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Feb052013

Gloriana to Perform on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Friday, February 15

Warner/EmblemGloriana has lined up an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, February 15.  They're set to perform their latest single, "Can't Shake You," which is featured on Gloriana's latest album A Thousand Miles Left Behind.  That project has already produced the gold-selling single "(Kissed You) Good Night."

On the touring front, Gloriana opens two shows for Alan Jackson this weekend.  Check out Gloriana.com for a full list of dates.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Dave Grohl Serving as Guest Host for "Chelsea Lately"

Didier Messens/RedfernsTwo months ago, Dave Grohl filled in as guest host of Chelsea Handler's E! talk show, Chelsea Lately.  It appears that the Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer enjoyed the experience, because he's now spending most of the week sitting in Handler's chair.

Grohl kicked things off on Monday night by interviewing Rick Springfield, who appeared in his recently released Sound City documentaryFor the rest of the week, he'll be chatting with rapper Nas on Tuesday, pop-rock icon Elton John on Wednesday and Tenacious D on Thursday.

As previosuly reported, Grohl has scheduled a New York City concert for his Sound City Players, a supergroup comprised of some of the artists featured in his Sound City documentary.  That show will take place on February 13 at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Accompanying Grohl will be Springfield, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, all the other members of the Foo Fighters, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Fear frontman Lee Ving and Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, among others.

More dates for Grohl's Sound City Players will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Star-Packed Levon Helm Tribute Concert Being Released in Various Audio, Video Formats Next Month

Time Life EntertainmentA variety of audio and video packages featuring performances from Love for Levon, last year's star-studded tribute concert for late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm, will be released on March 19, according to Billboard.com.  The show, which took place October 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, boasted an impressive lineup that included Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Joe Walsh, Band keyboardist Garth Hudson, Hot Tuna/ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, gospel/soul great Mavis Staples and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, among many others.

The concert also featured a rotating cast of musicians, including members of The Levon Helm Band, that served as the backing group for the various performances.

Like the show itself, the audio and video collections will raise money to help the Helm family maintain Levon's barn studio and performance space in Woodstock, New York, which has continued to host the ongoing series of concerts called the Midnight Ramble Sessions.

Love for Levon will be available as a two-CD set as well as in DVD and Blu-ray editions.  There will also be CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray combo packs in addition to digital audio and video format editions. The video editions will contain bonus footage, including interviews with many of the participating artists.

In advance of the release of Love for Levon, a high-definition version of the concert film will premiere on AXS-TV on February 17.  The video also will be shown on PBS stations during the network's spring pledge drive.

Here is the complete set list of the Love for Levon concert, according to Billboard.com:

Set 1:

"The Shape I'm In" -- Warren Haynes with the All Star Band and Rami Jaffee
"Long Black Veil" -- Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes with the All Star Band
"Trouble in Mind" -- Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff with Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, Byron Isaacs and Jaimoe
"This Wheel's on Fire" -- The Levon Helm Band with Shawn Pelton
"Little Birds" -- Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs and Teresa Williams
"Listening to Levon" -- Marc Cohn with the Levon Helm Band and Greg Leisz
"Move Along Train" -- Mavis Staples with the Levon Helm Band
"Life Is a Carnival" -- Allen Toussaint with the Levon Helm Band and Jaimoe
"When I Paint My Masterpiece" -- John Prine and Garth Hudson with the Levon Helm Band and Joan Osborne
"Anna Lee" -- Bruce Hornsby with Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Teresa Williams
"Ain't Got No Home" -- Jakob Dylan with the All Star Band and Rami Jaffee
"Whispering Pines" -- Lucinda Williams with the All Star Band and Rami Jaffee
"Rag Mama Rag" -- John Hiatt with the All Star Band and Mike Gordon

Set 2:

