Christina Aguilera may have gotten off to a rocky start in 2011, but her troubles seemed far behind her when she celebrated her 31st birthday at L.A.’s Spare Room Saturday.
Joined by her fellow Voice mentors Adam Levine, 32, and Blake Shelton, 35, (with wife Miranda Lambert, Aguilera and guests dined on mini-sliders and quesadillas during the intimate soiree.
Aguilera invited 50 close friends and family members to fete the occasion. “Adam, Blake and Miranda all bowled,” a source tells Us Weekly. Other guests played board games like Connect Four, checkers and backgammon.
“Christina’s really competitive and wanted games to be part of the party,” the source explains.
At midnight, Aguilera’s boyfriend Matthew Rutler surprised her with a Marie Antoinette cake from Hansen’s.
“Christina loves costumes and period pieces so it was perfect,” the source says of the Burlesque star. “Everyone had a great time.”
It is two days before the 45th annual CMA Awards, and reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert still hasn’t chosen what to wear on stage to perform live.
“Whatever it is,” she told PEOPLE with a laugh, “it probably shouldn’t be something flammable!”
“Baggage Claim,” the first single off her new album Four The Record, may be a scorching kiss-off to a no-good man, but it was the on-stage pyrotechnics that had the Nashville Fire Department concerned during Monday’s rehearsals at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
After a couple of run-throughs, an announcement came from the production staff: “All right everybody, this time we’re going to fire up the propane.” Moments later, as Lambert ripped through the chorus, a wall of flames shot up behind her and the band.
“We need to watch the hair spray!” she warned.
The day after Wednesday night’s show (8 p.m. ET on ABC), the singer will enjoy another fired-up celebration, lighting 28 candles on her birthday cake. Last year, her birthday fell on show night and she was gifted with four trophies. This year, she is hoping for something a little smaller – and sparkly.
“Some diamond earrings from Blake [Shelton] would be nice,” she said with a smile.
After the CMAs, Lambert is looking forward to time off the road at home with her husband, a rarity since they were married last May in Texas.
“I think the longest time we’ve spent at home together since the wedding is about five days,” she said. “It’s been an amazing year, but we’re looking forward to the holidays to reflect on it all with our families.”
Shelton will open the CMAs performing his rendition of “Footloose” with the song’s originator, Kenny Loggins. Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will sing their duet “Remind Me,” and Faith Hill will make her first CMA performance since 2006, singing her power ballad “Come Home.”
Miranda Lambert covers Billboard Magazine for the second time with a gorgeous new picture! Be sure to go pick up your copy! Scans will be added to the gallery as soon as they become available!
Rachel from the band Gloriana recently did an interview where she was asked about her dream duet choices and Miranda was one of her choices! Check out her comment below! If you want to read her whole interview, go here!
Also, check out friend of the site GlorianaFans.Com!!!
Rachel notes that she would love to do her dream duet with country mega-stars Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban. “Miranda is absolutely amazing and she is just herself. I love her voice, creativity, and what she does and what she stands for. I’ve seen Keith many times in concert and I think everything he does is wonderful! I love his energy and his whole vibe as well,” Rachel remarks.
Last night (September 24), Miranda performed after the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’ve added 10 MQ photos to the gallery, check them out!
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The magazine should be available now! Be sure to get your copy!!!
American Idol Lauren Alaina is about to release her album Wildflower and she’s doing a bit of promotion, here in this interview she talks about picking songs for her album and the story behind songs.
When putting together the 12 songs for her Wildflower album, American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina says she tried to think like a fan.
“I’m kinda new to the whole artist thing; a fan is basically what I am,” the 16-year-old singer told me this week. “So when I was listening to my songs, I tried to think if my favorite artists, like Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert, were singing some of these songs, which ones would I want to hear? That’s how I picked my songs.”
The track listing for Wildflower has been announced, and it includes a song by former Idol winner Carrie Underwood; two from Hillary Lindsey, who has co-written several of Carrie’s hits; and one, Funny Thing About Love, that Lauren wrote with Luke Laird and Brett James. The album comes out Oct. 12, one week after Idol winner Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day.
Lauren hopes that almost everyone can find one or two songs on Wildflower that they enjoy. Naturally, she wants people to like the whole album.
“I wanted to make sure I picked songs that people want to hear,” she says. “I don’t want to work on an album that someone doesn’t enjoy. Like, if someone likes slow songs, there are some on there they can enjoy. If someone likes uptempo, there’s stuff they can enjoy.”
Lauren believes each song reveals some of her personality and a little of her life story. “They have different feels a little bit, but they’re all me,” she says. “If the story in the songs didn’t happen to me personally, they remind me of something that has happened to someone I know or someone in my family.”
For example, the Carrie Underwood song Eighteen Inches reminds her of a good friend. “She got married when she was 17, and she had a baby. And they moved here, to Nashville. Her husband’s is going to college and has a full-time job, and she stays at home with the baby, and she doesn’t know anyone here. She moved here to support him. That’s, like, the story of that song.”