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AMC Nominations...

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.
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Blake Shelton's in Adam Sandler’s Western Spoof, Zac Brown Band Headline Pre-S

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!'
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Carrie Underwood Will Open Super Bowl, Chase Rice Raves on Garth

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.
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I know what you are thinking, Radio DJs and Scientific Experiments go hand in hand. It's basically the modern day PB&J. So for our latest/first extremely scientific experiment we had some Play-doh, a bandana, and about 10 minutes to kill.

Somebody had brought some Play-Doh into the office and everybody immediately started smelling it, because apparently nothing smells quite like childhood like Play-Doh. So that got me thinking, does all Play-Doh smell the same or does each color smell different. First I tried to google the info and apparently Play-Doh does have a signature scent, it's a mixture of vanilla and some other secret ingredients that Play-Doh guards like Fort Knox. But I couldn't find anything specific about individual color smells... what I could find was a bandana... and 10 minutes to kill. So I gathered up some coworkers who share my interest in scientific endeavors... then I blindfolded them and had them smell stuff.

We had three colors of Play-Doh. Red. White. and Yellow.
I conducted this super professional experiment with four coworkers in the KICKS Laboratory/break room.

2 coworkers correctly guessed all three colors and are now henceforth known as super smellers
The 2 other coworkers correctly guessed the Red Play-Doh but mixed up the White and the Yellow. They were promptly let go.

So final results, all participants agreed Play-Doh has a unique smell. But while each color might have a slightly different smell, probably because of the food coloring, they really didn't smell all that different from each other. Play-Doh is just Play-Doh.

This concludes our Extremely Scientific Experiment
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Carrie Underwood Needs Baby Name, Keith Urban’s on With Ellen Today

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."
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Jason Aldean Has Egagement Party, Blake Shelton's on Saturday Night Live Tomorro

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
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.
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Miranda Lambert Performs on the Grammy Awards, Luke Bryan’s ‘Kick Up The Dus

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.
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Let me set the scene. It was last week. I was playing on my phone (because it's 2015 and that is what people do anytime they have 8 seconds to spare). Fellow DJ Kelley Peterson walks in and asks if I'm playing Trivia Crack and I have no idea what she is talking about. She tells me it's a very popular app where you have trivia contests with other users of the apps, be they Facebook friends or random other users. She tells me I shouldn't play because with all the random stuff I got swirling in my head I would probably be addicted. I... actually listen to her. I don't play it, it does sound like something I would get addicted to. Story over right? Sorry about the misleading title.


It's the next day. Another fellow employee asks me what is the capital of Switzerland (it's Bern). That is not a question a country radio DJ in West Texas gets asked everyday (or every decade for that matter). Then she asks me another question. Then another. Before I know it we have "together" beaten a random stranger on the internet in a game of trivia. I'd been playing Trivia Crack this whole time. So of course I immediately download the app, and start playing my own games. If you are one of the few people who haven't gotten it yet it goes like this.

It is a free to download game where you play a one on one game of trivia with another player. You get asked a variety of questions in the categories of Geography, Science, Art, Entertainment, History, and Sports. Each Category is represented by a character... the first player to collect all the characters wins.

Don't let the smile on the test tube fool you... he is pure evil.

They named it Trivia Crack because they knew it was going to be addictive. I have been playing it for less than a week and at any one time I have at least a dozen games going. I am the highest ranked of all of my friends, many of whom have been playing for months. People are starting to worry about my health and sanity. This is not supposed to be an entertaining story... this is a cry for help. I need to stop playing Trivia Crack but I can't. I think my only hope now is to play it so much I burn out on it and never want to play again. So if you already do play Trivia Crack... I can't in good conscience recommend it to a newcomer because I know first hand the time it has killed. But if you want to play me my name in game is @DerrickR. I'll see you on the other side... hopefully.

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Luke Bryan is Announcing “Big News”, Carrie Underwood’s Husband and Childp

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."
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