Country superstar Carrie Underwood had everybody buzzing after the ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops event Monday (April 7), where she debuted a new song.
The singer, along with Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Shane McAnally penned the song ‘Keep Us Safe’ for the event, which showcased members of the U.S. military onstage alongside country superstars. ‘Keep Us Safe’ is a faith-driven ballad with touching lyrics. Underwood sang, “Oh God, keep us safe on our way / Keep our eyes on the heavens.”
Wearing a breathtaking gown adorned with a tulle skirt and scrolling silver embellishments, Underwood looked as good as her voice sounded. Although she is working on a new album, it’s unclear of ‘Keep Us Safe’ will appear on her upcoming record.
Other performers at the event included Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Kellie Pickler, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and the Band Perry. The full tribute will air on CBS May 20 at 9PM ET.
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Carrie Underwood is multi-talented, and apparently is returning some attention to one of those many talents — songwriting. Between singing, performing, acting and CMA Awards hosting, it may be hard for the ‘American Idol’ winner to make time for songwriting.
According to a tweet by Radio.com, the singer is making time to write songs “a lot lately” and she says “it’s going well!
Underwood hasn’t released an album since 2012′s ‘Blown Away’ which featured her hit songs ‘Good Girl’ and ‘Blown Away’ and several songs she co-wrote. Underwood penned eight of the 14 songs on that album including ‘Two Black Cadillacs,’ ‘See You Again,’ ‘Cupid’s Got A Shotgun’ and ‘Wine After Whiskey.’ ‘Good Girl’ was the album’s breakout single, reaching No. 1 on the charts.
Underwood has also written songs that also haven’t appeared on her own albums. She wrote a song for ‘American Idol’ finalist Kristy Lee Cook‘s debut album ‘Why Wait.’ She also lent a songwriting hand for a movie soundtrack. She co-wrote and recorded ‘There’s A Place For Us’ for ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’ It was the film’s lead single and even gave the singer and the other co-writers a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song.
With all that talent, the upcoming album is sure to be one fans won’t want to miss. Underwood’s songwriting skills combined with her singing talents should make a great follow-up to ‘Blown Away.’
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Are you ready to rock? Nirvana, KISS and a slew of other rock legends were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, during an amazing ceremony that included live performances from Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens. But first thing’s first — check out our gallery of red carpet pics and let us know whose look YOU loved the most!
Forget the sex and the drugs — all we need is rock and roll! The 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was huge this year, with performances from inductees such as Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, and Cat Stevens. The show kicked off on April 10 at 7 p.m. ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Let’s check out the hottest looks on the red carpet!
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Red Carpet: Carrie Underwood & More Shine At Ceremony
Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, The E Street Band, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. But there was plenty of other rock royalty on hand to celebrate these legends and kill it on the red carpet!
Sheryl Crow looked rocker chic in black leather capri skinnies, a low-cut black blazer and an amazing sparkly silver choker that fell down to her waist.
Carrie Underwood looked stunning in an all-black outfit that she accessorized with a gold chain belt and gorgeous wavy locks.
Stevie Nicks was also in all black, opting for a flowy, sheer black skirt and a sharp black blazer. These rock divas really know how to coordinate!
Hall & Oates, Stevie Nicks & More Perform At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony
With the exception of Linda Ronstadt and KISS, all of the inductees took the stage to perform at the event.
Cat played on his own and with Paul Shaffer‘s band. Peter Gabriel played with his own group. There was a tribute to Linda, who was unable to attend the show, that featured a group of rock legends in their own right, including Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow. The E Street Band and Hall & Oates also gave stellar performances.
It was so exciting to see these amazing musicians rock out under the same roof!
If you missed the live stream of the show today, don’t worry — you’ll have a second chance to watch the ceremony on HBO on May 31.
So HollywoodLifers, which inductee’s performance did you love the most? And whose red carpet look rocked the hardest? Let us know!
– Tierney McAfee
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The hall of fame announced Tuesday that “The Boss” will fittingly induct and perform with his loyal E Street Band, while a superstar lineup of Nicks, Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow will perform for Linda Ronstadt. Glenn Frey will induct the singer.
Michael Stipe of R.E.M. will induct Nirvana, Coldplay’s Chris Martin will induct Peter Gabriel, Tom Morello handles those duties for KISS, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will induct fellow Philadelphians Hall and Oates.
Inductees Daryl Hall and John Oates, Gabriel and Cat Stevens will perform during the April 10 ceremony, which will be broadcast May 31 on HBO.
