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Grammy Nominations Special Tonight

grammy“The Grammy Nominations Concert Live — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” takes place tonight (10/2) at Club NOKIA in Los Angeles. The special will air on CBS from 8-9 pm CT and marks the second time for Grammy nominations to be announced live on prime time television. Performers include the Black Eyed Peas, Sugarland, Maxwell, and Nick Jonas & the Administration. LL Cool J will take on hosting duties, and scheduled presenters include Linkin Park, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain, and Dwight Yoakam. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live at 7 pm CT Sunday, January 31, 2010 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees can be found at www.grammy.com following tonight’s show.

Country at Sunday’s American Music Awards

Gloriana--It's not too late to vote Country for Breakthrough Artist.

Fans will see a lot of country faces on Sunday’s (11/22) 2009 American Music Awards, taking place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The show starts at 7 PM/CT on ABC with Taylor Swift leading the nominations with six nods. Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban scored performance slots on the show.

Swift is up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist (in both Pop/Rock and Country) and Favorite Album (in both Pop/Rock and Country). Other notable Nashvillians in the lead are rockers Kings of Leon with three nominations, including one for Artist of the Year. Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band are nominated for Favorite Country Album, and Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group. Getting one nomination apiece were Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Urban, Reba McEntire, Underwood, Sugarland, and Gloriana.

Gloriana is up for the T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award, which is the only award where fans can text in their votes and continue to vote during the show here. For the third year in a row, winners will be determined by online fan voting, which closed on Friday Nov. 13. An abbreviated list of the nominees is below. Get the full list here.

, Taylor Swift
, Lady Gaga, 
, Michael Jackson
POP/ROCK–Favorite Female Artist Beyonce
, Lady Gaga, 
Taylor Swift

POP/ROCK–Favorite Album Fame Lady Gaga, 
Number Ones Michael Jackson, 
Fearless Taylor Swift
COUNTRY–Favorite Male Artist Jason Aldean
, Darius Rucker
, Keith Urban
COUNTRY–Favorite Female Artist Reba McEntire, 
Taylor Swift, 
Carrie Underwood
COUNTRY–Favorite Band, Duo or Group Rascal Flatts
, Sugarland, 
Zac Brown Band
COUNTRY–Favorite Album Unstoppable Rascal Flatts, 
Fearless Taylor Swift, 
Foundation Zac Brown Band
SOUNDTRACKS–Favorite Album Hannah Montana: The Movie
, Hannah Montana 3, 
Twilight Soundtrack
ADULT CONTEMPORARY–Favorite Artist Daughtry
, Jason Mraz
, Taylor Swift
Brandon Heath
, Mary Mary

Interesting note: Wikipedia says, “The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammys after the move of that year’s show to Nashville, Tennessee led to CBS picking up the Grammy telecasts after its first two in 1971 and 1972 were broadcast on ABC.” Clark has long been involved with ABC.

Christmas News From Sugarland, Wynonna, Joey And Rory

sugarlandSugarland is the only Country act set for the Christmas In Washington special, premiering Sunday, Dec. 20, at 7 PM/CT on TNT. The duo joins host George Lopez and fellow performers Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Rob Thomas and Usher for the holiday celebration. The President, First Lady and other Washington VIPs annually attend the benefit for the National Children’s Medical Center. Taped is scheduled for Dec. 13 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.


wyFor the third year in a row Wynonna will bring holiday cheer to fifteen cities across the country. Her A Classic Christmas tour kicks off Nov. 28 in Hershey, PA where she will offer seasonal classics and her biggest hits. Wynonna is also set to ride the Santa Train this Saturday, Nov. 21, to distribute more than 15 tons of toys and gifts to thousands of needy people gathered along the train’s route from Shelby, Ky., to Kingsport, Tenn.


Jjoeyoey+Rory are offering their take on holiday traditions with the new single “It’s Christmas Time,” as well as a unique children’s album from The Song Trust, entitled Merry Kidsmas. The couple is partnering with CMT One Country for both projects. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of “It’s Christmas Time” will be donated to The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, and a portion of the proceeds from Merry Kidsmas will benefit the USO through the end of 2009.

Faith Hill Hosts CBS Holiday Special

faith_homeFaith Hill has recruited Carrie Underwood, Reba and numerous other stars from music and film for her 11th Annual A Home For The Holidays With Faith Hill special. Hill was adopted and uses the show to raise awareness about foster care and adoption.

It will be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, with performances by Hill, Underwood, Reba, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Michael Franti, who was also adopted. Actresses Jenna Elfman (Accidentally on Purpose) and Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) are among the celebrities sharing stories on the subject.

Rounder Anniversary Show Heads For TV

rounderOctober marked a milestone for indie label, Rounder Records. The record company celebrated 40 years in the music industry with an anniversary concert on October 12 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, filmed for a PBS television special that will begin airing on the network in March 2010.

Grammy® winning Rounder artists Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck and Irma Thomas performed at the celebration along with musical host, Minnie Driver, and special guests Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas and Jazz/R&B pianist, Henry Butler.

Steve Martin’s bluegrass show at the Ryman Auditorium the night before was also filmed and select performances from it will be included in the Rounder 40th PBS special. In addition, performances from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s 2008 CMT Crossroads will be included, as well as performances of Madeleine Peyroux’s 2009 concert in Los Angeles.

The event was filmed by High Five Entertainment and a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to NARAS’ Grammy® in the Schools Programs.

Sugarland Tapped For Grammy Noms Special

Nominees in select Grammy categories will be revealed during a primetime television special airing Wed., Dec. 2, 8 PM/CT on CBS. Sugarland is the first Country group announced to perform on The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night. The Black Eyed Peas and Maxwell are also set for the show hosted by LL Cool J at Club NOKIA in Los Angeles. The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, and be broadcast on CBS.

In more Sugarland news, People.com has an exclusive comedic video of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush promoting their Christmas album Gold And Green. They also taped an episode of GAC Nights in support of the project and GAC Pres. Ed Hardy, Sr. VP Sarah Trahern, and host Suzanne Alexander presented them with a triple platinum plaque for their debut record Twice The Speed of Life and double platinum plaque for Love On The Inside, which vies for Album of the Year at tonight’s CMA Awards.


(L to R): Suzanne Alexander, Sarah Trahern, Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush and Ed Hardy. Photo: Jenny Dew

Country People’s Choice Awards Nominees

pcaCountry faces are everywhere among the nominees for the People’s Choice Awards, which highlight all genres of music, film, television and more. The show airs Jan. 6 on CBS with host Queen Latifah.

Keith Urban and Tim McGraw are in the running for Favorite Male Artist. Vying against Beyonce and others in the Female category are Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.

Up for Favorite Country Artist are Brad Paisley, Underwood, Urban, Rascal Flatts, and Swift. Swift also scored a nod for Favorite Pop Artist.

Most voting is done online, but in a sign of the times, there are five categories that can only be voted on by text message.

More than 18 million fan votes were cast to determine the final nomineees. Twilight and True Blood are among the other top nominees. More here.

Currington To Macy’s Parade, Martina on Oprah

BillyCurringtonBilly Currington will perform during the 83rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The event in New York City will be co-hosted by Today’s Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, and Al Roker, and will air on NBC from 9:00 a.m.-noon in all time zones. Other guests include Andrea Bocelli, Boys Like Girls, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Gloria Gaynor, Katherine McPhee, and Carly Simon.

martinaMartina McBride made her second appearance on Oprah in two weeks yesterday (11/3). The first episode showed McBride’s performance at the State Fair of Texas and for yesterday’s installment she returned to her home state of Kansas for a show about celebrities’ first jobs. She used to serve ice cream and burgers at her hometown DQ, so Oprah’s crew took Martina back to revisit the Hutchinson, Kansas Dairy Queen which is still owned by the same couple who employed her after high school.
McBride’s Shine All Night Tour presented by SunnyD starring Trace Adkins kicks off November 20th and covers 40 cities across the U.S. through the spring of 2010.

Country Week on Letterman

carrie-newCarrie Underwood opens Country Week on The Late Show With David Letterman tonight (11/2) at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York. She’ll perform a new song from her album Play On, set to be released tomorrow.

This week the Late Show offers a mix of the genre’s biggest stars like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, as well as a rising alt country rocker and a bluegrass legend.

Paisley visits the show on Tuesday night, followed by Lost Highway’s Ryan Bingham on Wednesday. On Thursday the line-up has Urban, and on Friday it welcomes Ralph Stanley.

Pickler On TV, JMC Plays Nashville

kpicklerKellie Pickler will guest on today’s (10/30) Halloween episode of Ellen. Fans can also tune in to see her lend a hand to build a new home for the Terpenning family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, airing Nov. 8 on ABC. As the celebrity volunteer, Pickler swaps her stilettos for a hard hat and hammer, and then performs at the final reveal.

Her latest single, “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” from her self-titled sophomore album is gaining momentum on the Country Breakout chart. And she was named Country Weekly’s Most Beautiful Woman for the second year in a row in the Nov. 2 issue.

Jason Michael Carroll will perform at Nashville’s Exit/In on Thurs., Dec. 10, at 8 PM. Tickets, $15, go on sale today at www.ExitIn.com or www.aeglive.com.