• MICKEY GUYTON GETS EMOTIONAL OVER TEENAGE GIRL’S ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ AUDITION.

    The final season of American Idol kicked off last week, and not only were the judges – Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez – were blown away by the immense talent during the first round of auditions, but the rest of the nation, including Mickey Guyton, were as well. In addition to the other contestants, 15-year-old Tristian McIntosh from Nashville, stunned the judges with a piano version of Mickey’s song, “Why Baby Why” and then brought them to tears when her mother, Amy, who is deployed overseas, surprised her during the audition and gave her the golden ticket to send her on to Hollywood.

    Mickey first heard of Tristan several months ago when the young girl posted a video of herself singing “Why Baby Why” on Instagram. “I actually heard of Tristan about six months ago when my EP came out while I was on tour with Brad [Paisley], and she posted a video of her singing ‘Why Baby Why.’ I actually posted it on my Instagram, and I was like this girl is really freaking talented, and the fact that she’s 15 is just insane,” says Mickey.  “Once I saw the actual audition, it was just so, so emotional, like I’m still a mess. I can barely talk about it now, because of how special it is…It was a really cool moment for me.”

    American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8pm ET on Fox.

    Audio / Mickey Guyton talks about American Idol contestant, Tristan McIntosh.

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    Mickey Guyton (Idol contestant) 1 OC: …moment for me. 1:10
    “When I saw that this young girl named Tristan was going to be auditioning for American Idol and singing my song, I thought it was so freaking cool. The funny thing is I actually heard of Tristan about six months ago when my EP came out while I was on tour with Brad [Paisley], and she posted a video of her singing ‘Why Baby Why.’ I actually posted it on my Instagram, and I was like this girl is really freaking talented, and the fact that she’s 15 is just insane. When I found out she was auditioning with my song, I was like, ‘That was so cool.’ But once I saw the actual audition, it was just so, so emotional, like I’m still a mess. I can barely talk about it now, because of how special it is and how much love she has for her mom and that her mom serves our country and with us going through so much, it just means so much that her mom flew all the way out there to be there for her audition. And let me tell you – Tristan sang her butt off and totally did ‘Why Baby Why’ justice, and I’m just excited! I’m excited that more people got to hear my music, as well. It was a really cool moment for me.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Sam, Keith, Kip

    Luke Bryan is set to perform a two-song medley during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan SeacrestHe’ll perform his No. 1 hit, “That’s My Kind of Night” and “Move” from his latest album, Kill the Lights.

    Sam Hunt is scheduled to perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers January 6th.

    Keith Urban‘s official lyric video for his latest single, “Break On Me,” has been released. Check it out here.

    Kip Moore has been spending his holiday surfing in Costa Rica.

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  • NEW YEAR’S LINERS 2015

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Audio / LINER David Nail (New Year)

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    “This is David Nail, wishing you a Happy New Year’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (New Years)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Easton Corbin, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Eric Church, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (10 COUNTDOWN)

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    “10-9-8-7—6-54321, Happy New Year, y’all. It’s Eric Church, and it’s time to put a drink in MY hand!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay, wishing you a Happy New Year!”


    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Gary Allan. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Jon Pardi, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner. Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a safe and Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (New Year)

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    “Hey everyone! This is Keith Urban. Have a safe and happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (New Year)

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    “Hey there! It’s Kelleigh Bannen, wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (New Year)

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    “It’s Kip Moore, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (New Year)

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    “This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (New Year)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy New Year!”

     

  • KEITH URBAN IS NAMED THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 CRS ARTIST HUMANITARIAN AWARD.

    The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Keith Urban as the recipient of the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 8, 2016. Last year’s Artist Humanitarian Award recipient, Lady Antebellum, will be on hand to present Urban with this year’s award.

    The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career.

    CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “Keith Urban is a true humanitarian who gives out of love, passion, spirit, and generosity. It’s been an honor to witness quietly from the sidelines, the amount of time, talent, and passion that Keith has selflessly given over his life and career. The impact and reach of his generosity has effected so many and is so broad in scope and depth – his is a bar of humanitarian effort, that we all can be inspired by!”

