CMT Music Awards 2014: Carrie Underwood takes home third video of the year award

Carrie Underwood's special connection with CMT viewers helped her continue her run at the CMT Awards - and crash Luke Bryan's party. Underwood won her third straight video of the year Wednesday night, taking the top honor for the fifth time with "See You Again." The "American Idol" champion is CMT's top overall winner with 11 belt buckles in her career. Underwood managed to horn in on all the fun top winners Bryan and Florida Georgia Line were having. The two acts teamed up to win collaboration of the year for "This Is How We Roll" - a song they performed at the top of the show with Jason Derulo and ZZ Top and released as a remix with Derulo - and each won another belt buckle trophy. Underwood teamed with Miranda Lambert to shut down the show with their song "Somethin' Bad" and was clearly surprised when she took fan-voted video of the year. "It's really hard to believe," Underwood said on stage. "I've been doing this for nine years but every single second of those nine years you guys have been amazing." Underwood was probably surprised because it looked like it might be shaping up for a double Bryan-FGL win for "That's How We Roll." It was one of the few times Bryan didn't win. Male video of the year winner Blake Shelton bet against himself in the category, wagering that Bryan would win the category. Shelton won for "Doin' What She Likes," and now he'll be doing what Bryan likes. "I owe Luke an expensive dinner, but that's OK," Shelton joked. Bryan was a constant fixture early in the awards. He teamed up with his superfriends to kick it off, mashing up "This Is How We Roll," Derulo's "Talk Dirty" and ZZ Top's "La Grange." He took a shot from host Kristen Bell about falling off the stage last week - while wrapped in yellow warning tape. And he and FGL helped Bell with her monologue, taping a segment poking fun at the Jay Z-Solange Knowles elevator dustup, complete with black-and-white security footage. He returned to the stage later Continue Reading

Adele takes song, record and album of the year at Grammy Awards

Beyoncé may be the queen but it's Adele who was awarded the royal blessings at the 59th Grammy Awards.The British singer won five awards Sunday night, including song and record of the year for her hit Hello and album of the year for 25. In addition to running her lifetime Grammy total to 1521 and Rolling in the Deep — and second female artist to win album of the year twice (after Taylor Swift).Other honorees of note: Chance the Rapper took home three Grammys, including best new artist and best rap album, Beyoncé's groundbreaking Lemonade snagged best urban contemporary album, and David Bowie posthumously swept his five nominated categories, including best rock song for Blackstar.Here is a minute-by-minute breakdown (ET) of the Grammy festivities:12:16: Adele surprised journalists by stopping backstage without her Grammy hardware and talking about her victorious night. "America has always been very kind to me, I don't know why," she says. Adele discusses the long journey to making the album following the birth of her child. "I didn’t think anyone would care. I thought no one would know it was me. I thought it was going to be a very expensive disaster." And once again, Adele gave props to Beyonce. "Like I said in my speech, my album of the year (was) Lemonade. I was completely rooting for her, voting for her." Adele has been a fan of Beyonce since falling "in love" with the singer at age 11. "It was her time to win. It was like, what the (expletive) has she got to do to win album of the year?" Even though Grammy voters are very traditional, "I thought this was the year that they would go with the tide. Of course, I am very grateful having won. But I felt the need to tell her, because I love her. And she was more than worthy."11:38: "Hi, everyone." Adele returns to the stage to accept the award for album of the year for 25. "It took an army to make me strong and willing again," she says. Five years ago at Continue Reading

New Mikalene song comforts grieving mothers

For months Mikalene Ipson, a St. George singer-songwriter, had been struggling with a particular song.In March, a friend had asked her to write a song about losing her baby, who was stillborn on Feb. 10. But the songwriter — who uses only her unique first name as her stage name — couldn’t quite figure out what to say.“I tried like a hundred times to write the song, and I could not,” she says. “I was so frustrated.”Then on Oct. 4 it finally came to her. The first verse “came like lightening.” She sat down and finished the song that afternoon. She couldn’t wait to get into the studio and record it so she simply made a low-quality recording of a performance on her piano at home.Happy with the results, Mikalene posted the song, “Heaven Needed You More,” that night on her music page at Within four days the post had more than 700 shares and 22,000 views. While the numbers are nice, what truly touches Mikalene are the comments she is receiving.“I keep getting all these message saying, ‘Thank you for the song,’” she says. “That’s really what I want to do as a singer-songwriter. I want to touch people through my music.”A quick look at the comments on her post show just how deeply it has affected people — especially mothers who have lost children — all across the nation.Krista Vibbert of New Holland, Pennsylvania wrote: “I lost my beautiful Delaney at 36 weeks gestation. This song is beautiful! What a gift to all of us who have lost loved ones. Thank you.”Brittany Lee Justice of Cincinnati described it as a “perfect song for a mother like me who has an angel in heaven!”Lilly Rowland posted that she lost her “little angel” three weeks ago. And Marlane Stadler of Carroll, Ohio, said the song also had meaning for mothers like her who lost adult children. Her son died 17 years ago when he was Continue Reading

Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett duet ‘Body & Soul’: Preview from ‘Duets II’ album available online

Although it's unclear if songs Amy Winehouse was working on before her death will ever be released, fans can look forward to some new music from the late singer.Tony Bennett will be appear on his upcoming album "Duets II," and a preview of the track is available online now.Lady Gaga ("The Lady Is a Tramp"), John Mayer ("One for My Baby"), Mariah Carey (When Do the Bells Ring for Me") and Carrie Underwood ("It Had to Be You").London home on July 23 following years of substance abuse. Toxicology results are still pending to determine what exactly killed the 27-year-old singer. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Michael Jackson’s 3D image to be featured at Grammy Awards in star-studded duet

Michael Jackson's 3D image will perform his "Earth Song" on CBS's Grammy Awards show Jan. 31, accompanied by Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Celine Dion. It has the potential to be "one of our most memorable moments," perennial Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said Wednesday, but it isn't what he, Michael and everyone else had originally planned. "We talked with Michael a year ago about performing on last year's show," said Ehrlich. "And he finally told us he'd do it next year." After Jackson's death on June 25, Ehrlich said he approached the Jackson family with a proposal for a tribute built around the 3D film of "Earth Song." He said the family "was very receptive. . . . They got it right away."The film had been planned as a centerpiece of the tour for which Jackson was rehearsing when he died. "I met with him the night before he passed," said Ehrlich. "We stood together and watched the film, which is quite magic." The Grammy team considered and rejected the idea of having other artists perform Jackson songs, said Ehrlich. "Songs like 'Billie Jean,' 'Beat It,' those are songs you really only want to hear Michael Jackson perform," he said. "This song reflects Michael's deeply held feelings about the earth." Regular TV viewers will be able to watch the film "normally," said Ehrlich, with "only a little softness" on some of the wide shots Viewers can enhance the experience by picking up a pair of 3D glasses, which will be distributed free at Target stores starting Sunday. Ehrlich added that he loves 3D technology and would love to see the whole Grammys show broadcast in 3D. "But that depends on enough people buying 3D sets," he said, estimating we are "five years, or more" from hitting critical viewer mass.Ehrlich said the "Earth Song" duet will not be exactly like the part-video duets he has done in the past between Nat and Natalie Cole or Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keyes. "You won't see Michael lip-synching along," he said. He also said all Continue Reading

Zahn spells out her tryst?

Paula Zahn's words of love are coming back to haunt her now that the newswoman's estranged husband has his hands on a diary that lays bare her secret affair with another tycoon. "It's Paula's love book," a source tells us. "It documents her tryst" with married ContiGroup CEO Paul Fribourg. What's in the private journal? "It's quite lurid," says the source. "Let's leave it at that." Richard Cohen, the multimillionaire developer who has been the ex-CNN anchor's husband for 20 years, discovered the diary with their 17-year-old daughter, Haley, according to another source. Friends of Zahn, 51, claim Cohen, 59, showed the diary to Haley and her brother, Jared, 13. "It was unnecessary and hurtful," says one pal, who contends Cohen has been "telling people all over town about the diary." "Richard has never shown the diary to his other children [other than Haley]," argues one friend. "Richard doesn't want to drag Paula's dirty laundry through a public arena. He does not want to embarrass her or their children. All along, he's kept mum, even though he's the offended party." Yet, so far, Cohen has refused to return Zahn's love diary, says one of her pals, who adds, "Even if he did, you'd have to wonder if he'd keep copies. "You have to wonder why she put these feelings in writing. But I guess she's a journalist." Last Friday, Zahn filed a 60-page suit in Manhattan Supreme Court demanding a forensic accounting of more than $25 million that she had entrusted to Cohen."Why shouldn't a money manager have the same obligation to a spouse that he has to any other partner in an investment fund?" asks Stanley Arkin, who is working with William Zabel on Zahn's legal team.Cohen has refused to deal with issues of child custody and visitation "unless she signs away her right to an accounting," according to one source. "He won't budge. He's so bitter."The couple had been trying to live together in their Fifth Ave. co-op for the sake of their three children. (Their youngest, Continue Reading

June concert guide for Phoenix: Brad Paisley, I Love the ’90s Tour, Slipknot, Cage the Elephant

Brad Paisley plays Ak-Chin Pavilion to kick off a month that also features shows by Slipknot, Cage the Elephant and the hip-hop nostalgia of the I Love the '90s Tour with Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice. Here's a look at those and other highlights playing the Valley in June.These psychedelic rockers have been at it since the early '90s, setting the tone for their first album, "Spacegirl and Other Favourites," with a hail of feedback that blankets everything as the trance-inducing groove of "Crushed" kicks in. Their latest is every bit as edgy and uncompromising, not to mention just as trippy, bringing a Germanic electronic pulse to the garage on 2010's excellent "Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?" and indulging their love of the 13th Floor Elevators by covering “Dust” on last year’s “Mini Album Thingy Wingy.”Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20; $18 in advance. 602-716-2222, of country's most consistent hit machines, Paisley scored his first of 18 chart-topping country hits, "He Didn't Have to Be," in 1999 and sent a record-breaking streak of 10 consecutive releases to the top from 2005 ("When I Get Where I'm Going," a duet with Dolly Parton) to 2009 ("Then"). His biggest hits include four double-platinum singles — "Whiskey Lullaby," "She's Everything," "Then" and "Remind Me," a duet with Carrie Underwood. This tour, in continued support of "Moonshine in the Trunk," features opening sets by Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae. "Moonshine"  is the singer's eighth consecutive release to top the country charts.Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $30.25-$60. 800-745-3000, MUSIC: Get the Things to Do app | Latest concert announcements | Top concerts this weekThe Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and consummate showman arrives in Continue Reading

Big spring concerts playing Phoenix: Rihanna! Slipknot! Country Thunder!

Some of the biggest names in popular music will swing through metro Phoenix this spring, from the Used to Pentatonix. For those about to rock, you've got Slipknot at Ak-Chin Pavilion. And for those about to drink, well, Eric Church and Jake Owen are heading to Florence for the four-day rager that is Country Thunder 2016. Here's a look at those and other big shows. We'll be back with critic's picks.There's a reason this one sold out so ridiculously fast. The Killers are way too big to play the Marquee Theatre and they don't tour so much these days, although they have been working on their first release in four years with producers Flood and Alan Moulder. It's been 13 years since Brandon Flowers and his bandmates hit the mainstream with a triple-platinum breakthrough hit called "Mr. Brightside." Subsequent calling cards include the triple-platinum "Somebody Told Me" and three platinum singles, "All These Things That I've Done," "When You Were Young" and "Human."Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. SOLD OUT. 480-829-0607,"I'm just a girl with her guitar / Trying to give you my whole heart." Those are the opening words to Kelly's first release. And the 23-year-old singer-songwriter spends the bulk of "Unbreakable Smile," from the hip-hop swagger of the title track to the jazz-inflected soul-pop of the album-closing "Something Beautiful," with her heart on her sleeve. The album earned the future superstar a Best-New-Artist nomination from the Grammys.Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $26-$41. 480-829-0607, Church will close out Country Thunder Arizona, capping a weekend-long party that also brings headlining sets from Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line and Kip Moore. Moore is set to headline Thursday's bill, which also features Old Dominion, Chase Bryant and Ryan Hurd. Florida Continue Reading


'Melrose Place" babe Heather Locklear, 44, and esteemed British thespian Francesca Annis, 61, live in different acting galaxies, but this week they're both playing women scorned. Yesterday, lawyers for Annis announced that she and two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes were separating after an 11-year romance. As we told you on Tuesday, Annis was humiliated last weekend when British papers carried interviews with 31-year-old Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan, who claimed she'd carried on a two-year affair with "The English Patient" star, who is 18 years younger than Annis. (We particularly enjoyed the part about him asking her to leave on her diamanté heels during lovemaking.) How mad is Annis? Well, her lawyers say she plans to sue London's Daily Mail for defamation and invasion of privacy because of a story claiming she'd forgiven Fiennes. Apparently, she doesn't buy into that scene in "Schindler's List" in which Fiennes' Nazi commandant character reflected on the nobility of "pardoning" his victims. Fiennes, who left his wife, "ER" actress Alex Kingston, for the married Annis, had no comment yesterday. Meanwhile, Locklear is telling friends that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora sabotaged their 11-year marriage by cheating on her. Word is Locklear confronted him after finding some sizzling pictures that the alleged other woman E-mailed Sambora. Star magazine claims Sambora's former assistant, Stephanie Heaton, 39, sent Sambora one photo showing her wearing only fishnets and boots and another of her "wearing a baby-doll nightie in a provocative pose. " "She's devastated," a friend of Locklear's tells People magazine. "Richie's saying nothing ever happened, that he never asked for the pictures. " A Sambora ally adds that "it's absolutely not true that they had an affair. " Sambora's defenders say Heather wasn't exactly an innocent during their years together. Regardless of what they're telling their friends, the divorce should move Continue Reading

‘American Idol’ crowns Season 14 champion

LOS ANGELES — Nick Fradiani is the latest winner of "American Idol." The 29-year-old rocker of Guilford, Connecticut, bested soulful 22-year-old vocalist Clark Beckham of White House, Tennessee, to win the 14th edition of the Fox talent competition. "This is amazing," he told "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. "This is the best day of my life." Fradiani joins such champions as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Phillip Phillips and Kris Allen, as well one more winner to be determined next year. Fox announced earlier this week that the next season would be the last for "Idol." Before he was revealed as the winner on Wednesday, Fradiani dueted with singer-songwriter Andy Grammer. "I can't even think right now," Fradiani said after Seacrest informed him that he received the most viewer votes — without revealing the exact number cast. Fradiani's win came on the strength of his renditions Tuesday of Matchbox 20's "Bright Lights," Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" and "Beautiful Life," intended as his first single. Beckham sang Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind," Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Champion." The two-hour extravaganza kicked off with Fradiani and Beckham joining Fall Out Boy on their song "Centuries." The series' penultimate finale also resurrected Chic, Ricky Martin, NKOTB, Michael McDonald and Steven Tyler for performances, as well as judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. The once-blockbuster singing contest, which hit a peak of 30.3 million viewers in 2005, is now averaging 9.15 million viewers per episode, according to the Nielsen company. Lopez, Urban and Connick Jr. are due back at the judges' table for next year's 15th and final "Idol" outing. Beckham had a few words of advice for those looking to become the last-ever "Idol." "You have to be good at lot of different things," he said. "It's not just singing a song." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO Continue Reading