Waffle House, Inc./PR NewswireWhen it comes to made-up awards shows, this one may take the cake -- or the waffle, that is.
Chris Stapleton walked away with four trophies at the Tunie Awards Wednesday night in Duluth, Georgia. If you’re trying to figure out what the Tunies are, well, they’re the honors Waffle House and TouchTunes hand out for the most-played artists and songs on their jukeboxes.
Stapleton is Waffle House’s most-played country artist this year, and its top overall artist as well, with the Traveller track, “Tennessee Whiskey,” claiming both country and all-genre honors too.
The trophies -- which feature an actual-size gold waffle, of course -- mean so much to the Kentucky native he showed up to accept them himself. You can experience the ceremony for yourself via the Waffle House Facebook page.
Two other country songs finished in the top ten, among the thirty million songs played on Waffle House jukeboxes last year: Kane Brown’s “Heaven” is number five, while Dan Shay’s “Tequila” comes in eighth.
dick clark productionsJust like Donny & Marie, Sunday’s American Music Awards will be a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.
Nominees Dan Shay, Kane Brown, and Kelsea Ballerini will help hand out trophies, while Thomas Rhett is set to perform.
Shania Twain will also do a medley of her biggest hits, in her first AMA appearance in sixteen years. Early next month, the Canadian country/pop superstar kicks off her latest Vegas residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Taylor Swift’s also on tap to do a much-talked-about mash-up of her biggest songs, as she accepts the Artist of the Decade Honor from Carole King.
You can tune in to watch all the action from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, starting at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.
Here's a look at the country nominees for the fan-voted show:
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY Kane Brown Luke Combs Thomas Rhett
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY Kelsea Ballerini Maren Morris Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY Dan Shay Florida Georgia Line Old Dominion
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY Kane Brown, Experiment Dan Shay, Dan Shay Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
FAVORITE SONG - COUNTRY Luke Combs, “Beautiful Crazy” Dan Shay, “Speechless” Blake Shelton, “God’s Country”
And here are the categories in which country artists are also nominated:
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Luke Combs Billie Eilish Lil Nas X Lizzo Ella Mai
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Shallow” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Marshmello & Bastille “Happier” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita” Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO Billie Eilish “bad guy” Ariana Grande “7 rings” Halsey “Without Me” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Taylor Swift “You Need to Calm Down”
FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK Halsey “Without Me” Jonas Brothers “Sucker” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes” Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” Post Malone “Wow.” Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
ABC/Craig SjodinAmerican Idol’s returning a little early this year. While the hit ABC singing competition typically premieres in March, season three’s set to begin on Sunday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
The stars of the show announced the start of the 2020 season by posting a shared FaceTime call on their socials.
Host Ryan Seacrest kicks things off by dialing Luke Bryan, before conferencing in Lionel Richie, who answers with his trademark “Hello!”
“That never gets old,” Ryan replies.
Then Katy Perry joins, with her just-washed hair up in an Idol blue towel, though her eye makeup is fully done, complete with glittering rhinestones. Ryan then reveals the date, after his co-stars implore him to “Hurry up and tell us already!”
Tune in for the two-hour Idol premiere Sunday, February 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
This Sunday, three fan favorites from past seasons of the show will have the chance to be voted back on Idol during the American Music Awards, which start at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The winner will be revealed during the Monday finale of Dancing with the Stars.
NetflixEvery episode of Dolly Parton's Heartstrings leads directly back to Dollywood.
While the international icon stars in select installments of the Netflix anthology like "Jolene," "JJ Sneed," and "Two Doors Down," she introduces every episode of the series based on her songs. And she does it from her theme park in her Smoky Mountain home.
Last month, she also hosted a red carpet premiere and after-party at Dollywood, with co-stars like Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Julianne Hough, and Mac Davis joining her.
"It's always good to be able to be home when you're trying to sell something," she told ABC Audio on her way to the screening at the Showstreet Palace Theater.
"And all these songs," Dolly added, "so many of them were born out of my heart because I got my start here. And, of course, Dollywood is very special to me, and it's a wonderful place"
"It's just such a great setting, it's like being on a movie set. We couldn't beat it in Hollywood or Bollywood!" she joked.
All eight episodes of Dolly Parton's Heartstrings premiere Friday on Netflix, with big names like Kathleen Turner, Melissa Leo, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Ginnifer Goodwin, Patricia Wettig, and Timothy Busfield starring alongside the Country Music Hall of Famer.
NBC On her talk show, Kelly Clarkson usually opens with "Kellyoke," the segment where she puts her spin on popular hits. She usually performs solo, but on today's installment of the show, she invited a whole crowd to join her for a country classic.
Kelly was joined by fellow The Voice coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Gwen Stefani for a version of "Neon Moon," a 1992 #1 hit for Brooks & Dunn. This year, the Country Music Hall of Famers teamed up with Grammy-winner Kacey Musgraves for an updated take on the track, and that's the arrangement Kelly and her pals used.
The Voice host Carson Daly even joined the quartet on guitar for the performance, which proved that if Gwen Stefani ever wanted a country career, she could definitely do it.
The season finale of The Voice takes place December 17 on NBC. Check your local listings to see where the syndicated The Kelly Clarkson Show airs in your area.
ABC RadioSam Hunt was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with DUI, according to ABC’s Nashville affiliate, WKRN.
Police stopped the country superstar after someone reported a vehicle driving the wrong way on Ellington Parkway in East Nashville. At the time, Sam was alone in the car with two empty beer cans by his side, according to the police report.
Tests reveal Hunt had a blood alcohol level of .173. He was booked intro Metro jail around 6:30 a.m. CT, and released around 9 a.m. on $2,500 bond. He’s due back in court on January 17.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrother duo High Valley spotlight their families in the video for their new song, “Your Mama,” which was shot at bandmate Brad Rempel’s Nashville home. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard wrote the song, along with Ben West, Josh Miller and Troy Verges.
Founding Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins has dropped his third holiday album, a collection of festive R&B songs called Our Finest Gifts. The new project features a slew of collaborators, including Trombone Shorty.
In case you missed it, The Voice alum Kaleb Lee joined Kelly Clarkson on a recent episode of her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. Watch him perform his song, “Nothin’ on You,” here.
"Most of the time, when I see somebody gushing about a song that they wrote, I'm kind of like the 'roll my eyes' guy," he admits. "I'm like, 'Okay. Are you really doing that or are we just playing it up?'"
"But that's probably the one instance [when] I was genuinely moved by something that I hadn't even experienced," Luke says of his current hit, which deals with losing someone you love. "I'm lucky enough to still have both my parents, and I can't imagine having to sing that song when that time comes."
The North Carolina native felt "Even Though I'm Leaving" so deeply, he could hardly record it.
"I was in tears singing the work tape of that song when we wrote it," Luke recalls. "And I'm totally NOT the guy that's... so emotional..."
"And I don't know what about it hit me so hard," he reflects. "But something about that day was definitely really special. Just a really intense experience -- getting through that last verse on the work tape was."
For now, Luke's appreciating the power of his song, without letting it go to his head.
"It was one of the few times where I've really been moved by my own song," he explains. "Which I don't want to be that guy that's like 'Oh, man, my song is so good,' you know, 'cause I'm totally not that guy!"
Luke has plenty to celebrate this week. His new record, What You See Is What You Get, just debuted at number one on Billboard's all-genre album chart as well.
River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs already hit a chart milestone earlier this week, when his brand-new album, What You See is What You Get, landed at the top spot on the Billboard 200. Not only was that his first time at No. 1 on that chart, but his new album also had the largest week for a country album in over a year. However, Luke wasn’t finished breaking records for the week.
Now, the country superstar is placing 16 of the album's songs on the Hot Country Songs chart, according to Billboard. That’s the greatest number of songs ever charted in a single week by a single artist.
Luke’s latest milestone breaks a record previously held by Garth Brooks, who charted 12 tracks on the Hot Country Songs chart in December of 1997. It took over twenty years for another artist to best that number.
In addition to his record-breaking, full-length projects, Luke has been on a winning streak at country radio, too. All five singles on his debut album, This One’s for You, have hit No. 1. He released What You See is What You Get, his sophomore effort, in early November.
John Shearer, Big Machine RecordsCarly Pearcedigs deep into both sides of a breakup in the split-screen music video for her latest single, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” which premiered on Wednesday afternoon. The clip follows two exes as they go about their separate days: One happily in love with someone new, and the other still heartbroken.
The video’s design is the perfect complement to the song’s story line, which is a duet with Lee Brice. Carly and Lee trade off lines throughout the song, telling a story of a girl who has moved on from a relationship that wasn’t working for her, blindsiding a guy who’s still in love.
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” is the first single off Carly’s second album, a self-titled project that is due for release on Valentine’s Day. She has said that it tells the real-life story of a relationship she was in in the past, and that more personal, vulnerable stories will come to light in the songs on her next collection.
However, real life for Carly is looking much less heartbroken: She married fellow singer Michael Ray in October, and the pair are gearing up for a honeymoon to Jamaica over the holidays.
ABC / Image Group LAWhen the Grammy nominees list was announced on Wednesday morning, Tanya Tucker led the pack for country nominees, in a turn of events that seemed to surprise even her! She’s up for four awards, three of which are for her song, “Bring My Flowers Now,” and is also in the running for Best Country Album for 2019’s While I’m Livin’.
“I really can’t believe it!” Tanya wrote on Instagram, going on to thank the recording academy as well as all the people who helped her make her new record. “Now I’m gonna enjoy my mimosa and let this all sink in!”
While I’m Livin’ was produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile, two artists who are staunch, longtime fans of Tanya. Brandi co-wrote many of the songs on the new project, including “Bring My Flowers Now.”
“I always knew you could do it! Yes I know I’m yelling,” Brandi commented in all caps on Tanya’s Instagram post. On her own account, Brandi uploaded an Instagram Story in celebration of the nomination, writing “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Tanya has been nominated for Grammys several times throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, but if she wins in 2020, it’ll be her first trophy. While I’m Livin’ is her first album of original music since 2002, when she released a self-titled project.
ABC/Image Group LAOrder up a double shot of something strong! Carrie Underwood’s just-released music video for her single, “Drinking Alone,” proves that misery loves company, especially in the dim light of a crowded bar.
The clip shows Carrie performing onstage in a barroom, wearing a glittery black outfit and fedora to match. Meanwhile, the patrons sitting in the audience make conversation and sip whiskey on the rocks, and a brooding, handsome stranger takes a seat alone in a corner booth. From the stage, Carrie catches the mystery man’s eye, but this is no romantic meet-cute: Watch to the end for a fiery twist.
Carrie hinted at the music video’s visual aesthetic during her performance of the song at the 2019 CMA Awards last week, donning a fedora as well as an outfit similar to the one she wears in the video. She co-wrote “Drinking Alone” with songwriters David Garcia and Brett James; the song is off her 2018 studio album, Cry Pretty.
Big Machine Just a week after co-hosting the 53rd Annual CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire’s now nominated for a Grammy.
“Thanks to the Recording Academy for such great news to wake up to this morning!” Reba shared on Instagram after this year’s nods were unveiled. “Stronger than the Truth was nominated for Grammys’ Country Album of the Year.”
“I wanted to go back to my roots and make an album that reminded me of the music I grew up with,” Reba continued. “Thank you to everyone involved in the making of this album!!!”
Stronger than the Truth was released back in April, just before Reba hosted this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.
You can tune in to CBS on Sunday, January 26 to see if Reba takes home the trophy. The Oklahoma native already has quite a Grammy history, with sixteen nominations and three wins.
Donn Jones/CMAWith the CMA Awards behind us and the holidays fast approaching, the countdown is on to this year’s annual CMA Country Christmas special on ABC.
Trisha Yearwood hosts the show for the first time in 2019, with Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, Brett Young, and Chris Young joining her.
Non-country artists like Kristin Chenoweth, for KING & COUNTRY, Tori Kelly and CeCe Winans will help welcome the yuletide as well.
