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Big MachineYou can hear Rascal Flatts covering some of the biggest names in pop-rock music on their new, surprise Jukebox EP.

The trio does Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time,” “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates, and Kenny Loggins’ “Heart to Heart” on their new passion project, which is available to stream or download now.

A fourth track, their take on “Do You Believe in Love” by Huey Lewis and the News, is exclusive to Amazon Music Unlimited.

“We always enjoy songs that resonate with each of us individually, ones that we can all connect to,” lead singer Gary LeVox explains. “These four tracks are just that: the handpicked, personal favorites and the ones we love collectively with our own fingerprint on them.” 

Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts’ latest country single, “Back to Life,” is currently climbing the chart.

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleIn 2018, Ashley McBryde went from going nowhere to going everywhere. Following the success of her breakthrough single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” the Arkansas native now has her first Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for her debut, Girl Going Nowhere.

"I’m stunned and humbled and just blown away,” she shared on Twitter. “And I'm honored to be alongside artists I admire so much.”

“When other girls my age were planning their dream weddings, I dreamt of a GRAMMY nomination," she added. "I don't even need to win. Five-year-old me and teenage me are both satisfied as of now."

The album’s title track -- which has already been covered by Garth Brooks -- is the record’s new single.

Ashley competes against Kelsea BalleriniKacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, and Chris Stapleton for the Best Country Album trophy. The 61st Grammys air Sunday, February 10 on CBS.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you want to see what Kelsea Ballerini’s Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for Unapologetically means to her, all you have to do is watch the Facetime with her mom she posted on social media.

Though there’s no sound on the clip, Kelsea and her mom both break into tears of happiness as the Knoxville native shares the news.

“This woman unapologetically moved to Nashville 10 years ago for me to make music and give it a fair shot,” Kelsea added. “I got to call her this morning and tell her about my second Grammy nomination.”

“There’s no volume,” she explains, “but her face says everything about this journey and the weight this album has to the people that know me closest.”

“Love you momma,” she closed.

Kelsea was nominated for the all-genre Best New Artist Grammy in 2017, alongside Maren Morris, though Chance the Rapper won.

This year, Kelsea competes against Port Saint Joe by Brothers OsborneAshley McBryde’s Girl Going NowhereKacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour, and Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2.

We’ll find out who wins on Sunday, February 10, when the Grammys are handed out live on CBS.

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ABC/Image Group LAFollowing a sold-out run this fall, Kip Moore is extending his Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour into the spring.

The 2019 leg kicks off March 7 in Chicago and continues with a run through Canada, before wrapping in the United Kingdom at the end of May.

Charlie Worsham and duo Muscadine Bloodline will join the “Last Shot” hitmaker at different points on the trek.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Kip Moore’s Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour, with tickets going on sale Friday, December 14:

3/7 -- Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center
3/8 -- Carmel, IN, The Palladium
3/9 -- Bowling Green, KY, SKYPAC
3/14 -- Minneapolis, MN, The State Theatre
3/15 -- Ottumwa, IA, Bridge View Events Center
3/16 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
3/21 -- Morgantown, WV, The Metropolitan Theatre
3/22 -- Athens, OH, Memorial Auditorium
3/23 -- Richmond, VA, The National
3/28 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
3/29 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
3/30 -- Hanford, CA, Fox Theatre
4/18 -- Moncton, NB, Capitol Theater
4/19 -- Halifax, NS, Casino Nova Scotia
4/20 -- Charlottetown, PEI, Confederation Center of the Arts
4/25 -- Atlanta, GA, The Buckhead Theatre
4/26 -- Macon, GA, The Grand Opera House
4/27 -- McMinnville, TN, Cumberland Caverns
5/2 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
5/3 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
5/4 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
5/9 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
5/10 -- Portland, ME, The State Theatre
5/11 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
5/26 -- Manchester, UK, Academy 2
5/27 -- Glasgow, UK, Fruitmarket
5/29 -- Birmingham, UK, Town Hall
5/30 -- London, UK Cadogan Hall

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UMG NashvilleGeorge Strait is following up his Cold Beer Conversation with a shot of tequila.

