Posts By Matt Muro

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VH1 Divas Performer Sugarland Sets Right A Fashion Wrong

If you pay attention to country music, you already know Sugarland, the platinum duo that’s part of the lineup of VH1 Divas Salute The Troops, which airs Dec. 5 at 9/8c. Or maybe you’ve just heard about them for the first time when singer Jennifer Nettles made her way onto worst-dressed lists for performing in a tutu at the CMA Awards.

To be fair, Jennifer also made best-dressed lists for her red carpet outfit to the same event — not to mention Sugarland took home the award for Vocal Duo of the Year. Still, Jennifer and her partner Kristian Bush have fully redeemed their fashion cred by stopping by our offices and running through their outfits, head to toe. This country act has style. Just watch.

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[All Photos: Jen Marigliano]

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Meet VH1′s New You Oughta Know Artist: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

You might already know VH1′s latest You Oughta Know act, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. The band’s new album hit #6 on iTunes’ most downloaded list. They’ve appeared on Ellen and Jay Leno. Their songs have been featured on ER and Grey’s Anatomy. They performed on Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland soundtrack. And VH1 just announced that they’re part of this year’s VH1 Divas Salute the Troops lineup with Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. So why all the hoopla?

For starters, the Vermont-based quartet has attracted a loyal fan base by releasing three well-reviewed albums since forming in 2002 and paying some serious dues on the tour circuit (up to 200 gigs a year). But of course Grace Potter’s sound is the main draw. It recalls the soulful side of 70′s rock, and we’re guessing that some fans are latching onto it partially as an alternative to the prevalence of auto-tune. It also doesn’t hurt that frontwoman Grace Potter has a powerful bluesy voice and happens to be more than a little attractive.

Speaking of attractive, we caught up with Grace at Austin City Limits music fest last month and she posed for some pics. Click the jump to see.

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Kathy Griffin To Host VH1 Divas Salute The Troops

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If you watched VH1′s Divas last year, you may recall presenter Kathy Griffin being called a “fire-crotch” by host Paula Abdul. Now it’s Kathy’s turn to dole out the jabs. VH1 is announcing that the quick-witted “D-List” comedian will serve as host of “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops,” airing Dec. 5 at 9/8c. And she’s already promised VH1 that she “will not hold back.” Also announced: the rock quartet Grace Potter & The Nocturnals has been added to a lineup that already includes Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, Keri Hilson and Paramore. Full press release after the jump.

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Kings Of Leon, Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

There’s an ancient maxim that claims people either have brains or beauty, never both. But Caleb and Jared Followill of the Kings of Leon are an exception to the rule. They seem to have it all, plus a sense of humor! The humor element is what we weren’t entirely expecting when the Nashville-based crew sat down to talk with VH1 News’ Janell Snowden about their new album, Come Around Sundown. That’s not to say the standard topics weren’t covered, like how their music has evolved and what it feels like to win a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

But both of the Followill brothers had such a self-deprecating, polite sense of humor and were so spontaneous and lighthearted that VH1′s BestWeekEver.tv clipped out the funniest moments of the Kings of Leon interview. Check VH1.com later to watch the full VH1 interview and vote for the Kings of Leon’s single “Radioactive” on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown.

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VH1′s Top 20 Moments From Austin City Limits

With 130 bands performing over three sunny days, we couldn’t possibly catch all the action at this year’s Austin City Limits music fest. So we asked you to contribute to VH1′s Top 20 Moments from ACL by tweeting pictures using #ACLtop20 — and you delivered! Here are the results (in random order). All non-twit pic photos are by Lisa Nola for VH1.

1. Festival Costumes

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The bands weren’t the only part of the show at this year’s Austin City Limits: Festival goers were part of the entertainment too.

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Tweet A Pic From ACL, Win A Trip On VH1′s Best Cruise Ever

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VH1 will be at Austin City Limits music festival this weekend interviewing some of your favorite bands — and we’re relying on you to help us capture the best moments of the three-day fest — from crowd-surfing singers to mud fights in the crowd.

If you’re lucky enough to be at ACL this year, simply follow @VH1 on Twitter, tweet a photo using #ACLtop20, and you’ll be entered to win a trip on VH1′s Best Cruise Ever, which features non-stop performances by Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script and more than a dozen others.

And don’t forget to check back on Monday to see The Top 20 Greatest Moments of Austin City Limits.

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Sneak Peek Taylor Swift’s “Mine”

The last time we sneak peeked a Taylor Swift video, it was for “The Best Day,” a warm and fuzzy song about her relationship with her mom. Now it’s for “Mine,” a warm and fuzzy song about a boy — a boy who “made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter.”

Like “The Best Day,” this video cycles through images that highlight the relationship. But an engagement ring is the most important prop here, not baby toys. Yep, country’s brightest little star is all grown up.

The single “Mine” is from Taylor’s new album, Speak Now, to be released October 25. Check back Friday, Aug.25, at 8:30PM EST to watch the video’s full world premiere.

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Win VIP Access To Concerts For A Year

VH1 is teaming up with foursquare to present its Unlock It to Rock It Sweepstakes, which gives music fans a chance to win VIP access to a year of unlimited shows. To qualify, follow VH1 on foursquare and start checking into participating rock clubs and concert venues across the country (there’s more than 10,000 of them). Once you unlock the VH1 Fanatic Badge, you’ll gain entry to the sweeps. Full press release and more detailed instructions after the jump.

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Help VH1′s Save The Music Foundation Win $250K

The Pepsi Refresh Campaign is giving away millions to “fund great ideas” and you can help VH1′s Save The Music Foundation get a slice of the pie. Since its inception, the foundation has provided $45 million worth of new musical instruments to public schools — and winning Pepsi’s contest would allow us to grant music education to eight schools in cities like Houston, Baltimore, Philly, New Orleans, Chicago and NYC. So join Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, Mandy Moore and the GooGoo Dolls helping The VH1 Save The Music Foundation restore America’s music education. Vote for us here!

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Chad Ochocinco vs. Andy Roddick: Who Will Prevail?

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This Sunday you’ll meet 85 women who think they might be Chad Ochocinco‘s soulmate. But the NFL superstar isn’t just courting ladies — he’s also after Andy Roddick! Ochocinco publicly challenged Roddick to a tennis match via his Twitter yesterday: “@andyroddick how long are you gonna keep ducking me on court, say the place, grass, clay or hard surface, don’t be scared!” To which Roddick replied, “I might just try to beat u with a frying pan.” Oh, it’s on!

Now, you’re probably wondering how Ochocinco could beat one of the world’s greatest tennis players. After all, his competition on the court won’t be frazzled or intimidated by his celebrity status or perfect physique. Ocho may have been a regional tennis champ as a kid, but he’s no fool. That’s why his initial challenge last January stipulated that Roddick must play with his left hand.

So can Ocho beat a left-handed Roddick? You’ll find out soon enough — the two athletes are nailing down a date now. In the meantime, watch Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch this Sunday, July 11 at 9/8c. The T.O. Show follows at 10:30/9:30c.