"Don't Do It" -- David Bromberg and Joan Osborne with the All Star Band
"I Shall Be Released" -- Grace Potter with Don Was and Matt Burr
"Tears of Rage" -- Ray LaMontagne and John Mayer with the All Star Band
"Rockin' Chair" -- Dierks Bentley with the All Star Band, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall
"Chest Fever" -- Dierks Bentley and Garth Hudson with the All Star Band, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall
"A Train Robbery" -- Eric Church with the All Star Band
"Get Up Jake" -- Eric Church with the All Star Band
"Tennessee Jed" -- John Mayer with the All Star Band and Steve Jordan
"Up on Cripple Creek" -- Joe Walsh and Robert Randolph with the All Star Band
"Ophelia" -- My Morning Jacket
"It Makes No Difference" -- My Morning Jacket
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" -- Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket and G.E. Smith
"Wide River to Cross" -- Roger Waters and G.E. Smith with the All Star Band
Encore: "The Weight" -- All performers

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Tuesday
Feb052013

D'Angelo to Perform at Prince Tribute Concert

Collexxx - Lex van Rossen/RedfernsD'Angelo has been added to the lineup of next month's Music of Prince benefit concert, taking place at New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 7.  The special tribute show will also feature Bilal, along with previously announced performers, including Talib Kweli

They'll all take the stage with house band The Roots during the star-studded event.  Proceeds from the benefit will fund music education programs for underprivileged youth.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Morrissey Postpones Two More Tour Dates Due to Bleeding Ulcer

Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesMorrissey isn’t ready to return to the stage just yet.  Reps for the former Smiths frontman have posted a message on the singer's Facebook page to announce that the singer has scrapped two more dates on his North American tour so he can receive treatment for gastrointestinal ailments.

“Due to doctor’s orders, the upcoming engagements with Morrissey in Las Vegas on Sat Feb 9 and in Phoenix on Sun Feb 10 will need to be rescheduled,” reads the post.  “Morrissey is currently undergoing treatment for a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus. The tour will resume as scheduled in El Paso at Tricky Falls on Feb 12.”

Barrett’s esophagus is a complication of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease which causes heartburn.

Rescheduled dates for the canceled concerts will all be announced in the next few days.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Hunter Hayes Making Media Rounds Leading Up to Sunday's Grammy Awards

AtlanticHunter Hayes has begun a media blitz in the days leading up to this Sunday's Grammy Awards.  Look for him to perform on ABC's The View Wednesday followed by another performance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday.  Hunter is also slated to appear on Access Hollywood Live to discuss his three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist.

Look for Hunter to pop up on the Grammy Awards telecast Sunday night at starting at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend to Perform at Sasquatch! Music Festival

Glassnote RecordsThe producers of the annual Sasquatch! Music Festival have assembled a stellar lineup of artists for their twelfth installment.  Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service and Vampire Weekend will perform at  the event, which will be held from May 24-27 at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. Other artists appearing at the fest include Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Arctic Monkeys, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, CAKE and Primus, plus more.

Tickets for the event will go on sale on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.  To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to SasquatchFestival.com.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Gloria Estefan's Life & Music Inspire a Broadway Show

PRNewsFoto/Nederlander Org./Jesus CarrerGloria Estefan's life sometimes seems like a fairy tale, but some people think it resembles a Broadway musical.  Gloria and her husband Emilio have announced that they've teamed with a top theatrical production company to develop a show inspired by their music and their lives.

The musical will tell the couple's story from their journey from Cuba to the top of the charts worldwide.  It's not clear if the hit songs featured in the musical will be sung by a character playing Gloria herself, as she goes from unknown to superstar, or whether the songs will drive a separate narrative, as in shows like Mamma Mia! or Rock of Ages.

In a statement, Gloria and Emilio said, "We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality."

They add, "Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that has brought us to where we are today.  Our cultural roots, our life-defining challenges and the rewards that come with believing in yourself and striving for that which you believe in wholeheartedly, will be the foundation for this theatrical production."

The couple says that putting their story on stage will allow them to "inspire generations to come."

