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Dolly Parton organizing telethon for Tenn. wildfire victims

Country icon Dolly Parton has organized a musical telethon to raise money for victims of the Tennessee wildfires that destroyed more than 1,700 homes in the resort town of Gatlinburg.

The event, which will air Dec. 13 on Great American Country, will include performances by Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss and Parton, whose Dollywood theme park in neighboring Pigeon Forge escaped damage from the fires.

Proceeds from the telethon will go to the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, which was created to provide $1,000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the wildfires.

Officials say 14 people have died and more than 145 others were injured in the fire that spread from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

AP Source: Grammy country committee rejects Beyonce song

Beyonce earned a whopping nine Grammy nominations Tuesday, including best rock performance, but the singer's twangy song "Daddy Lessons" was rejected by the Recording Academy's country music committee.

A person familiar with the Grammy nomination process told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Beyonce submitted "Daddy Lessons" — from her album "Lemonade" — to the country category. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly about the topic, said the country music committee rejected the song.

If Beyonce's song had made it through, it would have been eligible for honors such as best country song and country solo performance.

Representatives for Beyonce and the Grammys didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment.

"Daddy Lessons" highlights the Houston native's Southern music roots, incorporating horns, acoustic guitar and hand claps as Beyonce sings about lessons she learned from her father and former manager. The lyrics include references to the Second Amendment, the Bible and shooting guns.

Beyonce performed the track at last month's Country Music Association Awards alongside the Dixie Chicks, and later released a version of the song featuring the country trio.

Earlier in the year, the Chicks covered the song on their tour, and others in the country genre welcomed the tune, including Blake Shelton, who defended the song from critics who say it's not country.

Country star Dierks Bentley told the AP, "There is just something intangible about it that it feels like a country song."

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town said, "(Beyonce) has some stories to tell — that's clear on 'Lemonade.' And that's what makes country music great."

Beyonce, still, impressed the music world by earning Grammy nominations in the rock, pop, R&B and rap categories — becoming the first artist to earn nominations in those fields in the same year. Paul McCartney and Janet Jackson have also received Grammy nominations in pop, rock, R&B and rap, but not in the same year.

Beyonce's nine nominations include the big three: album of the year for "Lemonade" and song, and record of the year for "Formation." She is also competing for best rock performance ("Don't Hurt Yourself" with Jack White), pop solo performance ("Hold Up"), rap/sung performance ("Freedom" with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album ("Lemonade").

She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most-nominated woman in Grammy history with 62 nominations. Beyonce is also competing for best music film with "Lemonade" and music video with "Formation."

2017 Grammy Awards Nominees: The Country Surprises and Snubs

The 2017 Grammy Awards nominees surprised us in a number of ways ...

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Singer Sia and filmmaker-husband Erik Anders Lang separate

Grammy-nominated singer Sia and her filmmaker-husband, Erik Anders Lang, are separating.

In a statement released through a spokesperson Wednesday, Sia and Lang said "after much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple."

They were married in August 2014. They said they are "dedicated to remaining friends."

No more details were provided.

Sia, who has written songs for Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry and others, is known for her own hits like "Chandelier" and "Cheap Thrills." She earned three Grammy nominations Tuesday, including best pop vocal album for "This Is Acting."

Lang's website says he has created documentaries for Louis Vuitton, Honda, MTV and other companies.

Tyler Farr Ready to Go 'Too Farr' in New Reality TV Show

Tyler Farr is set to become a reality television star. The singer says a new show called A Little Too Farr will air in 2017 on a new television network.

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Dolly Parton Announces Performers for Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon

Dolly Parton has announced some of the performers and the details for her upcoming benefit concert to aid victims of the wildfires in and around Gatlinburg, Tenn. The superstar's Smoky Mountains Rise benefit will feature an impressive list of her famous friends.

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Garth Brooks Returns to Albany for Last New York Show This Tour

New York fans hoping to catch Garth Brooks live on his grand World Tour have one last shot. The singer will host a concert in Albany — his final show in New York on this run — in March.

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Dolly Parton Taps Country Icons for My People Fund Telethon

Dolly Parton has announced further details of her telethon to raise money for those affected by the wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Blake Shelton Performs 'A Guy With a Girl' on 'The Voice' Semifinals [Watch]

Blake Shelton is used to being the judge in the chair, giving tips on up-and-coming artist performances on The Voice, but he switched roles Tuesday night (Dec. 6). While he didn't quite get a critique from the contestants from this season, he did show them what a true performer does when he hits the stage.

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Our 2017 Grammy Awards Predictions — Make Yours!

The nominees in the 2017 Grammy Awards include some of the biggest names and hottest up-and-coming talent in country music, including some nominations in non-county all-genre categories. This year the staff of Taste of Country are challenging our readers to a friendly bet to see who can most closely predict the winners among the country nominees in the prestigious awards.

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