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Atlanta’s Ne-Yo working with Carrie Underwood, who will co-host CMAs again; Neil Patrick Harris as guest judge

Atlanta R&B star Ne-Yo on Twitter last week noted he was working with Carrie Underwood in Nashville.

Speaking of Nashville, Danny Gokey, who would seem like a shoo in to go gospel/Christian, has told EW.com that he’s leaning country. The fact he’s singing two Rascal Flatts songs on tour is a clue.

AP photo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood from last year's CMAs.

AP photo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood from last year's CMAs.

And speaking of Underwood, People reports she will be co-hosting the CMA Awards again with Brad Paisley.

“Last time,” remembers Paisley, “it was pretty late notice when we got word we were doing it, so we didn’t necessarily prepare the same way then as we will this time. This time we have more advance time.”

“I thought we did a good job,” Underwood says about last year’s show. “I wasn’t nervous about being asked back. But I was hoping they would ask us.” Adds Paisley: “I figured if they wanted us back they’d ask and if not, we’d get to sit and watch somebody else go through it.”

Underwood has won many many CMA awards. It airs on ABC November 11.

And with the CMA special on ABC Monday and Kellie Pickler opening for Taylor Swift next Wednesday at Gwinnett Arena, I’m hoping to nab Pickler for an interview Friday. It’s been a year since I’ve talked to her, so why not?

MJ has also reported that Neil Patrick Harris is guest judging in Dallas as well. Joe Jonas was there just a single day. I love Neil Patrick Harris on “How I Met Your Mother” and the man did a great job hosting the Tony Awards and will do the honors at the Emmys next month.

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JTesla

August 25th, 2009
6:34 pm

Thanks Rodney. It’s been a while since Carrie has gotten much coverage here in the blog, it’s nice to see that she is staying busy.

Neil Patrick Harris has all the qualities that would make a great judge.

Good luck on getting an interview with Pickler!

kelly&carriefan

August 25th, 2009
7:46 pm

Well, definitely an improvement on the pictures today. Thanks, Rodney. You’re definitely due for a Pickler interview…if you need anyone to carry your pens, by all means! ;)

As far as Carrie goes, well, I believe that I’m be busy washing my hair that night…to any of my friends who ask, y’all know I’ll be watching. Wonder how many costume changes there’ll be. Last time, I think she had nine!

Harm

August 25th, 2009
10:46 pm

Hey everyone!
I will return to the blog as soon as I kick this cold’s butt, been hitting the bottle pretty hard the last couple of days (Nyquil).

JTesla

August 26th, 2009
1:54 am

Summer colds are the pits, but Nyquil is your friend. See you soon Harm.

Nana

August 26th, 2009
6:21 am

I posted this on the previous thread not realizing RoHo had a new one up.. So, if you already read it, just skip over it.

Good Morning Everybody…….

Today’s Quote: “Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.”

Another generation has ended with the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy during the night. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Kennedy family.

May not have much time to be active here today, as yesterday. Will try to sneak a peek when I can. Ya’ll hold down the fort and be nice.

Heather MacDonald

August 26th, 2009
7:12 am

For the record, I saw the Neil Patrick Harris news first!! Darn it, I finally scoop you all on something and I get no credit! LOL I hope he’s the best guest judge ever.

Deirdre

August 26th, 2009
7:30 am

Morning!

Official credit is given to Heather for the NPH news. Congrats Heather…sorry I doubted you!

Um…normally I think Carrie Underwood is gorgeous and beautifully dressed but, is it just me or does she look a little frumpy in the outfit pictured above?

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2009
7:46 am

The shadow is adding 40 pounds to her black pants, D., hence Carrie’s “frumpiness”.
JT and Harm, I’m a firm believer in Airborn.
Sad news abt Sen. Kennedy; so soon after his sister too. My mind is slow this am – is anybody left of that generation Kennedys?

Heather MacDonald

August 26th, 2009
8:01 am

BB

August 26th, 2009
8:04 am

I hope the Taylor Swift concert is next Thursday, not Wednesday as stated. We have tickets for Thursday. :o )

Harriett

August 26th, 2009
8:07 am

Good morning all. Mercedes, I believe Eunice was the last sister and Ted the last brother. An era has come and gone now.

Linny and I “watched” AGT together last night. Well, we watched separately, but texted each other our views on each act as they appeared. What fun!

Deirdre

August 26th, 2009
8:15 am

The shadow may explain some of it but it doesn’t have anything to do with her lack of a waist. Not a good look for her.

Heather MacDonald

August 26th, 2009
8:25 am

On AGT, the opera singer was so incredible that I had tears in my eyes watching her. Wow. What a beautiful voice!! I would love to see her win it all.

Harriett

August 26th, 2009
8:38 am

Opera is always the showiest performance, but can it sustain a Vegas show week after week? Maybe, but there has to be lots of stage presence and personality to carry it. Of course, none of that matters when voters vote with their hearts. I love her too. Last year, I think the novelty of Neal E. Boyd and his appearance carried the day, but I doubt he will have a huge career. Could be wrong. Of course, everyone who knows me, knows I think Donald Braswell should have won! :)

cowo

August 26th, 2009
8:44 am

Mercedes, it is a sad day. I believe he’s the last of Rose and Joseph’s children. I know how hard he’d always fought for women’s reproductive rights and those of the underprivileged, but didn’t realize until this a.m. that he was instrumental in getting equal rights for female athletes as well as lowering the voting age to 18 giving young men and women serving their country in the Armed Services a chance to vote.

Glad to hear that Kelly will be on the Divas show- love her! But she’s a “diva” in talent only – such a sweet, good person.

Heather MacDonald

August 26th, 2009
8:48 am

Harriett, I really think she could sustain a Vegas show. She seems to have a really nice personality behind that big voice. Neal E Boyd is gaining a name for himself amongst the opera set, I hear. I wish him the best. He seemed like such a sweet man. Also, you have to keep in mind that a “huge career” in opera is FAR different than a “huge career” in the pop music world.

kelly&carriefan

August 26th, 2009
8:53 am

Good mornin’, y’all!

Sad about the Sen. Kennedy news. To answer the question, there is only one surviving Kennedy of that generation, Jean Kennedy Smit.

Heather, awesome scoop! :) NPH is a riot.

So I forgot to comment, Ne-Yo and Carrie is definitely an interesting pairing. They’ve also had her work with Claude Kelly, who I know from working on All I Ever Wanted, but is known as a hip hop producer who’s all over the place these days. I wonder what they’re going for with her new album. I know that she’s previously nixed the idea or remixing her songs (a la Taylor Swrift) for pop radio. But lately, country has leaned heavily on the pop side. I do believe she’s got the makings of the next Shania if that’s what she’d want or gives in to her label…

BTW, if y’all didn’t see them, you should check out Brad Paisley’s twitter from yesterday. http://www.twitter.com/paisleyofficial He has some Carrie-related tweets. The picture of what it takes to look like Carrie was pretty much hilarious.

Blah, blah, blah…can y’all tell I’ve missed the girl…just a little bit? No, right? ;)

Harriett

August 26th, 2009
8:53 am

Indeed, I do realize that, Heather. But, AGT is all about Vegas.

Heather MacDonald

August 26th, 2009
9:08 am

K&C, I agree that the pictures of what it takes to look like Carrie were hysterical! Also, very true. No matter how much natural beauty you have, they’ll slather on makeup and hairspray to make you look even better on camera. It’s odd, but it works! Ne-Yo and Carrie definitely sounds interesting! No one thought that Tim McGraw’s duet with Nelly sounded like a good idea until it came out, so I’m willing to give this pairing a shot. His production ideas might bring out a great new sound for her.

Rickster

August 26th, 2009
11:01 am

I’m surprised at Gokey’s announcement that he’s “leaning” toward country. Has he even signed a contract yet?

JTesla

August 26th, 2009
11:22 am

Good question Rickster, maybe if Rodney runs out of other ideas he can re-cap which of last seasons top 10 have contracts. Or… a blogger with a better memory or more time can dig that up for us.

I can’t see Danny going country. I think everyone just throws that out there when they know their other money making ventures aren’t going to pan out. From what we have learned, I’m thinking Phil Stacey here, the country biz isn’t easy to master.

Deirdre

August 26th, 2009
12:04 pm

Danny actually sang 4 country songs during his Idol stint. I think he likes the country music, he just seems to give it his own flair.

kelly&carriefan

August 26th, 2009
12:04 pm

Heather, how true it is. Tho, Carrie sans makeup is still way prettier than most. The girl got lucky on the looks department. I can see Carrie doing more than just country, e.g. the Alone and Go Your Own Way performances. Have you seen her cover of Sweet Child O’ Mine and/or Paradise City? I believe Sweet Child was when she toured with Brad Paisley, but Paradise City was during the tour with Keith Urban.

