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Originally posted 02/13/2011 08:40PM
Christina Aguilera showed some respect for Aretha Franklin at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
One week after the pop star's big Super Bowl fumble – she flubbed the words during her National Anthem performance – Aguilera opened an all-female tribute to the Queen of Soul at L.A.'s Staples Center alongside Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride.
Standing in a row, the ladies swapped harmonies, alternating lead vocals during the 10-minute run-through of many of Franklin's hits.
After leading off with "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" as a collective, Aguilera belted out "Ain't No Way," accenting the tune with plenty of melisma and her trademark vocal trilling. She stood confidently as she sang and ended the performance on a (sustained) high note – literally.
Originally posted 05/05/2010 12:55PM
The devastating floods in Nashville have inundated the Grand Ole Opry House, the most famous country-music venue in the world, and damaged cherished equipment of country artists across Music City.
Songwriter Aimee Mayo posted a photo to Twitter on Wednesday, sent to her by country star Kellie Pickler, showing the flooded main hall of the Opry, which sits five miles northeast of the entertainment district. Many instruments, costumes, audio tapes and other historic paraphernalia are feared lost or damaged at the site. However, Opry performances have been moved to other Nashville venues.
Other facilities are also swamped, including Soundcheck, a rehearsal space on the Cumberland River where Keith Urban and many other artists keep their gear. "I've probably lost all of my road equipment, and all my guitars, and amp and everything," Urban tells CNN.
Originally posted 06/20/2009 09:40AM
LeAnn Rimes has taken the "high road" when it comes to recent allegations of stalking by the wife of her Lifetime movie costar Eddie Cibrian. But that doesn't mean the accusations don't hurt.
"I've been in the public eye since I was 14, so I have a tough skin. It's fine dragging me through the mud, but don't drag my loved ones through it," the singer says in the July issue of Shape magazine. "They're my family, and it hurts them. All I'll say is, I know what's in my heart and what's true.
She adds: "I feel like people are looking and pointing at me like I'm in a fishbowl. I've learned to let it roll off my back, but it's super hard, and it really hurts."
Originally posted 02/24/2009 10:15AM
During Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Stevie Wonder honored him in song at rallies and fundraisers. Now the President is returning the favor to the artist he's called his musical hero.
On Wednesday, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will present Wonder, 58, with the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The salute, to be held in the White House's East Room and broadcast Thursday night on PBS, will feature artists including Martina McBride (who will sing Wonder's hit "You and I"), Will.I.Am, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and India.Arie.
Obama last year told Rolling Stone that he really got into music during Wonder's heyday in the early '70s, when Wonder released albums like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. "So that was a guy I loved," Obama said.
Originally posted 09/18/2008 11:25AM
Martina McBride helped unveil plans for a $95 million senior living community south of Nashville, designed to provide a welcoming home for aging members of the music industry.
"Residents can still contribute music, make music, record music and perform music here and that's very unique," McBride told PEOPLE on Wednesday at the launch of The Crescendo, a community of 180 independent living condos and a nursing facility that will feature a recording studio and a performance hall.
"The music industry is such a special industry," she adds, "and I think it's really important for people who transition into assisted living or independent living to be able to have people around them that have a point of reference."
Originally posted 06/21/2005 08:00AM
Country singer Martina McBride and her husband, John, have welcomed their third child – Ava Rose Kathleen McBride, born at 2:25 p.m. Monday, according to McBride's publicist, Kathy Best.
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