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Sans Bono, U2 rises to the occasion for World AIDS Day

This Frankenstein’s monster of a benefit show shouldn’t have worked.

As part of World AIDS Day, U2 announced a surprise show yesterday afternoon: Times Square, 7:30 p.m., to be broadcast on YouTube and ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown. The Irish rock royalty—the same guys who implanted their most recent record into millions of iTunes libraries back in September—know high-stakes spotlights well, but Monday evening they were without iconic frontman Bono, who was injured last month in a bicycle accident.

Instead, U2 and Bono’s charity organization (RED) moved forward with an assemblage of top-notch artists that few would have envisioned sharing a bill, much less a stage. Dubbing themselves “U2 Minus 1,” the band invited Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen to fill Bono’s shoes, and recruited Carrie Underwood and Kanye West to give solo performances. Despite drearily persistent rain, the show didn’t disappoint. READ FULL STORY

Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival in September

On September 27, a lineup including Jay-Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., Tiësto, and The Roots will perform at the third annual Global Citizen Festival, held on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park.

Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival is a outdoor concert whose main goal is to raise awareness and inspire action to combat extreme poverty worldwide. The Global Poverty Project, the organization behind the festival, hopes to use the event as a tool “promote activism through something people love—live musical entertainment—and in turn, give our world leaders a clear and compelling mandate to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.” Every year, the event is held around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the festival will be televised by NBC and MSNBC.

Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival are earned, not bought. To earn tickets, fans visit the Global Citizen website, sign up, and complete several tasks aimed at spreading awareness. Each task earns a certain number of points, and once a fan earns eight points, he or she can enter to win tickets to the event. There will be five draws this summer, and would-be concertgoers can enter up to six times. A total of 48,000 free tickets will be given out this year.

“After last year’s success, Jay Z put up his hand and said, ‘I want to headline Year 3,’” Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project, said to the New York Times. “ We sat down with people from his Shawn Carter Foundation and found that there are so many alliances between what they’re trying to do and what we’re trying to do.

Last year’s lineup included John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Stevie Wonder, who closed the festival with an hour-long set that included a cover John Lennon’s “Imagine” (see below). Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, also made a special appearance and addressed the crowd during Wonder’s set.

American Country Awards: See the winners here!

Blake-Shelton-Review

Artist of the Year
Winner: Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean
Florida George Line
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Male
Winner: Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Winner: Miranda Lambert
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Winner: Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Winner: Scotty McCreery
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
Randy Houser
Justin Moore

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Winner: Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett
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CMA Awards: Best and Worst of the Broadcast

The real winners were announced Wednesday night at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best “Suck it, haters” Taylor Swift moment ever: So not only did George Strait, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, and Rascal Flatts — all people for whom Swift opened at the start of her career — come out onstage to present the 23-year-old with the Pinnacle Award, there was also a video including kind messages from Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Carly Simon, Julia Roberts, and Ethel Kennedy, among others. Watch it below. It’s might have been the best acceptance speech of Swift’s career, as she paid respect to each of the artists onstage with her.  READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley talks preparations, George Jones tribute, and poking fun at country-music feuds

For the sixth straight year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will cohost the CMA Awards, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. (See our predictions for who we think will win, and who we’d vote for.)

There’s a long list of performances, which include Taylor Swift collaborating with Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, Dave Grohl joining the Zac Brown Band,  and George Strait and Alan Jackson paying tribute to the late, great George Jones. Back in August, when Paisley began talking to exec producer Robert Deaton about this year’s show, one of their first conversations was about how the broadcast would honor Jones. “It ought to be the best you can have with those two doing it,” Paisley told EW last month. “They’re the heirs to the torch. If anybody’s close to the stratosphere that George Jones was cruising in, it’s them. That’s who it needs to be.”

Fans will also tune in to see what Paisley and Underwood come up with for their opening monologue. When we spoke to Paisley, he expected them to have fun with the genre’s current identity crisis, epitomized by Brown referring to Entertainer of the Year nominee and fellow performer Luke Bryan’s bro-country chart-topper ”That’s My Kind of Night” as ”the worst song I’ve ever heard.” ”You’ve got people in our industry all fired up on each side of that issue, and then you’ve got me — I’m just happy about it,” Paisley says, laughing. ”It’s like I’m this sadist when we’re writing this show. I’m like, ‘Oh, that looks painful… That’s great!”  READ FULL STORY

How country music went crazy: A comprehensive timeline of the genre's identity crisis

Are you aware that Nashville is currently embroiled in an outright civil war?

The country music genre has gone through quite a transformation in the past couple years, adopting the electric guitar sounds of nearly-defunct rock radio, the rap-infused cadences and AutoTune normally reserved for hip hop, and, most controversially, the pop elements left behind as that genre gravitated toward electronic dance music. And attitudes have become ever more contentious between traditional and modern-country fans in 2013. Lately, the frustrations have reached a boiling point.

