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ACM Awards Taking Place This Weekend


Country stars are converging on Las Vegas this weekend for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Eric Church leads the list of nominees heading into the event, while Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift are some of the other stars in the running for multiple awards. Church, Lambert, Swift, and Hayes are also just some of the many performer slated to take the stage at the event.  The lengthy list of participants also features Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, and Jason Aldean.  Garth Brooks and George Strait will be teaming up for a salute to the late Dick Clark, while Jewel will give a special performance to raise awareness for the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign.


Brad Paisley will host the 3rd annual ACM Fan Jam, which will feature performances from New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer, and Florida Georgia Line.  Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will host the 48th annual ACM Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas on CBS Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Here are the list of nominees for the 48th AMC Awards:




Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift




Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Toby Keith

Blake Shelton




Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood




Big & Rich

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft


Thompson Square




The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Zac Brown Band




Florida Georgia Line

Brantley Gilbert

Jana Kramer


ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]


Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright


Chief - Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

Produced by:  Jay Joyce


Red - Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson


tailgates & tanlines - Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens


Tornado - Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce


SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]


Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)

Produced by: Mike Wrucke


Over You - Miranda Lambert (RCA)

Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf


Pontoon - Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce


Springsteen - Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

Produced by: Jay Joyce


Wanted - Hunter Hayes (Atlantic/WMN)

Produced by: Hunter Hayes, Dann Huff


SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]


A Woman Like You - Lee Brice

Composers: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone

Publishers: 3JB Music (BMI), Adios Pantalones (SESAC), Hears That Skyline Music (SESAC), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)


Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band

Composers: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay

Publishers: Cal IV Songs (ASCAP), Will Hoge Music (BMI)


Over You - Miranda Lambert

Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

Publishers:  Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)


Springsteen - Eric Church

Composers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell

Publishers: Bug Music (BMI), Ole Purple Cape Music (BMI), Sinnerlina (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)


Wanted - Hunter Hayes

Composers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges

Publishers:  Happy Little Man Publishing (BMI), Songs From The Engine Room (BMI), Songs Of Universal Inc. (BMI)




Rodney Clawson

Josh Kear

Luke Laird

Shane McAnally


VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]


Creepin' - Eric Church

Producer: Iris Baker

Director: Peter Zavadil


Merry Go 'Round - Kacey Musgraves

Producers: Perry Bean, Kacey Musgraves

Director: Perry Bean


Tornado - Little Big Town

Producer: Iris Baker

Director: Shane Drake


Wanted - Hunter Hayes

Producers: Stephanie Reeves, Eric Williams

Directors: Traci Goudie, Patrick Hubik


We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift

Producer: John Nguyen

Director:  Declan Whitebloom


The Wind - Zac Brown Band

Producer: Ben Kalina

Director:  Mike Judge


VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]


Don't Rush - Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill (19/RCA/Columbia Nashville)

Produced by: Dann Huff


Easy - Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield (Big Machine Records)

Produced by: Dann Huff, Brian Kennedy, Rascal Flatts


Feel Like A Rock Star - Kenny Chesney (Duet With Tim McGraw) (Blue Chair/BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney


Let It Rain - David Nail  Featuring Sarah Buxton (MCA Nashville)

Produced by:  Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell


The Only Way I Know - Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church (Broken Bow)

Produced by:  Michael Knox


Gary Allan, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Band Perry Headlining Pre-ACM Concerts


Gary Allan and Jake Owen are headlining this year's ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience, which begin tonight in Las Vegas. The free shows taking place on 1st and 3rd Street are in conjunction with the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Allan leads tonight's list of performers, which also features Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, and Sunny Sweeney.  Owen will cap off Saturday's event, following sets from Jana Kramer, Randy Houser, and Chris Janson.


The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley will take the stage set up in the East Parking Lot of the Orleans Arena for the ACM Party for a Cause Festival.  The Band Perry is the headliner for Friday's show, which is supporting Outnumber Hunger.  Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, and Florida Georgia Line are just a few of the other performers.  Highlights from the event will air in a special broadcast Saturday night on AXS-TV.  Bentley leads the lineup for Saturday's concert, supporting military organizations including Wounded Warrior Project and Folds of Honor.  Kix Brooks will host the show, which will also feature Hunter Hayes, the Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, and others.


The 48th annual ACM Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and air on CBS Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Darius Rucker To Host ACM Charity Golf Event This Weekend


Darius Rucker will be out golfing this weekend.  But he's not simply trying to better his game.  The singer and avid golfer is once again helping the Academy of Country Music raise money for charity by hosting the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic.  The event supports the ACM Lifting Lives Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which gives immediate assistance to those in the music industry who are in financial need.  Participants in the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic will hit the links at TPC Las Vegas on Saturday  The golf tournament is just one of the activities scheduled in conjunction with the 48th annual ACM Awards, which will take place in Las Vegas on Sunday, and air on CBS.


Brantley Gilbert Facing Off Against Fiancée At ACM Awards


Brantley Gilbert is up against fiancée Jana Kramer for the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year award.  The singer demonstrates his sense of humor in explaining how they're handling competing against one another.


Brantley calls it "a pretty neat deal" that they can share the experience in this way.  He adds that they did talk about it, and agreed that they're both just "excited to be nominated and be a part of it."  Brantley and Jana became New Artist of the Year nominees by earning the titles of New Male and New Female Vocalist of the Year, which were chosen by the fans.  New Duo or Group of the Year winner Florida Georgia Line rounds out the category.  Fans are also determining the New Artist winner.  Balloting will remain open at until Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern -- when the 48th annual ACM Awards ceremony begins.  The New Artist of the Year winner will be announced during the event, which will air live from Las Vegas on CBS.


Carrie Underwood Appreciates Awards Recognition


Carrie Underwood admits she enjoys getting recognition at events like this weekend's Academy of Country Music Awards.


But Underwood explains that it doesn't matter how excited she is about her work if nobody else is listening it, and awards indicate she isn't the only one who's enjoying her music.  She adds that awards "aren't everything," but "they do make you feel good."  The country star could add a couple of new trophies to her collection at the ACM Awards.  She's up for Female Vocalist of the Year, while her most recent CD "Blown Away" is in the running for Album of the Year.  The 48th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Las Vegas, and air on CBS Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Carrie Underwood Emotional, Casey James Generous During "Idol" Return


Carrie Underwood continues to express her appreciation for "American Idol."  On Thursday the country star returned to the Fox reality show that launched her career, and performed her current single "See You Again."  She also became emotional while talking about "Idol" with host Ryan Seacrest.


Carrie wasn't the only returning country "Idol" to appear on the show.  Casey James took the stage as well to perform his latest single, "The Good Life."  Casey, who finished on the show in third place in 2010, is also showing his support for the current crop of "Idol" finalist.  Following his song he told Seacrest he had gifts for all the hopefuls.  He explained that during his run on the show he got homesick, so he researched each of the finalists' hometowns and brought "a little bit of something to remind them of home."


Alabama Launching 40th Anniversary Tour


Alabama is celebrating their 40th anniversary on the road.  The group is officially launching their "Back to the Bowery Tour" with a pair of sold out shows Friday and Saturday night at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina's Alabama Theater -- which was named for the group.  And the band is honoring the community with the name of their trek.  The Myrtle Beach club The Bowery is where Alabama got their start back in the early '70s.  In addition to honoring their 40 years as a group, Alabama's tour is also marking their return to the road.  The "Back to the Bowery Tour" is the group's first extensive run of dates since their 2003-2004 Farewell tour.  Alabama intended to retire from the road after that trek, but the devastating tornado outbreak in April 2011 prompted them to return to the stage.  After staging benefit shows to help with storm recovery efforts in their home state, Alabama decided to resume their performing career.


Alabama's "Back To The Bowery Tour" Dates


April 5 & 6 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at The Alabama Theatre

April 23 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Grand Ole Opry House

April 26 - Wallingford, Connecticut, at Toyota presents Oakdale Theatre

April 27 - Rama, Ontario, Canada, at Casino Rama

May 1 - Westbury, New York, at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury

May 2 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the Sands Bethelehem Events Cener

May 17 & 18 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Fox Theatre    

July 5 - Orange Beach, Alabama, at the Amphitheater at the Wharf

July 6 - Clearwater, Florida, at Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 30 - Highland Park, Illinois, at Ravinia Festival

August 31 - Hinckley, Minnesota, at the Grand Casino

September 16 - Puyallup, Washington, at the Washington State Fair

October 4 & 5 - Minot, North Dakota, at the Norsk Hostfest

October 12 - Thackerville, Oklahoma, at the Winstar Casino

November 8 - St. Louis, Missouri, at the Fox Theater


Band Perry Not Looking To Marry, Start Families This Year


The Band Perry salutes their mom on their new album "Pioneer" with the track "Mother Like Mine," but the trio's Kimberly Perry says she's not ready to become a mom herself.  The singer tells that neither marriage nor children are in her or her brothers' plans for this year, explaining that they "can't have babies" right now.  She says she and her sibling bandmates Neil and Reid Perry are all focused on their career, which currently includes promoting "Pioneer."  The album arrived in stores this week.  The group also has a host of tour dates scheduled, including a run on Rascal Flatts' "Live & Loud" tour beginning at the end of May.  Their next show will be in North Andover, Massachusetts on April 19th.


This weekend The Band Perry will be in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards.  The group will headline the ACM Party for a Cause concert supporting Outnumber Hunger, which will air on AXS-TV Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  The Band Perry is also a nominee for Vocal Group of the Year heading into the awards event.  They'll perform during the ceremony as well.  The 48th annual ACM Awards will air on CBS Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Chris Young Compares Current Single With "Gettin' You Home"


Chris Young admits his current hit, "I Can Take It From There," is thematically similar to his first number one single, "Gettin' You Home."  But the country singer explains that while his 2009 chart-topper is about wanting to make a quick return from the restaurant, his latest song is sung from the perspective of a man who'd rather not take his lady out.


