CMA Awards 2014 Winners and Recap

Last night, the 48th annual Country Music Awards aired at 8/7pm on ABC network.The show was hosted again this year by Carrie Underwood, whose baby bump stole the show, and Brad Paisley. Both country performers gave great shows singing their newly released singles “Something In The Water” and “A Perfect Storm”.

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Carrie Underwood shows off her new baby bump while still looking flawless on the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Luke Bryan was the star of the night winning Entertainer of the Year!

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Luke Bryan on the Red Carpet at the 2014 CMA Awards

Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the year, and Single of the Year went to Miranda Lambert. It was also an impressive night for Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, who won Male Vocalist of the Year!

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Other winners included:

New Artist of the Year: Brett Eldridge

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year: Dierks Bentley “Drunk On A Plane”

Song of the Year: Kacey Musgraves “Follow Your Arrow”

Alan Jackson Announces 25th Anniversary Tour

Listen up Alan Jackson fans! The legendary country singer has just announced that he will be going on tour beginning January 2015. Jackson will be celebrating his 25th year as a country singer. He will be performing from January 8th until May 17!

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Alan Jackson while performing at the funeral of George Jones at the Grand Ole Opry on May 2, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee

Jackson revealed to People that he wants this tour to be something different than previous concerts, “This is a way to make it new — put together something special that pulls together those 25 years,” he said. Jackson feels proud to have made it in the music industry for 25 years, “Some people don’t like to talk about how many years they’ve been around — it makes them feel old. I’m proud of it and glad to do it.”

Alan Jackson will also be accompanied by the upcoming country stars, Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. Brandy Clark can be seen right now on tour with Eric Church!

Sing along to Alan Jackson’s hit “Small Town Southern Man” ! The single was released in November 2007 and reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in March 2008.

2014 People’s Choice Awards: And the winners are…

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January 8th marked the 40th anniversary of the People’s Choice Awards and what a night it was! Many forms of media and entertainment are honored on this night, but we, of course, want to draw special attention to the music industry aspect. Lots of categories and lots of winners so let’s get started!

One of the biggest winners of the night was Mr. Justin Timberlake. The triple-threat earned three wins in three separate categories — Favorite Album (The 20/20 Experience)Favorite R&B Artist, and Favorite Male Artist.

Katy Perry also earned a lion’s share of awards, doubling up with wins for Favorite Music Video (Roarand Favorite Song (Roar).

Successful comebacks are few and far between, but don’t tell that to the members of Fall Out Boy. Reuniting in 2013 after an extended “hiatus,” the 2000’s punk-pop icons released a new album (Save Rock and Roll) and earned the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Alternative Band.

Since their formation in 2010, One Direction has been headed in only… well, one direction; up! Continuing their gangbusters-like journey, the British boy band kicked off 2014 with a win in the Favorite Band category, beating out the likes of Maroon 5 and Paramore.

Social media is heralding the resurgence of the independent artist and, in my opinion, it’s a beautiful thing. One duo of said independents is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They’ve been blowing up the charts and now they start the new year with a huge win, garnering the award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist in a category that included industry giants Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

There’s almost nothing more to say about Taylor Swift that hasn’t already been said in a blog, news story, or the diary of every 13 year-old girl who dreams of being a singer/song-wirter. I mean, did anyone doubt that she would win this year’s award for Favorite Country Artist? If you did I would strongly advise against taking any trips to Vegas anytime soon.

Ever feel like you’ve accidentally stepped into a time machine? I don’t remember driving off in a DeLorean this morning, but it sure feels like the early 2000’s with artists like Justin Timberlake and Fall Out Boy taking home the honors at this year’s PCA’s. Now, adding to the deja vu, we present the winner of this year’s Favorite Pop Artist award, Britney Spears! After break-downs and some much needed time off she has definitely worked her way back to the top of the pop world.

You know you’re off to a great new year when you edge out artists like Pink, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears. That’s exactly what Demi Lovato did to win this year’s award for Favorite Female Artist.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

What to sing (and what NOT) at karaoke night

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You’re staring down at a huge three-ring binder. Page after laminated page is stuffed with two-column type, blurry with song titles, alphabetically taunting you. Or worse, your friendly karaoke jockey says “you can pick anything to sing – we have it all.” You’re paralyzed by too many choices.

Sometimes the most daunting challenge to a casual karaoke singer can be choosing the right song. You don’t want to go down in history (or Facebook) as the one that killed the party. You want to have fun and get the crowd to have fun with you. Here are some tips from a veteran karaoke singer.

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