Headlines: Keith Urban Mickey Guyton ACMs Hosts, Queen Launches Video Series

KEITH URBAN AND MICKEY GUYTON TO HOST THE “56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™” LIVE FROM NASHVILLE, SUNDAY, APRIL 18 ON CBS – CBS, The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban and New Female Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton will host the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, honoring the biggest names and emerging talent in Country Music. CBS presents the 56th ACM Awards® live from three iconic country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Urban returns for his second year after hosting the 55th ACM Awards in September, while this marks Guyton’s first time hosting the ACM Awards and the 29th time multiple hosts have taken the ACM Awards stage. Guyton’s performance of her critically acclaimed song “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” at last year’s show featured Urban as a surprise guest on piano. “I’m beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey,” said Urban. “I love that finally everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber creative spirit in full light.” – Read more at CBSpressexpress

Queen Share Trailer For Launch Of Online Video Series – Queen have announced that they will be launching a new video series called The Greatest on their YouTube channel on March 19th to spotlight historic moments in their career and have shared a two-minute teaser trailer of what is to come. The series will starts from the band’s very beginnings with their earliest shows at London’s Rainbow and Odeon and take viewers chronologically through their career, right up to present day with Queen + Adam Lambert. – Read more at Antimusic

Ruben Studdard Joins Alan Scott in ‘John Lewis Lives’ Video – Grammy Award-nominated singer and Season Two winner of “American Idol” Ruben Studdard is teaming with D.C. songwriter and producer Alan Scott for the single “John Lewis Lives,” a song dedicated to the late civil rights icon and United States Congressman. The single and video are out now in celebration of Lewis’ birthday on February 21 and in remembrance of the anniversary of Bloody Sunday on March 7, the day he famously led the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. – Read more at Broadway World

American Idol’s Abby LeBaron Shares Why She First Hid Her Talent

The Voice Producers Pick Their All-Time Favorite Chair Turns from the Show’s First 19 Seasons – The Voice has evolved in many ways since it premiered on April 26, 2011, but the one thing that has remained constant is the Blind Auditions. It is the one element that sets The Voice apart from other singing competitions, where the coaches react to the artist only by the sound of their voice, listening in the red swivel chairs with their backs turned, and then pushing their “I Want You” button for an artist they hope to coax to join their team. For the 10th anniversary, Parade.com went on a walk down memory lane with executive producer Audrey Morrissey and host/producer Carson Daly to get their thoughts as to some of the most memorable Blind auditions. Here are their picks: – Read more at Parade

Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Taylor Hicks – In this episode of the Mike Behind the Mike Podcast, Mikes catches up with former American Idol Winner, Taylor Hicks, who has new music out from the movie released in January, “Stars Fell on Alabama.” The movie is a romantic comedy in which Taylor not only has a role playing himself, he also has two songs now available from the movie – his version of the title track, the old classic “Stars Fell on Alabama” and his cover of “Gives You Hell” from the All-American Rejects. Mike and Taylor also talk about March 2020 when Taylor was in Germantown, Tenn., when a deadly tornado hit. Taylor says he’s thankful he survived, but then a week later, the country was hit with a pandemic and several projects were put on hold. But now, Taylor has some shows planned, including two in the Birmingham area. – Read more at WBRC.com

Five years after Prince’s death, his protégée Judith Hill is a ‘Newborn Woman’ – Judith Hill has issues. Don’t we all after a year in this pandemic? Hill’s date back to her childhood as a biracial girl bullied at a mostly white school. To the death of her dear friend Prince five years ago. And to this very day, as her Japanese mother gets hassled for “the China flu.” She addresses her issues on the powerful new album “Baby, I’m Hollywood,” a magnetic collection showcasing Hill’s rapturously passionate voice and remarkably diverse musicality. “The driving message of [the album] is not running away from my life or any of the darkness,” Hill said last month from her Los Angeles home. “You’ve got songs that deal with mental health and what it’s like to deal with depression and just feeling lost and alone. I dig deeper into more personal emotions and inner thoughts on this record, but I also enjoy telling stories.” – Read more at Star Tribune

Fremantle Owner RTL Group Posts Losses in COVID Hit Year, But Streaming, Advertising Grows – Bertelsmann’s Luxembourg-based media giant RTL Group, which owns Fremantle, has declared its annual financial results for 2020 and it is yet another tale of revenues and profits hit by the pandemic. The RTL Group has interests in 67 television channels, 10 streaming platforms and 38 radio stations. The group’s content business, Fremantle, is one of the world’s largest creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content, including “American Idol,” “Britain’s Got Talent,” and “The X Factor.” The RTL Group’s overall revenue fell by 9.5% to €6.02 billion ($7.18 billion) from 2019’s €6.65 billion ($7.93 billion), while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortization declined 14.2% to €853 million ($1.01 billion) from €1.16 billion ($1.38 billion). – Read more at Variety

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