Urban, Parton, Mumford Possible Oscar Contenders
Keith Urban or Dolly Parton could wind up with an Oscar nomination. The Motion Picture Academy has named 75 eligible tracks for the Best Original Song award. Keith Urban's "For You," which he co-wrote and recorded for the movie "Act of Valor" is on the lengthy list, along with two Dolly Parton songs from "Joyful Noise" -- "From Here to the Moon and Back" and "He's Everything."
Mumford & Sons' "Learn Me Right" from "Brave" is also among the songs being considered for the honor, along with Adele's James Bond theme "Skyfall," Jon Bon Jovi's "Not Running Anymore" from "Stand Up Guys," and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" from the documentary "Katy Perry: Part of Me." Songs by R. Kelly, Arcade Fire, Fiona Apple, and Florence + the Machine are also possibilities. Nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards will be revealed on January 15th. The ceremony will take place in Hollywood on February 24th.
But the Keith Urban and Mumford and Sons tracks are already receiving film industry recognition. They're among the Best Song nominees for the Critics Choice Movie Awards. They're up against "Skyfall," Paul Williams' "Still Alive" from "Paul Williams Still Alive," and "Suddenly, which Hugh Jackman performs in the movie "Les Misérables." The Broadcast Film Critics Association is behind the 18th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards, which will be presented during a live broadcast on the CW Network on Thursday, January 10th, starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Vince Gill Headlining "String Fever" Benefit For Tennessee State Museum
Vince Gill is leading up a special guitar showcase. The country star is set to host "String Fever," a benefit concert supporting the Tennessee State Museum Foundation. Marty Stuart and Steve Wariner are also on board for the show, along with Steve Cropper, Duane Eddy, Larry Carlton, and others. The concert will take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Polk Theater in Nashville Wednesday night in conjunction with the exhibit "The Guitar: An American Love Story," which is currently on display at the Tennessee State Museum through December 30th. The exhibit features more than 150 guitars, including instruments from Gill, Roy Rogers, and Elvis Presley, as well as rockers Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, and others.
Lady A Cancelling Summer Dates Due To Hillary's Pregnancy
Lady Antebellum is making some adjustments to their 2013 schedule in light of Hillary Scott's pregnancy. The trio hasn't made an official announcement regarding their plans. However, their tour page indicates that their June 21st appearance at Nebraskaland Days in North Platte, Nebraska has been cancelled because "Scott is expecting her first baby and will not be able to travel and perform through the summer." A similar message explaining Lady A's cancellation at the Camrose, Alberta Big Valley Jamboree on August 4th has been posted on the Canadian event's website. Other cancelled Lady A dates include Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kansas on June 29th, Cheyenne, Wyoming's Frontier Days on July 20th, and the York County Fair in York, Pennsylvania on September 7th. Hillary just announced her pregnancy over the weekend.
Taylor Swift Appreciates Relationship She's Built With Fans
Taylor Swift says her fans make it easier for her to make musical decisions. The country superstar explains that she's comfortable trusting her own judgement because believes she and her followers have a lot in common.
Taylor seems to have made the right choices with her latest album, "Red." The multi-week chart-topping disc has sold more than two-million copies in less than two months. Swift will release the next video from the album this week. The clip to "I Knew You Were Trouble" will have its premiere on MTV on Thursday. It's the 23rd video of Taylor's career, which she's unveiling on her 23rd birthday.
Tim McGraw Says Vegas Show Provides Unique Performing Opportunities
Tim McGraw says his and wife Faith Hill's Las Vegas engagement is special to them. The singer explains that while they've teamed up for tours before they played separate sets, but their "Soul2Soul" show at The Venetian is a fully collaborative performance.
McGraw adds that the venue size creates another unique opportunity for them. He says performing for a crowd of just 18-hundred people is "totally different" from what they're used to, and it's giving them the chance to really connect with their audience. McGraw and Hill launched their five-month "Soul2Soul" residency at The Venetian last weekend. They'll be performing two shows a night on select weekends through April 27th. Their next shows are coming up this Friday and Saturday night.
Lady A, Little Big Town Give Thanks To Their Fans
Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town are thanking to their followers, who fueled their wins at the fan-voted American Country Awards. Lady A's Charles Kelley says he and his bandmates work hard to please their audience, because they're behind the group's success.
Little Big Town's ACA win is the latest in a string of accomplishments for the group, and singer Phillip Sweet says his group has "been thankful all through this whole journey." He also praises Little Big Town's supporters as "the most loyal fans in the world." Jimi Westbrook adds that the fans are "the reason" Little Big Town makes records and tours, and they're also why the group is successful.
Lady Antebellum was named Group of the Year and got the nod for Single of the Year: Group for "We Owned the Night" at the ACAs, while Little Big Town's "Pontoon" was honored as the Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration. The awards event took place in Las Vegas on Monday.
