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Ashley Monroe “Came Out Like a Rose” with First Grammy Recognition

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Warner Music NashvilleAs 2015 draws to a close, Ashley Monroe can mark at least two items off her bucket list. This year, she scored her first number one on the country chart with Blake Shelton on “Lonely Tonight.” Then on Monday, the same song helped her land her first recognition from the Grammys. She’s also up for Best Country Album for The Blade.

“Today I woke up and saw a lifelong dream come to life,” she said. “I’m truly so grateful and so proud to be nominated for a Grammy! Thank you to [producers] Vince Gill and …read more

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Charles Kelley Can’t Get the Smile Off His Face After First Solo Grammy Nod

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Capitol NashvilleA very happy Charles Kelley says his Grammy nomination for his debut single “The Driver” just makes him all the more excited to release his first solo album.

“My wife woke me up. I had a whole bunch of text messages from friends and family congratulating me,” Charles says of how he learned about his Grammy nod. “I, of course, like most musicians, don’t wake up before nine o’clock,” he jokes. “But just honestly, I have not been able to get this smile off my face today. I’m so fired up. I’m so …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis 1986 ABC holiday movie starring Dolly Parton was loosely based on the fairy tale “Snow White.” Can you name it? ANSWER: A Smoky Mountain Christmas.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarryl Worley, Lonestar, Shenandoah, the Bellamy Brothers, .38 Special and other artists participate in this year’s Christmas 4 Kids tour bus show December 14 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The annual event raises money to send underprivileged children on a shopping spree just before the holidays.

Newcomer William Michael Morgan is releasing his version of “White Christmas,” just in time to perform it this Saturday on the Opry. His debut single “I Met a Girl” is currently climbing the charts.

Brandy Clark‘s Grammy nomination for Best Country Song for “Hold My Hand” is her fourth in …read more

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Cam Hits Grammy Jackpot After Vegas Show, Goes Top Five with “Burning House”

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Sony Music Nashville/Ninelle EfremovaJust days before the release of her debut album Untamed this week, Cam got her first Grammy nomination.

“I did a show in Vegas last night and I woke up and instead of winning the literal jackpot, I woke up to the figurative jackpot of being nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for ‘Burning House.’ Crazy!” she said of the announcement early Monday morning. She competes against Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack for the coveted trophy.

This week, Cam’s nominated song also becomes her very first top five hit. …read more

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Carrie Underwood Grabs Gold and a Grammy Nomination

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CMA/Image Group LAWith Carrie Underwood‘s husband Mike Fisher on the injured list after hurting his right leg playing for the Nashville Predators, the new mom was due for a little good news– and early this week, she got it. Not only is she up for Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammys for “Little Toy Guns,” she just found out her new album Storyteller has gone gold, selling half a million copies.

Carrie competes against “Burning House” by Cam, Chris Stapleton‘s “Traveller,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” by Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack‘s “Chances Are” …read more

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First Grammy Nomination Made Brothers Osborne Think the House Was on Fire

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UMG/Sonya JasinskiWith their latest single “Stay a Little Longer” also becoming their first top ten and their full-length debut album on the way next month, life just got even sweeter for Brothers Osborne. On Monday, T.J. and John Osborne found out they’re nominated for a Grammy.

“We found out that we were nominated almost the same exact way we found out we were nominated for an ACM,” T.J. says. “I woke up to like 60 text messages, and I was like, ‘Who the hell is texting me at this time of the day.’ And I …read more

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Chris Stapleton Follows Up Four Grammy Nominations by Adding Two Shows at the Ryman

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Image Courtesy UMGIt’s been an incredible year for Chris Stapleton, and it looks like there’s no slowing him down in 2016. Perhaps the only way he could top his three surprise wins at the 2015 CMAs — for New Artist, Male Vocalist and Album — would be to walk away with the four Grammys he was nominated for on Monday.

Chris is up for the all-genre Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Traveller, Best Country Solo Performance for the album’s title track and Best Country Solo Performance. We’ll find out if he …read more

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Garth Brooks Adds More Las Vegas Dates

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks announced last month that he’d be performing three dates on his current tour at the new Las Vegas Arena, which opens in April. Now he’s adding even more dates there

In addition to his already-announced July 2, 3 and 4 shows, Garth has added Friday, June 24 an Saturday, June 25 to his schedule. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 11 via GarthVegas.com or by calling 844-63GARTH (844-634-2784.)

Garth of course is no stranger to Las Vegas, having performed a limited residency at the Encore at …read more

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Brenda Lee Welcomes Country Music Hall of Fame’s One Millionth Visitor

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Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumFor the first time ever, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has welcomed one million visitors in a calendar year. Member Brenda Lee marked the milestone this weekend by surprising the lucky patrons with an enviable prize package. The Davis Family — Andy, Laticia, Hunter and Abbi — will get airfare, hotel and tickets to the 2016 CMA Music Festival, as well as admission to next year’s 50th Annual CMA Awards, $750 in merchandise and more.

This week, Little Miss Dynamite also delivers her first-ever full-length concert in the Music …read more

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