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Taylor Swift Leads Nominees For American Country Awards

 

Taylor Swift is poised to capture some more awards.  The country-pop superstar tops the list of nominees heading into the American Country Awards with bids in eight categories, including Artist of the Year.  Her hit "Begin Again" is in the running in several categories, and she's also a contender with her collaboration with Tim McGraw, "Highway Don't Care."  Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line follow with seven nods each.  They're also in the running for the Artist of the Year prize, along with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.  Other stars with multiple chances to win include The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Randy Houser, and Miranda Lambert.  In addition, Brad Paisley will be honored with the Video Visionary Award. 

 

Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Houser, and Paisley are also set to perform at the event, along with Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett,  Darius Rucker, and others.  Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery, and Thompson Square are also slated to appear, while Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Kellie Pickler, and Clay Walker are on board as well.  Trace Adkins and NASCAR's Danica Patrick will host the 4th annual American Country Awards, which will take place in Las Vegas and air on Fox Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

Nominees for the 4th annual American Country Awards

 

ARTISTS

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Florida Georgia Line

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: MALE

 

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Eric Church

Blake Shelton

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: FEMALE

 

Kelly Clarkson

Sheryl Crow

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: DUO OR GROUP

 

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Rascal Flatts

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

 

Lee Brice

Hunter Hayes

Randy Houser

Scotty McCreery

Justin Moore

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: NEW ARTIST

 

Florida Georgia Line

Kip Moore

Kacey Musgraves

Cassadee Pope

Thomas Rhett

 

ALBUM

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

 

"Night Train," Jason Aldean

"Here's To The Good Times," Florida Georgia Line

"Two Lanes of Freedom," Tim McGraw

"Based On A True Story...," Blake Shelton

"Pioneer," The Band Perry

 

SINGLES

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

 

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

"How Country Feels," Randy Houser

"Beer Money," Kip Moore

"Better Dig Two," The Band Perry

"One of Those Nights," Tim McGraw

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: MALE

 

"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," Gary Allen

"One of Those Nights," Tim McGraw

"The One That Got Away," Jake Owen

"Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker

"Sure Be Cool If You Did," Blake Shelton

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: FEMALE

 

"Easy," Sheryl Crow

"American Heart," Faith Hill

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert

"Begin Again," Taylor Swift

"Two Black Cadillacs," Carrie Underwood

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: DUO/GROUP

 

"Downtown," Lady Antebellum

"Tornado," Little Big Town

"Better Dig Two," The Band Perry

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

"Goodbye in Her Eyes," Zac Brown Band

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

 

"I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice

"All Over The Road," Easton Corbin

"Somebody's Heartbreak," Hunter Hayes

"How Country Feels," Randy Houser

"Til My Last Day," Justin Moore

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: NEW ARTIST

 

"Did It for the Girl," Greg Bates

"Don't Ya," Brett Eldredge

"Redneck Crazy," Tyler Farr

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

"Beer Money," Kip Moore

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: VOCAL COLLABORATION

 

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

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

"Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

"Boys 'Round Here," Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies

 

TOURING

 

TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Miranda Lambert

Brad Paisley

Rascal Flatts

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Zac Brown Band

 

VIDEOS

 

GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY - MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

 

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

"Tornado," Little Big Town

"Sure Be Cool If You Did," Blake Shelton

"Begin Again," Taylor Swift

"Better Dig Two," The Band Perry

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: MALE

 

"Take A Little Ride," Jason Aldean

"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," Gary Allan

"One of Those Nights," Tim McGraw

"Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker

"Sure Be Cool If You Did," Blake Shelton

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: FEMALE

 

"American Heart," Faith Hill

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert

"Someone Somewhere Tonight," Kellie Pickler

"Begin Again," Taylor Swift

"Blown Away," Carrie Underwood

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: NEW ARTIST

 

"Don't Ya," Brett Eldredge

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

"Crying On A Suitcase," Casey James

"Beer Money," Kip Moore

"Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: GROUP OR COLLABORATION

 

"Tornado," Little Big Town

"Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

"Come Wake Me Up," Rascal Flatts

"Better Dig Two," The Band Perry

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

 

SONG OF THE YEAR (award goes to the songwriter(s))

 

"Better Dig Two," The Band Perry (Writers - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen)

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line (Writers - Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice)

"Hard To Love," Lee Brice (Writers - Ben Glover, Billy Montana and John Ozier)

"Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (Writers - Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren)

"I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice (Writers - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary)

"Like Jesus Does," Eric Church (Writers - Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell)

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert (Writers - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves)

"Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves (Writers - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne)

"Pontoon," Little Big Town (Writers - Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird)

"Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker (Writers - Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor)

