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Yesterday “page 6” of the New York Post reported that Taylor Swift and Tim Tebow were spotted on a date. The couple were actually amongst a group of friends while dinning. After dinner though, Tim was seen being quite the gentlemen by escorting Taylor to her car.
Does this mean Taylor and Tim are a couple? Almost everyone has an opinion about the possible blooming relationship. Both have a rare spotless reputation and both posses talent and success. If there were ever a Hollywood match made in heaven, this could be it.
Last night, Jamie Lono, a sandwich maker from Chicago, became a star on The Voice. His rendition of Johnny Cash’s hit Folsom Prison Blues left viewers with their mouths open. Today, Jamie’s song debuted on iTunes and is already at #49. He soared past all other contestants and even huge stars like Taylor Swift.
The next hot spot on the iTunes chart belongs to Mathai. Last night she performed “Rumour Has It” by Adele. Everyone was amazed by Mathai’s very unique sound and she was quickly snatched up by Team Adam. Her song is at #98.
Want to get your cardio on while listening to country music? We’ve selected the best Country music work out songs ranging from new releases to greatest hits from 20 years ago. Make sure to download these songs at itunes, we’re only 3 months away from bikini season!
Best Country Fitness Songs
1. Country Girl Shake It For Me – Luke Bryan
2. Wanna Take You Home With Me- Gloriana
3. Boondocks- Little Big Town
5. Banjo- Rascal Flatts
6. Any Man Of Mine- Shania Twain
7. Put You In A Love Song- Keith Urban
10. Sparks Fly- Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift, along with The Civil Wars recorded a song called “Safe and Sound” for the new movie Hunger Games. Hunger Games is part of a non-stop best-selling book series that just became a major motion picture. Taylor has practically conquered the music industry, but she just accomplished a new major cross-over event. Her Hunger Games single, “Safe and Sound” premiered on Mtv at 7:54 tonight.
Taylor also took home 2 Grammy’s last night (and so did The Civil Wars), it’s really big week for Country Music!
Check out their video here
Taylor Swift took home two trophies last night and an amazing “in your face” performance of her single “Mean”. Her song was unquestionably a crowd pleaser that ended with a full standing ovation. While most of us knew Taylor would rack in the trophies (just as the rock world new Adele would) Taylor looked genuinely shocked at both the standing ovation by her peers and the titles “Solo Performance” and “Best Song”.
Before the show, Taylor was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest who asked questions like ” How do you prepare for the future and stay on pace when your fame is so big” , “Are you afraid of things falling apart because you rose to fame so quickly?” Taylor responded by saying shes neurotic about her work and planning for the future and she hopes she can evolve with her fans and continue doing what she love best.
Catch Taylor Swift tonight on Mtv at 7:54 for the world premier of her new song from The Hunger Games movie. If you miss it, it re-airs on CMT.
The Civil Wars will also appear on the soundtrack from The Hunger Games performing with Taylor Swift. Haven’t heard of The Civil Wars? Their fame is rising just as quickly as The Band Perry. Last night the Civil wars won 2 Grammys, one for “Best Folk Album” and one for “Best Duo/Group”, locking out Country music ‘Greats’ like Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and the new duo Thompson Square. The Civil Wars are currently touring the UK, but check out future tour dates @ http://www.thecivilwars.com. Click here to hear the Grammy Award winning song “Barton Hollow” .
Other big winners last night include Alison Krauss and Union Station (for Bluegrass Categories) and Lady Antebellum. Lady Antebellum was awarded for “Best Album of the Year” and attributed much of their success to their cross-over type image.
Photo of The Civil Wars
This week, New York is celebrating high fashion, Fresh Cut Country decided to celebrate fashion too. We’re celebrating fashion- Nashville style. Each day this week we’ll spotlight one of the queen bees of country by sharing her style and how you can get it. Take a peek at one of our favorite fashionistas, Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift is an American Icon and her impeccable style helped get her there. She oozes romance and wears what she sings. On stage Taylor’s wardrobe consist of dramatic fairy tale gowns, sequins, and an array of other fascinating costumes.
Around town Taylor shows she’s mastered the classics. Her wardrobe (probably mountains high) includes mostly dresses with soft lines, ruffles and lace. She’s rarely photographed in bright colors or trending styles, after all, an American Icon must be timeless.
Taylor doesn’t just meet our approval. This month she took the cover of Vogue magazine proving to the entire world that country girls are stylish too. Make sure you pick up February’s issue of Vogue to support the ladies of Nashville and learn more about Taylor Swift’s classic, romantic style.
