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Miranda Lambert announces secret marriage to Brendan Mcloughlin: 'I met the love of my life'

Country music star Miranda Lambert has found love again.

The "Mama's Broken Heart" singer took to social media Saturday to tell fans that she secretly married Brendan Mcloughlin.

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"In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news," Lambert, 35, wrote in a Facebook post. "I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me."

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According to People magazine, Mcloughlin is an officer with the New York Police Department and has a 3-month-old child from a former relationship. 

Lambert was previously married to country singer and "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton from 2011 to 2015. 

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Who is Ryan Adams? What you need to know about the singer-songwriter

David Ryan Adams is a 44-year-old singer-songwriter born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He has had a long career across multiple genres and musical acts.

He is also the subject of a New York Times expose on numerous accusations he psychologically abuses women.

Background

Adams first came on the music scene in an alt-country band he founded called Whiskeytown. The group released three major albums, making it big with “Strangers Almanac” in 1997.

The group split in 2000, after what a Guardian story called a “particularly gruesome Michigan show.”

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Solo career

Adams’ first solo album, “Heartbreaker,” was a hit, especially with critics. A Pitchfork review called it “a startling 15-song masterpiece.”

His follow-up, “Gold,” was also a hit and earned him three Grammy nominations.

However, as the Guardian article put it, “Then something went askew… (he) got a reputation for being a boozy, druggy brat.”

At one point, Adams left a scathing message with profanities on the answering machine of the music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Since then he has performed with the band The Cardinals and done more solo work.

He is known for his 2015 release “1989,” a song-for-song alt-country cover album of Taylor Swift’s album “1989.”

He is a prolific producer, working with Willie Nelson and Fall Out Boy. He has also worked with Weezer, Norah Jones and Counting Crows.

Abuse allegations

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a story detailing allegations of abuse against Adams.

“In interviews, seven women and more than a dozen associates described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex,” Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik wrote.

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For example, 20-year-old musician Phoebe Bridgers told the Times that Adams invited her to his studio. She said he praised her music, and the two had a short relationship.

However, she said, when she broke off the relationship, Adams rescinded an offer to be the opening act on his European tour.

One of the women who talked to the Times was Adams’ ex-wife, actress and singer Mandy Moore. She said he psychologically abused her and blocked her progress as a musician. They divorced in 2016.

Megan Butterworth, who was engaged to Adams recently, also called him “controlling and emotionally abusive.” She told the Times he tried to isolate her “socially and professionally.” They broke up in 2018.

Adams allegedly corresponded with a fan as well, starting when she was 14. She said he exposed himself during video calls on Skype. 

According to texts reviewed by the Times, Adams questioned her about her age and sometimes she gave a false, older one. 

In one text, he told the girl,” And tell me that your mom is not gonna kill me if she finds out we even text.” 

Adams called the article “inaccurate.”

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Tedeschi Trucks band keyboardist Kofi Burbridge dead at 57

Kofi Burbridge, the longtime keyboardist and flautist for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, died Friday. He was 57.

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The multi-instrumentalist, who moved to Atlanta in 1987 to join the band Knee-Deep, was hospitalized last month after a setback stemming from his 2017 emergency heart surgery in Atlanta. In January, the band alerted fans about Burbridge’s condition and his inability to join them on their current tour, which played Washington D.C., on Friday with fill-in keyboardist Gabe Dixon.

The news of Burbidge’s passing was shared early Saturday by former bandmate Yonrico Scott; the cause and location of death has not been announced.

In an April 2018 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Derek Trucks spoke excitedly about how well Burbridge had recovered from his 2017 surgery.

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“Kofi is full force. It reminds me of ‘Lord of the Rings’ when Gandalf goes down and comes back as the white wizard -- he’s got a few extra layers of magic! His musicianship has always been amazing, but listening back to the studio (recordings) the last few days, he crossed over there for a minute!,” Trucks said in a preview of the band’s performance – with Burbridge – at SweetWater 420 Festival. 

Burbridge and his brother Oteil, a familiar presence on bass in the Allman Brothers Band and Dead & Company, met Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit in Atlanta in the late-1980s. Kofi joined Oteil in the band after Hampton departed in 1994; Kofi Burbridge joined the Derek Trucks Band in 1999 and remained with Trucks when he formed TTD in 2010 with wife Susan Tedeschi.

On Friday, TTD’s new album, “Signs,” was released -- featuring keyboards and flute from Burbridge. 

Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom announce engagement

Singer Katy Perry coyly announced she was engaged to Orlando Bloom in an Instagram post on Valentine’s Day, using a tongue-in-cheek caption to match the design of her ring -- a pink stone surrounded by eight diamonds, Vogue reported.

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“Full bloom,” Perry wrote on the social media site, while Bloom used the same photo and posted “Lifetimes” on Instagram.

Perry’s mother, Mary Hudson, previewed the engagement when she shared photos on Facebook and wrote, “Look who got engaged on Valentine’s Day,” Vogue reported.

Perry and Bloom began dating in January 2016, but split up in February 2017. They reunited at a New Year’s party in Japan, Vogue reported.

