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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich rapper joined Florida Georgia Line on the “Cruise (Remix)”? ANSWER: Nelly.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood appears on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday.

Garth Brooks‘ World Tour has sold more than one million tickets since he launched it in Chicago in September.

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery‘s Thursday night concert in Connecticut raised $60,000 for the 12.14 Foundation in Newtown, Connecticut. The organization seeks to bring healing to the town and the nation through the arts in memory of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Scotty says, “Music has always been a positive force in my life, whether as a fan or now as an entertainer. It feels great to bring people together with my music and help such a worthwhile cause as the 12.14 Foundation.”

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NARASWith all Grammy nods now revealed, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce lead the pack with six nominations each. Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White each have four nominations. The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.

Here are all the nominations in the top categories for each genre:

Record of the Year
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay with Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
HAIM
Brandy Clark

Song of the Year
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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans has teamed up with Leese-Fitch wine to offer fans a VIP trip to the Stagecoach Festival in California in April 2015. The winners will meet Sara and get tickets to the big festival, which also features performances from Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw.

For more information on the contest, go to TOGWines.com.

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CBSFive artists got a nice Christmas present Friday night at the end of the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas: a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

After rolling out 82 out of 83 categories in all on Friday, the nominees for the most prestigious category were unveiled at the end of the special, which featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith. Conveniently, those last two artists were nominated.

The Album of the Year nominees are:

G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
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NARASHere are a few fun facts coming out of Friday’s Grammy Awards nominations:

Eric Church and Miranda Lambert earned nominations in all four country categories, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders and Platinum, respectively.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill earned their sixth nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” They’ve won that trophy twice.

Beyoncé picked up several Grammy nominations Friday. She surpassed Dolly Parton‘s record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history last year.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday, February 8, live on CBS.

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Image Courtesy Valory/Susannah BarberRaeLynn is headed to Green Bay, WI to sing the national anthem for the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons. Her performance can be seen on the ESPN broadcast starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. RaeLynn is taking her family along for the gig.

RaeLynn is climbing the country chart with her debut single, “God Made Girls.” She’s in the studio now working on her first full-length album.

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NARASHere are the Grammy nominees for Best Country Duo or Group Performance:

“Gentle on My Mind,” The Band Perry
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
“Day Drinkin’,” Little Big Town
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

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NARASThe nominees for Best Country Solo Performance have been revealed:

“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban

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