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Why Jason Aldean Can't Stop Listening to Post Malone. Hey Posty, you have a big fan down in Nashville! When pop culture fans hear the name Jason Aldean, they automatically think of great concerts and countless country music hits. But perhaps what they wouldn't know is the "Big Green Tractor" and "Drowns the Whiskey" singer is a big supporter of Post Malone. "I'm a big fan of Post Malone. I don't know if that comes as a huge shock but I really dig what he does," Jason shared with E! News exclusively before kicking off his We Back tour. "He just dropped a new album not too long ago and I think the guy has his own style and he's killing it right now. He's a guy I find myself listening to a lot and really digging what he's putting out." So perhaps a CMT Crossroads event between Jason and Posty could be a possibility? We have to ask! "Don't tease me with a good time," Jason joked. "I'm down!" For now, Jason is focused on hitting the road for the We Back tour. Last week, summer dates for the second leg of the tour, sponsored by Corona Light, were announced. And with Brett Young, Mitchell Tenpenny and Dee Jay Silver serving as supporting acts, it's bound to be one of the summer's must-see tours. "We're excited. We have Corona Light on board with us this summer so that's going to be fun," Jason shared. "We like to make sure people have a good time. It's summer, people are ready to get out of the house, experience warm weather and they can get there early and do some tailgating." He added, "We try to put together openers that we feel like people will enjoy watching. Openers that my fans are going to like but they also bring a little something different to the table... We want to create an atmosphere for people to come out and cut loose for a few hours and have some fun and kind of forget about the work week." And no matter where Jason travels this year, the country singer's family is more than welcome to join the fun. "They are always out a little bit. Memphis just turned two and Navy is about to be one so we will have a two year old and a one year old in the bus this summer," Jason shared with us. "The kids go a little stir crazy on the bus so I kind of lead that up to my wife as to how much or how little she wants to come out with the babies. The bus was built with them in mind and it's ready to go whenever they want to come out." Find out when the We Back tour is coming to your neighborhood by visiting Jason's website. (Eonline)

Ozzy Osbourne Will Present at 2020 Grammy After Revealing Parkinson's Diagnosis. After revealing his Parkinson's diagnosis on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Ozzy Osbourne is slated to present at the 2020 Grammy Awards. The 71-year-old, also known as "the Prince of Darkness," opened up about his recent health battles on Good Morning America and is shedding light on living with Parkinson's disease since last February. "It's been terribly challenging for us all," Osbourne said. "I did my last show New Year's Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves." His wife, Sharon Osbourne, added that he was diagnosed with "PRKN 2. There's so many different types of Parkinson's; it's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it's -- it's like you have a good day, a good day, then a really bad day." But it looks like the "Dreamer" singer is gearing up for some good days after CBS and the Recording Academy announced the lineup of artists, musicians, actors and comedians who will take the stage to present at the Grammys this upcoming Sunday, Jan. 26. This year's presenters include past Grammy winners, Common, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Cynthia Erivo, Dua Lipa, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder and Billy Porter. The list of this year's Grammy award presents also includes past nominees including Osbourne and his wife Sharon, Ava DuVernay and Beba Rexha. This Sunday's Grammys will definitely be a night to remember. Late rapper Nipsey Hussle will be honored with a commemorative performance during the award show ceremony. In a press release, the Recording Academy revealed that John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, YG and Kirk Franklin will be performing in the South L.A. rapper's honor. Demi Lovato is set to make a comeback at the Grammys with a special performance. The "Truth Hurts" singer, Lizzo is also leading the pack with a whopping eight nominations (the most nominated artist at the 2020 Grammys) and Billie Eilish is also breaking records after becoming the youngest nominee ever to earn nominations in all of the award show's four major categories. For the second year in a row, Alicia Keys will return to host the award show. The 2020 Grammys begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. PST on CBS. (Eonline)

