The AMC nominations are out and Miranda Lambert leads with 8, Dierks Bentley has 7, Luke Bryan and FGL tie with 5 each and Kenny Chesney and Eric Church have 4 each.
Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line.
Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton.
Female Vocalist: Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.
Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae, The Swon Brothers.
Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band.
Album: Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean; Pain Killer, Little Big Town; Platinum, Miranda Lambert; Riser, Dierks Bentley; The Outsiders, Eric Church.
Single: "American Kids," Kenny Chesney; "Automatic," Miranda Lambert; "Dirt," Florida Georgia Line; "Drunk On A Plane," Dierks Bentley; "I Don't Dance," Lee Brice.
Song: "American Kids," Kenny Chesney; "Automatic," Miranda Lambert; "Drink A Beer," Luke Bryan; "Follow Your Arrow," Kacey Musgraves; "Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church; "I Hold On," Dierks Bentley.
Video: "American Kids," Kenny Chesney; "Cop Car," Keith Urban; "Drunk On A Plane," Dierks Bentley; "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell; "Somethin' Bad," Miranda Lambert w/Carrie Underwood.
Vocal Event: "Lonely Tonight," Blake Shelton f/Ashley Monroe; "Meanwhile Back At Mamas," Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill; "Somethin' Bad," Miranda Lambert w/Carrie Underwood; "The South," The Cadillac Three f/Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli; "This Is How We Roll," Florida Georgia Line f/Luke Bryan.
Blake Shelton's joined the cast of Adam Sandler's western spoof, 'Ridiculous 6,' with Nick Nolte, Luke Wilson, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz, Vanilla Ice and more. Blake's been cast as Wyatt Earp and filming starts next month and will be exclusive to Netflix..
Tonight the Zac Brown Band headline a three-day, pre-Super Bowl music festival in Glendale, Arizona. They'll debut new music from their upcoming album and Zac says, "with the new record we're taking chances beyond what we've done before." Also on the bill tonight; Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt.
Jake Owen says the best fan compliment he ever got was in a restaurant one night when a guy came over to the table and said, 'I follow you on Twitter and I feel like we're friends."
The Juno Award nominations are in and up for County Album of the Year isJess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella, Mackenzie Porter, the Road Hammers andDallas Smith. The winner will be announced in March in Hamilton.
Finally - Tonight Maddie & Tae headline the opening night of several free pre-Super bowl concerts in Phoenix, Arizona. They've been in the studio finishing their debut album so they're seeing tonight's show as 'time off for good behavior!'
Carrie Underwood will star in the "Waiting All Day…" opening theme for the Big Game Sunday. The song will also include some new lyrics and Carrie says, "I'm so honored to again be a part of the Super Bowl."
On Miranda Lambert's Certified Platinum Tour, her theme is girl power;RaeLynn's her first opener, Gwen Sebastian and Carolyn Dawn Johnsonsing back up and Miranda says, "we all share a dressing room with curling irons everywhere."
Chase Rice says one of the coolest things he's ever seen backstage was at last year's CMA Awards. Pop stars like Steven Tyler had an entourage of 20 people then all of sudden he's walking down the hall and saw one star all by himself, reading a paper; Garth. Chase said, "it was a cool thing for me to see because it spoke a lot about him; he doesn't need a posse."
Finally - Miranda Lambert says meeting her hero Merle Haggard years ago and giving him her CD was a huge landmark moment in her life.
Carrie Underwood's first child is due this spring and she and Mike are having trouble deciding on a new for their son; she's already said no to Fly and Bo. Decorating his room's become a challenge too as Mike wants him to have a car shaped bed and she insists he'll have a crib. Carrie also says baby stores overwhelm her cause there's so much stuff.
When Luke Bryan met his wife at college he was smitten right away and says, "it took me eight seconds to realize she was the one but it took her eight years."
Keith Urban's on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today.
Newcomer Chase Bryant opens for Tim McGraw this summer and given the chance to perform with anyone besides Tim, Chase picked Shania, Stevie Nicks and pop star Nick Jonas.
