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Wednesday's CMT Awards will honor more than just country stars

Stars like Gladys Knight, Pink, John Legend, Halsey, H.E.R. and Noah Cyrus will join Wednesday’s show.

NEW YORK — The CMT Music Awards will honor acts in country music but will also share its stage with pop and R&B stars, including Gladys Knight, Pink, John Legend, Halsey, H.E.R. and Noah Cyrus.

Knight and Mickey Guyton will perform together and Chris Stapleton and fellow guitar slayer H.E.R. are joining forces onstage at Wednesday’s show celebrating the year’s best country music videos. The event will air at 8 p.m. Eastern from Nashville, Tennessee.

Legend is nominated for video of the year for his appearance on Carrie Underwood’s “Hallelujah,” while Keith Urban and Pink’s “One Too Many” will also compete for the top prize. Both videos are also nominated for collaborative video of the year. Others outside of country music participating in the show include rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, who will perform with Underwood, and pop singer-songwriter JP Saxe, who is set to sing with Ingrid Andress.

And acts like Halsey, Cyrus, rock-pop singer Elle King and brooding singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff are nominated for awards based on collaborations with country acts.

Fourteen videos were originally in contention for video of the year, but CMT narrowed it down to four videos Wednesday. Kane Brown’s “Worldwide Beautiful” and Ballerini’s “hole in the bottle” round out the nominees, and the two stars will host the fan-voted show and perform.

Brown will sing with Chris Young and Kelsea Ballerini will perform alongside Paul Klein from LANY, and the awards show will feature more collaborative performances, including Lady A and Carly Pearce and Lindsay Ell, Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, and Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi.

Guyton — who is nominated for two awards — will not only sing with Knight, she’ll also perform with BRELAND and present the CMT Equal Play Award to Linda Martell, one of the pioneering Black acts in country music and the first Black woman to perform solo at the Grand Ole Opry. The 86-year-old released the album “Color Me Country” in 1970, and the title track — a country cover of The Winstons’ R&B hit — became her biggest hit-to-date on the Billboard country music charts, reaching No. 22.

Other performers include Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett, while Anthony Mackie, Busy Philipps, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan and Trace Adkins will present awards.

Both Maren Morris and Gabby Barrett were originally set to perform at the CMT Awards but backed out. The awards show will air on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.

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Gareth Southgate wants stern Euro 2020 word with England stars after Tyrone Mings incident

England manager Gareth Southgate will once again read the riot act about on-field discipline among his players when they get together as a group for the first time on Saturday.

It emerged after Wednesday night’s game against Austria that Tyrone Mings had been incredibly lucky not to be sent off – or at the very least concede a penalty – in the opening exchanges.

TV replays clearly show the Aston Villa defender end the run of Sasa Kalajdzic in uncompromising fashion with either an elbow or a forearm block as the Austrian looked to make a run on goal.

Luckily for the friendly international there was no VAR, but that sort of incident in the tournament could have resulted in having to play most of the match with 10 men and a possible two-match ban for an influential player.

“Certainly we have to make sure we keep 11 men on the field at all times, because that’s been a downfall in the past,” Southgate said.

“So that’s something we’ve always discussed and it will be no different over the coming weeks.”

In actual fact the conversation will go deeper than that with so many of England’s rivals adept with set-pieces around he penalty area.

“We talk a lot about avoiding giving free-kicks away full-stop really,” Southgate added.

“You know, when you go into major tournaments, teams are so dangerous from set-plays, you have to compete. But you’ve got to make sure we avoid giving fouls away.”

Southgate will meanwhile wait until after Sunday’s game against Romania to select his final squad member after Trent Alexander-Arnold was sent home with a torn thigh muscle.

Scans showed a “grade two quad tear” in the Liverpool defender’s left thigh that will keep him out of for up to six weeks.

He has already returned to Merseyside for rehabilitation but because it is a new injury that occurred after the June 1 deadline to name the final 26-man squad, manager Gareth Southgate is allowed to draft in a replacement.

However, with the fitness of Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips also in doubt – all with pre-existing injuries that would mean no replacement would be possible – Southgate will leave it until the last possible moment to make his selection.

With all changes required to be made by the start of the tournament, practically that means Sunday’s game will be a final trial for one lucky player to join the party.

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Jesse Lingard, who was impressive against Austria, and James Ward-Prowse are the obvious front-runners.

But with so many defensive players struggling with fitness, Ben White would come into the reckoning after an impressive debut cameo as a substitute.

On the flip side, England’s toothless display may nudge Southgate towards adding Ollie Watkins to his available firepower.

Either way, it is a sad end to what had been a difficult three months for Alexander-Arnold since he was left out of the international get-together in March.