 

Taylor Swift Performs At Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

 

Taylor Swift fans are now getting the chance to see the singer strut down the catwalk.  She's one of the featured performers at the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013," airing on CBS Tuesday night.  The country-pop superstar sang her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" during the show, which was taped a few weeks ago in New York.  She also displayed a couple of outfits, including a Union Jack inspired design and a short, sparkling silver dress.  The show also includes performances from Fall Out Boy, A Great Big World, and Neon Jungle, and -- of course -- the models.  The hour-long special starts at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

Garth Brooks To Embark On World Tour Next Year

 

Garth Brooks is mapping out his plans for the new year.  With the blessing of his wife and three daughters, the country superstar says he'll be embarking on a world tour in 2014. Brooks shared the news on Monday's edition of ABC's "Good Morning America," joking with host Robin Roberts that after turning 52 in a few months time, his trek would be more of "a wheelchair and walker kind of thing."  Brooks is out promoting his new box set "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of American Influences" and a DVD of his show at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

 

Lee Brice, Wife Celebrate Birth Of Son

 

Lee Brice is now the father of two sons.  The country star announced the birth of his second child via Twitter over the weekend.  He tweeted on Sunday that he and wife Sara have a "a new baby boy Ryker Mobley Brice," who "was born healthy" last Wednesday.  Lee also praises Sara as "the strongest and most amazing woman" he knows, and says their son "is perfect."  Brice's tweet includes a link to a photograph of his new little bundle of joy.  Additional photos, including one of Ryker and his older brother, Takoda, are posted on CountryWeekly.com.  Brice also shares some insight into his new son's name, explaining that Mobley is also his, his father's, and his great grandfather's middle name.

 

Ryker's birth also made last week even bigger for Brice.  Two days after his son's arrival -- on Friday -- the singer scored his first Grammy nomination.  He earned a bid for Best Country Solo Performance for the hit "I Drive Your Truck."  The track is also in the running for Best Country Song.  That award would go to the song's writers if it wins.  The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in January.

 

LeAnn Rimes' New Single A Duet With Rob Thomas

 

LeAnn Rimes is teaming up with Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas on her new single, "Gasoline and Matches."  The country star says both she and Rob were excited about the collaboration.

 

The track also features guitar work from British rock legend Jeff Beck.  The video for the song is special as well.  The clip was shot with a couple of iPhones, and incorporates footage of LeAnn and Rob into stop-motion animation.  "Gasoline and Matches" is from LeAnn's latest album, "Spitfire."

 

Sara Evans Discusses New Album's Duets

 

Sara Evans is calling "Slow Me Down" one of her "best projects" ever.  The country star tells Billboard.com as she was working on the album "everything came together perfectly," and there wasn't a single song she "questioned in any way."  "Slow Me Down" features a few guest collaborations.  Vince Gill joins Sara for "No Place That Far," which she describes as "one of the countriest songs" she's "recorded in years."  Evans says her duet with The Fray's Isaac Slade came about simply because she's a fan of the band.  She explains that in looking for a partner for "Can't Stop Loving You" she suggested him, and her team made it happen.  Sara adds that Isaac "came in and did an amazing job."  Evans sings "Not Over You" with Gavin DeGraw.  Sara says Gavin "sang all over the song" and was very "passionate" about it -- which she admits was likely because he also wrote the song.

 

The title track to "Slow Me Down" is Sara's current single and the lead-off release from the disc.  Evans' album is slated for release on March 4th.

 

Scotty McCreery Taking Part In Holiday Concerts

 

Scotty McCreery is spending his holiday season entertaining fans.  The country star has been taking part in radio station sponsored holiday shows.  Scotty says Christmas concerts are "a perfect fit" for him.  The singer explains that he gets to perform holiday songs and in the process try to "help lift spirits and encourage others to give back."  He says he became a singer so he could "give back and do good," and these shows remind him of his original goals.  Scotty adds that they're "an awesome way to end the year."  McCreery will perform at Jingle Jam concerts in Tulsa and Norman, Oklahoma next week.  He'll appear at the Jingle Bell Jam in West Manchester Township, Pennsylvania on December 22nd.

 

Kix Brooks Proud Of New Film "A Country Christmas"

 

Kix Brooks says "A Country Christmas" isn't just a cookie-cutter holiday movie.  The country star serves as the executive producer of the film, which he says brings some believable characters to the screen.

 

Brooks' son Eric co-wrote the script.  Kix says this type of movie isn't easy to craft, and when he read it he was impressed.  He explains that it felt "good in print," and he was eager to see if they could "pull this thing off."  And the singer believes they were successful.  Brooks says when he watches the film he gets "caught up in it."

