Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney among CMA nominees
NEW YORK (AP) ‘ Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson are among the nominees for the 42nd Country Music Association Awards.
Underwood’s nominations included nods for album of the year and female vocalist of the year. Kenny Chesney, nominated for male vocalist of the year, is also nominated for entertainer of the year, along with Brad Paisley, George Strait, and Sugarland. Jackson is also nominated for album of the year.
The CMA awards are set for Nov. 12, and will air on ABC.
Kellie Pickler was nominated for best new artist…
‹Idol’ finalists talk about life on the tour
As fans lined up along Parnell Avenue to catch a glimpse of the …American Idol finalists stepping off the tour bus for tonight concert at Memorial Coliseum, the media press hour allowed for one-on-one interviews with five of the 10 finalists.
As they rotated among news reporters and radio DJs, they spoke about their experiences on the tour and what in store for them after the tour.
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Question & Answer
American Idol winner and Kansas City, Mo., native David Cook is performing around the country with the nine other finalists from the seventh season of the show for the American Idols Live Tour 2008.
Cook released an independent album in 2006, but winning American Idol in May landed him a deal with RCA Records. Cook talked to Jayplay about the tour and the November 18 release of his new album.
Tomorrow: American Idol Auditions at Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel
A friend of the Weekly tipped us off earlier today about American Idol auditions, which were supposedly going on at the Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel downtown. We thought this was strange since the Idol train already stopped at the Cow Palace in July, and the show’s website only listed auditions through August 19. Did America not have enough talent? Did the Idol judges have to sneak an extra San Francisco stop in to meet their contestant quota? Apparently so.
Radio Station, Broadcast Personality Nominees Announced for CMA Awards
Coinciding with the announcement of the artist nominees for the 42nd annual CMA Awards, the Country Music Association on Wednesday (Sept. 10) also confirmed its nominations for radio station of the year and broadcast personality of the year. Bucky Covington and Chuck Wicks revealed the names during a press conference at Nashville’s Sommet Center. The winners will be notified in mid-October and acknowledged on Nov. 12 during the CMA Awards telecast on ABC.
Sugarland, Carrie Underwood Bring Balance to CMA Nominations
In addition, Carrie Underwood is representing the women in the album category, after two consecutive years of not having female artists among the finalists. Historically speaking, women are scarcely winners in the album category. Since 1967, only Anne Murray, Patty Loveless, the Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack have ever taken CMA awards for their album. But with big sales and positive reviews, Underwood stands a chance to evening out the odds. She was at tour rehearsal when the nominees were announced this morning. Perhaps she has an eye on the entertainer category next year ¦.
Rock the Vote kicks off Road Trip in Nashville with Melinda Doolittle, others
Youth-focused voter registration/education organization Rock the Vote takes its agenda on the road this month with “The Road Trip ’08, ” which kicks off here in Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 13 with American Idol alum Melinda Doolittle, at Belmont University.
Doolittle will be joined by a group of other local musicians to be announced, along with, RTV’s press folks say, “guest speakers from the areas of politics, sports, film and TV to spread the word.”
Chris Brown on Jordin: No Connection
Jordin Sparks recently confessed that she’s had a secret crush on Chris Brown ever since they shot that sizzlingly passionate video for their hit “No Air.”
Well, we hate to break it to you, Jordin, but you’re on a one-way street.
Chris told OK! that as far as he’s concerned the flying sparks were strictly for the cameras.
Grease Revival Welcomes “Idol” Finalist Young Sept. 11
Ace Young, a finalist on the hit Fox TV singing competition “American Idol, ” makes his Broadway debut Sept. 11 in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Grease at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Young, who is making his Main Stem bow two days later than originally announced, steps into the role of bad-boy Kenicke. He is scheduled to stay with the production through Jan. 18, 2009.
Keys, Hudson and Latifah Talks About …The Secret Life of Bees
Superstars Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah attended the …The Secret Life of Bees press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, Canada earlier this week.
The Secret Life of Bees, adapted and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood from the best-selling book by Sue Monk Kidd, weaves racism and the civil rights movement around the story of Lily (Dakota Fanning), a young white girl taken in by three African-American sisters when she runs away from her controlling, emotionless father. It a role that in some ways reminiscent of the character Fanning played in Hounddog, a film that was critically panned and rather controversial for having a scene in which Fanning character was raped.
Thursday TV highlight
THE 2008 HERO AWARDS The Hero Awards are presented to exceptional individuals, including firefighters, celebrities, dignitaries and emergency-response personnel, for their acts of charity and philanthropy. The event features performances by Bo Bice, Ace Young, Thelma Houston, James Ingram, Rick Springfield, B.J. Thomas and Paul Williams.
Theo Tams crowned the new Canadian Idol
Alberta student Theo Tams was crowned the new Canadian Idol Wednesday night.
The big-voiced crooner, known for tackling many of his performances from behind a grand piano, beat out folk-tinged singer Mitch MacDonald in a star-packed results show featuring Mariah Carey and John Legend.
…First of all, I just want to say thanks to Mitch, Tams said as he wiped tears from his eyes, emotion quickly overcoming him in a brief acceptance speech before the cheering crowd.
…He’s a great guy, he’s become a great friend and I’m going to be first in line to buy his record. Thanks so much.
Canadian Idol: Theo Tams is your new Canadian Idol
The Albertan only appeared in the bottom three during week seven. He said it was his trip back home to Alberta during the final few weeks of competition that showed him just how much he wanted to win.
“If there is anything that could have given me the extra drive and the extra ambition and the extra push to just really just work my butt off to take this thing, then going home was. Because I don’t just want to win it for me anymore. I want to win it for all of my family and friends and everyone back home who just surprised me with how supportive they were.”
Meet your new Canadian Idol
Theo Tams showed he had both the hat and the cattle Wednesday night, as the Lethbridge, Alta., pianist-singer won Canadian Idol season six.
Fighting back tears, an emotional Tams could barely get out a thank you to his fans after host Ben Mulroney announced his win. Surrounded at the piano by the Top 10 Idol finalists, Tams sang his winning single Sing, to be released across Canada on Thursday.
America’s Got Talent: Episode 314
Well, Piers, I think what you are looking for is for Nuttin But Stringz, pictured right, to win this season of America’s Got Talent. I doubt they’ll get a 100 million dollars five-year deal but the brothers are rockin’ the house and making the crowd go wild! They could easily win this competition and headline their own show on the Vegas strip. We’ll soon discover if America thinks so too!
America’s Got Talent: Meet the Top 20 Finalists
Singers, dancers, and baton twirlers, oh, yes! There’s something for everyone among the reality competition’s last performers standing. We chatted with the 20 hoping for their shot at stardom
America’s Got Talent: Bring on Top Twenty Week!
I didn’t think it was possible. For the last few weeks it’s been two episodes a week. And this week, the challenge to watch just got harder. That’s right, three nights a week. That’s six hours of America’s Got Talent in three days. Do you have the endurance to tough out “Top Twenty Week?” I have my arsenal of cookies and energy drinks; I’m up for the challenge. Now let’s see if I can even make it through hour four.
Access Exclusive: Toni Braxton ‹Dancing Despite Heart Disease
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — She might seem like an unlikely candidate for the next installment of …Dancing With the Stars, but Toni Braxton is determined to overcome that pre-conception in people minds.
Access Hollywood guest correspondent and former …Dancing alum Mel B caught up with Toni and her …Dancing partner, Alec Mazo, where they were rehearsing some routines for the show.