Luke Bryan was named Wednesday the Country Music Association entertainer of the year, the first time the award has gone to the star known for his alcohol-infused ballads. While the Georgia-born singer took home the most prestigious prize at the awards in Nashville, the biggest medal haul went to Miranda Lambert, whose "Platinum" won album of the year and who scored the top single with "Automatic." For entertainer of the year, Bryan beat out a crowd that included Lambert, her husband and fellow country giant Blake Shelton, and 62-year-old legend George Strait, who took home the top prize the previous year. "Drink A Beer," a song off Bryan's latest album, touches on the loss as he recounts watching the sunset and savoring a brew by himself as he once would have done with his siblings.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seta Whitford-Stark was dumbfounded last year when she found out her daughter Amy quit her job at an employee-recruiting agency to work for LinkedIn, an Internet company that Seta had never heard of. Amy tried to explain what the online professional networking service did, but Seta couldn't quite grasp the concept or why the 29-year-old would want to work there.