by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
Brad’s song with LL Cool J “is more serious than fun”
Looks like Brad Paisley is going outside his usual wheelhouse for his upcoming album, Wheelhouse, which is out April 9.
He’s got rapper/actor/GRAMMY’s host LL Cool J on a track, which Brad told reporters was “fun.”
“Well actually, the song with him is more serious than fun,” the Opry star said.
“He’s a great songwriter, and more importantly, he’s a great human being. He’s a really nice man, and he is a class act. And I am lucky to associate with him at all.”
Sweet sentiment, but I’ve gotta ask: What’s with the name “LL Cool J”?
The kids today know his real name is James and that his moniker stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.”
GRAMMY’s performance of the night . . .
“Her dress became a show of its own,” USA Today gushed.
If you missed the GRAMMY awards Sunday night (Feb. 10), you missed Carrie Underwood in a platinum ball gown that doubled as a projection screen.
Images of flowers and stars and butterflies – what, no unicorns? – appeared on her dress as Carrie sang “Two Black Cadillacs.”
Putting together the dress was no easy task – four people needed 80 hours to make it happen.
So what do you do with such a magnificent piece of functional fashion after the show’s over?
“I said I should take that home and we can watch movies on it,” Carrie said backstage afterward.
And the country GRAMMY’s go to . . .
Big ups to Little Big Town as Jimi, Karen, Kimberly and Phillip picked up their first-ever GRAMMY trophies for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Pontoon.”
“You always hope they’re going to call your name, but when you’re in a category with Taylor Swift, often they’re not going to call your name,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild told reporters. “This is pivotal for us.”
Carrie Underwood’s song “Blown Away” got two trophies, for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.
Zac Brown Band got Best Country Album for Uncaged.
Watch Carrie perform “GRAMMY-winning song at the Opry: