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Couples and Collaborations: A Look at ACM Fashion History

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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!

A Recap of our ACM Performance Announcements

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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!

The ACMs will kick off with a big opening performance of “Boys ‘Round Here” with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Pistol Annies, Sheryl Crow, and Brad Paisley.

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.

Taylor Swift will have country superstars Keith Urban and Tim McGraw joining her for “Highway Don’t Care.”

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!

Country Music Hall of Fame to Honor Reba

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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

www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

Kelly Clarkson takes on Clive Davis

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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!

KC

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.

Blake Shelton En Route to Malibu Country

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Although they may no longer be co-hosting the ACM Awards, Blake Shelton & Reba will be reunited on the small screen very soon. According to HuffPost TV, Shelton is on his way to ABC’s Malibu Country. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year will appear on the March 1st episode, playing none other than Reba’s brother.

We have to admit we’re excited! How long until Blake gets a sitcom of his own?

Kelly Clarkson Announces Engagement to Brandon Blackstock

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Kelly Clarkson finally got her big moment like this on Friday, December 14th, accepting a proposal (and huge rock) from boyfriend/talent manager/country-music-prince, Brandon Blackstock. The overjoyed pop-country star took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon, revealing the big news in a jubilant tweet. She tweeted, “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :)”

Her excitement continued a little bit later, when she revealed a photo of the huge new piece of bling taking up major real estate on her left hand. She wrote, “Everyone has been asking about my engagement ring, so here it is :) It’s a yellow canary diamond with diamonds around it and Brandon designed it with Johnathon Arndt!”

For those keeping score and playing six degrees of Kelly Clarkson, her ring was designed by the same guy who made Carrie Underwood‘s stunner, while her new fiance manages Blake Shelton, while being the stepson of Reba. Talk about some major country connections!

Congrats to the happy couple. We can’t wait to see wedding pics!

DVR Alert: Blake Shelton on GAC

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Blake Shelton fans will be getting a special Thanksgiving surprise this weekend! Not only is he giving fans a free stream of his holiday album “Cheers… it’s Christmas!” on his official site, Blake will also be appearing on GAC for a special look at how the album was created. Fans should expect to see appearances by his duet partners Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Michael Buble, Pistol Annies, and even Kelly Clarkson! The special will air this Saturday at 1:30 pm EST on GAC.

Blake will also appear in a new episode of GAC’s “Backstory” tomorrow evening at 5 pm EST. Will you be tuning in?

Reba McEntire Making TV Rounds Next Week

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Good news for Reba McEntire fans who have been missing seeing her on television lately! The country queen will be all over television next week as she promotes her new show “Malibu Country.” Her media blitz actually kicks off tonight on ABC’s All-Access country special, where she sits down with Katie Couric for a country music edition of the in-depth interview program. It airs tonight at 9 pm EST.

Next on Reba’s schedule is a stop by LIVE with Kelly & Michael tomorrow morning. Check your local listings for the exact air time of tomorrow’s episode. On Thursday, November 1st, the Valory Music Co’s superstar will make an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America as they broadcast live from downtown Nashville, the same day the CMA Awards will be held at Bridgestone Arena. During her GMA appearance, she’ll perform the new theme song for “Malibu Country” and two other songs at 7 am EST. She’ll also be presenting an award during the CMA Awards broadcast, which will also air on ABC.

Reba will then make a special online stream available for her fans on Friday, November 2nd at 5 pm CST on UStream as she counts down the series debut of “Malibu Country” later that night. Fans can RSVP to the live chat at ustream.tv/reba. When the show finally airs at 8:30 pm EST on ABC, she’ll continue the fan interaction with live Tweets along with her fans during the episode. Make sure you follow Reba @Reba to join the live Tweeting!

She’ll also make a stop by The Chew on Tuesday, November 6th at 1 pm EST on ABC. Will you be tuning in to “Malibu Country” when it airs next week?

Chat Live with Reba!

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You may have heard of Reba McEntire. Maybe just once, right? Okay, well that perhaps is the most inaccurate thing since “Back to the Future II” predicted that we would be hover boarding and wearing self-drying puffy jackets by now. However, we’ll bet you have never had the opportunity to live chat with the Queen of Country via USTREAM…until now!

On November 2, 2012 at 6:00pm EST/5:00pm CST, Reba will be hosting a live chat before the premiere of her new show, “Malibu Country.” After the live chat, Reba will head to Twitter to live tweet with her fans as the pilot episode airs, at 8:30pm EST/7:30pm CST on ABC.

You do not want to miss out on your opportunity for some possible one-on-one time with one of the biggest names in country music! To RSVP for Reba’s live USTREAM chat, click here. And make sure to follow Reba on Twitter at @Reba.

Reba McEntire Quits ACM Hosting Gig

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The Queen of country music is retiring from hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards. After a report surfaced earlier today, ACM CEO Bob Romero decided to put the rumors to rest and confirm that Reba McEntire will not return to co-host the award show next year. However, Blake Shelton will once again return – with something up his sleeve.

Bob shares:

“Reba has hosted the ACM Awards a record 14 times since 1986, and we fully understand and support her decision to focus her energies on her new television project, We’ve known about this for a while and have something very special planned with Blake returning—he’s got something big up his sleeve!—that we’ll be announcing soon. Stay tuned!”

Who do you think Blake will host with next year? Miranda Lambert? Trace Adkins? Sound off below and let us know who you think would be the perfect fit alongside the Oklahoma funnyman.