Blake Shelton is pretty used to being nominated for big awards, but that doesn’t mean he’s not ecstatic to receive more nods at the CMAs this year. The ‘God Gave Me You’ hitmaker has racked up four new nominations in 2012. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Hunter Hayes is enjoying the first CMA nomination — and he’s eternally grateful.
Kelly Clarkson continues to rock country music covers at the request of her fans. Most recently, she put on a rendition of a true classic country tune. At a gig in Indianapolis on Sunday night (Sept. 2), Clarkson gave Tammy Wynette‘s ‘Stand by Your Man’ the special treatment.
In the past few months, Jake Owen has made it clear that he wishes it could be summertime all year long. In addition to releasing an ‘Endless Summer’ EP with four summery tracks, when the handsome country crooner became the headliner for this year’s CMT on Tour package, his multi-city trek was named the ‘Jake Owen: The Summer Never Ends 2012′ tour. He’ll close the tour in December with a stopover in his hometown of Vero Beach, Fla. There, he’ll hold his annual hometown fundraiser to raise money for Autism Speaks, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and several local charities and organizations.
Taylor Swift is a role model to millions of young fans — some of them sick, some of them not. And though she can’t meet every request, she always takes notice of heartfelt stories, like that of cancer patient Kevin McGuire, whom she invited to be her date at an awards show. Now, it’s 10-year-old Swiftie Mackenzie who is hoping to grab the ‘Love Story’ singers attention — and her story might just be the most touching of all.
Taylor Swift‘s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ hit airwaves this week and immediately climbed to the top of the iTunes chart. After just days, it’s everywhere, which has the country singer’s ex-boyfriends scrambling to figure out if the song was written about them. Although some of Swift’s fans immediately thought Joe Jonas was the subject of the powerful ‘I’m over you’ anthem, the pop star believes otherwise.
Whenever possible, Luke Bryan loves to use his music to give back to people who need his support. That’s why the ‘Drunk on You’ hitmaker devised the Farm Tour — an annual set of outdoor concerts that give back to local farming communities. This year will be the fourth-annual event, and Bryan has finally announced the dates and cities to his eager fans.
Like any good southern gal, North Carolina native Kellie Pickler knows how to cook. In fact, the ‘Tough’ songstress was recently invited to demonstrate a few recipes on ABC’s cooking show, ‘The Chew.’ From the moment she walked on stage carrying a basket of pickles in mason jars (get it? Kellie Pickler makes pickles?), she was a complete hit on the daytime television show.
Jason Aldean should start counting down the days to October 16, when the singer’s next album, ‘Night Train,’ will be ready for the purchasing. Unfortunately, that’s still a few months away. But the good news is, fans of the ‘Fly Over States’ hitmaker can get a sneak peek of his new tunes when he takes them to the internet through David Letterman’s ‘Live on Letterman’ webcast.
Carrie Underwood put aside her microphone over the weekend and picked up a baseball instead. The ‘Blown Away’ hitmaker stepped up to the pitcher’s mound at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada to throw out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees baseball game on Sunday night (August 12).
For the past few months, Keith Urban has been making it clear to the press that his first priority is making new music. Although the country star had a blast filming ‘The Voice’ in Australia, his sights are set on his next project — a new album. In a recent interview with the Tennessean, the ‘You Gonna Fly’ hitmaker declares that he’s dismantling the way he’s made records in the past in order to put out a brand new sound in 2013.
Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel is said to be making an announcement this week about the biggest musical event in its history — and we think it’s safe to assume that they’ll be publicizing a Tim McGraw and Faith Hill residency in Sin City.
We can’t imagine Reba McEntire speaking with anything but a sweet southern drawl. But as it turns out, the iconic country star would love to try out a British accent for producers of ‘Downton Abbey.’ McEntire recently spilled that snagging a role on the hit PBS drama would be a dream come true for her.
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