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Dolly Parton Donates $1 Million to Vanderbilt Hospital

What did we do to deserve Dolly Parton? The country star continues to provide light amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The beloved singer has revealed that she has donated $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt hospital in an effort to encourage others to do the same to help aid research to find a cure for the coronavirus.

On Wednesday morning, April 1st, the country star took to Twitter to tell her fans of her good deeds. “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Parton shared on Twitter on Wednesday morning (April 1). “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”

Parton has also been continually encouraging her fans to “keep the faith” amid the coronavirus crisis on social media. Earlier this week, she even announced that she’ll be taking part in a new bedtime stories video series Goodnight With Dolly, where the country singer will read bedtime stories to viewers.

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Gayle King is Hosting ‘Our Country’

It has been announced that Gayle King, one of the hosts of CBS This Morning announced that she will host ACM Presents: Our Country.

The special will feature intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from past ACM Awards® moments. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.

Our Country will feature performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown & John Legend, Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. ACM® Presents: Our Country will also honor the late, legendary 10-time ACM Award® winner Kenny Rogers with tribute performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker, which has been previously announced.

The two-hour special will broadcast Sunday, April 5th from 8-10pm ET/PT and 7-9pm CT on CBS and CBS All Access.

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CMA Fest Rescheduled – Dates for Next Year Announced

It has been announced that the CMA Fest, the annual gathering of country artists and their fans that takes over Nashville in June, has been canceled for 2020 over concerns about COVID-19.

The annual festival takes over around a dozen venues in town, including Nissan Stadium, an features more than 200 acts. This year’s headliners had not been announced.

According to the Country Music Association, which puts on the massive event, the festival will not happen and it will return June 10-13, 2021. This year’s country music festival was slated for June 4-7.

The Country Music Association released a full statement on the matter, which you can read below:

After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020.

Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for Country Music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision. As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community.

We will honor four-day passes purchased for this year’s event for CMA Fest 2021. However, if you prefer a full refund, we will provide one upon request if your passes were purchased through Ticketmaster or the CMA Fest Box Office. Those who purchased passes through non-official channels should contact the seller directly. Within the next 24-48 hours, all four-day pass purchasers will receive an email with further instructions.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience, as our actions are always in the best interest of our Country Music community. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to bring Country fans and artists together to celebrate the unique spirit and sense of unity that is at the heart of what CMA Fest stands for. We will also share information about future CMA events and ways to support those within our community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe, and we hope you will join us for CMA Fest next year, June 10-13, 2021.

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Stream Grand Ole Opry with Vince Gill and More

As part of the “Stay in & SLING” initiative, SLING TV will stream Grand Ole Opry’s 4,917th consecutive Saturday night concert with music legends Vince Gill and Amy Grant. The event is part of the SLING TV free experience, with no paid SLING TV account required. The duo will take the stage with their daughters Jenny Gill and Corrina Grant Gill for an intimate live performance hosted by popular TV and radio personality Bobby Bones, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

“The Grand Ole Opry has blessed us with best in country music every week for nearly a century,” said Warren Schlichting, group president, SLING TV. “We are proud to present this legendary stage to the nation as part of our free experience. Customer or not, everyone’s welcome to join.”

“I can’t count the number of times I have walked through our house on the way to the coffee pot, hearing Vince or one of the kids working on a song and wishing the whole world was surrounded by music the way I have been,” said Amy Grant. “Music is healing and soul-filling and connects us to each other. I’m honored and thrilled that our family has been asked to take the Opry stage on Saturday night.”

Before the live concert, country music fans can catch an encore tribute to Kenny Rogers performed by Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Marty Stuart, at 7 p.m. ET.

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Tim McGraw and More Come Together for COVID-19 Relief

Bell Media announced today the all-new one-hour music benefit event, THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT, broadcasted on Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Much, MTV, and CP24, with audio available on the iHeartRadio Canada app and

Airing commercial free, the benefit concert provides entertainment relief and support to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus while celebrating the resilience of Canadians during this pandemic.

The event was hosted by Elton John, and Canadian viewers were invited to support the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 response by online, SMS, and phone donations.

THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT features performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and more. Artists come to viewers live from their own homes, filmed with their cell phones, cameras, and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

In addition to featuring music, the concert pays tribute to frontline health professionals, first responders, and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help fight the spread of the virus.

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