‘Nashville’ Perform at the Grand Old Opry Again

How great was it too see the band perform!

How great was it too see the band perform!

The stars of ‘Nashville’ put on another concert at the Grand Ole Opry and invited Reba McEntire to perform too!

The cast are amazing every week, but they are even better live. Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor), Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) and Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley) opened up the night with “Borrow My Heart”. These three have great chemistry together. It’s a shame that they won’t be able to perform together on their eight city tour. Sam will only be in New York and L.A. and Jonathan will join the tour in Chicago. 

It would be incredible to see all three of them perform live, but we’ll have to settle with the great performance they put on at the Grand Ole Opry. Their band is just starting to take off on the show. It was such a good idea to open the show with them. I felt like Scarlett, Gunnar and Avery were performing. They brought the great chemistry from the screen to the stage.

Next up came Sam and Clare. I’ve loved these two since episode one. We don’t get to see just the two of them perform too often anymore. It’s a shame they never got signed together. The only other couple to have such great chemistry while singing are Ryana and Deacon. You could even call them this generation’s Ryana and Deacon. There’s still feelings there and I’m still hoping they will find their way back to each other and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

Jonathan had an incredible solo performance. We haven’t seen him perform by himself since his failed record deal. And he’s so much better now. I was not expecting so much soul to come from him. He performs so great with Juliette, Scarlett and Gunnar, that I’d forgotten that he’s a great solo artist too. I think the ‘Nashville’ writers should have him perform by himself more often. If you are in Chicago you will get a chance to his this amazing man perform and hopefully he will have a solo.

Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) and Aubrey Peeples’ (Layla Grant) performance made me very upset that Will and Layla have broken up. They sound incredible together. We probably won’t get to see these two perform together too much. I want to see Layla perform more. She’s a great performer and now that she’s found her sound she’s even better. Bucky is moving her up on the priority list, so I’m looking forward to seeing her sing more often. 

Everyone came back on stage for the finale!

Everyone came back on stage for the finale!

I had no idea that Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne) had co-written a song. No wonder “I Know How To Love You Now” was so perfect! When I heard the song on the show, I thought it was the perfect song for Deacon to be singing to Ryana.

Charles sang his song with his co-writer, Deana Carter.

Sam mentioned during the behind the scenes parts that he writes in his downtime, so maybe we can hear some original music from Sam soon!

Lennon Stella (Maddie Conrad) and Maisy Stella (Daphne Conrad) are born stars. Lennon looked stunning on the stage and Maisy’s voice is so mature for someone so young. Eventually Rayna is going to have sign her girls, she can’t let all their talent go to waste. 

Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) and Will Chase (Luke Wheeler) should definitely perform more together. And not when Luke is the star of the show. Chris has a great presence on stage just like his character Will. I love the song “If I Drink this Beer”. It’s a great love ballad for men. It’s slightly sappy, but adding the beer part makes it more manly and something guys can relate to. 

The second to last performance Reba came out and and sang, “Going Out Like That”. I’ve never seen her perform before and she almost stole the show. The ‘Nashville’ stars are quite good performers too.

It was a family affair for the finale. Scarlett, Deacon and the Conrad sisters came out and thanked the song writers and sang “Friend of Mine”.

Jonathan, Sam, Aubrey, Chris, Will and Deana came out while they were singing and joined in.

This is a great preview for the eight city ‘Nashville’ tour. Are you excited for their tour yet? I am.

‘Nashville’ returns next week and there’s a lot coming, including Christina Aguilera. Take a look at the promo:

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Oscar Winners Share Important Messages During Speeches

Neil Patrick Harris' was at his best during the opening of the ceremony.

Neil Patrick Harris’ was at his best during the opening ceremony of the Oscars.

If you were on Twitter last night, you probably noticed there were very mixed reviews over the Oscars. There’s people who are outraged that ‘Boyhood’ didn’t win best picture and other people who were disappointed with Neil Patrick Harris’ performance hosting.

For me, I was expecting more from Neil. I loved him as Barney and I didn’t see much of Barney on stage.

I did like the overall theme of the evening and it started right from the beginning when Neil said “best and whitest, I mean brightest.”

There was a very political theme for the evening of tolerance. And those jokes just kept coming. When Alejandro G. Iñárritu won for best director, Sean Penn said, “Who gave this son of a b—- his green card?”

Alejandro gave a great speech dedicated to fellow Mexicans.

He said: “I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve, and the ones that live in this country, who are a part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”

The ‘Birdman’ director wasn’t the only one that took the opportunity to shed light on important issues.

Patrica Aquette's word inspired great applause from Meryl Streep and J.Lo.

Patricia Arquette’s word inspired great applause from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez.

When Patricia Arquette accepted her award for best supporting actress, she took the opportunity to thank a lot of people and take a stand for women everywhere.

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” Patricia said.

Her speech created a big reaction from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. Meryl got out of her seat and J.Lo was screaming.

The best part of the entire award ceremony was when John Legend and Common performed ‘Glory’. It was so moving and brought tears to David Oyelowo and Chris Pine’s eyes. The performance also inspired a standing ovation.

Most people agree that ‘Selma’ should have been nominated for more awards. It feels like John and Common decided to do the film justice by putting on an incredible performance. It wasn’t just their passion for the song that made it so great, when the marchers came on stage it really made a big impact.

John Legend and Common put on an incredible performance of 'Glory'.

John Legend and Common put on an incredible and moving performance of ‘Glory’.

The only thing that could make the performance better was ‘Glory’ winning best song, and it did just that.

Winning gave John the opportunity to speak about the importance of ‘Selma’.

“‘Selma’ is now because the struggle for justice is now,” John said.

The important speeches were carried on through out the ceremony.

For one I was very happy that ‘The Imitation Game’ got honored with something. The film won for best adapted screenplay.

Graham Moore confessed during his acceptance speech that he tried to kill himself when he was 16 years old.

“I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I am standing here,” he said.

“I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do,” he added.

Alan Turing helped end the war and he created the first computer. He had a huge impact on this world and it’s horrible how he was awarded for that. It was important that the film get honored in some way and this was probably one of the best ways it could be celebrated. Between the film and Graham’s powerful acceptance speech, the impact has been made.

There were a lot of important movies nominated this year that shed light and awareness on certain topics.

Julianne Moore accepted her award for best actress with saying: “I’m so happy, thrilled actually, that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease.”

“People with Alzheimer’s deserve to been seen so that we can find a cure,” she added.

Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role.

Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role and dedicated the award to the Hawking family.

Eddy Redmayne won best actor for his protryal of Stephen Hawking. He dedicated his award to people fighting ALS and the Hawking family.

After all the great speeches, hopefully people are talking about more than just who won Sunday night. Hopefully these talented actors and film makers have got the conversations started on these important issues.

Here are all the winners from the The 87th Academy Awards.

Also, here’s John and Common’s performance of ‘Glory’:

My Top 6 Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

As you will probably notice, the running theme through my favorite Super Bowl commercials is animals. You can’t lose when you put an animal in your commercial.

The other thing I always notice about commercials during the Super Bowl is that they don’t always relate back to the product they are selling, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them. For me it’s my favorite part of the game, well the commercials and the half-time show.

Here are my favorite Super Bowl Commercials:

6. Bud Light
I’m a big fan of the old Pac-Man video game, so this commercial immediately caught my eye. It would be so much fun to play a live action game of Pac-Man!

5. Avocados from Mexico
It’s just funny how everyone is so happy the avocado is drafted.

4. Mercedes Benz
I’ve always loved the Tortoise and the Hare fairy tale. I especially love that in this ad that the tortoise uses the mercedes to beat the hare!

3. BMW
It’s hard to remember first embracing the internet. I’m sure a lot of us were just like Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric and with new technologies constantly coming out, we’ll continue to figure them out. It’s a good thing we all aren’t recorded as we discover new technologies.

2. #LikeAGirl
I’ve liked the other #LikeAGirl commercials too and I think it’s an important message to girls of all ages.

1. Budweiser 
How can you not love this lost puppy. I dare you not to get teary eyed in this commercial.

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Dancing the Night Away at the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball

Taylor Swift closing the show at the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball

Taylor Swift closing the show at the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball

The iHeart Radio Jingle Ball aired on the CW Thursday night. There was a lot of dancing, a lot of singing and a lot going on backstage.

