Trace Adkins is the first All-Star Celebrity Apprentice winner!
The live finale aired last night on NBC, and Donald Trump chose Adkins over Penn Jillette for the title after several weeks of competition.
The country star raised $1,554,072 for the American Red Cross, while the Vegas super magician raised $598,655 for Opportunity Village. Adkins now adds $250,000 to that total for being crowned the winner.
The celebrity apprentice is always fun to watch, but more importantly, the stars are all playing for charity and that’s what makes it great!
For the second year, the Grand Ole Opry is teaming up with artists, radio stations, attractions, and other partners from across the country for a high-tech Easter Egg Hunt via Twitter this Friday, March 29. Prize eggs will be hidden around the Opry’s hometown of Nashville as well as in several mystery cities across the U.S., and fans will find clues to the eggs’ hiding spots by following @opry on Twitter throughout the day Friday.
Fans will also be able to participate in a Virtual Opry Egg Hunt and enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Nashville by searching for virtual eggs throughout opry.com on Friday. Will you be joining in the hunt?
This year’s theme will be “Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are IN”. The past three benefit concerts have raised a collective $1.5 million, which is directed toward the Museum’s operating expenses, caring for the collection, exhibitions, programs, and more.
Museum board president Vince Gill created All for the Hall, an artist-led fundraising initiative for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Funds raised from the concert also go toward preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs about the culture and value of country music.
“The purity in making music on your own terms – to create art in your own way – for me, is at the heart of the outlaw spirit,” said Urban. “It’s those outlaws that we celebrate this year, who not only made it possible for a guy like me to do what I love, but who play a pivotal role in the strength of Country music’s diversity.”
Tickets will go on sale on March1st at 10AM CST. For ticket and VIP package information, visit Ticketmaster.com.
It’s almost that time of year! Trace Adkins will be one of many performers appearing in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 86th annual Parade will kick-off the holiday season on November 22nd at 9AM throughout the streets of Manhattan.
Trace will be joined by other performers from music, film, sports, theatre and television, including: Flo Rida, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cody Simpson, The Wanted and more. The country superstar is expected to perform his hit “Just Fishin’.”
Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations, the new Domino Sugar float, features a magical take on holiday baking. The centerpiece of this 26-foot tall float is the giant cookie dough bowl and cookie press that dishes out confections. Three stories above the ground a giant spoon stirs the cookie dough in an equally colossal bowl. As it travels into the cookie press, the dough drops onto the turntable and finally into the oven. The treats will be shot down a ramp to the awaiting cars of the Cookie Express train which will deliver the cookies to the children in the streets. Trace is set to add his down home flavor to the mix.
The Parade will air nationwide on NBC from 9AM-noon.
Trace Adkins just released the live music video for his anthemic new single “Tough People Do” to YouTube / VEVO this week. It’s the lead-off single from his upcoming album on Show Dog Universal Records, which has been pushed back to a 2013 date. Check out the music video below and let us know what you think about Trace’s new video:
“Proud To Be Here” singer Trace Adkins has returned to NBC’s The Apprentice in the first-ever all-star season. The Showdog-Universal artist is one of several fan favorites brought back for a return to the series hosted by Donald Trump. Each celebrity will compete against each other to earn money for their favorite charities. Trace has chosen American Red Cross for his charity. He’s the only country artist on this season, however, former winner John Rich will appear as an advisor at some point in the season.
Trace previously competed in the first season of The Celebrity Apprentice. During his set last week on the Blake Shelton Cruise, he admited that because of his appearance on this new season his new album had to be pushed back to next year. His new album will feature his current anthemic single “Tough People Do”.
“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by Mark Burnett in association with Trump Productions. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman, and Eric Van Wagenen are executive producers. Sadoux Kim, Johnny Petillo, and Michael Dietz are co-executive producers.
The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays at 8 pm EST on NBC.
The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.
Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!
Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored one of its most beloved members, Loretta Lynn, last night with a show celebrating her 50thOpry Anniversary. Leading up to Lynn’s closing performance, several of her friends took the stage throughout the night to honor her in words and song.
Among those performing their own hits as well as songs popularized by the guest of honor were Lee Ann Womack (“I Know How”), Crystal Gayle (“Don’t Come Home A- Drinkin’”), Miranda Lambert (“Honky Tonk Girl”), and Pistol Annies (“Fist City”), who made their Opry debut while Lynn sat cheering the group on from the front row of the Opry House.
After Lynn took the stage and performed her hits “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough,”Trace Adkins joined Lynn for the Conway Twitty/Lynn duet smash “Lead Me On.” Womack, Gayle, and the Pistol Annies then all filed on stage to join their musical hero in a rousing version of her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Before Lynn’s final song of the night, Johnathon Arndt of the famed Johnathon Arndt Gallery of Jewels along with Opry vice-president and general manager Pete Fisher, presented the Opry member with a congratulatory gift of a limited Johnathon Arndt 18 KT. pink gold and diamond Swiss timepiece. Lynn responded to the gift and to multiplest anding ovations from the crowd, saying:
“The greatest moment of my life was when they inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry. That’s a feeling you only feel once in a lifetime. And I’m glad I did.”
Check out some of the pictures from the night and let us know what your favorite album of Loretta’s is. Remember to click on the images to see them full-sized! All pictures are courtesy of the Opry / Chris Hollo.
Trace Adkins‘ latest anthem “Tough People Do” has been rushed out to all digital retailers over the holiday weekend after his performance of the single at a charity concert in Tampa, Florida. He introduced the song as one “for all of us” and is his latest American anthemic tune to hit airwaves – on talk radio! The single has drummed up debate on if it was an American anthem or a political one.
Trace explained what the song meant to him in an interview with ABC radio:
“I’m just really proud of the song, and to me, the song just says — sometimes we need to be reminded of who we are, where we come from and what our history is. We’ve made it through tougher times than this.”
The song was a co-write by Chris DuBois, Jason Matthews and Joel Shewmake and will appear on Trace’s upcoming album. There’s no title or release date yet for his new album which will once again be on Show Dog-Universal Records.
“My grandma was the toughest old woman I ever saw in my life,” Trace told Mansfield. “She’d still work in the garden with an old push-plow until her late 70s. Just the toughest old woman I ever knew and, at the same time, the godliest creature that I ever knew. That’s the point of this song. That’s what we have in our DNA. That’s what we come from.”
Check out the lyric video of Trace’s new message. Do you agree with the song?
Show Dog-Universal’s very own Trace Adkins is getting quite a few hosting gigs this year. Not only will he be returning once again to host the American Country Awards on FOX this December alongside Kristin Chenoweth, but now he’ll be hosting a brand new NASCAR series on GAC.
“The Definitive” will air on Great American Country and will profile the lives of top NASCAR drivers, their careers, and some pretty neat footage, interviews, and exclusive pictures for its viewers.
“’The Definitive’ series is a favorite with our viewers. Teaming up with Nascar Productions ensures that the stories behind the drivers are told with heart and authenticity,” said GAC VP/Programming Suzanne Gordon.
The program will air weekly on GAC on Wednesdays, with the first episode premiering last night. Did you catch it?