Carrie Underwood photo taken after fall surfaces on social media

It came as a shock to fans when Carrie Underwood revealed that there was more to the story of the news surrounding her broken wrist. The “Heartbeat” songstress suffered a nasty fall outside her Nashville home in November just a few days after the 2017 CMA Awards. Since the tumble, it seemed that she hadn't posed for any pictures. In a letter to her fan club members on New Year’s Day, Underwood shared why she has kept such a low profile. She wrote: “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.” Carrie also told fans that she’s still “healing and not quite looking the same,” but when she’s ready to get in front of a camera, “I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different. I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.” Despite Underwood's update, it looks like a new photo of her post-fall has already surfaced on social media. Adrienne Gang, a reality star from the first season of Bravo’s “Below Deck," shared a photo on Twitter of her posing next to Carrie after a Dec. 12 workout class. Just worked out next to @carrieunderwood NBD... she is adorable and so gracious... LOVE HER! #BelowDeck— Adrienne Gang (@AdrienneGang) December 12, 2017 “Just worked out next to @carrieunderwood NBD,” Gang captioned the photo of the two new workout buddies. “She is adorable and so gracious… LOVE HER! #BelowDeck.” Later, Gang also revealed that she “had no idea” the “Church Bells” hit-maker had ever been hurt. “She had a wrist brace on, but I didn’t think much of it until I saw the Continue Reading

If Carrie Underwood is left with scars from her accident, she won’t be the only celebrity so marked

Country western singer Carrie Underwood. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff) Recording artist Carrie Underwood arrives for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Tommaso Boddi (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images) THE 51ST ANNUAL CMA AWARDS – Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host “Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm)” live WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Bob D’Amico) BRAD PAISLEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD Carrie Underwood accepts the award for female video of the year for “Church Bells” at the CMT Music Awards at Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP) NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 07: Carrie Underwood receives the Collaborative Video of the Year award onstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT) Carrie Underwood. (AFP Getty) Carrie Underwood . (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 07: Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman, and Keith Urban attend the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT) Carrie Underwood accepts the award for female video of the year for “Church Bells” at the CMT Music Awards at Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP) Carrie Underwood performs on the “Today” show in New York, on Nov. 22, 2005. Singer Carrie Underwood (R) is named the new American Idol by host Ryan Seacrest (C) as American Idol finalist Bo Bice (L) looks on during the American Idol Finale: Results Show held at the Kodak Theatre on May 25, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Continue Reading

TRUE CRIME: The ‘shotgun killer’ who rampaged through the Region, Part I

TRUE CRIME: The 'shotgun killer' who rampaged through the Region, Part I A shotgun blasted in the early evening of Oct. 30, 1990, outside American Legion Post 66 in Griffith.Lawrence Mills, a 43-year-old insurance salesman from Hammond, was found dead in his car, still dressed in the three-piece champagne-colored business suit he had worn that day to work.A half-mile north from the Legion hall, a woman dropped off a package at a home in Griffith when she heard the crunch of dry leaves. She turned and saw a man fire a shotgun. The shot missed, she screamed and the shooter fled.A 16-year-old girl arrived at her family's home in St. John. She parked in the garage and got out of her car to see a man with a shotgun standing behind her. He ordered her to be quiet, she screamed, and a shotgun shell blasted through the back of the garage, narrowly missing the girl.Finally, two employees chatted outside a Petro Mart gas station in Cedar Lake. Rhonda Hammersley, 25, stood outside the car of Carrie Jillson, 28, waiting for Hammersley's husband. As they talked, a man walked around the corner of the station.Without a word, the man shot Hammersley point-blank in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. He then leaned into Jillson's car and fired, missing the woman by inches. She slumped in her seat, and he put the gun to the back of her head. But he didn't fire.Jillson threw the car in reverse and screeched off to a nearby liquor store, where she called police.So began the killings that would claim a total of seven lives and terrorize the Region's residents, eventually resulting in the arrest and conviction of Christopher Dwayne Peterson, the so-called “shotgun killer.”Harchan Dhaliwal, 54, of Gary, was shot and killed Dec. 13, 1990, in an apparent robbery in Portage.Marie Meitzler, 48, was found dead Dec. 15, 1990, behind the front desk of a Howard Johnson in Portage.That same day, Ora Lee Wildermuth, 54, was killed at an ATM machine in Gary's Miller neighborhood and Continue Reading

Keith Urban wins big at CMT Awards, Carrie Underwood makes history

After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for "Blue Ain't Your Color." The country star also won male video, collaborative video and social superstar of the year at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. "I love making music, I love making videos ... who knows how long you get to do it," said Urban, who also thanked his fans and his actress-wife Nicole Kidman, who sat in the audience. "I'm just trying to make a connection," he said. Urban also performed, singing his disco-flavored hit "The Fighter" with Carrie Underwood, who continued to dominate as the most awarded act in the history of the CMT Awards with 17 wins. She won female video of the year for "Church Bells" and collaborative video for "The Fighter." "Thank you God for so many incredible blessings that we have in our lives ... we are so grateful and we are so blessed," said Underwood, who is married to Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, who are competing in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 5 is Thursday). "Go Preds," she said. Others paired up for collaborative performances throughout the night. Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Derek Trucks kicked off the show with a rocking tribute to southern rocker Gregg Allman, who died last month at age 69. Peter Frampton sang outdoors with Brothers Osborne; The Chainsmokers and duo video of the year winners Florida Georgia Line performed the energetic "Last Day Alive," which was pre-taped Tuesday; and Earth, Wind & Fire partnered with Lady Antebellum to close the awards show. Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo, who won CMT performance of the year for "Want to Want Me" from their "CMT Crossroads" special, performed the pop song onstage as well as Bryan's Continue Reading

