Kelly Clarkson: Pop star. Crossover country star. Reality shows mentor. Honorary McEntire. Sitcom star?
Although that last role may seem a bit far-fetched for the crossover country star, Clarkson will be adding yet another role to her already impressive resume. This fall, she will appear alongside of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the pilot for a new CBS show, The Crazy Ones. Although she’s appeared on the small screen as a guest on Reba and a mentor on Duets, this may be Clarkson’s most risque role since grinding against Justin Guarini in From Justin to Kelly.
In the pilot, Clarkson plays a hilariously exaggerated and oversexed version of herself, while Williams and Gellar play a father-daughter advertising team. So you’ve got Mrs. Doubtfire, Buffy and the original American Idol in one place? We’ll be tuning in to CBS on Thursdays this fall at 9pm!
Sad news this weekend for Reba McEntire and “Malibu Country” fans. ABC has announced that they will not air a second season of the comedy, and has cancelled what was once named their highest-rated freshman comedy series of 2012. The series aired 18 episodes on its one and only season on ABC. The show followed the story of Reba’s character, a country singer, who had uprooted her family following her divorce from Nashville to Malibu, California. She was trying to keep her career going while raising two kids.
“Malibu Country” was Reba’s return to television after her show “Reba” had run from 2001 to 2007. “Reba” still gets airtime today on multiple stations, including CMT Canada. The show had guest appearances from stars like Blake Shelton, Laura Bell Bundy, and more. Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson had both previously expressed their interest in wanting to guest star on the sitcom as well.
ABC will be renewing Nashville, which has become a mega-hit for the station, so country music won’t be completely gone.
Are you sad to see the loss of “Malibu Country”? Did you get the chance to watch it while it was on-air?
It’s been a tragic few days for country music stars and country fans. The legendary George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital, and country stars have reacted in shock and sadness over the loss of an icon. See what some of your favorite stars have said about the great George Jones:
“George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks. How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know. And one of the greatest friends you could ever have.
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”
Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…
Danielle Peck, chart-topping country music star, has been added to the “Angels On Earth” benefit concert for Nashville, TN resident, Theresa Lawton. Lawton sustained several traumatic injuries after she was struck by a drunk driver on her way to church on January 30, 2013.
Peck joins an already star-studded evening of music featuring Bucky Covington, Julie Roberts, Jason Crabb and Brian Nutter from Keith Urban‘s band as well as hit songwriters. Emceed by News Channel 5′s Rhori Johnston, the event is sure to be an amazing night of music all for a great cause. The evening will also include a silent auction.
For more information about Theresa and upcoming announcements regarding the event, follow the Prayers for Theresa Lawton Facebook page.
Winners have been announced for the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE tonight on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fans named Luke Bryan, Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor and his first win in that category. This year marked a record breaking year with 1.1 million fans casting their vote for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories, combined.
Bryan co-hosted the ACM Awards for the first time ever tonight with Blake Shelton. Prior to the telecast, Bryan won for Vocal Event of the Year with Jason Aldean and Eric Church, for “The Only Way I Know,” a trophy he accepted on the GAC live red carpet pre-show. The Entertainer of the Year Award and Vocal Event of the Year mark his fourth ACM Award wins. He previously won in 2009 for both New Solo Vocalist of the Year and for New Artist of the Year.
Miranda Lambert won for the fourth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year and she also took the prize for Single Record of the Year as artist, and Song of the Year, as artist and composer, for “Over You,” an award she shares with husband and co-composer Blake Shelton. She is the leading winner of the night, with a total of four trophies in three categories. She joins Reba and Loretta Lynn as the only other artists to win Female Vocalist of the Year four or more times.
Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year, his first win in the category. Aldean also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, for “The Only Way I Know.” This is his second consecutive win in that category; he won last year with Kelly Clarkson for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” In 2005, he won for New Male Vocalist of the Year.
Little Big Town won Vocal Group of the Year and, prior to the telecast, they were also awarded the trophy for Video of the Year for “Tornado.” This is their first win in both categories. In 2006, they won for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
Thompson Square won Vocal Duo of the Year, their second consecutive ACM Award win in that category.
Eric Church won Album of the Year for Chief. He also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, for “The Only Way I Know.” This is his first win in both categories, and his third ACM Award overall. He won for New Solo Vocalist of the Year in 2010.
Artists Florida Georgia Line received their first time Academy of Country Music Award tonight for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores, a fan-voted category. They previously won in the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year category, giving them a total of two wins for this year.
Take a look below at the list of winners and let us know which ones you agree with:
The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are taking place this Sunday, April 7th, in Las Vegas. As we all know, the red carpet and stage fashion choices are some of the most talked about items when it comes to award shows. Back, due to popular demand, is our very own pre-award show fashion reminiscent feature! This time, we take a look at the couples and collaborations of ACMs past … and, boy, have there been some questionably horrific and unquestionably sensational choices in ACM history!
Yesterday we were part of a teleconference with CBS and Academy of Country Music producers for the upcoming ACM awards this weekend. We got to know quite a few exciting secrets for the award show this weekend, and of course we couldn’t wait to tell our fans and readers on Twitter! If you’re following us on Twitter (@keepinitblog) you will have already heard these really cool performances, but we are recapping them now so everyone can keep track of what might be the most-fun Academy of Country Music Award show ever.
Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the ACMs this year because of budgetary reasons, so we’ll be live-tweeting them from home along with you! Make sure you join us Sunday afternoon for our exclusive KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS… Jason Charles Miller stageit show at 3 pm EST, before the ACMs kick off live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8 pm EST. Use hashtag #KIC to join in our fun!
