Carrie Underwood is up for 4 Grammy Awards–Song of the Year (Jesus Take the Wheel), Best New Artist, Best Female Country Vocal Performance (Jesus Take the Wheel) and Best Country Song (Jesus Take the Wheel). She’ll also perform on the telecast. It starts at 8 pm EST on CBS.
Carrie will perform tonight at Clive Davis’s big pre-Oscar party. You can watch the webcast at Rhapsody. It starts at 9:30 pm PST.
Taylor Hicks is confirmed to appear at this year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX. SXSW is the premier music festival for showcasing new bands. This should be a great networking opportunity, and a chance for lots of cool peeps to see Taylor in his element–performing. Taylor will also be the Grand Marshall of the Endymion Krewe at this year’s Mardis Gras in New Orleans, LA. He’ll play a sold-out concert in the Superdome Saturday, February 17.
More on Elliott Yamin’s record deal from MSNBC:
The aspiring pop star is now managed by Jeff Rabhan’s Three Ring Projects.
But Strick tells me that Yamin will also include some of the favorites he performed on “Idol” like Leon Russell’s “A Song for You.” Josh Abraham, who’s done the honors for everyone from Courtney Love to Staind, is producing.
Fun Fact: Josh Abraham is Elliott’s cousin. Listen to a preview of Elliott’s upcoming album, scheduled to drop March 20, at AOL.
Anthony Fedorov has been named 2007 Official Spokesperson for the Sarcoma Foundation. Sadly, Anthony lost his brother a few months ago to Sarcoma. He’ll perform at the SFA Annual Gala held May 21st, 2007, taking place at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. Tickets will be available at the website beginning March 1st.
More Anthony Fedorov news: He’ll be joining the cast of the “Fantasticks” in New York City on May 1. He’ll be stepping into the role of “Matt”. Tickets are $76, with a special $36 ticket price for selected seating on Sunday evening performances and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com at (212) 307-4100.
Americanidol.com has a section devoted to videos from Idol alumni. Check it out here. Included are Kimberley Locke’s video for her new single “Change”, Chris Daughtry singing the National Anthem at the Bears/Saints playoff game, and Jon Peter Lewis performing a live version of “Amanda Grace”.