Florida Georgia Line Performs, Taylor Swift Wins At Teen Choice Awards
Florida Georgia Line is serving as the country music representative at this year's Teen Choice awards. The duo was the only country act appearing at the event, which aired Sunday night on Fox. They shared the stage with Nelly to perform their chart-topper, "Cruise."
Their performance got cheers, but Florida Georgia Line didn't seem to fare a well with the voters. "Cruise" was up for Choice Summer Song, which went to Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," and Choice Country Song, which went to Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Florida Georgia Line fell to Lady Antebellum for Choice Country Group. Swift, meanwhile, also captured the nod for Choice Female Country Artist. Hunter Hayes was named Choice Male Country Artist.
One Direction was the night's big music winner. Other top honorees included the TV shows "Pretty Little Liars," "Glee," and "The X Factor;" and the films "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Pitch Perfect," and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Luke Bryan Took Different Approach To Latest Album
Luke Bryan says he did things a little differently on his new album, "Crash My Party." The country star explains that it stemmed in part from opportunities that were unique to this record.
Luke adds that he and his team wanted to do what they could to make "Crash My Party" better than anything he's previously done. The singer explains that they tried to take everything they've learned from his previous releases, and repeat the things that worked while eliminating anything they though was a mistake. "Crash My Party" is Bryan's follow up to 2011's "Tailgates & Tanlines." The new album features the chart-topping title track along with Luke's current single, "That's My Kind of Night." Bryan's disc will be in stores Tuesday.
Brad Paisley Shares Inspiration Behind Latest Single
Brad Paisley says his current single, "I Can't Change The World," stems from memories of the past. He says the song was inspired by the attitude he had 12 years ago when he and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley had just begun seeing each other.
Paisley recalls that before they "were serious" about one another he told her he wasn't sure what she was looking for, and admitted he had his "limits" but would do everything he could for her. Paisley's approach seems to have worked. Things eventually did get "serious" between them, and after two years of dating they tied the knot. Earlier this year Brad and Kimberly celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. "I Can't Change The World" is the third single from Paisley's most recent album, "Wheelhouse."
Loretta Lynn Proud To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom
Loretta Lynn says it's definitely "something" to be named a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. The country legend tells "Rolling Stone" that being one of just a few musicians to have been tapped for the honor over the past 50 years makes the entire thing even more exciting for her. She adds that she's looking forward to going to the White House for the award presentation, but that's nothing new for her. Lynn admits she's been invited to the White House "so many times" over the decades, and she believes "everybody ought to get a chance to go."
Lynn also says she'll be up for the ceremony, which will take place later this year. While she's had her share of health problems in recent years, the 81-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer says she feeling better now than she did at half her age.
Willie Nelson Mourning Death Of Band Member
A guitarist in Willie Nelson's band has died. A post on the country legend's website reports "with a heavy heart" that Jody Payne passed away Saturday morning. Nelson's post adds that Jody's family is planning a private funeral, but it's possible a public memorial will be planned for later in the year. Payne was once married to country singer Sammi Smith, and had also worked with stars such as Tanya Tucker and Hank Snow. Jody was part of Willie's touring band for more than 30 years before he retired in 2008.
Little Big Town Hosting ABC's CMA Music Fest Special
Fans who weren't able to attend this year's CMA Music Festival are getting the chance to check out all the action. Little Big Town will be giving fans a guided tour of the event as the host of the ABC special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. The three-hour show features footage shot at the annual gathering of country music stars and fans, which took place in Nashville back in June. Viewers will see highlights from the main stage performers along with other CMA Fest activities including autograph signing sessions, fan club parties, charity events, more concerts, and other attractions. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and The Band Perry are just some of the many stars who appeared at the event.
Blake Shelton Still Amazed To Be A Headliner
Blake Shelton says he's having "a ball" every night on his "Ten Times Crazier" tour. But the country star tells CMT's "Top 20 Countdown" he's "shocked every night" to "see a crowd this large" and realize there's "nobody coming on" after he performs. Blake explains that he spent more than a decade opening shows for others just wishing that some day he'd be that top-billed artist packing all the fans into the venue, and it's hard for him to believe he's now living that dream. Shelton adds that he feels a big sense of responsibility with position. He says he tries "to have as much fun with it" as he can. But he admits he walks off stage every night wondering if he's doing "enough," and "living up to the hype" that comes with being at this level.
