Four country music singers took the Grammy’s stage on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting.
On Sunday October 1, 2017 Stephen Paddock, 64, began shooting out of his hotel window overlooking a country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring about 500. He later ended his own life when police found him. This was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Artists Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed a cover of Eric Clapton’s song, Tears in Heaven. Clapton originally wrote this song for his 4-year-old son, Conor, who died after falling out of an New York City apartment window.
Although the performance was heartfelt and emotional, Twitter users didn’t hesitate to slam this entire performance.
Lady Antebellum was up for two awards at the 2018 Grammys but not every member of the band was present at the ceremony.
The trio was nominated for Best Country Group and Best Country Album for their release of Heartbreak.
“I started bawling and laughing equally. I literally have the best band mates and family in the whole wide world. It’s been a bittersweet day not being in NYC, but I’ve never felt more in two places at once. ❤️❤️❤️,” Hillary Scott captioned her Instagram post.
The Lady Antebellum singer was absent from the awards ceremony for good reason – to give birth to her twins!
The Grammys are an exciting spectacle to behold no matter what you look for! There are the stunning outfits worn by celebrities looking to impress, the emotional and shocking acceptance speeches, and of course, the drama that unfolds at who wins and who doesn’t.
But while some stars went home without awards, it didn’t mean they left empty-handed!
VIP guests at the award show were all handed gift bags probably worth a lot more than any gilded statue, and it is truly amazing what they were given simply for showing up.
For the 60th anniversary of the award show, it seems like they didn’t hold back with their selection of take-home items for the VIP’s worth over $30,000 each!
Actress Kyana Teresa posted a sneak peek of the goodies that she received in her bag, but it was only a small taste at what the other stars got to keep!
The Grammy award show was littered with shocks and surprise wins this year, and people were just as focused on who wasn’t attending as who did show up.
Amidst the white roses that celebrities were wearing to show support for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, there were other nods to recognizing the difficulties that women have been facing in Hollywood for decades.
Of particular note was the award granted to late actress and writer, Carrie Fisher. Fisher came to be known for her famous role in the Star Wars series, but she had her hand in many other productions throughout her career.
Unfortunately, likely due to discrimination as a woman in the industry, her work with doctoring scripts was constantly overlooked and unaccredited.
Now, a year after her death, it seems that she is finally getting the recognition that she deserves.
While it may be a little unorthodox, that’s exactly how Fisher would have wanted it to be!
In 2015, country music superstar Reba McEntire had the shock of her life when her husband, Narvel Blackstock, filed for divorce after 26 years of marriage.
The couple’s family members, including their daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson, tried to keep them together, but Narvel had already made up his mind.
About a year after the surprising announcement, Reba admitted that if it were up to her, she would still be married.
“The divorce was not my idea. I didn’t want it in any shape, form or fashion,” the singer/actress told CMT a few years ago. “So it was really hard to make the adjustment when someone’s not happy. I just want everybody to be happy in their lives, because our lives are too short to be miserable.”
However, despite the pain, the 62-year-old entertainer came to accept that this was all part of God’s plan.
“I have a long list of so many questions for God. Why did this happen? And how did you allow this?” she revealed in an interview. “I can never forget some of what [Narvel] did. But going on with life is what’s really important.”
Reba’s focus on faith inspired her next venture: Gospel music. She released her album “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” in February 2017, and it earned her a Grammy nomination in the Best Roots Gospel Album category.
The country queen won the trophy at the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony, which took place on January 28, but there was something else about her that caught everyone’s attention: she looked happier than ever beside her new boyfriend.
Nearly three years after getting her heart broken, Reba’s moved on and she finally stepped out with him for the world to see.