Lauren Alaina Thrilled To Share ACA Win With Dad
Lauren Alaina says her American Country Awards win was even more special because her father was there with her. The singer explains she rarely has the chance to share such moments with him.
Alaina was named the ACA's New Artist of the Year at the fan-voted event, which took place in Las Vegas Monday night. It's the first award Lauren has won at a music industry event.
Report: Taylor Swift, Harry Styles Causing Conflict In One Direction
Taylor Swift might be causing problems for One Direction. Reports are saying the country singer's rumored romance with Harry Styles isn't going over well with the other four guys. According to the "Daily Mail," Liam, Zayn, Niall and Louis were annoyed when Harry decided to take Taylor's private plane to London instead of sticking with them for their scheduled flight together -- and didn't invite them to join him. A source also tells the paper that "there was loads of room for the rest of the band" on Taylor's plane. Apparently, Liam in particular was annoyed by the snub because he injured his nose at the airport after being mobbed by fans. Another source tells "RadarOnline" that the rest of One Direction is also concerned about what will happen when the couple splits up because of "Taylor's reputation for writing break-up songs." The source says band members think Harry's actions are "setting them all up for a fall."
Despite the rumors, Harry and Taylor aren't showing any signs of slowing down. On Tuesday, a video leaked of the two sharing a quick kiss while backstage at the Jingle Ball concert in New York last week. Taylor also accompanied the group to their show in London and later joined them on a three-and-a-half hour bus ride for their visit to the U.K.'s "X Factor" on Sunday.
Marty Stuart Doesn't Object To Changes In Country Music
Marty Stuart says he thinks the current evolution of country music is "great." The country traditionalist tells "Country Weekly" he doesn't oppose the incorporation of pop, rock, and hip-hop influences into the genre -- provided traditionalists know their style is also "alive and well," and there's still a place for their music as well. He explains that "as long as people follow their hearts instead of what they're told to be, we'll get to the right place." Stuart just celebrated his 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with special shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium last weekend.
NFL Great Terry Bradshaw Releases Holiday Single
Blake Shelton, Scotty McCreery, and Lady Antebellum aren't the only stars with new Christmas music offerings for country radio this holiday season. Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw has released the his own single, "Lights of Louisiana."
Bradshaw tells Billboard.com he's wanted to record a Christmas album for years -- since his now-grown children were kids. He adds that he's always been big on celebrating the holiday, admitting that at his house the "lights go up the first week of October" and he'll "take them down in February." While Terry's album won't be released until next year, he says he and his producer decided to release "Lights of Louisiana" to radio now.
The song features the former Pittsburgh Steelers great singing with his daughter Rachel, who's working toward a music career of her own. Jerrod Niemann fans are already familiar with her voice. Rachel Bradshaw is Jerrod's duet partner on the hit "What Do You Want," and she's featured in the song's video. Terry's also no stranger to the music business. He has released several albums over the years, and in 1976 had a top 20 hit with his cover of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
Country Birthdays Include
Hank Williams the Third is 40.
Today in Country Music History
Today in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra. The union sparked controversy, not only because of the bride's age and Lewis' relation to her, but because Lewis hadn't yet divorced his previous wife, Jane Mitcham. While the next year he officially ended his marriage to Mitcham and remarried Myra to make that marriage legal, it wasn't enough to repair the damage caused by the initial scandal.
Today in 1957, a disc jockey in Portland, Oregon, was fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas."
Today in 1960, Brenda Lee's holiday classic, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," made its first appearance on the charts.
Today in 1970, Dolly Parton's first number one single, "Joshua," entered the charts.
Today in 1996, Clint Black received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He and his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, made a grand entrance in a stagecoach, and he received proclamations from the mayors of Nashville, Los Angeles, and Houston.
Today in 2000, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wrapped up their 64-city "Soul 2 Soul" tour in Orlando, Florida. MusicBusiness.com named it the year's highest grossing tour.
Today in 2001, Toby Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me" topped the country singles charts.
Today in 2001, LeAnn Rimes revealed that she planned to marry dancer Dean Sheremet. The couple met the previous May at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Today in 2001, Wynonna served as maid of honor when her sister, Ashley Judd, married racecar driver Dario Franchitti in Scotland.
Today in 2002, Carlene Carter was arrested on two charges of identity theft. She allegedly used someone else's identity to obtain prescription drugs.
Today in 2006, The Dixie Chicks' "The Long Way Around" and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" were included in "Rolling Stone" magazine's list of the 100 Best Songs of the Year.
Today in 2006, Emerson Drive performed both the U.S. and Canadian national anthems in advance of the Nashville Predators-Edmonton Oilers hockey game in Nashville.
Today in 2007, Sara Evans began a two-day co-hosting stint on ABC's "The View."
Today in 2007, Alan Jackson was featured on the TNT special "Christmas in Washington," along with Andrea Bocelli, R&B singer Ne-Yo, and "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens. The holiday music concert, which was taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, was a benefit the National Children's Medical Center.
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