Crying For A Cause
The Academy of Country Music Awards, held at Las Vegas’ MGM Arena on April 3, were a celebration — but they were preceded by a whole lot of crying. On April 1, at the first day of the Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, Carrie Underwood broke down when ACM CEO Bob Romeo presented her with the Lifting Lives Gary Haber Award, named after her late business manager, which honors artists committed to helping others. “I am very happy to be accepting this not only on my behalf but also Gary’s — he was a great guy,” said a weeping Underwood, before remembering she was slated to sing “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” “Holy crap — now I got to sing!”
On April 2, day two of Party for a Cause, it was Lee Brice’s turn. The country star dedicated his performance of his single “I Drive Your Truck” to the military and first responders, and by the end of the song, tears were streaming down his face.
FGL’s Party Plane
?Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard pregamed for the ACMs in a very different way. The pair started the party long before they won vocal duo of the year at the awards. “We celebrated hard last night,” Kelley told Overheard during rehearsals at the MGM Arena on April 2. “We didn’t know we were winning, but we decided to fly out some songwriters that we’ve worked with, our buddies and our whole team on a private plane we rented. We had our party when we landed — and now we’re going to keep it going!”
Ellie Goulding’s PDA for PA
There aren’t any pop singers’ personal assistants who get more public appreciation than Ellie Goulding‘s. Back in the fall, the British singer dedicated the song “Army” to her PA and best friend Hannah Lowe and the video featured many scenes of the two women. And on April 7 when Goulding turned the Staples Center in L.A. into her own private dance party, she once again dedicated “Army” to Lowe?. She described her bestie as “the person who is always there when the shit hits the fan.” Goulding then performed the song while a slideshow of photos with Lowe played behind her.
A version of this story originally appeared in the April 16 issue of Billboard.