Congrats to the Civil Wars for picking up the Best Country Duo/Group Performance award at the 2012 Grammy Awards. The pair nabbed the trophy for their debut album, ‘Barton Hollow.’ While the Civil Wars, and their music, are obviously quality enough to earn them a Grammy and the national attention that comes along with it, it was frontman John Paul White’s acceptance speech that will be vividly remembered.
Alison Krauss and Union Station accepted the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for ‘Paper Airplane.’ This particular award was not televised on CBS — the actual prime time broadcast begins at 8PM ET. Instead, Krauss and the band accepted the award during the pre-telecast, which streamed online. The bulk of the awards are handed out during the online stream, so this segment is more about the awards than the performances.
Dolly Parton and the late Whitney Houston are forever connected through one very specific hit ballad. Houston’s version of ‘I Will Always Love You’ — which Parton wrote and first released in 1974 — was a massive hit for Houston in 1992 as part of ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack.
Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now tour was a global, 98-city trek that we are still talking about even though it’s long over. That’s because it was one of the hottest tours of 2011, as the singer traveled the world, strumming her guitar, singing her confessional songs, covering regional artists from the city in which she was playing and inviting big name locals to perform on stage with her. All three of those elements contributed to the tour’s success.
Love is definitely in the air in the 30-second commercial for Soul2Soul, the new his-and-her fragrances from country’s first couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Hill and McGraw proudly display their passion and love in this black and white clip, which celebrates two fragrances and one love story. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, right?
What does a incredibly successful country superstar do to celebrate his good fortunes, which include notching his eighth No. 1 hit (‘Tattoos on This Town’), releasing one of the best-selling albums of the past two years (‘My Kinda Party’) and embarking on a sold-out tour? Well, fulfilling a dream like purchasing a nice chunk of property is great way to enjoy the fruits of your labor and that’s just what Jason Aldean did.
Johnny Cash, akathe Man in Black, was the king of infinite cool, and not exactly someone who would automatically come to mind when you think of lullabies or music with which to soothe babies. That is until the proud parents of 9-month-old twins Reece and Levi decided to use Cash as the soundtrack while their twins bounce around in their Jolly Jumpers.
Kelly Clarkson is indulging fan requests on her current tour, playing whatever covers her fans request in advance and want to hear. At her Austin, Texas stop, Clarkson went country, something she’s been hinting at doing with her own music. She covered Pistol Annies‘ ‘Hell on Heels,’ musing that the song was requested by multiple people — and likely because she was in Texas. Texans love their Miranda Lambert, who’s one third of the Pistol Annies. Clarkson is also a close friend of Lambert and a native Texan, like her blond pal, so it was the perfect cover song.
Much like former Democratic President Bill Clinton — who went on late night TV playing the sax — President Barack Obama is using music to connect with a potential pool of voters. With the 2012 election nipping at his heels as he seeks re-election, the commander-in-chief has released a 28-track playlist via Spotify for his upcoming campaign.
Didn’t get the invite to Danny Gokey‘s wedding? We didn’t either, but never fear. The singer and his new wife Leyicet Peralta welcome fans into their wedding with a new video, posted to Twitter by Gokey himself, which captures several significant moments from their big day. Danny and his bride swapped vows on Jan. 29 and now, they’re giving us a window into their big day.
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