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Taylor Swift Falls Short At Golden Globe Awards


Taylor Swift isn't adding any new trophies to her collection.  The country-pop superstar was among the nominees for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, but fell short at the event.  She was in the running for Best Original Song for "Sweeter Than Fiction," her collaboration with fun.'s Jack Antonoff for the movie "One Chance."  But the nod went to U2's "Ordinary Love," from the film "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom."  But Swift was on hand for the event, and was seen in the audience during NBC's broadcast.  The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards were presented in a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California Sunday night.


Report: Taylor Swift To Perform At Grammys


Taylor Swift is among those expected to take the Grammy stage later this month. says the singer is the latest star to be added to the event's performance lineup.  Other country artists already confirmed for the ceremony include Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson, who are set to team up for a special performance at the event.  Taylor is one of the top country nominees heading into the ceremony.  She's up for four awards, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album for her CD "Red."  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles, and air on CBS on January 26th.


Miranda Lambert Returning To "The Voice" - On Team Shakira


Miranda Lambert will once again lend her talents to NBC's "The Voice."  But this time around she's not helping out husband Blake Shelton.  The country star is on board as an advisor to Shakira, who'll be filling the chair left vacant by Christina Aguilera.  Miranda tells "Access Hollywood" she believes Blake is "kinda nervous about this whole situation," but adds it's good to "keep 'em on their toes."  Lambert also believes it's time for the show's female coach to win.  So far, singers from coach Adam Levine's team were the first and most recent winners, while Blake has coached three vocalists to victory.


Also returning as a coach is Usher, who is once again filling in for Cee Lo Green.  "The Voice" will launch on NBC after the Winter Olympics, with the season six debut set for February 24th.


Jennifer Nettles Shares Hopes For Debut Solo Album


Jennifer Nettles admits that one of her goals with her solo album is to really impress her fans.


Nettles adds that while she's "super proud" of the work she's done as a member of Sugarland, going solo is something she felt she had to do.  The country singer explains that there was something she "wanted to prove," both to herself and her audience.  Jennifer's album, "That Girl," will be in stores Tuesday.  She'll mark the occasion with release day appearances on NBC's "Today" and CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."  Later in the week Nettles will be a guest on ABC's "The View" and "The Chew."


Rosanne Cash Shares Inspiration Behind New Album


Rosanne Cash says her new album, "The River & The Thread," follows a period of exploration that took her back to her family's roots.  She explains that it began on a visit to Arkansas in 2011 for events honoring her father, during which Johnny Cash's longtime bassist Marshall Grant passed away.


Cash adds that she visited her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and was able to forge new bonds with other family members.  She says there was "a newness to it" as she got together with her cousins, and she felt a stronger connection to her musical legacy.  Cash's "The River & The Thread" will arrive in stores on Tuesday.


Taylor Swift Leads 2013's Top North American Tours List


Taylor Swift had the biggest North American tour of 2013.  She's leading the newly-released "Pollstar" list with her "Red" tour, which earned almost 113-million dollars from 66 shows throughout North America.  Kenny Chesney is also in the top five.  His "No Shoes Nation" tour made 90-point-nine-million dollars, and ranks third behind Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" trek.  The Rolling Stones and Beyonce round out the top five.  Jason Aldean is just missing the top ten.  He's taking the number eleven spot with North American road earnings of 51-million.  And Luke Bryan made 44-point-four-million dollars on the road to come in at number 15 on the list.  Zac Brown Band and George Straight both made the top 25.


And when it comes to the number of tickets sold, country stars rule.  Swift leads that list as well, with more than one-point-three-million.  Chesney has the second-most tickets sold, at just under one-million-187-thousand.  More than one-million tickets were also sold for Bryan and Aldean's tours.  The only other artist to sell more than one-million tickets in North America was Bon Jovi.


Band Perry Enjoy Their European Tour


The members of The Band Perry say they really enjoyed their recent European tour.  The group's Neil Perry says he took close to 12-thousand photographs while they were overseas, and filled up four eight-gigabyte cards just with snapshots.  Kimberly admits she was particularly fond of Germany.  She explains that she loved the food there, and found a terrific silver shop in Munich.  But she says Zurich, Switzerland, was her favorite city they visited, and it's "definitely the one place" she wants to travel to again.


The Band Perry launched their "We Are Pioneers" tour in Europe late last year.  The group is now on the 2014 edition of the tour -- and once again out of the country, although they aren't quite as far away from home.  The trio has shows scheduled throughout the rest of the month in Canada.  Their first U.S. date is coming up in Bangor, Maine on January 31st.


Earl Scruggs Center Opens


A six-and-a-half million dollar facility that honors a legend of bluegrass is now open in Cleveland County.  On Saturday, the Earl Scruggs Center brought in dozens of musicians who played one of his signature songs, Reuben.  That was followed by remarks from Governor Pat McCrory who was on hand for the dedication in Shelby, 45 miles west of Charlotte.  Vince Gill, Travis Tritt and Sam Bush, among others, took part in the tribute to Scruggs.


