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.
Jimmie Allen wanted to make sure that his band and crew members were going to be okay during the pandemic, so he went to the bank and took out a loan to help them financially during these difficult times. Jimmie shared the story in an interview with 20/20 prior to the CMA Awards. He said he's got 45 years to pay it back, so he's okay with it and he doesn't regret his decision.
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line is addressing the recent rumour that he and Brian Kelley had a falling out and that the duo was possibly splitting up. The gossip started when Tyler temporarily unfollowed Brian on Instagram. Tyler says their friendship is fine and their relationship is stronger than ever. He said in a recent interview, "I unfollowed BK for a few days while we were through this political, you know, in the middle of this election and everything going on...I even called him and told him, I said, 'Hey buddy, I love you. And I love you a lot more in real life than on your stories right now...So that's why I'm unfollowing you. Nothing personal. I still love you. You're still my brother.' I just didn't want to see it every time I opened Instagram."
LANCO is about to add some new members to the group. Chandler Baldwin and Tripp Howell and their wives are expecting babies in May. Tripp tell People, "It gives us such joy in the midst of a difficult year. It's been very tough not being able to tour, but the postitive is that we've had a lot of time to reflect and grow as a couple and focus on our family." He and his wife Alli are having a boy, but Chandler and his wife Natalie are waiting until their anniversary on New Year's Eve to find out what they are having.
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans are coming up on three years of marriage. Kelsea says that they try to model their marriage after other successful couples like Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren. "You learn what's important. You learn how they do it. You learn how different couples manage it," she shares. "You find what works for you and then you respect each other for making it a priority. And with TR and Lauren, that is their priority no matter what. Them and their kids."
Dolly Parton will receive the 2020 Hitmakers Award during Billboard's Women in Music Event, which is taking place virtually on December 10. The all-genre ceremony celebrates the achievements of female artists. Dolly is being recognized for her skills as a songwriter. The Hitmakers Award is given to an artist "whose compositions have significantly impacted culture."
Miranda Lambert is one of five inductees who will join the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in April. The 45th annual Induction Luncheon and Ceremony is scheduled for April 27 in Fort Worth, Texas. It was established in 1975 as a way of "honouring and celebrating women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the West, and foster an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire." The museum features exhibits, a research library, a rare photography collection and distance-learning programs.