Country Stars React to Their Grammy Nominations

NARASHere’s an ongoing roundup of country stars’ reactions to their Grammy nods. The nominations are being announced all day on the Grammys’ Twitter account, @thegrammys:

Miranda Lambert on her Best Country Album nod — “Pretty awesome way to wake up! Congrats to all my friends! @leeannwomack @ericchurch @dierksbentley @thebrandyclark.”

Dierks Bentley on his Best Country Album nod — “RISER album is everything to me. thx to my fans, team, and label for supporting it all year. man what a ride! the @TheGRAMMYs nom is unreal!”

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Brett Eldredge Says It’s a Pleasure Doing Business with Tour Mates Little Big Town

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge is a huge fan of his tour mates Little Big Town‘s harmonies and dynamic live show, but he’s just as big a fan of the way they do business. In fact, LBT’s approach to touring reminds Brett of something he learned from his dad.

“I mean, they’re so nice to everybody,” Brett says of Little Big Town. “I think that’s the one thing I’ve learned from my dad. He was a business guy that would shake everybody’s hand and see everybody, because people remember that. I want to work with people that I love to work with just the same way.”

Brett appreciates the laid-back vibe Little Big Town creates backstage before and after the shows, too.

He says, “Everybody’s just there to have fun and play music. It’s like, ‘This is what it’s all about.’ I know that that’s what Little Big Town’s all about.”

Brett will be on the road with Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour through December 13.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkatockWho was Jason Aldean‘s duet partner on the hit single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” ANSWER: Kelly Clarkson.

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First Batch of Grammy Nominations Revealed

NARASThe Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today.  Here are the nominees in the categories that have been announced so far:

Record of the Year
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay with Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance
“All of Me (Live),” John Legend
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake it off,” Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
X, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Country Album
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams

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Jason Aldean “Trying to Get Through the Holidays” Before Worrying About Wedding to Brittany Kerr

Image Courtesy CMAThere’s a lot of speculation going around that Jason Aldean and his fiancée, Brittany Kerr, will be tying the knot before the end of the year. It doesn’t look like they’ll say “I do” before Christmas, though.

Jason tells ABC News Radio, “We’re trying to get through the holidays, and then we’ll worry about that.”

The couple isn’t planning an over-the-top wedding, either.

Says Jason, “We just want to get it done and have it be cool. We don’t care if they serve chicken or steak or whatever the hell it is.”

As for their holiday plans, Jason and Brittany plan to go see her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, before spending Christmas with his two daughters in Nashville.

“This is kind of our first Christmas together,” says Jason. Brittany chimes in with a laugh, saying this Christmas is something of a trial run for them. Jason adds, “This is kind of a figure-it-out year for us.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton will perform his new single, “Lonely Tonight,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, December 10.

Chris Young released his new video for “Lonely Eyes” this week.

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Justin Moore Signing Copies of ACM Commemorative Book in Little Rock on December 18

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore will make an appearance at the Barnes & Noble in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Thursday, December 18. The reigning ACM New Artist of the Year will be signing copies of This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards along with the book’s author, Lisa Lee.

This is Country chronicles the ACM’s history as the organization prepares to host the 50th Annual ACM Awards April 19, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

Justin was raised in Poyen, Arkansas, and now lives with his family outside Little Rock.

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Florida Georgia Line Looking to Collaboration with Good Charlotte Members and Steven Tyler

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley plan to do a little collaborating over the Christmas touring break. According to Rolling Stone, Benji and Joel Madden of the rock band Good Charlotte are coming over to Brian’s treehouse studio to work on writing and recording some new music. Though they aren’t opening up about definite plans, FGL and the Madden Brothers have become tight lately.

Florida Georgia Line has also been talking quite a bit with Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, who has gone on record saying FGL is his favorite act right now in the country format.

Tyler says, “We’ve been texting with Steven about doing something together. Maybe a trip, or a [co-write].”

We’ll keep you posted on Florida Georgia Line’s upcoming collaborations as soon as they’re announced.

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Lady Antebellum Hosting Cheers for Charity New Year’s Eve Event in Nashville

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is hosting their First Annual Cheers for Charity event New Year’s Eve in Nashville. The evening will include dinner, drinks and dancing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Proceeds go to the band’s charity organization, LadyAID.

“We really wanted to do something special and fun in Nashville before everyone revs up for their big New Year’s Eve plans later that night,” says Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “The opportunity to host an event here at home and play music for our Nashville friends to raise awareness for a cause we truly believe in gives us so much happiness. ‘Cheers’ to a great New Year’s Eve in Nashville!”

Tickets to Cheers for Charity start at $250 are now available at Lady Antebellum will headline Nashville’s big New Year’s Eve concert on Lower Broadway. A portion of that show will air on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest that night.

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Jake Owen Debuts His “High and Tight” Short Haircut via Twitter

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleIt looks like Jake Owen‘s famously long locks are gone. He posted a selfie on Twitter showing off his new, short hairdo with the caption, “High and tight…”

He also posted a photograph of his hair on the floor at the salon saying, “And they said I wouldn’t…”

Jake’s fans and family are reacting to the new look. Jake’s 18-year-old nephew, Owen, texted him about the new look saying he doesn’t remember Jake with short hair. Jake replied, “Well…#weallwantwhatweaintgot.”

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