Shania Twain Performs Her Biggest Hits At The AMA’s
Nobody saw this AMA performance coming!
Country icon Shania Twain closed out the 2019 American Music Awards in shocking style on Sunday night (November 24), using the night’s last performance to cover rappers, rockers and more. A six-time winner who first took home an AMA trophy more than 20 years ago, Twain was part of a night that celebrated nostalgia multiple times — but she wasn’t content to just trot out her hits.
Starting out seated behind a bedazzled pink guitar and wearing a striking, princess-style pink gown, the country superstar surprised everyone by jumping into an acoustic medley of recent pop favorites. Strumming lightly with no band or pre-recorded track, she tackled Post Malone’s “Rockstar” (even getting censored by ABC for the song’s bad language), Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Drake’s “God’s Plan.”
The quiet moment felt like a nod of respect to today’s artists, but it led Twain back to her own catalog — and into some fun for the audience. Soon she was playing along to the romantic “Still the One,” before dropping the guitar and pumping up the volume for catwalk-strutting renditions of “Any Man of Mine” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Twain then capped the night with a euphoric run through “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” with current superstars like Swift and Post Malone singing along and dancing in the crowd.
Twain’s Let’s Go! Las Vegas residency kicks off on December 6 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with more than 20 dates scheduled through June of 2020.
Sounds Like Nashville breaks down 10 best dressed looks from 2019 CMA Awards
The only thing giving us life after Wednesday’s (Nov. 13) 53rd annual CMA Awards is reliving all the bold and beautiful styles from the red carpet. Country’s leading women shined in glimmering sequins, lush velvets and daring colors. Men were stylin’ and profilin’ in florals and concert blacks, while couples rocked showstopping numbers for an unforgettable date night with their significant others.
Here are Sounds Like Nashville’s favorite ensembles from the CMA Awards red carpet.
It’s said that magic always happens in threes, and this trio was pure enchantment on the red carpet together. Underwood stunned in a sheer gold gown by Elie Madie. Parton looked ravishing in her white dress by Jackson Lowell, and McEntire rocked a gorgeous black ensemble by Nashville’s Jonathan Kayne that just wouldn’t quit with the glamor.
The Highwomen Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby are each stunning on their own. But when their powers combine, they are proverbial fire. Carlile’s custom suit was by Sanne London and paired with a Gucci blouse and Saint Laurent boots. Morris looked like the belle of the ball in her astonishing pastel blue gown by Honayda’s Honayda Serafi. Shires played up her power suit like the boss she is, and Hemby was elegance personified in her Greta Constantine dress.
Nettles arguably had the most-talked-about outfit of the night with her collaboration by Christian Siriano and artist Alice Mizrachi. Her Siriano suit was paired with an original Mizrachi illustration and the message, “Play our f*@#!n records, please, and thank you!” “I saw a wonderful opportunity to invite and inspire conversation about country music’s need to play more women artists on radio and playlistings,” Nettles wrote on Instagram. “What better and more womanly way to invite such conversation than with fashion that sends a message?!”
Home Free’s Adam Chance, Tim Foust, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist and Adam Rupp could wear burlap sacks and look great. However, they were hands down the most stylish men on the red carpet. Their scheme of gray, burgundy and floral made them stand out among the pack on country’s biggest night. Pictured from left to right are Chance in an Indochino suit, Foust in a Robert Graham sport coat and Ted Baker pants, Brown in a Topman sport coat and Ted Baker pants, Lundquist in Indochino and Rupp in Express. Their boots were a mix of Asos and John Varvatos.
The Josie Music Awards Gives The Independent Music Industry A Magical Spectacular
The 5th Annual Josie Music Awards was held in the Celebrity Theater inside The Dollywood Theme Park on Saturday, September 21, 2019. According to press reports the show was sold out. Artists came from far and wide in the hope of receiving one of the Josie Music Awards. Some artists were over the moon and some just had a great time but it seems from the social media clips and comments that the event was enjoyed by all who attended. AirplayExpress would like to congratulate all the winners and especially the nominees who did not make it and the many, many worthy artists who were not nominated for reasons not known to them, we wish them better luck next year. As with all award shows only the few took home the awards, which should be an incentive for those who did not, to do better the following year. After the awards there unfortunately would be some who would give up on their dreams. Others would lose their expectations of winning and then there would be those who would strive to do better next time.
Well no matter what your opinion of the Josie Awards are at the end of the day, this award show is necessary for the Independent Artists who struggle to make a name for themselves in a business which the major artists and recording companies dominate.
In closing it was a job well done and we hope next years awards show will be bigger and better.
George Strait Among First Round Of Performers Announced For 2019 ACM Awards
Country music royalty will take the stage at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards as George Strait is slated to perform. The King of Country is one of a round of can’t miss performances scheduled for Country Music’s Party of the Year. In addition to Strait’s live performance, artists including Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton will all take the stage. More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year’s ACM Awards is already scheduled to be one of the best yet. The Academy will present Jason Aldean with the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. The “Girl Like You” singer will also perform live on the show. Tickets for the 2019 ACM Awards are available at axs.com. For more information about the big show and all ACM events, including ACM Party for A Cause, visit acmcountry.com. Hosted by Reba McEntire, this year’s ACM Awards will air live on CBS from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena April 7.
