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And the woman was too stunned to speak… is country music healing?

The CMT Music Awards just announced their list of nominations, and the diverse list of artists up for awards is giving me a glimmer of hope for the future of country music.

This year, Jelly Roll, Megan Moroney, Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson, and Kelsea Ballerini (pretty par for the course) have a five-way tie to lead the pack of nominations (and everyone in this crew held nominations going into the CMA Awards), with three nominations for the fan-voted awards show. But what really catches my eye is the list of artists appearing for the first time on the list of first-time nominees.

Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, Koe Wetzel, Stephen Wilson Jr., Hozier, and more make the list of the 14 first-time nominees. While it is jaw-dropping in itself to say that Tyler Childers, Zach Bryan, and Koe Wetzel are first-time nominees, as they have been an integral part of country music over the last few years, it’s also refreshing to see fans adopt the sound of newcomers like Stephen Wilson Jr. so quickly.

So, is country music healing? Is there hope for the genre’s authentic sound to shine at award shows in the future? Regardless, I am fired up this Wednesday morning to see these names on the list of nominees.

Voting for the awards begins on April 1st, and the ceremony will be live-streamed from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on April 7th through Sunday, April 7, on CBS. Fans can also stream live and watch the program on-demand through Paramount+. Voting will stay open through the live start of the show.

Check out the full list of nominees:


Ashley McBryde – “Light on in the Kitchen”
Brandy Clark feat. Brandi Carlile – “Dear Insecurity”
Brothers Osborne – “Nobody’s Nobody”
Cody Johnson – “The Painter”
Darius Rucker – “Fires Don’t Start Themselves”
Jason Aldean – “Let Your Boys Be Country”
Jelly Roll – “Need a Favor”
Jordan Davis – “Next Thing You Know”
Kacey Musgraves – “Deeper Well”
Kelsea Ballerini – “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)”
Lainey Wilson – “Watermelon Moonshine”
Mickey Guyton feat. Kane Brown – “Nothing Compares to You”
Parmalee – “Gonna Love You”
Tyler Childers – “In Your Love”
Zach Bryan – “Nine Ball”


Ashley McBryde – “Light on in the Kitchen”
Gabby Barrett – “Glory Days”
Kacey Musgraves – “Deeper Well”
Kelsea Ballerini – “Penthouse”
Lainey Wilson – “Watermelon Moonshine”
Megan Moroney – “I’m Not Pretty”
Reba McEntire – “Seven Minutes in Heaven”


Bailey Zimmerman – “Religiously”
Cody Johnson – “The Painter”
Jelly Roll – “Need a Favor”
Jordan Davis – “Next Thing You Know”
Luke Combs – “Fast Car (Official Live Video)”
Morgan Wallen “Last Night (One Record at a Time Sessions)”


Brothers Osborne – “Nobody’s Nobody”
Dan + Shay – “Save Me the Trouble”
Old Dominion – “Memory Lane”
Parmalee – “Girl in Mine”
The War and Treaty – “Have You a Heart”
Tigirlily Gold – “Shoot Tequila”


Carly Pearce feat. Chris Stapleton – “We Don’t Fight Anymore”
Ella Langley feat. Koe Wetzel – “That’s Why We Fight”
Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan – “Cowboys And Plowboys”
Justin Moore & Priscilla Block – “You, Me And Whiskey”
Lukas Nelson + Promise of The Real feat. Lainey Wilson – “More Than Friends”
Mickey Guyton feat. Kane Brown – “Nothing Compares To You”
Old Dominion & Megan Moroney – “Can’t Break Up Now”


Anne Wilson – “Rain in the Rearview”
Ashley Cooke – “your place”
Brittney Spencer – “Bigger Than the Song”
Tigirlily Gold – “Shoot Tequila”


Chayce Beckham – “23”
Tyler Childers – “In Your Love”
Warren Zeiders – “Pretty Little Poison”
Zach Bryan – “Oklahoma Smokeshow”


Amber Riley – “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” (from CMT Smashing Glass)
Bret Michaels & Chris Janson – “Nothing but a Good Time” (from CMT Crossroads)
Carrie Underwood – “Hate My Heart” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
Cody Johnson – “Human” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
Dierks Bentley – “Drunk on a Plane” (from CMT Storytellers)
Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter – “Thinking ‘Bout You” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)
Hozier & Maren Morris – “Take Me to Church” (from CMT Crossroads)
Jelly Roll – “Need a Favor” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
Kelsea Ballerini – “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)
The War and Treaty – “On My Own” (from CMT Smashing Glass)


Chase Rice – “Goodnight Nancy” (from CMT Studio Sessions)
Dylan Scott – “Don’t Close Your Eyes (Keith Whitley Cover)” (from CMT Digital Campfire Sessions)
Megan Moroney – “I’m Not Pretty” (from CMT Digital Campfire Sessions)
Nate Smith – “Whiskey on You” (from CMT Studio Sessions)
Scotty McCreery – “It Matters to Her” (from CMT Stages)
Stephen Wilson Jr. – “Year to Be Young 1994” (from CMT Studio Sessions)
The Castellows – “I Know It Will Never End” (from CMT Studio Sessions)


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Title: Tyler Childers, Zach Bryan, Koe Wetzel & More Become First Time Nominees For CMT Music Awards
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‘It changed my whole life’: Why Mambo No. 5 singer Lou Bega is happy to be called a ‘one-hit wonder’

“A little bit of Monica in my life, a little bit of Erica by my side, a little bit of Rita’s all I need, a little bit of Tina’s what I see… I do all to fall in love with a girl like you.”

Everyone knows Mambo No.5. 

Released by Lou Bega in 1999, the undeniably catchy song – a cover of a 1950 instrumental track by Dámaso Pérez Prado – soon became utterly inescapable.

Mambo No. 5 hit number one in several countries, including Australia, and earned Bega a Grammy nomination for best male pop vocal performance.

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Bizarrely, it even spawned another cover version, “performed” by animated children’s character Bob the Builder and released two years later in 2001.

So just what happened to the singer Lou Bega? 9Honey Celebrity takes a look at where he is now.

Who is Lou Bega and what is he up to now?

Lou Bega was a stage name.

Bega is a German singer, whose real name is David Lubega Balemezi.

He was born in Munich in the ’70s and is now 49. His late mother was Italian and his father was from Uganda. He lived in Italy, Germany and Uganda while growing up.

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The song propelled Bega to celebrity status. Even though his subsequent music didn’t reach the same heights as Mambo No. 5, he’s still a name plenty of people remember today.

He started out his music career as a rapper.

Bega recently performed some shows to celebrate 25 years since the release of the hit song. 

He is also quite active on his official Instagram account and boasts 16,000 followers.

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He recently released a book titled Mambo No.1, under his name, David Lubega.

“My Life is better than a movie,” he previously wrote in one post.

In 2013, it was reported that a journalist mixed up Lou Bega’s name with Lou Reed, who had died, and Bega had to say he was still alive but had received condolences from fans.

What songs does he sing?

The success of Mambo No. 5 helped his debut album A Little Bit of Mambo scale the charts in various countries, including Australia, though the other singles from the album didn’t track quite as well.

Bega has released seven studio albums in total, and his most recent was called 90s Cruiser, which was released in 2021.

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Lou Bega in his video for 'Mambo No. 5'

While some artists would bristle at being seen as a “one-hit wonder”, Bega seems relaxed about it.

Speaking to Vanity Fair on the 20th anniversary of Mambo No. 5 in 2019, he said he ultimately decided the song had been a “blessing” for him, rather than a curse.

“It opened all the doors and changed my whole life,” he said.

As for how the song’s theme – the lyrics list women’s names as conquests – chimes with the attitudes and values we hold today, Bega told the magazine he didn’t think it was problematic.

“It was a different time. I never felt like a predator singing it,” he explained.

“It has a cuteness about it. Even the last part of it says, ‘I do all to fall in love with a girl like you.'”

Other songs he released include Angelina and Sweet Like Cola.

Scenes from Lou Bega's 'Mambo No. 5' music video

What is the meaning behind Mambo no.5?

Bega told Vanity Fair there are two levels to the hit song, one “superficial level”.

“Then there’s a deeper level. When you actually listen to it as a song, the first verse is about repentance, actually,” he said.

He previously recalled a funny pinch-me moment when he met Jennifer Lopez at the Grammys when he was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in the early 2000s.

Jennifer Lopez Grammy Awards 2000 iconic dress

Speaking to Rolling Stone India, he said: “She turned around and said, ‘Hi Lou, nice to meet you’ and kissed my cheek and you know what at that time I can’t describe what happened to me [laughs].”

“A week before I was watching her on television and here I am receiving a kiss on the cheek from her. It was quite monumental.”

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Who is he married to and does he have a family?

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Bega is married to Jenieva Jane B and the pair share two children.

He often shares glimpses of his personal life on Instagram and it seems the family have a strong interest in horse riding.

He previously shared a gushing tribute to his wife on her birthday and wrote: “I can still remember how my eyes discovered yours for the very first time & I couldn’t believe it.”

“The perfect match, my second half, the most beautiful thing in the world, finally one. I felt instantly touched by the most High. Prayer answered!!!… We are one in flesh & spirit!!! 4Ever ❤️ you Jen-Jen!!”

He is said to have a networth of approximately $AU4.6million.

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Watch The Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2024 on April 21 on Zee Bangla


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The Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2024 took place in Kolkata on March 29.The evening saw some of the best talents of the industry take home top honours. Between stylish red carpet moments and rousing winning speeches, there were several memorable moments.
The unforgettable night was hosted by Saurav Das, Sauraseni Maitra and Parambrata Chatterjee. There was a star-studded line-up of performers including Nusraat Faria, Srabanti Chatterjee, Bonny & Koushani, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ankush Hazra & Oindrila Sen, Koel Mallick, Rudranil, and Ambarish. They set the stage on fire with their energy and electrifying dance moves.

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The winners of The Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2024 took to the stage as they delivered heartfelt speeches and reflected on their work over the past year. Among the big winners was Prosenjit Chatterjee who took home the trophy for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) for Shesh Pata, Churni Ganguly won the award for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female) for her role in Ardhangini, Swastika Mukherjee won Best Actress (Critics’) for Shibpur, Jaya Ahsan took home the trophy for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female) for Ardhangini while Mithun Chakraborty was awarded with Best Actor (Critics’) for his performance in Kabuliwala.
Several moments from the night created a stir on social media as the stars mingled and had a gala time. And you have the chance to witness it all. To catch the full show, watch the Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2024 on Sunday, April 21, 3:30 pm onwards only on Zee Bangla. The repeat telecast of the event will be on Friday, May 17, 9 pm onwards on Zee Bangla Cinema.


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NATAS Announces 2024 Daytime Emmy® Nominations


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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards.  The Daytime Emmy® Awards telecast will be presented live on Friday, June 7, at 8 PM EDT / delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*. The […]


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