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2009 Grammy Nominations: Country Music

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Record Of The Year

  • Halo

Beyoncé Knowles & Ryan Tedder, producers; Jim Caruana, Mark "Spike" Stent & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers
Track from: I Am... Sasha Fierce
[Music World Music / Columbia]

  • I Gotta Feeling
    The Black Eyed Peas
    David Guetta & Frederick Riesterer, producers; will.i.am, Dylan "3-D" Dresdow & Padraic "Padlock" Kerin, engineers/mixers
  • Use Somebody
    Kings Of Leon
    Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia, producers; Jacquire King, engineer/mixer
    [RCA Records]
  • Poker Face
    Lady Gaga
    RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, engineers/mixers
    Track from: The Fame
  • You Belong With Me
    Taylor Swift
    Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers
    [Big Machine Records]

Album Of The Year

  • I Am... Sasha Fierce

Shondrae "Mr. Bangledesh" Crawford, Ian Dench, D-Town, Toby Gad, Sean "The Pen" Garrett, Amanda Ghost, Jim Jonsin, Beyoncé Knowles, Rico Love, Dave McCracken, Terius "The Dream" Nash, Radio Killa, Stargate, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Ryan Tedder & Wayne Wilkins, producers; Jim Caruana, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Toby Gad, Kuk Harrell, Jim Jonsin, Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado, Radio Killa, Mark "Spike" Stent, Ryan Tedder, Brian "B-LUV" Thomas, Marcos Tovar, Miles Walker & Wayne Wilkins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
[Music World Music / Columbia]

  • The E.N.D.
    The Black Eyed Peas
    Apl.de.ap, Jean Baptiste, Printz Board, DJ Replay, Funkagenda, David Guetta, Keith Harris, Mark Knight, Poet Name Life, Frederick Riesterer & will.i.am, producers; Dylan "3D" Dresdow, Padraic "Padlock" Kerin & will.i.am, engineers/mixers; Chris Bellman, mastering engineer
    [Interscope Records]
  • The Fame
    Lady Gaga
    Flo Rida, Colby O'Donis & Space Cowboy, featured artists; Brian & Josh, Rob Fusari, Martin Kierszenbaum, RedOne & Space Cowboy, producers; 4Mil, Robert Orton, RedOne, Dave Russell & Tony Ugval, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
  • Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King
    Dave Matthews Band
    Rob Cavallo, producer; Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
    [RCA Records / Bama Rags Recordings, LLC.]
  • Fearless
    Taylor Swift
    Colbie Caillat, featured artist; Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Hank Williams, mastering engineer
    [Big Machine Records]

Song Of The Year

  • Poker Face
    Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
    Track from: The Fame
    [Streamline/Interscope/Konlive/Cherrytree; Publishers: Stefani Germanotta p/k/a Lady Gaga, Sony/ATV Songs/House of Gaga Publishing/GloJoe Music, Sony/ATV Songs/RedOne Productions.]
  • Pretty Wings
    Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
    Track from: Blacksummers' Night
    [Columbia; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes/Muszewell, EMI April Music, Ben Ami Music.]
  • Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
    Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
    Track from: I Am... Sasha Fierce
    [Music World Music / Columbia; Publishers: Songs of Peer/March 9th Publishing, 2082 Music/WB Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Tunes, Suga Wuga Music, B-Day Publishing/EMI April Music.]
  • Use Somebody
    Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
    [RCA Records; Publishers: Martha Street Music/Songs of Combustion Music/Music of Windswept, Followill Music/Songs of Combustion Music/Music of Windswept, McFearless Music/Bug Music, Coffee, Tea or Me Publishing/Bug Music.]
  • You Belong With Me
    Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
    Track from: Fearless
    [Big Machine Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music/Potting Shed Music, Barbara Orbison World Publishing.]

Best New Artist

  • Zac Brown Band
  • Keri Hilson
  • MGMT
  • Silversun Pickups
  • The Ting Tings

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

  • Hometown Glory
    Track from: 19
  • Halo
    Track from: I Am... Sasha Fierce
    [Music World Music / Columbia]
  • Hot N Cold
    Katy Perry
  • Sober
    Track from: Funhouse
    [LaFace Records]
  • You Belong With Me
    Taylor Swift
    Track from: Fearless
    [Big Machine Records]

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

  • Sea Of Heartbreak
    Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen
  • Love Sex Magic
    Ciara & Justin Timberlake
    Track from: Fantasy Ride
    [LaFace Records]
  • Lucky
    Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
    Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside
    Willie Nelson & Norah Jones
    Track from: American Classic
    [Blue Note]
  • Breathe
    Taylor Swift & Colbie Caillat
    Track from: Fearless
    [Big Machine Records]

