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ACM Awards: Thompson Square Wins Vocal Duo

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Thompson Square received a huge surprise last night after performing at the ‘ACM Salute to the Military’ concert at the ACM Experience in Las Vegas.

After Keifer and Shawna Thompson completed their set, ACM CEO, Bob Romeo, presented them with the award for ‘Vocal Duo of the Year” …  a day early!

Thompson Square is the first duo besides Brooks and Dunn or Sugarland to win the ACM for ‘Vocal Duo’ since 1991. Since that time, Brooks & Dunn have won the ‘Vocal Duo’ award 16 times. The reigning duo winners, Sugarland, took home the trophy for 2010 and 2008. (In 1998 and 1999, the Dixie Chicks won the award when the category was combined with both duos and groups.)

While accepting the award, the duo was overcome with emotion:

Keifer : “It’s been a long, long road. This is one of the greatest nights of our lives. It’s hard to talk when you’re crying.”

Shawna: “This is a very bittersweet moment for me. More sweet than bitter. My dad passed away a month ago. This is for my dad.”

You can watch the video below of Shawna and Keifer accepting the award…

POLL: ACM Awards – Vocal Duo Of The Year

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We want to hear from all of you country music fans!

Next category up for our ACM Awards‘ polls is Vocal Duo Of The Year…

Who gets your vote: Love & Theft, Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Sugarland, or Thompson Square?

ACM Awards: Vocal Duo Of The Year

  • Steel Magnolia (49%, 137 Votes)
  • Sugarland (31%, 88 Votes)
  • Thompson Square (17%, 47 Votes)
  • Montgomery Gentry (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Love and Theft (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 280

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Yesterday, we posted the New Artist poll! Did you vote?

And stay tuned, more polls will be rolling out soon!

VIDEO: Lauren Alaina Performs “Georgia Peaches” On The Today Show

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American Idol’s runner-up from last season Lauren Alaina took some time out of her busy post-Idol schedule to stop by The Today Show on Monday to perform her current hit single, “Georgia Peaches.” The song is the second single off Lauren’s debut album, Wildflower, which made it’s debut at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Country Album charts.

She just wrapped up the ‘My Kinda Party’ Arena Tour with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, and is prepping for her next tour with Sugarland. Lauren has been chosen as one of the two opening acts for select cities on the “In The Hands Of The Fans” Tour in May. To see the complete list of dates Lauren will be at, please check out Lauren’s official site at laurenalainaofficial.com.

Meanwhile, you can check out the video below of Lauren performing “Georgia Peaches” from The Today Show!

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Video Premiere: “Run” – Matt Nathanson Ft. Sugarland

Matt Nathanson & Sugarland

Singer-songwriter, Matt Nathanson, celebrated the world premiere of the music video for his single, “Run,” yesterday. The track features Sugarland with Jennifer Nettles lending her smooth vocals, and appears on Nathanson’s latest album, Modern Love.

Nathanson is currently on tour opening for Kelly Clarkson on the Stronger Tour, and is also out on the road for his All Night Noise Tour. I had the pleasure of seeing Nathanson perform on the Stronger Tour back in January. He is a very talented artist with excellent stage presence, and he also happens to be extremely funny. If you have seen him live, you probably understand the quick shot of the scrabble board in the new video for “Run.”

Meanwhile, country super duo, Sugarland, will be hitting the road in April for their In Your Hands Tour. In addition, Nettles will be one of the judges/mentors on ABC’s upcoming show, Duets, along with Clarkson, Lionel Richie, and Robin Thicke.

Continue reading to check out the video premiere…

DVR Alert: Sugarland On Dancing With The Stars

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Country music super-duo Sugarland will perform two songs tonight on ABC’s new season of “Dancing With The Stars”. The results show airs tonight at 9 pm EST. The pair will first perform their new single “Run” with Matt Nathanson, then will get a second live performance of “Find The Beat Again” from their current album “The Incredible Machine.”

Jennifer and Kristian aren’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. They’ll be kicking off their latest headlining tour “In Your Hands” on April 5th. The interactive tour depends on the fans for the set list of each city – guaranteeing that it won’t ever be the same show twice! What song is number one on your Sugarland request list?

VIDEO: Gwen Sebastian Sings At Blake Shelton’s Concert

Gwen Sebastian. photo credit: Susan Niles Public Relations.

