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House shoes, tallboys and surprise pictures: It's casual, backstage at the 2018 ACMS

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By Music News Group

ABC RadioIt may’ve been all glitz and glamor onstage at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas on Sunday, but backstage at the 53rd ACMs, things were decidedly low-key.

New Male Vocalist winner Brett Young admitted he was happy his category was announced ahead of time, because it saved him from having to give a thank-you speech on TV.

New Female Vocalist Lauren Alaina revealed she still hadn’t gotten to have a one-on-one moment with host Reba McEntire — after she’d been too awestruck to talk to her when she called several weeks ago to tell her she’d won. The “Doin’ Fine” hitmaker confessed she did manage to snag an extra salad that Reba had ordered for lunch.

First time Vocal Group of the Year winners Old Dominion agreed it was a bit awkward that they’d just managed to break Little Big Town‘s lock on the category, after recording a duet with them for their Happy Endings album. Lead singer Matt Ramsey said they’d just threatened to punch him in the face when they passed backstage, though it was all in jest.

When Miranda Lambert arrived carrying her three trophies from the night, she couldn’t seem to wrap her mind around the idea that she’s now the winningest artist in ACM history, with a collection of 32 awards.

All the members of Midland were carrying tallboys, however, when they took the stage to talk to reporters, still celebrating their New Vocal Group win.

Three-time Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean recalled how he’d learned a thing or two about celebrating throughout the years, mainly that he might have to scale it back a bit: The first time Jason won, he admitted he missed his plane the next day, he’d partied so much.

When Reba came back after the show, she was still wearing her glamorous 25-year-old “Does He Love You” gown, but she pulled up her dress to reveal she was also wearing her house shoes, because “my feet were killing me!”

As the backstage party came to a close, a voice in the back of the room asked, “Reba, can I have a picture with you?”

It turned out to be Lauren Alaina, who finally got her moment with one of the women who helped pave the way for her.

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Marchers to Demand Texas Politicians "Respect Science"

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By Public News Service Marchers to Demand Texas Politicians “Respect Science” AUSTIN, Texas – Organizers of Austin’s annual March for Science hope to send a message to state lawmakers – stop politicizing, and start respecting science. The march and rally, scheduled for Saturday, will coincide with the city’s annual Earth Day celebration.

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2018 Academy of Country Music Awards: Complete Winners List

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Academy of Country Music

The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards took place Sunday night in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by Reba McEntire and featured performances by Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and many other artists. Below is the list of winners.

2018 ACM Awards Complete Winners List:




VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR: Brothers Osborne





ALBUM OF THE YEAR: From a Room Vol. 1, Chris Stapleton

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR: “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt

SONG OF THE YEAR: “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne


VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR: “The Fighter,” Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood

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"Full Metal Jacket" star R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74

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L. Busacca/WireImage for History Channel(LOS ANGELES) — R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, has died at the age of 74.

The actor’s longtime manager, Bill Rogin, confirmed the news on Ermey’s Facebook page Sunday, writing, “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us… It is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform.”

He added, “He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.”

Ermey’s Full Metal Jacket co-stars paid tribute to the veteran actor, as well, with Vincent D’Onofrio tweeting, “Ermey was the real deal. The knowledge of him passing brings back wonderful memories of our time together.”

Matthew Modine wrote, “#SemperFidelis Always faithful. Always loyal. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. RIP amigo. PVT. Joker.”

Along with his Golden Globe-nominated role in Full Metal Jacket, Ermey starred in such movies as Mississippi Burning, Prefontaine and Se7en. He also voiced Sarge, the leader of the toy soldiers in the Toy Story movies.

Ermey was a member of the military in real life, having served the Marines as a staff sergeant and a drill instructor, including 14 months in Vietnam.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health: Family spokesman

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Tom Pennington/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who has been battling congestive heart failure, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and go home from a hospital to be “surrounded by a family she adores,” according to a statement released Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush.

Mrs. Bush, 92, has been hospitalized several times in Houston, Texas, over the past year to be treated for chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, her family has said.

“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment, and instead will focus on comfort care,” read a statement released by her husband’s office.

“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith, but for others,” the statement reads. “She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

In January, Mrs. Bush and her husband were hospitalized at the same time. She was being treated by bronchitis and the nation’s 41st president was being treated for pneumonia.

Barbara Bush served as the country’s first lady from 1989 to 1993. She is the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States.

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