Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

Carrie Underwood Hit Takes Two At Grammys


Carrie Underwood has another Grammy Award to her credit.  During Sunday night's ceremony on CBS, the singer expressed her gratitude to all her supporters while accepting the award for Best Country Solo Performance for "Blown Away."


"Blown Away" also earned the prize for Best Country Song, which went to the songwriters, and Carrie performed her Grammy-winning hit in a medley with her current single, "Two Black Cadillacs."  Taylor Swift opened the show with her nominated hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."  In her elaborate performance she just might have been thinking of one particular ex, as she used a British accent in her mock phone call portion of the song.  However, Taylor's track didn't take Record of the Year, which instead went to Gotye.  But Swift did share an award with T Bone Burnett and the Civil Wars for their collaboration "Safe & Sound," from the movie "The Hunger Games."  Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town were also among the winners, along with Mumford And Sons who captured the Album of the Year prize.


Meanwhile, Hunter Hayes will have to be satisfied with having been a nominee.  He fell to fun. for Best New Artist, Underwood for Best Country Solo Performance, and Zac Brown Band for Best Country Album.  Zac Brown was also among the performers at the event, taking part in an all-star tribute honoring The Band's Levon Helm.  Hayes did appear at the event as a presenter, along with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Keith Urban.  The 55th annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and aired on CBS Sunday night.


Select winners from the 55th annual Grammy Awards follow



Gotye "Somebody That I Used To Know"



Mumford and Sons, "Babel"



Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, "We Are Young" (Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters)






Zac Brown Band, "Uncaged"



Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"



Little Big Town, "Pontoon"



Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away" (Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters)



Bonnie Raitt, "Slipstream"



Steep Canyon Rangers, "Nobody Knows You"



Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, & Chris Thile, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions"



Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett, "Safe & Sound" from "The Hunger Games"



Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love"



Mumford & Sons, "Big Easy Express"


Taylor Swift Tweets Photo Of Herself With New Grammy Award


Taylor Swift is expressing her pride in her latest Grammy Award.  After the ceremony the country-pop superstar tweeted, "Look what happened" along with a smiley-face emoticon, and a link to a photograph of herself beaming as she holds her new gramophone statue.  Taylor got the nod for Best Song Written For Visual Media with "Safe & Sound," a song she penned with The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett for the movie "The Hunger Games."  It's Swift's only prize this time around.  "Safe & Sound," which Swift recorded with the Civil Wars, was also up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, but the award went to Little Big Town's "Pontoon."  Taylor had a bid for Record of the Year as well for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," but lost to Gotye and Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used To Know."  The 55th annual Grammy Awards were presented in a ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.


Country Stars Salute Bruce Springsteen At MusiCares Gala


Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Natalie Maines are among the country stars paying tribute to Bruce Springsteen as this year's MusiCares Person of they Year.  Chesney turned in a performance of "One Step Up" at the gala, while Tim and Faith made the hit "Tougher Than The Rest" a duet.  Maines was also featured in a collaborative performance, joining Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite on the song "Atlantic City."  Zac Brown Band's Zac Brown and Emmylou Harris took part in the celebration as well.  Brown teamed up with Mavis Staples for "My City In Ruin," and Harris sang "My Hometown."  Mumford And Sons, Neil Young, Elton John, Jackson Browne, John Legend, and Sting are some of the other stars who participated in the event, which honored Springsteen for his musical contributions and charitable efforts.  The gala took place in Los Angeles Friday as part of Grammy Week.


Blake Shelto To Premiere Video, Announce Album Details On "Today"


Blake Shelton is ready with his new video.  The country star will premiere the clip to his single "Sure Be Cool If You Did" Monday morning on NBC's "Today."  The track is the lead-off release from Blake's next album.  On the show the singer will also reveal details on the upcoming disc.  Shelton's next studio effort will be his follow up to 2011's "Red River Blue," which in addition to debuting at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart was also his first chart-topper on the all-genre Billboard 200.  Shelton doesn't say when he'll be featured on the four-hour "Today" show, which starts at 7:00 a.m.


Tim McGraw Featured On "Cake Boss"


Tim McGraw is making a guest appearance on TLC's "Cake Boss."  Footage of the country star was taped during his tour last summer, when McGraw had teamed up with Operation Homefront in giving wounded veterans houses.  "Us Magazine" says during his stop in New Jersey, Tim presented a home to Marine Chris Chaput and his wife Roseanne, with a little help from "Cake Boss" star and chef  Buddy Valastro.  They informed the Chaputs that they were recipients of a new home through a cake designed in the shape of a pickup with a two-story home in the truck bed.  McGraw explained that the cake "represents a real house that you guys are going to get."  McGraw's "Cake Boss" episode will air on TLC Monday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Eric Church To Release First Live Album In April


Eric Church says one thing he enjoys about performing live is seeing how people react to the songs.


Church is sharing his concert experience with all his fans through the upcoming album "Caught In The Act: Live."  The material was taped at Eric's concerts last fall at Chattanooga, Tennessee's Tivoli Theater.  The 17-track set includes a nine-and-a-half-minute version of "Springsteen," as well as the hits "Drink In My Hand," "Creepin'," "Homeboy," and "Smoke A Little Smoke."  The disc will arrive in stores on April 9th.  In addition, Church will issue a 21-track vinyl edition of "Caught In The Act: Live" packaged with a bonus seven-inch single specifically for Record Store Day on April 20th.  "Caught In The Act" is Chruch's first live album.


