Headlines: Coachella, Stagecoach Canceled, Grammy Makes Changes

Coachella, Stagecoach Canceled for 2020 – The 2020 Coachella Valley Music and Arts and Stagecoach Festivals have been canceled due to the ongoing risks of the coronavirus pandemic, a Riverside County representative confirmed to TheWrap. In April, the dates for Weekends 1 and 2 of Coachella had been moved from April to October 9-11 and October 16-18. Stagecoach was supposed to take place on October 23-25. A spokesperson for Goldenvoice, which runs Coachella and Stagecoach, has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.- Read more at The Wrap

Barbra Streisand, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson Played a Virtual Joe Biden Fundraiser – The presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden is pulling out the big stars for a June 11 virtual fundraiser. The “Fabulous Evening” event is slated to feature appearances from a number of A-list guests including Barbra Streisand, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Andra Day and Jay Leno. The 8:00 p.m. ET event is open to supporters of the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Pres. Donald Trump at a variety of levels, from Host ($100,000), to Sponsor ($41,000), Supporter ($5,600), Friend ($2,800) and Guest ($1,000). – Read more at Billboard

American Idol 4 contestant Constantine Maroulis Announces New Album

The Recording Academy Announces Changes For 63rd Annual GRAMMYs, Releases Rules And Guidelines – The Recording Academy announced that it has made major changes to several rules and guidelines that reflect its ongoing commitment to evolve with the musical landscape and to ensure that the GRAMMY Awards nominating process and rules are more transparent and fair.
Among the changes are updates to the Best New Artist category, Latin, R&B and Rap Fields, Nominations Review Committees and more. The new changes go into effect immediately for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. In addition, the GRAMMY Awards Rules & Guidelines are now, for the first time, available and can be found here. Best Urban Contemporary Album has been renamed Best Progressive R&B Album, Best Rap/Sung Performance has been renamed Best Melodic Rap Performance Latin Pop Album has been renamed Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album, and Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album has been renamed Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album. Read more at Grammy.org

“You are loved and you are wanted”: Carrie Underwood tearfully reveals her message to her sons and the world – Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have previously talked about their marriage and the miscarriages between the arrival of their two sons on the inspirational mini-documentary, Mike and Carrie: God & Country. This week, they open up about the role faith plays in parenting their two sons, five-year-old Isaiah and one-year-old Jacob. “Just to look at both of our boys… [I] just fall more and more in love every day,” Carrie says. “Morning cuddles” are a tradition in the Fisher household, as well as family prayer. “I want our children… this goes for everybody everywhere, too — [to know] you are loved and you are wanted…” she asserts. “God wouldn’t have made any of us if he didn’t want us.” – Read more at ABCNewsRadio.com

Lady Antebellum Makes Name Change in Response to Black Lives Matter Movement – On Thursday (June 11), Lady Antebellum announced that the’ve officially shortened their name to Lady A in response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. “As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive to all,” they began. “We’ve watched and listened more than ever these past few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases Black women and men have always faced and continue to face everyday. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.” The trio continued: “After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.” – Read more at Billboard.com

Country hitmaker Shane McAnally on coming out: ‘I was so afraid of what it would mean to my career’ – Last year on Songland, judge Shane McAnally joked, “I was relieved when I found out [songwriting] was a job, because I thought you had to be George Strait to go to Nashville… and the truth is, my name isn’t George and I wasn’t straight!” But it turns out that McAnally, a three-time Grammy-winner and one of the most successful country songwriters of all time (his hits include Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” and “Break Up in a Small Town” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), embarked on his path to life as an openly gay man in country music when he appeared on another TV talent show, many years ago: Star Search. “I was 15. I think I was on the ’91/’92 season, and I didn’t win my episode,” McAnally tells Yahoo Entertainment during an interview for Pride Month. But while he was humiliated to head home after his very public Star Search defeat (he sang Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch”), he was privately dealing with a deeper and much more agonizing situation. – Read more at Yahoo.com

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