Shelton is touring behind his latest album, "Based on a True Story..." His next show is coming up in Atlanta on August 29th. Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer are on board as the openers.
Tim McGraw Describes Difference Between Movies, Music Videos
Tim McGraw says the on-camera experience from making music videos doesn't necessarily prepare a singer to become a film actor. The country star tells "The Arizona Republic" that before making his first film he'd "spent a lot of years being in music videos where you're always looking at the camera." But he says that's "the one thing as an actor that you don't want to do," adding that "you can ruin a scene by looking at the camera." Tim admits that learning to not gaze into the lens was "probably the toughest thing" he had to learn in developing his acting career.
Taylor Swift Keeping Her Secrets
While Taylor Swift has made no secret of the fact that some songs have been inspired by former relationships, she's not spelling everything out on her records. The country-pop singer-songwriter explains that some of the speculation on things she's supposedly divulged in her music are wrong.
Swift adds that it doesn't bother her that fans and the media have gotten things wrong. She explains that she'll never reveal the identity of the person who has inspired a specific song, and she's fine with the fact that those details of her life might never be publicly revealed.
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1969, the "Johnny Cash At San Quentin" album by Johnny Cash was certified Gold.
Today in 1994, John Michael Montgomery's single "I Swear" single was certified Gold.
Today in 1996, Collin Raye was officially recognized as the "Arkansan of the Year."
Today in 1997, Lorrie Morgan's "Shakin' Things Up" album was released.
Today in 1997, Trisha Yearwood fans in Lynden, Washington got an added treat when she was joined on stage by her occasional duet partner and longtime friend, Garth Brooks. The duo performed their hit song, "In Another's Eyes."
Today in 1998, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill welcomed their second daughter, Maggie Elizabeth, into the world.
Today in 1999, the state of Missouri celebrated Porter Wagoner Day in Howell County, Missouri.
Today in 2001, Shania Twain and hubby/producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange welcomed their first child, a son named Eja in the world.
Today in 2002, Chad Brock and his wife, Natalie, welcomed their daughter, Kennedy Victoria.
Today in 2002, it was announced that Reba McEntire was member of the first class of inductees into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame. The honor is a special achievement for Reba since her family has been competing and entertaining at the annual rodeo event for 70 years, beginning with her world-champion steer roper grandfather, John McEntire. Reba's induction took place on September 23rd in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Today in 2003, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Darryl Worley took part in "Storm Aid," a benefit concert for those affected by deadly tornadoes that tore through the Jackson, Tennessee-area three months earlier.
Today in 2003, new releases included Alan Jackson's "Greatest Hits, Volume 2," Sherrié Austin's "Streets of Heaven," and the reissue of Shania Twain's "UP!" in SACD format.
Today in 2004, Brooks and Dunn kicked off their "Red Dirt Roadhouse" tour. The outing also featured Montgomery Gentry and then-newcomer Gretchen Wilson.
Today in 2004, Alan Jackson's "Too Much of a Good Thing" made its world premiere on CMT.
Today in 2007, Vince Gill launched the 15th annual Vinny Pro-Celebrity Invitational began at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club in Brentwood, Tennessee. Amy Grant, John Michael Montgomery, Charley Pride, Mac Davis and members of the Gatlin Brothers and Diamond Rio were among the country stars who participated in the two-day event.
Today in 2008, Montgomery Gentry celebrated their number one hit "Back When I Knew It All" at an event in Nashville.
Today in 2008, Andy Griggs took part in a special live, online poker tournament on ESPN.com.
Today in 2008, Taylor Swift's "Should've Said No" was at number one on the Billboard country singles chart, the Country Aircheck chart, and the iTunes country singles list.
Today in 2008, new releases included the "Beer For My Horses" soundtrack, which features Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Mac Davis and others; and Kristy Lee Cook's single "15 Minutes of Shame."
Today in 2009, Sugarland's CD-DVD set "Live on the Inside" entered the all-genre Billboard 200 chart at number one, while Gloriana's self-titled debut hit the chart at number three.
Today in 2009, "The Father of the Electric Guitar" Les Paul died at a New York hospital of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.
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