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Disney/Mark AshmanThe Virginia cancer survivor who gained notoriety after Garth Brooks brought her on stage to sing with him at the Richmond Coliseum in November, is recording an album.

Danielle El-Jor got her big break when she met Garth Brooks during a meet-and-greet arranged by a local country radio station. Brooks was so impressed with her he invited her to join him the following night.

Now, WTVR reports the Midlothian High School graduate is collaborating with a producer at Sony on four original songs for an album she hopes will land her a record deal. 

“Something just clicked,” she says, “it was amazing.”

El-jor was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2014. She was supposed to audition for The Voice but her chemotherapy treatments forced her to miss out.

El-jor was given a clear bill of health this year.

You can keep up with Danielle's progress via her Twitter and Instagram.

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Gwendolyn Records/Pearl Records, Inc.For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Garth Brooks accomplishes a rare feat on the country albums chart this week. With Christmas Together with wife Trisha Yearwood at #2, the Walmart-exclusive combination of the holiday record and his tenth studio album at #3, and the single-disc edition of Gunslinger at #four, Garth officially occupies three of the top-five spots on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally.

While Christmas Together is composed of multiple Garth/Trisha collaborations as well as solo songs, Gunslinger also boasts a new duet from the two called “Whiskey to Wine.”

After a hit in 1997 with “In Another’s Eyes,” Garth tells ABC Radio it was high time for the two to make a record together.

“We're finally on the same label,” the CMA Entertainer of the Year says. “I think a Christmas album is the perfect way to kinda debut a duets thing because a Christmas album really lends itself to duets a lot. So we just wanted to get a low-pressure, kind of all-fun kind of thing together to see how the first one went, and it was a dream! It was great. She was fantastic, and you knew she was gonna be, but you never want to put everything up on the table and roll it not knowing. So now that we've got this behind us, I look forward to the first duets record.”  

If you’re wondering who the last artist was to notch three albums in the top five, you don’t have to look very far. It was none other than Garth himself, who did it in 1992 with The ChaseBeyond the Season, and No Fences.

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Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney fans snapped up more than 106,000 tickets for his only two stadium shows next year in several hours, after they went on sale Friday morning.

After deciding not to tour in 2017, the “Setting the World on Fire” Grammy nominee admits he wondered if he’d done the right thing, after agreeing to two dates at the home of the New England Patriots.

“It feels a little like cheating,” Kenny says, “because I said I was taking the year off. But once we sent the trucks and the gear home and I stopped for a little bit, I was still hearing the cheers… in my ears,” adding “How often can you tap into energy that carries you for weeks, that inspires you and stays with you? So I called my manager and my promoter and said, ‘I know it’s unconventional, but I’d really like to play Boston…”

The Cosmic Hallelujah hitmaker has sold out the stadium 15 times since first playing it in 2005.  

As of Monday night, only a few hundred seats remained for the August 25-26 shows. Kenny jokes the winter will pass a whole lot faster knowing these two summer dates are on the way.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.

Luke Bryan’s new single is “Fast.” It’s the sixth release from his 2015 album, Kill the Lights.

Newcomer Kane Brown starts the day Wednesday on the Today show, while you can find Kacey Musgraves at the other end of the spectrum, guesting on Late Night with Seth Meyers. You’ll find both on NBC.

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ABC/Image Group LAWilliam Michael Morgan will welcome 2017 by making his national TV debut on the Today show. He’s set to perform his breakthrough hit, “I Met a Girl,” during the fourth hour of the NBC morning show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, starting at 10 a.m. on January 4.

Both the Mississippi native’s first number-one and his current single “Missing” are from his debut album, Vinyl, which appropriately will be available as an LP for the first time on December 16. That same day, he'll play the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman, before signing copies of his record at the historic venue.

On February 24, William Michael will occupy a coveted spot on the yearly New Faces show during Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

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ABC/Image Group LAWith a coveted nomination in the much-watched Best New Artist category at the 59th Grammys, Kelsea Ballerini confesses she’s had her eye on the gramophone trophy for some time.

