Miranda Lambert Set to Perform at Grammys

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has joined the ranks of superstars like Madonna and AC/DC who are set to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Miranda potentially could take home four trophies:  Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for “Automatic,” Best Country Album for Platinum, as well as Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood.

As previously reported, Eric Church will also sing on the live telecast, even though it’s right around the time his wife is expecting their second child. He competes in the same four categories as Miranda, receiving nods for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” his album The Outsiders and “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Usher and Ariana Grande are among the other artists confirmed for the February 8 show. It starts at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Luke Bryan Maps Out Busy 2015 with Kick the Dust Up Tour

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleOn the heels of being named 2014’s CMA Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan certainly won’t be slowing down in 2015. This morning in Nashville, Luke mapped out details of his new tour, new album and a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After wrapping up his remaining U.S. dates on the That’s My Kinda Night tour in February, Luke heads overseas for his first international shows in the U.K., Germany, Sweden and Norway at the end of the month. Immediately after his return, he’ll release his seventh and final Spring Break set on March 10, titled Spring Break… Checkin’ Out. He’ll keep with tradition by delivering two free shows in Panama City Beach, Florida on March 11 and 12.

In May, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveils its new exhibit dedicated to the Leesburg, Georgia native. It’s set to run through November.

Once Luke finishes the final Canadian leg of the That’s My Kinda Night trek, he’ll launch his new Kick the Dust Up Tour May 8 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will open, with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett joining the show on its seven stadium dates. Tickets for select cities go on sale January 30.

Here’s the complete list of dates for Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up Tour:

5/8 — Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
5/9– Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/14 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Pavilion
5/15 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
5/16 — Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
6/4 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
6/6 — Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
6/18 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/19 — Bonner Springs, KS, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
6/20 — St Paul, MN, TFC Bank Stadium
6/25 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
6/26 — Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live
6/27 — Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live
7/11 — Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt Stadium
7/16 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/17 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/18 — Cincinnati, OH, Paul Brown Stadium
7/24 — Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/25 — Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/30 — Scranton, PA, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/31 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/1 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
8/22 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
8/26 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/27 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/29 — San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium
9/3 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9/4 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9/5 — Cleveland, OH, FirstEnergy Stadium
9/11 — Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
9/12  — Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
9/18 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/19 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/20 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/24 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/25 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9/26 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
10/15 — Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
10/16 — San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/17 — Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10/18 — Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10/22 — San Antonio, TX, Alamodome
10/23 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
10/24 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
10/28 — Chicago, IL, United Center
10/29 — Chicago, IL, United Center
10/30 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Gets a Workout Carrying Fiancée’s Shopping Bags

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard took the opportunity to spoil his fiancée, Hayley, with a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills Tuesday. The couple was in town for FGL’s performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Tyler posted a photo on Instagram showing him carrying Hayley’s bags for her. The caption reads, “No need for a workout when [Hayley] takes you on a shopping spree in LA.”

No need for a workout when @thevoguetrip takes you on a shopping spree in LA #beverlyhills #freshies @saks

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Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes Tour continues Thursday night in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star is a co-writer on Florida Georgia Line‘s #1 hit, “Round Here”? ANSWER: Thomas Rhett.

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LeAnn Rimes’ Reality Show Canceled After One Season

True Public RelationsLeAnn Rimes has a reason to be feeling a little “Blue” these days.

The 32-year-old singer’s VH-1 reality show with her 41-year-old husband, Eddie Cibrian, has been canceled after an eight-episode first season, according to People magazine.

The couple hoped to use the series LeAnn & Eddie to clear up misconceptions about their marriage.

“The biggest global misconception would be that we’re not two people who are really in love with each other, that there are ulterior motives to our relationship,” Rimes told the magazine back in July.

Speaking about the exposure the series would bring, Rimes told the magazine, “Hopefully people will get a chance to see how we just click.”

The two met while they were both married to other people: Rimes to chef Dean Sheremet, and Cibrian to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville.

Rimes and Cibrian wed in 2011.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChase Rice‘s “Gonna Wanna Tonight” video is now airing on CMT and CMT.com.

Jamey Johnson has released a brand-new single, “Alabama Pines,” to iTunes to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his move to Nashville on January 1, 2000.

Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley hosts a behind-the-scenes look at the launch of their Anything Goes tour in a new installment of their YouTube series, Inside the Line.

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Sam Hunt Taking Inspiration from His Instagram Account for Upcoming “Take Your Time” Video

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleSam Hunt will shoot the video for his new single, “Take Your Time,” in the next few weeks, but he didn’t want the clip to just play out the song’s lyrics about a guy trying to smooth talk the hottest girl in the bar.

“I didn’t want to go down the obvious road and take it as literal as the song and lyrics go,” Sam tells ABC News radio, “but we did come up with a cool concept, and I’m really looking forward to shooting this video. It’ll be a little different.”

If you want a clue as to how the “Take Your Time” video might look, just check out Sam’s Instagram account, @samhuntmusic. Most of the pictures on his feed have an edgy, black-and-white vibe to them, much like the cover of his debut album, Montevallo. That uniform look is no accident.

Sam explains, “Across the board [with] all of our visual content, I’ve tried to maintain a consistency there. We’ve definitely thought about that in terms of the video. I think the video will be sort of an extension of the way that the Instagram represents the whole deal. “

Sam and his team developed the concept for the “Take Your Time” clip over the Christmas holidays, which is an indication of just how busy the singer’s life is these days. Sam’s career has been on a rocket ride ever since his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” topped the country chart last year.

He says, “It feels like two years has gone by in about six months. It feels like so much has happened, and it all went by so fast that it’s hard to really catch up and wrap my head around the magnitude of all of these cool things that are going on.”

Sam is in Los Angeles this week to perform “Take Your Time” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday.

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David Nail and Sheryl Crow Play Fundraiser for Their Missouri High School Alma Mater

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail and Sheryl Crow returned to their hometown of Kennett, MO Monday night to play a benefit show for their alma mater, Kennett High School. The show, called Kennett Crossroads, was held in the school’s gym to raise money for the Performing Arts and Athletic Departments.

David was honored to be part of the show. He tweeted, “Can’t thank my hometown enough for the experience.”

The concert also featured up-and-coming country acts from Kennett, Blackjack Billy and Trent Tomlinson, as well as David and Sheryl.

Says David, “Truly unique what we have there in the water. I’m certainly humbled to be a part of it. I am who I am because of [Kennett].”

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Blake Shelton Takes Issue with Seth Rogen’s “American Sniper” Tweet

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton is speaking out against actor Seth Rogen‘s comments about the blockbuster film, American Sniper. The movie,  starring Bradley Cooper as the late Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, has come under criticism from some who believe it glorifies a killer.

The controversy surrounding the Oscar-nominated drama intensified when Seth Rogen tweeted on Sunday, “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.” He was referring to a fake Nazi propaganda movie about a German sniper that was shown in the Quentin Tarantino flick.

Blake took issue with that comment Monday night, tweeting, ” Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk sh*t.. #truecowards.” He added, “Proud to support our military.. Period.”

Rogen insists he wasn’t trying to slight American Sniper. He clarified Monday on Twitter, “I just said something ‘kinda reminded’ me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene.”

“I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though. But if you were having a slow newsday, you’re welcome for me giving you the opportunity to blow something completely out of proportion,” he continued.

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Kenny Chesney Adds Second Show in Nashville to Launch The Big Revival Tour in March

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has added a second show in Nashville on March 27 to launch The Big Revival tour. The first show is set for March 26. Kenny and his team added the new date due to overwhelming demand from fans before the tickets even went on sale.

The Nashville dates mark the beginning of Kenny’s first tour since 2013, and he’s relieved to find out the fans are ready to welcome him back with open arms. “When you take a year off and you’re as far into a career as I am, you don’t wanna assume they’re still as hungry for you,” Kenny says.” But I’ve also always said I never want a real fan not to be able to come to the show, so I’m glad I’m able to do two nights in Nashville.”

As for his next single, Kenny is releasing “Wild Child,” featuring Grace Potter, as the follow-up to his #1 hit, “Til It’s Gone.”

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