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Miranda Lambert Appearing on Shelter Pet Adoption Special Thanksgiving Night


Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert is one of the stars appearing on Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular Thanksgiving night. The special is designed to raise money for and awareness of shelter pets, and that's a cause very dear to Miranda's heart. She just opened a no-kill shelter, Redemption Ranch, in her hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.As for appearing on the Fox special, Miranda says, "I'm thankful for anybody that's willing to put something together to celebrate shelter pets. That's what I do."Pedigree is one of the show's sponsors, and Miranda has worked extensively with the dog food company to help get shelter pets adopted."Pedigree renovated 48 shelters this year and gave 500,000 pounds of food away, including pallets and pallets of it to my shelter," Miranda says. "So, when I'm not doing music, I'm doing something with animals. It's my other passion."Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank co-host Cause for Paws Thursday night on Fox. Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Kristen Bell, Fergie and Pink are among the other stars appearing on the special.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cole Swindell Says Performing on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade "Doesn't Even Se


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell usually heads back home to Georgia for Thanksgiving, but he's making an exception this year to sing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Cole grew up watching the parade every year, and he's having trouble processing that he'll actually be a part of the event on Thursday.He says, "That doesn’t even seem real. Especially from, you know, the folks where we're from, we've all watched that. Even New York is bigger than we've ever imagined."Cole expects he'll be getting a lot of texts and phone calls from friends and family back home that day."My family's gonna be gathered around and waching," Cole says. "It's gonna be fun."The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday morning on NBC. Dan + Shay will perform during the parade, too.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Navigates the Family Politics of Having a New Bab


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and wife, Kelli, will be spending their first Thanksgiving with their baby boy, Cash, this week. Of course, everyone else in Dave and Kelli's family wants to see Cash on Thanksgiving, too. Dave isn't getting into the what he jokingly calls the "dirty politics" of visiting his family over Kelli's family this holiday season though.He says, "I think for the holidays this year, it's just gonna be about, 'What's the most amount of family we can get him around.' Everybody wants to see him."Dave and Kelli have come up with a great solution to give Cash the most family time possible on Turkey Day."I think we're gonna, obviously, entertain everybody coming to Nashville and being with us probably more than us traveling too much during the holidays," Dave says.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Spends Second Week at #1 on Country Albums Chart with "Man Against


Image Courtesy RCA/PearlGarth Brooks spends a second week at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Man Against Machine. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the project moved 62,000 copies to come in at #5 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart.Man Against Machine is available in physical form at all retailers, but you can get it digitally only at Garth's GhostTunes.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Hunt Bringing His Band and Crew Home to Georgia for Thanksgiving


Image Courtesy MCA Nashville/McClisterSam Hunt has a show in Florida the day after Thanksgiving, so he's bringing his entire band and crew home to Georgia to celebrate Turkey Day. It's no problem since Sam's hometown is on the way from Nashville to Florida.He says, "[We] get together with my dad’s folks for lunch and then my mom’s folks for dinner.  I’m gonna bring the guys down, and they’re just gonna be part of the family."Sam plays Tallahassee, Florida, Friday night prior to the Florida-Florida State game on Saturday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Thankful for the 1.7 Million Fans Who Came to See Him This Year


Image Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/ABCWhen Luke Bryan sits down to Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, he'll definitely be thinking about the 1.7 million fans who came to see him in concert this year.Luke tells ABC New Radio, "I'm thankful for just another year in this business where I felt a lot of love from a lot of people, a lot of fans. We went out and worked our butt off this year and stayed safe and stayed healthy."All that hard work ended up securing a CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy for Luke earlier this month.He adds, "I feel like we still moved the needle a little bit and really made some things happen out there."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Carrie Underwood's Pregnancy Leads Her to Get Serious About Celebrating the Holi


Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryCarrie Underwood and her husband, Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher, won't get to spend all of Thanksgiving Day together since he has a game that night."Our Thanksgivings and actually our holidays are kind of a mess, to be honest, because our plans revolve around mainly his hockey schedule," Carrie admits.Now that they're expecting their first child, Carrie is committed to really celebrating holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, though.She says, "I told him this year, I was like, 'I'm really tired of skipping holidays.' I feel like, especially now, we need to make it more of an effort to, no matter what situation or what hand we're dealt, you know, make that special."Carrie is making the best of the situation this Thanksgiving and inviting a few of her "misfit friends" over for a big meal."I guess we'll be watching Mike on TV as we're eating our stuffing and pumpkin pie and things like that," Carrie says. "But he can come join us afterwards. So, I think that's -- we're just gonna make it special one way or another."Look for Carrie to perform her new song, "All Is Well," with Gospel artist Michael W. Smith on the CMA Country Christmas special this Monday night at 8 ET on ABC.  The duet appears on Michael's new holiday album, The Spirit of Christmas, on sale now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman Wants You to Help Lend a Ham to Those in Ne


Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman has teamed up with Smithfield Brand meats for their Lend a Ham campaign this holiday season.Every time someone tweets @SmithfieldBrand or posts on their Facebook wall using the hashtag #LendAHam, the company will donate one serving of protein to a food bank, up to one million servings.To launch the campaign, Kimberly went undercover at a grocery store to hand out $100 gift cards to unsuspecting customers. Highlights from Kimberly's giveaway are now featured in a new YouTube video.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Joe Nichols Gets a Surprise Visit from Randy Travis at Ft. Worth Concert


Image Courtesy BJ Yeager/Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols got a surprise visit from Randy Travis over the weekend. Randy attended Joe's show at Billy Bob's Texas Saturday night in Ft. Worth, Texas. The two shared some barbecue, and Joe honored the country legend with an acoustic performance of Randy's song "Promises."Joe and Randy sang a duet of "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum" in tribute to the late George Jones on Randy's 2013 album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Randy hasn't made many public appearances since suffering a stroke and undergoing heart surgery last year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Sara Evans Debuts Explosive New Video for "Put My Heart Down"


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans doesn't have any co-stars in her new video for "Put My Heart Down." The clip features Sara alone in Nashville's Riverside Mansion, surrounded by hundreds of lights, which are meant to signify the light coming on in her head that this relationship is over. Eventually, the lights explode, something Sara feels demonstrates the song's sad lyrics and happy melody.She says, "You have such beautiful and pretty scenes with the soft lighting and beautiful mansion, contradicted by the exploding bulbs.  I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.”Sara premiered the video for "Put My Heart Down" exclusively at RollingStone.com. It's the latest single from her current album, Slow Me Down. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Big & Rich Playing AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show December 29 in Memphis


Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich will perform at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis December 29. They'll also headline the President's Gala Dinner Dance at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis on December 28.Big & Rich will also receive the Liberty Bowl's Outstanding Achievement Award at the dinner recognizing their achievements in the music world. Previous recipients include Clint Black, Alabama and Little Richard.For more information on the game, go to AutoZoneLibertyBowl.org. It airs on ESPN December 29 at 2 p.m. ET.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Canceling This Week's TV Appearances in Wake of Unrest in Ferguson,


Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is rescheduling as many TV appearances as possible this week, due to the riots in Ferguson, MO.  This includes his planned appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael Tuesday, a Thursday night appearance on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and a Friday morning appearance on NBC's Today. Garth is also slated to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which tapes in Los Angeles, on Tuesday afternoon. He taped that appearance Monday before the grand jury's decision was announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on murder charges in the death of Michael Brown.Garth sent an email to fans Tuesday, saying, "We landed in New York last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another...g"We'll keep you posted on Garth's confirmed cancellations and rescheduled appearances.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Randy Houser Surprises Military Family with VIP Trip to His Upcoming Tucson Conc


Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser was the bearer of really good news for one military concert during a backstage visit at his show in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday night. Air Force Staff Sergeant Christopher Solso and his wife, Clare, were surprised with a meet-and-greet with Randy, who presented them with a voucher for a year of free groceries on behalf of Eckrich meats' Operation Inspiration campaign and Operation HomeFront.Randy will also host the Solso family for a VIP trip to his December 14 concert in Tucson, Arizona. The husband and wife will tour the film studio in Tucson where Randy shot his latest video, "Like a Cowboy," before seeing Randy's show that night at the city's Fox Theater.Randy says, "Being a part of Operation Inspiration and getting to meet with military families like Christopher and Clare Solso is such an honor. I am proud to have been a part of this surprise and can’t wait to see them again in December."For more information on Operation Inspiration, go to Facebook.com/EckrichMeats.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Randy House Surprises Military Family with VIP Trip to His Upcoming Tucson Conce


Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser was the bearer of really good news for one military concert during a backstage visit at his show in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday night. Air Force Staff Sergeant Christopher Solso and his wife, Clare, were surprised with a meet-and-greet with Randy, who presented them with a voucher for a year of free groceries on behalf of Eckrich meats' Operation Inspiration campaign and Operation HomeFront.Randy will also host the Solso family for a VIP trip to his December 14 concert in Tucson, Arizona. The husband and wife will tour the film studio in Tucson where Randy shot his latest video, "Like a Cowboy," before seeing Randy's show that night at the city's Fox Theater.Randy says, "Being a part of Operation Inspiration and getting to meet with military families like Christopher and Clare Solso is such an honor. I am proud to have been a part of this surprise and can’t wait to see them again in December."For more information on Operation Inspiration, go to Facebook.com/EckrichMeats.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum Playing College Football National Championship Co


Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Lady Antebellum will perform on CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. The show airs Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET from Dallas, in connection with the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.  That's set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will also perform on the 90-minute special. More acts will be announced soon.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Little Big Town Strikes Gold with Latest #1 Hit, "Day Drinking"


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has scored another chart topper with their latest single, "Day Drinking," the lead single from their new album, Pain Killer. It's the first time the group's Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook have been co-writers on a #1 hit.Jimi says, "This feeling will never get old. Thank you so much to the fans and country radio for making our first song from Pain Killer such a success.""Day Drinking" has also been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams. The next single from Pain Killer is "Girl Crush." Listen for that track to hit the airwaves December 15.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brantley Gilbert Tying the Knot with Fiancée, Amber Cochran, in June 2015


Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert will tie the knot with his fiancée, Georgia school teacher Amber Cochran, at the end of June 2015. He revealed the date backstage at the American Music Awards Sunday night after winning Country Album of the Year for Just as I Am. Brantley and Amber met 10 years ago, and were together for five years before splitting up. They reconnected after Brantley got sober.He says, "I had some things going on in my life that she wasn't really willing to be a part of. I understand that completely now, and I'm so, so thankful that that was the way it was."Brantley has said Amber inspired several of his hit songs, including "More than Miles." Amber was with Brantley at the AMAs Sunday night.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Maddie & Tae Confess They're Frugal, Domestic, Neat Freaks


New duo Maddie & Tae might take aim at some of the cliches about women in country music in their first top five hit, but the pair confess they are much more put together than any “Girl in a Country Song.” Furthermore, the duo is well-matched, since they’re both neat freaks.“On the road, oh my gosh, it's so awesome,” Maddie says.  “We both have our toiletry bag and then we've got our sections of PJs and jeans and…  it's just really nice to not have clutter everywhere… We're both kind of weird in that. We love, like, to be organized.”Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupIt seems the term “domestic goddess” might also apply to the two.“I like to cook. It's one of my escapes. Like, working out, cooking, and this is weird, but cleaning really helps, too,” Maddie confesses. “Oh, cleaning. Organizing my closet is therapy,” Tae chimes in. “Like color-coordinating my clothes. Love it.”And if you suspect that might mean they have expensive tastes, you’d be wrong.“We're both, like, really frugal and kind of bargain Betties. I got, like, a bunch of my clothes, that either I just don't wear or don't fit or whatever. And I went and sold them and made, like, 20 bucks,” Maddie brags.So far, “Girl in a Country” song has been certified gold, selling half a million digital downloads.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Named Favorite Male Country Artist at 2014 American Music Awards


ABCLuke Bryan was named Favorite Male Country Artist at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist and Florida Georgia Line took home the trophy for Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country.Brantley Gilbert won for Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am.The only country music performance came via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina.  Garth Brooks was shown onstage live performing his new song "People Loving People."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Josh Turner Adapts and Bends as He's Finishing His Sixth Album


