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ACM Awards 2018: Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert & Jason Aldean Dominate on Emotional Night

Chris Stapleton added to his awards mantle tonight (April 15) when he took home the album of the year and male vocalist trophies at the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. It turned out to be an extra-special night for the country star, as he and wife Morgane also became parents to twins. And it was a night to remember for Miranda Lambert, who snagged a pair of trophies, including a ninth consecutive victory for top female vocalist. Also notable was a huge win for Jason Aldean as the night’s biggest winner with his third straight win for entertainer of the year. Visibly emotional during his remarks he said: “It’s been a rough year. I just want to say thanks to everybody that reached out to us, and showed us support over the last six months. It meant the world to us. To my Route 91...

Cardi B Performs at Coachella While Pregnant

Cardi B Performs Preggo at Coachella 4/15/2018 7:21 PM PDT Breaking News Cardi B just did what Beyonce refused to last year — making her debut at Coachella while SUPER pregnant … but her ever-growing baby bump didn’t slow her down one bit. Cardi hit the stage Sunday night for Day 3 of the festival, where she performed hit songs from her album “Invasion of Privacy.” She was rockin’ an all white mesh top and high-waisted pants that kept her baby bump from being too visible. But still, there was no hiding that bump, and Cardi wasn’t slowing down one bit just because she was preggo — she twerked all over the stage and hyped up the crowd. She even brought out 21 Savage, YG, G-Eazy, Chance the Rapper, and Kehlani for surprise cameos. Safe to say, p...

Watch Lady Antebellum’s Empowering ‘Heart Break’ Performance at the 2018 ACM Awards

They’re up for vocal group of the year, so it only made sense that Lady Antebellum trotted out one of their recent hits at the 2018 ACM Awards.  It was “Heart Break,” the opener (and title track) on last year’s LA LP — an encouraging single celebrating an upcoming summer of single-ness in order to get over a heartbreak. In other words a heart break. Hillary Scott opened the song solo at the mic, sitting in front of a dressing room mirror. She was soon joined by bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley (on guitar and vocals), who flanked her as she strode in front of a downtown city-scape backdrop towards the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd. “Heart Break” currently sits at No. 22 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, its highest position yet in ...

Kane Brown & Lauren Alaina Bring Infectious Exuberance to ‘What Ifs’ at ACM Awards

Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina brought their Hot Country Singles No. 1 hit “What Ifs” to the ACMs in Las Vegas. They also brought a palpable exuberance to their performance, looking like they were having the time of their lives up on the stage. Vocally, they nailed every note, with Alaina in particular belting out the big notes effortlessly. At the end of the performance, Brown leaned in to Alaina, clearly teasing a moment of sexual tension that ended with a laugh and a big hug between the two friends. Watch it below. 

Brett Young Talks ACM Awards Win & Wedding Plans on the Red Carpet

Brett Young took some time to chat with Billboard’s Kevan Kenney on the red carpet at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 15), discussing his ACMs win, a touching story about how his song rekindled a fan’s romance and his upcoming wedding. Young, who won an early ACM award for new male vocalist of the year, says the honor is “pretty cool,” explaining that he first heard the news from this year’s host, Reba McEntire. “I first found out like two weeks ago,” he says. “I was out on tour and my tour manager got a phone call and he goes, ‘Hey Brett, it’s for you,’ and he hands it to me and it was Reba McEntire, and she’s the one that first told me that I had won. So it’s the first time I ever spoke to Reba and I’m finding out I won an ACM.” He was later presented wit...

Sugarland Talks Taylor Swift Collaboration on ACM Awards Red Carpet: ‘It’s Fantastic’

Sugarland caught up with Billboard’s Kevan Kenney on the red carpet at 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (Apr. 15) to discuss releasing the duo’s first new album in eight years, what they learned during their hiatus and how their upcoming Taylor Swift collaboration happened. Asked how country music has changed since they released their last album, The Incredible Machine, in 2010, Jennifer Nettles said that the entire genre has both expanded and evolved. “We are accustomed to and have been accustomed to being leaders in the format and we played in the margins, and those margins have expanded to such an extent, it’s just like a super highway,” she says. Her bandmate Kristian Bush, meanwhile, discussed how he changed as a musician during their hiatus, explaining that he lea...

