June 10, 2013 7:18am EST
Country star Carrie Underwood and her husband had a brush with police on Sunday (09Jun13) when cops pulled over their car for speeding. The singer was travelling with her partner, ice hockey player Mike Fisher, when the car he was driving was pulled over for breaking a 45 miles per hour speed limit.
Underwood brushed off the incident by poking fun at her husband in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Ok... so, Mr. 'I'm gonna star (start) a driving school in Nashville' just got us pulled over for going 56 in a 45. Just sayin (sic)..."
Fisher, who previously boasted of his driving skills on the social networking website, blamed the mishap on the couple's dog, Ace, replying to his wife, "Not my fault Ace had to pee!"
June 05, 2013 4:37pm EST
Carrie Underwood had to keep up with news of the storms that ravaged parts of her home state Oklahoma last month (May13) on Twitter.com and from her mum because she couldn't access TV reports. The country singer, who will dedicate her performance at the CMT Awards on Wednesday night (05Jun13) to the victims of the tornadoes, reveals she was stranded in northern Canada when news of the storm originally came out.
She tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "We didn't have satellite, so I'm reading my Twitter trying to figure out what the heck is happening, talking to my mum.
"It was crazy trying to keep up just reading headlines."
Upon her return to the U.S., Underwood made a $1 million (£645,000) donation to the Red Cross from her tour proceeds, and says, "I'm really glad we were able to donate to the Red Cross and do this (dedication) for the CMT Awards. I think we can all keep putting our heads together and keep making a difference and keep helping people."
June 04, 2013 9:48pm EST
Carrie Underwood is dedicating her performance at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (05Jun13) to the victims of the tornadoes which ripped through her native Oklahoma last month (May13). The singer, who was raised in Checotah, Oklahoma, will be joined by a 24-member church choir as she performs See You Again in memory of those affected by the twisters that devastated large parts of the state and killed dozens of locals.
A giant screen onstage behind Underwood will show viewers how they can make donations to the Red Cross' relief efforts.
After a rehearsal on Monday (03Jun13), Underwood told the Associated Press, "The choir, I've never done that before, and they just kind of take it to a whole ethereal place."
The former American Idol winner, who recently donated $1 million (£645,000) to the Red Cross, also praised residents for their strength and determination, adding, "The people in Oklahoma are really great. Tornado season is something that we're all used to but you can never fully prepare for it. It takes what it wants and it knocks down what it wants and there's nothing you can do about it except just try to be prepared. They're just wonderful people and they're going to rebuild and they're going to bounce back stronger than ever."
The CMT Music Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
June 04, 2013 3:56pm EST
"As far as guys and love go, I take the role of being the guy in the relationship. I don't need a lot. I don't need to talk on the phone. I don't even need to talk every day. I am very happy being by myself. I need to be by myself sometimes." Country star Carrie Underwood insists she's a low-maintenance lover.
June 04, 2013 1:59pm EST
Carrie Underwood's parents refuse to let their daughter spoil them with her millions and have repeatedly turned down her offer to buy them a new house. The Jesus Takes The Wheel singer, who shot to fame after winning American Idol in 2005, admits her mum Carole and father Steve prefer to live the simple life and are quite content staying in the modest Checotah, Oklahoma home where she was raised.
And her dad even scolded her one Christmas when Underwood - who is reportedly worth an estimated $45 million (£29 million) - offered them a $400 (£258) generator as a gift.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "My parents are really great people who want nothing to do with any of this (fame and fortune)."
June 01, 2013 6:56am EST
Olivia Munn, Kristin Chenoweth and Carrie Underwood have offered heartfelt tributes after multiple tornadoes swept through Oklahoma on Friday (31May13), less than two weeks after a deadly twister devastated the state. At least five people were killed when a series of tornadoes hit Oklahoma City and its suburb of Moore, which was previously torn apart on 20 May (13).
The storm system moved northeast on Saturday (01Jun13) as stars including Oklahoma natives Munn, Chenoweth and Underwood took to Twitter.com to reach out to fans affected by the natural disaster.
Munn tweeted, "Hope everyone is okay in Oklahoma... So sorry to the victims and their families of the tornadoes today. My thoughts and prayers are w/ (with) you all," while Chenoweth writes, "My native Oklahoma. I love you," and Underwood adds, "What on earth is up with this weather in OK? Enough already! Praying everyone stays safe and sound..."
Seinfeld star Jason Alexander adds, "Sending love and funds again to Oklahoma. So sorry for your losses," rocker Slash writes, "Hoping for the best, for all the folks in Oklahoma City tonight," and Transformers' Josh Duhamel offers, "Praying for everyone's safety."
Country star Blake Shelton, who pulled in $6 million (£3.9 million) for the tornado relief effort in Oklahoma with a TV fundraiser this week (beg27May13), also assured concerned followers his loved ones in the state are fine, tweeting, "For those asking all my family were safe again tonight. Pray for the ones who weren't as lucky..."
May 29, 2013 11:07pm EST
Singers Miranda Lambert, Reba Mcentire and Usher joined forces with Blake Shelton on Wednesday night (29May13) to help raise funds for the tornado recovery effort in his native Oklahoma. The Honey Bee hitmaker leaped into action last week (begs20May13) to organise the televised Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert after a twister ripped through the state, devastating the city of Moore and leaving at least 24 people dead.
Shelton got proceedings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City underway with a touching rendition of God Gave Me You, followed by performances from Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.
Shelton's wife, Lambert, fought back tears as she highlighted the plight of animals caught up in the natural disaster by belting out The House That Built Me as images of rescued pets were beamed onto the big screens behind the stage, and McEntire reached out to first responders attending the concert to thank them for all their hard work.