Since then, there had been intense speculation over whether the 22-year-old would make the final squad in the first place.

However, after getting the nod, in the final minute of the first warm-up game against Austria on Wednesday night, he pulled up after making a clearance and needed to be helped round the pitch and down the tunnel at the Riverside.

Harry Maguire is now part of the England set-up after the Manchester United players finally joined up after being given a break following the Europa League final and will continue to be assessed.

Additionally, Liverpool captain Henderson is causing growing concern after a set-back prevented him from playing even as a substitute against Austria.

With Kalvin Phillips also a concern it will be a nervous few days in the camp as even the specially-extended 26-man squads allowed by UEFA to combat the strains of two intense back-to-back seasons mean England are already beginning to look short of options in key areas with the opening game against Croatia at Wembley in just nine days’ time.

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Harry Redknapp, 74, among stars forced to isolate after Covid outbreak on BBC's The Wheel

Harry Redknapp, 74, is reportedly among stars having to isolate after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus on the set of Michael McIntyre’s show The Wheel over the weekend. The celebrities and fellow crew will have to remain at home for 10 days to take precautions not to spread the virus further.

The Mirror reported that some of the stars featuring on the BBC quiz show came into contact with the infected person during filming last Friday [28 May] evening.

An insider revealed that only a “small” number of people mixed with the individual, who was said to be working backstage and away from the rest of the production team at the time.

The publication also reported that Harry has “cancelled all his planned engagements” this week including a lunch where he was said to be giving a talk.

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Carol has not stated whether she too has had to isolate or escaped having to quaratine, with the former Countdown star having shared a photo from the set on 29 May.

She posted a selfie of herself, penning: “Had a top time filming The Wheel with @McInTweet tonight……top gang too.”

The 60-year-old followed it up with another tweet, teasing who is joining her on the show: “So the crew tonight… The joy who is Harry Redknapp… Andi Oliver @andisn Nick Grimshaw, @angelascanlon.”

A BBC spokesman for The Wheel said: “We can confirm an individual has tested positive for Covid.

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Man Utd transfer target Pau Torres had photograph with Liverpool stars

Torres has been named in Spain’s 24-man squad for Euro 2020, making the cut ahead of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

Despite experiencing such a rapid rise in recent years, the Villarreal academy graduate has played down talk of making a big-money move.

“For now, I only think as a player dressed in yellow. I see my life linked to this club. For now, I have a contract here [until June 2024] and I do not see beyond this final or what may come this summer,” he admitted.

“God willing, I can be in the Euros. I only want the first title for my club, for my people, and then to represent Spain in a tournament as big as this.”

Guillem Balague is a European football specialist and host for the Pure Football podcast: https://playpodca.st/purefootball.

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Amanda Owen home: Inside Our Yorkshire Farm star’s idyllic country cottage

Amanda Owen, a Yorkshire Shepherdess and star of Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm, lives at Ravenseat Farm, Swaledale in North Yorkshire. The mum-of-nine sometimes shares a glimpse of her home on her Instagram and Twitter account. After being recognised for her Twitter feed, “The Yorkshire Shepherdess”, she wrote four books.
The room has rustic decor including dark walls and wood panelling.

Amanda uses the low beams to dry their clothes and hangs Christmas cards from them in the winter months.

Other photos reveal the family pets making themselves at home in the living room which includes a miniature pony and dogs.

Kitchen

Amanda recently shared a photo of the family kitchen on her Instagram page.

Stone walls and dark red paint further enhance the farmhouse.

Hallway

More pictures of the inside of the home reveal the doorway to the cottage.

In a number of snaps uploaded on Instagram, Amanda shows a large front door which opens up to show a stone wall in the garden.

The floor has light tiles and there are white-washed walls at the side of the hallway.

Amanda’s photos of the doorway often reveal more of the family’s pets.

Our Yorkshire Farm airs today at 6.35pm on Channel 5

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Thomas Tuchel fires top four warning to Chelsea stars after Leicester win and blasts VAR

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insisted it is “no time for celebration” despite beating Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night for a huge boost in the club’s hopes of Champions League qualification and warned: “The job is not done. Two more to go.”
The Blues secured a 2-1 victory to get revenge on the Foxes just days after losing to Brendan Rodgers’ side at Wembley thanks to a Youri Tielemans stunner.

Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho fired the Londoners to a massive three points despite Kelechi Iheanacho pulling one back for the FA Cup winners.

Victory moves Chelsea on to 67 points, one clear of fourth-placed Leicester and four ahead of Liverpool, who are fifth but have one extra game to play against Burnley on Wednesday evening.

If Leicester and Liverpool win their final games and Tuchel’s side lose theirs, they will end up outside of the top four despite their largely excellent form under the manager since late January.

