For only the second time in his career, Keith Urban walked away from the Country Music Association Awards cradling the most notable award – entertainer of the year.
The gracious musician, who earlier in the show blasted through his sexy funk jam, “Never Comin’ Down,” reacted with genuine shock, likely assuming that the night’s other major winner, Chris Stapleton, would prevail.
Urban hugged wife Nicole Kidman tightly and wiped tears from his eyes before bounding onstage.
“I wish my dad was alive to see this, but I think he’s watching over me tonight,” he said. “God bless country music.”
Urban reiterated backstage after the show that he harbored no expectations of winning.
“Someone said, ‘Did you do any campaigning?’ and I said, ‘We just played every night.’”
The 52nd annual awards otherwise unspooled with comforting consistency.
Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s easy chemistry was evidenced in jokes that ranged from cute to corny, Stapleton continued his reign as the shaggy savior of soulful country and Kacey Musgraves represented for the women with an album of the year win for her excellent “Golden Hour.”
But for the second year in a row, the awards show opened with a dedication to country music fans killed while enjoying their pastime.
In 2017, it was the victims of the Route 91 Harvest music festival massacre in Las Vegas.
On Wednesday, a solemn Garth Brooks stood alone on stage to offer comforting words and a moment of silence for the 12 people gunned down at the Borderline bar and music venue in California last week.
The tragedy hung in the air during the three-hour show, which aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Soft-spoken male vocalist of the year winner Stapleton noted while picking up a second award for “Broken Halos” (song of the year, single of the year), that it was written “about people who have gone on long before their time. I want to be thinking about the people in California right now.”
Midway through the telecast, Paisley and Underwood also acknowledged the firefighters battling the California blazes.
But the show adeptly balanced tragic and triumph with numerous inspiring performances.
Underwood’s potent rendition of her ballad of hopefulness, “Love Wins,” felt particularly poignant as she delivered it with a choir surrounding her onstage. She later scored her fifth female vocalist of the year win.
Backstage, the pregnant Underwood – she revealed during the show that it’s another boy – welled up while talking about her life.
“I’m honored to hold so many incredible titles – mom is definitely one of them,” she said tearfully. “Hopefully I can be an inspiration to my children and to other moms out there. We got this.”
Luke Bryan tagged a cadre of newish-comers for his Georgia-pines saluting “What Makes You Country” (Cole Swindell, a Bronwood native, and Lindsey Ell, a protégé of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, were among those sharing the stage).
Brooks took the guy-and-a-guitar approach to debut a tender ballad, “Stronger Than Me,” as a surprise to wife Trisha Yearwood, who was seated a few feet in front of him.
“I didn’t cry, so I was happy about that,” a black-hatted Brooks said backstage, and then added with a smile. “She lost the bet, man.”
The triple play from Stapleton, Maren Morris and Mavis Staples unfurled as fiercely as expected, with the trio trading lyrics on Stapleton’s “Friendship” and the twosome wisely stepping back to allow Staples to improvise and roar during the Staple Singers classic, “I’ll Take You There.”
Musgraves, who noted during her acceptance speech that the date marked the 10-year anniversary of her move to Nashville, captivated with her ethereal “Slow Burn.”
“The best things in life are a slow burn, what you enjoy the journey of. It’s about enjoying the ride along the way … It’s one of my most autobiographical songs. It’s very personal to me,” Musgraves said backstage.
As with most awards shows, the actual winners become secondary to the performances, but there were several notables.
New artist of the year winner Luke Combs choked up while receiving his award (“God, I love country music, man.”), while Old Dominion also celebrated their first CMA, for vocal group of the year.
Brothers Osborne maintained their hold on the vocal duo of the year category, wining for the third time.
“I don’t know why we keep winning this. If this was Florida, there’d definitely be a recount,” said John Osborne to much laughter. He then added, “Work hard, be diligent, be good to people.”
The CMA awards are voted on by the 7,300 members of the Country Music Association.
Unlike other award shows, the CMAs usually deliver the biggest winners of the night to the media center backstage.
Some pop in during the telecast – as Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion did – while others, usually the major names nominated in later categories, swing through after the show.
This year, the press room was especially busy with heavyweights, including entertainer of the year winner Keith Urban, multiple trophy-snagger Chris Stapleton and co-host/female vocalist of the year victor Carrie Underwood.
Here is what they had to say:Keith Urban
On the support he receives from wife Nicole Kidman: “I feel very blessed that I have the support of my family like I do. It’s a beautiful thing having two artists (in the family). We understand the passion, and the responsibility, of what we get to do. It’s very important.”On his unfailing passion for his work: “I love people. I love people. Every single person’s got a story. We have SO much more in common than different. We all have fears and hopes and dreams and insecurities and dysfunctional families. For me, I feel that in my life more than I’ve ever felt it … I’m perpetually curious. I don’t think of reinvention. I love curiosity and I love passion and I feel fortunate that I have both of those in spades. I feel exactly the same as I did when I moved to (Nashville) 26 years ago. I feel excited to get in the studio, I feel excited to put a show on.”About the remembering his father – who died in 2015 – during his acceptance speech: “I mentioned my father because he’s such a huge influence in my life – my mom and dad both are. I wish he could have seen this tonight; he set me on the path that I’m on. But I feel his presence and I’m very, very grateful for that.”Chris Stapleton
On his blazing performance with Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and other musical talents: “I brought a bunch of ringers out there – Maren, Marty Stuart on guitar, all the guys on my band and from Anderson East’s band on horns. I tell you what, it’s a real treat to be up there with so many great musicians and artists. But to have Maren and Mavis and Marty and my wife up there, that’s a real treat. Mavis, we all owe her so much musically – some of us might not even realize it. She’s electricity. She’s so inspiring to be around as a person and a singer. If we can use some of our time to put her front and center, that’s exactly what we should be doing.”Carrie Underwood
Underwood, who reveled during the show that she’s having another boy, joked about her numerous costume changes: “The wardrobe is definitely a challenge when you don’t recognize your own body,” she said with a laugh. “But I feel bad for returning dresses that aren’t maternity dresses all stretched out in the middle! I’m gonna go put my jammies on soon.”
About winning her fifth female vocalist of the year honor: “I think I’m still in shock, to be honest. When we were making this album, I would be lying to say I didn’t want awards. I’m competitive and I love these. I love the CMAs. I have such respect for the show and this organization. When you’re making an album, you want it to be better. For all the ups and downs we’ve been through and to make an album on top of that, this one definitely means a lot.”Garth Brooks
Brooks reiterated that wife Trisha Yearwood didn’t hear the song he wrote for her, “Stronger Than Me,” until he performed it on the show: “The more I’d wait (to debut it here), it seemed like a bad idea! If you’re married there are points in your life that you never get across and we have three of those. That song addresses two of those three points. When I looked up at her at those points, she was laughing and crying at the same time. This song will make our relationship better whether it does anything in the business…I really wanted this to be a surprise to her. When it came to the last verse, that was a little… I couldn’t get to it. (Trisha) took it very well. She’s classy.”Kasey Musgraves
Musgraves, clad completely in orange, shared her excitement about winning album of the year (for “Golden Hour”) for the first time: “This album is probably my most personal yet. What I was craving was time to make it. I took almost a year and a half. Going into the record, I was kind of in a confused place. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence. I just wanted to find that thing that made my soul really happy again. I got off the road, blocked the schedule off for about a year, got with (producers) Ian (Fitchuk) and Daniel (Tashian) and when we got together it was an instant fit. I started imagining this land musically where it was possible to keep elements of country intrinsic in my music, but I wanted to explore this new frontier for myself with electronic elements. It was a big deal for me to give people kind of a hiding place with this record. We live in such a tumultuous time, but I wanted to turn away from (political commentary). I was inspired to write about this beautiful world we live in…getting married, leaving my 20s. It was a really positive time and my music is really inspired by that.”Brothers Osborne
T.J. Osborne opined on the duo’s continued success (they won best vocal duo for the third time): “If I had to guess, John and I are unabashedly ourselves and sometimes that gets us in trouble! It’s nice to know where people stand on who they are and I think we’ve done that… I’m genuinely just as shocked as the first year I won one of these.”John Osborne made many instant media friends when he proclaimed on his way out: “Free press, speak loud! You are not the enemy of the people! You have a voice, use it!”
Old Dominion scored its first CMA win (for vocal group of the year, unseating Little Big Town after six years. Singer Matt Ramsey had this to say about current single, “Make it Sweet”: “It was such a pure and honest moment for us. We wrote and recorded it in the same day. It really captured who we are as musicians right now and we’re really confident in our place right now. That feeds our soul.”
It was a long time coming – 56 years – but a veteran from Pennsylvania finally got something he's waited decades for: his high school diploma.
