Carrie Underwood has performed in front of millions of people over the last several years, but she admits she is a bit anxious about taking the stage on Sunday (April 1st) to debut her new hit single, "Good Girl," on the ACM Awards. She tells us: "I'm sure I will be nervous before, 'cause I'm always nervous before award shows, you know? ACMs will be no different. I am performing new music, but I bet it'll be the same amount of nervousness performing 'Good Girl' there. At least they've heard it on the radio for a bit now and kind of know what to expect, but this is definitely a rockin' song, and I just want my first television performance of the song to be awesome. So, I am gonna be nervous. It means I care."
In addition to performing, Carrie is up for two awards -- Female Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year with Brad Paisley for their chart-topping hit, "Remind Me."
The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards airs live from Las Vegas on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
"Good Girl" the first single from Carrie's upcoming album, called Blown Away.
The CD is due in stores on May 1st.
The ACM Awards will take place this coming Sunday (April 1st) in Las Vegas, and Rascal Flatts is looking forward to being there, not only as nominees for Vocal Group of the Year, but as performers.
Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus tell us: (Gary) "Yeah, I mean I think it's cool the ACM's are out in Las Vegas and I think it's great. I think, you know, it's like country's taking over West Coast for a few days, you know. So it's a blast and it's a different environment, a different setting and it's been a really, really cool thing I think to have out there. You know, we look forward to it every year and we've been blessed enough to be honored again this year with a nomination. So you know, we'll see how it turns out. But we're excited about going. It's a tough place to sing though if you're there for a few days, cause it's so dry you know. (Jay) Nose bleeds. (Gary) Yeah, it gets pretty brutal."
Rascal Flatts will released their new CD, Changed, on April 3rd.
The album features their current hit single, "Banjo."
Rascal Flatts - Changed, the documentary, will be shown in movie theaters across the country on April 5th for one night only.
People Country magazine has named Blake Shelton "Country's Hottest Guy" in the new issue, which goes on sale today (Friday, March 30th).
Blake said, "I think it's funny, because there is nothing about me, if I was a girl, that I would think is sexy."
Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, begs to differ, saying, "When you see him, he's obviously very tall and striking, but the minute he opens his mouth and starts talking to you, he makes you smile. That's what made me think, 'Oh my gosh, this guy is awesome.'"
Other "hot" singers included in the issue are Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban.
The magazine also includes exclusive photos from the surprise wedding of Lady Antebellum'sHillary Scott.
Blake will co-host the ACM Awards with Reba on Sunday (April 1st) on CBS.
He is nominated for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Luke Bryan is thrilled to not only perform on Sunday (April 1st) night's ACM Awards, but he's pretty excited about taking part in the CBS-TV special, Lionel Richie and Friends - In Concert, which will tape on Monday (April 2nd) in Las Vegas.
Luke tells us he was a little starstruck when he first met one of his all-time favorites, with whom he will perform on Monday night. "I'm doing (sings) 'We were running with the night.' So, yeah, I just recently got to meet, well, not meet for the first time. I met him at the CMAs. He walked up and said, 'Hey Luke!' I mean I almost hit the floor backstage. But for CRS, I had the opportunity to sing with him and meet him. And, we had our fingers crossed certainly to be part of the Lionel Richie tribute thing, and he is by far in my top three most influential songwriters and artists of all time."
The other two are George Strait and Alabama's Randy Owen.
Lionel Richie and Friends - In Concert will air on CBS on April 13th.
Luke is climbing the country charts with his latest single "Drunk on You."
Luke continues on Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party tour on April 6th in Jackson, Mississippi.
Chris Young goes into Sunday's (April 1st) ACM Awards with two nominations and a performance slot. He's up for for Single Record of the Year for his Number One hit, "Tomorrow," as well as earning his first inclusion in the Male Vocalist of the Year category.
Chris tells us that if by chance he should win, he'll be totally unprepared to give a speech. "If my name got called for either one of those, one: I have no idea what I'm gonna say, 'cause I refuse to . . . I think that's almost like jinxin' it, just like if you make up a speech, so I'll probably look like a complete idiot if they do, 'cause I'll have no idea what to say. And then, two: my flight for the next day will definitely change. We're not flyin' out of Vegas at 6 in the mornin'!" (laughs)The Academy of Country Music Awards air on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
He heads back out on the On Fire tour with Miranda Lambert on April 12th in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Chris' brand new single is "Neon," the title track of his latest album.
Earlier this week, he celebrated his fifth consecutive Number One hit, "You."
The ACM Awards on Sunday (April 1st) will include several unexpected duets by Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton & Lionel Richie, Rascal Flatts & Steve Martin, andToby Keith with surprise Las Vegas guest performers.
Blake & Lionel will team up for "You Are," their collaboration on Lionel's new Tuskegee album.
Rascal Flatts will perform their hit, "Banjo," accompanied by actor, comedian and skilled banjo player, Steve Martin.
Toby will perform his big hit, "Red Solo Cup," along with some surprise guests.
The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, and Little Big Town.
Kenny Chesney has revealed the title and cover art for his new album, Welcome To The Fishbowl, out June 19th. Welcome To The Fishbowl will be Kenny's 13th studio album, and the follow up to his 2010 release Hemingway's Whiskey.
George Jones was admitted to a Nashville hospital yesterday (Thursday, March 29th) suffering from an upper respiratory infection. He was expected to remain under a doctor's care for observation last night and will be released today (Friday, March 30th).
Earl Scruggs' funeral will be held on Sunday (April 1st) at 2 p.m. CT at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The family will receive friends today (Friday, March 30th) and Saturday (March 31st) between the hours of 3 and 7 at Spring Hill Funeral Home in Nashville.
Q. Other than Nashville, where does Billy Currington live part of the year? A. Hawaii
Friday, March 30th
ON THE TUBE
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings) Chris Young
CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET) Rascal Flatts
THE TALK/CBS 2:00PM (ET) Reba
TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 9:00PM (ET) Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO/NBC 11:35PM (ET) Alan Jackson
PETER FACINELLI FILES FOR DIVORCE: Peter Facinelli has officially filed for divorce from Jennie Garth after 11 years of marriage. People magazine reported that the Twilight star filed papers in court on Wednesday (March 28th), citing "irreconcilable differences" and seeking joint custody of their three daughters. According to the documents, the couple separated in January, three months before announcing their split. The two are parents to Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and Fiona, 5.
PATRICK DEMPSEY IS DEATH HOAX VICTIM: Patrick Dempsey is alive and well. Although "RIP Patrick Dempsey" became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter on Thursday -- it was just the latest celebrity death hoax. His rep confirmed that the actor is alive.
BRADLEY COOPER DUMPED ZOE: Bradley Cooper is reported the one who called off his relationship with Zoe Saldana. A source told E! News, "They broke up last week. He dumped her, he just doesn't want to be in a relationship at the moment." The couple had been dating for three months.
JIM CARREY GETTING ENGAGED? Jim Carrey is reportedly planning to propose to his girlfriend, 30-year-old Russian student Anastasia Vitkina. A source told Star magazine, "Jim is going to propose! He's absolutely crazy about Anastasia and couldn't be happier." The insider added that Anastasia is "really smart, but what he likes best about her is her sense of humor. She makes him laugh -- (Ex-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy) would drive him to tears."
'ACHORMAN' SEQUEL IS HAPPENING: A sequel to Anchorman is in the works. Dressed as his character Ron Burgandy, Will Ferrell announced the news on Conan, declaring, "As of 0900 Mountain Time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel to Anchorman. "It is official! There will be a sequel to Anchorman. There will be a sequel." EW.com reported that Steve Carell and Paul Rudd will reprise their roles, but it's unclear if Christina Applegate will be back.
KATIE COURIC TO GUEST-HOST 'GMA': Katie Couric is teaming up with her old rival. ABC announced that Couric -- who is coming out with a daytime show on the network later this year -- will be guest-hosting Good Morning America next week. Couric rose to fame as the co-host of NBC's Today, where she worked for 15 years. After leaving Today in 2006, Couric anchored the CBS Evening Newsbefore departing last year. Beginning on Monday, Couric will sub for Robin Roberts alongside George Stephanopoulos.
'BONES' RENEWED: Fox has renewed Bones for an eighth season. On Thursday, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly announced, "Over the past seven seasons, [executive producers] Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and the incredible Bones cast and crew have redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility and I'm really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season." The show aired on a shorter schedule this year to accommodate star Emily Deschanel's pregnancy.
'OFFICE' STAR GETS NEW SHOW: Kate Flannery, best known as Meredith from The Office, has landed a new job. The actress scored her own standup series, StandUp In Stilletos for TV Guide, which will begin airing in June.
'STAR WARS' IS DONE: The Stars Wars franchise is over. George Lucas indicated to TMZ.com that despite fan wishes, there will be no further installments of the franchise.
Charlie Sheen appeared on the Today show Thursday morning, where he reflected on the meltdown that led to him getting fired from Two and a Half Men a year ago. The actor, who is now in production on a new sitcom, admitted that looking back on his behavior is embarrassing.
Charlie told Matt Lauer that he was considering making a documentary about his Torpedo of Truth Tour, but changed his mind after watching the footage. He explained, "It was a little cringable, yeah, because I didn't recognize parts of who that guy was. I meant the verbage and him looking like an insane wordsmith was fine, but it was it was a trip down. . . (Matt) Is it weird to look back and experience what seems like an outer body experience? (Charlie) Yeah, it is. I just wish it was someone else's body."
As for what prompted his return to TV? Charlie said, "I think I mentioned to you, I couldn't have the 'Two and a Half Men' thing be my television legacy... I couldn't have it end on that note. So if this is going to be the swan song, it's got to be a beautiful experience. And so far, eight days [shooting "Anger Management"] was more fun than eight years."
Sheen also admitted that he does still drink, but not often, which is why he was intoxicated at a recent concert.
Ryan Seacrest managed to fit elbow surgery into his busy schedule this week. The American Idol host visited "Ellatraj the elbow guy" after Wednesday night's taping for "a procedure."
He explained on the radio Thursday morning, "I had a probe stuck into my right elbow. I'm not [a robot] . . . [but] they went in with a tiny little probe and they scraped some scar tissue from the tendon, cause I tore the tendon from working out."
Seacrest was wide awake for the procedure, which he described as "very easy and practically noninvasive."
CAMILA ALVES AND MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LIVING A MARRIED LIFE
Camila Alves says that life isn't going to change much after she and longtime love Matthew McConaughey tie the knot. The couple, who have two children together, Levi, 3, and Vida, 2, announced their engagement in December.
Alves told ET Canada, "We've been living a married life for over six years now. We have homes together, we have family together, we have kids, we've built a life together. So, we've been living a married life this whole time."
The model, 30, did admit that the children will enjoy their marriage. She explained, "I think it's great for the kids. Levi actually understands what it means now that Mama's going to have the same last name as they have, so that's neat."
She reflected on the state of modern relationships, saying, "A lot of people, sometimes they're so stuck on 'I gotta get married, I gotta get married.' They forget that the really important thing . . . is to have a healthy home, a healthy family, a healthy environment for your kids and to have everything going in a good, peaceful way."
Camila claims they haven't set a wedding date, noting that they're "enjoying being engaged."
Last Night (March 29th) on American Idol, the top 9 was reduced to 8 as Heejun Han was eliminated.
At the top of the show, Steven Tyler mentioned his new tour with Aerosmith called the Global Warming Tour. Guest performances included Nicki Minaj who sang "Starships" and the return of Season 10 winnerScotty McCreery performing his song "Water Tower Town".
America's vote placed Hollie Cavanagh in the bottom three along withHan and Skylar Laine. Skylar and Hollie were safe, leaving Heejun to sing for the judges' save. His performance of "A Song For You" did not convince the judges to use it and he was eliminated.
Opening today (March 30th) is the new fantasy film, Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Sean Bean and Mare Winningham. The film, a retelling of Snow White, follows Snow White, played by Collins, as she and the seven dwarves team up to fight and take back her kingdom from the evil queen, played by Roberts.
Mirror Mirror is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.
BUDGET BATTLE MOVES TO U.S. SENATE: The House of Representatives yesterday passed a $3.6 trillion budget backed by the Republican majority. The budget now moves to the Senate, where it has zero chance of passage, as the Senate is dominated by Democrats. The budget includes sweeping tax cuts, and pays for them by slashing spending on Medicare, Medicaid and other domestic programs.
The budget has a future, of sorts: It is expected to be used by both parties in this year's election campaigning to underscore the differences in their approaches to federal spending.
The real crunch will come immediately after the elections, when Congress has to do something. Actually, the U.S. government can operate without a budget. But if Congress does nothing, the tax cuts approved under President George W. Bush will expire automatically. Billions of dollars in spending cuts also will go into effect automatically, triggered by a super-committee recommendation.
ROMNEY PICKS UP TWO ENDORSEMENTS: Former President George H.W. Bush and Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio yesterday endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee. Rubio, a rising star among conservatives, said he hopes to avoid an ugly floor fight at the Republican convention in Tampa. The senior President Bush said he and former first lady Barbara Bush "fully and enthusiastically endorse and support our old friend" Mitt Romney.
MEGA MILLIONS CLOCK IS TICKING: Tonight's the night. Or, at least, it might be the night that somebody wins a record $540 million Mega Millions jackpot. Tickets will be on sale for $1 each until 15 minutes before the drawing at 11 PM ET today. (Of course, the more tickets that are sold the greater the chances are of multiple winners splitting the pot.)
Want to know what your chances of winning are? According to The Los Angeles Times, you are 19 times as likely to be struck by lightning twice; 33 times as likely to be killed by bees in the next year, and 40 times as likely to be dealt five blackjacks in a row.
