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Aldean Returns to the Scene of the Crime

The country singer last performed there on a grim night in 2017

(Newser) - It's been two years—and Jason Aldean clearly hasn't forgotten. The country singer played in Las Vegas on Friday night for the first time since the worst mass shooting in US history interrupted his show, People reports. "Tonight's a really special night for us," he... More »

Country Singer Was Going 102mph Before Deadly Crash

Crash killed Kylie Rae Harris, teen in oncoming vehicle

(Newser) - The cause of the crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris and a 16-year-old girl in New Mexico in September was Kylie Rae Harris, police have confirmed. The Taos County Sheriff's Office says the 30-year-old Texan was drunk and speeding when she hit another vehicle from behind on... More »

CMAs Were a Big Night for Women Until Surprise Win

Top award went to Brooks, not Underwood

(Newser) - The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music—whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years—until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks. Wednesday night’s show kicked off with a... More »

Bestselling Country Duo Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Ray Stevens, Jerry Bradley also honored

(Newser) - Bestselling country duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comedian and singer Ray Stevens, and record executive Jerry Bradley joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday evening in a star-filled ceremony full of tributes to their lasting country music legacies. Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs,... More »

Cops: Country Singer Killed in 3-Car Crash Caused It

Excessive speed, alcohol suspected in crash that took the life of Kylie Rae Harris and teen girl

(Newser) - The three-car crash Wednesday in New Mexico that took the life of country singer Kylie Rae Harris and a teen girl was caused by Harris herself. That's per the Taos County Sheriff's Office, which says that excessive speed appeared to be a contributing factor, and that alcohol may... More »

Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris Killed in Car Crash

She died hours after emotional Instagram post

(Newser) - Country singer Kylie Rae Harris posted an emotional Instagram story Wednesday about her childhood memories of New Mexico. Hours later, she died there. Police say the 30-year-old Texan was killed in a three-car crash on State Road 522 along with another driver, a 16-year-old girl, the AP reports. Harris was... More »

In Emotional Video, Star Has Request After Son's Death

'Live like Riv,' country singer and his wife tell fans

(Newser) - "What if you were given a gift of 1,000 days on this Earth?" That's how country star Granger Smith is now framing the tragic death of his 3-year-old son, River, who died after a drowning accident at the family's Texas home earlier this month. In an... More »

How 'Old Town Road' Sparked a Boy's 'Miracle'

Minnesota mom Sheletta Brundidge couldn't believe it

(Newser) - "I was crying so hard that tears were dropping on his head. I was like, 'This is the beginning. This is the light!'" So says a Minnesota mom after the hit song "Old Town Road" appeared to transform the life of her autistic son Daniel,... More »

Country Singer's Son Drowned at Home

Rep confirms River Smith's cause of death

(Newser) - River Kelly Smith, the 3-year-old son of country singer Granger Smith, died in a tragic drowning accident at home, according to rep Jay Jones of BBR Music Group. Smith, 39, shared the awful news Thursday that River couldn't be revived after a "tragic accident." "Amber and... More »

Young Son of Country Singer Dies in 'a Tragic Accident'

Other stars post condolences

(Newser) - Country singer Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, have announced the death of their 3-year-old son, River, CNN reports. "Our family is devastated and heartbroken," Smith posted Thursday on Instagram , saying that their son could not be revived by doctors after "a tragic accident." His wife... More »

Carrie Underwood Scores 20th Win at CMT Awards

'Cry Pretty' was video of the year

(Newser) - Carrie Underwood extended her run as the most decorated act in the history of the CMT Music Awards with her 20th win Wednesday night. Underwood won two prizes at the fan-voted show, including video of the year for " Cry Pretty " and female video of the year for "... More »

Hip-Hop Artist's Song Got Rejected. Enter Billy Ray Cyrus

Lil Nas X releases a remix of "Old Town Road"

(Newser) - Lil Nas X seems to be asking, Am I country enough now? The Atlanta hip-hop artist just released a remix of his rappy cowboy song "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus as guest vocalist—after Billboard kicked the original Cyrus-less version off its country chart , the New York ... More »

Country Singer Killed While Filming Music Video

Justin Carter dies after gun being used as prop goes off

(Newser) - Country singer Justin Carter was killed in an accidental shooting just as his career was starting to take off. The 35-year-old died after a gun being used as a prop in a music video went off, according to Mark Atherton at Triple Threat Management. The gun "went off and... More »

Country Great Roy Clark Is Dead

He hosted 'Hee Haw' for years, was renowned musician in his own right

(Newser) - Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show Hee Haw for nearly a quarter-century, has died at age 85, per the AP . Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. Clark was Hee Haw... More »

He Took CMA's Top Prize: 'I'm Shocked Beyond Shocked'

Keith Urban last won the honor in 2005

(Newser) - Chris Stapleton won the most awards at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards and had the show's best performance, almost capping a perfect night. That was until Keith Urban surprisingly won the top prize—entertainer of the year—moments before the three-hour show wrapped Wednesday night, the AP reports.... More »

Taylor Swift Gets Political

'I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift broke her long silence on her political beliefs Sunday—and it wasn't to agree with Kanye West about President Trump . In an Instagram post , the star spoke out in support of two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, CNN reports. "In the past I’ve been reluctant to... More »

Country Star Gretchen Wilson Arrested at Connecticut Airport

Grammy winner allegedly became 'belligerent' toward troopers

(Newser) - Grammy-winning country music star Gretchen Wilson has been arrested at a Connecticut airport after police say she became "belligerent" toward troopers. The 45-year-old "Redneck Woman" singer from Lebanon, Tennessee, was charged with breach of peace Tuesday evening at Bradley International Airport, near Hartford, reports the AP . State police... More »

Country Singer at Vegas Show Faults NRA

Eric Church: Nevada massacre 'wrecked' him, NRA lobbying ensures continued gun violence

(Newser) - For Eric Church, the year he left his 30s was rough. "Forty sucked," he said of his birthday last spring, which was followed by a life-threatening blood clot in his chest, emergency surgery to get rid of it, and then, a few months later, the massacre in Las... More »

Band Calls Police Lip Sync of Its Song 'Amazing'

Lady Antebellum sounds pleased with the job

(Newser) - An Ohio police department's entry in a lip sync challenge sweeping the nation has gotten rave reviews—including from the country music group whose song is featured, the AP reports. Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw says he's "overwhelmed" by the response to a video his department created... More »

Wynonna Judd Daughter Serving 8-Year Sentence

She violated probation by leaving rehab

(Newser) - Wyonna Judd's troubled 22-year-old daughter has landed in prison again, and she might be almost 30 by the time she gets out. Radar Online reports that Grace Pauline Kelley is serving an eight-year sentence at West Tennessee State Penitentiary for breaking probation on drug charges. Kelley—the daughter of... More »

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