Country star Reba Mcentire will be the recipient of the first NASH Icon Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on 15 December (14). The singer/actress will be saluted by her daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, who will perform covers of her hits during the show at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kix Brooks, who will present McEntire with her latest accolade, says, "Besides being one of the classiest people to ever grace Nashville, Tennessee, Reba has not just done it her way, but she's gotten all of her recognition the old fashioned way.
"She's earned it and I've been blessed with the opportunity to tour with her dragging 21 trucks and 19 busses around, and to hear her sing by the campfire. Besides being a talented actor and host, she is seriously one of the best singers I've ever heard. Reba sings with her head, her heart and that amazing voice. She's a treasure Nashville should forever be grateful for."
When A Child Is Born singer Johnny Mathis had a Christmas to remember thanks to a new duet with Jim Brickman. The song, Sending You a Little Christmas, helped Mathis enjoy his highest-placing Adult Contemporary Chart hit in America since Too Much, Too Little, Too Late hit number one in 1978.
The tune was Mathis' 50th hit on the U.S. countdown.
The crooner teamed up with singers like Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Vince Gill and Susan Boyle for his new festive duets album, Sending You a Little Christmas.
Robin Thicke and Jennifer Hudson will be among the stars ringing in 2014 on TV in America on 31 December (13) after signing on to co-headline the Los Angeles segment of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest. The singers will join Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy and Enrique Iglesias on the bill as new mum Fergie helps TV host and media mogul Seacrest countdown the beginning of the new year.
Miley Cyrus has scored her first number one in the U.K. singles chart with her party song We Can't Stop. The pop superstar ends Swedish DJ Avicii's three-week reign at the top of the countdown - his Wake Me Up slips to two, while British rapper Tinie Tempah enters at three with his 2 Chainz collaboration, Trampoline.
Meanwhile, classical singers Richard and Adam Johnson, who rose to fame on reality TV show Britain's Got Talent, hold on to pole position in the U.K. albums chart with The Impossible Dream, fending off competition from The Civil Wars' self-titled release, which is new at two.
The folk duo received a big boost in sales thanks to a simple Twitter.com post from soul singer Adele, who recently urged her 16 million followers to buy the band's new record.
Swedish DJ Avicii has scored a third week at the top of the British singles chart - his Wake Me Up has held off a charge from soul singer John Newman, while Robin Thicke's Blurred lines is unmoved at three on the new countdown. Welsh classical singers Richard and Adam Johnson claimed the number one on the album chart with their debut The Impossible Dream. The pair finished third in the Britain's Got Talent TV contest.
Bruce Willis has vowed never to relaunch his singing career, insisting his vocals are "excruciating". The Die Hard actor enjoyed a brief run as a chart star in the late 1980s, reaching number two in the U.K. singles countdown with a cover of Under The Boardwalk and scoring a top five hit in the U.S. with his version of soul classic Respect Yourself.
However, Willis is adamant he will never return to the recording studio as he cannot stand the sound of his own voice.
Asked if he ever plans to make more music, Willis tells British newspaper the Yorkshire Post, "Fortunately not. I shout in key. There are a lot of really good singers in the world and I'm very happy to let them handle that. I just can't stand there and stand the sound of my own voice. It's excruciating."
TV titan Oprah Winfrey has topped a list of Hollywood's most powerful celebrities. The former talk show host, who now runs her own TV network, beat singer Lady Gaga to the top spot on Forbes magazine's 2013 Celebrity 100 list.
Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com says, "There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and power. There are only three people who have been on every single one of our lists since 1999. It is Oprah, Howard Stern and Steven Spielberg... She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix."
Gaga was runner-up in the power countdown and Oscar-winning director Spielberg was third, followed by singers Madonna and Beyonce rounding out the top five.
Last year's (12) number one, Jennifer Lopez, fell to 12th place, and singer Taylor Swift was a newcomer at six.
Publication editors make their picks based on money earned and global fame.
The results are in! After 14 weeks of competition, America has finally crowned the winner of The Voice Season Three. So, did Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, or Nicholas David take the title?
Pope is your Season Three The Voice champion. For the first time in the NBC singing competition's history, a woman won. Pope was overcome with emotion after her win. "I feel amazing," she told host Carson Daly before thanking the fans and crew of the show. David came in third, while McDermott was runner-up.
The two-hour finale was jam-packed with performances from former finalists to pop music superstars. Rihanna and Bruno Mars each played their new singles ("Diamonds" and "If I Was Your Man," respectively), while Kelly Clarkson, The Killers, Avril Lavigne, Peter Frampton and more joined the three finalists for duets. The four judges, Christina Aguilera, Ceelo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine, performed together for the last time before Aguilera and Green leave to tour (both are sitting out for Season Four).
The two runners-up didn't walk away empty-handed: each of the top three singers were awarded a brand-new Kia. Not bad for a parting gift!
What did you think of what Carson Daly called "literally the best season yet"? Did the right person win?
P.S. How much did you love the first promo with new judges Shakira and Usher joining Shelton and Levine? It actually makes total sense that the only song that would unite the four very different artists is "Total Eclipse of the Heart," because that song is amazing.
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All of country music's biggest and brightest stars gathered in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for a night of celebration at the 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on Thursday. Led by intrepid hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, the ceremony was a night to remember — filled with heartfelt speeches, bring-down-the-house performances, and adorable Southern accents. (Not yours, Hayden Panettiere. Yours is fake.)
But even with all the hootin' and hollerin', beltin', twangin' and general camaraderie, not everyone was able to walk away a winner last night. Some, like Taylor Swift, left empty-handed. And, as some songs and some singers are named better than others, so it goes with the broadcast. Like a prized cherry pie at a county fair, some moments were simply more delicious than all the others.
Here's a countdown of the top five moments from Thursday's CMA Awards:
5. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley's Stylish Opening
Underwood and Paisley kicked off what would be a very successful hosting job with a few cracks at their fellow country stars before cashing in on the popularity of this year's biggest viral dance craze. Underwood gets mad props for pulling off those moves in sky-high heels.
4. Taylor Swift's Heartfelt Performance
She may not have walked away with a trophy this year, but Swift's presence was certainly felt throughout the broadcast. From Underwood and Paisley's breakup ditty in the opening moments to Miranda Lambert's shout-out during her acceptance speech for Female Vocalist of the Year, Swift was on everyone's mind. And when she literally took the spotlight for a rendition of her new single, "Begin Again," she reminded everyone just how much heart goes into each one of her songs.
3. Willie Nelson Tribute
At awards shows, the tribute performances are guaranteed to simultaneously get the waterworks flowing and bring down the house. This year's tribute to country legend Willie Nelson was certainly no exception. Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill all performed Nelson's classics before the man himself took to the stage for "On the Road Again."
2. Kelly Clarkson Goes Full Country
Welcome to country music, Kelly. Try not to make everyone else look bad, will ya?
1. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Make Everyone Cry
Shelton and Lambert just ooze love — for one another and for music — as they take the stage to accept their award for Song of the Year. Lambert can't stop crying as Shelton tells a touching story about his deceased brother and father. Can someone pass the tissues?
Bonus: Miranda Lambert's Acceptance Speech
It's possible that Lambert's acceptance speech for Female Vocalist of the Year, in which she names why each of the other nominees may have deserved the award more than she, is even more adorable than her joint speech with Shelton. Her humility is infinitely appealing.
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The Olympic torch is expected to reach London this weekend (21Jul12).
It will feature prominently in the opening ceremony of the Games on 27 July (12).
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