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Hunter Hayes and The Who To Perform On “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night”


CBS Entertainment Special — Airing Dec. 5, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT — Will Announce Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live for the First Time Ever from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Country music singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes; Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who; and The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley in a special tribute to Johnny Cash have been added to the lineup for “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®.” They join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, FUN., three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, and three-time GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J and six-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift will co-host the one-hour concert special. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network ( from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central). Presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit, and The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:,

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46th annual CMA Award Winners

46th annual CMA Awards Winner’s List:

Entertainer of the year

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
WINNER: Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female vocalist

Kelly Clarkson
WINNER: Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

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Country Stars Share the Ups and Downs of Recording Alone

While recording his major label debut album, Hunter Hayes clashed occasionally with his studio musicians. Problem is, they were all named Hunter Hayes.

On his self-titled project, released last October on Atlantic Records, the artist, then just 20 years old, not only co-produced with Dann Huff but also sang every note and played every instrument. That included accordion, bass, bouzouki, Hohner Clavinet, drums, Fender Rhodes, guitars (acoustic, 12-string acoustic, baritone, electric, slide, resonator and steel), Hammond B-3, loops, mandocello, mandolin, piano, sitar, synthesizer and Wurlitzer.

This is not common practice. “I’ve never heard of it done in Country at all,” Huff admitted.  Read the rest of this entry

New Music From Big & Rich And Blake Shelton


Pre-Order Hillbilly Jedi
The new album from Big & Rich, Hillbilly Jedi, is coming to you September 18! Pre-order your copy in the online storeand stay tuned to learn more about a Listening Party next month!Make sure you check out the ALL-NEW Take a look around and let us know what you think!

CLICK HERE to pre-order.

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