Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Nominees

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Miranda Lambert is the lead nominee for the 50th Annual ACM Awards, which were revealed Friday morning via Instagram.

Lambert scored eight nominations in all, in all of the major categories, including her fourth Entertainer of the Year nomination and her ninth consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.  Dierks Bentley‘s right on Miranda’s heels with seven nods, including Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year, for Riser.

Also notable: Garth Brooks scored an Entertainer of the Year nomination, formally recognizing his return to recording and performing.  However, his most recent studio album, Man Against Machine, was shut out of all major categories.

The trophies will be handed out Sunday, April 19 on CBS. This year’s show takes place at AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Fan voting in the Entertainer of the Year category starts Wednesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. ET at VoteACM.com and will continue until the third hour of the live ACM Awards broadcast. As for the fan-voted New Artist of the Year category, the polls are now open at VoteACM.com through February 10 to determine the final three nominees that category. Another round of New Artist of the Year voting to determine the winner starts on April 8.

Here are the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Florida Georgia Line

Female Vocalist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Drink a Beer,” Luke Bryan
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I Hold On,” Dierks Bentley

Single Record of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Dirt,” Florida Georgia Line
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“I Don’t Dance, “Lee Brice

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
The Swon Brothers

Vocal Event of the Year
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert Duet with Carrie Underwood
“The South,” The Cadillac Three featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli
“This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

Video of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert Duet with Carrie Underwood


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ACM Award Nominees for Video of the Year Announced

Academy of Country MusicThe nominees in the Video of the Year category for the 50th Annual ACM Awards were announced Thursday night on Entertainment Tonight.

The nominees are “American Kids,” by Kenny Chesney; “Cop Car,” by Keith Urban; “Drunk on a Plane,” by Dierks Bentley; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell; and “Somethin’ Bad,” by Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood.

The nominees in the other categories will be announced Friday morning on the Academy of Country Music’s social media accounts, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Texas on Sunday, April 19 on CBS.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band performs on PBS’s Live from the Artists Den Friday. Check local listings for air time.

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts will once again co-host the Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiters Dinner at The Palm in Nashville on Tuesday, April 7. Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard will join Jay as celebrity waiters for the event. Proceeds go to The Kevin Carter Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation Middle Tennessee.


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Luke Bryan Makes His Super Bowl Picks, Looks Forward to Today’s ACM Nominations

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has a big weekend planned starting with Friday morning’s ACM Awards nominations and ending with a Super Bowl viewing party Sunday night.

Luke hopes to see his name as a finalist in multiple ACM categories, including Entertainer of the Year. He took that top prize in 2013.

Luke says of the big announcement, “I’ll be biting my nails and see what happens, and it’s an amazing night and an amazing day to hear what you’re nominated for, and you never know. You never know what’s gonna get in and what’s not. I’m truly just honored to be in the game.”

The ACM Awards nominations will be announced Friday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. ET on the ACM’s social media accounts. Luke and co-host Blake Shelton will emcee the show live from AT&T Stadium in Texas Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

As for the Super Bowl, Luke is mostly neutral on who he’d like to win the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. When forced to make a decision, Luke admits he’s leaning towards the Patriots just became he hails from the Eastern part of the country.

Says Luke, “Seattle’s way out there, but I love you, Seattle, so don’t take it personally.”

Luke is mainly concerned with the snacks he’ll get to eat while watching the game.

“Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito-Lay Scoops with the Ro-Tel situation,” Luke says of his snack choices. “Just stuff that you can just sit there and have lots of sodium. It’s like Thanksgiving all over again.”

Luke will headline a few NFL stadiums this summer on his Kick the Dust Up tour. Go to LukeBryan.com to see where he’s playing next.


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Brantley Gilbert Releases Solemn New Video for “One Hell of an Amen”

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has released the video for his latest single, “One Hell of an Amen.” The song is a tribute to two men who passed away in recent years, including Brantley’s pal, Kory, who lost his battle with leukemia after a brave fight against the disease. A fallen war hero, named Jon, is the other person whose sacrifice inspired the song and video. Jon was the best friend of Brantley’s pal from Georgia, Josh, who served several tours of duty in Iraq.

Brantley says of “One Hell of an Amen,” “It’s easy to say the song’s about death, but to me, it’s about the good fight. It’s about the attitude, the strength and the courage those boys had for what they were going through. Kory battling leukemia and Jon fighting in Iraq…it’s about two different wars.”

The video for “One Hell of an Amen” incorporates mementos from Kory and Jon’s lives. The song is included on Brantley’s latest album, Just as I Am.


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Craig Morgan and Trace Adkins Added to Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan and Trace Adkins have joined the lineup for Charlie Daniels‘ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, coming up August 12 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The Oak Ridge Boys and Tracy Lawrence also join the performers list, along with previously-announced stars Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Travis Tritt.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the Volunteer Jam go to help American veterans in support of The Journey Home Project.


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50th Annual ACM Awards Nominations to Be Announced Friday Morning Via Social Media

Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicThe nominees for the 50th Annual ACM Awards will be revealed Friday morning on the Academy of Country Music’s social media accounts. The announcement starts at 8:30 a.m. ET at Facebook.com/AcademyofCountryMusic, Instagram.com/ACMAwards, and Twitter.com/ACMAwards.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from the AT&T Stadium in Texas on Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

The ACM nominations were originally scheduled to be announced Tuesday morning, but that announcement was postponed due to the severe snowstorm in the Northeast.



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Country Star Trivia

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Randy Houser‘s first top five single from 2009? ANSWER: “Boots On.”


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Lady Antebellum to Perform at 7th Annual T.J. Martell Honors Gala

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has signed on to perform at the 7th Annual T.J. Martell Nashville Honors Gala on March 30 at Music City’s Omni Hotel. Nashville star Charles Esten will return to host the event, and Emmylou Harris joins Lady A on the performers list.

The Honors Gala recognizes individuals for their work on behalf of the T.J. Martell Foundation in their fight against cancer, leukemia and AIDS. The T.J. Martell Honors Gala has raised more than $2 million for the organization since the event was first held in 2009.


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Tim McGraw to Perform Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” on the Oscars

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will perform Glen Campbell‘s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Sunday, February 22 on ABC. The song is nominated in the Best Original Song category and is featured in the documentary about Glen’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.  Glen’s disease makes it impossible for him to perform the song.

Glen’s family personally asked Tim to perform the song on the Oscars.”I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” says Tim.



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