Unlike other award shows, the CMAs usually deliver the biggest winners of the night to the media center backstage.
Some pop in during the telecast – as Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion did – while others, usually the major names nominated in later categories, swing through after the show.
This year, the press room was especially busy with heavyweights, including entertainer of the year winner Keith Urban, multiple trophy-snagger Chris Stapleton and co-host/female vocalist of the year victor Carrie Underwood.
Here is what they had to say:Keith Urban
On the support he receives from wife Nicole Kidman: “I feel very blessed that I have the support of my family like I do. It’s a beautiful thing having two artists (in the family). We understand the passion, and the responsibility, of what we get to do. It’s very important.”On his unfailing passion for his work: “I love people. I love people. Every single person’s got a story. We have SO much more in common than different. We all have fears and hopes and dreams and insecurities and dysfunctional families. For me, I feel that in my life more than I’ve ever felt it … I’m perpetually curious. I don’t think of reinvention. I love curiosity and I love passion and I feel fortunate that I have both of those in spades. I feel exactly the same as I did when I moved to (Nashville) 26 years ago. I feel excited to get in the studio, I feel excited to put a show on.”About the remembering his father – who died in 2015 – during his acceptance speech: “I mentioned my father because he’s such a huge influence in my life – my mom and dad both are. I wish he could have seen this tonight; he set me on the path that I’m on. But I feel his presence and I’m very, very grateful for that.”Chris Stapleton
On his blazing performance with Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and other musical talents: “I brought a bunch of ringers out there – Maren, Marty Stuart on guitar, all the guys on my band and from Anderson East’s band on horns. I tell you what, it’s a real treat to be up there with so many great musicians and artists. But to have Maren and Mavis and Marty and my wife up there, that’s a real treat. Mavis, we all owe her so much musically – some of us might not even realize it. She’s electricity. She’s so inspiring to be around as a person and a singer. If we can use some of our time to put her front and center, that’s exactly what we should be doing.”Carrie Underwood
Underwood, who reveled during the show that she’s having another boy, joked about her numerous costume changes: “The wardrobe is definitely a challenge when you don’t recognize your own body,” she said with a laugh. “But I feel bad for returning dresses that aren’t maternity dresses all stretched out in the middle! I’m gonna go put my jammies on soon.”
About winning her fifth female vocalist of the year honor: “I think I’m still in shock, to be honest. When we were making this album, I would be lying to say I didn’t want awards. I’m competitive and I love these. I love the CMAs. I have such respect for the show and this organization. When you’re making an album, you want it to be better. For all the ups and downs we’ve been through and to make an album on top of that, this one definitely means a lot.”Garth Brooks
Brooks reiterated that wife Trisha Yearwood didn’t hear the song he wrote for her, “Stronger Than Me,” until he performed it on the show: “The more I’d wait (to debut it here), it seemed like a bad idea! If you’re married there are points in your life that you never get across and we have three of those. That song addresses two of those three points. When I looked up at her at those points, she was laughing and crying at the same time. This song will make our relationship better whether it does anything in the business…I really wanted this to be a surprise to her. When it came to the last verse, that was a little… I couldn’t get to it. (Trisha) took it very well. She’s classy.”Kasey Musgraves
Musgraves, clad completely in orange, shared her excitement about winning album of the year (for “Golden Hour”) for the first time: “This album is probably my most personal yet. What I was craving was time to make it. I took almost a year and a half. Going into the record, I was kind of in a confused place. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence. I just wanted to find that thing that made my soul really happy again. I got off the road, blocked the schedule off for about a year, got with (producers) Ian (Fitchuk) and Daniel (Tashian) and when we got together it was an instant fit. I started imagining this land musically where it was possible to keep elements of country intrinsic in my music, but I wanted to explore this new frontier for myself with electronic elements. It was a big deal for me to give people kind of a hiding place with this record. We live in such a tumultuous time, but I wanted to turn away from (political commentary). I was inspired to write about this beautiful world we live in…getting married, leaving my 20s. It was a really positive time and my music is really inspired by that.”Brothers Osborne
T.J. Osborne opined on the duo’s continued success (they won best vocal duo for the third time): “If I had to guess, John and I are unabashedly ourselves and sometimes that gets us in trouble! It’s nice to know where people stand on who they are and I think we’ve done that… I’m genuinely just as shocked as the first year I won one of these.”John Osborne made many instant media friends when he proclaimed on his way out: “Free press, speak loud! You are not the enemy of the people! You have a voice, use it!”
Old Dominion scored its first CMA win (for vocal group of the year, unseating Little Big Town after six years. Singer Matt Ramsey had this to say about current single, “Make it Sweet”: “It was such a pure and honest moment for us. We wrote and recorded it in the same day. It really captured who we are as musicians right now and we’re really confident in our place right now. That feeds our soul.”
