While we often check out our friends’ Spotify playlists to see what they’re spinning and who they’re into at any given moment, we don’t really think to check the playlist posted by, say, a national politician. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is doing a good bit of traveling of late, and the former Massachusetts governor recently tweeted about what he’s been listening to during his cross-country road trips.
We’ve seen her in her own television shows, on Broadway, in film and especially on stage, and we’re about to witness Reba McEntire in the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame as well. The country queen, who is already an esteemed member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, will be inducted into the West Coast hall of fame this year to round out her list of illustrious awards and accolades.
Country hitmaker Kenny Chesney and Costa Sunglasses just presented a hefty $50,000 check to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The CCA is a non-profit organization that works toward marine conservation in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, conserving and restoring coastal marine resources. The philanthropy fit perfectly with the theme of Chesney’s 2011 Goin Coastal Tour.
Since November, Rodney Atkins has been embroiled in a bitter marital dispute that is in the process of ending in a divorce. The country singer was arrested Nov. 21 after his wife called 911 accusing her husband of trying to smother her with a pillow, among other things. The ‘Take a Back Road’ singer was taken into custody and then released on a $2,500 bail and in February was acquitted from the charges.
Country singer Chely Wright is leveraging her sphere of influence to continue promoting a cause that she cares deeply and personally about. Wright, who came out just two years ago, has since created a philanthropic organization called Like Me that serves to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Now, Like Me is opening a LGBT community center called the Lighthouse.
Taylor Swift is not one to hide her philanthropic heart or her concern for the well-being of children everywhere. The multi-Grammy award-winning 22-year-old has given generously of her time and money to work toward better early childhood education and to empower young children to have the resources to read. Now, there’s an internet campaign going on to raise awareness of the horrors of militant Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, and Swift is in full support.
Brad Paisley just wrapped the most recent leg of his Virtual Reality Tour on Saturday (March 3) in Lexington, Ky., and from the looks of it, the ‘Remind Me’ singer is not planning on pausing for any amount of time. This week, Paisley announced he’ll be continuing his tour with the two openers who he took on the road for the first part — the Band Perry and Scotty McCreery. Plus, Easton Corbin will be joining for certain shows.
It’s going to be a long time before any of us truly forgets that awkwardly painful moment at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. After Swift won the award for Best Female Video, the rapper charged the stage in the middle of her acceptance speech, hijacked the mic and made a rant in favor of Beyoncé. Whether you’re a Swift fan or not, that was a moment of discomfort for everyone involved. Even so, a recent move by the country starlet seems to suggest that she’s willing to forgive and (at least try to) forget.
Each week on the remaining episodes of ‘American Idol‘ Season 11, one unfortunate hopeful will have to leave the stage for good. Rather than making that moment more awkward with silence or a peppy pop song spinning in the background, ‘Idol’ commissioned last season’s winner Scotty McCreery to record the farewell song to make it a memorable moment. McCreery chose to do a cover of Tim McGraw‘s 1999 hit, ‘Please Remember Me.’
Aside from his multi-platinum country music career, you could say Trace Adkins has dabbled in the arts in a way. He wrote and released his own autobiographyin 2007, and he’s made appearance on several television shows as well. To top that, Adkins can be seen acting in a variety of films, including 2008′s ‘An American Carol’ and 2011′s ‘The Lincoln Lawyer.’
Today (March 6), the Country Music Association announced that Garth Brooks will become one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with keyboardist Hargus “Pigg” Robbins and singer Connie Smith. It comes as no surprise, of course, that this once-in-a-lifetime honor is being bestowed upon the record-setting, hit-spreading country king.
More than 20 years ago, in March of 1991, Reba McEntire experienced a tragedy that will stay with her for the rest of her life. On Sunday night (March 4), the country star opened up on the OWN show ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ about the tragic plane crash that took the lives of seven of her band members, as well as her tour manager and two pilots.
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