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Which Grammy Does Maren Morris Want Most? The Answer Will Surprise You

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ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris has the distinction of being the most-nominated country artist going into this year’s Grammys. With recognition in the Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album categories, as well a spot among the all-genre Best New Artist contenders, you might be surprised at which trophy would actually mean the most to Maren.

“I think the album one is probably the nomination I’m most excited about,” she reveals, “just because I am a new artist and I’m in that category with a lot of heavyweights. And it’s a body of work being represented and …read more

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Why Thomas Rhett Has One More Reason to “Die a Happy Man”

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ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett has been consistently landing hits on the country chart since 2012, but with this year’s Grammys, he accomplishes a new feat. Sunday’s ceremonies bring his very first shot at taking home the most coveted prize in all of music.

The “Star of the Show” hitmaker is up for Best Country Song, and TR says he couldn’t be more proud that his first nomination comes in a category where the award goes to the songwriters. Add to that the fact that he wrote “Die a Happy Man” about his wife Lauren, and it’s easy to understand …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockSinger/ songwriter Waylon Payne co-stars in Miranda Lambert‘s new video for “We Should Be Friends.” His mother happens to have been the artist who hit #1 in 1971 with her version of “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” Can you name the female vocalist who recorded what many consider the definitive version of the Kris Kristofferson classic? ANSWER: Sammi Smith.

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“Nashville” Recap: “Hurricane”

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CMTOn Thursday night’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Rayna Jaymes and Deacon Claybourne struggled to write the songs for the concept album about their relationship.

As the two tried to find inspiration both together and by themselves, a reality-TV producer hired by Highway 65 to capture the process instead only complicated it. A day of spontaneous fun seemed to provide new hope, but instead, Rayna and Deacon quickly found themselves in a heated argument reliving the low-lights of their complicated history. After giving each other the silent treatment, the two emerged to write and record the first song for their …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brett Eldredge will co-host the 9 a.m. hour of Today Friday morning on NBC.

Look for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to guest on Friday’s edition of the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.

Colt Ford won $50,000 in the Million Dollar Hole-in-One for Charity event Wednesday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Colt will donate his winnings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

If you missed Brett Young promoting Friday’s release of his eponymous debut album, you can watch his performance of “Sleep Without You” …read more

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“It’s Anyone’s Game”: Kelsea Ballerini Says the Best New Artist Grammy Is Too Close to Call

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ABC/Image Group LA At Sunday’s 59th Annual Grammys in Los Angeles, all-genre Best New Artist nominees Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris take country music where it’s never gone before.

“There’s never been two country artists in this category before,” Kelsea points out, “let alone two female country artists… It’s really cool to kind of carry that torch with her,” she says of Maren.

While it would be easy to understand if a friendly rivalry existed between the two newcomers, Kelsea says that’s just not the case. In fact, the “Yeah Boy” hitmaker says Maren was one of the first people she heard …read more

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Drake White Wins Spot on Grammy Pre-Show as Artist of Tomorrow

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BMLGAfter months of online voting, Drake White in now officially Grammy’s Artist of Tomorrow.

Nominated by his former tour partners Zac Brown Band, the “Livin’ the Dream” singer beat out both newcomers Bailey Bryan and Farina for the honor.

“I am beyond honored…” Drake says. “A very big thank you to Zac Brown Band [for] the opportunities they have afforded us both on and off the road. This is a dream.”

Drake’s prize is a performance slot leading up to the 59th Annual Grammys, which start at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS. You’ll be able to see …read more

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Heroes & Friends Pay Tribute to Randy Travis in Nashville

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Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Randy Travis FoundationMore than forty artists turned out Wednesday night in Nashville for 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, but no one’s appearance could rival the performance by the guest of honor himself.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and fellow Country Music Hall of Famer Garth Brooks did his hero’s hit, “Forever and Ever, Amen.” Tanya Tucker tackled “I Told You So,” while the Bellamy Brothers delivered “Diggin’ Up Bones.”

Wynonna, Alabama, William Michael Morgan, Travis Tritt, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Scotty McCreery and more also took …read more

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The Inside Scoop on Miranda Lambert’s Trip to a Small-Town Beauty Parlor

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Vanner Records/RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert‘s carefree new video for “We Should Be Friends” is chock full of unexpected cameos and inside jokes.

In the video, shot on the outskirts of Nashville in Watertown, Tennessee, it’s not Wanda who’s opening the doors of Wanda’s House of Beauty at the beginning of the clip: it’s actually longtime Music City hair and makeup expert Genie Freeman.

Singer/songwriter Waylon Payne plays Miranda’s pedicure pal, while songwriter and artist Natalie Hemby is the brunt of a little waxing joke. Both Payne and Hemby have cuts on Miranda’s new The Weight of These Wings double …read more

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Cassadee Pope Marks a First for “The Voice” Heading into the Grammys

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ABC/Image Group LAEven before Cassadee Pope finds out if she’ll take home a trophy at Sunday night’s ceremony, the “Think of You” hitmaker has already accomplished an unprecedented feat: she’s the first winner of NBC’s The Voice to be nominated for a Grammy.

“Isn’t that insane?” she asks. “I can’t believe it. I’m gladly taking on that record right there, and I have to thank The Voice for everything they’ve done for me,” she adds. “The real work started after the show, so I’m really glad I stuck with it.”

The 2012 Voice winner is nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance …read more

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