Monday, May 02, 2016

Sinead O'Connor Reappears on Facebook After a Month With a New Revelation on Prince

Sinead O'Connor has been absent from Facebook for almost a month after claiming that she was being spied on.

That ended on Monday afternoon at about 4 PM EDT when she made what appears to be an outlandish comment on the death of Prince.
Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades.... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's bitch) Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land. Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sherrif's office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave.


The response from people on Facebook was swift and unrelenting, accusing her of just about everything under the sun and predicting a coming libel suit from those being named in the post.

Of course, O'Connor's biggest and best known song was written by Prince, Nothing Compares 2 U, reaching number 1 in a majority of countries around the world.

That fact was the point of one of those on her page who said:
I was wondering how long before you'd give us all your two miserable cents on this. If it wasn't for Prince you'd be nothing you INGRATE. But you're living proof all the money in the world, & fame on the back of Prince doesn't make a person happy with such a SICK mind
It has been quite awhile since we've heard any controversial talk from O'Connor but, it's our guess, that this may be the start of a new round.

The Dixie Chicks Add New U.S. Dates to Their DCX MMXVI Tour

The Dixie Chicks' triumphant return to the touring stage continues to grow with the announcement of a new series of dates in September.

The group has been on an unofficial hiatus for almost a decade. Their last album was 2006's Take the Long Way which won the Grammy for Album of the Year while the single Not Ready to Make Nice took Record and Song of the Year.

Since then, Natalie Maines has released a solo album, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison have released an LP as the Court Yard Hounds, and the group has gotten together for the occasional show and a short stint opening for the Eagles, but they hadn't put on a full tour since their last album together.
  • 05/03 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - The SSE Hydro
  • 05/04 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena
  • 06/01 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
  • 06/03 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Amphitheater
  • 06/04 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • 06/05 - Tinsley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
  • 06/08 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 06/10 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
  • 06/11 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • 06/13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
  • 06/14 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
  • 06/16 - Bangor, ME - Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
  • 06/17 - Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
  • 06/18 - Camden NJ - BB&T Pavilion
  • 06/21 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
  • 06/22 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
  • 06/24 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
  • 06/25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
  • 07/07 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
  • 07/08 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
  • 07/09 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
  • 07/12 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
  • 07/13 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheater
  • 07/15 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater
  • 07/16 - Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Arena
  • 07/17 - Phoenix, AZ - AK-Chin Pavilion
  • 07/20 - Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • 08/05 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
  • 08/06 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
  • 08/07 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
  • 08/10 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live
  • 08/12 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
  • 08/13 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
  • 08/14 - Alpharetta, GA - Alpharetta Amphitheater
  • 08/17 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
  • 08/19 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
  • 08/20 - West Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
  • 08/24 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
  • 08/25 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Amphitheater
  • 08/27 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
  • 08/30 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
  • 09/01 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
  • 09/02 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
  • 09/08 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
  • 09/09 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
  • 09/10 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
  • 09/15 - Moline, IL - I Wireless Center
  • 09/16 - Columbus, Ohio - Nationwide Arena
  • 09/17 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
  • 09/22 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
  • 09/23 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
  • 09/24 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
  • 10/10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl

Garbage Set Twenty U.S. Dates

Garbage has announced twenty dates across the U.S. in support of their new album, Strange Little Birds.

They are opening the tour on July 6 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, finishing up on August 3 in Washington, DC.

Prior to coming to the U.S., the band is playing Europe from May 24 to June 16.

Check with your local venue for on-sale dates.

The full itinerary:
  • 05/14 - Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (KROQ Weenie Roast)
  • 05/24 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie
  • 05/26 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Trabrennbahn (Rock Im Revier)
  • 05/27 - Frankfurt, Germany - Various Venues (Women Of The World Festival)
  • 05/28 - Munich, Germany - Munich Olympic Park
  • 05/30 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
  • 05/31 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
  • 06/01 - Crans-sur-Nyon, Switzerland - Caribana Festival Grounds (Caribana Festival)
  • 06/03 - Lyon, France - Le Radiant
  • 06/04 - Montereau, France - Parc Des Noues (Festival Montereau Confluences)
  • 06/05 - Grenoble, France - La Belle Electrique
  • 06/07 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
  • 06/08 - Milan, Italy - Fabrique
  • 06/10 - Nickelsdorf, Austria - Pannonia Fields (Nova Rock Festival)
  • 06/13 - London, United Kingdom - Troxy
  • 06/14 - Nottingham, United Kingdom - Rock City
  • 06/16 - Madrid, Spain - Caja Magica (Mad Cool Festival)
  • 06/18 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (WKQX Piqniq)
  • 07/06 - Milwaukee, WI - Henry Maier Festival Park
  • 07/07 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theatre
  • 07/08 - Papillion, NE - Sumtur Amphitheater
  • 07/10 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
  • 07/12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
  • 07/13 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater (Z104.5 The Edge Birthday Bash)
  • 07/15 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
  • 07/16 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
  • 07/17 - Columbus, OH - Various Venues (PromoWest Fest)
  • 07/19 - Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine
  • 07/20 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
  • 07/22 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
  • 07/23 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore Charlotte
  • 07/25 - Richmond, VA - The National
  • 07/27 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
  • 07/28 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues Boston
  • 07/30 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia
  • 07/31 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
  • 08/01 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield / Central Park (Summerstage)
  • 08/03 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

Garth Brooks Takes Touring Artist of the Year at the American Country Countdown Awards

Country music award shows are like subways. If you miss one, another will be along shortly.

Last night's was the American Country Countdown Awards, one of the young ones in its third year. Not held since 2014, the show saw performances from a number of major stars from the genre and multiple wins for Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt.

Bryan won the big award, Artist of the Year, along with Male Artist of the Year while Hunt took Breakthrough Male Artist of the Year and Top Digital Album for his Montevallo.

The other awards were single wins split among other nominees including the loan win for a veteran artist, Garth Brooks for Touring Artist of the Year. He beat out Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Shania Twain and the Zac Brown Band.

The winners:
  • Artist - Luke Bryan
  • Album - Traveler - Chris Stapleton
  • Digital Album - Montevallo - Sam Hunt
  • Digital Song - Girl Crush - Little Big Town
  • Song - Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
  • Male Vocalist - Luke Bryan
  • Female Vocalist - Carrie Underwood
  • Group/Duo - Florida Georgia Line
  • Breakthrough Male - Sam Hunt
  • Breakthrough Female - Kelsea Ballerini
  • Breakthrough Group/Duo - Old Dominion
  • Touring Artist - Garth Brooks

Prince's Half-Brother Wants to See the Material in the Singer's Vault Released

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Prince's half-brother Alfred Jackson has called for the late singer's remaining material to be released.

The singer died last month at age 57. Following his untimely death, it was claimed that he had left behind unreleased music in a vault in his Paisley Park Studios estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

And as he joined his relatives for the first probate hearing to discuss the outcome of Prince's estate in Minneapolis on Monday, the star's half-brother insisted that the hidden music should be made public to contribute to the singer's legacy.

"(To) let people know how great he really is," he told CNN.com.

However, it isn't just up to Jackson. The singer's only surviving full sibling, his sister Tyka Nelson, filed paperwork last week stating that he had no known will at the time of his death. This means that under Minnesota law, his estate will be split between his surviving siblings.

Jackson added he has yet to broach the subject of releasing the music with his relatives, explaining: "That is something I haven't talked about with my family yet."

A week after Prince's death, an archive in his home, called the Vault, has been drilled open by Bremer Bank, the Minnesota institution Prince trusted with his finances over the years, People.com reported.

The late musician was the only one with the code to access the giant room filled with shelves and sealed with a large spinning wheel.

Entertainment lawyer Donald David, who represented the estates of Tupac Shakur and TLC's Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez after their deaths, told People.com that the discovery of Prince's unreleased music is very important.

"I know from my past experience that very often some of that material needs significant editing," he said. "Some of it can be used, some of it can't be used.

"But you're going to see unreleased Prince albums - if it is properly managed - for the next two decades. As long as the estate is well-managed - and they don't go for a quick hit by doing something like selling his publishing rights - it will produce income into (what would have been) his great-grandchildren's years without any problems," he added.

"October" Trailers Hit From the Stones, Waters, McCartney, the Who & Dylan Pointing Toward Big Festival

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

The world’s most anticipated music festival featuring The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan and The Who just got real. All five acts have posted video teasers for the concerts.

