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Adrianna Velazquez

Adrianna is a 20-year-old college student attending Wayne State University majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. With a passion for music and photography she spends most of her time at concerts photographing and interviewing musicians. She also enjoys baseball and coffee, lots of it!

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations

Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards Nominations with eight nominations including Entertainer of the Year.

Friday morning nominations for the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced and Miranda Lambert leads the pack with eight nominations in total including a nomination for Entertainer of the Year.

Following is Dierks Bentley with seven nominations. Bentley released his seventh studio album, Riser which earned him nominations for Album of the Year and Male Vocalist among others.

The ACM nominations include some newer acts as well with Brandy Clark nominated for Female Vocalist while Maddie & Tae and Brothers Osborne compete in Vocal Duo of the Year.

The most interesting category for nominations this year is Entertainer of the Year whose nominees include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Garth Brooks.

Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year are fan-voted with a victor being determined just a few days before the show.

The Academy of Country Music Awards air Sunday, April 19th on CBS from AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Full list of 2015 ACM Awards nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Florida Georgia Line

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
The Swon Brothers

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt – Jason Aldean
Pain Killer – Little Big Town
Platinum – Miranda Lambert
Riser – Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders – Eric Church

Single Record of the Year
“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
“Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
“Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
“I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice

Song of the Year (TIE)
“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
“Drink a Beer” – Luke Bryan
“Follow Your Arrow” – Kacey Musgraves
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
“I Hold On” – Dierks Bentley

Songwriter of the Year
Rodney Clawson
Ashley Gorley
Luke Laird
Josh Osborne
Chris Tompkins

Video of the Year
“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
“Cop Car” – Keith Urban
“Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell
“Somethin’ Bad” – Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood

Vocal Event of the Year
“Lonely Tonight” – Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Somethin’ Bad” – Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“The South” – The Cadillac Three featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli
“This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

Taylor Swift's Mom Diagnosed With Cancer

Taylor Swift shares personal news on Tumblr.

Taylor Swift took to Tumblr this week to share some rather personal and heartbreaking news with fans.

The “Blank Space” singer wrote a note on Tumblr sharing news with fans that her mother Andrea has been diagnosed with cancer.

“For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked,” she wrote. “There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it. The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer.”

Details of her mother’s diagnosis and treatment plans remain under wraps as the Swift family wishes to keep them private. However, Swift and her mother urge others to take time to undergo health screenings as a measure to be safe and healthy.

“She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about,” she said. “She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.”

The news comes just before Swift kicks off her 1989 World Tour in May and prior to her brother Austin’s graduation from Notre Dame sometime this year.

Swift finished her note with a thank you to her fans for caring about her family by adding, “Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you. I hope and pray that you never get news like this.”

APMAs Return To Cleveland This Summer: Nominees Announced!

The Alternative Press Music Awards are back!

The Alternative Press Music Awards will return this July with host Alex and Jack of All Time Low.

On Tuesday, AP announced nominees for 15 categories including the already announced category of Best Music Video. New categories such as Best Underground Band and Best Music Video were added to this year’s award show.

Taking Back Sunday, A Day To Remember, Being as an Ocean and Real Friends are just some of the nominees announced on Tuesday.

Additionally, this year’s show will includes an exciting lineup of performances from Weezer, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco, the Madden Brothers, Echosmith and more.

The event will take place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio where fans can use their ticket to the show to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame beforehand to get a little bit of a history lesson.

Tickets for the APMAs go on sale Friday, April 3 and voting is now open for the event which takes place on July 22.

For more information regarding tickets and for a full list of nominees click here.

Fast & Furious Sequel Is Hitting Theatres

Furious 7 featuring the late Paul Walker hits theaters April 3.

The Fast & Furious series returns to the big screen this weekend with the release of the seventh movie from the sequel set to release on Friday, April 3.

The newest film is the final film featuring the late Paul Walker and is said to be Universal’s biggest release in movie history with the film screening in more than 4,000 theatres nationwide.