Chelsea face Aston Villa on the final day this Sunday before taking on Premier League champions Manchester City in the Champions League final the following Saturday, and Tuchel wants no let-up from his charges.

Tuchel said to Sky Sports: “Fantastic. It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go. The fans made a huge difference.

“You see the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition. It was a very, very strong performance and I’m delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans.

“We needed that for today. We were fired up from our loss against Arsenal. Today we did what we do. We played courageous, high intensity, aggressive. Happy to have the win but I need to repeat, it’s not done.

“I don’t feel comfortable celebrating now – for what? I’m not worried, I just say what’s needed.

“It was much better [than Sunday]. Top performance. First half was amazing, the quality and energy. Second half as well. We gave an easy goal away that made us suffer a bit in the end but overall a very deserved win.

“It’s still in our hands [finishing in the top four]. We need another huge performance, the same ambition, but with fans in the Aston Villa ground will be super hard.”

Timo Werner was denied what Tuchel felt was a “clear” penalty in the first half and the German coach laid into VAR for what he felt was another unjust decision.

He added: “The VAR decisions against us are horrible! This is the third time in a row now.

“Against Arsenal we have a goal denied with the handball, then against Leicester denied with the hand and then today it is a penalty, but it’s a foul against us.

“This has to stop. But we were not worried at half time, we just said, ‘OK let’s do it again and force it’.”

While Tuchel continued of his countryman’s performance: “It’s his job to be involved in everything and he needs to be involved on Sunday again. It’s no time now for extra praise. 

“Enjoy, shut up, enjoy your free day and get ready for Sunday. I don’t feel comfortable now celebrating, I just say what’s needed.”

N’Golo Kante went off injured for Chelsea in the first 45 while Kai Havertz was not involved in the squad but Tuchel appeared optimistic the duo will be fit not just for the trip to Porto to face City in the European Cup final a week on Saturday but this weekend’s clash with Villa.
“I don’t know yet. We will check tomorrow. We have a good feeling with Ng,” Tuchel explained. “He said he didn’t want to go within a risk of a muscle injury, so I hope for Sunday, same with Kai.”

Werner, who had two goals disallowed, said to Sky Sports: “I was surprised because for me it was a clear penalty. I think for me, maybe the unluckiest season I’ve ever had and will be maybe. Because worse? It can’t be. 

“When you have a season like this and you are so unlucky, and you are still in the Champions League final and maybe still reach the Champions League next year everything is good.

“It was hard after the cup final. It gave us a push for the rest of the season because before the cup final we had three important games after it.

“For us we want to win it because it gives us a push for the Champions League final. That we lose it was very hard for us.
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“In the end we come back how made it today, to fight back to control the game, have chances, always look dangerous was so good.

“The job is not done but with this feeling we can go to Aston Villa and win this game also.”

While Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said ahead of the Midlands outfit’s clash with Tottenham at the weekend: ”

Brendan Rodgers said: “Liverpool have a couple of games. Chelsea have a tough game away at Aston Villa. I’ve always said we just need to concentrate on ourselves.

“We’re still in that top four and we’ve got one more game to go. If we win it and it’s still not enough for us we have to accept that.

“But if we just fall short after 38 games as the team with the eighth biggest budget, it shows we fought really hard and just missed out.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits out at Man Utd stars after Fulham draw and has Villarreal worry

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed his players following their 1-1 draw with relegated Fulham and has raised concerns about their form ahead of the Europa League final.

A win against the Cottagers would have confirmed the Red Devils as Premier League runners-up to rivals Manchester City.

Edinson Cavani’s stunning long-range lob handed United the lead just 15 minutes into the game, which was played in front of 10,000 supporters at Old Trafford.

It was the Uruguayan’s 16th goal of the season and is another milestone in an impressive campaign. United recently exercised a one-year extension to the deal Cavani signed when he arrived on a free transfer following his release by Paris Saint-Germain.

But United failed to see the game through and a poor run of form continues ahead of the Europa League showdown against Villarreal on May 26.

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“Maybe it’s because the crowd came in and we wanted to entertain them. It would be more entertaining if we played properly and scored goals.

Solskjaer has also raised concerns about his side’s form. They finish their Premier League campaign against Wolves on Sunday before attempting to win their first trophy in four years against Villarreal.

The former United striker believes his squad should be playing well ahead of the final in Poland.

Asked if he had worries about their plight, Solskjaer said: “Very much so because we’ve lost eight points in a period we should be bouncing, going into the next game looking forward to it, looking forward to the final, going into it confident.

“We need to sort a few things out. Stop trying to be the world beater and play as a team.

“We know that we are at the end of the season. We’re tired.