George HolzBy the time his new single “Lay Low” started climbing the charts several weeks ago, Josh Turner already had more than ten years of chart success under his belt. The 37-year-old believes he owes at least part of his good fortune to those who came before him.“I feel like you can learn a lot from artists who have had a really long career and that have had a lot of longevity,” he says. “The reason they've had that longevity is that they're willing to adapt and bend a little bit here and there, but at the same time, continue to make their music.”Josh admits he’s been doing some bending and adapting himself, as he’s finishing up his forthcoming sixth studio album.“Good music takes on a lot of different forms. So, I definitely pay attention to that and with Nashville and country radio being so song-driven, you know, I try to really just make sure that the songwriting and the pitch meetings and the listening and all that kind of stuff is a priority.”Right now, Josh is already road-testing  four of the new tunes from the new CD, due out next year.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Takes on Beyonce and One Direction at the 2014 AMAs


Image Courtesy ABCWithout a doubt, Luke Bryan is the country torchbearer at this year's American Music Awards, as the only artist from the genre nominated in the all-inclusive Artist of the Year category. Luke confesses it's a little hard to believe he's up against the likes of Beyonce and One Direction."Anytime I'm in the room with all of music, I get really, really inspired. I'm very flattered. I always think about representing country music in the best way I know," he says. "I just love being in that room. It's always fun going out to the AMAs and seeing all of the talent in the room. And knowing that this year I'm nominated in the category of overall artist is really, really hard for me to wrap my head around. It's amazing."Even though he's also competing against Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton for Favorite Male Artist in the country category, Luke vows he won't let the pressure get to him."I just wanna go out there and enjoy it. I love meeting all of the people in all of music. At the end of the day, I think we're all in there to make the art of music better. Hopefully, I can represent Nashville."On the female side, Carrie Underwood squares off against Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves for Favorite Female Artist - Country. Carrie says the fan-voted awards remind her of the beginning of her career."I'm excited to be nominated for an AMA. I see every day on my Twitter feed, people have been retweeting and doing all that stuff, which is really cool. They've always had my back, and seeing their enthusiasm about voting for me is something that is really cool because that's how I got here in the first place with American Idol," she remembers. "So, it makes me feel good to know that there are still people out there that are voting their fingers off."Whether or not Florida Georgia Line is able to wrestle the country Band, Duo or Group trophy from Lady Antebellum and Eli Young Band, Tyler Hubbard thinks it's just fun to get to rub elbows with artists from other kinds of music."It's a huge honor, to be honest, to be a country artist and then to be able to be at an all-genre awards show feels great.  It's definitely humbling, and so it's cool," he says. "And we're excited. You get to see a lot of cool people and meet a lot of nice people and see a lot of different, basically, music cultures. It's neat for us, you know. "Garth Brooks, who's up for country's Favorite Album, is set to perform on the show, while his fellow nominee Brantley Gilbert will help hand out one of the trophies. You can find out who wins Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.The nominees in the country categories for the 2014 American Music Awards are:Favorite Male Artist -- Country Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Blake Shelton Favorite Female Artist -- Country Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country   Eli Young Band Florida Georgia Line Lady Antebellum Favorite Album -- Country Garth Brooks, Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences Eric Church, The Outsiders Brantley Gilbert, Just as I AmFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

LBT's Kimberly Schlapman Wants You to Lend a Ham This Holiday Season


Sandbox EntertainmentThis holiday season, Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town wants you to lend a ham. The play on words is part of a campaign to inspire folks to donate food to feed hungry families."I'm excited to join Smithfield in their effort to lend a ham to those in need this season," Kimberly says with a wink. "Since I was a little girl, Smithfield has always been a part of my family's holiday tradition, and to now have the opportunity to help provide that to someone in need means the world to me."For every act of kindness posted on Twitter or the Smithfield Facebook page with the hashtag #LendAHam, the company will donate a serving of protein to a local food bank. Kimberly also teamed up with Smithfield to surprise Thanksgiving shoppers with $100 gift cards, in hopes of inspiring them to do good deeds themselves. You can see the video that captures Kimberly going undercover as a grocery cashier on YouTube.The campaign goes through Christmas Eve, with Smithfield planning to donate up to a million servings to help feed the hungry this holiday season.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Trisha Yearwood and Lady A Go Viral for No Shave November


