Star-Studded Lineup Announced for 8th Annual ACM Honors September 9 in Nashville

Image Courtesy ACMThe 8th Annual ACM Honors are shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets in Nashville next month. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year’s show, hosted by Jake Owen.

Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event. Tickets for the September 9 show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium are still available at and the Ryman box office.

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Garth Brooks Getting Once-in-Century Honor This November in New York City

Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks has already received what seems like enough trophies to fill a warehouse during his career, but he’s adding a pretty impressive honor to the collection this fall. ASCAP has announced Garth is one of the five artists receiving their once-in-a-century Centennial Awards November 17 at a gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The other honorees are folk star Joan Baez, rock legend Billy Joel, musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim and the great Stevie Wonder. The recipients are described as “a select group of American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.”

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Brad Paisley Salutes Ellen DeGeneres and Women Everywhere with New Song, “Shattered Glass”

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley teamed up with Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday to premiere the lyric video for his new song, “Shattered Glass,” on Ellen’s YouTube channel. Brad was inspired to write the song thinking about women,  like his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ellen, continuing to break through barriers and overcome challenges they face in male-dominated businesses. That sentiment is heard clearly in the song’s hook: “All you’ve been through ain’t in vain/Come on baby, make it rain down shattered glass.”

Brad tells ABC News Radio, “I sat down to write this as the ultimate pat on the back and sky’s the limit-type song.”

Brad sees Ellen DeGeneres as a great example of a woman who has broken down big barriers in Hollywood and the country at large. After publicly coming out as a lesbian on her ’90s sitcom Ellen, DeGeneres has gone on to host her own highly-influential talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host the Oscars and win 13 Emmy Awards.

Brad tells us, “I admire the fact that she has used her career to entertain people and to do a lot of good things, and yet, the odds were totally against her becoming the most powerful person in Hollywood, and that’s what I think she is now. She’s such a good case for anybody has a shot at really making a difference, you know.”

“Shattered Glass” is included on Brad’s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, coming out Monday. The project also includes his latest hit, “River Bank.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of the #1 hit that launched Zac Brown Band‘s country career? ANSWER: “Chicken Fried.”

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Lady Antebellum Serving Up a Big Hit with Latest Single, “Bartender”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is very happy with the success of their latest hit, “Bartender,” but they were a little uneasy about putting it out as the first single from their upcoming album, 747. While they had a few other songs that might have led off the album, everyone they played their new music for started raving about “Bartender.”

Lady A’s Dave Haywood tells ABC News Radio, “You start to show the record to people. These early stages of finishing songs and sharing them with your team and label and friends and family and you start to kinda hear people talk about it. The label was like, ‘I’m telling you, this “Bartender” song.'”

Now that “Bartender” is closing in on the #1 spot at country radio, Lady A has seen their concert crowds really latch on to the up-tempo song.

“We had a feeling fans that were gonna dig it, but we didn’t know they were gonna dig it this much,” says group member Charles Kelley. “This has probably been the fastest-rising single we’ve had in a long time — probably since “Need You Now.”

The lady in Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott, sings lead on “Bartender,” which tells the story of a woman going out on the town with her girlfriends to get over an ex. That storyline makes it interesting for Charles and Dave singing backup on the song every night.

Charles says with a laugh, “That’s always my most, like, awkward line to have to sing harmony to — ‘Dancin’ with my girls to the D.J.’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m dancing with my girls!'”

Look for Lady Antebellum’s new album, 747, to land in stores and online September 30.

In other Lady A news, Hillary and her husband, Chris, celebrated a big milestone with their baby, Eisele, on Wednesday. Hillary posted the news on Instagram, “Our 13-month-old daughter started walking on what we thought was gonna be just another Wednesday…we are 50% happy and proud, and 50% sad it’s going so fast.”

Hillary admits she cried a lot watching Eisele walk, and she calls the event “bittersweet.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band has added classic rock act Cheap Trick as the opening act on their upcoming show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on September 13.

Lee Brice has released “Drinking Class” as the follow-up to his latest #1 hit, “I Don’t Dance.” Both tracks will be included on his new album, also titled I Don’t Dance, due out September 9.

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Blake Shelton Fans Could Paint Themselves into a Meeting with the Star

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIf you have a knack for painting and drawing, you could be on your way to meet Blake Shelton soon. CMT is asking fans to post their Blake fan art to social media with the hashtag #BlakeNow. One talented winner will get to meet Blake and see him perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

For a complete list of Blake’s tour dates, go to

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The Band Perry Talks New Album Progress on “Larry King Now” Thursday

Image Courtesy Ora TV/Larry King NowThe Band Perry sits down with Larry King on his new show, Larry King Now, Thursday. The Perry siblings reveal they’ve recorded seven new songs for their upcoming studio album, and they say they’re having a lot of fun making new music. Lead singer Kimberly Perry also reveals she doesn’t like to sing the words “hurricane,” “butterfly” or “rainbows” in a song.

Catch The Band Perry on Larry King Now Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on Hulu.

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Carrie Underwood Performing “Sunday Night Football” Theme Again This Season

Image Courtesy NBCCarrie Underwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC’s Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.

Carrie says, “I grew up watching football. I have a passion for it. I have a passion for music. It’s kinda like all of these things get to mesh together for this one event.”

Carrie filmed the “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” video earlier this year, and 11 pro football players will join Carrie throughout the season. Those players include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC’s Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trisha Yearwood‘s Oscar-nominated hit from the film Con Air? ANSWER: “How Do I Live.”

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