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Actress Betty White has had a long, long career in television, and a host of entertainment industry heavyweights assembled on Tuesday night (Feb. 5) to pay tribute to the beloved 91-year-old performer in a special that was comically titled ‘Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday.’ Among the stars in attendance was country music’s reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton, who took the opportunity to admit he’s been carrying a torch for White.
White was unable to attend the taping due to the flu, so Shelton was addressing the cameras as she watched from home. “Betty, the gift I brought for you tonight comes from the heart,” he said. “You see, I got a confession to make. I’ve always had a little bit of a crush on you.”
Shelton went on to say that he’s had to deny his feelings because he’s a happily married man, adding, “But I’m not going to deny them anymore. In fact, I think I can not deny them best in a song.”
With that, he launched into a version of his hit ‘Honey Bee,’ with the words changed to pay homage to White: “You’re still my Sue Ann Nivens / Ellen from ‘Mama’s Family’ / You make my life worth living / ‘Cause you’re my ‘Golden’ girlie / I’ll be your ladies man / You fill my empty nest / I’ll be your Password partner / Betty, you are the best.”
As the legendary television star clapped delightedly, Shelton added on a more serious note, “Betty, I hope that you’re feeling better and I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we love making it for you. Happy second annual 90th Birthday.”
All together now: Awwwww!
Randy Travis has pleaded guilty to his misdemeanor DWI charge and will narrowly avoid jail time from his 2012 arrest, during which his blood alcohol content was recorded as nearly three times the legal limit.
Travis’s slap on the wrist stems from the plea deal struck with prosecutors given that the country music superstar entered a guilty plea in the case. The crime was punishable by up two years in jail and a $4,000 fine, but the singer will serve just two years of probation and pay a $2,000 fine.
Travis is also expected to complete a 30-day alcohol rehabilitation program. The 53-year-old singer has vowed to abstain from alcohol following his multiple run-ins with the law while intoxicated.
The country singer was officially charged with a DWI earlier this month following the Aug. 7 arrest, at which time Travis crashed his Trans Am in a single car accident 60 miles north of Dallas. He was allegedly found naked and belligerent, registering a .21 blood alcohol content. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.
The singer is not completely out of the woods in regards to his legal matters. Travis is still facing misdemeanor assault charges, but is expected to avoid time behind bars after presenting another plea deal. It is reported that the Texas native will receive 90-day deferred sentence as a direct result of a plea of either guilty or no contest.
In an official statement released on Travis’s behalf, the singer’s publicist says his client “is moving beyond the matters of 2012, and looking forward to the opportunities ahead this year, including his concert tour that will begin on March 1. He is inspired and encouraged by the continued support of his friends and fans” (quote via the Tennessean).
Travis is expected to return to the stage in March with a string of dates scheduled Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. The ‘Three Wooden Crosses’ singer will perform three dates at Nashville’s gorgeous Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony on March 7-9.
Tim McGraw has a new album, a new tour and a whole new rocking body complete with an enviable eight-pack. How does he do it?
"I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop," McGraw, 45, tells PEOPLE in its new issue, out this Friday. "I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run."
Five years ago, the country superstar replaced throwing back whiskey with weight-training and an intense workout regimen – and when he showed up for PEOPLE's cover shoot in Las Vegas, he played basketball with his band shirtless (and we have the exclusive pics to prove it).
"Working out is a great way to go out on stage," McGraw, whose new album Two Lanes of Freedom is out on Feb. 5 with an ambitious 30-city tour following this spring, says. "When I hit the stage, my adrenaline is going and I'm ready."
Aside from looking good, McGraw got healthier first and foremost to be there for his three daughters Gracie Katherine, 15, Maggie Elizabeth, 14, and Audrey Caroline, 11. "I'm in a good place right now," says McGraw. "I really feel like this new album is not a culmination of the things I've done, it's a new beginning of the things I am going to do. I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life."
For more on McGraw, his 16-year marriage to Faith Hill, his workout schedule and to see his eight-pack abs, pick up this week's PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
After nearly half a million votes, some smack talking and an unprecedented three-way matchup, the two singers with arguably the biggest followings in country music will face off in the finals of the 2013 Taste of Country Bowl. The week-long vote to decide which singer and her fans are best begins right now, with Team Taylor Swift battling Team Carrie Underwood.
Swift won a three-way playoff between Scotty McCreery and Brantley Gilbert in the Semi-Finals. The ‘Begin Again’ singer grabbed almost 44 percent of the vote, maintaining her lead on BG Nation, who were also voting until the final seconds. Gilbert’s team took 40 percent in the end, and McCreerians nabbed almost 16 percent in a hotly-contested matchup.
Underwood’s win over Eric Church‘s Church Choir was decided by barely one percent. Fewer than 500 votes separated the two singers and their fanbases. The ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ singer’s supporters are going to have to work double-time to defeat the Swifties and prove that they are the best fans in country music.
There’s incentive to spread your ‘get out and vote’ message. As a thank you to all who’ve participated and made the first-annual Taste of Country Bowl a huge success, we’re giving away a $100 iTunes gift card to one lucky ToC reader. To enter, follow these instructions or hit the button below.
Fans: Vote up to once every hour until polls close at 11:59PM ET on Feb. 3. Any voter found to be outpacing that rule will be deemed ineligible, forfeiting their votes. The winner of the ToC Bowl will be announced on Feb. 4 — one day after Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Legendary country star Ray Price is not happy with reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton, and he’s not afraid to say so in public. In a Facebook post today, the 87-year-old entertainer took issue with comments Shelton made to GAC, in which he derided old country fans for not understanding the music of the new generation.
Shelton made his comments as a part of GAC’s ‘Backstory’ episode devoted to his career. “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music,” the singer stated, adding, “And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jacka–. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.”
Price read the comments via Saving Country Music, and he wasted no time in responding, posting the following:
“It’s a shame that I have spend 63 years in this business trying to introduce music to a larger audience and to make it easier for the younger artists who are coming behind me. Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song , have a hit first time out with kids only. This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God’s answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF “OLD FART” & JACKA–”) ” P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.
Musical comedian Ray Stevens also responded to Shelton’s comments in a statement through his publicist. “I just heard Blake Shelton’s remarks about ‘old farts and jacka–es’ and all I want to know is how he found out the title to my next single because it’s been a closely guarded secret here at the ‘Home,’” he said with trademark humor. “It will be available on vinyl or 8-Track at your nearest Tower Records store.”
Shelton himself responded to Price’s comments via Twitter this afternoon, hoping to clear the air and apologize for offending the legend. “Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price by my statement ‘Nobody wants to listen to their grandpas music,’” he posted. But Shelton didn’t back down from his statements, arguing that new artists have to keep re-inventing country music “the way Mr. Price did along his journey as a mainstream country artist.”
Shelton cited Price’s classic ‘For the Good Times’ as an example of a track that was groundbreaking in its time. But he still insists that his initial commentary — while maybe too strongly-worded — was accurate.
“I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better (as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may offended,” Shelton concluded. “I meant every word I said. Country music is my life and it’s future AND past is important to me. I’ll put my love and respect and knowledge about it up against anybody out there… ANYBODY…”
School Closings for today...Janaury 25th, 2013.
When country star Brantley Gilbert proposed to his girlfriend of one year, country singer and One Tree Hill actress Jana Kramer, the one thing on his mind was making the day perfect for his bride-to-be.
That (of course) included getting on bended knee at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, prepared with the ultimate engagement ring. Gilbert, 28, worked with Giador Fine Jewelry, a local jeweler in midtown Nashville, to create a custom diamond sparkler for Kramer, 29.
“I’m in love with it,” Kramer said. “I can’t stop looking at it!” The five-carat round-cut ring, set in white gold with diamonds embedded in the band, was just the icing on the cake for the singer/actress, who accepted the proposal with an enthusiastic “Yes!” The couple are both nominated in the “best new vocalist” category at this year’s Academy of Country Music awards.
Obviously, Scotty McCreery is no stranger to ‘American Idol.’ The 19-year-old singer was crowned the winner in the show’s tenth season, and has since embarked on a successful recording and touring career as a country artist. This Wednesday (Jan. 23), he will return to the show for an appearance during the audition rounds in Charlotte, in his home state of North Carolina.
One of McCreery’s biggest hits is titled ‘The Trouble With Girls,’ which is appropriate, since his appearance coincides with some major trouble between ‘Idol’ judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. As we’ve already seen in a viral video which spread over the summer, the two got into a profanity-laced confrontation that will reportedly air on Wednesday night in a presumably edited-for-television version.
Luckily, McCreery was not involved in, or present for, the screaming match. He was on hand at the Time Warner Cable Arena to lead the crowd in cheering for the camera while the fight took place later on at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, where the auditions were forced to move after the Democratic National Convention came to Charlotte.
McCreery’s ‘American Idol’ return airs Jan. 23 at 8PM ET on Fox.
Good Tuesday morning!! It's 10 degrees in Lexington right now!! Can you imagine being on the streets in these dangerously cold temperatures? There is a way to help those less fortunate, the Catholic Action Center is in desperate need of Coats, blankets, hats, & gloves!!!
Drop your donations off to 400 East 5th Street until 7 o'clock tonight!! OR you can make a donation at www.godsnet.info