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

  • A Day In The Life
    Jeff Beck
    Track from: Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's
    [Eagle Records]
  • Warped Sister
    Booker T. Jones
    Track from: Potato Hole
  • Playing With Fire
    Brad Paisley
    Track from: Play
    [Arista Nashville]
  • Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin'
    Brian Setzer Orchestra
    [Surfdog Records]
  • Now We Run
    Steve Vai
    [Favored Nations Entertainment]

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

  • Dead Flowers
    Miranda Lambert
    [Columbia Records]
  • I Just Call You Mine
    Martina McBride
    Track from: Shine
    [RCA Records]
  • White Horse
    Taylor Swift
    Track from: Fearless
    [Big Machine Records]
  • Just A Dream
    Carrie Underwood
    Track from: Carnival Ride
    [Arista Nashville]
  • Solitary Thinkin'
    Lee Ann Womack
    Track from: Call Me Crazy
    [MCA Nashville]

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

  • All I Ask For Anymore
    Trace Adkins
    Track from: X (Ten)
    [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • People Are Crazy
    Billy Currington
    Track from: Little Bit Of Everything
    [Mercury Records]
  • High Cost Of Living
    Jamey Johnson
    Track from: That Lonesome Song
    [Mercury Records]
  • Living For The Night
    George Strait
    Track from: Twang
    [MCA Nashville]
  • Sweet Thing
    Keith Urban
    Track from: Defying Gravity
    [Capitol Records Nashville]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

  • Cowgirls Don't Cry
    Brooks & Dunn
    Track from: Cowboy Town
    [Arista Nashville]
  • Chicken Fried
    Zac Brown Band
    Track from: The Foundation
    [Home Grown/Big Picture/Atlantic]
  • I Run To You
    Lady Antebellum
    Track from: Lady Antebellum
    [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • Here Comes Goodbye
    Rascal Flatts
    Track from: Unstoppable
    [Lyric Street Records]
  • It Happens
    Track from: Love On The Inside
    [Mercury Records]

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

  • Beautiful World
    Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin
    Track from: Feel That Fire
    [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • Down The Road
    Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally
    Track from: Lucky Old Sun
    [BNA Records Label]
  • Start A Band
    Brad Paisley & Keith Urban
    Track from: Play
    [Arista Nashville]
  • I Told You So
    Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
    [19/Arista Nashville]
  • Everything But Quits
    Lee Ann Womack & George Strait
    Track from: Call Me Crazy
    [MCA Nashville]

Best Country Instrumental Performance

  • Under The (Five) Wire

Alison Brown
Track from: The Company You Keep
[Compass Records]

  • The Crystal Merchant
    The Greencards
    Track from: Fascination
    [Sugar Hill Records]
  • Mansinneedof
    Sarah Jarosz
    Track from: Song Up In Her Head
    [Sugar Hill Records]
  • Producer's Medley
    Steve Wariner
    Track from: Steve Wariner c.g.p. My Tribute To Chet Atkins
    [SelecTone Records]

Best Country Song

  • All I Ask For Anymore
    Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
    Track from: X (Ten)
    [Capitol Records Nashville; Publishers: Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing, T-Bird's Music.]
  • High Cost Of Living
    Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
    Track from: That Lonesome Song
    [Mercury Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music/Big Gassed Hitties, Hope-N-Cal Music/Pick Them Maters Music/Diversion Music.]
  • I Run To You
    Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
    Track from: Lady Antebellum
    [Capitol Records Nashville; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane Publishing/DWHaywood Music/Radiobulletspublishing/Hillary Dawn Publishing/Shaw Enuff Songs/Sony/ATV Music Publishing/Tomdouglasmusic.]
  • People Are Crazy
    Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters (Billy Currington)
    Track from: Little Bit Of Everything
    [Mercury Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Tiltawhirl Music/Crozier Music Enterprise.]
  • White Horse
    Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
    Track from: Fearless
    [Big Machine Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing, Hillsboro Valley Songs.]