"It took a long time to get here because people asked why I didn't come before – well, I was too busy making a living," said James Neal. "My friend was talking about the class reunion; I said I never did that because I never graduated."
And before that he was busy serving our country, in Vietnam in the Navy.
But he had unfinished business.
As a junior, Neal withdrew from North Allegheny Senior High School and never got to graduate with his class of 1962.
When the school district recently heard about it, they set to work to change it with the help of a Pennsylvania law, "Operation Recognition."
"I am at the end of the law," Neal said. "It went from WWII to Korean veterans to Vietnam veterans. I guess the law will run out when the Vietnam veterans are gone."
Operation Recognition allows districts to give diplomas to honorably discharged veterans whose service in World War II, the Korean War or Vietnam interfered with their schooling.
The stars were shining in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night for the 52nd annual Country Music Association awards.
The star-studded event draws the top talent in country music, including classic bands, favorites singers and new artists.
The dynamic duo, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, returned to host the awards show for the 11th time.
Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban – WINNER
Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley Luke Combs Thomas RhettChris Stapleton – WINNER Keith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Kacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood – WINNER
Album of the Year
From A Room: Volume 2, Chris StapletonGolden Hour, Kacey Musgraves – WINNERGraffiti U, Keith UrbanLife Changes, Thomas RhettThe Mountain, Dierks Bentley
Single of the Year
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line “Tequila,” Dan + Shay
Song of the Year
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson “Tequila,” Dan + Shay
New Artist of the Year
Lauren AlainaLuke Combs – WINNER Chris Janson Midland Brett Young
Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne – WINNER Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae Sugarland
Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum Lanco Little Big Town MidlandOld Dominion – WINNER
Music Video of the Year
“Babe,” Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift “Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson“Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett – WINNER “Tequila,” Dan + Shay
Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne “Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney – WINNER “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas, dobro Paul Franklin, steel guitar Dann Huff, guitarMac McAnally, guitar – WINNER Derek Wells, guitar
Pop star Pink’s husband, former motocross star Carey Hart, is warning looters in Malibu-area neighborhoods ravaged by wildfires that he and others are prepared to shoot anyone caught looting.
He posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing a group of armed men wearing masks and dubbed the P.D.C. Posse in front of a sign that read “Looters will be shot on site!”
“It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of others in a crisis,” Hart said in the post.
He also said while neighbors in Malibu have been defending their property against the fires, they’ve seen looters breaking into homes.
“If you are a looter, think twice if you are heading back into Malibu,” Hart threatened in the post.
It’s unclear whether looters broke into Pink and Hart’s home, which several media outlets reported was spared by the Woolsey fire. The blaze has killed at least 50 people, burned almost 9,000 structures and charred nearly 100,000 acres in Malibu and the surrounding communities.
Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the villainous and gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” died Tuesday, People reported. She was 93.
MacGregor died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
MacGregor played the wealthy, haughty, mean-spirited Oleson in 153 of the 205 episodes of the television series that ran from 1974 to 1982, according to the IMDb database.
According to the “Little House on the Prairie” website, Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor was born Jan. 12, 1925, as Dorlee Deane McGregor in Glendale, California. She grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and was active in the drama club at the University of Denver in 1944. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree.
MacGregor moved to New York in 1949 and began a distinguished career in theater, People reported. After some limited roles in television, she met Michael Landon in 1974 and landed her role as Harriet Oleson, the magazine reported.
Because Laura Ingalls’ “Little House” books barely mentioned Oleson, MacGregor crafted her own character, which played a dominant role in the series, which was set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
Melissa Gilbert, who starred as Ingalls on the series, paid tribute to MacGregor on Instagram and Twitter. Alison Arngrim, who played Oleson’s daughter in the series, posted a photo of the pair.
Two California men helped save a horse he found tangled in a backyard pool while trying to find a safe spot as the Camp Fire raged through the city, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Jeff Hill of Paradise was checking on a neighbor’s house Saturday when he found the horse, shivering and tangled in a pool cover.
"There's no telling how long she was there but she was shivering uncontrollably," Hill wrote on Facebook. "She was all caught up in the pool cover but her being suspended by it prevented her from drowning."
Hill added in his post that he and a friend unhooked the pool cover and guided the horse out of the shallow end of the pool.
When the horse scrambled out of the pool, it “loved on us for a few minutes as a thank you," Hill wrote.
Hill and his friend called for help and waited for authorities to escort the horse out of the fire zone, CNN reported.
Sandra Bullock is helping animals affected by the Southern California wildfires.
