Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and Lucy Hale were among the country winners at Sunday night’s (Aug. 10) Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Swift took home the honors of choice female country artist, snagging the win from fellow nominees Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood. Hayes beat out Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban to snag the title of choice male country artist. Lady Antebellum was named choice country group over Parmalee, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, and Florida Georgia Line, but the FGL boys bounced back for a win with “This Is How We Roll” featuring Bryan for choice country song. Hale took home the honors for choice TV actress in the drama category for her role on the hit series, Pretty Little Liars. The Memphis-born beauty, who also worked the carpet in an adorable satin red minidress, recently launched her country music career with her debut album Road Between. As one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, she is back on the airwaves with a brand new single, “Lie a Little Better.”
Shelton’s hit NBC show The Voice also won big for choice TV reality competition show.
Georgia has certainly had Lady Antebellum on its mind. The trio and comic Jeff Foxworthy are among the newest inductees announced for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Lady Antebellum will be inducted in the performer category and Foxworthy in the spoken word division. Southern rock favorites Wet Willie will receive the group honor, and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland will be inducted for his songwriting achievements. Other inductees this year include record label founder Ed Beard, blues vocalist Francine Reed and the late gospel singer-songwriter Wally Fowler.
When LeAnn Rimes returns to the spotlight, she does it in a big way. Not only is her new reality TV show, LeAnn & Eddie, airing weekly on VH1, but she has returned to the music charts as well with the release of her new remix album. Dance Like You Don’t Give a . . . Greatest Hits Remixes stemmed from the singer’s constant request from her fans wanting revamped versions of some of her biggest hits of her career. “A lot of my fans have the remix singles of each song, but they have always asked to have them all on one record,” LeAnn explains to Country Weekly. “I’m glad we actually got to do that. Some of the songs were from the older days, and they actually remixed them again for this. We have amazing DJs on the record. It’s cool.”
Oh, that Taylor Swift is a crafty one! The country star is posting a series of hints on Facebook. Unfortunately, we have no idea what she’s announcing! New album? New single? New movie? New boyfriend? Country fans, are guessing, speculating and wondering what the big news could be and having a fun time waiting for more clues. One photo had her pushing the #19 button in an elevator, the other had 5:00 written on a bookshelf with a stuffed kitten. Clue #3 is a closeup of the Yahoo.com homepage. Taylor Swift‘s big secret is a worldwide live stream from New York City! The event, which the singer was teasing with social media clues last week, will take place Monday, Aug. 18 at 5PM ET via Yahoo Screen.
They’re baaack! Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have proven themselves competent and hilarious hosts for the Country Music Association Awards, so it’s no surprise they’ve been invited back to host for the seventh time. Brad good-naturedly added, “Shoot, we’ve written a bunch of jokes every year. This’ll just be the first time we have to pay union dues.” The 48th annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville, Nov. 5 on ABC.
Luke Bryan will release a deluxe edition of his double-platinum album, Crash My Party, on Tuesday, August 12th. The deluxe version was originally a Target exclusive and is now being made available to other retailers, including digital outlets. The album will include four new songs, including “Your Mama Should’ve Named You Whiskey.” Bryan says the title reveals a lot about the song.
The Canadian Country Music Association announced today (Tuesday, August 5, 2014) that Dean Brody, Tim Hicks and Dallas Smith will be performing during the 2014 CCMA Awards Show along with special guests Little Big Town! These are the first artists announced to perform as part of the 2014 CCMA Awards which will be broadcast on CBC at 8:00 PM with an encore airing on CMT Canada at 10:00 PM on Sunday, September 7, 2014.