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Carrie Underwood Reveals She Suffered Three Miscarriages

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 06: Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

Carrie Underwood was on CBS Sunday Morning on 9/16/2018, revealing she’s suffered three miscarriages within the last two years. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering Carrie’s been through, but so many women can relate.

See the clip from Carrie below:

“I’d kind of planned that 2017 was, you know, going to be the year that I work on new music, and I have a baby,” said Carrie. “We got pregnant early 2017, and didn’t work out . . . Yeah. It happens. And that was the thing, in the beginning it was like, ‘Okay, God, we know this is, just wasn’t Your timing. And that is all right. We will bounce back and figure our way through it.’ And got pregnant again in the spring, and it didn’t work out . . . Got pregnant again, early 2018. Didn’t work out. So, at that point, it was just kind of like, ‘Okay, like, what’s the deal? What is all of this?'”

“And throughout the whole process, you know, I’m writing and, like, literally right after finding out that I would lose a baby, I’d have a writing session, I’d be like, ‘Let’s go. You know, I can’t just sit around thinking about this. Like, I wanna work, I wanna do this.’ Cause I would literally have these horrible things going on in my life, and then have to go smile and, like, do some interviews or, like, do a photo shoot or something, you know? So it was just kind of, like, therapeutic, I guess.”

“Mike was away just for the evening, and I texted him, and I was like, ‘I don’t really want to be alone, so I’m just gonna go snuggle with Isaiah.’ And I don’t know how I didn’t wake him up, but I was just sobbing,” Carrie said. “And I was like, ‘Why on Earth do I keep getting pregnant if I can’t have a kid? Like, what is this?”

Carrie Underwood reveals she had 3 miscarriages in 2 years

Carrie Underwood says she turned to God after experiencing three miscarriages in two years.

The 35-year-old country singer and former "American Idol" champion told "CBS Sunday Morning " she got pregnant in early 2017 and it "didn't work out." She had a second miscarriage later that year and a third in 2018.

Underwood says she was afraid to be angry because she has an incredible husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, and an incredible son, 3-year-old Isaiah.

She says she got mad when she thought she might be suffering a fourth miscarriage and she "told God how I felt." She went to the doctor and was told everything was fine. Underwood says God heard her.

The pregnant singer said she'll go on tour this spring, hopefully with her new baby. She says "things are looking better."

Blake Shelton Opening $15 Million ‘Ole Red’ in Orlando!

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 06: Country music artist Blake Shelton poses for a photo at Ole Red Nashville, a partnership he has with Ryman Hospitality Properties, on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media, LLC.)

This just in!

Blake Shelton’s ‘Ole Red’ entertainment venues and bars he’s now opened in Nashville and his hometown of Tishomingo, OK is now also coming to Orlando!

While it won’t be here until 2020, you better believe Shelton will be coming to town for a huge celebration when it happens!

Here’s the official press release on behalf of Ryman Hospitality Properties:

