Kelsea Ballerini got some of country’s hottest female stars together on Monday for an epic girls’ night celebration. Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope and Lindsay Ell were among the women who attended the party, which Kelsea threw to just celebrate each other and talk about the challenges and successes they’ve had. The girls also flooded social media with pictures from the celebration, including shots of them posing with paper crowns on.
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BREAKING: Cassadee Pope Gets Engaged
Cassadee Pope is officially off the market! Pope took to her socials on Friday (2/10) to announce that she’s engaged to her boyfriend of seven years, Rian Dawson. Cassadee shared a picture of the happy couple sharing a kiss along with the caption, “We’re ENGAGED!” Rian soon shared the same image on his Instagram account along with a caption that read, “The love of my life is now OFFICIALLY the love of my life. Never been happier. :)”
2017 Country Grammy Nominees Announced
All- Genre Best New Artist:
Chance The Rapper
Best Country Solo Performance
Love Can Go To Hell
Blue Ain’t Your Color
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Different For Girls
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
Setting The World On Fire
Kenny Chesney & P!nk
Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
Think Of You
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope
Best Country Song
Blue Ain’t Your Color
Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
Die A Happy Man
Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
Humble And Kind
Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album
Big Day In A Small Town
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS on February 12, 2017.
June 2nd: On This Day
On this day in 2014, the Fifth Annual Darius Rucker and Friends Benefit raised $120,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Darius was joined by Kenny Rogers, Eli Young Band and David Nail. Other performers include Cassadee Pope, Clint Black, Corey Smith and Thompson Square.
The Seventh Annual Darius Rucker and Friends Benefit will be held on June 6th of this year.
Chris Young Extends His “I’m Comin’ Over Tour”
Chris Young has extended his headlining “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” into the fall with 25 shows kicking off in September. Dan + Shay will join Young for his September and October dates, with Dustin Lynch coming on board in November and December. Cassadee Pope is also set to return for all of his fall dates.
Country Musicians React To Merle Haggard’s Passing
Several country musicians released statements and took to social media to react to Merle Haggard’s death on Wednesday (4/6).
Willie Nelson: “He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him.”
Luke Bryan: “A true hero was lost today. Thank you for your contribution to not only country music but all music. @MERLEHAGGARD”
Carrie Underwood: “Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer…A true entertainer… A legend. There will never be another like him.”
Brad Paisley: “There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank god for his life & songs.”
Dolly Parton: “We’ve lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle.”
Cassadee Pope says there’s a good reason why people love listening to heartbreak songs: it’s relatable.
March 11th: On This Day
On this day in 2014, Darius Rucker, Cassadee Pope, Frankie Ballard, Randy Houser, and Scotty McCreery helped raise $90,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Center in the St. Jude Jam at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.
Chris Young And Cassadee Pope Help Celebrate Southwest Airlines 30 Years Of Service
Chris Young and Cassadee Pope helped Southwest Airlines celebrate 30 years of service in Nashville on Monday (2/22) by giving a surprise performance on the airlines newly-christened “Tennessee One” state plane. The two teamed up to entertain guests onboard during its flight from Nashville to Memphis with an acoustic in-flight performance of their duet single, “Think Of You.”
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