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2015 ACM Nominations

ACM LogoThis morning the nominations for the 50th ACM Awards were announced through a digital press conference. Country stars such as Jason Aldean, Kristain Bush, Brandy Clark, Lee Brice, and Dustin Lynch were all on hand to make the announcements. The nominations themselves come mostly as expected with few exceptions. Garth Brooks nomination for Entertainer of the Year comes as a slight surprise, as most (myself included) thought he wouldn’t receive any nominations until the end of his comeback tour. Additionally, The Cadillac Three’s nomination for Vocal Event of the Year speaks to the weakness of collaborations in modern country music. Check out the full nominations: 

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Eric Church Set to Become Top Selling Country Artist of 2014

Photo Credit: John Peets
Photo Credit: John Peets

As we have predicted for the past couple of months Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as the top selling country artist. Since the release of his fourth studio album, The Outsiders, has been one of the best selling albums each week.

The album will finish the year with the best first week sales of any country album, beating out Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt and Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am. However, the commercial success of The Outsiders stretches beyond country. The record will finish the year with the fourth best opening week sales trailing only Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay – an impressive feat. It hasn’t just been commercial for Church however as the album has been consistently recognized as one of the best works of the year.

The Outsiders has been nominated for album of the year at shows such as the CMA’s, American Music Awards, and recently took home the award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards. For Church, both commercial and critical success, serve as vindication for his doubters; many of whom thought the album was a bit too far outside the scope of country.

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Country at the Grammys

The 2015 Grammy  Awards will be held on February 8, but today the nominations are being handed out and that means it’s time for country’s elite to be nominated. Below are the country artists nominated for awards:

Best Country Song: 

“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church

“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert

Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill

“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell

Best Country Album

The Outsiders – Eric Church

Riser – Dierks Bentley

Platinum – Miranda Lambert

12 Stories – Brandy Clark

The Way I’m Livin’ – Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Solo Performance

“Something in the Water” – Carrie Underwood

“Invisible” – Hunter Hayes

“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church

“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert

“Cop Car” – Keith Urban

Best Country Group/Duo Performance

“Gentle on My Mind” – The Band Perry

“Somethin’ Bad” – Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood

“Day Drinking” – Little Big Town

“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill

“Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban featuring Eric Church

Best New Artist 

Brandy Clark¹

¹ Brandy Clark was the only country artist nominated in this category.

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2014 American Country Countdown Awards Finalists

American Country Countdown Awards
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The 2014 American Country Countdown Awards are the newest country music awards show. Based off of the longest running country music radio show in the country,  the awards will air on Fox on December 15 and are hosted by Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line.  Here are the nominations for the various categories.

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2014 CMA Awards Headquarters

The CMA Awards air live on Wednesday November 5 at 8pm. Hosted, once again, by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood it’s a show that brings out the best and brightest stars in country music including some impressive performances (complete list here). The night dedicated to the best of country music over the past year will likely morph into a George Strait love fest at some point, before returning to it’s usual format. We’ve outlined all the major awards including who we think will take home each award. Winners of the awards can be found here.

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