Country News Archive

February 13, 2012

  • Whitney Houston: How Dolly Parton Song Landed on The Bodyguard SoundtrackFeb 13 2012 | 12:05 AM EST

    Dolly Parton was listening to her car radio the first time she heard Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You,” a song actor and film producer Kevin Costner insisted she record for the 1992 film, The Bodyguard. “They started out with it a cappella,” Parton said in 2011 when the bittersweet ballad grabbed [...]

February 12, 2012

  • Lady Antebellum Win Grammy for Country Album of the YearFeb 12 2012 | 11:05 PM EST

    Lady Antebellum bounded to the stage to accept the Grammy for country album of the year on Sunday night (Feb. 12) in Los Angeles. “We did not expect this!” exclaimed Charles Kelley, after making his way to the stage after stopping to hug Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. The band had only one nomination, with [...]

  • The Civil Wars Remain Focused on Barton HollowFeb 12 2012 | 10:35 PM EST

    The Civil Wars will focus on their Grammy-winning album, Barton Hollow, for a while longer, rather than preparing a new album, singer Joy Williams tells CMT.com. Released in January 2011, Barton Hollow won a Grammy on Sunday (Feb. 12) for best folk album, while the title track won a Grammy for best country duo/group performance. [...]

  • Taylor Swift, Civil Wars Win Grammys Prior to TelecastFeb 12 2012 | 07:35 PM EST

    Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars each won two Grammys during Sunday afternoon’s (Feb. 12) pre-awards show presentation leading up to the main telecast. The 54th annual Grammy Awards show airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Swift’s “Mean” won for best country solo performance and country song for “Mean,” and the Civil Wars received [...]

February 11, 2012

  • OFFSTAGE: Whitney Houston’s Death Shocks and Saddens Music CommunityFeb 11 2012 | 11:35 PM EST

    OFFSTAGE: Whitney Houston’s Death Shocks and Saddens Music Community (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) The details of Whitney Houston’s tragic and untimely death are still just coming in. But the stars are sharing their memories and more on [...]

  • Whitney Houston Dead at Age 48Feb 11 2012 | 10:35 PM EST

    Whitney Houston, who spent 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her recording of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” is dead at age 48. The cause of death has not been determined. Police said a 911 call was made Saturday afternoon (Feb. 11) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel [...]

  • The Band Perry Hit No. 1 With “All Your Life”Feb 11 2012 | 07:05 PM EST

    The Band Perry’s “All Your Life” trots into the winner’s circle on Billboard‘s country songs chart this week after a 28-week trek. Meanwhile, Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic settles in for its second week as the nation’s best-selling country album. There are only two new songs and two fresh albums to mention. Darrell Scott’s Long Ride [...]

February 10, 2012

  • OFFSTAGE: Watch Grammy Red Carpet Live on MTV and CMT.comFeb 10 2012 | 06:05 PM EST

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Everyone knows the best part of the Grammys often happens before the actual awards telecast. That’s when the artists and songwriters and music insiders arrive to walk the red carpet in style, talking [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Why Dierks Bentley Loves the GrammysFeb 10 2012 | 06:05 PM EST

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Dierks Bentley just told me about a new Grammy idea he has. “I’m enacting a new rule next year: if you’re been nominated for 12 Grammys, they automatically give you one,” he said. [...]

  • Grammy Preview: 13 of Country’s Top NomineesFeb 10 2012 | 05:35 PM EST

    Country music is well represented this year at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, the one awards show that crosses genre boundaries to crown the best in music. Even though the show decided to simplify and remove a few categories this season, there are still 13 country acts being recognized for their success in 2011. The [...]