Underwood looked and sounded angelic as she performed the hymn “Softly and Tenderly,” while pictures of all those in the country music industry who died flashed on the screen behind her.
Underwood powered through the performance, but paused as her voice broke once the images of the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting appeared on the screen. Collectively and in groups, black and white images of each of the 58 victims appeared on he screen behind the singer.
Taking a beat to collect herself, Underwood continued on, singing the last note to cheers and applause from the audience.
Last night Luke Bryan’s personal life was aired on TV for everyone to see. It’s very clear that his life has been rocked by
tragedy, but he takes it in stride. The country singer, 41, completely opened up about the unexpected deaths of his siblings
during a personal special that aired on Monday, Nov 6th.
“I’ve watched my family go through ebbs and flows where we get mad at God and we get mad at why this has happened,” Bryan
GMA anchor Robin Roberts ahead of his upcoming ABC special. “Well, you keep going and you try to be as positive as you can, and
you try to appreciate every day. You’ll never get back to 100 percent. You’ll always be working to get back to 75 percent.”
When Luke Bryan was 19 his brother, Chris Bryan, died in a car accident which was over 20 years ago. Then his sister, Kelly
Bryan, died suddenly in 2007, followed by her husband, Ben Lee Cheshire, in 2014. Luke and his wife, Caroline Bryan, stepped
in to raise Kelly and Ben Lee’s children, Til, Kris and Jordan, alongside their own sons, Thomas, 9, and Tatum, 7.
“We never thought twice about it,” Caroline said on
GMA about their decision to take in the late couple’s kids. “You know, it was never something that he and I had to sit down and
talk about. ‘Should we take this on?’ We just did that.”
The family faced another tragedy this February, when Caroline’s niece Sadie died at just 7 months old after battling health
issues. Through it all, they’ve tried to focus on the positive aspects of their lives.
“Me and my family have gotten together and celebrated and cried over winning Entertainer of the Year [at the 2017 CMA Awards],”
American Idol judge said. “It certainly makes it special when we’re all together and we know that people are smiling down, and they’re
with us, celebrating these amazing moments … Music has certainly helped us through this old, crazy thing called life.”
There are many amazing collaborations that are happening tonight on the CMA stage. Quite a few country newcomers with some
huge legends and one of those performances are Kelsea Ballerini with Reba! One song that is on the list to perform is her
hit “Legends”. But Reba says she needed a certain comfort level with Kelsea before it could happen. The kind you get from
Quote, “I told her, ‘I’m thrilled to death to get to sing with you but I want to know you.’ We went out and had a drink or
two and got to hang out and visit, which is very important, instead of coming in cold turkey and singing a song with somebody.”
When you have grown up watching The CMA Awards and you know that only a select few artists are nominated for the awards, to
be chosen is a huge honor! Brett Young, who is nominated for New Artist of the Year, admits he’s equal parts “nervous” and
“excited” to be nominated at this year’s CMA Awards. “That it’s even something I have to think about is such a blessing,”
Young tells The Boot. “Nominations, awards, or even just being invited to attend, I feel so flattered and humbled. I can’t
believe I get to be a part of this and I get to be there.” Young adds that he’s trying hard to manage his own expectations,
noting, “I don’t like to be let down.” Young is nominated alongside Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, and Lauren Alaina
in the New Artist of the Year category. The 2017 CMA Awards will air at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 8, on ABC.
We have no doubt in our mind that Garth Brooks is one of those all time legends that people will talk about until the end
of time. This year he is up for CMA Entertainer of the year again and he admits he’s pleased that people are enjoying his
latest top five hit, “Ask Me How I Know:”
(Garth Brooks) “People always ask you with stuff like this and awards, ‘Does it get old for you?’ It’s like, ‘People – you’ve
got it totally backward. The older you get, the more rare it gets.’ So, my only hope is that in 20 years, ‘Ask Me How I Know’
sits right along with ‘[The] Thunder Rolls’?right along [with] ‘That Summer.’ And if that does it, then?then I’m a lucky guy
to have ’em that far across. And that’s what music’s all about.”
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