MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the CMT Music Awards. The country star picked up four awards last night in Nashville, including video of the year, male video, collaborative video and social superstar of the year. Urban also performed, singing his disco-flavoured hit ``The Fighter'' with Carrie Underwood. She, meanwhile, continued to dominate the CMT Awards, where she has won 17 times. Last night she won female video of the year for ``Church Bells'' as well as her collaborative video award with Urban.
A list of winners at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, which aired live Wednesday from the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Video of the year: Keith Urban, ``Blue Ain't Your Color''
- Male video of the year: Keith Urban, ``Blue Ain't Your Color''
- Female video of the year: Carrie Underwood, ``Church Bells''
- Duo video of the year: Florida Georgia Line, ``H.O.L.Y.''
- Group video of the year: Little Big Town, ``Better Man''
- Breakthrough video of the year: Lauren Alaina, ``Road Less Travelled''
- Collaborative video of the year: Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood, ``The Fighter''
- CMT performance of the year: Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, ``Want to Want Me'' (from ``CMT Crossroads'')
- Social superstar of the year: Keith Urban
NOEL GALLAGHER DONATES ROYALTIES FOR ``DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER'' TO MANCHESTER
Noel Gallagher of Oasis is doing his part to help his hometown of Manchester, England, after a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert there two weeks ago.
Gallagher is donating the royalties from the Oasis song ``Don't Look Back in Anger'' to the One Love Manchester fund run by the British Red Cross. His brother Liam Gallagher was a surprise guest at the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday and publicly laced into his brother for not showing up, too. Noel Gallagher's spokesman has said he did not attend because of a long-standing family trip. Meanwhile, Grande has released a version of ``Somewhere Over the Rainbow'' as a single to benefit the fund. It was the song she sang to close out Sunday's concert.
KESHA APPEARS UNFAZED BY JERRY SEINFELD'S REBUFF
Kesha appears to have no hard feelings about Jerry Seinfeld blowing off her request for a hug.
Seinfeld was doing an interview with WIAD-FM in Washington on Monday during an event at the Kennedy Center. Kesha interrupted, introduced herself and asked for a hug. Seinfeld said, ``No thanks.'' Kesha asked again and Seinfeld declined. Kesha pretended to be offended and left. Seinfeld said he did not know who she was, and the interviewer clued him in. Seinfeld said he wishes her the best. On Tuesday, Kesha posted a photo of herself at the event with the caption, ``Lots to smile about.'' Seinfeld and Kesha were on the same bill that night.
CHUCK NEGRON WEARS OXYGEN ONSTAGE
Former Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron will hit the stage with an oxygen tank this summer, but you have to look carefully to notice it. Negron is wearing special glasses with tubes that run into his nose, and the tube leading to the tank is offstage. Negron has lung and heart issues and his doctor advised oxygen, but Negron says wearing an oxygen tube on stage would be distracting to the audience. While Negron could have kept it a secret, he says being open about the difficulties in his life has been better for him and it helps others with similar problems.
Negron turns 75 today and if you want to make old man jokes about his oxygen, go ahead. Negron says he'll use the good ones onstage.
Negron appears on the Happy Together tour that starts tomorrow in Biloxi, Mississippi.
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE: DON'T LOOK AT ME
Bassist Verdine White and drummer Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire have a rule during their concerts these days: ``don't look at me.'' During the tribute to Maurice White, Verdine White says he can't look at Johnson or at the tribute, because they would fall apart. Maurice White died last year. He had not toured with Earth, Wind and Fire since 1995 but he was always acknowledged during the show. Johnson says they're still healing and the best thing they can do is carry on the legacy. Verdine White says Maurice was their mentor, their leader, their Elvis and their John Lennon, all in one guy. Earth, Wind and Fire and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will tour together beginning July 12 in Oakland, California.
``SGT. PEPPER'' CARDBOARD CUTOUT IS UP FOR AUCTION
One of the faces from The Beatles' ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' album cover is for sale. Auction house Paddle 8 is selling the cardboard cutout of child actor Bobby Breen, signed by cover artist Peter Blake. Blake's face appears on the album between George Harrison and Marlene Dietrich. The starting bid is $48,000.
CHER SAYS HER MUSICAL WILL DEBUT IN 2018
Cher promises the musical based on her life will be on Broadway next year. Cher tweets she's been talking to the show's writer and director. The show will portray Cher with three different actresses at different points in her life.
BRIAN MAY UNBOXES QUEEN MONOPOLY
Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed exactly what's in the Queen version of Monopoly with an unboxing of the game on Facebook Live. The tokens are May's guitar, a ``News of the World'' robot, a ``Hammer to Fall'' hammer, a vacuum cleaner from the ``Break Free'' video, a radio for ``Radio Gaga'' and what May modestly describes as ``a lady on a bike.'' Houses are staging blocks, and hotels are a full stage that sits on the blocks. The properties are concert halls, with the cheapest one being Imperial College, where Queen did an early gig. The most expensive is Wembley Stadium. The railroads are now hit records and utilities are lighting and sound production. May points out that the game also ``smells very good.'' It goes on sale June 23.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, JASON DERULO HELP HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR WITH ``MNF''
Hank Williams Junior's rowdy friends will include Florida Georgia Lina and Jason Derulo. ESPN says those two acts will be part of Williams' new version of the ``Monday Night Football'' theme song, ``All My Rowdy Friends Are coming Over Monday Night.''
IMAN REMEMBERS DAVID BOWIE ON THEIR ANNIVERSARY
Iman has marked the 25th anniversary of her marriage to David Bowie with a photo of them standing under an umbrella and Bowie kissing her head. Iman tweeted the photo Tuesday with the caption, ``I would walk forever, just to be in your arms again.'' Bowie and Iman married in Switzerland in April 1992, but they had a church ceremony in Italy on June 6.
WOODSTOCK NAMED A HISTORIC PLACE
Woodstock is officially a historic site. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The venue sits on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
(The Canadian Press)