“Swollen and Miserable” Kelly Clarkson Ready for Her Baby Girl to Get Here Now

Peter Kramer/NBCAs she heads into the final stages of her first pregnancy, Kelly Clarkson feels the same way many women do at this point: she just wants it to be over, already.

“Okay my baby girl needs to come on out ASAP. Mama is tired, swollen and miserable hahaha!” Kelly tweeted on Wednesday.  When a fan responded that they understood how she felt, but then added that her own baby arrived three weeks early, Kelly replied, “lucky!! 3 weeks early, I’m so jealous!!”

When another fan commented, “Bad news, you will be just as tired, miserable and swollen, but good news: you’ll be able to hold that sweetie!” Kelly replied, “Totally get it but I’m ready for a different kind of miserable ha! AND I want to hold her in my arms.”

When yet another fan asked her if she’d looked into ways she might be able to induce labor, Kelly said she was way ahead of her.

“Girl, I have tried everything! I’m still trying everything,” Kelly tweeted, adding resignedly, “She has set up camp and is comfy, I guess.”

It’s thought that Kelly’s baby — her first with husband Brandon Blackstock — is due this month.  The couple announced they were expecting late last year.

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Zac Brown Band Bassist Says Their Music Goes Well Beyond the Country Genre

Southern GroundMembers of Zac Brown Band have long stated they are much more than a country group, and the band’s new bass player echoes those sentiments.

In an interview with Access Atlanta, Matt Mangano says, “I kind of put Zac’s music out of the genre of country and into the genre of good. We go from a country song to a hard-rocking song to a reggae-ish song to a bluegrass-y song. It’s fun.”

Matt worked as the director at Zac’s Southern Ground Studios in Atlanta before formally joining the band this year. This isn’t his first time performing in a band with Zac, though.  Matt says, “I played with Zac in the early configuration of the band. It wasn’t called the Zac Brown Band then. But we were playing some of the songs we’re playing now.”

Zac Brown Band will be playing for the country fans at CMA Music Festival Sunday night in Nashville.

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Lee Ann Womack Performing “I Hope You Dance” at Maya Angelou’s Funeral Saturday

Sugar HillLee Ann Womack will perform “I Hope You Dance” at Maya Angelou’s funeral Saturday. Angelou was a big country music fan, and the 2000 hit “I Hope You Dance” was her favorite song. The poet and author gave Lee Ann high praise about the song when they met one time in Chicago.

Lee Ann tells Rolling Stone, “I was honored, moved and thrilled about everything she said to me about the song and my singing. But all these years later, the song remained? That says so much about the power of music and poetry: the way the human condition can be filtered down in a song.”

Lee Ann will perform “I Hope You Dance” with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for Maya Angelou’s funeral Saturday at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Gary Allan Postpones Fan Club Party Due to Vocal Strain

MCA NashvilleGary Allan has postponed his annual fan club party in Nashville from Tuesday to Thursday, on doctor’s orders. The singer has been experiencing vocal strain, so his physician at the Vanderbilt Voice Clinic told him Tuesday to rest his voice for 48 hours.

Gary underwent surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cords several years ago, but this new vocal strain won’t require surgery or further treatment.

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Final Nominees Announced for CMT Music Awards Video of the Year

CMTThe final six nominees in the Video of the Year category have been announced for tonight’s 2014 CMT Music Awards.

Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends made the cut with “Boys ‘Round,” along with Carrie Underwood‘s “See You Again.” Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan‘s collaboration on “This Is How We Roll” is nominated against Luke’s solo clip, “That’s My Kind of Night.” Miranda Lambert is a final nominees list with “Automatic,” and Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban earn a nod for “Highway Don’t Care.”

Fan voting for Video of the Year is now open at CMT.com. The winner will be revealed on the 2014 CMT Music Awards tonight at 8 ET.

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Taylor Swift Wins International Solo Artist Honor at “Glamour” Women of the Year Awards

Bret Hartman/CBSTaylor Swift is currently touring Asia, making it a fitting coincidence that on Tuesday night, she was named International Solo Artist of the Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London.

Due to her tour, Taylor couldn’t be in London in person, but she did accept the award via video link.  Other winners at the event included Naomi Campbell, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, Nicole Kidman, Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling, Revenge star Emily VanCamp, and Helen Mirren.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s blockbuster duet with Kelly Clarkson on “Don’t You Wanna Stay” appeared on which one of his studio albums? ANSWER: My Kinda Party.

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Jana Kramer Shares the “Love” with Brand-New Single

Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer‘s new single, “Love,” is now available for download at iTunes. It’s the lead release from her upcoming, sophomore project.

“I can’t wait to share the love with my new single,” Jana says. “I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio working on my new album and I’m so happy to be releasing new music to fans and can’t wait to hear what people think about the song.”

Jana will perform “Love” during her concerts this summer. Go to JanaKramer.com for tour dates.

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Even in an Emergency, Miranda Lambert Goes Platinum

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is taking the title of her new album Platinum to heart, even in life-threatening situations.

On Instagram last night, the singer wrote, “Our plane had an emergency landing in Clarksburg WV. But don’t worry, we found platinum fire suits. Yes!” She added the hashtag “#platinum.”  She illustrated that with a photo of herself and three other women, all smiling and wearing silve-colored fire-fighting suits and massive visors.  The photo appears to have been taken in a firehouse, based on the equipment placed on a shelf behind them.

Miranda’s rep told the Nashville paper The Tennessean that the plane was forced to land after it “lost pressure” and spent three hours on the ground.  Miranda and her pals passed the time hanging out with firefighters; hence, the photo.

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Taylor Swift Donates $50K to Philadelphia Children’s Hospital

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has donated 50 thousand dollars to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The money will be used to create programming for cancer-stricken teens receiving treatment at the hospital’s cancer center — including a “high-tech music therapy cart” that will allow them to create and produce music.

Lamia Barakat, the director of the Psychosocial Services Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center, says in a statement, “Taylor Swift’s music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients.”

Barakat adds, “We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed to support the emotional well-being of our teens with cancer.”

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