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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Chase Rice, Cody Johnson and more are set to play the All-Star Guitar Pull Thursday, April 4 in Las Vegas at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan. Part of the proceeds go to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

If you missed Dolly Parton‘s feature on CBS Sunday Morning, you can watch the entire profile on YouTube now.

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Our Kind of Vegas: Lady A starts Sin City residency, as Backstreet Boys help entertain their wives and kids

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By Music News Group

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This weekend, Lady Antebellum kicked off their Our Kind of Vegas residency at Pearl Concert Theater in The Palms Casino Resort.

After Friday’s opening night, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood were invigorated to see the intimate experience they’d envisioned coming together.

“It felt awesome,” Hillary reflected. “We really were just so living in the moment of getting to see the show be brought to life, and have the feedback of the audience for the first time. And to see the moments that we have talked about for so many months…”

“Actually play out like you wanted them to play out,” Charles interjected, finishing her sentence. “It felt like we were amongst a lot of friends.”

Lady A’s residency also gives them the chance to spend some quality time with their families while they’re in Vegas.

“Flying here, my daughter Eisele, my oldest, was ecstatic,” Hillary explained. “And it’s because our families are actually bunkered down together. And so Eisele and Cash and Lillie, Dave’s daughter, and my twins that are only a month apart, it’s just like a Kindercare. They’re just playing and wearing each other out and having a great time.”

Hillary admits they’re also making other plans.

“My little girl is actually not coming to our show on Wednesday,” she revealed, as Charles chimed in: “My wife, too. My wife’s blowing out our show.”

“To go see the Backstreet Boys,” Hillary finished.

“They’re all skipping out on us,” Dave agreed.

“My five-and-a-half-year-old’s like, ‘See ya! Goin’ to see Backstreet,'” Hillary laughed.

Lady A has three more dates at The Palms next week, before returning in May and August. You can find out more at Palms.com.

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Grammys 2019: The Performances

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By Andrea Dresdale

Monty Brinton/CBSThe 61st Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles, were a far cry from last year’s telecast, which was criticized for a lack of female performers. It was all about the women Sunday night — with a few men thrown in here and there. Here’s who performed what:

The show kicked off with an elaborate production number starring Camila Cabello, who sang her #1 hit “Havana” on a set that looked like an apartment building, which she later tweeted was inspired by the real-life building her grandmother lived in growing up in Havana, Cuba. Camila, the first Latina to open the Grammys, was joined for the block-party-inspired number by Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Young Thug and Latin music legend Arturo Sandoval.

Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus performed a crowd-pleasing duet of his nominated song, “In My Blood”

One of the night’s big winners, Kacey Musgraves, performed “Rainbow” from her Album of the Year-winning disc, Golden Hour.

Janelle Monáe performed a sexy, show-stopping version of her song “Make Me Feel,” which featured bits of her songs “Django Jane” and “Pynk” dropped in. Surrounded by female dancers and wearing a black-and-white shiny leotard, Janelle channeled Prince and James Brown as she played guitar, sang, danced and even dropped to the floor for some suggestive hip thrusting.

Post Malone performed an acoustic version of his song “Stay” before moving to a bit of his nominated hit, “Rock Star.” He then joined Red Hot Chili Peppers on guitar and vocals for a rocking version of their 2016 song, “Dark Necessities.”

Anna Kendrick introduced a Dolly Parton tribute, which featured the country legend singing “Here You Come Again” with Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, “Jolene” with Miley Cyrus, a lovely version of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” with Maren Morris and Miley, and a new song, “Red Shoes,” with Little Big Town. Then everyone joined in on a version of her classic hit “9 to 5.”

Best R&B Album winner H.E.R. gave a soulful performance of her track “Hard Place” while playing a see-through guitar; she was later joined by a chorus of singers.

Cardi B gave a Jazz Age-inspired performance of “Money,” which featured her lolling on a diamond piano and, at one point, wearing a huge peacock-looking feather tail accessory.

Alicia Keys, the show’s host, played a Scott Joplin song on two pianos at once before performing a medley of songs that included Roberta Flack‘s “Killing Me Softly,” Juice WRLD‘s “Lucid Dreams,” Nat King Cole‘s “Unforgettable,” Kings of Leon‘s “Use Somebody,” Drake‘s “In My Feelings,” Ella Mai‘s “Boo’d Up,” Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and, finally, her own “Empire State of Mind.”

Country duo Dan + Shay did a stripped-down version of their Grammy-winning crossover hit, “Tequila.”

Introduced by her nine-year-old grandson, Motown legend Diana Ross wished herself a happy 75th birthday — which is actually next month — by performing “The Best Years of My Life” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).”

Lady Gaga performed a raucous, super-dramatic solo version of her Grammy-winning hit “Shallow.” It was, we think, an attempt to show exactly why she and Ally, the singer/songwriter character she plays in A Star Is Born, are two very different artists.

Travis Scott, joined by Earth, Wind & Fire members as well as collaborators Mike Dean and James Blake, performed “Stop Trying to Be God,” and then moved to a huge steel cage, where he performed “No Bystanders” while a crowd of young people climbed all over the cage, formed a mosh pit, and then held the rapper up as he crowd-surfed.

A Motown tribute featured some participation from Ne-Yo, Smokey Robinson and Alicia Keys, but it was dominated by Jennifer Lopez, who danced and sang a medley of the legendary record label’s hits, including “Please Mr. Postman,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Do You Love Me,” “Money, “ABC,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and “Square Biz.”