The event is the brainchild of the organisers of Coachella who announced their big plans for October in April. So far, Neil Young is the only major act to not have an October teaser video but that could change at any time.

The concert will take place at the Coachella site, Empire Polo Field, Indio in the California desert on October 7, 8 and 9. Dylan and the Stones will play on October 7. Neil Young and Paul McCartney October 8 and The Who and Roger Waters on October 9.

This will be a once in a lifetime event. “It’s so special in so many ways,” said Young’s longtime manager, Elliot Roberts told the Los Angeles Times, “because you won’t get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It’s a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time.”










Almanac: May 2, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1929 - Link Wray (d. 2005)
  • 1933 - Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention) (83)
  • 1936 - Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold Dorsey) (80)
  • 1945 - Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf) (71)
  • 1945 - R.C. Bannon (71)
  • 1946 - Bob Henrit (Kinks, Argent) (70)
  • 1946 - Lesley Gore (d. 2015)
  • 1948 - Larry Gatlin (68)
  • 1950 - Lou Gramm (Foreigner) (66)
  • 1951 - Jo Callis (Human League) (65)
  • 1954 - Prescott Niles (Knack) (62)
  • 1961 - Dr. Robert (Blowmonkeys) (55)
  • 1962 - Ty Herndon (54)
  • 1967 - David McAlmont (49)
  • 1969 - Ben Leach (The Farm) (47)
  • 1985 - Lily Allen (31)
Deaths:
  • 1972 - Les Harvey (Stone the Crows) - Electrocuted when he touched an ungrounded mike with wet hands (27)
  • 1974 - Roy Lee Centers (Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys) - Shot and killed in fight (29)
  • 2000 - Bobbi Martin - Cancer (56)
  • 2004 - Curtis Gordon (73)
  • 2013 - Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) - Liver failure (49)
On This Day:
  • 1956 - Sonny Burgess signed with Sam Phillips and Sun Records.
  • 1960 - Ben E. King left the Drifters to sign with Atco Records.
  • 1960 - Production began on G.I. Blues, Elvis Presley's first movie since being released from the Army. 
  • 1965 - The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on Ed Sullivan.
  • 1967 - Capitol Records announced that the Beach Boys have abandoned their sessions for the album Smile.
  • 1969 - The Who gave a preview of Tommy to the press at Ronnie Scott's in London.
  • 1972 - Bruce Springsteen auditioned for Columbia's A&R man John Hammond both in his office and at the Gaslight Club in New York at night.
  • 1979 - The Who performed their first concert since the death of Keith Moon. Kenny Jones replaced Moon on drums.
  • 1979 - The Who's movie Quadrophenia debuted in London.
  • 1980 - Joy Division played their last show with lead singer Ian Curtis in Birmingham, England.
  • 1982 - Adam and the Ants split up.
  • 1988 - Clint Black signed with RCA. 
  • 1989 - Police were called when a man walked into a Los Angeles jewelry store wearing a wig and false mustache and teeth. It turned out to be Michael Jackson.
  • 1991 - R.E.M.'s video for Losing My Religion was banned in Ireland for its religious imagery.
  • 1992 - Bonnie Raitt received an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music.
  • 1998 - Loretta Lynn announced she was going to return to college to get her degree.
  • 2000 - L.A. Reid replaced Clive Davis as the head of Arista Records.
  • 2000 - LeAnn Rimes sued her father and former manager for allegedly embezzling funds. 
  • 2002 - The funeral of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was held in Atlanta.
  • 2003 - Kings of Leon played their first U.K. date in Blackpool. 
  • 2003 - Barry White suffered a stroke. 
  • 2005 - Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker reunited as Cream for the first of four nights at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 2006 - Keith Richards was released from the hospital in New Zealand after suffering a mild concussion falling from a tree.
  • 2007 - Britney Spears hit the stage for the first time after her rehab stint. 
  • 2008 - Chad Kroeger of Nickelback lost his driving license for a year after being convicted of DUI in Vancouver. 
  • 2009 - Bob Dylan managed to mingle with a bunch of tourists in Liverpool to go on at tour of John Lennon's childhood home.
  • 2009 - LeAnn Rimes is the first major music star to sing the National Anthem at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby. 
  • 2010 - Nashville flooded causing millions in damage including historical artifacts from country music. 
  • 2013 - The funeral of George Jones was held in Nashville. 
Divorces:
  • 2005 - Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) (filed)
Recorded:
  • 1958 - Carol - Chuck Berry
  • 1960 - Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson
  • 1969 - Something - Beatles
  • 1977 - Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • 1991 - Nevermind - Nirvana (first day of recording)
Released:
  • 1985 - The Highwayman - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
Broadcasting:
  • 2008 - Ringo Starr: Off the Record (HBO)
  • 2011 - Castle (ABC) - Gene Simmons
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1981 - Morning Train (Nine-to-Five) - Sheena Easton (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1964 - The Beatles' Second Album - Beatles (5 weeks)
  • 2009 - Hannah Montana: The Movie - Soundtrack (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1963 - From Me To You - Beatles (7 weeks)
  • 1970 - Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Good Times - Roll Deep (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones (12 weeks)
  • 1992 - Wish - Cure (1 week)
  • 2004 - D12 World - D12 (1 week)
  • 2010 - The Defamation of Strickland Banks - Plan B (1 week, 1 previous week at number 1)

