Children say toddler's death was accident, plead to save mom from execution: "She's innocent"
Melissa Lucio, a mother of 14 who was convicted of her toddler's death, is set to be executed April 27. Her children say it was an accident, and nearly half of her state's lawmakers want the execution to be stopped. Lilia Luciano reports.news.yahoo.com
Parton, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen to perform at ACM Awards
Music ACM Awards FILE - This April 7, 2019 file photo shows host Reba McEntire on stage at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will share hosting duties with country superstar Dolly Parton during this year's show being live streamed on Prime Video from Las Vegas on March 7. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) (Chris Pizzello)Dolly Parton, Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will be pulling double duty with special performances on top of their hosting duties at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Co-hosts Barrett and Allen will be the first performance of the March 7 awards show with a two-song set. The ACM Awards will be held in Las Vegas and livestreamed on Prime Video.wftv.com
Chris Young leads Academy of Country Music nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Country star Chris Young combined his skills as an artist and a producer to earn seven nominations at the Academy of Country Music Awards, including album of the year and single of the year. Chris Stapleton, a five-time nominee, is up for entertainer of the year, alongside Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Combs and Carrie Underwood. Wallen earned nominations for album of the year for "Dangerous: The Double Album," which was the most popular album across all genres last year. He also earned nominations for male artist of the year and song of the year. Co-hosts Allen and Barrett also earned nominations for male and female artist of the year, respectively.wftv.com
Country singer Jimmie Allen’s daughter recovering after health scare
File photo: Jimmie Allen performs during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)Country singer Jimmie Allen’s six-week-old daughter, Zara, is doing better after she was taken to the hospital, Today reported. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 10 Country singer Jimmie Allen through the years. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: Jimmie Allen performs during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images) (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Chris Stapleton takes 5 at CMA Awards, including best album
Stapleton won song of the year and single of the year for “Starting Over” and took album of the year for his record of the same name. Allen was openly tearful as he became the second Black performer to win new artist of the year. “I want to thank my father who’s no longer with us for introducing me to country music,” Allen said. In winning album of the year, Stapleton beat nominees including Morgan Wallen, who was caught earlier this year yelling a racial slur. The CMA Board of Directors disqualified Wallen from individual awards, but he could still win for his work.wftv.com
‘Dancing With the Stars’ announces cast for 30th season
Cast announced: Matt James, who starred on "The Bachelor," will be one of the contestants on the 30th season of "Dancing With the Stars." “Dancing With the Stars” announced the full cast for its 30th season on Tuesday. Here is the list for this year’s show:The Season 30 cast of #DWTS include Mel C from the Spice Girls, former "Bachelor" star Matt James, country singer Jimmie Allen, talk show host Amanda Kloots, Olivia Jade and Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby. Last month, the reality dance competition announced that Siwa and Lee would compete for the top prize. Former “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe was the Season 29 winner, while “Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown, who was Miss Alabama 2018, was the 2019 champion.wftv.com
Coronavirus: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist’s positive test forces shows to be canceled
Positive test Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for COVID-19, the bank said in a statement. (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)CANTON, Ohio — The big wheels have gone off the rails for Lynyrd Skynyrd -- at least for a while. “Longtime band member Rickey Medlocke has tested positive for COVID-19,” the band said in a statement on Saturday. We will continue to update you on his condition.”Medlocke’s positive test caused the band to cancel upcoming shows in Jackson, Michigan; Atlanta; and Cullman, Alabama. The only surviving original member of the band, Rossington, 69, had emergency heart surgery.wftv.com
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist's positive COVID test cancels shows
