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Until this week, Dolly Parton was the most Grammy-nominated female artist. Not anymore. It’s time for the country legend and other basic bitches to bow down. Beyonce passed the “Jolene” singer by nabbing five Grammy nods this morning. They were previously tied at 46 apiece. Bey is now solely in command with 51 nominations.

In terms of converting their nominations to wins, Bey wins that match head-to-head as well. She has 17 wins under her designer belt so far, while Parton has seven. Mrs. Carter could easily add more hardware on February 8, 2015 when the winners are announced.

Given the impact her surprise album had on the industry, I was surprised she was snubbed in the Song of the Year and Record of the Year categories. Perhaps, the Academy will recognize her for Album of the Year when the nominations are announced for that category later tonight.

Are you surprised Bey is the most Grammy-nominated female artist? Who did you think was? Sound off below.

15 Songs That Changed Country Music

In: Donovan, Music

Some of you might be surprised to know I love my country music. Especially hits from yesteryear. Who doesn’t love an old school Dolly Parton number, right?

After Dancing With The Stars, ABC aired a special hosted by Robin Roberts leading up to the network’s telecast of the Country Music Awards. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music spanned decades, highlighting some beloved classics and a couple of relatively modern smashes. Surprisingly, Taylor Swift made the cut, alongside Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks and Martina McBride. You might be surprised to learn which song took the top spot.

During the countdown, several of today’s biggest country acts honored the country music legends who have shaped their careers by covering their hits. Lady Antebellum performed the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers mega-hit, “Islands in the Stream.” Hunter Hayes performed Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Kacey Musgraves performed Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Martina McBride sang the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man.” Check them all out below, along with the Top 15 Songs That Changed Country Music.

check out the Top 15 after the jump


34 years after Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin starred in 9 To 5, the duo reunite for an upcoming gay-themed comedy for Netflix. The only thing that would make this even better is if Dolly Parton somehow was involved in this project. That would be beyond epic. Let’s hope for a very special episode featuring Parton as a guest star ;)

“Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are among the funniest and most formidable actresses ever and it’s an incredible privilege to give them the opportunity to run riot on Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “The show created for them by Marta and Howard is warm, very funny and anything but wholesome. We can’t wait.”

find out more about the series after the jump

Dolly Parton Raps On The Queen Latifah Show

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Forget Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj or any other female emcee. Dolly Parton proves she’s got the lyrical prowess to give any of them a run for their money. The 67-year-old busty singer ventured out of country and dabbled in another musical genre for her friend Queen Latifah with whom she co-starred with in 2012′s Joyful Noise.

Parton’s episode on Latifah’s talk show airs October 21 but you can watch a preview below. Check her out as she raps about hos, her world-famous bustline and even her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Godmama schools Miley on who has the true ‘wrecking balls‘ in the family. It’s truly a magical borderline trainwreck musical moment. Enjoy.

watch the video after the jump

While Miley Cyrus‘ milkshake might bring her hot Aussie boyfriend Liam Hemsworth to her backyard, I’m heading over for another reason. The former Hannah Montana star corralled her band this past summer (pre-infamous haircut) to cover a few of her favorite tracks. Over the past months, Cyrus has released videos from her Backyard Sessions. The latest one debuted on Christmas Day.

Given all her tabloid coverage and hijinks it’s easy to forget that Miley has a decent voice when used in the right context. Miley’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is pretty spectacular. She’s definitely right at home with the country classic. After all, she’s probably known it since she was a child. Parton is Miley’s godmother. This isn’t the first time Miley has covered “Jolene”. She teamed up with Parton a couple years ago for Dolly’s Hallmark Channel special, 25 Years of Dollywood. Check out Miley’s latest rendition of “Jolene” below.

watch the cover after the jump

At 66-years-old, Dolly Parton’s mind is as sharp as they come. The country legend was subjected to rapid fire questions during her appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael. Not only did she answer five questions in a minute, but she did it with panache and with humor. I have to admit she’s pretty quick on her feet. When asked her favorite color, Parton answer “Clairol, number 249″. LOL.

Before the lightning questions, they briefly discussed the honorary doctorate Parton is receiving. Michael asked her if he could call her “Doctor Dolly” or “Double D” for short. She quickly replied, that it wasn’t new to her because, “I’ve been called that for years.”

The one thing not covered in the interview were the rumors that surfaced earlier this week that Dolly was in a lesbian relationship with her childhood friend Judy Ogle. Parton dismissed the rumors already stating that she’s not gay, but her fans are. Amen to that sister. You’ve got one here. Check out Dolly’s rapid fire session below.

watch the interview below

Movie Review: Joyful Noise

In: Donovan, Movies

Ever wonder what “Sister Act” would like look like in a post-”Glee” world? Go watch “Joyful Noise” this weekend and you’ll find out. The musical film starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton combines ingredients from the classic film and popular television show to create an entertaining film. Not the best movie I’ve seen, but it kept me captivated for most of it.

The film focuses on a church choir group’s journey to the annual national “Joyful Noise” choir competition. Sectionals anyone? Along the way they face a few obstacles ranging from the untimely death of the choir director, financial hardship facing their small town to internal power struggles within the church choir.

For a film in this genre, I expected it to last in the 90 minute range. Instead, it had a running time of almost two hours. No beuno. The producers would’ve been better served if they didn’t have so stories going in. It was like watching several movies within one. The editors definitely needed to be more cutthroat in the editing room. In addition, a couple of the musical numbers could’ve been axed, especially Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton’s respective solo performances. I get it was probably part of their contract, but both didn’t do anything to propel the main plot forward. That being said, it shocked me that one of the best singers in the movie didn’t even sing one note. Jesse L. Martin of “Law & Order” fame appeared as Latifah’s husband, yet didn’t show off his vocal prowess. If you watched “Rent“, you know Martin has a powerful set of pipes.

what I liked/loved after the jump

Missed Glee last night? Some of you may say no but for those of us still trudging through the trenches with them, you probably were upset about X Factor’s one day push due to Thanksgiving. Don’t worry Gleeks, Glee will return next week and by the looks and sounds of it, it’s going to be one hell of an episode. From what I can gather, a lot of things are coming to a head which should make for some pretty good on-screen drama.

The biggest number of the night is going to be the girls of Glee (from New Directions and the Troubletones) singing Katy Perry’s famous hit I Kissed a Girl. This is all part of Finn’s elaborate plan to blackmail Santana. So, he suggests that both groups sing Lady songs.

Another major story line flowing through next week’s episode will be that of not only one election, but two. That’s right, the McKinley High Senior Class President will be discovered as well as the winner of the special Congressional Election. According to what I can find, the result of the elections will be a shocker! Why? Because both elections are taking place at the school and the arrows pointing on where to vote cause some confusion. Hilarious. Check out the girls singing I Kissed A Girl and find out more music and synopsis spoilers below.

Check out the Katy Perry cover and more synopsis spoilers here.

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