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Martina McBride & Kris Kristofferson to Help GRAMMYs Salute Music Legends

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In collaboration with Great Performances, The Recording Academy® presents “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™,” a special all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for The Academy’s 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The awards ceremony and tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired.

The celebration, recorded at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will air Friday, Oct. 14th from 9–11:30 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Previously held during GRAMMY® Week, this is the first time The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone event and musical tribute.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award™.

The star-studded event features performances by Patti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Andy Garcia And The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J’Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Magnolia Sisters, Martina McBride, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, and JD Souther. Other presenters include David Crosby, Foster, Jimmy Jam, LL Cool J, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Don Was.

A salute to 10-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from GRAMMY and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs and GRAMMY nominees Martina McBride and JD Souther.

The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):

Linda Ronstadt
“Faithless Love” (JD Souther)
“Gritenme Piedras Del Campo” (Lila Downs with Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano)
“Blue Bayou” (Martina McBride with JD Souther)

Fred Foster
“Me And Bobby McGee” (Kris Kristofferson with Shelby Lynne)
“Oh, Pretty Woman” (Shelby Lynne)

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Chase Rice Performs on ‘Today’- Video

Yesterday, Chase Rice stopped by Today to perform his latest single, “Everybody He Know Does.” Check it out!

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Trace Adkins and Venue to Donate $10,000 to Fallen Officer’s Family


Trace Adkins and the Knoxville concert venue, the Back Porch will donate $10,000 to the family of fallen officer, Kenny Moats, who died in the line of duty last week.

Adkins is scheduled to perform Friday night at the venue. Back Porch on the Creek was already donating $1 of each ticket sold to the local Fraternal Order of Police.

Concert promoters also say any law enforcement officer who shows his badge at the gate can get free admission to the concert. General admission tickets have been reduced from $35 to $25 and will be available at Knoxville Harley Davidson beginning Tuesday.

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Chris Lane Announces Romantic New Single “For Her”

Photo Credit: Delaney Royer

Photo Credit: Delaney Royer

Following the chart-topping success of debut single “Fix,” Chris Lane released his next single “For Her” to country radio this week. The romantic, mid-tempo swooner gives fans another taste of Lane’s outstanding falsetto, and showcases the diversity of sound on his debut album, GIRL PROBLEMS, which landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart upon its Aug. 5th release.

Radio programmers are already throwing their support behind “For Her,” which is the 3rd most-added song this week behind Eric Church and Keith Urban – impressive numbers for a new artist. Already 33 stations are on board, including heavy hitters like KMPS/Seattle, WEBG/Chicago, KEEY/Minneapolis, KMNB/Minneapolis, WQYK/Tampa, WSOC/Charlotte, WKIS/Miami, WDSY/ Pittsburgh, and WPGB/Pittsburgh. “This is the one,” exclaims Tom Hanrhan of WDXB/Birmingham. “Loved ‘Fix,’ but this song grabbed me the first time I heard it. It shows Chris’ incredible range.”

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