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57th Academy Of Country Music Awards Names Winners



Winners have been announced for the 57TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™.  Hosted by Dolly Parton alongside by co-hosts Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, the two-hour concert event of the year live streamed globally on Prime Video tonight from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Miranda Lambert

The Academy’s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year, was awarded to Miranda Lambert for the first time. Lainey Wilson led the night in total wins with three, followed by Lambert and Carly Pearce with two wins apiece. This year’s 57th ACM Awards featured an all-star lineup of memorable performances and collaborations featuring 22 performances from 28 artists.

Lainey Wilson

Fans can relive all of the excitement of the ACM Awards now on Prime Video. On March 8 beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, fans will be able to watch the entire 57th Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service, as well as a special rebroadcast of performances. On March 10 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can also watch the Awards in the Amazon Music app.

Winner Highlights of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards:

  • This is Miranda Lambert’s first win for Entertainer of the Year, and her win qualifies her for the coveted Triple Crown Award (New Female/Male Artist of the Year, Female/Male Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year). Her two wins tonight bring her total ACM Awards count to 37, more than any artist in ACM Awards history.
  • This marks Carly Pearce’s first win for ACM Female Artist of the Year and her second win for Music Event of the Year, bringing her total ACM Awards count to four.
  • After winning New Female Artist of the Year, Lainey Wilson was awarded Song of the Year, marking her second and third ACM Award wins as both artist and song co-writer.
  • This is Chris Stapleton’s third Male Artist of the Year win, and his 13th ACM Award overall.
  • Old Dominion win for Group of the Year marks their 4th win in the category, and seventh win overall.
  • With their win for Single of the Year, Carrie Underwood takes home her second ACM Award in the category (“Jesus Take the Wheel,” 2005) and 16th award overall, and Jason Aldean takes home his second ACM Award in the category (“Don’t You Wanna Stay,” 2011) and 15th award overall.
  • Brothers Osborne’s win for Duo of the Year marks their third win in the category, and sixth win overall.
  • Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wallen, and Parker McCollum all take home their first ACM Award wins.

Following is the full list of winners in the 12 categories voted on by Academy members:




DUO OF THE YEAR: Brothers Osborne




ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen

Producer: Joey Moi, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Matt Dragstrem, Dave Cohen

Record Company-Label: Big Loud Records / Republic Records

SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

Producers: Michael Knox

Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

Things A Man Oughta Know – Lainey Wilson

Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson

Publishers: Sony/ATV Accent, Sony/ATV Countryside, Spirit Two Nashville, Super Big Music

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) – Elle King and Miranda Lambert

Producers: Angie Lorenz, Wes Edwards, James Stratakis

Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde

Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Record Company-Label: Big Machine Label Group, Warner Music Nashville

Show performance highlights included: 

  • Kicking off the party, Jimmie Allen performed “Viva Las Vegas,” and Gabby Barrett performed “Let’s Go To Vegas.” Gabby Barrett later performed “I Hope You Dance,” and Jimmie Allen later performed “Down Home” on the promenade stage.
  • Host Dolly Parton graced the stage with Kelsea Ballerini, both rocking casual looks in jeans and cowboy hats, to sing “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans.”
  • Eric Church sang a medley that featured many of his hit songs including “How ‘Bout You,” “Guys Like Most,” “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Drink in My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Talladega,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Round Here Buzz,” “Record Year,” “Desperate Man,” “Some of It,” “Hell of a View,” and “Heart on Fire.” During the medley, Ashley McBryde surprised fans by joining Church on stage.
  • Walker Hayes performed “AA” and “Fancy Like” from the Twitch lounge and descended through the audience.
  • Maren Morris performed “Circles Around This Town,” marking its TV debut.
  • Parmalee & Blanco Brown hit the stage to perform their upbeat tune, “Just the Way” with special guest star Brooke Eden.
  • Chris Stapleton performed “Watch You Burn,” his deeply moving song about the Route 91 tragedy and ended with a 16-piece choir from Nashville and Las Vegas who filled the pastoral for the final moment.
  • Carly Pearce & Ashley McBride gave a captivating, stripped-down performance of “Never Wanted to Be That Girl.”
  • Thomas Rhett lit up the stage with his first live performance of “Slow Down Summer” with a vibrant firework finale lighting up the Vegas skies.
  • Kane Brown took center stage made up like a sophisticated night club for the on-camera debut performance of his new release “Leave You Alone.”
  • The ACM New Male Artist of the Year, Parker McCollum, made his ACM Awards debut singing “Pretty Heart.”
  • The ACM New Female Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson hit the stage for her ACM Awards debut singing “Things A Man Oughta Know.”
  • In their first performance together, Amazon Music Breakthrough Artist BRELAND took Vegas to church singing “Praise the Lord” with Thomas Rhett.
  • Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood surprised fans with a duet of “If I Didn’t Love You,” featuring Carrie descending on a ring, and the performance closed out with a big pyro moment.
  • Brothers Osborne electrified the stadium with lanterns with pix mob technology lighting up the audience for their song “Skeletons.”
  • Luke Bryan rocked the ACM stage singing his smash hit “Up.” Later in the performance, Jordan Davis joined Luke Bryan on stage to sing their song “Buy Dirt.”
  • Lady A performed a compelling rendition of “What A Song Can Do,” as a salute to the healing power of music.
  • Chris Young and Mitchell Tenpenny paired up for “At the End of a Bar” then Chris sang “Raised on Country.”
  • Kelly Clarkson brought chills to the audience as she performed a beautiful tribute of host Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You” to host Dolly Parton.
  • Closing out the show on an upbeat note, Brothers Osborne & Britney Spencer collaborated on a special performance of “These Boots are Made for Walkin.”

Tonight’s presenters included Alan Ritchson (actor, Reacher), Derek Carr (Quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders), Guy Torry (comedian, Phat Tuesdays), James Patterson (author, Run Rose Run), Kelsey Asbille (actor, Yellowstone), Luke Grimes (actor, Yellowstone), Mickey Guyton (singer, “Black Like Me”), Tom Pelphrey (actor, Outer Range).


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


NYWIFT MUSE Awards Celebrates in New York City



New York Women in Film & Television and NH Collection New York Madison Avenue Hotel announced at the ceremony the exclusive partnership.

“The NH Collection brand is globally recognized for offering its guests unique experiences with local flavor. We are proud to be the hotel sponsor of the NYWIFT Muse Awards, which embrace the unique essence of New York City’s arts and culture like no other. We hope the award honorees have an extraordinary stay with us” said Carlos Salomon, General Manager of NH Collection Madison Avenue Hotel.
For more than 40 years, NYWIFT has presented the Muse Awards to celebrate and illuminate women of outstanding vision and achievement, both in front of and behind the camera in film, television, music, and digital media. NH Collection, part of NH Hotel Group, has been fostering cultural growth around the world through the NH Short Story Prizes, NH Stock Art and other endeavors. Their partnership with NYWIFT furthers their commitment to supporting artistic endeavors.

“NYWIFT is thrilled to partner with the NH Collection Madison Avenue hotel, Their beautiful midtown hotel is a wonderfully hip, elegant spot perfectly in line with the Muse Awards experience we are cultivating in our return to in-person events in 2023. I particularly love their glam lounging areas with stylish retro décor that includes vintage cameras, books, and typewriters. It is why I love working in their NYC location lobby,” said NYWIFT CEO Cynthia Lopez.

The news comes on the heels of news of a partnership with Bleecker Street to award three scholarships as part of NYWIFT’s Scholarship Fund. NYWIFT and Bleecker Street will promote this special opportunity to film schools as part of the NYWIFT Scholarship Fund for students in NYC. Scholarship recipients will be announced in the fall and meet with the Bleecker Street team at their New York headquarters.

NH Collection and Bleecker Street’s contributions were officially acknowledged at the ceremony.

New York, NY – 3/28/23 – New York Women in Film & Television 43rd Annual MUSE Awards held at Ciprani 42nd St.
-PICTURED: Sandra Lee,Sharon Stone and Freida Pinto
-PHOTO by: Dave Allocca / StarPix

This year’s MUSE Award honorees include:

Arianna Bocco

President, IFC Films


Danielle Brooks,

Actor and Singer

The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment “Made in NY” Award


Deborah Chow

Director, Writer, Executive Producer

Nancy Malone Directing Award


Maria Hinojosa

Journalist, Anchor, Executive Producer

Enid Roth Award for Excellence in Journalism


Sandra Lee

Advocate, Activist, Philanthropist, Home Life Expert


Freida Pinto

Actor, Activist, Producer


Lauren Ridloff


Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award


Sharon Stone

Actor, Artist, and Humanitarian


Janet Yang

Producer and President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March Glorious Happenings




It’s been a beautiful season this month all over the country with some glorious happenings.