Image Courtesy Vector ManagementTrisha Yearwood and Lady Antebellum are going viral for No Shave November. Typically, for the campaign, men grow beards and mustaches to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But when Trisha heard about a female friend in the business who vowed not to shave her legs for the month, she decided to help her out, taping a YouTube video that changed the words of her first hit to “She’s Got Leg Hair Like a Boy.”Then, Lady A got in on the act, with a little help from Meghan Trainor. The trio changed the lyrics of “All About That Bass” to “I’m all about that beard, no stubble.” So far, Team Lady Antebellum has more than tripled its $1,000 fundraising goal, with more than a week still left in the month. Meanwhile, Trisha’s friend has raised nearly thirteen times her $100 goal.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lee Ann Womack Adds Steel Guitar to Thanksgiving Day Performance of National Ant


Courtesy Sugar Hill RecordsTexas native Lee Ann Womack will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game, and she’s got something unusual planned -- steel guitarist Paul Franklin will accompany her.“When I was asked, I didn’t just want to go and sing, I wanted to really invest this performance of our national anthem with something that makes us all reconsider what the song is expressing,” she says. “If you’ve ever heard... or really listened to Paul’s musicianship and the emotions he brings out... I think having him play opens up so many aspects of what Francis Scott Key was celebrating when he wrote that.”Lee Ann’s first CD in seven years, The Way I’m Livin’, came out this fall. Paul Franklin’s collaboration with Vince Gill called Bakersfield was recently nominated for a Grammy.You can watch Lee Ann and Paul perform at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX, before the Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Miranda Lambert Raises $66,000 for Rescue Dogs


Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert’s custom Ram Laramie Longhorn truck helped raise nearly $66,000 for her MuttNation Foundation. The truck itself netted just shy of $55,000 in an online auction, with the remaining $11,000 coming from signed guitars, CD’s and 2015 concert tickets.“I’m happy to see everyone come together to raise so much money for MuttNation Foundation, which is so close to my heart,” Miranda says. “I appreciate Ram for donating the truck to me to auction off and for making this all possible. So many dogs will have happier holidays and lives thanks to this generosity.”In the past seven years, Miranda’s charity has raised more than two million dollars to help make life better for animals. So far, Miranda herself has adopted seven dogs. Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ty Herndon Comes Out to "Entertainment Tonight"


Valeisha Kelly-PedigoAfter years of speculation about his sexuality, Ty Herndon officially went on the record, acknowledging that he's gay in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. "I went to great lengths to cover up that fact to be a country star," Ty says, "and today I get to tell the world that I'm an out, proud and happy gay man."“I have an awesome relationship that I’ve been in for a good number of years,” he says, “[I] love him very much and he loves me.” Ty even went on to say he hopes a proposal from his partner of five years might follow his public revelation.Rumors about his orientation date back to a 1995 incident where an undercover male police officer accused the country singer of exposing himself in a park. Ty says he doesn’t remember much about the episode.“I wish I had really great recall or memory about that. I think I had been up for like six days doing drugs. The night and the day was really a huge blur for me,” he recalls.Ty also reveals that both his wives knew about his homosexuality. “I had a lot of people around me that I trusted at a time and I was like, ‘Hey, you know this about me but the world doesn’t. So I’m gonna need to call on your services for a little while.' It was unfortunate that I had to do that, but I felt that’s what I had to do to have my career.”In the nineties, Ty scored three number ones with “It Must Be Love,” “Living in a Moment” and “What Mattered Most.” His last top 40 country hit was 2001’s “Heather’s Wall,” which went to number 37.The 52-year-old says this month’s CMA Awards give him hope that country music is becoming more accepting of the LGBT community. “Kacey Musgraves won Song of the Year for “'Follow Your Arrow'…and two amazing songwriters that happened to be gay wrote that song.” His most recent CD is 2013’s Lies I Told Myself.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Grammy Foundation Offers Fans Chance to Get Closer to Miranda, Carrie & Taylor


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleIf you’d like to get up close and personal with Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift or The Band Perry, now is your chance. You can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences with the superstars from now through December 10 at CharityBuzz.com.Carrie will treat the winner of her package to a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry before her concert, while Taylor’s top bidder will be invited to the pre-show party. A one-on-one Skype session with Hunter Hayes is also up for grabs.The second annual holiday auction helps the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares pay for educational programs and help members of the music community who’ve fallen on hard times.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio