Headlines: Blake Shelton Opry Special, Jake Hoot Talks Kelly Clarkson Duet

BRAD PAISLEY & BLAKE SHELTON TO HOST ‘GRAND OLE OPRY: 95 YEARS OF COUNTRY MUSIC’ ON SUNDAY, FEB. 14 ON NBC – Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will serve as co-hosts for “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music,” honoring the iconic Nashville show and the incredible country stars that call it home. The two-hour special is set to air Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Later that same week, Paisley will celebrate his 20th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. Shelton is marking 10 years as a member. – Read more at NBCumv.com

Carrie Underwood makes donation to young fan making bracelets to help local children’s hospital – Carrie Underwood is making a generous donation to a young fan who stepped up to help a local children’s hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Hayley Orlinsky, a seven-year-old from Chicago, heard that the children’s hospital where she was hospitalized as an infant was running out of PPE at the start of the pandemic last March, she felt compelled to help by making friendship bracelets to sell and raise money for the hospital. Her initial goal was $200, but she has since raised more than $27,000 in 10 months, her mother Lori calling her efforts “the ultimate act of kindness.” Carrie agrees, and surprised the mother-daughter duo via Zoom while appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show this week. -Read more at Willmarradio.com

‘The Voice’ Winner Jake Hoot Shares Story Behind Kelly Clarkson Duet [EXCLUSIVE] – “When we wrote it, I said, ‘I think this would be awesome if we got Kelly to sing on this,’” Hoot told Everything Nash of the song, which he penned with Lonestar’s Dean Sams and Jamie Floyd. “When I was on The Voice, she said, ‘Hey, let’s do something together.’ So I sent it to her, and didn’t hear anything. And then later on in the year, when we were seriously considering putting this on the album, I said, ‘You know what? I’m just going to text her again,’ because I had to ask her a couple of questions about other things.” When Hoot finally did get in touch with Clarkson, he realized she had never heard the song when he initially sent it. But once he sent it again, she instantly agreed to join him on the track. Amazingly, in spite of both of their busy lives, including his wedding in a couple of months, “I Would’ve Loved You” was quickly recorded. “She called me back immediately and she said, ‘I want to shout this from the rooftops. Yes, I’m in,” Hoot recalled. – Read more at Everything Nash

Morgan Wallen Jokes He Wants Bad Company’s ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ Played at His Wedding – Morgan Wallen isn’t in any rush to get married — but when the big day eventually comes, he does have one request. On Friday’s episode of Spotify’s 10 Songs That Made Me, the “More Than My Hometown” singer, 27, revealed that he wants Bad Company’s 1975 power ballad “Feel Like Makin’ Love” to be played at his future wedding. “I kind of made this as a joke, to be honest,” said Wallen, who is currently single. “I don’t have many visions about being married, so we’ll see how it goes. I hope everybody gets lucky that night!” – Read more at People.com

Justin Guarini Joins WHY I’LL NEVER MAKE IT Podcast as the First Guest On Season Five – In this two-part conversation, Guarini reveals the childhood moment that led to his desire to be on stage. He also gives a cautionary tale of his college years and how he didn’t always make the most of that education. “My internal mantra was ‘What can school do for me?’ as opposed to what can I do for own self in school.” While in college, though, he auditioned for his first Broadway show and finally landed a role in the ensemble after years of back-and-forth callbacks. However, he ended up turning down that Broadway debut to instead take part in a little known show at the time, American Idol. – More at Broadway World.com

Blake Shelton wants to lose 10 pounds before his wedding to Gwen Stefani – Blake Shelton is gaining a wife and hoping to lose some of his gut. The country superstar says he wants to drop a few pounds before he marries Gwen Stefani. “I feel like if I say 10, I have to do it. So, 10. It’s out there now. I can’t let people down,” he told Luke Bryan on his Apple Music Country show, “Party Barn Radio.” “I’ve readjusted all the mirrors in the house, so they look like when you’re taking a selfie from up above ‘cause I can’t even stand and look at myself in the mirror, so I’ve rearranged them or they’re kind of angled down, looking down at me, so I’m looking up and it’s not so bad,” he said. Bryan followed up with some questions about the impending nuptials, which Shelton had to rate on a scale of one to 10, including whether Stefani will actually walk down the aisle. – Read more at Today

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