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Swift Among Country Nominees, Participants In Sunday's Billboard Music Awards

 

Taylor Swift is leading the way into the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.  The country-pop crossover star is one of the top nominees heading into the event.  She has eleven bids in both country and all-genre categories, including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Country Artist.  Her album "Red" and hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" are also up for awards, and Swift is vying for the fan-voted Milestone Award.  In addition, she'll be among the many performers at the event.

 

But Taylor isn't the only country star up for several awards.  Jason Aldean has three bids, while Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Hunter Hayes are also up for more than one award.  Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line are nominees as well.  Taylor also isn't the only country star participating in the ceremony.  The Band Perry and Kacey Musgraves are also on the performers' list, while Shania Twain and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles will serve as presenters.  The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on ABC Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

Country-related nominees for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards:

 

Top Artist:

Justin Bieber

Maroon 5

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

One Direction

 

Top Country Artist:

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Hunter Hayes

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

 

Top Country Album

Jason Aldean, "Night Train"

Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"

Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"

Taylor Swift, "Red"

Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

 

Top Country Song

Luke Bryan, "Drunk On You"

Eric Church, "Springsteen"

Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"

Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"

Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

 

Top Streaming Song (Video)

Fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, "Thrift Shop"

Psy, " Gangnam Style"

Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

 

Top Female Artist

Adele

Carly Rae Jepsen

Nicki Minaj

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

 

Top Male Artist

Jason Aldean

Justin Bieber

Drake

Flo Rida

Bruno Mars

 

Billboard 200 Artist

Adele

Justin Bieber

Mumford & Sons

One Direction

Taylor Swift

 

Hot 100 Artist

Flo Rida

Fun.

Maroon 5

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

 

Top Billboard 200 Album

Adele, "21"

Mumford & Sons, "Babel"

Taylor Swift, "Red"

One Direction, Up All Night"

One Direction, "Take Me Home"

 

Digital Songs Artist

Flo Rida

Fun.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Maroon 5

Taylor Swift

 

Social Artist

Justin Bieber

One Direction

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

 

The Milestone Award

Justin Bieber

Bruno Mars

Taylor Swift

 

Miranda Lambert Among Nominees For O Music Awards

 

Miranda Lambert is in the running for an O Music Award.  The country star is up for Best Interactive Music Video with her hit "Fastest Girl In Town" at the event.  Her competition in the category includes Linkin Park's "Lost in the Echo," Beck & Chris Milk's "Sound and Vision," Tanlines' "Not the Same," and Yung Jake's "e.m.-bed.de/d."  Frank Ocean and Beck are the top nominees heading into the event with two bids each.  The fan-voted event celebrates songs, artists, and technology as well as the innovators and counter culture with a 24-hour live-streaming party.  More than 50 bands will be performing throughout the country for the ceremony, which will take place on June 19th starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  Voting is under way now at OMusicAwards.com.

 

Trace Adkins Playing To Win On "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice"

 

Trace Adkins says he's out to win on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice."  The country star explains that his strategy included making a bold stance from the start.  Trace was one of Donald Trump's hand-picked first team leaders, and the singer says he used that position to make sure everyone knew he meant business.  He also recalls how he told his teammates they needed to deliver -- in the form of a reality check.

 

Adkins explains that he knew he had to compete in a different way and this time come on strong right away, because everybody he was up against also had previous experience on the show.  So far his efforts have paid off -- he's in the finale.  Adkins is facing off against Penn Jillette in the reality show's final challenge -- to develop a new flavor for Walgreens' ice cream brand, along with the packaging and a promotional video  promotional video for the product.  They also have to organize and host VIP events for the product, and sell up to 50 tickets for the event.  Viewers will see how each of them fare in the task and learn the "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" winner on the season finale, airing on NBC Sunday night.

 

Tim McGraw's ACM Special Airing This Weekend

 

Tim McGraw's all-star TV special airs this weekend.  He's leading the lineup for "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night," which is set to run on CBS on Sunday.  McGraw has said his goal was to present a variety of artists and show viewers all the great musical acts they can see in concert this summer.  He's also pointed to Florida Georgia Line, Faith Hill, and Nelly as some of the highlights.  The show's country-heavy roster also features Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and The Band Perry, as well as John Fogerty, Ne-Yo, and Pitbull.

