RaeLynn joined childhood hero Keith Urban onstage on Saturday night (Aug. 19) to perform “We Were Us”.

The 23-year-old rising star turned to Instagram on Sunday morning, writing, “2006: I signed up for @keithurban monkeyville fan club. 2017: I sang #wewereus on stage in Oregon with him. GOD: your awesome and thank you.”

 

Kacey Musgraves joined the debate over the removal of Confederate statues and monuments. On Twitter, the singer shared her own thoughts, writing:

“Lets swap confederate statues in USA w/ statues of MLK, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, Native Americans + others who have fought for freedom”.

 

Alan Jackson and Chris Stapleton have been added to the lineup at the 11th Annual ACM Honors ceremony, joining previously announced performers George Strait, Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett and Hillary Scott. Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum are also set to join performers Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley and Hillary Scott as the night's pres

The ceremony, dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, will take place at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on August 23rd, and will be broadcast on September 15th at 8 PM CT on CBS.

Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Cassadee Popeand Brett Young are also set to participate in special off-camera moments during the ceremony.

    

SAD NEWS:  Rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess, a Sun Records contemporary of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, died this weekend. The guitarist and singer was 86.

Burgess passed away Friday night at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., about a month after taking a fall at his home.

The Arkansas native, born on a farm near rural Newport, was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2002.

His fans and friends included singer-songwriter Dave Alvin, who recorded the acclaimed album “Tennessee Border” with Burgess, and E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent.

Bruce Springsteen’s previously unreleased song “Tiger Rose” appeared on Burgess’ 1996 self-titled album, produced by Tallent. Springsteen and Burgess performed the tune at a 2001 benefit in Red Bank, N.J.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jo Walker-Meador has passed away at the age of 93. According to the Tennessean, Walker-Meador died in Nashville early on Wednesday morning (8/16) following a stroke. Walker-Meador was an influential figure in the growth of country music, serving as the executive director of the Country Music Association (CMA) from 1962 to 1991.

Walker-Meador worked with the CMA since its creation in 1958 and helped to organize an annual banquet that would later become the CMA Awards.

During her time leading the CMA, Walker-Meador also oversaw the creation of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Fan Fair, which would later become CMA Fest.

 

 

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell are expecting twins.

Via social media, the couple posted a video of them warmly sharing the news with their first child, daughter Eisele Kaye, who turned 4 last month.

The news of the twins was revealed Friday, just a day after Scott and Tyrell announced that she is expecting in February 2018 and that Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and wife Kelli Cashiola-Haywood will welcome a daughter in December.

Thomas Rhett will serve as one of the celebrity judges at the upcoming Miss America 2018 Competition. Joining Rhett on the this year's judging panel will be his "Playing With Fire" duet partner, Jordin Sparks, as well as model Molly Sims and People magazine editor Jess Cagle. This year's pageant will take place on September 10 and will air live on ABC at 9 PM ET. Thomas is the latest country star to judge the beauty pageant, following Brett Eldredge, who took part in 2015, and Cole Swindell, who sat on the panel last year.

Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s The Bachelor, and ESPN commentator Sage Steel will return as co-hosts at this year's pageant.

The Miss America 2018 Competition will air just days after Thomas releases his third album, Life Changes, on September 8. 

Taylor Swift donated a “generous” sum to Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation for sexual assault survivors after she won her case in court this week against a Denver deejay.

Swift had said she would support several organizations after she won the lawsuit with DJ David Mueller after he was told to pay her the symbolic $1 she asked for as settlement.

The singer said she knows that many people who are sexually assaulted do not have the means to defend themselves, as she did in this trial. “My hope is to help those whose voiced should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves,” she said.

Swift and Hargitay collaborated on the singer’s “Bad Blood” music video. Hargitay plays Olivia Benson on “Law and Order: SUV,” which airs on NBC.

Shania Twain announced on her social media that she will be touring in support of her album "NOW".  

With the release of her new single “Life’s About To Get Good,” Shania is set to also debut the new album on September 29th, the first new project since 2002.

You can order the Shania NOW tour bundle for pre-sale access.  

No other information was available about tour dates.

ABC's broadcast of the CMA Fest special scored big ratings on Wednesday night (8/16), drawing in 5.7 million viewers for its biggest overall audience in three years. The three-hour broadcast generated ABC’s biggest summertime non-sports oriented audience on the night in nearly seven years and also delivered high online fan engagement. During the airing, hashtag #CMAfest trended #1 on Twitter nationally, with CMA's combined social platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) generating nearly 10 million organic impressions.

Lee Ann Womack has signed a record deal with ATO Records and will release her label debut in late October.

"The Lonely, The Lonesome and the Gone," an album of country, soul, gospel and blues, drops October 27th.

Womack spent most of her career on MCA, and was most recently on Sugar Hill where she released the well-received and Grammy nominated "The Way I'm Livin'" in 2014.