Big Brother premiere part 2 airs tonight on CBS at 9 pm.
Trent Harmon’s “There’s A Girl” premieres on iHeartCountry at 4 pm ET today. Also, Trent will be conducting a Facebook Live chat at the iHeartCountry Facebook page. ETA: The song is available for download now at iTunes.
Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Erykah Badu to perform at BET Awards – The BET Awards are getting even more star-studded: Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Erykah Badu, and Bilal have been added to the lineup of performers, EW can exclusively reveal. Previously announced performers include Sheila E., The Roots, and Janelle Monae — who are expected to pay tribute to Prince — plus Alicia Keys, Usher, Maxwell, Future, and Bryson Tiller. – Read more at EW.com
Billboard Open Letter to Congress to Stop Gun Violence Now – Like the rest of the country and the world, Billboard editors were horrified by the mass killing at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, and by the murder of singer Christina Grimmie the night before. Both tragedies occurred where musicians and music fans gathered. And so faced with another gun-related tragedy, the staff organized this special “Open Letter to Congress” cover of Billboard. Two hundred artists, including Adam Lambert, Scott Borchetta, Zayn and more signed the letter. – Read more at Billboard
Singer-songwriters Matt Nathanson and Phillip Phillips Talk About Their Co-Headlining Tour – Nathanson: We were knocking ideas around for a summer tour and my friends in O.A.R. had toured with Phillip a couple of summers ago. Marc [Roberge], the singer from O.A.R., whom I respect immensely, raved about him. When we started knocking names around, I reached out to them to see what he was doing this summer. I’m psyched to spend the summer with nice people who make music that’s great. The American Idol thing usually leans into the pop world so hard, but I feel like he puts on a show, and he plays acoustic, and he’s a storyteller at heart. It felt like a good match. – Read more at Clevescene
Remembering Christina Grimmie, a Friend Who’d ‘Come Up and Give You a Hug’ – “She was one of The Voice’s real shots at a pop star,” says Audrey Morrissey, an executive producer with the show. “She proved herself week in and week out, she had iTunes downloads galore, and people loved her. She came to the show with a massive fan base, and it only grew.” Grimmie and Adam Levine, her mentor on The Voice, had a close relationship, adds Morrissey: “He spent a lot of time considering what her next move would be artistically, fought hard for songs and took some risks with her. She really touched us and inspired us.” – Read more at Billboard.com
Nashville Shakeup: Two Series Regulars Exit Ahead of Move to CMT – To use a phrase popular with one of Nashville‘s main characters, it’s wheels up for Luke and Layla when the country-music drama returns for a fifth season. Series regulars Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples will not be with the show when it makes its CMT debut, TVLine has learned exclusively. – Read more at TV Line