Blake Shelton’s zinger directed at Britney Spears came back to haunt him during the Academy of Country Music awards show on Sunday.
Early in the show in the MGM Grand Garden, Shelton’s co-host Luke Bryan told the audience there would be some “live” performances.
Shelton interjected, “If you don’t like live music, then you need to go down the block and see Britney Spears.”
Shelton, who pumped his fist and said, “I got one,” was referring to the uproar over Spears’ alleged lip-syncing during her “Piece of Me” show at Planet Hollywood. Shelton apparently wasn’t aware that the group Rascal Flatts would be lip-syncing their hit, “Rewind.”
At least Rascal Flatts owned up to it, explaining that band member Gary LeVox lost his voice.
London’s Daily Mail said the performance came off “like a badly dubbed kung-fu movie.”
Rascal Flatts apologized Monday, saying “After having performed several shows earlier in the week Gary lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We’ve never done it before and obviously not very good at it. We look forward to singing live in the future.”
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Former Las Vegas Sheriff Jerry Keller has a blossoming interest in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Nevada’s Cherry Blossom princess is Melissa Hamilton of Sparks, who graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with honors. Keller is her great uncle. A fifth-generation Nevadan, Hamilton, 25, interned with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and works for the Foreign Relations Council. …
Former Sheriff Ralph Lamb celebrates his 87th birthday today and Thursday. He was born April 9, but his birth certificate was dated April 10. He’ll be on the phone with his pal, actor Dennis Quaid, who turns 61 today. Quaid played Lamb in the CBS drama “Vegas.” Lamb found out Quaid had the same size foot and sent him two pair of old boots. There are rumblings the Mob Museum will soon be opening a Ralph Lamb exhibit. …
Peaches Geldof, the British socialite and fashion maven who died Monday, was married in Las Vegas in 2008. She was the daughter of Irish rocker Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, who married in Las Vegas in 1986, with Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran serving as best man. Yates divorced Geldof 10 years later and joined INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, who killed himself in 1997. Yates died of a heroin overdose in 2000. …
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman was in Los Angeles on Monday for an interview with talk-show legend Larry King. …
Former KXNT reporter Brian Shapiro started “The Vegas Take” this week on Fox Sports-radio, 670 AM. The one-hour sports and entertainment show airs at 7 a.m. One of his Friday guests will be soon-to-be baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who was in town for the Michael Jordan celebrity invitational. Griffey will discuss his daughter, Taryn, a top basketball prospect out of Florida. She has committed to Arizona, where her brother, Trey, is a wide receiver on the football team.
Country star Hunter Hayes, shooting a video at Crush (MGM Grand) on Monday. Country legend George Strait made a return appearance a day after winning Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs. … Jordan Belfort, the real “Wolf of Wall Street,” living large at Sapphire on Monday. He’s in town to address the Wine &Spirits Wholesalers Association show at Caesars Palace. His story inspired the Oscar-nominated movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. … Planet Hollywood headliner Meat Loaf, walking a super fan from Britain down the aisle at Graceland Wedding Chapel on Saturday. … At The Jacksons’ final night of “Rocktellz and Cocktails” (Planet Hollywood) on Sunday: Carlos Santana, Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, Criss Angel and Katherine Jackson.
THE PUNCH LINE
“A couple in Michigan is being sued for $2 million after they burned down their apartment complex while trying to cook a squirrel with a blowtorch. I’m not an accountant, but it SOUNDS like they might not have $2 million.” — Seth Meyers
Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.