Taylor Swift got the honor of not only opening the show, but closing the night as well. She opened with Blank Space and brought with her some of her crazy faces from the video. She was very festive, wearing a two piece red plaid crop top and pants. Her and Ariana Grande were the only two that had Christmas themed wardrobes.

Taylor closed the night with Shake it Off. She told the audience that no one would judge them for how they danced during the last song and the entire audience was on their feet dancing. She also shared that it was her 25th birthday. What a way to celebrate your birthday, at the Jingle Ball. Taylor’s birthday was December 13, when the performance was taped.

Taylor definitely rocked the house with opening and closing the event, but there were a lot of star in between too.

Ansel Elgort from ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ introduced Ariana. She performed her new song Santa Tell Me. The singer was really in the Christmas mood, wearing antlers and all dressed in white.

Keeping with the Christmas spirit, Lil Jon came on stage dressed as Santa to introduce 5 Seconds of Summer.

Ariana graced the stage again with Jessie J, singing Bang Bang.

Sarah Jessica Parker was also in attendance. She got the great honor of introducing Sam Smith. Sam had one of the best performances of the night. The audience sang with him and he seemed to be in awe of the whole thing.

The night was just heating up. Things got turned up a notch when Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora took the stage to sing Black Widow.

If you weren’t feeling star struck enough, Emma Roberts made an appearance to introduce Maroon 5. They had a great performance singing Animals.

Meghan Trainor’s album may not be out till next year, but she’s had a great 2014 and got to end the year performing at the Jingle Ball. Not a bad start to a career. She owned the stage singing her hit All About that Bass.

It felt like we started the year listening to One Republic’s Counting Stars and it looks like we will finish listening to the song too. Apparently it was the most requested song of the year. The band really rocked the song. Ryan Tedder decided to join the audience and while he was singing, took pictures with fans. The audience sure got a night to remember with all of the great stars.

But the night wasn’t over yet. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani killed it singing Spark the Fire.

During all the great performances on stage Lil Jon, Ryan Seacrest and Paul Costabile were backstage finding out who’s been naughty and nice, who the stars want to kiss under the mistletoe and handing out presents.

Ansel had the best answer for the mistletoe question. He told Lil Jon he wanted to kiss Lil Jon. That totally creeped him out. Paul kept giving Iggy huge candy canes, but be broke them every time.

The iHeart Radio Jingle Ball was a great night of music and stars. If you missed it you can catch it on the CW website.

Buddy the Elf Spreads Christmas Joy

Buddy went through Candy Cane Land to get to NYC.

Buddy went through Candy Cane Land to get to NYC.

If you are looking for something to get you in the holiday spirit, check out NBC’s ‘Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas’. The TV special is all about bringing holiday cheer.

The stop-motion animated film is based on the film, ‘Elf’, and the musical. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film and I’ve never seen the musical, so I can’t speak to how well it captures the two, but it’s very funny.

Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on ‘The Big Bang Theory’, voices the Elf Buddy. And they couldn’t have picked a better actor. At first it was funny listening to Sheldon’s voice being so cheerful about Christmas. If you are a fan of Sheldon, then you know how much he hates the holidays. But Jim captured Buddy so well.

Buddy was a human that thought he was an elf because he grew up in the North Pole with Santa and his elves. When Buddy finds out who his real father his, he sets out to New York City to find him. But his father is on the Naughty list and has no Christmas cheer at all.

Buddy is not use to mean New Yorkers, even the sea monster on his way to New York wished him fair well. So every time he gets run over by a car he says ‘I’m sorry’ and he thinks the security guards are hugging him. There just isn’t a mean bone in his body. His father is almost the opposite.

Buddy isn’t the brightest of elves but he brings the Christmas magic into everyone’s lives he touches.

Throughout the film, Buddy finds that there is not a lot of people that believe in Santa anymore. Santa’s slay is powered by the Christmas spirit, and if people don’t believe, he can’t bring gifts to all the children.

Buddy is forced to save Christmas, and his friends help too.

This was such a cute film. Even the naughty children were so cute.

The ‘Elf’ film was a little more for adults than this animated film, but it’s perfect to watch with the family, or to just relive that Christmas magic.

A dare you to watch this film and not feel the Christmas magic by the end!

Here’s the promo and and you can catch the film on NBC’s website: