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Dick Clark ProductionsSam Hunt is the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, scoring at least one nod in every country category, and two for song. Though he’s not nominated, Blake Shelton will perform his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” from his new album If I’m Honest.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here’s the complete rundown of nominees in the country categories:

Top Country Artist
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Album
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
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Dick Clark ProductionsSam Hunt is the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, scoring at least one nod in every country category, and two for song. Though he’s not nominated, Blake Shelton will perform his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” from his new album If I’m Honest.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here’s the complete rundown of nominees in the country categories:

Top Country Artist
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Album
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
Kill the Lights …read more

Continue reading …

Dick Clark ProductionsSam Hunt is the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, scoring at least one nod in every country category, and two for song. Though he’s not nominated, Blake Shelton will perform his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” from his new album If I’m Honest.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here’s the complete rundown of nominees in the country categories:

Top Country Artist
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Album
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
Kill the Lights …read more

Continue reading …

ABC/Image Group LA Darius Rucker‘s pals are lining up to help him raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride, Terri Clark and newcomer Drake White will all take the stage for the annual Darius & Friends fundraiser Monday, June 6 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.

So far, the “Wagon Wheel” hitmaker has raised more than $700,000 for St. Jude during the seven-year history of the event. Expect more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.

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MCA NashvilleDavid Nail‘s fourth studio album, The Fighter, featuring his top-20 hit “Night’s on Fire,” is on its way July 15, but fans don’t have to wait that long for new music. You can download his surprise EP, Uncovered, at the usual outlets now.

“I am really blessed to be at this place in life with my wife and now our two children,” the new dad says, “and the one consistent thread through it all has been music… I am really excited to be able to share some of the music, outside of my …read more

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BMLGMartina McBride will headline five shows in five different cities on the upcoming Sarah Cannon Tour with Martina & Friends. Venues and supporting acts will be announced in the coming weeks for the concerts in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Sarah Cannon was the given name of the comedienne better known as Minnie Pearl. The trek is a partnership with Hospital Corporation of America to help connect cancer patients with resources and treatment options.

Reckless, Martina’s thirteenth studio album, recently debuted at number two on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Over the course of several decades, Fan Fair eventually morphed into the current-day CMA Music Festival. When was the first year it took place? ANSWER: 1972.

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RCA NashvilleJake Owen‘s fifth studio album, American Love, is on the way July 29, featuring his top-20 hit, “American Country Love Song,” plus ten new tracks. For the first time ever, Jake co-produced three of the cuts himself. In many ways, he says the record feels like a new beginning.

“Over the past few years I’ve experienced the unexpected. My dad received a cancer diagnosis and I, unfortunately, went through a divorce. People probably thought I would record songs that reflected those difficult times, but I found myself gravitating toward songs that had more of a positive vibe and actually made …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jennifer Nettles stops by The Chew Friday to promote her new album Playing with Fire. You can catch her appearance at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

Cassadee Pope celebrated the upcoming release of her EP Summer with a preview party this week in Nashville. The four-song set comes out June 3.

You can check out Blake Shelton‘s Thursday-morning interview on the Today show online now.

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Sony Pictures EntertainmentWhen a jokester like Blake Shelton lands a part in a film like The Angry Birds Movie, he can’t help but take advantage of the opportunity for comedy.

“I play a country-music-playing pig, which is not a big stretch for me. I know all the classic pig tunes, ‘Swinestone Cowboy,’ ‘Sty Fall to Pieces,’ ‘Stand by Your Ham,’ all of ’em,” he riffs. “You know, I’ve never played a pig before, but I am fluent in Pig Latin. So it was o-nay oblem-pray.”

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