Country Stars Honor Gregg Allman At Tribute Concert


Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, and Martina McBride are among the country stars showing their appreciation for Gregg Allman.  The country stars were among the participants in "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman," which took place in Atlanta Friday night. says Adkins contributed two songs to the event, including Allman's hit "I'm No Angel." And before he left the stage he told the crowd the show was "the coolest thing" he'd "ever done" in his career.  Martina performed on her own as well as with Train's Pat Monahan, while Gill teamed up with Zac Brown and the night's guest of honor.  Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert also took part in the all-star event, which also featured Jackson Browne, Dr. John, Sam Moore, and others -- including Gregg's own Allman Brothers Band.


Rascal Flatts Jay DeMarcus Keeps Level Head Despite Success


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus says even with all the success he's had with the group, he's never developed a huge ego.  The country star explains that his family life really helps him keep things in perspective.


DeMarcus adds that another woman in his life also deserves a lot of credit.  Jay says he had "a really great mama," and between her and his wife he has no trouble staying grounded.  Rascal Flatts just released the new single, "Rewind."  The track is from the group's upcoming album, which will be their follow up to 2012's "Changed."


Country Birthdays Include


Trace Adkins is 52.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1968, Johnny Cash performed two shows at Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California.


Today in 1978, the "Waylon Live" album by Waylon Jennings was certified Gold.


Today in 1992, George Strait's "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" album was certified Platinum.


Today in 1994, Clint Black's fourth album, "No Time To Kill," went Platinum.


Today in 1994, Alan Jackson hit number one with the single "Gone Country."


Today in 1995, Joe Diffie's album "Third Rock from the Sun" went Platinum.


Today in 1995, George Strait's album "Lead On" was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously.


Today in 1997, Brooks & Dunn's album "Borderline" went double Platinum.


Today in 1997, Toby Keith's "Blue Moon" album went Gold.


Today in 1999, Alan Jackson's album "Who I Am" was certified quadruple Platinum.


Today in 2002, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, and Faith Hill were among the winners at the People's Choice Awards.


Today in 2003, The Dixie Chicks were the big country winners at the American Music Awards, receiving two trophies.  Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson were also winners, while Alabama received the Award of Merit at the event.


Today in 2003, Tim McGraw's album "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors" was certified multi-Platinum with sales reaching the two-million mark.


Today in 2003, Jamie O'Neal and musician husband Rodney Good announced they were expecting their first child, a baby girl, due in June.


Today in 2004, Faith Hill made Mr. Blackwell's Best Dressed list for 2003, while Shania Twain was on his Worst Dressed list for the year.


Today in 2004, Josh Turner's debut album, "Long Black Train," was certified Gold.


Today in 2005, George Strait launched a tour with a show in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Today in 2006, Trisha Yearwood, George Jones, Julie Roberts, Darryl Worley, Diamond Rio and Jo Dee Messina were among the country stars taking part in the two-day Sound and Speed festival in Nashville.


Today in 2007, Martina McBride was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2007, Doyle Holly, the bass player for Buck Owens' Buckaroos from 1963 until 1971, died in Nashville.  He was 70.


Today in 2008, Neal McCoy performed at the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants NFL playoff game in Dallas.  He sang the hits "The Shake" and "Wink," accompanied by 200 soldiers and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, who performed a specially-choreographed routine to the songs.


Today in 2009, Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens underwent brain surgery for a subdural hematoma at a Nashville-area hospital.  He made a full recovery.


Today in 2009, new releases included the Eli Young Band's self-titled effort, Ray Stevens' "Laughter Is The Best Medicine," and Kristin Scott Benson's "Second Season."


Today in 2010, Toby Keith and Universal Music South President Mark Wright formally announced the merge of Universal South with Keith's Show Dog Nashville, which became Show Dog-Universal Music.  In addition, Trace Adkins became the first artist to sign to the label, inking his deal during the press conference.  The move marked the end of Adkins' 15-year run with Capitol Records-Nashville.  The event occurred on Adkins' 48th birthday.  His new label bosses led those in attendance in singing "Happy Birthday" to Adkins as they presented him with a cake.


Today in 2010, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers were the musical guest on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," marking their first late night TV appearance in more than 20 years.  They performed two songs -- "Johnny Cash Is Dead And His House Burned Down" and "Americans, That's Who."


Today in 2011, Taylor Swift's single "Mine" was certified Gold and Platinum.


Today in 2011, guitarist Tommy Crain of the Charlie Daniels Band died in Nashville.


Today in 2013, Mindy McCready's boyfriend, David Wilson, died at their Arkansas home.  However, while McCready's camp said David took his own life, authorities weren't as quick to rule the death a suicide.


Today in 2013, Taylor Swift's collaboration with T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars, "Safe & Sound," and Keith Urban's "For You" were among the Best Original Song nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, but the honor went to Adele's James Bond theme, "Skyfall."


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