Honor Your Hometown campaign puts Mackinac Island’s ‘magical charm’ in spotlight
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - A new nationwide campaign designed to encourage people to come together and “Honor Your Hometown” is shining a light on Mackinac Island and its long-serving mayor, Margaret Doud. In Michigan, this includes videos featuring the mayors and scenery of Grand Rapids and Mackinac Island. In a video shot to go along with the campaign, Doud can be seen riding in one of Mackinac’s iconic horse-drawn carriages, talking about the island’s “magical charm” that draws visitors by the ferry-load. “It’s always been called a gathering spot.”But more than that, Mackinac Island also has a small-town, caring quality that is at the core of this place, which is home to 500 year-round residents, the mayor said. For more information and to see the links to all the inaugural Honor Your Hometown videos, you can visit www.honoryourhometown.com.mlive.com
Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton lead ACM Awards nominations
Morris and Stapleton lead the nominations for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, but only Stapleton joined the all-male ballot for the top prize of entertainer of the year. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. AdMiranda Lambert, who is already the most nominated artist in ACM history, stretched her streak with five nominations.
Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame
FILE - Hank Williams, Jr. performs in concert at The BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J. on Aug. 19, 2017. Williams, along with Dean Dillon and Marty Stuart, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Announced by the Country Music Association on Wednesday, Williams will join his father, country legend Hank Williams Sr., in the Hall of Fame's rotunda. He also wrote timeless classics like Tennessee Whiskey," which has been covered by David Allan Coe, George Jones and Chris Stapleton.