Blake Shelton Says Thank You for AMA Nod

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton may be on his fourth nomination for Favorite Country Male at the American Music Awards, but the star of The Voice isn’t taking it for granted.

“It’s always exciting to get a nomination, especially one that’s voted on by the fans, who support us every day by coming out to our shows and listening to our music,” he says. “Thank you all!”

The Oklahoma native took home the trophy in 2011. You can cast your vote now at TheAMAs.com, prior to the Sunday, November 20 show, which will air live from Los Angeles on ABC.

Blake just released “A Guy with a Girl,” his third single from his gold album, If I’m Honest.

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Cole Swindell Claims the "Biggest Honor" of His Career

Warner Music NashvilleWith eight number-ones under his belt, including five he recorded himself, Cole Swindell picks up the mantle of NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year. The Georgia native accepted the award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International via video this weekend, while he was on the West Coast leg of Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour.

“It’s the biggest honor of my career by far because I moved to this town to be a songwriter…” Cole said via a pre-recorded statement. “All I ever wanted to do was to write songs.”

Cole continues on his stint with FGL through the 22nd of this month, before embarking on his latest headlining tour October 26 to support Down Home Sessions III, which comes out two days later. His latest single, “Middle of a Memory,” just broke into the top five.

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The #1 Song Inspired by "Breaking Bad" and How Bryan Cranston Missed Being in the Video

Big Loud RecordsIf you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, you’ve probably noticed the reference to a “Walter White high” in Chris Lane’s breakthrough hit. But it wasn’t until the number-one party Monday in Nashville that writer Abe Stoklasa revealed the entire idea for “Fix” actually came out of him binge-watching the hit AMC show about a high-school teacher who turns to a life of crime manufacturing and dealing drugs.

Realizing what the reference meant, Chris entertained the idea of reaching out to the man who played Walter White when it came time to make the video for the song. But the relative newcomer figured he didn’t have a shot with respected actor Bryan Cranston.

“I wanted that to happen so bad!” the North Carolina native recalls. “But we were just like, ‘He’s not gonna do it. Let’s not even waste our breath on it!’”

So Chris and his team went with an entirely different scenario for the visual representation of “Fix.” Not too long ago, the Girl Problems singer got an ironic post-script.

“Bryan Cranston tweeted, it was pretty recently, ‘Hey, IAmChrisLane, the next time you sing a song that mentions my name, at least let me be a part of the video.’… Lo and behold, he tweeted that! I’m just like, ‘Well, reshoot?’” Chris laughs.

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Blake Shelton Teaches Jimmy Fallon How to Milk a Cow on "The Tonight Show"

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCBack in May, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon subjected Blake Shelton to trying sushi for the first time.  Monday, Blake got even by teaching Jimmy how to milk a cow.

Fallon starts the recorded segment on the wrong foot by showing up wearing overalls and a cowboy hat. “This is Oreo,” says Shelton, pointing to the cow. “You’ll be touching her in a very private area, which is totally normal if you act normal about it and don’t dress like Woody from Toy Story.”

The 40-year-old The Voice coach then gives Jimmy a brief lesson on milking the cow, but after a couple failed attempts, Blake show’s him how it’s done.

After Fallon finally achieves success, Shelton shares “an old farming tradition” of taking a shot of the first milk, but the joke’s on Jimmy as Blake tosses his shot over his shoulder while Fallon’s looking the other way.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Carrie Underwood Talks Baby Number Two

Photo Credit: Jeff LipskyCould baby number two be on the horizon for Carrie Underwood? The CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee discusses the possibility in her new cover story for Redbook magazine.

“If my husband were at the beginning of his career, I’m not sure we could handle it,” she says, mentioning the Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher. “Since he’s kind of nearing the end and won’t be traveling so much, we’re like, ‘We can figure it out for not that long.’ You make it work.”

Carrie admits she had her doubts before the birth of their little boy Isaiah, who’ll be two in February.

“When I was pregnant, I thought, ‘How am I going to go on the road? How am I going to keep doing my job?’ I had to just give it to God and stop worrying about it. Sure enough, we figured it out.”

You can read more in the November issue of Redbook, which hits newsstands October 18.

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Chris Janson's "Boat" Brings Home an Award

Sweet Talk Publicity It’s been more than a year since Chris Janson’s breakthrough hit topped the charts, but “Buy Me a Boat” is still winning awards. This weekend in Nashville, his number-one from September 2015 was named one of the 10 “Songs I Wish I’d Written” at the Nashville Songwriters Association International Awards.

