Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz has performed at venues all over the globe but on Feb. 26 he’ll stand before more that 100,000 when he plays a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500.
Kravitz, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza — shown by FOX — leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway.
“Lenny Kravitz is an iconic performer and multi-talented musician – he will deliver a rousing performance prior to the start of the 54th Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Race fans will experience a first-class, heart-pounding pre-race show that will serve as the perfect prelude to what will be an historic and thrilling afternoon of NASCAR racing on the high banks of Daytona.”
He has sold more than 35 million albums and is the only musician in history to win the Grammy for best male vocals in rock music four times consecutively.
The world-renown musician will perform three songs prior to the start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Kravitz’s ninth album, Black and White America, was released in 2011 and features a mixture of funk and hard rock hits like “Stand,” “Rock Star City Life” and his new single “Push.”
After a European tour, Kravitz recently kicked off his first American outing in five years in January. The 20-city tour will wrap up in Miami on Feb. 25.
Kravitz joins a long list of stars names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show that includes Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Brad Paisley.
Taylor Swift was named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards 2011 in Las Vegas. Taylor won the biggest honour and also performed at the event, while singer Miranda Lambert was the night’s biggest winner, taking home four trophies including Top Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for her track ‘The House That Built Me’.
Accepting her award, Taylor said: “This is the first time that I’ve ever won this and I’m just losing my mind. The fact that this is from the fans makes it so special.”
The night also featured guest performances by Rihanna, who sang her new track ‘California King Bed’ with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, and Steven Tyler, who performed with Carrie Underwood on a duet which saw them take on the latter’s ‘Undo It’ before breaking into Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’.
Lady Antebellum took home two awards, Album of the Year for ‘Need You Now’, Top Vocal Group of the Year while singer and guitarist Brad Paisley was named top male vocalist for the fifth consecutive year.
Academy of Country Music Awards 2011 full list of winners:
Entertainer of the Year – Taylor Swift
Top Male Vocalist of the Year – Brad Paisley
Top Female Vocalist of the Year – Miranda Lambert
Album of the Year – Lady Antebellum ‘Need You Now’
Single Record of the Year – Miranda Lambert ‘The House That Built Me’
New Artist of the Year – The Band Perry
Top Vocal Group of the Year – Lady Antebellum
Top Vocal Duo of the Year – Sugarland
Song of The Year – Miranda Lambert ‘The House That Built Me’
Video of the Year – Miranda Lambert ‘The House That Built Me’
Vocal Event of the Year – Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson ‘As She’s Walking Away’
Justin Bieber became the youngest person to win Artist of the Year prize. Justin Bieber became the youngest person ever to win the Artist of the Year prize at the American Music Awards (AMAs) last sunday. The ‘Pray’ hitmaker was the big winner of the evening, taking home four accolades including Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favourite Album and Breakthrough Artist of the Year during the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Accepting the Artist of the Year honour, the 16-year-old star thanked his mentor Usher and invited the ‘OMG’ singer to join him on stage. He said: “I really was embraced by a man named Usher Raymond. It would be only right if I invited him up here to share it with me.” Usher picked up two gongs himself, Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Album, while rapper Eminem walked away with statuettes for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Other winners at the 38th annual ceremony included country stars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley; British rock band Muse, R&B singer Rihanna and Colombian pop star Shakira. Michael Buble was heard shouted ‘ love winning things” when he picked up the Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist award. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kid Rock and Bon Jovi, all performed at the ceremony and boy bands New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) and Backstreet Boys joined up for their first collaborative live stage effort before they kick off a joint American tour next year. Pink ‘ who announced last week she is pregnant with her first child ‘ did not allow her pregnancy to slow her down putting on an energetic dance routine to perform new song ‘Raise Your Glass’.
