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- The GRAMMY Nominations Concert came to Nashville on Wednesday (12/5) and Taylor Swift teamed up with LL Cool J to host the event. The songstress not only hosted the show, but also received three nominations for the 55th GRAMMY Awards, tying her with Hunter Hayes for the most-nominated country artist. She was nominated for Record of the Year with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and for Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Safe and Sound" from the Hunger Games soundtrack.
- Taylor Swift certainly left her mark at NYC’s Z100 Jingle Ball this weekend. Taylor was full of surprises on Friday (12/7), as she not only gave the audience a mini-preview of her upcoming RED Tour, but she also performed unannounced duets with two other artists in attendance. Taylor brought Ed Sheeran on stage with her to perform “Everything Has Changed” live for the first time ever, and she also took to the stage during B.o.B.’s set for a performance of his track “Both of Us”.
- Rascal Flatts and ABC Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere teamed up this week to co-host the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. The 90-minute pre-taped special aired Saturday night (12/8) and honored Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood.
- Tim McGraw will be heading to London in 2013 to participate in C2C: Country to Country, which is being billed as the UK's only country music festival. Tim will be performing on March 16th, the first day of the two-day festival, will be held at The 02. For more details on C2C: Country to Country, click here.
- VH1 and VH1 Classic are teaming up with Big Machine Records and Special Olympics as the television hosts for the premieres of two holiday music videos from “A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary,” a holiday music series that benefits Special Olympics. For the 25th Anniversary, Train and Cheap Trick each recorded a special Christmas track and video for the album. On Friday, December 7th VH1 will exclusively premiere Train's video for “Joy to the World” on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live,” CMT will exclusively premiere Martina McBride's “Please Be Home for Christmas” and VH1 Classic will exclusively premiere “I Want You for Christmas.” All videos will be added into the networks’ video rotation for play throughout the holiday season and will also be available on-demand at VH1.com.
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- Justin Moore has spent the last three years on the road opening for artists like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker. So is he ready for the big time, headlining his own tour? "We think we are," he tells Country Weekly. "We're going to try it." Justin isn't ready to talk details like opening acts or tour schedules yet, but he does reveal that March 2013 is the tour's tentative launch date. While he understands the tough task of filling all those seats, Justin still feels confident about the trek. "We've been to all these arenas and opened for people and now we're going to pull in and our name is at the top of the marquee, which has not been the case so far," he says, laughing. "It's a little nerve-racking because it all falls on you. If nobody comes it's your fault. But it's really, really exciting and kind of hard to believe we've come to that point, in all honesty."
- Thomas Rhett is a newlywed and now he and his wife Lauren are the proud new parents of a new puppy. Just a month after getting married, Thomas tweeted a picture of himself and Kona, the Catahoula Leopard puppy they adopted. He told Country Weekly that he and Lauren would stick to parenting a puppy for now, and think about having kids in two or three years. Surprisingly, Thomas reveals it’s not his wife or his mom or his fans who are pressuring him to have a real baby, it’s new daddy Jake Owen. He says Jake recently asked him, “Do you think our wives married us just to be our wives?” Thomas said he would like to think so and Jake told him, “No, they want a baby and they want it now."
- Brantley Gilbert will be joining Tim McGraw in London in 2013 to participate in C2C: Country to Country, the UK's only country music festival. Brantley will be performing on March 17th, the second day of the two-day festival, will be held at The 02. For more details on C2C: Country to Country, click here.
- Eli Young Band's song "Even If It Break Your Heart" received two nominations for the 55th GRAMMY Awards (airing February 10, 2013). The band received a nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance" and the song received a nomination for Best Country Song (to be awarded to the songwriters, Will Hoge & Eric Paslay).
- CBS Radio and & MSN are currently featuring exclusive interviews with Florida Georgia Line. Go behind-the-scenes with FGL at MSN Entertainment and hear the duo talk “Cruise” and their new album at CBS Radio.
- Florida Georgia Line has certainly had an exciting week! The newcomers have topped the Country radio charts – earning their first U.S. #1 – with their debut single “Cruise,” which has been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA for selling over 1 million copies! On Tuesday (12/4), they released their aptly-titled debut album Here’s To The Good Times. Get the new album here!