Perry was married to comedian Russell Brand in 2010, splitting up 14 months later. Bloom split with Miranda Kerr in 2013 after three years of marriage, the magazine reported.

Florida rap singer charged in double slaying

A South Florida rap singer is accused of fatally shooting two of his close friends in October and getting assistance from another man attempting to make it look like the victims had been killed in a drive-by shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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YNW Melly, 19, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 26, 2018, shooting deaths of Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas Jr., 19, the newspaper reported.

Cortlen Henry, 20 was also arrested in connection with the double slayings, as Miramar police said he drove a Jeep Compass to transport the victims to a hospital.

The rapper has had success with singles such as “Murder On My Mind” and “Slang That Iron,” Rolling Stone reported. He collaborated with Kanye West with the song, "Mixed Personalities," the magazine reported. His first studio album, “We All Shine,” was released in January, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

In a post on his official Instagram account, the rapper said he was turning himself in to police.

“I want you guys to know I love you and appreciate every single one of y’all, a couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice. ... unfortunately a lot of rumors and lies are being said but no worries God is with me and my brother @ynw.bortlen and we want y’all to remember it’s a ynw Family I love you @ynwsakchaser1 and 2ynwjuvy #freeus.”

Henry was arrested in Houston last month and was extradited to Florida on Tuesday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Ozzy Osbourne out of ICU after flu complications

The Prince of Darkness is out of the intensive care unit after complications from the flu. 

Ozzy Osbourne’s wife announced the news during Tuesday’s episode of “The Talk,” People magazine reported.

“He’s out of ICU and he’s doing great. He’s breathing on his own,” Sharon Osbourne said.

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Last week, she announced on Twitter that the heavy-metal rocker had been taken to the hospital due to the flu.

>>Read: Ozzy Osbourne hospitalized with flu complications

Last month, he announced the postponement of the European dates of the “No More Tour 2,” Rolling Stone reported.

He had been diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection and doctors said they were afraid it could develop into pneumonia due to the drain touring causes to his body, Billboard reported

The tour is expected to be rescheduled this fall, and will pick up with gigs in Australia, New Zealand and Japan in March, before heading back to the states May 29 with an appearance at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Rolling Stone reported.

Kiss cover band guitarist catches fire during concert, keeps playing

As they say, the show must go on. A Kiss cover band guitarist kept shredding no matter how hot it got on stage, and boy did it get hot.

Bobby Jensen, who was dressed as Paul Stanley for the cover band Hairball, caught fire as the band started playing “Detroit Rock City” at a gig in Sioux City, Iowa, multiple media outlets reported

The fire started because of stage pyrotechnics, the “Today” show reported.

Jensen’s bandmate tried to put out the flames, but then got some help from stage hands. Jensen, meanwhile, kept rocking out, Ultimate Classic Rock reported.

Jensen said he knew what was happening. 

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“I knew I was on fire right away, and that wasn’t a wig. That’s my hair. It was really nice and foofy before the show, now I have a much better Alice Cooper cut,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock.

Hairball is known for more than just its Kiss performances. The band also does tributes to Van Halen, Motley Crue and Aerosmith, Fox News reported.

Garth Brooks attending spring training with Pittsburgh Pirates

Country music legend Garth Brooks is joining the Pittsburgh Pirates -- for spring training, anyway.

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Brooks reported to training camp Monday in Bradenton, Florida, and will work out from Thursday through Feb. 21, DK Pittsburgh Sports reported.

In the past, Brooks has taken part in training camps with the San Diego Padres and New York Mets, according to DK Pittsburgh Sports’ John Perrotto.

Brooks went 1-for-22 with San Diego in 1998 and 1999, and 0-for-17 with four walks in 2002, according to MLB.com. He also had a stint with the Kansas City Royals in 2004 and had two hits.

Grammy Awards 2019: Backstage with Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. and more

There was no shortage of activity taking place on the Grammy stage Sunday night – Motown tributes, Havana reproductions and Diana Ross in a billowing red dress wishing herself a happy 75th birthday a month in advance.

>> On AJC.com: Grammy Awards: Ladies rule and Childish Gambino makes history

But backstage was a steady stream of winners who were happy to chat about the new hardware they were taking home from the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

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Kacey Musgraves

Quadruple winner Kacey Musgraves, still wearing her short, red billowy dress, managed to cultivate tremendous critical success with her album of the year winner “Golden Hour” with barely any radio support. And she’s OK with that.

“To me, radio isn’t necessarily the mark of what makes good music. That’s not what I had in mind when I was making this album. It’s been incredible to see it do some really wild, gratifying, unbelievable things. Streaming has been a big part of it; my team working really hard; my publicist working his [expletive] off; my band and road family working very hard. Ultimately, I feel like it lets me know it doesn’t matter where someone hears your music – it’s if they connect or not.”

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile, an Americana gem just recently getting the deserved attention, said her award-winning song, “The Joke” (also one of the most robust performances of the Grammy ceremony) was a last-minute addition to her “By the Way, I Forgive You” album.