KTTV reported that, according to the Humane Society of Ventura County, the Oscar-winning actress donated $100,000 to the organization Sunday.
“The Humane Society of Ventura County was deeply humbled today by a $100,000 donation from Sandra Bullock and family,” the shelter said in a Facebook post. “Our efforts for rescuing and caring for evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey fires had caught her attention and her team reached out to the shelter to show their support. Sandra Bullock and her family have reached out to other nonprofit organizations both during this incident and in the past. However, this time she wanted to contribute to those on the frontline rescuing animals in peril and hope others will choose to do the same.”
HSVC said the donation will help with round the clock care for pets evacuated from the fires, including cats, dogs, pigs, horses, donkeys, chickens and ducks.
“The HSVC pledges to care for these animals for as long as is needed or until their owners feel comfortable in safely reuniting their families. From all of us on staff at the HSVC, our dedicated volunteers, and the animals in our care, we thank you for your kind consideration.”
California-based mass media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company is giving back to its community by donating $500,000 to support victims impacted by the wildfires in the state.
The company announced Tuesday that the donation will support the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund, which supports recovery efforts from major wildfires in the state and preparedness efforts. Donations will also go to the California Fire Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial and emotional support to firefighters, fallen firefighters and the communities they serve.
“The firefighters are true heroes, and we honor their tireless commitment as they continue to battle these devastating wildfires,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have been so severely affected.”
According to the company, Disney will also match donations made by its employees to eligible recovery and relief organizations.
The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards are Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here’s what to know ahead of the show:
What time: Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. EST
What channel: ABC
Who’s hosting: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host for the 11th year in a row.
Who’s performing: Underwood, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Midland, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Ricky Skaggs and Brett Young are some of the announced performers.
Who’s nominated: Chris Stapleton leads all nominees with five nominations, including some in big categories Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year. Writer and producer Dann Huff has four nominations. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson and Midland each have three nominations.
The full list of nominees are below.
Entertainer of the Year
Jason AldeanLuke BryanKenny ChesneyChris StapletonKeith Urban
Album of the Year
“From A Room: Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton“Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves“Graffiti U,” Keith Urban“Life Changes,” Thomas Rhett“The Mountain,” Dierks Bentley
Single of the Year
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton“Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line“Tequila,” Dan + Shay
Song of the Year
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert“Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson“Tequila,” Dan + Shay
Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks BentleyLuke CombsThomas RhettChris StapletonKeith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertMaren MorrisKacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood
New Artist of the Year
Lauren AlainaLuke CombsChris JansonMidlandBrett Young
Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers OsborneDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & TaeSugarland
Vocal Group of the Year
Lady AntebellumLancoLittle Big TownMidlandOld Dominion
Music Video of the Year
“Babe,” Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift“Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood“Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson“Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett“Tequila,” Dan + Shay
Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas, dobroPaul Franklin, steel guitarDann Huff, guitarMac McAnally, guitarDerek Wells, guitar
A Tennessee boy has been reunited with his dog two days after it was stolen while they were walking in a Shelby County neighborhood.
Shelby County officials said the 12-year-old boy was walking the white American bulldog, Diamond, on Sunday when someone assaulted him and took off with the dog.
The boy's father, John Black, told WHBQ in Memphis that a man in a Chrysler PT Cruiser "pushed my son down, grabbed the leash, took the dog and drove off."
Black said he got the expensive, rare dog from a Sacramento, California, breeder in September for his son.
Black's Facebook post about the theft quickly went viral, with more than 34,000 shares.
After sharing the story, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday that a woman dropped off the stolen dog at the Ridgeway precinct.
Police said no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
SeaWorld announced it’s creating new attractions at its theme parks, including a new water slide.
Park officials made the announcement at the Orange County Convention Center during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions exposition.
The new waterslide, called Kare-Kare Curl, will be at the Aquatica water park.
SeaWorld officials said the addition of the ride will give Aquatica more thrill rides than any other water park in Central Florida.
Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay will be getting a tiger-themed ride called Tigris. It’s billed as the tallest launch coaster in Florida.
But the biggest thing for families in Central Florida is likely going to be Sesame Street Land, which will have a play area for young children and a handful of rides based on the "Sesame Street" characters.
The announcements on SeaWorld’s new attractions comes as the park enjoys increased attendance and a boost in stock over the last year.
The park had struggled for four years following the “Blackfish” documentary controversy.
With the announcement it’s ending animal shows, SeaWorld may be moving past the controversy and moving forward with more rides, attractions and events.
Still, park officials said they remain focused on animals, with themed attractions, education and conservation.
A Georgia native is the youngest woman trader at the New York Stock Exchange, and now her story is being told on the big screen.
AGC Studios has acquired the life rights to tell the story of Lauren Simmons, a Kennesaw State University graduate, who became the sole woman trader and only the second black woman to trade full-time on the NYSE floor at the time. She earned the historic title last year after landing a job as an equity trader for Rosenblatt Securities at just 23 years old.
While she initially pursued a career in medicine, she later tapped into her interests in finance, securing her current position by applying to an opening posted on LinkedIn.
Kiersey Clemons, whose credits include “Dope” and “Neighbors 2,” will portray the Georgian, according to Deadline. Clemons will also produce the flick with her managers Eddie Galan and Starr Andreef, AGC's Stuart Ford, Greg Shapiro and Glendon Palmer.
The film will serve as the debut project for Clemons' production banner, Girl on Mercury. No word yet on when the movie will premiere.
Right on time for Veterans Day, a Minnesota couple welcomed the birth of a daughter who was born at 11:11 p.m. on Nov. 11, WCCO reported.
Erin Potts gave birth exactly 100 years -- and 12 hours -- after the armistice ended hostilities during World War I.
“It was a long labor from about 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., but the delivery went smoothly,” Potts told the television station.
It was the first child for Potts and her husband, Mike, who are from Hugo. They have yet to name the child.
HBO gave fans of its hit series “Game of Thrones” what they wanted. Well, sort of. The premium cable channel dropped a teaser trailer for the final season of the series, but much to the faithfuls’ disappointment, the video was just that -- a tease and a re-edit of past footage from seasons one through seven.
The clips show all that has happened, deaths of key characters and massive battle sequences all leading to one thing - the throne.
And in pure teaser fashion, it shows nothing new for the upcoming season, so fans don’t get answers to their burning questions of what happens to Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow and if Tyrion Lannister and Cersei Lannister survive the final battle.
Entertainment Weekly reported filming has ended and what happens is under tight security.
Few photos have come out from production. The scripts were delivered to cast members under password-protected files with code words used for production documents, the magazine reported.
What has been reported is that the final season starts in Winterfell with hints back to the show’s pilot. But everything that happens during the six-episode season will center around the battle between the Army of the Dead and those trying to survive, EW reported.
The final season will start airing on HBO in April.
A Texas grandmother was told to lose weight because her health was threatened. Six years later, she is 100 pounds lighter and is feeling great.
“Some grandmothers play bingo," Greta Ross, 61, told WFAA. "But, this grandmother goes to the gym."
Ross, from Irving, said she used to weigh 237 pounds. She refused medication from doctors but heeded their warnings to change her lifestyle.
"(It) scared me because I didn't want to leave my daughter and grandchildren behind," Ross told WFAA. "I knew I had to do something. Doing nothing wasn't an option.
"I had bad habits. I wasn't sleeping properly. I wasn't eating properly. I knew I had to do something. So I started walking."
Because of her weight, walking was the only exercise Ross could do comfortably, the television station reported. But with determination, Ross began to see results.
"It just became a routine," Ross told WFAA. "We would get up every morning and just walk. Next thing I know, the weight just started coming off.”
Within a year, Ross had lost 100 pounds, and she has kept the weight off for the past five years, the television station reported.
"I didn't stop. I just kept going and going and going," Ross told WFAA. "When I saw the transformation of my body, then my mind. ... my confidence level went through the roof. It was just incredible."
Ross has posted on social media about her turnaround.
"I just tell my real story so that way people will know you can do this," Ross told WFAA. "Is it a journey? Yes. Is it a process? Yes. Does it take time? Absolutely. But you have to be willing to say I am worth that. My family is worth that."
Christina Aguilera was in New Orleans Thursday ahead of her Friday show as part of her Liberation Tour and stopped by a popular bar, but when she wanted to hop on stage with the band, she was turned down.
WGNO reported that Twitter user @drMediaPro posted a video on Twitter of the vocalist speaking with musician Claude Bryant of Claude Bryant and the All Stars about coming on stage and singing with the band. The Twitter user, posted the video taken by his wife, who was at Cafe Negril.
“You don’t want that?” Aguilera can be heard asking. “Oh, it’s OK. I don’t have to sing.”
After speaking a bit more with the band member, Aguilera turns her attention to fans who want to take selfies with her. She appeared to take it all in stride.
