Luke Combs, Dan + Shay celebrated by peers at ACM Honors
14th Annual ACM Honors Luke Combs accepts the Gene Weed Milestone Award at the 14th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (Amy Harris)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Rascal Flatts and more country artists were celebrated alongside prominent songwriters, producers and industry leaders at the Academy of Country Music Honors awards show. Carly Pearce, Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack sang tributes to country icon Loretta Lynn, who received the Poets Award. PBS filmmaker Ken Burns accepted the Tex Ritter Film Award for his multipart series called “Country Music” that aired in 2019. “And we were especially gratified that our film reached so many people who previously thought they didn't like country music, but quickly became fans." Toby Keith was also given a Poet's Award, and Trace Adkins performed Keith's hit “Love Me If You Can.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Country music group Lady Antebellum changing its name to Lady A
In a major sign that public opinion on racial history is shifting in America, the country music group Lady Antebellum is changing its name to Lady A. They said in a statement that they decided to drop Antebellum from their name after realizing the word's association to slavery. Antebellum refers to the period of American history before the Civil War when slavery was still legal. The change to Lady A comes amid a renewed national discourse on race following the police killing of George Floyd. Part of that debate has been a wave of businesses disavowing any tributes to confederate romanticism, including NASCAR banning the confederate flag.
Dixie Chicks delay release of new album due to coronavirus pandemic
Fans of the Dixie Chicks will have to wait a little longer for the group's new album. According to The Tennessean, the country music trio has postponed the release of their new album "Gaslighter." The coronavirus pandemic is being blamed for the delay. The Dixie Chicks were a popular group in the 1990s and 2000s until they received backlash for criticizing then-president George W. Bush. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Celebrities remember, pay tribute to John Prine, who died from COVID-19 complications
It’s hard to believe that one of folk and country music’s greatest legends, John Prine, died earlier this week from complications due to COVID-19. “Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine,” Springsteen tweeted. We send our love and prayers to his family.”Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. — Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 8, 2020Raitt, who sings “Angel From Montgomery,” a song penned by Prine, tweeted, “Words can’t even come close. https://t.co/VPpBn4UJLV — Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) April 8, 2020My heart hurts learning that John Prine has passed away.
Country singers to perform from home for ACM special
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Academy of Country Music had to postpone their upcoming awards show because of the spreading coronavirus, but CBS will air a new television special featuring country stars performing from their homes. The academy announced Thursday that in place of their postponed awards show on April 5, “ACM Presents: Our Country” will feature conversations and at-home acoustic performances from country artists. Performers have not yet been announced for the 8 p.m. Eastern special, which will also feature clips from previous ACM awards shows. The ACM Awards, which was scheduled to be held live in Las Vegas, was postponed to September at a date and venue to be announced. ___The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Dixie Chicks are finally back with a new song
If you look up the definition of “gaslight” in the dictionary, it will tell you “to cause a person to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation,” and that’s what the Dixie Chicks’ new song, “Gaslighter," is exactly about. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 14 years since we’ve been blessed with a new album from these country queens, and it seems like they’re picking up right where they left off after the success of their hit song “Not Ready To Make Nice.”The Dixie Chicks have never been afraid to say what they think. Who can forget when they made those comments about President George W. Bush? The Dixie Chicks don’t hold anything back, and Maines has never sounded better ripping through the verses of the song. The album “Gaslighter” officially drops May 1, and until then, you can play the song “Gaslighter” over and over and over again.
Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Lynyrd Skynyrd to headline Florida Strawberry Festival
Published: November 14, 2019, 10:51 am Updated: November 18, 2019, 8:23 amThere are 11 days of strawberries and music coming to Florida. The 85th annual Florida Strawberry Festival announced its 2020 concert lineup which includes country-music favorites Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sara Evans, Josh Turner, Eli Young Band and more. Floridians can head to Plant City to enjoy their fair share of strawberries and live music from Feb. 27 to March 8, 2020Festival-goers can get their hands on fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shortcake milkshakes, strawberry coated nuts, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry pie and cheesecake, strawberry pizza and more. Concert tickets are additional. The Oak Ridge Boys7:30 p.m. Rascal FlattsFriday, February 283:30 p.m. Tommy James & The Shondells7:30 p.m. Michael RaySaturday, February 293:30 p.m.
Girl, Maren Morris is set to have epic night at CMA Awards
FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles. Underwood, who is hosting the 2019 Country Music Association Awards with Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, could be the first female to win entertainer of the year since 2011, when Taylor Swift took home the honor. Underwood is the sole women competing for the top prize along with Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and last years winner, Keith Urban. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Underwood at CMAs
FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles. Underwood is the sole women competing for the top prize along with Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and last years winner, Keith Urban. Wednesday night’s show kicked off with a performance featuring country female acts across generations, included three female hosts and had Maren Morris as its top nominee. But in the final moments, Brooks won the top prize over Carrie Underwood, who many had hoped would be the first female to win entertainer of the year since 2011. The last woman to win the prize was Taylor Swift, and Underwood was this year’s sole female nominee.