Monday, November 23, 2009

Today's country tidbits...

Well, it was Taylor's night at the award show again last night. She won Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock, Country and Adult-Contemporary artist, plus took honors for the best country album. She beat the late Michael Jackson, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Kings of Leon for the Artist of the Year award. She wasn't there to accept her awards - she's in London - but accepted them via a live hook-up, saying that she has so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. At the end of the show, she tweeted: "It's 5:30 AM in London, where I still haven't slept and my feet haven't touched the ground. Thank you for the AMA's. Thank you."

In the country categories, Taylor's cd "Fearless" won Favorite Country Album, Rascal Flatts won Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Keith Urban won Favorite Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year went to Gloriana. Watch Keith Urban perform "Kiss a Girl" and Carrie Underwood, with her new, shorter hairdo, sing "Cowboy Casanova" from the awards show last night.

With all of the awards she's won, all of the cd's she's sold and all of the fans she has, it's no surprise that NBC has named Taylor Swift as one of their "People of the Year." Thanksgiving night, Matt Lauer will profile the most fascinating, most inspirational and most notorious people of 2009. Also being featured are the octo-mom, Susan Boyle, Kobe Bryant, Captain Sully Sullenberger and Captain Richard Phillips, the ship captain who fought off pirates in the middle east.

Tomorrow's Oprah show is going to feature the headline-making heroes of 2009, and Wynonna will be part of the show, performing for troops returning from Iraq. Tim McGraw has also taped a segment for the show, rumored to air in the same show as the previously-announced Sugarland segment, on November 30th.

Is there a Dolly Parton fan on your holiday shopping list? She's partnered with to help make your shopping easier.

Jimmy Wayne's new cd, "Sara Smile" is in stores today. Yes, the old Hall and Oates hit has been reborn in country clothes. When asked why that song, in particular, Jimmy answered: ""There was a foster mom named Sara who was special to me. The song is not about her, and I don't sing it and think about her particularly, but when I first heard the song it reminded me of her, and that initially got me wanting to listen."

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