Miranda Lambert Sharing Her Grammy Awards Experience with Fans in a Personal Way

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is sending personal photos from this Sunday’s Grammy Awards to fans who sign up at TextMiranda.com. Miranda is set to perform on the show, where she’s up for four trophies including Best Country Album for Platinum. Fans will receive the photos after they take a photo or screenshot of Miranda’s “Little Red Wagon” single cover and text it to Miranda@PicFly.me.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Kip Moore Admits He’s Wrong in New Single, “I’m to Blame”

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleIt’s not always easy for a man to admit he’s wrong in a relationship, but that’s exactly what Kip Moore is doing on his brand-new single, “I’m to Blame.” He says that level of honesty is essential for keeping a relationship moving forward. The single also gives a taste of what fans will hear on Kip’s upcoming studio album.

Says Kip, “I thought that sort of truth-telling was a good way to set the tone for the new album.  I’m excited about the new path we’re taking for this next record.”

Kip has been writing for the new project for the past two years, so he had to make some tough decisions about which ones made the album, and which ones got cut.

He explains, “It has turned out to be a totally different record than the one I set out recording, and I think a better one.”

Kip’s new single is now available at all digital outlets.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lady Antebellum‘s debut single from 2007? ANSWER: “Love Don’t Live Here.”

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Florida Georgia Line Announces Details for 2nd Annual This Is How We Cruise Event

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has announced details for their 2nd Annual This Is How We Cruise voyage coming up November 7 through 11. FGL will perform three shows, including an acoustic set, over the four-day trip from Miami to Cozumel. Fans on the cruise will get a photo with the duo and a commemorative lithograph, too. More acts will join the Florida Georgia Line cruise closer to the event.

Go to FGLCruise.com for more details.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is the subject of a new installment of CMT’s Inside Fame series premiering Saturday, February 7 at noon ET.

RaeLynn has released a new video profile tracing her journey from Texas to The Voice to country stardom with her debut hit, “God Made Girls.” Fans can watch the profile now at Vevo.

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Brantley Gilbert’s Fiancée, Amber, Letting Him Have a Mac and Cheese Station at Wedding Reception

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert and his fiancée, Amber, were in Nashville Monday to celebrate his #1 hit “Bottoms Up” with a party at the restaurant Pour House. The couple will tie the knot in the coming months, but Brantley is letting Amber take the reins on the wedding planning.

“[I’m] as involved as she would like me to be, yeah,” Brantley says. “I told her, the thing about that wedding is I’m getting to marry her, so that’s like the ultimate wedding gift.”

Brantley is up-to-date on all the wedding details, and he’s even come up with a few ideas for the ceremony and reception.

Says Brantley, “I wanted a macaroni and cheese station at the reception, ’cause I really dig macaroni and cheese, and she made that happen. So, I’m pretty stoked about that.”

On the touring front, Brantley is headed across the pond for a run of shows through Europe starting February 28 in Oslo, Norway.

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Thomas Rhett & Kellie Pickler Facing Off in Big Checkers Game Prior to ACM Awards

Image Courtesy ACMThe Academy of Country Music and Cracker Barrel have teamed up for a fun, new contest to send six grand-prize winners to the ACM Awards this April in North Texas. In addition to attending the show, the winners will also be “human playing checkers pieces” on a giant checker board in The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge.

Kellie Pickler and Thomas Rhett will lead the opposing teams for the checker match, and several other country stars will join the winners on each team. That event will take place 2015 ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Like Park in Arlington, TX on April 18 as part of the events leading up to the ACM Awards on April 19.

Cracker Barrel has donated $35,000 to be divided between each checkers team to go to a charity chosen by the team leader. Kellie Pickler’s portion will go to the USA, and Thomas Rhett will donate his money to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

You can enter to win The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge sweepstakes now at CrackerBarrel.com.

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Dierks Bentley Stopping by “Ellen DeGeneres” and “The Late Show” Before Sunday’s Grammy Awards

Image Courtesy CMADierks Bentley has some big TV appearances scheduled this week leading up to Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. Look for him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, followed by a performance on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday.

Dierks will be on hand for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night at 8:00 ET on CBS. He’s up for Best Country Album, for Riser.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Reba‘s hit duet with Kelly Clarkson from the album Reba Duets? ANSWER: “Because of You.”

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Thomas Rhett Explains Why He Traded Higher Education for Hit Songs

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett has clearly found his calling as a country singer and songwriter, judging from his string of hit songs, including his latest top-10, “Make Me Wanna.” As the son of ’90s country star and current hit songwriter Rhett Akins, Thomas grew up around the music industry, and starting writing songs while attending Lipscomb University in Nashville. That’s where he figured out he wasn’t cut out for higher education.

“Honestly, I think I switched four different majors in the three short years,” Thomas tells the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “I had a year left and I started writing songs and started to get cuts on big artists’ records and I thought, ‘Man, if I can write these songs, what do I need college for?'”

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice are among the stars who have recorded Thomas’s songs in the past few years. He’s currently on the road with Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes tour. They’ll head back out February 12 for a show in Sioux City, Iowa.

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