An exciting milestone achieved by Ticket to Dream Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting foster youth. Their partnership with Famous Footwear, a Caleres brand, has resulted in their generous customers donating over $10M during checkout since the launch in 2020, making it possible for Ticket to Dream to help over 468,000 children and teens experiencing foster care.

The donations have helped to ensure foster youth have access to new shoes, warm coats, clothes, extracurricular activities, and laptops for school, making a tangible impact on the lives of foster youth across the country. During a time when donations can be hard to come by, and kids entering care need more assistance than ever, Famous Footwear has allowed Ticket to Dream Foundation to reach more kids than ever before.

“Ticket to Dream has been blown away by the generosity of Famous Footwear and their customers,” said Gina Davis, CEO of Ticket to Dream Foundation. “We can’t wait to see how many kids we can help in 2023.”

Legendary photographer Albert Watson, along with industry hard hitters Stylist Brendan Cannon, Makeup Artist Romero Jennings, and Hair Stylist Linh Nguyen, translate the fashion iconography of the past into life for a new generation with the model whose career has spanned it all, Carmen Dell’Orefice, now the oldest Vogue cover girl ever at 91.

Inside, Carmen discusses her lifelong, storied, and still-going-strong seven-decade career with Marek Torčík.  She discusses among other things photographers, storytelling, and why she believes modeling agencies should unionize.

Photo by Albert Watson / Vogue CS

Shot in New York City with Producer Anna La Germaine, Watson spins the inspiration from the past while making each image uniquely contemporarily stunning for today’s eye.  Carmen’s poise and relationship with the camera transcend time as she poses in contemporary pieces by Schiaparelli, Ralph Rucci, Lever Couture, Rick Owens, Issey Miyake, Benchellal, Andrew Gn, Kokin, Jason Wu, and a custom-made piece by Verdavainne.

In New York City, Susan Lucci hosted a Sip and Shop with an exclusive preview of her custom-designed heart necklaces to benefit the American Heart Association. Leesa Rowland also held a party at Il Tinello East to celebrate her cover on “New York Lifestyle.”

In Los Angeles, around 200 guests gathered at WarWick for a night that showcased three new covers being released in April. Modern Day Communications held the event on behalf of our “The Modern Day Living Magazine” and “INFLUENCED Magazine.” Cover stars Teddi Mellencamp was there along with Derek Warburton and Qimmah Russo.

Over at SXSW, the Cinema Center, the film festival hospitality hot spot, created a 3-day pop-up around the corner of the main Paramount Theater for SxSw’s Film & TV Festival to host seven premiere parties during the opening weekend  in downtown Austin, TX. The Cinema Center was supported by William Grant & Sons portfolio of luxury spirits including Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Reyka Vodka, Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Glenfiddich Scotch, and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, with specialty cocktails complimented by Q Mixers.  Peroni USA also supported as the official beer.

Film and celebrities included: “LATE BLOOMERS” with Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy); “DOWNL LOW” with Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Lukas Gage (White Lotus), Sebastian Arroyo; “IF YOU WERE THE LAST” with stars Anthony Mackie (Avengers), Zoe Chao (Your Place or Mine”, Geoff Stults (Wedding Crashers); “PARACHUTE” with Director, Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect) and cast Courtney Eaton (Yellow Jackets), Thomas Mann (Halloween Kills), Kid Cudi (House Party), and Owen Thiele (Hacks);  “STORY AVE” with Asante Blackk (This Is Us), Luis Guzman (Wednesday), Melvin Gregg (House Party), Coral Peña (For All Mankind), and Cassandra Freeman (Bel-Air); “THE YOUNG WIFE” with stars Kiersey Clemons (Lady and the Tramp), Leon Bridges (acting debut), Brandon Micheal Hall (Poker Face), Lukita Maxwell (Shrinking) , and Kelly Marie Tran.
In the Hamptons, LongHouse Reserve presented their inaugural Larsen Lecture with architect and designer Kulapat Yantrasast at Christie’s last week. Christie’s Deputy Chairman John Hays welcomed nearly 90 guests with a toast to his longtime friend, the director of LongHouse Reserve, who he called “the magnificent Carrie Barrett, who I’ve known going on five decades, a curator who is so great to all of us in the American field.”

