The nominations for this year’s ACM Awards and Kids’ Choice Awards are out, and American Idol and two winners are in the running — the same two, in fact, that just won at the Grammys. Also in today’s Roundup, Andrew Garcia has released a new song, and Crystal Bowersox is heading to Broadway; read on to find out which country music icon she’ll be playing.
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Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson Score ACM Nominations
Nominations were announced this morning for the Academy of Country Music Awards, airing Sunday, April 7, at 8pm on CBS. And as always, the Idols are representing! Carrie Underwood scored two nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year (going up against Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift) and Album of the Year for Blown Away (competing with Eric Church, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town).
Kelly Clarkson continues her ventures into country music and it’s paying off, as she’s nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for her duet with Vince Gill on “Don’t Rush.” Rascal Flatts/Natasha Bedingfield, Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw, David Nail/Sarah Buxton and Jason Aldean/Luke Bryan/Eric Church are also in this category.
One of the coaches on The Voice, Blake Shelton, is up for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He’ll also be co-hosting the award show with Luke Bryan.
The Kids’ Choice Awards nominations were also unveiled today. American Idol is going head to head with The Voice, America’s Got Talent and Wipeout for Favorite Reality Show. And The X Factor‘s Simon Cowell is nominated for Favorite Villain. Find out who wins on Saturday, March 23, at 8pm on Nickelodeon.
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Listen to Andrew Garcia’s New Single “Dumb”
We all remember Andrew Garcia as the season 9 contestant who reinvented Paula Abdul‘s “Straight Up.” And now he’s releasing an original song on iTunes called “Dumb” — listen to the song below in his lyric video. It’ll be included on his album, Turbulence, which doesn’t yet have a release date.
What do you think of “Dumb”? As the song progressed, I found myself really enjoying it. The soulful tone to Andrew’s voice that we loved on Idol is on full display here.
Crystal Bowersox Playing Patsy Cline on Broadway
Idols have found quite a bit of success on Broadway, so I’m surprised that no one’s won a Tony yet. But maybe this new addition will be the one. Crystal Bowersox has revealed that she’s been cast in Always … Patsy Cline as — you guessed it — Patsy Cline.
“It’s like a lifetime achievement thing,” Crystal tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m really happy about it. I grew up listening to her music, as most of us have, and I feel a special connection to her. Sadly, she died so young that she didn’t get to experience or really enjoy [her success]. It’s a tragic story and a great play and I’m really honored to be the one they chose to play Patsy.”
If you aren’t familiar with her, Patsy Cline was a country singer who found success with songs like “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces.” Unfortunately, she died in 1963 in a place crash at the young age of 30.
No other details are known at this point about the Broadway production. But this isn’t Crystal’s first acting gig; she guest starred in an episode of Body of Proof in 2011.
Crystal is also set to release her sophomore album next month; the first single off the record, “Dead Weight,” is available to listen to online for free.
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