FOXCONN VOWS FACTORY REFORMS: The owner of factories in China that make products for Apple and many other American companies violates the basic rights of its workers, according to a report issued by an independent watchdog group hired by Apple to investigate. More than 60% of the workers at three Foxconn factories say their wages fall short of their basic needs, the report from the Fair Labor Association says. Monthly salaries range from about $358 a month in U.S. dollars to about $455.
In response, Foxconn pledged to significantly increase wages and curtail long work hours at its plants.
A company statement said Apple will continue to work toward "raising the bar for manufacturing companies everywhere." Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in China visiting Foxconn factories.
A series of suicides at Foxconn factories in 2010 focused attention on grim living and working conditions inside the giant factories.
FATHER DEFENDS GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: The father of the man who shot Trayvon Martin to death a month ago in Florida says his son acted in self-defense when Martin confronted him and pummeled him repeatedly. Robert Zimmerman told Orlando TV station WOFL that Martin was beating his son George Zimmerman and said "something to the effect of, 'You're going to die now' or 'You're going to die tonight." At some point, he said, 'George pulled his pistol. Did what he did."
A surveillance video from the Sanford police headquarters, taken the night of the incident, raises doubts about that description of the incident, and others in which Zimmerman supposedly suffered a broken nose and head injuries during the incident. Seen close-up in the video, Zimmerman shows no clear signs of injuries.
Zimmerman has not been charged in the case.
Movie director Spike Lee has apologized to a couple who had to flee to a hotel after he and others mistakenly identified their house on Twitter as the home of George Zimmerman. Lee also offered to pay their hotel cost. He apologized on Twitter, and asked people to leave the couple alone.
STOCKS END MIXED: Today is the last day of the first quarter of the year, so we can expect a bit of excitement on Wall Street as money managers scramble to swap their losers for winners before the quarterly statements go out. Yesterday was a dull one, though. The Dow Jones eked out a gain of 20 points, ending at 13,146. The S&P 500 was down 2 points, to 1,403. The Nasdaq was down 10 points to 3,095.
THE WALMART OF WEED: A company that has been nicknamed the "Walmart of Weed" has opened its first store on the East Coast, just a few blocks from the White House. The weGrow store sells everything needed to set up a home business in medical marijuana. The business is legal now that Washington D.C. has passed a city law permitting residents with certain medical conditions to purchase pot. Medical marijuana is now legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Fourteen other states have decriminalized marijuana possession.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TO HEALTH REFORM: Now that the arguments before the Supreme Court are done, what happens next to the health care reform law? Today, the Supreme Court will vote whether to uphold or kill all or part of health care reform. The vote will be taken in secret. Based on the vote, they'll pick one justice to write the majority opinion. They'll continue to debate and consider the law, and some may even change their votes. We won't know the result until late June.
TAR HEELS LOSE THREE: North Carolina Tar Heels standouts Harrison Barnes, John Henson andKendall Marshall all have decided to enter the NBA draft, the school announced yesterday. The three players are expected to be taken in the first round in June. Barnes, a sophomore forward, led the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game in his last season. Henson, a junior forward, averaged 13.7 points and a team-best 9.9 rebounds. Marshall, a sophomore guard, set the ACC single-season record with 351 assists in the season, and won the Cousy Award.
NIKITA - Amanda and Ari arrange a board meeting with Zetrov and prepare to take over; Nikita remembers what Amanda used to be like.
SUPERNATURAL - A hunter surprises the brothers with a request for help; Sam and Dean battle a Japanese creature.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat) THE VIEW - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Megan Mullally, Joe Wong, Band of Skulls THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Nicole Richie, Will Sasso, Alan Jackson JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat) LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Artie Lang, Greta Gerwig, Ed Sherran LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
BEAR SAVES MAN FROM MOUNTAIN LION: A 69-year-old man in Paradise, California said a bear saved him from a mountain lion attack. Robert Biggs had no idea that, while he watched a mother bear with her cub, he was being stalked by a mountain lion at the same time. He explained, "[The lion] grabbed me from behind and knocked me to the ground. I was on my knees. I had my rock pick out because i was on a steep incline, and I smashed the cat in the head with it. He screamed, but he didn't let go." He continued, "That's when a blur on my left side grabbed the lion by its throat -- turns out it was the momma bear. I heard a tremendous screeching, some growling noises." The two animals duked it out for less than a minute before the cat ran away. Biggs said, "I'm 100-percent sure it did want to save my life. We made eye contact. I'd seen the bears before and I know she knew who I was." (Huffington Post)
TALLEST MAN GETS $25K FOR SHOES: A 7-foot, 8-inches tall student from Minnesota has raised $25,000 which will allow him to buy special shoes with enough support for someone of his height. As a result of 15 foot surgeries in three years, Igor Vovkivinskiy needs special, size 26 shoes for support. After Reebok quoted him $15,000 for custom made shoes, Vovkivinskiy took the advice of friends and started a website where he could accept donations. He received more than $25,000 in donations. He posted a note on his website that reads, "Thank you so much kind people of Minnesota! Thank you people for your kindness, generosity, outpouring of support." (UPI)
12-YEAR-OLD HOLDS 'THIEF' SIGN ON CORNER: The father of a 12-year-old Colorado boy who stole $100 from his cousin says his son will spend his spring break on the corner of 22nd and Larimer streets in Denver, holding a sign that reads, "I am a thief. I took money from a family member." Joseph Gonzalez said of his son Jose, "He's a good kid. This is the first time he's done something like this. I hope it will be the last." The father added that he isn't too worried about ruining the boy's reputation. Gonzalez explained, "He's only 12 years old. Everybody makes at that time in their life. It's about being corrected." (Washington Post)
THE BACON COFFIN IS REAL: Now bacon-lovers have a place where they can spend eternity: a Bacon Coffin. The coffin, painted to look like it is covered in bacon, is brought to you by the people that introduced other bacon products like Bacon Salt, Baconnaise and Bacon Lube. The product's press release states, "You ate bacon, you decorated your body with bacon, your car with bacon and your home with bacon and now, you can peacefully rest wrapped in bacon." Each coffin costs $2,999.95 plus shipping and handling. (Baltimore Sun)
48% OF WOMEN WOULD DUMP A GUY WITH BAD BREATH: A new survey commissioned by gum-maker Dentyne has found that most Americans find the condition to be one of the worst possible traits of a potential partner. According to a new survey, 48% of women say they would break up with you if you had really bad breath. 86 percent of people say they could not ignore someone's bad breath on a first date, and 53 percent say they've had to cut an intimate moment short because of someone's horrid mouth-stench. But it's even harder to tell them about it. 85 percent say it's more difficult to inform someone of their bad breath than to tell them their zipper is down. Los Angeles tops the list of best breath cities in the survey, followed by Atlanta and Dallas. At the bottom are Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco. (LimeLife.com)
SCIENTISTS ADVISE WOMEN TO GO OFF THE PILL BEFORE MARRYING: Scientists are advising that women go off the pill before they get married so that they make sure they're still attracted to their partners. They say the Pill alters body chemistry so women enjoy sex less, but stay in relationships longer, adding that the hormones in the oral contraceptive affect the type of man a woman is attracted to. Other experts advised against this, saying that the risk of becoming pregnant is an extreme way to work out whether a man and woman are suited. (Daily Mail)
WINDOWS LOSING TO ANDROID: By 2016, devices running Windows will be dwarfed by phones and tablets running Google's Android, according to a report by analysts IDC. More than 90 percent of the world's PCs still run Windows - but the whole technology landscape is changing around Microsoft's operating system. The study found that by 2016, Microsoft's leading market share of 35.9% will slip to 25.1%. Devices running Google's Android will climb from 29.4% to 31.1%. Last year, 916 million smartphones, tablets and PCs were shipped worldwide. By 2016, they estimate that figure will have doubled to 1.84 billion units. (Telegraph)
TYPES OF PEOPLE YOU MEET AT THE GYM (AskMen.com)
The Abdominator: Usually a young male who has this odd habit of lifting up his shirt to wipe nonexistent sweat away from his forehead, revealing a chiseled six-pack. For some reason, this action always coincides with proximity to a young, attractive female.
The Hoarder: I've seen women do this, but it's usually a guy thing. They're obsessed with multiple varieties of supersets and compound sets. Such an approach to exercise is admirable, but during busy gym times trying to carve out a fiefdom of several pieces of equipment that no one else is permitted to touch qualifies as douchbaggery. It's annoying to see one of the few bench presses abandoned for several minutes with plates still on it, and when you finally decide to go and use it, the Hoarder charges up, indignant, proclaiming, "I'm using that!"
The Fisherman: This is the guy who considers the gym to be his personal Plenty Of Fish and hits on every person lacking a Y chromosome. He lives by the adage that it you fire off enough rounds, eventually you'll hit something.
Herculass: She is a female version of Hercules, and she can lift more than you. She's tough, focused and she doesn't want to talk to any fishermen. In most cases, she doesn't want to talk to anybody because she's too busy kicking ass with the iron.
The Earthquake: He resembles an NFL offensive lineman. Two of them. When his mother gave birth to him, her screams shattered half the windows in the hospital. He eats large farm animals whole, and his workout regimen includes shoulder pressing the leg press, plates and all.
The Lost Boy: Young, skinny, pimply and clueless as to what to do in the gym. His face betrays one of constant confusion as he inspects the equipment.
The Tongue Depressors: A couple joined at the hip, regularly engaging in public displays of affection between sets.
The Accessorizer: They're a virtual shopping center of weightlifting equipment: belts, gloves, straps, chalk, notebooks and bottles containing a milky purple liquid. They seem incapable of working out without this cornucopia of loot that they haul from station to station.
Captain Skull Candy: This is the person wearing headphones the size of a Smart Car while working out. They take rejection of crappy gym music to an extreme.
One Size Fits Most: This is the guy who wears those super-tight Under Armour T-shirts to the gym despite sporting a belly that looks like he's well into his third trimester.
Not Quite Awake Yet: They wear pajamas to the gym. Apparently that's a thing now.
Can You Hear Me Now?: The person who occasionally lifts weights in between cell phone calls.
SIGNS YOUR FIRST DATE SHOULD BE YOUR LAST (YourTango.com)
1. He gets drunk (even noticeably tipsy). I understand that most first dates may include meeting for a drink or two or maybe having a glass of wine over dinner. Our social culture has, unfortunately, seemed to be built around the imbibing of alcohol. But, if your date puts down three or more drinks over the course of the date (regardless of his size), or if he starts becoming noticeably intoxicated, that's a real sign of an underlying problem.
2. He's checking out other women. What I'm talking about here is clearly checking out other women, as in the "up and down checkout," not the "people watching" kind of look. If he's obviously ogling other women, it's inexcusable. Again, he's supposed to be on his best behavior here so if he can't keep his eyes in check and on you for a couple of hours, then just remember, it's not going to get better. I realize that men are wired to be visual, and yes, we can forgive that on occasion, but this is the first date we're talking about here. We're also talking about respect, as in, respect for you.
3. It's just plain boring. This one is not quite as heavy of a topic as possible alcoholism, emotional abuse or future infidelity but it's just as much of a deal breaker as the rest. I mean, if it's boring right out of the gate, why would you think it will magically get better next time?
What do the French call April Fool's Day?
A: Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.
Why the term ''April Fish''? Because the New Year once coincided with the sun leaving the zodiacal sign of Pisces, the time of year was significant to the New Year's celebration on the old Julian calendar.
The outrage over the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin continues to boil. Will this tragedy in Florida lead to positive change?
Electronics retailer Best Buy is closing 50 of its "big box" stores across the U.S. It plans to concentrate on smaller Best Buy Mobile stores that focus on phone sales. But its biggest problem is the Internet. It seems many of its customers are buying online instead of in person. If they show up at the store, it's only to take a look or check a price before going online to click and buy.
Our Food Has Bugs in It
Starbucks customers might have been pleased when they learned that the coffee chain doesn't use artificial food coloring. But some were grossed out when they found out the natural substitute they use contains bugs. Specifically, it contains cochineal ("KOTCH-ah-neel") beetles, a government-approved source of food coloring. It turns out that it's common in many foods we buy, including some yogurts and toaster pastries.
Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs died yesterday (Wednesday, March 28th) at a Nashville hospital of natural causes. He was 88.
Earl is known for creating the modern banjo sound, known around the world as "the Scruggs picking style."
He began his career in the 1940's when he was hired by Bill Monroe as one of the Blue Grass Boys. In 1948, Earl and guitarist Lester Flatt left the band and formed the Foggy Mountain Boys, later changing their named to Flatt and Scruggs.
Some 20 years later, Earl and Lester broke up their act and Earl started a new band with some of his sons called the Earl Scruggs Revue.
Some of Earl's best known recordings include "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" from the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies.
Flatt and Scruggs were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.
Earl is survived by two sons, Gary and Randy.
Funeral arrangements for Earl were incomplete at press time.
Brad Paisley is paying it forward. He has endowed a scholarship at his alma mater to help foster another career in music. Brad created the scholarship at Nashville's Belmont University, from which he graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in business administration after majoring in music business.
In a press release, Brad said, "This is the least I can do in appreciation."
The scholarship will go to a deserving student with a demonstrated need.
Brad will take the stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (April 1st), where he is also nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and two nods in the Vocal Event of the Year category for "Old Alabama" with Alabamaand "Remind Me" with Carrie Underwood. The ACM Awards will air on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Brad will kick off the next leg of his Virtual Reality tour in May with opening acts Scotty McCreery and The Band Perry.
Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley have been added to the list of performers on the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 1st). Dierks and Brad are also both nominees, but Dierks tells us he's most excited about the chance to perform live on the show: "My favorite thing about music and why I'm in the music business is to play live music. I love being in front of people; that's why I do this. It's the fun part, but it's also cool to get respect from other people in the business. So, I'm pretty excited about, you know? Any excuse to go to Vegas is a good one, and to be up for something is pretty cool. And hopefully, we'll win something, but if not, we'll still have a good time."
Lionel Richie and Taylor Swift are scheduled as presenters, joining previously announced presentersBeth Behrs, Hunter Hayes, and Nancy O'Dell.
Other stars slated to perform on the live broadcast include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride with Pat Monahan, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts.
The ACM Awards will air on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Dierks is nominated for Song of the Year as both artist and composer for his Number One hit, "Home."
Brad is nominated for four awards, including his fifth consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won five times consecutively between the years of 2006-2010. He received two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category for "Old Alabama" with Alabama and "Remind Me" with Carrie Underwood.
Eric Church is Las Vegas-bound this week for all of the activities surrounding the ACM Awards. He will headline a free concert at the Fremont Street Experience on Saturday (March 31st), as well as performing on the big awards show on Sunday (April 1st), but before that he plans to have a little fun in Sin City.
Eric tells us: "Vegas is like a vacation. We get to get out of town, and it's like the beach -- you can lay out in the sun, you can shop, you can gamble. My wife loves Vegas, more than I like her to love Vegas, you know? She does a lot of shopping out there. I love to gamble. This year we actually have got to do some work. (laughs) I actually have to perform."
Eric is nominated for two trophies -- Album of the Year for Chief and Music Video of the Year for "Homeboy" -- at the ACM Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Last year, Eric took home the ACM award for Top New Solo Artist.
He is currently scaling the country charts with his latest hit, "Springsteen."
Sugarland's Kristian Bush has been ordered to testify about the Indiana State Fair tragedy that killed seven people and injured dozens more last August. Last week, Jennifer Nettleswas also ordered to give a deposition about the events that led up to the devastating stage collapse. The duo will be in court sometime in April.
Billy Currington's fourth studio album, Enjoy Yourself, has been certified gold by the R.I.A.A. This is his second consecutive album to go gold. The first two singles from Enjoy Yourself, "Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer" and "Let Me Down Easy," marked his fourth and fifth consecutive Number One singles, and his seventh overall. Billy kicked off his 16-date headlining tour last week.
Willie Nelson is giving a new home to two abused horses that were rescued from a Summerville, South Carolina man. According to reports, the owner, Dwight McCloud, has been charged with starving and burning the animals.
Willie will adopt the horses, named Whisper and Traveler, and move them to his Texas ranch.
Willie's website says he will use the horses' story to "advocate for humane treatment of equines."
Whisper and Traveler will head to their new home once they have recovered from their injuries.
Willie will release a new album called Heroes on May 15th. The project is a collection of pop-country songs, including covers from the 30s and 40s. Heroes also features some special guests, including Kris Kristofferson, Snoop Dogg, Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow and Jamey Johnson.
Q. What superstar worked at Glen Campbell's publishing company after first moving to Nashville? A. Alan Jackson
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MICHELLE WILLIAMS DATING JASON SEGEL? Michelle Williams is reportedly getting serious with rumored new boyfriend Jason Segel. A source told Us Weekly, "They are smitten and very serious. She hasn't been this happy in a long time." The two have been spotted several times together over the past few weeks and Jason has even been seen bonding with Michelle's six-year-old daughter Matilda.
ZOE AND BRADLEY SPLIT: Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper have reportedly split after about three months of dating. An insider told Us Weekly, "They're definitely not together. She and Bradley weren't super serious at all." The couple met on the set of their upcoming thriller The Words and have been spotted together since New Year's Eve.
BETHENNY FRANKEL DENIES RELATIONSHIP RUMORS: Bethenny Frankel has denied a report claiming that her husband Jason Hoppy has moved out of their NYC pad. In Touch magazine reported that Hoppy is "fed up with Bethenny's diva behavior," and "stormed out of the couple's NYC apartment and checked into the nearby Cosmopolitan Hotel." However, Frankel sources told GossipCop.com that the two are "completely in love and very happy," and still very much under the same roof.
PARIS HILTON IN 'BLING RING'? Paris Hilton will reportedly make a cameo appearance in Sofia Coppola's upcoming film The Bling Ring. Hilton was one of the real-life victims of the "bling ring" -- a group of high school kids who robbed celebrity homes. X17Online.com reported that Hilton filmed a scene with Gavin Rossdale and Emma Watson earlier this week.
ASHTON KUTCHER REPORTEDLY GETTING PAID $1 MILLION PER EPISODE: Ashton Kutcherwill reportedly return to Two and a Half Men next season. E! reports that the actor is in talks to reprise his role on the sitcom -- and will reportedly be paid $1 million per episode. Ashton currently reportedly makes $700,000 per episode, while Charlie Sheen raked in $1.25 million in his final season. A source close to the situation told E!, "The talks are going well and we're getting close to finalizing."
BIG STARS IN 'MAD MEN' CREATOR'S FILM DEBUT:Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has reportedly snagged Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson to star in his directorial feature debut, You Are Here. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Amy Poehler is also in talks to appear. Weiner wrote the script back in the early 2000s. It's described as "a dramedy that centers on a weatherman who is dependent on a best friend for his good times. When the friend inherits a business and some land from his father, the weatherman is forced to get his own life in order."
HEALTH REFORM DELIBERATIONS BEGIN: On the last of three days of arguments on the health care reform law, the justices of the Supreme Court considered whether they could or should throw out the entire 2,700-page law, or only the provision that mandates that Americans have health insurance. The mandate is the primary issue under consideration. But, the justices were told, the entire law might be unworkable without the mandate. That is, if everyone does not have insurance, those of us who have insurance will see our costs skyrocket. The Supreme Court now begins its deliberations on a ruling, due in late June.
A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation says that the individual mandate is unpopular, but a majority of Americans support every other provision in the bill, including expanding Medicaid coverage to more people and requiring health insurance companies to cover even people who have "pre-existing conditions."
PRETTY GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS: A key indicator of the economy's strength was up a healthy 2.2% in February. The rise in durable-goods orders was the fourth increase in five months, and followed a sharp drop in January. Durable-goods orders indicate demand for products from jets to iPads to furniture. The news was pretty good, but not good enough for Wall Street, which expected a 2.9% increase. By the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had lost 72 points, to 13,126. The S&P 500 Index lost 7 points to 1,406. The Nasdaq was down 15, to 3,105.
OBAMA LEADS ROMNEY AND SANTORUM: A new poll in three key swing states shows PresidentBarack Obama ahead of both of his key Republican opponents. The poll from Quinnipiac University shows Florida voters prefer the president to Mitt Romney by 49% to 42%, and to Rick Santorum by 50% to 37%. In Ohio, the president beats Romney 47% to 41%, and Santorum by 47% to 40%. In Pennsylvania, the Obama beats Romney 45% to 42%, and Santorum by 48% to 41%.
Polls of voter intentions this far in advance of the election aren't that meaningful, of course. But here's an interesting number: In a poll about the pure "likeability" of the candidates, Americans say they like President Obama. Governor Romney: not so much. The Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 53% of Americans hold favorable views of the president, while only 34% have a favorable view of Romney.
FBI PROBES MURDER OF IRAQI WOMAN: The FBI and local police are investigating the murder of an Iraqi-American woman in her home near San Diego as a possible hate crime. Shaima Alawadi, who was 32, was found dead by her daughter on March 21 in her home in El Cajon, a city that has a large Iraqi-American community. A note found next to her body said she was a terrorist and should go back to Iraq. Alawadi was a U.S. citizen who fled Saddam Hussein's regime in 1993.
JETBLUE PILOT FACES CHARGES: A JetBlue pilot who apparently had a mental breakdown on a flight late Wednesday has been charged in U.S. district court with interfering with inflight crew members.Clayton Frederick Osbon, who is 49, was piloting a flight from New York to Las Vegas when he started ranting incoherently, and suddenly left the cockpit. He then began yelling to passengers about a bomb, and telling them to pray. He was forcibly restrained from reentering the cockpit, and the co-pilot guided the flight to an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas.
Obsbon has been a pilot for JetBlue since 2000, and is a "consummate professional," the company's president told the media. The charge he faces is similar to those made against unruly passengers.
A NICKLE IS MORE THAN A DIME: Did you know that a nickel is more than a dime? Really. A five-cent U.S. nickel coin costs 11.18 cents to make. That's because the costs of the material it's made of has gone way up. Nickels are made out of real nickel and copper. The U.S. penny actually costs 2.41 cents to make. It's made of copper and zinc, and it has cost more to make than it's worth since 2006. According to MSNBC.com, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has proposed changing the composition of nickels and pennies to lower the cost of producing them. He also is proposing improved manufacturing techniques and cuts in administrative costs. Boy, if he keeps this up, a nickel might soon be worth no more than a nickel.
MAGIC & FRIENDS BUY THE DODGERS: Basketball legend Magic Johnson led a team of investors that scooped up the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team for $2.15 billion in an auction Tuesday night. The winning bid by Johnson and his business partners breaks all previous records for baseball franchises. Previous owner Frank McCourt landed the team in bankruptcy court in June. But Magic had kind words for McCourt, saying: "I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles."
The winning team members already have their roles picked out: Magic Johnson will be the public face and voice of the Dodgers. Stan Kasten, a seasoned sports executive best known for transforming the Atlanta Braves, is the main baseball guy. Mark Walter, who also runs a financial services firm, is the main money guy.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Damon and Stefan enlist Elena, Caroline and Matt to help with their new plan to destroy Klaus; Klaus and Rebekah find a way to make Finn cooperate.
THE SECRET CIRCLE - An old hunter acquaintance of Jake's shows up with a message for Blackwell; Faye and Melissa make a deal with Adam.
PUNK'D - (premiere) Pranks are played on celebrities.
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STARBUCKS USES INSECT PRODUCT IN DRINK? The Starbucks Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino contains cochineal extract, a food dye made from ground-up insects. According to the website Thisdishisvegetarian.com, a Starbucks barista sent them picture of the strawberry sauce's ingredient list confirming that it does contain the insect extract. A spokesman for Starbucks said, "The strawberry base for our Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino does contain cochineal extract, a common natural dye that is used in the food industry, and it helps us move away from artificial ingredients." (UPI)
PINTEREST SPAMMER MAKES $30K A MONTH: According to reports, spammers on the website Pinterest who pin Amazon products can make up to $1,000 a day. One 24-year-old who goes by "Steve" told The Daily Dot that he uses various accounts to post pictures that link directly back to the shopping website. He explained, "Pinterest is by FAR the easiest social network to spam right now. Quite possibly the easiest ever to spam. It requires almost no work to get started and no money to invest. You just have to know how the system works and how you can fix it to your advantage." (The Daily Dot)
MAN SPRAY PAINTS HIS HOME WITH MESSAGE TO TRUCK THIEF: A man in San Antonio has tagged his own house with a spray-painted threat directed at the thief who stole his truck. Daryl McClain's message reads, "To the mother fu---- that stole my truck. URA Dead MAN. 2K NQA." McClain said the "URA Dead MAN" part is not meant as a threat, adding, "I would just like my stuff back." One neighbor, Roy Patty, is not happy about the graffiti. He said, "Everybody comes by. I take pride in my house I'd never come home and do something like that because I was mad. Children shouldn't be able read something like that." (Huffington Post)
SH*TTER APP CREATES TOILET PAPER ROLL PRINTED WITH TWITTER FEED: A new web application called Sh*tter can pull tweets from your Twitter account and send you four rolls of tweet-covered toilet paper for $35 -- not including shipping and taxes. The website, GetSh*tter.com, boasts, "Sh*tter turns Twitter into toilet paper. Social media has never been so disposable!" The website also allows you to choose whether you want to print your tweets or those of the people you follow on Twitter. (The Laughing Squid)
AVERAGE ADULT IS 19 YEARS BEHIND 'LIFE PLAN': A new survey has discovered that the average adult is 19 years behind schedule with their 'life plan'. Despite hopes of being settled down by the age of 28, researchers found millions of people are now in their late thirties and early forties before they have reached significant milestones such as owning a house, getting married and starting a family. The study revealed the average person expects to move out of their parents' house by the age of 22 -- but in fact 13 percent of those surveyed were still living with mum and dad at age 40. And while many hope to meet their ideal partner by 25, 33 percent are still looking for love 15 years later. (Daily Mail)
KIDS DON'T GO OUTSIDE ENOUGH: Sixty percent of U.S. parents said their children spend less than an hour a day outdoors, a survey by L.L.Bean and the National Park Foundation indicated.
LIST YOUR ENEMIES! EnemyGraph is a new app which lets you add Enemies to your Facebook profile -- including real people from your friends list, or from other users of the app. 'When I saw the first friends list at the beginning of the social media era, I thought where's the enemies list?' says creator Dean Terry. 'Most social networks attempt to connect people based on affinities: you like a certain band or film or sports team, I like them, therefore we should be friends. But people are also connected and motivated by things they dislike.' (Daily Mail)
YOUR BRAIN AUTOMATICALLY COPES WITH BOREDOM: A new study has shown that people create a more interesting 'inner voice' to cope with boring situations. Researchers have discovered that the brain talks over monotonous speakers to make what they're saying more vivid -- and prevent us from drifting off. Dr Bo Yao, the principal author of the research, said: 'When the brain hears monotonously-spoken direct speech quotations which it expects to be more vivid, the brain simply 'talks over' the speech it hears with more vivid speech utterances of its own. By doing so, the brain attempts to optimize the processing of the incoming sound. (UPI)
MOST-LIKED FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS ON FACEBOOK (Yahoo!)
10. Burger King: 4,689,909 Current Likes (+356%) At last count, having it your way has garnered Burger King at least 4,689,909 'likes' on Facebook.
