Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician b...
Bon Jovi star Richie Sambora added some rock 'n' roll to the 2014 CMA Music Fest by performing with the Zac Brown Band on Sunday night (08Jun14). The group headlined the final night of the country music event at the LP Field stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, following performances from the genre's biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley, across the four-day festival.
Zac Brown's group gave the audience a night to remember by bringing out special guest Sambora during the set to perform Bon Jovi's huge hit Wanted Dead Or Alive.
The guitarist said after the show, "What a blast playing with my brother Zac Brown. Nashville has always welcomed me with open arms, and it was incredible to jump on stage and feel the energy of that amazing crowd."
Singer Keith Urban discovered he had just won Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 Country Music Association Awards while he was in rehab battling addictions to drugs and alcohol. The country star checked in for treatment after his wife Nicole Kidman and some close friends staged an intervention - and while in rehab he tasted the highs and lows of life on the same evening.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I had gone to bed and I remember a guy coming in and saying, 'You just won something. Male vocalist? CMAs or something?' And I was like, 'Really?'
"He said, 'Yeah, off to bed', and shut the door. I just lay there in the dark, going, 'How weird is this?'"
Country star Keith Urban has revealed his actress wife Nicole Kidman staged an intervention alongside his closest friends when she realised she was losing her husband to addiction. In a candid new interview, the Australian singer tells Rolling Stone magazine he entered rehab shortly after he wed Kidman in 2006 to battle drug and alcohol issues after his wife told him it was time to seek help.
He says, "I didn’t give a s**t about anything except turning a corner in my life and doing whatever it took for that.
"I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me. I had a tight group of friends around me for the intervention. And off I went."
Heaping praise on the Oscar winner, Urban adds, "I have a wife who is just from another planet. She is so celestial. I say that I was born into her. That is the best way I can describe how I feel about her and us.
"There’s a fearlessness about Nic. It’s funny, it’s not a fearlessness, it’s a willingness to face it anyway... I think she’s helped me shed some of my limitations. That’s very liberating creatively."
And Urban admits he's often at a loss for words when he watches his wife acting - because he could never do what she does: "I love that she wants to bring them (characters) to life and present a new way to look at them. The reason I could never act is I’m terrified of looking stupid or failing in some way and it’s something I’m really trying to work through.
"She doesn’t have that sense of having to please people as much as just be a true artist. I love that about her.
"She doesn’t mind failing at stuff to get to the place where it works. I don’t even know if she can do anything and feel silly or awkward. She’s not wired that way."
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan were crowned the kings of the 2014 CMT Music Awards after they each took home two trophies at the TV network's annual prizegiving on Wednesday (05Jun14). Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard earned prizes for Duo Video of the Year as well as Collaborative Video of the Year for This is How We Roll featuring Bryan.
The Drunk On You hitmaker landed a second award, CMT Performance of the Year, for a separate duet with Lionel Richie thanks to their Oh No/All Night Long set from the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year TV special.
The trio dominated the show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from the start of the ceremony, when they were joined by ZZ Top and R&B star Jason Derulo to sing and dance to a mash-up of his song Talk Dirty and Florida Georgia Line's This is How We Roll to kick off the programme.
It was also a big night for Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert, who won the Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year, respectively. This is the second year in a row in which the trio has taken the top honours.
The ceremony, which was hosted by three-time emcee Kristen Bell, also included sets from Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town.
John Legend sang a special version of his hit All of Me arranged by Hunter Hayes, while Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles joined in with vocals, and Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves took on Alan Jackson's Livin on Love just before Underwood presented him with the first-ever CMT Impact Award.
The top winners are:
Video of the Year - See You Again by Carrie Underwood
Female Video of the Year - Automatic by Miranda Lambert
Male Video of the Year - Doin' What She Likes by Blake Shelton
Group Video of the Year - Done by The Band Perry
Duo Video of the Year - Round Here by Florida Georgia Line
Breakthrough Video of the Year - Wasting All These Tears by Cassadee Pope
Collaborative Video of the Year - This is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
CMT Performance of the Year - Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie for Oh No/All Night Long from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year
CMT Impact Award - Alan Jackson
American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. performed together for the first time during the U.S. talent show's star-studded season finale. The 13th season of the singing competition came to an end on Wednesday night (21May14) and to celebrate the crowning of a new winner, the trio, alongside former judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson, joined forces to sing a medley, marking the first time in the show's history that all the judges took the stage to perform together.
With Connick Jr. on the piano, Urban on guitar, Jackson on bass, and Lopez providing vocals, the supergroup sang a mash-up of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors and Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way. Earlier in the show, Lopez took the stage solo to perform her latest single, First Love.
The night was filled with other superstar performances, including sets from KISS, Demi Lovato, Paramore, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, and season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, who all shared the stage with this season's finalists.
In another Idol first, host Ryan Seacrest showed off his vocal skills by belting out Richard Marx's hit Right Here Waiting, and was joined by Marx himself for a memorable duet.
Caleb Johnson, 23, who had previously auditioned for the programme twice before, was named this year's (14) American Idol, beating 17-year-old Jena Irene to the title.
Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Robin Thicke and Jennifer Lopez were among the big winners at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14), each taking home top honours. The SexyBack hitmaker, who is currently on his world tour, emerged victorious in a total of seven categories, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist, while he also claimed the title for Top Billboard 200 Album for The 20/20 Experience.