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A Country Music Hall of Famer, some Grand Ole Opry members, a few CMA Single of Year winners and a handful of today’s hottest chart toppers will join Keith Urban and Vince Gill for their annual We’re All 4 the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The show — themed “Songtellers” — is May 6 at Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes Gill, Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Lee Ann Womack with Buddy Miller, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap.
“I think this is going to be an extremely unique and revealing night for everyone,” Urban said in a statement. “Not only are we going to see extraordinary ‘one of a kind’ performances, but we’re going to hear some stories that just may have us hearing these well-known songs in a whole new way.”
Tickets for the event are $35 and $50 and will go on sale 10 a.m. April 4 through Ticketmaster outlets, at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at the Bridgestone Arena box office.
An assortment of VIP packages will also be offered. Priced from $200-$3,500, those packages will include perks ranging from floor seats and an autographed photo to a Keith Urban autographed electric guitar and a VIP dinner the night before at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum including songwriter performances.
Urban and Gill have raised more than $2 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum through the We’re All 4 the Hall concerts.
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Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap are among the country artists recognized with special off-camera ACM Awards for their remarkable achievements. The awards will be presented at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sept. 9.
Underwood has been chosen for the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. In 2013, she gained widespread exposure through NFL Sunday Night Football and the live NBC broadcast of The Sound of Music. Her Blown Away tour traveled to London’s Royal Albert Hall, followed by extensive dates across the U.S. and Canada. Upon completing the tour, she donated $1 million to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. She continues to support her hometown of Checotah, Okla., through her C.A.T.S. Foundation.
Keith and Milsap will receive the Career Achievement Award for their accomplishments in country music and beyond. Steve Buchanan, the president of the Opry Entertainment Group, has also been selected for the honor.
In addition, Rascal Flatts are being honored with the Jim Reeves International Award. Last year, the group performed a total of seven shows across Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In addition, the late music publisher Bob Beckham has been named the recipient of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. Paul Moore of the William Morris team in Nashville will receive the Mae Boren Axton Award for dedication and service to the Academy of Country Music.
Kris Kristofferson, Dean Dillon and the late Jack Clement and Buck Owens have been selected to receive the Poet’s Award which honors songwriters. As previously announced, Merle Haggard is being honored with the ACM Crystal Milestone Award to signify his 50th year in country music.
Additional off-camera awards are as follows:
Bass player: Michael Rhodes
Drummer: Shannon Forrest
Guitar player: Rob McNelley
Piano/keyboards Player: Charlie Judge
Steel guitar layer: Paul Franklin
Audio engineer: Justin Niebank
Producer: Dann Huff
Specialty instruments player: Bryan Sutton
Songwriter: Shane McAnally
Casino, small capacity: Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (Uncasville, Conn.)
Casino, medium capacity: Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)
Nightclub: Billy Bob’s Texas (Fort Worth, Texas)
Venue, small capacity: Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater (Austin)
Venue, medium capacity: Grand Ole Opry House (Nashville)
Venue, large capacity: Bridgestone Arena (Nashville)
Don Romeo Talent Buyer: Nicole More (Neste Event Marketing)
Promoter: Brian O’Connell (Live Nation)
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Carrie Underwood is giving only Cody her take on her upcoming duet with Miranda Lambert.
The female powerhouses join forces on “Something Bad” from Miranda’s new album Platinum, and Carrie exclusively reveals this weekend on the first-ever CMT All Access with Cody Alan that the song will surely rock your face off.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she shares. “From the moment it starts, it’s kind of in your face, and it doesn’t let up. It’s guitars squealing and both us giving it our all. It’s very loud and in your face. It’s really cool. You can feel it.”
The country star took Twitter this week with news her own latest megahit has been born.
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The majority of the lineup for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival was announced Thursday, and includes Ziggy Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, OneRepublic, fun. and Carrie Underwood.
The weekend of music kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29, with reggae superstar Ziggy Marley, followed by fun. — the 2013 Grammy Award winners for “Best New Artist.”
On Saturday, Aug. 30, Earth, Wind & Fire — described in a Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) press release as “one of the most legendary bands of the 20th century” — will bring their signature sound to Snowmass, opening for Colorado Springs natives, OneRepublic. Together since 2003, OneRepublic currently is on tour selling out stadiums in Europe, Australia and arenas across the U.S.
