Headlines: Chris Daughtry Returns from USO Tour

Star-Studded Musical Lineup Revealed for NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville – The IntelliCentrics Concert Series will be hosted at the All-Star Winter Park presented by Bridgestone, which also features an outdoor skating rink, s’mores fire pits, family fun activities and other attractions. Hockey and music fans alike will be able to visit the park adjacent Bridgestone Arena during the final week in January to hear some of music’s biggest names, including Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich and Kelsea Ballerini, and join in on Nashville’s celebration of the sport of hockey, all for free. Within NHL Fan Fair at Music City Center, concerts will be included with the price of admission and coordinate with musical sessions at Winter Park so as to never overlap. Fans can look forward to hearing from members of the cast of ABC’s Nashville (Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Lennon & Maisy Stella), Lonestar, MercyMe and Danny Gokey. – Read more at Predators.NHL

Music Preview: Chris Jamison is ready to pop back into the public eye – Chris Jamison will be the guest of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s annual Highmark Holiday Pops at Heinz Hall, a stage and a situation that he is not entirely unfamiliar with. “A long time ago, in sixth grade,” he says, “I was in the North Star Kids and we performed the Pops concert with Marvin Hamlisch. It was obviously a big experience for me, but this will be the first time back on the stage and obviously in a different setting, one I’m really looking forward to.” – Read more at The Post Gazette

Jennifer Hudson Opens Up About Gun Violence in America: “This Is a Reality for Me” – The actress stars in Spike Lee’s film Chi-Raq, in theaters now, where she plays a mother of a young girl killed by gunfire, a decision that was difficult for the star, who experienced a horrific gun tragedy in her personal life. “Yeah, of course. It’s like, you’re asking a lot,” Hudson told W magazine when asked if she hesitated on taking the role. “This is reality for me. This is my life. A part of my life. And I definitely had that moment of like, ‘Are you serious?’ But when I really thought about it, I understood why he came to me and I thought, ‘You know what? It’s worth me telling my story so that hopefully no one else has a story like this to tell.’ The film we’re doing is trying to save my city, as my mother said, take care of home. So for that reason I was like, ‘Okay, I get it, it’s worth doing.’ But I don’t think it’s anything I will ever, ever revisit again.” – Read more at EOnline

Kellie Pickler Gets Candid About Her New Reality Show: It’s Scary to Put Yourself Out There – The country star admits that even she’s not immune to public scrutiny, especially with her personal life back on the small screen in CMT’s I Love Kellie Pickler. Since its November debut, the reality show has become an instant hit for the network and brought fans into the home she shares with her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs. “It’s always scary when you’re putting yourself out there for everybody to pick apart,” Pickler admitted to Entertainment Tonight at the CMT Artists of the Year Celebration last week. “I’m very careful and I think you have to be,” she said of feeding into social media chatter. “We all should be very mindful of the things that we expose ourselves to. You have to protect your heart, you have to protect your head, you gotta protect yourself. … I take pride in the company I keep and they let me know when everything’s good. You gotta do that!” – See the Video at Entertainment Tonight

How Blake Shelton Wants to Keep Gwen Stefani on ‘The Voice’ Next Season – Season 9 is coming to an end next week, but Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s romance is just heating up. Unfortunately, Gwen is taking next season off, so Blake is going to miss his girlfriend. He said, “I don’t [want] Gwen to not be on the show — why can’t we have a fifth coach?” Gwen played coy when asked who she will miss the most, “I wonder…” but admitted she is “devastated” that she only has three more outfits to pick out for the show. “It’s the combination, it’s the chemistry.” – Read more at Extra

CeeLo Green Speaks Out on Drug Case, Says It Was ‘Blown Out of Proportion’ (Video) – CeeLo Green appeared on “The Steve Harvey Show” Tuesday and addressed the 2012 incident that led to his exit from “The Voice” and a public legal battle. “Thank you for an opportunity to address it here,” Green said to Harvey. “I’m fortunate to still have fans who are forgiving and understanding. We are human beings and we make mistakes but I am not my mistakes. I am here, humbled and humanized and with a heartfelt new album that really does address the wisdom and understanding that I got out of the experience. So I’m very fortunate for that.” – Read more at The Wrap

Elizabeth Banks and USO Tour Veterans Chris Daughtry, Kyle Jacobs and Friends Wrap Up USO Holiday Tour Led by General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. – Emmy nominated actress, producer and director Elizabeth Banks accompanied the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff along with USO tour veterans Chris Daughtry and Kyle Jacobs, as well as comedians Sydney Castillo and David Wain; Boston Red Sox pitchers Heath Hembree and Steven Wright; and songwriters Brett James and Billy Montana. This trip, which spanned five countries, marked the sixth USO tour for Jacobs, the third for Daughtry and the first USO experience for the remainder of the group, including the Chairman. In total, the USO holiday tour visited, entertained and brought a touch of home to service members and their families stationed in Italy, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Bahrain and Germany. – See more at GlobalNewsWire

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. embarks on his first-ever USO Holiday Tour as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The ChairmanÕs Holiday Tour will visit servicemen and servicewomen in five countries over six-days. Accompanying AmericaÕs highest-ranking military officer are Elizabeth Banks (Emmy nominated actress, producer and director); Sydney Castillo (stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer); Chris Daughtry (frontman of the four-time Grammy-nominated rock band Daughtry); Heath Hembree (Boston Red Sox pitcher); Steven Wright (Boston Red Sox pitcher); Kyle Jacobs, Brett James and Billy Montana (songwriters); David Wain (co-creator, executive producer and director of NetflixÕ Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp). Photos by: Dave Gatley for the USO

‘Nashville’ Boss Teases a Spring Wedding, Juliette and Layla’s Return and “Blowback” for Luke – So what will the second half of season four hold for these country crooners? And how will Juliette and Layla (Aubrey Peeples) re-enter the mix? Johnson answered all those burning questions and more. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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