See photos of celebs at the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, which air from Nashville, Tenn. on April 18. This weekend, turn up the volume and check out some of your celeb faves at the 2021 ACM Awards, the first country music award show of the year.
This year's event takes place just seven months after the last Academy of Country Music Awards, which were postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Keith Urban returns as a host for the second year in a row, while New Female Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton serves as his co-host. Both will also perform.
The 2021 ACM Awards air on CBS from Nashville, Tenn. at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Café. Fan-favorite country music stars such as Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert are set to take one of the stages. Most of these artists are also among the 2021 ACM Award nominees.
Britney Spears assured fans that she is doing well amid her ongoing conservatorship battle and the #FreeBritney movement.
Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Battle Explained
The pop star, 39, posted an Instagram video on Friday, April 16, of herself answering questions she frequently receives from her followers. “Next question is, am I OK? Yes, I’m totally fine,” she said. “I’m extremely happy. I have a beautiful home, beautiful children. I’m taking a break right now because I’m enjoying myself.”
Spears has been more vocal in recent weeks after sharing her reaction to the February New York Times Presents episode about her life, titled “Framing Britney Spears.” She wrote via Instagram in March that she has been “exposed my whole life performing in front of people” and has felt “judged” for years.
Celebs Support the #FreeBritney Movement
“I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in … I cried for two weeks and well …. I still cry sometimes,” she continued. “I do what I can in my own spirituality with myself to try and keep my own joy … love … and happiness!!!! Every day dancing brings me joy !!! I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness!!!!”
Spears later shot down speculation that she does not control her own social media account. “I write my posts,” she told TMZ earlier this month.
The Grammy winner thanked her fans for their support in a Monday, April 12, post. “Happy to share especially with a world that is empathetic and concerned with my life,” she captioned her video. “What can I say I’m FLATTERED!!!”
Britney Spears’ Ups and Downs With Dad Jamie
Spears’ conservatorship has been under more scrutiny since her lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, claimed in an August 2020 court filing that she was “strongly opposed to having [dad Jamie Spears] return as the conservator of her person.”
Her attorney further alleged during a November 2020 court hearing that her hiatus was due to her strained relationship with Jamie, 68. “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She also stated that she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career,” Ingham said. “We are really at a crossroads.”
Meanwhile, Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, told Good Morning America in February 2021 that Britney “never asked him to step aside” from the conservatorship.
Amid the legal battle, Britney’s fans turned to her social media posts for answers. “The documentary has torn her apart because there were so many assumptions based on conjecture,” a source told Us Weekly earlier this month, adding that she finds it “insulting” that people “pick apart her posts” and claim she did not write them herself.
Making it last! Trisha Yearwood shared what makes her marriage to Garth Brooks difficult and reflected on how their relationship has only gotten better with time.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Relationship: A Timeline
“We’re both very independent people who run our own ships. And sometimes when two people are driving two big ships, it can be difficult,” Yearwood, 56, exclusively told Us Weekly on Tuesday, April 13, while promoting her new pet collection line that consists of collars, leashes, grooming supplies, bedding and treats.
The cookbook author explained that it is a “balance” for the couple after spending so much time together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Before this past year, we were together all the time. I mean, we really are a couple who got married to be together, so we don’t spend that much time apart anyway,” she told Us. “So it wasn’t a huge change, but it was enough that there was really nowhere to go.”
She continued: “I think it was kind of navigating; how do we stay alphas, stay independent, do our own thing, feel like we run our own lives, but be a couple. It’s a balance where sometimes one person is running the ship and sometimes the other person is, and sometimes you’re going to butt heads.”
Brooks, 59, also spoke about the couple’s time together in quarantine and how it helped make their bond even stronger.
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“I think 99.9 percent of the people wouldn’t have done what I do, but I thought since we’re here and we ain’t got nowhere to go, let’s just attack some of the hardest things over the 15 years that bugs one of us,” the “Friends in Low Places” singer said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March. “It was like living in a little house [where] you couldn’t go anywhere, so you couldn’t walk away from the conversation.”
Yearwood added that their relationship is “better now than ever,” which wasn’t the case in her previous relationships. “I was always the person in relationships when things got difficult; I was really happy to just bail. I was good at that,” she revealed to Us. “So in this situation, that’s not an option because this is the love of my life, you know? So you sit down, and you talk it through and, and that gets you better when you get to the other side.”
Brooks and Yearwood married in December 2005. Brooks was previously married to songwriter Sandy Mahl from 1986 to 2001. The exes share three daughters: Taylor, 28, August, 26, and Allie, 24. Yearwood, for her part, was married to Christopher Latham from 1986 to 1991 and Robert Reynolds from 1994 to 1999.
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Recently, Yearwood has been focused on her new pet line, which was inspired by her love for rescuing dogs.
“The treats have all human-grade ingredients, things that aren’t weird that you would know what they were. But then for things like the beds and the backpacks and the beds, I needed them to be pretty, but I wanted to be able to go in the washing machine because my dogs are indoor-outdoor dogs. They get on the farm, they get dirty, they roll in stuff,” she told Us.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is known for stirring controversy due to his past anti-Semitic remarks and anti-White theology, but it's no secret he's held court with some of the nation's most influential and famous figures.
The 86-year-old minister has led a chant of "death to America" and called for a separate state for Black Americans. Last year, Farrakhan was among several far right or "hate" figures that Facebook permanently banned.
Farrakhan's disputed beliefs made headlines again on Friday as sources identified the suspect in the attack at the U.S. Capitol as 25-year-old Noah Green, who claimed he was a follower of Farrakhan.
A look at Farrakhan's past reveals the minister has rubbed shoulders with celebrities over the years, some of whom later retracted their support.
Last June, comedian Chelsea Handler publicly apologized after she defended praising remarks Farrakhan made in an interview on "The Phil Donahue Show."
"I learned a lot from watching this powerful video," Handler told her nearly 4 million Instagram followers at the time.
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