Taylor Swift leads a list of country’s hottest stars set to perform at the CMT Music Awards next month.
Swift, Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town are the first performers announced for the June 5 awards show.
Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell are set to host the fan-voted awards show when it’s broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Lambert, Bryan and Eric Church are this year’s top nominees. Fans can vote in all categories at the music channel’s website through June 2. Six finalists for top honor video of the year will be announced at the top of the broadcast and fans can vote on a winner during the show.
Conroy writing about real ‘Santini’
Pat Conroy fans will finally get the real story about his father, the man who inspired the novel “The Great Santini.”
Doubleday announced Monday that the author has a memoir coming out in October, “The Death of Santini.”
The publisher is calling the book “a heart-wrenching account” of Conroy’s father, the late Donald Conroy, a Marine Corps fighter pilot whom his son has depicted as cruel and abusive.
The two Conroys eventually became closer, and the memoir will demonstrate how love can “conquer even the meanest of men,” according to Doubleday. Donald Conroy, whose fictionalized character was played by Robert Duvall in the film adaptation, died in 1998.
‘24’ returning for Fox summer run
Jack Bauer is coming back.
Fox executives said Monday that its drama “24” is returning next May for a limited run that will stretch into the summer. The adventure series with Kiefer Sutherland starring as Jack Bauer ended its original run in 2010.
Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly said creators had been thinking about doing a feature film with the original cast. But when Fox announced it was interested in doing a big event miniseries, they realized it was the perfect format.
The birthday bunch
Singer-bassist Jack Bruce (Cream) is 70. Movie producer George Lucas is 69. Director Robert Zemeckis is 62. Musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 61. Actor Tim Roth is 52. Guitarist C.C. DeVille (Poison) is 51. Singer Ian Astbury (The Cult) is 51. Musician Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli) is 47. Bassist Mike Inez (Alice in Chains) is 47. Actress Cate Blanchett is 44. Singer Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) is 44. Director Sofia Coppola is 42. Singer Natalie Appleton (All Saints) is 40. Guitarist Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 35. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) is 34. Bassist Mike Retondo (Plain White T’s) is 32. Actress Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia”) is 30. Actress Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”) is 20.