Kip Moore Knows ACM New Artist of the Year Win Is Out of His Control

MCA NashvilleKip Moore‘s ACM nomination for New Artist of the Year means even more to him since that category is decided by the fans. They’re the ones who have been supporting him and his band and crew for years on the road.

“The band and the crew, we’re a family,” Kip tells ABC News Radio. “It’s always about those guys for me, too. It’s my name, but we’ve been through such a grind together for so long and we built a grassroots following years ago, long before ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ popped, and it showed with them coming through and voting.”

While Kip would certainly welcome a win at Sunday night’s ACM Awards, the outcome of the New Artist of the Year category won’t affect the way he runs his business.

He says, “I don’t focus too much on awards ’cause it’s out of my control, but it’s validation that this journey and this fight that we’ve been in together wasn’t all in vain. We’re finally getting the recognition of what we’ve been doing.”

Kip is nominated for ACM New Artist of the Year along with Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge. Voting is now open at All three New Artist nominees will perform on the 49th Annual ACM Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Thompson Square Proudly Displays ACM Awards at Their Alabama Home

Stoney Creek Records When Thompson Square isn’t on the road or in the studio, they’re spending time at their house down in Alabama. The home has the perfect shelf for Keifer and Shawna Thompson to display their two ACM top Vocal Duo trophies, too.

Shawna tells ABC News Radio,  “We bought the house and they were there, and we’re like, ‘Yes, this is perfect. We can put our awards up there.’ They have cool little lights that shine down on ‘em.”

Since they live away from Nashville, people who come in to work on their house are often starstruck when they see Thompson Square’s trophies or gold and platinum plaques on the wall.

“It’s weird because we’ve had a couple of ‘em that’s like, ‘Man, I thought that was you,’” Keifer says. “To be recognized down there is really strange.”

Thompson Square could win their third consecutive Top Vocal Duo of the Year trophy at Sunday night’s ACM Awards. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood Among Finalists for “Billboard” Milestone Award

Arista Nashville/AMA/Dick Clark/ABCLuke Bryan and Carrie Underwood are among the finalists for this year’s Billboard Milestone Award, which will be handed out at this year’s Billboard Music Awards May 18 in Las Vegas.

The Milestone Award is presented to an “innovative artist” who’s achieved a notable milestone this year on the charts.  Fans will determine who takes home the trophy, with voting open now at The six finalists will be cut down to three, who will be announced on April 21. Then, voting will continue through the first two hours of the Billboard Music Awards telecast on ABC, and the winner will be revealed during the last hour of the show.

There are six finalists in total: the other three are British pop star Ellie Goulding, pop/rock acts OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons and R&B star John Legend. Here are the chart milestones that each has achieved in the past year:

–Luke Bryan’s album Crash My Party scored the biggest sales week for a country album by a male artist since 2004.

–Carrie Underwood scored her 18th top 10 hit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

–Imagine Dragons’ hit “Radioactive” set the record for the longest run ever on the Billboard Hot 100.

–OneRepublic scored their highest-charting album to date with Native, and “Counting Stars” was the group’s first-ever #1 on the Billboard Radio Songs chart.

–Nearly ten years into his career, John Legend’s “All of Me” became his biggest hit to date, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

–Ellie Goulding scored two #1 dance hits with “I Need Your Love” and “Burn.”

Tune into the Billboard Music Awards May 18 on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Expecting Third Child in Late Summer

CMACongratulations to Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, who are expecting their third child later this summer.

The couple, who already have a son named Jagger and a daughter named Raquel, tell People, ““We are so thrilled and feel so blessed to bring another little angel into our world.  Jagger and Rocky are very excited too. They’re going to make a great ‘big brother-big sister duo’ as the Rooney circus continues.”

Joe Don’s band mate Jay DeMarcus sent his well-wishes via social media. He tweeted, “Congrats to my brother @JoeDonRooney I’m proud to be an uncle again!!! @Tiffallon love you guys!!!”

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Taylor Swift Makes Five-Hour Visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift made a surprise visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI Monday. According to the hospital’s Facebook page, Taylor and her father visited with the patients for five hours.  And she even played a song for the kids.

According to Rhode Island TV station WPRI, Taylor’s visit is one of the longest celebrity visits in Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s history.

She also recently visited patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge hails from which Illinois town? ANSWER: Paris.

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Dan + Shay Want Fans to Hit Repeat on Their Debut Album, “Where It All Began”

Warner Music NashvilleNew duo Dan + Shay release their debut album, Where It All Began, this week, a little more than a year after the duo, made up of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, first started writing songs together.  The guys wrote every song on the album

Shay tells ABC News Radio, “We honestly feel like this album for us is just the perfect intro to us as a band to the world.”

Dan + Shay were greatly inspired by Rascal Flatts‘ 2006 album Me and My Gang, while making their debut project.

Speaking of that Flatts album, Dan says, “Front to back, I mean, every song’s awesome, and that’s what we want. We want people to turn it on and then by the end of the last song they’re ready to repeat the whole thing.”

Where It All Began features Dan + Shay’s debut hit, “19 You + Me,” which is now a hit at country radio. They’re up for Vocal Duo of the Year at the ACM Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday and CBS’s The Talk on Friday to promote the 49th Annual ACM Awards, airing Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Brett Eldredge performs his latest hit, “Beat of the Music,” Tuesday night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Frankie Ballard will perform his #1 hit, “Helluva Life,” on NBC’s Today Wednesday during the 10 a.m. hour in all time zones.

Zac Brown Band added a second show at Boston’s Fenway Park for June 27 after their first concert date there, June 28, sold out within minutes of going on sale.

Kellie Pickler appears as a guest co-host on ABC’s The Chew Tuesday.

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Carrie Underwood Says Goodbye to “How I Met Your Mother”

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood made her acting debut on How I Met Your Mother back in 2010, and she made sure to tune in for the show’s series finale Monday night on CBS.

She tweeted Monday afternoon, “I feel like 5 of my friends are moving away & I’ll never seen them. Been a great 9 seasons!”

Carrie will have the chance to make some new friends when the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, How I Met Your Dad, premieres later this year on CBS.

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New Artist Nominee Justin Moore Is All Smiles Going into This Sunday’s ACM Awards

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore has been going to the ACM Awards in Las Vegas for years now, but this time he’s headed out there as a first-time nominee in the New Artist of the Year category. Justin’s wife, Kate, is especially excited for this trip to Sin City.

Justin explains to ABC News Radio with a laugh, “I’m gonna go out there in a good mood now.  No, that’s what my wife keeps saying. She goes,  ‘Yes! You’re gonna be happy!’”

Justin relies on Kate to make sure he doesn’t get in too much trouble during his down time in Las Vegas.

“My wife generally goes with me, which is a lot of fun,” Justin says, “and I have a babysitter, obviously. So, she knows I don’t do nothing too stupid.”

This year, Justin and Kate are turning the ACM Awards trip into a vacation for their friends, too.

He says, “We’re gonna take two of our couple friends with us and kinda make it a little trip, so it’ll be a good time.

Justin is nominated for New Artist of the Year along with Kip Moore and Brett Eldredge. Voting is open at The 49th Annual ACM Awards air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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