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Miranda Lambert leads CMT Music Awards 2014 nominations

Thanks to her friends in country music, Miranda Lambert leads the Country Music Television nominations by pairing with her husband Blake Shelton, her girl group Pistol Annies, and good friend Keith Urban.

She’s up for two individual awards for her “Automatic” video, two for collaborating with the Annies on Shelton’s song “Boys ‘Round Here,” and two more for her duet with Urban on “We Were Us.” READ FULL STORY

American Country Awards: See the winners here!

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Artist of the Year
Winner: Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean
Florida George Line
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Male
Winner: Luke Bryan
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Winner: Miranda Lambert
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Winner: Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Winner: Scotty McCreery
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
Randy Houser
Justin Moore

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Winner: Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett
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Meet Shane McAnally, the Nashville songwriter behind country's biggest hits

He’s written smashes for nearly everyone on country’s current A-list — Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry — but Nashville powerhouse Shane McAnally’s rise to the top didn’t exactly follow the most direct route.

The native Texan, now 39, began as a recording artist himself, and only returned to Music City in late 2007 after an almost eight year break from the business. It took Chesney taking a chance on his “Somewhere With You,” which hit No. 1 on the country charts in 2008, to take him from songwriter non grata to one of the industry’s most in-demand scribes.

“All of a sudden, everything I had been writing mattered,” McAnally tells EW in a feature in this week’s print edition. “He sort of anointed me, not even knowing he did it.” READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards: Best and Worst of the Broadcast

The real winners were announced Wednesday night at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best “Suck it, haters” Taylor Swift moment ever: So not only did George Strait, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, and Rascal Flatts — all people for whom Swift opened at the start of her career — come out onstage to present the 23-year-old with the Pinnacle Award, there was also a video including kind messages from Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Carly Simon, Julia Roberts, and Ethel Kennedy, among others. Watch it below. It’s might have been the best acceptance speech of Swift’s career, as she paid respect to each of the artists onstage with her.  READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on: READ FULL STORY

Miranda Lambert: Carrie Underwood deserved to win at the ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert is always a class act when it comes to awards show speeches. She sweetly name-dropped every woman in her category during a CMA speech last November, and at this year’s ACM Awards, Lambert went out of her way to shine light on her female colleagues once again during her acceptance speech for Female Vocalist of the Year — especially Carrie Underwood, who has been shut out of multiple awards over the past year despite the success of her Blown Away album and tour.

“I for sure thought Carrie had it this year, and she damn well deserves it,” Lambert said at the top of her speech. “I’m not supposed to say that on TV,” she admitted. The simple comment is sure to earn Lambert some good will. Not only are some country fans slightly frustrated by the way Blake and Miranda (the reigning king and queen of Nashville) seem to win every award they’re nominated for, but a growing sense of frustration has begun to inundate the country community that Underwood doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards 2013: See the winners here!

Did Blake and Miranda maintain their reign as the king and queen of country? Did Taylor Swift take home a third Entertainer of the Year trophy? And did newly engaged Best New Artist nominees Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert beat out Florida Georgia Line? Check out all the country stars taking home trophies at tonight’s 48th Annual ACM Awards: READ FULL STORY

Grammys producer: Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars among show's 'keepers of the flame'

Justin Timberlake will be up first today as rehearsals continue for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and the singer will know he’s good to go when he gets an approving nod from Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer who is calling the tune for Sunday night’s show just as he has for past 33 years. No, that’s not a typo – Ehrlich has been the gatekeeper of the Grammys stage since the 1980 edition of the show, and he’s the guiding hand behind the show’s signature mix-and-match approach to putting artists and songs together in fused fashion. READ FULL STORY

Luke Bryan wins 9 American Country Awards

Luke Bryan didn’t want the American Country Awards to end.

He cleaned up during the fan-voted show, earning nine awards, including artist and album of the year. His smash hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End” was named single and music video of the year.

Miranda Lambert took home the second most guitar trophies with three. Jason Aldean was named touring artist of the year. Carrie Underwood won female artist of the year, and a tearful Lauren Alaina won new artist of the year.

Bryan, Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Trace Adkins with Lynyrd Skynrd were among the high-energy performances.

The third annual ACAs were held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Monday night.

CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Hosts: There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe the effervescent duo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — they’re simply the best. If you were to look through the last five years of Oscar/Grammy/Tony/Emmy telecasts, you’d be hard pressed to find one joke that could compete with Paisleywood’s opening monologue. Their goofy (and increasingly saucy) hosting style always brings the laughs, and they keep the show moving briskly. On top of that, they both performed their own singles, delivered heartfelt tributes to Andy Griffith and Connie Smith, and demonstrated impressive “Gangnam Style” technique. Do better than that, Seth MacFarlane.

Best performance: I’m a sucker for the CMA Awards’ tribute performances (I still get a little teary thinking about last year’s Glen Campbell effort), and this year’s Willie Nelson-centered medley was no exception. Charles Kelly and Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum) sounded terrific on “Always on My Mind,” as did Blake Shelton and Keith Urban on “Whiskey River” and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on “Good Hearted Woman.” The whole thing felt so warm that when Nelson himself took the stage and sang “The life I love is making music with my friends,” (from “On the Road Again”), you really believed it was happening in that moment. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

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