Fans will likely hear Chris perform both songs in concert.  The singer has shows set throughout the spring and summer.  His schedule includes dates as an opener on Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer" tour, which begins in St. Louis, Missouri on May 9th.  Young's next appearance is coming up in Evans, Georgia on April 11th.


Remake Of Glen Campbell's "Galveston" Promoting Texas Tourism


A Glen Campbell classic is being remade to promote tourism.  The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is using a new version of the song in their new marketing campaign.


Jimmy Webb wrote the song.  He once told WFUV's "The Living Room" show that many people thought "Galveston" was patriotic song, based on Campbell's uptempo, "let's all go to war" delivery of the 1969 hit.  But he said he intended "Galveston" to be more somber and wistful, "about a guy who's caught up in something he doesn't understand and would rather be somewhere else."  But Galveston CVB Marketing Director Melody Smith says the city is hoping the song will make people want to come there.  She adds the song is "so iconic worldwide, and to many people, it is already considered an anthem" for the Texas island.  The "Galveston County Daily News" says the city purchased the rights to the song for two years for 25-thousand-dollars.


Country Birthdays Include


Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry is 46.

Pat Green is 41.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1975, the single "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" by John Denver entered the Top 40 chart.


Today in 1980, the Bellamy Brothers topped the country charts with "Sugar Daddy."


Today in 1995, Tracy Byrd won two Country Dance Music Awards for the "Watermelon Crawl."


Today in 1995, Alan Jackson's albums "Don't Rock the Jukebox" and "A Lot About Livin' (and A Little 'Bout Love)," Brooks & Dunn's albums "Brand New Man" and "Hard Workin' Man," and Tim McGraw's album "Not a Moment Too Soon" were certified multi-Platinum, while Pam Tillis' album "Homeward Looking Angel" was certified Platinum and Diamond Rio's album "Love a Little Stronger" was certified Gold.


Today in 1996, Shania Twain's video "The Woman In Me" was certified Platinum, while Terri Clark's self-titled debut album was certified Gold.


Today in 1999, three of Tammy Wynette's daughters filed a 50-million-dollar lawsuit that blamed the singer's death on negligence by her husband and her doctor.


Today in 2000, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw made an appearance on "Sesame Street" singing "Take A Turn," their song about sharing.


Today in 2002, Dolly Parton kicked off the tourist season by serving as the Grand Marshal of her "Chasing Rainbows" parade in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  She officially opened her Dollywood theme park for the season the following day.


Today in 2004, Kenny Chensey's "When the Sun Goes Down" marked its third consecutive week at number one on "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2004, Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" broke into the top ten on "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart in just six weeks.  With the song perched in the number nine spot, it became the fastest rising debut single for a country artist since LeAnn Rimes' 1996 hit, "Blue."


Today in 2005, Wynonna received the Merit Award from the USO of Metropolitan Washington for her dedication to serving others through volunteerism.


Today in 2005, The Library of Congress announced 50 additions to the National Recording Registry.  Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel (T For Texas)," Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" and Flatt & Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" were among the new titles.


Today in 2005, Two years after he won the inaugural competition, Buddy Jewell returned to the USA Network's "Nashville Star" to perform "If She Were Any Other Woman."


Today in 2005, Jo Dee Messina took part in a fundraiser for Tennessee chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs, appearing at a benefit steak dinner event.


Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, and Alison Krauss were among the winners at the 37th annual Gospel Music Association Awards.


Today in 2007, Jo Dee Messina participated in the 21st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado.


Today in 2008, Reba McEntire was honored at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night 14 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Faith Hill was among the attendees at the event.


Today in 2009, Carrie Underwood was named Entertainer of the Year at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, ending Kenny Chesney's four-year reign of the category.  With the win she became just the seventh woman to take the title, and the ACM's first female Entertainer of the Year since the Dixie Chicks in 2000.  She also took the award for Top Female Vocalist.  In addition, Sugarland snapped Brooks & Dunn's nine-year run as the ACM's Top Vocal Duo, and Rascal Flatts logged their record-setting seventh consecutive Top Vocal Group title.  Taylor Swift earned Album of the Year honors for "Fearless" to became the youngest artist ever to take that award.  Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough, and Jamey Johnson also took home trophies, while LeAnn Rimes earned the ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian award.


Today in 2010, Joe Nichols performed the national anthem at the start of the Arizona Diamondbacks' home opener in Phoenix.  He also sang "God Bless America" during the game's 7th inning stretch.


Today in 2011, Kellie Pickler, Kix Brooks, Big & Rich's Big Kenny Alphin, and Amy Grant were among the country stars who took part in Sean Connery's 9th annual "Dressed To Kilt" charity event.  Gary Allan, Rosanne Cash, and the trio Stealing Angels also participated in the fundraiser, which was held at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.


Today in 2011, new releases included Craig Campbell's self-titled debut album and Jason Michael Carroll's single "Numbers."


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