The Country Music Hall of Famer returns with his first new music since his 2015 album with the new track “Codigo," which immortalizes the brand of tequila in which he's a partner. King George co-wrote the tune with his son Bubba Strait and his longtime collaborator, Dean Dillon.

“A little sip and you’re ready to roll/I’m talkin’ ‘bout Codigo,” George sings on the composition that almost sounds like an extended jingle for the brand.

This weekend, the country legend plays his 19th and 20th sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with more concerts to come in 2019.

You can stream or download “Codigo” now, or check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LA “Here Tonight” hitmaker Brett Young is joining the lineup for the annual Music City Midnight New Year’s Eve celebration in Nashville.

For the third year in a row, CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will headline the free show at Tennessee’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, which will be broadcast nationally for the first time as part of NBC’s New Year’s Eve.

The Aussie superstar will both perform and host the cut-ins from Nashville, as Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen anchor the coverage from New York City’s Times Square with comedian Leslie Jones.

You can tune in to watch from 10 p.m. ET until 12:30 a.m. on NBC, with a half-hour break for the news at 11 p.m.

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ABC/Image Group LA Female artists may fight for airplay at country radio these days, but they’re not struggling for critical acclaim, as Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves lead the country nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Maren leads the pack with six nominations, with half of her nods coming from her pop collaboration with Zedd. “The Middle” is up for the all-genre trophies for both Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Meanwhile, Maren’s country recognition comes in the form of two noms for “Dear Hate,” the song she wrote after the Charleston church shooting and decided to release after the Las Vegas shooting. Her collaboration with Vince Gill is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, as well as Best Country Song. She also gets a Best Country Solo Performance nod for her cover of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from the Restoration tribute album.

Kacey Musgraves’ CMA-winning Golden Hour vies for the all-genre Album of the Year, while competing for Best Country Album as well. The track “Butterflies” grabs a nod for Best Country Solo Performance, while “Space Cowboy” fights for the Best Country Song title.

Luke Combs gets noticed in the overall Best New Artist category, alongside Americana favorite Margo Price and “Meant to Be” hitmaker Bebe Rexha, among others.  
 
Dan Shay and Little Big Town each make significant entries in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance slots, for “Tequila” and “When Someone Stops Loving You,” respectively. Brothers Osborne vies for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance trophy as well for “Shoot Me Straight,” while picking up a Best Country Album nod for Port Saint Joe too. 

Newcomer Ashley McBryde grabs her first nomination in the same category for her debut album, Girl Going Nowhere.

The legendary Willie Nelson makes a surprise appearance in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal category for My Way, his album of Frank Sinatra covers, while Lee Ann Womack could take home the Best Americana Album honor for The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone.

We’ll find out who wins on Sunday, February 10, when the 2019 Grammys air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

Here’s a look at this year’s major country contenders:

Album of the Year
Invasion of Privacy -- Cardi B
By the Way I Forgive You -- Brandi Carlile
Scorpion -- Drake
beerbongs & bentleys -- Post Malone
H.E.R. -- H.E.R.
Dirty Computer -- Janelle Monae
Golden Hour -- Kacey Musgraves
Black Panther: The Album -- Kendrick Lamar

Record of the Year
“I Like It” -- Cardi B
“The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile
“This Is America” -- Childish Gambino
“Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper 
“All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar
“Rock Star” -- Post Malone
“God’s Plan” -- Drake
“The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris

Song of the Year
“All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“Boo’d Up” -- Ella Mai
“God’s Plan” -- Drake
“In My Blood” -- Shawn Mendes
“The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile
“The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris
 “Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper 
“This Is America” -- Childish Gambino

Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Bebe Rexha
Margo Price
Jorja Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys
“‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Girls I Like You” — Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
“Say Something” — Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Love Is Here to Stay —Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
My Way — Willie Nelson
Nat “King” Cole & Me — Gregory Porter
Standards (DELUXE) —Seal
THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! — Barbra Streisand

Best Country Solo Performance
“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” — Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris
“Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves
“Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne
“Tequila” — Dan Shay
”When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town
“Dear Hate” — Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
“Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song
“Break Up in the End” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
“Dear Hate” — Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
“I Lived It” — Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
“Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
“Tequila” — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan Shay)
“When Someone Stops Loving You” — Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album
Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere — Ashley McBryde
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton

Best Americana Album
By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette
The Tree of Forgiveness — John Prine
The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone — Lee Ann Womack
One Drop of Truth — The Wood Brothers 

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Comstock/Thinkstock In Jessi Colter's #1 hit from 1975, "I'm Not Lisa," what is the song's protagonist's name? Answer: Julie.

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ABC/Mark LevineWith the new Deluxe edition of his yuletide album, Glow, available this holiday season, Brett Eldredge is busier than ever this December. But come Christmas Day, you can bet Brett will be back home celebrating with his beloved dog, Edgar.

"We've had two now, I think, where we go back home to Illinois," he recalls, "which is exciting because he gets to run out in the country and go crazy."

Brett confesses the loveable Edgar has had a run-in or two with a Christmas tree.

"You know, having a dog, you have to hang the bulbs for the tree not as low," he explains, "so he doesn't try to eat 'em, because he thinks they're tennis balls or something."

"That was a little bit of a problem in the beginning when I first got ornaments and stuff," Brett admits. "But now he's pretty well-trained."

"So, just trying not to let him terrorize Christmas too much," he adds. " But I love him anyway, so it's all good." 

On Monday, Brett will sing "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver Bells" on the annual CMA Country Christmas special, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Then on Tuesday, he'll do "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Glow" on NBC's Today show.

Brett will also be back on ABC for Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade on December 25.

In the meantime, you can check out his new video for "The First Noel" on YouTube.

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GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty ImagesHere's the complete list of nominees in key categories for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.  Winners will be revealed on music's biggest night Sunday, February 10, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

Album of the Year
Invasion of Privacy -- Cardi B
By the Way I Forgive You -- Brandi Carlile
Scorpion -- Drake
beerbongs & bentleys -- Post Malone
H.E.R. -- H.E.R.
Dirty Computer -- Janelle Monae
Golden Hour -- Kacey Musgraves
Black Panther: The Album -- Kendrick Lamar

Record of the Year
“I Like It” -- Cardi B
“The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile
“This Is America” -- Childish Gambino
“Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar
“Rock Star” -- Post Malone
“God’s Plan” -- Drake
“The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris

Song of the Year
“All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“Boo’d Up” -- Ella Mai
“God’s Plan” -- Drake
“In My Blood” -- Shawn Mendes
“The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile
“The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris
 “Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“This Is America” -- Childish Gambino

Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Bebe Rexha
Margo Price
Jorja Smith

POP FIELD

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Colors” — Beck
“Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello
“God Is A Woman” — Ariana Grande
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga
“Better Now” — Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys
“‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Girls I Like You” — Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
“Say Something” — Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Love Is Here to Stay —Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
My Way — Willie Nelson
Nat “King” Cole & Me — Gregory Porter
Standards (DELUXE) —Seal
THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! — Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album
Camila — Camila Cabello
Meaning of Life — Kelly Clarkson
Sweetener — Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
Beautiful Trauma — Pink
Reputation — Taylor Swift

DANCE/ELECTRONIC FIELD

Best Dance Recording
“Northern Soul” — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
“Ultimatum” — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
“Losing It” — Fisher
“Electricity” — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
“Ghost Voices” — Virtual Self