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Status Quo Releasing Their Own Ale and Cider

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo are delighted to announce another great double act. They have teamed up with a pair of great British producers to create a duo of classic drinks: the ‘Dog Of Two Head’ ale and the ‘Down Down’ cider. Both will offer a refined pedigree, based on character and tradition; qualities that define Status Quo. Both ‘Dog Of Two Head’ and ‘Down Down’ are being made available, bottled, in the U.K. through the Spar chain from May 18 . ‘Dog Of Two Head’ will be available to buy on draught at selected outlets from June. ‘Down Down’ has been selected for Wetherspoon’s National Cider Festival which runs from Friday, July 8 .

‘Dog Of Two Head’ ale was created in conjunction with Hobsons Brewery in Shropshire, ‘Down Down’ cider is crafted by the Celtic Marches company in Herefordshire. The band have been involved in the brewing process and cider making right from the off, visiting the facilities, working with each of the relevant teams in choosing the individual elements that give each product their satisfying and refreshing quality – and even spending a day harvesting apples for the cider.

Francis Rossi said, “We know what we like. And we know what our fans like. And I think we can all agree that we like these!”

Rick Parfitt added, “It’s no secret that over the years the band has enjoyed a drink or three. Finally, we’re actually seeing a return on those wasted hours by creating something useful. We love it!”

‘Dog Of Two Head’ is a chestnut amber traditional ale, with a modern citrus twist delivered by the British hops. This is a subtle ale deftly uniting and balancing the influences of malt, hops and natural bitterness. ‘Dog’ is created by Hobsons from British malting barley, and a blend of UK-grown Fuggles, Challenger, Goldings and Progress hops.

‘Down Down’ is beautifully-rounded golden, medium cider, with a well-balanced finish. Drawing on generations of heritage and expertise, ‘Down Down’ is made with the finest fresh-pressed cider apples which are grown on the Celtic Marches family farm. The cider will be available in three formats: Carbonated in 500ml bottles and 30 Litre keg, and Still in 20 Litre boxes.

Both ‘Dog Of Two Head’ and ‘Down Down’ will be available online. The beer can be purchased from www.hobsons-brewery.co.uk/statusquobeer. The cider can be ordered online from: www.celticmarches.com/detail/status-quo-down-down-4-6-herefordshire-cider.

Status Quo are a band that are known for delivering creativity, entertainment and consistency at the highest level, and in that they feel a kinship with their chosen partners on this Drinks range. The band have already proved that they know this market, launching the ‘Piledriver’ beer brand, which went on to sell over a million and a half pints in the UK alone. This ale and cider are sure to be enjoyed by Quo fans, but also by anyone who loves a great British product.

Set List: Paul Simon Debuts Two New Songs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Paul Simon mesmerized the crowd on Friday night at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with an eighteen-song set that included two Simon & Garfunkel songs and two from his upcoming album, Stranger to Stranger.

Opening with The Boy in the Bubble from Graceland, Simon ran through a list of his greatest solo hits with occasional moves into some deeper material such as Spirit Voices from The Rhythm of the Saints and Graceland's That Was Your Mother. Two songs the upcoming Stranger to Stranger, The Werewolf and Wristband were mixed in but, curiously, not Cool Papa Bell of which the audio was released on Thursday.