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Jason Mraz Debuts New Video Written by...You

Justin Ruhl/Atlantic RecordsA while back, Jason Mraz sponsored a Twitter contest in which he asked fans to tweet him with the answer to this question: "What does 'The Woman I Love' mean to you?"  Now, Jason has taken the answers he's received -- more than 10,000 -- and used them to create his new video for his song of the same name.

The video for "The Woman I Love," which is now online, basically consists of shots of a woman doing various things throughout her day intercut with footage of Jason singing.  But what she's doing, and the situations we see her in, actually were  inspired by the tweets Jason received.  Those whose tweets were used get credit in the video, with shots of their tweets popping up on screen.  For example, when the woman is shown planting a flower, we see a tweet from the fan who wrote that to her, "The Woman I Love" means "a flower planted, watered and growing."

At the end of the clip, there are shots of papers and photographs scattered around, all emblazoned with additional Twitter handles of fans who contributed ideas.

As a special Valentine's Day promotion, for the next two weeks you can purchase "The Woman I Love" at your favorite digital music store as a two-track single that includes both the song and the video.

"The Woman I Love" is from Jason's current album Love Is a Four Letter Word, which has produced the five-million-selling hit "I Won't Give Up."

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Blake Shelton Guest Starring as Reba's Brother on "Malibu Country"

Warner Music NashvilleReba appeared on Blake Shelton's Christmas special last year, and now he's returning the favor by guest starring on Reba's sitcom Malibu Country.  According to the Huffington Post, Blake will play Reba's brother on the ABC show's March 1 episode.

Reba has been making the TV rounds this week promoting Malibu Country.  Look for her on Live! with Kelly & Michael and Katie on Wednesday.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Tim McGraw Goes Commando on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Greenroom PRTim McGraw talked about his decision to quit drinking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, but he got even more personal when discussing his underwear, or lack thereof.  Tim was spotted wearing his Ellen underwear while on a jog in an impromptu picture with a fan, but he admitted he wasn't wearing any underwear at all while sitting across from Ellen on the set.

He said, "These pants were too tight to put underwear on.  Now I've really embarrassed my daughters."

Ellen shot back, "Well, you look good."

After that exchange, Ellen presented Tim with a whole collection of Ellen underwear.  Tim was on the show to promote his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom, now in stores.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Chris Brown Accused of Submitting Bogus Community Service Docs

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department won't file charges against Chris Brown in his reported brawl with Frank Ocean, based on Frank's decision not to go forward with the case.  But Chris is still facing major legal drama, namely the accusation that he violated his probation by submitting bogus community service records in connection with his sentence for assaulting Rihanna in 2009.

Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Chris tells ABC News affiliate KABC-TV, however, that "Chris didn’t violate anything."  Geragos goes on to say that the L.A. County District Attorney's office "should be ashamed of themselves they besmirched the reputation of Chris Brown based on no evidence."

Chris has been order to appear at a probation violation hearing in Los Angeles Wednesday at 2 p.m. PT.

Chris, by prior agreement, has been completing his community service obligation in his home state of Virgina, but the L.A. County District Attorney claims in legal documents, posted by the Los Angeles Times, that Chris may have faked his community service work, and that documentation of his hours were "at best sloppy, and at worst fraudulent reporting."

The D.A. is calling for Chris to fulfill his obligation by doing work in Los Angeles County. 

In one instance, the D.A. alleges,  Chris claimed to have picked up trash in Virginia but airline records show that instead, he was actually aboard a private jet headed to Cancun.  But Geragos refutes that, arguing that his client "was not on a plane to Cancun."

In another case, the documents claim, Chris supposedly completed more than the required 180 days of community service, in part by doing odd jobs around Virginia's Tappahannock Children's Center, a facility where his mom once was a director.  He reported painting, washing windows and more at the center, but the D.A.'s motion reveals that the Virginia probation officer assigned to Chris told investigators that no one from his department supervised, monitored or verified Brown's work.

But Chris' lawyer says that Richmond Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood supervised all of Chris' community service, including spot checking at the children's center.  Geragos says Chris was always found doing his work.

