Moore, Oklahoma, the hometown of Toby Keith, was ravaged by the series of tornadoes that hit the Midwest on Monday. At least 24 people were killed in the carnage, prompting Keith to offer his condolences via his website. "This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in," he said. "I rode my bike through those neighborhoods."
Carrie Underwood goofed on tour opener Hunter Hayes during a Saturday night performance in Alberta, Canada. During his performance of "Light Me Up," Underwood conspired with tour engineers to project an image of a screaming goat on the stage's backdrop. The clip appeared on and off during his performance, but Hayes didn't seem shaken by it.
Darius Rucker fired back at a racist comment directed at him via Twitter earlier this week. The country singer had sent a message about the inspiration to record his current single "Wagon Wheel" when one narrow-minded user decided to weigh in. A user post under the handle @pqkullman told Rucker that he should "leave country to the white folk."
Trace Adkins took home the top prize on Celebrity Apprentice, awarded $250,000 for his charity of choice, the Red Cross, by the show's creator and host, Donald Trump. Adkins beat out magician Penn Jillette, who came in second place. The season finale featured an ice cream face-off between Adkins and Jillette.
Taylor Swift had a remarkable night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, beating all comers with eight wins, including top Billboard 200 album for Red. "I just want to thank you guys for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions," she told her fans during her acceptance speech for Top Artist. "You are the longest and best relationship I have ever had."
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has confirmed plans for a new solo album produced by Rick Rubin. Nettles broke the news during an interview with Rolling Stone, saying that this album will express musical elements that haven't come across in Sugarland. "This album is different than what I've done before," she said.
Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of a video that captured his DWI arrest. The arrest came in North Texas in 2012, and now various media outlets have reportedly petitioned the Texas Department of Public Safety to release the footage captured from a State Police squad car. Earlier this month, a judge requested that the Department of Public Safety withhold the video.
The Carrie Underwood tour exhibit has opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame museum. The exhibit, entitled "Carrie Underwood: Blown Away" features items from Underwood's tour, including backstage objects, signs from her fans, and gifts received by Underwood. Other main draws of the exhibit include original tour costumes and stage wardrobe and accessories.
Tim McGraw leaped offstage to rescue a fan at his Atlanta show on Sunday night. The country crooner noticed that the concert goer in the first few rows of the venue was struggling to stand up. When he saw that the woman, Paula Whitten, collapsed, he jumped off the stage with a bottle of water and stayed with her until paramedics arrived to help.
Miley Cyrus has tweeted about her new single, "We Can't Stop," seven times since announcing that she will be debuting it live at the Billboard Music Awards. "Cats outta the bag! ???? LETS TREND MY 1st SINGLE #wecantstop," she began, later adding, "We can't stop TRENDING #wecantstop." Catch the new single as its debuted on the Billboard Music Awards at 8p.m. EST tonight on ABC.
Darius Rucker and Willie Nelson are now Dr. Rucker and Dr. Nelson, after the pair received honorary doctorates from the University of South Carolina and Berklee College of Music in Boston, respectively. "I want you to take time, take some real time," Rucker said, according to the Greenville News in South Carolina.
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is returning to the public eye, presenting an award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Nettles took a break from her band after giving birth to son Magnus on December 6. She joins fellow country stars Shania Twain, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock and Hayden Panettiere at the presenter's podium.
Miranda Lambert has been nominated for an O Music Award. Lambert's "Fastest Girl in Town" is up for Best Interactive Music Video, squaring off against Linkin Park's "Lost in the Echo," Beck & Chris Milk's "Sound and Vision," Tanlines's "Not the Same" and Yung Jake's "e.m.-bed.de/d."
John Rich has recruited Wynonna, Larry the Cable Guy and Big Kenny for the St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends, an event that will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Rich will serve as the host of the show. TV personality Lisa Rinna will also appear.
The kist of superstars slated to present at this year's Billboard Music Awards includes a host of musicians, actors and entertainers. Cee-Lo Green, Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus, and Kid Rock are among the confirmed presenters to be announced. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air at 8 p.m. EST Sunday on ABC, live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.