Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Performing, Leading Country Grammy Nominees
Kacey Musgraves joins Taylor Swift as country's top nominees heading into this weekend's Grammy Awards. And as the big event approaches, the singer tells "The Boston Globe" it's "overwhelming in the best, most flattering way possible." Kacey admits she's "freaking out a little," but calls it "a good freak-out." She and Swift are each up for four awards. Kacey's nods include the Best New Artist, while Swift's "Red" is in the running for Album of the Year. Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw each have two chances to take home an award, while Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton are also up for awards.
Hunter Hayes, who's also a nominee, is among the many stars slated to perform at the event. Musgraves, Swift, and Keith Urban will turn in songs as well. In addition,
A select list of Grammy nominees follows.
RECORD OF THE YEAR:
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons
"Royals" - Lorde
"Locked Out of Heaven" - Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
"The Blessed Unrest" - Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" - Daft Punk
"The Heist" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Red" - Taylor Swift
SONG OF THE YEAR:
"Just Give Me A Reason" - Pink, featuring Nate Ruess (Writers - Pink, Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars (Writers - Bruno Mas, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine)
"Roar" - Katy Perry (Writers - Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter)
"Royals" - Lorde (Writers - Ella Yelich O'Connor, Joel Little)
"Same Love" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Writers - Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Curtis Mayfield)
BEST NEW ARTIST:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
"Night Train" - Jason Aldean
"Two Lanes of Freedom" - Tim McGraw
"Same Trailer Different Park" - Kacey Musgraves
"Based on a True Story..." - Blake Shelton
"Red" - Taylor Swift
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
"I Drive Your Truck" - Lee Brice
"I Want Crazy" - Hunter Hayes
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert
"Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker
"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
"From This Valley" - The Civil Wars
"Don't Rush" - Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
"Your Side of the Bed" - Little Big Town
"Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban
"You Can't Make Old Friends" - Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
BEST COUNTRY SONG
"Begin Again" - Taylor Swift (Writer - Taylor Swift)
"I Drive Your Truck" Lee Brice (Writers - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary)
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert (Writers - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves)
"Merry Go 'Round" - Kacey Musgraves (Writers - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, and Josh Osborne)
"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton (Writers - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Deric Ruttan)
"Old Yellow Moon" - Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
"Love Has Come For You" - Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
"Buddy and Jim" - Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
"One True Vine" - Mavis Staples
"Songbook" - Allen Toussaint
"It's Just A Road" - The Boxcars
"Brothers of the Highway" - Dailey & Vincent
"This World Oft Can Be" - Della Mae
"Three Chords and the Truth" - James King
"The STreets of
BEST FOLK ALBUM
"MY Favorite Picture of You" - Guy Clark
"Sweetheart of the Sun" - The Greencards
"Build Me Up From Bones" - Sarah Jarosz
"The Ash & Clay" - The Milk Carton Kids
"They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration" - Various Artists
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Safe And Sound - Capital Cities
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film - Jay Z
Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton
Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
I'm Shakin' - Jack White
BEST MUSIC FILM
Live 2012 - Coldplay
¡Cuatro! - Green Day
I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up! - Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Live Kisses - Paul McCartney
The Road To Red Rocks - Mumford & Sons
Kris Kristofferson Receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammy This Weekend
Kris Kristofferson is receiving some special recognition this weekend. The legendary singer-songwriter has been tapped to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. The honorary Grammy acknowledges artists' overall accomplishments, contributions, and influence in the music industry. The country star is one of seven artists slated for the award. He's part of a group that also includes The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, and Kraftwerk, as well as Clifton Chenier, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. The Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be celebrated with a special event taking place in
Country Stars Sign On For Carole King Tribute
Martina McBride, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, the Dixie Chicks, and Amy Grant are on board to show their admiration for Carole King. The country stars are among the many artists slated to take part in a tribute to the legendary singer songwriter, who's this year's MusiCares Person of the Year. With the gala King is being recognized for both her lengthy and successful career, as well as for her charitable work. James Taylor, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan, and Train are just some of the other artists confirmed for the event. Jimmy Fallon has been tapped to host the gala, taking place at the
Band Perry Among Stars Set For Super Bowl Pre-Game
The Band Perry is headed to the Super Bowl. The country group has been tapped to entertain during the pre-game show. The sibling trio will be featured at the NFL Tailgate Party along with former "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips. Portions of their performance will also be included in the coverage of the event. The NFL Tailgate Party lineup also features cast members from the Broadway musicals "Jersey Boys" and "Rock Of Ages." Other stars on board for the Super Bowl include Bruno Mars, who's headlining the halftime show, and Renee Fleming, who'll deliver the national anthem. Super Bowl 48 will air on Fox from East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd.
Darius Rucker To Appear On Friday's "Tonight Show"
Darius Rucker is introducing his latest single on TV. The singer will be the musical guest on NBC"s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Friday night. He's slated to sing "Miss You," the fourth release from his most recent country album, "True Believers." But the "Tonight Show" appearance is just one reason for Rucker to be in
Dolly Parton Launching World Tour In
Dolly Parton is hitting the road. The country superstar is launching her "Blue Smoke World Tour" this weekend on the West Coast. She'll be performing in Rancho, Mirage,
January 24 - Rancho Mirage,
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May 25 - Cherokee,
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Kenny Chesney Suing Over Logo Use
Kenny Chesney wants a company to stop using his logo to sell their merchandise, and he's going to court to do it.
