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Strange Bedfellows: How Did These Unlikely Musical Pairings Fare?

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One of the most difficult things about being a successful musician is finding the inspiration to be creative. Some people accomplish this by relentlessly poking the still burning embers of charred relationships (*cough* Taylor Swift *cough*), others turn to illegal drugs to change their worldview, but the following artists were able to find their muses not with their bandmates, but rather by pairing off with other musicians that appear on the surface to be incongrous with their vibe. So, in salute of the deeply strange pairing of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and ivory tickler Norah Jones on the new album of Everly Brothers covers called Foreverly, here’s a rundown of unlikely musical collaborations from over the years and their results.

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Katy Perry Schedules More Facetime With Barack Obama

Katy Perry To Perform At Barack Obama Inaugural Ball

Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are already booked to perform at President Obama’s upcoming inauguration ceremony but because there’s likely no limit to how many diverse musical offerings Barack and Michelle blast behind closed doors, even more talent has been acquired for Inauguration Weekend 2013. According to the AP, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Smokey Robinson and Usher have been added to the inaugural ball on Monday, January 21 as well as a children’s concert on the 19th.

Hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden (there to make sure Leslie Knope doesn’t make a move on her husband) Saturday’s children’s event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will also feature performances from the likes of Far*East Movement, fun., John Legend, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior and members of the Glee cast. Despite the wide cross-section of musical talent, all eyes will be on Katy to see what political piece of clothing she could possibly wiggle herself into this time.

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iHeartRadio Music Festival Gets A Lineup

In a season busied with festivals, iHeartRadio has proven itself in just two years to be a formidable force when it comes to bringing in the big acts. The Clear Channel festival debuted last year with a lineup chocked full of marquee names like Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj. And by the looks of the lineup released this morning, this year’s show will be as big a blowout as the last.

Set for September 21 and 22 at the MGM in Las Vegas, this year’s line-up includes blockbuster pop stars P!nk, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Adam Lambert, and Pitbull; shining country stars Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, and Brad Paisley; R&B crooners Usher and Mary J. Blige; as well as old favorites who are steady on the comeback like Green Day, Aerosmith, and No Doubt. And as if that were not enough, more acts will be announced in the weeks prior to the event. Tickets for the festival go on sale July 14th, and more info can be found here.

Check out the full press release below:

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Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer Of The Year At The 2011 Country Music Awards, But Grace Potter And Kenny Chesney Steal The Show

The 2011 Country Music Awards aired on ABC last night, and Nashville’s finest dusted off their boots and gussied themselves up for the national TV spotlight. For the second year in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley (whose new record, This Is Country Music, is pretty great) proved themselves to be a surprisingly deft and wholly likeable hosting combo, particularly when they’re roasting Kim Kardashian over the spit in song form. There was no “big winner” of the night, per se, but The Band Perry took home a couple of awards (Best New Artist, Best Song for Song Of The Summer contender “If I Die Young”) and Taylor Swift took home the evening’s biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year.

However, the evening’s best moment didn’t involve pandering to Hollywood (Blake Shelton’s raucous version of “Footloose”) or even a huge, pyro-laden production number (sorry, Miranda Lambert!). It occured when Kenny Chesney and VH1 fave Grace Potter each slung an acoustic guitar over their shoulders, hopped on a stool and duetted on a positively gorgeous version of their hit, “You And Tequila.” Of course, we’re suckers for any and all things Grace (those stems!), but the way these two harmonized last night reminded us why we listen to country music in the first place. There’s no slick production, no glossy radio sound, just two great voices (and some palpable chemistry) blending together to make something special. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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