Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Taylor Swift Wins Big At American Music Awards


Taylor Swift is the big winner at the American Music Awards, and is setting a record in the process.  The country-pop superstar captured the event's top prize of Artist of the Year for a third time, and becomes the singer with the most wins in that category.  In accepting the award during ABC's broadcast of the ceremony, Taylor said her success at the event just means her fans really understand her music.


Artist of the Year was one of four awards Swift earned at the event.  She also took home trophies for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock as well as Favorite Album - Country for "Red," and was named Favorite Female Artist - Country for a sixth consecutive year.  Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Lady Antebellum are also winners.  Florida Georgia Line and Luke also performed at the event, while Lady A served as a presenter.  The 2013 American Music Awards were presented in a ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.


Country-related winners list from the 2013 American Music Awards



Taylor Swift



Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, "Cruise"



Taylor Swift



Luke Bryan



Taylor Swift



Lady Antebellum



Taylor Swift, "Red"


Kellie Pickler, Lady A To Perform On "Dancing" Finale


Kellie Picker is back on "Dancing With the Stars" -- as a musical guest. says the country star, who captured the mirrorball trophy back in the spring, will be launching the two-night season finale Monday night with a performance of her new song "Little Bit Gypsy."  But she's not the only country artist taking part in the festivities.  Lady Antebellum is on board for Tuesday's show, and will sing their latest hit, "Compass."  In addition, Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall is among the four celebrities still in the competition.  He's vying for the mirrorball trophy along with Amber Riley, Corbin Bleu, and Jack Osbourne.  The "Dancing With the Stars" finale will begin on ABC Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Sara Evans A Fan Of "The Voice"


Sara Evans says she's a fan of NBC's "The Voice"  The country singer adds that she really likes coach Adam Levine.  She explains that the Maroon 5 frontman made a big impression on her a few years ago when they taped an episode of "CMT Crossroads" together.


Evans admits Levine's antics went over with her because she's "a nut case" too.  But Sara says she doesn't just watch "The Voice" for Adam.  She explains that she really likes the show's emphasis on the singer's talent, and that the coaches select their team members without seeing the performers.  "The Voice" airs on NBC on Monday and Tuesday nights.


Rosanne Cash Honored In Arkansas


Rosanne Cash is being recognized for her contributions to preserving her legendary father's chlidhood home.  The country star has been working with Arkansas State University in restoring the Dyess, Arkansas house where Johnny Cash was raised.  For her efforts, she received the Speaker of the House Award at an event Saturday.  Little Rock, Arkansas' KATV says during the presentation Rosanne admitted it was "very moving" to be honored in this way.  She added that she's glad to know the material that tells her family's story is "being well taken care of in his home state."  Cash was given the award in a ceremony at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, which is housing a number of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artifacts.


Keith Urban Recalls Recording With Miranda Lambert


Keith Urban says he really enjoyed teaming up with Miranda Lambert for his single "We Were Us."  Urban admits that recording the song together using just one microphone created problems, but he thought it was great.


"We Were Us" is from Urban's latest album, "Fuse."  The song is currently marking its second week at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


Gary Allan Proud Of Current Single


Gary Allan says he knew as soon as he heard "It Ain't The Whiskey" that he wanted to record it.  The country star explains that he incorporated the song into his concert a long time ago.


Gary adds that he's thrilled he was able to record the song.  He says he found "It Ain't The Whiskey" just before his label underwent some changes, and he lost a number of other songs during that transition.  But Gary says "It Ain't The Whiskey" was one track he was able to hold on to during that process.  "It Ain't The Whiskey" is the third single from Allan's latest album, "Set You Free."



Florida Georgia Line Excited About Debut CD Deluxe Edition


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says the duo decided to issue a deluxe edition of their debut album because they "couldn't wait for album two" to get new music to their fans.  "Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll" features the original disc's eleven songs along with the Nelly remix of "Cruise" and five fresh songs.  Kelley explains that he and Tyler Hubbard "very strongly" believe in delivering "as much new music" as they can.  Hubbard adds that they worked hard to make the deluxe edition possible.  He says with "every free second" they had they'd "rush back into the studio" so they could finish the songs.  Tyler's also confident that their fans are "going to love this music."  Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll" will be in stores Monday.


