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Keepin’ It Country’s CMA Predictions

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The CMA’s are upon as once again, so the Keepin’ It Country Staff narrowed down our picks for the night’s biggest awards. Let us know who you agree with!

Entertainer of the Year Nominees: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Nicole: It’s not an easy choice here, and there’s definitely the obvious inclusion of George Strait for sentimental reasons, but I have to give this to Blake. He played a huge summer tour, anchors the judging panel on The Voice season after season and put out quite a few huge hits. He’s arguably the biggest thing in country right now so I have to give it to him.

Jessica: Luke Bryan has had a huge year, and I think he’s taken one of the top spots in country music right now. You can’t deny those dance moves!

Jennifer: Luke Bryan – With sold out shows across the country and yet another #1 hit song (despite Zac Brown’s disdain for said song), no one is killing it on radio or on the road quite like Luke.

Jeanna: Blake Shelton or Taylor Swift? Both have really helped broaden the country music audience and impact the genre in such a significant way. Taylor is massive with her sold out tours worldwide and cross-over success. Blake is the face of the genre at the present time, and he has helped put country on the map and bring it to focus with The Voice. Luke Bryan had a big year and is a possibility too. However, I feel like it’s Blake’s time for this right now so I’m giving this one to him.

CMA Award Nominees list

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood. photo credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC.

The official nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were announced live this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. As a CMA Member, I was lucky enough again this year to vote in the first two rounds and got a choice in the final nominees. I’ll get to vote for the winners of each category as an industry member as well.

There were some surprises, and some regulars, who made it to the final ballot this year. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of this year’s nominees – do you think someone was snubbed? What shocked you? Who are you cheering for?

Entertainer Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

BLAKE SHELTON

GEORGE STRAIT

TAYLOR SWIFT

Male Vocalist Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

ERIC CHURCH

BLAKE SHELTON

KEITH URBAN

 Female Vocalist Of The Year

KELLY CLARKSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT

KACEY MUSGRAVES

TAYLOR SWIFT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

New Artist Award

LEE BRICE

BRETT ELDREDGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

KIP MOORE

KACEY MUSGRAVES

Vocal Duo Of The Year

BIG & RICH

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LOVE AND THEFT

SUGARLAND

THE CIVIL WARS

THOMPSON SQUARE

Vocal Group Of The Year

THE BAND PERRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LADY ANTEBELLUM

ZAC BROWN BAND

 Album Of The Year

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Red” – TAYLOR SWIFT

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Wagon Wheel” - DARIUS RUCKER

“Merry Go ‘Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Song Of The Year

“I Drive Your Truck” – LEE BRICE

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Merry Go Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

“Pontoon” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year

“Don’t Rush” – KELLY CLARKSON and VINCE GILL

“The Only Way I Know” – JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and ERIC CHURCH

“Boys Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON and PISTOL ANNIES

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and NELLY

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

Video Of The Year

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Downtown” – LADY ANTEBELLUM

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

 Musician Of The Year

SAM BUSH – Mandolin

PAUL FRANKLIN – Steel Guitar

DAN HUFF - Guitar

MAC McANALLY – Guitar

BRENT MASON – Guitar

Sarah Darling Meets Her Musical Hero

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Country music starlet Sarah Darling attended the premiere of “For the Love of Music…The Story of Nashville” during the Nashville Film Festival and just so happened to run in to one of her most-admired musical heroes, Joy Williams of The Civil Wars.

Darling posed for a photo with the GRAMMY Award-winning artist and then she tweeted “I met Joy from @thecivilwars last night! My favorite singer ever!”

The experience was an “honor,” Darling says, and adds that her big-screen debut in the film, which showcased one of her performances at the historic Grand Ole Opry, certainly was too. “To be featured in the film alongside so many talented artists in this town was truly humbling for me. I’m glad I could play a part in showcasing such an amazing city.”

Darling also commented on the film’s anticipated premiere in Tuesday’s issue of The Tennessean. “I couldn’t be more excited, because the doors are wide open for all kinds of musicians [here in Nashville],” she says. “If you have a passion for music, you should be here.”

Celebrating the success of her latest single, “Home To Me,” which has sold over 100,000 downloads and climbing, Darling is currently out with Scotty McCreery on tour as part of his Weekend Roadtrip Tour.

POLL: Grammy – Best Country Duo/Group Performance

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Hey friends!

We’re continuing with our Grammy polls…

Up now is the “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” category. Vote for your favorite!

Also, sound off in our comments section and let us know who you think was snubbed a nod.

Grammy: Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • Pontoon - Little Big Town (66%, 21 Votes)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band (19%, 6 Votes)
  • Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars (9%, 3 Votes)
  • I Just Come Here For The Music - Don Williams ft. Alison Krauss (6%, 2 Votes)
  • On The Outskirts Of Town - The Time Jumpers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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The Civil Wars Announce Tour Cancellation

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Indie country music duo The Civil Wars surprised fans last night with a big announcement: that all future tour dates are officially off. They cancelled their tour in an official message on their website, with some pretty strong language that doesn’t sound good for the future of the duo. While there’s no confirmation on if this means a potential breakup of the group, they are apologising to fans who have booked travel plans and were looking forward to seeing the rising group live.