American Music Awards (AMAs) 2010, full list of winners:
Favourite Soul/R&B Album: Usher, ‘Raymond v. Raymond’
Favourite Pop Rock Band/Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Favourite Country Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Latin Music Artist: Shakira
Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna
Favourite Country Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favourite Breakthrough Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
Favourite Alternative Rock Music Artist: Muse
Favourite Adult Contemporary Music Artist: Michael Buble
Favourite Soul/R&B Male Artist: Usher
Favourite Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
Favourite Country Album: Carrie Underwood, ‘Play On’
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist: Eminem
Favourite Pop/Rock Album: Justin Bieber, ‘My World 2.0′
Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Lady Gaga
Favourite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: MercyMe
Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album: Eminem, ‘Recovery’
Favourite Soundtrack Album: ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers’
Miranda Lambert Celebrates 27th Birthday With 4 Wins At The CMA Awards. The CMA Awards has given Miranda Lambert not one, but four really cool gifts for her 27th birthday on Wednesday. The songstress took home Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s single “The House That Built Me” was honored for both Song and Video of the Year at the “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” while her “Revolution” took the top prize of Album of the Year. She said upon accepting the Female Vocalist honor from country music legend Loretta Lynn, “The woman that paved the way for all females ever in country music is standing here beside me and handed me this award… I’m going to keep going for the other women in this industry.” It’s not only her night. Her fiancé Blake Shelton also won a major trophy that night, winning Male Vocalist of the Year. His “Hillbilly Bone,” featuring Trace Adkins, also won Musical Event of the Year. Brad Paisley, who co-hosted the show along with Carrie Underwood at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, was named Entertainer of the Year for the first time. He was Male Vocalist for the past three consecutive years. And based on the blogsphere review, Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t suck in her country music debut at the show. The Oscar-winning actress played the guitar and sang a track from her upcoming film “Country Song” with Vince Gill. Her performance actually received a standing ovation.
The complete list of winners:
•Entertainer: Brad Paisley
•Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
•Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton
•Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
•Vocal Duo: Sugarland
•New Artist: Zac Brown Band
•Album: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
•Single: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
•Song: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
•Video: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
•Musical Event: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
•Musician: Mac McAnnally
Kelly Clarkson To Duet With Jason Aldean On CMA Awards. Country music sensation Jason Aldean is set to perform with “American Idol” champ and Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson on the 44th Annual CMA Awards, it has been announced. This will mark Clarkson’s first performance on the show. Also announced Monday is the addition of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington to the list of celebrity presenters. Actress Joanna Garcia and five-time CMA awardee Martina McBride, who is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, are also added as presenters. Chart-topper Rodney Atkins will be presenting awards in categories announced during the pre-telecast ceremonies. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is also set to have her live Country Music singing debut with Vince Gill. For the third time in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the show, which will air love November 10 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Justin Bieber, Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead Nominees For “2010 American Music Awards”. Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the pack of nominees for the “2010 American Music Awards,” taking place this November. The multiplatinum-selling rapper and country crooners both earned 5 nominations each. Eminem earned nods in categories like Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Album for “Recovery,” and Artist of the Year. Eminem has previously taken home 7 American Music Awards, including three awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist. Lady Antebellum was nominated for Favorite Band, Duo, or Group, Favorite Country Album for “Need You Now,” and for T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist, which fans can vote for online or through T-Mobile texting. It’s their first American Music Awards nominations. Justin Bieber scored the second highest amount of nominations this year. He earned four nods, including Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for “My World 2.0.” Katy Perry, Ke$ha, B.o.B., and Usher all earned three nominations each. Usher, also a Favorite Male Artist nominee, is among the first confirmed performers for the show, as well as “Raise Your Glass” singer P!nk and Bon Jovi, both promoting new hits collections. More performers and presenters are set to be announced closer to the show. The “2010 American Music Awards” will air live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.
2010 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES
POP or ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Justin Bieber/ My World 2.0
Katy Perry/ Teenage Dream
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Jason Aldean/ Wide Open
Lady Antebellum/ Need You Now
Carrie Underwood/ Play On
Favorite Male Artist
B.o.B./ B.o.B. Presents
Drake/ Thank Me Later
SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Alicia Keys/ The Element of Freedom
Sade/ Soldier of Love
Usher/ Raymond v. Raymond
AC/DC / Iron Man 2
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Nominations
Country Star Justin Moore’s TV Special Airs September 12. Country star Justin Moore shares his past, present, and hopes and dreams for his future in a docu-drama “Justin Moore: How I got to Be This Way.” It will air on the Great American Country channel on Sunday, September 12. ”I’ve decided that everybody wants to know what you sing about, what you write about and what you look like,” Moore said in a statement. “But I think it’s more important that they know you’re at least a halfway decent person before they spend 10 or 12 bucks on an album or 50 or 60 bucks on a concert ticket.” In the network special, Moore speaks openly about what has been both the best and worst year of his life. Along with achieving two consecutive Top 5 singles (including the #1 anthem “Small Town USA”), touring alongside Brad Paisley, and the birth of his first child Ella Kole, Moore also lost two of the dearest people in his life. In addition to Moore’s candid conversation, fans will be treated to the music video of his newest hit single, “How I Got To Be This Way.” “I’ve always loved country music because I thought people were writing just about me and it was describing how I was growing up,” Moore says. Moore grew up in the small town of Poyen, AR (population 272) “hunting, fishing and obsessed with sports” and his first musical memory is that of singing in church. It wasn’t until his senior year in high school that he gave any serious thought to pursuing music as a career. “I thought, ‘That’s too fun to be a job, you’re supposed to hate your job,’” he says. His father fully encouraged his only child to pursue a career in music and enthusiastically played his son’s music over his cell phone to anyone who would listen. Eventually, music execs in Nashville heard Moore’s voice. A short time later, the singer was signed to The Valory Music Co. – sister label to Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records, who represent Taylor Swift. Moore’s band is most certainly a band of brothers and for this TV special, they perform around a camp fire on his hunting land outside of Nashville.
