KID ROCK WILL FIGHT RESTAURANT FINE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kid Rock’s attorney promises to fight a citation given to Rock’s Nashville restaurant for failing to comply with coronavirus public health orders. Attorney Brian Lewis says the citation was “selective prosecution.” He says it’s unfair that Mayor John Cooper encourages “thousands of people to march with him in violation of his own phases, but he wants to hold the Nashville business community hostage.” News outlets report Metro Public Health Department Director Michael Caldwell visited Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk on Saturday after getting a complaint. The restaurant was fined “for serving people that were seated at the bar and for not observing proper social distancing inside the establishment.” Thirteen other Nashville businesses also were cited.
AJR END CHILDHOOD WITH “BANG!”
NEW YORK (AP) - You grow up -- then what? That’s what the AJR song “Bang!” is about. Keyboardist Ryan Met says it was inspired by trying to do what their parents do, like “pay taxes and eat healthy and keep superfoods in your fridge.” Met says it’s about knowing that adulthood is coming, so they’ll go out with a bang. He’s excited for the time when they can finally perform that song live, because he can picture the audience singing the “Bang! Bang! Bang!” part.
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BET AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
NEW YORK (AP) - Drake leads the nominations for the BET Awards with six. He’s nominated twice in two categories: best collaboration and the viewer’s choice award. Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch have five nominations each. For the first time, the show will be carried live on CBS, as well as on BET and BET HER. The awards will be given out June 28.
AMERICANA AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tanya Tucker says while she’s excited about her first nominations for the Americana Honors and Awards, she feels Brandi Carlile is deserving of any accolade she gets. Carlile is the lead nominee with seven, including artist of the year as a solo act and duo/group of the year with The Highwomen. Tucker is up for artist of the year and album of the year for “While I’m Livin’,” which Carlile produced. Yola, Brittany Howard and the late John Prine are also up for artist of the year. The winners will be announced in Nashville on Sept. 16. The Americana Music Association says it’s still working out details for the show.
by Margie Szaroleta