1. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Country Song and Country Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 2:12 PM EST BEST COUNTRY SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "American Kids" Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally Artist: Kenny Chesney Publishers: Big Red Toe/Big Loud Bucks/Farm Town Songs/Universal Music/Smack Ink/Songs of Universal/Creative Nation/Twangin and Slangin Songs…

  2. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  3. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  4. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  5. Chuck Dauphin Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 06, 2014 6:06 PM EST Longtime radio and music journalist Chuck Dauphin won the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award. Dauphin -- who has been a contributing writer for Billboard since 2011, as well as The 615 columnist for Billboard.com -- accepted the award at the 48th annual CMA awards in Nashville on Wednesday…

  6. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  7. Little Big Town's Little Secret: Natalie Hemby & Barry Dean on Writing Country Hits

    October 02, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Creative Nation songwriters have worked with Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire & many more superstars. In a recent interview, legendary singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin praised the work of Natalie Hemby , who has scored with hits such as "Downtown" ( Lady Antebellum )…

  8. Lee Ann Womack, 'The Way I'm Livin': Track-by-Track Review

    September 23, 2014 6:06 PM EDT For Lee Ann Womack fans, the six-year wait comes to an end Tuesday with  The Way I'm Livin' -- the singer's first album since 2008's Call Me Crazy . Was it worth the wait or has Womack stayed away from music-making too long? The answer is a very definitive one, as the…

  9. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  10. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , Jennings recalls that Jones was a part of…

  11. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  12. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  13. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  14. Sara Evans Talks 'Frustrating' Lack of Women on Country Radio

    June 08, 2014 5:33 PM EDT It's been a return "home" for Sara Evans this week. Though she lives with her family two hours south in Birmingham, Alabama, the singer says the CMA Music Festival is important because the fans are right in the heart of Music City. "I love CMA Fest week because we travel…

  15. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week started on the right foot, especially for Carrie…

  16. Jason Derulo, John Legend Among CMT Awards' Unlikely Guests

    June 03, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Don't be too shocked when Jason Derulo pops out onstage with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line during the CMT Music Awards. The 24-year-old R&B singer is one of several surprising guests on Wednesday night's country music video awards show (8 p.m. EDT), keeping with CMT'…

  17. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  18. 'The Voice' Season 6 Goes Live: Meet the Top 12

    April 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Season 6 of NBC's "The Voice" begins its live rounds April 21 as each coach settled on their final three singers last week. The dozen finalists gathered at Universal City Walk last week to perform a song each and meet the media. Each of the singers discussed their musical…

  19. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  20. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

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