$15 Million Bar, Restaurant and Music Venue Set to Open Spring of 2020 ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ryman Hospitality Properties today announced its plans to open a fourth Ole Red property in Orlando, Florida. This new location is expected to open in the first half of 2020, and construction is slated to begin in early 2019. Inspired by country music superstar and Opry member Blake Shelton’s satirical hit “Ol’ Red,” Ole Red Orlando will bring the best of southern food, hospitality and live country music to one of the nation’s most exciting tourism markets. Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties said, “We are delighted to expand the Ole Red dining and live country music experience to the top tourism destination in the country. The development site we have identified is in a prime entertainment zone that will put the Ole Red brand in front of the more than 70 million people who visit Orlando each year.” Located at the ICON Orlando 360 development, the planned $15 million Ole Red Orlando project is expected to be approximately 15,000 square feet over two levels and will seat approximately 500 guests. The venue will feature live music with state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting for a concert-quality music experience as well as indoor and outdoor private event areas and a striking view of the complex’s 400ft observation wheel, ICON Orlando. Once complete, the venue will join Ole Red locations in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Nashville, Tennessee and Gatlinburg, Tennessee (opening spring 2019). Though all locations fall under the same name, each Ole Red venue features unique menu items and specialty cocktails, making each location a different yet exciting experience for guests. Blake Shelton said, “We’ve brought Ole Red to some of my favorite places, and I’m excited to have another spot for country music fans to have fun with their friends and family. I think it’s impossible to visit Orlando and not have a good time, and that’s why I know Ole Red is going to fit right in.” “We are thrilled to welcome Ole Red to the complex,” said Cindy Campbell-Taylor, vice president of marketing, sales and public affairs at ICON Orlando 360. “We look forward to providing an additional dining and entertainment option for our visitors and locals alike.” For more information, stay tuned to Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains statements as to the Company’s beliefs and expectations of the outcome of future events that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These forward-looking statements, including plans and expectations for construction and opening of Ole Red locations, are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in the filings made from time to time by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and include the risk factors and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements made by it to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or the occurrence of unanticipated events. About Ole Red Ole Red is a lifestyle and entertainment brand inspired by Blake Shelton’s clever, irreverent third-chart hit, “Ol’ Red.” You can currently find Ole Red entertainment venues and products in two locations in the United States, the flagship multi-story bar, restaurant and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway, the very first location in Blake’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The Company has announced additional locations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (2019) and Orlando, Florida (2020). Ole Red is owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. as part of its Opry Entertainment division. For additional information about Ole Red, visit us online at About Blake Shelton Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. In November he released his album  Texoma Shore, which became his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the  Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marked his 11th all-genre Top 10. With 25 #1 singles to his credit, Shelton’s  Texoma Shore has yielded the hit songs “I’ll Name The Dogs,” “I Lived It” as well as his current single, “Turnin’ Me On.” In the week following album launch, Shelton became the first artist in Country Aircheck / Mediabase history to have six songs chart simultaneously.  Texoma Shore follows 2016’s Gold-certified  If I’m Honest, the best-selling country album release of the year, which spawned three chart-topping songs and earned him a No. 1 on both the  Billboard Top Country Albums and the all-genre Top Album Sales charts. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including 20 ACM nominations and the Top Country Artist title at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show “The Voice “, Shelton is a six-time champion, most recently with his contestant Chloe Kohanski. Offstage, Shelton has teamed up with Ryman Hospitality to open a string of Ole Red entertainment restaurant venues, a nod to his 2001 hit of the same name. The first location in his Oklahoma hometown Tishomingo opened its doors in September 2017, with Nashville’s venue on lower Broadway open now, plus plans for locations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida. For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow  @BlakeShelton. About ICON Orlando 360: ICON Orlando 360 is a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment complex in the middle of Orlando’s International Drive tourist district. The main attraction is the 400-foot ICON Orlando, one of the world’s tallest observation wheels. ICON ORLANDO 360 also features SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and the all-new StarFlyer Orlando. The 18-acre complex offers more than a dozen restaurants and bars, central courtyard and fountain with choreographed water displays, as well as live entertainment, vendors, special events, and private space for meetings and events.

Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood “We Didn’t Get Married To Be Apart”

We have all witnessed that sappy relationship where the couple is so in love they never wanna be apart. Well turns out, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are THAT couple! No wonder they toured together last year! They will celebrate 13 years of marriage in December, but the way he talks, it’s like they’re just getting started.  Quote, “We like to be together.  We don’t like to be apart.

“We didn’t get married to be apart, so we’re gonna be together all the time.”  They’re both big stars so their schedules don’t always match up, but he has a solution and enough money to get past that.

Quote, “Let’s say she announces her tour supporting new music.  Well, I’ll be with her in the cities where she’s at, and I’ll be where she’s playing.  Hopefully nothing’s really gonna change for us.”

Today Show Cancels Carrie Underwood Concert – Here’s Why

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 06: Carrie Underwood performs onstage at 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT)

Carrie Underwood’s brand new album “Cry Pretty” is out today and while she had big plans to have a big concert on the Today Show – the Today Show had to cancel on her because of Hurricane Florence.

All of the NBC coverage will be geared towards the hurricane as the Carolina’s and East coast of the U.S. is affected by the storm.

Carrie was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night though, performed her brand new song “Love Wins” and talked about her little boy Isaiah too:


Newly minted Emmy winner John Legend joins 'The Voice'

Fresh off an Emmy Award win, John Legend is sticking with television and becoming a coach on NBC's "The Voice."

Legend won an Emmy on Saturday as a producer of NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," making him an EGOT — the term for someone who's won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, a rare occurrence.

Legend will join fellow singers Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches on "The Voice." The show is vying for its fourth straight Emmy for outstanding reality competition category at Monday's 70th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony.

The 39-year-old has another shot at an Emmy on Monday. He's nominated for best actor in a limited series or movie for "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Alan Jackson’s Son-In-Law Passes Away

Ugh. Such horrible news today for the Jackson family. Alan Jackson’s son-in-law, Ben Selecman, who was 28 years old, died in a boating accident in Florida on Wednesday (9/12). According to the Tennessean Selecman was an assistant district attorney for the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office in Nashville. He suffered severe injuries during a boating accident and later passed away. The Tennessean got a quote from District Attorney Glenn Funk. He said, “He was really a rising star and I’m sick that we lost him but i’m grateful for every day that he worked for us because he was great.”

