Carrie Underwood wants to make country music appealing around the world.
The 29-year-old singer - who has sold over 14 million albums since winning American Idol in 2005 - thinks it is sad the genre isn't as popular in other countries as it is in the US.
"It's always fun to expand your resume. Country music isn't too popular outside the US and that's something I'd like to change. It's a shame other people aren't exposed on a daily basis to such a wonderful form of music," she said.
Carrie admits she was told she would find appearing on American Idol difficult because of her country roots, but she always had the backing of then-head judge Simon Cowell and didn't have to change or conform.
"From the beginning I was told, 'It's going to be rough for you, it's a pop TV show.' But everything I did just came out country. And Simon encouraged me to stick at what I do well. My goal is to make country music everyone can get into," she added.
Taylor Swift, 21, earned the Entertainer of the Year title at the Academy of Country Music Awards, an awards show that became a girls’ night when Miranda Lambert took home four awards of her own. Swift gave Lambert a hug before she made her way to the stage to accept the night’s big award.
“I’m just losing my mind,” she said of the win. “The fact that this is from the fans makes it so special.”
Lambert lost the Entertainer of the Year title, but she was the biggest winner of the night. She won an award for best song, single record and video of the year for “The House That Built Me.” She was also named as top female vocalist for the second year in a row.
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Gwyneth Paltrow delivered a beautiful, heartfelt performance of “Coming Home” at this year's Oscars, the original song from her film Country Strong. The tune was one of the nominees in the Best Original Song category, and Paltrow’s beautiful performance made a strong case for why the ditty deserved to win the statue.
It didn’t, however. Randy Newman won his second Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards for his original song “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, which he also performed live on the big stage.
Carrie Underwood has just been named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.
The singer made history at the Las Vegas ceremony last night after becoming the first woman to win the prestigious accolade twice, beating off competition from Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band.
Upon accepting the honor, Carrie - who was also given a special Triple Crown award in recognition of her scooping Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Top Newcomer in the course of her career - said: “I think I just got make-up all over Brad Paisley... Thank you, God, praise the Lord.”
Trio Lady Antebellum were the big winners at the ceremony, held at the MGM Grand hotel, taking home five prizes, including Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for their hit “Need You Now” - with both categories giving them two prizes as they also wrote the track.
Nearly 20 years after releasing their first album, one of country music’s biggest duos has decided to call it a day.
Earlier this week, Brooks & Dunn announced to their fans that their long run will officially end next year. “After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it’s time to call it a day. This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed…. We owe it all to you, the fans. If you hear rumors, don’t believe them, it’s just time.” the message on the group’s website read.
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Chris Brown is currently recording a country song. The 20-year-old Brown, who has pleaded not guilty to assaulting on/off girlfriend Rihanna in February, is believed to be working on a new track called ‘Trapped in a Dream’ which may be included on his next album.
Chris’ producer Robert Allen said: “Maybe we’ll see an appearance from country star Carrie Underwood or someone like that. It’s that kind of song. It’s just feeling like you don’t want that dream to go away. Everybody has a dream and you’re in it, but you wake up and you’re like, ‘Oh, my God.’ You feel like you’re still in that dream.”
The Amazon MP3 Store is a fantastic alternative to something like iTunes since all the music available is DRM-free and compatible with just about any portable media player under the sun. They also have fantastic deals from time to time. Today you can grab the new Taylor Swift album, Fearless, for the low price of $3.99. Yes, I’m talking about the album that came out this morning. Thirteen tracks of goodness for a cool $4. Not too shabby at all. Click on through to check it out.
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As expected, next month’s CMA Awards will once again be a star-studded affair. Just last week, it was announced that performers from the world of rock and reggae would also join the 42nd annual event.
Here are the names that have been announced so far for Country Music’s Biggest Night:
- Trace Adkins
- Brooks & Dunn
- Kenny Chesney and The Wailers
- The Eagles
- Alan Jackson
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