Nominees for The 44th Annual CMA Awards was announced with old favorites and new names listed. Each nominee is gunning for a coveted crystal trophy on “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” For the fifth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert delivered the news from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced yesterday in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium by Justin Moore and first-time nominee Chris Young. “Records were set and the bar has been raised with this exciting group of nominees,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “There will be a heightened level of excitement and anticipation for the CMA Awards in November.” Lambert leads the list of nominees with nine nominations – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Lambert received nominations for Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for Revolution produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, two for Single of the Year, “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar,” Song for “White Liar,” which she wrote with Natalie Hemby, Musical Event, for “Bad Angel” with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson; and two for Music Video of the Year for “The House That Built Me,” directed by Trey Fanjoy, and “White Liar,” directed by Chris Hicky. Lady Antebellum garnered the second highest number of CMA Awards nominations with five including Entertainer, Album for Need You Now; Vocal Group, Single for “Need You Now”, and Music Video of the Year for “Need You Now,” which was directed by David McClister. Group members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott each received individual nominations for Song of the Year for “Need You Now,” which they penned with songwriter Josh Kear. The group can receive two additional trophies as producers for Single and Album of the Year with Paul Worley. Third on the list of nominees was a tie: Zac Brown Band with four nominations for Entertainer, Vocal Group; Musical Event for “Can’t You See” featuring Kid Rock, and New Artist of the Year; and Blake Shelton, whose four nominations included Male Vocalist; and Single (produced by Scott Hendricks); Musical Event; and Music Video (director Roman White) for “Hillbilly Bone,” which featured Trace Adkins. The 44th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 on ABC. Tickets will be available for the public to purchase on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Carrie Underwood Leads CMT Music Award Winners. Carrie Underwood proves she is still country music’s sweetheart when she emerged as the big winner at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. The “American Idol” former champ won Video of the Year and Performance of the Year. It was clearly Underwood’s night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday as fans voted to give her to major awards. Her chart-topping “Cowboy Casanova” won Video of the Year, while her “Temporary Home (from Invitation Only)” took home the CMT Performance of the Year trophy. “Awesome fans,” she said when she accepted the video of the year award. “Awesome, awesome, amazing, awesome.” “Just the fans. Thanks for seeing me out on the tour. God bless you guys. You are the best.” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert were also top winners as they accepted Male Video and Female Video of the Year respectively. Urban won for his “‘Till Summer Comes Around” video, while Lambert was cited for “White Liar.” Lady Antebellum won Group Video of the Year for their “Need You Now” track, while the legendary Brooks & Dunn took the Duo Video of the Year award for “Indian Summer.” Kix Brooks accepted the award onstage without Ronnie Dunn, who was not present at the show. He joked, “We were very much not expecting this. We were not expecting this so much that Mr. Dunn has gone to the restroom – - in Santa Fe, NM. …If you think I’m bringing you this award, Ronnie, you’re crazy, man. This is just the kind of thing that will make ‘em think we’re breaking up the duo.” Other winners were Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins (Collaborative Video of the Year for “Hillbilly Bone”), Luke Bryan (USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Do I”), and Shaun Silva (Director of the Year). Kid Rock, who hosted the event, threatened to punch anyone in the face who would interrupt acceptance speeches with “Kanye West-ism” going on. He, along with an all-star cast of friends such as Martina McBride, Randy Houser, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson and Hank Williams Jr., opened the show with a medley of songs that include his hits “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy.”Other performers of the night included Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and Underwood.
