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Taylor Swift A Nominee For This Weekend's MTV Europe Music Awards


Taylor Swift has yet another awards event on the horizon.  But this time the praise is coming from across the Atlantic.  The country-pop superstar is a three-time nominee for this weekend's MTV Europe Music Awards.  She's in the running for Best Female, Best Pop, and Best Live.  Taylor is facing Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry in both the Female and Pop categories.  Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez are also up for the Female award, while One Direction and Justin Bieber are other Pop contenders.  Swift's competition for the Live award includes Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, and Pink.  Timberlake and the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the list of nominees with five bids each.  The 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Amsterdam on November 10th.


Taylor was honored earlier this week at the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards.  She was a two-time winner at the event, taking Music Video and Musical Event of the Year for "Highway Don't Care," her duet with Tim McGraw.  She also received the Pinnacle Award, which recognizes artists who have broken boundaries with their music and gained prominence on both a national and international level.


Dolly Parton Featured In New Holiday Movie


Dolly Parton continues to extend her acting resume with the new film "A Country Christmas Story."  But the role isn't much of a stretch for her.  The country legend portrays herself in the film, which tells the story of a bi-racial girl growing up in an Appalachian Mountain community who wants to pursue her dream of becoming a country music star.  The girl's efforts take her to Dollywood, where she takes part in a singing competition Parton is hosting.   She also reconnects with her father, played by R&B star Brian McKnight, and discovers her African-American musical heritage.  Desiree Ross, Megyn Price, and Mary Kay Place are also featured in the made-for-TV movie, which will have its premiere on Lifetime Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Brad Paisley A Key Figure In Internet Celebrity Hoax


Brad Paisley is hoping his experience as the victim of an Internet hoax will bring about changes in the law.  The country star and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, were among several celebrities who were drawn into a Wyoming woman's a pathological need for attention.  Hope Jackson's elaborate scheme involved using photographs and other materials of a young girl battling neuroblastoma, and contacted the Paisleys and other stars claiming it was her child who was battling the cancer.  Paisley calls what she did "emotional terrorism."  The singer tells ABC's "Nightline" since technically she didn't break any laws, it means the laws should be changed.


Paisley also ended up playing a key role in the woman's arrest.  Jackson never asked for gifts or money, which would have made her scam a criminal act.  But in one phone call Jackson's fictitious daughter sang to Brad and Kim, and Brad returned the gesture with a rendition of "Amazing Grace."  His performance enabled authorities to arrest Jackson, because she prompted Paisley to give her something of significant monetary value through her scam.  She's currently free on probation after pleading guilty of theft of services and serving jail time.


Dr. Mark Feldman tells "Nightline" Jackson displays the symptoms of a mental condition in which people make up or exaggerate ailments in an effort to gain sympathy from others.  Brad and Kim say feel bad for Jackson, and hope she gets the help she needs.  But they also want to make sure neither she or anyone else is able to do such a thing again.


Emmylou Harris Offers No Contest Plea In Hit-And-Run Case


Emmylou Harris is putting her California hit-and-run case in her rear view mirror. says the country singer has entered a no contest plea to a charge of failing to provide her information to the other driver in connection with the October 2012 incident.  She's also been ordered to pay the other driver five-thousand-dollars.  Harris was originally charged with hit-and-run in the alleged crash, which occurred last fall on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles County.  She had previously entered a not guilty plea in the case.


Harris claimed she left the scene because she never knew she'd hit someone.  But the other driver filed a police report, which prompted the California Highway Patrol to investigate.  If she'd been convicted on the hit-and-run charge Harris could have been sentenced to as much as six months behind bars. 


Carrie Underwood Unwaivering On Gay Marriage Stance


Carrie Underwood believes two people in love -- regardless of gender -- should be able to marry, and she doesn't care if her opinion costs her fans.  The country star has been defending her position for more than a year, since she first opened up on the subject with the British media back in June 2012.  She tells "Redbook" she wasn't trying to spark a controversy, but was asked a question and "tried to give an honest answer."  Underwood adds that her stance on same-sex marriage shouldn't make that much of a difference.  She says she thinks people claiming they don't like her because of her comments were probably just "looking for a reason" to dislike her.  Carrie is featured on the cover of the December issue of "Redbook."


Taylor Swift Excited About Upcoming Royal Gig


Taylor Swift says she's "really stoked" about her upcoming performance at Kensington Palace.  The country-pop superstar will be joining Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi in headlining the Winter Whites Gala, a charity event Britain's Prince William is hosting at his London residence.  Taylor tells the BBC it'll be the first time she's entertained at a royal engagement, and she feels honored to be asked to perform.  The singer adds that she's being mindful of her audience, and has been "asking about" her expected conduct at the event.  She also says she has no expectations of meeting the Prince or his wife, and believes it would be "presumptuous" of her to assume she'll be introduced to the Royal Couple. 


Taylor says she plans to play it "safe," and is ready to "just shake hands and be polite."  The Winter Whites Gala is coming up on November 26th.  The event supports Centrepoint, an organization that assists homeless youth in the UK.


Band Perry Officially Launching First Headlining Tour


The Band Perry are back on the road -- and this time have top billing.  The sibling country trio is officially launching their "We Are Pioneers World Tour," marking their debut as headliners.  And they're beginning their trek overseas.  The group will kick off the run with a show in Gothenburg, Sweden Friday night.  The Band Perry will spend the next four weeks performing throughout Europe, making stops across Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the UK.  The tour will come to a close with a performance in Belfast, Northern Ireland on December 5th.  The Band Perry's Neil Perry says the group is excited to be playing before international audiences, explaining that getting the chance to "share The Band Perry experience all over the world" is more than the three of them had "ever hoped for."


The Band Perry will launch the North American portion of the trek in Canada in January.  The group's first U.S. show is set for Independence, Missouri on February 6th.  The Band Perry is on the road in support of their sophomore album, "Pioneers."


Shelton, Swift Happy For Strait's CMA Entertainer Win


Blake Shelton says as the Country Music Association's 2012 Entertainer of the Year, he was ready to surrender the title to someone else at Wednesday's 47th annual CMA Awards.  And the singer admits he couldn't be happier to be succeeded by George Strait -- even though it doesn't follow what he believes is the natural order of things.


Taylor Swift is also thrilled to see Strait receive the recognition she believes he so richly deserves.  Taylor explains that George isn't just an incredibly talented artist, but he's also an incredibly kind and generous man.  She says she'll never forget the ways he's helped her in her career, and all the encouragement and support he's given her over the years.  Strait's 2013 Entertainer of the Year title marks the third time he's earned the CMA's top honor, after capturing the prize with back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1990.


Shelton, Lambert, Musgraves, Swift All Surprised By CMA Awards


Many of the winners at Wednesday night's Country Music Association Awards say they were genuinely surprised by their success at the event.  New Artist of the Year recipient Kacey Musgraves admits she never imagined she'd be tapped for the honor, and wasn't even paying attention when the category was called.


Blake Shelton earned his fourth consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year title at the event.  But he says the Album of the Year award is the one that means the most to him.  The singer explains that after his first six records all fell short of the honor, he'd given up hope that any of his albums would be recognized.  Shelton adds that while it meant a great deal to him to be named the CMA's Entertainer of the Year in 2012, his new Album of the Year award will become the centerpiece of his trophy case.  Shelton's wife Miranda Lambert admits it felt a little weird for her and Blake to be celebrating their fourth straight Male and Female Vocalist of the Year titles, even though she knows Shelton couldn't have been more deserving of the honor.


And Taylor Swift says her Pinnacle Award took her by surprise.  The singer-songwriter explains that she knew in advance about the honor, but had no idea that it would come with such an elaborate, star-packed presentation.  Swift accepted the trophy from Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, George Strait, Rascal Flatts, and all the other headliners who took her on the road as she was building her career.  The segment also featured a video montage of praise and congratulations from a wide array of celebrities, including Vince Gill, Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, and Ethel Kennedy.  The 47th annual CMA Awards took place in Nashville on Wednesday.


Buck Owens Autobiography Now In Stores


Buck Owens fans can now learn about the late country legend -- from the man himself.  Owens began working on his memoir in the 1990s -- roughly a decade before he died.  He began telling stories of his life into a tape recorder, and by the time he passed away he had more than 100 hours of memories on cassette.  Author Randy Poe then took on the task of transcribing the tapes and organizing the material to create "Buck 'Em!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens."  Buck is said to have had a near-photographic memory, and in the book shares recollections of growing up during the Great Depression and his drive to "be somebody," his rise to fame, and achieving success on his own terms to become one of country music's biggest stars.


Dwight Yoakam attests to the authenticity of "Buck 'Em!"  In his preface to the book Yoakam says Buck's stories are captured with "an uncanny accuracy," and are presented in the same way he remembers hearing Owens tell them.  "Buck 'Em!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens" and a companion CD, "Buck 'Em!: The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967)," are in stores now.


"Duck Dynasty's" Jace Robertson Glad Family Recorded Christmas Album


"Duck Dynasty's" Jace Robertson says their new Christmas album wasn't all that far-fetched of an idea.  The reality TV star explains that as long as he can remember, the Robertsons have always celebrated the holiday "in a big family way."


Jace adds that the family was always together at Christmas, because the holiday falls during hunting season.  "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" is in stores now -- and it's already a chart-topper.  The album opened at number one on the Billboard Country Albums list, and made its debut at number four on the all-genre Billboard 200.


Quick Bites


Tim McGraw will be celebrating Veterans Day a little early this year.  The country star is slated to perform a special concert for military members and their families at the U.S. Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday -- the day before the actual holiday.  The show is in conjunction with the HomeFront program, through which McGraw and Chase bank have been giving away mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans and service members in need.  And all of Tim's fans can watch the show.  His performance will be carried live on the Pentagon Channel, on McGraw's website and at, starting at 8:45 p.m. Eastern.


Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts are among the country stars who'll be taking the stage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Friday to tape the upcoming holiday special "CMA Country Christmas."  Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is once again on board to host the show, which features the stars singing songs and sharing stories of the holiday season.  Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, and Kellie Pickler are a few of the other artists slated to perform.  "CMA Country Christmas" will air on ABC on December 2nd at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


Country Birthdays Include


Bucky Covington is 36.

Lauren Alaina is 19.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1978, Willie Nelson's "Willie & Family Live" album was released.


Today in 1980, the single "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson peaked at number 20 on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1994, the "Lead On" album by George Strait was released.


Today in 2004, a rep for Chris LeDoux revealed that the singer and one-time rodeo champ had a malignancy in his bile duct, noting it was a slow-growing form of the disease and his prognosis, quote, "looks good."  However, LeDoux passed away from the disease four months later.


Today in 2004, Phil Vassar was elected to the Academy of Country Music's Board of Directors


Today in 2005,  new releases included Kenny Chesney's album "The Road and the Radio," the Charlie Daniels Band's DVD "CDB Live," and the "Smallville" soundtrack, which includes Rascal Flatts' "Feels Like Today."


Today in 2007, Toby Keith was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, but he almost didn't make it in time for ceremony.  Earlier in the day the singer was in Norman, Oklahoma coaching his son's football team, which won in five overtimes.  Keith was able to get to the Hall of Fame event in Oklahoma City by chartering a helicopter, which he said was worth it since it allowed him see his son's team qualify for the league Super Bowl.


Today in 2007,  Big & Rich's John Rich hosted a fundraiser in Dickson County, Tennessee for Republican Fred Thompson to support his run for the White House.


Today in 2007, Eric Church's video for the song "Lightning" had its debut on CMT.


Today in 2008, Jake Owen's English bulldog, Vern, was born.  Eight weeks later Vern had a home when Jake adopted him.


Today in 2009, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, and Kid Rock were added to the Music City Walk of Fame, along with the late Ernest Tubb and the late Tootsie Bess, owner of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville.  Honorees received new markers on the Walk with a ceremony in Nashville.


Today in 2009, Vince Gill received the Will Rogers Spirit Award from Tulsa, Oklahoma's Rotary Club of Will Rogers.  With the award, the organization honors people whose lives meet the standards of the late American folk hero.


Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum was the big winner at the 2010 Nashville Music Awards.  The trio's Hillary Scott was named Songwriter of the Year at the event, while Lady A's hit "Need You Now" took Song of the Year honors.  The group's hits "American Honey," "Our Kind of Love," and "I Run To You" were also recognized.


Today in 2011, Josh Turner's "All Over Me" was named the BMI Song of the Year while Bobby Braddock was honored with the BMI Songwriting Icon Award at the 59th annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville.


Today in 2011, new country music releases included Joe Nichols' "It's All Good," "The Best Of Rascal Flatts Live," Neal McCoy and Les Brown's "Music of Your Life With Les Brown Jr. and His Band,"

Josh Gracin's "Redemption," and George Strait's "Icon."


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