Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards.

Gill said it is "impossible" to not leave someone off the list in a given year.

He explained, "I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the Grammys will go on and the country artists will feel slighted. Or maybe the classical people will feel slighted. It's impossible to pull something off like that and not leave a few people by the wayside."

The country star spoke before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha.

Gill said all that matters is that musical people are "conscious of what's great at the end of the day."

"You're looking at three really ope- minded musical people. We don't care about genres, of color of skin, or gender, or anything. We just love playing music with great people and that's all."

Troy Gentry's wife Angie has filed a lawsuit over his death in a helicopter crash in September. Angie Gentry is suing the manufacturers of the aircraft.

The lawsuit claims that Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Inc. and the Keystone Helicopter Corporation failed to make the Model 269 helicopter crashworthy, leaving its occupants no chance of survival.

She states, “The dangers from the lack of crashworthiness and defects in the engine, transmission and sprag clutch, throttle cables, engine attachments and absence of crashworthy features were unknown to the average user and consumer of this helicopter but well known to these defendants who made it a point to hide and deny and problems that could and did cause serious personal injury and death. The manufacturers' choices "treated the helicopter and its engine like an unwanted burden, while creating a serious and regular risk of serious injury or death as a result."
 
The helicopter crash that killed Gentry took place in Medford, N.J., on Sept. 8; he and Montgomery Gentry duo partner Eddie Montgomery were scheduled to perform there that evening. Gentry was removed from the helicopter crash wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. In addition to Gentry, the helicopter’s pilot, James Evan Robinson, died in the crash; crews worked for hours to remove his body from the wreck.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the helicopter pilot experienced mechanical issues prior to crashing.  Troy Gentry was 50 years old when he died.  

Gwen Stefani was over the moon when she discovered her Valentine's Day gift from Blake Shelton on Wednesday (2/14). In a video posted on her Instagram Stories, Gwen can be seen walking into a room and finding an extra-large floral arrangement sitting on the table. As she discovered the floral arrangement made up of dozens of red roses and pink orchids, Stefani exclaimed that she'd never seen anything like it and wrote that she was the "luckiest girl in the world."

A video featuring Gwen's reaction to the gift can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5D4mjdaOMw

The 'Man In Black' will be celebrated at... the ballet!

For their 2018 Ballet Ball, the Nashville Ballet has teamed with John Carter Cash to pay tribute to his legendary father, Johnny Cash.

Performers at the Ballet Ball will include Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Bill Miller, Devin Dawson. They'll join John Carter Cash and his wife, Ana Cristina Cash.

This year's ball takes place March 3 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Proceeds from the event go towards educational dance programs for youth and families in Middle Tennessee. 

The ball is an invitation-only event, but the Ballet Ball Late Party is open to the public, and features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a seat for the performance. Late Party tickets are $175 per person at www.nashvilleballet.com

Kelsea Ballerini played her first headlining show at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and she was surprised when her new husband, country singer Morgan Evans came on stage to deliver a giant vase of roses. Ballerini told the crowd that she thought he had forgotten Valentine’s Day.
 
This was their first time to perform together.  The duo proceeded to sing a song that the Australian had written shortly after meeting the “Dibs” singer.

You can hear Ballerini tell her husband, “Don’t cry,” as he started to play the love song.

Two days prior to the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, the ACMs will host Stories, "Songs & Stars" on April 13th at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as part of the sixth annual ACM Party for a Cause.

Lee Brice, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna and Thomas Rhett are the initial performers slated for the event, which will feature the participants in a  songwriter-in-the round format, as they tell the stories behind some of country’s biggest hits.
 
Additional acts, including ACM songwriter of the year nominees, will be announced in the coming weeks. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which works to improve lives by funding music-related therapy and education programs that aid students, those with disabilities, veterans and wounded warriors. 

This year’s ACM Awards nominees will be announced in March. The ACMs are also set to announce new hosts as Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are stepping down after hosting together for two years. 

The ACMs will air April 15 on CBS live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Montgomery Gentry's new album, Here's To You, has made a big debut this week, taking the top spot on both the iTunes Country Album and Billboard's Independent Albums charts.

The new project also lands in the #2 position on Billboard's Top Country Album chart, coming in behind Chris Stapleton.

The new album was released five months after the duo's Troy Gentry passed away in a tragic helicopter crash in September.

Eddie Montgomery will pay homage to his duo partner on the "Here's To You Tour," which has dates scheduled through September.

Nearly a decade after he signed with Mercury Nashville, Easton Corbin and his longtime label have parted ways. A representative from the label recently confirmed the news to Sounds Like Nashville, although no other information about the split was revealed.

Corbin's departure from the label comes after his latest single, "A Girl Like You," peaked in the Top 10 at country radio. Easton's last album with the label, About to Get Real, was released in June of 2015.

Country singer Stella Parton is once again calling out the country music industry in Nashville over its "hypocritical position" for failing to follow up on allegations of widespread sexual harassment and assault in the country music industry.

Dolly Parton's sister tells Fox News: "It's a good ol' boys town and it's always been a good ol' boys town. They hide behind their religion, all of them, a bunch of Southern Baptist hypocrites."

Parton's remarks come four months after high-powered country music publicist Kirt Webster was brought down by allegations about what former employees represent as a toxic culture at Webster PR, which included Parton, Kid Rock, Kenny Rogers, Justin Moore, Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Williams, Jr. and many more top country stars on its client roster. Country singer Austin Rick alleged he experienced repeated sexual harassment and assault during the time that Webster served as his publicist from 2007-2008, and two dozen former employees and associates have come forward to share what they say was a well-known culture of predatory behavior, harassment, assault and fear under Webster's reign, forcing him to resign.

Stella Parton says she knows her sister "does not condone" Webster's alleged behavior but has "always been very selective about talking about stuff like that."

Stella explains, "I don't know why she can't speak out, but I will."

She added she has spoken to Dolly about the allegations against Webster, but Stella said she would not speak on her older sister's behalf.

Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. donated $50,000 of ticket sales from this weekend's concerts at his restaurant/live-music venue Ole Red to the City of Tishomingo, OK. The money will benefit Pennington Park, including improvements to the splash pad and the addition of water features. 

Ole Red Nashville is slated to open in 2018.
http://olered.com/

 

Justin Moore has set his first-ever headline date at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, for Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  Travis Denning and Tyler Rich will open the show, which is separate from Moore’s current arena-dwelling “Hell On A Highway Tour.”

Ticket pre-sales begin today at 10 AM CST, followed by the official on-sale Friday, February 16, at 10 AM CST. To purchase, please visit justinmooremusic.com/#Shows.

 

Coy Bowles of Zac Brown Band and his wife Kylie are celebrating the birth of Millie Mercy Bowles.  The couple's second child and second daughter was born on Monday in Atlanta. Millie, whose name is inspired by Bowles' grandmother and great aunt, was born at 4:26AM, weighing in at 8 lbs. and measuring 19 3/4 inches long.

The newborn creates a family of four. She joins older sister Hattie, who is 15 months old.