The CMT Awards air tonight at 8 pm on CMT. Windmills will be liveblogging, so do drop in. Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are set to perform. Kree Harrison and Cassadee Pope will also have short performances. Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery, and Kellie Pickler will be on hand to present.
Candice Glover is in Arkansas set to perform for the Walmart Shareholders meeting this morning. She tweeted an instagram photo of herself with Idol music director, Michael Orland, “Here in Arkansas for the Walmart Shareholders Convention. There are about 15,000 more people here than I thought it would be lol. Me and @michaelorland are ready :)”
Here’s a fun fact about The Voice contestant, Michelle Chamuel. She and Glee star Darren Criss were college buddies at the University of Michigan. He’s taken time out from his Listen Up tour to watch her performances (on the tour bus!). He’s been tweeting support for her, like this: “So glad @Usher’s as into college pal @MichelleChamuel as I was in school. She was killin it then, she’s killin it now. Good choice. #GoBlue.” So. That’s awesome!
Kellie Pickler, Kree Harrison, Keith Urban bring reality-TV flair to ‘Opry’ – The evening served as a homecoming for Kellie Pickler who, along with partner Derek Hough, won the mirror-ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” last month. Recent “American Idol” runner-up Kree Harrison of Nashville was also on hand to make her Opry debut along with “Idol” judge Keith Urban, who performed his new single “Little Bit of Everything.” – Read more at The Tennessean
Grand Ole Opry welcomes Kellie Pickler, Kree Harrison – Backstage, the Opry threw Dancing With the Stars winner Pickler a lavish welcome-home party that included a cake shaped like a mirrorball and #10 cupcakes. The Opry gave her a commemorative print celebrating her DWTS win, and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau presented her with a key to the city of Nashville — a piano key, that is. – Read more at USA Today
Carrie Underwood talks about new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit – “This is such an amazing place,” she said of the museum. “You walk up and down a hallway and there are the most amazing pictures and artifacts and clothing, from people that are way more important than I’ll ever be. To have a little space in this place is really an honor. I was amazed and really happy that they wanted to do this.” – Read more at The Tennessean
The Voice Backstage Scoop: Taylor Swift Comes Through for Michelle Chamuel – As for Michelle’s early save, Usher was thankful to the voters for giving him the opportunity to mentor her futher. “The fact that America is continuing to keep us in this game and a career is being built, that’s the serious part about it,” he told us. “Yes, this is an incredible opportunity for me to continue to have some association in America with music and do something in terms of mentoring and really showing that we as artists do make investments back to the pot.” – Read more at EOnline
‘American Idol’ finalist to spend summer at Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach area – Stars from Fox-TV’s “American Idol” series find extra rays with concert tour stops in Myrtle Beach, but LaToya London, from the third season, will spend the whole summer here. London, who finished in the top three of “Idol” in 2004 as second runner-up to Fantasia Barrino, behind Jennifer Hudson, has joined The Carolina Opry” and “The Good Vibrations Show” through Sept. 7 at the Calvin Gilmore Theatre. After a flight last week to perform in Philadelphia, London, who was born in San Francisco and raised across the bay in Oakland, called to chat for a few minutes about her summer ahead on the Grand Strand. – Read more at Myrtle Beach Online
How Rihanna and Pink Thwarted The Folk Movement – The folked-up top 40 was widely characterized as a vote for “authenticity” and an organic reaction to an overabundance of “turbo-pop,” too many 115 BPM entreaties to put your hands in the air. But as summer arrives, eight of the 10 songs with the greatest spin increase at radio are all rhythmic pop, (follow-ups from Sheeran and Phillips continue to grow steadily). Not long ago, you could hear two ballads in a row on WHTZ (Z100) New York. Now, you’re more likely to hear Krewella and Avicii two songs apart. – Read more at Billboard