“I was 15 the first time I saw a Grammy. It was in a studio I was recording some of my first demos in. I remember asking if I could hold it, being its biggest fan, and knowing how important it was," she recalled on Instagram. "I wish I could go back and tell that 15-year-old starry-eyed girl that she’d be nominated a few years later.”

Kelsea also took time to tape a special thank you for her fans, admitting in a Twitter video she has “zero percent chill” about getting the prestigious nod and adding how proud she is to represent Nashville along with Maren Morris, who’s nominated as well. 

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Today is the best day. pic.twitter.com/ygiAioMubS

— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) December 6, 2016

 

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ABC/Image Group LAWith four nods -- for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song, Best Country Album and in the prestigious all-genre Best New Artist category -- Maren Morris is the most-nominated singer in her genre at this year’s Grammys.

“I’ve grown up watching the Grammys, and they are such a pinnacle for an artist,” the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year said in a statement from her label. “I’m so honored to be nominated by my peers who I am so inspired by every day.”

On social media, the “80s Mercedes” hitmaker was a little less reserved, tweeting, “Four Grammy nominations?! I’M SHOOK,” then adding, “Between the Grammy nominations and playing [Saturday Night Live] this Saturday, I might pass out. I hope [John Cena] gives me a hug,” referencing the wrestler-turned-actor who’ll host this weekend.

If that weren’t enough for Maren to be overwhelmed, Billboard will give her its Breakthrough Artist honor Friday at this year’s Women in Music event.

Both Grammy nods for Solo Performance and Country Song are for Maren’s first single, “My Church,” while her debut project Hero is nominated in the Country Album category. The trophies are set to be handed out February 12 in L.A.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThough he’s cancelling his dates for the rest of the year, Granger Smith is back home in Texas recovering after a serious fall at his show in New Jersey this past Saturday. The “If the Boot Fits” hitmaker was standing on a speaker when it collapsed, causing him to break two ribs, which punctured one of his lungs and caused it to partially collapse.

By Tuesday morning, Granger had shared a photo of himself looking healthy, resting on a pillow, while giving a thumbs up. He added that he’s starting to be more mobile, before issuing a thank you to the staff of the New Brunswick, New Jersey hospital who took care of him.

“I truly appreciate all the doctors and nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital,” he said in a statement. “Their resolve and professionalism were reassuring during a pretty rough few days for me.”

Though he’ll be off the road for several weeks, the man who recently scored his first number-one with “Backroad Song” is vowing to come back strong.

 “I’ve has so many emails and tweets. It’s pretty amazing that so many people have reached out from across the country," he reflected. "I feel so blessed to have more than just support for my music from fans and radio. It’s deeply humbling to have fans that personally care so much.”

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Update: Out of the hospital, back in TX & starting to regain movements. The outpouring of support has me feeling VERY blessed. Thank y'all! pic.twitter.com/LagwDYPFpJ

— Granger Smith (@GrangerSmith) December 6, 2016

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ABC/Image Group LA News of Kenny Chesney’s Grammy nomination served as the ultimate wake-up call for the country superstar Tuesday morning

“You’re kidding me. That’s fantastic,” he reacted in a statement from his publicist. “What a thing, what news to wake up to.”

Kenny is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his duet with Pink on “Setting the World on Fire.”

“When I heard the song, I knew it was pretty special,” he recalls. “But when we got Pink on there, it was something else. She captures all the emotion, all the joy of being alive, being free and in the moment -- and brought everything inside the song to life. I couldn’t be happier this morning, knowing the people who vote for the Grammys heard in that song all the things that I do.”

"Setting the World on Fire" went on to spend two weeks at the top of the charts, becoming Kenny’s 29th number-one.

This year’s Grammys will be handed out Sunday, February 12 in Los Angeles. You can watch starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThree-time Grammy contender Keith Urban reacted to his nominations for the 59th annual awards Tuesday morning, even though he was a world away, continuing his world tour in his native Australia.

“It’s 2 a.m. and I’m just coming down from a crazy great show overseas,” he said in a statement. “I’m totally blown away with these nominations. Making RipCord was really a collaborative labor of love both for the music and all the people that helped me bring my vision to life. I’ll stay up anytime to hear news like this… just not sure of how to get to sleep now!!”

Keith is up for both Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for his current single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” while RipCord competes for Best Country Album.

You can find out if Keith wins when the Grammys air Sunday, February 12 on CBS.

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Courtesy The Recording AcademyCountry music made an impressive showing across the board, as the nominees for the 59th Grammys were announced on Tuesday. Both Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris will vie for the all-genre Best New Artist trophy, with critical favorite Sturgill Simpson also competing against the likes of Beyonce and Adele for the prestigious Album of the Year honor.

Artists who are traditionally confined to the country categories made quite a few appearances outside their expected genre. Hillary Scott & the Scott Family picked up Contemporary Christian nods for both the single “Thy Will” and their album Love Remains, while the Red-Headed Stranger found himself in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for Summertime:  Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.

The Opry itself will compete against Beyonce’s Lemonade for Best Music Film, with a nomination for American Saturday Night:  Live from the Grand Ole OpryVince Gill garnered acclaim for Best Americana Roots Song for writing “Kid Sister,” the title track of his contender for Best Americana Album with his band The Time Jumpers.

The country categories themselves held some surprises as well. Dolly Parton’s new version of “Jolene” with Pentatonix is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, while Loretta Lynn comes Full Circle with a nomination for Best Country Album. Females dominated Best Country Solo Performances, with only Keith Urban making a showing with “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”

Here are the country nominees for the 59th Grammys, which will be handed out Sunday, February 12 on CBS:   

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Love Can Go To Hell” — Brandy Clark
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
“21 Summer” — Brothers Osborne
“Setting The World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney & P!nk
“Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
“Think Of You” — Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

Best Country Song:
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” —  Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
“Die A Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
“Humble And Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
“My Church” — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album:
Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark
Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
Hero — Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord — Keith Urban

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CMTShania Twain expects to finish her new album before the end of the year, and the country/pop icon admits making her first record since her divorce from husband and longtime producer Mutt Lange was tough.

“I didn’t know where to begin,” she tells Billboard. “I’d write every type of song, every type of lyric, every type of melody. Who is going to say, ‘All right, let’s hone in on this style?’ I didn’t have that direction, whereas with Mutt I did.”

Shania crafted much of the project at her home in the Bahamas, seeking refuge in a variety of places, from the bathroom to the basement to the beach. She admits she even wrote one song in a hotel closet.

“It’s a strange thing, but I do need that isolation,” she confesses. “I need to feel alone and intimate with my thoughts.”

As for whether the album leans more to the country or pop side, Shania classifies it as “kind of schizophrenic musically,” adding that in the end, she’s very satisfied with it.

“I talk a lot more about pain, but… It’s very triumphant in the end,” she reveals. “I felt like, ‘Whew! I made it through the album! I made it through writing all the songs!’ It was an emotional roller coaster, and the lyrics reflect that.”

Billboard will bestow its Icon honor on Shania Friday in New York City at the annual Women in Music gala. The show is set to air as a special December 12 on Lifetime.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Released in March 1994 as the second single from Tim McGraw's Not a Moment Too Soon album, this song would go on to become the Louisiana native's first #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Don't Take the Girl."

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Beyonce's Lemonade has turned into Grammy gold.

Queen Bey leads the nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards with a total of nine nods, including Album of the Year for Lemonade, plus Record and Song of the Year for her single "Formation."  Close behind her are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who each have eight, and Chance the Rapper, who scored seven.

Competing for Album of the Year against Lemonade are Adele's 25, Drake's ViewsJustin Bieber'sPurpose and Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth.  Best New Artist nominees are country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris, plus The Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak.

Here are the nominees in the top Grammy categories. 

