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Garden Party Invites:Miranda Lambert is the 46th Annual ACM Awards leading lady with seven nominations. Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band tie with five nods. Zac Brown received four additional nominations for producing and composing entries in the Album, Single Record, Song and Vocal Event categories. The Band Perry and Taylor Swift received four nominations. Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban each earned three nods. Lambert and Ronnie Dunn got up bright and early to announce the big news live via satellite from Nashville on the CBS Early Show Tuesday (2/1). The full nominees list can be downloaded here. In case you missed the announcement, watch here. The Reba- and Blake Shelton-hosted telecast airs live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena April 3 on CBS-TV.
» Quotebook:ACM Awards nominees react:
"I wasn't even expecting any ... seven is unbelievable, especially Entertainer of the Year. It's hard for me to grasp that I'm in that category because I haven't done some of the numbers and some of the amazing things that other artists have. I'm just thankful that I have my foot in that door as a nominee." — Miranda Lambert
"In making Hemingway's Whiskey, it was important for me to push myself and my audience while at the same time staying true to who I am as an artist. That's why I'm so proud of this album and even more proud of the nomination for ACM Album of the Year." — Kenny Chesney
"This is something I've wanted all my life. To be able to do this for a living and have people like it, I couldn't ask for anything better. I am so blessed." — Easton Corbin
"I never dreamed I would get a nomination for anything. I just wanted to make a good song with my friend Jamey [Johnson]. I am so humbled to even be mentioned with the amazing artists in this category. I promise no one is more grateful than me!" — Colt Ford on his first ACM nomination for Vocal Event for "Cold Beer" with Johnson.
"It means the world to the band and crew. We take this seriously, obviously, and it's our livelihood, so being included in a category that is recognized nationally like that is validating for us, for sure. I am proud to represent all of the hard-working touring bands who are in the trenches playing 200 shows a year that have strong fan bases." — Randy Rogers Band's Randy Rogers on the Vocal Group nod.
"I am speechless. I can't believe we have been nominated for Top Vocal Duo of the Year! I remember playing out acoustically with Susie in backyards and colleges, living on taco soup, like it was yesterday. This doesn’t seem real.' — the JaneDear girls' Danelle Leverett
"What a way to start the day! I'm out on the West Coast deep in dreamland, and my hotel phone starts ringing at 5:30am and it's my manager screaming, 'Wake Up! We got three ACM nominations!' I grinned from ear to ear."— Lee Brice
"The triumph ... is shared by my family, my friends, bandmates, producers, my staff, my label, my booking agents, my publishers, my management, my publicists, my handlers, my wranglers, my fans, my dog, Willie's braids and that beautiful brunette in Toledo. Thanks all for the hard work and dedication. You all deserve each accolade. And thanks to the Academy voters for the recognition." — Jamey Johnson
"I hold my breath hoping for a nomination every year. It was nice to wake up this morning and hear the great news." — Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman on their Vocal Group nod.
» First Day Of School: In other ACM news, Ronnie Dunn will make his awards show debut as a solo artist during the 46th Annual telecast. Dunn will premiere "Bleed Red," which will be available digitally Feb. 8. "I'm a freshman starting over," Dunn says on his website. "I feel ... every time I walk up there to [sing], ... I [hope I] can deliver that vocal. I'm going to do a full-blown concert the night before, so hey, if I squeak, I've done it before." Read the full article here.
» Star Watch, Super Bowl Edition:Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Keith Urban are Arlington, TX-bound this weekend for pre-party festivities leading up to Super Bowl XLV. Brooks and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will host Saturday's (2/5) SuperCamp II football and cheerleading clinic for kids ages 7-14. Proceeds will benefit several charities including Brooks' Teammates For Kids Foundation. CMT Crossroads: The Pretenders And Faith Hill Live From Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam airs Saturday (2/5) at 10pm ET (sneak peek here). Urban will perform during FOX Super Bowl Sunday before kickoff, and McBride will perform at a private event.
