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CMA Awards: Eric Church leads noms (and Snoop Dogg's in the house!)

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox Finale Edition! 'Desperate Housewives,' 'House,' 'Castle,' and more music-on-TV moments

The end has come, Jukeboxers! There’s an apocryphal story that the Inuit people have hundreds of words for snow. These past few weeks, we at Jukebox probably could have used about that many synonyms for cliffhanger. Between planes crashing, kidnappings, births, deaths, weddings, reunions, and dance parties, it’s been a groovy goodbye to the 2011-2012 TV season. Check out our picks below and make sure to click through to the final page to listen to a track-for-track Spotify playlist of these “show tunes.” (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

CMT Music Award Nominations: Little Big Town must win for 'Fix You' cover -- VIDEO

Nominations for June 6’s CMT Music Awards were announced this morning, with Carrie Underwood leading the pack with five nods, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received four.

See the full list below, which also includes three nominations a piece for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Thompson Square.

If there’s one category we feel strongly about, it’s CMT Performance of the Year, which honors the best live performance that aired on a CMT show, series, or special. Little Big Town has to win for their cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert. It starts at 2:40 in the clip below; you’re guaranteed to get chills. READ FULL STORY

Sugarland ordered to testify in Indiana State Fair trial next month

As we reported back in November, the country duo Sugarland is being sued by 44 victims of last fall’s fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Now Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have been ordered by the court to provide depositions in the trial next month, the Associated Press reports.

The band’s attorneys initially hoped to delay the depositions until May, citing preparations for an upcoming tour, but Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin is ordering Nettles and Bush to testify between the dates of April 1 and April 15. (Sugarland is nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the upcoming ACM Awards, scheduled for April 1 in Las Vegas.)


Sugarland to let fans plan set list on new tour. Your request?

In April, Sugarland will launch its In the Hands of the Fans tour, which will allow fans to determine each city’s set list. “THEY will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show,” singer Jennifer Settles says in the announcement. “Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it’s on one of our records or if we’ve played it on a stage it is fair game.”

My first thought: This is a smart play for the band, which took a PR hit earlier this month when its legal team, defending against a negligence suit filed after the fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse last summer, claimed “some or all of the plaintiffs failed to exercise due care for their own safety” and further that “some or all of the plaintiffs knowingly and voluntarily assumed and/or incurred the risk of injury to themselves.” (The band’s manager Gail Gellman attempted to clarify, saying: “Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster. The single most important thing to Sugarland are their fans. Their support and love over the past nine years has been unmatched. For anyone to think otherwise is completely devastating to them.”)

My second thought: A musician once told me that when he asks for requests from the stage, he’s pretty much just waiting for someone to yell out the name of the song he wanted to play next anyway. That takes a little bit of the fun out of it, but Sugarland’s penchant for performing covers live should actually make this interesting.

So what songs would/will you request? My top pick: READ FULL STORY

Two women charged with fraud for faking injuries in Indiana State Fair stage collapse

There’s horrible, there’s despicable, and then there’s the latest story to emerge from the sincerely tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair over the summer: Two women who have sued for compensation for injuries incurred in that incident were allegedly not injured at all—or even present at the site of the collapse.

Seven people died as a result of the accident, while dozens more faced debilitating injuries. A handful of lawsuits have emerged in an attempt to assign culpability, including one levied at Surgarland, who were about to take the stage when high winds overtook the structure.

So it’s a little sickening that investigators have charged self-proclaimed victims Stephanie Murry and Sandra Hurn with fraud. Though the women were seeking compensation funds, a prosecutor in Indianapolis declared that neither were actually on the grounds that day, and were merely trying to bilk the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund and the Indiana Tort Claim Fund.

According to local officials, both women made multiple hospital trips in an effort to create a proper paper trail that would back up their claims. When investigators realized that some of the documentation was falsified, Hurn copped to the scheme, which the pair plotted together a few hours after the initial disaster.

Murry faces charges of attempted theft, forgery, and perjury, all felonies which could land her in jail for up to 14 years. Since Hurn actually succeeded in collecting a $7,500 check from the Remembrance Fund, she picks up a charge of felony theft that raises her potential prison stint up to 36 years.

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Little Big Town and Keith Urban make Christmas super sexy

If you missed ABC’s CMA Country Christmas last night (watch it here), you missed some good TV, including Miss Piggy forcing Vince Gill to suggestively “du… et” with her on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (at 26:45), host Jennifer Nettles kicking off the show with a stellar rendition of “All I Want For Christmas is You” (with festively/scantily clad female backup dancers*), and Little Big Town rocking their smooth harmonies on “Santa Claus is Back in Town” (at 30:40).

I’ve always thought that was the sexiest holiday song (thank you, Elvis), but now, after seeing Keith Urban step out to play the guitar solo, I know it is. Little Big Town returned later in the show to dedicate “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to the troops (1:12:25), and if you haven’t already bought that on iTunes, you will now.

* Also found in Kellie Pickler’s rendition of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (1:09:20)

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Sugarland sued for negligence by victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse

Sugarland has been sued by 44 victims of the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, which killed seven and injured many others back in August.

If you remember, on August 13, high wind gusts caused an elaborately rigged outdoor stage to topple onto a sea of terrified patrons in the front rows of a Sugarland concert.

The Grammy-winning duo, who were not injured in the incident (they had yet to take the stage) have apologized profusely for the incident, and performed a free benefit concert in Indianapolis last month to offer their condolences. As recently as the CMA Awards last week, Jennifer Nettles thanked the people of Indiana once again.

But to the victims of the collapse, apologies aren’t enough. The plaintiffs, a group that includes the estates representing four of the deceased concertgoers, claim that Sugarland was negligent for not canceling the concert when inclement weather loomed. Apparently, a clause in Sugarland’s contract stipulates that the group has final say on whether to cancel a show due to hazardous weather. Because they didn’t pull the plug on the show, now they are being held responsible.

“Unfortunately, this tragedy could have been prevented if the responsible parties had been concerned about the concertgoers that night,” plaintiffs’ attorney Mario Massillamany said in a statement.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages that would “help the victims pay the medical bills and other financial expenses that they have incurred from this incident.”

A rep for Sugarland tells EW they have no comment at this time.

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CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Hosts: Obviously, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are the only people eligible for this honor, but haven’t they become quite a dynamic duo? I can’t think of any pair I’d rather see overseeing an awards show. They’re funny and saucy without being mean, and they keep the show moving.

Between the Hank Williams Jr. parody and the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw anatomy check that opened the show, Underwood and Paisley had me literally tearing up with laughter. And just when you think they can’t endear you to themselves any more, they deliver a powerhouse vocal on “Remind Me.” Hey, Oscars, are you watching?

Best performance: Near the end of the show, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Vince Gill performed a touching medley of tunes in honor of country icon Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The seasoned veteran, clearly moved by the kind gesture, watched proudly from his seat, even giving the trio a thumbs-up when Paisley began to sing “Galveston.” It was the night’s sweetest moment: READ FULL STORY

Sugarland to return to Indiana for free concert Oct. 28

Country duo Sugarland will end its Incredible Machine Tour with a final stop back in Indiana for a free Oct. 28 concert at Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse. The intention is to honor all previous ticketholders for the Aug. 13th Indiana State Fair show, which ended in tragedy when the stage collapsed and killed seven people. Contributions to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund will be accepted throughout the night. Special guests will be announced at a later date. For information on how to redeem tickets and purchase new ones, visit the duo’s website.

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