Dallas Smith's 'Wastin Gas' was # 1 for a second week on the Canadian country chart. I told you last week he's only the third Canadian besides Dean Brody and Gord Bamford to do this in the last ten years and now he's the only one to be #1 for multiple weeks with the same song. He held off Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Blake Shelton to stay #1.
Finally – Brett Eldredge played Iowa this weekend and tweeted, "Red bull was a bad choice....I now feel like a flying squirrel."
Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr didn't get married last Saturday but they had an engagement party to toast their upcoming wedding for family & friends like Luke Bryan and Eric Church. It was at Nashville's Citizen Club, an exclusive venue for the very rich.
Blake Shelton makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live tomorrow as both host and musical guest. Miranda says she's nervous and worried he'll get too gross and take things too far.
Carrie Underwood tweets, "pregnancy perk: using my belly as a tabletop for my snacks!"
If you want to be a part of Brad Paisley's tour, send him a video of you crushing a can or cans in honor of his new single, 'Crushin' It.' His favorites will go up on the big screen during his show each night and you can submit yours at bradpaisley.com.
Shania's new album/DVD, 'Still the One Live From Vegas,' is out March 3 but only at Walmart.
Finally- new country duo Maddie and Tae are on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Luke Bryan's 'Kick Up The Dust' tour starts in May and in larger cities he'll do 2-nights but he'll also play 7 stadiums. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynchopen but the stadium shows will add FGL and Thomas Rhett. A Luke exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum opens in May and he'll have a new album out sometime this year.
Luke's fan Jenn told him something pretty cool yesterday; he got her through two brain surgeries because his music was playing in her ears the whole time.
Sam Hunt debuts on the Ellen Show today performing his latest single, 'Take Your Time.'
Blake Shelton's on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon but he's not singing, he's the lead guest this evening.
Finally - Miranda Lambert's been added to perform on the Grammy Awards, live from Los Angeles Feb. 8 on CBS. Eric Church will perform too.
Luke Bryan is announcing "big news" today at #lukebryanlive, 11 ET/10 CT/8 PT.
Carrie Underwood's having a boy about March and lately she's been looking around the house and noticing things she knows will get broken and she's thinking about what she wants to put away for a while and says, "right now I'm husband and childproofing my house."
Chase Rice says he realized country music would be his career was when he moved to Nashville in 2010 and lived with childhood friend FGL's Brian. After they wrote 'Cruise,' Chase had his first hit and thought, 'keep doing what I'm doing and I'll find success and it's worked."
Every couple has a romantic song and for Blake & Miranda it's always been 'Monster Mash.'
Finally – I love the random tweets of Brett Eldredge and last night he wrote, "watching the State of the Union address and I can't stop noticing how many times Joe Biden blinks...I've counted like 211."
It's official; Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return as the hosts of the ACM Awards. They're shooting promos for it now and the show airs on April 19.
Kenny Chesney's nearly half-way to George Strait as he just had his 26th #1 with 'Til It's Gone;' a song Kenny says is everything he wanted to say to fans that come to his shows.
Fans were not too happy with Garth in Tulsa last week. His 2nd show was supposed to start at 10:30 but he didn't play till after midnight cause he started his first show late. As for his concert tour in general, the only complaint I've heard is sometimes his voice cracks.
Florida Georgia Line perform on the Ellen DeGeneres show today.
Finally - Justin Moore loves to cook but is running out of ideas of what to make for his family so he's asking fans to bring recipes to Miranda Lambert'sCertified Platinum tour as he's her opener.
Keith Urban & his daughters were spotted at the Los Angeles airport this weekend; he was giving the youngest Faith a piggy-back as they walked thru it. Both girls look like so much like Nicole.
The Band Perry's Kimberly still gets nervous on stage in front of her peers and when they sang at last year's CMA's, to calm her nerves Kimberly picked out an artist in the front row to interact with and it was Faith Hill. She said, "we never talked about it later but I'm pretty sure Faith knew what I was doing."
