Brad Paisley has been a country music star for 20 years, but he recently revealed a treasured memory from his childhood that set him on his path to music.
Paisley recalls the moment that changed his life — when he was eight years old visiting a local hospital in his hometown of Glen Dale, West Virginia. One of the patients was an elderly woman with limited speech, but when Paisley started playing her favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine,” a miracle occurred and she started to sing all of the lyrics along with him.
Paisley said of the experience. “Music became something that felt like it had the power to heal people. It had the power to brighten someone’s day…It became completely clear to me in that moment.”
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The 41st Kennedy Center Honors Gala took place on Sunday, December 2 in Washington, D.C., and the ceremony aired on CBS Wednesday night, December 26th.
Reba McEntire was among the honorees at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors, and artists from various musical genres provided unique tributes to the country music icon. Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn and Kristin Chenoweth each paid tribute to McEntire with a song. Little Big Town were also on hand to honor Cher with a medley of her hits. Clarkson, who is McEntire’s daughter-in-law, delivered an emotional speech about McEntire before performing her 1990 hit “Fancy.”
The gala honored the contributions of McEntire, Cher, composers Wayne Shorter and Phillip Glass, Hamilton co-writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire.
Check out the highlights from McEntire’s big night in the article below.
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On Thursday, Netflix released the trailer for the upcoming film for the acclaimed show, “Black Mirror,” which centers on a young British programmer, played by Fionn Whitehead, who helps design a video game based on a book with a terrifying backstory. The book’s author is a man named Jerome F. Davies, and as is common on “Black Mirror” episodes, things take a bizarre turn.
With this particular film, titled “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”, the franchise is kicking their storytelling up a notch. This film includes a number of opportunities for viewers to choose how the story will go.
You can check out the trailer in the article below. “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” will be available to stream on Netflix today – Friday, December 28th.
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Carrie Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, honored her mom with a song on the two-year anniversary of her death.
Lourd wrote in an emotional Instagram post, which was accompanied by a video: “It has been two years since my Momby’s death and I still don’t know what the ‘right’ thing to do on a death anniversary is (I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way about your loved ones). So I decided to do something a little vulnerable for me, but something we both loved to do together – sing.” The video posted by Lourd featured her singing the song “These Days,” a Jackson Browne-penned tune. Lourd performed the song while playing a piano she said was given to Fisher by Fisher’s father, Eddie Fisher. She also said “These Days” was “one of her favorite songs.”
Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016 of undetermined causes after suffering a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old. Fisher’s mother — and Lourd’s grandmother — actress Debbie Reynolds, died one day later.
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Chris Brown is in trouble with the law again, this time for owning a pet monkey.
As reported by TMZ, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is charging Brown with two counts of owning a restricted species without a permit. The violations carry a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail. Brown brought home the baby capuchin monkey named Fiji and allowed his daughter to play with the pet, posting the video and pictures on social media. Brown was forced to give up the pet after many of his online followers reported him to the authorities.
Brown is due in court on February 6 to face criminal charges relating to the incident.
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Waka Flocka Flame released a few freestyles earlier this year, teasing at the time that he would be dropping his new mixtape “I Can’t Rap Vol. 2.”
After a few months delay, the rapper returned on Christmas Day with his new project, the sequel to his 2014 mixtape. The mixtape contains freestyles over over artists’ beats, as well as original songs delivered in the style of freestyles. I
You can stream or download “I Can’t Rap Vol. 2” in the link below.
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On Thursday, attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked an appellate court to overturn his conviction and death penalty sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
Lawyers for the 25-year-old Tsarnaev argued in a brief filed with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston that a lower-court judge’s refusal to move the case to another city not traumatized by the bombings deprived him of a fair trial. The attorneys acknowledged that their client — who was then 19 — carried out the attack along with his now-deceased 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The appeal came after a federal jury in 2015 found Tsarnaev guilty of placing a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a policeman three days later. The same jury later found that Tsarnaev deserved execution for six of the 17 capital charges of which he was found guilty, which were related to the bomb he personally placed at the marathon’s finish line. That bomb killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victim, and 23-year-old Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu. The bombing was one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
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Negotiations among Democrats, Republicans and the White House appear to be going nowhere, as the partial government shutdown entered day six on Thursday.
The Senate was in session Thursday to continue negotiations, but with a deal to reopen the government nowhere in sight, lawmakers didn’t show up. The Senate was in session for a grand total of four minutes Thursday. Lawmakers aren’t expected to be in town until after the New Year, sometime next week.
Earlier this afternoon, a notice from the GOP House Whip’s office was sent around advising members that there will be no votes in the House this week, either. This makes it very likely that the shutdown will continue into the New Year, unless there is a surprise breakthrough in negotiations.
The partial shutdown has left about 420,000 federal workers working without pay and another 380,000 furloughed. Negotiations remain stuck regarding the President’s request for more money for the border wall. Democrats are refusing to give in to President Trump’s demand for $5 billion.
The Minnesota Twins have signed free agent Nelson Cruz to a 1-year deal worth a reported $14.3 Million, with an option for a 2nd year.
The 38-year old Cruz has hit more home runs over the past 5 years than any active player. Cruz hit .256 last season while playing in Seattle with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs, and he is expected to handle designated hitter duties with the Twins. The second year option for Cruz in 2020 would bring with a $12 Million price tag.
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According to an MRI, LeBron James did not seriously injure himself, but he did suffer a significant left groin strain. According to league sources, the Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for him to miss several games.
The Lakers are calling James’ absence “day-to-day,” but there is a healing process that needs to occur before James can return to the lineup.
James left the Lakers’ game against Golden State on Tuesday with the groin injury; he had played 116 consecutive regular-season games; that number jumps to 156 when postseason games are included. James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season. He missed Thursday night’s game at Sacramento, and Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma are expected to take on a bigger offensive burden in James’ absence.
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