GRAMMY Insider: Carrie Underwood, Adam Levine, Rihanna, Billie Joe Armstrong, Britney Spears, And More
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including new album releases, tour updates, notable TV appearances, interviews, and more.)
Music And Film/TV
The NFL still loves country. Carrie Underwood is getting ready for football season as the GRAMMY winner has been slated to sing the theme to "Sunday Night Football" for the upcoming 2013–2014 season, beginning Sept. 8 when the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Underwood replaces fellow GRAMMY-winning country artist Faith Hill, whose "Sunday Night Football" tenure lasted six seasons. … While his baby's mama Kim Kardashian is lighting up reality television, Kanye West may be coming to a big screen soon. The 21-time GRAMMY winner has reportedly been seen filming Anchorman 2 in Atlanta. … The Beatles' "Let It Be" musical opens on Broadway July 24 with a production that will tell the story of the band's early years and fast rise to stardom. … "The Voice" coach Adam Levine has signed a one-year development deal with longtime manager/producing partner Jordan Feldstein that will entail collaborating on the creation of scripted programming for NBC.
It's that time of year again, when Maxim magazine is good enough to let us know who the sexiest women celebrities are (based on fan votes) with their annual Hot 100 rankings, and it's not hard to find GRAMMY winners on the list, especially among the Top 15. Rihanna ranked No. 3, Taylor Swift No. 13 and Beyoncé came in at No. 14 (just in time for Mother's Day for Bey). The pole position went to untamable singer Miley Cyrus.
Less than two months after releasing his No. 1 album, The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake has announced he will release a follow-up set featuring 10 new songs and outtakes on Sept. 30. … On May 14 Amy Grant will release How Mercy Looks From Here, her first album of all-new material in 10 years featuring "Our Time Is Now," a duet with Carole King.
Shape magazine June cover girl Britney Spears has revealed how she got back in shape. "I'm doing 90 minutes of yoga twice a week in addition to a lot of cardio," she said in a recent interview. But Spears, who is preparing for an upcoming Las Vegas residency, admits the healthy lifestyle is no walk in the park. "Dieting is tough because my specialties are spaghetti, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. I try not to make those too often or I'll eat the whole bowl of dough."
On The Road
The lineup has been revealed for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which this year will take place over two weekends on Oct. 4–6 and Oct. 11–13. Artists taking the stage will include GRAMMY winners Kings Of Leon, Muse, Phoenix, Lionel Richie, Wilco, and Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace project, as well as the Cure and Depeche Mode. … An all-star tribute to George Jones will take place Nov. 22 in Nashville during what was supposed to be the late singer's farewell show and will feature performances by Garth Brooks, Sam Moore, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Travis Tritt.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong recently dismissed Korean pop star Psy as "the herpes of music." … Beyoncé recently told "Good Morning America" that she wants more children because she thinks her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, "needs some company." … While some fans are paying upward of $1,200 to see the Rolling Stones on their 50 & Counting tour, guitarist Keith Richards said he'd like fans to be able to attend Stones shows "without sort of starving their babies and all." … The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has labeled the video for David Bowie's "The Next Day" "juvenile." The video, which finds Bowie dressed up as Jesus, was temporarily pulled from YouTube. … Liam Gallagher reportedly almost died after eating candy. "I've done some stuff over the years but never, never did I think a f***ing blue M&M would be the thing that could have killed me," said Gallagher.