 

“Idol" Finale: Keith Urban Plays Twice, Band Perry Also Performs

 

Keith Urban is making the most of his time on Fox's "American Idol."  In the first of his two performances on Thursday's star-packed season finale, the country star performed his new single, "Little Bit of Everything."

 

Keith also got to fulfill a wish on the show.  He's said that when the show's producers wanted the four judges to team up for a performance, he was the only one who was interested.  But the singer added that he wasn't giving up on the idea, and was hoping to at least convince Randy Jackson to share the stage with him.  That happened on Thursday's show.  Keith sang "Where The Blacktop Ends" with "Idol" finalist Kree Harrison in an ensemble that featured Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and Jackson on bass.  Kree was in the top two, but ended as the runner-up to winner Candice Glover.

 

The Band Perry also took part in the show.  The country trio gave the first performance of the night, joining "Idol" finalist Janelle Arthur on their latest single, "Done."  The two-hour event featured a host of other stars as well, including "Idol" alums Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson, former "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez, and current judge Mariah Carey.  The night's guest list also featured R&B legend Aretha Franklin, the Four Seasons' Frankie Valli, Psy, Emeli Sandé, Pitbull, and others.

 

Mom's Health Forces Jo Dee Messina To Postpone Canadian Tour

 

Jo Dee Messina is postponing her Canadian tour.  Later this month the country star was planning to head north of the border, and spend two-and-a-half weeks performing across the country.  But the singer says in a Facebook post that concerns for her mother are forcing her to put off the trip.  Messina's mom underwent open heart surgery late last month, and her recovery has been slow going.  The singer says it's "a day by day thing," explaining that "one day she's better, one day she's takes 2 steps back."  Jo Dee adds that she "didn't feel comfortable being so far away not having the ability to get home fast in case things made a turn for the worst," so she opted to change her tour dates.  Messina's tour has been rescheduled for October.  She's now slated to launch the trek in North Battleford, Saskatchewan on October 3rd.

 

Dates closer to home have not changed, and Messina is still slated to appear in Renfro Valley, Kentucky Friday night.  Her full tour schedule is posted on her website.

 

LeAnn Rimes Connecting With Others Through Her New Music

 

LeAnn Rimes says she's glad her new album, "Spitfire," is so personal.  The country star admits that having her private dramas become tabloid fodder hasn't been easy, and she felt very isolated.  But she says by sharing her struggles in her music she's learned that -- unfortunately -- she's not alone.

 

Rimes adds that most of the people who have heard "Spitfire" have thanked her for being so open and honest, and say they can relate to her songs.  And she also believes her critics are primarily people who have faced similar situations but "still haven't dealt with it in themselves."  Rimes will release "Spitfire" as a physical CD exclusively through Walmart on June 4th.

 

George Strait Reflects On New CD's Title

 

George Strait says he likes the name of his new album.  The country star explains that he called his latest disc "Love Is Everything" because the sentiment is true.

 

Strait adds that he really likes the album's title track.  He says it's a beautiful song that "says a lot about the things that you do out of love, and you do them not because you have to, but because you want to."  Strait's CD features the hit single "Give It All We Got Tonight."  "Love Is Everything" is in stores now.

 

Ray Price Takes In Five Orphaned Kittens

 

Ray Price has another thing motivating his recovery.  He has five new kittens waiting for him at home.  The country legend's Facebook page has been peppered with pictures of the kittens, which his wife Janie says she and Ray rescued the night before he was hospitalized.  She explains that they were hearing "these muffled cries" coming from under the porch, and when she went out to investigate "3 tiny babies came out."  Janie says after taking them in she "heard another really faint cry."  She admits it took "major carpentry" to reach the fourth kitten, who was "so weak it could hardly move."  Janie says she got a "tiny baby bottle," and she and Ray "held them and took turns feeding them until their little tummies were full."  She adds that she's asked a friend to post the photos so she and Ray can "keep up with their progress" while Ray is in the hospital. 

 

The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer was hospitalized last week with severe dehydration.  But his doctor has said the singer's condition is "good and improving daily."  Price is also looking for help in naming the kittens.  Ray and Janie are going over the fans' suggestions, and plan to send a CD or DVD to the people who submitted the names they pick.

 

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1980, the single "Bar Room Buddie" by Merle Haggard and actor/director Clint Eastwood debuted on the charts.  The song would become Clint's first and only number one and Merle's 25th of 38 number ones.

 

Today in 1991, Diamond Rio hit the top of the charts for the first time with "Meet In The Middle."

 

Today in 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider a lower court ruling that granted the illegitimate daughter of Hank Williams Sr. partial rights to his music.

 

Today in 1994, the "Walking Away A Winner" album by Kathy Mattea was released.

 

Today in 1999, Shania Twain showed her loyalty and fondness for her hometown of Timmins, Ontario by setting up an endowment fund, which awards two scholarships a year to Timmins High and Vocational School graduates. The news wasn't revealed until a year later, when the "Timmins Daily Press" website carried a note marking the one year anniversary of her generosity.

 

Today in 2003, The Derailers frontman Brian Hofeldt became the third member of the group to tie the knot as he exchanged "I do's" with his longtime sweetheart Tiffany Snyder.  The happy couple were married in the gardens of the Hofeldt Ranch in Oregon, Brian's childhood home.

 

Today in 2004, Faith Hill announced plans for a series of concerts in Las Vegas for late summer.  The shows were to be her first live performances in four years.

 

Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney took the top honor of Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony.  Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn, and Brad Paisley were also among the winners at the event.  Garth Brooks made a rare public appearance to honor the late Chris LeDoux with the ACM Pioneer Award.  Toby Keith, who was in Iraq on a USO Tour, appeared with some U.S. troops and performed live via satellite from Baghdad.

 

Today in 2005, new album releases included Toby Keith's "Honky Tonk University," Cowboy Troy's debut "Loco Motive," Willie Nelson's "Ghost," and Bobby Pinson's "Man Like Me."

 

Today in 2006, the soundtrack for the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" was declared Platinum, while Kenny Rogers "Greatest Country Hits" was certified Gold.

 

Today in 2007, T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang announced that they had recently become engaged.  The couple had been together for six years.

 

Today in 2007, Danielle Peck went skydiving with the elite Screaming Eagles parachute team stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

 

Today in 2008, Montgomery Gentry hosted the 5th annual ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride, followed by the Charity Motorcycle Ride Jam.  Participants included Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Craig Morgan, James Otto, Keith Anderson, Trick Pony alumni Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean, Richie McDonald, and Sarah Buxton.

 

Today in 2008, Rascal Flatts hosted the 5th annual Academy of Country Music Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas in Las Vegas.  The event, in conjunction with the ACM Awards, supported the Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund.

 

Today in 2008, Trace Adkins sang the national anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks-Detroit Tigers game in Phoenix.  He also played a free post-game concert.

 

Today in 2008, Rissi Palmer sang the national anthem prior to the NASCAR All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Today in 2009, Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy were formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with the annual Medallion Ceremony in Nashville.

 

Today in 2009, Kenny Chesney returned to Dallas to play a make-good show for his rain-shortened concert earlier in the month.  At the time Chesney performed for nearly an hour, but he wanted to return as a thank you to all the fans who stuck it out while severe storms ripped through the area.  He turned in a three-hour show instead of his more typical 75-minute set.

 

Today in 2009, Miranda Lambert hosted her 2nd annual "Cause for the Paws" benefit at Villa Di Felicita in Tyler, Texas.  The event raised money for the Humane Society of East Texas.

 

Today in 2010, Trace Adkins released the single "This Ain't No Love Song."

 

Today in 2011, new releases included Lady Antebellum's single "Just A Kiss," John Rich's charity single "For The Kids," Foster & Lloyd's reunion album "It's Already Tomorrow," and Hank WIlliams the Third's album "Hillbilly Joker."

 

Today in 2012, Taylor Swift pledged to make a four-million-dollar donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the creation of the Taylor Swift Education Center.

 

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