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Writing comedy in a world where "news changes every 15 seconds": What to expect from Brad & Carrie at the CMA Awards

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By Music News Group

CMA/ABCTonight in Nashville, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the CMA Awards for the tenth time.

And after a decade, the two say they know what the audience wants.

“We do have other writers on the show,” Brad tells ABC Radio, “but you’d be really surprised at the amount of… material… that Carrie and I come up with.”

Brad even believes Carrie has a better sense than he does of what’s funny.

“It’s really painfully obvious to me that you know me better than I do,” he tells her, “as far as what I should be doing. And we lean on Carrie a lot. Like, she had a great idea yesterday — I’m not gonna say what it is yet– where she’s like, ‘You know what I like? I like when you do this.’”

The pair admit social media has made hosting harder, particularly when it comes to the popular parody they do every year.

“We’re working on it,” Brad says. “The issue this year is, the news changes every 15 seconds…”

“It’s hard to get things that are relevant that we can kinda plan for,” Carrie continues. “You know, something that everybody’s talking about today, they may not be talking about in a week… You know, so it’s kind of trying to find that balance of things that people will still find funny, even in a week.”

Don’t expect Brad and Carrie to get political — unless it’s funny, that is.

“We’ve always said that we want to make fun of things that are funny…” Carrie explains. “It’s not about any political party or any person or any anything. It’s just about making fun of things that are funny. And we are equal…”

“Equal opportunity when it comes to offense,” Brad chimes in.

“Exactly. Equal opportunity offenders!” Carrie agrees.

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BMI proclaims Keith Urban a Champion, as he prepares to vie for five CMA Awards

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LA Tuesday night at the 65th annual BMI Country Awards, the performing rights organization honored Keith Urban with its Champion Award, for his efforts to further music education and help the next generation of music-makers.

“I love what I get to do, not just the music part, but to be able to give back,” the Aussie superstar said before the ceremony in Music City. “Because Nashville’s been my home for 25 years and it’s been so good to me. I’ve been helped so much in my life by other people that obviously having opportunities to do that now is just a natural thing for me.”

On Wednesday night, Keith vies for five trophies at the 51st Annual CMA Awards: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Music Video, and Single of the Year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” He also could pick up a second piece of hardware for “Blue” because he helped produce the RipCord track.

“They all mean something different,” he says thoughtfully, “but I think collectively, just to be nominated is pretty bada**. It really is. I mean, that’s incredible. I always say it, but it’s true: I just love making music, I love making records, I love touring. I’d be doing it no matter what happened. So when it happens with that kind of acknowledgement, it’s a beautiful feeling.”

Keith will also perform on the show that starts at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday night, live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

“Oh, it’s great!” he says of the chance to sing on the show. “I mean, it’s the CMAs. I remember opening with Brad Paisley one year, and the curtain was about to open and I said to him, I go, ‘We’re opening the CMAs!’ And just high-fiving each other, just to not let that moment be lost on us. Because this is 51 years of the CMAs. It’s extraordinary.”

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"The Voice" recap: The knockouts conclude with Jennifer stealing an artist from Adam

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) –The knockout rounds concluded on Tuesday’s edition of The Voice, a night that saw coach Jennifer Hudson steal an artist from Adam Levine.

Artists from coach Blake Shelton’s team also duked it out to see which ones would make it to the live rounds. None of Miley Cyrus‘ artists performed.

To make things even more interesting, each artist had to watch his or her opponent rehearse.

Advising the artists for the knockout rounds was season-14 coach Kelly Clarkson.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday night’s episode:

First up, it was “the battle of the big voices” – Chris Weaver, belting out Nina Simone’s version of “I Put a Spell on You,” facing off against Katrina Rose, covering “Zombie” by The Cranberries, representing Team Jennifer. During rehearsals, Hudson urged Weaver to rely more on the bottom of his range, in order to make the big notes “pay off.” Rose was advised to be careful not to let her energy take away from the passion of her performance. Jennifer and the other coaches all agreed that Chris was the clear winner. He moves on to the live rounds, while Katrina was sent packing.