People Rickey Medlocke FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 file photo, Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, from left, Rickey Medlocke, Gary Rossington and Ean Evans, practice at the Jacksonville Production Studio in Jacksonville, Fla. for their Saturday performance as part of the Super Bowl concert series. Lynyrd Skynyrd has pulled out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame concert after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for COVID-19, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. According to a band statement, Medlocke’s positive test forced the group’s withdrawal. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File) (ANN HEISENFELT)CANTON, Ohio — (AP) — Lynyrd Skynyrd has pulled out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame concert after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for COVID-19. The country rock band was set to co-headline the concert Monday night with Brad Paisley but Medlocke’s positive test forced the group’s withdrawal, according to a band statement.wftv.com
Lynyrd Skynyrd pulls out of Pro Football Hall of Fame show
People Rickey Medlocke FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 file photo, Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, from left, Rickey Medlocke, Gary Rossington and Ean Evans, practice at the Jacksonville Production Studio in Jacksonville, Fla. for their Saturday performance as part of the Super Bowl concert series. Lynyrd Skynyrd has pulled out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame concert after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for COVID-19, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. The band was set to co-headline the concert Monday night with Brad Paisley. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File) (ANN HEISENFELT)CANTON, Ohio — (AP) — Lynyrd Skynyrd has pulled out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame concert after guitarist Rickey Medlocke tested positive for COVID-19. The country rock band was set to co-headline the concert Monday night with Brad Paisley but Medlocke’s positive test forced the group’s withdrawal, according to a band statement.wftv.com
The Latest: Lynyrd Skynyrd out of Hall of Fame concert
Polamalu has recovered from a bout with COVID-19 and will attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions. But he was cleared medically to travel to Canton and he took part in the Hall of Fame parade in the morning. (Anne Desrosiers via AP) (Anne Desrosiers)CANTON, Ohio — (AP) — The Latest on the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions on Saturday:—Lynyrd Skynyrd has withdrawn from the Pro Football Hall of Fame concert after band member Rickey Medlocke tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement through its publicist, Lynyrd Skynyrd said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lynyrd Skynyrd is unable to perform the next four shows. But he was cleared medically to travel to Canton and he took part in the Hall of Fame parade in the morning.wftv.com
Jimmie Allen tapped for Indianapolis 500 national nnthem
Indy 500-Anthem Singer FILE - Jimmie Allen performs "Best Shot" at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on June 5, 2019. Allen will be introduced today as singer of the national anthem prior to the May 30 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) (Mark Humphrey)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — Chart-topping, platinum-selling country recording artist Jimmie Allen will perform the national anthem at this year's Indianapolis 500. Allen will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before drivers are called to their cars May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Allen made history in 2018 as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No.wftv.com
Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton lead ACM Awards nominations
Morris and Stapleton lead the nominations for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, but only Stapleton joined the all-male ballot for the top prize of entertainer of the year. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. AdMiranda Lambert, who is already the most nominated artist in ACM history, stretched her streak with five nominations.
Joe and Jill Biden to appear on 'New Year’s Rockin’ Eve'
FILE - In this May 14, 2019 file photo, Ryan Seacrest attends the Walt Disney Television 2019 upfront in New York. This week, he will return to New York's Times Square to host Dick Clark New Years Rockin Eve. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Ryan Seacrest will have a special pair of guests alongside the music stars at this year's New Year's Eve celebration on ABC — the president-elect and the future first lady. President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to give “their last interview of the year” in New York’s Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.”The Bidens will "share an inspiring message as we come together to close out 2020 and look ahead with hope to 2021,” according to a statement by the producers. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021" will run until 2 a.m. Eastern on Jan. 1.
J. Lo, Billy Porter to perform at 'New Year’s Rockin’ Eve'
NEW YORK – Jennifer Lopez will help bring in the New Year with a headlining performance in New York’s Time Square for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021." Other performers include Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter and Jimmie Allen. Lauper and Porter collaborated on the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots" and they will join forces for a special performance during the TV special, which will air on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021" will run until 2 a.m. Eastern on Jan. 1. Seacrest is returning to host the event for a 16th year, and he will be joined by Porter and Lucy Hale in New York.
