They announced the nominees for this year’s “CMT Music Awards” . . . and Lainey Wilson leads the way with four nods.  Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, and Kane Brown have three apiece. There are 16 Video of the Year nominees, and they’ll narrow that down to SIX after the first round of voting ends on March 27th.  The top three will be announced on show day, with the winner being determined by social media.The Breakthrough Video of the Year category has been divided into Male and Female subcategories.  There are six female nominees . . . and six male nominees . . . with one winner from each. This is a fan-voted awards show, and you can cast your ballot now at  Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini are the co-hosts, and the show airs live on CBS on April 2nd.  The full list of nominees is at

No true country songs are up for Best Original Song at the Oscars this Sunday.  The only one that’s even close is “Applause” by Diane Warren from “Tell It Like a Woman”.  She’s been nominated 14 times and never won. One of those 14 nods was for Trisha Yearwood’s “How Do I Live” from the movie “Con Air” in 1998.  So country artists don’t ALWAYS get snubbed.  Here are a few more songs that have been nominated over the years . . .

1.  “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton.  It lost to the song “Fame” in 1981.

2.  “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson.  It was nominated for the movie “Honeysuckle Rose” that same year.

3.  “Travelin’ Thru”, another Dolly song.  It was up for an Oscar for the movie “Transamerica” in 2005.

4.  “The Weary Kind” by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.  It was in the Jeff Bridges movie “Crazy Heart” and WON the Oscar in 2010.  (Yes, the Ryan Bingham who plays Walker on “Yellowstone”.)

5.  “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” by Glen Campbell.  Nominated in 2015.  The song “True Grit” . . . which he sang . . . was also up for an Oscar back in 1970.

6.  “Coming Home”, performed by Gwyneth Paltrow in the 2010 movie “Country Strong”.

7.  The Faith Hill song “There You’ll Be”.  It’s another one by Diane Warren.  It was nominated for “Pearl Harbor” in 2002.

8.  “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”.  It lost to “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” in 2019.

9.  “I’m Easy” by Keith Carradine.  It’s more of a folk song, but it WON in 1976 for the movie “Nashville”.

10.  The Reba McEntire song “Somehow You Do”, which was ALSO written by Dia

Shania Twain celebrated International Women’s Day yesterday, with an Instagram reel that paid tribute to the women who inspired her, including Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton, Beyoncé, Adele, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, and Team Canada, who broke an Olympic record for speed skating.

Scotty McCreery brought his wife Gabi and son Merrick Avery to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday.  There was a good reason.  He’s one of the artists featured in the new “American Currents: State of the Music”.

Thomas Rhett dedicated yesterday’s International Women’s Day to his wife and four daughters.  He posted a photo with them and said, quote, “Outnumbered and I wouldn’t have it any other way . . . Happy International Women’s Day!  Y’all run the world.”

Not only does Gary LeVox admit that he highlights his hair, he even posts proof.  He hit up TikTok with a before-and-after video, saying, quote, “What’s up everybody?  Want to go with me to the hair salon?  I’m about to get this doo-wop whacked.  Little color, little natural highlight on the highlights that are natural.”

Carly Pearce really loves running.  She’s even been known to take-onarena stairs while on tour.  Somebody asked what she listens to while she’s out there, and it’s eclectic.  Her playlist includes ’90s country female artists, Beyoncé, and electronic music, “like remixes and techno stuff”.

Emmanuel Lewis is 52.  “Webster”.

Brian Bosworth is 58.

Kato Kaelin is 64.

Mark Lindsay is 81.  Paul Revere & The Raiders’ lead singer.



Jelly Roll’s “The Beautifully Broken Tour” announced all of its 37 concert dates and is sure to be coming to a city near you.  This is one of the most anticipated tours in country music in quite some time. Jelly had even mentioned on Tuesday how nervous he was about this announcement.  He said, “This…


Madonna hit the boards during her show in Seattle on Sunday.  She was sitting in a chair when one of her dancers came from behind, leaned the chair back, and started dragging it across the stage.  But the dancer slipped, and they both went down.  Madonna played it off well.  She continued pretending to sing,…