 

"A Country Christmas" stars Joey Lauren Adams, Illeana Douglas, and Kevin Pollak.  Trace Adkins and Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus also appear in the film, which had a special screening in Nashville Monday night.  "A Country Christmas" is available now on DVD.

 

Willie Nelson's "Angels Sing" Track Gets Online Premiere

 

Willie Nelson is both acting and providing music for to the new holiday film "Angels Sing."  And TasteOfCountry.com is premiering Willie's rendition of "Family Bible" from the soundtrack.

 

In the film Nelson plays the part of a Santa-like character named Nick, who helps a man regain the Christmas spirit.  "Angels Sing" also features Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr., Lyle Lovett, and "Nashville" star Connie Britton.  The film arives on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, while the soundtrack album will be available from iTunes on December 17th.  "Angels Sing" is currently playing in select cinemas.  Details on screenings are available at AngelsSingMovie.com.

 

 

Country TV Tonight

 

THE AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS (FOX) Trace Adkins co-hosts the ceremony, featuring appearances from Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, and many others.

THE VOICE (NBC) Former winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery are guest performers on the show.

VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW (CBS) Taylor Swift is among the performers.

 

Country Birthdays Include

 

Kevin Sharp is 43.

 

Today In Country Music History

 

Today in 1927, the "WSM Barn Dance" radio program was officially renamed "The Grand Ole Opry."

 

Today in 1994, the single "Baby Likes to Rock It" by the Tractors peaked at number eight on the country charts.

 

Today in 1996, country legend Faron Young died from a self-inflicted bullet wound at Nashville's Columbia Summit Medical Center.  After suffering from ill health for years, a despondent Young had shot himself the previous day at his Nashville home.  He was best known for hits like "Hello Walls," "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')," and "It's Four in the Morning."

 

Today in 1997, Shania Twain and Mary Chapin Carpenter performed at the "Gift of Song" UNICEF benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theater.

 

Today in 1998, Shania Twain was among the artists who performed at the the Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders took place at Bercy Stadium in Paris, France.

 

Today in 1999, Brad Paisley's single "He Didn't Have to Be" was number one on "Radio & Records'" Country Top 50 chart.

 

Today in 1999, Brett Warren and his wife, Raquel, welcomed their first child, Cole Daniel.

 

Today in 2003, Kenny Rogers and his wife, Wanda, announced that they'd soon welcome their first -- and second -- child together.  Their twin boys, Justin Charles and Jordan Edward, arrived the following July.

 

Today in 2004, Chely Wright was among the performers at the 1st annual Road to Recovery Tribute & Conference at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  The three-day event brought together 150 of the most seriously wounded veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with their families, for support and encouragement.

 

Today in 2005, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma.

 

Today in 2006, Tim McGraw's music served as the inspiration for the night's episode of "Cold Case," which was set in Nashville and involved the re-opening of a case about a singer's death.

 

Today in 2006, Reba McEntire attended the Los Angeles premiere of "Charlotte's Web."  The singer is part of the film's cast, providing the voice of Betsy the cow.

 

Today in 2007, Taylor Swift's "Our Song" hit number one on the Billboard country singles chart.

 

Today in 2008, Jamey Johnson and Taylor Swift made "Rolling Stone" magazine's list of the best albums of 2008.  Johnson's "The Lonesome Song" came in at number 32, with the magazine calling "the year's best country album."  Swift's "Fearless" took 39th place, with "Rolling Stone" noting, quote, "With indelible guitar chords and teenybopper charm, Swift proves no one can match her ninjalike professionalism."

 

Today in 2009, David Nail and Billy Ray Cyrus joined the jazz ensemble The Manhattan Transfer; rockers Twisted Sister, Stryper, and Collective Soul; violinist Joshua Bell; and the cast from the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" for an all-star ceremony for the 86th annual New York Stock Exchange Euronext holiday tree lighting, which was held outside the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Today in 2010, Lady Antebellum was named the "Billboard" Top Country Artist of 2010, while Lee Brice's hit "Love Like Crazy was the Top Country Song of 2010.

 

Today in 2010, Jake Owen performed in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida to kick off the fifth annual "Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest," the singer's charity event with professional tennis player Mardy Fish.  Little Big Town was also on the bill.

 

Today in 2011, Taylor Swift received the Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award.

 

Today in 2011, Jake Owen performed in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida to close out the sixth annual "Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest," the singer's charity event with professional tennis player Mardy Fish.

 

Today in 2012, Luke Bryan was the big winner at the 3rd annual American Country Awards.  Carrie Underwood took two categories to become the event's most awarded artist, with a total of eleven ACA awards.  Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, and Lauren Alaina were winners as well.

 

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