Taylor Swift Tickets Becoming Hip Hop Tickets

The idea of genres in music is becoming increasingly archaic, or at least the idea of keeping the stars from different genres separate is becoming absurd. As the latest example of this soon to be principle is Taylor Swift proves.

Those with Taylor Swift tickets hardly expect the country singer and four-time Nashville Songwriter “Artist of the Year” honor winner to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nicki Minaj and B.o.B. Well, she did when she asked them to come on stage and add to the performance while on the Speak Now tour. More recently, she hit up Atlanta on tour and requested the assistance of recently released rapper T.I. He graciously accepted and added his vocal talents to the performance of “Live Your Life”. Guess what? The audience absolutely lost when those hip hop stars appeared on stage.

Swift told MTV that she has enjoyed hip hop since she was a young child and has been blasting the genre in her car for years. This might disappoint those who hoped to keep country music a little more twang than hippity hoppity, but the country genre has been expanding for quite some time and this day has been inevitable.

To begin with, country music has embraced rock since the 1970s. Remember the Eagles? They introduced a soft rock/country hybrid that went platinum several times over. Country has already had its grunge period too. Groups like The National have been categorized as Alternative Western. So, the days of “Is it country or western?” are over. Country is a little bit everything now. A little bit rock and roll, a little but hip hop, and a little bit pop.

In reality, as soon as Kid Rock broke the barrier, this day became a certainty. Now Jason Aldean is doing a little bit of rapping on “Dirt Road Anthem” and the Taste of Country has recognized the five best country-rap collaborations. Nelly has even made an appearance at the CMT Awards.

The idea of music being carefully constrained by genre has dissipated. Perhaps this is the result of the modern audience having more accessibility to music thanks to the Internet or perhaps the demise of the major label has allowed these artists the freedom necessary to explore the musical stratosphere and make hits connection. Perhaps it is a little bit of both. No matter what the cause, the 21st century has undeniably left its mark on country music and there is no going back, so look forward to a Taylor Swift-Bruno Mars sometime soon.

Finally…Some Good Lindsay Lohan News

It is ironic that Ryan O’Neal came to fame in the 1970 film, “Love Story”, where he loses the love of his life, and now he is living the story in real life.  Friday night NBC will be airing the Farrah Fawcett documentary that chronicles her battle with cancer, called “Farrah’s Story”. This morning on the “Today Show”, Meredith Vieira talked to Ryan O’Neal, Farrah’s long time love and her best friend, Alana Stewart, who has been filming the documentary for Farrah. Time does seem to be running out for Farrah, and as I watched what has become of my favorite angel from “Charlie’s Angels”, it was hard not to well up this morning while watching this very candid interview. Why document this you might be asking yourself…I know I did. Farrah felt she wanted to share her story and hoped in some way she could help others with her strength and bravery and give them a reason to keep fighting. IN the beginning they thought she would recover, but it has been a hard year for her.  Farrah was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006 and it had gone into remission for a while, but came back in 2007. At the moment, O’Neal is not very optimistic about the future. Alana though is not ready to let her friend go and feels there is still hope for recovery. Alana says it has been very difficult to film but she has done it all for her friend. Farrah has had an amazing support team and you will be able to see all this in the 2 hour special which shows it all.  Ryan O’Neal himself was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2001 and says he has had to just “put it in a drawer” while helping Farrah. The actor is 68 years old and feels that he himself is on borrowed time”. To watch him talk about Farrah is beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Farrah’s Story will air Friday night at 9:00 (ET/PT).

Well let’s move onto some happier news. Beyonce and T.I are happy this morning. Both have 5 nominations for this year’s BET Awards, which are scheduled to be handed out June 28th. Beyonce has been nominated for female R&B artist, best actress for her role in “Obsessed”, video of the year as well as viewer’s choice award. Beyonce is definitely having a great year. T.I is up for best male hip hop artist, as well as video of the year and viewer choice award. He also is up for his collaborations on the songs “Live Your Life” that he did with Rihanna and “Ain’t I” which he did with Yung L.A and Young Dro.  Jamie Foxx is going to be this year’s host and he is also up for several awards including best male R&B, video of the year and best collaboration with T-Pain for his hit song “Blame It”.

More good news, comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife welcomed twins, a boy Lucas and daughter Olivia on April 27th. Sykes was married to a man for 7 years and just recently came out in November although did marry her partner in October of 2008. And finally some good news for Lindsay Lohan…she got a job!! She is going to be playing a grad student in the film “The Other Side”. She will be starring alongside some other big names including Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Alanis Morissette and Dave Mathews. Shooting doesn’t begin until October so it would be nice for everyone involved if Lindsay can hold it together until then and hopefully she will be on her best behavior once shooting actually begins. Should be interesting.