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December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013

» That's How We Do It 'Round Here: Florida Georgia Line led winners at Tuesday's (12/10) American Country Awards. They took home six awards, including New Artist of the Year, Single, New Artist Single, New Artist Music Video and Most Played Radio Track, overall and by a new artist. Blake Shelton won four guitar trophies: Album of the Year, Male Single, and Music Video, overall and by a male artist. With three wins, Artist of the Year Luke Bryan brought his four-year total to 12, as did Carrie Underwood with her Female Music Video win. Bryan and Underwood now hold the record for the most awards for male and female artist, respectively. Brad Paisley was given the Video Visionary honor and Taylor Swift received the first-ever Worldwide Artist of the Year award. Other winners included Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, Lee Brice, The Band Perry, Randy Houser and Tim McGraw. See the full list here. If you missed the show, you can catch it when it re-airs on Great American Country Dec. 21.

» Globe Spotters: Big Machine's Taylor Swift and Nashville's Hayden Panettiere received nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards. Swift's "Sweeter Than Fiction" is up for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for its use in One Chance. Panettiere's nod is for Best Supporting Actress in a Series. The awards will air live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel Jan. 12 on NBC-TV. Tina Fey and Amy Pohler will host. Full nominees list here.

» Some Beach: In case you needed another reason to go to the beach, Luke Bryan and Eric Church will headline the second annual Rock The Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival April 12-13 in Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL. Performers also include Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Brothers Osborne and Blackjack Billy. CMT will partner with organizers to promote the event, which will benefit marine research and conservation efforts. A limited number of advance tickets go on sale Friday (10/13) here.

» Jingle & Ready To Mingle: If you've ever wanted to sing with a guy who sits in a spinny chair for a living, now's your chance. Blake Shelton and JCPenney have partnered to create a global rendition of "Silent Night" comprised of submissions from around the world. For every video submission, a donation will be made to the USO. Watch and submit videos here.

» Lifetime Network: Singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award during a Grammy Week ceremony Jan. 25, with formal acknowledgment of the honor made during the Jan. 26 Grammy telecast on CBS-TV. Kristofferson joins the Beatles, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk and more as this year's recipients. The award recognizes "performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance." Details here.

» Voice Of Champions: NBC Olympics has teamed with The Voice and Danielle Bradbery for a promotional campaign featuring her song "My Day," which debuted last night on the network (12/10). Sixty and 30-second spots featuring her performance will air across NBC's family of networks leading into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Watch here.

» In Case You Missed It: Kelly Clarkson was joined by Blake Shelton, Reba and Trisha Yearwood on Wednesday's Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. Watch here.

Hit List 

  • Thomas Rhett raised more than $50,000 during a sold-out Nashville show Wednesday (12/11). The Caleb Wilson Foundation and Toys For Tots benefit.
  • The video for Kenny Chesney's "Spread The Love" premieres online Friday (12/13) at


Taylor Swift (12/13)

John Anderson (12/13)

Randy Owen (12/13)

Tracy Byrd (12/17)


Saturday (12/14): Randy Travis, Christmas On The Bayou (Lifetime).

Sunday (12/15): J.T. Hodges, Finding Christmas (Hallmark).

Upcoming Album Releases

Jennifer Nettles That Girl (1/14)

Jon Pardi Write You A Song (1/14)

Roseanne Cash The River & The Thread (1/14)

Jenna Jentry Jenna Jentry (EP) (1/21)

Eric Paslay Eric Paslay (2/4)

Eric Church The Outsiders (EMI) (2/11)

» Was A Big Hit: Martina McBride studies the console at her Blackbird Studios as she works on her upcoming album Everlasting with producer Don Was. The release is a collection of classic R&B and soul songs, including "If You Don't Know Me By Now." Listen here. Out March 4 on her own label, Everlasting is her second album of covers, following 2005's Timeless.


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