by Christal Blue posted Dec 19 2014 7:48AM

Kelly Clarkson's "Miracle On Broadway" holiday concert that plays out on Nashville tomorrow night (12/20) will be giving back to four local nonprofits groups that met and posed for a photo will Clarkson on Thursday at her management office. The concert will feature Clarkson as well as Kix Brooks, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Charles Esten, Shane McAnally, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Reba, Meghan Trainor, Hayley Williams (Paramore), and Trisha Yearwoodperforming their favorite holiday songs.

Dierks Bentley has had an incredible 2014 as he enjoyed big success with his Riser album and the headlining tour with the same name. The year was also full of chart topping songs for Bentley and several award nominations and a win for a CMA for Video of the Year for his big hit "Drunk On A Plane." Dierks told Billboard of his great year, "We put the music first and when you do that, good things can happen far beyond what you could actually try to make happen."

To watch a recap of Bentley's unforgettable year, click HERE

Scotty McCreery will perform on FOX & Friends Christmas Special, which will premiere on the FOX News Network on Christmas Eve from 8:00 – 10:00 PM/ET. The show will re-air later that evening from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM/ET. It will also air twice on Christmas Day at 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM/ET and again in the afternoon at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM/ET. McCreery and his band delivered a spirited performance of "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Santa Claus is Back in Town" when they taped the holiday special earlier this month. Both songs are featured on his Gold-certified album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart when it was released in 2012.

While making media appearances in New York City, The Swon Brothers received a surprise dinner invitation from The Voice's newly crowned season seven winner, Craig Wayne Boyd. The Swons, likewise veterans of The Voice and Team Blake, grabbed a bite with Boyd at New York's Bond 45, where fans were delighted to spot the stars and get a few photo opps of their own.

by Christal Blue posted Dec 18 2014 8:01AM

Blake Shelton's team notched another victory on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night when Nashville's Craig Wayne Boyd was crowned champion of the show's seventh season. Boyd's win brings Team Blake's total tally to 4 wins. It came down to Boyd and Adam Levine's team member Matt McAndrew, who finished in the runner-up position. During a press conference after the finale, Blake said that he doesn't plan on letting rival coach Levine forget whose team came out on top. Shelton said, "Will I rub it in Adam's face? He may quit the show before I'm done rubbing this in his face!" Craig wins a recording contract and the $100,000 grand prize.

Eric Church is on track to finish 2014 as one of the top-selling artists in country music.  Church has the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as his latest album, The Outsiders, reaches Platinum certification, signifying sales of more than 1 million copies. The Outsiders was also one of the year's top albums regardless of genre, according to Billboard. After being released in February, the album moved more than 288,000 copies in its first week out. The record also won the Album of the Year Award at Monday night's inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, and has earned a nomination for Country Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Alan Jackson will celebrate a quarter century of hit-making when he brings his 25th Anniversary tour to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville next year. The show, "NRA Presents Alan Jackson's 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country Tour," will hit Music City on April 11 and will feature special guests Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi. The concert adds to an exciting week in downtown Nashville, as the Saturday night show takes place during the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The event is set at the Music City Center for 2015 and includes acres of the latest products in firearms, accessories and apparel.

Fans of country music and college football will want to tune into CMT when they broadcast their Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From The College Football Playoff Championship early next year. The live television special will premiere on CMT Friday, January 9 at 9:00 PM ET and will feature performances from some of country's hottest acts. Just added to the already star-studded lineup of performers are Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett.  They join the previously announced performers Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge. The live 90-minute special will be broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas and is the kickoff entertainment event at the national championship playoff weekend.

by Christal Blue posted Dec 17 2014 7:57AM

Luke Bryan may have taken home the trophy for Male Vocalist of the Year at Monday night's inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, but it was who he brought with him to the ceremony that had everybody talking. Luke and his wife Caroline were joined at the show by the singer's 13-year-old nephew, Til, whose father, Lee, recently passed away on November 29. Lee was married to Bryan's sister, who died suddenly in 2007 when she was only 39-years-old. Luke shared, "My wife Caroline took him shopping and got him some nice clothes and I loaned him one of my watches, so he's having a good time."

Little Big Town has announced that they've added a spring leg to their headlining "The Pain Killer Tour." The new tour leg will kick off on March 5 of next year in Savannah, Georgia and will wrap up at the end of that month. The newly announced tour leg will hit 12 cities and will feature special guest Chris Stapleton as the opening act. This news comes as the band just released their brand-new single "Girl Crush".

Kacey Musgraves is set to continue her headlining tour "Same Tour Different Trailer" in 2015 with a newly announced tour leg in February. The tour leg will kick off in Norfolk, Virginia on February, 12 and will continue through the end of that month. The tour will again feature special guests John & Jacob, who opened for Kacey on her most recent fall run of the same tour. Tickets for the "Same Tour Different Trailer Tour" will go on sale this Friday. After kicking off the tour at The NorVa, other stops include Baltimore at Ram's Head Live, and The National in Richmond.

All this year, country artists have been recognizing the most influential music across all genres that has helped shaped their lives in CMT's All-Time Top 40: Artist's Choice. Now, CMT will start at the beginning of the list and count down the selected top 40 artists in a five-hour marathon kicking-off Saturday, December 27 at 9:00 AM ET. The countdown began this past March with weekly segments airing in CMT Hot 20 Countdown. A few weeks ago the list's number one spot was revealed on Hot 20 as recent CMT "Artists of a Lifetime" recipient, Merle Haggard. Over 100 country artists participated in countdown, including legendary artists such as Haggard, Dolly Parton and George Strait, as well as today's hottest stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean.    

by Christal Blue posted Dec 16 2014 4:26AM
2014 American Country Countdown Awards - Show

Here's a list of the winners at the first annual American Country Countdown Awards, which were handed out last night at the Music City Center in Nashville: Artist of the Year - Jason Aldean, Male Vocalist of the Year - Luke Bryan, Female Vocalist of the Year - Miranda Lambert, Group / Duo of the Year - Florida Georgia Line, Song of the Year - "Beat Of The Music" - Brett Eldredge, Collaboration of the Year - "This Is How We Roll" — Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, Album of the Year - The Outsiders — Eric Church, Digital Song of the Year - "This Is How We Roll" — Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, Breakthrough Artist of the Year Presented By Samsung Galaxy (Fan voted on Twitter) - Kip Moore, NASH Icon AwardReba, and the Groundbreaker Award - Kenny Chesney

Justin Moore walked his daughter Ella on the red carpet at last night's ACCA's because the last time he appeared on a red carpet for a TV show, Ella spotted him and wanted to be a part of it, so Moore explains he simply brought her along this time carrying her most the way.

David Nail has landed on a few "Best of 2014" lists for his album I'm A Fire. Billboard named I'm A Fire one of the top five Best Country Albums of 2014 (landing at #4). Rolling Stone Country and iTunes named I'm A Fire one of the Best Country Albums of 2014. Nail's number one platinum hit "Whatever She's Got" was named one of the top 3 Country Songs of 2014 by Billboard saying "Nail's vocal chops are flawless" and calling him "one of the best pure male vocalists in Nashville."

After two years and performing 105 shows for 337,500 guests from all over the world, Shania Twaintook the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the last time Saturday evening with her headlining residency show, "Shania: Still The One." Ever since she made her historic arrival to the city by shutting

by Christal Blue posted Dec 15 2014 4:46PM

Antebellum has signed on to perform at the People's Choice Awards 2015 next month. They're up for Favorite Country Group, which is their fifth People Choice Award nomination. The awards will be presented live Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Kristian Bush and Goodwill Industries of Houston connected donors and Goodwill job connection program participants with a benefit concert and donation event held in Houston, Texas over the weekend. Through a national partnership between Bush and Goodwill Industries International, fans were encouraged to provide an item or financial donation for free entry into Bush's live concert, meet some of Goodwill's job connection center program participants in person, and see how their donations directly impact lives and help create jobs.

--The CMA has collected more than 5,000 Christmas presents for Middle Tennessee children. Most were donated by fans attending the taping of CMA Country Christmas, which aired on ABC-TV December 1 and will air again December 20. The gifts will be distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Foundation.

--The official 2015 Keith Urban Calendar to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is for sale and features photos taken by Urban's fans during his "Raise 'Em Up Tour." Since 2003, the calendars have raised more than $850,000 for the hospital.

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by christal Blue posted Dec 8 2014 11:02AM

Miranda Lambert has officially reacted to her four Grammy nominations on Friday (12/5). In a press release, Lambert said "I don't even have words to describe the feeling when I realized I had 4 Grammy nominations. Getting recognized by the music industry as a whole is so humbling and much appreciated by not only me, but the amazing team of people that make my world turn. Congrats to all my fellow musicians and artists who are nominated. See y'all at the Grammys!!!" The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air live from Los Angeles, February 8th on CBS at 8PM ET/PT.

No more than eight weeks after debuting at number one on Billboard's Top 200 chart with over 280,000 copies, Jason Aldean continues to conquer unchartered territory as Old Boots, New Dirt becomes the only country album released this year to be certified PLATINUM, for sales of over one million units. Aldean is one of only three artists in all genres to release an album and see it earn PLATINUM certification in 2014. Jason says, "It's like Christmas came early!"

Florida Georgia Line are passionate about giving back and every year Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard find a new way to make someone's Christmas a little brighter. This year, they are partnering with their home church, Cross Point Church, in their Dollar Club initiative. The duo is encouraging their FGL family and amazing fans to consider giving one dollar to the Dollar Club, which partners with various organizations to help those in Nashville who are in need. Founded in January 2014, Cross Point Church's the Dollar Club gives 100% of monies received directly to people in need.

MoonPie, an American favorite since 1917, along with country music artist Craig Morgan, is shipping over 35,000 MoonPies to USO centers across the country this week as a "thank you treat" for U.S. troops who are heading home for the holidays. MoonPie enlisted the country music star and Army veteran to assist with a six-month social media campaign that invited MoonPie and Morgan fans to donate a free MoonPie to the troops. The USO, with their long history of supporting American troops, was the natural partner for the campaign.

by Christal Blue posted Dec 6 2014 12:00AM

The 2015 Grammy Awards nominees were announced on Friday. Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Lee Ann Womack all received nods for Best Country Album, with Eric and Miranda also earning Best Country Song nominations. Newcomer Brandy Clark also earned a nomination in the Best Country Album category, as well as being nominated for Best New Artist. Multiple Grammy-winner Glen Campbell returned to the nominee list with a nod in the Best Country Song category for the song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You, which appears on the I'll Be Me soundtrack. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on

The list of presenters at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards have been announced, with stars from the music, sports and entertainment spectrums all taking part in the ceremony. Presenters from the country music realm include Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindelland Chris Young. The show will be hosted by Florida Georgia Line and will be broadcast live from Nashville's Music City Center on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. There will be performances by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

Garth Brookshas inspired so many young artists to make the move to Nashville, but that influence reaches far beyond the realm of country music – some of pop's biggest stars idolize Garth as well. Last week, Brooks was in St. Louis to play a sold-out show at Scottrade Center, and pop starJustin Timberlakewas there to greet him. Timberlake took toInstagramto share a picture of him with Brooks. The caption for the photo read, "One of my IDOLS. Garth... You are a MASTER of your craft. I am in awe of you, still."  

by Christal Blue posted Dec 5 2014 9:38AM

Tim McGraw can always be seen wearing his trusty black cowboy hat and now the singer is finally getting some recognition for it. McGraw has been honored as one of the inductees for the 2015 Headwear Hall of Fame. Every year, The Headwear Association recognizes six individuals who are renowned for wearing hats. This is THA's seventh year of the Headwear Hall of Fame, with the number of hat-wearing members totaling 42. Some of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame include Elton John, Queen Elizabeth II, Nicole Kidman, Kid Rock and Jackie Kennedy.

As the year winds down, Jason Aldean finds himself off the road and able to spend more time with his fiancée Brittany Kerr. But will being home for the holidays give Aldean more time to plan his upcoming trip down the aisle with Kerr? People magazine recently caught up with Jason on the red carpet for the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year, and asked the singer about preparing for the couple's wedding. Aldean shared, "It's kind of hard when you're touring as much as we do. But with the holidays coming up, we'll have some time off. I can't tell you when, but it will definitely be sooner than later."

Jake Owen's long hair has been part of the singer's identity from the start, so it caught some fans by surprise when he took to Twitter yesterday to reveal that his long locks were gone. Jake tease fans by tweeting the caption ""Ughhhhh ohhhhhhhhh.........." along with a picture of his long, brown hair clippings on the floor. Then later in the afternoon, Owen finally revealed a picture of him sitting in a car rocking his new "high and tight" hairdo.  

Poyen native Justin Moore will be in his home state of Arkansas the week before Christmas when Barnes & Noble hosts a special book signing of, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards – the ACM's first-ever commemorative book. Justin will be accompanied by another Natural State native -- the book's author Lisa Lee. The book captures moments the from the first informal Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in 1966 to today's star-studded show on CBS. For the first time ever, the ACM has opened its archive to reveal never-before-seen photos and memorabilia capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of the award show that has spanned a half century.

by Christal Blue posted Dec 3 2014 12:00AM

Eric Church and Miranda Lambert have made Rolling Stone's list of the "50 Best Albums of 2014." Church finds the number 21 spot on the list with his fourth studio album The Outsiders. The publication applauds Eric for "following his rock & roll rebel heart" on this record in an era they say is "teeming with bro-country." The album has produced 4 hit singles, including his current Top 10 hit "Talladega." Coming in at number five on the list is Lambert's fifth studio album Platinum, which Rolling Stone says "balances solo-act introspection with A-list ring grabs." Some of the A-listers that appear on the album with Miranda include Carrie Underwood  and Little Big Town.

Kenny Chesney has added a second date at Target Field in Minneapolis with co-headliner Jason Aldean next summer. The newly added date at the Minnesota Twins' home stadium is set for July 19 and follows the previously announced date on July 18. Tickets for both concerts go on sale this Friday. The two superstars announced earlier this year that Kenny's "The Big Revival Tour" and Jason's "Burn It Down Tour" would merge for a 10-stadium tour across the country. The combined shows will also feature special guests Cole Swindell and Brantley Gilbert.

Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band will hit the beach next year as headliners of the third annual Rock The Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The oceanfront festival will come to Fort Lauderdale Park Beach on April 11 and 12. This is a return appearance for Chesney, who also headlined the event's inaugural year, and Zac Brown Band's first time headlining the festival.  The festival will also feature appearances by Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, David Nail, Sam Hunt, Frankie Ballard, Chase Rice, and more. More than 44,000 fans took the beach at the festival last year. Proceeds from 2014's Tortuga Music Festival ticket sales and donations contributed more than $100,000 toward marine and ocean research and conservation organizations.

Dolly Parton joins Reba, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, The Doobie Brothers, Zac Brown Band, and others to raise money for their favorite charities this holiday season in a new attraction at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. The Parade of Trees is a collection of 15 decorated Christmas trees that are on display throughout the resort's nine acres of indoor gardens as part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas.  Each tree will be sold to the highest online bidder with the funds raised benefiting the not-for-profit organization designated for the tree.

by Christal Blue posted Dec 2 2014 12:00AM
Celebrity Fight Night XIX - Arrivals

Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award during the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on December 15 in Nashville. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will be on hand at the ceremony to honor Reba by performing some of her best-known songs live from the award show stage. Longtime friend and radio host Kix Brooks will present Reba with the NASH Icon Award during the live show at Nashville's Music City Center. The NASH Icon Award celebrates an iconic artist who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music, and Kix says Reba definitely fits the bill. The American Country Countdown Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville's Music City Center on December 15 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX.

Buffalo, New York may be preparing for a cold and snowy winter, but Garth Brooks has some news that just might help the city thaw out next spring. For the first time in 17 years, Garth will make a tour stop in Buffalo as part of his "The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood." The concerts will heat things up at the First Niagara Center on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7. Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday. The tour just recently helped Garth break his North American ticket sales record for a single city with more than 203,235 tickets sold from eleven shows in Minneapolis.

Brad Paisley has teamed up with Boot Barn to launch his very own clothing line just in time for the holiday season. The Moonshine Spirit clothing line features both casual and dressier merchandise, including boots, shirts, jeans, T-shirts, ball caps, cowboy hats, bracelets, and even a leather jacket. Moonshine in the Trunk is available at Boot Barn's 165 locations across 25 states. The clothing line is aimed at males aged 18-40, with prices ranging from $20 for a baseball cap to $299 for the leather jacket. Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley debuted at Boot Barn's new downtown Nashville location on iconic Lower Broadway.

Carrie Underwood was among the stars that performed during U2's surprise World AIDS Day concert in Times Square last night. The concert also featured performances by Kanye West and U2's Adam Clayton, The Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr., who were joined by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin. Springsteen and Martin stepped in for Bono, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a November bike accident.

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