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Dan + Shay Earn First Grammy Awards Nominations on 6th 'Band-iversary'

And More Music - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:44

"We'll have an extra tequila, " Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers says of the special day.

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5 Country Singers Who've Never Won a Grammy

More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:20

Kenny Chesney isn't even the most surprising singer without a Grammy Award.

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9 Surprises, Snubs and WTFs in the 2019 Grammy Nominations

More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:39

We're the blinking white guy meme today.

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2019 Grammy Awards: Meet the Country and Americana General Field Category Nominees

And More Music - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:34

Five country and Americana acts are among the nominees in the 2019 Grammy Awards' four general field categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

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Will Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Make the Top Videos of the Week?

More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:30

So many new videos up for votes this week!

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Ring in the New Year in Nashville With Free Show Featuring Keith Urban, Brett Young, Peter Frampton & More

Even More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:23

You can ring in the New Year in Nashville with a free show featuring Keith Urban, Brett Young, Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and Fisk Jubilee Singers

The free event—dubbed the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville—will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (approximately one mile from the heart of downtown). This will be the fourth year that Keith headlines the event.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 31, followed by the raising of the Music Note (Nashville’s equivalent to NYC’s ball drop) to kick off the live music. The event will include the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display to ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building and unique view of the Nashville skyline.

The Nashville show will be featured on NBC’s New Year’s Eve national broadcast from Times Square in New York, with hosts Carson Daly, Chrissy Teigen and Leslie Jones.

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George Strait Drops New Track, 'Código,' Ahead of Sold-Out Vegas Shows

And More Music - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:19

The King of Country has a brand-new track out!

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Dolly Parton Sees Herself in Miranda Lambert: 'I Relate to Her'

More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:00

Surely the feeling is mutual.

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Rascal Flatts Shares Surprise New Throwback EP, 'Jukebox'

And More Music - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:32

The trio's new EP is inspired by their live set.

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George Strait Drops Intoxicating New Song, “Código,” [Listen]

Even More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:28

George Strait dropped an intoxicating new track, “Código,” on Dec. 7.

Penned by George, his son Bubba Strait and longtime collaborator Dean Dillion, “Código” references the tequila brand that George co-owns.

The tune is George’s first new music since 2015’s Cold Beer Conversation, his 29th studio album. George is currently working on new music that’s slated to be released in 2019.

2019 is lining up to be a busy year for the Cowboy—George has announced four Strait to Vegas shows (Feb. 1, Feb. 2, Aug. 23, Aug. 24) as well as dates at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on March 30, Buckeye Country Superfest in Columbus, Ohio, on June 8, and Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on Nov. 22. George will wrap 2018 with two Vegas shows on Dec. 7 and 8.

Listen to “Código” below.

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Kip Moore Extends 'Room to Spare': Acoustic Tour Into 2019

More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:19

Charlie Worsham and Muscadine Bloodline will alternate as his supports acts for the 2019 leg of the tour.

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2019 Grammy Awards: 5 Questions We Have About the Nominees

And More Music - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:44

When the 2019 Grammy Awards nominees were announced on Friday morning (Dec. 7), we had questions.

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South Carolina Woman Loses $160,000 to Social Media Scammer Posing as Dierks Bentley

Even More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:30

The Herald is reporting that a Rock Hill, S.C., woman has lost $160,000 to a social media scammer posing as Dierks Bentley.

According to the report, the woman has been sending cashier’s checks and gift cards to a person claiming to be Dierks for two years. The woman told police she met the suspect via Twitter and exchanged text messages.

Rock Hill authorities have determined the case will have to be investigated by federal authorities.

In June, more than 20 country stars united for a PSA to combat imposters on social media. Spearheaded by Blake Shelton—and posted on his YouTube page—the PSA includes appearances by Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Jake Owen, Travis Denning, Brett Young, Maggie Rose, Trace Adkins, Old Dominion, Cale Dodds, Cole Swindell and Michael Ray.

The gist of the PSA: make sure to look for the blue verified check mark next to the name of the country star on their social media accounts and never give out any of your private information. These guys and gals don’t want—or need—you to send them any money.

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Morgan Evans' Playful 'Day Drunk' Is Irresistible [Listen]

More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:00

Tight verses and an irresistible chorus that Evans leans hard on make this second single a real charmer.

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2019 Grammy Nominees Include Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris & More

Even More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:54

Nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced this morning (Dec. 7).

In the all-genre categories, Kacey Musgraves picked up an Album of the Year nomination, while Margo Price and Luke Combs nabbed New Artist of the Year nominations. Maren Morris was nominated for Record of the Year for her collaboration with Zedd and Grey.

Kacey also earned nominations for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

Maren also earned nominations for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song.

