Nashville News and Notes for TUESDAY

Luke Bryan Wins Big At American Country Awards


Luke Bryan is the big winner at Fox's 3rd Annual American Country Awards.  The singer captured nine awards at the event, including the top prize of Artist of the Year.  In accepting his award Luke admitted that he has the best job possible.


Carrie Underwood added two more guitar trophies to her collection to bring her total to eleven, making her the most awarded ACA artist.  Miranda Lambert also captured more than one award, while Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, and Lauren Alaina were winners as well.  The star-packed event also featured many musical segments.  Luke kicked off the ceremony with his current hit "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," while Jason Aldean, Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, and host Kristen Chenoweth were also among those who entertained the audience.  In addition, host Trace Adkins teamed up for a song with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Keith Urban shared the stage with young musicians from the Grammy Foundation's Grammy Camp.


A select winner's list from the 3rd annual American Country Awards follows:


Artist of the Year

Luke Bryan


Artist of the Year: Male

Luke Bryan


Female Artist of the Year

Carrie Underwood


Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum


Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Jake Owen


New Artist of the Year

Lauren Alaina


Album of the Year

Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"


Single of the Year

Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End"


Single of the Year: Male

Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End"


Single of the Year: Female

Miranda Lambert, "Over You"


Single of the Year: Group

Lady Antebellum, "We Owned The Night"


Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration

Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me"


Touring Artist of the Year

Jason Aldean


Music Video of the Year

Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End"


Music Video: Male

Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End"


Music Video: Female

Miranda Lambert, "Over You"


Music Video by a Group or Collaboration

Little Big Town, "Pontoon"


Most Played Radio Track of the Year

Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End"


Most Played Radio Track by a Male Artist

Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End"


Most Played Radio Track by a Female Artist

Miranda Lambert, "Over You"


Most Played Radio Track by a New Artist

Kip Moore, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck"


Luke Bryan Gives Fans The Credit For ACA Wins


Luke Bryan is the big winner at the American Country Awards, but he's hesitant to take the credit for his success.  After the event the singer tweeted, "This is all because of my fans! Thank you so much!!"  Bryan captured nine guitar trophies at the event, including the top prize of Artist of the Year as well as Male Artist of the Year.  His hit "I Don't Want This Night to End" accounts for six wins, taking Single of the Year and Single: Male, Video of the Year and Video: Male, Most Played Radio Track of the Year and Most Played from a Male Artist.  Meanwhile, his CD "Tailgates & Tanlines" was named Album of the Year.  The 3rd annual ACAs took place in Las Vegas, and aired on Fox Monday night.


Lauren Alaina Thanks Fans For ACA Win


Lauren Alaina is sharing her excitement and appreciation over her American Country Awards win.  In a video she expresses her gratitude to her fans, explaining that she knows the amount of effort they've put into her career.


Lauren got the nod for New Artist of the Year at the ACAs, which took place in Las Vegas Monday night.  She received the award from a familiar face.  Scotty McCreery, Alaina's fellow season ten "American Idol" alum, presented the award along with rodeo champ Trevor Brazile.  McCreery won the New Artist prize at the ACAs last year.


Facebook Campaign Launched To Get Shelton, Lambert On "SNL"


Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are the focus of a new Facebook campaign.  The effort has been launched to get the country couple booked on an upcoming episode of "Saturday Night Live," with Blake serving as the host and Miranda the musical guest.  A note on the webpage points to a previous Facebook campaign which was successful in getting the NBC sketch comedy series to tap Betty White for a show.  Shelton is no stranger to TV viewers as a coach on NBC's "The Voice."  He also recently hosted his own Christmas special for the network.  And last month the singer was named the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year.  Lambert, meanwhile, has been running a successful dual career as a solo artist and a member of the trio Pistol Annies.  Earlier this month she was honored as one of CMT's Artists of the Year.  More details on the campaign are available at


Taylor Swift To Debut 23rd Music Video On Thursday


Taylor Swift is celebrating her 23rd birthday this week with the debut of her 23rd music video for "I Knew You Were Trouble."  The official video will premiere on MTV on Thursday.  The network will be leading up to the premiere all week long.  On Monday, MTV posted exclusive photos from the video shoot on and today they will be posting clips of the star on set discussing the creative concept behind it.  On Wednesday, Taylor will be counting down her top five moments of 2012 as well as introducing the video's trailer.  The video will make its debut in full on Thursday at 4:40 p.m. Eastern, and at 5:00 p.m. Eastern across all other MTV platforms. 


"I Knew You Were Trouble," which peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, is the third single off Taylor's hugely successful "Red" album.  The video will star Reeve Carney as the singer's love interest.  Carney currently plays Pater Parker in the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark."


Brad Paisley Stretching Musicall On Next Album


Brad Paisley admits he's stretched himself musically on his latest single, "Southern Comfort Zone."  The singer explains that the song set the tone for his next CD.


Paisley adds that he likes seeing his music evolve, and that "it's a lot of fun to have something out that feels a little artistic like this."  "Southern Comfort Zone" is the lead-off single from Paisley's still-untitled upcoming album, which is slated for a spring release.  It will be Brad's follow up to his 2011 album, "This Is Country Music."


Scotty McCreery Shares 2013 Plans


Scotty McCreery expects to be busy next year.  He says his plans include hitting the road on a headlining tour.


