Florida Georgia Line “Blown Away” by First ACM Entertainer of the Year Nomination

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has their first-ever nomination in the Entertainer of the Year category going into Sunday night’s ACM Awards. The duo’s Brian Kelley admits he and singing partner Tyler Hubbard were “blown away” by the nod.

“That’s something that we’ve been working for for a long time,” Brian says. ‘It’s been a dream. It happened so fast for us. We’re very, very blessed and honored. “

The nod comes just months after FGL released their sophomore album, Say Anything, and Brian says that project has made them step up their game on the road.

He says, “It’s changed our show. I think there’s just a new breath of fresh air with the whole tour, the whole crew. It’s just exciting.”

Fan voting in the Entertainer of the Year category is now open at VoteACM.com. The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Randy Houser Gives Props to Pal and Tour Mate Luke Bryan in New House Band TV Episode

Image Courtesy Stoney CreekRandy Houser is on the road with Luke Bryan all year long on the Kick the Dust Up tour, but he still remembers when they were newcomers to Nashville trying to make it in the music industry.

Randy says in the latest installment of his House Band TV series, “We were playing bars around Nashville, sitting on stools playing our acoustic guitars. And then I get to see all the new toys he gets to go and play with every night and I’m like, ‘That looks like fun!’”

Could it be Randy is making the move to permanent headliner status in 2016? Check out his latest YouTube video to find out.

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Miranda Lambert’s “Two of a Crime” to Be Featured in Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara Comedy

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has written and recorded a new song for the upcoming Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara comedy, Hot Pursuit. The song is called “Two of a Crime,” and Miranda wrote it after getting a text from Reese asking her to contribute a track to the movie. Reese wanted the song to mix Southern and Latin flavors, and Miranda was very inspired by the source material.

She says, “[The movie] was a bit of a Thelma and Louise theme and that’s totally up my alley. It is really so fun to be part of it. It was the first time I wrote a song specifically for a movie, so it was a different experience for me.”

“Two of a Crime” will be available on iTunes on April 28. The movie, Hot Pursuit, opens in theaters May 8.

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Brett Eldredge Releasing “Crazy” New Single, “Lose My Mind,” to Radio This Tuesday

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge will release his brand-new single, “Lose My Mind,” to radio Tuesday, April 21. The song’s groove came to Brett one night and actually kept him from sleeping before he went into a writing session that next day, where they wound up writing the lyrics about a love interest that completely takes over your thoughts.

“That’s what this song’s about,” Brett explains, “when you literally feel like you’re going crazy, but it’s because you’re so crazy about them and shows you how much you love them and you can’t get enough.”

“Lose My Mind” is the lead single from Brett’s upcoming sophomore album. Look for him to serve as a presenter on Sunday night’s 50th Annual ACM Awards at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Sofia Vergara & Reese Witherspoon to Present a Trophy at Sunday’s ACM Awards

Image Courtesy ACM Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon have signed on as presenters at this Sunday’s 50th Annual ACM Awards. The two co-star in the upcoming comedy, Hot Pursuit.

Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Kelly Clarkson, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Mickey Guyton, Justin Moore, Steven Tyler, Trisha Yearwood, Troy Aikman, and Tony Romo have also been added as presenters.

Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Florida Georgia Line, and Brooks & Dunn are set to perform on the show. Pop star Christina Aguilera will perform with Rascal Flatts, and Nick Jonas will take the stage with Dan + Shay.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton co-host the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Tim McGraw Makes “Time” Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has made Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People for 2015, along with Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham wrote Tim’s profile story, and calls the country star “a kind of Renaissance man in a cowboy hat.”

The Time article applauds Tim for his continued success in country music with hits like “Shotgun Rider” and “Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools.” The writer also point out Tim’s love of reading “serious novels and history.”

Look for Tim to continue his film career with the new movie, Tomorrowland, coming out next month.

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Eric Church Excited to Celebrate the ACM Awards’ 50th Anniversary Sunday Night

Image Courtesy EB Media PREric Church is looking forward to performing at the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In a time where a new awards show comes along almost every week, Eric says of the ACMs, “The fact that it’s 50 years and there’s a history there, there’s a heritage, I love that, and I love that they’re celebrating that.”

More than 60,000 fans will be in the audience for the show, and Eric can’t wait to see that energy from the crowd captured for the live broadcast.

“It’s a big room,” Eric says of AT&T Stadium. “I’ve played that room with [George] Strait. That’s a big room.”

Eric is up for three trophies, including Album of the Year for The Outsiders, at the ACM Awards. The show airs Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich up-and-coming country group has a member named Zach Brown, who is no relation to Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band? ANSWER: A Thousand Horses.

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Escapes Bus Fire on Way to Dallas; Everyone OK

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott had a close call Thursday morning when her tour bus caught fire on the way to Dallas for the ACM Awards. Everyone is safe and back on the road.



Hillary posted a picture of the burned-out bus on Instagram with the caption, “EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND. It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver. Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe. Love you all!!”

Hillary’s daughter, Eisele, was not on the bus, and her band mates, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, were traveling to Dallas separately.

Lady Antebellum will perform at the ACM Lifting Lives Charity Gala Friday night at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.

Of note, Hillary was asleep in the bus’s back lounge when she had to evacuate. Later on, Hillary got a message saying all off her personal items were destroyed except for her Bible. She posted a picture of the Bible on Instagram saying, “The outside cover was burned and messed up but NOT ONE PAGE was missing. Yall, God’s Word will always stand. He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today. I hope this story deepens yours.”

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Garth Brooks Will Try to Relax and Enjoy Himself at Sunday Night’s ACM Awards

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks was just a few weeks into his World Tour when he was nominated for Entertainer of the Year at this Sunday’s ACM Awards. Since the nominations were announced earlier this year, Garth has gone on to play his 100th show on the trek, with ticket sales topping the two-million mark. Despite those impressive statistics, Garth knows he’s facing some stiff competition with Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line all vying for the fan-voted trophy.

He tells ABC Radio, “The talent level is crazy, and again, there’s five names in there we can name. Keith [Urban], Blake [Shelton], Eric [Church] — you could name, there’s guys that should be in there as well that aren’t, so this is gonna be a tough category to walk away with it.”

Garth has actually won ACM Entertainer of the Year six times, and was named the ACM Artist of the Decade for the 1990s. Still, it took a request from his wife, Trisha Yearwood, to calm his nerves going into Sunday night’s show.

“My wife said, ‘Do me a favor. Let’s go there with no expectation. Let’s be the happiest couple in the room, and let’s have fun,'” Garth says. “I don’t know if an award show I’ve ever done that, ’cause [with] awards shows, you’re always nervous and everything, but this one — I’m just gonna go there and have fun.”

The fun starts Friday night at Garth and Trisha co-host the ACM Lifting Lives charity gala in Dallas featuring performances from Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and more. The next day, Trisha flies to the East Coast to launch her new furniture line before flying back to Texas for Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

Garth says, “Her schedule is a lot more hectic than mine. I’m just gonna come there and play music and have some fun.”

Fan voting in the Entertainer of the Year category is open now at VoteACM.com. Look for Garth to also perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards, broadcasting live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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