Driver Merry- Go-Round Takes Shape

The drivers have hung up their helmets for another season, but the business of NASCAR continues as teams begin preparations for the new season with new cars and driver changes.

Known as the NASCAR Silly Season, it began early in 2019 with the announcements of drivers moving on when Paul Menard and David Ragan announced that they would be retiring from full time driving. As the season went on, teams announced numerous changes.

Come next February the various Series – Gander Outdoors Truck, Xfinity, and Monster Energy Cup – will have a different look.

Here is a list of how things are looking so far…
Quin Houff is leaving a part time ride in the Monster Energy Cup Series with Spire Motorsports for a full time ride in Monster Cup driving the number 00 for StarCom Racing.

Landon Cassill is no longer driving for StarCom Racing in the Monster Energy Cup Series but he will be staying on at StarCom working in as yet disclosed position.

After spending the 2019 racing season as a full time driver for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Xfinity Series, Cole Custer is moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series driving the number 41 car for Stewart-Haas.

The former driver of the number 41 car Daniel Suarez is currently without a ride.

Last season Zane Smith drove part time in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports in the number eight car. Next season, Smith is moving to the Gander Outdoor Truck Series for a full time ride with GMS Racing.

Daniel Hemric spen 2019 behind the wheel of the Richard Childress Racing number eight in the Monster Energy Cup Series. In 2020 will run 21 of the 33 Xfinity Series races in the number eight car for JR Motorsports.

In 2019, Christian Eckes drove part time for Kyle Busch Motorsports number 51 truck in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series while driving full time in the ARCA Series. In 2020, Eckes will be driving full time for KBM behind the wheel of the number 18 truck.

After driving part time in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series last season, Raphael Lessard will see full time duty in the number four truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

Last season Tyler Ankrum made it to the playoffs in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for DGR-Crosley Racing. Still in his teens, Ankrum will remain in the Truck Series but will be moving over to GMS Racing for a full time ride as team mates of Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed, and Zane Smith.

In 2019, Matt Tifft drove full time for Front Row Motorsports in the Monster Energy Cup Series. After a major health scare, Tifft has stepped away from racing in order to deal with his medical issues.

Riley Herbst spent 2019 as a part time driver in both the Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In 2020 gets a full time ride driving the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car in the Xfinity Series.

After signing a one year deal with Chip Ganassi Racing, Kurt Busch has signed a multi year deal to remain behind the wheel of the number one car for Chip Ganassi in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

In 2019 Harrison Burton drove the number 18 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In 2020, Burton will be moving over to the Xfinity Series and a full time ride with Joe Gibbs Racing in the number 19 car.

After much speculation during the season, Clint Bowyer has signed a contract extension to remain behind the wheel of the number 14 car for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

After spending 2019 driving the number 17 Roush Fenway Racing car in the Monster Energy Cup Series, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is leaving Roush for a full time ride with JTG Daugherty Racing in the Monster Cup Series.

Known as the “watermelon man” or simply the “melon man”, Ross Chastain drove every race he could last season across all three series. In 2020 will be driving full time for Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series as the driver for the newly created second team.

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola also announced a contract extension to remain in the number 10 car.

Two time Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick is moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series to drive the number eight car for Richard Childress Racing.

In 2019 Chris Buescher drove the number 37 car for JTG Daugherty Racing. In 2020 he will be moving over to Roush Fenway Racing and the number 17 car in the Monster Cup Series.

After driving full time in the Xfinity Series in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car over the past couple of seasons, Christopher Bell is moving up to the Monster Cup Series and Leavine Family Racing to drive the number 95 car full time.

After being let go from the Leavine Family Racing number 95 car in the Monster Energy Cup Series, Matt DiBenedetto will be moving over to the Wood Brother Racing number 21 car. Once he announced his retirement, Paul Menard suggested hiring DiBenedetto as his replacement.

Erik Jones, one of four drivers for Joe Gibbs Racing, has also signed a contract extension and will remain in the Monster Cup Series number 20 car for JGR.

Cyndi Lauper Wins Music Prize

A few years ago, music icon Bob Dylan was presented with the Nobel Prize for Poetry. And while there are Nobel Prizes for science, literature, and Peace; there has never been a Nobel Prize for Music…until now.

The new Nobel Prize for Music will be presented to the artist who along with making music has been an advocate for social justice for at least a decade.

The inaugural award is being presented to Grammy and Tony Award winning entertainer Cyndi Lauper. Lauper has been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community for many years and is currently working to end homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth.

Created by producer and entrepreneur David Clark, the

High Note Global Initiative presents the award which is officially known as the High Note Global Prize but is being called the Nobel Prize for Music.

The High Note Global Initiative celebrates those music artists who promote social justice through music.

Lauper will be presented with the award on Human Rights Day – December 10 – during her “Cyndi Lauper and Friends Home for the Holidays” benefit concert in Los Angeles.

United Nations Human Rights Chief External Outrach Laurent Sauver spoke on the Prize saying, “musicians hold a special place in society, as they have the ability to inspire people to action. We are proud to support The High Note Global Initiative and The High Note Global Prize in an effort to galvanize global awareness of the importance of human rights, and at the same time honor artists who passionately use their work to promote and protect the rights of others.”

Taking the title from one of her hit songs “True Colors”, Lauper created True Colors United to help prevent and fight homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth.

 

feature photo credit:  Jim Provenzano – Gay Games VII

‘The Accordion Rebel’ Celso Pina Has Died

Cumbia music pioneer and accordion player Celso Pina died unexpectedly on August 21, 2019 in Monterrey, Mexico at the age of 66 as the result of a heart attack.

Performing for over 40 years, the Monterrey native was in the middle of a U.S. tour at the time of his death.

Pina was one of Mexico’s most iconic entertainers who not only played the accordion but was also a composer and singer who took the cumbia music of Columbia and mixed it with a variety of styles including sonidero, nortena, hip-hop, ska, and reggae to create a new sound.

Known as “the accordion rebel”, he taught himself how to play the accordion to play vallenata music – another Colombian musical style. He joined his brothers – Eduardo, Rubén and Enrique – to form the band Celso Piña Y Su Ronda Bogotá.

Bucking the traditional music of home, Pina’s music not only ruffled some feathers of local authorities, his shows were also shut down by the police.

But all of that changed when Nobel Prize winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez was filmed dancing to Pina’s music at an event in the Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art.

In 2012, the Latin Grammy Award nominee performed during the gala event with Lila Downs.

He was born Celso Piña Arvizu on April 6, 1953 in Monterrey, Mexico. Before becoming a full time musician, Pina worked as a smelter, a tortilla dealer, a corn miller, an upholsterer, and as a children’s hospital administrator.

 

feature photo credit: By Secretaría de Cultura Ciudad de México from México – MX TV AÑO DUAL MEXICO-ALEMANIA CELSO PIÑA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81637445

Sir Paul McCartney

While he no longer embarks on long extended tour, Sir Paul McCartney still gets around to perform before fans. And next May and June he will be performing some dates in Europe; including one of the biggest music festivals ever when he helps Glastonbury celebrate 50 years of music.

Sir Paul tour dates:
May 23 at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, France
May 26 at the Paris La Defense Arena in Paris, France
May 29 at Goffert Park in Nijmegen, Netherlands
May 31 at the Stadium Matnut in Bordeaux,France
June 4 at the HDI Arena in Hannover, Germany
June 7 at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France
June 10 at the Piazza Plebiscito, in Naples, Italy
June 13 at Mura Storiche in Lucca, Italy
June 17 at the Olympic Stadium in Bacelona, Spain
June 21 at the TW Classic Festival in Werchter, Belgium
June 27 at the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farms, UK

Robin Trower

British Blues Man Robin Trower has planned a tour around his homeland and Europe next April. The tour is to support his newest album “Coming Closer to the Day”.

Sari Schorr will be the opening act for the UK dates.

Robin Trower tour dates:
April 15 at Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium
April 16 at Mezz inBreda, Netherlands
April 17 at De Bosuil in Weert, Netherlands
April 18 at Centrum Schaaf in Leeuwarden, Netherlands
April 23 at The Brook in Southampton, UK
April 25 at the Holmfirth in Picturdrome, UK
April 26 at the Islington Assembly Rooms in London, UK
Aparil 28 at the Beaumont en Veron, Tours, France
April 29 at Savigny in Le Temple, France
April 30 at Cleon in Rouen, France

Pollstar Award Nominees

For over 30 years Pollstar has been honouring the leading artists, executives, and support staff in the concert industry.

On February 6, Pollstar will present the 31st annual awards ceremonies in Los Angeles. The gala event is the highlight of the annual Pollstar Live! Conference.

Along with the awards for best venues, tours,, and so forth; there are also awards for The Wall – least likely to cave on terms, Life of the Party, and Most Frequently Name Dropped.

Nominees for the 31st annual Pollstar Awards:
Major Tour of the Year:
Ed Sheeran – ÷ (Divide) Tour
Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Eric Church – Double Down Tour
Garth Brooks – Garth Brooks Stadium Tour and Summer Of Dive Bars Tour
Pink – Beautiful Trauma World Tour
The Rolling Stones – No Filter Tour

Best Rock Tour:
KISS – End Of The Road World Tour
Metallica – WorldWired Tour
Queen + Adam Lambert – The Rhapsody Tour
The Rolling Stones – No Filter Tour
Tool – “Fear Inoculum” Tour
Twenty One Pilots – The Bandito Tour

Best Hip-Hop/R&B Tour:
Childish Gambino – This Is America Tour
Drake – Assassination Vacation Tour
Khalid – Free Spirit World Tour
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys Tour and Runaway Tour
Travis Scott – Astroworld – Wish You Were Here Tour
Tyler, The Creator – Igor Tour

Best Pop Tour:
Ariana Grande – Sweetener World Tour
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep Tour
Jonas Brothers – Happiness Begins Tour
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You Tour and Cuz I Love You Too Tour
Pink – Beautiful Trauma World Tour
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes: The Tour

Best Country Tour:
Carrie Underwood – Cry Pretty Tour 360
Eric Church – Double Down Tour
Garth Brooks – The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour and Dive Bar Tour
Kacey Musgraves – Oh, What A World Tour (I & II)
Luke Combs – Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour
Thomas Rhett – Life Changes Tour and Very Hot Summer Tour

Best Latin Tour:
Bad Bunny – X100PRE Tour
J Balvin – Arcoiris Tour
Jennifer Lopez – It’s My Party: The Live Celebration
Luis Miguel and México Por Siempre Tour
Maluma – 11:11 Tour
Maná – Rayando El Sol Tour

Comedy Tour of the Year:
Ali Wong – The Milk & Money Tour
Gabriel Iglesias – Beyond The Fluffy World Tour
Jeff Dunham – Passively Aggressive Tour and Seriously!? Tour
Jerry Seinfeld – Beacon Theatre Residency and 2019 Tour
Jim Gaffigan – Quality Time Tour
Sebastian Maniscalco – Stay Hungry Tour and You Bother Me Tour
Trevor Noah – Loud & Clear Tour

Best Support or Special Guest Act:
5 Seconds of Summer for The Chainsmokers World War Joy Tour
Alessia Cara for Shawn Mendes’ Shawn Mendes: The Tour
Barenaked Ladies for Hootie & The Blowfish Group Therapy Tour
Dan + Shay for Florida Georgia Line Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour
Joan Jett for Heart Love Alive Tour
Modest Mouse for The Black Keys Let’s Rock Tour
Nile Rogers feat. Chic for Cher Here We Go Again Tour

Best Residency: (10 or more shows)
Aerosmith Deuces Are Wild at the Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden
Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
David Byrne American Utopia) at the Hudson Theatre
Janet Jackson Metamorphosis at the Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas
Lady Gaga Enigma at the Park Theater at Park MGM Las Vegas

Best Non-Music Tour of the Year:
Baby Shark Live
Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama
Disney Junior Dance Party
Dude Perfect
JoJo Siwa
Jurassic World Live Tour
Paw Patrol Live

Best New Headliner:
Billie Eilish
Greta Van Fleet
Kacey Musgraves
Lizzo
Luke Combs
Maggie Rogers

Music Festival of the Year: (US Only; over 30K attendance)
Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN
BottleRock Napa Valley in Napa, CA
Coachella in Indio, CA
Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL
Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, CA
Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival in Indio, CA

Music Festival of The Year: (US Only; under 30K attendance)
Bourbon & Beyond in Louisville, KY
Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY
The Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI
Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN
Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, NJ

International Music Festival of the Year:
Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom
Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia
British Summer Time Hyde Park in the United Kingdom
Isle Of Wight Festival in the United Kingdom
Primavera Sound in Spain
Rock In Rio in Brazil

Nightclub of the Year:
9:30 Club in Washington, DC
Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY
First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
Joe’s Bar in Chicago, IL
Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA
Webster Hall in New York, NY

Theatre of the Year:
Beacon Theatre in New York, NY
Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY
Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
The Anthem in Washington, DC

Arena of the Year:
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
The Forum in Inglewood, CA

Red Rocks Award: (Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year)
Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN
Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY
Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA
Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA
Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

Best New Concert Venue:
Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
Frost Amphitheater in Palo Alto, CA
Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO
State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
The Fillmore in New Orleans, LA
Webster Hall in New York, NY

International Venue of the Year:
Auditorio Nacional in Mexico
O2 Academy Brixton in the United Kingdom
Royal Albert Hall in the United Kingdom
The O2 Arena in the United Kingdom
Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom
Ziggo Dome in the Netherlands

Venue Executive of the Year:
Casey Sparks from the BOK Center
David Kells from the Bridgestone Arena
Eric Bresler from the Chase Center
Geni Lincoln from The Forum
Keith Sheldon from the Barclays Center
Laurie Jacoby from Madison Square Garden
Raj Saha Fiserv from the Forum

Talent Buyer of the Year:
Amy Corbin of C3 Presents
Charlie Goldstone of Frank Productions
Don Strasburg of AEG Rocky Mountain Presents
Jenn Yacoubian of Goldenvoice
Rich Best of Live Nation
Stacy Vee of the Goldenvoice / Messina Touring Group

Small Venue Talent Buyer of the Year:
Donna Busch of Goldenvoice
Josh Moore of Bowery Presents
Melanie Cantwell of I.M.P.
Sonia Grover of First Avenue
Stacie George of Live Nation

Bill Graham Promoter of the Year Award:
Brad Wavra of Live Nation
Darin Lashinsky of National Shows 2
Debra Rathwell of AEG Presents
Louis Messina of Messina Touring Group
Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice
Rick Franks of Live Nation

International Promoter of the Year:
Michael Chugg of Chugg Entertainment
Michael Gudinski of The Mushroom Group
Simon Jones of AEG Presents
Simon Moran of SJM Concerts

Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award:
Andrew Simon of CAA
Cheryl Paglierani of UTA
Jay Williams of WME
Jonathan Levine of Paradigm
Kirk Sommer of WME
Marty Diamond of Paradigm
Rick Roskin of CAA

International Booking Agent of the Year:
Alex Hardee of Paradigm
Emma Banks of CAA
John Giddings of Solo Agency
Lucy Dickins of WME
Mike Greek of CAA
Neil Warnock of UTA

Booking Agency of the Year:
APA
CAA
ICM Partners
Paradigm
UTA
WME

Independent Booking Agency of the Year:
Artist Group International
ATC Live
The Billions Corporation
Ground Control Touring
High Road Touring
Primary Talent International
Sound Talent Group

Rising Star Award:
Andrew Saunders from the Microsoft Theater/ Staples Center
Brittanie Delava from AEG Presents
Colin Lewis from Live Nation
Jared Braverman from Live Nation
Sara Bollwinkel from Paradigm
Tara Traub from Live Nation

Personal Manager of the Year:
Coran Capshaw of Red Light Management
Jason Owen of Sandbox Entertainment
Jeffrey Azoff of Full Stop Management
John Silva of SAM
Roger Davies of RDWM
Stuart Camp of Grumpy Old Management

Road Warrior of the Year:
Brian Marquis for Billie Eilish and Finneas
Gus Brandt for the Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams, and NERD
Jason Danter for U2, Madonna, and Britney Spears
Jerome Crooks for Tool and Nine Inch Nails
Keith Keller for Drake, Iron Maiden, and Chris Brown
Marty Hom for Fleetwood Mac

Transportation Company of the Year:
Beat The Street Band & Crew Bussing
Hemphill Brothers Coach Co.
Pioneer Coach
Rock-It Cargo
Truck’N Roll
Upstaging

Best Concert Visuals:
Moo TV
Production Resource Group
Silent House Productions
Solotech
TrasK House
Upstage Video

Best Concert Sound:
Clair Brothers
Eighth Day Sound
Production Resource Group
Sound Image

Marketing/PR Executive of the Year:
Allison McGregor of CAA
Fran Curtis of Rogers & Cowan
Kate McMahon of Messina Touring Group
Kelly Strickland of Live Nation
Michele Bernstein of WME
Shannon Fitzgerald of CAA

Best Hang:
Austin City Limits Music Festivalin Austin, TX
Coachella in Indio, CA
Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY
Forum Clubin Inglewood, CA
Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Best Person to Score a Dinner With:
Bob Roux of Live Nation
Coran Capshaw of Red Light Management
Gerry Barad of Live Nation
Irving Azoff of The Azoff Company
Michael Rapino of Live Nation
Rob Light of CAA

The Wall:
Aaron Pinkus of Paradigm
Don Fox of Beaver Productions
Gerry Barad of Live Nation
Irving Azoff of The Azoff Company
Kirk Sommer of WME
Michael Belkin Jr. of Belkin Productions

Life of the Party:
Dan Steinberg of Emporium Presents
Izvor “Izzy” Zivkovic of Split Second
Louis Messina of Messina Touring Group
Ron Delsener of Live Nation
Steve Strange of X-Ray Touring

Most Frequently Name-Dropped:
Coran Capshaw of Red Light Management
Irving Azoff of The Azoff Company
Marc Geiger of WME
Michael Rapino of Live Nation
Rob Light of CAA
Scooter Braun of SB Projects

 

feature photo taken from Pollstar Facebook page

NASCAR Issues Big Penalties

The 2019 NASCAR racing season ended on November 17 with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

On any given week, NASCAR teams are always looking for an advantage over their competitors, and if those advantages violate the rules, NASCAR officials will issue penalties in hopes of deterring further infractions.

In a rare event, NASCAR has issued some significant fines and penalties after Competition Officials determined that four Monster Energy Cup Series teams were involved in a scheme to alter the outcome of the race.

According to documents; four cars on three teams were involved – Premium Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing, and Spire Motorsports.

The four teams have been docked 50 car owner points; along with some suspensions.

After a review of radio communications and interviews, NASCAR Officials determined that the number 15, 27, 52, and 77 car teams were all involved in violating the NASCAR rule book.

Competition director for Premium Motorsports Scott Eggleston and competition director for Rick Ware Racing Kenneth Evens have both been suspended indefinitely. Both men were also fine $25,000 each.

Team owners Rick Ware, Jay Robinson, and T.J. Puchyr were all fined $50,000 each along with being docked 50 car owner points each.

NASCAR determined that with Joe Nemechek in the number 15 car, Reed Sorenson in the number 77 car, and Josh Bilicki in the number 52 car all bringing their cars into the garage with apparent mechanical issues within a 15 lap span during stage three of the race, allowed Ross Chastain driving the number 27 car for Premium Motorsports to finish 35th and secure the top position of unchartered teams by one point.

As a result of the penalties, the Gaunt Brothers Racing number 96 car secures the top spot among the teams who do not have a charter and a guaranteed start in every race next season.

 

Quin Houff Gets a New Ride

The 2019 NASCAR racing season is over but the annual Silly Season continues as team owners sign and replace drivers.

The newest addition to the driving roster is young driver Quin Houff who made his Monster Energy Cup Series in 2018 when he made 17 starts Between Spire Motorsports and Premium Motorsports.

StarCom Racing has signed Houff for the next two seasons to driver the Monster Cup number 00 car.

Landon Cassill drove the 00 car last season. StarCom Racing noted that they have a commitment to Cassill in the 2020 season and plan to honour that commitment in other ways as he steps away from his driving duties. Saying that they appreciate the contributions made by Landon Cassill, StarCom will define Cassill’s future duties at a later date.

Landon Cassill also drove in 17 races for Johnny Davis and Morgan Shepherd in the Xfinity Series during the 2019 racing season.

The 2020 racing season will be the third full time season for StarCom Racing. Team manager for StarCom Derrike Cope said via a press release, “I am pleased to have young and passionate driver, Quin Houff, to continue his progression in the NASCAR Cup Series. He is a delightful, quick-witted young man that is eager to finally showcase his talents and race in his first Daytona 500!”

New ‘Star Trek’ Internship Announced

Since the original “Star Trek” series began in 1966, hundreds of products have been created from the gadgets that appeared on the various “Star Trek” series.

The newest creation is not a gadget, but a training program – a “Star Trek Command” Training Program.

CBS Television Studios and the Television Academy Foundation have joined forces to create a college internship program they are calling Television Academy Foundation Internships: Star Trek Command Training Program’ for graduate and undergraduate students across the nation. The program is designed to incorporate the values prevalent in every “Star Trek” franchise episode and film – diversity and inclusion.

Set to launch next summer, the program will initially involve two interns each semester in one of the “Star Trek” series for a total immersion into the production of the world of “Star Trek” from costume design to post-production.

The Academy Foundation is handling the application, vetting, and enrollment process; while CBS will coordinate and facilitate the program and curriculum.

The Academy Foundation will also be creating an alumni program to offer interns a lifetime of professional support.

The application process runs through January 21, 2020. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply for the program. Applicants will also need to provide transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume, and an essay.

The recipients will be announced in late March.

To apply for the program, go to the Academy website at TelevisionAcademy.com/internships.

Melia Rocks the Cafe

Performing music from B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix to the Smashing Pumpkins and ZZ Top, Rochester rocker Melia made a return visit to the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls to rock the night away on November 23.

Backed by band members Eric, Pete, and Eugene; Melia gave an impressive performance on acoustic and electric guitars. An accomplished musician who knows her instrument very well, Melia was at home on the stage as she performed over two dozen songs before family friends, and visitors to the Hard Rock Cafe.

After opening the show with “Checking Out”; the night’s entertainment included “Hey Joe”, “Creep”, “You oughta Know”, “Purple Haze”, “Cheap Sunglasses”, “Criminal”, “Bats Beneath Midnight”, “Thrill is Gone”, “I Wanna Be Your Girl”, “Red House”, and capping off the night with “Sleaze Parade”.

November weather can be very unpredictable in western New York, but this time the weather gods smiled on the area and brought calm skies and mild temps as Melia, the band, and fans traveled the highways to fill the Hard Rock for a night of fun and music.

Country Classics with Crystal Gayle

In a two night event, Grammy and Country music award winning Country artist Crystal Gayle brought her traditional and old time Country music show to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.

Also a “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, Gayle is still the down home country girl of her youth that interacted easily with those on stage and the audience.

Along with performing songs that she grew up with, the show included stories and jokes with members of the band.

The band of multi talented Nashville session players opened the show with an instrumental number before Gayle took the stage.

Noting that they don’t write them like they used to…but should…Gayle chose songs from the artists she grew up with and the songwriters she admired including “Never Ending Love for You”, “Talking in Your Sleep”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “Midnight in the Desert”, and even a couple of holiday songs.

Calling out a lady who had been standing back on the stage, Crystal Gayle announced that she was lucy to travel with family – her sister Peggy Sue. Peggy Sue collects rocks, rocks that she turns into pieces of jewelry including some coal taken from Mine Number Five – where their father worked.

Saying that they had another sister who sings, the duo started their set off with “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. Their performance also included “Tiger By the Tail”, “It’s Cryin’ Time Again”, “Act Naturally”, “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, and Loretta Lynn’s first Billboard chart hit that was penned by Peggy Sue, “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ with Lovin’ on Your Mind”.

Gayle ended the show with a medley of old Gospel songs but not before singing her smash hit “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue”.

For an encore she sang “When I Dream”.

Now in her 60’s, Crystal Gayle still has a strong voice that sounds very much like it did when she earned her first music awards.

The Native American Music Hall of Fame member helped the Seneca Nation and Seneca Niagara to celebrate Native American Heritage Month as the final performance in the Bear’s Den by Native American artists. Gayle is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

‘The Voice’ Top 10 Revealed

It’s results night on “The Voice” and this week the top 10 will be revealed.

Again this week, Jake Hoot had the most streams of his song and will receive an extra bonus in his votes.

In the first results of the night…
Team Blake’s Ricky Duran is safe
Team Legend’s Katie Kaden is safe

John Legend takes the stage with his team Katie, Marybeth, and Will take the stage for a performance of the Bee Gees hit “How Deep is Your Love”.

In the next results…
Team Gwen’s Rose Short is safe
Team Kelly’s Jake Hoot is safe

Last week she took the stage with her team, but this week Gwen Stefani takes the stage alone to celebrate 15 years of making music with a medley of her songs.

The Voice” host Carson Daly presented Gwen with a plaque representing 15 million copies sold around the world of her album “Love Angel Music Baby”.

In the next results…
Team Gwen’s Joana Martinez is safe
Team Legend’s Will Brennan is safe

Blake takes the stage with his team Kat and Ricky for a performance of the Bachman Turner Overdrive hit “Takin’ Care of Business”.

Time for more results to reveal the bottom two…
Team Legend’s Marybeth Byrd is safe
Team Blake’s Kat Hammock is safe
Team Kelly’s Hellow Sunday are safe

Team Gwen’s Myracle Holloway and Team Kelly’s Shane Q are in the bottom and will have to perform for fan votes in the instant save.

Shane Q sings first with “Jealous”. Blake called Shane one of the best singers they have ever had on the show. Noting that Shane was a four chair turn, Kelly called Shane a gifted singer.

Myracle sings “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker. Gwen said that Myracle deserves to be there and hopes America can see that.

After the five minute instant save fan vote…

The final singer moving on to the Top Ten is Shane Q!

Myracle Holloway has been eliminated from the competiton.

Top 11 Perform on ‘The Voice’

Looking for a spot in the top 10, the eleven remaining acts on “The Voice” take the stage once again for fan votes as they sing songs suggested by the fans.

Team Legend’s Katie Kaden with Harry Neilson’s “Without You”. Host Carson Daly said what a way to start the show. Kelly said that Katie sang it way the song should be sung. John called the performance utterly stunning; adding that it was incredible and he pitied anyone who had to follow her.

Team Blake’s Kat took on a traditional spiritual with “I’ll Fly Away” but puts her own spin on the old classic. Gwen called Kat original and unique. Coach Blake said that every week people are figuring out how special Kat is to music and the show; adding that it was magic.

Team Kelly’s Shane Q sang the Shawn Mendes song “Mercy”. Kelly took her team to the set of her show this week. John was grooving to the song. John called Shane a great vocalist; adding that he felt it today with swag. John called it Shane’s best performance on the show. Kelly called Shane so gifted; adding that his singing is effortless.

Team Gwen’s Joana sang the Selena song “Dreaming of You”. Gwen took her team to Whiskey-A-Go Go – a club she played when she was only 17. Blake said that he couldn’t think of a dummber decision than letting her go; adding Joana is coming in to her moment. Gwen called Joana perfection tonight.

Team Legend’s Will brought his biggest fan to rehearsals – his pug Oscar. Fans chose The Doors hit “Light My Fire” – a song never been done on the show before – but Will is performing a Jose Feliciano inspired version of the song. Blake said that he has been a fan from the beginning; adding that he has never been crazy about the song…until now. John said that he is an honoured member of the “Blue Crew” – Will’s fans; adding that it was an incredible performance.

Team Gwen’s Rose sang the Paul McCartney song “Maybe I’m Amazed”. Carson said, no maybe about it, that was amazing. Kelly said that she felt saved; adding that it was tastefully done. Gwen said that she was so moved; adding that it was mesmerizing.

