Chris Stapleton

Country Music Cowboys; Old West Gay Icon Rides High at ACMAs (photos!) 2

Country Music Cowboys; Old West Gay Icon Rides High at ACMAs (photos!)

Country music cowboys were riding high at the Academy of Country Music Awards show last night. But the cowboy hat is also a gay icon symbolizing the rugged, macho world of the Old West, where homos on the range were more common than not back in the day. That’s a complete reversal of the popular notion that the West was populated by virile, heroic men, according to TruWest, a Web site devoted to the history of the Old West....
Grammy Nominations Winners, Losers: Kendrick Lamar, Rap Reigns Supreme 4

Grammy Nominations Winners, Losers: Kendrick Lamar, Rap Reigns Supreme

Grammy nominations tilted heavily toward rap music in an unprecedented shift that has been a long time coming. Kendrick Lamar led the way with 11 nominations, including “Album of the Year” for his rap masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly. Rihanna among others were snubbed. Taylor Swift, a perennial favorite tied for second with another rapper, Canadian The Weeknd. Each had seven nominations. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awards Grammys in 78 categories....