Next up, Team Blake’s Megan Rose, tackling Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break,” went up against Red Marlow, singing Craig Campbell’s “Outskirts of Heaven.” Blake, addressing the camera, said the artist who “steps into the part they’re playing when they sing [their] song” would be the winner of the knockout. Megan’s nerves seemed to have gotten the better of her during the performance, in contrast to Marlow’s polished delivery, leading Blake to declare him the winner. He advances to the next round, while Rose heads home.

Closing out the show was Team Adam’s Anthony Alexander, performing “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes, going up against Hannah Mrozak, with Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” Anthony’s task, according to Levine, was to “push himself over the top.” Hannah needed to “step up her game” as well. Once again, nerves proved to be Anthony’s nemesis, but Adam took a chance with the 17-year-old high school senior anyway. He advances to the live rounds.

However, Mrozak also continues to the live rounds, now representing Team JHud, who stole her away from Adam.

Here’s a rundown of each coach’s artists:

Team Adam: Addison Agen, Anthony Alexander, Adam Cunningham, Emily Luther, Jon Mero

Team Blake: Mitchell Lee, Chloe Kohanski, Red Marlow, Keisha Renee, Esera Tuaolo

Team Miley: Ashland Craft, Moriah Formica, Janice Freeman, Adam Pearce, Brooke Simpson

Team Jennifer: Davon Fleming, Shi’Ann Jones, Noah Mac, Hannah Mrozak, Chris Weaver

The Voice live rounds kick off Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Comedians “Stand Up for Heroes” at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night

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By Stephen Iervolino

WireImage/Jim Spellman(NEW YORK) — John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more came together at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Tuesday night for the annual “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit — an evening of comedy and music that raises money to support programs for injured veterans and their families.

It’s presented by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, created by the ABC news anchor injured in Iraq in 2006.

Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week with John Oliver, tells ABC Radio while benefits help, more needs to be done.

“You know, ‘I thank you for your service’ is nice, but at the end of the day…it’s one step above the literally, the least you can do,” Oliver said. “More has to be done. It just takes will to do it.”

Oliver thinks the American public needs to be more involved. “So few people have skin in the game,” he said. “The vast majority of people in America do not know someone who is in the service. The problem is people need to understand that this is a responsibility.”

Woodruff believes returning vets need purpose. “Nobody wants pity,” he said. “What they really want is to be treated with dignity and to go back to what they were before, and I think it’s more and more possible. These are people that had missions. And they want to continue to have a mission.”

“Most companies that I know who promise they are going to hire x-number of veterans, almost all of them have hired more,” he continued. “And they’ve been much more successful than they ever expected.”

The next Woodruff Foundation fundraising event, Dine Out for Heroes, will be on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11 in New York City. Visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org for more information.

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'That's how people like you get shot': Georgia teacher suspended for allegedly threatening student

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By KT

Google Maps(CONYERS, Ga.) — A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to “screw” with him, or he will “get in big-a– trouble.” It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

“Don’t smile at me, man, OK? That’s how people like you get shot,” the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. “I got a bet. I bet by the time you’re 21, somebody’s gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me — the one that does it.”

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher’s statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was “outraged” that the incident occurred.

“You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child,” April Carr wrote on Facebook. “Well it happened to mine and we will get justice.”

Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr’s son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was “no back and forth” or “disrespectful” banter between her son and his teacher.

Carr said the teacher’s comments were “outright racist.”

“He’s in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say ‘you people,’ it’s an outright racist statement — no covering it up,” Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she’s had “plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he’s out,” which includes being “respectful at all times.” He is in the gifted program, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with “all the shootings” going on in the country, she “can’t afford” to take the teacher’s comments lightly.

“I have to take it as seriously as it sounded,” she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

“This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from,” Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.

The alleged incident happened more than a week before it was reported to the sheriff’s office, the report states.

There is a Paul Hagan listed as the school’s science department chair and electronics instructor at the school, according to the directory on the school website. He was placed on administrative leave as the matter is under investigation, Rockdale County Public Schools said in a statement.

ABC News could not immediately reach Hagan for comment.

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