Brad Paisley, Ben Hayslip Take Home Top ASCAP Awards Honors

Brad Paisley was named Songwriter/Artist of the Year and Ben Hayslip was honored as Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP’s 49th Annual Country Music Awards held November 6 in Nashville. Other big winners of the night were “The House That Built Me,” written by Allen Shamblin, for Country Song of the Year and Sea Gayle [...] Read More

Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks to be Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks are set to be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin. The induction ceremony will take place at the 41st Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony on October 16 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. “These five [...] Read More

Miranda Lambert Fights Pressure on Album No. 4

Miranda Lambert’s third album, Revolution, launched her from a highly regarded country artist to one of the top acts in the business. It went platinum, won Album of the Year from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and spawned her first two No. 1 singles. Of course, Miranda can’t bask in Revolution forever. Only in the last couple months has she started thinking about a follow-up album. And she’s making a point to not let the sales and trophies distract her from doing good art. Read More

Lady Antebellum Gets Grammy Glory

Hello, world: Just in case anyone was left on the planet that hadn’t figured out how significant Lady Antebellum was this year, the Recording Academy slipped the band into three of the big-four, multi-genre categories on the prestigious Grammy Awards ballot. Finalists in the general-interest categories were unveiled Wednesday during a one-hour nominations special on CBS. “Need You Now” and the album of the same name were tabbed as finalists for Record, Song and Album of the Year, pitting Lady A against such pop, rock and rap acts as Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire. Miranda Lambert sang her snarky “Only Prettier” on the special, which also saw “The House That Built Me” gain a Song of the Year nomination for composers Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. As a result, two country titles — “Need You Now” and “House” — are among the five Song of the Year finalists, something that’s only happened seven times in the Grammys’ previous 52 years. Read More

Miranda Lambert Bakes Up a Party

When the Country Music Association handed out its awards three weeks ago, it was definitely Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s night. The couple picked up a total of five awards — Miranda got three, Blake nabbed two — and then Nashville’s music industry went off to hold a round of parties downtown and on Music Row. Blake certainly made his way to one of those parties: He was photographed with Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson at a Warner Bros. soiree. How did he and his fiancee them celebrate when they got away from the music industry? Read More