ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS LAS VEGAS, APRIL 7
Taylor Swift shared the front-row spotlight (and a few laughs!) with her father, Scott Swift.
BEHIND THE SCENES!
GEORGE GOT GOOFY
Strait clowned with cutouts of hosts Blake and Luke.
LADY A, HEY!
Charles Kelley made a point of bandmate Dave Haywood.
Clarkson showed off her warrior moves.
Jason Aldean had reason to grin: He snagged ACM Male Vocalist honors.
CHILLING BY THE POOL
Charles Kelley and Luke Bryan weren’t prepared for the unseasonably cool Vegas weather the day after the show. “Not quite the epic celebration we were hoping for!” Kelley tweeted.
Garth Brooks shared his signature head-wear with Dierks Bentley backstage.
Aldean embraced the night’s “outlaw spirit,” performing “My Kinda Party.”
HOT FOR THE HALL!
For Keith Urban, recruiting artists for his annual Hall of Fame lovefest isn’t the problem: “It’s like a wedding guest list—you’re never sure where to end,” says Urban, who founded the event with Vince Gill four years ago. “You don’t want anyone to feel left out, but we can’t have 1,000 people onstage!” This year’s Rebels and Renegades theme included Eric Church, Trace Adkins, Jessi Colter and Billy Joe Shaver, but stars who didn’t make the list needn’t fret: “My intention is for this to go on and on. There’s plenty of years to be invited.”
Performers ended the night with Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition” – “the perfect song to sum up the whole thing,” Urban says. From left: Williams, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Troy Gentry, Eddie Montgomery, Kid Rock and Brantley Gilbert.
WE’RE ALL FOR THE HALL BENEFIT CONCERT NASHVILLE, APRIL 16
“I’m onstage as a fan,” says Urban, who with Gill provided backup for the performers. “Vince and I have the best seats in the house!”
Tim McGraw and Kristofferson were all smiles backstage where “it’s a big party,” Urban says. The sold-out event pulled in nearly $650,000 for the Hall.
NO STRANGERS HERE!
Brantley Gilbert and fiancée Jana Kramer met a certain red-headed outlaw backstage. “There’s a great vibe,” Urban says. “Young artists are meeting their heroes, and legends get energized being with those kids.”
Gill and Urban cohosted the benefit, which has raised $2 million for Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum since 2009.
JOE’S LITTLE LADY
Joe Nichols and his wife, Heather, celebrated daughter Dylan’s first birthday with a party April 14. Dad even tried out the face-painting station: He’s got a blue butterfly on his cheek!
PALS DOWN UNDER
Chris Young and Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles attended the CMC Awards in Hunter Valley, Australia, March 15.
UNCORKED FOR THE CAUSE
Luke Bryan and Eric Church shared some wine and conversation at the Nashville Best Cellars Dinner, a bash benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research, on April 29.
The Annies’ Ashley Monroe, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley paused for refreshments on the Nashville set of their “Hush, Hush” video April 22.
WAITING FOR WISHES BENEFIT NASHVILLE, APRIL 2
JAY’S A KNOCKOUT
Event cohost Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus takes a playful punch from a young guest.
THEY LIVE TO SERVE
With Kix Brooks, Nashville’s Charles Esten and Darius Rucker among the celebrity waiters serving dinner, the event, at Nashville’s the Palm restaurant, raised more than $100,000 for the Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee.