

The blonde beauty is up for four awards this year, including Top Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year ("You Belong With Me"), Video of the Year ("You Belong With Me"), and Entertainer of the Year.

This year, for the first time ever, country music fans were given the opportunity to text in their votes to determine who would be awarded the night's biggest accolade. The nominees include Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brad Pais...

Carrie Underwood Makes History At The ACM Awards; Full List Of Winners

April 19th, 2010 12:07am EDT
Carrie Underwood
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carrie Underwood made history at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice.

Underwood won the show's top honor last year. This year, she beat out Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban.

Top-selling trio Lady Antebellum were the dominant winners, grabbing five trophies, including song and single record of the year for crossover hit "Need You Now," while also snapping Rascal Flatts' seven-year run as best vocal group.

"We are having a b...

George Strait's Brother Found Dead In Hotel Room

April 14th, 2009 8:51am EDT
George Strait
Country star George Strait is in mourning after the shock death of his brother Buddy on Friday. Strait, 58, was found dead in a San Antonio, Texas hotel room, where he was staying while conducting business in the city.

Investigators believe he died of natural causes, but an autopsy will be held to determine the exact cause of death.

It was a tragic end to a week that began so well for Strait, who was honored by his peers at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas last Sunday and again as the subject of an ACM Artist of the Decade tribute concert on Monday night.

See more photos of George...

List Of The 51st Grammy Awards Winners

February 9th, 2009 9:07am EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and his new performance partner Alison Krauss were the toast of the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after claiming a fistful of honors.

The duo picked up awards for Album of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. Coldplay were also triple w...

'Now That's What I Call Country' To Be Released August 26

August 22nd, 2008 12:07pm EDT
NOW That
The ultimate country music collection features today's hottest hits from country music superstars Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, George Strait, Reba and many more!

The world's best selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, is releasing the highly anticipated compilation of today's hottest country hits on August 26. NOW That's What I Call Country will feature 20 hit songs from the superstars of country music as well as the best new artists in the format. This collection contains 15 Top-5 singles...

Toby Keith Tops Country Rich List

May 24th, 2008 8:57am EDT
Toby Keith
Toby Keith has been named the highest-earning country star in a new Forbes magazine study.

The "Beer For My Horses" hitmaker raked in an estimated $48 million in 2007, according to the publication. Forbes editors note the singer/songwriter also benefited financially from a major endorsement deal with Ford trucks and as a co-owner of the I Love This Bar & Grill chain of restaurants.

Keith also runs his own record label, Show Dog Nashville.

Country trio Rascal Flatts came in second on the country cash countdown, with a $40 million 2007 haul and Tim McGraw came in third with ear...

George Strait Tops R.E.M.

April 10th, 2008 12:02pm EDT
George Strait
Country star George Strait has beaten R.E.M. to the top of the U.S. album charts. The singer has scored his fourth number one on the Billboard 200 with Troubadour, selling 50,000 more copies that R.E.M.'s new release Accelerate.

But the rockers are still celebrating - Accelerate's 115,000 sales gave the band its highest sales and charting week in nearly 12 years.

The album has already topped the charts in Canada, Ireland, U.K., Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, Strait's latest also becomes his 22nd number one on the Top Country Albums countdown. ...

Amy Winehouse Steals The Show With Five Grammys

February 11th, 2008 8:32am EST
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse stole the show at the 50th Grammy Awards, winning five top honors. Kanye West was nominated for eight awards and went home with four prizes, including Rap Album, Rap Performance and Rap Song; Bruce Springsteen picked up three, including Best Rock Song. The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige all won two.

But the night was dominated by Winehouse, who picked up all but one of the awards she was nominated for - Record of the Year for Rehab; Album of the Year for Back to Black; Best New Artist; Best Pop Vocal Album for Back to Black; Song of the Year for Rehab;...

Underwood, Paisley & Strait Double Up At CMAs

November 8th, 2007 8:26am EST
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and George Strait were named the queen and kings of country in NashvIlle, Tennessee on Wednesday night at the 41st annual CMA Awards.

