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Chris Stapleton says that he's not superstitious...well not that superstitious. There are a few things that seem to find their way into the studio when he's recording. Chris has a lucky guitar, a Fender Jazmaster, and a pocket knife that he always carries with him, that belonged to his late father. He also has an old dining room chair from his parents' house that he sits in when he records. It's been there for each one of his albums. "Every note. Every record. One Chair," Chris writes.

Hal Ketchum has died at the age of 67 after a battle with dementia. His wife, Andrea, shared the news on Tuesday (Nov. 24) with an announcement on Facebook. Hal moved to Texas in 1981 and achieved success with his 1991 single "Small Town Saturday Night". He had his health battles over the years. In 1998, he was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, which left him without the use of the left side of his body and forced him to re-learn basic tasks. In April 2019, Andrea posted on Hal's official Facebook page that he was retiring from music because of his dementia. At that time, she revealed that he had been dealing with it for some time.

 

The nominees have been announced for the upcoming Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah. The show will air January 31st on CBS. Here's a look at the country music nominees:

Best Country Solo Performance:

Eric Church - "Stick That In Your Country Song"

Brandy Clark - "Who You Thought I Was"

Vince Gill - "When My Amy Prays"

Mickey Guyton - "Black Like Me"

Miranda Lambert - "Bluebird"

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:

Brothers Osborne - "All Night"

Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber - ""10,000 Hours"

Lady A - "Ocean"

Little Big Town - "Sugar Coat"

Old Dominion - "Some People Do"

Best Country Song (songwriters award):

Miranda Lambert - "Bluebird" (written by Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert)

Maren Morris - "The Bones" (written by Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz)

The Highwomen - "Crowded Table" (written by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna)

Ingrid Andress - "More Hearts Than Mine" (written by Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis and Derrick Southerland)

Old Dominion - "Some People Do" (written by Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey and Thomas Rhett)

Best Country Album:

Ingrid Andress - Lady Like

Brandy Clark - Your Life Is a Record

Miranda Lambert - Wildcard

Little Big Town - Nightfall

Ashley McBryde - Never Will

Ingrid Andress is also nominated in the all genre category of Best New Artist.

This year's Christmas in Rockefeller Centre special is airing December 2nd at 8pm on NBC. You'll see performances from Dolly Parton, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix and more. The special will feature a number of duets. So you'll see Dolly Parton team up with Jimmy Fallon, Brett Eldredge with Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor with Earth, Wind and Fire.

 

Florida Georgia Line are the first country artists in RIAA certification's 62-year-history to record two Diamond singles, "Cruise" and "Meant To Be", their collaboration with Bebe Rexha. "Thank you guys for the recognition and this ride has been a dream come true," Brian Kelley said during a virtual celebration. "It's pretty crazy hearing the numbers. It's pretty wild to think about it in that time span..." "It is surreal and it is nice to take a second to let that sink in, and honestly we're so thankful," Tyer Hubbard added. "It's awesome to know it's connecting. When I hear those numbers, that's what I hear, and I just think that's something that we can all be proud of."

After the coronavirus pandemic put their wedding plans on hold in May, Jon Pardi and Summer Fawn Duncan finally got married this weekend. The couple tied the knot at Saddle Woods Farms in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Saturday. Because of ongoing restrictions, they downsized their guest list and provided sanitizing stations and custom "Pardi Time" masks. Guests got to enjoy a plated dinner that included chicken and steak. There was no wedding cake. Instead they served churros.

The American Music Awards were held last night in front of a live, socially distanced and COVID-tested audience at the Mircrosoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Dan + Shay were one of the big winners of the night being named Favourite Country Duo or Group. Their song "10,000 Hours" featuring Justin Bieber won Favourite Country Song and the all-genre Collaboration of the Year. Favourite Male Country Artist was Kane Brown. Maren Morris won for Favourite Female Country Artist and Favourite Country Album honours went to Blake Shelton for "Fully Loaded: God's Country".

Dallas Smith and his wife, Kristen, welcomed a baby girl to their family over the weekend. Everyn Owen Smith was born yesterday at Langley Memorial Hospital, weighing 7lbs 11oz. Mom and baby are doing great. 

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