Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockRosanne Cash competes against ex-husband Rodney Crowell for Artist of the Year at the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. She’s also up for Album and Song of the Year at the ceremony to be held September 17 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Steel Magnolia‘s Meghan Linsey is launching a PledgeMusic campaign to fund her first solo EP.

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Country Artists Infiltrate All-Genre Categories at 2014 “Billboard” Music Awards

ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsEven though there are only three exclusively country categories at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, country artists are extraordinarily well-represented in the all-genre nominations.

Luke Bryan takes on Beyonce, among others, in two categories:  Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album.  He also squares off with the likes of Justin Timberlake for Top Male Artist. Luke does get some country competition for the fan-voted Milestone Award, as he and Carrie Underwood go up against Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, John Legend and OneRepublic.

Taylor Swift grabs a nod for Top Social Artist, while Alan Jackson even vies for Top Christian Album, thanks to the second volume of his Precious Memories recordings. Top Duo/Group nominee Florida Georgia Line will take the stage, in addition to performances from Luke Bryan and a duet from Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert .

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas Sunday night at 8 EST on ABC.

Here are the nominees in the country categories:

Top Country Artist

Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Darius Rucker
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Country Album

Garth Brooks, Blame It All On My Roots
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line, Here’s To The Good Times
The Robertsons, Duck The Halls:  A Robertson Family Christmas
Blake Shelton, Based On A True Story

Top Country Song

Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party”
Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind Of Night”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, “Cruise”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, “Boys ‘Round Here”

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Miranda Lambert Reveals Her Favorite Part of Her New, Slimmer Self

C2 Media RelationsNext month, Miranda Lambert becomes the Women’s Health cover girl, in a feature titled “Slim & Happy: How a Girl Who Loves Beer and Burgers Dropped 20 Pounds.”  

“It’s really easy to gain weight and it’s really hard to lose weight,” she tells the magazine.  She says her trick is not to worry about being perfect, but instead is, “Just staying focused. If I eat bad in the morning, I try to do better at night or vice versa– just not blowing it all day long everyday.” Previously, Miranda revealed she also starting working out with a trainer.

While the 30-year-old says she doesn’t get focused on the scale, she admits she is enjoying the benefits of her new, slimmer self.

“I guess if I had to say the favorite part of my new body it would probably be my arms. I always struggle with having big arms, so having smaller arms, more toned is definitely a plus.”

But, in typical Miranda fashion, she keeps it real, admitting she does occasionally splurge with Cheetos. The June issue of Women’s Health comes out next week.

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Dierks Bentley “Riser” Documentary Streaming Free Online

Greenroom PRIf you’ve yet to see Dierks Bentley’s documentary Riser, you can now watch it free on Hulu. It’s the first time the video-streaming giant has ever featured a modern country artist.

The 42-minute film chronicles the time that inspired Dierks’ latest CD, also titled Riser, a period that ran from the death of his father to the birth of his first son. The movie gives fans a glimpse into Dierks’ life on tour, in the studio and at home with his family.

This week, Dierks’ video for “Drunk on a Plane” also premiered on the website Funny or Die.

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Brad Paisley Joins Kesha and Ludacris on Rising Star

ABC Digital MarketingThis summer, Brad Paisley will be wearing a new hat — “celebrity expert” — on ABC’s new singing competition, Rising Star. Crooner Josh Groban hosts, with pop sensation Kesha and rapper Ludacris also on the panel. You can’t call them judges though, since the show bills itself as the first ever interactive music contest. Viewers will decide which contestants advance, by voting via an app during live performances, while the performers watch the results as they do their thing.

Rising Star premieres June 22.  The experts will make their first appearance together on the Billboard Music Awards, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Sunday night beginning at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

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Report: Randy Houser and Wife Split

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser and his wife are calling it quits, according to People. The 38-year-old married singer-songwriter Jessa Lee Yantz during an intimate ceremony in the Dominican Republic in 2011. The two have a 2-year-old song together, named West.

The “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” singer kicks off  the Country Nation Tour with Brad Paisley, Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver this weekend in Pennsylvania.

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Justin Moore Says “Lettin’ the Night Roll” Is Who He Is

Valory Music Co.If you want to know what Justin Moore is really like, he says you just need to listen to his current hit.

“I’ve always tried to cut songs that provide insight as to who I am and what type of person I am,” he reflects. “The way this melody is in ‘Lettin’ the Night Roll’ is kinda roll with the flow, and kinda more chilled out soundin’, kinda like my personality.  I’m real laid-back.”

Justin says it’s also a pretty good snapshot of his latest CD, Off the Beaten Path.

“It’s one of the songs on the album that I think gives people a good idea of what they’re gonna get with the whole album, which is a good mixture of what I’ve done in the past, but also a little fresher, a little more progressive soundin’.”

If you’re still left wanting more of Justin’s sound, you’ll find the ACM New Artist of the Year contributing background vocals to Brantley Gilbert‘s new single, “Small Town Throwdown,” along with Thomas Rhett.

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David Nail Takes to the Sky in Vegas for “Kiss You Tonight”

MCA NashvilleYou can check out David Nail‘s new video on the webpage of iconic men’s fashion magazine Esquire. Like the clip for his previous number one, “Kiss You Tonight” features a similar rooftop performance from David, this time with the Las Vegas skyline in the background.

Chris Hicky directed both videos, with “Whatever She’s Got” landing David in the running for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the CMT Music Awards. Fans can vote for their favorite on the CMT website now through the June 4 show.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Kenny Rogers first #1 on the Billboard country chart? ANSWER:  “Lucille,” in 1977.

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“Something Bad” Destined to Happen for Miranda and Carrie

Photo Credit: David McClisterNot only will Carrie Underwood be competing for the fan-voted Milestone Award at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, she’ll also be debuting her new duet with Miranda Lambert– who isn’t too proud to admit she’s more than a little anxious about singing “Something Bad” onstage for the very first time.

“I’m gonna be really nervous to sing with Carrie,” she confesses. “It will be the first time we sing it live together. That’s the fun part, though. That’s kind of why you want to do it in the first place is to sing it live. I mean, it’s fun to sing it in the studio and all that stuff with her, but definitely singing with someone as powerful as she is pushes you as a vocalist.”

Miranda says she feels even more pressure, because the sassy song affords the two a rare opportunity.

“I’m nervous, but I’m excited, and I’m excited for people to see two female country artists up there onstage together. That doesn’t happen that often, or not often enough, in my opinion. So, we’re just gonna go rock it,” she laughs.

“Something Bad” is one of the tunes on Miranda’s new CD, Platinum, out June 3. You can catch the song’s first live performance Sunday on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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