Team Kelly’s Hello Sunday performed “The Middle”. Blake said that he couldn’t brag on them enough because they are so talented. Kelly noted that the girls are fun like kids, poised and sing like women.

Team Gwen’s Myracle sang the R.E.M. Song “Everybody Hurts”. John was moved by the pre song package; adding that it is a powerful thing. Gwen called the performance beautiful and flawless.

Team Legend’s Marybeth sang “Stars”. Saying that she loves the song, Kelly said that Marybeth soared on the song. Thanking the fans for choosing the song, John said it was right in Marybeth’s pocket; adding that it was one of her best performances.

Team Kelly’s Jake sang the Trace Adkins song “Every Light in the House is On”. Gwen said that she has been a fan from the beginning, noted that Jake is a diamond in the rough. Kelly loved the performance; adding that every time Jake opens his mouth it reminds her of her childhood.

Closing out the night’s performances, Team Blake’s Ricky takes on Rod Stewart with “Downtown Train”. The Coaches were on their feet after the performance. John said that sometimes he forgets that Ricky is a contestant because he looks like he should be one of the coaches. Blake noted that he has had people in the industry asking about him; adding that Ricky is having his moment.

On Tuesday, one artist will go home when the top 10 are revealed.

Grand Finale and New Winner on DWTS

It’s the “Last Dance” on “Dancing with the Stars” and the chance for fans to vote for the winner of the mirroball trophy.

The night opens with a group performance to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.

Ally and Sasha get the night of competition started off with a revisit of their Jive to “Proud Mary”. Tom called it a goosebump inducing Jive. Len said that Ally did a fantastic job. Birthday Boy Bruno said that is how you start a show…full out and with maximum effect. Carrie Ann noted that is why Ally is still here. Ally and Sasha scored 30 points for their dance.

Lauren and Gleb danced a Foxtrot to “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. Lauren said that the Foxtrot was her favourite dance and she is obsessed with Dolly Parton. Bruno noted that they could tell how much she loved the song; adding that she really told the story in her dance. Bruno liked her commitment to the story. Carrie Ann noted that Lauren has improved as a dancer but felt that she held back a bit. Len noted that the dance had a mix of flair and care – part of the set fell while he spoke. Lauren and Gleb scored 27 points for their dance.

Kel and Witney dance a Jazz routine to the music form “High School Musical” – the dance Witney called his breakout dance. The audience was cheering while waving red and white pom poms. Carrie Ann said that it was great the first time Kel did the dance and better the second time around. Len called Kel the leader of the pack; adding that he did terrific. Bruno said that Kel’s musicality was beautiful to watch. Kel and Witney scored 30 points for their dance.

Hannah and Alan finish out round one with a Viennese Waltz. Len said that the dance was well done. Bruno noted that it was so much better but there was a misstep. Carrie Ann called it Hannah’s best dance of the season. Hannah and Alan scored 28 points for their dance.

Repeat Dance scores:
Lauren and Gleb – 27
Hannah and Alan – 28

Ally and Sasha – 30
Kel and Witney – 30

Before the finalists take to the dance floor for their freestyle routines, Pitbull and Ne-Yo perform while the DWTS cast returns to dance.

Ally and Sasha kick off the Freestyle round with their dance that Ally calls a celebration of her time with Sasha. The duo dance to “Conga” by Gloria Estefan and got rousing applause from the crowd. An excited Bruno love the playing of drums; adding that the dance was a show stopper. Carrie Ann said that she has never seen anything like that in all of DWTS. Len called the dance high energy and fast paced; adding that the music was recreated in every movement they made. Ally and Sasha scored 30 points for their dance to earn a perfect score for the night.

American Idol” judge Lionel Richie announces the winner of the golden ticket to Hollywood for the next season on “American Idol”. During the American Music Awards Logan, Layla, and Shawn performed for fan votes. Lionel named Layla as the winner of the golden ticket

Lauren and Gleb take the dance floor for their Country themed Freestyle. Tom called the dance incredible. Carrie Ann called it the perfect Freestyle for Lauren. Len noted that Lauren payed homage to her roots and he liked the dance because he didn’t know what to expect. Bruno called the line dance portion delicious. Lauren and Gleb scored 30 points for their dance. Those are Lauren’s first 10’s of the season. Their total for the night is 57.

The pros take the dance floor for a performance to the music of Whitney Houston.

Co-host Erin Andrews announces that all four of the finalists will be joining the DWTS tour this winter.

Hannah and Alan take the dance floor for their Freestyle to the music of Alicia Keys. Len said that he was caught unawares with a sharp, crisp, and great dance. Bruno said it was sexy and superb. Carrie Ann said that Hannah is living her best life; adding that it was a victorious Freestyle. Hannah and Alan scored 30 points for their dance for a total of 58 points.

In the final dance of the night and the season, Kel and Witney perform their Freestyle. Tom said what a way to end the competition as the crowd roared. Bruno loved the footwork; adding that the final acceleration was exhilerating and brought the house down. Carrie Ann said that her inner fly girl was happy. Len felt that it was similar to the dance he did earlier; adding that it was really good as the audience booed him. Erin called it the best Freestyle she has ever seen. Kel brought his backup dancers from Chicago. Kel and Witney got a 29 for their dance for a total of 59 points.

Freestyle Round scores:
Kel and Witney – 29
Ally and Sasha – 30
Lauren and Gleb – 30
Hannah and Alan – 30

Total scores:
Lauren and Gleb – 27 + 30 = 57
Hannah and Alan – 28 + 30 = 58
Kel and Witney – 30 + 29 = 59

Ally and Sasha – 30 + 30 = 60

Award winning entertainer and former DWTS judge returns to the Ballroom for a performance of her hit song “The Beat Goes On”.

And for the final results of the season…

The couple in fourth place is Lauren and Gleb!
The couple in third place is Alley and Sasha!

It’s down to Kel and Witney and Hannah and Alan.

And the winner is…

Hannah and Alan!

Kel and Witney take second place.

2019 American Music Awards

Selina Gomez kicks off the 2019 edition of the American Music Awards with a performance.

Over 30 years ago, Dick Clark sought an alternative to the industry voted Grammy Awards and created the American Music Awards; giving music fans a chance to have their say in what they liked best.

Often referred to as the world’s oldest teenager, Clark is no longer with us, but his annual awards show continues and like its counterpart, features a variety of musical performances and collaborations.

Coming down on a ring from the top of the auditorium, show host Ciera performs while her children looked on before taking on her hosting duties.

The first award of the night was for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist went to Billie Eilish. This is her first AMA.

The award for Favorite Pop Rock Song went to Halsey for “Without Me”. This is her first AMA.

Lizzo performs her new hit song “Jerome”.

Country artist Thomas Rhett comes to the AMA’s to perform his hit song “Look What God Gave Her”.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello perform their hit song “Senorita”.

The award for Favorite Pop Rock Album went to Taylor Swift for her album “Lover”.

Kesha takes the stage with Big Freida for a performance.

Getting a jump on the auditions for the next season of “American Idol’, a few singers are performing during the AMA’s for fan votes and the chance to go to Hollywood.

Toni Braxton takes the stage to perform her smash hit “Unbreak My Heart”.

The award for Favorite Country Album went to Carrie Underwood for “Cry Pretty”. This si her 14th AMA win. Underwood earned her 15th award as the Favorite Female Country Artist.

Dressed like he is ready for the beach in shorts and sandals, Tyler. The Creator introduces Billie Eilish for a performance.

The award for Collaboration of the Year went to Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello for “Senorita”.

The award for New Artist of the Year went to Billie Eislish.

Halsey performs her song “Graveyard” in a paint splattered presentation.

Billie Eilish returns to the stage to introduce the rock trio Green Day for a performance.

The award for Favorite Rap or Hip-Hop Album went to Post Malone for “Hollywood’s Bleeding”.

Billy Porter introduces Camila Cabello for a performance.

Currently on tour, The Jonas Brothers perform on the AMA’s via video feed from Boston.

Hall of Fame artist Carole King presented Taylor Swift with the Artist of the Decade Award. The 23 time AMA award winner performed a medley of her songs. Misty Copeland and Greg Hall joined Taylor on stage to dance for the last song.

The award for Favorite Rap or Hip-Hop Song went to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road”.

Fifteen time AMA winner Carrie Underwood introduces Great Big World and Christina Aguilera for a world premiere performance.

Post Malone takes the stage for a performance of his hit song “Circles” before joining up with Ozzy Osbourne, Watt, and Travis Scott for a performance that sent the audience into a frenzy.

British star Dua Lipa takes the stage for a performance of her hit “Don’t Stop Now”.

The award for Favorite Country Song went to Dan + Shay for “Speechless”.

Logan, Layla, and Shawn have all sung and are hoping for a second chance at “American Idol” and Hollywood. After the fan vote, the winner will be announced on the grand finale of “Dancing with the Stars”.

The award for Artist of the Year went to Taylor Swift.

In the final performance of the night, Country music legend Shania Twain takes the AMA stage for the first time in 16 years to perform a medley of songs.

The Korean pop group BTS won the award for Favorite Tour.

 

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Alizma

Identical triplets Aleksandra, Izabela, and Monika Okapiec  – better known as Alizma – from Zagan, Poland perform during the ceremonies for the official opening of Stir at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.

 

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‘Sesame Street’ on the Music Charts

In 1969 the Children’s Television Workshop debuted a new children’s television series on the PBS network.

In the 50 years since the debut of the show, adults and children alike have adored the lovable Muppets and rocked to numerous musical compositions and performances.

Along with 13 Grammy Awards, “Sesame Street” has had several of its songs and albums make onto the Billboard record charts.

It all began with the debut album “Sesame Street Book and Record” which earned the series its first Grammy Award and made it to number 23 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

The followup album, “The Official Sesame Street 2 Book-and-Record” also made the Billboard chart at number 78.

The “Saturday Night Fever” parody “”Sesame Street Fever” peaked at number 75 and had a little help from Bee Gee Robin Gibb on one of the songs.

Even with a star studded cast that included Bette Midler, Linda,Ronstadt, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and The Doobie Brothers; “InHarmony: A Sesame Street Record” only made it to number 156 on the Album chart. However, the single by The Doobie Brothers “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” topped out at number 76 on the Hot 100 and 31 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

The Grammy Award winning album “Elmopalooza” featured Jimmy Buffett, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and En Vogue and topped out at number 166.

Other songs from “Sesame Street” that made it on the Hot 100 are “Rubber Duckie” at number 16 and went to number 36 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and as only the second Muppet to hit the singles charts – Ernie was the first – a banjo playing Kermit the Frog peaked out at number 24 for his hit “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie”.

Written by songwriter Joe Raposo, “Sing” performed by The Carpenters is the biggest “Sesame Street” related hit song which topped out at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

 

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Kris Allen

Season eight “American Idol” winner Kris Allen is pairing up with fellow Idol champion, season seven’s David Cook for a short tour of Europe next spring.

But before the guys head across the pond, Allen has an American show planned.

Kris Allen tour dates:
Dec 5 at the Ida Waldran Auditorium in Conway, AR
April 11 at the Luxor in Cologne, Germany
April 12 at the FRANNZ Club in Berlin, Germany
April 13 at Knust in Hamburg, Germany
April 15 at Whelan’s in Dublin, Ireland
April 17 at Bush Hall in London, UK
April 18 at The Deaf Institute in Manchester, UK
April 19 atKing Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, UK
April 21 at the Hotel Cecil in Copenhagen, Denmark
April 22 at the Skive Theater in Skive, Denmark
April 24 at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden
April 26 at On The Rocks in Helsinki, Finland

U2 Named Artist of the Decade

Recently the company that keeps track of concert ticket sales and the like, Pollstar, named British pop singer Ed Sheeran the highest grossing artist for a single tour. In fact, Sheeran got his name added to the Guinness Book of World Records for the accomplishment.

Now Pollstar has has announced another major concert feat…that of the Irish rock band U2 the Artist of the Decade. Up until Ed Sheeran’s record breaking tour, it was U2 who sat atop the concert tour list.

When the decade began back in 2010, the lads were in the middle of their 360 tour and after the tour ended in 2011 they took a four year break before hitting the road again.

And even with taking years off, U2 stands alone atop the list as the Artist of the Decade with $1.038 BILLION in gross ticket sales and over nine million tickets sold; and that isn’t even counting their current “Joshua Tree” tour!

And in all that time, the band still includes all four original band members.

Over the course of their 30 plus year career, U2 has played before more than 21 million fans, more than the population of some countries.

Jingle Falls Returns for 2019

Each year millions of people spend their summer holidays in Niagara Falls to see the majestic water falls, but there is more to see other times too.

Beginning November 30, the city of Niagara Falls, New York and Old Falls Street brings the holiday winter event known as the Jingle Falls to the downtown area.

The event will run for three consecutive Saturdays on November 30, December 7, and December 14.

Events begin early on November 30 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute with Breakfast with Santa at 9:30am. Registration is required for this event.

The day continues with a life sized Gingerbread Village created by students from the Culinary Institute, wine tasting for the adults, and music. Outside are games, carriage rides, food vendors, and curling.

Inside the Niagara Falls Conference Center is a Maker’s Market and the Cave of the Winds inside the State Park on Goat Island is offering up some fun activities.

The day concludes with the annual tree lighting with Santa, fireworks, and a holiday street party.

The December 7 activities begin at 9am and the Niagara PAL Santa Dash and basket auction at the Sheraton Hotel on Third Street.

Along with a continuation of earlier events, characters from the hit film and musical “Frozen” and Santa will be on hand to greet visitors, the Power City Eatery is offering a Deck the Halls food vendor event, the Culinary Institute is sponsoring a Gingerbread competition and display, there will be an ice carving demonstration, and capping it all off is the second annual Festival of Slice.

After the success last year of the inaugural Festival of Slice event at the Culinary Institute that brought huge crowds, the pizza eating event returns, but this time at a bigger venue – the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center.

The pizza eating begins at 5pm and runs until 8pm. Visitors can purchase tickets for $1 each which will get them one party slice of the pizza of their choice from nearly 20 vendors.

The Rainforest Café gets the December 14 events started off at 9am Breakfast with Santa and Cha Cha the Tree Frog. Along with the previous activities; the Gingerbread display is replaced by a toy train display inside the Culinary Institute, various animals will be on display on Old Falls Street including penguins from the Niagara Aquarium and some Siberian Huskies, the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority is bringing an NFTA bus for visitors to fill with non perishable food goods and winter accessories (hats, gloves, etc) that will go to the Community Mission, and Santa will be on hand with some of his reindeer to meet with visitors.

The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association caps off the day with their annual Santa Con.

Parking in downtown Niagara Falls – the parking ramp, street parking, and parking lots number one and two inside the Niagara Falls State Park will be free for visitors to the event.

For more information, a complete schedule of events, or to register for an event; go to jinglefallsusa.com.

2020 Grammy Award Nominees (all 84 categories)

The annual Grammy Award presentations are the biggest night in music. And while the musical collaborations are a big part of the night; it is the award presentations that are the focus of the grand event.

The Recording Academy has selected 15 time Grammy Award winning artists Alicia Keys to serve as host once again for the 62nd annual event on January 26. In a rare awards ceremony event, Keys received rousing praise after her debut as an award host for the Grammys last year.

New artist on the music scene, Lizzo, tops the list of Grammy nominees with eight, including nominations in the four biggest awards.

New artists Billie Eilish and Lis Nas X each earned six nominations in an apparent passing of the baton from long standing veteran musicians to a new crop of artists.

Other artists to earn multiple award nominations are Taylor Swift, Beyonce, H.E.R, Finneas, Ariana Grande, J. Cole, Gary Clark Jr., Lucky Daye, Thom Yorke, Bob Ludwig, Yola, Nipsey Hussle, and Tanya Tucker.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is a first time nominee in the Spoken Word category for her book “Becoming”. Former President Barack Obama has won the award twice.

On January 17 the Recording Academy in conjunction with Warner Records will release the annual Grammy Nominees album.

While the album itself will not be released until just before the big night, fans can pre-order the album now and get a chance to win two tickets to see the Grammy Award ceremonies live.

Pre-order the Grammy Nominees album at 2020GRAMMYalbum.com or cbs.com/GRAMMYs

The album will feature a diverse selection of songs from some of the most impactful artists and music in the past year.

A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the Recording Academy charities the Grammy Museum and the MusiCares organization.

And the nomiees are:
Record of the Year:

Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande
“Hard Place” by H.E.R.
“Talk” by Khalid
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts” by Lizzo
“Sunflower” by Post Malone

Album of the Year:
“I,I” by Bon Iver
“Norman F***ing Rockwell!” by Lana Del Rey
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish
“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande
“I Used To Know Her” by H.E.R.
“7” by Lis Nas X
“Cuz I Love You” Deluxe by Lizzo
“Father Of The Bride” by Vampire Weekend

Song Of The Year:
“Always Remember Us This Way”
“Bad Guy”
“Bring My Flowers Now”
“Hard Place”
“Lover”
“Norman F***ing Rockwell”
“Someone You Loved”
“Truth Hurts”

Best New Artist:
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalia
Tank And The Bangas
Yola

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Spirit” by Beyonce
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
“7 Ring” by Ariana Grande
“Truth Hurts” by Lizzo
“You Need To Calm Down” by Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo or Group Performance:
“Boyfriend” byAriana Grande and Social House
“Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus
“Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
“Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
“Si” by Andrea Bocelli
“Love” Deluxe edition by Michael Buble
“Look Now” by Elvis Costello & The Imposters
“A Legendary Christmas” by John Legend
“Walls” by Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album:
“The Lion King: The Gift” by Beyonce
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish
“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande
“No.6 Collaborations Project” by Ed Sheeran
“Lover” by Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording:
“Linked” by Bonobo
“Got To Keep On” by The Chemical Brothers
“Piece of Your Heart” by Meduza with the Goodboys
“Underwater” by Rufus Du Sol
“Midnight Hour” by Skrillex and Boys Noize with Ty Dolla $ign

Best Dance or Electronic Album:
“LP5” by Apparat
“No Geography” by The Chemical Brothers
“Hi This Is Flume” (Mixtape) by Flume
“Solace” by Rufus Du Sol
“Weather” by Tycho

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
“Ancestral Recall” by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
“Star People Nation” by Theo Croker
“Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!” by Mark Guiliana
“Elevate” by Lettuce
“Mettavolution” by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Best Rock Performance:
“Pretty Waste” by Bones UK
“This Land” by Gary Clark Jr
“History Repeats” by Brittany Howard
“Woman” by Karen O and Danger Mouse
“Too Bad” by Rival Sons

Best Metal Performance:
“Astorolus – The Great Octopus” by Candlemass with Tony Iommi
“Humanicide” by Death Angel
“Bow Down” by I Prevail
“Unleashed” by Killswitch Engage
“7empest” by Tool

Best Rock Song:
“Fear Inoculum”
“Give Yourself a Try”
“Harmony Hall”
“History Repeats”
“This Land”

Best Rock Album:
“amo” by Bring Me the Horizon
“Social Cues” by Cage The Elephant
“In the End” by The Cranberries
“Trauma” by I Prevail
“Feral Roots” by Rival Sons

Best Alternative Music Album:
“U.F.O.F.” by Big Thief
“Assume Form” by James Blake
“I,I” by Bon Iver
“Father Of The Bride” by Vampire Weekend
“Anima” by Thom Yorke

Best R&B Performance:
“Love Again” by Daniel Caesar & Brandy
“Could’ve Been” by H.E.R. With Bryson Tiller
“Exactly How I Feel” by Lizzo with Gucci Mane
“Roll Sme Mo” by Lucky Daye
“Come Home” by Anderson .Paak with Andre 3000

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
“Time Today” by BJ The Chicago Kid
“Steady Love” by India Arie
“Jerome” by Lizzo
“Real Games” by Lucky Daye
“Built for Love” by PJ Morton with Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Song:
“Could’ve Been”
“Look at Me Now”
“No Guidance”
“Roll Some Mo”
“Say So”

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
“Apollo XXI” by Steve Lacy
“Cuz I Love You” Deluxe by Lizzo
“Overload” by Georgia Ann Muldrow
“Staurn” by NAO
“Being Human In Public” by Jessie Reyez

Best R&B Album:
“1123” by BJ The Chicago Kid
“Painted” by Lucky Daye
“Ella Mai” by Ella Mai
“Paul” by PJ Morton
“Ventura” by Anderson .Paak

Best Rap Performance:
“Middle Child” by J. Cole
“Suge” by DaBaby
“Down Bad” by Dreamville with J.I.D., J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy
“Racks in the Middle” by Nipsey Hussle with Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy
“Clout” by Offset with Cardi B.

Best Rap and Sung Performance:
“Higher” by DJ Khaled with Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
“Drip Too Hard” by Lil Baby and Gunna
“Panini” by Lil Nas X
“Ballin” by Mustar with Roddy Ricch
“The London” by Young Thug with J. Cole and Travis Scott

Best Rap Song:
“Bad Idea”
“Gold Roses”
“A Lot”
“Racks in The Middle”
“Suge”

Best Rap Album:
“Revenge Of The Dreamers III” by Dreamville
“Championships” by Meek Mill
“I Am > I Was” by 21 Savage
“Igor” by Tyler, The Creator
“The Lost Boy” by YBN Cordae

Best Country Solo Performance:
“All Your’n” by Tyler Childers
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde
“Ride Me Back Home” by Willie Nelson
“God’s Country” by Blake Shelton
“Bring My Flowers Now” by Tanya Tucker

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“Brand New Man” by Brooks & Dunn with Luck Combs
“I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” by Brothers Osborne
“Speechless” by Dan + Shay
“The Daughters” by Little Big Town
“Common” by Maren Morris with Brani Carlile

Best Country Song:
“Bring My Flowers Now”
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
“It All Comes Out In The Wash”
“Some of It”
“Speechless”

Best Country Album:
“Desperate Man” by Eric Church
“Stronger Than The Truth” by Reba McEntire
“Interstate Gospel” by the Pistol Annies
“Center Point Road” by Thomas Rhett
“While I’m Livin’” by Tanya Tucker

Best New Age Album:
“Fairy Dreams” by David Arkenstone
“Homage to Kindness” by David Darling
“Wings” by Peter Kate
“Verve” by Sebastian Plano
“Deva” by Deva Premal

Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
“Elsewhere”
“Sozinho”
“Tomorrow Is The Question”
“The Windup”
“Sightseeing”

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
“Thirsty Ghost” by Sara Gazarek
“Love & Liberation” by Jazzmeia Horn
“Alone Together” by Chaterine Russell
“12 Little Spells” by Esperanza Spalding
“Screenplay” by The Tierney Sutton Band

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
“In The Key Of The Universe” by Joey DeFrancesco
“The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul” by the Branford Marsalis Quartet
“Christian McBride’s New Jawn” by Christian McBride
“Finding Gabriel” by Brad Mehldau
“Come What May” by the Joshua Redman Quartet

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
“Triple Helix” by Anat Cohen Tentet
“Dancer in Nowhere” by Miho Hazama
“Hiding Out” by Mike Holober and The Gotham Jazz Orchestra
“The Omni-American Book Club” by the Brian Lynch Big Band
“One Day Wonder” by the Terraza Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album:
“Antidote” by Chick Corea and the Spanish Heart Band
“Sorte!: Music By John Finbury” by Thalma de Freitas with Vitor Goncalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Rogerio Boccato, and Duduka Da Fonseca
“Una Noche Con Rubén Blades” from Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Ruben Blades
“Carib” by David Sanchez
“Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera” by Miguel Zenon

Best Gospel Performance or Song:
“Love Theory
“Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus”
“See the Light”
“Speak The Name”
“This Is A Move” Live

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance or Song:
“Only Jesus”
“God Only Knows”
“Haven’t Seen It Yet”
“God’s Not Done With You” Single Version
“Rescue Story”

Best Gospel Album:
“Long Live Love” by Kirk Franklin
“Goshen” by Donald Lawrence with The Tri-City Singers
“Tunnel Vision” by Gene Moore
“Settle Here” by William Murphy
“Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album” by CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
“I Know a Ghost” by Crowder
“Burn the Ships” by for KING & COUNTRY
“Haven’t Seen it Yet” by Danny Gokey
“The Elements “by TobyMac
“Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin

Best Roots Gospel Album:
“Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows” by Steven Curtis Chapman
“Testimony” by Gloria Gaynor
“Deeper Oceans” by Joseph Habedank
“His Name Is Jesus” by Tim Menzies
“Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout” by Various Artists

Best Latin Pop Album:
“Vida” by Luis Fonsi
“11:11” by Maluma
“Montaner” by Ricardo Montaner
“#Eldisco” by Alejandro Sanz
“Fantasia” by Sebastian Yatra

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:
“X 100Pre” by Bad Bunny
“Oasis” by J Balvin and Bad Bunny
“Indestructible” by Flor De Toloache
“Almadura” by iLe
“El Mal Querer” by Rosalia

Best Regional Mexican Music Album:
“Caminando” by Joss Favela
“Percepcion” by Intocable
“Poco A Pcoo” by La Energia Nortena
“20 Aniversario” by Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
“De Ayer Para Siempre” by Mariachi Los Camperos

Best Tropical Latin Album:
“Opus” by Marc Anthony
“Tiempo Al Tiempo” by Luis Enrique + C4 Trio
“Candela” by Vicente Garcia
“Literal” by Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
“A Journey Through Cuban Music” by Aymee Nuviola

Best American Roots Performance:
“Saint Honesty” by Sara Bareilles
“Father Mountain” by Calexico and Iron & Wine
“I’m on My Way” by Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
“Call My Name” by I’m With Her
“Faraway Look” by Yola

Best American Roots Song:
“Black Myself”
“Call My Name”
“Crossing to Jerusalem
“Faraway Look”
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Best Americana Album:
“Years to Burn” by Calexico and Iron & Wine
“Who are You Now” by Madison Cunningham
“Oklahoma” by Keb’ Mo’
“Tales of America” by J.S. Ondara
“Walk Through Fire” by Yola

Best Bluegrass Album:
“Tall Fiddler” by Michael Cleveland
“Live In Prague, Czech Republic” by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
“Toil, Tears, & Trouble” by The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
“Royal Traveller” by Missy Raines
“If You Can’t Stand The Heat” by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Best Traditional Blues Album:
“Kingfish” by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Tall, Dark & Handsome” by Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men
“Sitting On Top Of The Blues” by Bobby Rush
“Baby, Please Come Home” by Jimmie Vaughan
“Spectacular Class” by Jontavious Willis

Best Contemporary Blues Album:
“This Land” by Gary Clark Jr
“Venom & Faith” by Larkin Poe
“Brighter Days” by Robert Randolph and The Family Band
“Somebody Save Me” by Sugaray Rayford
“Keep On” by Southern Avenue

Best Folk Album:
My Finest Work Yet” by Andrew Bird
“Rearrange My Heart” by Che Apalache
“Patty Griffin” by Patty Griffin
“Evening Machines” by Gregory Alan Isakov
“Front Porch” by Joy Williams

Best Regional Roots Music Album:
“Kalawai’anui” by Amy Hanaiali’i
“When It’s Cold – Cree Round Dance Songs” by Northern Cree
“Good Time “ by Ranky Tanky
“Recorded Live At The 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” by the Rebirth Brass Band
“Hawaiian Lullaby” by Various Artists

Best Reggae Album:
“Rapture” by Koffee
“As I Am” by Julian Marley
“The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics” by Sly & Robbie and Roots Radics
“Mass Manipulation” by Steel Pulse
“More Work To Be Done” by Third World

Best World Music Album:
“Gece” by Altin Gun
“What Heat” by Bokante and the Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley
“African Giant” by Burma Boy
“Fanm D’ayiti” by Nathalie Joachim with the Spektral Quartet
“Celia” by Angelique Kidjo