    Over the years, Urban has been a strong supporter of numerous benefit concerts, including the annual “All For The Hall” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concerts, which has raised nearly $3 million in proceeds.  In addition, he’s been and remains a supporter of The Grammy in the Schools program, Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and was recently named the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation.

    He is a continued supporter of the “Make A Wish” Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As an advisory board member at St. Jude, Urban has visited the hospital and produces a calendar each year with all net proceeds going to St. Jude. Since their inception in 2003, these calendars have raised more than $850,000 for the life-saving mission of the hospital.

    Following the 2010 Nashville flood, he was very active in the relief efforts and participated in the re-opening of the Grand Ole Opry House, Marty Stuart’s “Late Night Jam,” GAC and Vince Gill telethons; all to raise funds for flood relief.

    Additionally, he has supported our nation’s troops and the Navy SEALS Foundation. Urban donated to the foundation his share of artist and publishing royalties from his song “For You,” which reached a total of $300,000.

    He was also the first Ambassador for the CMA Foundation’s Education Program and has donated from his line, URBAN guitars, to five Music Education Matters partner programs across the country, including programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and San Francisco. He’s also donated URBAN guitars to the Grammy Foundation and its MusiCares program, as well as donating proceeds from the guitars to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to keep musical instruments in schools.

    Past recipients of the Artist Humanitarian Award have included Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others.

    For more information on Keith Urban, visit www.keithurban.net. For more information on Country Radio Seminar, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

    About Country Radio Seminar:
    Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2016 is set for Feb. 8-10, 2016 at the Omni Hotel.  Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2016).

  • CHRISTMAS LINERS 2015: AJ, Billy, Bros O, Canaan, Clare, Darius, David, Dierks, Easton, Church, Paslay, Gary, Strait, Pardi, Josh, Keith, Kelleigh, Kip, Lady A, Lauren, LBT, Luke, Sam, Scotty, Toby and more!

    Holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kelleigh Bannen, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery and more!

    Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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    “Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Christmas)

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    “Hey! What’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Christmas)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is David Nail, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Easton Corbin, wishing you and your family a Happy Holidays.”

     

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Easton Corbin, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Christmas)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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    “Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kelleigh Bannen, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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    “Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! We’re Lady Antebellum, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum. Happy Holidays.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

     

    Audio / LINER LBT (Very Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, and we just want to say Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas.”


    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Scotty McCreery (Happy Holidays)

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    “Happy Holidays everyone. It’s Scotty McCreery, and go easy on that eggnog!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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    Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

    Audio / LINER Toby Keith (politically correct holiday liner)

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    “Hey! It’s Toby Keith with the gift of politically correctness. Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah, or Bah Humbug. Whatever way you celebrate, I hope it’s a good one.”

  • GRAMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2015: Chris Stapleton, LBT, Sam, Charles, Keith, Kacey and more.

    The nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Monday morning (December 7th) and country music is well-represented.

    Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Sam Hunt led the list of country nominees, with Chris and LBT each picking up four, while Sam earned two.

    Little Big Town are nominated for overall Song of the Year for “Girl Crush,” as well as Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Album for Pain Killer and Best Country Song. The group tweeted, “WOW! 4 nominations? We are thrilled to be representing country music w/ @TheGRAMMYs, esp. ‘Song Of The Year.’”

    Chris, who picked up three CMA Awards last month, is nominated in four categories at the Grammy Awards, including overall/all-genre Album of the Year. He says that he hopes fans enjoy his album, Traveller, as a whole. “Music to me is meant to be enjoyed in that way and you’re really supposed to dive into it. And I hope some folks can find it in their hearts to do that with this record, because I think it’s how it was meant to be used. And somewhere in there if they’re compelled to come and watch me live, that’d be great.” Chris is also nominated for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

    Sam Hunt has a pair of nods, including the overall Best New Artist, as well as Best Country Album for his debut album, Montevallo, which has spawned three No. 1 hits, and another song making its way up the country charts. “I am beyond humbled with these nominations,” says Sam. “I am so grateful to the fans, the Nashville music community and the Recording Academy for their appreciation and recognition. This has been just the most amazing year.”

    John and TJ Osborne, aka Brothers Osborne, are excited to earn their very first Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their Top 10 single, “Stay a Little Longer.” The two were asleep when news of their nomination was announced. ““My wife woke me up, just like screaming, ‘Wake up! Wake up!’ I woke up in a panic. I thought the damn house was on fire,” laughs John. “But, yeah, we hear most big news while we’re asleep.”

    Charles Kelley earned his first-ever GRAMMY nomination as a solo artist in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for his “soaring new single” (Entertainment Weekly) “The Driver” featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. This year’s recognition serves as Kelley’s 12th career nomination from The Recording Academy. “I’m still in shock from waking up this morning to a GRAMMY nomination for ‘The Driver,” says Charles. “I feel like I’m just getting started on this journey, so to get honored in this way and share it with Dierks and Eric is incredible. I’m so thankful to my producer Paul Worley who encouraged me to chase this record down.”

    Keith Urban has a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for his recent chart-topping hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” while Kacey Musgraves picks up a nod for Best Country Album for Pageant Material.

    The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be handed out February 15th.

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

    To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

    Traveller – Chris Stapleton

    1989 – Taylor Swift

    Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR

    “Alright” – Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar)

    “Blank Space” – Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)

    “Girl Crush” – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose (Little Big Town)

    “See You Again” – Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth, Cameron Thomaz (Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth)

     

    BEST NEW ARTIST

    Courtney Barnett

    James Bay

    Sam Hunt

    Tori Kelly

    Meghan Trainor

     

    BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

    “Burning House” – Cam

    “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton

    “Little Toy Guns” – Carrie Underwood

    “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – Keith Urban

    “Chances Are” – Lee Ann Womack

     

    BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

    “Stay A Little Longer” – Brothers Osborne

    “If I Needed You” – Joey+Rory

    “The Driver” – Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay

    “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town

    “Lonely Tonight” – Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

     

    BEST COUNTRY SONG

    “Chances Are” – Hayes Carll (Lee Ann Womack)

    “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” – Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Jonathan Singleton (Tim McGraw)

    “Girl Crush” – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose (Little Big Town)

    “Hold My Hand” – Brandy Clark, Mark Stephen Jones (Brandy Clark)

    “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

     

    BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

    Montevallo – Sam Hunt

    Pain Killer – Little Big Town

    The Blade – Ashley Monroe

    Pageant Material – Kacey Musgraves

    Traveller – Chris Stapleton

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about what he hopes for folks and fans to go away with when they listen to his album.

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    Chris Stapleton (album) OC: …that’d be great. :47
    “I grew up on records as a piece of work. I didn’t grow up in an age where we necessarily bought singles or just one piece of an album. I grew up on things that were albums. I hope that people go ahead and get the whole album and listen to it, take the time to listen it, and not as a passive thing, as like I’m watching television or Youtube, all these things that we have as distractions. Music to me is meant to be enjoyed in that way and you’re really supposed to dive into it. And I hope some folks can find it in their hearts to do that with this record, because I think it’s how it was meant to be used. And somewhere in there if they’re compelled to come and watch me live, that’d be great.”

    Audio / John & TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne reveal how they found out they were nominated for a Grammy.

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    Brothers Osborne (Grammys) OC: (John) …we’re asleep. [laughs] :28
    TJ: “We found out that we were nominated almost the same exact way we found out we were nominated for an ACM. I woke up to like 60 text messages, and I was like, ‘Who the hell is texting me at this time of the day.’ And I looked at the phone, and everyone’s like, ‘Wake up! You were nominated for the Grammys.’” JOHN: “My wife woke me up, just like screaming, ‘Wake up! Wake up!’ I woke up in a panic. I thought the damn house was on fire. But, yeah, we hear most big news while we’re asleep.” [laughs]

    Audio / Brothers Osborne talk about their Grammy nomination.

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    Brothers Osborne (Grammys) 2 OC: (John) …by our peers. :39
    TJ: “I mean, it’s crazy to be nominated for a Grammy, For the rest of our lives, we’ll always be Grammy nominated artists, you know. And hopefully, we win the category, but just simply being nominated, it’s something that a lot of musicians and songwriters and entertainers never, ever get to achieve, and so it’s, to say it’s an honor is an understatement.” JOHN: “Yeah, we’ve always taken kind of a different approach when it comes to music. And our music is not necessarily 100% conventional all the time, so the mountain for us has been a bit steeper, and this is an amazing achievement because we’re nominated and we’re being acknowledged by our peers.”

    Audio / Keith Urban explains that while he and producer Dann Huff changed up the song’s production from the demo, it didn’t detract from “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

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    Keith Urban (J3 #1 party) OC: …does everything. :30
    “For me, it was just a great song. It kinda didn’t matter how it was done, it was a great song. It was solid, great melody. Even from a singer’s standpoint, there’s certain things about rhythmic qualities of consonants and vowels and where they fall in a melody and where they fall in the rhythm that matter to me; maybe not even just matter, but they resonate with me that way. So, you can have a song that’s really well-written lyrically, but it’s not great to sing. It doesn’t sing well. It reads well, but it doesn’t sing well, and this is one of those songs that does everything.”

    Audio / Charles Kelley talks about his Grammy nomination for “The Driver.”

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    Charles Kelley (Grammys) OC: …this record. :57
    “I actually found out about the nominations this morning. My wife woke me up. I had a whole bunch of text messages from friends and family congratulating me. I, of course, like most musicians, don’t wake up before nine o’clock. But just honestly, I have not been able to get this smile off my face today. I’m so fired up. I’m so ready for fans to hear this project. ‘The Driver’ is a song, it’s probably one of the most honest songs I’ve written in a long time, and to be able to share this moment with my buddies Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, means the world to me. Every time I go on social media and see the reaction and fans specifically talking about this song and how it’s speaking to them, that reminds me of why I wanted to pursue this project. I don’t know. It just means the world to me, and it means the world to me that Hillary and Dave are so supportive. They were one of my first texts this morning congratulating me. And I cannot wait for everybody to hear the rest of this record.”

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves talks about her Grammy nominated album, Pageant Material.

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    Kacey Musgraves (Pageant Material) OC: …for the record. :55
    “For this record, Pageant Material, it’s funny how that was one of the later songs we wrote, and I don’t go into a record, or I haven’t yet, with a theme in mind. I just like let the songs come, and somewhere along the way, they take shape on their own. That’s kind of what happened here. We gotten ‘Pageant Material,’ and at that point, I think that was the last one we wrote, that one or ‘Dime Store [Cowgirl].’ So, we had most of the songs in the batch, and I hadn’t really, I was kind of feeling a little weird ‘cause I was like I didn’t really know what it was going to be called. Same thing happened with Same Trailer…, it just kind of popped out of nowhere and late in the game. So, I was just messing around with the titles, and I just thought, ‘Pageant Material – that would be an awesome statement for the record, I think.’ It’s just kind of saying, ‘I’m not pageant material. I’m not a robot. I kind of am what I am.’ And it also has a humorous touch to it too, which I really like. And of course, I love big hair and retro styles, so I thought it was a good fit for the record.”

  • KEITH URBAN LOSES HIS DAD.

    Condolences go out to Keith Urban whose father, Robert Urban, passed away Saturday night (December 5th), after a lengthy battle with cancer. Keith has been overwhelmed with people reaching out to him and offering him comfort during this difficult time.

    “I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic and I, and our family, have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night,” he writes. “His long battle with cancer is now over and he is finally at peace. My Dad’s love of country music and America set me on my life’s journey, and shaped so much of who I am today. Thank you to everyone who has kept us all in your thoughts and prayers.”

    The news of his death comes just a few days after he helped unveil his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, where he acknowledged his father and credited him in The Tennessean for being the catalyst for his love of country music and move to Nashville.

    “You know, Dad really, he’s the reason that I’m here today. His record collection was what got me pointed toward Nashville. He drove me to the music store to buy my first guitar,” says Keith. “You know, he was always extremely supportive of my music, and I have a lot to be grateful to him for.”

    In 2002, he released the album Golden Road, which featured a song he wrote and recorded for his father, aptly titled “Song for Dad,” which he said was his way of saying thank you to him. “My love for American country music, American cars, American culture, all of that stuff was inherited from my dad,” says Keith. “I loved the fact that I did, because it sent me on my path, and it was where I was supposed to be. So, this song was my way of saying thanks to him.”

    Audio / Keith Urban explains that “Song for Dad,” which appears on his Golden Road album was a “thank you” to his father for supporting him.

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    Keith Urban (Song for Dad) OC: …thanks to him. :31
    “For me, I just wanted to write a song to say thanks to my dad, you know? My love for American country music, American cars, American culture, all of that stuff was inherited from my dad. He grew up in the ‘50s and was infected with rock’n roll, like so many kids around the world were in the ‘50s, and that really started it for him. He was in. He was sucked in to the vortex, you know? And I inherited all that stuff, and I loved the fact that I did, because it sent me on my path, and it was where I was supposed to be. So, this song was my way of saying thanks to him.”

    Audio / Keith Urban credits his father for his love of country music.

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    Keith Urban (dad) OC: …grateful for. :14
    “You know, Dad really, he’s the reason that I’m here today. His record collection was what got me pointed toward Nashville. He drove me to the music store to buy my first guitar. You know, he was always extremely supportive of my music, and I have a lot to be grateful to him for.”

  • KEITH URBAN CHECKS OUT HIS NEW COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT.

    Keith Urban attended the grand opening of his new Keith Urban So Far… exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame Tuesday night (December 1st). The display featured CMA, ACM, CMT and Grammy Awards, alongside several guitars, including a handful of instruments that were damaged in the 2010 Nashville flood, as well as some costumes from his very, very early years.

    “My dad particularly always thought it was important that I dress like a performer, and so a lot of those outfits way down on the end were actually made by him. With the help of my mom a little bit, but particularly my dad,” says Keith. “A lot of these talent quests I went on, these country music talent quests…they often had categories – best dressed male, best dressed female. And I often won best dressed male. [laughs] Sometimes it was the only thing I won.”

    Many industry folks, as well as Keith’s friends and family, including his wife Nicole Kidman, as well as Steven Tyler and Jaren Johnston (Cadillac Three) were in attendance. The exhibit is scheduled to run through May 2016.

    Keith has been in the studio working on his new album, which includes his current single, “Break On Me.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about his early stage costumes that are featured in his new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit.

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    Keith Urban (CMHOF costumes) OC: …thing I won. :25
    “My dad particularly always thought it was important that I dress like a performer, and so a lot of those outfits way down on the end were actually made by him. With the help of my mom a little bit, but particularly my dad. And a lot of these talent quests I went on, these country music talent quests…they often had categories – best dressed male, best dressed female. And I often won best dressed male. [laughs] Sometimes it was the only thing I won.”

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    Audio / LINER AJ (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson. I hope y’all have a very happy Thanksgiving out there.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Thanksgiving)

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    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and this is John, and we’re wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley! Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Thanksgiving)

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    “It’s Easton Corbin here, and I want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey folks! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey guys! Gary Allan here. I just want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, and have a Happy Holidays and make sure you’re safe out there. Drive safe. Party your butts off, but do it safe.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Thanksgiving)

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    “Happy Thanksgiving everybody. It’s Keith Urban here. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all of you listening for your incredible love and support that I’ve received over the last year, and to wish you and all of your family all the very best for this holiday.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Kelleigh Bannen, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey what’s up guys, this is Kip Moore wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Lady Antebellum (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Happy Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey, we’re Little Big Town. Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton here, and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”

    Audio / LINER Scotty McCreery (Thanksgiving)

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    “Hey! This is Scotty McCreery. Happy Thanksgiving!”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (Thanksgiving)

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    Hey! This is David Nail, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”

  • KEITH URBAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT IS NOW OPEN.

    Keith Urban is offering a preview of his new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in the video below. The collection, Keith Urban So Far…, will include items such as guitars, stage costumes, records from his personal collection and more from even before he moved to the States.

    “It’s really capturing a lot of the parts of my journey all the way up to coming to America and being here,” says Keith. “I’ve now been here for 23 years in Nashville. But the exhibit’s gonna have things like a lot of the records I listened to growing up, Don Williams records, Dolly Parton records, Johnny Cash. You’ll see on the back of those records ‘Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee,’ so when I was a kid growing up in Australia, I thought that’s where you go to make records. So I always wanted to live in Nashville.”

    • Keith, who is in the studio working on his next album, is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Break On Me.”
    • Keith picked up the CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with his pal, Eric Church.

    Video / Keith Urban talks about his new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame

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