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Why You Should Visit the Newly Expanded Country Music Hall of Fame

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated a major milestone this week as it unveiled its 210,000-square-foot expansion, more than doubling the size of its iconic home in downtown Nashville.

The grand opening ceremony, made possible with support from Ford Motor Company and the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers, took place in the museum’s Event Hall overlooking the Nashville skyline. Roof-raising performances by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, the McCrary Sisters, Ricky Skaggs, the Valentines and Lee Ann Womack, accompanied by the Grand Opening All-Star Band, under the direction of Buddy Miller, served as soul-stirring reminders of the diverse musical family the museum exists to exalt, while Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Museum Director Kyle Young and museum board Chairman Steve Turner each delivered inspiring commemorative remarks. The event drew hundreds of today’s music industry, government and community leaders, as well as original, longtime museum visionaries such as Country Music Hall of Fame member and board Chairman Emeritus Bud Wendell and enthusiastic members of the general public.

The celebration marked the final phase of the museum’s expansion—10,000 square feet of new gallery space—joining recently opened additions including the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new home for the legendary and thriving letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and the Event Hall. The expansion also includes much-needed archival and library storage, allowing for even more robust cultivation of the museum’s treasured collection.

One of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s new exhibits lets you sing a song in a mini recording studio. Take a look at Big D & Bubba’s Executive Producer Patrick singing along to Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”   Seriously, watch it…it will make your day!

Taylor Swift Crashes a Fans Bridal Shower

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Seriously, I don’t know how or why you Taylor Swift haters don’t like her.  She gives us new reasons to love her every week!

Taylor shared some love with her superfan Gena after surprising her at her bridal shower on Sunday morning (April 13) in Ohio.

Taylor promised Gena, who has been following her career since the beginning, she would attend the party since she will not be able to attend her wedding in May and she followed through on that promise.

“I had no idea Taylor was coming it was a complete surprise,” Gena wrote on her Twitter account. “She’s an incredible person and amazing friend.”
“Thank you for making today even more special,” Gena added. “You went above & bring my wildest dreams. I can’t thank you enough.”

Taylor Swift Makes ‘SNL’ Cameo

Even though Taylor Swift wasn’t the musical guest or host on Saturday Night Live this weekend, she and three other unlisted stars managed to nab some stage time during Seth Rogan’s opening monologue.

“You were getting really upset and whenever a man shows emotion, I appear,” said Taylor.

James Franco and Zooey Deschanel also snuck in some stage time.

Luke Bryan Earns 7 Billboard Music Award Nominations

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With help from pop R&B singer Jason Derulo live this morning on “Good Morning America,” Billboard, the ultimate authority in music and home of the iconic Billboard charts defining success in music, today announced the finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, honoring the year’s most successful artists in 40 categories. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18th, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET, with performances from music’s biggest stars.

Derulo appeared in the 8:00 AM ET hour of “Good Morning America” today, to announce his participation as a performer in this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Derulo also announced five of the 40 finalist categories, including: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top R&B Artist, and Top Country Artist.

Luke Bryan leads all country acts with seven entries in six categories, including an appearance as a finalist in the overall Top Male Artist grouping taking on Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.

The country nominees are:

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM: Luke Bryan Crash My Party

TOP DUO/GROUP: Florida Georgia Line

TOP MALE ARTIST: Luke Bryan

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST: Luke Bryan

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST: Taylor Swift

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST:

Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

Florida Georgia Line

Darius Rucker

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM:

Garth Brooks: Blame it All On My Roots

Luke Bryan: Crash My Party

Florida Georgia Line: Here’s to the Good Times

The Robertsons: Duck the Halls

Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM: Alan Jackson Precious Memories Volume II

TOP COUNTRY SONG:

Luke Bryan ” Crash My Party”

Luke Bryan “That’s My Kind of Night”

Darius Rucker “Wagon Wheel”

Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly “Cruise”

Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies “Boys Round Here”

 

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.

As previously announced, the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet, will be given to an innovative artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year. The six finalists for this special editorial award were announced earlier last week on Billboard.com – they are: Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood. Fans can vote for their favorite Milestone artist online at Billboard.com/milestone and can enter a contest for a chance to win an opportunity to present the award live at this year’s event alongside global music superstar and Billboard Music Award winner Kelly Rowland.

“I’m really looking forward to presenting the Chevrolet Milestone Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. I love being able to recognize fellow artists for their accomplishments and having the opportunity to present with a fan will make the evening that much more exciting!” said Kelly Rowland.

The six finalists will be narrowed down to three finalists, who will be announced on the website on April 21st. Voting will then continue through the first two hours of the live 2014 Billboard Music Awards broadcast, culminating with the announcement of the award winner during the last hour of the show.

For additional information on the “2014 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com

Miranda Lambert Apologizes to Taylor Swift After ACM Speech

When I think of Miranda Lambert I think total GIRL POWER!  Miranda has always appeared to not be one of the “mean girls” and has always been gracious for the other women around her in country music.   So when fans started speculating that she totally left Taylor Swift out of her ACM acceptance speech for Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards on purpose I had to find out why!

When Miranda took the stage to receive her fifth consecutive Female Vocalist award, she acknowledged the hard work of all her fellow nominees.  Well all of them except one. During her acceptance speech, she forgot to mention Taylor Swift!

Miranda did not intentionally leave Taylor out of the acceptance speech and she quickly offered an apology.  During a post-awards press conference, Miranda admitted her thank-you speech misstep and said that she’s already smoothed things over with her.  Miranda admitted she momentarily forgot to acknowledge Taylor because she was focused on dedicating her award to some hometown friends who just lost a child.

“I always try to acknowledge everybody in any category that I ever win” said the Automatic singer. “I know we all work our ass off … we all give 110 percent all year long, especially Taylor. She’s kind of like her own animal, she’s ridiculous.”

Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Miranda’s new album, Platinum. The singer is slowly releasing details for her June 3rd release.  Check out the track listing here.

 

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