MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
ACMS - JASON ALDEAN -
Jason Aldean keeps his title as entertainer of the year for the Academy of Country Music Awards. He won for the second straight year. The best part in Aldean's eyes was how he got the trophy. Joe Walsh presented it to him and Aldean says having a member of The Eagles give him an award is probably the coolest thing ever to happen to him. The night was not so kind to Keith Urban. He led the nominations with seven but didn't win any.
ACMS - ``FOREVER COUNTRY''
It was quite a moment when ``Forever Country'' won the Academy of Country Music award for video of the year, not just because of who accepted, but because it won at all. It involved more than 30 country acts and the ones who were present all went on stage, including Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town accepted, saying it was a testament to ``the rich heritage we have'' in country music. The video was created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, technically a rival awards show. The head of the A-C-Ms said last week it's okay because they're on friendly terms.
ACMS - MIRANDA LAMBERT
Miranda Lambert has extended her streak at the Academy of Country Music Awards. She won female vocalist of the year for the eighth straight year. Lambert said in her acceptance speech Carrie Underwood can sing her under the table and they agreed on that. She said she's glad to sing females kicking butt this year.
ACMS - ACADEMY AWARDS JOKE
It's quickly becoming a cliche' for awards shows to make fun of the mishap with ``Moonlight'' and ``La La Land'' at the Oscars, but the Academy of Country Music Awards added a twist to it. Illusionist David Copperfield and T-V host Nancy O'Dell presented the award for song of the year and the card read, ``Emma Stone - 'La La Land.''' Copperfield even showed the card on camera.
He then made the card smoke to reveal the real winner: Thomas Rhett for ``Die A Happy Man.'' Rhett thanked his ``beautiful pregnant wife'' for being the inspiration for the song. Rhett also won for male vocalist of the year and says every other singer in that category is his idol.
ACMS - SAM HUNT
Even as Sam Hunt was dealing with technical issues at the Academy of Country Music Awards, he still managed to make his fiancee' blush. Hunt's ear monitors came out as he performed ``Body Like A Back Road.'' Hunt found his bride-to-be, Hannah Lee Fowler, in the audience and sang directly to her. She kept hiding her face in his shoulder.
ACMS - NEW ARTIST AWARDS
Maren Morris joked she didn't know why she was nervous accepting the award for new female vocalist of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards last night. She was announced as the winner two-and-a-half weeks ago. Morris says the award was so heavy she could use it for bicep curls. Brothers Osborne won for vocal duo of the year and for new vocal duo of the year and couldn't have been happier. Singer T-J Osborne joked after winning the first award they couldn't figure out why they were even invited or how they got such good seats. After winning the second one, he thanked his dog, Cookie, for always loving him when he gets home. Jon Pardi won new male vocalist of the year.
ACMS - FULL WINNERS LIST
Here are the winners from last night's Academy of Country Music Awards.
_ Entertainer of the year: Jason Aldean.
_ Album of the year: ``The Weight of These Wings,'' Miranda Lambert.
_ Single record of the year: ``H.O.L.Y.,'' Florida Georgia Line.
_ Song of the year: ``Die a Happy Man,'' Thomas Rhett.
_ Male vocalist of the year: Thomas Rhett.
_ Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert.
_ Vocal duo of the year: Brothers Osborne.
_ Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town.
_ Video of the year: ``Forever Country,'' Artists of Then, Now & Forever.
_ Vocal event of the year: ``May We All,'' Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw.
_ New female vocalist of the year: Maren Morris.
_ New male vocalist of the year: Jon Pardi.
_ New vocal duo or group of the year: Brothers Osborne.
_ Songwriter of the year: Lori McKenna.
(The Canadian Press)
COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Florida Georgia Line may have lost entertainer of the year to Jason Aldean, but the country duo owned the Academy of Country Music Awards, thanks to some help from the Backstreet Boys. The boy band brought the audience to its feet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night, singing their anthemic classic ``Everybody (Backstreets Back),'' and getting fans such as Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman, Tim McGraw and others out of their seats to sing and dance along. They also won two awards: single record of the year for ``H.O.L.Y.'' and music event of the year for ``May We All'' with McGraw.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Speaking of country music. One of its showplaces hit a hallmark. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville turned 50 over the weekend. The Nashville Tennessean reports the museum celebrated the anniversary Saturday with $1.50 admission, the same price as the museum's opening day in 1967. Live music and cupcakes were served up in the museum's conservatory.
