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Miranda Lambert joins Eric Church on the Grammys performance lineup  2015-01-28
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® continues its tradition of producing standout musical collaborations, universally known as "GRAMMY® Moments." This year's series of unique pairings includes current nominees Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, a musical couple whose respective songbooks have entertained audiences for a combined 70-plus years; nominees Hozier and Annie Lennox; nominee Jessie J and vocal legend Tom Jones; and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine with singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani in a never-before-seen performance. They join previously announced performers AC/DC, Eric Church, Common with John Legend, Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Usher, and Pharrell Williams. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Music's Biggest Night® will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

"Throughout the years, the GRAMMY Awards has paired musical icons with new, upcoming artists to give fans remarkable performances that can only be seen on our stage," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "This year is no different and, once again, promises to bring together unique musical worlds in innovative ways that blend genres and create new artistic boundaries."

"Musical collaborations have become a GRAMMY staple, and the best part is that artists now suggest many of these duets themselves," said executive producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. "I'm very excited about this year's special segments, and believe they'll be talked about for a long time to come."

Sixteen-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tony Bennett and five-time GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga are nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Cheek To Cheek.

Hozier is up for Song Of The Year for "Take Me To Church."

Jessie J is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Bang Bang" (with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj). For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.
Country Stars Attend Nashville's Circus: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS  2015-01-26
Celebrities and their families turned out for the spectacular Nashville premiere of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS at Bridgestone Arena.

Singer and actress Jana Kramer with new fiancé, NFL free agent Michael Caussin, Jonathan Jackson (“Avery” on ABC’s Nashville) with his band Enation and family, Kings of Leon lead guitarist Matthew Followill with his wife and kids, country duo Love & Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson with their toddlers, country singer Clay Walker and family, Christian artist Plumb and Miss Nashville Hannah Bobinger, were among the Nashville-based celebrities who were treated to a private pre-show “behind-the-scenes” experience hosted by Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson which included: a special big cat demonstration by Alexander Lacey; meeting Kelly Ann, one of Ringling Bros. World-Famous Asian elephants; and interacting with circus artists before watching them perform in The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Prior to the show, the celebrities joined 150 hospital guests from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the arena’s new Lexus Lounge where the children -- including Children’s Miracle Network spokesperson, 12-year-old Jessica Meyer -- interacted with performers and had fun at several craft and face painting stations. One dollar from each ticket sold to last night’s performance of Ringling Bros. presents LEGENDS will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network at the Children’s Hospital.

This will be the third marriage for Kramer who became engaged to Caussin in December after just four months of dating. The two were seen being very playful and affectionate together during the experience where they tried on costumes, put on clown noses and had lots of circus fun.

At the event Kramer said, "I'm glad now that I'm 31 years-old that I'm finally seeing my first circus. It's fun and I get to share it with the love of my life."

Love & Theft’s Eric Gunderson spoke of how supporting the Children’s Hospital had special meaning for him because his toddler son was treated there when he was born prematurely. Clay Walker also added some extra support when he spontaneously purchased a painting done by Asian elephant Kelly Ann and donated the money to Children’s Hospital.
Glen Campbell's son gives a tribute of his Oscar nominated song  2015-01-27
Glen Campbell's son, Shannon Campbell, gave a tribute to his father who is Oscar nominated for his song, "I'm Not Gonna' Miss You." The tune is in Glen's documentary which was released last year (2014).  

Shannon Campbell attended the movie premiere of the documentary dealing with his father's diagnosis with Alzheimer's. See Shannon's music video below of the award nominated song.

Keith Urban releases Grammy Nominated single  2015-01-26
Four-time Grammy Award winner and two-time 2015 Grammy nominee Keith Urban has released the fifth single from his record breaking seventh studio album FUSE. “Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church, follows in a line of FUSE #1s including “Little Bit of Everything”, “We Were Us” and Urban’s 17th #1 “Somewhere In My Car”.

“Eric and I have been friends for a couple of years,” said Urban. “I was hoping we could figure out a song to do at some point and when ‘Raise Em Up’ came my way I knew I’d found the one. I sent it to Eric and he loved it. Nathan Chapman and I created the track, Eric came down and we both sang, and it was all done in half a day!”

“Raise ‘Em Up”, recorded in Nashville, was written by Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele and Tom Douglas. It was co-produced by Nathan Chapman and Urban.

FUSE is one of the most celebrated albums of Urban’s career. Besides its #1 debut atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia, a first for a male Country artist, it has received 20 Award show nominations including two for the 2015 Grammy Awards for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Raise ‘Em Up” and the other for Best Country Solo Performance for FUSE’s platinum-selling single “Cop Car.”

For more Keith Urban related news go to www.keithurban.net.

Kenny Chesney Sells Out "The Big Revival Tour" Kickoff  2015-01-26
It’s been a long time since Kenny Chesney played his adopted hometown of Nashville – and the fervor continues. After pre-sales pressure for his March 26 kick-off of 2015 The Big Revival Tour prompted the addition of a second show on March 27, the tickets were no more available than they were gone.

​“Getting ready for a big year and I love the idea that people are as ready for us to get out there as we are to get back on the road,” says the only country artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years. “To do back-to-back nights in Nashville, that’s always a good thing... It’s too cold for a stadium show, so that’s the next best thing!”

Having played to 42,000+ at his Flora-Bama-Jama on the beach along the Alabama/Florida state line last August, Chesney’s time off the road was spent focusing on the making The Big Revival, which has already yielded the GRAMMY-nominated multiple week #1 “American Kids” and his 26th chart-topper “'Til It’s Gone.”

​With a lot of new music slated for the tour, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year wanted to start things off close to home – and be able to share the new music and new show with old friends--as he says of the decision to start where he lives. As he explains, “Sometimes it seems like Nashville lands where it lands... and it doesn’t stand out. We don’t get to play Nashville very often, and after the inspiration and creativity that went into making this record, I wanted to kick-off The Big Revival Tour in the place the music came together.

​“And the fact that we had to add a second show before we even got the tickets on sale feels like this is going to be an awesome year! To me, it’s about the passion the people who love this music bring. They give us the fuel to really push – and I promise we’re working on creating a really rocking show!”
Due to unprecedented demand, the promoters worked with management to locate as many tickets as possible. Having combed through all the potential seats, several hundred seats with obstructed views are being made available for those hardcore fans who couldn’t get tickets.

​“Anyone who wants to come, we want you to be here with us!” the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” offers. “After a year and a half off since we’ve really been on the road, I think this is going to be one of the shows where the band and I let off a lot of steam. We have new songs to play, a few surprises – and the idea that we want to take The Big Revival, apply music and come away with a whole new attitude about living!”

​The Big Revival Tour is about celebrating life, music, friends, the way you feel and getting to see the show that – for a whole lot of people -- makes summer official.
​Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour is presented by Corona Lite and sponsored by Blue Chair Bay.

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