McCreery adds that he'll be putting out a new album in the spring.  The studio project will be the follow up to his 2011 debut, "Clear As Day."  The singer released the holiday album "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" in October.


Jewel To Release "Greatest Hit" Album In February


Jewel is putting together her first best-of collection.  The 16-track set features her first hit "Who Will Save Your Soul" as well as the top ten singles "Hands," "Down So Long," "Intuition," and "Standing Still."  The singer-songwriter is also including the originals along with new versions of her chart-toppers "You Were Meant For Me" and "Foolish Games."  She teamed up with Pistol Annies to remake "You Were Meant For Me," which Jewel says is "really different."  She explains that while the original recording is "really hopeful and optimistic," the new version is "full of angst and pain and loss."  Jewel re-recorded "Foolish Games" as a duet with Kelly Clarkson, and says the original "American Idol" sounds great" on the song. 


The disc is also expected to feature one new tune.  However, Jewel admits to that she has two songs in mind for the project, and she might include them both.  "Jewel - Greatest Hits" will be in stores on February 5th.  Jewel will support the release with a tour, which is expected to begin in Englewood, New Jersey on March 7th.  Details on the trek are slated to be unveiled Tuesday.


Track Listing For "Jewel - Greatest Hits" (not sequenced)


"Who Will Save Your Soul"

"You Were Meant For Me"

"Foolish Games"


"Down So Long"


"Standing Still"

"Break Me"


"Good Day"

"Stronger Woman"

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow"


"Foolish Games" - with Kelly Clarkson

"You Were Meant For Me" - with the Pistol Annies

New Single (details to be announced shortly)


Alan Jackson Describes His Family's Traditional Christmas Celebration


Alan Jackson says Christmas at his house is pretty traditional.  But the country star admits there are certain rules everyone has to follow.


Jackson says he likes to set the mood, and usually puts on some Christmas music before the family gathers at the tree.  He adds that he takes a lot of pictures and videos of everyone as they're opening their gifts and enjoying the day.



Country Birthdays


Brenda Lee is 68.



Today In Country Music History


Today in 1965, "Flowers On The Wall" by Statler Brothers entered the Top 40 chart for the first time.  An updated version of the song by Eric Heatherly did it again in 2000.


Today in 1982, Diamond Rio's Marty Roe married his wife, Robin.


Today in 1990, the Statler Brothers were given the American Spirit Award.  It's the highest award presented to civilians by the Air Force recruiting service.


Today in 1992, Clint Black topped the country charts with the single "Burn One Down."


Today in 1995, "Billboard" named the year's top five country artists: John Michael Montgomery, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn and Tim McGraw.  In addition, Garth Brooks' album "The Hits" topped the publication's year-end country albums chart.  Shania Twain's "The Woman In Me" followed in second and John Michael Montgomery's self-titled album was third.  John Michael's "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" led the pack on "Billboard's" year-end country singles chart, followed by Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine."


Today in 1996, Mindy McCready's debut CD "Ten Thousand Angels" was certified Platinum. At the party celebrating the certification of the album, Mindy was presented with a Platinum belly button ring.


Today in 1997, Emmylou Harris, Jewel and Sinead O'Connor performed the Beatles' classic, "In My Life," together at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.


Today in 2001, Garth Brooks was named the next recipient of the American Music Awards' Award of Merit.  Following in the footsteps of some of music's biggest names, Garth received a tribute during the 29th annual American Music Awards telecast, which took place on January 9th.


Today in 2001, Brooks & Dunn's "Neon Circus & Wild West Show" tour won in the "Most Creative Tour Package" category at "Pollstar's" 2002 Concert Industry Awards.


Today in 2002, Willie Nelson was among the performers at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.


Today in 2005, country music bonded for a day with the National Football League with four different acts singing the national anthem.  Jamie O'Neal performed it in Nashville, Raul Malo, delivered in New York, Blake Shelton sang it in Dallas, and Hot Apple Pie handled the honors in Green Bay.  The home team won all four games.


Today in 2006, Wynonna performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway.


Today in 2006, George Jones, Naomi Judd, and Porter Wagoner took part in a panel discussion at Nashville's Belmont College on issues affecting the music industry.


Today in 2007, BlackHawk visited patients at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, and made a 15-thousand-dollar donation to the facility in memory of their former member and co-founder, Van Stephenson.  The singer died in 2001 from skin cancer.


Today in 2007, Tracy Byrd, Charley Pride, Buddy Jewell, Trent Willmon, Lee Greenwood, and Luke Bryan took part in the T.J. Martell Foundation's first annual Celebrity Poker Tournament charity fundraiser at the Las Vegas Hilton.


Today in 2007, Keith Urban made an in-store appearance at Yonge and Dundas Future Shop in Toronto, Canada.  He played a three-song set and met with fans to autograph copies of his best-of collection "Keith Urban Greatest Hits: 18 Kids."


Today in 2009, Toby Keith was a performer at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway honoring President Barack Obama.


Today in 2010, Marty Stuart received the Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award at the orchestra's annual Symphony Ball.  The annual prize recognizes individuals who show ongoing interest and support for the Nashville music community, and who have been a significant addition to its development.


Today in 2010, Jake Owen hosted his fifth annual "Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest" charity event in Vero Beach, Florida with tennis star Mardy Fish.  Little Big Town also participated in the fundraiser.


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