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ENCINO, CA (January 26, 2012) – Nominations were announced today for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Awards co-host Reba participated with a video message to kick things off and entertainment superstars Lionel Richie, who will be honored during a special taping ofACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert in April (to air at a later date on CBS), Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight), Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com) announced batches of nominations in video postings during the approximately 20 minute online event which culminated in music fans announcing the nominees for the Academy’s biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year, a privilege fans embraced for the first time ever by submitting videos naming their favorite artist. Fans from around the country announced Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.
As previously announced, Blake Shelton will join forces with country music star Reba to host the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards for the second consecutive year. For the fifth year, fans will select the winner of the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and for the fourth year, the New Artist of the Year category will also be opened up to fan voting. Nominees for New Artist of the Year were not announced in the press conference today because fan voting for those semi-finalists will close on January 30 (see page 2 below). The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. He is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, a category he has been nominated in nine times previously. He is twice nominated for Album of the Year for Hemingway’s Whiskey, as both artist and producer, and also earned double nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. Chesney is also nominated for Song of the Year for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter.
Jason Aldean is nominated for six awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He is nominated for Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, and has nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” featuring Kelly Clarkson. He is nominated for Video of the Year for “Tattoos On This Town.”
Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five nods, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won for two consecutive years. They are also nominated for Album of the Year as artists and producers for Own The Night, and for Song of the Year and Video of the Year for “Just A Kiss.”
Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brad Paisley, is nominated for four awards, including his fifth consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won five times consecutively between 2006-2010. He received two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Old Alabama” with Alabama and “Remind Me” with Carrie Underwood.
Toby Keith received three nominations for “Red Solo Cup,” including Video of the Year, which he last won in 2003 for “Beer For My Horses.” He also received a double nomination as artist and producer for Single Record of the Year for “Red Solo Cup.” Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is also nominated for Nightclub of the Year (a nod that is not among Keith’s total nominations count, because it is awarded to the venue itself not it’s owners).
Reigning Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, leads solo female nominees with three nominations, including her third consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year. If Swift wins Entertainer of the Year, this will be her second consecutive win in that category. Swift is nominated for the fifth time for Female Vocalist of the Year, and for the third time for Video of the Year for “Mean.”
First-time ACM nominee, Grace Potter, received three nominations for “You And Tequila” with Kenny Chesney, in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year categories.
Eli Young Band has three nominations including Vocal Group of the Year, as well as Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Crazy Girl.”
Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Aaron Lewis, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young all received two nominations each.
The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and select the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category and the eight semi-finalists in the New Artist of the Year category. Presenters and performers who will appear at the ceremony will be announced at a later date.
Fan voting for New Artist of the Year began at VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM on January 16, 2012 and will close on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12noon ET/9:00AM PT, after which nominees in that category will be announced separately. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year begins on March 19, 2012 at 9:00AM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year will close at 5 p.m. PT on April 1, 2012 (before the LIVE show starts) and fan voting for Entertainer of the Year will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.
Following is the list of final nominees. Winners in each of the following categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:
It’s another year and another Grammy Awards show. Make sure you tune into CBS at 8/7 Central to represent and cheer on your favorite country music artists. Take a look at the country music nominees below to see if they match your picks.
There are four categories in Country Music:
Best Country Solo Performance
Dirt Road Anthem, by Jason Aldean and Broken Bow Records
I’m Gonna Love You Through It, by Martina McBride and Republic Nashville
HoneyBee, by Blake Shelton and Warner Brothers Records
Mean, by Taylor Swift and Big Machine Records
Mamas Song, by Carrie Underwood and Arista Nashville
Best Country Duo/Group
Don’t You Wanna Stay, by Kelly Clarkson/Jason Aldean and Broken Bow Records
You and Tequila, by Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter and BNA Records
Barton Hollow, by The Civil Wars and Sensibility LLC
Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not, Thompson Square and Stoney Creek Records
Best Country Song
Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not, Thompson Square
God Gave Me You, Blake Shelton and Warner Brothers Records
Just Fishin, Trace Adkins and Show Dog Universal
Mean, Taylor Swift
Threaten Me With Heaven, Vince Gill MCA Nashville
You and Tequila, Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter
Best Country Album
My Kinda Party (Jason Aldean and Broken Bow Records)
Chief (Eric Church and EMI Records)
Own the Night (Lady Antebellum and Capital Records Nashville)
Red River Blue (Blake Shelton and Warner Bros.)
Here for a Good Time (George Straight and MCA Nashville)
Speak Now (Taylor Swift and Big Machine)