Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton lead ACM Awards nominations
Morris and Stapleton lead the nominations for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, but only Stapleton joined the all-male ballot for the top prize of entertainer of the year. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. AdMiranda Lambert, who is already the most nominated artist in ACM history, stretched her streak with five nominations.
Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards
In this video image provided by CMT, Carrie Underwood accepts the female of the year award for Drinking Alone during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (CMT via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carrie Underwood already had the most CMT Music Awards of any artist, but she'll need to make more room on her shelf. The superstar picked up two more trophies for video of the year and female video of the year in a remotely shot awards show. "I am so proud to be a part of this legacy of women in country music with you. Singer Granger Smith won for his on-the-nose music video called “Don't Cough On Me!"
Country's night to party sobers up amid pandemic
This combination photo shows, from left, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood, nominees for entertainer of the year at the 55th ACM Awards. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a pre-pandemic world, the Academy of Country Music Awards advertised itself as country music’s night to party with gambling, after-parties and a Las Vegas-style attitude. This year the red carpet, crowds and gambling are all r eplaced with COVID-19 tests, temperature checks and face masks. Swift, who makes her first return to the ACM stage in seven years, was the last female artist to win ACM entertainer of the year in 2011. “I certainly believe that she’s been an entertainer of all entertainers and brought so much grace and class and elegance to country music,” said Bryan.
ACM Awards brings live performances back to TV amid pandemic
This combination photo shows country singers, from left, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Mickey Guyton who will perform at this year's ACM Awards in Nashville. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday, there won’t be fake fans, canned applause or pre-taped acceptance speeches. After a five-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards show wants to bring the live television experience back again. The 55th annual ACM Awards, normally held in April in Las Vegas, were delayed this year and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for the first time. “I don’t know if it’s gonna look like an NFL Draft night when we hand out the awards,” Urban said laughing.
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records via AP)
New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys
This cover image released by RCA Records shows "Alicia" the latest release by Alicia Keys. The album, out Friday, features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single Underdog. (RCA Records via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. It lands on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday at 8 p.m.— AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Piano-playing pop star Alicia Keys is putting out her seventh album on Friday. — Kim Cattrall is at the center of Fox’s “Filthy Rich,” a prime-time soap opera loaded with money and betrayal that debuts 9 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 21.
Taylor Swift returns to ACM Awards for ‘Folklore’ premiere
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift returned to her roots with a performance at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The nine-time ACM award winner performed from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, where the awards show was broadcasted Wednesday on CBS. Swift performed “betty” from her new album “Folklore,” which has held the top spot on for six weeks on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. 6 on Billboard’s Hot Country song chart. This marks the first time in seven years that the two-time ACM entertainer of the year has performed at this awards show and the world premiere performance for any song from her “Folklore” album.
Miranda Lambert leads CMA noms, Luke Combs' streak continues
The CMAs announced Tuesday that Lambert earned seven nominations. She's followed by Luke Combs, who continues his streak of success as one of country musics biggest streaming artists with six nominations, including his first for entertainer of the year. Combs earned his first all-genre No. Carrie Underwood joins Combs and Lambert in the entertainer of the year category, along with Keith Urban and Eric Church. Other top nominees include Maren Morris, who scored five nominations including song and single of the year for her love song, The Bones."
Apple Music launching shows with Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain
NEW YORK Apple Music is launching several new radio shows hosted by A-list musical acts, including Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood. The streaming service announced that it will debut two new radio stations Tuesday: Apple Music Hits, focused on popular songs of the 80s, 90s and 2000s, as well as Apple Music Country, dedicated to the country music genre. Both channels will have daily on-air hosts but will also include several shows hosted by well-known musicians. Apple Music Hits will include shows hosted by Snoop Dogg, Twain, Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys, Meghan Trainor, Ciara, blink-182s Mark Hoppus and Huey Lewis. Apple Music also announced Tuesday that its popular Beats 1 radio station featuring shows hosted by Billie Eilish, Elton John and Lil Wayne will be renamed to Apple Music 1.
New this week: Luke Bryan, Jeff Foxworthy and 2 Seth Rogens
This cover image released by Capitol Records Nashville shows "Born Here Live Here Die Here" by Luke Bryan, out on Friday. If you want to keep the warm feelings going, the good-natured Peanut Butter Falcon hits Amazon Video on Thursday as well. AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSICCountry superstar Luke Bryan is looking to his roots on his seventh album. From the safety of his Georgia homes man cave, Foxworthy visits everyday people to check out their potentially valuable heirlooms, pop-culture keepsakes and such. AP Television Writer Lynn Elber___Catch up on APs entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainmen t.
Why Katy Perry's Fellow 'American Idol' Judges Refuse to Get on the Back of Her
Katy Perry's fellowAmerican Idoljudges are huge fans of her music -- but her motorcycle hobby? The 35-year-old singer got her motorcycle license ahead of her new music video for "Harleys in Hawaii," and couldn't have been more excited. "I had done the four-day course, but I had never like, actually hopped on a Harley [before filming the music video]," Perry gleefully revealed. "She took a four-day course and she comes to me and she says, 'I'm going to leave on my motorcycle,'" Richie said, with the horror adorably displayed all over his face. RELATED CONTENT:Katy Perry Shares Rare Pic With Fiance Orlando Bloom While Celebrating Her Birthday in EgyptKaty Perry Has Steamy Romance in 'Harleys in Hawaii' Music Video
Luke Bryan Wins First-Ever ACM Album of the Decade Award for 'Crash My Party'
Luke Bryan has another prestigious trophy to add to his accolades. Rarely do we let interruptions happen during the #Opry broadcast, but when we do, it's because @ACMawards is presenting @LukeBryanOnline with ALBUM OF THE DECADE for "Crash My Party!" pic.twitter.com/QjUj3Tq7nz Grand Ole Opry (@opry) October 23, 2019Crash My Party was Bryan's fourth album, which managed to reach No. According to a press release, the ACM Album of the Decade Award "recognizes an album that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors considered include success at radio of singles released from album, album concept, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition."
Katy Perry and Ryan Seacrest Have Already Been Brought to Tears During 'American Idol'
"Katy and I were actually crying [while] watching [an audition]" Seacrest said of a mother who patiently waited for her chance to sing for the stars. "That's what this American Idol is about," Perry explained. "She came to collect it," added Richie, with Perry saying, "And she's going to Hollywood!" Season three of American Idol is expected to premiere in early 2020. RELATED CONTENT:Ryan Seacrest Officially Returns as 'American Idol' HostOriginal 'American Idol' Judges Reunite With Kelly Clarkson, Talk Working Together AgainLauren Alaina Shares How Competing on 'American Idol' Differs From 'Dancing With the Stars' (Exclusive)
Luke Bryan and Cedric the Entertainer Help First Responders Jam Out on 'Lip Sync to the
Luke Bryan and Cedric the Entertainer are teaming up to bring comedy, music and joy to TV through a very exciting new event show. What they didn't know was that Bryan was in town on tour, and the celebrated singer crashed their rehearsals. "These guys have no idea that I'm here and they've been rehearsing hard so let's surprise them," Bryan says in an exclusive clip from the upcoming special. Lip Sync To The Rescue airs Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and CBS All Access. RELATED CONTENT:Luke Bryan Crashes Kelsea Ballerini's Interview to Share the Cutest Message!
ABC 'Hopeful' Ryan Seacrest Will Return to 'American Idol'
American Idol will be bringing back Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie for its third season on ABC, but one name synonymous with the franchise was noticeably missing. So, why isn't longtime host Ryan Seacrest confirmed yet? American Idol will return in spring 2020 on ABC. RELATED CONTENT:Ryan Seacrest Not Yet Confirmed to Return to 'American Idol' Next Season'Bachelor's Ashley I. & Jared Haibon Reveal an 'American Idol' Alum Will Sing at Their Wedding (Exclusive)Carrie Underwood Celebrates 'American Idol' Anniversary With Throwback Pic: 'You Can't Cry Pretty'