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New Orleans' Big Freedia introduces Beyoncé at Superdome

In royal fashion, New Orleans' own Queen of Bounce brought out Houston's own Queen Bey at the Superdome.

Big Freedia tells NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2d1jeSo ) that she was asked to go onstage shortly before the start of Saturday's night's concert.

In her words, "Well, they're very secretive about everything so I got the call at the last minute."

She wore the black Victorian-style costume that Beyoncé's dancers wore for "Formation." She told the audience, "Slay! Slay! Slay! Are you ready, New Orleans? The one and only!"

After leaving the Superdome early Sunday, Big Freedia told the newspaper that just before she went onstage, Beyoncé kissed her hand. She said, in her words, "I just died on the steps."

Country singer Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple

Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82.

Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died in Nashville.

"The Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jean's passing," Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher said in the statement. "Although we will miss Jean's presence on the Opry stage, she has left us the wonderful gift of her music which will be remembered for generations to come."

Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and helped set the standard for women in country music, choosing to tour as a solo act rather than as part of a group. She presented a strong female point of view on songs like "Twice the Lovin' in Half the Time" and "The Root of All Evil (Is a Man)," influencing such key figures in country music as Loretta Lynn who came along a decade later.

Shepard also was credited with releasing country music's first concept album, "Songs From a Love Affair," in 1956.

Shepard was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and was one of 10 children. She was raised near Bakersfield, California, where she listened to the Grand Ole Opry, the show she later performed on.

Her career began in the 1940s. According to the Grand Ole Opry website, Western swing musician Hank Thompson saw her at age 14, singing and playing bass in the Melody Ranch Girls, an all-girl band, and helped her begin recording.

She paired with fellow Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky in 1953 on "A Dear John Letter," her first No. 1 country hit.

In 1963, her husband at the time, country singer Hawkshaw Hawkins, was killed in a plane crash along with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas.

In 2005, she became the first female singer to reach 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member, according to the Opry's website.

Shepard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 as she continued to perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry.

Shepard is survived by her husband, Benny Birchfield, and sons Don Robin Hawkins, Harold Franklin Hawkins II and Corey Birchfield.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Grand Ole Opry Star Jean Shepard Dies

Jean Shepard has died. The Country Music Hall of Famer and regular at the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years died on Sunday morning at the age of 82.

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Kelsea Ballerini Is Focused on 'Fun' Extras for Fall Headlining Tour

Kelsea Ballerini spoke with The Boot about her upcoming The First Time Tour at the 2016 ACM Honors.

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Funeral arrangements made for the late rapper Shawty Lo

Funeral arrangements have been announced for rapper Shawty Lo who was killed in a fiery car crash on a freeway near southwest Atlanta.

Lo's manager Johnnie Cabbell tells local news media that the rapper's funeral will be held Oct. 1 at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Police say the 40-year-old rapper, whose real name is Carlos Walker, was ejected from a 2016 Audi when the vehicle struck a couple of trees, overturned and burst into flames early Wednesday.

Passengers Destini Carter and Deshondria Miller escaped the wreckage. Both were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In 2008, Shawty Lo was named MySpace Music Rookie of the Year at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. That year, his hit "Dey Know" was among the most-played rap songs on radio stations nationwide.

Watch Florida Georgia Line's Surprise Backstreet Boys Collaboration at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival

The Backstreet Boys made a surprise appearance during Florida Georgia Line's set at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday night (Sept. 24), with the two groups performing BSB's hit "Everybody."

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Country singer Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple

Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82.

Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died in Nashville.

"The Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jean's passing," Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher said in the statement. "Although we will miss Jean's presence on the Opry stage, she has left us the wonderful gift of her music which will be remembered for generations to come."

Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and helped set the standard for women in country music, choosing to tour as a solo act rather than as part of a group. She presented a strong female point of view on songs like "Twice the Lovin' in Half the Time" and "The Root of All Evil (Is a Man)," influencing such key figures in country music as Loretta Lynn who came along a decade later.

Shepard also was credited with releasing country music's first concept album, "Songs From a Love Affair," in 1956.

Shepard was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and was one of 10 children. She was raised near Bakersfield, California, where she listened to the Grand Ole Opry, the show she later performed on.

Her career began in the 1940s. According to the Grand Ole Opry website, Western swing musician Hank Thompson saw her at age 14, singing and playing bass in the Melody Ranch Girls, an all-girl band, and helped her begin recording.

She paired with fellow Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky in 1953 on "A Dear John Letter," her first No. 1 country hit.

In 1963, her husband at the time, country singer Hawkshaw Hawkins, was killed in a plane crash along with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas.

In 2005, she became the first female singer to reach 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member, according to the Opry's website.

Shepard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 as she continued to perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry.

Shepard is survived by her husband, Benny Birchfield, and sons Don Robin Hawkins, Harold Franklin Hawkins II and Corey Birchfield.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Jean Shepard Dead at 82

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard has passed away.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: Florida Georgia Line, 'H.O.L.Y.' [Watch]

Five Song Suffragettes singers take their audience to church during this #LetTheGirlsPlay cover song. Recently they closed one of their Monday night shows with “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line.

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Cam Weds Fiance Adam Weaver

Congratulations to Cam and her new husband, Adam Weaver!

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