Carrie Underwood & Luke Bryan Among AMA Award Nominees

The nominees for the all-genre, fan-voted American Music Awards have been announced and Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan are tied for the most nominations for a country artist with two apiece. Carrie’s Blown Away and Luke’s Tailgates & Tanlines album are both up for Favorite Country Album along with Lionel Richie’s country collaboration Tuskegee. 2011 [...] Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 9 — Chely Wright Comes Out

There were plenty of skeptics when Chely Wright became the first star with a commercially successful history in country music to publicly announce she was gay. “She’s doing it to sell a book,” some said. “She’s doing it to sell an album.” “She’s trying to revive her career.” Her associates did, in fact, persuade Chely to wait until she had a product to hawk before she came out. But that didn’t change the fact that her decision to reveal her sexuality was a huge moment in country music and a huge personal moment for her. Chely’s public confession is the No. 9 entry in GAC’s countdown of country music’s dozen biggest stories of 2010. Read More

What’s Made Milwaukee Famous? Danny Gokey

Years ago, Schlitz used to hail itself as “the beer that made Milwaukee famous.” It even inspired a hit song, Jerry Lee Lewis’ “What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me).” Schlitz beer bit the dust, though it’s been revived in the last few years, and Danny Gokey has brought back a little attention to the city where Schlitz was brewed. In fact, “American Idol” decided to hold auditions there for its upcoming season specifically because of Danny’s history. Read More