Luke Bryan Leads Country Nominees For Billboard Music Awards
Luke Bryan is the top country contender heading into the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The singer has seven bids in six categories -- he has two tracks vying for Top Country Song. He's also a contender for the all-genre Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Album, as well as Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. Florida Georgia Line is receiving recognition as well, getting four nods include the all-genre Top Duo/Group. Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Darius Rucker also have multiple chances to win, while Alan Jackson and
Luke Bryan is also in the running for the Billboard Milestone Award. He and Carrie Underwood are among the six semifinalists vying for the fan-voted honor. The three finalists will be named on April 21st. The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will be presented in a ceremony in
A rundown of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards country-related categories follow
Top Billboard 200 Album
Luke Bryan, "Crash My Party"
Drake, "Nothing Was The Same"
Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Top Male Artist
Top Billboard 200 Artist
Top Social Artist
Top Country Artist
Top Country Album
Garth Brooks, "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences"
Luke Bryan, "Crash My Party"
The Robertsons, "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas"
Blake Shelton, "Based on a True Story..."
Top Christian Album
Alan Jackson, "Precious Memories: Volume 2"
Third Day," "Miracle"
Chris Tomlin, "Burning Lights"
Various Artists, "WOW Hits 2014"
Top Country Song
Luke Bryan, "Crash My Party"
Luke Bryan, "That's My Kind Of Night"
Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, "Cruise"
Darius Rucker, "Wagon Wheel"
Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, "Boys 'Round Here"
Billboard Milestone Award (semifinalists)
Eric Church Launching "The Outsiders World Tour" This Fall
Eric Church will be hitting the road behind his latest album. The country star has announced the initial dates to his "The Outsiders World Tour." Eric will kick things off with a 31-date North American run, beginning in
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Dan + Shay Make Chart History With Debut Album
New country duo Dan + Shay is starting their chart career at the top. Their debut album, "Where It All Began," is opening at number one on the Billboard Country Albums, with sales of just under 29-thousand. With the accomplishment Dan + Shay has also become the first duo in the Soundscan era to debut at the top of the Country Albums list. They're also making a top ten entry on the all-genre Billboard 200, landing at number six. "Where It All Began" features the hit "19 You + Me." The song is at number eleven on the Hot Country Songs chart and number 12 on the Country Airplay list, and still rising on both charts.
Carrie Underwood Honoring Linda Ronstadt At Rock Hall Induction Ceremony
Carrie Underwood will help the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrate the Class of 2014. The country star will be on hand to help salute inductee Linda Ronstadt, whose health is preventing her from attending the ceremony. Carrie has been tapped to join Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Nicks in performing a tribute to Ronstadt. The Eagles' Glenn Frey, who was once in Linda's backing band, will handle her induction. The Rock Hall's 29th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place at the
Kellie Pickler Likes Tone, Message Of Current Single
Kellie Pickler says she enjoys her current single, "Closer To Nowhere," for a few reasons. The country star tells CMT.com she likes that it's "a love song that's not too heavy." She explains that it's "about getting away from the craziness and the hustle and bustle of the world and just being with your significant other," which she believes is important to any relationship. Kellie says all couples "need to make time" for one another, because "you don't want to be married to a stranger." She adds that she and her husband, Kyle Jacobs, make their marriage their top priority, and "work always comes second." "Closer To Nowhere" is the third single from Pickler's most recent album, "The Woman I Am."
Keith Urban Shares His Advice To "American Idol" Hopefuls
Keith Urban says being on "American Idol" isn't a free ticket to fame. The country star explains that competing on the show helps aspiring singers gain exposure and name recognition, but it's only a stepping stone.
Urban adds that he'd give the same advice to the "Idol" winner that he would to any of the show's finalists. He says he'd remind them that "winning 'Idol' doesn't automatically catapult you into the stratosphere," but it's what they do "going forward" that will determine their future in the music industry.
Thomas Rhett Both Pleased, Frightened By His Star Power
Thomas Rhett admits he finds his star power a little intimidating. But the country star says he's glad he can use his celebrity to support important causes, like ending hunger in
Rhett was among the stars who took part in last weekend's two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival. The singer performed on the event's first day, which supported the organization Outnumber Hunger. Thomas says it's "mind-boggling" to realize just how extensive the issue of hunger is just in
Hough Siblings To Be Honored At UCLA Children's Hospital Event
Julianne Hough and her brother Derek are being honored for their humanitarian efforts with a
Vince Gill and Amy Grant are slated to perform at the event, while TV personality Maria Menounos will serve as the host. The Kaleidoscope Ball is a fundraiser for the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute, which works to improve children's healthcare around the globe. Also being honored at this year's event is nine-year-old Grace Suomi , a former Children's Hospital UCLA patient who will receive the Innovator Award for her work in helping the families of children at the hospital.
Country Thunder Begins In
Lambert and Aldean are also slated to perform at the summer edition of Country Thunder. Gary Allan and Brantley Gilbert are the other headliners for that festival, taking place in
Today in Country Music History
Today in 1971, John Denver made his pop chart debut with "Take Me Home Country Roads."
Today in 1982, the single "Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson entered the Top 40 chart.
Today in 1989, after winning countless awards, racking up over 20 number one hits,and selling 50 million records worldwide,
Today in 2002, after enjoying more than four decades of success in the music business, the Statler Brothers announced plans to say goodbye to touring.
Today in 2002, Lonestar's album "I'm Already There" was certified Platinum, while Brad Paisley's album "Part II" was certified Gold.
Today in 2003, Sara Evans visited Vanderbilt Childen's Hospital in
Today in 2006, "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood won two awards at the 2006 CMT Music Awards, including Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year for her clip "Jesus Take The Wheel." Keith Urban's "Better Life" captured the top prize of Video of the Year. Brad Paisley's duet with Dolly Parton, "When I Get Where I'm Going," took the title of Most Inspiring Video of the Year. Other winners include Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Billy Currington. Hank Williams, Jr. was a special honoree, receiving CMT's Johnny Cash Visionary Award.
Today in 2007, The Hendersonville, Tennessee house of the late country legend Johnny Cash, which the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb had purchased in January 2006, was destroyed in a fire sparked by workers restoring the home.
Today in 2008, Brad Paisley was honored at a "ten" party in
Today in 2008, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Lari White, and Jimmy Dean were among the performers at a benefit for the
Today in 2009,
Today in 2010, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Alison Krauss were among the many stars who took part in a special tribute concert in
Today in 2011, Willie Nelson was among the performers at the Kokua For Japan Benefit Concert in
Today in 2011, The Judds' self-titled docu-series debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Today in 2013, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, and "Cowboy" Jack Clement were named as the new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Today in 2013, Craig Morgan officially began the 6th annual Fjällräven Polar . The five-day, 200-mile dogsled race takes place north of the Arctic Circle, from
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