In May 2012, the Executive Committee selected a special individual to represent the true essence of giving back to a community. An individual that bestows kindness and virtue, and has the characteristics of a true humanitarian. With this in mind, the Honorary Star of Compassion Award was created.
Phillip Coleman moved to Nashville in 1995 to live out his songwriting dream, things happened pretty quickly. Country stars like Linda Davis and Jo Dee Messina were the first to chart with his songs, and a cut with superstar Kenny Chesney kept the ball rolling right along. Then, just when the songwriter was thinking he’d never have to drive a tractor again, things slowed to a crawl. “The last song I had on the radio was 10 years ago,” Coleman says in his quiet west Tennessee drawl. “Now I’ve got a new song out, and this one took forever.” Coleman’s “Cost of Livin’” – the hard-hitting hit single from now-solo artist Ronnie Dunn – was actually written years ago. “I wrote it out of my own looking for a job,” Coleman says. “I was filling out an application at FedEx and thinking, ‘There’s nowhere here on this piece of paper to say what needs to be said. All they know is your name, date of birth, your social and where they can reach you.’” Before it became Coleman’s latest hit, “Cost of Livin’” had a long and turbulent shelf life, being picked up and dropped repeatedly by Dunn’s former mega-selling duo, Brooks & Dunn, and consigning its writer to that day job at FedEx. Coleman’s working life seemed to be reflecting the song’s mournful lyric. Dunn’s moving treatment of Coleman’s working man’s lament changed everything. After Coleman mentioned the Goodyear factory that just shut down in his hometown, he found himself starring – along with a bunch of laid off workers in Union City, Tennessee –in a video for his own song. “Everybody back home is freaking out,” he says. “I’ve got people calling me and texting me and telling me, ‘Man, you don’t know how great this is for this community.’ It’s just magic." With “Cost Of Livin’” continuing its steady climb up the country charts, Coleman recently got some more good news. Miranda Lambert just recorded his song, “All Kinds of Kinds,” for her upcoming album. “I wrote that song 12 years ago,” he laughs. “I’m not doing anything any different, and I’m surprised everything’s happening the way it is...maybe it’s just my time.”
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Paris Hilton is one of today’s most recognizable figures, known around the world as a savvy businesswoman, entrepreneur and media icon. She is one of the most photographed women in modern society and the topic of endless media attention. She has built a successful global brand empire spanning all corners of the world, from Tokyo to London and Dubai; Paris Hilton is the portrait of a modern businesswoman. Paris Whitney Hilton was born February 17th in New York City. She is a great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels. Paris was singing and acting all the way through her childhood. She used to sing at family events with her sister, Nicky Hilton. Paris began her career as a teenager in New York, where she walked the runways for Fashion Week shows and modeled for high profile magazine and brand campaigns. Her father, Rick Hilton, encouraged her to pursue business and by the age of 18 she was an entrepreneur with a growing brand. Hilton is commonly recognized as the pioneer of reality TV after introducing the new genre of American television into the homes of millions. As the star of ‘The Simple Life’, Hilton, along with friend and co-star Nicole Richie, helped revolutionize TV. From 2003 – 2007 her comedic antics on FOX’s hit show made Hilton a household name and in 2009 FOX awarded Hilton with the award for ‘Innovator of Reality TV.’ In 2006, Paris Hilton Entertainment was established to leverage the appeal and talents of Paris Hilton as a designer, recording artist, actress, model and author, and has since become a billion-dollar company. PHE manages all brand licensing, entertainment and endorsement deals for Hilton, and as the face of the company, Hilton takes an active role by overseeing product development, design, marketing and promotion. Paris Hilton’s 17 branded lines include shoes, handbags, watches, lashes & nails, sunglasses, clothing and more, and are sold in Hilton’s stores in more than 40 countries across the globe. Since 2004 Hilton has released more than 15 fragrances, grossing more than $1.5 billion. In 2011, Variety magazine – the entertainment industry’s leading trade authority – awarded Paris Hilton as a “Billion Dollar Entrepreneur” in recognition of her successful business and global brand. In 2012 Hilton was able to accomplish a lifelong dream, and follow in her family’s footsteps by venturing into the world of hotels and real estate. Opening in late 2013, the Paris Beach Club at The Azure, in the Philippines will be Hilton’s first venture in the real estate and hotel business. By partnering with leading real estate firm Century Properties, Hilton’s Beach Club will include a string of luxury resort residences. As a trail blazer and pioneer of new trends it’s no surprise that 2013 was another landmark year for Hilton who quickly became a key player in electronic dance music when she landed a coveted DJ residency at Ibiza super-club Amnesia. Performing weekly throughout the summer, Hilton led a crowd of more than 5,000 club goers through an energetic music show and is now in high demand to DJ at venues all over the world. However it was Hilton’s record deal that firmly put her on the map as a music artist this summer. Hilton signed to renowned music label Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, the label founded by impresario brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams and known for successful artists including Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. YMCMB is now a subsidiary of Universal Music Group and on October 8, 2013 released Hilton’s single “Good Time”, featuring Lil Wayne, with an album to follow soon after. Hilton represents glamour, beauty and strength, while working diligently to establish herself as a businesswoman and head of a multi-billion dollar brand. She is the prime example of the modern woman, balancing a dedication to work, family life and giving back. Hilton has secured herself as a cultural icon and has built a brand empire that will continue its expansion in the worlds of fashion, television and music for many years to come.
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Taylor Swift currently holds the Billboard all-genre records for most first-week downloads by a female artist, for the longest charting album of this century and for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year, as well as the Billboard record for the largest overall airplay audience for a country-based act. Taylor's 15-month, 107-date FEARLESS 2009 / 2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries spanning four continents.
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