As for the D.A.'s office, Chris' lawyer says, "They are absolutely wrong and they know it."

In addition to citing issues with Chris' community service documentation, the D.A. is also calling attention to other possible probation violations by Brown, including the time witnesses say he tossed a chair through the window following a Good Morning America interview.  He also tested positive for marijuana, was accused of swiping a fan's phone in Miami and failed to obtain a travel permit, according to the documents.

Of course, Chris' run-in with Frank Ocean is also an issue.  And with a TMZ report that Frank told police he was called a "f**got" during the altercation, it's unlikely that the controversy will go away anytime soon.  The D.A.'s report also says that Chris threatened to shoot Frank during the incident.

Amid all this drama, Chris let off some steam Tuesday on his Instagram account, which is now private. According to E! News, he composed a long post in which he wrote, "Im wise I can handle the hate but enough is enough yo!! Yes it bothers me but its not my main focus! My music is..."

Chris continued, "Im a human being and I honestly think I deserve respect im sick of being accused...Im Tired yall just dont understand Ive been going through this s*** since I was 19 years old..you cant sit here and tell me to calm down, when am I gonna get a positive outcome out of anything I do?"

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Janis Ian Among Stars to Present Awards During Grammy Pre-Telecast Ceremony on Sunday

Photo: Peter CunninghamJanis Ian is among the notable artists who will serve as presenters during this year's Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will take place this Sunday at 1 p.m. PT at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  About 70 Grammy trophies will be handed out during the event, which will be streamed live at Grammy.com/Live and CBS.com.

The show, which is expected to last two-and-a-half hours, also will feature a number of performances, including one by famed South African trumpet player Hugh Masekela.  Both Ian and Masekela are among this year's nominees -- the former garnering a Best Spoken Word Album nod for Society's Child: My Autobiography, and the latter receiving a nomination in the Best World Music Album category for Jabulani.

If you aren't able to watch the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony live, the event will be viewable on demand for 30 days at Grammy.com.  As previously reported, CBS will broadcast the 55th Annual Grammy Awards from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

U2's Bono Joins Advisory Board of Hurricane Sandy Relief Organization

Franck Prevel/Getty ImagesU2 singer Bono has become a member of the Honorary Advisory Board for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.  New Jersey's first lady, Mary Pat Christie, announced on Tuesday that the famed rocker and humanitarian, along with NBC newsman Brian Williams, had joined the nonprofit organization's board.  Celebrities already serving on the charity's advisory board include Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

"It's an honor to be asked to support the governor [Chris Christie] and first lady in this ongoing effort," says Bono in a statement.  "New Jersey is always a highlight of any U2 tour.  What's inspiring about the New Jersey relief effort are not the names on the Board, which I'm humbled to serve with, but the volunteers who have rallied all over the state, in fact all over the tri-state area."

Mary Pat Christie launched the relief fund just four days after the devastating hurricane struck the northeastern U.S. this fall.  So far, it has raised more than $32 million dollars to help rebuild the damaged area.

"We are thrilled that Bono and Brian have lent their names to assist New Jersey families in rebuilding their lives and overcoming the most destructive storm in our state's history," says Mrs. Christie, who is the chair of the fund. "The dollars we have raised will support organizations on the front lines of the recovery effort and address the unmet needs of New Jersey communities."

To find out more about the charity, visit SandyNJReliefFund.org.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Solange, Azealia Banks to Perform at Sasquatch! Music Festival

Danielle Levitt/Rollacoaster magazineThe producers of the annual Sasquatch! Music Festival have assembled a stellar lineup of artists for their twelfth installment.  Solange and Azealia Banks, will perform at the event, which will be held from May 24-27 at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. Other artists appearing at the fest include Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt, plus more.

Tickets for the event will go on sale on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.  To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to SasquatchFestival.com.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Dave Grohl Serves as Guest Host for "Chelsea Lately"

Didier Messens/RedfernsTwo months ago, Dave Grohl filled-in as guest host of Chelsea Handler’s E! talk show, Chelsea Lately.  It appears that the Foo Fighters frontman enjoyed the experience, because he’s now spending most of the week sitting in Handler’s chair.

