Country News Archive

November 30, 2011

  • CMA Country Christmas Special Airs ThursdayNov 30 2011 | 11:05 PM EDT

    CMA Country Christmas, a two-hour concert special hosted by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, will air Thursday (Dec. 1) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. The special features numerous holiday classics as well as fireside chats with the artists and their families. Participating artists include Lauren Alaina, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina [...]

  • Faith Hill Cancels NBC Special AppearanceNov 30 2011 | 05:05 PM EDT

    Faith Hill will not appear on NBC’s holiday special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, after she canceled, according to the NBC New York website. The special will air from New York City on Wednesday (Nov. 30) on NBC. Other performers include Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green and Katharine McPhee. Hill was spotted [...]

  • Court Says Tim McGraw Is Free to Record and Shop for Another LabelNov 30 2011 | 04:35 PM EDT

    A Nashville court declared Wednesday (Nov. 30) that Tim McGraw has the right to record new music and seek out other record deals. The ruling in Chancery Court was a rebuff to Curb Records which had sought either a temporary or permanent injunction that would have held him to the recording contract he signed with [...]

  • On a Rainy Afternoon, Music Row Toasts Success of “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”Nov 30 2011 | 04:35 PM EDT

    With a cold rain pelting the sidewalks and the wind picking up, it was a long way from being a “barefoot, blue jean night.” Even so, a throng of Jake Owen’s friends and co-workers scurried into the lobby of the Country Music Association building in Nashville, Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 29) to celebrate the singer’s No. [...]

  • ACM Awards Combine New Artist CategoriesNov 30 2011 | 04:35 PM EDT

    The Academy of Country Music has announced one overall category for new artist of the year for their 2012 ACM Awards ceremony. In past years, the organization has presented various combinations of awards for new male vocalist, new female vocalist, new vocal duo, new vocal group and new solo vocalist. In 2012, there will be [...]

  • Around the Web: Grammy Concert Lets Country Stars ExperimentNov 30 2011 | 04:35 PM EDT

    Jason Aldean and Sugarland will shake up the Grammy Noms concert. CMA Country Christmas aims to remind fans of classic TV. Vince Gill rides in style for the Nashville Christmas Parade. Eli Young Band get more respect with their own bus. Clint Black and Bill Anderson cross the pond for Songwriter series. Lorrie Morgan signs [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Does Rob Lowe Refuse to Age?Nov 30 2011 | 04:35 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Has Rob Lowe aged? I could’ve sworn he and I were the same age. And yet, there he was on the red carpet at the CMT Artists of the Year taping in Nashville [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Gives Me “Hell”Nov 30 2011 | 02:35 PM EDT

    (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 All-American Rejects? Never heard of them. Until this morning, when I heard they’d done a song for Taylor Swift at the CMT Artists of the Year taping. At the Nashville event last [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley Wears Camouflage on Red CarpetNov 30 2011 | 11:35 AM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Brad Paisley should get the best-dressed award from last night’s (Nov. 29) taping of CMT Artists of the Year in Nashville. Hands down. Especially if we’re giving points to the honorees who wore [...]

  • CMT Artists of the Year Taped on Tuesday NightNov 30 2011 | 10:35 AM EDT

    Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift graciously accepted their hard-earned trophies at the CMT Artists of the Year taping on Tuesday night (Nov. 29) in Nashville. The special will air Dec. 13 on CMT at 9/8c. Rob Lowe hosted the all-star special at the Bridgestone Arena. All-American Rejects, Gavin DeGraw and [...]