Kevin Mazur/WireImage Taylor Swift hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Ball, Monday night in New York City wearing a custom ball gown by Oscar de la Renta. The dress is made of blush satin faced organza with matte gold sequins, pearl beads, silver-lined seed beads, rose gold metallic threadwork leaves and organza petal embroidery.
Taylor says, “Oscar de la Renta is the designer I’ve idolized since I was a little girl. Having an opportunity to wear a one-of-a-kind gown designed by him is a dream realized.”
The gown almost didn’t make it to the ball, though. Taylor tweeted Monday afternoon, “That moment when your cat casually walks up,then abruptly ATTACKS your custom satin Oscar de la Renta gown during your fitting for Met Ball.”
Taylor accented the gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Christian Louboutin shoes and an Edie Parker clutch.
Capitol NashvilleKeithUrban has lined up a huge group of stars to perform at his 5th Annual We’re All for the Hall benefit concert Tuesday night in Nashville. This year’s theme is “song tellers,” and Carrie Underwood, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, David Nail and Kacey Musgraves will be there to tell the stories behind the songs they’ve written and performed.
Reba is also on the bill, and Keith is excited to hear her share stories about finding the songs she’s interpreted over the years.
Keith tells ABC News Radio, “Reba’s not a songwriter, but she’s recorded so many songs we love, and I’d love to hear some of these little anecdotes about why she recorded the songs and things like that.”
Ronnie Milsap is another one of Keith’s heroes performing at All for the Hall.
Speaking of Ronnie’s influence on him, Keith says, “I grew up with a lot of Glen Campbell and Charley Pride. When I think of a lot of these guys, Ronnie Milsap. I mean, none of these guys wrote. So, I was already at an early age, unbeknownst to me being influenced by people who were song interpreters.“
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill and Deana Carter also will perform at We’re All for the Hall. Proceeds go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Sony Music NashvilleChris Young had to stop his show to break up a fight Friday night in Glen Falls, New York. Two guys starting hitting each other right in front of the stage at the all-ages show.
Chris tells ABC News Radio, “I’m like, ‘Man, just calm down. Chill out. There’s no need for that. Don’t bring people you don’t like to the concert!’”
Instead of insisting the guys be thrown out, Chris told them they could stay if they just stopped fighting.
“I was like, ‘Drink beer. Have a good time,’” Chris says. “‘That’s what we’re here for. It’s a concert. You’re just supposed to enjoy yourself. It’s supposed to be 90 minutes of not worrying about anything bad.’”
Aside from that one incident, Chris had a great time breaking in his new concert set over the weekend. The new stage show features huge videos walls and state-of-the-art lighting.
Chris says, “It’s great seeing people respond the way that we had hoped they would. There’s so many people who’ve been on Facebook and Twitter talking about how great it was.”
Chris joins Dierks Bentley‘s Riser tour starting Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Southern GroundZac Brown Band is releasing an expanded edition of their EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, with a bonus DVD featuring a 50-minute documentary on the making of the project. The band recorded the project with rocker Dave Grohl over the course of a week at their Southern Ground studio in Nashville.
The new version of The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 comes out May 19 at Walmart, Best Buy, ZacBrownBand.com and at the merch table at the group’s concerts. Their latest single, “All Alright,” is featured on The Grohl Sessions.
StarstruckReba has written a new song, titled “Pray for Peace,” and she wants her fans to help her out with the song’s video. The country superstar released a YouTube video asking fans to film themselves praying for peace in a place that shows where they are in the world. You can expect to see a video compilation of people praying for peace soon.
Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery was the victim of a home-invasion style robbery early Monday morning in Raleigh, North Carolina. According to WTVD-TV, three men entered the apartment near the North Carolina State college campus at 2 a.m. and took cash, wallets and electronic items before fleeing the scene.
No one was hurt in the robbery, but the men made Scotty and his friends lay on the floor and count to 100 before they could get up. One of Scotty’s friends then called 911 and told the operator, “They took everything we have.”
Scotty released a statement Monday saying, “Yes, it was definitely a very scary night. Luckily, my friends and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case. I will share more when the time is right, but as of now we do not want to do or say anything that could hinder the investigation. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support. A huge thank you to the Raleigh PD for their quick response and hard work in solving this case.”
Scotty is a sophomore at North Carolina State University.
CMT.comMiranda Lambert is the leading nominee for the 2014 CMT Music Awards: she’s received a total of six. Florida Georgia Line is next, with five nods; Keith Urban and Taylor Swift both have four each.
Voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at CMT.com and will run through June 1 at midnight. The show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET on CMT. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday May 10 at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.
Here are the final nominees for the 2014 CMT Music Awards:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends – “Boys ‘Round Here” Carrie Underwood – “See You Again” Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan – “This Is How We Roll” Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow” Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us” Luke Bryan – “That’s My Kind of Night” Miranda Lambert – “Automatic” Taylor Swift – “Red” Thomas Rhett – “It Goes Like This” Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes” Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown” Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” Jason Aldean – “Night Train” Luke Bryan – “Crash My Party” Randy Houser – “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR Carrie Underwood – “See You Again” Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears” Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow” Miranda Lambert – “Automatic” Sheryl Crow – “Easy” Taylor Swift – “Red”
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR Eli Young Band – “Drunk Last Night” Lady Antebellum – “Compass” Little Big Town – “Your Side of the Bed” Rascal Flatts – “Rewind” The Band Perry – “Done” Zac Brown Band – “Sweet Annie”
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR Dan + Shay – “19 You + Me” Florida Georgia Line – “Round Here” Florida Georgia Line – “Stay” Thompson Square – “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR Brett Eldredge – “Beat of the Music” Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears” Cole Swindell – “Chillin’ It” David Nail – “Whatever She’s Got” Thomas Rhett – “It Goes Like This” Tyler Farr – “Redneck Crazy”
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends – “Boys ‘Round Here” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan – “This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise (Remix)” Hunter Hayes featuring Jason Mraz – “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me” Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us” Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic – “Counting Stars” from CMT CROSSROADS: ONEREPUBLIC AND DIERKS BENTLEY Jake Owen – “Days of Gold” from CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks – “Rhiannon” from CMT CROSSROADS: STEVIE NICKS AND LADY ANTEBELLUM Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie – “Oh No/All Night Long” from 2013 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” from CMT CROSSROADS: FALL OUT BOY AND THE BAND PERRY Willie Nelson and Neil Young – “Long May You Run” from CMT CROSSROADS: WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS FROM THIRD MAN RECORDS
Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley is quick to give a shout out to Jake Owen for his support of the duo in their early days.
Brian tells the Huffington Post, “Jake Owen has been extremely instrumental in getting us to where we are today. He took us on tour, got us more Twitter followers … he’s been everything for us and just a great friend, great person.”
FGL also counts Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean among their other country star friends.
“That’s what country music is all about — having that support, that brotherhood, that family kind of thing going on,” Brian explains. “We heard about that and when we got into the mix, it’s been nothing but that. It’s cool to get in touch with people through emails and just have that encouragement.”
Florida Georgia Line is on the road with Jason Aldean all year long.