Closing the set was two Simon and Garfunkel classics, The Boxer and The Sound of Silence.

The set list:

Main set
  • Proof (band only) (from The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990)
  • The Boy in the Bubble (from Graceland, 1986)
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (from Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)
  • The Werewolf (from Stranger to Stranger, 2016)
  • Dazzling Blue (from So Beautiful or So What, 2011)
  • Mother and Child Reunion (from Paul Simon, 1972)
  • Duncan (from Paul Simon, 1972)
  • Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (from Paul Simon, 1972)
  • Still Crazy After All These Years (from Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)
  • Spirit Voices (from The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990)
  • The Cool, Cool River (from The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990)
  • That Was Your Mother (from Graceland, 1986)
  • Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (from Graceland, 1986)
  • You Can Call Me Al (from Graceland, 1986)
Encore 1
  • Wristband (from Stranger to Stranger, 2016)
  • Late in the Evening (from One Trick Pony, 1980)
  • The Boxer (from Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 1970)
Encore 2
  • The Sound of Silence (from Simon & Garfunkel's Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., 1964 and Sounds of Silence, 1966)


Gwen Stefani Wins Hero Accolade at Radio Disney Awards

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were the big winners at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday.

A host of famous faces hit the red carpet at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as the biggest stars in music were honored for their work.

Ariana Grande, who won Best Song to Dance To for her hit Focus, performed her number one song Dangerous Woman at the awards show on a James Bond-themed stage.

Justin Bieber, who picked up the award for Best Song to Lip Sync To for What Do You Mean, was shown in a video at the ceremony visiting a high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after its music funding was put under threat. The Canadian superstar surprised students by interrupting their music lesson and performing an acoustic version of Love Yourself, later revealing that the school would be receiving a $10,000 donation to help with their music funding.

Selena Gomez won Best Female Artist, while Ed Sheeran, who is currently on a self-imposed break from the limelight after years of touring, beat Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas to be named Best Male Artist.

Taylor Swift's hit Bad Blood nabbed two awards, Best Song of the Year and Best Breakup Song, while the singer was named Radio Disney's Most Talked About Artist.

Fifth Harmony also won big on Saturday, scooping Best Music Group, while their fans, the Harmonizers, won the Fiercest Fans award.

Gwen Stefani was the night's big winner, as she was honoured with the Hero Award for her philanthropy work. The 45-year-old, who walked the red carpet with her niece Stella, was seen embracing her partner Blake Shelton as she went up to receive her award.

Her former The Voice co-judge Pharrell Williams presented her with the honour, and described the No Doubt frontwoman as having a heart of gold.

“It’s great to see people being recognised for their work, but it feels even better to see an artist being recognised for putting in the time and effort to those who really need it,” he said.

"I’m proud to be here to present the 2016 RDMA Hero Award to someone I’ve worked with quite a bit who I know, and my brother Blake Shelton knows, truly has a heart of gold.”

Accepting her award, Gwen said, “This is very strange because I literally grew up in Anaheim, California, right next to Disneyland. So for anything like this happening is just surreal. I just remember going, 'Dad, please can I just have five dollars so I can get a microphone so I can go to rehearsal?’

"It is crazy this is happening to me. I never thought I’d make a difference. I’m so blessed to make music and share it with you and to receive your love back.”

Full list of winners:
  • Best Music Group - Fifth Harmony
  • Best Anthem - Sabrina Carpenter, Eyes Wide Open
  • Best Song That Makes You Smile - Better When I'm Dancing - Meghan Trainor
  • Best Crush Song - One Direction, Perfect
  • Artist With the Best Style - Becky G
  • Best Song to Lip Sync To - What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber
  • Best Song of the Year - Bad Blood - Taylor Swift
  • Breakout Artist of the Year - Tori Kelly
  • Best Female Artist - Selena Gomez
  • Favorite Country Song - Fly - Maddie & Tae
  • Favorite Country Artist - Maddie & Tae
  • Hero Award - Gwen Stefani
  • Best New Artist - Kelsea Ballerini
  • Fiercest Fans - Fifth Harmony
  • Best Song to Dance To - Focus - Ariana Grande
  • Radio Disney's Most Talked About Artist - Taylor Swift
  • Best Male Artist - Ed Sheeran
  • Best Breakup Song - Bad Blood - Taylor Swift


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