The weekend concludes on Sunday, Aug. 31, with superstar country/pop singer Carrie Underwood, the 2005 winner of American Idol who has since become the franchise’s most successful alumnus with more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, 16 No. 1 singles, five Grammys and countless other accolades, according to the release. Officials said additional artists will be announced shortly.
This year, new ticket options will be available for the festival, held in Snowmass Town Park. For Friday night, JAS is implementing a new “Family Friendly Friday” offer which will allow parents to purchase discounted $10 tickets in advance for kids 12 and younger. A newly expanded “Kids Corner” in the JAS Village will provide activities for the kids throughout the night and weekend.
A limited number of discounted “Early Bird” tickets at $59 for Friday and $69 for Saturday and Sunday, or $170 for a three-day pass, will be available while supplies last starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 14.
A second “MidWay” tier of pricing at $65 for Friday and $75 for Saturday and Sunday, or $180 for a three-day pass, will be released upon completion of the Early Bird sales, with a third “Last Chance” tier of pricing at $75 for Friday and $85 on Saturday and Sunday, or $190 for a three-day pass to follow.
Three-day passes will include one general admission wristband good for entrance into all performances.
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A fundraiser for a local animal support organization sold out Saturday benefiting several animal rescue programs; there was even a special guest in attendance. Country music star Carrie Underwood stopped by because an animal shelter she supports received an award.
Fur Ball is the name of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals 10th annual fundraiser gala. More than 300 people attended the event.
“It’s a sold out event and we’re happy,” said Jamee Suarez, with Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.
The fundraiser for the Oklahoma Animal Alliance had a special visitor, Checotah native Carrie Underwood cheered on the charity she supports in her hometown. OAA recognized Happy Paws Animal Shelter for its spay-neuter and adoption programs.
The Western-themed event helped raise more than $100,000 to fund OAA’s programs, which help fight pet overpopulation, rescue animals and keep partnerships with other animal welfare organizations across the state.
Organizers say Saturday’s fundraiser will not only help their cause, but will honor animal shelters for their work.
“It takes a lot of money to help animals, it’s really expensive,” Suarez said.
Some donors even brought their dogs. Platty, the rescue dog, who has a national following for the growth on his snout, was recognized by OAA. Dog owner Gerald Pace brought his lab he rescued off the side of a Louisiana Highway to the fundraiser.
“Beauty is very well behaved and actually enjoys coming to these events,” Pace said.
Supporter Pamela Reed said programs like OAA need support to save animals in need of care.
“There’s so many dogs that are needing out there, and I just wanna do what I can to help, this is a good way to help the animals,” Reed said.
She said people should never turn away the chance to adopt a dog or cat needing a new home.
“You’re saving a life, and they’re not throw away dogs. There’s a lot of awesome dogs in shelters,”
OAA also recognized Dogville Daycare & Boarding for helping older and special needs animals.
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Now, call me a skeptic, but in the past, every time I’ve seen an incredibly svelte celebrity in a fashion or beauty or fitness magazine giving me a handful of easy “tips” on how I, too, can achieve their hot body with a few simple crunches or leg lifts, I’ve thought to myself, “Yeah, right!”
And after chuckling, I usually ate a cookie.
We all know just a couple of sit-ups are going to give us abs we can grate cheese on, right?
Wrong. You’ve tried it. I’ve tried it. And still, no abs. At least not at my house.
But I may have to pack my cynicism away in light of Glamour’s latest feature with Underwood and her trainer Erin Oprea. Not only did they get the skinny on Underwood’s workout straight from the source herself, they actually feature the two of them demonstrating the moves for us in a handy online slideshow.
And, ladies, let me just tell you: This is it. This actually is the real “miniskirt-ready legs” workout we’ve all been dying to try in our valiant effort to emulate the look of country music’s most envied gams — the legs of Underwood.
Through a series of squats, lunges, jumps on a Bosu fitness ball, skater hops and one killer kettle bell move known as a “cherry picker,” the fit twosome don’t hold back. They dish the detailed instructions guaranteed to put you right on track to get Underwood’s toned legs by summer.
How can I be so sure, you ask? Because just one evening spent devoting to my … ahem … workout to Underwood’s regimen left me feeling the burn in places I’d never felt it before. I’m not even kidding.
So, guys and gals, should we all join together over the next month and get “Carried” away with Underwood’s hot legs boot camp? I could definitely be in it to win. Hey, I’ll even be your accountability partner, if you’ll be mine.
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