Ashley Monroe Loved Her New Duet with Blake Shelton, “Lonely Tonight,” on First Listen

Image Courtesy CMAAshley Monroe teamed up with Blake Shelton for a duet on her last album, Like a Rose, and now she’s returning the favor by singing on his latest single, “Lonely Tonight.” Of course, Ashley has recorded with Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, as a member of Pistol Annies, but Blake didn’t just assume Ashley would say yes to the duet.

“He goes, ‘If you don’t love it, you can’t sing it,'” Ashley says of Blake’s duet pitch. “And I go, ‘Send it to me right now!’ I was thinking, ‘Please let me love it.’ But I did, instantly.”

Ashley feels like everyone can relate to the longing for an old love she and Blake sing about in the song.

She adds, “I couldn’t be more honored to do it.”

As for her own music, Ashley plans to release a new album in spring 2015. She’s been working with Vince Gill on the project.

Says Ashley, “I wrote all of ’em again. Me and Miranda wrote one. I’ve got a bunch of friends I’ve collaborated with on, so I’m really, really proud of it as well.”

Look for Ashley and Blake to perform “Lonely Tonight” on NBC’s The Voice on Monday and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! later in the week.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich rapper joined Florida Georgia Line on the “Cruise (Remix)”? ANSWER: Nelly.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood appears on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday.

Garth Brooks‘ World Tour has sold more than one million tickets since he launched it in Chicago in September.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Leaving the Wedding Details to His Fiancée, Hayley

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWedding bells will be ringing for Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and his fiancée, Hayley, in the new year. For now, the couple looks forward to savoring their engagement over the holiday season.

Tyler tells ABC News Radio, “We’re just enjoying every minute of it, man. It’s been awesome.”

While Tyler has a few suggestions for the wedding, he’s leaving most of the planning up to Hayley.

“I got an amazing fiancée that has amazing taste,” Taylor says. “So, I kind of let her do her thing. We got a wedding planner helping us out, too. So, it’s taken a little bit of the stress off.”

Florida Georgia Line is also planning for some fun in the sun down in Mexico as part of Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa concert event running January 23 through 27, 2015.

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Scotty McCreery Concert Raises $60,000 for 12.14 Foundation

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery‘s Thursday night concert in Connecticut raised $60,000 for the 12.14 Foundation in Newtown, Connecticut. The organization seeks to bring healing to the town and the nation through the arts in memory of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Scotty says, “Music has always been a positive force in my life, whether as a fan or now as an entertainer.  It feels great to bring people together with my music and help such a worthwhile cause as the 12.14 Foundation.”

The 12.14 Foundation has a long-term goal of building a performing arts and education center in Newtown.

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57th Annual Grammy Nominations Revealed

NARASWith all Grammy nods now revealed, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce lead the pack with six nominations each.  Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White each have four nominations.  The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.

Here are all the nominations in the top categories for each genre:

Record of the Year
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay with Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Brandy Clark

Song of the Year
“All About that Bass,” Meghan Trainor, songwriters Megan Trainor & Kevin Kadish
“Chandelier,” Sia, songwriter Sia and Jesse Shatkin
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith, songwriters Sam Smith, James Napier & William Phillips
“Take Me to Church,” Hozier, songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, songwriters Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Karl Johan Schuster

Album of the Year
G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Morning Phase, Beck
X (Multiply), Ed Sheeran
Beyonce, Beyonce

Best Pop Solo Performance
“All of Me (Live),” John Legend
“Happy (Live),” Pharrell Williams
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake it off,” Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“A Sky Full of Stars,” Coldplay
“Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande
“Say Something,” A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
X, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Night Songs, Barry Manilow
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Partners, Barbra Streisand with Various Artists

Best Country Album
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Rock Song
“Blue Moon,” Beck, songwriter Beck Hansen
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams, songwriter Ryan Adams
“Fever,” The Black Keys, songwriters Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, Brian Burton
“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore, songwriters Hayley Williams and Taylor York
“Lazaretto,” Jack White, songwriter Jack White

Best Rock Performance
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?” Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Lazaretto,” Jack White

Best Metal Performance
“Neon Knights,” Anthrax
“High Road,” Mastodon
“Heartbreaker,” Motörhead
“The Negative One,” Slipknot
“The Last In Line,” Tenacious D

Best Alternative Music Album
This Is All Yours, Alt-J
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Melophobia, Cage the Elephant
St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams

Best R&B Performance
“Drunk In Love” Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z
“New Flame” Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross
“It’s Your World” Jennifer Hudson Featuring R. Kelly
“Like This” Ledisi
“Good Kisser” Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“As” Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton
I.R.S., Angie Fisher
“Jesus Children,” Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
Nobody, Kem
“Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo),” Antonique Smith

Best R&B Album
Islander, Bernhoft
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best R&B Song
“Drunk In Love,” Beyonce & Jay Z, songwriters Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko
“Good Kisser,” Usher, songwriters Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed & Andrew “Pop” Wansel
“New Flame,” Chris Brown f. Usher & Rick Ross, songwriters Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds & Keith Thomas
“Options (Wolfjames Version),” Luke James, songwriters Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, William Roberts & Jamaica “Kahn-Cept” Smith
“The Worst,” Jhené Aiko, songwriter Jhené Aiko Chilombo

Best Rap Album
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Because The Internet, Childish Gambino
Nobody’s Smiling, Common
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap Song
“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj, songwriters Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios & J. Solone-Myvett
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, songwriters Mike Dean, Malik Jones, Che Pope, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, John Stephens, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson & Cydel Young
“I,” Kendrick Lamar, songwriters K. Duckworth & C. Smith
“We Dem Boyz,” Wiz Khalifa, songwriters N. Fisher & C. Thomaz
“0 To 100/The Catch Up,” Drake, songwriters  A. Feeney, Aubrey Graham, A. Hernandez, P. Jefferies, M. Samuels & Noah Shebib

Best Rap Performance
“3005,” Childish Gambino
“0 To 100 / The Catch Up,” Drake
“Rap God,” Eminem
“I,” Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You,” Lecrae

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Blak Majik,” Common Featuring Jhené Aiko
“The Monster,” Eminem Featuring Rihanna
“Tuesday,” I Love Makonnen Featuring Drake
“Studio,” Schoolboy Q Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

Best Country Song
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney, songwriters Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert, songwriters Miranda Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church, songwriters Eric Church, Luke Laird
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell, songwriters Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, songwriters Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson, Jeffery Steele

Best Country Solo Performance
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban

Best Country Duo or Group Performance
“Gentle on My Mind,” The Band Perry
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
“Day Drinkin’,” Little Big Town
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Best Music Video
“We Exist,” Arcade Fire; David Wilson, video director; Jason Baum, video producer
“Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon; Daniels, video directors; Judy Craig, Candice Ouaknine, Jonathan Wang & Bryan Younce, video producers
“Chandelier,” Sia; Daniel Askill & Sia, video directors; Jennifer Heath, video producer
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams; We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Roman Pichon Herrera, Jett Steiger & Cedric Troadec, video producers
“The Golden Age,” Woodkid Featuring Max Richter; Chis Clayton & Yoann Lemoine, video directors; Roman Pichon Herrera, Christine Miller, Susan Porche & Annabel Rosier, video producers

Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z; Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Svana Gisla, video producer
Ghost Stories, Coldplay; Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill; Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
Metallica Through The Never, Metallica; Nimród Antal, video director; Adam Ellison & Charlotte Huggins, video producers
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink; Larn Poland, video director; Roger Davies, video producer

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Sara Evans Teams with Leese-Fitch Wine to Offer VIP Stagecoach Festival Sweepstakes

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans has teamed up with Leese-Fitch wine to offer fans a VIP trip to the Stagecoach Festival in California in April 2015. The winners will meet Sara and get tickets to the big festival, which also features performances from Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw.

For more information on the contest, go to

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Grammy Album of the Year Nominees Revealed on “A Very Grammy Christmas” Special


Five artists got a nice Christmas present Friday night at the end of the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas: a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

After rolling out 82 out of 83 categories in all on Friday, the nominees for the most prestigious category were unveiled at the end of the special, which featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.  Conveniently, those last two artists were nominated. 

The Album of the Year nominees are:

G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Morning Phase, Beck
X (Multiply), Ed Sheeran
Beyonce, Beyonce

“Oh my gosh, dream come true!” exclaimed Sam after host LL Cool J read the nominees.  Sam is now the first male artist in 34 years — and the first male U.K. artist ever — to be nominated in all of the “Big Four” Grammy categories: Record, Song, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Sam Smith and Beyonce extend their Grammy nominations lead: they now each have six Grammy nominations, and so does Pharrell.  Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White each have four nominations.

The special featured Christmas and Grammy reminiscences from Mary, Ariana, Tim, Pharrell and Adam Levine, who admitted that even though he’s Jewish, Christmas is a special time of the year for him, too.  Tim related the story of how, as a kid searching for Christmas presents one year, he found his birth certificate, which revealed that his real father was baseball legend Tug McGraw.

The artists performed the following numbers:

Maroon 5 — A cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and a medley of “This Love” and “Animals”
Ariana Grande — “Santa Tell Me” and “Best Mistake,” the latter of which she performed with her boyfriend, Big Sean
Mary J. Blige — Her cover of U2’s “One” and “When You’re Gone”
Tim McGraw — “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Overrated”
Pharrell Williams — “Please Come Home for Christmas” and “Lost Queen”
Sam Smith — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

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Fun Facts from Friday’s Grammy Awards Nominations

NARASHere are a few fun facts coming out of Friday’s Grammy Awards nominations:

Eric Church and Miranda Lambert earned nominations in all four country categories, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders and Platinum, respectively.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill earned their sixth nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” They’ve won that trophy twice.

Beyoncé picked up several Grammy nominations Friday. She surpassed Dolly Parton‘s record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history last year.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday, February 8, live on CBS.

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RaeLynn Tackling the National Anthem for Monday Night Football

Image Courtesy Valory/Susannah BarberRaeLynn is headed to Green Bay, WI to sing the national anthem for the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons. Her performance can be seen on the ESPN broadcast starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. RaeLynn is taking her family along for the gig.

RaeLynn is climbing the country chart with her debut single, “God Made Girls.” She’s in the studio now working on her first full-length album.

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