Say what you will about Blake Shelton‘s sometimes over-the-top humor, but you have to admit that he is an all-around good guy. After inviting eliminated Team Blake member Gwen Sebastian to be part of his touring family, he let the North Dakota native have her time to shine in her home-town last night during his “Well Lit & Amplified” tour. Gwen took center stage to perform a moving rendition of Sugarland‘s “Stay” with Blake’s band backing her up. She received a standing ovation at the end of her performance.

Watch Gwen’s performance of “Stay” in front of her home crowd and make sure to let us know what you think about Gwen joining Blake on tour:

 

Blake is nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of The Year. The fan voted award is up for votes right now at voteacm.com and fans can vote once a day!

Video Picks Of The Week: March 13, 2012

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Hi friends…

It’s time for our “Video Picks of the Week.”

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This week’s music video is Jack Ingram, “Lips Of An Angel.” The song was originally sung and made popular by the rock band, Hinder. Ingram later gave the song his own spin and earned himself a country hit with his version. The track served as the lead single off of his album, This is It. 

I have always enjoyed Ingram’s version and it introduced me to his music back in 2006.

Here is his website: http://www.jackingram.net/.

Continue reading for our live performance and cover videos…

Taylor Swift & Kenny Chesney Are Money Makers

Taylor Swift. photo credit: Big Machine Records

Billboard magazine released its list of the top money makers last week, and country music’s own Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney both represent country in the top three. Taylor earned more than $35 million in 2011, beating out rock super-group U2 who only made $32 million last year. Kenny made over $29 million in 2011, placing third on the list. Kenny made the top five along with Lady Gaga, and Lil’ Wayne. Jason Aldean found his place in the top ten at number nine with a little over $13 million, placing just one spot behind Celine Dion. See the full list on Billboard’s site.

Other country stars making the top 40 include Toby Keith at number fifteen, Rascal Flatts at number eighteen, Tim McGraw at number nineteen, Brad Paisley at number twenty-one, Lady Antebellum at number twenty-six, Keith Urban at number twenty-seven, Zac Brown Band at number twenty-eight, and Sugarland beats Justin Bieber at number thirty-four.

Billboard uses U.S. income from tours, album and single sales, and publishing royalties to calculate their rankings. They do not include sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronizing deals to put together their impressive list.

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson & Jennifer Nettles Duets Interview

Kelly Clarkson & Jason Aldean.

Looks like Blake Shelton is rubbing off on Kelly Clarkson. The same week that she made her adviser debut on NBC’s The Voice, ABC announced that Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Nettles will be part of the cast for a brand new singing competition coming to ABC this Summer. “Duets” will star Kelly, Jennifer, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke look for the newest talent in America to sing with them on the show. ABC is planning on taking the judges out of the chairs and on to the stage to do what they do best – sing and perform – with their two new proteges. It should be interesting to see how Kelly and Jennifer do.

Check out the first preview video sent to us from ABC and let us know what you think about the original American Idol and Sugarland‘s lead singer on this new competition. Will you tune in? Or are you still partial to The Voice, American Idol, or X-Factor? Let us know!

ACM Presents Lionel Richie Lineup Announced

Lionel Richie.

The Academy of Country Music has announced their full line-up of artists for their Lionel Richie special. The all-star concert tapes on April 2nd in Las Vegas, a day after the ACM awards, but will be aired on CBS on April 13th. Lionel is celebrating the release of his country duets album “Tuskegee” in a big way by inviting some of his friends to perform with his at the special. Joining Lionel on-stage will be Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, and Tim McGraw. Singing some of Lionel’s biggest hits as a tribute to the singer will be The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, and Luke Bryan.

“It has been so rewarding to have my songs embraced by country music artists,” said Lionel Richie. “Since Conway Twitty recorded ‘Three Times a Lady’ and Kenny Rogers sang ‘Lady,’ I have been welcomed into the country music family with open arms.  It’s the ultimate compliment to have country artists record and perform songs that I’ve written.  I’ve always felt right at home in country because I was raised just down the road from Nashville in Tuskegee, Alabama, where I was immersed in country, R&B, gospel and classical music. This show will be a homecoming and family reunion combined, and I’m so glad that viewers will be able to share these special moments with us. It will be a night that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Tickets for “Lionel Richie And Friends In Concert” are on-sale right now at ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $100 and benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which focuses on improving lives in the United States through music.