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This past Friday night, Garth Brooks‘ Las Vegas show aired live on CBS from The Wynn to fans’ delight, and the highly anticipated television special certainly did not disappoint! With 8.7 million viewers spending their Black Friday nights curled up on their couches, watching one of country music’s best, the special doubled Lady Gaga’s recently aired Muppets event. Clearly fans do not live by the old cliche “out of sight, out of mind,” and are eagerly awaiting the day Garth announces that he will be bringing his show back out on the road!
Clad in work boots, baggy jeans, a hoodie, and a Wynn Las Vegas baseball cap, Garth owned the stage on which he was only accompanied by a guitar. With stories from his childhood and brief covers of songs on which he grew up, Garth entertained the live and television audiences with his sense of humor, charisma, and stellar vocals. While sharing tales about his large family and their many adventures during Garth’s childhood (such as riding shotgun and fearing for his life as his mother’s lead foot took over the vehicle), Garth covered some of the influential songs that impacted his career. The show could best be classified as “stand-up comedy … with a guitar.”
Garth also “surprised” the audience with a cameo by his superstar country vocalist wife, Trisha Yearwood, who joined her husband on stage for a performance of the couple’s “In Another’s Eyes.” Before leaving the stage, Trisha also gave us a brief sampling of one of her most infamous songs “She’s In Love With the Boy.” Luckily for us diehard Garth fans, we were also blessed with performances (albeit mere clips) of some of Garth’s oldies and goodies, including “Somewhere Other Than the Night” and party classic “Friends In Low Places.” Perhaps the most incredible moment of the night, at least for this particular huge Garth fan, was the performance of “Shameless.” Not only does Garth own the Billy Joel cover every time the words slip through his lips, but during this specific performance, Garth let go of his true and tried stage companion (his acoustic guitar), and sang a portion of the song a cappella. At that point, 8.7 million hearts simultaneously melted.
The two-hour event was a blast from the past, as well as a glimpse into the future, of Garth’s country career and left fans craving more … especially to the tune of a 2014 tour. Between the release of Garth’s eight-disc Blame It All On My Roots boxed set and the live airing of his final Las Vegas show, fans are buzzing about the possibility of Garth coming out of “retirement,” hitting the road, and sharing his music — new and old — with country music fans across the world.
Not only did fans of country music sit with their eyes glued to their televisions on Friday night, but Garth’s peers in the country music industry tuned in to watch their beloved idol entertain the masses. Below are some of our favorite reaction tweets from country musicians:
@DierksBentley: still the man… #garthbrooks
@carrieunderwood: Loving this #GarthBrooks special! Saw the show in Vegas a few years ago…so much joy and love for music! #Inspired #FellowOkie
@TheSwonBrothers: Who does Chuck Norris fear?? #GarthBrooks
@KCMuessigmann: Garth Brooks is the single greatest entertainer EVER born. Biggest influence on my music, as well as every other mid-20′s artist out there.
@jodeemessina: OMG! Watching Garth special. He is amazing! Some people have just “got it”. Ha. He just happens to have a LOT of it. Rock on Garth! Xoxo
@TheFarmMusic: That’s about as good as it gets folks …a true entertainer. #Garth
@johnrich: Watching #Garth right now. Country music’s Elvis! Also, I never realized how much he and @glennbeck look alike. Am I right?
@mallaryhope: Garth Brooks is the best ever. The end
@WillHoge: there’s some jackass on CBS TOTALLY ripping off Chris Gaines right now. He should sue this dude
@cavanaughmusic: Garth brooks is the man for a reason
If anything became evident during this event, it is that “retirement” has not affected the stunning vocals of this iconic performer, nor has time away from the limelight hindered his ability to bring a memorable show to his fans. Here’s to hoping that Garth is ready to travel the world again for one more “Rodeo”!
From Little Big Town’s cover of “Born This Way” to Miranda Lambert’s cover of “You and I”, pop superstar Lady Gaga is well represented in the country music world. Last fall, Luke Bryan offered up his own rendition of Gaga’s “Bad Romance” on his headlining tour, sponsored by CMT.
Wanna see how it stacks up to the original? Take a glance at the video and vote in our poll below.
Billboard magazine released its list of the top money makers last week, and country music’s own Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney both represent country in the top three. Taylor earned more than $35 million in 2011, beating out rock super-group U2 who only made $32 million last year. Kenny made over $29 million in 2011, placing third on the list. Kenny made the top five along with Lady Gaga, and Lil’ Wayne. Jason Aldean found his place in the top ten at number nine with a little over $13 million, placing just one spot behind Celine Dion. See the full list on Billboard’s site.
Other country stars making the top 40 include Toby Keith at number fifteen, Rascal Flatts at number eighteen, Tim McGraw at number nineteen, Brad Paisley at number twenty-one, Lady Antebellum at number twenty-six, Keith Urban at number twenty-seven, Zac Brown Band at number twenty-eight, and Sugarland beats Justin Bieber at number thirty-four.
Billboard uses U.S. income from tours, album and single sales, and publishing royalties to calculate their rankings. They do not include sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronizing deals to put together their impressive list.
It’s not surprising to see Taylor Swift nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2012. She’s been nominated before and even walked away with the “Blimp” for Favorite Female Singer in 2010. But what is surprising is one of this year’s nominees for Favorite Male Singer: Toby Keith.
Maybe the nomination is due to a fresh crop of kids going country. Or maybe (and more likely) it’s a result of the kids going crazy for Toby’s “Red Solo Cup.” No matter what the reason for the his first Kids’ Choice nomination, I’m sure Toby’s happy to take it. He’s up against Usher, Bruno mars and Justin Bieber, who won the award last year.
Taylor is once again nominated for Favorite Female Singer. She’s up against Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and her friend Selena Gomez. Swift’s “Sparks Fly” is nominated for Favorite Song, going up against Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and the “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO.
The Kids’ Choice Awards 2012 will air live March 31st on Nickelodeon at 8pm ET.
Both singers will hit the stage with Tony, with Faith performing “The Way You Look Tonight” and Carrie singing “It Had To Be You.”
Great Performances will air Friday, January 27 at 9PM on PBS.
One of the more anticipated moments of last night’s Grammy nominations special was the announced duet of Lady GaGa with country music duo Sugarland. They performed Lady Gaga’s hit single “You And I” with Lady GaGa on the piano and even Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles picking up a guitar. Watch the video of their performance right here and let us know what you think about this mix:
This wasn’t the first time Sugarland performed with a pop superstar. They performed “California King Bed” with Rihanna at the Academy of Country Music’s Fanjam earlier in the year.
Tonight (11/30), the nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards were announced at The Grammy Nominations Concert, live on CBS. The Band Perry performed, as well as a collaboration between Jason Aldean and Ludacris in which they performed Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.” In addition, Sugarland and Lady Gaga took the stage together to perform Gaga’s hit “You And I.”
Among the nominees are some of our very favourite country artists. Check out the nominees below!
Country four-some Little Big Town performed their own rendition of Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way” on the Rosie Show Wednesday. Watch their unique spin on the pop megahit below and let us know what you think: