Kris Allen at the Oxford American Best of the South Gala

4 Apr

Credit: News Hopper (Joey Lauren Adams, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen, Kris Allen)

Today Kris Allen is the performer at the Oxford American Best of the South Gala at the swanky Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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There are tons of articles about it. Here is a snippet from this one:

Little Rock will roll out the red carpet for a handful of Hollywood stars – including Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman – for a Saturday evening event celebrating Southern culture and art and hosted by The Oxford American magazine.

“We envision a lively and fun event that reflects the character and personality of The Oxford American,” publisher Warwick Sabin said. “It will be a sophisticated and entertaining affair anchored by celebrity presenters.”

Hollywood A-lister Morgan Freeman will accept The Oxford American’s inaugural award for Outstanding Contributions to Southern Culture. The actor, who was born in Memphis, Tenn., and lives outside of Clarksdale, Miss., was an easy choice for the magazine’s staff, Sabin said.

“We selected him not only because he has had such an outstanding acting career, but because of his commitment to his home community in Mississippi through charitable work, social justice and economic development,” he said.

Freeman wrote in an e-mail that he was honored by the award and is an Oxford American reader.

“I think that any event that honors the cultural contributions to society Southern or otherwise is a great thing,” he wrote. “Music and the arts are so intertwined with who we are and what we will become, that I think it’s important to take this moment of appreciation.”

Kris Allen, the reigning American Idol and an Arkansas native, will perform at the gala.

“It is always nice to come home, but to actually come back home and to sing for the ones that supported me the most throughout the past year is so rewarding,” Allen wrote in an e-mail…

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Here is a funny blog, Camerasontheradio, about the event.

The Idol star staring off at something, probably his wife. Allen’s brother gives him a look of “I could have won American Idol.”


Credit: News Hopper (Joey Lauren Adams, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen, Kris Allen)

Kris performing w/ sax player (interesting) and Cale Mills!

Kris Allen performing @oxfordamerican gala in Little Rock honoring Morgan Freeman and Charles Portis #fb

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Here is a picture from the press conference earlier:

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