First-Time Grammy Nominee Lucky Daye Talks "Futuristic" Music & Doing Things Differently. Lucky Daye is taking the music industry by storm, and the 2020 Grammy Awards too. The first-time nominee, who earned four separate nods from the Recording Academy this year, chats with E! News about his debut studio album and sources of creative inspiration in an exclusive sit-down interview ahead of Sunday night's show. After more than a decade in the business, the rapper-singer-songwriter says "it feels good" knowing there's an audience out there who appreciates his "truths and [his] honesty." Having earned multiple writing credits and contributed background vocals to artists like Keith Sweat, Ne-Yo, Keke Palmer, Trey Songz and more, Lucky released Painted (a contender for Best R&B Album at the Grammys, with two of its tracks up for additional titles in Best R&B Song, Best R&B Rap Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance categories) in May 2019. Speaking about music that has informed his work, the 34-year-old tells E! he's "inspired by it all." "Seventies, eighties, nineties and current hip-hop," he adds, citing Michael Jackson, D'Angelo, Lil Wayne and Kanye West among voices that resonated with him from an early age. Still, in his own pursuits, Lucky says he aims to create something entirely new. "I just try to put some ingredients together and make something futuristic. I just want to be ahead," explains the Grammy newcomer, who experiments with both sound and structure on Painted. "Real Games," the track nominated for Best Traditional Performance, clocks five-and-a-half minutes start to finish and showcases Lucky's rap skills much as it does his falsetto. During his sit-down with E!, he calls the melodic funk epic his "personal favorite" out of Painted's 13 installments because it's "different." "I went left," he smiles. "I like going against the grain." (Eonline)

The Weeknd Brings the 'Blinding Lights' to 'Kimmel' For Invigorating Performance: On the heels of dropping the hellacious "Blinding Lights" video earlier this week, The Weeknd brought his latest single to Jimmy Kimmel Live! for its live debut, where he served as the musical guest Wednesday night (Jan. 22). The performance picks up right where the "Blinding Lights" visual left off, as The Weeknd remains in the red suit jacket that he seemingly hasn't taken off for weeks. Abel's face is still bloodied with a bandage over his nose from the Sin City beatdown he vaguely remembers in the music video. The Toronto superstar bounces around the stage for the lively performance, as thunderbolts and lightning strikes at his back fill the darkness in the venue. "Blinding Lights" is still holding strong in the top 40 on the Hot 100. The Max Martin-produced record came in at No. 32 on this week's chart. (Billboard)

Did Lady Gaga Just Address a Reported Song Leak With This New Tweet? Yas Gaga! On Wednesday (Jan. 22) Lady Gaga took to social media to jokingly address the reported leak of a new song. "Can ya'll stop," Mother Monster tweeted alongside a stock photo of a little girl listening to an old-fashioned portable music device while wearing a black ski mask and orange checkered dress, which is commonly used as a meme about listening to illegally-downloaded music. The pop star's tweet comes just one day after an alleged song, reportedly titled "Stupid Love," was leaked to the world ahead of its release. However, Gaga's request did nothing to quell her Little Monsters' fervor over the situation. "Did you freak out freak out freak out freak out when you looked at us?" one fan replied (referencing purported lyrics from the disco-inspired jam's alleged chorus) while another demanded Gaga to "drop that bop ma'am." If and when the day comes that "Stupid Love" gets an official release, it would be Gaga's first new track since the music of 2018's A Star Is Born, which earned the superstar her first Oscar for best original song at last year's Academy Awards ceremony. (Billboard)

Another female Recording Academy member has come out accusing ousted CEO Deborah Dugan of spreading false narratives about the academy. Claudine Little, director of administration, says Dougan was an abusive bully. "Ms. Dugan's choice to litigate in the press and spread a false narrative about the Academy and me and my colleagues is regrettable, but it is also emblematic of Ms. Dugan's abusive and bullying conduct while she served as the Academy's President and CEO," Little said in a statement to Page Six. "I am proud of my career with the Academy -- where, as a woman, I was able to work my way from secretary to Director of Administration in the executive suite, solely based on merit and while working for and with leaders far more demanding and hard-charging than Ms. Dugan. It is disappointing that Ms. Dugan hopes to leverage public opinion along gender lines and expects not to be scrutinized for her inexcusable behavior simply because she is a woman; she should be held to the same standard." Little was former CEO Neil Portnow's executive assistant for 17 years and has worked with the Academy for 19. She filed the first complaint against Dugan on Dec. 17. Dugan names Little in a 46-page discrimination complaint she filed against the academy on Tuesday. A source familiar with the situation told us, "It is unusual to see such a senior executive name their director of administration in a complaint like this. It's not normal. It was a toxic work environment. Claudine started with the academy more than 19 years ago and was directly responsible for several CEOS before Dugan. It says something that she lasted through so many CEO and had to file something with HR [for Dugan]." (Page Six)


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