MARCH 15: Alexandra Munroe, Kulapat Yantrasast and Carrie Rebora Barratt attend LongHouse Reserve Inaugural Larsen Lecture on March 15, 2023. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Alexandra Munroe;Kulapat Yantrasast;Carrie Rebora Barratt

Those gathered included LongHouse president Nina Gillman, president emerita Dianne Benson, board members Sherri Donghia, Derick T. George, Anne Erni, Gael Towey, Emma Clurman, Deborah Nevins, and Peter H. Olsen as well as Abby Bangser, Ted Farris, Ronnie and Alan Fisher, Marina Kellen French, Susan Gutfreund, Sharon King Hoge, Michele Gerber Klein, Alison Levasseur, Faith Popcorn, Barbara Tober, and many more.

Happy spring!



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The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

HERE’S BEKKA — (from Rolling Stone)  Bekka Bramlett grew up around John Lennon and George Harrison, but nothing could prepare her for joining Fleetwood Mac in 1994, during one of the rockiest periods in the band’s history.

In the summer of 1994, Fleetwood Mac hit the road without Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, or Christine McVie. In the three singers’ spots, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie placed Traffic’s Dave Mason, rockabilly singer Billy Brunette, and Bekka Bramlett — the 26-year-old daughter of late-Sixties/early-Seventies rock icons Bonnie and Delaney Bramlett.
“We ended up with a bunch of talented people playing good music, but they should not have been touring as Fleetwood Mac,” Mick Fleetwood wrote in his 2014 memoir Play On. “There were too many essential pieces missing from the machine this time. We were a totally different band, with only the original drummer andbass player, and our original name.”

The Bekka Bramlett incarnation of Fleetwood Mac released a single album, 1995’s Time, before dissolving the next year to make way for a lucrative Hells Freezes Over-style reunion album and tour by the classic Rumours lineup. This period of the band may seem like little more than a footnote to some rock fans, but it was a pivotal time for Bramlett, and she looks back on it without any regrets.

“I knew my job was to get Stevie back,” she tells Rolling Stone from her home in Nashville. “I wasn’t a moron. I also knew this was a dangerous job when I took it. I knew I was facing tomatoes. But I didn’t want to wear a top hat. I didn’t want to twirl around. I wanted to be me. I even dyed my hair brown just so people in the cheap seats would know that Stevie wasn’t going to be here. I didn’t want anyone to be discouraged or let down.”

Joining Fleetwood Mac at 26 would have been a shock to the system of most singers, but Bramlett had been living in close proximity to rock stars her entire life. When she was very young, her parents toured and recorded with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and many other A-list rock stars, winning renown as Delaney & Bonnie and Friends. Those artists also spent a lot of time at her mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

Bramlett didn’t realize any of this was unusual until she boarded the school bus one morning gripping her Disney Princess lunchbox. “This other little girl had a Beatles lunchbox,” she says. “I said to her, ‘I know him. He’s on our couch right now.’ I pointed to George Harrison. ‘I know him too.’ I pointed to John. She started hitting me since she thought I was lying. I was petrified and confused. I thought they were just Daddy’s friends that had accents.”

When she was just four years old, her father recruited Bekka and her sister Suzanne to sing background vocals on his song “California Rain.” “My mom had to get some gaffer tape to keep the headphones on my head since I was so little,” she says. “I used to hate the way it sounds, and now I love it so much. It’s so endearing.”

Right around this time, her parents split up, and she went to live with her father and grandmother. “It was weird, since mostly the moms got the babies back then,” she says. “But my parents were alcoholics. My grandmother never even smoked cigarettes or said cuss words. She brought us to church every Sunday, Wednesday, and Monday. We were in safe hands with our grandmother. I think both of my parents trusted that.”

Delaney and Bonnie both struggled to find solo success in the Seventies, and they dealt with significant substance abuse issues, but Bekka inherited their talents, and she knew from a young age that she’d devote her life to music. “I briefly thought I’d be a lawyer, but I thought I’d be a singing lawyer,” she says. “Then I wanted to be a jockey since I love horses, but I thought I’d be a singing jockey. Music is just what I’m good at.”