Museum CEO Kyle Young was presented with a commemorative plaque in the shape of a giant record album. Young started as a ticket taker
41 years ago at the museum's original location. He says ``the main ingredient for our success is the very music we exist to uphold.''
OBIT - ROSIE HAMLIN
The singer of the oldies classic ``Angel Baby''
has died. Rosie Hamlin of Rosie and the Originals died in her sleep Thursday at the age of 71, according to a statement from her family on her website. ``Angel Baby'' hit number 5 in 1961 and was based on a poem Hamlin wrote when she was just 14. John Lennon once called it one of his all-time favourite songs.
OBIT - LONNIE BROOKS
Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks has died. His son, bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks, confirms his father's death Saturday night in Chicago at the age of 83. Brooks' real name was Lee Baker Junior, and he called himself Guitar Junior when he moved from Louisiana to Chicago in the 1960s. He changed it to Lonnie Brooks when he discovered another musician billing himself as Guitar Junior. Brooks recorded several albums and covered such blues songs as ``Sweet Home Chicago,'' ''Bayou Lightning`` and ''Hot Shot.`` He was known for high-energy shows. Brooks appeared in the film ''Blues Brothers 2000.``
RIOT FEST - APRIL FOOLS PRANK
Riot Fest could have had a heck of a lineup, except that it was all an April Fool's Day joke. Riot Fest announced a lineup Saturday that was more than 80 fake bands from film and T-V. The headliners were Wild Stallyns (STAL'-yons) from ``Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure'' and Crucial Taunt from ``Wayne's World.'' It also includes Rex Manning from ``Empire Records,'' The Oneders and Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters from ``That Thing You Do,'' The Dreamettes from ``Dreamgirls,'' Stillwater from ``Almost Famous'' and Marvin Berry and the Starlighters from ``Back to the Future.'' The Moe Syzslak Connection, the Be Sharps and Kirk Van Houten from ``The Simpsons''are on the bill, as is Scrantonicity II from ``The Office.'' Just to see if you're paying attention, so is Andrew W.K. and GWAR. Riot Fest has not yet announced this year's real lineup.
DARYL HALL - LAWSUIT
Daryl Hall is accusing the town where his Daryl's House concert venue stands of creating rules that would drive it out of business. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports Hall has filed a lawsuit against the town of Pawling in upstate New York, claiming it wants to lower the venue's maximum occupancy from 318 standees to 198. The lawsuit says that would force the venue to close. The town has opposed the venue's efforts to build an outdoor stage, claiming there isn't enough parking. The venue is where Hall films his program ``Live From Daryl's House.''
CHANCE THE RAPPER - CHICAGO SCHOOLS
Chance The Rapper has come up with more money for Chicago Public Schools. Chance stopped by a Chicago high school Friday to announce he's secured another one-million dollars from the Chicago Bulls for his New Chance Arts and Literature Fund. Chance donated one- million dollars last month to Chicago schools. He says ten schools will each get 10-thousand from that donation, and an additional 12 schools will get 10-thousand dollar checks as well.
EDDIE VEDDER - CUBS COMMERCIAL
Eddie Vedder gets to expand his Chicago Cubs fandom for a little longer. Vedder appears in a commercial the Cubs made for the fictional Bryzzo Souvenir Company, featuring Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs. Vedder pretends to write a jingle for the company. Vedder was so grateful to be included, he gave ukuleles to Bryant and Rizzo. The commercial can be seen on MLB-dot-com .
TULANE UNIVERSITY - BRANFORD MARSALIS
Branford Marsalis will get an honorary degree from Tulane University. The school is recognizing Marsalis for his musical achievements and his efforts to rebuild his hometown of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Actress Helen Mirren also is among the other recipients of honorary degrees from Tulane.
Commencement is May 20th.
(The Canadian Press)