“It was spurred on by the taunting of (producer) David Cobb. He said I didn’t have a vocal moment as profound since (2007’s) ‘The Story.’ Once I got to thinking about it, it raised the bar for me … The song is about redemption and hope. It’s not about complacency – it’s a call to action.”

H.E.R.

To many viewers, the Grammys served as their introduction to H.E.R. But even those casually familiar with her R&B stylings might have been surprised at the level of her guitar playing.

Her first guitar was a gift from her father – a Fender – who taught her the blues pentatonic scale.

“Prince was definitely an inspiration,” she said. “And Eric Clapton. I used to watch his concert DVDs in my house all the time. And Jimi Hendrix, too.”

Although she won her first career Grammys – best R&B performance (“Best Part”) and best R&B album (“H.E.R.”) for what is technically an EP, she will be “dropping my debut album sometime soon.”

Rashida Jones

With a win for the documentary “Quincy” (best music film), Quincy Jones now possesses the record for the most Grammy Awards – 28 – among living artists (he is now one ahead of previous record holder, Alison Krauss).

Jones’ daughter, actress Rashida, was one of the directors of the film and said she learned to relax about his workaholic tendencies.

“I knew a lot about him, but I got a sense of his patterns, how he works himself to the brink and doesn’t kill himself and then comes back in another decade. It was almost a relief to me. Watching him work himself really hard is a difficult thing to watch, but seeing him do it time and time again was a relief to me.”

Chris Cornell's children

The late Chris Cornell was honored with a win “When Bad Does Good” (best rock performance) and his sweet kids, Toni and Christopher, mustered the fortitude to accept the award on his behalf and then come talk to the press about him. 

On stage at the premiere ceremony, Christopher, 13, eloquently read, “He was one of the greatest poets of his time, whose voice and soaring, unforgettable vocals made him the voice of a generation.”

Christopher was joined by sister Toni, 14, and backstage she acknowledged the difficulty of the circumstances. 

“Obviously we miss him so much. We saw him work on this (box set, where the song resides) so hard. He was always working on his music. It’s really sad that he couldn’t be there himself to accept it for something he worked so hard on. It was bittersweet. We’re so proud of him.”

Cornell took his own life in May 2017.

PJ Morton

PJ Morton, an Atlanta resident and Morehouse College alum, tied with Leon Bridges in the best traditional R&B performance category (he won for “How Deep is Your Love” with Yebba) and talked about his exhaustion from playing the Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5 last weekend and preparing for the Grammys a few days later. He also discussed balancing his solo career with playing keyboards in the band.

“I’m about to fall over right now,” he said with a laugh, “It can be a challenge sometimes, but I always tell people it’s a good problem to have. I’ve been blessed to be part of many successful things. I just make it happen. It’s been almost nine years now (since he joined Maroon 5), so I’ve gotten into a rhythm of when (singer) Adam (Levine) is taping ‘The Voice’ and I can (go do my solo thing) and tour.”

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy, 82, won his seventh career Grammy for “The Blues is Alive and Well” (best traditional blues album).

Backstage, in his black tux and beret, Guy lamented the current state of blues music.

“They’ve been treating blues like a stepchild the past 20 to 30 years. You don’t hear blues being played on your radio much anymore. I don’t know what it is that make them don’t play it anymore,” he said. “Blues music is about good times or bad times … nothing is going to stop me from playing the blues.”

Dua Lipa

Best new artist winner Dua Lipa explained the genesis of her playful Grammy performance with St. Vincent (Annie Clark).

“We just jelled really well. We got in a room together and hashed out our ideas,” she said. “The great thing about it, I already made a good friend. She’s extremely talented and so open to different ideas. It was really cool that we got to coordinate everything we did. 

Dua Lipa also said she’s finishing a new album, but is “trying to keep it a secret for as long as” she can. 

Grammy Awards 2019: Joy Villa, Ricky Rebel wear pro-Trump fashion on red carpet

Two California singers made no secret of their political beliefs at Sunday's Grammy Awards, paying tribute to President Donald Trump with their red carpet looks.

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In a show of support for Trump's border wall plans, Joy Villa wore a Desi Designs gown with the message "Build the Wall" and carried a "Make America Great Again" handbag. Meanwhile, Ricky Rebel donned a "Keep America Great" jacket.

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"'Shut up!' They said. 'Stop talking politics!' They yelled. 'Sit down you don’t matter!' They insisted. I don’t listen to haters. I listen to truth," Villa wrote in an Instagram post. "Building the wall will cut down crime, protect children from being trafficked and stop the 1 in 3 women from being sexually assaulted tying to get through illegally. It’s a humanitarian crisis. I support life. I support protection. I SUPPORT THEWALK!"

>> See Villa's Instagram post here

Rebel also shared a photo of his look on Instagram, calling himself "a reflection of the 60 million+ Americans that voted for @realdonaldtrump."

>> See the image here

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This isn't the first time Villa has turned heads at the Grammys. Last year, she wore a white gown decorated with a painting of a fetus and carried a "Choose Life" handbag. 

>> See the look here

She also wore a pro-Trump dress in 2017.

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