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Country Report

For: Friday, November 16, 2012


People To Choose Favorite Country Stars For People's Choice Awards


Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are among the candidates on the ballot for the 2013 People's Choice Awards.  All three are nominated in the category for Favorite Country Artist, along with Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw.  Shelton also picked up a nod for Favorite Male Artist, alongside Chris Brown, Jason Mraz, Justin Bieber and Usher.  His NBC talent search series "The Voice" is also nominated in the category for Favorite Competition TV Show.  Meantime, Swift and Underwood are both vying for Favorite Female Artist.  They're also up against Adele, Katy Perry and Pink in the category.  Swift also has a nomination in the Favorite Song category for her hit single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." 


Fans can vote for their favorites in music, television and film on the People's Choice website, Facebook page and Twitter account.  Voting in all 48 categories is under way now and will end on December 13th.  Winners will be revealed during the live broadcast of the 2013 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 9th.  CBS will air the event from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm Eastern.


Underwood, Swift To Perform At American Music Awards Sunday


Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean are among the artists representing country at the 40th Annual American Music Awards this Sunday.  Underwood and Bryan are both up for two awards and will go head-to-head in the category for Favorite Album - Country, along with Lionel Richie.  Other nominees include Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band.  Swift and Underwood are also slated to perform at the event.  The fan-voted American Music Awards features categories spanning a variety of musical genres, including Pop/Rock, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip-Hop, and Alternative Rock, as well as Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, and Electronic Dance Music.  The awards will be presented at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles in L.A.  ABC will televise the ceremony live starting at 8:00 pm Eastern.


Country-related nominees for the 40th annual American Music Awards



Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church



Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood



Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts



Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"

Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"

Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"


Jason Aldean, Wife Say They Are Recovering From Photo Scandal


Jason Aldean and his wife Jessica Ussery appeared together on "CBS This Morning" Thursday to address the photo scandal that shook their eleven-year marriage. 


Aldean was caught cozying up to Season Eleven "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr at a bar in Los Angeles last September.  The 35-year-old country star owned up to his flirty behavior and issued an apology via Twitter shortly after the incident took place.  Aldean said on "CBS This Morning" that he was sure that all long-lasting couples have their share of ups and downs and that they were working through it.  The couple has been together since high school.  They said the incident was something most get to deal with in private, but they didn't have that luxury.


Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Deny Pregnancy Rumors


Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are denying rumors that they're expecting a child.  The couple took to Twitter in response to a "Life & Style" magazine cover announcing Lambert's supposed pregnancy.  After fans started inquiring on Twitter, Lambert tweeted her husband saying "Wow! I just read the headline! We're having a baby yay!"  She also joked that she was "having a big 'randarita' right now in honor of the baby we are not yet having."  Shelton chimed in tweeting, "Look I know I've gained some weight but the test was negative!" 


Lambert and Shelton have been married for almost two years.  The couple will appear together on the NBC holiday special "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas," which airs December 3rd on NBC.  Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire are also on board for the special.


Jake Owen Calls Five-Year-Old For Birthday


Jake Owen made one five-year-old's birthday very special by giving her a call.  According to, Ava Schipke didn't ask for much for her birthday, but one of her wishes was a call from the country singer.  When her birthday rolled around on Tuesday, Ava's mother, Kristy, found her in tears.  She was crying because her "boyfriend," Jake Owen, hadn't called to wish her happy birthday.  Kristy then tweeted about her daughter's disappointment and tagged Owen in the message.  He saw the message and called Ava before her birthday was over.  The phone call reportedly lasted for five-minutes and ended with Owen singing Ava's favorite song "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."


Kristy says during the call Ava's eyes were "as big as saucers."  She also said the "bar is set high for Christmas" because now Ava wants to meet Owen at Christmas.


Kix Brooks Talks "Moonshine Road"


Kix Brooks' musical journey is taking him through "Moonshine Road."  That's name of Brooks' new single, one he says was inspired by some of his experiences growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Kix co-wrote the single with acclaimed singer-songwriter Leslie Satcher.  He says together, he and Satcher managed to capture the essence of Louisiana living from Kix's perspective.  "Moonshine Road" is the third single from Brooks' new solo album "New To This Town."  Kix will be in his hometown of Shreveport for a Thanksgiving weekend show next Saturday, November 24th.


Dierks Bentley Chooses Beer To "Tip It On Back"


Dierks Bentley says when he feels the urge to "tip" one back, it's usually with a cold one of the beer variety.


Bentley is currently climbing the country charts with his latest single, "Tip It On Back," the fourth single from his album "Home."  The song also recently cracked the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, making its debut at number 99 on the chart.  Dierks is set to perform at next month's American Country Awards, where he's also nominated for Album of the Year.  The ACAs will air on Fox on December 10th.  Other performers will include Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan. 


Lorrie Morgan Begins Christmas Show


Lorrie Morgan is kicking off the holiday season with her Christmas-themed show.  The "Enchanted Christmas Dinner and Show" begins today and will run through Christmas Day at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  According to, the show will include a large meal, along with Lorrie performing classic Christmas carols and spiritual songs.  Fans will also get to hear Lorrie's latest holiday single, "Wrapped Up In Love."  Lorrie says the show wil be "very elegant and fun," as well as family-oriented.  For information on ticket prices and availability visit


Chris Young Talks Chicago Stop Sell-Out


Chris Young is a man in demand.  The country star "People" magazine recently named its "Sexy Man Of the Week," sold out his January concert stop at Joe's Bar in Chicago in just 20 minutes last Friday.  Young says he didn't know about the quick sell-out until one of the guys who works at the venue sent him a text message.


The January 23rd date in Chicago will be Chris' first public show of the new year.  The singer just kicked off his Liquid Neon Tour in Nashville last night.  He's scheduled to perform in Bristol, Tennessee tonight.  Special guests on his tour will include Thomas Rhett and labelmate Joanna Smith. 


Country Birthdays Include


Burns and Poe's Keith Burns is 49.  He used to be a member of Trick Pony.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1955, Johnny Cash made his first chart appearance with the single "Cry Cry Cry."


Today in 1968, the single "Witchita Lineman" by Glen Campbell entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1991, "Shameless" became Garth Brooks seventh number one hit.


Today in 1996, Lorrie Morgan married her fourth husband, Jon Randall, at her home in Nashville.  The couple divorced three years later.  Lorrie recently took her fifth trip down the aisle with longtime friend, Sammy Kershaw.


Today in 1996, the number one song on the country charts was George Strait's "I Can Still Make Cheyenne."


Today in 2000, Travis Tritt celebrated his single "Best of Intentions" topping the "Radio & Records" country chart for its second week.


Today in 2003, Alabama is named Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group at the 31st annual American Music Awards.  It was the group's 23rd American Music Award.


Today in 2005, CBS aired "I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash," featuring Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Kris Kristofferson, and Alison Krauss.  Other artists, including Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Jerry Lee Lewis, Norah Jones, and actors Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix -- who portrayed Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in the movie "Walk the Line," also appeared.


Today in 2005, Garth Brook's Teammates For Kids Foundation became the official children's charity of the National Hockey League.  In addition, Garth agreed to match the first one-million dollars in donations raised by an online auction of game-worn hockey jerseys to a Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.


Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" debuted at the top of both the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart and the Top Country Albums list.


Today in 2007, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Jimmy Webb performed at the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular in honor of their home state.


Today in 2007, as spokesperson for the National Adoption Council, Rodney Atkins performed at an event for adopted children and their families in Washington, DC.


Today in 2007, Little Jimmy Dickens was among the first inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Charleston.


Today in 2008, Taylor Swift was among the stars who took part in MTV's "Total Finale Live," the farewell episode of "TRL."


Today in 2009, Lady Antebellum's single "Need You Now" hit number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart and the Mediabase/Country Airchecks chart.  The song was marking its sixth week at number one on the Billboard Canada Country chart.


Today in 2010, new releases included Keith Urban's "Get Closer" and Rascal Flatts' "Nothing Like This."


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