At her show at Saenger Theatre Friday night, Aguilera spoke some about her time at the bar. Marchaund Jones of The Advocate posted video of Aguilera telling the story on Twitter.
“I go to this little bar and there’s this live band playing, and I was just like, you know, with a couple of my dancers and the whole thing and, you know, after a minute, I was just like, ‘Let me just get up on stage and jam with this guy. Maybe I’ll sing a song or whatever and be fun,’” she said. “He would not give me the mic. He was, like, a little older and he was just like, he was not feeling it. He was not gonna give up his mic. I was like, ‘Oh, I just want to come just let me come up,’ and he (was like), ‘What, are you gonna dance for me?’ I was like, ‘No, I just want to sing a song with you.’
“So I was like, ‘OK I'll just save it for tomorrow, then.’ It’s alright. It’s all good. He was like, ‘Don’t hurt yourself!’ I was like, OK. This is just -- you’re not feeling me. It’s OK. I’m just gonna depart ways. Be on my little merry way. Find somewhere else to go.”
Attempting to clear his name, Bryant told WGNO he didn’t recognize the Grammy winner.
“I’m sorry, Christina. I just didn't recognize you! I didn't recognize her because she had a cap over here head and over her eyes. She was in a jersey. She didn't introduce herself to me, but she had very soft hands and that got my attention.” Bryant said. “I asked her if she wanted to dance and she said that she wanted to sing. I started playing the beginning riff of the song, ‘No, No, No’ by Bob Marley, but then her bodyguard picked her up off the stage and she left.”
Bryant said he’d love to have Aguilera sing with the band in the future, and that he feels bad about the misunderstanding.
“Come back Christina,” he said. “You can sing anything you want with us.”
Aguilera is currently wrapping up her Liberation Tour. According to her website, the last scheduled date is Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Major-league pitcher Daniel Mengden and Ironman competitor Rick D’Amico helped rescue two puppies that had been trapped in a Houston storm drain for several days, KHOU reported.
The two athletes were helping a group called Reggie's Friends to retrieve the pups, KPRC reported. LaChrystal Ricke, who runs Reggie’s Friends, said she had been unsuccessfully trying to round up a pregnant dog before she gave birth to a litter of eight. Over three weeks, Ricke said rescuers were able to rescue the mother and six of her puppies, but two had strayed, the television station reported.
Residents could hear the two puppies barking in a storm drain, and on Monday the Houston Fire Department opened a manhole cover to allow rescuers to find the dogs, KTRK reported.
"We could hear them crying so we knew they were still alive," D'Amico told KHOU.
"You know they're hungry. You know they're potentially hurt because they fell a great distance," Ricke told the television station. "No food, no clean water, and it's really hard."
D'Amico and Mengden put a ladder into the sewer water to lure the pups to safety. .
"I was whistling to them and they kept yelling and barking. Finally, it just got louder and louder and louder," Mengden, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and a Houston native, told KHOU. "One of them kind of put up a fight. It was biting at us and stuff. It was just scared.”
The dogs were taken to a veterinarian to ensure they were healthy.
Mengden said he and his girlfriend were going to adopt the two puppies, KHOU reported.
The people behind the “Toy Story” franchise have dropped another teaser trailer for “Toy Story 4,” this time introducing fans to two new characters -- Bunny and Ducky.
Bunny features the voice of Jordan Peele and Ducky is portrayed by Keegan-Michael Key, the comedic duo that makes up Key and Peele.
They join the original voice cast of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear and Annie Potts as Bo Peep.
Monday, Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel that will hit theaters in June.
The wartime letters between Sgt. Warren Holly and his sweetheart, Jean Holly, are dated more than 60 years ago.
The mystery began about three weeks ago when Dan Heater bought a box of knickknacks from a stranger at Grumpy Jerry’s Flea Market. He found about 60 letters inside the box.
Heater read one letter and found terms of endearment and stories of war.
“He talked about the gunfire and everything and he kept saying he was OK. So I know he had to go through a lot,” said Heater.
But Heater didn't want to go much further so as not to invade the privacy of the couple.
Every letter is addressed from Warren Holly to Jean Holly except one written from her to his commander, pleading for him to be moved from the front line.
Heater wonders if the sergeant ever made it home and back to his sweetheart.
“I do wonder, and I hope he did. If the man's alive, I would love to meet him,” Heater said.
Heater said he wants all the attention he can get for the letters, and hopes someone who sees them can help get them back to the Holly family.
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