Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz has performed at venues all over the globe but on Feb. 26 he’ll stand before more that 100,000 when he plays a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500.
Kravitz, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza — shown by FOX — leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway.
“Lenny Kravitz is an iconic performer and multi-talented musician – he will deliver a rousing performance prior to the start of the 54th Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Race fans will experience a first-class, heart-pounding pre-race show that will serve as the perfect prelude to what will be an historic and thrilling afternoon of NASCAR racing on the high banks of Daytona.”
He has sold more than 35 million albums and is the only musician in history to win the Grammy for best male vocals in rock music four times consecutively.
The world-renown musician will perform three songs prior to the start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Kravitz’s ninth album, Black and White America, was released in 2011 and features a mixture of funk and hard rock hits like “Stand,” “Rock Star City Life” and his new single “Push.”
After a European tour, Kravitz recently kicked off his first American outing in five years in January. The 20-city tour will wrap up in Miami on Feb. 25.
Kravitz joins a long list of stars names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show that includes Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Brad Paisley.
Country music stars are coming together to raise money for those reeling from the effects of the recent floods and tornadoes in the South. The show, CMT One Country, will take place in Nashville this month.
An array of stars will be performing, including Hank Williams, Jr., Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Tim McGraw. 100% of the profits from the show will be given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The idea for the benefit came from Hank Williams, Jr., who offered his idea to CMT. The renowned country singer said, “I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing on TV. Alabama is home- I am really pumped about helping.”
CMT’s president Brian Phillips adds, “We will raise money, and we will shine the brightest possible light on the urgent needs of our courageous neighbors.”
CMT One Country airs Thursday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcome new baby. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were all smiles on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards – but it could have been for another reason. The two have announced Monday they are new parents of a baby girl, reports People magazine. “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” the family said in a statement to People. “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.” Faith Margaret Kidman Urban was born on December 28 at a hospital in Nashville. The bundle of joy is the second daughter to their family, born through a surrogate mother. The Hollywood actress and country singer, who married in 2006, were tight lipped about the news at Sunday’s award show. Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose in July 2008. The actress also has two adopted children, Isabella and Conner, with ex-husband Tom Cruise.
Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Guy Fiere Rock Gaylord Opryland’s Reopening. Gaylord has been working non-stop to reopen the resort, which was only closed for an astonishing 195 days. Using an overwhelmingly local workforce (95% of subcontractors came from the Volunteer State), an average of 500 to 800 people were working each day to install a total of 21,400 sheets of drywall, 2,200 doors, and around 45,000 sq. ft. of tile, marble, granite and decorative glass. “It’s still difficult to describe the emotions I felt at sunrise on May 3rd, when the first light revealed the water completely surrounding and breaching this magnificent hotel,” Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin Reed explained during the grand reopening ceremony. “But despite the devastation we witnessed, I never had any doubt that our company, with the support of our [employees] and our community, would prove ourselves to be equal to this challenge.” “The road to recovery certainly hasn’t been an easy one, but we’re proud to be here today celebrating what is not only a special day for the Gaylord brand, but also the city of Nashville,” Reed added. Grammy Award-winning Country music star Keith Urban kicked off an emotional grand reopening ceremony on Friday night. Urban, who lives in Nashville with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, played an emotional set for invited guests, many of which worked for companies involved in the reconstruction. Even Guy Fieri got emotional during his lunch and cooking demonstration on Saturday. Fieri, host of the Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,’ admitted that he endured a red-eye flight from California in order to be a part of what he called the “historic” return of the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Saturday night, Grammy Award-winning Country music star Sheryl Crow performed several of her hit songs during an exclusive concert. Crow, who lives on an 154-acre ranch near Nashville, only lost a small bridge in the May flood – but says the list of those who lost everything is endless. But just like thousands of other tourists, Crow is one of the stars glad to see the hotel’s return. While Crow was entertaining fans in a packed ballroom, her two adopted sons Wyatt Steven and Levi James toured the resort’s ‘ICE!’ attraction after spending a day at the Nashville Zoo. ‘ICE!’ is just one of the attractions the Gaylord Opryland has been reintroducing to the public. Gaylord spent millions to renovate much of the resort, including revamping guest rooms and putting in new restaurants. Guests during the grand reopening weekend filled the new Conservatory Bar, which sits between two new restaurants; the Italian-themed Ravello and the Mexican-themed Solario. Twin-sister bartenders (and Nashville-natives) Dana and Tara say the Conservatory Bar’s newly mixed “Lemoncello Collins” has been as popular with guests as it is strong. The rebirth of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel comes pointedly at the start of the holiday/Christmas season. The hotel pushed hard to reopen in time to continue their annual ‘Country Christmas’ attraction. Each year, the Gaylord Opryland hangs over 2 million lights across the resort, lighting up 461 trees, 500 shrubs and hanging 15 miles of green garland and 10 miles of red ribbons. There’s a 40 ft. indoor Christmas tree and a 141-foot-tall ‘Southern Lights’ outdoor tree with more than 38,000 lights. ‘The Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ with the Rockettes is also making its return to the restored Grand Ole Opry House. The show brings Santa Claus and a cast and crew of more than 100 members, including the high-kicking Rockettes and live animals for the ‘Living Nativity.’ After the show, families have been lining up to walk-through ‘ICE!’ which pays tribute to the film ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’ as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. The attraction boasts 2 million lbs of hand-carved ice and is kept at a bone-chilling 9 degrees. Guests walk-through scenes from the movie and can enjoy a slide made entirely of ice. Beyond fun and games, the Opryland Resort and Convention Center and the Grand Old Opry is one of Nashville’s economic cornerstones. Each year millions of locals, visitors and conventioneers visit the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is the largest non-casino hotel in the United States. The Gaylord Opryland is also a major part of Nashville’s transition from a historic Country music town to an international convention destination that can handle serious business. This week, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced that after fierce competition, the National Rifle Association (NRA) decided to bring its 144th annual convention to the Music City. The three-day convention will bring an estimated 50,000 guests and $25 million to Nashville. “We’re coming out of a difficult economy and the flood and now there’s pent-up demand for the hospitality industry,” Loews Vanderbilt Hotel General Manager Tom Negri told the Tennessean newspaper. “Having that large of a group means so much for the city. And association business like this tends to follow one another.”
CMA Awards Sells Out Tickets. The event dubbed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night” is sold out. For the second year in a row, the “44th Annual CMA Awards,” to be held on November 10, has sold all of its available tickets for the public. The show promises performances by some of country’s biggest superstars, including Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Also performing is Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Taylor, who is set to make her live Country Music singing debut with Vince Gill. A tribute to Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary as a recording artist will be spearheaded by Lambert and Sheryl Crow. Also, Jason Aldean will be performing with “American Idol” champ Kelly Clarkson, while the Zac Brown Band will take the stage with Alan Jackson. For the third consecutive year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting the show, which will air live from the Bridgestone arena in Nashville on Wednesday.
Kelly Clarkson To Duet With Jason Aldean On CMA Awards. Country music sensation Jason Aldean is set to perform with “American Idol” champ and Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson on the 44th Annual CMA Awards, it has been announced. This will mark Clarkson’s first performance on the show. Also announced Monday is the addition of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington to the list of celebrity presenters. Actress Joanna Garcia and five-time CMA awardee Martina McBride, who is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, are also added as presenters. Chart-topper Rodney Atkins will be presenting awards in categories announced during the pre-telecast ceremonies. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is also set to have her live Country Music singing debut with Vince Gill. For the third time in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the show, which will air love November 10 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Carrie Underwood Leads CMT Music Award Winners. Carrie Underwood proves she is still country music’s sweetheart when she emerged as the big winner at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. The “American Idol” former champ won Video of the Year and Performance of the Year. It was clearly Underwood’s night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday as fans voted to give her to major awards. Her chart-topping “Cowboy Casanova” won Video of the Year, while her “Temporary Home (from Invitation Only)” took home the CMT Performance of the Year trophy. “Awesome fans,” she said when she accepted the video of the year award. “Awesome, awesome, amazing, awesome.” “Just the fans. Thanks for seeing me out on the tour. God bless you guys. You are the best.” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert were also top winners as they accepted Male Video and Female Video of the Year respectively. Urban won for his “‘Till Summer Comes Around” video, while Lambert was cited for “White Liar.” Lady Antebellum won Group Video of the Year for their “Need You Now” track, while the legendary Brooks & Dunn took the Duo Video of the Year award for “Indian Summer.” Kix Brooks accepted the award onstage without Ronnie Dunn, who was not present at the show. He joked, “We were very much not expecting this. We were not expecting this so much that Mr. Dunn has gone to the restroom – - in Santa Fe, NM. …If you think I’m bringing you this award, Ronnie, you’re crazy, man. This is just the kind of thing that will make ‘em think we’re breaking up the duo.” Other winners were Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins (Collaborative Video of the Year for “Hillbilly Bone”), Luke Bryan (USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Do I”), and Shaun Silva (Director of the Year). Kid Rock, who hosted the event, threatened to punch anyone in the face who would interrupt acceptance speeches with “Kanye West-ism” going on. He, along with an all-star cast of friends such as Martina McBride, Randy Houser, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson and Hank Williams Jr., opened the show with a medley of songs that include his hits “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy.”Other performers of the night included Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and Underwood.