Imagine Dragons and Robin Thicke were also multiple winners on the night, while Lorde had double the reason to celebrate as she was named Top New Artist and her hit Royals earned her the Top Rock Song prize. It was also a big night for Jennifer Lopez, who opened the Las Vegas ceremony by joining Pitbull and Claudia Leitte to perform their official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer anthem, We Are One (Ole Ola).
She returned to the stage almost three hours later to close the show with her new song First Love as she was feted with the Icon Award by pal Ricky Martin and rapper Iggy Azalea, while video tributes from the likes of Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Cameron Diaz, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige were shown on a big screen. She grew emotional as she gave thanks to her friends, family and key colleagues and she wrapped up her acceptance speech by addressing all the youngsters watching the awards on TV, telling them, "Have faith, think big, dream big and know that anything is possible. You never know where you might end up. Thank you, I love you."
Other show highlights included Ricky Martin's energetic Vida and Lorde's first TV rendition of her new single Tennis Court. There was also a pre-taped Birthday surprise from Katy Perry, who recorded a segment from her recent gig in Newcastle, England, where she plucked a real birthday girl from the audience and serenaded her onstage, for the awards show, while footage from Miley Cyrus' concert in Manchester, England last week (14May14), when she sang a cover of the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, also aired.
The main list of winners at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, presented by rapper Ludacris, is as follows:
Top Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top New Artist - Lorde
Top Male Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Female Artist - Katy Perry
Top Duo/Group - Imagine Dragons
Top Touring Artist - Bon Jovi
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Billboard 200 Album - Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top Hot 100 Artist - Imagine Dragons
Top Hot 100 Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Radio Songs Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top Radio Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Digital Songs Artist - Katy Perry
Top Digital Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist - Miley Cyrus
Top Streaming Song (Audio) - Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
Top Streaming Song (Video) - Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball
Top Christian Artist - Chris Tomlin
Top Christian Song - Matthew West, Hello, My Name Is
Top Christian Album - Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Volume II
Top Country Artist - Luke Bryan
Top Country Song - Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, Cruise
Top Country Album - Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Top Dance/Electronic Album - Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Top Latin Artist - Marc Anthony
Top Latin Song - Marc Anthony, Vivir Mi Vida
Top Latin Album - Marc Anthony, 3.0
Top R&B Artist - Justin Timberlake
Top R&B Song - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top R&B Album - Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top Rap Artist - Eminem
Top Rap Song - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Top Rap Album - Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Top Rock Artist - Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Song - Lorde, Royals
Top Rock Album - Imagine Dragons,
Night Visions Milestone Award - Carrie Underwood
Icon Award - Jennifer Lopez.
Country star Keith Urban took a framed picture of his wife Nicole Kidman onto the set of American Idol on Wednesday (14May14) as he was devastated to be missing the premiere of her new movie at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The singer was unable to accompany his partner to the red carpet unveiling of her Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco at the famous movie event due to his filming commitments with the U.S. reality TV show.
However, he kept Kidman in mind throughout the shoot by placing a framed picture of her on the judges' table.
During the show, he told the audience, "My wife is at the Cannes Film Festival tonight and it's heartbreaking I can't be there. This (picture) is her on the red carpet as of tonight, so I'm going to pretend she's here and that I'm there all at the same time. It's the one night I couldn't be there."
Harry Connick, Jr. has confirmed he'll be returning as an American Idol judge.
The crooner joined the show this year (14) alongside a returning Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, and just a day after the Jenny From the Block star announced she was hopeful that all three judges would be back for the next season of the TV talent contest, Connick, Jr. has revealed he's in.
Appearing on U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday (14May14), he said, "I'll be back," when quizzed about his plans for Idol.
“The plan is to all come back... Everything has gone great this year... The finale’s coming up, it’s been going great. We love each other, the chemistry is good, the ratings are climbing back up. It’s a good time. I love the show.” Jennifer Lopez is keen to return as an American Idol judge alongside Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban.
Parents-to-be Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have bought a new Beverly Hills mansion, which they plan to turn into a family home. The Hollywood couple paid over $10 million (GBP6.25 million) for the sprawling estate, according to RealEstalker.com.
Kutcher and Kunis will now call Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Ziggy Marley, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban neighbours.
Actress Kunis finally confirmed reports suggesting she was engaged and pregnant during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week (ends09May14).
Performed in Philadelphia in July 2005 for the U.S. leg of the Live 8 concerts in support of African debt relief.
Began playing a ukulele at age 3, guitar at 6 and was winning country-music talent shows by 8.
Posed naked with his guitar in the April 2001 issue of Playgirl magazine.
Moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992 and formed the three-man band the Ranch before developing his solo career.
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician began winning talent shows Down Under at age 8. As a teen, he continued to hone his skills, adding a rock-and-roll edge to his music. During the '90s he was an Oz chart-topper but in 1997 he relocated to Tennessee, founded a trio called The Ranch and caught the attention of the country community. Although an addiction to cocaine in the '90s threatened to derail his career, Urban went straight, and all that was left of his bad-boy days were his motorcycle, scruffy facial hair and rebel attitude. In 1999 he went solo, playing for the likes of The Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks before releasing his eponymous hit album. Over the years he stayed in the spotlight due to his prolific output, good looks (his naked photos in Playgirl firmly established him as a sex symbol) and a high-profile romance with Hollywood A-lister and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman. The two made it official in June 2006.
Attended Caboolture State High School, Caboolture, Queensland, Australia