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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockChris Stapleton delivered one of the most talked-about moments at this year’s CMA Awards performing “Tennessee Whiskey.” What year was the song a hit for George Jones? ANSWER: The song went to #2 in 1983.

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Early Grammy Nominees Revealed

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The Recording AcademyGrammy-winner Alicia Keys revealed the nominees for the top four Grammy Awards categories Monday morning on CBS This Morning. The remaining nominees will be revealed later in the day. Here are the early nominees:

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Record of the Year
Really Love” — D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud ” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

Song of the Year
“Alright” — Kendrick Lamar
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar Lead Grammy Nominations

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The Recording AcademyGrammy-winner Alicia Keys revealed the nominees for the top four Grammy Awards categories Monday morning on CBS This Morning.

This year, rapper Kendrick Lamar is the leading nominee with 11 nods, including Album of the Year. Taylor Swift and The Weeknd each have seven. Here are the nominees in the top four categories, with more to come:

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Record of the Year
Really Love” — D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud ” — Ed Sheeran
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Nashville Notes

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Trisha Yearwood is set to guest on The Talk Tuesday on CBS. She’ll also be on Watch What Happens Live Wednesday night on Bravo, along with R&B singer and producer Babyface. The two previously taped an episode of CMT Crossroads together.

Chris Young performs his chart-topper “I’m Comin’ Over” Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton Could Cap a Big 2015 with Some Grammy Love

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CMA/Image Group LAWhen the contenders for the 58th annual Grammy awards are announced this morning, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton have a good shot at being among the nominees, if previous acclaim is any indication. Last month, Chris made a surprise sweep at the CMA Awards, walking away with the New Artist, Male Vocalist and Album trophies. Then Sam took home the all-genre New Artist honor at the American Music Awards.

“It’s a huge honor to be considered for any of the awards shows,” Sam says. “Being acknowledged as a part of the music community …read more

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Keith Urban Marks the Passing of the Man Who “Set Him On His Life’s Journey”

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FOXLast week as Keith Urban checked out his new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, he revealed that his father was receiving hospice care. Sunday night in a statement, the Australian superstar announced Robert Urban passed away this weekend.

“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic[ole Kidman] and I, and our family, have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night,” Keith said. “His long battle with cancer is now over and he is finally at peace. My Dad’s love of country music and America …read more

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Keith Urban Marks the Passing of the Man Who “Set Him On His Life’s Journey”

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FOXLast week as Keith Urban checked out his new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, he revealed that his father was receiving hospice care. Sunday night in a statement, the Australian superstar announced Robert Urban passed away this weekend.

“I’ve been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support that Nic[ole Kidman] and I, and our family, have received since my Dad’s passing on Saturday night,” Keith said. “His long battle with cancer is now over and he is finally at peace. My Dad’s love of country music and America …read more

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Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson Salute John Lennon in New York City

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ABC RadioStars from a variety of genres — from Willie Nelson and Eric Church, to Steven Tyler and John Fogerty, to hip-hop group The Roots and Sheryl Crow — gathered in New York City Saturday night to tape the upcoming AMC special Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert. While the late Beatles legend would have been 75 in October, the show’s creator says there was another, more necessary reason for staging the concert at this point in history.

“With all the craziness going on in the world today, we thought, more relevant than ever is John’s message, …read more

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Rascal Flatts Raises Adoption Awareness on “A Home for the Holidays”

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Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts will sing their latest single “I Like the Sound of That” and their hit “My Wish” on CBS’s A Home for the Holidays special this Christmas. LL Cool J hosts the annual show that helps raise awareness about adoption.

For year 17, the holiday staple features performances taped across the country with dedications to children from foster care and their new adoptive families. Rascal Flatts’ segment took place at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, California in October.

Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo and Ed Sheeran are on the 2015 show as well. You can watch …read more

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Chris Stapleton Spends A Very Murray Evening with Bill

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile lots of folks are watching A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix since its release Friday, it turns out CMA country sensation Chris Stapleton is one of the people who can just hang out with Bill Murray himself. You see, Chris’s former band the Steeldrivers was on the soundtrack for the comedy legend’s 2010 film Get Low, and the actor recently turned out for a performance in Charleston, South Carolina.

“He’s an enthusiastic music lover, so he really elevated the crowd. He’s a bit of a hype man,” Chris tells Rolling Stone. “We hung out after …read more

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