Kenny Chesney Rules, Taylor Swift Moves Up On Forbes’ Biggest Country Moneymakers List. We already know it’s good to be a country music star. But Forbes has detailed the earnings of some of the biggest names in country music, based on touring, publishing royalties, album sales, and more, and made it that much clearer. Among the top money makers this year on the country scene are Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Taylor Swift. Kenny Chesney continues to top Forbes’ list of Country Music’s 10 Top Earning Artists in 2010. Also ranking #1 last year, he pulled in an estimate earnings of $50 million from 2009-2010. His 2009 tour reportedly grossed $71 million, earning an average of $1.6 million a night. At #2 is Toby Keith, who moves up a spot from #3 last year. He made an estimated $48 million last year, including his tour earnings, publishing royalties, a chain of restaurants, and even a large stake in Big Machine Records, which counts Taylor Swift as one of its artists. Taylor Swift is on the list at #3, thanks to her sold-out “Fearless” tour and being one of the few artists still able to sell millions of their album during the low record-buying climate. Along with millions of digital singles sold and endorsement deals with brands like CoverGirl, Swift was able to sing all the way to $45 million, up from $18 million in 2008-2009. Tied with Swift this year earning $45 million are Rascal Flatts. The band earned $42 million from their 2009 tour, and a few other million from publishing royalties. At #5 is Tim McGraw who earned $30 million, thanks to early 2010 tour dates, a supporting role in “The Blind Side” and a new album. The rest of the list includes Keith Urban ($28 million), George Strait ($25 million), Brad Paisley ($22 million), Alan Jackson ($15 million), and Carrie Underwood ($13 million).Forbes’ List of Country Music’s 10 Top Earning Artists in 2010
1. Kenny Chesney
2. Toby Keith
3. Taylor Swift
3. Rascal Flatts
5. Tim McGraw
6. Keith Urban
7. George Strait
8. Brad Paisley
9. Alan Jackson
10. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Lead 2010 CMT Music Awards Nominees. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean lead the pack of nominees for the 2010 CMT Music Awards. They each scored three nominations each, including all appearing among the finalists for Video of the Year. Swift and Underwood also picked up nominations for Female Video of the Year, while Lady Antebellum earned one for Group Video of the Year, along with Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, and Gloriana. Underwood and Lady Antebellum also appear together in the CMT Performance of the Year category for best musical performance in a CMT special, along with Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley. McEntire, McGraw, Paisley and the Zac Brown Band all earned two nominations each, along with Sugarland, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and Steel Magnolia. “When you look at the talent and diversity amassed within these categories, it’s easy to see why this has been CMT’s biggest year ever,” said CMT President Brian Philips. ”Hosted by our Nashville-brother-by-way-of-Detroit, Kid Rock, this night promises to be an unforgettable party!” Among the nominees scheduled to perform are Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, and Miranda Lambert. More performers are set to be announced. Fans can vote online at CMT.com for the night’s winners, including voting during the show for the final category, Video of the Year. The 2010 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Kid Rock, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 9th on CMT.
Taylor Swift donates $500,000 after Nashville flood. Singer Taylor Swift will contribute $500,000 for flood relief after deadly storms lashed her hometown of Nashville. “Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly,” the singer said in an email to The Associated Press. ”Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis.”
The total damage bill for the destruction wreaked by the storms is believed to top $1billion. Singer Keith Urban was another star affected by the storms, losing all of his musical equipment in the flood.