Best Country Album

  • The Foundation
    Zac Brown Band
    [Home Grown/Big Picture/Atlantic]
  • Twang
    George Strait
    [MCA Nashville]
  • Fearless
    Taylor Swift
    [Big Machine Records]
  • Defying Gravity
    Keith Urban
    [Capitol Records Nashville]
  • Call Me Crazy
    Lee Ann Womack
    [MCA Nashville]

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

  • Jason Crabb
    Jason Crabb
    [Spring Hill Music Group]
  • Dream On
    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
    [Gaither Music Group]
  • The Rock
    Tracy Lawrence
    [Rocky Comfort Records/Artist2Market Distribution]
  • In God's Time
    Barry Scott & Second Wind
    [Rebel Records]
  • Everyday
    Triumphant Quartet
    [Daywind Records]

Best Americana Album

  • Together Through Life
    Bob Dylan
  • Electric Dirt
    Levon Helm
    [Dirt Farmer Music/Vanguard Records]
  • Willie And The Wheel
    Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel
    [Bismeaux Records]
  • Wilco (The Album)
  • Little Honey
    Lucinda Williams
    [Lost Highway Records]

Best Bluegrass Album

  • Could We Get Any Closer?
    Jim Lauderdale
    [Sky Crunch Records]
  • The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo
    Steve Martin
  • Buckaroo Blue Grass
    Michael Martin Murphey
    [Rural Rhythm Records]
  • Almost Live
    Bryan Sutton And Friends
    [Sugar Hill Records]
  • Destination Life
    Rhonda Vincent

Best Musical Show Album

  • Ain't Misbehavin'
    Robert Sher, producer (Various, composer; Various, lyricist) (30th Anniversary Cast Recording With Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis & Others)
  • Hair
    Noah Cornman, Kurt Deutsch, Joel Moss & Steve Norman, producers (Galt MacDermot, composer; James Rado & Gerome Ragni, lyricists) (New Broadway Cast With Sasha Allen, Gavin Creel & Others)
    [Razor & Tie Entertainment/Ghostlight Records]
  • 9 To 5 The Musical
    Frank Filipetti, producer; Dolly Parton, composer; Dolly Parton, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty & Others)
    [Dolly Records/Artist2Market Distribution]
  • Shrek The Musical
    Peter Hylenski & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; David Lindsay-Abaire, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster & Others)
    [Decca Broadway]
  • West Side Story
    David Caddick & David Lai, producers (Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione & Others)
    [Masterworks Broadway]

Best Long Form Music Video

  • In Boston
    Chris Botti
    Jim Gable, video director; Bobby Colomby, video producer
  • Johnny Cash's America
    (Johnny Cash)
    Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video producers
  • Anita O'Day — The Life Of A Jazz Singer
    (Anita O'Day)
    Robbie Cavolina & Ian McCrudden, video directors; Robbie Cavolina, Melissa Davis & Ian McCrudden, video producers
    [AOD Productions]
  • Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour Live
    Keith Urban
    Chris Hicky, video director; Blake Morrison, video producer
    [Capitol Nashville]
  • The Beatles Love — All Together Now
    (Various Artists)
    Adrian Wills, video director; Martin Bolduc & Jonathan Clyde, video producers

XM Christmas Music Lineup 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Well... country music is back on XM/Sirius Radio for Christmas. Last year, it was not available... this year, thankfully there is.

Country Christmas will be on XM channel 10 and Sirius channel 62 beginning December 7, 2009 and will conclude on Christmas.

Other Christmas music available on XM/Sirius include Holly SIR 3 / XM 23 (contemporary,) Holiday Traditions SIR 4 / XM 4 (traditional,) Holiday Pops SIR 79 / XM 22 (classical,) and Radio Hanukkah SIR 76 / XM 28.

2009 American Music Awards: Country Music Winners

Monday, November 23, 2009

Here are the country music related winners of the 2009 American Music Awards:

Taylor Swift

Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Male Artist: Keith Urban
Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts
Album: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Artist: Taylor Swift


CMT Crossroads: Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Well, another CMT Crossroads has been announced. This one sounds like a lot of fun...

Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett will be the focus of the next episode. It will be recorded in December, and then set to air sometime in March of 2010.

Lee Ann Womack Added To reba McEntire & George Strait Tour

Wow, I wanted to see the tour really bad to begin with, but now Lee Ann Womack has been added to the George Strait / Reba McEntire tour... it is now beyond a required attendance event. Event doesn't even quite come close to the magnitude of talent appearing in one night. This lineup even beats out some of the previous George Strait Country Music Festivals I've attended.

I can't imagine how truly special this show will be.

Once again, here is the tour dates for the 22-city tour:

22-Jan Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner
23-Jan Greensboro, NC Coliseum
29-Jan Knoxville, TN Thompson Boling
30-Jan Charlottesville, VA JPJ Arena
5-Feb Phoenix, AZ US Airways
6-Feb Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
18-Feb St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
19-Feb Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
20-Feb Tulsa, OK BOK Arena
25-Feb Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
26-Feb Orlando, FL Amway Arena
4-Mar Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
5-Mar New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
6-Mar Little Rock, AR Verizon
26-Mar Portland, OR The Rose Garden
27-Mar Tacoma, WA Tacomadome
8-Apr Omaha, NE Qwest Center
9-Apr Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
10-Apr Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena

CMA Awards' Ratings & Sales

This year's CMA Awards were great, and the ratings showed it:

16.8-million people watched the show for a 10.1-Rating/16-Share and won each time-slot during the show's 3-hours. This was ABC's biggest non-sportsWednesday audience in over 4-years.