Kelsea Ballerini Has a Love/Hate Relationship With ‘Love Songs’ at 2018 ACM Awards

For a woman who hates love songs, Kelsea Ballerini sure put a lot of love into her 2018 ACM Awards performance. The country star descended from the rafters in a light-up heart to perform her latest single “I Hate Love Songs,” wearing a ballgown and a painted-on smile. She highlighted the song’s deceptively sassy lyrics with a quick costume change mid-song, switching to leopard-print glittery pants from her original prom dress. Ballerini flipped up the lyrics for the final chorus, switching “I hate love songs, but I love you” to “but ACMs, I love you.” It was perfectly sweet ending to a perfectly sweet performance. “I Hate Love Songs” is the latest top 40 hit for Ballerini on Hot Country Songs, peaking at No. 39 on the chart.

Donald Glover Is Taking Over “Saturday Night Live” (For One Episode)

New York, NY – Donald Glover keeps adding more to his workload. The versatile entertainer has been booked as the host and musical guest for the May 5 episode of Saturday Night Live. SNL revealed the news during its April 14 episode, which was hosted by comedian John Mulaney. The long-running series also shared the information on Twitter, displaying Glover and his alter ego Childish Gambino on a bulletin board. Mark your calendars! May 5!!!! #SNL pic.twitter.com/vKDX4gQJlX — Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 15, 2018 Glover’s upcoming booking will be his first time appearing on the iconic sketch show in any capacity. He’ll also be joining a rare group of celebrities to handle hosting and musical guest duties on the same episode of SNL. Drake, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Ray C...

Kanye West Mocks Nike In Brief Return To Twitter

Kanye West, who is firmly entrenched at Adidas with his Yeezy brand, briefly ended his Twitter hiatus to fire a shot at Nike. ‘Ye took aim at Nike’s M2K Monarch, insinuating the design was jacking his Yeezy 700 sneaker. “Yeezy 700 Vibes,” he tweeted along with the facepalm and laughing emojis. West’s return to Twitter didn’t last for long as he quickly deleted the tweet. He did leave up a retweet from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who welcomed ‘Ye back to the social media platform. Welcome back @kanyewest! https://t.co/TJPcPiCEJv — jack (@jack) April 14, 2018 Last May, West deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts. In February, he hopped back on Instagram for the first time in months to share Valentine’s Day message for his wife, Kim Kardsahian-West. But he deleted the post soon after,...

Hip Hop Week In Review: Nicki Minaj Discusses “MotorSport” Drama & Drops New Singles

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Nicki Minaj released two singles — “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” — after leaving a string of clues for fans. Plus, she participated in an eye-opening interview with Zane Lowe and addressed her relationship with Cardi B. Speaking of Cardi, she recently dropped her debut album Invasion of Privacy, which has already broken streaming records on Apple Music. But in a new interview, she said she doesn’t really care about titles such as “The Queen of Rap.” Lastly, Tekashi 6ix9ine took advantage of the attention surrounding his impending court date to release a new song of his own. Nicki Minaj Addresses Changing Her “MotorSport” Verse 👀 A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Apr 13, 2018 at 7:36pm PDT Nicki Minaj candidly opened up about her relationship ...

Harry Styles Showed Scottish Fans Love By Wearing a Kilt in Glasgow

Harry Styles has established that he adores a fancy suit, but he surprised Scottish fans and wore a kilt for his Glasgow show. For his gig in Scotland’s biggest city on April 14, the rocker opted to don the traditional garb of the Highlands, trading in his printed slacks for an all-black fit complete with kilt, sporran and white knee socks. His band mates went with the dress code as well, with Clare Uchima and Sarah Jones ditching the darker ensemble in favor of red tartan and matching berets. Glasgow, Live On Tour. pic.twitter.com/Gg2YZR45ws — Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) April 15, 2018 Styles is in the midst of his world tour, which wraps this current European leg in Dublin, Ireland on April 16 before moving on to Australia, Asia and Central and South America. He returns to the Un...

Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Sit In on Jason Aldean’s ACM Awards Rehearsal

Jason Aldean‘s rehearsal for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards not only prepared him for the show, but also gave him the opportunity to gather with survivors of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. “What happened here in October, I think, will sort of bond all of us kind of forever,” Aldean, who was performing at the Vegas country music festival when a gunman opened fire on the crowd on Oct. 1, says in a new video posted on the ACM Awards’ Twitter account. After running through his set for the awards show, the entertainer of the year nominee spent time meeting and talking with the survivors were sitting in on his rehearsal. In the clip, he adds, “I think it’s cool to come back and just kind of show people that ...