It’s been a few weeks since we did a Music News recap, but there’s been a lot going on this week. Here are a few of the more notable headlines and happenings, in case you missed them.
MUSICAL STARS PERFORM HURRICANE SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT
Of course, dominating the news this week was the remarkable mega-storm that left much of New York City and the mid-Atlantic coast in ruins. With at least 88 dead and millions still without power, an impressive lineup of musical artists put together a special concert event to benefit storm victims. “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” was broadcast on the NBC networks Friday night, with East Coast-based musicians leading the way. Leading off the night with her song “Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera announced: “I was born in Staten Island. We will not leave anyone behind. Every single one of you matters.” Other musical guests included Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen, with additional appearances by celebrities such as Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Kevin Bacon.
The Red Cross still needs your help in bringing relief to the storm victims. You can make a donation by clicking here, or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW. You can also make an instant $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
BLAKE SHELTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT WIN BIG AT CMA AWARDS
We should come up with one of those blended names for this couple: Blakanda? Mirake? Sheltbert? Whatever you call them, country music’s unofficial royal couple took home some of the CMA’s biggest awards at Thursday night’s awards show in Nashville. Miranda won “Female Vocalist of the Year,” while Blake took both Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year categories. Additionally, the couple took Song of the Year honors for Miranda’s recording of “Over You,” a song written about Shelton’s brother who passed away, sparking an emotional onstage moment for the couple.
Thursday was also a big night for Little Big Town, who after over a decade of flying largely under the radar finally broke through this year with their single “Pontoon.” The band took Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year honors. Toby Keith won Music Video of the Year for “Red Solo Cup,” but since Keith snubbed the awards, the CMAs took it back. (Just kidding.)
MITCH LUCKER, BILL DEES PASS AWAY…
The music community lost two of its own over the past couple of weeks, coming from very different genres and eras. Songwriter Bill Dees, perhaps best known for co-writing “Oh, Pretty Woman” with Roy Orbison, died October 24 in Mountain Home, Arkansas at age 73. Dees also wrote tunes for many music icons, including Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell and others. No cause of death was released; memorial services are scheduled for today, November 3.
Additionally, metal band Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker died tragically on Thursday, November 1, in a motorcycle accident in Huntington Beach, CA. The crash occurred Halloween night, and Lucker was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 6:00 a.m. the following morning. The band announced Lucker’s passing on their Facebook page, saying, “This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.” Lucker was 28.
May next week’s headlines be a bit more encouraging. Have a great weekend.