Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood will guest co-host CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. ET. She’ll discuss her new compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, coming out Tuesday, December 9.

Blake Shelton will perform his new single, “Lonely Tonight,” with Ashley Monroe on NBC’s The Voice on Monday, December 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

Sara Evans will sing the title track from her new holiday album, At Christmas, on Live with Kelly and Michael Tuesday, December 9 during their “LIVE’s Holiday Hits Week.”


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Hunter Hayes and Darius Rucker Performing on “Christmas in Washington” December 19

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes and Darius Rucker are on the bill for this year’s Christmas in Washington special. It airs Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. The president and first lady attend Christmas in Washington each year. Pop acts Rita Ora, Christina Perri and Aloe Blacc also are set to perform. Dwayne The Rock Johnson will serve as host.


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Grammy Nominations Rolling Out All Day Friday on TV and Twitter

Image Courtesy The Recording AcademyThe nominations for next year’s Grammy Awards will be rolling out throughout the day Friday, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET via CBS This Morning.  From 9 a.m. ET through 2 p.m. ET, additional categories will be announced on Twitter with the full list going live at 2 p.m ET at Grammy.com.

The Album of the Year nominees will be announced on CBS’s A Very Grammy Christmas special that night at 9 ET. Tim McGraw will perform on that show along with Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith.

After that show airs, the list of nominees in all 83 categories will be posted at Grammy.org.


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Jana Kramer Engaged to NFL Free Agent Michael Caussin

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer is engaged to her boyfriend, football player Michael Caussin. He surprised her on her birthday Tuesday night by gathering a small group of friends and family to witness his proposal.

Jana says, “It was a beautiful surprise. He was the perfect gentleman. Nervous, on one knee, and surrounded by some of the people that love us the most.” 

Jana was previously engaged to Brantley Gilbert, but they broke things off in August 2013. Brantley is now engaged to a schoolteacher named Amber Cochran.

As for Jana’s new fiancé, Michael Caussin played four years in the NFL and is currently a free agent.



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Chris Young to Be Honored at YoungArts Foundation’s Backyard Ball in January

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityChris Young will be honored along with Josh Groban as the 2015 Alumni Honorees at the National YoungArts Foundation’s Backyard Ball January 10 in Miami. The YoungArts program recognizes outstanding young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Chris was a 2003 YoungArts Winner and was also singled out as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts when he was a high school senior.

Visual artist Jeff Koons will also be honored at the Backyard Ball. Previous honorees at this fundraiser include Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, Robert Redford, and Girls star Andrew Rannells. For more information, go to YoungArts.org/Gala.


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Brooks & Dunn Reunite for Las Vegas Residency with Reba Starting June 24 at Caesars Palace

Image Courtesy Caesars Palace/Russ HarringtonBrooks & Dunn is back together for a run of shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with their old friend and tour partner, Reba.

Reba and Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas will launch June 24, 2015 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Tickets for select shows go on sale Thursday at TheColosseum.com or AXS.com. Go to RebainVegas.com for more information. Brooks & Dunn has not performed together since wrapping up their farewell tour in 2010.

The idea to revive their co-headlining show came up at dinner in Nashville. Reba, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn still hang out regularly despite rumors that Kix and Ronnie don’t get along. Kix shot that talk down at a press conference at Caesars Palace Wednesday.

“We’ve been having dinners and going on vacation together, which is pretty amazing, you know, considering as much as Ronnie and I hate each other and don’t get along,” Kix said with a laugh. Reuniting with Reba seems like a natural way for Brooks & Dunn to come back together, too.

Says Kix, “We love hanging out and we love playing music. Let’s do it somewhere besides the campfire where some folks will show up and hear us again. So, we’re really looking forward to it.”

Here are the confirmed 2015 dates for Reba and Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas: 6/24, 6/26, 6/27, 7/1, 7/3, 7/4, 12/2, 12/4, 12/6, 12/9, 12/11, and 12/12.


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Garth Brooks Playing Pittsburgh February 5 and 7, 2015

Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Pittsburgh, PA with a show on February 5 and two more shows on February 7, 2015. Tickets go on sale December 12 at 10 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster.com. Garth’s wife, Trisha Yearwood, is also on the bill.

Garth has four shows coming up in St. Louis this weekend.



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Carrie Underwood Launching Women’s Fitness Lifestyle Clothing Line, CALIA, in March 2015

Image Courtesy Dick’s Sporting GoodsCarrie Underwood has partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods to launch the CALIA by Carrie Underwood fitness lifestyle clothing line in March 2015. The idea grew from Carrie’s own need for clothes that work in the gym and also look great while running errands or grabbing lunch with a friend.

Carrie is proud to offer this new line of clothing allowing women to look great while pursuing an active lifestyle.  “I think we’ve really bridged the gap, and we have things that are just really well-made and great pieces that women will feel good about wearing,” she says.  “I paid special attention to what women want and what they need.”

Carrie has been very impressed with the designers at Dick’s Sporting Goods, too.  “We’ve basically just had this big team, team of people — mainly ladies, very strong, awesome women — working on this fitness/lifestyle brand,” she says. “It’s something that I think people are gonna be really excited about. I know I’m excited about it.”

The clothing line will be available in stores at Dick’s Sporting Goods and online at CaliaStudio.com.


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Florida Georgia Line Added to “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Lineup

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line will perform a medley of “Cruise,” “This Is How We Roll” and their latest single, “Sun Daze” on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The show airs December 31 at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC, with Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, One Direction and Meghan Trainor also on the bill.

Look for more stars to be added to the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve lineup soon.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLuke Bryan is a co-writer on which one of Billy Currington‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Good Directions.”


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