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TODAY'S NEWS: Stacie Orrico, Michael W. Smith & Randy Travis

  • 2003 28 Aug
TODAY'S NEWS: Stacie Orrico, Michael W. Smith & Randy Travis

SHE WANTS HER MTV… Actually, she wants her MTV Video Music Awards, and she’s going to get them. Stacie Orrico will be among the many music makers walking the red carpet tonight in New York City and fighting their way through the throng of reporters. Once inside, Orrico has a seat on the floor where she’ll have a great view of performances by Coldplay, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige as well as presenters including Britney Spears, P. Diddy, Jimmy Fallon and Avril Lavigne. The always-surprising awards show will be hosted this year by comedian Chris Rock and airs on MTV at 8 p.m. EST/PST. But tune in at 6 p.m. EST/PST for live coverage from the red carpet (and to try to get a glimpse of Stacie).

FORE!… It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s why you play the game, and this one is played for a good cause: It’s to benefit popular “road pastor” Michael Guido’s PR Ministries. On the eve of Monday’s 8th Annual dcTalk/Michael W. Smith Golf Classic at Legends Club of Tennessee, Michael W. Smith addressed a group of music industry representatives, artists and other friends at a special dinner. “Thanks for coming out to take part in what I think has become the most popular tournament in Nashville,” Smith told Sunday night’s diners, including tournament co-host tobyMac, Jars of Clay’s Dan Haseltine, GritsStacy “Coffee” Jones and former Tennessee Titans football player Chris Sanders, among others. Smith closed the evening with an intimate worship time, saying, “Worship has become the buzz word these days, but it has really been my heart cry this year to remember that it has to be all of who we are 24-7. It’s got to be a lifestyle – in the grocery store, on the golf course, in all we do. It’s when His agenda becomes our agenda.” 

ONE SONG, TWO CMA NODS… The hit song "Three Wooden Crosses" has nabbed country crooner Randy Travis two CMA Award nominations. The tune appears in both the Single of the Year and Song of the Year categories, quite a feat for music featured on a Christian record label. The song in question is from Travis’ disc "Rise & Shine," which was released on Word Records. Not that this type of thing is anything new for Travis. He’s taken home five CMA Awards during the course of his career, but "It felt a lot like being nominated for the very first time,” Travis said of the recent honor, “largely because this song is so special to me. I've had hits in the past that have touched people in some way, but it seems like this one has really struck a deep chord with so many people.  That, in and of itself, is a wonderful thing." Winners will be announced during The 37th Annual CMA Awards, broadcast live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House on Wednesday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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