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Singer Brett Young added to Illinois State Fair lineup

Jun. 13, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Country singer Brett Young will perform this summer's Illinois State Fair. Young will take the grandstand stage on Aug. 20, with opening act Russell Dickerson, Agriculture Department officials said. Young is an Academy of...

Underwood wins at CMT Awards; Gladys Knight, H.E.R. perform

Jun. 09, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood has another reason to rejoice — she extended her record as the most decorated artist in the history of the CMT Music Awards, thanks to her song “Hallelujah.” The music video for the singer's hit, a collaboration with John Legend,...

List of winners at the 2021 CMT Music Awards

Jun. 09, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

A list of winners at the 2021 CMT Music Awards, held Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. — Video of the year: Carrie Underwood and John Legend, “Hallelujah" — Female video of the year: Gabby Barrett, “The Good Ones" —...

CMT to honor Black country music pioneer Linda Martell

Jun. 08, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Martell, one of the pioneers for Black acts in country music and the first Black woman to perform solo at the Grand Ole Opry, will be honored at the 2021 CMT Music Awards. The 86-year-old will receive the CMT Equal Play Award at Wednesday night's...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 13-19

Jun. 07, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 13-19 June 13: Actor Bob McGrath (“Sesame Street”) is 89. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 78. Singer Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 72. Actor Stellan Skarsgard (“Mamma Mia”) is 70. Actor Richard Thomas is...

Chloe x Halle, H.E.R part of Apple Music Juneteenth playlist

Jun. 04, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Artists including Chloe x Halle, Black Thought of the Roots and H.E.R. have recorded songs honoring Juneteenth for Apple Music. Some artists recorded cover songs, while others composed new tracks for the exclusive “Juneteenth 2021 Freedom Songs"...

Review: Chris Thile sings about faith, doubt and community

Jun. 03, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

Chris Thile, "Laysongs” (Nonesuch) On his new solo album, Chris Thile contemplates being alone. The theme is God, as Thile — armed only with his mighty mandolin and his experience as a lapsed fundamentalist — takes on the topics of faith, doubt,...

A-list shows returning to Atlantic City with Guns N' Roses

Jun. 01, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Welcome (back) to the jungle: Guns N' Roses is playing an Atlantic City casino this year. The iconic hard rock band has booked two dates at the Hard Rock casino Sept. 11 and 12 in the clearest sign yet that big-name entertainment is returning...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 6-12

Jun. 01, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 6-12: June 6: Singer-songwriter Gary “U.S.” Bonds is 82. Country singer Joe Stampley is 78. Jazz pianist Monty Alexander is 77. Actor Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) is 74. Singer Dwight Twilley is 70. Playwright-actor Harvey...

Jason Isbell, Amythyst Kiah lead Americana music awards

May. 26, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriters Jason Isbell and Amythyst Kiah are both up for three nominations at this year's Americana Honors and Awards show, which will resume in-person after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year's awards ceremony. Nominees...