Here’s a look at what everyone will be performing on CMA Country Christmas, which premieres Tuesday, December 3 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC:
Trisha Yearwood -- “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Winter Wonderland” medley Lady Antebellum -- “White Christmas" Tori Kelly -- “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Chris Janson -- “Run, Run Rudolph” Rascal Flatts with CeCe Winans -- “Go Tell It on The Mountain” Kristin Chenoweth -- “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for KING & COUNTRY -- “Little Drummer Boy” Dierks Bentley -- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Lady Antebellum -- “On A Night Like This” and “Silent Night” medley Chris Young -- “The Christmas Song” Runaway June -- “Sleigh Ride” Trisha Yearwood with Kristin Chenoweth, Tori Kelly, Hillary Scott and CeCe Winans -- “Children Go Where I Send Thee” Rascal Flatts -- “Deck the Halls” Kristin Chenoweth -- “The Christmas Waltz” Brett Young -- “This Christmas” Tori Kelly -- “Do You Hear What I Hear” Chris Young -- “Holly Jolly Christmas” CeCe Winans -- “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” Trisha Yearwood -- “It Wasn’t His Child” Trisha Yearwood with Kristin Chenoweth, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, CeCe Winans and Brett Young -- “Feliz Navidad”
Capitol Nashville No need to “Sugar Coat,” because it’s good news: We’ll get to hear a new track from Little Big Town’s forthcoming Nightfall album on Friday.
The six-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year will also drop a new music video for the song at 11 a.m. ET that same day.
Shot outside Nashville and set in the early sixties, the "Sugar Coat" clip stars actress Kate Bosworth as a “betrayed housewife.”
“I play a woman who is in a complicated marriage,” she explains. “She is often lonely and unfulfilled, realizing that she is not getting what she needs from a partner, devastated by the choices that her husband is making.”
“As she slowly discovers what is happening, while it’s a sad moment, it is ultimately a resilient one,” the actress adds. “She finds her strength, her fortitude, and ultimately herself. It was an honor to bring this song to life with a band that I love.”
Little Big Town’s also revealing the track listing for their ninth studio album as well. Here’s the song rundown for Nightfall, which arrives January 17:
“Next to You” “Nightfall” “Forever and a Night” “Throw Your Love Away” “Over Drinking” “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” “Questions” “The Daughters” “River of Stars” “Sugar Coat” “Problem Child” “Bluebird” “Trouble with Forever”
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1975, a country star who has scored a total of nine #1 hits beginning with his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” was born. Can you guess which artist is celebrating a birthday? ANSWER: Dierks Bentley.
The Recording AcademyTanya Tucker is the surprise front runner when it comes to country nominees at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, grabbing four mentions, including a nod for all-genre Song of the Year for “Bring My Flowers Now.”
The track also vies for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, in addition to a Best Country Album nom for While I’m Livin’.
Eric Church, Dan Shay and Ashley McBryde each have two chances to win, along with Miranda Lambert, who’s nominated both for Best Country Song for “It All Comes Out in the Wash” and Best Country Album for Pistol Annies’ Interstate Gospel.
Reba McEntire gets an unexpected nod in that same category for her 2019 effort, Stronger than the Truth.
Perhaps the most obvious omission? Grammy favorite Maren Morris is missing from the three country categories that would typically apply. She shows up, however, in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the GIRL track, “Common,” with Brandi Carlile, who also shares in all of Tanya Tucker’s nominations as a producer/writer.
Meanwhile, the Lil Nas X phenomenon continues as the rapper pulls six nominations, including one for the prestigious all-genre Record of the Year for “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus.
Dolly Parton also gets noticed in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category for “Girl in the Movies,” one of the tunes from the Dumplin’ soundtrack.
Here’s a complete look at the country categories for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which air Sunday, January 26, live from L.A.’s Staples Center on CBS:
Best Country Solo Performance “All Your’n” -- Tyler Childers “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” -- Ashley McBryde “Ride Me Back Home” -- Willie Nelson “God’s Country” -- Blake Shelton “Bring My Flowers Now” -- Tanya Tucker
Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Brand New Man” -- Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” -- Brothers Osborne “Speechless” -- Dan Shay “The Daughters” -- Little Big Town “Common” -- Maren Morris featuring Brandi Carlile
Best Country Song “Bring My Flowers Now” -- Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth, & Tanya Tucker “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” -- Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde “It All Comes Out in the Wash” -- Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, & Liz Rose “Some of It” -- Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, & Bobby Pinson “Speechless” -- Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers, & Laura Veltz
Best Country Album Desperate Man -- Eric Church Stronger Than the Truth -- Reba McEntire Interstate Gospel -- Pistol Annies Center Point Road -- Thomas Rhett While I’m Livin’ -- Tanya Tucker
The Recording AcademyNew artists are dominating the Grammys this year. First-time nominees Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the list of nominations, which were announced Wednesday morning.