Track List For Eric Church's "Caught In The Act: Live"


1. "Before She Does" (3:46)

2. "How 'Bout You" (4:24)

3. "Drink In My Hand" (4:51)

4. "Over When It's Over" (2:57)

5. "I'm Gettin' Stoned" (5:27)

6. "Creepin'" (4:45)

7. "Keep On" (2:52)

8. "Hungover & Hard Up" (3:33)

9. "Sinners Like Me" (4:22)

10. "Country Music Jesus" (3:49)

11. "Pledge Allegiance To The Hag" (4:54)

12. "Jack Daniels" (6:03)

13. "Homeboy" (4:40)

14. "Lotta Boot Left To Fill" (4:21)

15. "Smoke A Little Smoke" (5:14)

16. "These Boots" (3:43)

17. "Springsteen" (9:27)


Tim McGraw Describes Freshness To Latest Album


Tim McGraw says "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is clearly one of his albums.  But the country star explains that there's a freshness to the project that leaves him feeling like a new artist.


Tim just released "Two Lanes Of Freedom," which features the hits "One Of Those Nights" and "Truck Yeah."  Tim will hit the road behind the album this spring, launching his "Two Lanes Of Freedom Tour" in Birmingham, Alabama on May 2nd.


Jerrod Niemann Shares One Bad Relationship Ending


Jerrod Niemann admits he could probably do better in the dating department.  He recalls one girlfriend who was pressuring him to take their relationship to the next level by threatening to leave town.  After claiming she'd take off for Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle, the country singer says she really upped the stakes.


Jerrod admits it's hard for him to say he has "a good dating track record when you run off somebody you care about to a different continent."  He adds that it'd probably serve him well to make some adjustments to his attitude.


Chris Young Shares His Favorite Valentine's Day Story


Chris Young says his stepfather really set the bar high when it comes to doing something romantic on Valentine's Day.


Young will be celebrating Valentine's Day with his fans this year.  He's scheduled to give a live acoustic concert via Livestream, and also chat with the audience.  Young's special show is slated to begin Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.  Fans can leave questions for Chris in the comments section at


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1967, Loretta Lynn hit the top of the charts with "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)."


Today in 1975, Alabama's Randy Owen married his wife, Kelly.


Today in 1984, Vince Gill debuted on the charts with "Victim of Life's Circumstances."


Today in 1984, a federal grand jury in Memphis indicted Jerry Lee Lewis on tax evasion charges.  He was acquitted the following October.


Today in 1992, new releases included Reba McEntire's video "For My Broken Heart" and John Anderson's album "Seminole Wind."


Today in 1994, George Strait hit number one with "I'd Like To Have That One Back."


Today in 1999, tornadoes earlier in the week forced a CD manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Illinois, to shut down production, causing a possible delay for Steve Wariner's single "Two Teardrops."  But his record label persuaded two manufacturing plants to press 400 copies of the single while volunteers addressed and stuffed envelopes to get the single shipped to radio stations on time.


Today in 2002, "The Essential Johnny Cash" album arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, Terri Clark's single "I Just Wanna Be Mad" hit number one on the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.  It also marked a milestone -- it was the first time in 46 weeks that a solo female artist grabbed the top spot on the "Radio & Records" chart.


Today in 2003, new album releases included Vince Gill's "Next Big Thing," George Strait's live effort "For The Last Time - Live from the Astrodome," and the Dixie Chicks' DVD/video "Home."


Today in 2004, Kenny Chesney's album "When The Sun Goes Down" debuted at the top of the "Billboard" album charts.


Today in 2006, Trisha Yearwood sang with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra at the Grand Ole Opry house. Raul Malo was the host.


Today in 2007, The Dixie Chicks were the big country winner at the 49th annual Grammy Awards, taking all five categories in which they were nominated.  Other country winners included Carrie Underwood, who was named Best New Artist, as well as Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Bryan Sutton and Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, who got the nod for her collaboration with Bon Jovi on the group's hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."  Bob Wills was acknowledged as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.


Today in 2007, Trent Willmon and Lorrie Morgan were among the judges for The Corner Pub's 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff in Nashville.


Today in 2009, Brad Paisley led the pack of nominees for the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Other multiple nominees included George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, and Heidi Newfield.  LeAnn Rimes was tapped to receive the ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award.


Today in 2009, Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire" debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, ending Taylor Swift's 12-week run in the top spot with "Fearless."  In addition, the title track to Bentley's CD was at number one on the country singles chart.


Today in 2009, Pat Green and Clay Walker were among those taking part in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am charity golf tournament.


Today in 2009, the Trace Adkins-voiced ad campaign promoting the Grand Ole Opry began its media run.


Today in 2010, Justin Moore became a dad with the birth of his first child, Ella Kole.


Today in 2010, Carrie Underwood's "Sesame Street" character made her debut on the longrunning PBS children's series.  "Carrie Underworm" is an orange worm with long blonde hair who sings.  On the show the country star's invertebrate alter-ego performs "The Worm Anthem."


Today in 2011, Kenny Chesney was officially honored as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's "Tennessean of the Year" at an event in Nashville.


Today in 2011, LeAnn Rimes was among the performers at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Barbra Streisand.


Today in 2012, Dierks Bentley served as the Honorary Chairman of the Arizona Centennial Motorcycle Ride, which took place in his hometown of Phoenix as part of the state's 100th anniversary celebration.  Bentley's hit "Home" was the official song of the event.


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