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Alan Jackson Receives CMT Artist of A Lifetime

According to tasteofcountry.com, Alan Jackson is receiving a major honor at the upcoming CMT Artists of the Year ceremony, The singer-songwriter has been selected as CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime. The award is acknowledging Jackson’s accomplishments that include 18 studio albums, 35 number 1 singles, two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards amongst others. Jackson was quoted in saying that, “I believe I’ve made more videos than just about anybody, and I know how important they have been in bringing my songs to life for the fans, so thank you, CMT, for all the years and for this sweet honor, I’m very proud.”

Jackson joins a group of artists who have also been crowned Artist of a Lifetime including Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard. CMT producers were quoted in saying that, “We’re honored to recognize the incomparable Alan Jackson as this year’s CMT Artist of a Lifetime, For more than thirty years, his traditional sound, iconic voice and beloved catalog of music has captivated audiences across the globe, and his talent as a recording artist and songwriter are simply unmatched. From his early beginnings in Newnan, Georgia, to selling out the world’s largest stages, Alan has led fans on a musical journey that proved to be a reflection of their own lives. As his songs continue to inspire new generations of fans, we are privileged to celebrate his lifetime of accomplishments.”

The 2022 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony is set to take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and will air on Friday, October 14th on CMT. Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, and Walker Hayes have previously been announced as honorees at this year’s event.

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Kelly Clarkson Sings ‘Bye Bye’ with Jo Dee Messina’s Classic Country Hit on ‘Kellyoke’

According to billboard.com, Kelly Clarkson performed Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye Bye” for Kellyoke on Wednesday, September 28th’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. Clarkson stayed true to the sound of the 1998 hit song, going full country. The track was released as the lead single from her album, I’m Alright, earning Messina her first Number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with the track also peaking at Number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Clarkson has now covered a wide variety of music from Faith Hill, to Destiny Child, to Anita Ward. Clarkson also recently collaborated with Kelsea Ballerini and Carly Pearce on the track, “You’re Drunk, Go Home.”

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Kelsea Ballerini Changes Song Lyrics After Divorce

According to tasteofcountry.com, Kelsea Ballerini started her Heartfirst Tour at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall Saturday night, September 24th, where she made a few lyric changes due to changes in her personal life. When Ballerini performed, “What I Have,” she changed, “I got a warm body in bed,” to “I got my own body in bed” in reference to her recent divorce from her husband Morgan Evans.

She originally told fans of the news back in August stating that, “This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth and effort that ultimately has come to an end.” Ballerini made other changes throughout the night with a line from her new song “Get Over Yourself” changing from “I’m the crazy ex that wrecked your life” to “I’m the crazy b—ch that wrecked your life.” She also changed a lyric in “Miss Me More,” however, that change wasn’t clear. Ballerini’s Heartfirst Tour is set to run through October 14th.

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Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Ronnie Dunn and Others All Sign on for the Fifth-Annual Heal the Music Day

According to tasteofcountry.com, the fifth annual Heal the Music Day is set to take place on October 21st, with many country music artists taking part in raising awareness and donations this year. Keith Urban, Ronnie Dunn, Lauren Daigle, Vince Gill, Tina Parol, Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane, as well as Rodney Crowell, who curated the event back in 2017 will all be making appearances. Heal the Music Day’s goal is to raise money for the Music Health Alliance an organization that supports over 18,000 working music professionals across the United States by offering free health and financial services. The nonprofit organizations is supported via donations and grants. For every $1 donated the Music Health Alliance says that $30 in healthcare support will be provided in healthcare support for those in the music industry.

“In the world of the working musician, good health is something most of us take for granted – that is, until something goes wrong,” Crowell goes on to say that, “The healthcare advocates at MHA ensure that no music professional must face a healthcare crisis alone. It is crucial to support MHA’s work to heal the music and the best part is that music makers don’t have to do anything that they are not already doing, Pledges can be as simple as a percent of a concert, event, creative work, or single donation made for Heal the Music Day October 21.” On top of the artists’ pledges, donations can be made by anybody at all beginning Oct. 1 at HealTheMusic.com. Thanks to an anonymous donor, all donations will be matched up to $25,000 through Oct. 21.

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Wynonna Judd Recently Opened Up About Her Mother’s Passing

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Wynonna Judd recently shared her emotional journey after the passing of her mother Naomi Judd in April, in an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning. Judd stated that, “I did not know that she was at the place she was at when she ended it because she had had episodes before and she got better, And that’s what I live in is like, was there anything I should have looked for or should I have known?”

Naomi Judd died on April 30th at the age of 76 years old by suicide, just a day before The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna attended the vent alongside her sister, Ashley, saying they have grown closer since her mother passed away. She went on to explain how, “We both kind of look at each other, like, ‘I’ve got you,’ right? And we look at each other and we say, ‘Yeah,’ We’re so united right now, I think more so than we have been in a long time.” She went on to talk about how, “Sometimes I laugh and sometimes I say, ‘I really miss you. Why aren’t you here so we can argue?’” the singer shared. “She told me one time, she took my hand and she said, ‘My life is better because of you.’ Those are the memories that are starting to come through more and more. I think when you lose your mother, a lot of that crap goes away because it doesn’t matter anymore.”

Wynonna is still touring and making music, saying that she is unsure if it is a form of therapy for her in a way to perform for others. Saying that, “I think it’s important to do it if that makes sense. I feel like I have my marching orders, I want to come out on stage and sing from my toenails a song that helps someone out in that audience It’s about me singing to help someone feel better. That’s always in my spirit.”

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