The stars were shining in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night for the 52nd annual Country Music Association awards.
The star-studded event draws the top talent in country music, including classic bands, favorites singers and new artists.
The dynamic duo, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, returned to host the awards show for the 11th time.
Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban – WINNER
Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley Luke Combs Thomas RhettChris Stapleton – WINNER Keith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Kacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood – WINNER
Album of the Year
From A Room: Volume 2, Chris StapletonGolden Hour, Kacey Musgraves – WINNERGraffiti U, Keith UrbanLife Changes, Thomas RhettThe Mountain, Dierks Bentley
Single of the Year
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line “Tequila,” Dan + Shay
Song of the Year
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson “Tequila,” Dan + Shay
New Artist of the Year
Lauren AlainaLuke Combs – WINNER Chris Janson Midland Brett Young
Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne – WINNER Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae Sugarland
Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum Lanco Little Big Town MidlandOld Dominion – WINNER
Music Video of the Year
“Babe,” Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift “Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson“Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett – WINNER “Tequila,” Dan + Shay
Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne “Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney – WINNER “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas, dobro Paul Franklin, steel guitar Dann Huff, guitarMac McAnally, guitar – WINNER Derek Wells, guitar
Pop star Pink’s husband, former motocross star Carey Hart, is warning looters in Malibu-area neighborhoods ravaged by wildfires that he and others are prepared to shoot anyone caught looting.
He posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing a group of armed men wearing masks and dubbed the P.D.C. Posse in front of a sign that read “Looters will be shot on site!”
“It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of others in a crisis,” Hart said in the post.
He also said while neighbors in Malibu have been defending their property against the fires, they’ve seen looters breaking into homes.
“If you are a looter, think twice if you are heading back into Malibu,” Hart threatened in the post.
It’s unclear whether looters broke into Pink and Hart’s home, which several media outlets reported was spared by the Woolsey fire. The blaze has killed at least 50 people, burned almost 9,000 structures and charred nearly 100,000 acres in Malibu and the surrounding communities.
Sandra Bullock is helping animals affected by the Southern California wildfires.
KTTV reported that, according to the Humane Society of Ventura County, the Oscar-winning actress donated $100,000 to the organization Sunday.
“The Humane Society of Ventura County was deeply humbled today by a $100,000 donation from Sandra Bullock and family,” the shelter said in a Facebook post. “Our efforts for rescuing and caring for evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey fires had caught her attention and her team reached out to the shelter to show their support. Sandra Bullock and her family have reached out to other nonprofit organizations both during this incident and in the past. However, this time she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hope others will choose to do the same.”
HSVC said the donation will help with round the clock care for pets evacuated from the fires, including cats, dogs, pigs, horses, donkeys, chickens and ducks.
“The HSVC pledges to care for these animals for as long as is needed or until their owners feel comfortable in safely reuniting their families. From all of us on staff at the HSVC, our dedicated volunteers, and the animals in our care, we thank you for your kind consideration.”
A Georgia native is the youngest woman trader at the New York Stock Exchange, and now her story is being told on the big screen.
AGC Studios has acquired the life rights to tell the story of Lauren Simmons, a Kennesaw State University graduate, who became the sole woman trader and only the second black woman to trade full-time on the NYSE floor at the time. She earned the historic title last year after landing a job as an equity trader for Rosenblatt Securities at just 23 years old.
While she initially pursued a career in medicine, she later tapped into her interests in finance, securing her current position by applying to an opening posted on LinkedIn.
Kiersey Clemons, whose credits include “Dope” and “Neighbors 2,” will portray the Georgian, according to Deadline. Clemons will also produce the flick with her managers Eddie Galan and Starr Andreef, AGC's Stuart Ford, Greg Shapiro and Glendon Palmer.
The film will serve as the debut project for Clemons' production banner, Girl on Mercury. No word yet on when the movie will premiere.
Christina Aguilera was in New Orleans Thursday ahead of her Friday show as part of her Liberation Tour and stopped by a popular bar, but when she wanted to hop on stage with the band, she was turned down.
WGNO reported that Twitter user @drMediaPro posted a video on Twitter of the vocalist speaking with musician Claude Bryant of Claude Bryant and the All Stars about coming on stage and singing with the band. The Twitter user, posted the video taken by his wife, who was at Cafe Negril.
“You don’t want that?” Aguilera can be heard asking. “Oh, it’s OK. I don’t have to sing.”
After speaking a bit more with the band member, Aguilera turns her attention to fans who want to take selfies with her. She appeared to take it all in stride.
