CMT Awards Host's Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.com
It's not just about the music at this year's CMT Music Awards. Fans who sign up with the organization's CMT One Country program, which matches people with volunteer opportunities in their communities, will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the CMT Awards' sizzling red carpet. This year's event is likely to be one of the hottest ever, if the hosts are any indication: Father-daughter team Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus will be hosting, adding an extra superstar veneer to the already glossy proceedings. Artists set to perform include Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith, just to name a few. The show will air April 14 at 8 pm/ET, giving you just under four weeks to decide just what type of volunteering you're going to do. Are you going to sign up? Does the chance of meeting Miley make it more appealing? Anna Dimond
Billy Ray Cyrus by Tony R. Phipps/WireImage.com
Billy Ray Cyrus has been tapped to host the new season of Nashville Star, airing this summer.... TNT is airing "the best of Saving Grace" this Monday through Wednesday, from 10 to midnight/ET.... Reba McEntire will host the Academy of Country Music Awards for a 10th time, on May 18 on CBS.... Rossi Morreale (Foody Call...?) will host Can You Duet?, CMT's new music competition premiering April 14.
Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus courtesy CMT
Miley Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray, will host the 2008 CMT Music Awards, to be broadcast live on April 14 from Belmont University's Curb Event Center in Nashville. "Miley and I are so excited," Dad says in a statement. "We know it will be a fun-filled night with a lot of great music performances."Indeed, the seventh-annual kudosfest will feature performers such as Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie (of course) Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith. Other acts will be announced in the coming weeks. (For example, Hannah Montana, I hear, is holding out for a pretty strict dressing-room rider calling for 18 different flavors of lip gloss and a gross of Pixie Stix.)
Miley Cyrus by Mike Guastella/WireImage.com
what a difference three or so years can make for teen celebs. Here we have sweet, little twelve year-old Miley (actually looking her age in the first part of the video, sans make-up and hair stylist) auditioning for the lead role in Disneys Hannah Montana. Even daddy Billy Ray gets in on the action with a little sing along and what youd call a very unique secret handshake. Watch it now! | More online videos
Miley was such a cute little nugget. Lets rewind back in time (dont worry, not to Billys mullet-sportin days) to when Miley looked so precious and innocent. While holding a microphone she could barely wrap her mini hands around, she sang Holding on to a Dream with her dad. It must have been bring your daughter to work day.Your take: What do you think of little Miley's performance?
Guillermo Del Toro by Nick Wall/ WireImage.com
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) is negotiating to direct New Line's Peter Jackson-produced two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit, says the Reporter.... Best-actress Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) is in talks to join Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Public Enemies, Michael Mann's 1930s-set organized-crime drama.... Comedian Bill Engvall has signed on to Bait Shop, a fishing comedy starring Billy Ray Cyrus as Engvall's nemesis.... Julia Roberts will produce and star in Hothouse Flowers, about a recent divorcée who leaves her job and takes off on an adventure. Mickey OConnorWhat's your take? Would Tolkien be in good hands with del Toro?
Zac Efron by Lester Cohen\WireImage.com
Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin) will play the wife of High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron in 17, a comedy about a grown man who finds himself back in high school.... More Disney-HSM goodness from the Reporter: Billy Ray Cyrus is pop to Olesya Rulin in Flying By, an indie about a businessman who pursues his dream of being in a rock band.... Jessica Biel will produce and star as a mysterious woman in the crime thriller Die a Little.... Kevin Costner is a dad disturbed by the increasingly ominous behavior of his munchkin (Pan's Labyrinth's Ivana Baquero) in The New Daughter.
Will Cam be the next pretty one to go? Cameron Mathison, Edyta Sliwinska by Carol Kaelson/ABC
This show is like The Godfather: Just when you thinkyou're out, they pull you back in. That's been the case with Season 2winner Drew Lachey filling in as cohost, and we've seen fellow Season 2alum Kenny Mayne back as well. And now we have the return of Season 4'sBilly Ray Cyrus, who will perform his latest hit single, "Ready, Set,Don't Go," on the results show. Oh, and he'll be singing the tunewith his daughter Miley, a.k.a. Hannah Montana, so just be glad you don'thave to pay $1,000 (or more!) to see her. Joe Friedrich
Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus by Lester Cohen/WireImage.com
This just in from ABC:"Only Dancing with the Stars has the premiere duet performance of 'Ready, Set, Don't Go' by Season 4 alumnus and multiplatinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter, Miley Cyrus, both stars of the hit Disney Channel series Hannah Montana. Father and daughter recently recorded the duet version of the single, which will be released to country radio stations immediately following their performance on the show. They will perform the song exclusively on Dancing with the Stars' results show on Tuesday, Oct. 9."
Billy Ray said he was getting ready to appear on Jimmy Kimmel later tonight, and time preparing for that was not time wasted. Yes, it seemed like he had wanted to go for a few weeks now, yet I dont think he ever gave up in this competition. He gave each performance his all; its just that ultimately that wasnt good enough. But his effort was impressive, as was his charm. Ill admit I was no Billy Ray Cyrus fan when this season of Dancing with the Stars started I used to mock his popular "Achy Breaky" song and his mullet back in the day. But then, around week two in this competition, he won me over with his dedication and spirited performance: He was crowned most improved and danced a pretty decent dance (and was looking cuter than he did back in his breakout heyday of the early 90s). I didnt see that initial turnaround coming, and so for a while there I was rooting him on. It would have been nice if he continued to improve each we...