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Singularity — Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide — Justice
Treehouse — Sofi Tukker
Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides — SOPHIE
Lune Rouge — TOKiMONSTA

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance
“Four Out of Five” —Arctic Monkeys
“When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell
“Made An America” — The Fever 333
“Highway Tune” — Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” — Halestorm

Best Metal Performance
“Condemned to the Gallows “— Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” — Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” — High On Fire
“Betrayer” — Trivium
“On My Teeth — Underoath

Best Rock Song
“Black Smoke Rising” — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel
Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
“Jumpsuit” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“MANTRA” — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me the Horizon)
“Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
“Rats” — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best Rock Album
Rainier Fog — Alice In Chains
M A N I A — Fall Out Boy
Prequelle — Ghost
From the Fires — Greta Van Fleet
Pacific Daydream — Weezer

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album
Tranquility Base Hotel Casino —Arctic Monkeys
Colors — Beck
Utopia — Björk
American Utopia — David Byrne
Masseduction — St. Vincent

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance
“Long As I Live” — Toni Braxton
“Summer” — The Carters
“Y O Y” — Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part” — H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
“First Began” — PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” — Leon Bridges
“Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette
“Honest” — MAJOR.
“How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton Featuring Yebba
“Made for Love” — Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song
“Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
“Come Through And Chill” — Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)
“Feels Like Summer” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
“Focus” — Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“Long As I Live” — Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Everything Is Love — The Carters
The Kids Are Alright— Chloe x Halle
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz — Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
War & Leisure — Miguel
Ventriloquism — Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album
Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
Good Thing — Leon Bridges
Honestly — Lalah Hathaway
H.E.R. — H.E.R.
Gumbo Unplugged (Live) — PJ Morton

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance
“Be Careful” — Cardi B
“Nice for What” — Drake
“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
“Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak
“Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Like I Do” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink
“Pretty Little Fears” — 6LACK Featuring J. Cole
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino
“All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
“Rockstar” — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

Best Rap Song
“God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future  & James Blake)
“Lucky You” — R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)
“Sicko Mode” — Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)
“Win” — K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best Rap Album
Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
Swimming — Mac Miller
Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
Daytona — Pusha T
Astroworld — Travis Scott

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance
“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” — Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris
“Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves
“Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne
“Tequila” — Dan Shay
”When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town
“Dear Hate” — Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
“Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song
“Break Up in the End” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
“Dear Hate” — Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
“I Lived It” — Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
“Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
“Tequila” — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan Shay)
“When Someone Stops Loving You” — Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album
Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere — Ashley McBryde
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD

Best Americana Album
By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette
The Tree of Forgiveness — John Prine
The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone — Lee Ann Womack
One Drop of Truth — The Wood Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album
Portraits in Fiddles — Mike Barnett
Sister Sadie II — Sister Sadie
Rivers and Roads — Special Consensus
The Travelin’ McCourys — The Travelin’ McCourys
North of Despair — Wood & Wire

Best Folk Album
Whistle Down the Wind — Joan Baez
Black Cowboys — Dom Flemons
Rifles & Rosary Beads — Mary Gauthier
Weed Garden — Iron & Wine
All Ashore — Punch Brothers

REGGAE FIELD

Best Reggae Album
As the World Turns — Black Uhuru
Reggae Forever — Etana
Rebellion Rises — Ziggy Marley
A Matter of Time — Protoje
44/876 — Sting & Shaggy

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Accessory to War (Neil Degrasse Tyson & Avis Lang)  — Courtney B. Vance
Calypso  — David Sedaris
Creative Quest — Questlove
Faith – A Journey for All — Jimmy Carter
The Last Black Unicorn — Tiffany Haddish

COMEDY FIELD

Best Comedy Album
Annihilation — Patton Oswalt
Equanimity & the Bird Revelation — Dave Chappelle
Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan
Standup for Drummers — Fred Armisen
Tamborine
— Chris Rock

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ABC/Image Group LA Brett Young's sophomore album, Ticket to L.A., arrives Friday, and shows a new side of the California-born singer. Simply put, Brett admits he's much happier now than when he recorded his self-titled debut.