CMT.com reports that their website experienced its highest-streamed CMA Awards week in history this year, with 1.6 million video streams in three days. CMT.com's CMA Red Carpet experienced a 25% increase in live streams over last year. They also had a 74% increase in video streams alone on the day after the awards.

This blog saw a 280% jump in page views overall, with the increased traffic being contributed to the awards and other factors.

As far as sales the week after the show... Good news, bad news.

Jamey Johnson saw an increase of 286% compared to the previous week sales of the current album. Lady Antebellum up 130%, Sugarland up 136%, Sugarland up 110%, Brad Paisley was up 94%, Darius Rucker up 83%, Zac Brown Band up 55%, Taylor Swift 30%, and Miranda Lambert up 25%.

Even with all the individual success of the week, it wsan't that good for country music as a whole. Sales were down 7% from the previous week, with Carrie Underwood's "Play On" in the top sales position with 128,000 in sales.

Kenny Chesney's Summer In 3-D

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This April, Kenny Chesney will be on the big screen, and no, not the those big ones that you are used to seeing him on at his sold-out shows. The movie theater big screen, but it will be a lot like those big screens at the concert venue... the movie is titled "Kenny Chesney's Summer In 3-D."

This special event movie will bring Kenny Chesney's concert right to you in your local movie theater as a limited engagement. The 3D footage for the movie was shot over six nights in five locations -- Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, Foxboro, and Indianapolis -- using a total of 22 3D camera rigs.

The 3-D movie concert experience is set for release in April 2010. You can get more information and sign-up for alerts at http://www.thehotticket.net for when tickets will go on sale in your area.

Sounds and looks very cool to me...

ACM Announces New Board Members

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Here is the new Board Members of the Academy of Country Music....

Directors are elected from each category based on the number of members in that category. Each director serves staggered two-year terms, with half the board membership changing each year.

ACM Board Members:

  • Affiliated
  • Tony Brown/TBE, John Briggs/ASCAP Nashville
  • Artist/Entertainer/MBI
  • Craig Morgan, Dave Pomeroy/American Federation of Musicians, Blake Shelton
  • Club/Casino/Venue
  • Ed Warm/Joe’s Bar, Mark Hartley/Fitzgerald Hartley
  • Music Publisher
  • Pat Higdon/Universal Music Publishing
  • Record Company
  • Fletcher Foster/Universal South, Butch Waugh/Sony Music Nashville

    Directors At Large

  • Scott Borchetta/Big Machine Records-The Valory Music Co, Duane Clark/Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy
  • Benson Curb/Curb Records, Steve Dahl/PARADIGM
  • John Esposito/Warner Music Group Nashville, Matt Fischer/iTunes
  • Pete Fisher/Grand Ole Opry, Gary Gilbert/Manatt Phelps & Phillips
  • Gary Haber/Haber Corporation, Gayle Holcomb/William Morris Endeavor
  • Wade Jessen/Billboard, Bill Lardie/Anderson Merchandisers
  • Ken Levitan/Vector Management, Eddie Montgomery/Montgomery Gentry
  • Fran Romeo/Romeo Entertainment Group, Ben Vaughn/EMI Music Publishing
  • ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Gary Haber and President Gayle Holcomb and their new Board:

  • Lori Badgett/Sun Trust Bank
  • Debbie Carroll/MusiCares
  • Mike Dungan/Capitol Nashville
  • Ann Edelblute/19 Entertainment
  • Fletcher Foster/Universal South
  • Gary Gilbert/Manatt Phelps & Phillips
  • George Strait Acting Again...

    Looks like George Strait will be starring in a new movie titled "A Pure Country Gift."

    Reports are saying that the movie will be about three angels who give the gift of a beautiful singing voice to a newborn girl. As she gets older she breaks some of the angels' rules and they take away her singing voice.

    Katrina Elam will also be acting in the movie. She is played as a 9-year-old by Kaitlyn Dorff, daughter of Steve Dorff, who composed the music for the original "Pure Country" and will also compose the music for the upcoming movie.

    The movie will be directed by Chris Cain, which directed Strait's previous movie "Pure Country" and is being filmed in Nashville where there has been a few chance to be an "extra"

    It appears to be a holiday themed movie, and possible release date during the holiday season of 2010.