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Image Courtesy CMAIt’s very rare for a country act to publicly criticize another artist’s music, so it came as a shock to many when Zac Brown called Luke Bryan‘s hit, “That’s My Kind of Night,” “one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard” in a September 2013 radio interview. Zac went on to say, “When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs.”

Luke and Zac eventually hugged it out on the CMA Awards that November as hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley sang a rewritten version …read more

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic“I’m having a really, really good night.” That’s what Sam Smith said partway through Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, as he took the stage to accept his third trophy of the evening: Song of the Year, for “Stay with Me.” It wouldn’t be his last trip to the podium, though; all in all, the soulful British singer took home four out of the six Grammys he’d been nominated for: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Stay with Me,” and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert shared a few photos on Instagram from the video shoot for her new single, “Little Red Wagon.” The clip should premiere in the next few weeks.

“You only love me for my big sunglasses”…. #videoshoot #littleredwagon #bts #comingsoon

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Feb 5, 2015 at 3:24pm PST

Country newcomer Kelleigh Bannen covers Sam Smith‘s pop hit “Stay with Me” in a new YouTube video.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleOn first listen, Little Big Town‘s new single, “Girl Crush,” may seem like a same-sex love song, but the lyric about is a little more complex than that. The other woman that vocalist Karen Fairchild is singing about is actually the new love of the guy she wants to be with. The song puts a new spin on good, old-fashioned jealousy.

“The lyric of ‘Girl Crush’ is written in a kind of sexy way, so some people might turn it off when they get to ‘I wanna taste your lips’ and all …read more

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The Recording AcademyHere’s what some of the winners had to say backstage at the 57th Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night:

Sam Smith was understandably excited after winning four awards, including three in the major categories: Best New Artist, and Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Stay with Me.”

He joked to reporters, “I feel like Kate Winslet at the Oscars right now.” Actually, he had better luck than Winslet, who didn’t win an Oscar until her sixth nomination.

He continued, “It’s a dream come true. …read more

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Image Courtesy The Recording AcademyThere were some actual Grammys handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles, but as usual, the Grammys telecast, which aired on CBS, was all about the musical performances — this year, there were a whopping 23. Here’s a rundown of who sang what:

Rock legends AC/DC, in their first-ever Grammy performance, opened the show with their latest track, “Rock or Bust,” and then segued into their classic “Highway to Hell.” Many audience members donned light-up devil’s horns for the song, and Lady Gaga was seen losing her mind, rocking out …read more

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Image Courtesy The Recording AcademyCountry music got a bit of screen time at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night on CBS. Dierks Bentley introduced his friend Miranda Lambert for her fiery performance of “Little Red Wagon.” She went on to win Best Country Album for Platinum. Keith Urban took the stage to introduce Eric Church‘s performance of the Grammy-nominated hit, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” Best New Artist nominee Brandy Clark teamed up with Dwight Yoakam for an acoustic performance of “Hold My Hand” from her album, 12 Stories.

A few country stars walked away with awards presented …read more

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Grammy Winners List

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NARASHere’s a list of winners in the major categories at the 57th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night:

Record of the Year
“Stay with Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Song of the Year
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith, songwriters Sam Smith, James Napier & William Phillips

Album of the Year
Morning Phase, Beck

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Happy (Live),” Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Say Something,” A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Vocal Album
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Best Country Album
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Best Rock Album
Morning Phase, Beck

Best Rock Song
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Grammy Winners List

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NARASHere’s a list of winners in the major categories at the 57th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night:

Record of the Year
“Stay with Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Song of the Year
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith, songwriters Sam Smith, James Napier & William Phillips

Album of the Year
Morning Phase, Beck

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Happy (Live),” Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Say Something,” A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Vocal Album
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Best Country Album
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Best Rock Album
Morning Phase, Beck

Best Rock Song
“Ain’t It …read more

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Image Courtesy The Recording AcademyA few country stars walked away with Grammy Awards presented during the pre-telecast ceremony Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Carrie Underwood won the Best Country Solo Performance award for “Something in the Water,” and The Band Perry won their first Grammy ever in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for “Gentle on My Mind.” That song is featured on the soundtrack of the Glen Campbell documentary, I’ll Be Me. Glen’s song from that documentary, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” won the Best Country Song Grammy. Glen co-wrote the song with Julian Raymond, and it was …read more

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