New Artist Nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore Performing on ACM Awards

ACMACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore are set to perform on the 49th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 on CBS. They’ll be taking part in the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam remote broadcast at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas that night. Florida Georgia Line is headlining this year’s Fan Jam.

Fan voting is now open to determine the winner of this year’s New Artist of the Year trophy. Go to VoteACM.com to cast your ballot.

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Taylor Swift Spends More than Four Hours Visiting Pediatric Cancer Patients in Manhattan

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift took time out of her weekend to spend more than four hours visiting pediatric cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Video of Taylor’s visit with patient Shelby Huff has been uploaded to YouTube. She can be seen just hanging out and goofing around with Shelby before giving the young girl tips on learning to play guitar.

Shelby’s mother posted a message on the family’s Facebook page saying, “We are still in awe, Taylor Swift is a class act all around, she was so sweet, compassionate, asked US questions, got on Skype with my other daughter, stayed in our room and talked with us and was completely down to earth.”

On the music front, Taylor is currently working on her new studio album expected out later this year. She’ll take The RED Tour to Asia starting June 1 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Brett Eldredge Invites Fans to “Step into the Weirdness” with Him on Twitter

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge isn’t afraid to let his freak flag fly on Twitter. In fact, his Twitter profile bio reads, “Step into the weirdness.” Brett says it was Blake Shelton who gave him the courage to tweet his random thoughts to the world.

Brett tells ABC News Radio, “I remember when Blake really, like, just started being Blake completely, and just didn’t care. He especially stepped out on Twitter and did that, and when he was completely honest with his fans and with people on Twitter and just was Blake, people accept you.”

Brett insists he doesn’t try to be random. He simply shares whatever’s on his mind at the moment. Here’s one of his recent, random tweets from March 15:  “For some reason, no matter what time of year, I always sing Christmas songs in the shower….” The next day, Brett tweeted, “I wish I invented cool words like ‘Brunch’…makes me hungry.”

He adds, “I don’t know what causes me to say what I say, but I say it and I just put it out there, and I guess people are entertained by it, so I just keep on keepin’ [on].”

Brett is using Twitter to campaign for the ACM New Artist of the Year trophy. He’s up against Justin Moore and Kip Moore for that honor. Fan-voting in that category is now open at VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced on the 49th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockHunter Hayes hails from which Southern state? ANSWER: Louisiana.

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Keith Urban’s Fifth Annual We’re All 4 the Hall Benefit Concert Set for May 6

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s fifth annual We’re All 4 the Hall benefit concert is set for May 6 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year’s theme is Storytellers (A Large Intimate Evening), with Carrie Underwood, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert, David Nail, Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves, Reba, Lee Ann Womack, and Lee Brice all on the bill. Vince Gill and Keith return as musical directors. Ronnie Milsap, Deana Carter and Mary Chapin Carpenter are also set to perform.

Proceeds from the show go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The first four We’re All 4 the Hall Concerts have raised more than $2 million for the museum.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 4 through Ticketmaster.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDolly Parton will perform on NBC’s Today show on May 13 to promote her new album, Blue Smoke.

Nashville star Charles Esten was spotted backstage at George Strait‘s Friday night concert in Music City.

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George Strait Welcomes Superstars and Covers Tom Petty at Final Nashville Show

EB Media PRGeorge Strait‘s final tour stop in Nashville featured guest appearances from two of country’s other biggest stars and a pointed message to a rock legend.

Kenny Chesney joined George onstage Friday night at the Bridgestone Arena for a duet of “Amarillo by Morning.” Eric Church also showed up to sing “Cowboys Like Us” during Strait’s set.

To open his encore, George sang a cover of Tom Petty‘s “You Wreck Me,” and it worked nicely as a country song. Strait spoke out last year against Petty’s comment that country music is “bad rock with fiddle.” George’s decision to cover “You Wreck Me” on this tour serves as a rebuttal to Tom’s statement as well as an invitation for the rock star to actually learn about modern country music.

As for the rest of George’s show, the evening was packed with classics like “Unwound,” “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair,” “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,” “Check Yes or No” and “The Fireman.” More recent singles such as “Give It All We Got Tonight” and “I Got a Car” rounded out the set list.

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Brantley Gilbert Living Like a Rap Star in “Bottoms Up” Video

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert plays a gangster running moonshine with an all-female crew in his video for “Bottoms Up,” and his friends are giving him grief about making the women do all the work in the clip.

Brantley tells ABC News Radio, “My buddy was, like, ‘Man, I love how in the video how you got them girls working for you. You just touching the engine. You ain’t even doing nothing. You hollering at ‘em, “Hey, y’all got this stuff loaded up yet? What’s up?”‘”

While Brantley certainly enjoyed being surrounded by all those pretty girls on the video shoot, he knows it looks a little ridiculous. The clip was partly inspired by the rap videos Brantley watches for fun.

“Some of ‘em are really, really funny, and I’m watching these guys, and they got girls crawling all over ‘em,” Brantley says. “It was kind of like an inside joke for us, but where else can you get three gorgeous women like that to give you a massage at the same time and not get in a fight? Right? That’s awesome! Nowhere else but a music video does that happen!”

Brantley adds with a laugh, “I’m hoping that, like, in videos to come we can get in a lot more of those situations.”

“Bottoms Up” is the lead single from Brantley’s new album, Just As I Am, due out May 19.

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Kacey Musgraves Dreams of a Quiet Weekend at Home in Nashville

Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves spends most of her time on the road, so her ultimate weekend would be spent at home in Nashville.

Kacey tells Cosmopolitan, “I’d be getting some good workouts in, hanging out with my dog and eating delicious food.”

One of those relaxing weekends at home just might inspire a new song from Kacey, and she’s always prepared to jot those song ideas down. When asked what she keeps on her nightstand at home, Kacey says, “A notepad, because I’ll often get random ideas right before I’m going to sleep and I’ll have to write them down, otherwise they’re gone forever!”

Listen for Kacey’s new single, “Keep It to Yourself,” to hit the airwaves soon.

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Lady Antebellum’s Hit “Compass” a Shot in the Arm for Their Live Show

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Take Me Downtown tour got a big shot in the arm when they added their latest hit, “Compass,” to the set list. The group’s Charles Kelley tells the Las Vegas Review Journal to expect more upbeat songs like that from Lady A in the future.

“Music always kind of takes you in whatever direction it’s supposed to, and it’s hard to say what our next direction’s going to be,” Charles says.  “But we’re definitely trying to write a lot more up-tempo music for sure.”

The band’s tour dates are posted at LadyAntebellum.com.

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