JT, me either…Danny never really had an inclination for country during the show (like a Carrie, Kellie, or Bucky), so I don’t see it. Unless he’s going that way to be close to gospel, but not quite? Not to mention that he keeps saying he won’t have a twang. That sort of comes across quite condescending, IMO, anyway. I would try that, but I don’t think I care enough to know… ;)

kelly&carriefan

August 26th, 2009
12:05 pm

…and I stand corrected. Thanks, D. Still, this “twang” comment kinda just rubs me the wrong way. Quite a bit of Danny does, and no, it’s not because of that. *g*

Deirdre

August 26th, 2009
12:10 pm

Make that 3 country songs…I hit the wrong number.

Deirdre

August 26th, 2009
1:08 pm

Danny has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth. I think he doesn’t realize what he’s saying until long after he’s said it. Let’s face it, a lot of Idols go the country route because that’s who’ll have them. Their chances of success are higher. Danny was talented and I think his chances of being a “soft” country artist are pretty good.

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

Danny, always a bit slow on the uptake, finally realized that country, that’s were the money is. Let’s see if country will have him.
Thanks, k&cfan, for update on the last Kennedy of that generation, Jean K. Smith, mother of infamous William K. Smith.

Lissa

August 26th, 2009
2:22 pm

I’m so glad the rumors of NPH appearing as a guest judge are true! That’s one episode the hubs will actually watch with me of his own accord. Not that I tie him to a chair and force him to watch Idol with me or anything….Ok, well maybe that one time… ;)

Nana

August 26th, 2009
2:54 pm

Have a few free minutes here, so thought I would say good for NPH for getting a guest judge spot. Like so many of you have already stated, I too, like him. Several years ago he starred in a Lifetime movie with Debbie Reynolds during the Christmas season. It was a very good movie and one that I have seen more than once. The name of it escapes my mind.

I can kinda see Danny going country. His chances may be better there than other venues. Still, I don’t see him making it “big” like Carrie and Kellie (although she’s not as big as Carrie). He may be in the league of Josh Gracin or maybe Phil Stacey. I don’t see him even surpassing Bucky Covington.

Glad to know that CU and BP will be co-hosting the country music awards again this year. She did a great job last year, better than Brad did, imo.

Dang, my few minutes are up, but I will try to get back before I leave for the day.

Heather MacDonald

August 26th, 2009
3:10 pm

If you haven’t seen NPH in “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” I HIGHLY recommend it. One of the funniest things Joss Whedon has ever done. NPH can SING!!

Rickster

August 26th, 2009
3:12 pm

Don’t know if you all have seen the link on the front page or not… but Jay Bookman has a great blog entry about (get this, now) Bob Dylan releasing a Christmas Album!!!

Nana

August 26th, 2009
3:50 pm

Almost time for me to wrap up my day. Everybody have a great evening, be happy, be safe and always remember to keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. Pay extra attention and be careful when on the roads and highways.

Later friends…………………………..

Highlander

August 26th, 2009
3:51 pm

Maybe some artists (including Idols) are “leaning” toward Country music because most Top 40 music seems to still be “leaning” toward “dance mix.”

Remember the days when Top 40 songs actually had more than one verse? And it wasn’t followed by a hook or chorus that was repeated 20 times? There was an actual song with a couple verses divided by a chorus or bridge, then a “dance mix” was made for the clubs. Now, the majority of the Top 40 songs are all “dance mixes” with the same lyric (as Heather or Harriett said on the previous thread) repeated 12,000 times!

IMO, you hear more classic “rock” sound (and even some R&B) in Country music today than on Top 40 radio. (Just the steel guitar with an electric guitar – which many of the newer artists are doing.)

…Gee, …was that a rant??

Highlander

August 26th, 2009
3:55 pm

Correction, should have been: (Just the steel guitar “is replaced” by an electric guitar- which many of the newer artists are doing.).

Deirdre

August 26th, 2009
3:55 pm

Remember the days when Top 40 could come from ANY genre? What happened to that?

JTesla

August 26th, 2009
4:05 pm

I remember my grandparents saying “remember when…” and they would launch into a rant regarding all music released after 1945.

;)

Harriett

August 26th, 2009
4:20 pm

I remember that, D. They played Patsy Cline on top 40 radio, along with doo-wop, Elvis, etc. Even played some Sinatra.

Lissa

August 26th, 2009
4:45 pm

Heather – Dr. Horrible is awesome! If you liked it, you should check out “(Do You Want to Date My) Avatar” on YouTube. Felicia Day (Penny from Dr. Horrible) does a web-isode show called “The Guild” about a group of WoW players. Anyway, in promotion of the third season, they released the video mentioned above and it is freaking hilarious. NPH isn’t in it, but it was written/produced by Felicia and Jed Whedon (Joss’s brother and involved with Dr. Horrible). Oh, and Felicia will be at Dragon*Con. I think I’ll try to get my Dr. Horrible DVD signed. :)

Nana

August 27th, 2009
6:30 am

Good Morning Everybody………..