"I think the first album was a really good way for me to introduce myself to people," he reflects. "I think that it was extremely honest, personal, and vulnerable, and I think it’s unfortunately a little bit easier to do that when you’re sad, when you’re at that place in your life, and I was."

Even though his debut produced four #1 hits -- "Sleep Without You," "In Case You Didn't Know," "Like I Loved You," and "Mercy" -- Brett confesses he wasn't at a great place when he recorded it.

"Me and my girl were broken up and I was also new to Nashville and hadn’t built a huge friend base yet," he explains. "And so I think that made it really easy for me to go a little bit dark and be a little bit extremely vulnerable."

"And so I think when you go there," he continues, "when you get that personal and that honest, I think it’s a really good way for people to start to get to know you."

After Brett and longtime love Taylor Mills tied the knot last month in California, he's looking forward to showing his happier side.

"That’s why it’s going to be so nice..." he says, "with this second record to have it reflect where I’m at now which is a very uplifting, happy place in my life. And with the second record we’re doing the same thing. I made sure that it’s vulnerable and it’s honest. It’s just coming from a completely different stage in my life."

You can also see Brett Monday at 8 p.m. ET, when the annual CMA Country Christmas special premieres on ABC.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Little Big Town's Kimberly SchlapmanHunter Hayes38 Special, and 3 Doors Down are just some of the artists confirmed for the Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show that takes place Monday, December 17 at the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart. During the event, stars meet with fans and take them on a tour of their home-away-from-home. Proceeds go to fund Christmas shopping sprees for more than 400 children in Middle Tennessee. You can find out more at Christmas4Kids.org.

Sara Evans is set to guest on the December 10 episode of Real Country, which starts at 11 p.m. ET on USA Network. The next day, December 11, she'll co-host The Talk at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

Charlie Daniels' The Journey Home Project has donated $50,000 to Nashville's Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center to help veterans who are battling the deadly disease.

If you missed Dolly Parton's Thursday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can check out both her interview and her performance of the Golden-Globe-nominated "Girl in the Movies" online.

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ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton is the Top Country Artist of 2018, according to Billboard. It’s a title the Kentucky native also claimed in 2016, though label mate Sam Hunt outranked him in 2017, on the strength of “Body Like a Back Road.”

Stapleton wins the title based largely on the success of his albums, according to Billboard. All three of his efforts rank in the top ten of this year’s Top Country Albums tally, with Traveller at #4, From A Room: Volume 2 at #7, and From A Room: Volume 1 at #9. (The debut album from Luke CombsThis One’s for You, finished the year at #1.)

2018 also brought Stapleton his first chart-topping single, the CMA-Award-winning “Broken Halos.”

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ABC/Image Group LA If you need a little pick-me-up, just check out the videos of Thomas Rhett’s daughter Willa Gray visiting the set of Sesame Street.

In the social media clips shared by his wife Lauren, Willa cuddles with Abby Cadabby and shares a cookie with Cookie Monster, all with an expression of wide-eyed amazement.

“‘Oh. My. Word. It’s the BEST. Day. Ever,’” Lauren posted on Instagram, quoting her daughter.

“(And she keeps calling Abby her ‘best friend,’)” she added. “Talk about a childhood dream come true! We got to go to Sesame Street!!"

Willa’s little sister Ada James also makes a cameo in the photos. TR and Lauren adopted Willa -- who just turned three -- from a Ugandan orphanage last year. Ada, who celebrated her first birthday in August, was born shortly after.

TR and Maren Morris are just a couple of the stars who’ve recently recorded appearances for Sesame Street’s 50th season.

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David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident George H.W. Bush was a great fan of country music, so it was only fitting that two members of the Country Music Hall of Fame sang at his service Thursday in Texas.

