Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Says They’re the Susan Lucci of the ACM Awards

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town won their first ACM Top Vocal Group trophy last year after five previous nominations, and the wait was definitely worth it according to group member Kimberly Schlapman. She compares their years of waiting to win that trophy to soap star Susan Lucci‘s; Lucci was nominated 18 times before winning her first Emmy for playing Erica Kane on All My Children.

Kimberly tells ABC News Radio, “We are kinda like the Susan Lucci. We were nominated forever and ever and ever and ever and finally won.”

Since they spend so much time perfecting their vocal performances on stage and in the studio, the members of LBT were especially honored to win Top Vocal Group.

“We have always worked really hard at our sound and harmony. That’s so important to us. And then to be recognized by the industry as the winners of the Vocal Group is pretty amazing.”

Little Big Town is up for Vocal Group again this year, but Kimberly doesn’t want to seem too greedy about dominating that category.

She says with a laugh, “I would love to be double-winners. That would be nice if we took it home again, but once is fine!”

The 49th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: Luke Bryan.

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Brad Paisley Guest Stars as Exaggerated Version of Himself Tonight on “The Crazy Ones”

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley guest stars as an exaggerated version of himself on CBS’s The Crazy Ones Wednesday Night. Josh Groban also guest stars as Danny Chase, an egotistical commercial jingle writer with a big grudge against Brad.

After Brad is hired to sing a jingle for a barbecue sauce called “Satan’s Tongue,” Danny becomes upset that Brad doesn’t remember that once, in the past, as a judge on a singing competition, he rejected Danny as a contestant because he couldn’t sing. Brad and Danny’s confrontation even comes to blows at one point.

The Crazy Ones airs Thursday night at 9:30 ET on CBS.

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Brantley Gilbert Reveals Why He Doesn’t Display His ACM Award at His Georgia Home

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert took the ACM Top New Male Vocalist trophy last year, but you won’t find that award or any other industry honor displayed at his Georgia home.

Brantley tells ABC News Radio, “It’s not that I don’t appreciate those things, and they’re up in places of business. If you walk into my house, none of that stuff’s up.”

Instead, Brantley collects memorabilia from fans that represents the strong connection he’s built with his audience.

Brantley explains, “There’s a framed picture sitting on my coffee table right now. This little girl takes my song lyrics, and she draws pictures with ‘em. That’s the kind of stuff I frame. That’s the most rewarding part of my job.”

The 49th Annual ACM Awards will be out handed out live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Florida Georgia Line Plans to Slow Down and Savor Their ACM Performance Sunday Night

ABC News RadioFlorida Georgia Line has been on a rocket ride since their debut hit, “Cruise,” shot them to superstardom, so a lot of the past year seems like a blur to them now. That’s why they want to take the time to savor their performance with Luke Bryan on Sunday night’s ACM Awards in Las Vegas.

FGL’s Brian Kelley says, “That’s gonna be a performance that we’re gonna really wanna mentally slow down and mentally just slow it down and try to enjoy that as much as possible. “

Florida Georgia Line won the New Artist trophy at last year’s ACM Awards, and they’re set to headline the ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center during Sunday’s broadcast.

“To be back and have a year under our belt of touring and madness, I think we’re very excited, man,’ Brian explains. “We’re gonna make a statement with the performance and go big for sure. It’s Vegas. You got to.”

Florida Georgia Line has four nominations going into the ACM Awards including Album of the Year for Here’s to the Good Times. The show airs live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line will be featured in a new installment of CMT Inside Fame next month. Hunter Hayes will be profiled in another Inside Fame later this year. We’ll keep you posted on an exact air date.

Dolly Parton will sit down for an interview to promote her new album, Blue Smoke, with Dan Rather on AXS TV’s The Big Interview on Monday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET. The new project comes out May 13.

A new installment of Eric Church‘s San Destino Rising video series premieres Thursday exclusively on and

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“Nashville” Recap: Crazy

ABCScarlett O’Connor had a complete breakdown onstage on Wednesday night’s Nashville. Her growing pill addiction kicked into overdrive after her abusive mother, Beverly, showed up on the road unannounced. Scarlett finally got the courage to play the song she wrote about their abusive relationship, “Black Roses,” which prompted her mother to physically and verbally attack her backstage. After popping pills and downing a lot of wine, Scarlett took the concert stage and began screaming at a hallucination of her mother in the audience.