The straw that broke the camel’s back arrived two weeks ago, when Zac Brown called Luke Bryan’s No. 1 single “That’s My Kind of Night” the “worst song I’ve ever heard.” That remark caused Jason Aldean to hop on Instagram and tell Brown, “trust me when I tell u that nobody gives a shit what u think.” The country community quickly took sides in the debate, and the resulting feud has catapulted country music’s identity crisis straight into the spotlight.

These days, pop-country is more popular than ever — but also more despised than ever. Stars like Brown, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Allan have begun publicly expressing unhappiness with their format, which this year has become an increasingly homogenous platform for men (a few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood was the only solo female in the Top 20) singing about trucks and beers and girls and then more trucks.

Tensions have been brewing all year long (and really, much longer than that) — and there’s been no shortage of public feuding among the genre’s A-list. As country fights to figure out what it should look and sound like, its biggest stars are airing some very honest (and sometimes harsh) opinions. Here’s a timeline of country’s wild, crazy, and sometimes mud-slinging year:

January 23: Blake Shelton calls classic country fans “old farts” and “jackasses”
While speaking in a GAC special, The Voice coach angered thousands of elderly country fans when he remarked, “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.” The comment caused a controversy that endured for weeks and helped spark this year’s debate about traditional-country vs. pop-country.
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CMA nominations 2013: The snubs and surprises

Kacey-Musgraves-Review

Now that the 47th Annual CMA award nominations have been announced, here are a few thoughts on who made the cut, who was sorely left out — and the things that just don’t make much sense:

SURPRISE! Kacey Musgraves The Nashville newcomer scored six nominations (five for her own music, one for co-writing Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), which tied pack-leader Taylor Swift. Musgraves may not have the sales power of Swift, but she clearly has the industry support. Not many Best New Artist nominees also find themselves competing for awards like Best Female Artist or Album of the Year, a category that her disc Same Trailer Different Park absolutely deserves to win.

SNUB: Carrie Underwood An acclaimed album, four number one singles, and a 110-date arena tour (not to mention her new Sunday Night Football duties) were not enough to finally earn the perennial CMA Awards host her first Entertainer of the Year nomination. Annoyingly, this snub has been going on for a while. Methinks there must be record label politics holding her back. How else do you explain Jason Aldean, whose recent singles have floundered, sneaking into the category ahead of her? READ FULL STORY

CMA nominations 2013: Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton lead the way

In case you were wondering: It’s Taylor Swift’s world, and we’re all just marking time until she writes a song about each one of us, then collects an award for every one.

Swift is up for both Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2013 Country Music Association Awards, whose nominations were announced this morning by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line.

The CMAs—not to be confused with the ACMs or the CMT Awards—are the biggest deal in country music, and will be hosted once again by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, live on ABC on November 6.

Swift has won Entertainer of the Year, the awards’ highest honor, twice before. She’s the only woman nominee in this year’s field in that category, which is rounded out by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, George Strait, and Luke Bryan. Shelton, Aldean, and Bryan will also be competing for Male Vocalist of the Year in a list that also includes Keith Urban and Eric Church. Swift will go up against Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, and Miranda Lambert in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Swift has a total of five nominations this year (including her participation in Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care”); Florida George Line check in with four, while Kacey Musgraves is up for a total of five (her four as a performer plus an extra one for her songwriting credit on Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” up for Song of the Year). Blake Shelton is up for a total of five prizes as well.

Check out the nominees in all 12 categories below.  READ FULL STORY

See Carrie Underwood's 'Sunday Night Football' theme -- VIDEO

NBC unveiled Carrie Underwood’s version of the Sunday Night Football theme tonight, marking the end of Faith Hill’s reign as the NFL’s musical queen.

Hill began singing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” (a reworking of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You”) in 2007 and has appeared at the top of the broadcast for the past six years. Hill stepped down from the gig in April, and in May it was announced that Underwood would take over the high-profile opening number, which, interestingly, didn’t always belong to country gals — it was originally sung by Pink in 2006.

Underwood’s version features a whole lot of high notes and almost as many Verizon logos, but, remarkably fewer shots of her legs (which some have called the best gams in the biz) than Hill’s. Check it out below — along with the older versions for comparison:
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Watch Carrie Underwood fall on stage and literally miss one note -- VIDEO

At a concert in Texas on Thursday night, Carrie Underwood proved the combination of 5-inch stilettos and a long flowy shirt is dangerous if you’re a singer who stomps for emphasis. Watch her hit the floor in the video below and, well, you can read the headline. Equally impressive: how she handled it afterward on Twitter. Here’s hoping she can feel her toes now (and appreciate how funny it is that she was performing “Undo It” at the time). READ FULL STORY

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