Jewel will perform a special Lifting Lives segment with a mash-up of her hit single “Hands Clean” and “Fill A Heart,” an original song by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.
Hunter Hayes will get two pretty cool performances – he’ll be debuting his new single “I Want Crazy” with Stevie Wonder, and will mix in one of Stevie’s big hits. Hunter will return later in the show with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley live from the ACM Fan Jam. How did Stevie and Hunter get together? Turns out Hunter covers Stevie’s songs on tour, and Stevie discovered them and became a fan of Hunter.
Luke Bryan will be debuting a brand new single “Crash My Party” during the award show..
Kelly Clarkson will be performing her country single “Don’t Rush” with a special, announced guest. Is it Vince Gill? We don’t know, but we know he was approached along with someone else.
Reba will introduce a very special duet performance from Garth Brooks and George Strait who will be paying tribute to the late Dick Clark. It’s going to be a pretty emotional performance, so make sure you tune in for this one.
Do you have any questions about the ACMs? We’ll answer what we can on Facebook and Twitter!
With a career that has successfully spanned music, movies, television, Broadway and more, Reba is truly one of country music’s most acclaimed and decorated women. Due to this unparalleled career, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Reba with the exhibit Reba: All the Women I Am, which opens in the museum’s East Gallery on August 9, 2013, and runs through June 8, 2014.
According to Museum Director Kyle Young, “Reba is the most successful female country performer of her generation, and a major influence on many of the female recording artists who have followed her. Her achievements and accolades are almost too numerous to mention: She has sold more than 40 million records, charted nearly 60 Top Ten singles and 24 #1 hits, and been honored with nearly 50 major awards, including two Grammy awards, the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award and the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award; she is also one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. And, of course, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.”
“It’s impossible to overstate Reba’s impact on country music, and her contributions go well beyond recording,” Young continued. “She heightened production values for country concerts, adding elaborate stages, video screens and multiple costume changes. Such innovations are now de rigueur on the tours of top country artists. Furthermore, through her work on Broadway, in film, and as the star of two television comedies, Reba has helped to heighten and expand the profile of country music, lifting all boats in her magnificent wake. We are looking forward to telling the rich, inspiring and always entertaining story of one of country music’s brightest lights.”
The exhibit, Reba: All the Women I Am, will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibit’s duration. For more information, visit
In Nashville last week, the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) took place. Country music stars were out in abundance at various special events providing everyone in attendance with great performances, brand new songs, cool collaborations, and a whole lot of fun!
One of the biggest nights during CRS week is the Sony Boat Show, and Kelly Clarkson sure did wow the crowd this year!
Clarkson debuted a new song titled, “Ain’t Gonna Like This,” which she co-wrote with her long-time guitarist and close friend, Aben Eubanks. If you follow Clarkson’s career, you will know that a Clarkson-Eubanks collab always results in some great music.
In the song, Clarkson references her musical heroes and influences, and sings her love for all genres of music. “Singin’ what I’m feelin’ inside/I don’t care what it is, what you call it, here it is.” … If you don’t like Reba/If you don’t like Trisha/If you don’t like Aretha/I don’t even wanna meet ya/If none of my heroes make your list/Well then you ain’t gonna like this.” (Big thank-you to Aben Eubanks for the correct lyrics.)
To top off the excitement over the new country track, Clarkson had a little help from her friends, The Pistol Annies, who provided the background vocals for the performance.
Twitter was abuzz with compliments for the song as well as for Clarkson and the Annies. They even got a standing O!
Some of my favorite tweets from the night:
@JosephHudak3: @kelly_clarkson is playing the Sony boat and I may lose my mind. Her voice is That Good. #CRS2013 — Joseph Hudak
@shaunridder: It’s official, @kellyclarkson IS country. We love her. How can you not? #Adorable #CRS2013 @sonynashville — Shaun Ridder
@Linda1Ryan: Woah! @kelly_clarkson cutting it up with the @pistolannies #sonyboatshow #rockinmyworld — Linda Ryan
We hope this song is going to be released to country radio soon. It has the makings of a mega hit written all over it. With its rockin’ country soul vibe, it would be a great follow-up to her current hit ballad, “Don’t Rush.”
And no, Kelly, we don’t like the song… we love it!
There are not any high quality videos of the performance yet, but you can still hear most of the song and hear Clarkson wail some super high notes as only she can. Check it out below.
Music superstar Kelly Clarkson is standing up for herself in a message posted on her Facebook and Twitter accounts today. Music superpower Clive Davis released a memoir, and which Kelly claims he spreads false information about her and she gives her side of what happened.
Kelly, who has released multiple country singles (“Because Of You” with Reba McEntire, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean, “Mr Know It All” country version, and “Don’t Rush” with Vince Gill), is frustrated at what Clive wrote in his book.
Read Kelly’s statement below:
So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.
First, he says I burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.
But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called “Because Of You.” I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.” He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with. But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t include that in the book.
He also goes on to say My December wasn’t successful because I co-penned the album and it didn’t have “pop hits”. Well, first let me say, I’ve co-penned many of my “pop hits.” Secondly, My December went platinum (It sold 20,000 less than All I Ever Wanted which followed My December.) Hardly a huge failure. Never Again, the ONLY single they released in the US from that record was a Top 10 hit. I am very proud of that and I have my fans to thank. But, again, what’s most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn’t mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach it’s full potential. My December was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren’t words to explain….
Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships… now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference.
Cheers to another amazing year! And, as always, thanks for listening!
What do you think about Kelly’s message? Do you support the 2012 Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year nominee standing up for herself? Read her statement here on Whosay.