As a teenager with a fake ID in the early Eighties, Bramlett spent many nights checking out bands on the Sunset Strip. “I remember standing on the side of the stage as Guns N’ Roses played,” she says. “Seeing it up close, I was like, ‘This is why you never try heroin.’ But then I’d go into the audience and be like, ‘This is why you join a rock & roll band!’”

Just a terrific story and interview from Stone’s Andy Greene. You can read the rest of the interview here:
Interestingly enough, I found that Fleetwood Mac Time album very, very enjoyable – not only for the new members of Mac, but for Dave Mason’s reflective “I Wonder Why,” Christine McVie’s perfect “Nights in Estoril” and the track “These Strange Days,” which features Mick Fleetwood’s first-ever vocal.
It certainly wasn’t the hit Rumors was, or even Tusk for that matter, but reflected a re-jiggering of the group; which was pretty good in my book.
Billy Burnette and Dave Mason replaced Buckingham, which led to the oft-spoken comment: it took 2 guitarists to replace Lindsey.
Great piece by Andy Greene.

SUCCESSION — (via Deadline) The Roys are back with a vengeance. The Season 4 premiere of Succession drew an audience of 2.3M on Sunday across HBO Max and linear telecasts, which is a series high for same-day viewers. Total viewing for Sunday night was up 62% compared to Season 3’s premiere viewership of 1.4M in October 2021. At the time, that marked the best premiere night performance of any HBO original series since HBO Max launched in May 2020. Sunday’s viewership is also up about 33% from the Season 3 finale’s 1.7M. Season 3 averaged about 7.2M viewers per episode, according to HBO.HBO also says that all previous seasons of succession saw a 4x increase in viewership in the week leading up to the Season 4 premiere, compared to the week prior.

The Roy family saga picks up as the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) looms. The prospect of the seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys: patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck). A hopefully Roy-esque power struggle will ensue as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is threatened.

Succession has 13 Emmys including Best Drama Series wins for its Season 2 and Season 3, the latter of which premiered in 2021.

We had mentioned earlier that most of the  advance reviews said the writing was the star of the premiere episode and I definitely agree. Creator Jesse Armstrong wrote it and delivered just a stellar job. The episode began with a grumpy-Brian Cox at his birthday and took a few moments to develop into the powerhouse it has become, but it was very, very enjoyable.

Sure some of the dialogue  and plot harked back to earlier episodes, but it’s so good, you hardly noticed. And the ending with Shiv and Tom, alone at at home and contemplating their futures, was just splendid and reeked of the amazing emotion the show almost always conjures up. A class act all around.

SHORT TAKES — London’s Guardian gave the new Keifer Sutherland steaming-series Rabbit Hole a pretty stellar review. Love Keifer and love Charles Dance. And newcomer Meta Golding received a rave as well. Check it out here: Ant-Man and Creed III star Jonathan Majors has a major problem. Saturday night he was arrested for violence with his supposed girlfriend in a cab going from a bar in Brooklyn to NYC. A commercial he did for the Army has already been pulled. The papers in Manhattan have been all over his story and one poster said: Innocent or not; the damage is already done. Sad for sure. He portrays Kang in the next several Marvel-movies, so we’ll see what happens. I wonder what bar in Brooklyn he was at? There are some rough ones out there for sure …
Donnie Kehr’s terrific new album Beautiful Strange is out now on CD …

Jennifer Coolidge

Variety confirmed this week, that the locale of the next White Lotus, from Mike White, will be Thailand. Now, if we could only get Jennifer Coolidge back … Congrats to New York Independenteditor Keith F. Girard on his second novel –

Keith F. Girard’s The Curse of Northam Bay

just out: The Curse of Northam Bay …PR-pasha David Salidor was interviewed by Charles Rosenay for Monkee Mania Radio … Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer open July 21 and it is indeed 3 hours.

Cillian Murphy

It stars Cillian Murphy and the trailer looks rather stupendous. Check it out here:

Happy Bday Steven Tyler and Diana (Miss) Ross!
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Alex Salzman; Jeff Smith; Dino Danelli; Bill Amendola; Maria Milito; Steve Walter; Melissa Davis; Anthony Noto; Deb Caponetta; Christine Nagy; Jim Farber; Kent Denmark; Jane Ayer; Toby Mamis; Howard Bloom; Brad LeBeau; and BELLA!
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