MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

 

KEITH URBAN

 

Keith Urban says being nominated for the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year award is ``the highest honour imaginable.'' Urban says he's been a musician since he was six and he's played on stages since he was 7. Urban leads the A-C-M nominations with seven. Lauren Alaina posted a video online in which she says she's ``crying like an idiot in the airport'' after finding out she's up for the new female vocalist award. Maren Morris, who has six nominations and just won a Grammy, tweets that ``this week couldn't get any better.'' Urban's competition for entertainer of the year is last year's winner Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood, who has won the award every time she's been nominated for it. Bryan and Dierks (DURKS) Bentley return as hosts for the show, set for April 2 in Las Vegas.

 

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PINK, ELLE KING, RHIANNON GIDDENS GET ACM NOMINATIONS

 

Pink could take home a country award. She is nominated for vocal event of the year at the Academy of Country Music Association Awards for her duet of ``Setting The World On Fire'' with Kenny Chesney. Elle King also is up for that award, for doing ``Different For Girls'' with Dierks (DURKS) Bentley. Rhiannon Giddens is nominated for song of the year for her work with Eric Church on ``Kill A Word.''

 

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OZZY OSBOURNE WILL SING ``BARK AT THE MOON'' AT AN ECLIPSE

 

A town of less than six-thousand people will host Ozzy Osbourne in concert this summer because it will be one of the prime spots in the U.S. to see a total solar eclipse.

Osbourne is scheduled to perform ``Bark at the Moon'' at exactly 1:20 p-m on August 21st at the Moonstock festival in Carterville, Illinois, as the light fades into darkness. Five Finger Death Punch will play one of the other days of the four-day festival, with other acts to be announced. Walker's Bluff winery in Carterville will issue a commemorative wine called Solar Red that will have Osbourne and a solar eclipse on the label.

 

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SARA BAREILLES WILL STAR IN ``WAITRESS'' ON BROADWAY

 

Sara Bareilles will take over the lead role of Jenna Hunterson in the Broadway musical ``Waitress.''

She won't have to work too hard to learn the music. She wrote it. It will be Bareilles' Broadway debut. Her opening night is March 31st and she will stay with the show through June 11th. Bareilles says the show has been ``one of the great, true loves'' of her life and she laughs and cries every time she sees it.

 

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PINK FLOYD REFLECT ON 50 YEARS

 

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason figured the band would last a year, so he had reserved his place at architecture school. He says, ``Sadly, I've never managed to get back there.''

Mason and bassist Roger Waters made a rare public appearance in London yesterday at an exhibit about the band to promote the 50th anniversary of the release of their album, ``The Piper At The Gates of Dawn.'' Mason says guitarist David Gilmour has saved a lot of the band's instruments over the years, but they didn't have the space to save things like a 70-foot tall teacher. He says they've built quite a few pigs over the years, so they usually can find one when needed.

 

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WILLIE NELSON'S BACK

 

Willie Nelson is on the road again. He performed last night at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Nelson missed a three-night stint in California last week, as well as shows set for New Mexico and Arizona. A rep says Nelson had a terrible cold and needed rest. He also cancelled two Las Vegas shows in late January but returned for the last three in early February. 

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THE ROOTS WILL STAGE BASKETBALL MUSICAL BEFORE NBA ALL-STAR GAME

 

The Roots will do an original musical about the N-B-A during the All-Star Game on Sunday. ``The Evolution of Greatness'' also will feature DJ Jazzy Jeff, Darryl ``D-M-C'' McDaniels, Jidenna, ``Hamilton'' actor Daveed Diggs and actor Michael B. Jordan. The musical will be staged before the introduction of the teams. John Legend will be the halftime entertainment. The All-Star Game will be shown on T-N-T. 

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FASTBALL WEIGH IN ON ``BAD THINGS''

 

Tony Scalzo of Fastball loves what Camilla Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly have done with his song. Their song ``Bad Things'' reimagines the 1997 Fastball hit ``Out of My Head.''

Scalzo tells Billboard magazine ``Bad Things'' changes the words and meaning but he calls it ``really innovative and awesome.'' He had never heard of Cabello or Fifth Harmony before ``Bad Things'' came out. Scalzo says he wrote ``Out of My Head'' as ``an Elvis Costello thing'' while thinking Fastball was about to be dropped by their label.

(The Associated Press)