In surprise twist that fit an unexpected year of firsts, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the first time the top prize has been split between two artists.
Underwood and Rhett seemed equally taken aback after host Keith Urban announced the tie at the awards show held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Wednesday night.
"Keith, what is happening right now?" Rhett asked, astounded, before thanking his family. Underwood appeared right after him remarking, "I am more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett."
The show on CBS had been delayed for months because of the pandemic, moved from Las Vegas to Nashville for the first time and held without audiences in empty venues. There was a lot of anticipation for the show, which featured Taylor Swift making her first appearance at the ACMs in seven years.
Obama memoir due out in November
The first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It's called "A Promised Land" and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office. The 768-page book encompasses parts of his early political life and his presidential campaign in 2008 and ends with the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. It will be released around the world in 25 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Czech, Finnish and Vietnamese. Obama and Michelle Obama sold their memoirs to Crown as a package deal for a record-smashing $65 million. Michelle Obama's book, "Becoming," has sold more than 8.1 million units in the U.S. and Canada since it was published in the fall of 2018.
Carrey's new role: Jim Carrey, the elastic actor and star of films like "The Mask," "Dumb and Dumber" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," will be the latest performer to take on the role of former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, at "Saturday Night Live." Carrey, who has hosted "SNL" several times over the years, will impersonate Biden on "SNL"; the role has previously been played on the show by Jason Sudeikis, Woody Harrelson and John Mulaney.
Cease and desist: Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider took to social media to condemn anti-maskers who went into a Florida Target store blaring the group's hit "We're Not Gonna Take It" while ripping off their masks. In a tweet Wednesday, Snider shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target in Fort Lauderdale. Snider said the group doesn't have his "permission or blessing to use my song for their moronic cause."