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Grammy Tribute 2018

Last night country stars who were linked by tragedy at the terrible shooting that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV this summer joined each other on stage at the 2018 Grammy Awards to pay tribute to the lives lost both in Vegas and in Manchester to this senseless violence. The Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, and Eric Church provided the audience with words of comfort and healing before performing a very stripped down version of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven”.    

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Grammy Tribute 2018

It was a night of moving tributes and big social movements as the 60th Annual Grammy Awards lit up CBS to honor the year’s most celebrated artists and art. First things first, the winners in country music: Best Country Album From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton   Best Country Solo Performance “Either Way,” Chris Stapleton Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Better Man,” Little Big Town Best Country Song “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton Songwriters: Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton Best Americana Album The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Best American Roots Song “If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Songwriter: Jason Isbell Best Bluegrass Album (tie) Laws Of Gravity, The Infamous Stringdusters All The Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live], Rhonda Vincent and The Rage Best American Roots Performance “Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes Best Folk Album Mental Illness, Aimee Mann Best Roots Gospel Album Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope, Reba McEntire Then of course, there’s the 2018 Grammy performances! Kesha – Praying The Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, and Eric Church – Las Vegas / Manchester Shooting Victims Tribute   Little Big Town – Better Man Watch Here The Debuts! Maren Morris ft. Zedd – The Middle   If you want to see the whole awards show again, CBS has it streaming in full at CBS.com  

Country Music Tribute to Route 91 Victims at the 2018 Grammy’s

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Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, and Maren Morris To perform at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards® in a tribute to victims of concert tragedies. Special segment reunites Musicians from ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL in Las Vegas. SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (JAN. 18, 2018) — In addition to honoring musical excellence, the Recording Academy® will also take a moment to honor the victims lost to gun violence and terrorism at various live music events over the course of the past year. In a special GRAMMY® tribute performed by three of the artists who participated in the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, current GRAMMY nominees Brothers Osborne, past GRAMMY nominee Eric Church, and GRAMMY winner and current nominee Maren Morris will come together for the touching segment. “Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music. Sadly, that wasn’t always the case this past year,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.” “In many ways, our show encapsulates the year in music,” said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards. Although that usually means a focus on achievement and excellence, sadly, last year was marred by a number of senseless tragedies that took place at live music events. We didn’t feel like we’d be doing our jobs if we didn’t reflect on these tremendous losses.” Live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and hosted by award-winning television personality and performer James Corden, the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Previously announced GRAMMY performers include Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, P!nk, Ben Platt, Sam Smith, SZA, and U2. Performing for the first time on the GRAMMY stage, Brothers Osborne are nominated again this year in Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“It Ain’t My Fault”). GRAMMY Award winner Maren Morris is currently nominated for Best Country Solo Performance (“I Could Use A Love Song”). The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, Chantel Sausedo is the Talent Producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers. ABOUT RECORDING ACADEMY The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in Continue reading

Kenny Chesney’s COSMIC HALLELUJAH Scores Country Album Grammy Nomination

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Kenny Chesney’s Unorthodox Grammy Nomination Cosmic Hallelujah Scores Best Country Album Nod at 2018 Grammy Awards Nashville, Tenn. — When Kenny Chesney switched the lead single to “Noise” nine days before the launch of Cosmic Hallelujah, people thought he was crazy. But the song – written, recorded and mastered in three days – spoke to the toxic information overload in a way that felt urgent, and the 8-time Entertainer of the Year decided to let the music speak to the 24/7 rush of constant connection. From that moment, everything about the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee’s 16th album defied conventional wisdom. Today, Cosmic Hallelujah received Chesney’s first solo Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Upon hearing the news, he marveled, “People thought I was crazy doing what felt right for the music. But sometimes songs need to be released, or given a video even if they’re not a single, or have the people who’re living the song make the video… It’s easy to lose track of the music in the marketing and the promotion, but for Cosmic Hallelujah, I wanted music to drive the decisions. Right now, I feel that was the right thing to do.” From “Noise” being written, recorded and swapped at the last minute, to the euphoric multiple-week No. 1 “Setting the World On Fire” with P!nk, a provocative, big budget “Paper Chase” video featuring John C. McGinley for “Rich and Miserable,” which never was a single, to a three-week No. 1 final single “All the Pretty Girls,” with a  video made by a pair of Belmont University students, nothing about Cosmic Hallelujah followed traditional orthodoxy. As Chesney says of the decisions, “It was a lot of heart, soul, and passion driven by music.” The critics agreed. The New York Times recognized the stretch, writing, “a long, long way from Mr. Chesney’s typical arena-country ballads about rural pleasures and island getaways,” and NPR cited the album’s depths of “folk’s storytelling, soul’s honesty and gospel’s spirit,” while Los Angeles Times opined, “the new album offers deeper, more nuanced thoughts on the distractions of the Instagram era (“Noise”), the comforts of home (“Jesus and Elvis”) and even the stagnation of the American dream (“Rich and Miserable”).” Co-produced with Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard), Cosmic Hallelujah marked a progression from The Big Revival, both groundbreaking records for Chesney. Reflecting the kindred spirits of the No Shoes Nation, who are voracious to live life, Chesney’s fourth Grammy nomination stands as recognition for finding the intersection between connecting through traditional mainstream media/radio and creating music that digs a little deeper. Entertainment Weekly agreed, “His attempts at digging deeper make the lighter material feel earned, and they elevate his work above much of country’s escapist fare,” while Newsday called it, “country perfection,” and The Boston Globe deemed it “a love song to another person and to the idea of getting away…working from a larger sonic palette, one that incorporates ideas from stadium-rockers with whom he shares dressing Continue reading

Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town Lead Grammy Country Nominees

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CHRIS STAPLETON and LITTLE BIG TOWN each received three GRAMMY nods today (11/28), leading all Country nominees. STAPLETON is up for Country Solo Performance (“Either Way”), Country Song (“Broken Halos”), and Country Album (“From A Room: Volume 1”). LITTLE BIG TOWN joins STAPLETON in the Album and Country Song categories (“The Breaker” and “Better Man,” respectively), with another nomination for Country Duo/Group Performance (“Better Man”). SAM HUNT, MIRANDA LAMBERT, MIDLAND, and LADY ANTEBELLUM were all double nominees. For the first time in 14 years, no Country acts were included in the GRAMMY’s top four categories, which are also considered its most prestigious: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, or Best New Artist. The “60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS” are set for SUNDAY, JANUARY 28th, 2018 at NEW YORK’s MADISON SQUARE GARDEN and will be broadcast on CBS-TV. Here’s a full list of Country Grammy Nominees: Country Solo Performance: “Body Like A Back Road” — SAM HUNT “Losing You” — ALISON KRUASS “Tin Man” — MIRANDA LAMBERT “I Could Use A Love Song” — MAREN MORRIS “Either Way” — CHRIS STAPLETON Country Duo/Group Performance: “It Ain’t My Fault” — BROTHERS OSBORNE “My Old Man” — ZAC BROWN BAND “You Look Good” — LADY ANTEBELLUM “Better Man” — LITTLE BIG TOWN “Drinkin’ Problem” — MIDLAND Country Song: “Better Man” — TAYLOR SWIFT, songwriter (LITTLE BIG TOWN) “Body Like A Back Road” — ZACH CROWELL, SAM HUNT, SHANE MCANALLY & JOSH OSBORNE, songwriters (SAM HUNT) “Broken Halos” — MIKE HENDERSON & CHRIS STAPLETON, songwriters (CHRIS STAPLETON) “Drinkin’ Problem” — JESS CARSON, CAMERON DUDDY, SHANE MCANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE & MARK WYSTRACH, songwriters (MIDLAND) “Tin Man” — JACK INGRAM, MIRANDA LAMBERT & JON RANDALL, songwriters (MIRANDA LAMBERT) Country Album: “Cosmic Hallelujah” — KENNY CHESNEY “Heart Break” — LADY ANTEBELLUM “The Breaker” — LITTLE BIG TOWN “Life Changes” — THOMAS RHETT “From A Room: Volume 1” — CHRIS STAPLETON

JOHN LEGEND AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD SET TO CO-HOST “GRAMMYS® GREATEST STORIES

JOHN LEGEND AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD SET TO CO-HOST “GRAMMYS® GREATEST STORIES: A 60TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL” AIRING FRIDAY, NOV. 24 ON CBS – superstars ALICIA KEYS, Ricky Martin, P!nk, Blake Shelton, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, AND UNDERWOOD ADDED TO STELLAr LINE-UP Santa Monica, CAlif. (nOV. 15, 2017) —GRAMMY® Award winners John Legend and Carrie Underwood will co-host “GRAMMYs® Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special,” an all-encompassing retrospective packed with epic moments from the past 59 years of GRAMMY history, including new anecdotes directly from the artists on how their GRAMMY performances came to be. The primetime special will be broadcast on Friday, Nov. 24, from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network. The one-of-a-kind broadcast event will feature rare archival footage, exclusive interviews, and special appearances by multi-GRAMMY winners and nominees Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Ricky Martin, Paul McCartney, P!nk, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Justin Timberlake, U2, Underwood, and Keith Urban. “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special” will highlight some of the most memorable GRAMMY Moments from the last five decades of Music’s Biggest Night® and take viewers behind the scenes to reveal unknown facts about the remarkable performances. Special segments will include reactions from GRAMMY producers and members of the music community following some legendary performances, including Paul McCartney bringing the Beatles’ legendary album, Abbey Road, to the GRAMMY stage. Artist reactions on “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special” include: “To be asked by Paul McCartney to come up and jam was like a life affirming moment for me.”—Dave Grohl “Everybody I’ve performed with on the GRAMMYs is brilliant and I’ve learn a lot from them, and I’ve enjoyed the experience so much. What I love about the GRAMMYs is seeing people, the true artists come on … the people who last the test of time, and they always give me goosebumps.”—Elton John “I have never felt more honored, proud, and nervous, and a sense of unexpected accomplishment. My first moment on that stage was with one of the greatest legends—not in country music—of the entertainment industry, period!“—Blake Shelton on performing with Glen Campbell at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012. “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special” continues the tradition of previous Emmy Award-winning TV specials presented by the Recording Academy™, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS: “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A GRAMMY Salute,” “Sinatra 100—An All-Star GRAMMY Concert,” and “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.” “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich is the executive producer, Ron Basile is the producer, and David Wild is the writer.   The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its Continue reading

Tune-In Alert: Grammy Nominee Announcements

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save the date: 60th GRAMMY Awards® Nominations   The Recording Academy™ will kick off the 60th GRAMMY Awards® nominations by revealing nominees in the four General Field categories (Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year) live on “CBS This Morning,” Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Immediately following, at 8:45 a.m. ET, the Recording Academy will announce nominations across all 84 categories via press release, GRAMMY.com, and the Recording Academy’s social media platforms. Follow “Recording Academy / GRAMMYs” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and use #GRAMMYs to join the conversation as it unfolds Nov. 28.   When Where What 8:30 a.m. ET “CBS This Morning” General Field Nominations 8:45 a.m. ET GRAMMY.com Complete Nominations List 8:45 a.m. ET Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter Nominations Conversation

THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND ATLANTIC RECORDS REVEAL 2017 GRAMMY® NOMINEES ALBUM TRACK LISTING

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Latest Installment Of The Best-Selling Series Features 21 Hits From The World’s Biggest Superstars And Emerging Talent 2017 GRAMMY® Nominees Album Hits Stores And Digital Retailers Jan. 20 Album Pre-Order Available Now; Gives Fans The Chance To Attend Music’s Biggest Night® Pre-order The 2017 GRAMMY NOMINEES Album Here: 2017GRAMMYAlbum.com or CBS.com/GRAMMYs The Recording Academy®’s GRAMMY Recordings® and Atlantic Records have revealed the track listing for the 2017 GRAMMY® Nominees album. Set for release on Jan. 20 in stores and via digital retailers, the latest installment of the best-selling series — now in its 23rd year — features a collection of GRAMMY-nominated music for the upcoming 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. A portion of album proceeds benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum Foundation™ and MusiCares Foundation® — The Recording Academy-affiliated charitable organizations focused on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need. The 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album is highlighted by 21 hits from the world’s biggest superstars and hottest emerging talent, including Album Of The Year nominees Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson and Best New Artist nominees Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Maren Morris, and Anderson .Paak among others. “The 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album provides a unique playlist, and showcases some of the greatest songs and talented artists that make up this year’s incredible nominees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We are pleased to collaborate with Atlantic Records on this project, which provides support for the invaluable programs and initiatives our charities produce throughout the year.” “It has been a fantastic year for music, and we’re very happy to partner with the Recording Academy once again to release a tremendous collection of GRAMMY-nominated artists and songs,” said Julie Greenwald, Chairman & COO of Atlantic Records. “It’s great to have all these amazing and diverse performances together on one album, especially when it supports the wonderful work done by the Recording Academy’s charities.” Music fans can log on to 2017GRAMMYAlbum.com or CBS.com/GRAMMYs through Jan. 19 to pre-order the 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album, and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). *No purchase necessary to enter or win. Visit 2017GRAMMYAlbum.com or CBS.com/GRAMMYs for details and eligibility requirements 2017 GRAMMY® Nominees Album Track Listing BEYONCÉ “Don’t Hurt Yourself” Feat. Jack White Album Of The Year TWENTY ONE PILOTS “Stressed Out” Record Of The Year Best Pop Duo/Group Performance SIA “Cheap Thrills” Feat. Sean Paul Best Pop Duo/Group Performance DRAKE “Hotline Bling” Album Of The Year ADELE “Hello” Record Of The Year Album Of The Year Best Pop Solo Performance Best Pop Vocal Album JUSTIN BIEBER “Love Yourself” Album Of The Year Best Pop Solo Performance Best Pop Vocal Album THE CHAINSMOKERS “Closer” Feat. Halsey Best New Artist Best Pop Duo/Group Performance KELSEA BALLERINI “Peter Pan” Best Continue reading

KELSEA BALLERINI NOMINATED FOR BEST NEW ARTIST AT THE 59th ANNUALGRAMMY AWARDS

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“Peter Pan” Soars To Platinum Success; Fantasy-Themed Single Is Her Second 1-Million Seller “Yeah Boy” Quickly Climbing The Country Radio Charts Quickly becoming one of country’s most beloved new superstars, KELSEA BALLERINI is nominated for Best New Artist in the all-genre category at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 12. Humbled by receiving her first GRAMMY nomination, Ballerini instantly took to social media Tuesday morning to share her sweet reaction. “I was 15 the first time I saw a GRAMMY. It was in a studio I was recording some of my first demos in. I remember asking if I could hold it, being its biggest fan, and knowing how important it was,” she recalled on Instagram. “I wish I could go back and tell that 15 year old starry eyed girl that she’d be nominated a few years later. #BestNewArtist @recordingacademy” Read her additional tweet here. She also took a moment to record a special video message to her fans: WATCH The Black River artist is also celebrating her fastest-selling single to date, “Peter Pan,” which has now been officially certified PLATINUM by the RIAA. An epic, girl-power anthem about a love interest who will never grow up, “Peter Pan” was co-written by Ballerini with Jesse Lee and Forest Glen Whitehead and is her second taste of PLATINUM success following the breakout debut, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Both tracks, plus the GOLD-certified “Dibs,” were part of Ballerini’s groundbreaking first album, THE FIRST TIME. “PLATINUM IS SO MANY. Knowing this song had the reaction it did and that a million people liked it enough to welcome it into their radios and stereos and lives is so incredible,” Ballerini shares. “As a songwriter, that is one of my proudest accomplishments so far.” Resonating strongly with country fans since its release in March, “Peter Pan” was already a historic milestone, making Ballerini the first female artist – including duos or groups – to hit #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with her first three singles. Simultaneously, the fantasy-themed tune rose to the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, also making Ballerini the first female artist to score a double #1. A visually-stunning video for the track was directed by Kristin Barlowe and has already been viewed over 22 million times on YouTube, which can be watched here. Heading for a strong finish to 2016, Ballerini kicked off her first ever headlining tour – aptly titled THE FIRST TIME TOUR – claiming sold out dates in Washington, D.C., her hometown of Knoxville, TN, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, MN, Boston, New York City, and Buffalo, NY. The tour continues this week with upcoming shows at The Wiltern in Los Angeles (12/8) and a two-night run at Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (12/9-10) before wrapping in Houston, TX (12/14). Meanwhile, Ballerini’s new single – the fun-and-flirty “Yeah Boy” – is currently making its way up the charts. She’ll also perform at Kelly Clarkson’s Miracle on Broadway benefit concert in Continue reading

Tate Stevens To Be On The Grammy Awards

X Factor Winner Tate Stevens Will Be Featured At The 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Tate Stevens will give fans a first look at his debut music video for “Holler If You’re With Me.” This will take place at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards February 10 on CBS. The video will debut during the Grammy broadcast compliments of Pepsi as part of his grand prize winnings. The single, “Holler It You’re With Me,” will be available for download beginning February 5.