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Jason Aldean Readies for 2012 Grammys Performance and a Long Celebration If He Wins

Jason Aldean made a clean sweep at December’s ACAs, taking home six trophies. This weekend, Aldean will head to Los Angeles to attend his first ever Grammys — where he is not only performing, but nominated in three of the country categories: Best Country Solo Performance for ‘Dirt Road Anthem,’ Best Country Duo/Group Performance for ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ (duet with Kelly Clarkson) and Album of the Year for ‘My Kinda Party.’

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Martina McBride Announces Plans for 2012 Spring Theater Tour

Martina McBride and fellow hitmaker and country legend George Strait have been going at it together on the road for their 2012 tour, hitting arenas across the country. And while McBride enjoys playing to the packed-out venues that can fit thousands upon thousands of fans, she has a little something different up her sleeve for this spring: a more intimate theater tour that she’ll be doing all on her own.

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Rascal Flatts Reveal Summer 2012 Tour Dates

With Rascal Flatts‘ new album ‘Changed‘ coming out on April 3, they’ve been teasing their summer tour for a while now, keeping fans guessing about the details as they drop descriptors like “spectacular” and “fresh.” The wait is finally over, as the trio announced that they will be traveling the country on American Band Tour beginning June 15 at Hartford, Conn.’s Comcast Theatre.

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Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley to Present at 2012 Grammys

With the 2012 Grammy Awards fast approaching, we’re learning more every day about who will take the iconic stage to host, perform, present and (hopefully) win. The Recording Academy announced today that Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are confirmed presenters for this year’s awards show. The two country stars will be joined by Drake and Gwyneth Paltrow, with more presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.

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2012 Country Throwdown Tour Lineup Announced

The Country Throwdown Tour, one of the biggest country tours of the year, just announced their 2012 lineup. While the star-studded run was fronted last year by its crowning jewel Willie Nelson, this year’s showcase will display the talents of Gary Allan, Justin Moore, Rodney Atkins, Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay and Sunny Sweeney.

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Taylor Swift and LL Cool J Co-Star in Ads for 2012 Grammys

Taylor Swift and rapper LL Cool J banter away in a trio of new spots promoting the upcoming 2012 Grammy Awards, which air on CBS on Feb. 12. Swift is set to perform, while LL has been tapped as the host. The duo have terrific comedic chemistry and timing in these cute, short and sweet ads.

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Keith Urban Snags Two CMAA Awards

There’s no question that Keith Urban is one of the most famous Australian country singers, well, ever. Therefore, it’s no big surprise that he snagged not one, but two awards at a Country Music Association of Australia event on Saturday, adding to his huge collection of accolades.

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Rascal Flatts Tease ‘Spectacular’ Summer 2012 Tour

Rascal Flatts hit the road with Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes this month for their Thaw Out Tour.  Even with all the mayhem of being on the road, the guys in the band say they’re excited about 2012, as this tour is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all they’ve got on the docket for this year. The trio will drop their eighth studio album, ‘Changed,’ on April 3, before embarking on a summer tour.

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Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney + More React to Nominations for 2012 ACM Awards

Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean were among those who racked up multiple nominations on Thursday morning (Jan. 26) when the Academy of Country Music announced their nominees for the 2012 ACM Awards.

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2012 ACM Awards Nominees Announced

The Academy of Country Music took a different approach to naming the nominations for the 2012 ACM Awards, inciting a first-time digital press conference via their Facebook page, as opposed to simply posting a list of hopefuls. With help from folks like Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, Nancy O’Dell of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ and more, the red carpet was rolled out for this year’s event.

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2012 ACM Awards New Artist of the Year Semi-Finalists Announced

Today the Academy of Country Music and Great American Country (GAC) unveiled the 2012 semi-finalists for the New Artist of the Year award, which consists of eight artists after the first round of professional voting. This year’s semi-finalist list includes Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square, JT Hodges, David Nail, Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore.

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Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean to Perform at 2012 Grammys

At last year’s Grammy Awards, it seemed like every other “and the Grammy goes to …” was followed by the name of a country artist. With Miranda Lambert‘s ‘The House That Built Me’ doing well and Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Need You Now’ taking the cake in two major categories, it was a star-studded night for country fans everywhere. As the Staples Center prepares to roll out that red carpet once again, the Recording Academy has just announced the first group of performers for the 2012 Grammys, and nominees Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean are on that list.

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