An emotional Carrie Underwood received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles yesterday. She was joined by her family, including her parents, her husband, Mike Fisher, and their son, three-year-old Isaiah. Former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell spoke first, telling the gathered crowd about the first time he encountered the now superstar during “Idol” auditions in St. Louis in 2004. He said, “This shy lady walks in and sings ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and the show turned into full color. That was the effect Carrie had on me and the producers and we thought we may have found a great artist here. After you sang ‘Alone’ I made the prediction that you would become the best-selling Idol winner, which you are. But I could have never anticipated how successful you’ve become. I love you and you are a total, total star.”
Brad Paisley stepped up to the podium to say, “Carrie Underwood, is in many ways, this generation’s Dolly Parton as Ms. Country Music. I don’t think we could ask for a better ambassador. I don’t think there’s anything she can’t do. This is the best of country music in concrete. I can’t wait to see everything you do from here. I think of the artists that’ll be in here at Capitol Records that are going to walk out here one night drunk and throw up on the star of one of the most important artists we will ever have in our format.”
Carrie wiped away tears as she thanked her family and her manager for their belief in her. She said, “How is this my life? How does a girl from Checotah, Oklahoma, get a star on the Walk of Fame? I will tell you: belief. So many people who have believed in me . . .”
Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard tells E Online that he and his wife Hayley have become ‘old folks’ since the birth of their daughter. “We’ve turned into old people since welcoming our daughter. We go to bed as soon as she’s out.”
Variety magazine claims Blake Shelton is going to star in Kelly Clarkson’s new movie “Uglydolls”. He is going to play the unofficial Mayor of Uglyville. Blake is recording original songs for the soundtrack.
Radio.com claims Darius Rucker is going to host a Grand Ole Opry salute to Ray Charles on October 8th. Cam, Brett Eldredge, Boyz II Men, Travis Tritt, and Chris Young will all perform.
Darius says; “When you think of musical legends, you think of Ray Charles. To host this great event celebrating his legacy at the Opry makes it even more special. Being asked to join the Opry six years ago was one of the greatest highlights of my career and it’s an honor any time I get to step onto that stage, especially for a night like this.”
Luke Bryan tells the website Battered And Brewed that he loves to cook his father’s special recipe. “I enjoy cooking when I can. My favorite thing to make is homemade chicken and rice soup. My dad has a special barbecue sauce that we are addicted to so I always whip that up if we are making our own barbecue at the farm.”
Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey tells Women’s Wear Daily that he enjoys wearing flashy clothes. “It’s fun to dress up and look good. And it’s fun to try on clothes and wear a different jacket every night. It also helps you on stage to feel like you belong there … I definitely wear a lot of Tom Ford [leather] jackets on stage. I tried it on and it felt great — and then the floodgates were opened.”
Chris Young tells CBS News that he listens to all genres of music. “Everything is on my phone. I listen to, literally, every style of music, all of ’em. But the country is my favorite.”
Hunter Hayes has released the video for his new song “One Shot.” He told Billboard, “I really wanted the video to portray the humor in looking back at some of my most embarrassing moments and highlighting the fact that it’s really okay to not take yourself so seriously. So many hidden Easter eggs in every frame of this have their own long story, so I’m proud of taking my shame and turning into something hopefully everybody can get a kick out of.”