Best Children’s Music Album:
“Ageless Sonor the Child Archetype” by Jon Samson
“Flying High!” by Caspar Babypants
“I Love Rainy Days” by Daniel Tashian
“The Love” by the Alphabet Rockers
“Winterland” by The Okee Dokee Brothers

Best Spoken Word Album:
“Beastie Boys Book” by Various Artists
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama
“I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years As A Two-Time Cancer Survivor” by Eric Alexandrakis
“Mr. Know-It-All” by John Waters
“Sekou Andrews & The String Theory” by Sekou Andrews & The String Theory

Best Comedy Album:
“Quality Time” by Jim Gaffigan
“Relatable” by Ellen DeGeneres
“Right Now” by Aziz Ansari
“Son of Patricia” by Trevor Noah
“Sticks & Stones” by Dave Chappelle

Best Musical Theater Album:
“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations”
“Hadestown”
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

“The Music Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – In Four Contemporary Suites”
“Oklahoma!”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
“The Lion King: The Songs” by Various Artists
“Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” by Various Artists
“Rocketman” by Taron Egerton
“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” by Various Artists
“A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Chernobyl”
“Game of Thrones: Season 8”
“The Lion King”
“Mary Poppins Returns”

Best Song Written For Visual Media:
“The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy”
“Girl In The Movies”
“I’ll Never Love Again” Film version
“Spirit”
“Suspirium”

Best Instrumental Composition:
“Begin Again”
“Crucible For Crisis”
“Love, A Beautiful Force”
“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite”
“Walkin’ Funny”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:
“Blue Skies”
“Hedwig’s Theme”
“La Novena”
“Love, A Beautiful Force”
“Moon River”

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:
“All Night Long”
“Jolene”
“Marry Me a Little”
“Over the Rainbow”
”12 Little Spells” (Thoracic Spine)

Best Recording Package:
“Anónimas & Resilientes”
“Chris Cornell”
“Hold that Tiger”
“I,I”
“Intellexual”

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:
“Anima”
“Gold In Brass Age”
“1963: New Directions”
“The Radio Recordings 1939–1945”
“Woodstock: Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive”

Best Album Notes:
“The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions”
“The Gospel According To Malaco”
“Pedal Steel + Four Corners”
“Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection”
“Stax ’68: A Memphis Story”

Best Historical Album:
“The Girl From Chickasaw County – The Complete Capitol Masters”
“The Great Comeback: Horowitz At Carnegie Hall”
“Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990”
“Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection”
Woodstock: Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive”

Best Non-Classical Engineered Album:
“All These Things”
“Ella Mai”
“Run Home Slow”
“Scenery”
“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Non-Classical Producer of the Year:
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Finneas
Ricky Reed

Best Remixed Recording:
“I Rise” (Tracy Young’s Pride Intro Radio Remix)
“Mother’s Daughter” (Wuki Remix)
“The One” (High Contrast Remix)
“Swim” (ford. Remix)
“Work It” (Soulwax Remix)

Best Immersive Audio Album:
“Chain Tripping”
“Kverndokk: Symphonic Dances”
“LUX”
“The Orchestral Organ”
“The Savior”

Best Classical Engineered Album:
“Aequa – Anna Thorvaldsdóttir”
“Bruckner: Symphony No. 9”
“Rachmaninoff – Hermitage Piano Trio”
“Riley: Sun Rings”
“Wolfe: Fire In My Mouth”

Classical Producer of the Year:
Blanton Alspaugh
James Ginsburg
Marina A. and Victor Ledin
Morten Lindberg
Dirk Sobotka

Best Orchestral Performance:
“Bruckner: Symphony No. 9”
“Copland: Billy The Kid; Grohg”
“Norman: Sustain”
“Transatlantic”
“Weinberg: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21”

Best Opera Recording:
“Benjamin: Lessons In Love & Violence”

Berg: Wozzeck”
“Charpentier: Les Arts Florissants; Les Plaisirs De Versailles”
“Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Wagner: Lohengrin”

Best Choral Performance:
“Boyle: Voyages”
“Duruflé: Complete Choral Works”
“The Hope Of Loving”
“Sander: The Divine Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom”
“Smith, K.: The Arc In The Sky”

Best Chamber Music or Small Ensemble Performance:
“Cerrone: The Pieces That Fall To Earth”
“Freedom & Faith”
“Perpetulum”
“Rachmaninoff – Hermitage Piano Trio”
“Shaw: Orange”

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:
“The Berlin Recital”
“Higdon: Harp Concerto”
“Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite”
“The Orchestral Organ”
“Torke: Sky, Concerto For Violin”

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:
“The Edge Of Silence – Works For Voice By György Kurtág”
“Himmelsmusik”
“Songplay”
“A Te, O Cara”

Best Classical Compendium:
“American Originals 1918”
“Leshnoff: Symphony No. 4 ‘Heichalos’; Guitar Concerto; Starburst”
“Meltzer: Songs And Structures”
“The Poetry Of Places”
“Saariaho: True Fire; Trans; Ciel D’Hiver”

Best Contemporary Classical Composition:
“Bermel: Migration Series For Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra”
“Higdon: Harp Concerto”
“Marsalis: Violin Concerto In D Major”
“Norman: Sustain”
“Shaw: Orange”
“Wolfe: Fire In My Mouth”

Best Music Video:
“We’ve Got To Try” by The Chemical Brothers
“This Land” by Gary Clark Jr.
“Cellophane” by FKA twigs
“Old Town Road” (Official Movie” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
“Glad He’s Gone” by Tove Lo

Best Music Film:
“Homecoming” by Beyonce
”Remember My Name” by David Crosby
“Birth Of The Cool” by Miles Davis
“Shangri-La” by Various Artists
“Anima” by Thom Yorke

Big Jim and the TwinsRattled the Rafters with Rock

The walls of the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York are filled with memorabilia from Janis Joplin and The Beatles to Ozzy Osbourne and Prince.

On November 15 the trio Big Jim and the Twins took the stage at the Hard Rock to perform what they called a tribute to Grunge Alternative music.

Lead singer and drummer Ryan – Big Jim – called the band a tribute to the era of Grunge music, Alternative sounds, and what he called Post Apocalyptic Sponge Bob.

Throughout the night Ryan, Joe, and Nick performed a variety of songs including “Machinehead”, “Interstate Love Song”, “In the Meantime”, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, “Use Somebody”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Can’t Stop”, “Santeria”, “Lithium”, “1979”, “Like a Stone”, “Vasoline”, and “Times Like These”.

Big Jim and the Twins may not have anyone named Jim or a set of twins, but they do have some big rock with twin genres of sound.

Hendricks Driver to Retire

Seven time NASCAR monster Cup Energy Series champion Jimmie Johnson has announced that the 2020 racing season will be his last as a full time driver.

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Johnson is one of only three drivers to win the championship seven times; the other two are the sports all time winningest driver in the premiere series Richard Petty with 200 race wins and Dale Earnhardt Sr who died in a wreck on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001. Both Petty and Earnhardt are members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Jimmie Johnson began his career with Hendrick Motorsports in 2001 and has spent the past 18 years with HMS where he drives the number 48 car.

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In a video he posted on Twitter, Johnson said, “the sport has been good to me. It has allowed me to do something I truly love. I showed up chasing a dream and achieved more than I ever thought possible. I’m looking forward to next season and celebrating what will be my last year as a full-time NASCAR Cup driver. I know what this team is capable of, and I hope 2020 is one of the best yet.”

After not winning any races for the past two and a half seasons, Johnson ranks sixth on the all time list of race winners with 83; he is tied with Cale Yarborough.

Johnson’s accomplishments include two Daytona 500 wins, four Coca-Cola 600 wins, four Brickyard 400 wins, and two Southern 500 wins. But perhaps his biggest accomplishment is winning the championship five times in a row from 2006 to 2010. He also won in 2013 and 2016.

A California native, Johnson came to NASCAR after racing motorcycles and off-road trucks. Johnson was driving in the Xfinity Series when four time Cup champion Jeff Gordon who worked to bring Johnson to Hendricks Motorsports. When not behind the wheel of the 48 car, Johnson can frequently be found making marathon runs on his bicycle or running.

Johnson became the first driver to sit behind the wheel of the 48 car after car owner Rick Hendricks expanded his team from three to four cars.

Feature photo credit: By Kim Phillips – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2718005

photo credits: By Pam J. – Flickr: Jimmie Johnson, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14139595

By Eric – Flickr: j2 in a2, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14647433

BPO Takes a Tour of Europe

On November 15 and 16 guest conductor Maximiano Valdes led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a trip through Europe with compositions by German composer Richard Wagner, Hungarian Franz Liszt, and Finland’s Jean Sibelius.

A former Music Director for the BPO, Chilean born Valdes returns to Buffalo regularly to lead the Orchestra.

The venture through the eastern portion of Europe began with two pieces from the Wagner opera “Lohengrin” with the “Prelude to Act I” and the “Prelude to Act III”.

Joining the Orchestra for a performance of the “Concerto No 1 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra” by Franz Liszt, was American pianist Dre Petersen. A demanding composition, the work used the whole keyboard on the piano; which Petersen played flawlessly as his flew up and down the piano.

After the intermission, the BPO and Valdes returned to the stage, but before performing the final piece, Valdes took the microphone to speak of BPO violist Valerie Heywood who died on October 31 and dedicated the “Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op 82” to Heywood.

The Symphony is more than a musical composition, it is a study in the relationship between music and silence; and the importance silence plays in any composition.

Top 13 Results on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night’s episode (Nov 18) all 13 of this season’s acts performed for fan votes. On the Tuesday results show two of those acts will go home when the 13 become eleven.

Team Kelly’s Jake Hoot’s performance earned the biggest number of streams after the performance show.

In the first results of the night…
Team Legend’s Marybeth Byrd is safe
Team Kelly’s Hello Sunday are safe
Team Gwen’s Rose Short is safe

Gwen takes the stage with her team Myracle, Rose, and Joana for a performance.

In the next results…
Team Blake’s Kat Hammock is safe
Team Legend’s Katie Kaden is safe

After a commercial break, the next two singers safe for another week are…
Team Kelly’s Jake Hoot is safe
Team Gwen’s Myracle Holloway is safe
Team Blake’s Ricky Duran is safe

Kelly takes the stage with her team Hello Sunday, Jake Hoot, Max Boyle, and Shane Q for a performance.

In the next results…
Team Legend’s Will Breman is safe – John’s team is in tact
Team Kelly’s Shane Q is safe

Joana, Max, and Cali are all in the bottom three and are facing elimination. Only one of them will be saved via the instant save after they all give one more performance.

Up first is Team Blake’s Cali Wilson.

Next up is Team Kelly’s Max Boyle.

Rounding out the bottom three performances I Team Gwen’s Joana Martinez.

Kelly told Max that no matter what happens, he is welcome to come and perform with her in Las Vegas any time. Kelly noted that she would love to sing a duet with Max.

After the instant save vote, the final singer moving on to next week is Joana Martinez.

Max Boyle and Cali Wilson have been eliminated from the competition.

Top 13 Perform on ‘The Voice’

Last week on “The Voice” the top 13 singers were revealed. Tonight they take the stage to perform for fan votes; the decisions are now in the hands of the fans.

The theme for this week is special dedications.

Again this season, all of the live performances will be available to stream on Apple Music. The artist with the most streams will have their votes multiplied by five.

Team Gwen’s 15 year old Joana with the Gloria Estefan song “Get on Your Feet” and brought the house to their feet. Host Carson Daly said that it was a great way to start the show. Blake noted that Joana seemed to have a great time on stage. Gwen noted that Joana nailed the performance.

Next up is Team Blake’s Ricky Duran with “You are the Best Thing”. Last week, Blake took his team to Nashville with him to perform in his club and see him perform (and receive an award) at the CMA Awards. Blake told his team that they will always be welcome on the stage at his place – Club Red. Carson said that it was effortless for Ricky to do the song. John noted that it seems like Ricky was born for the stage. Coach Blake noted that everybody he has encountered loves Ricky; adding that Ricky always delivers a solid performance.

Team Kelly’s Max Boyle chose to perform “Unaware” by Allen Stone – a song his family always requests at his gigs. John noted that Max took up a big challenge with a song that included a lot of falsetto. Kelly called Max gifted and talented.

Team Gwen’s Myracle with “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston. Kelly called Myracle a champion for singing that song. Gwen called the performance perfect and incredible.

Team Legend’s Will sang “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. Blake noted that he is amazed at how connected Will is with his songs. John noted that every week Will shows a different side.

Team Blake’s Kat performs the traditional song “Danny Boy”. Kat noted that her grandpa used to sing the song in Gaelic. Gwen called Kat magical with a unique voice. Blake said that Kat is one of the most important singers he has ever worked with on the show.

Team Legend’s Katie Kadan sang “I’m Going Down” by Mary J Blige. With all of the coaches on their feet, John was jumping up and down yelling yeah. Carson said that it felt like the finale; adding that if Jennifer Hudson had been in the house, there would be some shoes flying. Kelly called Katie a force. John called it the best performance this season.

Team Blake’s Cali chose to perform “Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves. Saying that she’s a fan, Gwen said that was the kind of song she would buy. Blake noted that playing with her voice and falsetto is Cali’s lane; adding that she gave a great performance.

Team Kelly’s Shane Q performed “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Carson said that Shane did a great job. Blake called Shane incredible; adding that he is a front runner in the competition. Kelly noted that Shane connected this week; adding that Shane is incredibly talented.

Team Kelly’s 14 year old duo Hello Sunday made history by being the first artist to win the wild card instant save. The duo sang the Jessie J song “Mamma Knows Best”. Carson said that they did a great job. John said that the duo is impressive; adding this was their best performance and fun to watch. Kelly called them so talented and so young; adding that she would love to sing with them.

Team Legend’s Marybeth chose to perform “Go Rest High on that Mountain” for her grandpa who died just before she came to the show. Marybeth broke down at the end of the song. Blake said that she did a great job. John called it a beautiful and wonderful performance.

Team Kelly’s Jake chose the Loggins and Mesina song “Danny’s Song” to daughter Macey. Saying that she’s a fan, Gwen called the song choice perfect. Kelly called Jake magical; saying that he can sing anything.

Team Gwen’s Rose Short closes out the night of music with “I Turn to You” by former “The Voice” coach Christina Aguilera and dedicates the song to her coach. Carson noted that the room was mesmerized. Gwen called Rose so cool and talented.

On Tuesday’s results show two singers will be eliminated from the competition.

Emotional Semi Finals on DWTS

It’s the semi finals on “Dancing with the Stars” and only five couples remain.

This week the couples will have to perform two dances – a new dance and the redemption round returns where the judges will pit the dance and the couples will have the chance to improve on their scores form earlier in the season but to a new song.

First up is the redemption round.

Lauren and Gleb get some pointer from Len on how to improve on their Paso Doble to Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Stronger”. A smiling Len said that the dance had a lovely mix of passion and aggression; adding that it was a much improved routine. Bruno said that the dance was stronger and the shapes were better; adding that Lauren did a great job. Carrie Ann said that Lauren has come so far and commands the dance floor now. Lauren and Gleb scored 27 points for their dance.

Kel and Witney got a visit from Bruno to help with their Tango to “Get Ready”. Bruno called Kel the perfect student and gave a pure real proper Tango. Carrie Ann said that Kel has become so refined; adding that he has come the furthest. Len liked the intensity; adding that Kel came out with enthusiasm and attacked the dance. Kel and Witney scored 27 points for their dance.

Ally and Sasha got a visit from Len for a little help on their Viennese Waltz to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”. Len called it a lovely dance with much better technique. Bruno said that Ally had wonderful flow; adding that it was a joy to watch. Carrie Ann noted that Ally is an emotional dancer; adding that it is a gift. Ally and Sasha scored 29 points for their dance.

Hannah and Alan get a visit from Carrie Ann for a little help with their Rumba. Carrie Ann noted that Hannah improved a lot and had better hip action. Len noted that the hips are the ryhythm in the Rumba. Bruno said that whatever Carrie Ann did, it worked. Hannah and Alan scored 27 points for their dance.

Closing out round one, James and Emma got a visit from Len for a little help with their Cha Cha. James said that he wanted to have Len help them out. Len would have liked to see more Cha Cha moves; adding that there was too much messing about in the dance. Bruno called it a Disco Cha Cha extravaganza; adding that James’ timing was off tonight. Carrie Ann called the dance very entertaining; adding that his posture was broken tonight. Carrrie Ann noted that this is the tightest semi finals they have ever had. James and Emma scored 24 points for their dance.

Redemption round scores:
James and Emma – 24
Lauren and Gleb – 27
Kel and Witney – 27
Hannah and Alan – 27
Ally and Sasha – 29

Lauren and Gleb return for a Viennese Waltz to “Humble and Kind”; a dance she dedicated to her parents. Len called the dance smooth, elegant, and graceful; adding it was a lovely dance. Bruno called the dance sophisticated; adding that the chemistry was wonderful. Carrie Ann noted that the duo dance as one. Lauren and Gleb score 27 points for their dance for a total score of 54 points.

Kel and Witney return for a Contemporary dance to the Whitney Houston hit “I Will Always Love You”; a song that was originally written and performed by Dolly Parton. Kel dedicated the dance to anyone who has lost someone to gun violence. After a standing ovation, Bruno called the performance pure art, sincere, and honest. Bruno added that whatever happens, Kel is a winner in his eye. An emotional Carrie Ann called the dance pure and riveting. Len simply stood and clapped his hands. Erin called the dance amazing. Kell and Witney scored 30 points for their dance for a total of 57 points.

Ally and Sasha danced a Charleston to “Sing Sing Sing”. Carrie Ann said that Ally proved she deserves to be in the finals; adding that dance was fun. Len called it a joyful dance. Bruno called the dance a tonic for the spirit; adding that Sasha threw everything in there to make it look like an old Hollywood musical dance. Ally and Sasha scored 30 points for their dance for a total of 59 points.

James revealed that on Saturday, his wife lost the baby when she had a miscarriage. He didn’t expect to dance but his wife insisted. He and Emma dance a Foxtrot to “Take Me to Church” by Hozier. Len noted that for James to come out and dance with such emotion touched his heart. Bruno noted that James put so much heart in the dance. Carrie Ann noted that she didn’t know how James got through the dance; adding that his posture was great. James’ young daughter was in the audience and James brought her back stage. James and Emma scored 27 points for their dance with a total of 51 points.

In the final dance of the night Hannah and Alan dance a Contemporary dance. Bruno said that for a first time Contemporary dancer, Hannah did really well. Carrie Ann said that Hannah moved beautifully and really trusted Alan on the lifts. Len thought that the emotion came out and it was a true couple dance. Hannah and Alan scored 27 points for their dance for a total of 54 points.

Last Dance scores:
Lauren and Gleb – 27
James and Emma – 27
Hannah and Alan – 27
Kel and Witney – 30
Ally and Sasha – 30

Total scores:

James and Emma – 24 + 27 = 51
Lauren and Gleb – 27 + 27 = 54
Hannah and Alan – 27 + 27 = 54
Kel and Witney – 27 + 30 = 57
Ally and Sasha – 29 + 30 = 59

And the final results before the finale and a winner is crowned…

The first couple in the finals are Kel and Witney.

Also going to the finals are Hannah and Alan.

The third couple in the finals are Lauren and Gleb.

James and Emma and Ally and Sasha are in the bottom two.

Carrie Ann chose to save Ally and Sasha.

Bruno chose to save Ally and Sasha.

Len agreed with his fellow judges and chose Ally and Sasha.

An emotional Ally asked is she could give it to James.

20th Latin Grammy Awards

On November 14, Latin musician Ricky Martin, Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega hosted the annual Latin Grammy Awards for a historic night of music and celebration at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

Prince Royce, Anitta, Fito Páez, Reik, Natalia Jiménez, Beto Cuevas, Calibre 50, Luis Fonsi, Ozuna and Residente were among those who performed during the gala event.

Spanish singer Rosalia became only the second solo woman to win the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year – Shakira was the first in 2006. She won three awards on the biggest night of Latin music.

Alejandro Sanz went into the night leading the list of nominations with eight and ended up taking home two awards.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich presented the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Award to Columbian singer Juanes.

Winners of the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards:
Record of the Year: Alejandro Sanz Con Camila Cabello for “Mi Persona Favorita”
Album of the Year: Rosalia for “El Mal Querer”
Song of the Year: “Calma” written by Pedro Capó, Gabriel Edgar González Pérez and George Noriega
Best New Artist: Nella
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album: “El Mal Querer” by Rosalia
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Agustin” by Fonseca
Best Pop Song: “Mi Persona Favorita” written by Camila Cabello and Alejandro Sanz
Best Urban Fusion or Performance: “Calma” (Remix) by Pedro Capo and Farruko
Best Urban Music Album: “X
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Best Urban Son: “Con Altura” written by J Balvin, Mariachi Budda, Frank Dukes, El Guincho, Teo Halm, Alejandro Ramirez and Rosalía
Best Rock Album:”Monte Sagrado” by Draco Rosa
Best Pop Rock Album: “Cargar La Suerte” by Andres Calamaro
Best Rock Song: “Verdades Afiladas” written by Andrés Calamaro and German Wiedemer
Best Alternative Music Album: “Norma” by Mon Laferte
Best Alternative Song: “Tocamela” written by David Julca, Jonathan Julca, Los Amigos Invisibles,
Silverio Lozada and Servando Primera
Best Salsa Album: “Mas De Mi” by Tony Succar
Best Cumbia or Vallenato Album: “Yo Me Llamo Cumbia” by Puerto Candelaria and Juancho Valencia
Best Traditional Tropical Album: “Andres Cepeda Big Band (En Vivo) by Andres Cepeda
Best Contemporary Tropical Fusion Album: “Literal” by Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
Best Tropical Song: “Kitipun” written by Juan Luis Guerra
Best Singer-Songwriter Album: “Contra El Viento” by Kany Garcia
Best Ranchero or Mariachi Album: “Ahora” by Christian Nodal
Best Banda Album: “A Traves Del Vaso” by Banda Los Sebastianes
Best Tejano Album: “Colores” by Elida Reyna y Avante
Best Norteño Album: “Percepcion” by Intocable
Best Regional Song: “No Te Contaron Mal” written by Edgar Barrera, Gussy Lau, and Christian Nodal
Best Instrumental Album: “Balance” by Gustavo Casenave
Best Folk Album: “Tiempo Al Tiempo” by Luis Enrique + C4 Trio
Best Tango Album: “Revolucionario” by Quinteto Astor Piazzolla
Best Latin Jazz or Jazz Album: “Jazz Bata 2” by Chucho Valdes
Best Spanish Language Christian Album: “Todo Pasa” by Juan Delgado
Best Portuguese Language Christian Album: “Guarda Meu Coracao”
Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album: “O Tempo E Agora” by Anavitoria
Best Portuguese Language Rock or Alternative Album: “O Futuro Nao Demora” by BaianaSystem
Best Samba or Pagode Album: “Mart’nalia Canta Vinicius De Moraes” by Mart’nalia
Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album: “Ok Ok Ok” by Gilberto Gil
Best Sertaneja Music Album: “Em Todos Os Cantos” by Marilia Mendonca
Best Portuguese Language Roots Album: “Hermeto Pascoal e Sua Visao Original Do Forro” by Hermeto Pascoal
Best Portuguese Language Song: “Desconstrucao” written by Tiago Iorc
Best Latin Children’s Album: “Buenos Diaz” by The Lucky Band
Best Classical Album: “Regreso” by Samuel Torres and La Nueva Filarmonia
Best Arrangement: “Sirena” arranged by Rodner Padilla
Best Recording Package: “El Mal Querer” from art directors Man Mourentan and Tamara Pérez
Best Engineered Album: “El Mal Querer” engineered by El Guincho and Brian Hernández
Producer of the Year: Tony Succar
Best Short Form Music Video: “Banana Papaya” by Kany Garcia and Residente
Best Long Form Music Video: “Lo Que Fui Es Lo Que Soy” by Alejandro Sanz

Glastonbury Names 2020 Headliner

The annual festival at Glastonbury in the United Kingdom is a very popular destination for music fans. The tickets sell out within minutes of going on sale…long before the performers are even booked.

Fans attending the festival in 2020 will not only help to celebrate 50 years of fabulous music, they will get to see a musical icon performing in the headline spot on June 27.

Glastonbury officials have announced that Sir Paul McCartney has been booked for the summer music festival next June.

It has been over 15 years since Sir Paul last performed at the famed festival at Worthy Farms.

Sir Paul has been making music for over 50 years; first with The Beatles, then with his band Wings, and as a solo artist. He is also a part of an avant garde group called the Firemen.

The 2020 Glastonbury Music Festival runs June 24-28.

Final Race, Big Win in Monster Cup Season

The 2019 NASCAR racing season comes to an end with Championship Sunday and the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami.

Three of the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers in the Championship Four – Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch – have one championship already, but one – Denny Hamlin – is looking to add his name to the list of Monster Cup champions with his first championship.

For the past 18 years the track at Homestead-Miami has host the final race of the season. The 2019 racing season will be the last time the track hosts the championship race. Earlier this year, NASCAR changed up a long standing schedule and moved the championship race to ISM Racway in Phoenix.

The final race of the season isn’t the only thing saying goodbye this weekend, two drivers – Paul Menard and David Ragan – are hanging up the helmet and ending their careers as a full time Monster Energy Cup Series driver.

Rain showers washed out practices and qualifying sessions over the weekend including Monser Cup qualifying; as a result the field has been set by owner points, putting all four of the Championship Four drivers in the first two rows with Denny Hamlin sitting on the pole with Kevin Harvick starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 400:
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Jimmie Johnson
Paul Menard
Chris Buescher
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ty Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Preece
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
John Hunter Nemechek
David Ragan
Joe Nemechek
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
Reed Sorenson
Ross Chastain
Drew Herring
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the mile and a half track. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

With a race start after 3:30pm, the race will be completed under the lights.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the championship race and after going side by side with Kevin Harvick it is Harvick that gets out in front for the lead.

Lap two, Kevin Harvick has already pulled out to a lead of half a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap five, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race by over a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Busch in third; Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 10, Martin Truex Jr gets past Kyle Busch for third with Kevin Harvick out in front by over a second.

Lap eleven, the Championship Four occupy the top four spots with Kevin Harvick in the lead; followed by Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 17, Kevin Harcik has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr with Denny Hamlin in third and Kyle Busch in fourth.

Lap 18, Kevin Harvick’s lead is down to under a second over Martin Truex Jr with 38 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Kyle Larson gets around Kyle Busch to take the fourth spot with Kevin Harvick leading the way by a very narrow margin.

Lap 22, Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Lap 23, Martin Truex Jr is pulling away and has a lead of nearly a second on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 28, Martin Truex Jr leads the way as Kevin Harvick is getting a challenge from Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

Lap 30, Martin Truex Jr has a commanding lead on Denny Hamlin who is nearly five seconds back; with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 32, Martin Truex Jr has a five second lead on Denny Hamlin with all four of the Championship Four drivers in the top five.

Lap 34, there are 27 cars on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still on the track.

Lap 35, Martin Truex Jr has a near three second lead on second place driver Kyle Larson; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 37, green flag pit stops begin with Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin coming down pit road.

Lap 39, leader Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road for service.

Lapa 40, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the leader, but he hasn’t made his pit stop yet; Martin Truex Jr is in second and will retake the lead once Stenhouse makes his pit stop.

Lap 45, Martin Truex Jr has retaken the lead with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin several seconds behind.

Lap 48, Martin Truex Jr has a four second lead on Kyle Larson with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 50, Martin Truex Jr has a commanding lead of the race with a lead of over four seconds on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin over 12 seconds back round out the top five.

Lap 54, there are only 21 cars on the lead lap with Martin Truex Jr over four seconds out in front of Kyle Larson.