Today’s Quote: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Back when, the Top 40 was a mixture of music, not seperated into style. As already stated on here, it included country, rock & roll, blues, etc. You could look at the top 40 charts and see the different types. To me , that was what made the top 40 special. You would see Hank Williams, Sr listed along with The Platters or the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean. I feel they should bring the top 40 back the way it was back then, but I am most likely day dreaming here.

Highlander

August 27th, 2009
7:21 am

Good morning, all.

Wow, Nana, you go way back, don’t ya?! :-)

I like your quote for the day but wish it were more true. For example, how many kids get to celebrate the success of graduating even though they can’t really read and write? And all because they never learned the lesson of failure by being held back a year (or more) to get it right.

Highlander

August 27th, 2009
7:26 am

“Remember the days when Top 40 could come from ANY genre? What happened to that?” – Deirdre, 3:55pm, yesterday.

Hey, why are you asking us? You’re the Queen. We expect you to have all the answers! ;-)

Deirdre

August 27th, 2009
7:36 am

Morning!

I see Highlander is going to have one of his smart-azz days! ;-)

IMO, the good thing about having radio stations that mixed genre’s and a top 40 that included Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Elvis and Patsy Cline was that we learned to enjoy many forms of music. Today, when someone says they hate country, you wonder if they’ve even heard any.

Highlander

August 27th, 2009
7:44 am

Last one for a while, … and keep your snarky comments to yourselves over that! :-)

Think I’ve said this before, but everyone I know listens to a regular smorgasbord of music. (And boy is that hard to find since 8-tracks went out!)

Seriously, we listen to everything from Rock to Hard Rock (or Metal), to Country, to Rhythm & Blues (or Soul), to Blues, to Jazz, to Standards and even some Hip-Hop. Even (gasp!) some Broadway.

So, why don’t we have a radio station or three that plays all the different genres? (Rhetorical question – no serious attempt to answer necessary.)

Highlander

August 27th, 2009
7:54 am

Thank you, Queen D, for elevating me to smart-azz (from the alternative). ;-)

But you’re right about the lack of diversity some people adhere to in their musical tastes. It’s like a little kid who swears he doesn’t like a certain vegetable though he’s never tried it!

Have to go. Will catch up later.

Deirdre

August 27th, 2009
8:01 am

Joe’s Place has reported that Michael Castro(Jason’s brother) has earned another ticket to Hollywood.

Harriett

August 27th, 2009
8:10 am

Good morning! I wonder how, or if, Michael Castro has changed since last year.

Nana

August 27th, 2009
8:15 am

To answer Highlander, yes I do gooooo waaaaay baaaack. I remember when George Washington had black hair!!!! hahaha. :)

Seriously, when I was a mere child, we were only allowed to listen to certain types of music, and rock and roll wasn’t one of them. When my Dad was away from home, I would play my vinyl 45’s of R&R which consisted of Elvis, Jerry Lee and other rock & rollers. We weren’t allowed to dance, but I always found ways to do that as well, and always to rock & roll. I grew up listening mostly to country, gospel and the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Andy Williams. Music was grouped together and not seperated like it is now. As I stated in my earlier post, one could view any top 40 chart and see a mixture listed, and not just segregated into one genre like it is now. There are still certain types that I don”t care for, but will listen to if I must. Rap and hip hop are just a couple I don’t enjoy.

Harriett

August 27th, 2009
9:44 am

Highlander, it is a distict privilege many of us had, being present at the creation of rock and roll. Scholars on the subject describe the genre as “country meets rhythm and blues,” so it began deep in the traditions of both. I think that is why “our” top 40 contained such a cross section back in the day. I wear my distinction proudly, regardless of where that puts me, chronologically-speaking. Nana, you probably feel that way, too.

Rodney Ho

August 27th, 2009
9:46 am

Okay. I’ve now posted a new blog entry with Blake Lewis a few others. Nothing big!

Rodney Ho

August 27th, 2009
9:49 am

Right now, the top 40 chart includes R&B (Keri Hilson, Mariah Carey), pop (Jordin Sparks, Pink), country (Taylor Swift), dance (Lady GaGa), rock (Kings of Leon, Daughtry) and rap (Flo Rida).