Funk also told the Tennessean that the DA’s Office is “thankful for every day that Ben had the opportunity to serve the people of Davidson County. Our prayers are with Ben’s family. He will be truly missed.”

Airport fracas charge against singer Gretchen Wilson dropped

Country singer Gretchen Wilson has agreed to donate $500 to charity to settle a criminal charge related to a disturbance at a Connecticut airport last month.

The Grammy-winning "Redneck Woman" singer appeared Thursday in court in Enfield. A misdemeanor breach of peace charge will be dismissed based on the donation to a fund for injured crime victims.

Wilson was arrested Aug. 21 at Bradley International Airport near Hartford en route to a private show at the Mohegan Sun casino. State police said Wilson was in a minor disturbance on the plane involving another passenger and a bathroom, and was arrested after becoming "belligerent" with troopers.

Wilson said Thursday that everyone has bad days, but celebrities are targeted when they have one. She was to return home to Tennessee on Thursday.

Country Artists Get Big Nominations for American Music Awards

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Thomas Rhett performs onstage during the 2018 CMA Music festival at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) If you go back 10-15 years, country artists were hardly acknowledged within other awards shows outside of the ACM’s and CMA’s. The AMAs will air October 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Artist of the Year Drake Imagine Dragons Post Malone Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift Favorite New Artist of the Year Camila Cabello Cardi B Khalid Dua Lipa XXXTentacion Favorite Collaboration of the Year “Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Rockstar,” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rhexha and Florida Georgia Line “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock Camila Cabello Cardi B Taylor Swift Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock Drake Post Malone Ed Sheeran Favorite Duo or Group, Pop/Rock Imagine Dragons Maroon 5 Migos Favorite Song, Pop/Rock “Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “God’s Plan,” by Drake “Perfect,” by Ed Sheeran Favorite Album, Pop/Rock Scorpion, Drake ÷, Ed Sheeran Reputation, Taylor Swift Favorite Male Artist, Country Kane Brown Luke Bryan Thomas Rhett Favorite Album, Country Kane Brown, Kane Brown This One’s for You, Luke Combs Life Changes, Thomas Rhett Favorite Song, Country “Heaven,” Kane Brown “Tequila,” Dan + Shay “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rhexha and Florida Georgia Line Favorite Female Artist, Country Kelsea Ballerini Maren Morris Carrie Underwood Favorite Duo/Group, Country Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Lanco Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop Cardi B Drake Post Malone Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B Khalid Bruno Mars The Weeknd Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B Ella Mai Rihanna SZA Favorite Song, Soul/R&B “Young, Dumb, and Broke,” Khalid “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai “Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop Scorpion, Drake Luv Is Rage 2, Lil Uzi Vert Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone Favorite Song, Rap/Hip-Hop “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B “God’s Plan,” Drake “Rockstar,” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage Favorite Album, Soul/R&B American Teen, Khalid CTRL, SZA, 17, XXXTentacion Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary Shawn Mendes Pink Ed Sheeran Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock Imagine Dragons Panic at the Disco Portugal. The Man Favorite Soundtrack Black Panther The Greatest Showman The Fate of the Furious Favorite Artist, Latin J Balvin Daddy Yankee Ozuna Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational Lauren Daigle Mercyme Zach Williams Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music The Chainsmokers Marshmello Zedd Favorite Social Artist BTS Cardi B Ariana Grande Demi Lovato Shawn Mendes Favorite Music Video “Havanna,” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” Cardi B “God’s Plan,” Drake Favorite Tour of the Year Beyoncé and JAY-Z Bruno Mars Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift U2

The Latest: Prine wins artist of the year Americana award

The Latest on Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards, which is being presented at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (all times local):

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Folk singer-songwriter John Prine won artist of the year for the second time in a row at the Americana Music Honors and Awards on Wednesday, while Jason Isbell took home three awards, including album of the year.

Considered a leader of the Americana genre, the 71-year-old released "Tree of Forgiveness" this year, his first collection of new material in 13 years. Isbell won for song of the year for "If We Were Vampires," and as a duo/group for his band, the 400 Unit.

Country singer Tyler Childers was named emerging artist of the year, while bluegrass banjo player Molly Tuttle won instrumentalist of the year.

Irma Thomas, Buddy Guy and k.d. lang all received lifetime achievement honors.


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Jason Isbell may be the leading nominee for this year's Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards show Wednesday night, but he faces a strong challenge from multiple female nominees aiming to add more diversity to the genre.

Isbell is the sole male nominee going up against Brandi Carlile, Mary Gauthier and Margo Price for album of the year. He's also facing Carlile, Price and Lee Ann Womack in the song of the year category. Carlile and Price are also nominated with Isbell and folk icon John Prine for artist of the year.

Although Isbell's already earned two Grammys this year for his album "The Nashville Sound," the strength of the female artists may be overwhelming this year.

Drake, Cardi B lead American Music Awards with 8 nods each

Rap has easily dominated the pop charts and on streaming services in the last few years, and that's reflected at the 2018 American Music Awards.

Drake and Cardi B are the leading nominees with eight each. The AMAs will air live Oct. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Drake, with the top-selling album "Scorpion" and three No. 1 hits, will compete for artist of the year alongside Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.

Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, a streaming juggernaut before his death in June and afterward, earned nominations for new artist of the year and favorite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, "17."

Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" was surprisingly shut of the favorite rap/hip-hop album category, where nominees include Drake, Malone and Lil Uzi Vert.

Isbell wins 3 Americana Awards; Prine is artist of the year

Folk singer-songwriter John Prine won artist of the year for the second time in a row at the Americana Music Honors and Awards on Wednesday, while Jason Isbell took home three awards, including album of the year.

Considered a leader of the Americana genre, Prine released "Tree of Forgiveness" this year, his first collection of new material in 13 years. He owns his own record label in Nashville and mails his records straight to fans.

"I want to thank all of you, all of you that bought the record, and all of you that didn't buy the record," Prine, 71, said. "We'll get you sooner or later."

Isbell, the leading nominee, won for song of the year for "If We Were Vampires," and as a duo/group for his band, the 400 Unit.

He was considered a favorite to win most of the categories he was nominated in thanks to his Grammy-winning record, "The Nashville Sound." In his acceptance speeches, he credited his bandmates and his wife, Amanda Shires, who plays fiddle in the band and sings with him.

Isbell joked that Shires was chastising him for wasting his time watching TV before he went to write "If We Were Vampires," a song about their relationship. "This song almost did not happen for me," he said. "I have to thank my wife Amanda. Beyond being the inspiration for the song as she often is, she was also the motivation for the song."

The band also performed "White Man's World," a song he wrote after Donald Trump's election. Isbell was the sole male nominee going up against Brandi Carlile, Mary Gauthier and Margo Price for album of the year, and also faced Carlile, Price and Lee Ann Womack in the song of the year category.

Despite the wealth of female nominees this year, the only woman to win an award was bluegrass banjo player Molly Tuttle for instrumentalist of the year.

Tyler Childers was named emerging artist of the year, but the Kentucky-bred singer, whose debut album was called "Purgatory," said he preferred to be called a country singer rather than an Americana artist.

"As a man who identifies as country music singer, I feel Americana ... is a distraction of the issues that we are facing on a bigger level as country music singers," Childers said. "It kind of feels like purgatory."

Soul singer Irma Thomas, bluesman Buddy Guy and k.d. lang all received lifetime achievement honors, while while Rosanne Cash received the "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech award.

Cash, daughter of country icon Johnny Cash, earned several standing ovations during her speech and performance in which she called for equal pay for women and stronger gun control.

"I believe that a single child's life is greater, more precious and more deserving of the protection of this nation and the adults in this room than the right to own a personal arsenal of military style weapons," Cash said.

Celebrating the 25-year anniversary of her album "Ingenue" lang talked about her love of country singers like Patsy Cline as she accepted the award on the stage of the famed Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium.

"I am so honored to be in this temple of great music," lang said. "The trailblazers have really left their sweat on this stage."

Thomas sang her classic, "Time Is On My Side," and joked that she felt too young to be receiving a lifetime achievement award. "And at 77, I am only 14," Thomas said.

Guy accepted his lifetime achievement award, while acknowledging the blues is rarely played on radio anymore. But he said while watching the performers during the show, he was inspired.

"If you think you're too old to learn, you better stay at home," Guy said.

Also honored with lifetime achievement honors were Judy Dlugacz and Cris Williamson, founders behind Olivia Records, an all-female record label that started in the 1970s.



Bruce Springsteen, Seth Meyers headline veterans fundraiser

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers are headlining this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.

Jimmy Carr and Eric Church are also on the bill for the Nov. 5 comedy event at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Stand Up for Heroes was first held in 2007. The event produced by the New York Comedy Festival is the brainchild of festival founders Caroline Hirsch, Andrew Fox and ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who was nearly killed during a 2006 attack in Iraq while embedded with U.S. troops. He calls the event a chance to "put aside our differences" to "honor those who have and continue to sacrifice so much."

Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon Eastern.

