Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Lambert, Church, Bryan Lead CMT Nominees


The invitation list to Nashville's next big party is out.  Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Luke Bryan made the cut, picking up four nominations each for the 2013 Country Music Television Awards.  The list also includes Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney and Florida Georgia Line who are all in the running for three awards a piece.  Rock vets Journey have also been invited to the party.  The band is nominated for their "Crossroads" collaborations on "Changed" and "Don't Stop Belivin'." Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are also among this year's nominees.   Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2013 CMT Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on June 5th.  CMT will air the event live. 


Here is the list of nominees for the 2013 CMT Music Awards:


Video of the Year:


Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone"

Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

Eric Church, "Springsteen"

Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"

Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"

Jason Aldean, "1994"

Kenny Chesney, "Come Over"

Little Big Town, "Tornado"

Luke Bryan, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"

Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart"

Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

Tim McGraw, "One of Those Nights"


Male Video of the Year:


Blake Shelton, "Sure Be Cool If You Did"

Eric Church, "Creepin"

Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"

Jason Aldean, "Take a Little Ride"

Kenny Chesney, "Come Over"

Luke Bryan, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"


Female Video of the Year:


Carrie Underwood, "Two Black Cadillacs"

Faith Hill, "American Heart"

Jana Kramer, "Why Ya Wanna"

Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go 'Round"

Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart"

Taylor Swift, "Begin Again"


Group Video of the Year:


Lady Antebellum, "Downtown"

Little Big Town, "Pontoon"

Pistol Annies, "Takin' Pills"

Rascal Flatts, "Come Wake Me Up"

The Band Perry, "Better Dig Two"

Zac Brown Band, "Goodbye in Her Eyes"


Duo Video of the Year:


Big & Rich, "That's Why I Pray"

Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"

Love and Theft, "Runnin' Out of Air"

Thompson Square, "If I Didn't Have You"


Breakthrough Video of the Year:


Dustin Lynch, "Cowboys and Angels"

Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"

Jana Kramer, "Why Ya Wanna"

Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go' Round"

Kip Moore, "Beer Money"

Randy Houser, "How Country Feels"


Collaborative Video of the Year:


Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh, "Rocky Mountain Way"

Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, "The Only Way I Know"

Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill, "Don't Rush"

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, "Feel Like a Rockstar"

Rascal Flatts and Journey, "Changed"

The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis, "Three Wooden Crosses"


CMT Performance of the Year:


Dierks Bentley, "5-1-5-0"

Eric Church, "Homeboy"

Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder, "Drunk On You/Feel Again"

Miranda Lambert, "Over You"

Rascal Flatts and Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'"

Toby Keith, "Beers Ago"


Gloriana Making Guest Appearance On "Hart Of Dixie" Season Finale


Gloriana is helping the CW's "Hart Of Dixie" wrap up its second season.  The country trio will make a special guest appearance on the show.  They end up helping out Lemon, played by Jamie King, who's promised to book the group at the Rammer Jammer.  Gloriana will play their latest single, "Can't Shake You."  The episode airs on the CW Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.


Gloriana isn't the first country act to appear on "Hart of Dixie."  Last spring Scotty McCreery made his TV acting debut with an appearance on the show.


The Henningsens' Clara Henningsen Weds


The Henningsens' Clara Henningsen has become a May bride. says the "American Beautiful" singer tied the knot with her fiancé Jacob Calaway at her family's farm in Atwood, Illinois on Saturday.  Clara and Jacob met just over two-and-a-half years ago on a Florida gulf coast beach.  Clara says they were introduced by mutual friends, and she took and instant liking to Jacob.  She recalls that after she sang The Band Perry hit "All Your Life," the friend who introduced them told Jacob she was "totally singing right to you."  And Clara admits she "kind of was."  Jacob proposed on that same beach on the second anniversary of their meeting.


The 23-year-old Bride says she wore an Allure dress featuring "a huge puffy princess skirt" as she exchanged vows with her 30-year-old groom.  Clara's dad recorded a special song for the ceremony, while Jacob's dad officiated.  Following the "I dos," the couple joined their 14-member wedding party and 300 guests for a "farm-style" feast featuring a roasted whole hog.  Clara and Jacob plan to honeymoon in the Caribbean -- eventually.  Clara needs to get back to work this week.  The Henningsens are an opening act on Brad Paisley's "Beat This Summer Tour," which gets under way in Maryland Heights, Missouri on Thursday.


Crystal Bowersox, Husband Divorcing


Crystal Bowersox is getting a divorce.  The season nine "American Idol" runner-up and her husband, Brian Walker, say in a statement to "People" they've decided to bring their marriage to an end.  The couple tied the knot two-and-a-half years ago following a brief courtship and short engagement.  They say while they're splitting up, "the friendship and love" that brought them together "remains strong" and they'll "continue to support each other" both personally and professionally.  They add that they hope people will respect their privacy during "this emotional and challenging time."  Crystal and Brian have no children together, but Crystal has a four-year-old son from a previous relationship.


Lady Antebellum Describes "Golden" As A Very "Human Album"


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott says she and bandmates really connect with their new album, "Golden."  She adds that they're hoping fans identify with the material as well.


Scott describes "Golden" as a "very real, human album."  She explains that it's about love and memories and "what you want to experience as a human being."  Lady A will mark the release of "Golden" with an appearance this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."  The group will also be featured on today's "Ellen DeGeneres Show."  Lady A will celebrate their album's arrival with fans as well, at a special VIP concert at The McKittirck Hotel in New York.  Tonight's show is a LadyAID fundraiser in support of Musicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to patients who are bedridden in health care facilities.


Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe "Not Nervous" Over New Album's Arrival


As release date arrives for Pistol Annies' second album, Ashley Monroe says she's not afraid of a sophomore slump.  The country singer says she's "not nervous" about unveiling their new studio effort, "Annie Up," but has 'such a calm feeling."  She explains that she has "great faith in this record," and believes that "people are going to understand it."  Ashley adds that she's just excited, and "ready for it to be out."  "Annie Up" features the trio's latest single, "Hush Hush."  Ashley and bandmates Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley are expected to perform the song during their release day appearance on NBC's "Today" this morning.


Florida Georgia Line's Kelley, Hubbard A Good Match


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says he and singing partner Tyler Hubbard are a well-matched pair.  The country singer explains that their abilities really complement each other.


Brian adds that it's "pretty cool" to "be on stage every night with your best friend," and find that off stage they also "balance each other out really well."  And Florida Georgia Line is striking a favorable chord beyond their partnership.  The duo is a three-time nominee heading into the 2013 CMT Music Awards, with bids for Duo, Breakthrough, and Video of the Year.  The fan-voted event will take place in Nashville, and air on CMT on June 5th.


Singing Scared, Attracted Connie Britton To "Nashville"


"Nashville" star Connie Britton says the singing is the most challenging aspect of portraying Rayna Jaymes on the show.  But she also admits it was what attracted her to the role.


Britton is one of the cast members featured on the show's second soundtrack album.  She contributes "Stronger Than Me" and "Bitter Memory" to "The Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 2)," which arrives in stores today.  Hayden Panettiere -- "Nashville's" Juliette Barnes -- is also on the disc, along with Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, who play Gunnar and Scarlett.  The eleven-song compilation also features Jonathan Jackson, who portrays Avery on the show; and Lennon and Maisy Stella, who play Rayna's daughters Maddie and Daphne.  "Nashville" airs on ABC Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


Track list for "The Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 2)"


1. "Fade Into You," performed by Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen

2. "Ho Hey," performed by Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella

3. "Gun for a Mouth," performed by Sam Palladio

4. "We Are Water," performed by Hayden Panettiere

5. "Looking for a Place to Shine," performed by Clare Bowen

6. "Stronger Than Me," performed by Connie Britton

7. "Bitter Memory," performed by Connie Britton

8. "Let There Be Lonely," performed by Jonathan Jackson

9. "Hypnotizing," performed by Hayden Panettiere

10. "I Will Fall" (Studio Version), performed by Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio

11. "Nothing in This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again," performed by Hayden Panettiere


Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer Write Duet "Argument"


Brantley Gilbert says he's written a song with fiancee Jana Kramer.  The country singer tells "You're Not Listening" is a duet, but "it's not like the whole love song, mushy mushy thing where the guy talks then the girl talks."  He describes it as "like a knock-down, drag-out fight," explaining that they don't always trade lines but sometimes the vocals overlap -- like in an argument.  However, Gilbert admits he's not sure when they'll get around to recording the song.  He says he and Jana are both very busy with their careers and planning their wedding.  Brantley adds that he's getting more involved in the prep work for the ceremony.  He explains that originally he had "three missions -- the preacher, the wedding band, and the fireworks."  But Gilbert says because he "knocked those out quick," he's ended up with a new list of tasks from the wedding planner.


Quick Bites


Little Big Town is expressing their appreciation for their nominations for the CMT Music Awards.  The group tweeted yesterday, "Feeling honored to be nominated for TWO @CMT Music Awards. We are in great company!"  They also urged fans to "Vote Now."  Little Big Town is up for Group Video of the Year with "Pontoon" and Video of the Year with "Tornado."  The CMT Music Awards will take place in Nashville on June 5th.  Voting is under way now at


Natalie Maines solo album is among today's new releases.  The Dixie Chicks' singer admits "Mother" is a rock, not country, album.  The title track is a Pink Floyd cover.  Maines recorded the project with singer-songwriter Ben Harper.


Country Birthdays Include


Pinmonkey's Rick Schell is 50.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1993, Lee Roy Parnell's single "Tender Moment" hit number one.


Today in 1994, Clint Black topped the charts with his single "A Good Run Of Bad Luck."


Today in 1996, the album "Politics, Religion and Her" by Sammy Kershaw was released.


Today in 1998, Eddie Rabbitt died of lung cancer.  The singer had battled the disease for about a year.  He was 56.


Today in 2002, Kellie Coffey's debut album, "When You Lie Next To Me," arrived in stores.


Today in 2003, the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus honored Tennessee native Darryl Worley at the request of Chairman Randy Rinks, a democrat from Savannah.


Today in 2005, Dwight Yoakam received an honorary degree at Ohio Valley College in Vienna, West Virginia, while Naomi Judd received a pair of honorary doctorates -- one for performing arts and one for nursing -- from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.


Today in 2005, Billy Dean married Stephanie Paisley in Brentwood, Tennessee.


Today in 2006, The Country Music Hall of Fame honored its newest members -- Alabama, Glen Campbell, and the late DeFord Bailey -- at the Hall's annual medallion ceremony in Nashville.


Today in 2007, an angry Billy Ray Cyrus lashed out at the judges on "Dancing With the Stars" after receiving nonconstructive and almost mean-spirited critiques for his routines.  He was especially upset with remarks from Bruno Tonioli, who called Billy Ray's fox trot "deliciously awful," "terrible," and "crap."  He said Billy Ray's mambo was even worse, and called the singer "a wild beast that cannot be tamed."


Today in 2007, Joe Nichols joined the Grammy Foundation in honoring students from Nashville's Hunters Lane High School for achieving Grammy Signature Schools Gibson Grant Award status.  The singer took part in presenting a five-thousand-dollars check to the school.


Today in 2008, Kellie Pickler performed "My Angel," a song she wrote about her grandmother, at AARP GrandRally in Washington, DC.


Today in 2008, Bill Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, and the late Conway Twitty and Porter Wagoner were among the winners announced in advance of the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.


Today in 2011, Miranda Lambert took part in several of activities in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby, which served as her bachelorette party.


Today in 2011, Carrie Underwood returned to her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma to attend her tenth high school reunion.  The singer was a member of Checotak High School's Class of 2001.


Today in 2012, Jake Owen married his girlfriend Lacey Buchanan in a sunrise ceremony at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, exactly one month after he proposed.


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