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ABC's Robin Roberts is putting the spotlight on some top country artists the night before. Along with Kenny Chesney, Roberts sits down withKeith Urban, Faith Hill, Sugarland, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. This is the third edition of "In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville."
Roberts asked Kenny Chesney about tabloid gossip. He tells her that he “learned a long time ago, several years ago, to quit reading what anybody writes.”
Roberts asks Chesney if there are misconceptions about him. In a clip released by ABC, Chesney does not answer that question directly. Instead he says “it’s tough when you, when you go somewhere in my life, and you follow your perception into the room.”
Because of that Chesney says he “learned not to think about what other people think.” And he says he’s “just doing the best I can do to be myself"
Keith Urban is set to undergo throat surgery later this month to remove a polyp that has developed on his vocal cords.
Though the procedure is a minor outpatient surgery, it will require that Keith rest his voice for an undetermined period of time. This means, his All for the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been postponed. The show was scheduled for Jan. 18 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Keith will honor his preexisting one-song performance commitments leading up to his procedure at the end of the month. All other appearances will be rescheduled for 2012.
Keith has battled vocal troubles periodically throughout his career. In 2005, he canceled an appearance in Evansville, Ind., due to vocal troubles, and he was on vocal rest in 2003 for what his publicists then called "a persistent and serious vocal cord ailment."
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If you're making your shopping list, consider this: The “Country Music Blooms Online Auction,” launches November 25 (Black Friday) through December 5 on eBay, and will feature country music celebrity owned items – straight from the celebrities’ closets.
Kenny Chesney’s autographed personal trademark cowboy hat that he wore; A dress that LeAnn Rimes wore to the CMA Country Christmas Special; The dress that Sara Evans wore to the 2008 CMA Awards; and Miranda Lambert’s pair of autographed cowboy boots she bought for her first tour.
100% of the proceeds will go to raise awareness and funding for the Nashville Music Garden, a one-of-a-kind public garden in downtown Nashville that pays tribute to the artists, songs and industry leaders who have contributed to making Music City one of the most unique cities in the world. The Nashville Music Garden is sustained by a fund established through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a 501c3 non-profit organization.
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Blake Shelton and Kenny Loggins will perform "Footloose" together on the CMA Awards.
Blake re-recorded the pop hit for this year's film remake. Loggins earned a three-week No. 1 pop hit in 1984.
Blake is nominated in five categories this year -- entertainer of the year, male vocalist, album (All About Tonight), single and video (both for "Honey Bee"). Loggins' other songwriting credits include "Danny's Song" and "A Love Song," which were Top 10 country hits for Anne Murray.
The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on Nov. 9 on ABC.
Blake Shelton invited Kenny Loggins to join him during a performance of the classic hit Footloose as the opening song for the 45th Annual CMA Awards next Wednesday in Nashville.
During her Speak Now World tour, Taylor Swift put her spin on Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me a River' in the actor/singer's hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
About 5,000 fans welcomed Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley home to Augusta, GA during Friday’s grand opening of the Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Town Center Park.
Festivities included a press conference, plaque unveiling, fireworks display and hour-long Lady A concert, which benefited local health-related organizations.
The trio -- rounded out by Hilary Scott, who Charles and Dave met in Nashville -- were in town for the honor, and after receiving a plaque, they played an hour-long show.
The second annual American Country Awards will include performances by Blake Shelton, Pistol Annies, Thompson Square, the Eli Young Band and the Band Perry, along with the show's co-hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth.
Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band lead in 2011 ACA nominations, with both acts earning eight, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. Breakout duo Thompson Square are next in line with seven nods, thanks in large part to their massive No. 1 single, 'Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.' Taylor Swift and the Band Perry are tied for third in ACA nominations, with six apiece.
The American Country Awards will air live from Las Vegas on December 5 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. Additional performers and presenters are expected to be announced soon.
Trace Adkins and Richard Petty are back as BC Powder spokesman and Goody’s Powder spokesman, and they give each other another headache with the release of a new “Painful Moments” video.
The video, “Behind the Wheel,” features Petty challenging Adkins to get behind the wheel for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). Adkins, a longtime NASCAR fan, is excited about the chance to join the RPM team and drive Petty’s number 43 car. Little does Adkins know, Petty has something else in mind for Adkins to drive.
R&B legend Lionel Richie is going country.
He has a new country duets album, Tuskegee”, and has been spending time in the studio with Shania Twain. The duo recorded an updated version of “Endless Love,” Lionel’s ’80s duet with Diana Ross, while he performs 12 other anthems with some other big names in country music. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town and Jason Aldean also join him on the album.
Lionel says, “Growing up with country, R&B, gospel, and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer. And the title, Tuskegee, is a validation of my growing up there — the place I call home. Tuskegee is a state of mind as it is a place of possibility, hope, promise, self-empowerment, and where dreams come true.”
Sugarland returned to Indiana Friday night to peform a free concert that served as a tribute to the victims of a deadly stage collapse last August at the Indiana State Fair.
High winds toppled scaffolding and stage rigging on Aug. 13 into a crowd awaiting a performance by the country duo. Seven people were killed.
Jennifer Nettles opened the 2½-hour show at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis by telling audience members they were in store for an emotional night that would also be part celebration. She told the crowd: "Obviously we are here in October — we were supposed to do this show in August. Obviously, the stage is different, you are different and we are different. We are all changed by what happened then. But we are going to try to give you the best show that we can and to celebrate healing with you and to celebrate life and music with you here tonight."
Nettles said she and Kristian Bush visited the Fairgrounds concert site earlier in the day.
The concert came 10 weeks after the stage collapsed as a storm neared the fairgrounds' Grandstand a few miles north of Friday night's venue. Concertogers were asked to donate $10 to a victim relief fund that already has raised nearly $1 million.