Lizzo is the top nominee, with eight, including the trifecta of Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Billie Eilish -- also nominated in the big three categories -- and Lil Nas X have six nominations each. All three are up for Best New Artist.
Other nominees in major categories include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, H.E.R., Bon Iver and more.
Grammy winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 26, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS. For the full list of nominees, go to Grammy.com.
Here are the nominees in some of the top categories:
Record of the Year "Hey, Ma" — Bon Iver "Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish "7 Rings" — Ariana Grande "Hard Place" — H.E.R. "Talk" — Khalid "Old Town Road" — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus "Truth Hurts" — Lizzo "Sunflower" — Post Malone & Swae Lee
Album of the Year i,i — Bon Iver Norman F***ing Rockwell! — Lana Del Rey When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish thank u, next — Ariana Grande I Used To Know Her — H.E.R. 7 — Lil Nas X Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) — Lizzo Father Of The Bride — Vampire Weekend
Song of the Year "Always Remember Us This Way" — Lady Gaga "Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish "Bring My Flowers Now" — Tanya Tucker "Hard Place" — (H.E.R. "Lover" — Taylor Swift "Norman F***ing Rockwell" — Lana Del Rey "Someone You Loved" — Lewis Capaldi "Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
Best New Artist Black Pumas Billie Eilish Lil Nas X Lizzo Maggie Rogers Rosalía Tank And The Bangas Yola
Best Pop Solo Performance "Spirit" — Beyoncé "Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish "7 Rings" — Ariana Grande "Truth Hurts" — Lizzo "You Need To Calm Down" — Taylor Swift Best Pop Vocal Album The Lion King: The Gift — Beyoncé When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish thank u, next — Ariana Grande No. 6 Collaborations Project — Ed Sheeran Lover — Taylor Swift
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Boyfriend" -- Ariana Grande & Social House "Sucker" -- Jonas Brothers "Old Town Road" -- Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus "Sunflower" -- Post Malone & Swae Lee "Senorita" -- Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Best Rock Album Amo — Bring Me The Horizon Social Cues — Cage The Elephant In The End — The Cranberries Trauma — I Prevail Feral Roots — Rival Sons
Best R&B Performance "Love Again" — Daniel Caesar & Brandy "Could've Been" — H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller "Exactly How I Feel" — Lizzo Featuring Gucci Mane "Roll Some Mo" — Lucky Daye "Come Home" — Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000
Best Rap Album Revenge Of The Dreamers III — Dreamville Championships — Meek Mill I Am > I Was — 21 Savage Igor — Tyler, The Creator The Lost Boy — YBN Cordae
Best Country Song "Bring My Flowers Now" — Tanya Tucker "Girl Goin' Nowhere" —Ashley McBryde "It All Comes Out In The Wash" — Miranda Lambert "Some Of It" — Eric Church "Speechless" —Dan Shay
Jason Kempin/Getty Images for NetflixIt's been nearly fifty years since Dolly Parton topped the country chart with "Jolene." But on Friday, she puts a new spin on the classic about the other woman, as one of the episodes of her new Netflix anthology, Heartstrings, is based on the song.
"We didn't know how to handle 'Jolene,'" Dolly confesses. "That was kind of the tricky one, because it's such an iconic song and everybody thought that it was gonna just be about my husband and me and a jealous trip and all."
"But actually they only covered the fact that... there was this beautiful girl that worked at the bank and my husband had a crush on her," she adds.
Dolly herself co-stars in the episode alongside actress, singer, and dancer Julianne Hough.
"I think Julianne... did a beautiful Jolene, such a beautiful job singing, performing," Dolly tells ABC Audio. "We couldn't have found a better Jolene."
Brad Paisley's wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, plays a woman who befriends Jolene, and eventually discovers she has a secret.
"I found it intriguing that the writer decided to take it and let Jolene be seen as who Jolene is and why Jolene, like in the song, would go out and steal someone's husband, someone's man," Dolly explains. "She just didn't have a good opinion of herself, and how she had been kind of abused, you know, and all that."
"So I like the turn that it took, and I'll be curious to see, I'm sure... some people will love that and some people, you know, [will] wonder why we went that way," Dolly says of the twist.
All eight installments of Heartstrings will be available on Netflix on Friday, including episodes based on "Two Doors Down," "Down from Dover," "Cracker Jack," and more.