Dierks Bentley and his crew have a side project they're working on. A 90s country cover band where he's lead singer; Big Rhythm Doug.
Eric Church has no desire to play stadiums except for when he opens for Kenny Chesney this summer. He says, "being able to feel the crowd and intimacy is very important to me. I just don't know how to do that in a stadium and I'm not interested in just trying to get bigger."
Dallas Smith has his first #1 with Wastin' Gas, unseating Kenny Chesney's'Till It's Gone.' He's the third Canadian in the past 5 years to go to #1 on the Canadian Country chart, the others are Dean Brody and Gord Bamford.
Finally – happy 69th birthday to Dolly Parton today; or at least parts of her turn 69.
Someone gets married tomorrow in Nashville but I can't say who. I have seen the invitation tho and Monday we'll see if I was right.
Luke Bryan married his wife Caroline in 06 and they keep their marriage strong by having coffee together in the morning, just the two of them before their two young boys are up. It's Luke's favorite time of the day. He also adds, "every night before bed, I rub my wife's feet and she says they're the best foot rubs on earth."
Darius Rucker is a self-proclaimed comic book nerd; he buys about 60 different titles every month and his favorites are Wolverine, Captain America and X-Men. I found out Darius also has a hidden tattoo he got at 22 of the Miami Dolphins logo. As to where it's located Darius says "it's below the Mason-Dixon line."
Finally - Brett Eldredge has enough songs to record a new album tomorrow so I'm sure we'll see a new record from him sometime this year.
I just found out over his holiday break Jake Owen caused quite a stir by making an unannounced appearance onstage at the Riverside Café in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL. After he played, he had a 2-hour dinner of blackened mahi mahi, french fries and coleslaw. His tab was $240 and he left a $140 tip! His server said Jake was "really normal and really nice."
Miranda Lambert's B&B, The Ladysmith is Southern Living's #1 on their South's Best New Hotels. Their 3-course breakfast is becoming legendary like yogurt with bananas & granola, ham, cheddar and egg bake plus Hawaiian roll bread pudding with spiced apples and house-made whipped cream.
Eric Church says his 3-year old son Boone's been banned from watching Tom & Jerry cartoons because he kept trying some of their stunts and they were just too dangerous.
Finally - Carrie Underwood's two rescue dogs Ace and Penny have taught her something. She writes, "we should try to see ourselves the way our dogs see us...with unconditional love and acceptance, in spite of our many flaws."
Dierks Bentley finally did his New Year's polar plunge in Nashville's Percy Priest lake yesterday. He got his 'Sounds of Summer' tour openers Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith out in the middle of the lake and made them think he was the only doing it but he made them all jump in the freezing water.
Tim McGraw launches his Shotgun Rider Tour in June with openers Billy Currington and Chase Bryant.
At Miranda Lambert's Oklahoma B & B incoming guests are greeted with chocolate chip cookies and patrons often eat breakfast in the fluffy hot pink bathrobes provided in each room.
Garth Brooks is once again the #1 selling solo artist in US history. Man Against Machine was out November 11 and it's already been certified platinum.
Finally - Carrie Underwood's been a vegan for years now but after her baby's born, she and Mike will build a farm on their acreage. Carrier says it'll include chickens so she says she'll probably start eating eggs again.
The people at Philadelphia Cream Cheese just sent Brad Paisley 15 cases of their new bacon flavored cream cheese so Brad wrote on Facebook if we'd tell how we'd would use it, 15 selected at random would each get a case. Over 29,000 including me responded! I thought I'd win by saying I'd make a BLT with it but so far I haven't heard from Brad.
Toby Keith was last year's highest paid country star, making $65 million. Someone figured out how much he makes per second; $2.06: that's over $59,000 for an 8-hour day! Kenny Chesney makes $1.40 a second, Jason Aldean's at $1.17 & poor Luke Bryan only makes $1.08 per second.
The Zac Brown Band headline the tailgate party & Lady A sing the national anthem at the College Football National championship tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Carrie Underwood's working on a new album & after her babies born she'll go back on the road.
