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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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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Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry Teaming Up for CMT “Crossroads” Airing June 13

CMTKacey Musgraves and Katy Perry are teaming up for an episode of CMT Crossroads airing Friday, June 13. This show marks the 50th episode of CMT Crossroads. They’ll film it in Los Angeles next month.

Katy has been an avid supporter of Kacey ever since she heard “Merry Go Round.” Kacey says, “I’ve been such a HUGE fan of Katy and her vision since I found out about her. And since she’s found out about me she’s been an amazing light and friend to me.”

This Crossroads pairing is a preview of Katy Perry’s upcoming Prismatic tour. Kacey will join Katy for select shows on that trek, which starts June 22 in Raleigh, NC.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Kip Moore‘s 2012 debut album? ANSWER: Up All Night.

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Love and Theft Invite Their Fans to a “Night That You’ll Never Forget”

RCA NashvilleLove and Theft has released their first party song to country radio, “Night That You’ll Never Forget,” and they want their fans to get in on the act.

The duo’s Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles are asking fans to submit their own party selfies to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LnTselfies. A few of those photos will be a part of the upcoming “Night That You’ll Never Forget” lyric video coming soon.

Love and Theft heads to Las Vegas this weekend for Sunday night’s ACM Awards on CBS. They’re up for Vocal Duo of the Year.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris will perform in honor of Linda Ronstadt at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 10 in Brooklyn. The event will air on HBO on May 31.

Frankie Ballard performs on the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today Wednesday.

Craig Campbell will host his 2nd Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge Tuesday, June 3 in Nashville to benefit T.J. Martell’s Colon Cancer research efforts.

Newcomer Leah Turner will release her self-titled debut EP on May 6 featuring the singles “Take the Keys” and “Pull Me Back.”

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