Underwood claimed the Female Vocalist of the Year for a second successive year and Single of The Year ("Before He Cheats"), while Strait took home Song of The Year honors for "Give It Away," and he won his sixth Album of The Year prize for It Just Comes Natural. New dad Paisley was also a double winner, taking home Best Video and Male Vocalist awards.

The night's biggest prize, Entertainer of The Year, went to Kenny ...

Year's Top Artists Perform At 41st CMA Awards; Win A CMA Prize Pack

October 30th, 2007 5:41pm EDT
Alison Krauss
The list of Country luminaries performing on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" reads like a who's who of the format's finest and freshest faces with the announcement today that multiple nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Pickler have each been added to the list of performers for this year's gala.

"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and will air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson have been added to the list of artists prese...

Jamie Foxx Performs With Rascal Flatts On 41st CMA Awards, Nov. 7 On ABC; Win An iPod!

October 23rd, 2007 8:30pm EDT
The 41st Annual CMA Awards
-Win a CMA Awards Prize Pack!

Multi-talented, Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx joins reigning CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year Rascal Flatts for a duet performance during "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Rascal Flatts, who are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, will open "Country Music's Biggest Night™" with the title track from their third consecutive No. 1 album, Still Feels Good. Later in the broadcast, they will perform "She Goes All the Way" with Foxx. The duet w...

Collective Soul's 'Afterwords' Debuts In Top 25 On Billboard Album Chart

September 13th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Collective Soul
Los Angeles, CA – September 6, 2007 – Multi-platinum hitmakers Collective Soul's new album "Afterwords" debuted this week at #25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums chart and #5 on Billboard's Top Digital Albums chart. The band's last studio album Youth debuted at #66 in 2004. Collective Soul are joining the likes of other artists (Garth Brooks, The Eagles, Josh Groban, Michael Buble and George Strait) who have inked highly successful exclusive distribution deals, foregoing the traditional major label structure.

Digitally in its first week of release, "Afterwords" hit #5 on iTunes ...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 18

May 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
George Strait
Happy Birthday to "Curious George" singer Jack Johnson (1975), Saturday Night Live writer/actress Tina Fey (1970), teen singer Martika (1969), Hong Kong movie star Chow Yun-Fat (1955), country singer George Strait (1952), Devo singer Mark Mothersbaugh (1950), The Guess Who bassist Bill Wallace (1949), Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman (1949), former New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson (1946), Baltimore Orioles All-Star Brooks Robinson (1937), actor Pernell Roberts (1928), Pope John Paul II (1920; d. 2005), singer Perry Como (1912; d. 2001), and "It's A Wonderful Life" director Frank Capra (1...

Alejandro Escovedo Lifts Self-Ban On 'Castanets'

May 7th, 2007 4:08pm EDT
Alejandro Escovedo
Cult rocker Alejandro Escovedo ended a self-imposed live ban on his song Castanets yesterday, two years after it emerged the track was on President George W. Bush's iPod playlist. Escovedo was astounded when it was revealed that the American leader had Castanets saved as a favorite on his iPod player in April 2005.

Despite his opposition to the Bush administration, Escovedo finally decided to perform Castanets at the Stagecoach festival in California on Sunday. He told a cheering crowd, "This is a song I fell out of favor with after it ended up on George W. Bush's iPod top 10 list.


Miranda Lambert Returns With 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'; Win A Copy

April 17th, 2007 12:19pm EDT
Miranda Lambert
"My songs talk about real things," says Miranda Lambert. "Things that I've been through or I've witnessed through my friends and family - even my parents' private investigation business. If I feel it, I can sing it and make anyone believe it."

Big talk from a small-town Texas girl, but Lambert's got the goods to back it up. The old-school passion and power of her nearly platinum-selling 2005 debut Kerosene took it to the top of both the country charts and the critics' polls. Now the two-time CMA Horizon Award nominee returns with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, on which she raises the stakes both...

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