Reba McEntire Honored At 2018 Kennedy Centre Honors
Reba’s long-lasting career celebrated as one of 2018 Kennedy Center Honor recipients
Kelly Clarkson has been a longtime fan of Reba McEntire, garnering both a friendship and familial relationship with the singer over the years. (Clarkson has been married to McEntire’s stepson Brandon Blackstock since 2013.) Because of their deep bond, it only made sense for Clarkson to be one of the few people to honor the country icon during the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday.
“Thank you so much, Reba for listening to me vent as an artist,” she said just before performing “Fancy” (quote via USA Today). “Thank you so much for comforting me on the phone through my tears like a friend and thank you for being a really rad grandma for my kids.” She continued, “If we’re all being honest, sometimes when we meet our heroes it doesn’t always pan out how you hope, but meeting Reba, being friends with her and eventually becoming family has been one of the highlights of my life — truly.”
Clarkson was joined by Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum and Kristin Chenoweth, who each performed a McEntire hit. Bobby Bones was also on hand to honor the redheaded icon.
“The Kennedy Center Honors is a huge thrill for me. I have been a part of that show for helping four honorees getting honored, Dolly [Parton], Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett and Loretta Lynn. So to get to be a part of that behind the scenes all that many times was a lot of fun for me, and now to be honored, it is the icing on the cake,” Reba told Sounds Like Nashville and other local media at a press conference backstage at the CMA Country Christmas taping.
Little Big Town also took part in the festivities, but were on hand to perform for Kennedy Center honoree Cher. Other honorees in 2018 include pianist Philip Glass, jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, co-creators of Hamilton—writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and music director Alex Lacamoire.
The Josie Award Winners Happy As Can Be At Dollywood
AirplayExpress congratulates all of the winners in every category at this year’s Awards
AirplayExpress the most trusted digital music delivery company in the world, congratulates all of its musical family, that won an award at this year’s Josie Music Awards at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge. Frans Maritz owner of AirplayExpress says he wishes he and his wife Cathy could have attended the prestigious event and shared in the excitement of all the winners. Winning an award is one thing but to win in the category you were nominated in up against so much competition makes it even more special. To all the folks who did not win this year, it is almost certain there will be another Josie Music Awards next year. In the meantime keep up the great work and remember we are here if you need us.
2018’s been a phenomenal year for Dennis #1 songs, multiple Platinum & Gold Disc’s
Hall Of Fame member Dennis DiChiaro was caught totally by surprise when he opened his mail and saw that he was nominated for two Josie Awards this week. The first which is closest to his heart, the nomination for ‘Best Songwriter 2018.’ Dennis went on to say that as if that was not enough there was more, and more there certainly was for award winning songwriter Dennis DiChiaro.
DiChiaro could hardly believe his eyes when he saw his songwriting skills were also acknowledged for ‘Don’t Let Go’ a song he wrote, Sung by SONY Recording Artist – James LeBlanc and nominated for “Best song, Male Vocalist”
2018 has been a phenomenal year for Dennis as he has had numerous number one songs and received multiple platinum and gold disc’s from AirplayExpress for his songwriting accomplishments this year.
The Josie Music Awards Will Be Held this coming Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and according to the producers it will be the biggest one yet. Dennis has already bought his tickets and is preparing for the road trip to through Nashville to Pigeon Forge.
Dierks Bentley To Receive 2018 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award
Dierks Bentley is set to receive a significant honor during the 2018 Country Radio Seminar. The country star has been selected as the recipient of the CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award for his extensive charitable work.
The honor is awarded by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to a country music artist who has “exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career,” according to a press release. Bentley is receiving the accolade for his Miles & Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert, which has raised more than $4 million for children’s hospitals across the country.
The “Black” singer is also being recognized for his work in his home state of Arizona, organizing the Country Cares Concert in 2013 to raise money for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots tragically killed fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. Past recipients of the award include Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Reba McEntire and more
Dierks Bentley’s Emotional Visit With Las Vegas First-Responders
Bentley contributed a song titled “Hold the Light” to the 2017 film, Only the Brave, that tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. “I’m just very grateful to be associated with the film as important as this one. I tried to write a few other things, but there’s no way I could beat that song,” Bentley tells Taste of Country and other media about co-writing the moving number. “It’s just too good and too perfect for the movie in a time of darkness to hold the light, hold on to hope.”
The singer also participated in the Country Rising benefit concert in Nashville in November of 2017 that raised more than $4 million for the victims of the multiple hurricanes that ravaged various parts of the globe in 2017, in addition to those impacted by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Lip Syncing Should Be Socially Unacceptable Every Single Time
You can love Garth Brooks, and still be against him lip syncing at the CMA Awards. You can hate Miranda Lambert, and still agree with her that lip syncing is “bullshit.” You can also appreciate that Garth Brooks immediately fessed up to lip syncing at the 2017 CMA Awards, making him eligible for forgiveness that he probably deserves. But what we can’t do is somehow make lip syncing socially acceptable, for whatever reason, in whatever context.