CMT honors only women at annual Artists of the Year show

CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

The move comes as female artists in the genre have been outspoken about the lack of opportunities for them. Women have been shut out of nominations for major country awards, such as CMA's entertainer of the year category for two years in a row, and men overwhelmingly dominate country radio charts.

CMT senior vice president of music and talent Leslie Fram said she hopes dedicating the entire show to women in country music — past, present and future— will spark a "much-needed change in the industry." The show airs on CMT on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

"This year, we're evolving the special to reflect what's happening right now in culture and in the lives of our fans," Fram said in a statement.

The network started a "Women of Country" campaign in 2013 as a way to bring more airplay to female artists, including Ballerini and Morris, and has expanded it into a tour. The network is also doing a day-long "Women of Country Music" takeover across all CMT platforms leading up to their show.

Three years ago, a radio consultant garnered national attention for recommending that stations limit the number of female country artists they play to boost ratings, using the analogy of tomatoes in a salad.

Many female artists including Morris, Cam and Underwood have all spoken out against a prevailing opinion in the industry that female fans don't want to listen to female artists. Underwood also recently announced a national tour next year that will include only female opening acts, including Maddie and Tae and Runaway June.

Additional performers for the Artists of the Year show will be announced at a later date.




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Carrie Underwood To Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 06: Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

This is so exciting!

Carrie Underwood will receive her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month.

Underwood’s website reports:


WHO:         Honoree: CARRIE UNDERWOOD                     Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler Guest speakers:  Simon Cowell and Brad Paisley

WHAT:       Dedication of the 2,646th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of RECORDING  

WHERE:    1750 N. Vine Street in front of Capitol Records

WHEN:      Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PDT

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on”

Stand Up To Cancer raises best-ever $123 million in pledges

Stand Up To Cancer says its sixth celebrity-filled telethon was its most successful yet.

The organization said Sunday that the fundraiser received more than $123 million in pledges from the U.S. and Canada.

Matt Damon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jon Hamm and Winona Ryder were among the stars participating in Friday's telecast. Musical performers included Stevie Wonder, Little Big Town and Charlie Wilson, a cancer survivor.

Wonder paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died last month of pancreatic cancer, with a medley including "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "Love's in Need of Love Today."

Bradley Cooper, whose father died of lung cancer, was co-executive producer of the telethon, which was carried commercial-free by major broadcast networks and cable channels in the U.S. and Canada and on streaming platforms.

Cooper said Stand Up To Cancer scientists are giving patients new hope they can become long-term survivors.

The telecast included three patients who have benefited from research funded by the group, including a former Marine Corps pilot with melanoma that spread to his brain and a retired school teacher with pancreatic cancer.

Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the philanthropic Entertainment Industry Foundation, was established in 2008 by media and entertainment leaders to accelerate research and get new therapies to patients quickly.

Among other achievements, it's funded research that has contributed to federal approval of five new cancer treatments, including for breast, ovarian, pancreatic and some difficult-to-treat leukemias, the group said.

Before the telecast, Stand Up To Cancer said Thursday said it has raised more $480 million to fund innovative research.

Others who took part in the event included organization co-founder Katie Couric, Mahershala Ali, Keith Urban, Josh Brolin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ken Jeong, Matthew McConaughey, John Oliver, Marlon Wayans and Keanu Reeves.

A replay of the show is available online at .



Graceland no longer charging for Presley candlelight vigil

Elvis Presley fans will no longer pay about $30 to visit his grave during the annual candlelight vigil on his death anniversary in Memphis, Tennessee.

Graceland officials say the charge to walk past Presley's resting place at his former home during Elvis Week has been discontinued. Devotees flock to Graceland every year to honor the rock n' roll icon during Elvis Week, the celebration of Presley's career as a singer and actor.

Presley died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977. He was 42.

Graceland instituted the charge in 2017, on the 40th anniversary of his death. The change upset some fans who were accustomed to participating in the vigil, free of charge.

During the vigil, fans hold lit candles as they visit the graves of Presley, his parents, and grandmother.

Blake Shelton appointed to wildlife board in Oklahoma

Country singer and "The Voice" star Blake Shelton has been appointed to the board of a foundation that will raise money for wildlife conservation in his home state of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation spokesman Micah Holmes said Shelton was appointed Tuesday to the newly formed board of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation. The foundation will fundraise for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The state agency doesn't receive appropriated money from the Legislature and operates off revenue from hunting and fishing licenses and federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.

Holmes said the foundation was formed this year and is awaiting federal approval of nonprofit status.

Holmes said it's important for people to see hunting and fishing as mainstream and that Shelton's status will help that mission.

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