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Joseph LlanesPop and soul legend Lionel Richie will be honored on this year's Grammy telecast by an all-genre assortment of artists including Luke Bryan, pop stars Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato, and R&B star John Legend.Lionel is this year's MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he'll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute.  The segement on Monday night's Grammys will be a smaller version of that.  The songs Luke, Demi, Meghan and John will sing
ABC/Image Group LAThough Little Big Town’s hit “Girl Crush” initially generated some controversy, lately all it’s been doing is bringing home awards. Last year, the song some mistakenly thought centered around a same-sex relationship took home CMA trophies for both Single and Song of the Year, and no doubt helped the band bring home another Vocal Group honor. Next week, it’s up for all-genre Song of the Year at the Grammys, in addition to vying for Best Countr
Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is currently in the studio working on his debut album for Wheelhouse Records, having recently signed with BBR Music Group -- the home of Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser and more. From the sound of things, the male half of Sugarland couldn’t be more excited.“As both a recording artist and a songwriter, I am honored to be a part of the… family,” he says. “I’m in love with making music, and I’m humbled every d
Webster PRBack in 2005, the guys in LOCASH got their first national TV exposure on Tanya Tucker’s TLC reality show Tuckerville. Now, thanks to their #2 hit “I Love This Life,” Chris Lucas and Preston Brust are booking even higher-profile TV gigs.“Hard work is really starting to pay off for us,” Chris observes. “We have been seeing the response live. People are singing it back to us. It’s an amazing feeling, for sure.”“Every day is so excit
ABC/Image Group LAIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nelly is giving Thomas Rhett a giant pat on the back. The new single from the St. Louis rapper is a cover of Thomas’s six-week number one, “Die a Happy Man.”Nelly is certainly no stranger to country music, having first collaborated with Tim McGraw on his hit “Over and Over,” which made it to number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2004. More recently, he was featured on the remix of Florida Geo
Eric AdkinsScotty McCreery and five other American Idol winners return to the show that made them famous this Thursday, to mentor contestants during the farewell season. Though the identity of the two singers he worked with is top secret, the season-10 winner says he knows how valuable the three days he spent with them is.“I remember how important it was to me during my time on Idol to meet and learn from all the great artists who visited the set and offered their advice. I was proud t
Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels RecordsChase Rice is re-teaming with the writers behind his hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” for “Whisper,” the lead single from his forthcoming album."Personally, I believe my writing has evolved since we put out the last album and it's been a hell of a ride so far, so this one will have a more mature sound to it,” the North Carolina native reveals. “‘Whisper’ is an example of that, h
Warner NashvilleDan + Shay are back with their follow-up to their first number one. Just two months after “Nothin’ Like You” topped the charts, they’re releasing  the lead single from their sophomore album, as well as its accompanying video.“‘From the Ground Up’ is a song that started with a conversation about our grandparents and the love that they shared for the 65-plus years that they were married,” Dan Smyers shares. “It tells t
ABC/Image Group LAFour-time nominee Chris Stapleton is the latest country artist now set to perform on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. He’ll team up with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. to pay tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away last May.Chris’s debut solo effort Traveller is up for both the all-genre Album of the Year as well as Country Album, while its title track competes for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.He joins fellow nominees Little Big To
Comstock/ThinkstockThis Pennsylvania native spent five seasons playing for the Cincinnati Bengals before hitting number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1990 with "Walk on Faith." Can you name him? ANSWER:  Mike Reid.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Columbia Nashville/Dack JanielsThese days, there's more than one current country singer who once had a promising career in college football. Sam Hunt was the quarterback for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, while Chase Rice was a linebacker at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Even though he's a native Tar Heel, Chase says it's still not easy picking a side when it comes to Super Bowl 50."Yeah, the Super Bowl’s tough for me this year," he admits. "I’m a huge
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard has cancelled all his February dates, as he continues to recover from double pneumonia. He hopes to be back on the road by spring.Mary Chapin Carpenter's new album, The Things That We Are Made Of, will be released May 6.Garth Brooks continues to be a hot ticket as his world tour expands to Canada. So far, fans have snapped up more than 60,000 tickets to his shows at Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre April 1-3, selling o
ABC/Image Group LASam Hunt and Peyton Manning are both set to take the field this Sunday for Super Bowl 50. Sam will be performing as part of the pregame festivities, while Peyton, of course, will be playing quarterback as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers. Since Sam himself is a longtime 'baller, having played QB for the University of Alabama at Birmingham in his college days, it turns out he has a little bit of history with the five-time MVP."When I was in high school, I
Eric AdkinsEven though Scotty McCreery has recently been working on finishing his new album, we now know it won’t be on his longtime label. The American Idol winner announced in a statement Wednesday he’s come to the end of the line with Mercury Nashville/Interscope."I enjoyed being on Mercury Nashville/Interscope, and I appreciate all the great people who worked hard on my behalf while I was there. I am excited about what the future holds and the opportunities being presented to
ABC/Image Group LAThough we most often hear from Blake Shelton when he’s hanging out in L.A. shooting The Voice or on his 1,200-acre ranch outside Tishomingo, Oklahoma, it looks like he and rock star girlfriend Gwen Stefani could soon be spending more time in Music City. According to Variety, Blake recently dropped $3.4 million on a 400-acre spread about an hour south of Nashville.The Primm Springs, Tennessee compound boasts three houses -- two of them rustic but luxuriously appointed ca