Rayna Jaymes got quite a shock when her daughter Maddie‘s video went viral. Maddie used her biological father Deacon Claybourne‘s last name on the clip, which led to major TV shows like ABC’s The View speculating on Maddie’s paternity. Still reeling from his breakup with ex-girlfriend Megan, Deacon went on ABC’s Good Morning America to tell the full story of Maddie’ s paternity with Rayna and her ex-husband, Teddy Conrad. The situation left Rayna in an odd spot with Deacon and her current beau, Luke Wheeler.

Gunnar Scott got a $400,000 royalty check for the two hit songs he’s written in the past few months. Gunnar spent a chunk of the money to record a proper demo for his girlfriend, Zoey. Her recording of “Done Runnin’” is now available in real life on iTunes.

Juliette Barnes met up with her ex-love interest, married billionaire Charlie Wentworth, in an effort to get his radio stations to play her songs. He kissed her, but Juliette turned him down. Look for trouble brewing between Juliette and her current love, Avery Barkley, since she only told him Charlie tried to kiss her.

After filming an upcoming ABC concert special, Nashville: On the Record, at the Ryman Auditorium, a few of the show’s stars are taking their act on the road. Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will perform a three-show tour starting April 25th in Chicago.

Jonathan Jackson, who plays Avery, says these concerts are an extension of the kind of concerts they’ve been performing in Music City. He explains, “We’ve been talking about it for awhile about how fun it would be to go on the road and connect with people in that way.”

Preparing for a concert tour isn’t always easy for the busy TV stars, though.

Jonathan adds, “We’re just gonna get down to preparing for the shows pretty soon. We’re still filming right now, but it’s gonna be a blast.”

The Nashville tour will hit Washington, D.C. on  May 4 and New York City on May 6.

Nashville returns next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Taylor Swift Being Wooed to Write New Musical

Bret Hartman/CBSTaylor Swift received a Golden Globe nomination for “Sweeter than Fiction,” a song she wrote for the movie One Chance.  Now, the same movie mogul who got her involved in that project is hoping she’ll write an entire musical for him.

According to the New York Daily News, Taylor was in attendance this week at a New York City workshop for a new musical called Finding Neverland, based on the Johnny Depp movie of the same name.  Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who produced Finding Neverland, is also the one who tapped Taylor for the One Chance project, and reportedly, he’s the one who gave her the part in the upcoming film The Giver.  Now, he tells the News that he’s trying to convince Taylor to work with him on a new project.

“There’s a specific show I want her to write,” Weinstein told the paper.

Considering that Taylor is hard at work on the follow-up to her album Red, and has a string of tour dates scheduled in June for Asia, it’s not clear when she’d have time to tackle such a project.

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Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks Singing “Golden” on Sunday Night’s ACM Awards

Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks will perform a new duet version of the Lady A song “Golden” on this Sunday’s ACM Awards.  It’s the title track from Lady Antebellum’s latest album; the new duet version of the song is now available digitally.

“Golden” was a favorite of Stevie’s when she teamed up with Lady Antebellum for an installment of CMT Crossroads last year.

The 49th Annual ACM Awards airs Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice and More Added to ACM Awards Performers Lineup

ACMThe stars are lining up in the wings to perform at this Sunday’s ACM Awards. Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are teaming up for a duet on “I Hold On,” and Brad Paisley is set to debut his new single, “River Bank,” with a special performance from the MGM Grand’s Talent Pool in Las Vegas.

In addition, Rascal Flatts is slated to sing their new single, “Rewind,” from the ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center, and Darius Rucker will sing his nominated song, “Wagon Wheel.” Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Lee Brice will perform, “I Drive Your Truck,” and Tim McGraw will take the stage, too.

Newly-announced presenters include Clay Walker, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Munn, Jewel, Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Thea Andrews, Nancy O’Dell, and Guy Fieri.

The 49th Annual ACM Awards airs live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return as co-hosts.

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