01:19 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 01/19/2010 08:00AM
Kid Rock isn't necessarily a fan of Taylor Swift's music, but he's definitely a fan of Taylor Swift.
While he admits he doesn't often reach for Swift's self-titled or Fearless albums when he's in the mood for country, he wishes the country cutie continued success.
"She knows how to play guitar and she writes her songs so God bless her. I wish there was more of that out there," he told PEOPLE Sunday while celebrating his 39th birthday at Palazzo Las Vegas's Lavo. "Hopefully she gets better and grows and keeps it all going."
What Rock is listening to nowadays: country artists Zac Brown and Jamey Johnson. "They both write their songs and they are those people in their songs, so I champion both those guys," Rock said.
– Mark Gray
Originally posted 11/05/2009 09:00AM
Add another rocker to country's biggest night , with Kid Rock set to join the lineup for the Nov. 11 CMA Awards, the CMA tells PEOPLE.
The five-time Grammy nominee joins such previously announced genre-crossers Dave Matthews and Daughtry. The show is set to air on ABC next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
Kid Rock will perform a duet with four-time CMA nominee Jamey Johnson and will also present an award. The rap rocker is no stranger to the CMAs – last year, he performed his country hit "All Summer Long," and in 2003 was nominated along with Sheryl Crow for vocal event of the year for their song "Picture."
Martina McBride will also join the list of show performers, who already include Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and show co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Newly announced presenters include Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack and the Judds.
– Eileen Finan
Originally posted 03/23/2009 07:10PM
Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Kid Rock will both get in the ring – but only to sing – at the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania on April 5 at Houston's Reliant Stadium, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal. While Sherzinger, 30, will open the show with "America the Beautiful," Kid Rock, 38, will sing a medley of his hits including "Bawitdaba" and "Cowboy." Also expected in audience: wrestling fan – and star of The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke.
– Marisa Laudadio
Originally posted 02/07/2009 02:00PM
The night was a tribute to Neil Diamond, but it was Jennifer Hudson's moving take on his 1969 hit "Holly Holy" that brought down the house.
Wearing a gold jacket and black satin pantsuit, Hudson – backed by three singers – was serious and soulful in her powerful performance, which drew cheers from the audience three times during the song, especially when she hit high notes with a lot of vibrato.
The Los Angeles Convention Center audience of more than 1,500 immediately rose to its feet in a standing ovation as she mouthed the words "thank you" and took a small bow. As she looked up and saw the entire room standing and clapping, a look of genuine surprise came over her face, and her mouth fell open. She again mouthed the words "thank you," and waved to the crowd in appreciation.
Originally posted 12/03/2008 02:30PM
Kid Rock is fuming that a judge has denied his request to serve his 80 hours of community service performing for troops over the holidays.
"I really take it as a slap in the face, and really have trouble thinking of a better way to 'serve the community,'" Rock (real name: Robert J. Ritchie) writes on his Web site.
"Apparently he thinks it's more important that I do something else rather than sing, shake hands, take pictures and spend time with the men and women who put themselves in harm's way to protect the very freedom he and all of us live by," he adds.
Originally posted 09/25/2008 02:30PM
Don't expect exes Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson to buddy up to one another any time soon.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Thursday, the rocker told Ellen that he's "not really" friends with his former wife.
"If I saw her somewhere I'd say hi, but I try not to go in the same circles," he said. "I try to avoid that."
Asked why, the musician joked: "I touched stove, stove was hot, I think I not touch stove anymore."
Kid Rock, 38, and Anderson, 41, filed for divorce in November 2006 after four months of marriage.
– Rennie Dyball
Originally posted 08/26/2008 03:10PM
Not one to mince words, Kid Rock nevertheless says don't ask him to sound off on affairs of state.
"I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut on politics," the rap-rock musician, 37, tells CMT Insider.
"Because at the end of the day," he goes on to say, "I'm good at writing songs and singing. What I'm not educated in is the field of political science. And so for me to be sharing my views and influencing people of who I think they should be voting for ... I think would be very irresponsible on my part."
Originally posted 06/14/2008 12:35PM
Kid Rock was rushed to the hospital minutes before he was to head on stage Friday at a music festival in England, according to British press reports.
Organizers of the Download Festival said the rocker, 37, had been hospitalized in Nottingham, which is 99 miles north of London. He was suffering from stomach cramps and dehydration, his spokesman told the music magazine NME.
Rock had been due on the festival's main stage around 3.30 p.m. Friday, but an announcement came over the public-address system a few minutes before saying Rock was unwell.
Originally posted 05/13/2008 12:35PM
Raucous rocker Kid Rock may really be a Boy Scout at heart. When he read about a Florida scout troop that lost nearly $10,000 worth of equipment to thieves, Rock said he'd send a check to help out.
The singer was in Orlando for a concert over the weekend when he read about the problems Oviedo Boy Scout Troop 631 were having: a trailer belonging to the troop and all the gear inside of it were stolen from behind a church, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The scouts had worked for seven years to raise the funds to buy the trailer and the camping gear they had stowed inside it, and were planning a trip to Tennessee this summer.
After reading about the hardship, Kid Rock came to the rescue. He wrote an e-mail to the troop saying: "I will cut them a check for the difference and hopefully will allow the boys to make their trip," according to the newspaper.
Originally posted 03/11/2008 05:30PM
Kid Rock got the chance to turn his now-legendary waffle house fight into a positive experience on Tuesday, as hundreds of fans lined up to see the rocker near the scene of the waffle crime – a Duluth, Ga., waffle house – all for good cause.
The singer's appearance was for a charity event to raise money for the Nicholas House Foundation, a transitional housing shelter that helps homeless families in the Metro Atlanta area. (The restaurant was near the original waffle house where Kid Rock was arrested in October after getting into a fight.)
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