Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRolling Stone Country has selected Kenny Chesney‘s hit song, “American Kids,” as the best country single of 2014.

Sara Evans has two new Christmas performances available for viewing now at

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The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes Confirmed to Attend the People’s Choice Awards on January 7

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Hunter Hayes are both set to attend the People’s Choice Awards on January 7. The Band Perry is nominated for Favorite Country Group at the People’s Choice Awards, and Hunter is nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist.

Ellen DeGeneres, Beth Behrs, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart and Betty White are among the others stars confirmed to attend. The show airs January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Scotty McCreery Performing on “Fox & Friends Christmas Special” on Christmas Eve

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is performing on Fox News’s Fox & Friends Christmas Special on Christmas Eve, December 24. Scotty and his band are set to sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” on the show, airing that night at 8 p.m. ET. Both songs are included on Scotty’s 2012 holiday album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery.

Look for the Fox & Friends Christmas Special to re-air on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. ET.

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Brantley Gilbert Added to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Lineup

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Yet another batch of performers for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest has been announced, including Brantley Gilbert. He’ll perform at the Hollywood Party portion of the show, along with Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz, Train and Ella Henderson.

Florida Georgia Line is also set to perform live from New York City’s Time’s Square while Lady Antebellum will join the show from Nashville. One Direction, Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Meghan Trianor and Elton John are also on the show.

The fun gets underway December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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Trisha Yearwood Performing on ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Special

Image Courtesy RCA/GwendolynTrisha Yearwood will perform her latest single, “PrizeFighter,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on the 31st Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Special. The show airs December 25 on ABC starting at 10 a.m. ET with Robin Roberts serving as host. Tim Tebow, Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland, Ariana Grande, Lucy Hale and Train are also taking part in the special.

Check local listings to confirm the air time in your area.

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Country Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the runner up when Carrie Underwood won American Idol in 2005? ANSWER: Bo Bice.

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Carrie Underwood Explains Why She Prefers a Fake Christmas Tree

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s family always had a fake Christmas tree since her sister was allergic to fir trees. Now that she’s got her own house, Carrie still puts up a fake tree at Christmas just to keep things simple.

She says, “I don’t think there’s any kind of tree that’s not a pain in the rear to get in and get out and decorate and whatever, but they’re pretty.”

While she’s looking to expand her Christmas decoration collection, Carrie has a pretty good start with her giant fake tree and ornaments. She also has stockings for her two dogs, Ace and Penny, explaining, ” They need stockings, too. It’s their Christmas, too”

Carrie continues, “[I have] big candle pieces and things like that. Little ceramic Santa things. Pillows. I have lots of pillows that say stuff on ’em. Reindeer-type things. Big, wooden reindeer.”

Of course, this will be the last Christmas Carrie and her husband, Mike, spend without their baby boy. He’s due in early 2015.

In other Carrie news, her first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, sold 94,000 copies in its first week to debut at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard is releasing “Young & Crazy” as the follow up to his #1 hits “Helluva Night” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.”

Zac Brown Band performs on Live from the Artists Den, airing on public television starting January 30, 2015. Check local listings for air time.

Dolly Parton‘s Blue Smoke…The Best of Dolly European release has been certified platinum in the United Kingdom.

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Chase Bryant Staying Humble as Debut Hit, “Take It on Back,” Races Up the Chart

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsNewcomer Chase Bryant is racing up the country chart with his debut single, “Take It on Back.” The hit song has established Chase as one of country’s most talented and good-looking new acts, but he’s taking his newfound success in stride.

Chase tells ABC News Radio, “I’m trying not to get big-headed about it. I got good people around me keeping me humble, and I really appreciate that from all the people and all, from the bottom of my heart.”

Chase has enjoyed getting to know his fans as well as the folks at country radio, too.

He adds, “It’s just a humbling experience and I’ve been glad to have had that success, and I just hope it’s continued.”

Look for Chase to announce his 2015 tour plans very soon.

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Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae Added to CMT’s “Ultimate Kickoff Party” Special January 9

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup for CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party special airing January 9 from Dallas. The special is part of the festivities surrounding the first-ever College Football National Championship. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also confirmed for the 90-minute special airing that night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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