“We need to get minutes into some [players], rest some. Because we need to be ready for the last game of the season – that’s the most important one now.”

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Horoscopes: Your weekly horoscope from astrologer Russell Grant – what is in the stars?

ARIES (March 21st – April 20th)

There are so many ideas crowding your head it might feel as if it is bursting at the seams. Be careful about being reckless in thought and action. Think plans through before leaping in and if in doubt, ask a practical friend whether you are making a good decision.

TAURUS (April 21st – May 21st)

A new job you take on will seem like an uphill struggle as you come up against problems every step of the way. New rules that you feel are unnecessary will cause you inconvenience and this will bring out the more rebellious side of your nature.

GEMINI (May 22nd – June 21st)

Your work and other activities are attracting the attention of your boss or someone in authority. They admire your creative flair. Don’t be surprised if you are offered a raise or promotion. Having more money for luxuries will improve family relationships.

CANCER (June 22nd – July 23rd)

You could get talking with someone who is imaginative and visionary. Rather than thinking them foolish, you will be intrigued by their ideas. You might want to think through someone’s clever ideas further but impose some conditions to your continued involvement.

LEO (July 24th – August 23rd)

An avalanche of paperwork can no longer be ignored. The sooner you get on with it, the sooner it will be over. It doesn’t matter if you are spending a lot of time doing nothing more exciting than sorting out finances and correspondence.

VIRGO (August 24th – September 23rd)

It isn’t that you would rather keep yourself to yourself but there is a relative or housemate you are trying to avoid. If you owe them money and can’t yet pay them back, be honest about it. Someone close will be troubled by your sudden quiet mood.

LIBRA (September 24th – October 23rd)

It lifts you to see other people benefit through your hard-working efforts. Helping others is all you want to do. Either through your profession or a volunteer exercise, people know you are there for them. The last thing you are thinking about is yourself.

SCORPIO (October 24th – November 22nd)

You seem to have the uncanny knack of knowing what’s on a close friend or partner’s mind. This helps you anticipate their needs almost before they are aware of them themselves. Are you single? It doesn’t matter who makes the first move if there is someone you are attracted to.

AQUARIUS (January 21st – February 19th)

Get moving to stay healthy and to keep your body fit. Take up swimming, walking or some regular gentle exercise. If you’re feeling active and competitive, take up a team sport. Are you single? You could meet someone new through casual participation in a sporting or group event.

PISCES (February 20th – March 20th)

Little things that friends are saying makes you wonder if they are hinting about something that is going on you aren’t aware about. If they know something about your partner or someone in the family that you don’t, you wish they would just come out and say it.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Man Utd stars for creating 'own downfall' in Liverpool loss

The defensive partnership of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof struggled continuously throughout the game, with the former being fortunate to have not conceded a penalty.

The absence of the injured Harry Maguire certainly appeared to show.

Solskjaer has called on his troops to find a way to adapt in the absence of the centre-back in the final few games of the season.

“Harry has been really important for us so of course we’re going to miss him but he’s out so we have to deal with that,” he continued. “It’s about regrouping and building our own confidence again as we have two games and a final.”

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Strictly Come Dancing 'bans' reality TV stars for 2021 series

Strictly Come Dancing will soon return to our screens with a flock of new contestants bidding to impress in the ballroom series.

But the popular BBC dancing show will not be welcoming any reality stars to the series.

It is rare to see contestants from the likes of TOWIE or Gogglebox and it’s been made clear that this year will be no different.

There have been some exceptions in the past, including Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing losing out to Bill Bailey in the 2020 final.

But it appears as though the door remains closed for reality TV stars to join the upcoming series, the Mirror reports.

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A source told The Sun: “It’s no secret that Strictly had a blanket ban on fame hungry reality stars in the past, but the celebs had hoped things would ease up a bit after a few YouTubers appeared in the line-up in past years.

“The stars have been ramping up their interest ahead of the new series and while it’s still very early in the selection process, a lot of names have been dismissed already – purely because of where they started out.”

The source continued to say that reality stars started their requests after seeing Mark Wright perform well on the show, but have been met by a wall of refusal.

They added: “Bosses are sticking to their guns on this one and it’s very unlikely any of the reality lot will make the cut.”

Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr was the latest to throw his name in the hat last month after admitting he’d love to have a go after quitting the Channel 4 programme.

Gemma Collins has been linked to the show

Craig Revel Horwood has previously addressed the likes of Gemma Collins appearing on the show and described them as “low rent”.

The judge said: “Gemma Collins would be fun on the show but it’s not very often that we have reality stars take to the ballroom.

“We generally have people of a higher calibre than that.”

The BBC have been contacted for a comment.

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