Chris Stapleton copped three nominations for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, while Brothers Osborne picked up two nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Willie Nelson earned nominations for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best American Roots Performance. John Prine scored three nominations for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song (twice).

Check out the list of nominees in the world of country, bluegrass, Americana and roots, as well as the all-genre categories that feature country artists.

Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY
    Cardi B
    Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Belcalis Almanzar & Jorden Thorpe, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Dave Cobb & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
  • SCORPION
    Drake
    Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
  • H.E.R.
    H.E.R.
    Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Darhyl Camper Jr & H.E.R., songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
  • BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS
    Post Malone
    Louis Bell & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell & Austin Post, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • DIRTY COMPUTER
    Janelle Monáe
    Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
  • GOLDEN HOUR
    Kacey Musgraves
    Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Craig Alvin & Shawn Everett, engineers/mixers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
  • BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY
    (Various Artists)
    Kendrick Lamar, featured artist; Kendrick Duckworth & Sounwave, producers; Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer; Kendrick Duckworth & Mark Spears, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

  • I LIKE IT
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
    Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
  • THIS IS AMERICA
    Childish Gambino
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali & Riley Mackin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • GOD’S PLAN
    Drake
    Boi-1Da, Cardo & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Lady Gaga & Benjamin Rice, producers; Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    Al Shux & Sounwave, producers; Sam Ricci & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
    Louis Bell & Tank God, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
    Grey, Monsters & Strangerz & Zedd, producers; Grey, Tom Morris, Ryan Shanahan & Zedd, engineers/mixers; Mike Marsh, mastering engineer

Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
  • BOO’D UP
    Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
  • GOD’S PLAN
    Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
  • IN MY BLOOD
    Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
  • THE MIDDLE
    Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
  • THIS IS AMERICA
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best New Artist
An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

  • CHLOE X HALLE
  • LUKE COMBS
  • GRETA VAN FLEET
  • H.E.R.
  • DUA LIPA
  • MARGO PRICE
  • BEBE REXHA
  • JORJA SMITH

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

  • FALL IN LINE
    Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
  • DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART
    Backstreet Boys
  • ‘S WONDERFUL
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • GIRLS LIKE YOU
    Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
  • SAY SOMETHING
    Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.

  • LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
  • MY WAY
    Willie Nelson
  • NAT “KING” COLE & ME
    Gregory Porter
  • STANDARDS (DELUXE)
    Seal
  • THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC!
    Barbra Streisand

Best Country Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.

  • WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT?
    Loretta Lynn
  • MONA LISAS AND MAD HATTERS
    Maren Morris
  • BUTTERFLIES
    Kacey Musgraves
  • MILLIONAIRE
    Chris Stapleton
  • PARALLEL LINE
    Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.

  • SHOOT ME STRAIGHT
    Brothers Osborne
  • TEQUILA
    Dan + Shay
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Little Big Town
  • DEAR HATE
    Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
  • MEANT TO BE
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BREAK UP IN THE END
    Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
  • DEAR HATE
    Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
  • I LIVED IT
    Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
  • SPACE COWBOY
    Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
  • TEQUILA
    Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.

  • UNAPOLOGETICALLY
    Kelsea Ballerini
  • PORT SAINT JOE
    Brothers Osborne
  • GIRL GOING NOWHERE
    Ashley McBryde
  • GOLDEN HOUR
    Kacey Musgraves
  • FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2
    Chris Stapleton

Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

  • KICK ROCKS
    Sean Ardoin
  • SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES
    Jon Batiste
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile
  • ALL ON MY MIND
    Anderson East
  • LAST MAN STANDING
    Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE TROUBLE
    Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)
  • BUILD A BRIDGE
    Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
  • KNOCKIN’ ON YOUR SCREEN DOOR
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)
  • SUMMER’S END
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
    Brandi Carlile
  • THINGS HAVE CHANGED
    Bettye LaVette
  • THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS
    John Prine
  • THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE
    Lee Ann Womack
  • ONE DROP OF TRUTH
    The Wood Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.

  • PORTRAITS IN FIDDLES
    Mike Barnett
  • SISTER SADIE II
    Sister Sadie
  • RIVERS AND ROADS
    Special Consensus
  • THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS
    The Travelin’ McCourys
  • NORTH OF DESPAIR
    Wood & Wire
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Here Are the 2019 Grammy Awards Nominees

More Music News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:48

And the nominees are ...

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Kip Moore Expands Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour to 2019

And More Music - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:20

Moore will keep his Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour on the road into 2019!

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2019 Grammy Awards: Country, Americana, Folk and Bluegrass Nominees List

And More Music - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 05:00

Congratulations to all of this year's country, Americana, bluegrass and folk Grammy Awards nominees!

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