Little Jimmy Dickens inducted Rascal Flatts into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night during the Opry’s 86th birthday bash.
The trio played the show earlier in the evening before being brought back out near the end of the telecast for a congratulatory video message from President George W. Bush and to receive their Opry member awards from Dickens.
The former president said surprised the band with a video tribute. In particular, he praised the musicians for their charitable work.
Bush spoke for himself and former First Lady Laura Bush. He told the audience: "We are big fans of Gary, Jay, and Joe Don. We love their music, and we also love their compassion and generosity. Throughout their success, Rascal Flatts have given back to their community and to our country by supporting the Make A Wish Foundation, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and the American Red Cross. I am especially proud of their efforts to honor the men and women of our armed forces, and the heroes who are wounded on the front lines."
"So thanks for your example of excellence and patriotism. And congratulations as well as a hardy welcome to the Opry."
Taylor Swift‘s ‘Journey to Fearless’ DVD hits stores on October 11th. Take a sneak peak inside at Taylor’s first guitar!
The DVD includes Taylor’s, home movies and personal photos, along with 13 incredible live performances, such as “You Belong With Me,” “Tim McGraw,” “Fifteen,” “Teardrops On My Guitar,” “Today Was A Fairytale,” and “Fearless.”
For the second straight night the Busch Squirrel interrupted a NLDS game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. The tiny critter ran across home plate just after Oswalt delivered a pitch to Skip Schumaker in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Busch Squirrel even has his own twitter account.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away. He was 56.
Jobs was the father of the Macintosh and the brains behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant two years ago. He appeared at the iPad 2 launch in March and the annual developers' conference in June. But he appeared thin at both events.
Jobs was the adopted son of a couple and grew up in Cupertino, California, where Apple is now based. He met his longtime friend and fellow Apple cofounderSteve Wozniak when he was 16 years old.
Jobs founded Apple in 1976 in order to create personal computers that regular people could use. Apple saw some success with its first series of Apple II computers, but the first Macintosh was released to the public in 1984 and became a success. Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985 but he returned in 1997.
Steve Jobs became one of the most important people in personal technology between the late-70s and today.
His piers will be the first to admit: Steve Jobs changed the world.
Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams Paisley, will appear in an upcoming primetime special, joining Elmo and the ‘Sesame Street’ crew to explore childhood hunger.
The special airs this Sunday on PBS.
A recent NPR article explains that over 16 million kids live in “food insecure” households. The Paisleys explain that one in four don’t always know where food is coming from. The special should be upbeat, though, as it’s laced with Paisley’s uptempo music.
Tim McGraw appeared on the "Today" show to plug upcoming movie "Dirty Girl", but was asked about rumors that he might co-star in a remake of "A Star Is Born", which starred Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand in the 1976 version ... (and Judy Garland and James Mason in the original 1954 movie).
Tim joked: “I do a pretty good Streisand.
“It’s certainly something that would be a lot of fun. I’m a big Beyoncé fan, I’m a big Clint Eastwood fan. He’s the director.”
Asked on a scale of 1 to 10 if he’d be in the film, which is shooting next year (after Beyoncé has her baby), Tim responded:
“I’m not gonna put a number on it. I don’t want to jinx myself. . . . No, it’s not been offered officially.”
Miranda Lambert covers the November issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, and inside (among other topics), she discusses life in "in Oklahoma, two hours from any city". She says "it’s a haven. Just being in the woods, sitting around a fire being normal, keeps us sane. We love to ride four wheelers, go for walks.”
Miranda and Blake Shelton own two farms, just six miles apart from each other. Her "house was built in the ’50s, and Blake’s tall and the door is short, so he physically can’t live at" her house. Miranda says they "kind of moved into his"... a "total guy house".
She admits "working to make it girl-friendly. You know, bedspreads and candles.”
Speaking of girliness, Miranda admits: “No makeup for me, and I wear Dickies overalls.
“They’re dangerous, though, because if you don’t work out for a while and you’re wearing overalls, you tend to forget that your jeans might not fit when you put them back on. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.”
But, “I get a lot of girls saying, ‘Thank you for being normal'.
"Besides my job, I’m a normal girl. I’m from a tiny town in East Texas. I’m a normal size, and my weight fluctuates just like everyone else’s. Every time I do a meet-and-greet a fan will say, ‘You make us feel like it’s cool not to be skinny.’”