The Civil Wars are a GRAMMY-winning duo made up of John Paul White and Joy Williams.

Here is the message they left for fans:

The Civil Wars – Tour Cancelations

We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.

- Joy Williams & John Paul White.

PS – We understand that there are many of you stuck with service charges and travel reservations due to our abrupt cancelations. Please email us at info@thecivilwars.com if there are costs incurred that you would like to be reimbursed for, include a scan or attachment to your receipt(s) of the costs, and we will do our best to reimburse you for non-refundable charges.

Read the official announcement here on their website and let us know what you think – is this the end of The Civil Wars?

Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, & The Civil Wars Take Home Grammys

Country music was well represented at the 54th Grammy Awards last night in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift added two more Grammys to her collection during the pre-telecast taking home the trophy for “Best Country Solo Performance” and “Best Country Song” for her mega-hit, “Mean.”

Taylor tweeted:

 Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. I’m floating.

 

Continue reading for Lady A and The Civil Wars…

Grammy Pre-Telecast Country Winners!

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – The GRAMMY’s are airing tonight! All but 8 of the GRAMMY categories are handed out during the pre-telecast, including the majority of the Country categories. Find out who the winners were below!

Best Country Solo Performance

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
I’m Gonna Love You Through It – Martina McBride
Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
Mean – Taylor Swift – WINNER
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars – WINNER
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not – Thompson Square

Best Country Song
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not – Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy – songwriters (Thompson Square)
God Gave Me You – Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
Just Fishin’ – Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill – songwriter (Trace Adkins)
Mean – Taylor Swift – songwriter (Taylor Swift) – WINNER
Threaten Me With Heaven – Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian – songwriters (Vince Gill)
You And Tequila – Matraca Berg & Deana Carter – songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)

Best Country Album will be announced and awarded tonight on the televised awards.

You can catch the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards tonight on CBS at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Country artists set to perform tonight are Jason Aldean (with Kelly Clarkson), Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood (with Tony Bennett) and The Band Perry and Blake Shelton will join Glen Campbell and the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award winner for a very special performance. Be sure to tune in!

Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound” Video to Launch Worldwide — Literally!

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Taylor Swift’s video for her song “Safe & Sound” will make its debut on February 13 to a worldwide audience.  And when we say worldwide, we mean just that!  The video will be shown during a simulcast that will stretch across the globe.

Swift will introduce the video on Monday, February 13th at 7:54pm ET across all of MTV’s Channels in the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa.  She will then and sit for an exclusive interview with MTV News on MTV.com.

The global event will air exclusively for fans across MTV’s channels and stream online in over 150 territories at TaylorSwift.MTV.com.  In the US, “MTV First: Taylor Swift” will kick-off with Swift introducing the music video on-air before sitting for an exclusive 30-minute interview with MTV News’ Sway Calloway.  Fans worldwide can begin submitting questions for Swift immediately via Twitter using the @MTVNews handle and hash-tags #AskTaylor and #MTVFirst.

CMT will premiere “Safe & Sound,” which is the first single from The Hunger Games soundtrack and features The Civil Wars, at 8pm ET.  At the same time the music video will debut exclusively online at MTV.com, CMT.com, VH1.com and MTV’s International sites.  The following morning VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” will feature the video at 10 AM ET/PT telecast, as it goes into regular rotation across all video channels, including MTV, MTV Hits, mtvU, VH1, CMT and CMT Pure.

So exactly how huge is this video launch?  The video will reach more than 600 million households around the world via MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels and over 300 digital media properties in 150+ territories.  In other words:  It’s Taylor huge!

Taylor Swift Releases New Song For Hunger Games Soundtrack

Taylor Swift. photo credit: Big Machine Records.

With just hours before Christmas, country superstar Taylor Swift gave her fans an early Christmas present this year.  She sent out a link on Twitter to a brand new song “Safe And Sound” which she recorded for the upcoming Hunger Games soundtrack. The movie will be released to theaters March 23rd, 2012.

She first teased fans with this Tweet:

@taylorswift13: Something I’ve been VERY excited about for a VERY long time is going to be happening VERY soon.

With everyone guessing everything under the moon, Taylor finally let the cat out of the bag. She recorded a new song “Safe And Sound” with The Civil Wars for the movie, which quickly became a trending topic on Twitter within minutes. The track is available for purchase on iTunes now. It’s a different side of Taylor which the Civil Wars help her bring out: no more love stories or catchy man-hating lyrics here! It’s a dark, folksy track that explores a new side of Taylor that fans weren’t expecting.

Top 11 Country Albums Of 2011

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2011 has been quite a year for country music. We’ve seen touching, real-life singles like “Cost Of Livin’” to new party anthems like “Red Solo Cup.” There’s been albums that have broken records, and albums that have surprised fans. We’ve had all-girl groups form, and some groups losing members this year. One thing is for sure… 2011 has been a big one for country music.

We’ve put together our top eleven list of the eleven best albums released this year. Some of our picks may surprise you, so make sure to take a look and let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or right here in the comments about what you think, how you feel, and if you think we missed someone we shouldn’t have.

Keepin’ it Country’s Top 11 Albums of 2011: