Additional Lawsuits Filed Following Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting
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In the aftermath of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in October, more than 450 victims of the attack have filed lawsuits against festival promoter LiveNation and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the hotel from which gunman Stephen Paddock fired thousands of rounds at festivalgoers below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. The suits allege that the hotel and LiveNation could have done more to prevent the shooting and, according to the Los Angeles Times, did not respond quickly enough when a security guard was shot before the attack. This newly announced litigation comes in addition to at least 15 other lawsuits filed by shooting victims.
After injuring herself earlier this month, Carrie Underwood wasn't able to be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame after all. Considered her state's highest honor, only honorees who can be present at the Hall's induction ceremony (unless they're being inducted posthumously) are considered for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and Underwood's broken wrist prevented her from traveling. According to NewsOK, however, Underwood will still be eligible for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in future years.
CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally is on the mend after suffering a heart attack on Nov. 13. In a Facebook post, McAnally thanks fans for their well-wishes and calls the scary event a "wake-up call from the big sleep." "I’m so thankful for not only the prayers and kind words and the re-spinning of tunes and tales, but just for the notion that there is still so much good nature hanging around planet Earth," McAnally writes. "One might not get that idea just by checking random TV channels."
Ben Haggard, son of the late, great Merle Haggard, is expecting his first child with Jeyda Beyzade. The couple announced the pregnancy on social media with an adorable photo shoot, featuring a hand-written sign that reads "and then there were three." On his Instagram account, Haggard posted a photo from the shoot with the caption "another Haggard on the way." Baby Haggard is due in June.
Old Crow Medicine Show are teaming up with pop superstar Kesha for a new installment of CMT's genre-bending duets show Crossroads. According to a press release, the episode will feature Kesha performing songs from her latest record, Rainbow, along with Old Crow Medicine Show standbys, deep cuts and favorites. “I’ve always admired early country artists ... and the outlaw attitude of some of those early country artists who helped create rock ‘n’ roll," Kesha says in a statement. "To me, Old Crow Medicine Show epitomizes that attitude and wildness while also being amazing songwriters and performers.” The episode is scheduled to air on Dec. 6 at 10PM ET.
Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris have been recognized among Forbes' 2017 30 Under 30, a yearly selection of "youthful visionaries" who are "topping charts and shifting culture." Recognized in the music category, Rhett and Morris are joined by Christian artist Lauren Daigle, classical singer Jackie Evancho and producer Mike Posner (among other young stars) on this year's list.
Dustin Lynch, Maren Morris and Brett Young have joined the 2018 lineup for Luke Bryan's annual Crash My Playa festival. Hosted in Rivera Maya, Mexico, the star-studded show takes place over four nights, and will also feature performances from headliners Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt and, of course, Bryan. “I can’t believe this lineup! says Bryan in a statement. “These artists are gonna bring it, and I can’t wait to get there myself.” Crash My Playa kicks off on Jan. 17.
According to a new Forbes ranking, Dolly Parton is the highest-paid woman in country music. The magazine's annual ranking of the highest-earning female musicians also includes Taylor Swift at No. 3, while Parton clocks in at No. 6 on the list, ahead of Barbra Streisand, Katy Perry, Rihanna and more. To land on this list, Parton earned an estimated $37 million, thanks in large part to having played more than 63 shows across the country during the magazine's ranking period.