Mindy McCready dead at 37: LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, more celebrities react to singer’s apparent suicide

Country musicians have come together to mourn the death of fellow singer Mindy McCready, who died Sunday of an apparent suicide. Shortly after receiving word that the singer was found dead in her Arkansas home, some of the genre's biggest names took to Twitter with their words of remembrance. "My heart goes out to Mindy McCready's family. I knew her well. It's a horribly [sic] tragedy. May peace be with her son's," said LeAnn Rimes. "American Idol" alum and country breakout star Carrie Underwood also tweeted her condolences. "I grew up listening to Mindy McCready... so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them..." Wynona Judd expressed her shock and sorrow at losing her friend in a series of tweets. "Oh my! Mindy. Dear sweet girl. This is so sad. It just breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life," she wrote in one. And, Dixie Chicks front-woman Natalie Maines had simple, somber words. "Too much tragedy to overcome. R.I.P Mindy McCready." Other celebrities outside of the country realm have also tweeted their condolences. McCready was also a participant on "Celebrity Rehab" in 2009, hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, and with the news of her passing the VH1 show has now seen its fifth death in two years. Alice in Chains musician Mike Starr, actor Jeff Conaway, famed LA police brutality victim Rodney King, and reality TV star Jeff Kovar, all passed away following their stints on the show. On mobile? Click for video Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood flaunts cleavage and curves in sexy swimsuit, says she’s ‘not a sociopath’

Carrie Underwood trades sweet for sultry. The country music star covers the June issue of Marie Claire, donning a strapless pink dress on the outside and a sexy Burberry Prorsum swimsuit with a $1,195 price tag on the inside. The 30-year-old blond beauty opened up to the mag about life growing up in Oklahoma and her hockey pro husband, Mike Fisher. "I'm not a mushy person at all. We were never a huggy family. Or a 'let's talk it out' family. Technically, I have siblings, but they are quite a bit older than me. I was the accident, so I have the only-child syndrome going on," Underwood says. "I'm a little more selfish, a little more independent, a little closed. I do wish I were softer. I wish I were able to form relationships better. But hey, I mean, I'm not a sociopath." Underwood, who won “American Idol” in 2005, talks about her career changing in the blink of an eye after her huge win. "At the beginning of my career, I used to have panic attacks. People were touching me, screaming - it made me really nervous. In public, I just get nervous. It's a physical reaction, feeling like the walls are closing in," she explains. "The fans are great. It's not their fault. I don't ever want to come across as ungrateful. But on my end, it is hard for me to process because I am still just me." As far as her family life goes, Underwood is not quite ready to have a baby with her hubby, who calls her "the queen of awkward moments." "I don't feel old enough to have kids," she admits. "I know I am mature. But being responsible for another human?" Underwood jokes to the mag that she always knew fame was in her future - in her high school yearbook she listed goals she wanted to achieve before her class reunion. "You were supposed to say what you would be doing in 10 years, and I said, 'I will be rich, famous, and married to a hot guy,'" she tells the monthly. "I guess I should have added a few more things!" This issue of Marie Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood is now ‘Carrie Fisher’ after wedding hockey player Mark Fisher in Georgia

It's "I do" for a former "Idol" winner.Country star Carrie Underwood, 27, and her 30-year-old hockey player beau, Mike Fisher, tied the knot Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, in Greensboro, Ga."We could not feel more blessed to have found each other and to have shared this day with our friends and family that mean so much to us!" the couple told People magazine in a statement, which was signed "Mike & Carrie Fisher."About 250 people attended the ceremony, which was held under a tent at the private resort.The Ottawa Senators center proposed to Underwood on Dec. 20, after dating on the down-low for about a year, according to the magazine. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

CMT Music Awards 2010: Former ‘American Idol’ champion Carrie Underwood wins for ‘Cowboy Casanova’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year for "Temporary Home" two months after making history by winning her second Academy of Country Music Awards entertainer of the year. Both awards are chosen by fans tuned into the live shows. She was the night's only multiple winner. "They were there before I had anything, an album, a record deal, a tour or anything like that," Underwood said after the show. "They built me from the ground up." The CMT Awards, which are chosen exclusively by fan voting, were another salute to some of country music's top young stars. Lady Antebellum continued its scorching run by winning group video of the year for the trio's crossover hit "Need You Now" and Miranda Lambert taking female video of the year for "White Liar," her first No.1 song. "Tonight's all about the fans," trio member Dave Haywood said after receiving the belt buckle trophy given to winners. "Thank you fans!" Lambert followed up three wins at the ACM Awards with yet another win. She jumped up and pumped her fists as she made her way through the crowd and shouted, "My first buckle! This rocks!" when she reached the stage. Lambert's "White Liar" video features the red-hot singer ditching her dishonest husband-to-be at the alter for his cheating ways. It was the first time she put on a wedding dress. The second time will come when she weds fiance Blake Shelton. "Let's just hope that my next wedding doesn't end up like that video," she told the crowd. Keith Urban won male video of the year for "'Til Summer Comes Around." After sending a shoutout to his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who attended the awards, he turned serious and talked of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "I want to send my deepest love to all the families around the gulf, who are going through Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood, Little Jimmy Dickens, Taylor Swift make Kanye West the butt of jokes at CMA awards

Kanye West was nowhere near Wednesday night's Country Music Association Awards, but the rapper's reputation was very much present. Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took a swipe at the rapper when they opened the awards ceremony with the song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys." "Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be Kanye," they sang. "Let 'em pick guitars and drive 'em ol' trucks. Cowboys have manners, they don't interrupt." During the show's opening monologue, Paisley made a reference to reality TV's overexposed Gosselin family, pointing out that the award show audience was full of people who appreciate and respect each other. "That's what I love about the CMAs," he said. "We get along on this show. We're like one big slightly dysfunctional family. We're like George Strait Plus 8." But West's infamous stage rush wasn't to be brushed aside. When Underwood told Paisley that his song, "Welcome to the Future," was "one of my favorite videos of all time," the singer was interrupted by a surprising stage crasher. As Paisley began to thank his video team, 88-year-old country legend Little Jimmy Dickens walked onto the stage to stop the singer's faux speech. "Excuse me! Excuse me sir! I'll let you finish later. Now Brad Paisley, I know you had a nice video and all that, but Taylor Swift made the best video of all time!" Dickens yelled as the camera showed a laughing Swift in the audience. "You go girl!" Following Swift's recent hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," in which she took a dig at West during the show's monologue, the country music singer didn't let her VMA nemesis live down his temper tantrum when she graciously accepted the night's highest honor. When Taylor Swift accepted the Entertainer of the Year award, the country cutie gushed, "I want to thank every single person in this room tonight for not running up on the stage during this speech." While the night's jokes were all in good Continue Reading

Life after ‘American Idol’: Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood found success after reality show

Fantasia Barrino has had her highs and lows since winning "American Idol" six years ago. Tonight at 10, she returns to TV with her own reality show that follows her balancing career and single motherhood. With VH1's "Fantasia for Real" the R&B/soul singer proves her ability to stay in the spotlight — unlike some other "Idol" winners. While some are breaking records and branching into new territories, others haven't enjoyed the same success. As the singing competition's ninth season kicks off tomorrow, here's how these "Idol" alumni stack up. KELLY CLARKSON, Season 1 On the show: A former cocktail waitress from Texas, Clarkson won hearts with her wholesome image and powerful pipes. In the show's very first finale, she took on curly-haired cutie Justin Guarini. While Las Vegas bookmakers made Guarini a 5-to-6 favorite, the "Idol" judges pulled for Clarkson. They were right. She scored 58 percent of votes from the American public over Guarini's 42 percent. Post-"Idol": The 27-year-old has gone on to be one of the most successful stars to come out of the show. "Breakaway," her second album, won two Grammy Awards. Her single "My Life Would Suck Without You," from her fourth album, "All I Ever Wanted," shot from No. 97 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in its first week of release, breaking the record for the largest jump to the top. Clarkson is the highest-selling "Idol" alum, with more than 23 million albums sold worldwide. She's now working on her fifth album. RUBEN STUDDARD, Season 2 On the show: The likable pop/soul singer from Alabama earned the nickname Velvet Teddy Bear for his soft-spoken personality. On "Idol," his voice was praised by legends like Lionel Richie, Neil Sedaka, Luther Vandross and Gladys Knight. Studdard was up against Clay Aiken in the end, and ultimately won the competition by only 134,000 votes out of 24 million cast. Post-"Idol": Studdard's first album, "Soulful" (2003), debuted at No. 1 and went platinum. He Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood engaged to Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood is off the market! The country singer to set to wed Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher, People.com reports. "I'm happy to confirm that Carrie Underwood is engaged to Mike Fisher, and the couple couldn't be happier," her rep confirmed. "No wedding date has been set at this time." The hockey hunk confirmed the news just before preparing for tonight's game against the Boston Bruins, reports the Ottawa Sun. "It's true,” he said. "We're both obviously excited and very happy." Fisher, 29, reportedly proposed to the 26-year-old singer at his home Sunday afternoon, before sharing the news with his friends later that day. Rumors of the engagement apparently began shortly after a friend of Underwood's family congratulated the couple on their upcoming nuptials on Fisher's Twitter page Sunday night. The couple, who have been dating for the past year, have kept their relationship relatively under the radar. However Underwood did give her future husband a shout out on the liner notes of her new album, “Play On.” "Thank you #12," she wrote, referring to Fisher's jersey number. "You are the most amazing addition to my life! You are such a wonderful person and have had such an amazing hand in the building of this album and in the growth of me as a person. I love you so much! You make my life better in every way! I thank God for you every day... xoxo, Carrie." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Dark Knight,’ Carrie Underwood are top Choices

LOS ANGELES - Holy People's Choice Awards, Batman! "The Dark Knight" soared away with every trophy it was nominated for Wednesday at the 35th annual fan-favorite CBS ceremony. The caped crusader flick won five awards, including favorite cast, superhero, action movie and on-screen matchup for Christian Bale's Batman and the late Heath Ledger's Joker. "On behalf of all of the cast from the movie, thank you very much to the fans," said Bale. "Here's to Heath." The CBS ceremony was hosted by Queen Latifah and returned to the Shrine Auditorium for its typical star-studded live show format, following last year's writer's strike-friendly, pre-taped program. Stars such as Adam Sandler, Kate Hudson, Robin Williams, Hugh Laurie and Reese Witherspoon showed up to accept their awards at the slightly subdued ceremony. "It's such a great way to start the new year," Witherspoon, the "Four Christmases" star who won an Oscar in 2005 for portaying June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line," said as she accepted her award for favorite female movie star. "A couple years ago, I won a great award for singing in a movie. This year, I won an award for having a baby throw up on me." Other recipients selected by Internet voters in categories spanning movies, television and music included "Dancing With the Stars" as favorite reality show, Carrie Underwood as favorite female singer, "House" as favorite TV drama, Brad Pitt as favorite leading man, Angelina Jolie as favorite female action star and Ellen DeGeneres as favorite talk show host. "I wish I could share this with you," DeGeneres told the audience while clutching her trophy on stage. "I could throw it on the ground and smash it into a million pieces, and give each one of you a little piece of it, but that's violent, and that's probably why you voted for me, because I'm not violent." Other winners were "WALL-E" for best family movie, "27 Dresses" for best comedy and "The Secret Life of Bees" for best independent movie. Will Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood nabs Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher

Goal!Country-crooner Carrie Underwood, 25, has a new man in her life. Enter: hockey player Mike Fisher.The 28-year-old Canadian-born hunk, who plays for the Ottawa Senators, was spotted earlier this year hangin' around some of the "American Idol" winner's concerts. But over the holidays, Underwood was caught by the Jumbo Tron at one of his games relaxing with his family in the VIP box.And New Year's Eve? Underwood reportedly spent it with Fisher. If that doesn't convince you, just ask Fisher's friends."I think it's serious, I mean he's really happy with her. They're a perfect match," Tony Greco, a fitness trainer and close friend, said. It looks like a done deal, though Fisher and Underwood have not officially made their romance public. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood, ‘Grand Ole Opry’ star

Carrie Underwood is the newest member of the "Grand Ole Opry." The chart-topping "American Idol" winner debuted on the 83-year-old country music radio show by singing a duet with Vince Gill Sunday."This really seems like a great family to be part of," Underwood said, fighting back tears as Garth Brooks inducted her into the cast. "I promise I'll do everything I possibly can to not make you regret it." The former "Idol" winner sold 7 million copies of her debut album, "Some Hearts," and shot to superstardom almost overnight with hits that included "Before He Cheats" and "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Her followup, "Carnival Ride," has produced two No. 1 hits: "So Small" and "All-American Girl." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading