Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest is set to end the year with a message: “Let It Go.”
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Popular country music got pretty derivative in 2013, and that’s the reason there’s very little of it on our 10 Best Country Music Albums of 2013 list. A few commenters weren’t too happy about the lack of mainstream acts in the rankings (though it’s not like they’re shut out: Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Allan all made the cut), and they were sure to let us know.
Well, this supercut should explain why some mainstream country didn’t make the cut:
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Artist of the Year
Winner: Luke Bryan
Florida George Line
Artist of the Year: Male
Winner: Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year: Female
Winner: Miranda Lambert
Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Winner: Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Winner: Scotty McCreery
Artist of the Year: New Artist
Winner: Florida Georgia Line
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Not everyone can expect to win a Grammy. But as Scooter Braun demonstrated last year, some artists—like Braun’s ward Justin Bieber—count at least on a nomination. The fact of which provides a faint veneer of drama for tonight’s frantically-titled ceremony The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, airing at 10 PM tonight (Dec. 6) on CBS.
Likewise, the hope that a beloved, non-ubiquitous artist might win some publicity with a placement in one of the major categories should carry us into tonight’s show. LL Cool J will once again host—with a little buddy, Ed Sheeran, along as presenter—and Miguel, Keith Urban, Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry will perform (Swift and Perry via satellite). In the meantime, here are some thoughts on the big categories and the artists in play.
Best New Artist
More than anyone, Lorde’s got that Best New Artist smell: She’s young (17) and contrarian, a perfect vessel for fantasies about a new pop order that better accommodates coastal American hipster ideals. (Even though she’s from New Zealand and befriended the “flawless” Taylor Swift.) My own coastal American hipster picks would be the more openly aspirational, less coolly outsiderish Kendrick Lamar and Kacey Musgraves. And of course, I love Ariana Grande … READ FULL STORY
Just how bro is “bro country” right now? It’s pretty bro, bro.
In case you haven’t heard, the whole country music genre has been fighting a civil war lately over the rise of “bro country” in popular Nashville-produced music. Coined by New York Magazine‘s Jody Rosen, the term “bro country” refers to “music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude… If [Florida Georgia Line’s smash] ‘Cruise’ were a guy at a bar, he would sidle up to the hottest blonde in the room, laugh loudly at his own jokes, and, after crashing and burning with a couple of lame pickup lines, ask, ‘Have you heard this awesome song?’ Whereupon he would whip out his iPhone and dial up the video for Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise.'”
“Cruise” may have crystallized the “bro country” phenomenon — but Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” has become its unofficial representative thanks to Zac Brown, who last month called the No. 1 single the “worst song I’ve ever heard,” and added, “If I hear one more tailgate-in-the-moonlight, daisy dukes song, I’m gonna throw up.” Brown’s not the only star unhappy with the state of modern country music, either — this year, Alan Jackson, Gary Allan, Kacey Musgraves, and Naomi Judd have all spoken out about it as well. (Read more on that here.)
But surely, “bro country” can’t be that widespread. Not every artist is singing about trucks and beers…right?
Actually, it might be worse than you thought. READ FULL STORY
Are you aware that Nashville is currently embroiled in an outright civil war?
The country music genre has gone through quite a transformation in the past couple years, adopting the electric guitar sounds of nearly-defunct rock radio, the rap-infused cadences and AutoTune normally reserved for hip hop, and, most controversially, the pop elements left behind as that genre gravitated toward electronic dance music. And attitudes have become ever more contentious between traditional and modern-country fans in 2013. Lately, the frustrations have reached a boiling point.
The straw that broke the camel’s back arrived two weeks ago, when Zac Brown called Luke Bryan’s No. 1 single “That’s My Kind of Night” the “worst song I’ve ever heard.” That remark caused Jason Aldean to hop on Instagram and tell Brown, “trust me when I tell u that nobody gives a shit what u think.” The country community quickly took sides in the debate, and the resulting feud has catapulted country music’s identity crisis straight into the spotlight.
These days, pop-country is more popular than ever — but also more despised than ever. Stars like Brown, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Allan have begun publicly expressing unhappiness with their format, which this year has become an increasingly homogenous platform for men (a few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood was the only solo female in the Top 20) singing about trucks and beers and girls and then more trucks.
Tensions have been brewing all year long (and really, much longer than that) — and there’s been no shortage of public feuding among the genre’s A-list. As country fights to figure out what it should look and sound like, its biggest stars are airing some very honest (and sometimes harsh) opinions. Here’s a timeline of country’s wild, crazy, and sometimes mud-slinging year:
January 23: Blake Shelton calls classic country fans “old farts” and “jackasses”
While speaking in a GAC special, The Voice coach angered thousands of elderly country fans when he remarked, “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.” The comment caused a controversy that endured for weeks and helped spark this year’s debate about traditional-country vs. pop-country.
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In case you were wondering: It’s Taylor Swift’s world, and we’re all just marking time until she writes a song about each one of us, then collects an award for every one.
Swift is up for both Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2013 Country Music Association Awards, whose nominations were announced this morning by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line.
The CMAs—not to be confused with the ACMs or the CMT Awards—are the biggest deal in country music, and will be hosted once again by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, live on ABC on November 6.
Swift has won Entertainer of the Year, the awards’ highest honor, twice before. She’s the only woman nominee in this year’s field in that category, which is rounded out by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, George Strait, and Luke Bryan. Shelton, Aldean, and Bryan will also be competing for Male Vocalist of the Year in a list that also includes Keith Urban and Eric Church. Swift will go up against Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, and Miranda Lambert in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.
Swift has a total of five nominations this year (including her participation in Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care”); Florida George Line check in with four, while Kacey Musgraves is up for a total of five (her four as a performer plus an extra one for her songwriting credit on Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” up for Song of the Year). Blake Shelton is up for a total of five prizes as well.
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There’s no bigger country star right now than Luke Bryan.
The hatless, hip-shaking singer currently has the number one album in the country with Crash My Party, which sold a staggering 528,000 copies in its first week. (That gives him the third-highest debut sales week of the year, beat out only by Justin Timberlake and Jay Z). His previous disc, the compilation Spring Break…Here To Party, hit No. 1 earlier this year, too, and each of his last eight singles has reached the Top 5 on the country charts. In April, Bryan not only hosted the ACM Awards, he won the career-galvanizing Entertainer of the Year prize as well.
So why is everyone crashing Bryan’s party? Perhaps because his music typifies today’s predominant modern-country sound: a mesh of head-banging ’80s rock, late-’90s hip-hop, liberal doses of pop production, and thuddingly derivative lyrics about barnyards and breswkies — invariably delivered by men. You could say that Bryan (who, it should be noted, is an exciting, cheeky, genuinely fun performer) is merely riding the same wave that has lifted acts like Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and “Cruise” duo Florida Georgia Line to the peak of country fame. READ FULL STORY
The real winners were announced last night at the 2013 CMT Music Awards, a fan-voted program that technically honors country-music videos. Still, here are a few more honors from the unremarkable telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:
Worst hosts: With dead eyes and a stiff posture, Jason Aldean left returnee Kristen Bell to once again try way too hard to elicit laughter from the crowd. Their ongoing gag about which duet to sing together (a thinly veiled attempt to get people to use the #CMTawards hashtag) was downright painful — and frequent teleprompter issues didn’t help. These two were no Brad and Carrie. They were no Blake and Reba, either. Heck, they were no Blake and Luke — and that’s saying something. READ FULL STORY
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