Miranda Lambert made history and ruled the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (06Apr14), earning three top prizes, including Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. The House That Built Me singer became the only female artist to win the honour five consecutive times, edging out Reba McEntire, who won the award for four successive years, and seven in total.
Lambert also took home the Record of the Year prize for her song Mama's Broken Heart, as well as the Vocal Event of the Year prize for her duet with Keith Urban, We Were Us, which was handed out on the red carpet before the ceremony began.
Country music icon George Strait won the ultimate prize of the night for Entertainer of the Year, beating out Taylor Swift, Lambert, her husband Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. The latter two also co-hosted the event for the second year in a row.
Follow Your Arrow hitmaker Kacey Musgraves followed up her two Grammy wins in February (14) with the Album of the Year award for Same Trailer Different Park, and boasted, "I'm really proud to be a woman representing country music," in her acceptance speech.
For the second year in a row Jason Aldean picked up the Male Vocalist of the Year title, and other winners included The Band Perry (Vocal Group of the Year), Florida Georgia Line (Vocal Duo of the Year), Justin Moore (New Artist of the Year), Lee Brice (Song of the Year for I Drive Your Truck) and Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban (Video of the Year).
Garth Brooks presented veteran singer Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award to mark his 50th anniversary in the industry, and George Strait and Lambert teamed up to sing a medley of his hits, including The Bottle Let Me Down and I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.
The achievement coincided with Haggard's 77th birthday, and Brooks led the entire audience in serenading the singer on his big day.
The ceremony was also filled with stand-out performances, including sets from George Strait, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Toby Keith.
In addition, a number of artists joined forces for special collaborations - Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan teamed up for a pyrotechnics and bicycle stunt show during their performance of This is How We Roll; Tim McGraw was joined by his wife Faith Hill for a duet of Meanwhile; Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum for a rendition of Rihannon, and The Voice stars Shelton and Shakira gave the country night a Latin feel as they reworked her song Medicine.
Prior to Sunday's ceremony, Carrie Underwood was given the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap were handed the Career Achievement Award, and Rascal Flatts were honoured with the Jim Reeves International Award for their success overseas.
The full list of winners is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Album of the Year: Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
Record of the Year: Mama's Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Event of the Year: We Were Us by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
Crystal Milestone Award: Merle Haggard
Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award: Carrie Underwood
Career Achievement Award: Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap
Jim Reeves International Award: Rascal Flatts
Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban picked up the first trophy at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night (06Apr14) - as they walked the red carpet in Las Vegas. Prior to the ceremony's start at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the duo was awarded the Vocal Event of the Year prize for the duet We Were Us.
Lambert, who is nominated for seven ACM Awards, scored her 16th trophy with the win.
The Band Perry kicked off the evening performing their hit Chainsaw, while duo Florida Georgia Line rocked with their tune Stay, Brett Eldredge took the stage with Beat Of The Music and Brad Paisley sang his track River Bank for the first time on TV.
Blake Shelton also took a break from hosting duties to perform his song My Eyes with Gwen Sebastian.
Shelton and co-host Luke Bryan, who are both nominated for the Entertainer of the Year prize, are emceeing the ceremony for the second year in a row.
Singers George Strait, Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert are lining up to salute music legend Merle Haggard at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards. The veteran will be honoured with the Crystal Milestone Award to mark his 50th anniversary in the industry, and Strait and Lambert have signed up to pay tribute with a medley of his hits, including Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down and I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.
Brooks will present the prize to Haggard himself at the ceremony, which will take place in Las Vegas on 6 April (14).
The Band Perry will open the prizegiving, while other performers slated to hit the stage include Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks, as well as the awards show's hosts, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.
Coldplay star Chris Martin is to appear as a guest mentor in the current season of American TV talent show The Voice. The singer will assist all four coaches during the singing competition, beginning 31 March (14).
Martin, who was rumoured to have been in talks to replace Keith Urban on The Voice Australia, will join Miranda Lambert, Aloe Blacc, Jill Scott and The Band Perry among the guest mentors for this season.
The guest stars join coaches Blake Shelton, Usher, Shakira and Adam Levine.
Stevie Nicks will hit the stage with her pals in Lady Antebellum at the upcoming 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The Fleetwood Mac singer and the Need You Now hitmakers became fast friends while working on a TV special together last year (13) and now the quartet will team up again on country music's big night.
They will join Eric Church, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry as performers at the ceremony, which will be staged at the MGM Grant Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 6 April (14).
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Blake Shelton and The Band Perry have been announced as performers at the American Country Music Awards on 6 April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lambert and singer Tim McGraw both lead the pack with seven nominations.
British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been handed the honour of headlining Sir Elton John's Oscars viewing party. The A Team hitmaker will perform at the 22nd annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party on 2 March (14).
Sir Elton says, "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Ed Sheeran to EJAF's Academy Awards Viewing Party. I've been following his work closely ever since I heard his independent EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project. He's an amazing artist, and I know our guests will be thrilled by his performance."
A delighted Sheeran states, "I'm thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar-night party. HIV/AIDS is a huge concern for all young people, and I'm delighted to do my part to raise funds for Elton's vision of a world without AIDS."
Meanwhile, Gordon Ramsay will cook dinner for the guests, including Jim Carrey, Judi Dench, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Heidi Klum, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry and Sharon Stone, and Johnny Dynell has been booked as the house DJ.
Miranda Lambert and Tim Mcgraw will lead the way at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards after scoring seven nominations apiece. The House That Built Me beauty will attempt to defend her title as the Female Vocalist of the Year after taking home the accolade for the past four years; she will compete against Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and double Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, while the star is also in the running for Entertainer of the Year, a category which also features her husband Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Swift and George Strait.
Lambert is also up for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for Mama's Broken Heart, which was co-written by Musgraves, and she has earned a double mention in the Vocal Event of the Year shortlist for her Keith Urban duet We Were Us and Boys 'Round Here with her band Pistol Annies.
Meanwhile, McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom is nominated for Album of the Year, and Highway Don't Care will give Lambert a run for her money in the Single Record, Vocal Event and Video of the Year categories.
The Male Vocalist of the Year honour will be a fight between six-time nominee Urban, Bryan, Lee Brice, Shelton and Jason Aldean, while the acts up for Vocal Duo of the Year include Big & Rich, Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square, and Vocal Group of the Year features Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry.
Bob Dylan has earned his first ACMA nomination for Song of the Year - he wrote Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum's hit Wagon Wheel.
The nominees were announced online by stars including Katy Perry and actress Beth Behrs, and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony on 6 April (14). Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host the prizegiving from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Former Beatles bandmates Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have been added to the star-packed line-up for the Grammy Awards at the end of January (14). Grammy bosses have confirmed the two legends will perform at the ceremony, but have stopped short of commenting on rumours suggesting the two old pals will reunite onstage for a song on music's big night.
Officials are merely stating, "Each will perform".
But McCartney and Starr, who will make his performance debut at the Grammys, will hit the stage together to collect the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work with the Fab Four.
Meanwhile, 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year honouree Carole King and Sara Bareilles will team up for a performance, and nominees Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kacey Musgraves have confirmed spots.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who will also be making their debut at the Grammys, have seven nominations, including Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for The Heist, and Song Of The Year for Same Love.
Kacey Musgraves and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift are up for four awards each.
Previously announced performers include Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar; Lorde; Metallica and Lang Lang, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke and Chicago.
There will also be a "special performance" featuring country legends Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and nominee Blake Shelton.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place on 26 January (14).