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VIDEO: Will Taylor Be The Cat’s Meow for ACM Entertainer Of The Year?

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Taylor Swift is enlisting some high-powered cuteness in her attempt to get votes for ACM Entertainer of the Year:  Her kitten Meredith.

Swift, who won last year’s award for Entertainer of the Year,  just posted this video in which she explains the voting process to the exceedingly cute critter:

For you humans who don’t know, you can vote once a day by visiting www.voteacm.com.  Swift is nominated for Entertainer of the Year along with Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.

ACM Voting Now Open!


Fan voting is now open for the Academy of Country Music Awards.  This year fans will have a hand in deciding both the Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year awards.

The nominees for Entertainer of the Year are:  Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.

The finalists for New Artist of the Year are:  Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery.

To cast your vote, visit www.voteacm.com.  You may vote once per day.

We’ll all find out who the winners are on Sunday April 1 when the Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (CBS, 8pm ET and delayed on the West Coast).

Voting for New Artist of the Year voting will close at 8pm PT/5pm PT on April 1 (before the start of the live broadcast) and Entertainer of the Year voting closes during the third hour of the broadcast.

Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes & Brantley Gilbert Performing ACM Fan Jam

Hunter Hayes.

The Academy of Country Music has just announced performers for the ACM Fan Jam taking place during the ACM Awards on April 1st. Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert and Scotty McCreery will each perform for fans at the 2nd annual ACM Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The ACM Fan Jam will be hosted by Zac Brown Band, and DeeJay Silver will also take the stage. It’s the only live-concert event taking place in Las Vegas during the taping of the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The Awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 pm EST from the MGM Grand Garden Arena with Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire returning again to co-host for the 2nd year in a row.

Hunter, Scotty and Gilbert are all competing for fan and industry votes for New Artist of the Year. The winner will be announced live on the ACM Fan Jam stage during the broadcast.

Video Picks Of The Week: March 5, 2012

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Hello friends…

We are back with our “Video Picks of the Week.”

Music Video

Brantley Gilbert is one of my new favorites. He’s the perfect mix of country and rock, and I love the tone of his voice and overall vibe.

Brantley was signed to Valory Music Group in 2011, and you definitely know him for his songwriting skills as well. Most notably, he has written songs for Jason Aldean and Colt Ford. He was a co-writer on “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party,” both of which were eventual mega-hits for Aldean.

This week’s pick is Brantley’s music video for his single, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” The track is the second single off of his album “Halfway To Heaven.” The album is available on iTunes!


Continue reading for our live performance and cover song video picks…

ACM Fremont Street Lineup Announced!

Eric Church. photo credit: John Peets.

Exciting news for country music fans heading to the Academy of Country Music awards this year. They’ve released their full schedule of the Fremont Street free concerts leading up to the April 1st award show. Eric Church and Luke Bryan each headline their own nights of the Fremont Street Experience, with new Artist of the Year nominees also performing on both dates. See the full line-up below.

The 2-days of concerts will be hosted by three-time ACM Personality Of The Year winner Blair Garner.

Gilbert, Hayes & McCreery Nab ACM New Artist Nominations

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Gilbert, Hayes & McCreery.  That may sound like a law firm, but it’s not (as far as I know).  In this case, it’s Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery, who today have been named the final nominees for the Academy of Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year.

Fans voted the three into the final round and they will also have a say on who the ultimate winner is.  Voting for New Artist of the Year will take place at http://www.voteacm.com/ beginning March 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM PT and will continue until 5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 1, 2012 (before the LIVE show starts).  The New Artist of the Year final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music.

Brantley Gilbert Goes Gold!

Brantley Gilbert. photo credit: Strut Entertainment.

Congratulations to Brantley Gilbert this morning as his single “Country Must Be Country Wide” has been certified gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 digital copies. Gilbert co-wrote the song with Colt Ford and Mike Dekle.

Brantley is currently out on Eric Church‘s “Blood, Sweat & Beers” tour. Their next show is tonight in Fort Smith, AR, and tomorrow night in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Headliners Announced For Wisconsin Country Thunder Festival

Big & Rich.

Blake Shelton, Big & Rich, Jason Aldean and Toby Keith have all been announced for the Wisconsin Country Thunder festival today. The festival, which takes place July 19th to the 22nd, marks the 20th anniversary of the of the premiere camping, music and entertainment festival. The much anticipated line-up was announced this morning and we have it right here!

Headlining Thursday night is multi-platinum duo Big & Rich, who’s energetic, raucous-raising performance will be the perfect way to kick off the 4-day country music festival. Joining them on the Thursday party is new group The Farm, whose debut single “Home Sweet Home” is rising up the charts.

Georgia native Jason Aldean will headline the Friday night line-up. Steve Holy and Wade Bowen will open up for country’s latest superstar. Jason’s tour-mate Luke Bryan, another rising star, will be part of the Friday night party as well.

Blake Shelton, reigning CMA and ACM male vocalist of the year will headline the Saturday night line-up. He was named the “most versatile of contemporary country music singers” by the New York Times, and recently received a total of three GRAMMY nominations for his hit singles “Honey Bee” and “God Gave Me You” from “Red River Blue.” No openers have yet been announced for Saturday night.

Sunday brings fans a different kind of party with Toby Keith headlining. Joining Toby on the final date of the festival is Neal McCoy, Hunter Hayes, and Brantley Gilbert.  See the full festival line-up below, with additional artists to be announced in the coming months:

Colt Ford Is One Of Country Weekly’s Sexiest Men

Colt Ford

The power of the fans is proven once again!

Average Joe’s Entertainment’s, Colt Ford, was voted ninth on Country Weekly’s “Sexiest Men in Country Music” list. Ford was not originally on the ballot. However, a campaign video and a lot of fan dedication gained him the spot. As a show of his appreciation, Ford is giving his fans a chance to win an autographed copy of the “Country’s Sexiest Men” issue. You can enter to win here. Three winners will be chosen and notified via e-mail on December 12th.

Last week, Ford received some more great news when Jason Aldean was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Solo Performance” for “Dirt Road Anthem.” Ford co-wrote the number one hit song with Brantley Gilbert, and also was the first artist to record the song on his album, “Ride Through The Country,” in 2008.

Congratulations to Colt and his fans!

Colt Ford Reacts To Jason Aldean Grammy Nomination

Colt Ford. photo credit: The Factory Photography / EB Media.

When Jason Aldean recorded his take of Colt Ford‘s “Dirt Road Anthem,” neither of them ever thought they’d see the success that the single, originally written by Colt with Brantley Gilbert, has found. On hearing that the single might now become a Grammy winning single, Colt couldn’t hold back his excitement.

“I’m blown away by the impact of ‘Dirt Road Anthem.’  This song has been so special for Brantley, Jason, and me. Who would have thought that this song would make the whole world wanna ride down a dirt road?  It took an artist with no fear, like Jason, to take a chance on this song.”

Jason’s version of “Dirt Road Anthem” became a number one Billboard and Mediabase hit, and became a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single had also earned Colt his first CMA nomination for Song Of The Year.