She also made a small but poignant change to the lyrics of her Carole King duet, Everyday People, to reflect the tragic disaster of 20 May (13), singing, "They headed south... But not for sun/To Oklahoma where the storms had been", while Vince Gill dedicated Threatened Me With Heaven to the memory of the "24 people who didn't make it".
Shelton also called on pals Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and Toby Keith to record video messages urging fans to dig deep and donate to non-profit organisation the United Way, with country couple Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks reminding viewers just how close thousands more locals came to facing death.
They said, "Sixteen minutes. That's the only warning these people had from the time the warning signs went off to when the tornado hit the ground. Sixteen minutes.
"It's gonna take time to recover and rebuild in Oklahoma but recover and rebuild, we will. And you can help speed that along with your donation. United Way is taking donations that are gonna be directly distributed to communities affected... It's gonna stay right here for the people that need it. Make that donation now... As Oklahomans, we're asking."
Shelton closed the show by teaming up with his The Voice co-star Usher for a heartwarming performance of Home, before making one last plea for funds: "I wanna thank all my friends who helped out tonight, but most of all, I wanna thank you at home, who took time out of your lives to join us for Healing in the Heartland and remember anything you can do to donate, will have an impact.
"To the people of Oklahoma, you're in our hearts."
May 28, 2013 2:37pm EST
Pop stars Hanson are donating all proceeds from their new beer-branded merchandise to the tornado relief effort in their home state of Oklahoma. The Mmmbop hitmakers' booze, MmmHops, won't go on sale until the autumn (13), but brothers Taylor, Isaac and Zac Hanson have helped to design brand-related merchandise to raise money for the American Red Cross to help the community in the city of Moore as locals recover from the twister which swept through the area on 20 May, killing at least 24 people and destroying homes and buildings.
Singer Taylor Hanson says, "The tragedy hits close to home, especially since this community was among the first places our band performed together... We are hopeful that the proceeds we can galvanise will play a lasting role in the recovery efforts.
"We have loved bringing people together around music for the last 21 years, and Mmmbop, which inspired the beer's name, is a song about holding onto the friends and moments that count. We want to use this opportunity to make the release of Mmmhops one of those moments".
Hanson, who debuted bottles of MmmHops at The Hangover Part III premiere afterparty in Los Angeles last week (20May13), created the beer with tastemakers at Oklahoma craft beer firm Mustang Brewing and will officially launch the beverage in conjunction with their 21st anniversary Anthem World Tour later this year (13).
The siblings are the latest native stars to raise funds for Oklahoma's tornado recovery effort - Carrie Underwood has donated $1 million (£645,000) to the Red Cross, while fellow country singer Blake Shelton is staging an all-star benefit concert in the state on Wednesday (29May13).
May 27, 2013 3:36pm EST
Pop star Joe Jonas spent America's Memorial Day weekend (24-26May13) helping tornado survivors in Moore, Oklahoma pick up the pieces following last week's (20May13) storm disaster. At least 24 people were killed when a massive twister swept through the area on 20 May, destroying homes and levelling buildings, including two elementary schools.
Multiple celebrities offered their prayers and support on Twitter.com, with some donating money to relief funds, but the Burnin' Up hitmaker actually signed on to help volunteers by hopping on a plane and working alongside charity bosses at Convoy of Hope.
He tells CNN.com, "It's heartbreaking to see personal items that probably meant so much to them (tornado victims) and hearing that you only have minutes to leave your house, I can't even imagine... Just even taking a glimpse (around), it's devastating. It's very sad.
"It is a little bit encouraging to see how many people are around just helping with whatever they can. It's kind of a beautiful thing to see people coming together."
The 23 year old isn't the only artist helping to provide aid to those hardest hit by the tornado - Carrie Underwood has donated $1 million (£645,000) to the Red Cross' relief effort, while country singer Blake Shelton is staging an all-star benefit relief concert in the state on Wednesday (29May13), and Toby Keith went home to Moore last week (ends24May13) to tour the town with a TV camera crew.
May 27, 2013 9:53am EST
Nathan Followill, Bret Michaels and Kiss are among the stars who have saluted America's troops on the country's Memorial Day (27May13). A number of famous faces have spoken out to pay tribute to U.S. soldiers and urge fellow Americans to properly observe Monday's (27May13) holiday, which commemorates the contribution of servicemen and women.
Poison star Michaels performed at the Indianapolis 500 event in Speedway, Indiana on Friday (24May13) and brought three serving soldiers on stage with him to receive applause from the crowd, and he was open in his appreciation for them in a post on his Twitter.com page on Monday, writing, "I'll never forget the continued sacrifices our troops make to protect our freedom. Respect. Appreciation."
Fellow rockers KISS, who are big supporters of military charities, posted a statement on their official website urging fans not to forget the real meaning of Memorial Day.
It reads, "As Americans we need to remember that the day we see as a holiday is actually a time to pay tribute and remember all the brave members of the Armed Forces fighting on our behalf, facing the ultimate sacrifice daily. KISS remembers and honors all our brave soldiers lost in all wars and prays for the safe return of all those fighting now."
Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack adds in a post on Twitter.com, "I hope every1 (sic) is having a gr8 (great) Memorial Day weekend. However we must not forget what this day actually stands for. Take a minute to reflect," and Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill writes, "Thank you to all who have served, sacrificed & are currently serving in our armed forces. Happy Memorial Day. Proud of my grandpa. Korean War."
Billy Ray Cyrus writes, "Pray for our troops today... give thanks for our Veterans" and fellow country star Alan Jackson offers, "On this Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces."
Other stars to have sent out Memorial Day messages in support of U.S. troops include Carrie Underwood, the Jonas Brothers, Mia Farrow, Nick Lachey, Darius Rucker, Rose McGowan and Patricia Arquette.