Kenny Chesney Rules, Taylor Swift Moves Up On Forbes’ Biggest Country Moneymakers List. We already know it’s good to be a country music star. But Forbes has detailed the earnings of some of the biggest names in country music, based on touring, publishing royalties, album sales, and more, and made it that much clearer. Among the top money makers this year on the country scene are Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Taylor Swift. Kenny Chesney continues to top Forbes’ list of Country Music’s 10 Top Earning Artists in 2010. Also ranking #1 last year, he pulled in an estimate earnings of $50 million from 2009-2010. His 2009 tour reportedly grossed $71 million, earning an average of $1.6 million a night. At #2 is Toby Keith, who moves up a spot from #3 last year. He made an estimated $48 million last year, including his tour earnings, publishing royalties, a chain of restaurants, and even a large stake in Big Machine Records, which counts Taylor Swift as one of its artists. Taylor Swift is on the list at #3, thanks to her sold-out “Fearless” tour and being one of the few artists still able to sell millions of their album during the low record-buying climate. Along with millions of digital singles sold and endorsement deals with brands like CoverGirl, Swift was able to sing all the way to $45 million, up from $18 million in 2008-2009. Tied with Swift this year earning $45 million are Rascal Flatts. The band earned $42 million from their 2009 tour, and a few other million from publishing royalties. At #5 is Tim McGraw who earned $30 million, thanks to early 2010 tour dates, a supporting role in “The Blind Side” and a new album. The rest of the list includes Keith Urban ($28 million), George Strait ($25 million), Brad Paisley ($22 million), Alan Jackson ($15 million), and Carrie Underwood ($13 million).Forbes’ List of Country Music’s 10 Top Earning Artists in 2010
1. Kenny Chesney
2. Toby Keith
3. Taylor Swift
3. Rascal Flatts
5. Tim McGraw
6. Keith Urban
7. George Strait
8. Brad Paisley
9. Alan Jackson
10. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Lead 2010 CMT Music Awards Nominees. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean lead the pack of nominees for the 2010 CMT Music Awards. They each scored three nominations each, including all appearing among the finalists for Video of the Year. Swift and Underwood also picked up nominations for Female Video of the Year, while Lady Antebellum earned one for Group Video of the Year, along with Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, and Gloriana. Underwood and Lady Antebellum also appear together in the CMT Performance of the Year category for best musical performance in a CMT special, along with Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley. McEntire, McGraw, Paisley and the Zac Brown Band all earned two nominations each, along with Sugarland, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and Steel Magnolia. “When you look at the talent and diversity amassed within these categories, it’s easy to see why this has been CMT’s biggest year ever,” said CMT President Brian Philips. ”Hosted by our Nashville-brother-by-way-of-Detroit, Kid Rock, this night promises to be an unforgettable party!” Among the nominees scheduled to perform are Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, and Miranda Lambert. More performers are set to be announced. Fans can vote online at CMT.com for the night’s winners, including voting during the show for the final category, Video of the Year. The 2010 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Kid Rock, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 9th on CMT.
Carrie Underwood Wins Top Prize at Academy of Country Music Awards. Taylor Swift shut out from awards but delivers sizzling performance. Carrie Underwood made history at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice. Underwood won the show’s top honor last year. This year, she beat out Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban. “I think I just got makeup all over Brad Paisley,” an excited Underwood said as she went onstage to accept her trophy. “Thank you, God, praise the Lord.” Underwood also was recognized earlier in the evening with special trophy for “triple crown” of ACM wins — entertainer of the year, top female vocalist and top newcomer — in the course of her career.
Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards. List of winners at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas:
Entertainer of the year: Carrie Underwood
Top male vocalist: Brad Paisley
Top female vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Top vocal group: Lady Antebellum
Top vocal duo: Brooks & Dunn
Top new artist: Luke Bryan
Top new solo vocalist: Luke Bryan
Top new vocal duo: Joey + Rory
Top new vocal group: Gloriana
Album of the year: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
Single record of the year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Song of the year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Video of the year: White Liar,” Miranda Lambert
Vocal event of the year: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
The show also had it’s share of non-country celebrities, including LL Cool J, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn and Las Vegas staple Cher, who goofed when she announced that Blake Shelton had already won a CMA Award — instead of an ACM — the previous evening.