Reba McEntire did “The Lord’s Prayer,” while the Oak Ridge Boys performed an a cappella version of “Amazing Grace.”  

“What a lot of people may not know is he fancied himself to be a good bass singer,” the Oaks’ Joe Bonsall said before doing the classic hymn. “He was not,” he added, as the crowd erupted in laughter. “We’ll sing for our President.”  

About 1,200 friends attended the intimate service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

“It was an honor and privilege to sing at President George H.W. Bush’s funeral this morning,” Reba shared a short time later. “He was a great friend and leader and I will never forget the time we shared together.”

You can watch both Reba and the Oaks’ performances via ABC News.

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RCA Nashville Dolly Parton may finally take home a Golden Globe in 2019.

The global superstar is up for Best Original Song at this year’s ceremony for “Girl in the Movies,” the tune she wrote and recorded for the film Dumplin’ with producer Linda Perry.

“I was like ‘Yay Dolly!’” Perry said, reacting to news of the nomination. “I love her so much, and of course I’m happy for myself, but I am SO HAPPY for Dolly. She walked into my life and turned the lights on, and I have not been able to shut them off since.”

Dolly’s been nominated for a Golden Globe five times before, but she’s never won: She received song nods for “Travelin Thru” from Transamerica in 2006 and “9 to 5” in 1981. The film of the same name also brought her acting noms for both New Star of the Year and Actress in a Musical or Comedy, as did 1983’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  

We’ll find out if Dolly can grab the globe Sunday, January 6, when the trophies are handed out at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Meanwhile, the Dumplin’ movie premieres Friday on Netflix. The film centers around an overweight teen who takes courage from Dolly’s music, as she rebels against the beauty pageant culture embraced by her mother. The mom’s played by Jennifer Aniston, who also produced the feature.

You can check out Jennifer and Dolly interviewing each other about the project on Thursday’s Good Morning America on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LA Some lucky Brad Paisley fans not only got to see a surprise set by the superstar this week in Nashville, they also have a shot at being in his new music video.

The West Virginia native played a pop-up show Wednesday night at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and filmed part of the video for his new single, “Bucked Off.” Brad’s more than 90-minute set at the honky tonk on Music City’s Lower Broadway strip included plenty of hits, as well as some classics by George Strait, who’s referenced in the new song.

You can check out a short message Brad recorded at the event on YouTube, and search for social media content posted by folks who were there, using the hashtag #BuckedOff.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2008, Zac Brown Band hit number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the very first time.  Can you name the tasty hit that earned them the milestone? ANSWER: "Chicken Fried."

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Courtesy CMAOld Dominion has never recorded a holiday song, but you'll get your first chance to hear the five-man band doing some yuletide fare on this year's CMA Country Christmas special.

For their first appearance on the annual show, the CMA Vocal group of the Year picked the rock and roll classic "Little Saint Nick."

"You know, taking on a Beach Boys song is not an easy thing to do," lead singer Matthew Ramsey says, "because nobody can do what the Beach Boys do. But it's a cool song, and being a band, it's fun for us to kind of dig in and find our own voice in a song like that -- or voices, really."

Matthew admits it took some time for OD to put their own spin on the holiday tune from 1963.

"We just kinda went into the studio and kinda hashed it out for a day to figure out how we were gonna play it," he explains. "I think it came out pretty cool. I think it's gonna be really good."

"You know, it hearkens the Beach Boys but it doesn't sound like we're trying to copy them, thankfully, because that would be a mistake," he laughs.

You can check out OD, as well as host Reba McEntireDan ShayDustin LynchMartina McBride and many more, when CMA Country Christmas premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood has been named one of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 2018 by People Magazine. She is the only country star featured on the list.

Caroline Jones will join Kenny Chesney as opener for his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. She joins previously announced support act David Lee Murphy.

You can check out Mason Ramsey's new video for the holiday track "White Christmas" on YouTube now.

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