» Festbook: The CMA will reveal the first round of faces booked to perform at the 2011 CMA Music Festival Feb. 8 at 10am CT, but you'll have to be a Facebook friend to see the list. "Like" the organization here and get the scoop with thousands of CMA's closest friends. "We know our fans will be excited to have this opportunity to learn, before anyone else, which artists are among the initial group of performers for the 2011 CMA Music Fest," says CMA CEO Steve Moore.
» All My Stars Play (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah): Speaking of CMAnews, the CMAMF poster was unveiled during Tuesday night's Luke Bryan-hosted Keep The Music Playing All Stars Concert (2/1). The event featured performances by six music groups from Metro Nashville Public Schools, which are direct beneficiaries of the CMA's charity initiative. "We sit in meetings and talk about testimonials of kids who are trying to learn [by playing] a trombone that doesn't work. It will break your heart when you know some kids are out there trying to learn music [and can't]. So, this is a very cool thing that the CMA does." Bryan was the first artist to autograph the print, which will be auctioned later this year to benefit the program.CMAMF proceeds fund KTMP, including half of last year's record total of $2,924,936. The other half went to flood relief. Details here.
» Love, Pain, & the whole family thing: Since the news broke of their second daughter's birth, proud parents Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have taken several opportunities to gush over their love for their family. According to People magazine, Urban showed off the first iPhone pics of their new daughter Faith Margaret to red carpet reporters at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Kidman revealed to the BBC that older sister Sunday Rose is following in her dad's footsteps. "She certainly sits at the piano at the moment, that was her Christmas present, a pink piano," Kidman says. "She sits down and thumps away and sings 'Jingle Bells.'" Urban adds, "I think anybody who has two kids knows when the second comes along, the first goes, 'Oh. There's competition.' But [Sunday] is really great with [Faith] and has known about her all of this time." In other baby news, Keith will premiere another musical baby — his upcoming single "Without You" — on ABC-TV's Good Morning America Feb. 17.
» Lot Of Heavin' Left To Do:Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton represent country on the initial list of 53rd Annual Grammy Awards presenters. Norah Jones, Selena Gomez, LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj will also hand out awards during the Feb. 13 telecast on CBS-TV. Details here.
» Happy Trail To You: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will induct Alan Jackson into its Star Trail Of Fame during Jackson's March 18 appearance. The honor recognizes Jackson for attracting more than one million concert-goers to the event since his 1992 debut. "I've played for the rodeo fans in Houston a lot over the years, and I always look forward to it," Jackson says." I know there's always a whole lot of people out there when I walk out on that stage, but I never imagined they'd added up to a million!" Full story here.
» Trailer Hitch:Trailer Choir's Big Vinny and Butter will continue as a duo following the departure of vocalist Crystal Hoyt, who's leaving to pursue other endeavors. "Crystal is a dear friend, and we wish her much success," Big Vinny says. Adds Butter, "The band is very proud of its work and efforts together and is parting on very supportive terms." Crystal says, "Working with Butter and Vinny has been an incredible experience, and I wish them nothing but the best." Read the full post here.
» Crib Note: Congrats to Zac Brown and his wife Shelly on the birth of their fourth daughter Joni Mason Brown, who was welcomed to the world Wednesday (2/2) at the couple's Atlanta-area home. "We're just going to keep on going until we get a boy," Zac says. "If that's 13, then I doubt I'm going to be able to pull that off, but we'll see." Baby Joni joins the rest of the Brown Girl Band — Justice, Lucy and Georgia.
The Glee version of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is available via iTunes. Download the gleeked out song here before it premieres on Sunday's episode (2/6).
The June 16-18 Rapids Jam Music Festival in Roanoke Rapids, NC will feature Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Drew Davis, LoCash Cowboys, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Bucky Covington, Jason Michael Carroll, Colt Ford, Clay Walker and Lady Antebellum. The three-day festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 attendees and campers. Details here.
The JaneDear girls stopped by Access Hollywood this week to celebrate their two ACM Awards nominations and plug their self-titled debut album, which is in stores now. View the appearance here.