06:44 AM EDT 08/28/2014
Originally posted 05/05/2014 12:00PM
It was announced Monday morning that Miranda Lambert leads the CMT Awards with six nominations, including two for video of the year for her hit song "Automatic" and her duet with Keith Urban, "We Were Us." Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line trail right behind with five nods each.
Originally posted 04/29/2014 11:40PM
And then there were eight.
The Voice's live elimination show whittled down two artists from the Top Ten Tuesday with the help of America – or at least the Twitterverse – and determined whether Adam Levine and Blake Shelton still have the secret formula for success.
The show kicked off in newsy fashion when host Carson Daly announced that Gwen Stefani will join The Voice's coaching panel next season (just in case you hadn't already read Christina Aguilera's Tweet.) He also revealed that the No Doubt frontwoman will join fellow newbie coach Pharrell Williams onstage for a performance next Monday.
Yet the real news of the show was attempting to figure out who wouldn't be appearing on stage next week, and that became increasingly clear as the show soldiered on. Read on to find out more.
Originally posted 04/29/2014 03:15PM
Ever wanted to call the Sexiest Man Alive? Thanks to Blake Shelton, for a little while Monday night you could.
Shelton upped the ante on his long-running sparring partner when he Tweeted Adam Levine's personal cell phone number live on The Voice during the Top 10 live performance show.
"HEY EVERYONE!!! Here it is: @adamlevine's CELL NUMBER! Think I'm kidding? Try calling it!! B––––!!!" Shelton Tweeted with a sly smile as Levine looked momentarily horrified.
Originally posted 04/29/2014 11:30AM
Miranda Lambert wants you to walk – or dance, or party or sing – in her shoes. Really.
Celebrating the launch of her new Miranda by Miranda Lambert shoe line last week, the singer opened up about the inspiration for her latest project – and her goals for the future – at a party at a DSW store in Frisco, Texas.
"I love projects, clearly," Lambert, 30, told PEOPLE Country, laughing. "I like to keep my hands in everything. I love it. I think it's fun. I've always wanted to build an empire."
Originally posted 04/29/2014 08:25AM
What happens when a 20-year-old female YouTube sensation and Top 10 The Voice finalist chooses to cover R&B sensation Drake?
That seeming vocal gamble came up aces for Christina Grimmie, who brought the idea to sing Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" to her coach, Adam Levine. He believed in her artistry and allowed her to take the risk. And in doing so, she set the pace Monday, accompanying herself on the piano and using the ballad to look and sound like a full-blown star.
Originally posted 04/23/2014 06:25AM
Twitter took center stage Tuesday night during The Voice's adrenaline-fueled live results show kickoff, which featured new twists that confused even one of the coaches.
The somewhat controversial Twitter instant save returned for a second season, but with an added feature: The artists in the bottom three would have one last chance to save themselves by performing another song, just before another online vote.
The show kicked off calmly, as host Carson Daly revealed the names of the contestants who were moving on to next week, coach Shakira performed a single off her new CD, and coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton performed with their teams.
But things got interesting about two-thirds of the way through the hour-long show when it was revealed all of Levine and Shelton's artists were saved – what is their recipe for success? – leaving Team Usher and Team Shakira vulnerable for elimination.
Originally posted 04/22/2014 06:00PM
Gwen Stefani's move to The Voice next season is not a done deal yet. But there's no doubt she'll be more than welcome to take a swiveling seat next to perennial judge Adam Levine.
"If there's any truth to the rumors, I'd just be really excited because I'm a huge fan," Levine told reporters after Monday night's live show kickoff. "She's a wonderful human being. I love her to pieces. So talented."
Host and producer Carson Daly also heaped praise on Stefani, but seemed to want to manage expectations about whether she'll be the one to replace Christina Aguilera.
"She would be great," Daly said. "These things are tough to work scheduling-wise. I don't know where we're at with it."
Originally posted 04/22/2014 07:15AM
Country singer Kristen Merlin was made fully aware Monday night that The Voice competition is now live.
Performing as one of season 6's Top 12 finalists, Merlin's mic dropped out for more than a few seconds, leaving her to continue – and exhibit some admirable "show must go on" professionalism – after she had only delivered a little more than half of a touching and intimate version of Sugarland's hit "Stay."
The judges were on their feet and Adam Levine was effusive after Merlin jerked out her ear monitor, took hold of a new mic from a stage manager and continued like nothing went wrong.
Originally posted 04/16/2014 06:30AM
All eyes were on Team Usher Tuesday when his five singers stepped up to The Voice mic and delivered gutsy performances that mostly shined, but left the Grammy-winning R&B singer with a tough choice on the final night of the playoffs.
The one contestant who made it easy on him? Bria Kelly, who at just 18 managed to nail the Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses" with a performance so polished it could rival seasoned singers twice her age.
"I've stolen everyone that you sang against," declared coach Blake Shelton. "Looking back, maybe that's because you made people step up."
Originally posted 04/15/2014 07:40AM
It takes a lot of musical skill to draw Usher's envy, but South Carolina artist Delvin Choice did just that Monday as the second night of playoff rounds continued on The Voice.
Singing Al Green's soul classic "Let's Stay Together," Choice showed range and ease as the Team Adam singer effortlessly performed shimmering vocal runs, turning up the heat for his competitors in a major way.
"I am jealous," Usher, himself a master of the falsetto, said of Choice, who auditioned in season 5 but failed to turn any chairs. This time, however, Choice was back with force, creating a vocal moment Monday that Adam Levine dubbed "terrifying."
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