Grohl kicked things off on Monday night by interviewing Rick Springfield, who appeared in his recently released Sound City documentaryFor the rest of the week, he'll be chatting with rapper Nas on Tuesday, pop icon Elton John on Wednesday and Tenacious D on Thursday.

In other Grohl news, the singer has scheduled a New York City concert for his Sound City Players, a band comprised of some of the artists who appear in his Sound City documentary.  That show will take place on February 13 at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Accompanying Grohl will be all the members of the Foo Fighters, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Fear frontman Lee Ving, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, John Fogerty, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield and producer Chris Goss.

More dates for Grohl’s Sound City Players will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Phoenix Reveals First Round of North American Tour Dates

Hedi SlimanePhoenix has just scheduled a number U.S. tour dates on the West Coast leading up to their headlining appearance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  The trek kicks off on March 28 at the QE Theatre in Vancouver, BC and will make stops in Seattle; Portland, OR; Tucson, AZ and Las Vegas, among other cities.

Pre-sale tickets for all the dates will be available on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET via the band’s official website.  Remaining tickets will be offered to the general public on Friday.  More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Here are the tour dates:

3/28 -- Vancouver, BC, QE Theatre
3/29 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
3/30 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
4/2 -- Davis, CA, Freeborn Hall
4/8 -- Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theater
4/9 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
4/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cosmopolitan Pool
4/13 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
4/20 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
5/11 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Britney Spears Vegas Deal Is a Go, Says Her Manager

Facebook.com/BritneySpearsShe hinted at it via Twitter the other day, and now Britney Spears' manager is confirming that the singer will, indeed, have a Las Vegas residency.

Britney's manager Larry Rudolph tells the TV show Extra that there are two casinos vying for Britney's show, one of which is part of Caesars Entertainment Group, and the deal will be complete when her team decides which one to go with. According to Rudolph, we can expect an announcement in the next few weeks.

Oddly, a few days ago, a spokesperson from Caesars Entertainment told Buzzfeed that the company was "not currently in talks" with Britney.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

Taylor Swift Opening Sunday Night's Grammy Awards

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift has landed the coveted opening performance spot on Sunday night's 55th Annual Grammy Awards, where she's up for three awards including Record of the Year for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

Taylor's Grammy appearance comes on the heels of her performances at awards shows in France and Spain just last week. She's also preparing for the launch of her Red tour next month.  In the midst of this crazy schedule, Taylor relies on her friends to keep her grounded.

"My friends don’t treat me like anything different than who I am," Taylor says, "which is their friend who goes through things the same way that they do, and vents the same way, gets off of work and calls them and it’s like, 'We’ve got to get together.  I have to tell you about this.'"

Granted, some of Taylor's girlfriends are celebrities, like Selena Gomez or Dianna Agron from Glee.  She also maintains relationships with other pals who are in college right now or pursuing jobs outside the music industry.

Taylor says of her friends, "It doesn’t really matter what they do with their life.  We’re probably just gonna talk about boys and feelings anyway."

Of course, Taylor turns those conversations about boys and feelings into multi-platinum hits.  Her latest album, Red, has been certified quadruple platinum for sales of four million copies, and it's moved 5.4 million copies globally.

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Tuesday
Feb052013

ACM Awards Nominees to Be Announced Via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube Wednesday, February 13

ACMThe nominees for the 48th Annual ACM Awards will be announced Wednesday, February 13 through the Academy of Country Music's Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Ryan Seacrest, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs and a few surprise guests will read the nominations list in YouTube videos posted that morning on Twitter.com/ACMAwards and Facebook.com/AcademyofCountryMusic starting at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Fans can also get in on the act by going to YouTube.com/ACMCountry to learn how to post videos announcing the names of the Entertainer of the Year nominees.

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