At her show at Saenger Theatre Friday night, Aguilera spoke some about her time at the bar. Marchaund Jones of The Advocate posted video of Aguilera telling the story on Twitter.
“I go to this little bar and there’s this live band playing, and I was just like, you know, with a couple of my dancers and the whole thing and, you know, after a minute, I was just like, ‘Let me just get up on stage and jam with this guy. Maybe I’ll sing a song or whatever and be fun,’” she said. “He would not give me the mic. He was, like, a little older and he was just like, he was not feeling it. He was not gonna give up his mic. I was like, ‘Oh, I just want to come just let me come up,’ and he (was like), ‘What, are you gonna dance for me?’ I was like, ‘No, I just want to sing a song with you.’
“So I was like, ‘OK I'll just save it for tomorrow, then.’ It’s alright. It’s all good. He was like, ‘Don’t hurt yourself!’ I was like, OK. This is just -- you’re not feeling me. It’s OK. I’m just gonna depart ways. Be on my little merry way. Find somewhere else to go.”
Attempting to clear his name, Bryant told WGNO he didn’t recognize the Grammy winner.
“I’m sorry, Christina. I just didn't recognize you! I didn't recognize her because she had a cap over here head and over her eyes. She was in a jersey. She didn't introduce herself to me, but she had very soft hands and that got my attention.” Bryant said. “I asked her if she wanted to dance and she said that she wanted to sing. I started playing the beginning riff of the song, ‘No, No, No’ by Bob Marley, but then her bodyguard picked her up off the stage and she left.”
Bryant said he’d love to have Aguilera sing with the band in the future, and that he feels bad about the misunderstanding.
“Come back Christina,” he said. “You can sing anything you want with us.”
Aguilera is currently wrapping up her Liberation Tour. According to her website, the last scheduled date is Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Atlanta hip-hop artist Future took to Instagram to respond to TV host Wendy Williams’ comments about his personal life.
Last Thursday, Williams, host of The Wendy Williams Show, had a few words for the rapper, who was preparing to welcome a child with Joie Chavis.
“Once upon a time there was a man named Future and Future has a lot of baby’s mothers,” Williams said, with photos of all five of mothers of Future’s children projected in the backdrop.
“Where are your condoms?” Williams added.
Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, clapped back on Instagram with the caption, “Thank God I’m richer than Wendy Williams.”
The stand-up comedian, who lives near the area, popped up in the background of Tommy Saunders and Emily Eldridge’s photo shoot at Yellow Springs Brewery.
Photographer Jaycee Brammer, of Jaycee Marie Photography, said in a Nov. 10 Facebook post that the couple was posing outside of the brewery when Chappelle crashed the session.
“So, I was shooting this engagement session at a brewery tonight and this dude photobombed us... idk, you may have heard of him. Dave something?? LOL NO FOR REAL GUYS! THE Dave Chappelle photobombed our shoot,” Brammer said in the post.
“I’m going to have to quit photography now because how will I ever beat this? I just can’t. HUGE shoutout to the man himself. He was so nice and truly made our day.”
“We were outside taking some pics and he was nearby,” Saunders said on Facebook. “I asked if he would join us... at first he wasn’t about it, but then he said he would ‘photobomb’ us.
“Pretty cool if him to do, it made for a memorable day.”
Douglas Rain, the actor who provided the creepy, chilling voice of the HAL computer in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died Sunday in Stratford, Ontario, the BBC reported. He was 90.
Rain was a Shakespearean actor who was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972, the BBC reported.
But he will be remembered for the calm, homicidal voice of the rogue AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction movie classic.
When the computer makes an error in the film, it leads Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) to decide to turn off HAL -- but the computer resists, leading to the deaths of four of the five members of the crew, NPR reported. Bowman manages to deactivate the computer, but the exchange between the astronaut and the computer made for riveting theater.
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that," Rain, as the voice of HAL, tells Bowman. “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
As HAL is disconnected by Bowman, Rain famously sings “Daisy Bell” as his voice fades away in a chilling coda, NPR reported.
The film won an Academy Award for Kubrick for best visual effects, the BBC reported.
Actor Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for playing serial killer Hannibal Lector in “The Silence of the Lambs,” said HAL influenced his performance, the BBC reported.
Rain was born in Winnipeg on March 13, 1928, and spent 32 years acting as Iago from “Othello” and Malvolio in “Twelfth Night,” at the annual Stratford Festival, NPR reported.
He also had dozens of theater, film and television credits, according to the IMDb database.
Action film "Avengers: Infinity War," TV series "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments," singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and rapper Nicki Minaj were among the big winners Sunday at the 44th annual People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
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