Carrie Underwood is set to perform at The Grammy awards – It’s official, Carrie Underwood will be performing at the Grammys! ET can exclusively announce that the country superstar, who already has five Grammys to her name, and is currently nominated for her single Blown Away, is one of the artists set to perform when the Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. – Read more at Entertainment Tonight

Country Superstar Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” Music Video Confirmed To World Premiere On Entertainment Tonight and VEVO Wednesday, January 23 – 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville recording artist Carrie Underwood’s latest music video, “Two Black Cadillacs,” will make its broadcast and online debut on Entertainment Tonight and VEVO on Wednesday, January 23. Directed by P.R. Brown and produced by Steve Lamar for LAMAR BROTHERS, the dramatic thriller “Two Black Cadillacs” was filmed in the Nashville area. – Read more at Carrie Underwood Official

Kellie Pickler to Host 3rd Annual Unleashed: Dinner with Your Dog – Animal lover Kellie Pickler will host and emcee the Nashville Humane Association’s 3rd Annual Unleashed: Dinner with Your Dog, presented by the PEDIGREE Brand. The event is a dinner for pet owners and their dogs as well as a doggie fashion show featuring local fashion and jewelry designers. Fashion pieces will be auctioned off to benefit the Nashville Humane Society and pets starring in the show will be up for adoption to loving homes. – Read more at Great American Country

American Idol Superfans Defend Their All-Time Favorite Underdogs – Every year, a slew of hopefuls get introduced to the world via the American Idol machine, and every year, all but one of those singers get picked off, the victims of not being text-message-worthy enough for viewers at home. Among the castoffs and runners-up are some singers who might not have gone all the way, but who turned in memorable moments and killer performances that defined their seasons. Popdust asked eight writer super-fans to talk about their favorite unsung contestants from years past. I contributed to this…guess who I picked? :) – Read more at Popdust

‘American Idol’: Forecasting the Season 12 Premiere Ratings – American Idol returns Wednesday night for its twelfth season and its second revamped judges table since Simon Cowell departed in 2010. And that premiere all but guarantees a drop in ratings. In addition to broadcast TV’s general downward trend in same-day viewing, the last two runs of American Idol debuted to significant year-to-year drops. The Voice seems to be the darling of the genre since premiering in 2011, but as the below graph illustrates, American Idol has thus far kept its head well above the ratings watermark set by its closest competition. The recent opening month of The Voice averaged more than 6.5 million viewers and nearly two demo ratings points shy of American Idol’s average last January. – Read more at Hollywood Repor

‘American Idol’ Season 12: Keith Urban brings ‘Voice’ lessons to his judging –  “I’ve been racking up some serious miles,” friendly four-time Grammy winner Urban tells Zap2it, having visited such “Idol” audition locations as San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Charlotte, N.C. “But I’m a musician, so I’ve toured my whole life. It’s something I enjoy doing.” And thus far, at least, Urban also enjoys doing “American Idol.” Previously a judge for a season on the Australian version of “The Voice,” he says, “The side that I genuinely like is being able to maybe help somebody. When someone walks onstage, and they’re just the most unlikely-looking person for this, then they sing and you just go, ‘Gosh! You just need the slightest bit of help, and you’re off and running,’ that’s a wonderful opportunity for people. And that’s what I love.” – Read more at Zap2it

The 100 Most Memorable Moments in “American Idol” History – WithAmerican Idol kicking off its 12th season tonight, we’ve decided to take a look back at the decade-plus of history that our country’s all-time greatest music reality show has given us. And what is history if not an assemblage of countless unique, indelible and totally unforgettable moments? Well, not quite countless, perhaps, as we’ve come up with exactly 100 moments that encapsulated the show for us and still burn fresh in our memory years after they were first aired on FOX’s brightest stage, with that duh-nuh, duh-nuh, duh-nuh, du-nuh, duh, rrrrrrrEAAARR music quickly to follow in the background. The wacky judges, the over-ambitious contestants, and oh so much Ryan Seacrest—we’ve got it all here. – Read more at Popdust

Kyle Chandler on Kelly Clarkson’s Crush

 
  • Incipit

    Mariah has a video interview from this afternoon on NBC 5 News, Chicago, with a transcript HERE 

    One of the questions was interesting, in light of the recent 19R discussion:

    What’s the thing you wished you would’ve known when you started out?

    “Not to sign a bunch of stupid contracts. I gave away a lot of stuff!”

    But when asked about contestants singing her songs, she had nice things to say about David Cook, even if she drew a blank on others who had sung her material:

    “A couple of years back, David Cook sang my song. He sang ‘Always Be My Baby,’ and I was mentoring. He was great. It was a day that…it was just like, ‘Wow.’ He took ‘Always Be My Baby,’ which was a number one song for me years ago and he did a great acoustic twist on it.”

  • tucker davis

    I can’t believe the number of articles about American Idol tonight! Does this happen every year? I’ve never noticed before.

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  • girlygirltoo

    Wind-Up Records put the Loves Me Not duet Kris is doing on tour with (Wind-Up artist) Jillette Johnson on the front page of their website :)

    http://www.winduprecords.com/

  • tripp_ncwy

    Colton Dixon will be playing the Alive Festival on 6/20/13

    2013 Artist Spotlight: Colton Dixon

    http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=be61b4eb7bdcc15e53373fb83&id=0e973f4935

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris interview:

    ‘Idol’ winner to perform at High
    Dive

    Q: Any collaborations with other artists in the works?
    A: “There are things in the works, but I will keep my secrets.”

    Q: What’s next for you after this tour?
    A: “I’ll spend some time with my family for a little bit because I’ll be gone
    so long, but also songwriting and getting back into the studio.”

    http://www.alligator.org/the_avenue/music/article_2b39b3a6-6052-11e2-ac7b-001a4bcf887a.html

  • tripp_ncwy

    Simon Cowell Signs The X Factor’s Fifth Harmony

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20665501,00.html

  • Mateja Praznik

    Fifth Harmony signed to Syco and Epic Records. Heh, it looks LA Reid finally got someone.

    http://www.facebook.com/SYCOentertainment/posts/517676544931721

    Also, Kara DioGuardi is gonna be a mom!

    http://blog.music.aol.com/2013/01/17/kara-dioguardi-baby-surrogate/

  • girlygirltoo

    Wonder what the secret collaborations he has in the works are? Lol…he’s gonna get asked about this at every M&G now :)