Jerrod Niemann's New CD Arriving In March
Jerrod Niemann has a new album on the way. The country star revealed Thursday via Facebook that his next CD will be called "High Noon," and it'll be in stores on March 25th. Jerrod says his choice for the title stems from his childhood. He explains that as a kid he lived in
Jerrod is also inviting fans to "join the mayhem" leading up to the release at JourneyToHighNoon.com, and take part in an "exclusive interactive journey" that includes games, free downloads, and other goodies. Niemann has already given his audience a sample from the disc. His latest single, "Drink To That All Night," is the first release from "High Noon."
Keith Urban Praises Taylor Swift As A Country Music "Spark"
Keith Urban says country music needs stars like Taylor Swift. He tells Zap2It.com that "since the beginning of country music" it's been important to have artists who "come along and spark a revolution and evolution and expansion," and
Keith is taking part in this weekend's event. He's among the many performers on board for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air on CBS Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Tyler Farr Proud Of Latest Single
Tyler Farr believes "Whiskey In My Water" is a strong song. The country newcomer says he's confident listeners will be able to connect with the single.
Charlie Worsham Equate Songwriting Sessions To Dates
Charlie Worsham says he knows to keep his expectation in check when he heads into a songwriting session. The country newcomer explains that he's had some meetings that felt a lot like a first date.
Worsham adds that those difficult sessions can be valuable, even if he's not walking out with a new song in hand. He says simply chatting with co-writers and getting to know them is time well spent, and sets a foundation for their next songwriting session together. Charlie's latest single, "Want Me Too," is one of nine songs the singer wrote with Ryan Tyndell for his debut album, "Rubberband." Quinn Loggins also contributed to the song.
Tim McGraw Still Wants To Record With Wife Faith Hill
Tim McGraw says a duets disc with wife Faith Hill remains on his to-do list. The country star says the long-rumored album is something they both want to see come to fruition, but he can't say when it'll happen. The singer explains that they aren't going to rush the project, but want to do it right.
McGraw adds that it's important to him that the project "means something" to them, and he doesn't want to simply record songs with Faith "for fun." However, while a duets album might not be arriving anytime soon, Tim says Faith might be featured on a song on his next album. McGraw's latest single, "Lookin' For That Girl," is the first release from the upcoming disc.
"Ducky Dynasty" Rating Drop
"Duck Dynasty" is experiencing a dip in the ratings. "Variety" says just six-point-six-million people tuned in to the hit A&E series Wednesday night. That's the smallest audience for "Duck Dynasty" since the season two finale in December 2012, and a drop of nearly two-million viewers in just one week. Eight-point-five-million watched last week's season five premiere. In the weeks leading up to the season five launch, "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson sparked controversy with remarks about gays and African-Americans. But it's unclear if there's a link between the controversy and the decline in viewers, or if it's the start of a downward trend.
"Duck Dynasty" was still the most-watched show among cable stations Wednesday night, and overall ranked third in viewership after "American Idol" 'and "Modern Family."
Country TV Tonight
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Darius Rucker is a guest.
TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN (GAC) Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, the Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, and Scotty McCreery are among the featured stars, along with the week's most popular country music videos.
Country Birthdays Include
Lonestar's Keech Rainwater is 51.
Doug Kershaw is 75.
Ray Stevens is 76.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1981, Dolly Parton topped the country charts with "9 to 5," the title track of her first movie. The song went on to hit number one on the pop charts as well.
Today in 1994, Neal McCoy released the album "No Doubt About It."
Today in 1997, Tracy Lawrence hit number one on the country charts with his single "Is That A Tear."
Today in 2001, The WB -- now the CW Network -- confirmed that Reba McEntire would be starring in a television series for the network. The project, originally titled "Sally," eventually took the name "Reba."
Today in 2001, Faith Hill's performance of the national anthem at the 2000 Super Bowl came in at number three on a "TV Guide" list of the top five anthem renditions at the football championship game.
Today in 2002, Tim McGraw's album sales topped the 20-million mark in the
Today in 2002, Alan Jackson's album "Drive" debuted at number one on the "Billboard 200," bumping the rock group Creed's "Weathered" out of the top spot after commanding the chart for the previous eight weeks. "Drive" logged sales of more 423-thousand, giving Alan his best first-week numbers and his first number one on the all-genre album chart. The disc also entered the "Top Country Albums" chart at number one.
Today in 2002, Steve Holy earned his first number one on the country singles charts with "Good Morning Beautiful."
Today in 2003, Mark Wills logged his fourth consecutive week at the top of the country music charts with his single "19 Somethin'." Broadcast Data Systems reported over six-thousand spins for the son, which made Wills' hit the most played song for a single week in the BDS's then-13-year history.
Today in 2005, "Rose Garden" singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting a "Harry Potter" DVD in
Today in 2005, Martina McBride's "My Heart" -- an eight-song CD specifically created as a romantic offering for Valentine's Day in conjunction with Hallmark -- went on sale.
Today in 2006, Jenny Gill performed with her father, Vince Gill, for the first time, at a concert in
Today in 2006, new releases included Josh Turner's "Your Man," Rosanne Cash's "Black Cadillac," and Kenny Rogers' "21 Number Ones."
Today in 2007, the Wreckers participated in the National Hockey League's All-Star Celebration in
Today in 2011, Johnny Cash was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Trace Adkins was among those who took part in the ceremony.
Today in 2011, Joe Nichols' video out to his hit "The Shape I'm In" had its premiere on CMT.
Today in 2012, Garth Brooks was received a one-million-dollar judgement in his case against the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon, Oklahoma, which after telling the singer they'd use his 500-thousand-dollar donation to build a women's health center that would be named after his mother failed to do so.
Today in 2012, Keith Urban unveiled the video to the song "You Gonna Fly."
Today in 2012, new album releases included Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" and Kellie Pickler's "100 Proof."
Today in 2013, Blake Shelton was involved in a dispute via social media with Ray Price. The country legend called out
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