Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris lead country and Americana nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced Friday.

Carlile has seven nominations including all-genre nods for album of the year for "By the Way, I Forgive You", as well as record and song of the year for “The Joke.”

Musgraves received six nominations including album of the year for "Golden Hour". Morris made five categories, including record of the year and best pop duo/group performance for the behemoth Zedd and Grey collaboration, “The Middle.”

Luke Combs and Margo Price represent country in the all-genre best new artist category. Wille Nelson, who received two nominations, is up for best traditional pop vocal album for his Frank Sinatra tribute, "My Way".

Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack and John Prine follow the lead nominees with three nominations each.

The awards are February 10th in Los Angeles.

Scotty McCreery and his new bride Gabi Dugal McCreery will grace the cover of the Winter/Spring 2019 issue of Southern Bride. The magazine will be on stands in early January. Fans can pre-order a copy now and have it shipped to them in mid-December.

Scotty and Gabi tied the knot in North Carolina on June 16th.

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Dolly Parton’s new song, “Girl in the Movies,” from the Netflix movie, "Dumplin’", received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. In addition to re-recording six songs from her iconic catalog for the movie’s soundtrack, Dolly co-penned and recorded six new songs, including “Girl in the Movies.”

Dumplin’, which is based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 best-selling novel of the same name, stars Danielle Macdonald as the plus-size daughter of Jennifer Aniston, a former Texas beauty queen. The daughter is a Dolly fanatic who competes in her mom’s former beauty pageant as a protest.

The 12-song soundtrack features collaborations with Miranda Lambert, Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray and Dorothy.

The album was released on Nov. 30, while Netflix will release the movie on December 7th.

For the first time ever, Billboard's latest Country Airplay chart, dated December 8th  does not feature any female acts in the top 20.

The highest position held by a woman on Country Airplay this week belongs to Carrie Underwood's "Love Wins," which climbs 25-22.
 
Looking at the entire 60 positions on Country Airplay, seven female acts appear beyond Underwood: Mindy Smith (as featured on Kenny Chesney's "Better Boat," at No. 27); Kelsea Ballerini ("Miss Me More," No. 32); Hillary Lindsey (as featured on Randy Houser's "What Whiskey Does," No. 40); duo Maddie & Tae ("Friends Don't," No. 41); trio Runaway June ("Buy My Own Drinks," No. 44); Lauren Alaina ("Ladies of the '90s," No. 47); and Carly Pearce ("Closer to You," No. 53).

Billboard's Country Airplay's radio-based survey launched in January 1990.

John Rich of country duo Big & Rich appeared on the "TODAY" Show to honor the 'great' and 'humble' George H. W. Bush. Our late President passed away on November 30 and was laid to rest Thursday. 

Rich had written a song called "The Good Lord and The Man" that was released in 2009. The song was in tribute to his grandfather who was a World War II veteran. 

Rich shared the story of singing that very song over the phone for George H. W. Bush himself on his 85th birthday. Rich was able to hear the voicemail for the very first time live on television while explaining he had played phone tag with the President. 

Former Staind rocker Aaron Lewis has plans to hit the road again in 2019 for his just-announced "The State I'm In Tour", which kicks off on January 24th in Dallas, Texas. 

The tour will focus on an acoustic setting, and allow Lewis to share some of his favorite behind-the-scenes moments with his fans.

Tickets on sale on December 7th at 10AM local time, and can be purchased at Lewis' website. Each purchase of a pair of tickets to a stop on the tour will also include a physical copy of Lewis' upcoming new album, which will be out in 2019. More details about that album will be announced at a later date.
http://aaronlewismusic.com/

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard doubled down Wednesday on his push to criminalize private gun sales, particularly those occurring at gun shows and flea markets.

Hubbard says in an Instagram video that background checks are not legally required in private gun sales, like those that occur between family members or at gun shows or flea markets.

Critics note, Hubbard did not point to a single 21st century mass shooting that was carried out with a privately purchased gun, and that is because nearly every one of the shooters got their guns at retail via a background check. The exceptions are the shooters who stole their guns.

Hubbard said, in his second Instagram video, “Enough with the hateful comments,” which he received after he and country star Dierks Bentley joined a campaign for more gun control in conjunction with Tom’s apparel company.

Hubbard also wants to recruit other country artists to support gun control and is specifically asking “Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift,” and others to support restrictions on the Second Amendment.

Toby Keith accidentally wrote a song for Clint Eastwood's new movie "The Mule" (out December 14th). Keith shared a cart with Eastwood at the latter's golf tournament in May as the 88-year-old actor was preparing to depart for the three-month film shoot. Keith asked, "How do you do it?" to which Eastwood replied, "I just don't let the old man in." 

Keith wrote the song and sent it to Eastwood, who decided to roll "Don't Let The Old Man In" over the movie's closing credits.

Garth Brooks has added a May 4 Minneapolis date to his Stadium Tour. Tickets will go on sale for $94.95 on December 14th at 10 a.m. CT.

Garth’s previously announced stadium shows are in St. Louis, Glendale, Gainesville and Pittsburgh.
https://garthbrooks.com/

 

Caroline Jones will join Kenny Chesney on his Songs For The Saints 2019 Tour, which kicks off April 4th in Louisville, KY.  

Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry died as a result of his helicopter pilot's error.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the pilot cut the engine too soon as he attempted to make an emergency landing back in September 2017.

Gentry and the pilot were killed when they crashed in a field in Medford, NJ.

According to the NTSB's report, the pilot's mistake led to an uncontrolled descent and instead of landing at nearby Flying W Airport, the chopper crashed in the woods. The report included dialogue between the pilot and experts on the ground assisting him with the landing.

The pilot had intended to pull off a maneuver he said he had done before, cutting the engine and attempting to glide to the ground. However, experts had advised a shallow, run-on landing.