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Nashville News: April 17

April 18, 2018

Music news this afternoon from Nashville >>

Following the ACM Awards Sunday, Blake Shelton treated country fans to a surprise pop up show at House of Blues Las Vegas, and also brought along a few of his famous friends. The most memorable moment came when Blake’s girlfriend took the stage for an energetic performance of “Hollaback Girl” and then followed up with No Doubt’s “Hella Good,” thanks to a request from Blake. Gwen said she’d be open to perform the song but only if he would sing along with her. Blake obliged and joined in on the chorus.

The full list of nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards has been revealed, and Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt lead the country nominees, with five nods each.

Darius Rucker will return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on June 4 for his ninth annual benefit concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dubbed Darius and Friends, the concert will include performances by the country singer and some of his famous pals including Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Randy Houser, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, and Kenny Rogers, among others.