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John Rich Kicked Off Airplane & More in Casey’s Taste of Country

John Rich
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According to TMZJohn Rich was kicked off a Southwest flight yesterday for being too intoxicated to fly.  Sources on the flight told TMZ that Rich appeared drunk as he boarded in Las Vegas.  John was flying to Nashville.  Crew members made the decision to ask him to get off the flight after he was reportedly arguing with a few passengers before boarding.  He was rebooked for a later Southwest flight, but chose to make alternative travel arrangements and was issued a refund.  A statement from John Rich’s people could be released as early as today.

American Country Awards 2011
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If you missed the American Country Awards last night, Jason Aldean was the frontrunner for the evening.  He took home a total of six awards, including “Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year.”  Carrie Underwood took home three, earning herself the most ACA honors of any artist.  She won another six last year for a total of nine ACA Awards.  Here is the complete list of winners.

Don’t forget to tune into Fox’s, “Glee” tonight.  Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” will be finally featured.  The song’s video right now has had more than 3 million views online; its No.1 for country downloads for the second week in a row; and it’s still the No.1 requested video on CMT. 


Blake Shelton
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I mentioned Kellie Pickler appearing on television this week.  Well, she is also releasing her third studio album, ‘100 Proof.’  The album is due out in stores and online January 24th.  Kellie has teamed up on six of the songs as a co-writer as well.  11 songs total are on the long-anticipated album.

And if you wanted to have a say in the People’s Choice Awards, voting ends today.  Blake Shelton is up against Justin Bieber and Eminem for Favorite male Artist.  Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” is up for Favorite Album of the Year and against the albums of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Adele.  Taylor Swift is also up for two awards – Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Tour Headliner.  To vote, just go to their website.  The show and results will air live January 11th, on CBS.

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