The picture is expected to gross approximately $115 million in the U.S. alone and it is also predicted that it will perform well overseas as well with an expected revenue of nearly $250 million according to Hollywood Reporter.

It’s likely the the Fast & Furious sequel will reign as the biggest opening of 2015 with potential to exceed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 which brought in 121.9 million in 2014. In the event that Furious 7 exceeds those sales, it will rank the second largest three-day opening since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire released in 2013.

Fast & Furious 6 was the franchise’s best-selling sequel grossing $117 million over Memorial Day weekend in 2012.

Furious 7 was first scheduled to release July 11, 2014 but production was halted following Walker’s death over Thanksgiving production break in 2013. Production later resumed April 2014 and Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb played as stand-ins.

Furious 7 hits theatres April 3. Check out the official trailer here.

RECAP: iHeartRadio Music Awards

Taylor Swift sweeps iHeartRadio Music Awards, Rihanna delivers buzzworthy performance of new song.

Sunday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards featured some snazzy and stylish appearances before attendees settled into the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for another night of stellar performances and awards.

Meghan Trainor was one of the first to hit the red carpet before the event sporting a short black dress while actress Brittany Snow looked lovely in a white cut-out dress with hair pulled back into a fishtail braid.

Taylor Swift also looked amazing in a stand-out black dress before sweeping the award show with wins for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for her hit single “Shake It Off,” as well as Best Lyrics for her latest single, “Black Space.” Swift thanked fans for her wins saying, “More than anything in the world, I just hope that any of the fans watching know how much I adore you … we’ve gotten closer and closer with each year, not further apart.”Later in the night Swift also assisted Madonna on stage strumming guitar while the iconic songstress debuted a new song.

Other attendees of the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards featured Rihanna who delivered a buzzworthy performance of her new song, “Bitch Better Have My Money” while Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson collaborated for a performance of their song, “Trouble.”

After hosting the Kids Choice Awards Saturday night, Nick Jonas performed at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in chains suitable for his performance of his latest song, “Chains.”

Other performances included performances from country duo Florida Georgia Line, Meghan Trainor, Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo and Kelly Clarkson.

Other winners included Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J who won Best Collaboration for their collaborative effort, “Bang Bang” while newly wed Jason Aldean took home an award for Country Song of the Year for “Burnin’ It Down.”

For a full list of winners click here.

Meghan Trainor Embarks On MTRAIN Tour

Following the conclusion of her That Bass Tour, newcomer Meghan Trainor has already announced her next tour, the MTRAIN Tour.

The Grammy Award-nominee announced her headlining tour in support of her debut LP, Title which released earlier this year. The tour will kick off on July 3 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The MTRAIN Tour will make stops in 30 cities wrapping up in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Sept. 6.

Accommodating the tour is English trio Life of Dillon who recently released their debut single, “Overload.”

Following a sold out That Bass Tour, the MTRAIN Tour promises to be one of the hottest shows this summer. Tickets are onsale now via LiveNation.com.

Alongside announcement of her upcoming tour, Trainor released her latest single, “Dear Future Husband” which she performed at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday. The track was recently certified gold by the RIAA.

Trainor’s debut LP Title sold more than 230,000 units in its first week of sales, ranking as the biggest selling debut album for a female artist in more than five years.

Get ready for one of the hottest tours of the summer and download Title here.

Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction Is Much More Than A Breakup

You may have thought the world ended on March 25 after One Direction announced the heartbreaking news that Zayn Malik would be leaving the band. Or maybe you mocked upset fans who expressed their distress via Twitter because after all, “there are more serious problems in the world.” Regardless, the shocking news has a lot to tell us and it goes far beyond just another hottie leaving a boy band.

In fact, Zayn Malik leaving 1D is the biggest news of pop culture in recent times. And while I’m no die-hard 1D fan I do respect the artistry behind the music and even more so, respect Zayn Malik for leaving the band despite their unfathomable success over the years.

While some fans remain upset by the news it brings a major issue to light that we tend to disregard.

The media is destructive. 

As a writer, it seems contradictory for me to make such a statement, but let’s be honest, the media is often destructive. It’s destructive of people’s personal lives. It’s a shame that for the sake of views or trends people in the media find the need to make up rumors about celebrities and even worse, invade their privacy. Since when are people not entitled to a little privacy regardless of social status? At the end of the day we’re all human and we all have feelings. But what’s so upsetting about this news to me is that the media caused so much stress and pressure that it pushed someone to quit their passion for the sake of not jeopardizing the other things and people they love.

And while the media may think they’ve won because Zayn Malik decided it was time to leave One Direction for the sake of preserving his personal life, they’re wrong. Zayn won. He was forced to choose between two worlds and he chose the right one. He chose a world in which love prevails, not where media without a conscience tears people apart.

If Zayn Malik leaving One Direction proves anything it’s that many media outlets are demoralizing and fame and fortune isn’t always as glamorous as it seems.

Nicki Minaj Announces North American Dates For The Pinkprint Tour

After the release of her rather emotional record, The Pinkprint last December, rapper Nicki Minaj has recently announced North American tour dates in support of the album.

The tour kicks off on July 17 in Dallas and wraps up August 19 in Edmonton, Alberta. According to Minaj, a few more dates will be added to the schedule.

Supporting her on the tour will be Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Dej Loaf and Tinashe who recently dropped out of touring with Iggy Azalea after it was announced the tour would be postponed.

The Pinkprint marks Minaj’s third studio album and the most personal album to date. According to Minaj, the album is a result of her finally deciding to open up with fans about her personal life, which for the most part, she has kept private.

“I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that,” Minaj told Rolling Stone in an interview.

The album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 2 on Billboard 200. The Pinkprint was certified gold by the RIAA and exceeded 500,000 sales.

For more information regarding tour dates and tickets click here.

Beauty and the Beast To Become Live-Action Film

Disney Studios recently announced that a live version of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast will be released March 17, 2017.

The news comes after the classic Cinderella saw the light of day recently when it was brought to life in a big picture that recently hit theatres this past weekend. 

According to Disney Studios, Emma Watson will star as Belle while Dan Stevens of Downtown Abbey will star as Beast/Prince.

Other roles include Luke Evans as Gaston, Frozen’s Josh Gad as Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou. Kevin Kline will be playing Belle’s father Maurice and it was recently announced that Emma Thompson will also be joining the Beauty and the Beast cast as Mrs. Potts.

The live-action film will feature brand new recordings of the original songs in addition to a handful of new tracks written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.

Although it’ll be quite some time before fans can see the film on the big screen, Cinderella recently hit the box office this past weekend.

Samsung Takes Viewers Into Movies With "Shatter Reality" Technology

With the release of the upcoming film, Insurgent, Samsung is offering fans a thriller experience at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

The new technology aims to give users an in-the-moment experience, taking them from their seats into the action. With full 360 degree capability the new technology from Samsung allows users to enter a movie or basketball game, making you feel like you’re actually there.

The “Shatter Reality” experience live at SXSW is a partnership between Samsung and Lionsgate Entertainment for the Divergent sequel, Insurgent. The movie franchise administered mental tests in order to create a 360 degree view film. The four minute long experience features Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews who tests the subject (viewer) for their Divergent abilities before Miekhi Phifer and Miles Teller appear as their characters as part of the testing within the viewer’s stimulation.

While the technology offers viewers a very surreal experience it is still under development. The VR technology offers a sharp range of depth, however, closer objects appear a pixilated.

Fans can enjoy the “Shatter Reality” experience at Samsung’s booth at SXSW which runs from March 13-March 22. Insurgent premieres Friday, March 20. Check out the trailer for the sequel here.