I don’t care if it’s the CMA Awards, Saturday Night Live, or The Super Bowl. The principle that lip syncing is something less than acceptable to a live audience should be universally recognized, and shouldn’t work on a sliding scale depending on your level of appeal for a certain artist, the circumstances surrounding the performance, or the type of music in question. Of course lip syncing is more common in pop than country for example, and more likely to occur when it’s a one song performance for a television audience. But that doesn’t excuse the practice anywhere.
Garth Brooks isn’t a lip syncer. That’s why he screwed it up at the 2017 CMA Awards and was forced to fess up. But it was beyond alarming to see so many Garth Brooks fans, and older more traditional fans of country music coming to Garth’s defense, saying it was understandable since his voice was on such short rest after playing so many shows recently. When it was Rascal Flatts caught lip syncing in 2014, how did these same fans feel?
On Saturday night I happened to be manning the helm at the Saving Country Music headquarters, and decided to breeze by Saturday Night Live just in time to see Taylor Swift take the stage and perform one of her new songs, “…Ready For It?” The internet erupted with insinuations that Taylor was lip syncing, which she very likely was.
Taylor was exuding so much effort in synchronized, choreographed dance moves, it would have been difficult for anyone to concentrate and sing live, especially for someone with a history of pitch issues. There were no humans on the Saturday Night Live stage playing instruments for Swift’s first performance, not even a DJ in a gratuitous, oversized Mickey Mouse or marshmallow mask pretending to push buttons behind a table. It was all done to a backing track, even if the mic was live, which it likely wasn’t.
But some folks will insist she was singing live, because they are Taylor Swift fans. And others will say it doesn’t matter, because it’s Taylor Swift. But it should always matter. Big stars will always be tempted to sing to a backing track and be goaded by producers to do so, and fans, media, and other artists should always be willing to call out an artist if and when they decide to present something to the public that is less than reality. It will never eliminate lip syncing, but it will at least keep it in check, have performers second guess their decisions to lip sync, and help inform the public when a performance was either live or contrived so it can be measured accordingly in the annals of great live performances.
This all matters because music has the unique power to inspire the human spirit like little else. The reason such a spotlight is thrust upon performances at awards shows, or late night television, or special events is because when they hit, it can be an incredible moment of national inspiration and unity, and universal acclaim, like when Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert took the stage at the CMA Awards and put their unadulterated talents on display. Lip syncing can stand it the way of such inspiring moments, and even worse, it can create an underlying trust issue in all live performance where you’re second-guessing the authenticity of something as it unfolds as opposed to living in the moment.
The irony is, the public can often forgive a few flubs in pitch of a live performance way more than they will forgive the fabrication of a lip sync rendition. The ears of the public aren’t as fine tune to pitch as an artist’s. It’s often vanity that makes an artist want to lip sync, not necessity. Controversies about pitchy or coarse performances are rare. Lip sync controversies draw much bigger headlines, as they should. And in an era when so much singing talent is being ferreted out of the public via broadcast TV singing competitions, and so much glut exists in the music talent pool starving for attention, if an artist can’t perform to their best, perhaps they should step aside and give that opportunity to someone else.
But just like many of the issues that plague music these days, this lip sync issue is a microcosm of a much bigger national dilemma. In 2017, we have a tendency to passionately adhere to our beliefs, and defend our heroes even in the face of insurmountable evidence and common sense, unwilling to back down in fear of showing weakness or a lack of resolve, or giving an inch to our adversaries, until our whole reality is warped to our desired perspective as opposed to the truth of things.
Garth Brooks should be forgiven for his lip syncing on the CMA Awards. But he shouldn’t be excused. It’s a sign of character to fess up to your mistakes like Garth did. It’s also a sign of character to admit Garth Brooks lip syncing at the CMA Awards was a mistake.
In an era of fabrication and altered reality, we need music to be real, now more than ever.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley slam Trump at CMA’s
‘Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets!’
Well, well, well, has the sense of right and wrong just been lost to Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley as they join the liberal world trying their best to score points by slamming the only person in America protecting their Christianity, President Trump. Were they even thinking before they slammed President Trump in their one sided call for unity among the Liberals while insulting the Conservatives. All they have now done is divided the Country Music fan base even more.
If Carrie was such a Christian as she proclaims to be then she should act like a Christian and stop trying to flash as much skin as she possible can and perhaps add a little more Country to her Pop Country songs. As for Brad Paisley I think he also just goes with the flow these days. It seems the new generation Country Stars are all on a quest to become pop stars.
There is enough turmoil in the world right now and thanks to Carrie and Brad’s uncalled for and un Christian attack on the President of America there is now even more division in the name of their opinion of unity. If this will affect the careers of these two artists, probably not as most people want Country to liberalize, while the good people sit back and do nothing again, or will they?