Album Of The Year:
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake 
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
 
Record Of The Year:
“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé 
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots
 
Song Of The Year:
“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
 
Best New Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini 
The Chainsmokers 
Chance The Rapper 
Maren Morris 
Anderson .Paak

POP FIELD 

Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Hello” — Adele
“Hold Up” — Beyoncé
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber
“Piece By Piece” (Idol Version) — Kelly Clarkson
“Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Closer” —  The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Cheap Thrills” — Sia Featuring Sean Paul
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Cinema — Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan
Stages Live — Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway -- Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album:
25 — Adele
Purpose  — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman  — Ariana Grande
Confident — Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

Best Dance Recording:
“Tearing Me Up” — Bob Moses
“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
“Never Be Like You” — Flume Featuring Kai
“Rinse & Repeat” — Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
“Drinkee” — Sofi Tukker

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Skin — Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch — Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega

ROCK FIELD: 

Best Rock Performance:
“Joe” (Live From Austin City Limits) — Alabama Shakes
“Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
“Blackstar” — David Bowie
“The Sound Of Silence” (Live On Conan) — Disturbed
“Heathens” —  Twenty One Pilots

Best Metal Performance:
“Shock Me” —  Baroness
“Silvera” — Gojira
“Rotting In Vain” — Korn
“Dystopia” — Megadeth
“The Price Is Wrong” — Periphery

Best Rock Song:
“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
“Burn The Witch” — Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
“Hardwired” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“My Name Is Human” — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Best Rock Album:
California —  Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma —  Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album:
22, A Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

R&B FIELD 

Best R&B Performance:
“Turnin’ Me Up” — BJ The Chicago Kid
“Permission” — Ro James
“I Do” — Musiq Soulchild
“Needed Me” — Rihanna
“Cranes In The Sky” — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
“The Three Of Me” — William Bell
“Woman’s World” — BJ The Chicago Kid
“Sleeping With The One I Love” — Fantasia
“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway
“Can’t Wait” — Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:
“Come See Me” — J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
“Exchange” — Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
“Kiss It Better” — Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
“Lake By The Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
“Luv” — Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology — Gallant
We Are King — KING
Malibu — Anderson .Paak
Anti — Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
In My Mind — BJ The Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits — Terrace Martin
Healing Season — Mint Condition
Smoove Jones — Mya

RAP FIELD 

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
“Freedom” — Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Hotline Bling” — Drake
“Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
“Famous” — Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:
“All The Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie &  Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)
“Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)
“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
“No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
“Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album:
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
And The Anonymous Nobody — De La Soul
Major Key — DJ Khaled
Views — Drake
Blank Face LP — ScHoolboy Q
The Life Of Pablo — Kanye West

COUNTRY FIELD 

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Love Can Go To Hell” — Brandy Clark
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
“21 Summer” — Brothers Osborne
“Setting The World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney & P!nk
“Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
“Think Of You” — Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

Best Country Song:
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” —  Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
“Die A Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
“Humble And Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
“My Church” — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album:
Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark
Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
Hero — Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord — Keith Urban

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD 

Best Music Video:
"Formation" — Beyoncé
"River" — Leon Bridges
"Up & Up" — Coldplay
"Gosh" — Jamie XX
"Upside Down & Inside Out" — OK Go

Best Music Film:
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead —  Steve Aoki
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years —  (The Beatles)
Lemonade — Beyoncé
The Music Of Strangers — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry —  (Various Artists)


MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD 

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Amy — (Various Artists)
Miles Ahead — (Miles Davis & Various Artists)
Straight Outta Compton —  (Various Artists)
Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) — (Various Artists)
Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1  —  (Various Artists)


Best Song Written For Visual Media:
“Can’t Stop The Feeling! — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel)
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk)
“Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross)
“Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira)
“The Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel)

SPOKEN WORD FIELD 

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett
M Train — Patti Smith
Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk — (John Doe With Tom Desavia) (Various Artists)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — Elvis Costello

COMEDY FIELD 

Best Comedy Album:

…America…Great… — David Cross
American Myth — Margaret Cho
Boyish Girl Interrupted — Tig Notaro
Live At The Apollo — Amy Schumer
Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt

MUSICAL THEATER FIELD

Best Musical Theater Album:
Bright Star —  Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una mJackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
The Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell &Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)
Fiddler On The Roof — Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast)
Kinky Boots — Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)
Waitress — Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist


PACKAGE FIELD 

Best Recording Package:
Anti  — Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
Blackstar — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
Human Performance  — Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
Sunset Motel — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
22, A Million — Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:
Edith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)
401 Days — Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Høst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Box Set) — Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition) — Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
Tug Of War (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Nineteen85
Ricky Reed

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Singer/songwriter Mark Gray, who was perhaps best known for his 1985 hit “Sometimes When We Touch” with Tammy Wynette, died Friday at the age of 64.