Green Day Singer, Norah Jones' Everly Brothers Remake Arrives Monday


Billie Joe Armstrong says he sees his Everly Brothers cover album as following the original disc's tradition.  "Foreverly" features the Green Day frontman teaming up with Norah Jones to remake the Everly Brothers' 1958 release "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us."  Armstrong tells "Rolling Stone" that just like Phil and Don Everly, he and Norah learned these songs for their project, and now they're passing the material on "one more time."  The rocker spearheaded the project after discovering the vintage country-folk album a few years ago.  He recently told he thought the Everly Brothers' album was "just beautiful" that's become "sort of an obscure thing," so he's hoping to introduce more listeners to the music.  "Foreverly" arrives in stores Monday.


Country Community Mourning Death Of Singer Wayne Mills


Blake Shelton is among those expressing his grief over the death of fellow country singer Wayne Mills.  Nashville's "Tennessean" says Mills was shot early Saturday morning at the Nashville bar Pit and Barrel.  Bar owner Chris Ferrell admits to the shooting.  He's told police Mills was smoking in the bar which led to an argument that escalated, and the shooting was in self-defense.  Nashville police spokeswoman Kris Mumford says no arrests have been made yet, and the matter is still under investigation.  Mills was 44.


Shelton tweeted Sunday that he's "extremely sad" to hear about Mills' death, calling him an "old friend."  Shelton, Jamey Johnson, and former "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks are among those who worked with Mills earlier in their careers, opening shows for the Wayne Mills Band.



Country TV Tonight


DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) Kellie Pickler is a guest performer.


Country Birthdays Include


Amy Grant is 53.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1958, Brenda Lee recorded her classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."


Today in 1961, the Everly Brothers were inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves as they reported to Camp Pendelton, California for duty.


Today in 1976, Emmylou Harris took part in The Band's star-studded concert finale at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.  The show was filmed for The Band documentary "The Last Waltz."


Today in 1996, Bryan White's self-titled album and "Between Now & Forever" disc were both certified Platinum.


Today in 1997, Garth Brooks released his long-awaited new album "Sevens."  He launched the album by giving an intimate acoustic performance for fans at a New York City K-Mart.


Today in 1998, the "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" album by Deana Carter was certified Gold.


Today in 1999, Clint Black was on hand to help the Salvation Army launch its annual holiday fundraising drive.  Clint entertained during the third annual National Kettle Kick-off, a halftime event at the Dallas Cowboys' football game.


Today in 2000, Kenny Chesney ended his 2000 tour with a sold out concert in Johnson City, Tennessee.  During the evening, Kenny invited opening act Phil Vassar to the stage.  While Phil suspected an end-of-tour prank, Kenny actually presented him with a trophy proclaiming Phil "Top of the Class of 2000."


Today in 2003, Glen Campbell posted bond and was released from police custody.  He was arrested a day earlier and accused of a hit and run accident as well as extreme DUI.  The singer issued a statement apologizing to his family, friends, and fans for his arrest as well as for his erratic behavior while in custody, which earned him an additional charge of striking a police officer.


Today in 2003, Shania Twain's second NBC special, "Shania Twain: UP! Close and Personal," made its broadcast debut.


Today in 2003, new album releases included Johnny Cash's "Unearthed" and Buck Owens' "Dust on Mother's Bible."


Today in 2004, Brad Cotter spent Thanksgiving with U.S. troops while on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Germany, Bosnia, and Kosovo.


Today in 2008, new releases included Trace Adkins' CD "X" , and Barry Manilow's "The Greatest Songs of the Eighties," featuring a duet with Reba McEntire on Manilow's cover of "Islands in the Stream."


Today in 2009, Taylor Swift was among those featured on the TV special "NBCs People of the Year."


Today in 2010, Keith Urban performed during halftime at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day football game against the New Orleans Saints.  His set served as the Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff to launch the organization's annual charity fundraiser.


Today in 2010, Gloriana took part in the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


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