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CMA Awards announce the Nominees  2014-09-03
Miranda Lambert tops the list of final nominees for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” with nine nominations, matching the record she set in 2010 – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Alan Jackson received 10 nominations in 2002. Prior to that, Merle Haggard held the record with nine in 1970.

Dierks Bentley received five nominations. Eric Church and Keith Urban collected four nominations each, and Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood each received three nominations for trophies that will be handed out on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” CMA industry voters also gave their support to Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and George Strait, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

“This is a great slate of nominees with established superstars, industry icons, and breakthrough acts all represented,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “The 2014 CMA Awards are destined to be the best yet.”

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the ninth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Little Big Town and Darius Rucker delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then went to the Best Buy Theater to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAawards.com.

“It is great for the industry to be able to announce our nominees for Country Music’s top honors on the world’s biggest stage and still be able to share it with the industry in Nashville and fans around the world,” added Trahern.

Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan; Produced by Jeff Stevens; Capitol Records Nashville
Fuse, Keith Urban; Produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Keith Urban, Butch Walker; Capitol Records Nashville
Platinum, Miranda Lambert; Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf; RCA Records Nashville
Riser, Dierks Bentley; Produced by Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora, Jaren Johnston; Capitol Records Nashville
The Outsiders, Eric Church; Produced by Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora; EMI Records Nashville

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Florida Georgia
Love and Theft
Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

SONG OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Automatic,” (Artist: Miranda Lambert, Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert)
“Follow Your Arrow” (Artist: Kacey Musgraves; Songwriters: Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally)
“Give Me Back My Hometown” (Artist: Eric Church; Songwriters: Eric Church and Luke Laird)
“I Don’t Dance” (Artist: Lee Brice; Songwriters: Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson)
“I Hold On” (Artist: Dierks Bentley; Songwriters: Brett James, Dierks Bentley)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
“Automatic” (Artist: Miranda Lambert; Producers: Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf and Chuck Ainlay); RCA Nashville
“Drunk On A Plane” (Artist: Dierks Bentley; Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.); Capitol Records Nashville
“Give Me Back My Hometown” (Artist: Eric Church; Producers: Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.); EMI Records Nashville
“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s” (Artist Tim McGraw; Producers: Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw); Big Machine Records
“Mine Would Be You” (Artist: Blake Shelton; Producer: Scott Hendricks); Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to each Artist)
“Bakersfield,” Vince Gill and Paul Franklin (Mercury Nashville)
“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw, featuring Faith Hill (Big Machine)
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood (RCA Nashville)
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert (Capitol)
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (Warner Bros./WMN)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Director)
“Automatic,” Miranda Lamabert. Director: Trey Fanjoy
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum. Director: Shane Drake
“Drunk On A Plane,” Dierks Bentley. Director: Wes Edwards
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves. Directors: Kacey Musgraves and Honey
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood. Director: Trey Fanjoy

Sam Bush, mandolin
Jerry Douglas, dobro
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Dann Huff, guitar
Mac McAnally, guitar

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

Tickets for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 6 (10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). CMA Awards information is available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.
Taylor Swift is added to new season of The Voice  2014-09-05
Taylor Swift confirms a new gig with signing on to be an advisor for The Voice in its seventh season.  The role will be similar to what Coldplay's front man Chris Martin did for the sixth season's contestants from all four teams.

The singer/songwriter joins the coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, along with newbies Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams.

"Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with," a source told Us Magazine.

Swift has previously performed on the show during the fourth season and will be alongside other announced advisors Stevie Wonder (for Levine's team), Gavin Rossdale (for wife Stefani's team), Little Big Town (working for Shelton's team), & Alicia Keys (working for Williams team).

The new season of The Voice kicks off on 9/22, which is about one month before the release of Swift's new album "1989," hitting stores on October 27th.

Carrie Underwood announces she's pregnant  2014-09-01
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher made an announcement today on Carrie's Instagram page.

The singer said, "In honor of "Labor" Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!" 

The photo shows Underwood's two dogs with certain telling wardrobe. It looks like she is preggers- congrats!

Kenny Chesney made a surprise appearance at The Georgia Theater  2014-09-01
An evening most University of Georgia of students will be talking about for years – 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney took the stage Friday night at Athens’ Georgia Theatre, where he performed a surprise pop-up concert for an extremely small crowd of around 500 fans. The concert is the first installment of CMT’s new INSTANT JAM series and premieres Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Each episode of INSTANT JAM features live performances, and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert.

With a handful of posters going up in the late morning and flyers distributed in downtown Athens yesterday, there was a frenzy to score one of the 500 wristbands allotted for the show, which went on for over two hours. With distribution at the University of Georgia’s Phi Mu sorority house, they were gone in less than 8 minutes. Chesney performed 23 songs, some he’s not played in years, hits people expected and a pair of songs from his Sept. 23 release The Big Revival, including his Top 5 “American Kids.” Throwing out the setlist, Chesney even covered Hank Williams Sr’s “Kaw Liga” and George Strait’s “Carried Away,” while Face Timing Strait on stage as he and the entire audience sang along.
Darius Rucker's latest song is written by Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum  2014-08-26
Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker released his new single, “Homegrown Honey,” to Country radio today. “Homegrown Honey” was written by Darius, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. This is the first single from Darius’ fourth solo country album to be released in early 2015. “Homegrown Honey” is currently available for purchase at all digital retailers.

"This is the first time I've gotten to write with my buddy Charles Kelley and their [Lady Antebellum's] producer Nathan Chapman and I'm sure glad we did!," shares Darius.

Darius is working with producer Frank Rogers who also produced his three previous solo country albums. All three albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and have produced a total of six No. 1 singles, including “Wagon Wheel,” “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” “Wagon Wheel,” Darius’ most recent No. 1, held the top spot for two weeks and garnered the 2014 Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance.

For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.
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