Jason AldeanThomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum will headline the festival formerly known as Jamboree in the Hills July 13-15 in Belmont County, Ohio. This will be the 41st year for the gathering, which will now be known as Jambo Country.

Eric Church’s singles “Love Your Love the Most,” “Springsteen,” “Like Jesus Does,” “Talladega,” “Like a Wrecking Ball,” and “Creepin’” were all certified platinum during the month of November.

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ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line celebrates the twelfth number-one of their career this week with “May We All,” and what’s even sweeter is they get to do it with one of the men who helped pave the way for their success.

“Honestly, Tim McGraw's been a huge hero of ours for a long, long time and a huge inspiration and a huge influence,” Tyler Hubbard says. “So for him to be featured on this third record is a super special thing for [Brian Kelley] and I both. We really are diggin' our roots and we're taking it back to our influences and for guys like Tim McGraw to be willing to sing with us is just a huge honor.”

In fact, Tyler says Tim’s musical imprint on Florida Georgia Line dates back to when they were just little boys.

“You know what? [Brian] always says he can remember the first time he heard 'Don't Take the Girl' and I can remember driving to elementary school and watching my mom cry to that song,” Tyler recalls.   

Coming on the heels of “H.O.L.Y.,” “May We All” is FGL’s second number-one from the Dig Your Roots album.

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Mercury NashvilleLauren Alaina’s top-20 hit, “Road Less Traveled,” which was co-written by Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor, will be the title track of her sophomore album. In fact, the American Idol season 10 runner-up had a hand in crafting all of the set’s dozen tracks.

“I wrote for it for three-and-a-half years,” Lauren reveals. “I’ve grown so much as a person, a songwriter and an artist in that time. These songs are a true representation of who I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going. This album has pushed me to accept who I am and be 100 percent honest about it. The Road Less Traveled is truly me. I can’t wait to share my stories, my music and myself with the world.”

Here’s the track listing for The Road Less Traveled, which comes out January 27:

“Doin’ Fine”
“My Kinda People”
“Three”
“Road Less Traveled”
“Queen of Hearts”
“Think Outside the Boy”
“Painting Pillows”
“Next Boyfriend”
“Crashin’ the Boys Club”
“Same Day Different Bottle”
“Holding the Other”
“Pretty”

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BMLGNewcomer Drake White’s new song “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” isn’t just the follow-up to his top-15 hit, “Livin’ the Dream” -- it just may be the tune that seals the deal to make him husband of the year.

“This song is deeply personal to me,” the Alabama natives says. “The inspiration for this song is my wife Alex. I am always a better version of myself when she is by my side and I am thankful for her every day. It is awesome that I can finally express that to the world through music.”

“Makin’ Me Look Good Again” is the second single from Drake’s debut album, Spark. Another song from the collection, “Heartbeat,” is featured in a new Geico spot starring Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Drake is set to play the prestigious New Faces show February 24 during Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

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ABC/Image Group LAThough she hasn’t done many interviews, Miranda Lambert continues promoting her new album, The Weight of These Wings, by showcasing its songs.

On Tuesday, she’ll perform the double set’s second release, “We Should Be Friends,” on Late Night with Seth Meyers. You can catch the show at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Then on Wednesday, Miranda stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to do the album’s lead single, “Vice.” Check your local listings to find out when the syndicated talker airs in your area.

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ABC/Image Group LA You can add Old Dominion to the list of country stars who’ll be headed to the Caribbean with Luke Bryan after the first of the year.

The “Song for Another Time” hitmakers join Blake SheltonLittle Big TownRandy HouserDustin Lynch, and Brothers Osborne for Luke’s annual Crash My Playa getaway January 19-22 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Newcomers Kelleigh BannenBrooke EdenAdam CraigLucie Silvas and DJ Rock have been added to the lineup as well. You can find out more about the all-inclusive vacation at CrashMyPlaya.com.

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