Miranda Lambert’s Husband Retires From Being a Police Officer

Miranda Lambert’s Husband Retires From Being a Police Officer

Fox News says Miranda Lambert’s husband, Brendan McLoughlin, has retired from the New York Police Department. He is now working security for her meet and greets. A source tells the network, “Brendan wears a lanyard representing he’s on Miranda’s team and he even wears a little earpiece. Brendan was asking if fans had anything they wanted Miranda to sign. Brendan was overheard telling one fan, ‘Have her sign your boot!’”

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Luke Combs Didn’t Think He Was Smart Enough to Graduate College

Luke Combs Didn’t Think He Was Smart Enough to Graduate College

Luke Combs tells CBS that he dropped out of Appalachian State University even though he only needed several more credit hours to graduate. “Well, I mean I hated school. That helped; I was also probably failing out. We can pull the records on that probably. Maybe I’m dumb for saying this but, I don’t think I wasn’t smart enough to graduate, I just don’t think I was committed enough. There was nothing about it that made me want to be like, ‘Man, I just — I gotta get up and go to science class today. Nothing about me wanted to go to math or science, you know what I mean? I was just more concerned with drinking and playing rugby and singing.”

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Brett Young’s Music Inspired by His Parent’s Marriage (Aww)

Brett Young’s Music Inspired by His Parent’s Marriage (Aww)

Ok, this is just adorable.

Brett Young tells Songwriters Universe that he is inspired by his parents’ love story. “My parents have been together 40 years, and whenever my mom’s out of town for a women’s retreat for church or whatever, it’s still hard for [my dad] to sleep in her bed. What a cool concept for everybody, but how much cooler that it’s my parents and that after 40 years of marriage, they still feel that way about each other.”

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2020 ACM Nominations Revealed

2020 ACM Nominations Revealed

Here are the ACM Award nominations for 2020:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Carrie Underwood


FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood


MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban


DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae


GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
The Highwomen


NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes


NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen


SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks; Label: Warner Bros. (Nashville)

“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
Producer: Shane McAnally; Label: RCA Records Nashville

“Rainbow,” Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian; Label: MCA Nashville

“Rumor,” Lee Brice
Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone; Label: Curb Records

“What If I Never Get Over You,” Lady Antebellum
Producer: Dann Huff; Label: BMLG Records


SONG OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde
Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde

“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt

“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi

“Some of It,” Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson


ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson; Label: The Valory Music Co.

GIRL, Maren Morris
Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris; Label: Columbia Nashville

Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi; Label: Capitol Records Nashville

What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt; Label: River House Artists/Columbia Nashville

Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce; Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville


VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
Director: Patrick Tracy; Producer: Christen Pinkston

“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
Director: Sophie Muller; Producers: Jamie Amos, Patrick Kennedy

“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
Director: Mason Allen; Producer: Mason Allen

“Remember You Young,” Thomas Rhett
Director: TK McKamy; Producer: Dan Atchison

“Sugar Coat,” Little Big Town
Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos; Producers: Wes Edwards, Carlo Glorioso, Angie Lorenz


MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
Producers: Dan Smyers; Label: Warner Music Nashville

“Dive Bar,” Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton
Producers: Garth Brooks; Label: Pearl Records, Inc.

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King
Producer: Jay Joyce; Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio; Label: Columbia Records

“What Happens in a Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell
Producer: Dann Huff; Label: The Valory Music Co.


SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne


INDUSTRY AWARDS:

CASINO OF THE YEAR – THEATER

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV

The Joint: Tulsa – Tulsa, OK

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mt. Pleasant, MI

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino – Las Vegas, NV

WinStar Global Event Center – Thackerville, OK


CASINO OF THE YEAR – ARENA

Mark G. Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJ

MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV

Sandia Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM

Stir Concert Cove – Council Bluffs, IA

T Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV


FAIR/RODEO OF THE YEAR

California Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, CA

Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Houston, TX

Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo – San Antonio, TX


FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, OR

Stagecoach – Indio, CA

Tortuga Music Festival – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Watershed Festival – George, WA

Windy City Smokeout – Chicago, IL


CLUB OF THE YEAR

Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX
Coyote Joe’s – Charlotte, NC
Grizzly Rose – Denver, CO
Joe’s Live – Rosemont, IL
Losers Bar & Grill – Nashville, TN

THEATER OF THE YEAR

The Beacon Theatre – New York, NY

The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL

DeJoria Center – Salt Lake City, UT

Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet, IL

Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL

OUTDOOR VENUE OF THE YEAR

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH

Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Innsbrook After Hours – Glen Allen, VA

Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

Rose Music Center – Huber Heights, OH

The Wharf at Orange Beach – Orange Beach, AL

ARENA OF THE YEAR

Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI

VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

Clay Campbell – Triangle Talent

Gary Osier – Gary Osier Presents

Gil Cunningham – Neste Live!

Kell Houston – Houston Productions

Nina Rojas – Neste Live!

Todd Boltin – Variety Attractions

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Adam Weiser – AEG Presents

Brian O’Connell – Live Nation

Jered Johnson – Pepper Productions

Stacy Vee – Messina Touring Group

Troy Vollhoffer – Premier Global Production

STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS:

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Eli Beaird
Mike Brignardello
Tim Marks
Michael Rhodes
Jimmie Lee Sloas

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Fred Eltringham
Miles McPherson
Greg Morrow
Jerry Roe
Nir Zidkyahu

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tom Bukovac
Dann Huff
Rob McNelley
Adam Shoenfeld
Ilya Toshinskiy

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Dorn
Tony Harrell
Charlie Judge
Tim Lauer
Gordon Mote
Mike Rojas

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Stuart Duncan
Jenee Fleenor
Jim Hoke
Danny Rader
Joe Spivey
Charlie Worsham

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dan Dugamore
Paul Franklin
Josh Grange
Russ Pahl
Justin Schipper

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Chuck Ainlay
Jeff Balding
Tony Castle
Julian King
Steve Marcantonio
Justin Niebank

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

busbee
Buddy Cannon
Dann Huff
Michael Knox
Joey Moi

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What’s the First Song Riley Green Ever Wrote?

What’s the First Song Riley Green Ever Wrote?

You gotta start somewhere!

Riley Green tells Billboard magazine that he remembers the first song he ever wrote. “I wrote a song called ‘Escalade’ when I was in high school. I think it was about having a nicer car than I had. I had a beat-up truck. Early on, I wasn’t writing with any sort of goal. I was just writing because I got tired of playing cover songs and I was trying to make my buddies laugh.”

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Carrie Underwood Never Thought She Would Win “American Idol”

Carrie Underwood Never Thought She Would Win “American Idol”

Are you serious?!

Carrie Underwood was doing an interview at the Country Radio Seminar when she said she never thought she would win American Idol. “I would say not an ounce of me thought I would win. I come from the tiniest town in the world. I’d never been on a plane before. I like to sing, but lots of people like to sing. I wanted to be a famous country music singer, but a lot of people do. What I honestly thought would happen was, I would go there, and the door would shut, and I could move on with the rest of my life, saying, ‘Well, I tried’.”

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Eric Church Records 28 Songs in 28 Days

Eric Church Records 28 Songs in 28 Days

Show off! 😉

Music Row magazine says Eric Church was speaking at the Country Music Seminar when he said he recorded 28 songs in 28 days for a project. “I felt like it was time to do something nuts. I would write a song in the morning, we would cut it that night. We removed all the barriers about what people think of the song, and just let it be the most creative thing that day, chase that as hard as you can, and move on. For me, it’s as far out there as I have gotten, creatively. I couldn’t shut it off. I think by getting that far out there, it really opened up some really great stuff creatively. My antenna was up. Looking back at what came out of it, it was exactly what had to happen.”

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What Kind of Mother Will Maren Morris Be?

What Kind of Mother Will Maren Morris Be?

Good cop or bad cop?

Maren Morris tells ABC that she will probably be a stricter parent than her husband, Ryan Hurd. “I think that I am probably gonna be the rule-setter, and Ryan’s gonna be the fun one that they go to, to hang out. I don’t know. I think I’m a little bit of both. We have two dogs, so I feel like that’s our chemistry now. So maybe that will transfer to a kid, a human kid. I have no idea. The thing about being a new parent is you have no context of how you will be with your own. It’s different from, like, holding a friend’s baby or being around friends’ kids, because it’s not your ‘copy.’ So I don’t know. I’ll tell you in a year.”

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