Nashville News and Notes for WEDNESDAY

Luke Bryan Takes Top Prize At American Country Awards

 

Luke Bryan is a back-to-back big winner at the American Country Awards.  The country star earned his second consecutive Artist of the Year honor at the fan-voted event, which aired on Fox Tuesday night.  In accepting the award, Luke said he has so much fun performing for his audience.

 

Bryan also got the nod for Artist of the Year: Male and Touring Artist, and became the event's most awarded male solo artist with a total of 12 career ACA wins.  Florida Georgia Line is also taking home a lot of hardware.  The duo captured six categories, including Artist of the Year: New Artist and Single of the Year with "Cruise."  Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, and Lady Antebellum also earned multiple awards, while Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Lee Brice, and Randy Houser were winners as well.  Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift each received special recognition.  Dwight Yoakam performed with Paisley and gave him the Video Visionary Award.  Olivia Newton-John received a standing ovation herself as she presented the Worldwide Artist Award to Taylor Swift, who accepted remotely from Sydney, Australia.

 

The star-packed event also featured many performances.  Lady A, Florida Georgia Line, Houser, Justin Moore, and Thomas Rhett are some of those who turned in songs.  Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow teamed up to perform, while ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons joined Jake Owen for a song.  And LeAnn Rimes had trouble finishing her emotional tribute to the late Patsy Cline.  Hosts Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick added some humor to the mix, including bits with an Elvis impersonator and the six-foot-six country star dressed as a Vegas showgirl.  Adkins also closed the ceremony on a seasonal note, singing "The Little Drummer Boy."  The 4th annual American Country Awards were presented in Las Vegas, and aired on Fox Tuesday night.

 

The 4th annual American Country Awards Winners List

 

ARTISTS

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Luke Bryan

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: MALE

Luke Bryan

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: FEMALE

Miranda Lambert

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: DUO OR GROUP

Lady Antebellum

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Scotty McCreery

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: NEW ARTIST

Florida Georgia Line

 

ALBUM

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

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

 

SINGLES

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: MALE

"Sure Be Cool If You Did," Blake Shelton

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: FEMALE

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: DUO/GROUP

"Downtown," Lady Antebellum

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

"I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: NEW ARTIST

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: VOCAL COLLABORATION

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

 

TOURING

 

TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Luke Bryan

 

VIDEOS

 

GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY - MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"Sure Be Cool If You Did," Blake Shelton

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: MALE

"Sure Be Cool If You Did," Blake Shelton

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: FEMALE

"Blown Away," Carrie Underwood

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: NEW ARTIST

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: GROUP OR COLLABORATION

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

 

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

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

 

VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD

Brad Paisley

 

WORLDWIDE ARTIST AWARD

Taylor Swift

 

The following winners were based on Mediabase data:

 

MOST PLAYED RADIO TRACK OF THE YEAR

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

 

MOST PLAYED RADIO TRACK: MALE ARTIST

"How Country Feels," Randy Houser

 

MOST PLAYED RADIO TRACK: FEMALE ARTIST

Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert

 

MOST PLAYED RADIO TRACK: GROUP

"Better Dig Two," The Band Perry

 

MOST PLAYED RADIO TRACK: NEW ARTIST

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

 

Ray Price Hospitalized Again

 

Ray Price is back in the hospital.  And his son Clifton says in a Facebook post that the country legend is in the East Texas Medical Center At Tyler, Texas, and most likely "will not be going home."  He explains that his father is in the final stage of pancreatic cancer, which "seemed to have taken his strength away."  Clifton adds that it's "very sad that cancer is going to take his life and that there is no cure."  In a separate Facebook post, Hall of Fame DJ Bill Mack adds Price's cancer is "causing additional, serious issues," but that Ray is "now in 'stable' condition."  He adds that "all-in-all, our good pal is very ill."

 

Price revealed that he was battling pancreatic cancer last fall, and that his cancer had gone into remission following six months of chemotherapy treatments.  He's spent much of this year in and out of hospitals with complications, either from the disease or the medications.  Ray had a lengthy hospital stay this fall with a sepsis infection, and was released late last month -- just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving at home.  However, he was back in the hospital just a few days later.

 

Parmalee Logs First Number One Hit

 

Country newcomers Parmalee have a lot to celebrate this week.  The group's major label debut, "Feels Like Carolina," is now in stores, and their current single is topping the chart.  Billboard.com says "Carolina" has finished its climb up the Country Airplay chart, and is unseating Joe Nichols' "Sunny and 75" to become the new number one on the list.  Parmalee has followed a long and rough road to their breakthrough.  Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas formed the group back in 2001, and have spent the past decade traveling the country playing any gig they could land.  Their career was almost cut short in 2010, when Scott was almost killed in a shootout with thieves attempting to steal the group's RV.  Scott was still recovering from his injuries when Parmalee got the chance to perform for Broke Bow Records executives -- and they passed the audition.

 

"Carolina" is the second single from "Feels Like Carolina."  Parmalee's first release from the disc, "Musta Had a Good Time," barely cracked the top 40, peaking at number 38 on the Country Airplay chart.

 

Blake Shelton's Last Finalist Eliminated On "The Voice"

 

Blake Shelton's winning streak on NBC's "The Voice" has come to an end.  Cole Vosbury, the last member of Team Blake, was eliminated from the competition Tuesday night.  But last night's episode did showcase some of Shelton's previous successes.  Team Blake's Cassadee Pope, the season three winner, sang "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart," from her debut album "Frame By Frame."

 

Another Team Blake alum, season four champ Danielle Bradbery, appeared on the show as well.  She delivered a rendition of "Never Like This," from her self-titled debut effort.  In addition to Cole, one of Adam Levine's finalists, James Wolpert, was eliminated as well.  But Team Adam still has two singers in the competition.  Will Champlin and Tessanne Chin are up against Jacquie Lee, who's on Christina Aguilera's team, heading into next week's finale.  The remaining hopefuls will go through one more performance round on Monday, and "The Voice" season five winner will be named on Tuesday.

 

Country Stars Appearing In Kelly Clarkson's Holiday Special

 

Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Trisha Yearwood are lending their talents to Kelly Clarkson for her first holiday special.  The country singers are among the stars slated to appear in "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale," airing Wednesday night.  The special is described as "a comedic musical take on a traditional Christmas morality tale," and will feature performances of seasonal favorites -- including songs from Kelly's recently released holiday album, "Wrapped in Red."  Some of Clarkson's other guests include William Shatner, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams.  "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" starts at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

 

"Duck Dynasty" Holiday Special Airing Wednesday

 

The Robertson family is sharing some of their holiday traditions in A&E's new "Duck Dynasty" Christmas special.  In a preview clip posted on "Entertainment Weekly's" website, Phil tries to teach Kay and Jessica some of the finer aspects to hog hunting as they go out to catch the main course for their Christmas dinner.  But the ladies are more preoccupied with other aspects of the holiday.

 

A&E says the men are the ones chattering and leaving the ladies frustrated as they try to organize rehearsals for their Christmas church performance.  And Willie and Jase get exasperated trying to find the right Christmas presents for their wives.  They're left accepting advice from Jep.  The "Duck Dynasty" holiday special, "O Little Town of West Monroe," premiers on A&E Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

"Lost" Johnny Cash Album To Be Released Next Year

 

A newly discovered collection of Johnny Cash music is on the way.  Johnny and June Carter Cash's son, John Carter Cash, says when he came across the songs that make up "Out Among The Stars," he was amazed by what he found.

 

Cash recorded these songs in the early 1980, while signed to Columbia Records.  The tracks were never released, but ended up locked in a vault and forgotten.  The album features two duets with June as well as a collaboration with Waylon Jennings.  Marty Stuart and Country Music Hall of Fame pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins were among the musicians who backed Cash on the original sessions.  Stuart, Carlene Cash, and Buddy Miller were tapped to help John Carter restore the recordings.  Johnny Cash's "Out Among The Stars" will be in stores on March 25th.

 

Florida Georgia Line Looking Forward To Some Time Off

 

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says 2013 has been an incredible whirlwind of activity for him and Brian Kelley.  But the country star admits that as much as they've enjoyed it all, they're looking forward to having a little break.

 

Tyler adds that he and Brian both have new houses, and have spent very little time in them.  The singer says their reward for all their accomplishments this year will include "sitting at the house all day long" and "doing whatever" they want.  Florida Georgia Line's break can start next week, after they finish their "Here's To The Good Times Tour."  The trek will come to a close with a show in Kent, Washington on Saturday.  But Florida Georgia Line will be back at work before the year is over.  The duo is among the performers on board for the annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special, airing on ABC December 31st.

 

Band Perry Taking A Break Over The Holidays

 

The Band Perry's Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry intend to enjoy a real break during the holidays.  Kimberly says the downtime is something they really need.

 

But The Band Perry isn't ready to take their break just yet.  The country trio still has two more performances before their touring for the year is finished.  The group will be in Kinder, Louisiana on Friday and Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday.  The Band Perry will launch their 2014 tour in Canada, with a show in Penticton, British Columbia on January 9th.

 

Scotty McCreery Names His Favorite Christmas Song

 

Scotty McCreery says it's just not Christmas without Elvis.  The country star admits it isn't tough for him to name the seasonal song he likes the best.

 

Scotty says his reverence for "Blue Christmas" kept him from covering it.  The singer explains that when he was putting together his own holiday album he knew he wanted to include an Elvis tune.  But he says he just couldn't bring himself to attempt to make "Blue Christmas" his own, so instead he recorded a version of "Santa Claus Is Back in Town."  This month, Scotty has been traveling throughout the country performing tracks from "Christmas With Scotty McCreery" at radio station sponsored holiday shows.  He'll be making appearances in Tulsa and Norman, Oklahoma next week.

 

"Nashville's" Jonathan Jackson Loves Show's Music

 

"Nashville" star Jonathan Jackson says he's been very impressed with the music on the ABC drama.  The actor, who plays Avery Barkley on the show, admits he can't really name a favorite song from the series.

 

Jackson has contributed songs to each of the three "Nashville" soundtrack albums.  He performs "Twist of Barbwire" on "Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 1)," and contributes "Let There Be Lonely" to the "Season 1, Volume 2" disc.  Jonathan's "How You Learn To Live Alone" is included on the show's latest offering, "Music of Nashville (Season 2, Volume 1)," which just arrived in stores this week.

 

Country TV Today And Tonight

 

KELLY CLARKSON'S CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS TALE (NBC) Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Trisha Yearwood are among the guest stars on the holiday special.

 

Country Birthdays

 

Brenda Lee is 69.

 

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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