Lap 60, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over five seconds on Kyle Larson.

Lap 62, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over five seconds on Kyle Larson as he continues to run away with the race; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin over 15 seconds back round out the top five. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 73, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now over six seconds on Kyle Larson with only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one. No stage points are awarded on this race but the race is run in stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with Kyle Busch edging out Truex for the lead.

Lap 88, Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead with Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson battling for second.

Timmy Hill’s team was penalized for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 92, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch is in third.

Lap 95, With Martin Truex Jr in the lead, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are battling for third.

Lap 97, Kevin Harvick gets around Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 98, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 103, Martin Truex Jr continues to dominate the race with a lead of nearly two seconds over Kyle Larson.

As the sun begins to go down, glare is becoming a big problem for the drivers. Once the sun goes behind the grandstands, all will be clear again.

Lap 106, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of two and a half seconds on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Lap 110, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to just over two seconds on Kyle Larson with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 112, Kyle Busch has gotten around Kyle Larson to take second, less than two seconds behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 118, green flag pit stops begin with Denny Hamlin coming down pit road for service.

Lap 120, leader Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road for service. Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Martin Truex Jr reports something is very wrong, the team got the tires switched and Truex has to bring his car down pit road for an unscheduled stop to fix the issue.

Lap 124, Kyle Busch has a once second lead on Kyle Larson; Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr comes back out on the track in 13th one lap down. Truex is in the “lucky dog” position at the moment.

Lap 128, Kyle Busch has a near second and a half lead on Kyle Larson.

Lap 133, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Kyle Larson.

Lap 136, the caution flag comes out and Martin Truex Jr gets his lap back!. John Hunter Nemechek got loose on the track to bring out the caution.

The sun is going down and the temperatures are beginning to drop; signaling a change to the track.

Kyle Busch wins the race of of pit road with Kevin Harvick coming out in second and Denny Hamlin third.

With 18 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and edges out Kevin Harvick after a big push from Kyle Larson.

Lap 144, Kevin Harvick gets around Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 148, Kevin Harvick leads the race; Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Martin Truex Jr is in ninth place.

Lap 151, Kevin Harvick has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Busch with Busch slowly closing the gap.

Lap 155, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr has moved up to fifth place.

Lap 157, Kyle Busch passes Kevin Harvick for the lead. Harvick is reporting a very loose condition.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 158, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Martin Truex Jr up to fourth place.

Kyle Busch wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Clint Bowyer

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Denny Hamlin following.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 166 with Busch getting out in front as the drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Stages one and two were just the warm up, now it’s on and the battles begin.

Lap 168, Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Lap 169, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch battle for the lead; swapping back and forth.

Lap 170, Kyle Busch gets clear for the lead.

Lap 170, Kyle Busch leads; Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick are the top four.

Lap 174, the Championship Four continue to battle for position with Kyle Busch over half a second out in front.

Lap 175, the top four are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 177, Kenny Hamlin takes second from Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch in the lead.

Lap 181, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin with Kevin Harvick in third and Marting Truex Jr in fourth.

Lap 187, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kenny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 190, 78 to go, Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Denny Hamlin with Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 194, Bubba Wallace brings his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Just 71 laps remain, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over three seconds on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr is in third; Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Kyle Larson has started rim riding.

Sixty seven laps to go, the lights are on, Kyle Busch has a two and a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 207, Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road for service as green flag pit stops begin.

Lap 211, leader Kyle Busch makes his pit stop, Martin Treux Jr is the new leader with Kevin Harvick in second.

Kyle Larson had to make a second trip down pit road, the hood it up on Larson’s car with a power issue. Larson reports that he thinks the car blew up.

Aric Almirola’s team is charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 215, leader Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road; Kevin Harvick is the new leader.

Once green flag pit stops cycle through, Kyle Busch will resume the lead.

William Byron gets slowed down on the track with no oil pressure. He gets down pit road and the track stays green.

With the grille filled with tape, Denny Hamlin reports that his engine is overheating and will have to come down pit road or risk blowing up. Hamlin’s car is spewing water.

Lap 224, leader Kevin Harvick finally brings his car down pit road for service; Kyle Busch retakes the lead and has a 10 second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 229, Kyle Busch has a lead of over eight seconds on Martin Truex Jr as Truex runs the fastest laps on the track. There are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 233, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a lead of seven and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick is back on the lead lap in 13th place after unlapping himself but Denny Hamlin is two laps down.

Thirty to go, Kyle Busch holds on to a seven and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with 13 cars on the lead lap. The Championship Four started the race all together, but as the laps count down, they have gotten spread out through the field.

Only 25 laps remain in the race…and the season, Kyle Busch has a seven second lead on Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick is in seventh and Denny Hamlin is in 14th one lap down.

Kyle Busch last won a race in June at Pocono. He is hoping to break a 21 race losing streak.

Nineteen to go, Kyle Busch has a seven second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

If Joe Gibbs Racing wins the race, they will break the record for team wins in a single season with 19; they currently are tied with 18 wins.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Busch has a six second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Twelve to go, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top five at fourth place and Denny Hamlin has unlapped himself and is the last car on the lead lap in 10th place.

Ten to go, Kyle Busch has a five second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Six to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead, four and a half seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr.

Three to go, Kyle Busch holds on to his four and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag!

Leading 120 laps, Kyle Busch wins the race and his second championship; adding to his total as the winningest driver of the decade with 40 wins

Kyle Busch takes a reverse victory lap with the championship flag before disappearing in a cloud of smoke form his burn out.

Busch is one of only 16 drivers in the 70 year NASCAR history to earn more than one championship.

541px-TSM_-_Kyle_Busch_-_2015_-_Stierch_-_07By Sarah Stierch – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41336075

On the way to victory lane, Kyle takes his four year old son Brexton for a slow lap around the track.

The final results of the season:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Hemric
Jimmie Johnson
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Dillon
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Landon Cassill
Drew Herring
JJ Yeley
Corey LaJoie
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill
Bubba Wallace
Ross Chastain
Josh Bilicki
Reed Sorenson
Joe Nemechek
William Byron
Kyle Larson

Every year since the current playoff format has been in place, it has taken a race win to win the championship.

HFPA Names Golden Globe Ambassadors

Each year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association names the children of Hollywood celebrities to serve as assistants on stage for the annual Golden Globe Awards. Viewers of the award ceremonies have seen the young adults handing out the award trophies and helping to escort the winners off stage after their speeches.

For 75 years these assistants were known as Miss Golden Globe, for the first time in the history of the awards, this January at the 77th annual awards presentation the Miss will become a Mr when the sons of former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan take on the role as Golden Globe Ambassador.

An 18 year old Paris and a 22 year old Dylan said that they are excited to be a part of the ceremonies.

The Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 5, 2020 at the Hollywood Hilton Hotel.

Golden Globes Honour Ellen DeGeneres

When the Golden Globe Awards airs on January 5, they will have a new award – the Carol Burnett Trophy for Special Achievement in Television.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the the 2020 winner of that award will go to television pioneer Ellen DeGeneres.

Presented for the first time at the 2019 awards, the trophy went to Burnett herself.

The HFPA said that the award will be presented to a person “who has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen.”

Whether it be a sitcom, a game show, or as host of her multiple award winning show; DeGeneres has been captivating audiences for 25 years.

 

feature photo credit: By Peter Dutton from Forest Hills, Queens, USA – Golden Globe Awards, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5709910

Thrilling End to Season for Xfinity Series

It’s the final race of the 2019 Xfinity Series with the Eco
Boost 300 at Homestead-Miami. Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Justin Allgaier will all battle for the right to be called Champion.

Summer is over but the rains still come to Florida. And the rains have come to the race track in south Florida and has washed out practice.

After single car qualifying, with a time of 32.322 seconds Championship Four driver Tyler Reddick put his number two car on the pole and will bring the field to green. Championship Four driver Cole Custer will start alongside Reddick on the front row.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 200 laps around the mile and a half track.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

Only two laps in and the drivers have spread out all across the track looking for the right line.

The caution flag comes out on lap five for Ray Black Jr who has a heavily smoking car with a possible blown engine.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 with Reddick getting out in front while the field spreads out.

Tyler Matthews brings out the second caution flag of the race after blowing a tire and hitting the wall hard on lap 15.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 23 and goes door to door with Cole Custer but gets out in front for the lead.

Tyler Reddick has the lead with Cole Custer in Second and Christopher Bell in third. The fourth playoff driver, Justin Allgaier is in ninth.

Lap 29, Tyler Reddick has a lead of nearly a second on Cole Custer.

Tyler Reddick is reporting something is sticking out of the wall in turn four.

The caution flag comes out on lap 33 for the debris that was reported against the wall.

Leaders bring their cars down pit road for service.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 but it is Noah Gragson who jumps out in front for the lead.

Tyler Reddick has already moved up to third from 20th position with Cole Custer on his bumper.

With five laps remaining in stage one, Chase Briscoe is in the lead.

Chase Briscoe wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Briscoe
Cole Custer
Justin Haley
Tyler Reddick
John Hunter Nemechek
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Jeremy Clements
Austin Cindric
Josh Williams

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with drivers getting three and four wide.

Austin Cindric challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead and takes over the top spot as Chad Finchum gets slowed down on the track and gets out of the way.

Cole Custer reports a possible loose wheel. Custer is reporting vibrations in the corners and will have to come down pit road. Cole Custer is now one lap down with 28 laps remaining in stage two.

Austin Cindric continues to lead the race with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Jeb Burton has a flat tire and has to come down pit road with 12 laps remaining in stage two. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

With seven laps remaining I stage two, Austin Cindric continues to leas the race. Tyler Reddick is running the fastest times on the track riding the high line.

Austin Cindric has a lead of a second and a half on Christopher Bell with four laps to go in stage two.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap.

On the final lap of stage two Cole Custer gets past leader Austin Cindric to get back on the lead lap.

Austin Cindric wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage teo:
Austin Cindric
Christopher Bell
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael Annett
Harrison Burton
Justin Haley

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three. Bell gets out in front but Noah Gragson comes from the outside lane to take the lead.

The caution flag comes out quickly for debris on the track after Joey Gase runs into the back of Jeb Burton.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson going nose to nose before Gragson gets out in front.

Tyler Reddick takes second.

Lap 104 Tyler Reddick has taken the lead.

Lap 108, Tyler Reddick has a one second lead on Noah Gragson.

Lap 110, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over a second and a half over Christopher Bell.

All of the Championship Four drivers are in the top seven.

The sun is beginning to set with 83 laps remainng in the race.

Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Christopher Bell.

Lap 121, Christopher Bell has closed the gap on leader Tyler Reddick to under two seconds.

The caution flag comes out for a flat tire on Chase Briscoe’s car after contact with the wall with 78 laps remaining in the race.

Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart with 73 laps to go with Bell getting out in front.

Lap 130, Tyler Reddick challenges Christopher Bell for the lead, but so far Bell is holding Reddick off.

The sun has gone down and the lights are on around the track.

Only 60 laps remain in the Xfinity Series season, Christopher Bell has a lead of over a second on Tyler Reddick.

Lap 145, Christopher Bell’s lead is down to just half a se ond over Tyler Reddick.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 148, Tyler Reddick has caught up to Christopher Bell with Cole Custer in third.

Lap 153, Tyler Reddick takes the lead.

Cole Custer passes Christopher Bell for second.

Lap 157, Tyler Reddick is pulling away from the field, he has a one second lead on Cole Custer.

Trying to make a pit stop, Christopher Bell misses pit road.

Green flag pit stops have begun.

Tyler Reddick brings his car down pit road with 37 laps to go.

Christopher Bell is in the lead; Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, and Justin Allgaier go three wide in a battle for position.

Thirty four to go, Cole Custer gets past Christopher Bell for the lead.

Thirty to go, Cole Custer is in the lead with Tyler Reddick in second.

Lap 175, there are only 13 cars on the lead lap with Cole Custer leading the way.

Cole Custer has only a quarter of a second lead on Tyler Reddick.

Running 180mph, Tyler Redd k is running right along the wall…right on leader Cole Custer’s bumper.

Lap 181, Tyler Reddick does a slide job on Cole Custer to take the lead.

With 15 laps to go in the race, Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a one second lead on Cole Custer.

Justin Allgaier has a flat tire after hitting the wall and makes it to pit road without bringing out the caution flag.

Ten to go, Tyler Reddick holds on to his one second lead on Cole Custer.

Cole Custer gets just a little too close to the wall and scrapes the car.

Five to go, Tyler Reddick has a near three second lead on Cole Custer.

With a lead of nearly two seconds, Tyler Reddick takes the white flag on the way to his second Xfinity Series Championship.

While other drivers have gone back to back to win championships, Tyler Reddick is the first driver to do so with two different team owners – last season it was with JR Motorsports and this year it was with Richard Childress Racing. Next season Reddick will be moving up to the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Unofficial EcoBoost 300 results:
Tyler Reddick
Cole Custer
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Jeb Burton
Harrison Burton
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Justin Allgaier
Landon Cassill
Jeremy Clements
Gray Gaulding
Alex Labbe
Josh Williams
BJ McLeod
Colin Garrett
Will Rodgers
David Starr
Stephen Leicht
Ja Junior Avila
Vinnie Miller
Joey Gase
Robby Lyons
Joe Nemechek
Matt Mills
CJ McLaughlin
Garrett Smithley
Justin Haley
Timmy Hill
Chad Finchum
JJ Yeley
Tyler Matthews
Ray Black Jr

Race, Series, Owners Champ Go 1-2-3 at Homestead-Miami

Another season comes to an end when the Gander Outdoor Truck Series runs the EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami.

After qualifying was rained out, the field was set by truck owner points. Championship Four driver Stewart Friesen will sit on the pole and bring the field to green. Driving the number 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck, Christian Eckes will start alongside on the front row.

By the end of the race either Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton, Ross Chastain, or Brett Moffitt will be crowned the Gander Outdoors Turck Series champion for the 2019 racing season.

Along with the driver’s championship, a truck owner will be crowned as a champion. Among the teams is Kyle Busch Motorsports who has won five titles in the past six years.

Once the green flag flies, Joe Nemechek will make history as the driver with the most NASCAR starts in history with 1,186 across all three Series. Joe Nemechek has been driving for 30 years and has no plans to stop any time soon.

After a rain delay of over an hour and a half, the trucks finally get on the track and are ready to race.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track. The drivers can complete the first two stages on a single fuel load but will have to make a pit stop during stage three.

Before the race even begins, Anthony Alfredo’s truck has an oil leak and has to take the truck to the garage.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag and jumps out in front but Ross Chastain comes from third to take the lead.

All the points have already been awarded, only the finishing order matters in deciding who will take home the trophies.

Lap six, Ross Chastain – the Melon Man – has the lead with Stewart Friesen in second; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap eight, Ross Chastain hold on to the lead by a quarter of a seocnd on Stewart Friesen; Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five. Only Christian Eckes is not a part of the run for the championship.

Lap 17, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race by a quarter of a second on Stewart Friesen; Brett Moffitt in third is over two and a half seconds back.

Lap 22, Ross Chastain holds on to his lead by a third of a second on Stewart Friesen; Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Only seven laps remain in stage one; Ross Chastain has led every lap so far but third place driver Austin Hill is coming on fast.

Lap 25, Ross Chastain has less than a half second lead on Austin Hill.

With only two laps remaining in stage one, Austin Hi;; gets around Ross Chastain to take the lead.

Austin Hill wins stage one for his first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Hill
Ross Chastain
Stewart Friesen
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Johnny Sauter

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and gets it in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track on lap 35.

Lap 36, Ross Chastain jumps out to take the lead with 25 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 38, Ross Chastain has a tenth of a second lead on Matt Crafton with Austin Hill in third.

Lap 40, Ross Chastain has the lead with Matt Crafton in second; Austin Hill, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 43, Austin Hill challenges Ross Chastain for the lead once again and on lap 44 Hill is the new leader.

Lap 49, the caution flag comes out for Ray Ciccarelli’s smoking truck with a blown engine.

With only six laps remaining in stage two, Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to his lead with Matt Crafton in second; Stewart Friesen, Ross Chastain, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Austin Hill sweeps the stages with a stage two win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Parker Kligerman
Johnny Sauter
Sheldon Creed
Tanner Gray

Austin Hill wins the race off of pit road with Matt Crafton coming out in second.

Austin Hill wins the race off of pit road with Matt Crafton coming out in second.

Last week Austin Hill was eliminated from the playoffs one race shy of the championship; but this week he is showing the field that he still has plenty to offer.

Jesse Little was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Tyler Ankrum pitted early, before pit road was open, and had to make a second trip down pit road. He is now a lap down.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 with Ben Rhodes alongside on the front row. Christian Eckes takes the lead but the drivers who made pit stops and have fresh tires are moving through the pack.

Lap 71, Christian Eckes is in the lead but Matt Crafton is in second less than half a second back.

Lap 74, Matt Crafton has caught up to the bumper of leader Christian Eckes and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 75, Stewart Friesen has made it a three way battle.

Lap 83, Christian Eckes has a near half second lead on Austin Hill with Matt Crafton in third; Stewart Friesen and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

There are 24 trucks on the lead lap with only two trucks out of the race.

Lap 88, Christian Eckes holds on to the lead with a lead of less than a quarter of a second on Austin Hill; Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 90, Austin Hill passes Christian Eckes for the lead.

Lap 93, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Matt Crafton; Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Green flag pit stops begin on lap 97.

Lap 99, leader Austin Hill brings his truck down pit road for service; Gus Dean is the new leader.

Lap 102, Gus Dean comes down pit road for service and hands the lead over to Matt Crafton.

With 26 laps to go, Matt Crafton has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Hill.

Lap 111, Austin Hill has caught up to leader Matt Crafton and is challenging for the lead. Lap 112, Austin Hill retakes the lead.

Of the four Championship drivers, Matt Crafton is leading the way with a lead of over eight seconds on his closest competitor, Ross Chastain.

Twenty to go, Austin Hill has a lead of over hald a second on Matt Crafton who is the highest placing driver of the Championship Four.

Christian Eckes in third is leading the way for the owner’s championship by over five seconds.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, there are only 14 trucks on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Austin Hill has a lead of over a second on Matt Crafton with Christian Eckes in third three seconds back; Ross Chastain and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Ten to go, Austin Hill has a second and a half lead on Matt Crafton with Christian Eckes in third over four seconds back.

Seven to go, Austin Hill holds on to his second and a half lead on Matt Crafton.

Four to go, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Matt Crafton.

Austin Hill takes the white flag.

Austin Hill wins the EcoBoost 200 to end the season as it begun..with a win!

Matt Crafton is the Gander Outdoor Turck Series Champion for 2019. This is Crafton’s third Truck Series Championship.

Coming in third place, Christian Eckes wins the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Owner Championship for truck owner Kyle Busch.

The unofficial results of the EcoBoost 200:
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Johnny Sauter
Grant Enfinger
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Parker Kligerman
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Harrison Burton
Joe Nemechek
Gus Dean
Tanner Gray
Jesse Little
Tyler Dippel
Austin Wayne Self
Natalie Decker
Jordan Anderson
Tyler Ankrum
Tyler Hill
Colby Howard
Danny Bohn
Codie Rohrbaugh
Cory Roper
Jennifer JO Cobb

Angela Ruch
Josh Bilicki
Ray Ciccarelli
Anthony Alfredo

No Bueno for Suarez and SHR

Throughout the 2019 NASCAR racing season Stewart-Haas Racing has signed three of its four drivers to new contracts. Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Aric Almirola will all be returning to SHR next season.

But there has been a great deal of speculation as to whether the fourth team driver Daniel Suarez would also be returning next season.

On November 14, Suarez confirmed via social media that he would not be returning next season to the number 41 car.

Suarez told fans, “I’m here to confirm the bad news that some of you guys already know and some of you guys are trying to figure out that I won’t be back next year in the 41 car.” He added, “I am extremely disappointed at the outcome but it’s the way it is sometimes. I’m sure something else will be waiting for me.”

Even before the news that Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez would not be coming back next season, the rumour mill was busy with already filling the vacated seat of the number 41car with SHR Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer who is among the Championship Four to take home the title in Saturday’s race at Homestead-Miami.

Custer has only stated that he focus is on the race for the championship on Saturday saying, “right now, I’m just trying to focus on the championship. I’ve just really tried to stay out of it. I mean, honestly, this is a really big weekend for us to win a championship in the Xfinity Series.”

2019 CMA Awards

It’s one of the biggest nights in Country Music with the annual Country Music Association Awards.

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In a celebration of women in Country music, Country music legends Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire join Carrie Underwood in a performance to open the 53rd annual awards gala. Underwood is the host for this year’s event with Parton and McEntire serving as special guest hosts.

In a tribute to Loretta Lynn (who is in the house), the women of Little Big Town join Jennifer Nettles for a performance.

The Highwomen perform “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”.

Tanya Tucker sings “Delta Dawn”.

Gretchen Wilson sings “Red Neck Woman”.

Crystal Gayle sang “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue”.

Terri Clark performs.

Sarah Evans sings.

Martina McBride sings “Independence Day” and is joined by the cast of singers on the stage to close out an epic opening to the celebration.

The first award of the night is for Single of the Year and went to Blake Shelton for “God’s Country”. This is Shelton’s first Single of the Year award.

Dan + Shay perform their hit song “Speechless”.

The award for Song of the Year went to “Beautiful Crazy” written by Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, and Robert Williford.

Miranda Lambert performs.

Country Music Hall of Fame singer Reba McEntire takes the stage for a performance of “Fancy”.

Pop star P!ink join Chrs Stapleton for a special performance.

The award for New Artist of the Year went to Ashley McBryde.

Old Dominion perform.

Host Carrie Underwood gives a performance.

Luke Combs performs his new hit “Beer Never Broke My Heart”.

Kelsea Ballerini performs “Homecoming Queen”. Lindsay Ell joins Kelsea on stage for a performance of “Girl Crush”. Runway June, Maddie and Tae, Ashely McBryde, Carly Pearce, and Little Big Town also take the stage to sing the song.

The award for Vocal Duo of the Year went to Dan + Shay. This was the first Duo of the Year award for the pair.

Halsey joins Lady Antebellum for a performance.

Country Music Hall of Fame members Brooks and Dunn take the stage with the Brothers Osborne for a special performance.

CMA Award nominee leader Maren Morris performed “Girl” but is pregnant with a boy.

The award for Vocal Group of the Year went to Old Dominion.

Blake Shelton performs his award winning hit song “God’s Country”.

Thomas Rhett performs.

Country music legend Dolly Parton is joined by King and Country and Zach Williams for a performance of songs of faith.

Keith Urban performs “We Were”.

The award for Album of the Year went to Maren Morris for “Girl”.

Sheryl Crow and Dierks Bentley are joined by Chris Janson, John Osborne, and Eagle Joe Walsh for a performance of the Janis Joplin hit “Me and Bobby McGee”.

Eric Church performs.

Trisha Yearwood presents the award for Male Vocalist of the Year to Luke Combs. This is the first vocalist of the year award for Combs.

Music legend Willie Nelson joins forces with Kacey Musgraves for a performance of “Rainbow Connection”.

For the first time on television, Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton join up for a performance in the “Dive Bar”.

The award for Female Vocalist of the Year went to Kacey Musgraves. This is Musgraves’ first vocalist of the year award.

In the final award presentation of the night, Reese Witherspoon presents the Entertainer of the Year Award to Garth Brooks. In his acceptance speech, Brooks mentioned several of his fellow entertainers and dedicated it to the crews that get them on stage every night.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Musical Event of the Year: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road”
Music Video of the Year: Kacey Musgraves for “Rainbow”
Musician of the Year: Fiddle player Jenee Fleenor

Broadcast Award winners…
National Personality of the Year: “The Bobby Bones Show”
Major Market Personality of the Year: The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister on KKWF – Seattle-Tacoma, WA
Large Market Personality of the Year: Q Morning Crew on WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, NC
Medium Market Personality of the Year: Mo and StyckMan on WUSY – Chattanooga, TN
Small Market Personality of the Year: Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning on WPAP in Panama City, FL
Major Market Radio Station of the Year: WIL in St. Louis, MO
Large Market Radio Station of the Year: WSIX in Nashville, TN
Medium Market Radio Station of the Year: WIVK in Knoxville, TN
Small Market Radio Station of the Year: WYCT in Pensacola, FL

 

photos taken from the CMA Awards Facebook page

Silly Season Fills Up

As the 2019 NASCAR racing season nears an end, more teams and drivers are settling in with contracts for the coming season.

Joe Gibbs Racing has found a full time driver for their number 18 Xfinity Series car in Riley Herbst. Herbst was on of six drivers to sit behind the wheel of the number 18 car this season. He will be joining Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones as the Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity drivers next season.

Hattori Racing Enterprises has announced that Austin Hill has signed an extension to drive the number 16 Gander Outdoors Series truck next season. The 2019 season was Hill’s first season with HRE.

After losing his full time ride in the Richard Childress Racing number eight car earlier this season, Daniel Hemric will return to a number eight car, but this time it will be the Xfinity Series JR Motorsports numnber eight. Hemric is set to driver 21 of the 33 Xfinity Series races next season with Jeb Burton driving the eleven races and car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr driving in one race. Which one of the races will have Junior behind the wheel has yet to be announced.

A few weeks ago Matt Tifft had a medical incident at the track and is out for at least the remainder of the season. On November 13 it was revealed that Tifft and car owner Front Row Motorsports have agreed to part ways so that Tifft can focus on his health.

Speaking on his decision Tifft said, “I’ve made the decision to focus on my health and there is no rush or timetable to get back behind the wheel. Because of that, I can’t commit to racing full-time in 2020. I can’t say when I’ll be ready to race again, but I believe I will come back. I love this sport, the people, and I would like to be a part of it next year in some capacity.”

Hard Rock Cafe Gets Progressive with Insoluble

What to you get when a metal head, a rocker, and a major Pink Floyd fan come together to form a band? You get the Progressive Rock band known as Insoluble, that’s what.

On November 9 the western New York rockers took the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls for a performance of their original music with a few cover tunes thrown in.

A trio of long time musicians, Insoluble’s songs are more like short symphonies with mini movement of varying rhythms and time signatures. There are even pieces where each band member is playing in a different time signature to come together for a complex composition of rhythm and sound.

Fans of Pink Floyd, Yes, and King Crimson would enjoy listening to what Insoluble has to offer. Even Jimi Hendrix fans will find something to like in the band.

Along with covers of “All Along the Watchtower”, “Bad Romance”, and a Steve Vai piece; the night’s music included “Blue Whale”, “Eat the Elephant”, “Insolu-Waltz”, “Black Goat”, “Frost”, “Anuris”, “The Hunt”, and “For the Love of God”.

In an age where the radio airwaves are filed with songs full of booming beats, the music of Insoluble is a refreshing and pleasant change.

X-statix Rocked the Joint at the Hard Rock

There are bands who have been around for a long time and bands who have been together for a short time. But when it all comes together, the difference is unrecognizable.

 

On November 8 the western New York band The X-statix took the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls and performed like seasoned veterans despite being together for only a few months. Fronted by a female lead singer, the five piece band performed music from The Beatles and Jefferson Airplane to Radiohead and Billy Joel.

 

While the band performs cover tunes, they are an original band when it comes to performing. Sharon has the voice of someone who has had vocal training and each band member frequently gets the chance to shine with a solo during the songs.

 

Keeping the joint rocking; the set list included “Bad Woman Blues”, “I Feel Good”, “Somebody to Love”, “Compared to What”, “Use Me”, “Come Together”, “Kashmir”, “Unchain My Heart”, “Creep”, “They Raided the Joint”, “New York State of Mind”, and “Tennessee Whiskey”.

 

The X-statix proved that just because they are a cover band, it doesn’t mean they have to sound like a jukebox; they make every song their own.