9. Chick-fil-A: 4,976,154 Current Likes (+27%) Despite the flurry of controversy that Chick-fil-A has faced over the past year, they still managed to pull in a whopping 4,976,154 likes on Facebook at last count.
8. Domino's Pizza: 5,946,771 Current Likes (+148%) It's a significant jump up from Chick-fil-A to Domino's when it comes to likes on Facebook - 5,946,771 people like this pizza chain.
7. Dunkin' Donuts: 6,041,776 Current Likes - The second coffee-based chain to land on this list, Dunkin' Donuts has 6,041,776 likes on Facebook.
6. Buffalo Wild Wings: 6,925,386 Current Likes (+52%) Buffalo Wild Wings comes in at number six on this list with 6,925,386 likes on Facebook.
5. Pizza Hut: 7,068,482 Current Likes (+119%) At last count, Pizza Hut scored 7,068,482 likes on Facebook, putting it at number five on this list of the most popular chains.
4. Taco Bell: 8,420,419 Current Likes (+36%) Taco Bell comes in fourth with 8,420,419 likes on Facebook, nearly 20 million less likes than the top-ranking chain on this list.
3. Subway: 11,626,974 Current Likes (+186%) As noted before, Subway has more locations than any other fast-food chain in the world - even McDonald's. But on this list, the 11,626,974 likes it has on Facebook puts it two spots back from Starbucks and just behind McDonald's.
2. McDonald's: 18,155,580 Current Likes (+132%) McDonald's is holding it down at number two with 18,155,580 likes on Facebook.
1. Starbucks: 29,299,522 Current Likes (+36%) Starbucks is the clear winner on this list with 29,299,522 likes on Facebook.
Smash star Megan Hilty starred in what real Broadway production?
The multi-state Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record $500 million after no one picked all six numbers for the drawing Tuesday night. In case you're interested, the next drawing is this Friday. If you win, you get your choice of a payout over time, or an immediate payout of $359 million. Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington D.C.
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Teenage girls are more likely than teenage boys to text while driving, according to a new study by the California State Automobile Association. In fact, they're twice as likely as boys to call, text or Internet surf while driving, according to the study. However, boys are more likely to talk to someone outside their vehicle, or turn around to chat with passengers while driving.
Movie director Spike Lee is among the Twitter users who "tweeted" the alleged home address of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin a month ago. If that sounds irresponsible enough given the outrage over the case, wait until you hear this: it was the wrong address. An elderly couple who happen to have a son whose name is also George Zimmerman, no relation, are now holed up in a hotel, fearing for their lives.
Chris Young was the guest of honor yesterday (Tuesday, March 27th) at a party celebrating his latest Number One hit, "You." Chris has been on a roll since scoring his 2009 chart-topper, "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)," which was the first of five consecutive Number One hits.
He tells us that getting "You" to the top of the charts puts him in an elite category. "I would love to sit here and be like, 'Oh, it's not a big deal,' but it is a huge deal to me. I was so excited that we got five in a row. I mean, that's really, really hard to do, and I think when people go back and you look and you realize what a small kind of contingent that is that has been able to do five Number Ones in a row I'm really happy to be up there with those guys. It's a lot of people that I grew up listening to and there's not a lot of those streaks going right now. It feels really good and it was definitely something that I was extra proud of because not only was this a Number One but it was the fifth one in a row."
Chris returns to the road and Miranda Lambert'sOn Fire tour on April 12th in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He will be in Las Vegas on Sunday (April 1st) to attend the ACM Awards. Chris is nominated in two categories -- Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for "Tomorrow." The show airs live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Chris' previous Number Ones include "The Man I Want To Be," "Voices," and "Tomorrow."
His new single is his latest album title track, "Neon."
First Lady Michelle Obama will make her first-ever appearance at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards to present Taylor Swift with this year's The Big Help Award, which recognizes her charitable works. This year's Kids' Choice Awards will be broadcast live on Nickelodeon on Saturday (March 31st) at 8 p.m. ET from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles.
The Big Help Award recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.
Michelle Obama received The Big Help Award at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards in recognition of her leadership in championing healthier lifestyles for kids through her Let's Move! campaign.
Earlier this year, she appeared in a special episode of Nickelodeon's hit series, iCarly, to promote her Joining Forces initiative to support military families.
Most recently, Taylor opened the last dress rehearsal of her Speak Now tour to fans as a fundraiser for victims of the deadly tornadoes that tore through the Southeastern region of the U.S. The event raised more than $750,000, with 100% of ticket sales going directly to help tornado victims via the "Speak Now ... Help Now" Fund established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Taylor's ongoing charitable work includes partnerships with Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, TJ Martell Foundation, The Red Cross and its international and regional affiliates, The Salvation Army, Nick's Kids, and the Victory Junction Gang Camp, as well as libraries, schools and educational initiatives around the country.
Technology is great, but Lady Antebellum recently learned that it can't always be counted on. The trio were making their grand entrance onto the stage in San Jose, California recently when the rising platform that lifts them up from under the stage quit working in mid-rise. Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott andCharles Kelley were stuck in the lift, calling for some quick thinking.
Charles yelled, "The hell with this!," before awkwardly climbing up on stage.
He later joked, "I think that was the most professional entrance I've ever seen."
Hillary one-upped him by noting that she had climbed out of the hole wearing leather pants.
Lady A takes their Own the Night tour, which also includes Thompson Square and Darius Rucker, to Fresno and Sacramento, California tonight (Wednesday, March 28th) and tomorrow night (Thursday, March 29th), respectively.
They head to Las Vegas this weekend for the Academy of Country Music Awards where they are nominated for four trophies, including Top Vocal Group of the Year. Lady A will also perform during the live broadcast on Sunday (April 1st) on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Lady A will perform as part of the CBS taping of Lionel Richie And Friends In Concert on Monday (April 2nd) in Las Vegas. The show will air on CBS on April 13th.
The trio will open for Bruce Springsteen on July 14th in London.
Martina McBride will debut her new single, "Marry Me," a duet with Train frontman Pat Monahan, during Sunday's (April 1st) Academy of Country Music Awards. The two will perform the song as a couple gets married live onstage, making this a first in ACM Awardshistory.
Martina personally selected the lucky couple, Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci. In July of 2009, Frank lost his wife, Danielle, to thyroid cancer and in that same year, Christina lost her husband, Paul, in a drowning accident. As a way to deal with the grief of losing her husband and raising her two sons on her own, Christina started a support group for young widows and widowers in Washington Township, New Jersey, where she met Frank. Fans can also follow Christina and Frank along their journey to the chapel at ACMwedding.com.
"Marry Me" is the third single from Martina's 2011 album, Eleven. Martina and Pat discovered that the song made for a perfect duet during the taping of a CMT special, as she tells us. "'Marry Me' came from us doing the Crossroads together with Train, and we did that song as a duet on the show. It was their single at the time, so I'd heard it on the radio, and we did it as a duet, and when it was over -- we went through it in soundcheck -- and we both looked at each other and it was like, 'That's really great as a duet,' and I love the fact that I've never heard a song like that before. I never heard what that song says in that way, you know?"
The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday (April 1st) on CBS.
Martina is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, an award she has taken home three times already.
"Marry Me" was originally recorded and released in 2010 as the third single from Train's chart-topping fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco.
Scotty McCreery is headed to Vegas this week for the ACM Awards, and it's his first time to be nominated there. He is up for New Artist of the Year, along with Hunter Hayes and Brantley Gilbert.
Scotty tells us he will be arriving in Sin City with somewhat of an entourage. "This is gonna be one of the rare occasions where my whole family's actually gonna go out to them. Normally it's just me and Mom or me and Dad and Ashley, my sister, is in college, but I think for the ACMs we're all gonna head out there together."
The ACM Awards will be held on Sunday (April 1st) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show will air live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Scotty will perform his new single, "Water Tower Town," on American Idol tomorrow (Thursday, March 29th) night. It's his first time to return to the Hollywood stage since winning the show last May.
Scotty will return to the second leg of Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality tour on May 18th in Missouri.
Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, have recorded a video public service announcement to help young people coping with mental health issues for the D.I.F.D. program. The initiative was launched by friends and family of 14-year-old Daron Richardson, who took her own life in 2010. In the clip, Carrie says, "We just wanted to take a minute to tell you that you are beautiful, and you are special, and you are loved . . . Talk to somebody. There are so many people around you that can help. Your parents, friends, school teachers or church members are there to listen to you. You're worth so much more to them, and to God. So don't keep it all in."
Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, are expecting their first child this summer. According to People.com, they will welcome a baby girl in early August. The Eli Young Band will be on tour this summer with Rascal Flatts, but they have planned in advance and have scheduled days off both before and after the due date. Congratulations go out to Mike and Kacey for another reason -- they celebrate their second wedding anniversary today (Tuesday, March 27th). The Eli Young Band are up for three ACM Awards on Sunday (April 1st).
Randy Houser's new tour will be sponsored by Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur. The trek will kick off on April 26th in Knoxville, Tennessee, stopping in16 cities across the nation with opening act Rick Monroe.
Aaron Lewis will release his second solo country CD, called The Road, on June 26th. Aaron, who is also the frontman of the rock group Staind, wrote nine of the 10 songs on the CD, which was again produced by James Stroud.
The first single from The Road is called "Endless Summer."
Aaron is giving his fans an early taste of the upcoming album by offering a free download of a song called "Red, White & Blue" at facebook.com/RandJRecords.
Aaron is up for two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category at Sunday's (April 1st) ACM Awards for his work as artist and as co-producer on his debut solo single "Country Boy." He is also nominated in the category along with his guest artists, George Jones and Charlie Daniels. TheACM Awards airs live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Aaron's 2011 debut solo EP, Town Line, entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at Number One.
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Q. Keith Urban was a member of what mid-1990's country band? A. The Ranch
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SAMANTHA RONSON REPORTEDLY SPLITS FROM GIRLFRIEND: Samantha Ronson is reportedly single again. Us Weekly reported that the 34-year-old DJ -- best known as Lindsay Lohan's ex-girlfriend -- has split with actress Erin Foster. A source told the magazine, "Sam is traveling and leads a different lifestyle; they have different priorities. Erin wants to get married and settle down and Sam doesn't." The two reportedly dated for nine months.
NEW GUY FOR JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER: Jamie-Lynn Sigler is dating Cutter Dykstra, the son of former Mets star Lenny Dykstra. A source told Us Weekly, "She's so happy. They're really cute. She was set up by JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher." Sigler, 30, and Dyksra, 22, have been dating for a few months.
DIANE KEATON TALKS SURGERY: Diane Keaton claims she hasn't had any plastic surgery, but the 66-year-old isn't opposed to getting some work done one day. When asked about the possibility she toldAARP magazine, "Never say never. Because when you do, you are definitely going to go there." She explained the "never say never" mentality, saying, "I said I would never have intercourse before I was married, and I did. I said I would never go to a psychiatrist and I spent much of my life in psychoanalysis. I've done all kinds of things I said I wouldn't do, and of course, now I'm glad. Thrilled."
ANNE HATHAWAY REPORTEDLY SETS WEDDING DATE: Anne Hathaway has reportedly set a wedding date, but it's going to be a while before she actually ties the knot. Us Weekly reported that the actress, who got engaged to Adam Shulman late last year, will reportedly walk down the aisle in October of 2013. A source told the magazine that the couple has selected a venue in upstate New York, "But they're keeping it a secret until right before!"
JUDGES PRAISES REDMOND O'NEAL: A judge praised Redmond O'Neal for his efforts in a drug recovery program. The son of the late Farrah Fawcett landed at an in-patient treatment program after he was arrested for a probation violation in a drug case. If he relapses, he could face six years behind bars. Redmond told the judge that he's been exercising five times a week and studying for his GED diploma. The judge said, "There is no reason you can't turn your life around. I'm very proud of you. You've done an outstanding job."
CHLOE MORETZ LANDS 'CARRIE': Chloe Moretz has landed the title role in the upcoming remake ofCarrie. After the casting news went public, Chloe tweeted, "Never been so happy in my life! Thank you [director] Kim Peirce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime i will never forget!" Sissy Spacekstarred in the original film adaptation of Stephen King's horror story.
ACADEMY MEMBERS MAD ABOUT 'HUNGER GAMES': Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are reportedly angry that Lionsgate didn't offer them any members-only screenings ofThe Hunger Games. PerezHilton.com reported that the studio is planning to hold Academy and Guild screenings in the future, but didn't want to do so on opening weekend.
IS ANN CURRY GETTING FIRED? Ann Curry's job on Today is reportedly in jeopardy. Sources indicated to Gawker and New York magazine that Matt Lauer doesn't like Ann and doesn't believe she is charismatic. A source told New York magazine, "Lauer's worth only increased when Meredith Vieira left and handed the co-anchor chair to Ann Curry, who in the eyes of many television-news executives has experienced a rocky transition to her new role."
ANGELINA'S KIDS EXCITED FOR HER NEW ROLE: Angelina Jolie's kids don't mind that she's playing a villain in the upcoming movie Maleficent -- in fact they're excited. The mom-of-six said of the role, "I'm having a lot of fun. I've already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy. It's not anti-princess, but it's the first time they're looking at this epic woman [in a different way]. I hope in the end you see a woman who is capable of being many things, and just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn't mean she can't have other [warmer] qualities. You have to figure out the puzzle of what she is."
'SMASH' STAR SIGNS RECORD DEAL: Smash star Megan Hilty has signed a record deal. The actress stars as "needy diva" Ivy Lynn on the NBC series. She told Life & Style magazine, "I just got my first record contract with Sony, so we just started doing demo music this week. I'm totally stoked. It's been so many dreams coming true for me!"