Sugarland headlines party...
The party that the Academy of Country Music throws for its annual awards show in Las Vegas is getting bigger.
Sugarland will headline the new ACM Fan Jam, a live concert that will run simultaneously with the awards show on April 3 on CBS. There will be three live remotes from the event at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino -- one during each hour of the live broadcast.
The awards show will be held at the MGM Grand with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosting. Nominations will be announced Feb. 1.
Tickets for the Fan Jam, the awards show and the April 4 taping of the television special "Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country" go on sale at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
On police patrol...
Actress Daryl Hannah, an activist against child sex slavery, rode with police in Oregon over the weekend as they patrolled strip clubs and areas known for prostitution.
KGW reports Hannah was in Portland for a weekend conference against sex trafficking. She says she was shocked to learn a majority of the girls in the strip clubs are represented by pimps.
Hannah is supporting a bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden that would fund shelters for young women to help them escape sex trafficking.
Hannah's movie credits include "Kill Bill," "Blade Runner" and "A Walk To Remember."
Royal wedding hype...
It might have been a casual shopping trip, or it might have been ... something more.
Britain's royal watchers are on pins and needles over even the smallest details about Prince William's upcoming wedding to Kate Middleton. In the frenzied prewedding atmosphere, a visit by the bride's mother and sister to Bruce Oldfield, one of Britain's leading fashion designers, is seen as an indication that Middleton may be using him to design The Dress for her April 29 union.
"He's just shot to the top of the list," said Peta Hunt, fashion director for You and Your Wedding magazine. She said the fact that Carole and Pippa Middleton, who are both known to take a low-key approach to fashion, spent 90 minutes with Oldfield at his salon is a sign that he is doing some designing related to the wedding.
Of course, it's always possible Oldfield may be making gowns for the mother and sister of the bride, but not the bride herself, or that Carole and Pippa Middleton stopped in to buy accessories for another event.
Still, Hunt said Oldfield would do a superb job if he is, indeed, the chosen one.
"He has a simple elegant touch, which would be ideal for Kate," she said.
The identity of the actual dressmaker is a closely guarded secret. Oldfield's spokeswoman Monday refused to comment. There have been earlier boomlets of speculation about Oldfield, who was one of Princess Diana's favorite designers.
He concocted many dresses for Diana over the years and has also developed a celebrity following that includes Catherine Zeta Jones, Sienna Miller and Barbra Streisand.
Oldfield, 60, was mentioned as a possible choice to design Middleton's dress when the royal engagement was announced in November. In December, designer Ben di Lisi created a stir when he said he had heard that Oldfield had been chosen.