CMT revealed it will honor superstar acts Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett as the top country artists of 2019 to be celebrated at this year’s 10th Annual “CMT Artists of the Year” special, broadcasting LIVE from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 16 at 8pm ET/PT. The 90-minute special will highlight the five “Artists of the Year” who have collectively ruled the last 12 months in country music, leading across all CMT’s platforms, scoring chart-topping albums and singles while simultaneously selling out arenas across the country. The event will feature surprise musical pairings and guests as in past years, and will also feature a live-streamed remote performance by Carrie Underwood from her “Cry Pretty Tour 360” tour stop in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date. – CMT Press Release
Nigel Lythgoe & Debbie Allen Announce Los Angeles International Dance Festival – With National Dance Day approaching on September 21, 2019, Nigel Lythgoe O.B.E., Executive Producer of FOX’s EMMY Award-winning So You Think You Can Dance, and Debbie Allen, EMMY Award-winning choreographer, Director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Executive Producer/Director of Grey’s Anatomy, today announced that the inaugural Los Angeles International Dance Festival (LAIDF) is set to take place in April 2020. LAIDF will be a 16-day dance experience that will entertain, educate and inspire audiences of all ages with performances, films, workshops and master-classes in both traditional and alternative venues around Los Angeles. The festival will run from April 11, 2020 through April 26, 2020, showcasing the talents of Angeleno dancers and choreographers, while bringing internationally acclaimed dancers and dance companies to Los Angeles venues. – Read more at Broadway World.com
World Premiere of Ross Golan Musical The Wrong Man Begins Off-Broadway – Performances begin September 18 Off-Broadway for the world premiere of The Wrong Man, a new musical by multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan, with direction by Hamilton Tony winner Thomas Kail. Set in Reno, Nevada, the story follows a man who is framed for murder after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The musical features a book, music, and lyrics by Golan, who has collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Idina Menzel. The show’s creative team reunites Kail with fellow Hamilton Tony winner Alex Lacamoire, who is the music supervisor, vocal arranger, and orchestrator. Taylor Peckham serves as music director, and two-time Emmy winner Travis Wall is choreographer. The Wrong Man stars Joshua Henry, Ciara Renée, and Ryan Vasquez, who are joined by Anoop Desai, Tilly Evans-Krueger, Malik Kitchen, Libby Lloyd, Amber Pickens, Kyle Robinson, Debbie Christine Tjong, and Julius Williams. – Read more at Playbill.com
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko Have a Dancing with the Stars Fan Name!
The American Idol alum and her DWTS partner Gleb have chosen a fan name. Team Tonkyhonk. The pair came in THIRD on the leaderboard their first time out last Monday.
Introducing Team Tonkyhonk. You guys. We did all of our first rehearsals in Nashville. Gleb came in one day &said, “What is a Tonkyhonk? Everyone keeps saying to go to the Tonkyhonks!” I told him that it is HONKYTONK, but it stuck. I love my Russian “cowboy” ?? @Gleb_Savchenko pic.twitter.com/SrShx0vjAh
— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) September 18, 2019
Interview – Haley Reinhart – A part of a musical family, Haley Reinhart was baptized into a life of Rock-n-Roll and Soul from a very young age. Appearing on the tenth season of American Idol back in 2011, Reinhart has since gone on to big things, releasing 4 studio albums including her most recent, 2019’s Lo-Fi Soul. Out since March, the latest collection of songs is a delightful mix of Pop, Rock, Blues, and Soul, making it the passionate vocalist’s most complete work to date. – Read more at Crypticrock.com
Camila Cabello Talks #iHeartFestival Performance, Shawn Mendes & More – It’s iHeartRadio Music Festival week and one of the performers taking the stage this weekend is Camila Cabello and she called into On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday, September 17, to chat about her IHRMF performance, if she’ll have any special guests join her and that clap back video with Shawn Mendes. – Read more at iHeartRadio