Alabama's Randy Owen was surprised to be presented with the CMA Foundation's Humanitarian Award. He was brought to the event under the guise of presenting radio vet Lon Helton with an industry honour. Randy and his wife Kelly went to the reception November 19th, where Lon took to the stage to present Randy with the Humanitarian Award. His efforts include starting Country Cares, which has raised more than $875 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is also involved in a number of endeavors, including tornado and hurricane relief efforts. "I'm truly surprised and grateful for this award," says Randy. "Hopefully, this will inspire other artists to follow their hearts to help the down and out, the helpless and especially sick children and families in need. I am so grateful to my longtime friend Lon Helton for presenting me with this award."
Sam Hunt was arrested Thursday morning in Nashville and charged with DUI. He was driving south in a northbound lane when he was pulled over. According to police, Sam showing visible signs of consuming alcohol and when he was asked to provide identification, he gave officers a passport and credit card, even though his driver's license was in his lap. He was given a field sobriety test and blew a .173, which is more than twice the legal limit. Sam was booked at 6am and was released on bond by 9am.
The Grammy Nominations were announced yesterday and there are a few country categories. Here's a look at the nominees:
Best Country Solo Performance
Tyler Childers - "All Your' N"
Ashley McBryde - "Girl Goin' Nowhere"
Willie Nelson - "Ride Me Back Home"
Blake Shelton - "God's Country"
Tanya Tucker - "Bring My Flowers Now"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs - "Brand New Man"
Brothers Osborne - "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)"
Dan + Shay - "Speechless"
Little Big Town - "The Daughters"
Maren Morris featuring Brandi Carlile - "Common"
Best Country Song (awarded to the writers)
"Bring My Flowers Now" - Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker
"Girl Goin' Nowhere" - Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde
"It All Comes Out in the Wash" - Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose
"Some of It" - Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson
"Speechless" - Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz
Best Country Album
Eric Church - Desperate Man
Reba McEntire - Stronger Than the Truth
Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
Thomas Rhett - Center Point Road
Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'
Carrie Underwood's husband, Mike Fisher, likes hunting so much that he covered Lonestar's "Amazed" and made it all about hunting. This is not the first time he has done this. Last year, he parodied his own wife's "Before He Cheats" with "Before She Bleats". Carrie doesn't endorse Mike's hobby, but she does play along sometimes. A couple of years ago, she dressed up like a deer for Halloween, while Mike played the hunter who captured her.
Wynonna Judd's daughter, Grace Pauline Kelley, has been released from prison 6 years early after being granted parole. The 23-year-old was released November 8th, and must report to a parole officer for the remainder of her sentence. Since her daughter's legal problems, Wynonna has become an activist for a reform in the criminal justice system. She has been working with a non-profit group, Hope for Prisoners, which helps to re-integrate inmates into society after they are released.
During an interview before the CMA Awards, Jon Pardi revealed that he and his wife-to-be, Summer, are well into their wedding plans. "We're getting married in Montana, and it's gonna be beautiful," Jon shared. The wedding is taking place in May at a venue that overlooks Yellowstone National Park. Summer had her mind set on cutting pizza instead of cake. According to their wedding planner, they should be able to have their cake and their pizza. The plan is to stick with the traditional cake cutting and they will serve pizza as a late-night snack.
Florida Georgia Line shared a picture of themselves in the studio working on their fifth album. Their most recent album, Can't Say I Ain't Country, was released in February and they followed that with The Acoustic Sessions in October.
Justin Moore shared in a recent interview that he really loves yoga. His love of the low impact exercise comes from his friendship with wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, who has experienced his share of injuries in his career. "Page just could never seem to get healthy," Justin reveals. "But then he tried yoga. It was the only thing that got him back to feeling healthy again." Justin said that he started doing yoga 4 or 5 years ago when he was having some back problems and it really worked for him.