Charley Pride overcame racial barriers as country music star
And he did it by winning over millions of country music fans. Until the early 1990s, when Cleve Francis came along, Pride was the only Black country singer signed to a major label. “Then it was ‘first Negro country singer;’ then ‘first Black country singer.’ Now I’m the `first African-American country singer.′ That’s about the only thing that’s changed. Throughout his career, he sang positive songs instead of sad ones often associated with country music. Even a country singer,” said country singer Rissi Palmer on Twitter.
Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards
In this video image provided by CMT, Carrie Underwood accepts the female of the year award for Drinking Alone during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (CMT via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carrie Underwood already had the most CMT Music Awards of any artist, but she'll need to make more room on her shelf. The superstar picked up two more trophies for video of the year and female video of the year in a remotely shot awards show. "I am so proud to be a part of this legacy of women in country music with you. Singer Granger Smith won for his on-the-nose music video called “Don't Cough On Me!"
ACM Awards brings live performances back to TV amid pandemic
This combination photo shows country singers, from left, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Mickey Guyton who will perform at this year's ACM Awards in Nashville. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday, there won’t be fake fans, canned applause or pre-taped acceptance speeches. After a five-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards show wants to bring the live television experience back again. The 55th annual ACM Awards, normally held in April in Las Vegas, were delayed this year and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for the first time. “I don’t know if it’s gonna look like an NFL Draft night when we hand out the awards,” Urban said laughing.
Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton, Luke Bryan to sing at ACM Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Academy of Country Music Awards will feature performances by Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton and Morgan Wallen, all from the Grand Ole Opry House. Riley Green won new male artist of the year and Tenille Townes won new female artist of the year. The Bluebird Cafe will host performances by Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert featuring songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick, and Tim McGraw. And Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi will put on their shows from the Ryman. Keith Urban will host the show from the Grand Ole Opry House.
Miranda Lambert leads CMA noms, Luke Combs' streak continues
The CMAs announced Tuesday that Lambert earned seven nominations. She's followed by Luke Combs, who continues his streak of success as one of country musics biggest streaming artists with six nominations, including his first for entertainer of the year. Combs earned his first all-genre No. Carrie Underwood joins Combs and Lambert in the entertainer of the year category, along with Keith Urban and Eric Church. Other top nominees include Maren Morris, who scored five nominations including song and single of the year for her love song, The Bones."
Apple Music launching shows with Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain
NEW YORK Apple Music is launching several new radio shows hosted by A-list musical acts, including Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood. The streaming service announced that it will debut two new radio stations Tuesday: Apple Music Hits, focused on popular songs of the 80s, 90s and 2000s, as well as Apple Music Country, dedicated to the country music genre. Both channels will have daily on-air hosts but will also include several shows hosted by well-known musicians. Apple Music Hits will include shows hosted by Snoop Dogg, Twain, Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys, Meghan Trainor, Ciara, blink-182s Mark Hoppus and Huey Lewis. Apple Music also announced Tuesday that its popular Beats 1 radio station featuring shows hosted by Billie Eilish, Elton John and Lil Wayne will be renamed to Apple Music 1.
Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
This combination of photos shows country singer Rissi Palmer, from left, Chuck Harmony, left, and Claude Kelly of Louis York and country rapper Breland. Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. The genre has historically been marketed to white audiences and reinforced white male artist stereotypes. (Chris Charles via AP, left, Jeremy Ryan via AP, center and Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)
Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. I was called colored, like, I didnt know colored people like country music, said Palmer, who had three singles reach the Hot Country Songs Chart. Both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association started diversity task forces more than a year ago when country music was being criticized for a lack of female voices and women were being left out of major categories like entertainer of the year. But just as country artists outwardly reflect a predominantly white image, there are few Black country music executives working behind the scenes. Theres a dismantling of culture that needs to happen.Palmer, who is recording a podcast that focuses on the experiences of women of color in country music, said she feels optimistic that the current discussions about race and country music can lead to progress, if real changes are implemented.