“It’s an honor and I’m very humbled…” Chris says. “It means a lot to me because it was voted on by my peers, songwriters who I respect and look up to.”

Right now, Chris is in the middle of the Farm Tour with Luke Bryan, as his latest single, “Holdin’ Her,” just broke into the top 30.

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Top Nominees Eric Church, Maren Morris and More Lock in Performance Spots at CMAs

Country Music AssociationTop nominees Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley all have secured performance spots at the upcoming golden anniversary of the CMA Awards. Eric and Maren each have a shot at taking home five trophies that night, while Keith and Dierks are each up for four.

Quadruple-nominee and co-host Carrie Underwood will sing too, as will her fellow master of ceremonies Brad Paisley.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 2 starting at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC.

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Carrie Underwood Competes Against Adele and Beyonce for AMA Artist of the Year

Dick Clark ProductionsCarrie Underwood will compete against AdeleBeyonce and Justin Bieber for the coveted Artist of the Year trophy at the 2016 American Music Awards. The “Dirty Laundry” hitmaker is the most-nominated country artist overall, grabbing nods for Favorite Country Female and Favorite Country Album for Storyteller as well.

The 10 nominees in the Artist of the Year category will be narrowed down to five based on the votes received by Monday, November 14. You can vote for Carrie now at TheAMAs.com.

Luke BryanThomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line also received two nods each. The AMAs will be handed out November 20 live from Los Angeles on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Here’s the full list of the country nominees for the American Music Awards: 

Artist of the Year
Adele
Beyonce
Justin Bieber
Drake
Selena Gomez
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
Carrie Underwood
The Weeknd
Ariana Grande

Favorite Country Male Artist
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett
Blake Shelton
 
Favorite Country Female Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
Cam
Carrie Underwood
 
Favorite Country Duo or Group
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band
 
Favorite Country Album
Luke Bryan — Kill the Lights
Chris Stapleton — Traveller
Carrie Underwood — Storyteller
 
Favorite Country Song
Florida Georgia Line — “H.O.L.Y.”
Tim McGraw — “Humble and Kind”
Thomas Rhett — “Die a Happy Man”

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Reba's Mom Becomes a College Graduate at 89

Photo Credit: Justin McIntoshWhen Reba won her very first CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year back in 1984, she gave one of the most iconic acceptance speeches in the 50-year history of the show, paying tribute to her mother.

“The first time me and Mama came to Nashville,” the present-day Country Music Hall of Famer said, “she told me, she said, ‘Reba, I couldn’t do this, so I’m living my life and my dreams through you.’ This is for me and Mama, and we thank you.”

This past week in her home state of Oklahoma, Reba helped make another of her mother’s dreams come true — graduation from college.

Even though Jacqueline McEntire graduated from high school at the age of 16, and was certified as a teacher by the state of Oklahoma at 18, she was never able to finish her degree, even though she worked in public education for close to 20 years. Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, that all changed, as the soon-to-be 90-year-old was presented with an Honorary Bachelor’s Degree in Public Education and Community Service.

Reba and her siblings AlicePake, and Susie were all on hand to celebrate. Reba herself graduated from the Durant, Oklahoma, college in 1976, with a degree in Elementary Education and Fine Arts.

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Why Granger Smith's Cinderella Song Is a Perfect Fit for the Women in His Life

BBR Music GroupEven though Granger Smith’s new single, “If the Boot Fits,” is just now breaking into the top 20, he says it’s been a hit with the ladies in his life for a long time, especially his wife Amber.

“She loves [it]. That’s probably her favorite,” the father of three says. “It’s a love song. I mean, I haven’t really come out with a love…song in a long time.”

When he performs his latest hit, the Texas native says he can’t help but think about his oldest daughter London, thanks to her fascination with a certain fairy-tale figure.

“She’s four years old, loves Cinderella! Very passionate about Disney princesses, especially Cinderella. That was the first movie we watched together when she was two, and it was the only thing that really calmed her down. And she got mesmerized by Cinderella. We used that as a tool. If she needs to wind down, let’s pull up the iPad and we’ll watch this together. And so that whole aspect is kinda intertwined in this song.” 

“If the Boot Fits” is the second single from Granger’s Remington album, which also boasts his number one, “Backroad Song.” Right now, Granger is opening for Luke Bryan on his 8th annual Farm Tour.

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