Brandi Carlile, who won three Grammys, performed a touching version of her anti-bullying song “The Joke,” impressing the crowd by nailing the song’s extremely high notes.

As a tribute to Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient Donny Hathaway, Chloe X Halle sang “Where Is the Love,” a 1972 hit by the late singer and Roberta Flack.

St. Vincent and Dua Lipa sang a titillating mash-up of their respective hits “Masseducation” and “One Kiss.”

Andra Day, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams paid tribute to the late Aretha Franklin by singing “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman).”

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Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga win big at 61st Annual Grammy Awards

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By ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga performs at the Grammys; Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Hey, remember last year, when everyone complained that there were barely any women on the Grammy Awards, and that deserving hip-hop artists kept getting snubbed?

What a difference a year makes. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles, were all about hip hop and women — and sometimes both.

Edgy country artist Kacey Musgraves was the night’s big winner, taking home four trophies, including the prestigious Album of the Year prize for Golden Hour. She also won Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. In one of her many acceptance speeches, she thanked “all of the fans who have done nothing but spread positivity and love about this album…you really gave it wings.”

Meanwhile, Cardi B and Childish Gambino, the latter aka actor Donald Glover, made Grammy history with their wins. Childish Gambino’s politically charged #1 hit “This Is America” was named Record and Song of the Year — the first time a hip-hop track had ever won in those two categories. “This Is America” also won for Best Rap/Sung performance, and its galvanizing video was named Best Music Video. Gambino wasn’t on hand to accept his trophies.

Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy was named Best Rap Album, making her the only solo female to win in that category. The rapper was overcome by emotion at the podium, but still managed to joke, “The nerves are so bad, maybe I need to start smoking weed!”

Cardi then gave a memorable speech, specifically thanking her 7-month-old daughter, Kulture. She explained that wen she found out she was pregnant, it gave her the impetus she needed to finish her album and shoot the videos before she started showing. She also thanked her estranged husband, Offset, who was onstage with her, for encouraging her.

The night’s other big winners included Brandi Carlile, who won three trophies, and Lady Gaga, who also took home three: two for “Shallow” and one for her song “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” Accepting the award for Best Pop/Duo Group performance, a tearful Gaga thanked Bradley Cooper and her fans, and then spoke about the importance of mental health issues, especially in the music industry.

“If you see someone that’s hurting, don’t look away,” she said. “And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up into your head with you.”

Going into the show, host Alicia Keys said she felt that this year’s Grammys was “one billion percent” the year of the woman. Indeed, in addition to Cardi, Kacey, Brandi and Gaga, nearly every other winner or performer of the night was female, from R&B stars H.E.R. and Janelle Monae, Latinx stars Jennifer Lopez and Camila Cabello, rock star St. Vincent, and pop stars Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa. Even Michelle Obama put in an appearance.

Most of the star-studded Grammy “moments” were female-centric: There were tributes to Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross took center stage to wish a happy 75th birthday to herself with a performance. Even a Motown tribute was mostly performed by Jennifer Lopez.

Dua Lipa, who was named Best New Artist, even said in her acceptance speech, “I guess this year, we really stepped up.” It was a not-so-subtle diss of Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who last year was publicly slammed for suggesting that women in the music industry needed to “step up.”

Unfortunately, the biggest female pop star in the world right now, Ariana Grande, declined to attend after feuding with the producers. Disappointing, considering that in ceremonies prior to the broadcast, she won her first Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album, for Sweetener.

As for the men, there were performances by Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott and, briefly, Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo, but the most notable male appearance came from Drake, who normally avoids award shows like the plague. He was on hand to accept his Grammy for Best Rap Song, for “God’s Plan,” and gave one of the most pointed speeches of the night.

Noting that awards are often decided by those who “might not understand” where hip-hop stars like him are coming from, the rapper continued, “You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word. If you’re a hero from your hometown. If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows”

Gesturing to his Grammy, Drake added, “You don’t need this right here. I promise you, you already won.”

Fans were furious that Drake’s speech was seemingly cut short by a commercial, but backstage, it was explained that he was given the opportunity to continue afterward, but declined, saying he’d made his point.

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'The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part' tops weekend box office with disappointing $34.4 million

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By ABC News Radio

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part topped the weekend box office with a an estimated $34.4 million opening, though that figure is far below the $50-55 million the film was expected to capture. It’s also well below the $69 million the first film debuted with in 2014, and the $53 million opening for The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017.

Overseas, the animated feature — starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell and Tiffany Haddish — earned an estimated $18.4 million.

What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson, opening in second place, delivering an estimated $19 million. Third place belonged to another debut, Liam Neeson’s Cold Pursuit, exceeding expectations with an estimated $10.8 million.

In fourth place was The Upside, grabbing an estimated 7.2 million. The Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston comedy has earned a total of $85.8 million stateside and is likely to end up hitting $100 million before its finishes its run.

Rounding out the top five is M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Glass, adding an estimated $6.6 million over the weekend to bring its domestic earnings to $98.4 million. It’s earned upward of $221 million worldwide.

The weekend’s other new release, the horror film Prodigy, starring Taylor Schilling, delivered an estimated $6 million in its debut, slightly below expectations.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, $34.4 million
2. What Men Want, $19 million
3. Cold Pursuit, $10.8 million
4. The Upside, $7.2 million
5. Glass, $5.8 million
6. The Prodigy, $6 million
7. Green Book, $3.567 million
8. Aquaman, $3.3 million
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, $3 million
10. Miss Bala, $2.7 million

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