Finally - Tim McGraw says he has big news coming soon and Chase Rice is making a special announcement today; probably who he'll be opening for this year.
Lady A's Charles Kelley had a slight wardrobe malfunction on the People's Choice Awards red carpet. His skinny pants split cause they were too tight and it happened too late to change them.
Garth plays his hometown of Tulsa the next few days so they've temporarily renamed some streets after his songs like Low Places Lane & Thunder Rolls Rd. The signs stay up until his last show there January 17.
Jake Owen, Toby Keith, Lady A, Brett Eldredge, Maddie & Tae, Thomas Rhett & more perform tonight on CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party for the College Football National Championship.
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and his wife are on ABC's The Chew this afternoon.
Finally – newlywed Jerrod Niemann's wife Morgan is on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress tonight.
Luke Bryan and his family took a ski trip over Christmas vacation at the Steamboat resort in Colorado. He and his wife collided as they watched their two young kids ski and thankfully they walked away with only a few bruises. The other thing Luke did over the holidays was inhale helium from a balloon.
The People's Choice Awards were last night and Favorite Female Country Artist went to Carrie Underwood. Hunter Hayes was Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Group went to Lady Antebellum.
David Nail was the recipient of a random act of kindness in Nashville yesterday. It was freezing in the morning when he went to the gas station to fill up and someone had prepaid $20 on the pump he pulled up to. He said, "now I gotta find a way to pay it forward."
Finally - Brett Eldredge tweets, "someone gave me this fancy hand lotion that smells like a forest of pine trees and now I can't wash the trees off my hands."
Blake Shelton will be on Saturday Night Live January 24; he'll host and perform and the short list of country stars that have done both are Garth, Dolly, Willie and Kris Kristofferson.
Blake was also rumored to perform The National Anthem at the Super Bowl but his people now say that is not true.
American Idol premieres tonight on FOX with Keith Urban and president and CEO of Nashville's Big Machine, Scott Borchetta as this season's mentor. Keith says Scott will follow his gut rather than just judging on how well someone sings and it'll be a shorter season this year as ratings have been terrible!
Tonight on CBS Lady A will perform during the People's Choice Awards so will The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes.
Finally - tomorrow Garth's on all four hours of The Today Show; something that's never happened before in the 62 years it's been on. I bet at some point during the 4 hours, we'll see Garth cry.
American Idol kicks off tomorrow and Keith Urban's back as a judge for his 3rd season. He and Harry Connick Jr have become like brothers and Keith says J-Low's not a diva at all. His favorite part is watching singers evolve so that at the end he doesn't even recognize them from their first audition.
Blake & Miranda would make great neighbors, according to Zillow's annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey. They were #2 on the list just behind Jimmy Fallon.
The C2C: Country to Country tour kicks off in February with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Lady A, FGL and more. They'll play in Sweden, England, Norway and Ireland.
Finally - Thomas Rhett admits he has a weepy, emotional side and he cries at chick flicks and all his artist buddies always make fun of him for that.
Dierks Bentley had to postpone his annual New Year's Day Polar Plunge but he says he's still gonna do it at some point.
Miranda Lambert started 2015 by joining Pinterest and her pins include DIY projects, dog stuff, antiquing and home décor.
Bachelor Brett Eldredge tweets, "when making my bed, I put the comforter over my back like a cape and dive face first on the bed to spread it out."
Carrie Underwood's #13 of the Best-Mannered Celebrities of the past 25 years by The National League of Junior Cotillions.
Tim and Faith finally sold part of their weekend get-away home in Leiper's Fork, TN. A Houston family purchased 131 acres for $3 million but the McGraw's still need to sell 619-acres, the two large homes on it plus a 12-stall barn and caretaker residence.
Finally - Little Jimmy Dickens died Friday at 94. Brad Paisley said Jimmy was his hero and that he made the planet a funnier, better, richer place. One time Brad's wife Kimberly told him there was some kid fishing in their pond and he said, 'naw, it's just Jimmy.'