Grammys 2017 winners and losers

Beyoncé headlines the 2017 Grammy Awards with nine nominations, including Album of the Year and Song of The Year, but the night promises upsets and snubs. Drake, Kanye West and Rihanna follow the “Formation” singer with eight nominations, while Chance the Rapper, Adele, Justin Bieber and Twenty One Pilots are all vying for their own victory speech. Check back throughout the night as we update the winners. Record of the Year “Hello” by Adele - WINNER “Formation” by Beyoncé “7 Years” by Lukas Graham “Work” by Rihanna feat. Drake “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots Album of the Year "Lemonade" by Beyoncé "Purpose" by Justin Bieber "Views" by Drake "25" by Adele - WINNER "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" by Sturgill Simpson Song of the Year "Hello" by Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters - WINNER "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" by Mike Posner "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters "7 Years" by Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters "Formation" by Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters Best New Artist The Chainsmokers Chance the Rapper - WINNER Maren Morris Anderson .Paak Kelsea Ballerina Best Pop Solo Performance "Hold Up" by Beyoncé "Hello" by Adele - WINNER "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber "Dangerous Woman" by Ariana Grande "Piece by Piece (Idol Version)" by Kelly Clarkson Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Closer" by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey "7 Years" by Lukas Graham "Work" by Rihanna feat. Drake "Cheap Thrills" by Sia feat. Sean Paul "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots - WINNER Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album "Fallen Angels" by Bob Dylan "Stages Live" by Josh Groban "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin" Continue Reading

Country Music Legend George Jones Dies at 81

(AP) -- George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, according to his publicist Kirt Webster. With one of the most golden voices of any genre, a clenched, precise, profoundly expressive baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s. He was idolized not just by fellow country artists, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others. "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones," Waylon Jennings once sang. In a career that lasted more than 50 years, "Possum" evolved from young honky-tonker to elder statesman as he recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams. Jones survived long battles with alcoholism and drug addiction, brawls, accidents and close encounters with death, including bypass surgery and a tour bus crash that he only avoided by deciding at the last moment to take a plane. His failure to appear for concerts left him with the nickname "No Show Jones," and he later recorded a song by that name and often opened his shows by singing it. His wild life was revealed in song and in his handsome, troubled face, with its dark, deep-set eyes and dimpled chin. In song, he was rowdy and regretful, tender and tragic. His hits included the sentimental "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," the foot-tapping "The Race is On," the foot-stomping "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," the melancholy "She Thinks I Still Care," the rockin' "White Lightning," and the barfly lament "Still Doing Time." Jones also recorded several duets with Tammy Wynette, his wife for six years, including "Golden Ring," ''Near Continue Reading

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

Brutally honest rankings of every Grammy performance

The performances at the 2017 Grammy Awards were nearly as stacked as the nominees themselves, with a lineup including Beyoncé, Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and more, plus tributes to Prince and George Michael.However, just because an artist is performing during music's biggest night doesn't mean they're up to the task. From Bey's visually stunning stagings to the disastrous Bee Gees tribute, we ranked every performer at tonight's awards, and the top spot may be surprising.Check out the night's winners here. 1. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST and ANDERSON .PAAKHow they did: Actual fireHere's why: The night's most inspired, politically stirring performance paired two of the Grammys' most innovative hip-hop artists, the seminal rap group A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak, the funk-loving upstart nominated for best new artist.We the People. The performance got more topical by the minute, featuring dancers in police uniforms, Busta’s shoutout to “President Agent Orange” and a parade of people in hijabs from the audience, ending with the rappers throwing up black power fists and chanting “Resist.”ACTQ’s late member Phife Dawg was also remembered, his voice projected across the crowd as his likeness flashed across the stage. 2. BEYONCÉHow she did: GloriouslyHere's why: Beyoncé must enjoy performing while pregnant. Most of the world learned about her first pregnancy onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011, when she revealed her growing belly after her performance. And after dropping the pregnancy Instagram heard 'round the world earlier this month, Bey announced she'd be debuting her baby bump live at the Grammys.The Internet speculated whether Bey would slow down her performance as a safety precaution, and indeed, the very pregnant singer took on two of Lemonade's sleepier, lesser-known songs, Love Continue Reading

President Obama, Mitt Romney to go country for taped CMT Music Awards segments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Presidential elections are usually serious business, but President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney are taking a little time for laughs during the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday. Obama and Romney have taped video segments that will appear as part of the country music award show’s opening segment. CMT President Brian Philips said in a statement that each is “in on the joke.” “They’re each great sports,” he said. The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on CMT with hosts Toby Keith and Kristen Bell. A host of celebrities from across the entertainment dial are scheduled to appear as well, but they’ll be battling for attention with the focus on Obama and Romney. Chances are Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift will take over the spotlight by the end of the evening, though. It doesn’t take a statistician to sort out the latest trends at the CMT Awards, and those two young stars figure prominently. Here’s how the video of the year category has gone from 2007 to 2011: Carrie Underwood. Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift. Carrie Underwood. Taylor Swift. At last check, none of the category’s other nominees has conceded, but it’s easy to see the fan-voted writing on the wall. Underwood is nominated twice in the category and is the top nominee with five total. Two-time female video of the year winner Miranda Lambert is next with four nods, and Swift leads a host of stars with three apiece. Together that trio of stars has won 15 trophies since Underwood first flashed onto the scene at the 2006 awards after winning “American Idol.” Underwood’s latest hit, “Good Girl,” and her “Remind Me” collaboration with Brad Paisley are up for video of the year. Swift’s “The Hunger Games” soundtrack entry “Safe & Sound” with The Civil Wars — a duo happily Continue Reading