The 2012 Billboard Summit is adding some popular — and even a little bit surprising — names to its roster. Billboard announced that laid country legend Willie Nelson and rising star Luke Bryan will be joining the summit.
Dierks Bentley is no one-trick pony. At the 11th annual Kevin Carter Waiting for Wishes dinner on May 8, it’s rumored that Bentley will put away his guitar and show off his waiting skills as he serves attendees. At $500 per ticket — and thanks to the generous time donations from celebrities like Bentley — this event is sure to raise a pretty penny for charity.
Country songstress Miranda Lambert is known for being open about her emotions. Every once in a while, the tell-it-like-it-is country star shows fans a softer side. Or at least, that’s exactly what happened when she broke down in tears during her performance in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday night.
Lauren Alaina debuted a few surprises for fans at her performance in Kentucky on Saturday night. For starters, she walked onstage with a shorter new haircut. But the real kicker happened when the 17-year-old ‘American Idol’ runner-up announced that she had missed her own prom, so she was going to throw one herself — onstage.
Last week (April 10), Keith Urban hosted the annual All for the Hall fundraiser, which benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. An all-star lineup made up of Hall of Fame members, contemporary country stars and newcomers to the scene joined the Opry’s newest member to put on an unforgettable show for a sold-out, rowdy crowd.
To keep fans updated on the progress of his next album release, Brad Paisley will be posting weekly videos of his time in the studio, where he’s hard at work on new music. This week, you can see exactly how much work country star puts into his records as he throws down vocal tracks, talks with his producers and goes hand-in-hand with session players.
Do you Dew? Jason Aldean does, along with other big names like Lil Wayne, Mac Miller, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Rodriguez Jr., Theotis Beasley and Danny Davis, in Mountain Dew’s new star-studded commercial.
On April 20, a bronze sculpture of Willie Nelson will be unveiled in Austin, Texas at 4:20PM. If you know anything about Nelson’s, um, recreational choices, the date and time choice won’t even make you raise an eyebrow. In fact, it’s an all-out nod to Nelson’s reputation as a major stoner.
Blake Shelton has had so much success working as a coach on the reality TV singing competition ‘The Voice’ that plenty of other country artists have joined in the trend. Soon, Jennifer Nettles will help kick off a new one called ‘Duets,’ and John Rich will join in on the CW’s ‘The Star Next Door.’ Country queens Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert have flocked to ‘The Voice’ as well, each making guest appearances as celebrity mentors. So who will be the next country hitmaker to make an appearance on the small screen? Turns out, it could be Luke Bryan.
The Eli Young Band boys are riding a major wave of success as of late. After scoring their first No. 1 hit when single ‘Crazy Girl’ climbed to the top of the charts, the foursome started to see some forward momentum. And it doesn’t sound like the band has plans to slow down any time soon.
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott just tied the knot with husband Chris Tyrrell a few months ago, but excited fans are already keeping an eye out for a baby bump. Unfortunately for baby-crazed followers, the lead singing beauty and her husband aren’t planning to expand their family just yet.
Last week’s country music news was abuzz with news of Taylor Swift taking home the 2012 ACM prize for Entertainer of the Year. But you might have overlooked that before country’s sweetheart was gushing thank yous onstage in Las Vegas, she was hanging out with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. The First Lady presented Swift with the Big Help award for her philanthropic efforts.
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