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Dierks Bentley's "Somewhere on a Beach" is ASCAP Song of the Year, as Old Dominion ponders a CMA award win

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley delivered his hit “Somewhere on a Beach” Monday night at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, shortly before the #1 took home the honor as ASCAP Song of the Year at the organization’s 55th Annual Country Music Awards.

Jason Aldean‘s “Lights Come On,” Florida Georgia Line‘s “May We All” and Brett Eldredge‘s “Wanna Be That Song” also were in the running, as was Old Dominion‘s “Snapback.”

Even though OD didn’t clinch the ASCAP award this year, there’s still plenty for them to look forward to this week. They’re up for both New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year at Wednesday night’s 51st Annual CMA Awards on ABC.

“Oh my gosh! It’s kinda scary to think about,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey said Monday night before OD’s performance at the Ryman. “But it would definitely be a moment that would feel like it would kinda solidify our place here, you know. I think we’re always a little bit ready for it to end,” he laughs. “You know, we want to keep going, so everything we can do to kinda make sure we can keep doing this, because we absolutely love this. And I think that would really go a long way.”

ASCAP also gave Kelsea Ballerini its Vanguard honor on Monday night, for her contributions toward shaping the future of American music. Eighties and nineties hitmaker Rodney Crowell got the ASCAP Founders Award.

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Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood's greatest CMA hits: Ten years of country music's biggest night

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By Music News Group

Country Music AssociationWednesday night on ABC, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the CMA Awards for the tenth time. That’s a feat surpassed only by Vince Gill, who led country music’s biggest night for a record twelve years.

Looking back over a decade, it’s impossible for Brad to pick out a highlight that stands out among the rest.

“There are so many, it’s hard to really pick anything in particular that’s my favorite moment of the whole thing. I really can’t,” he tells ABC Radio. “I mean, the Barbies with Tim [McGraw] and Faith [Hill] have always been an amazing thing. Hank [Williams] Junior walking out.”

Nevertheless, Brad admits last year’s CMA half-century celebration was a career high point for him.

“You’re standing there and Alabama‘s singing, and Reba [McEntire]…” he remembers. “And I’m behind the wall waiting on Vince to finish a [Merle] Haggard song, so that I can say, ‘I’m a pickin’ and I’m a grinnin” with Roy Clark. I mean, it’s really bucket list stuff.”

Brad’s CMA partner is inclined to agree with him.

“That was like a perk of being a host,” Carrie says. “Like we don’t get paid, getting up there hosting the show. That was our payment, being able to be onstage with those legendary artists.”

Wednesday night’s show promises to add more big moments to Brad and Carrie’s long list of CMA highlights. You can check out the 51st Annual CMA Awards Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. ET, as the evening airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC.

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Nashville notes

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By Annie Reuter

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLindsay Ell partnered with the CMA Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee to help open the Notes for Notes recording studio at the Cleveland Park Boys & Girls Club in Nashville on November 6.

Newcomer Carly Pearce celebrates her first Gold single with “Every Little Thing.” She is the only solo female with a charting country debut single to achieve this major milestone in 2017.

RaeLynn has partnered with Too Faced Cosmetics for a global beauty campaign. The singer is the official face of the cosmetic line’s Life’s a Festival collection which includes Rainbow Strobe Highlighter and Unicorn Tears Bronzer, both available for purchase beginning February 15, 2018.

A Thousand Horses will join Kid Rock‘s Greatest Show on Earth Tour in 2018. The tour kicks off in Nashville on January 19.

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"The Voice" recap: The knockout rounds continue with Miley stealing one of Adam’s artists

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) — The knockout rounds continued on Monday’s edition of The Voice, a night that saw coach Miley Cyrus stealing one of Adam Levine’s artists.

Artists from Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson’s teams also duked it out to see who would make it to the live rounds.

To make things even more competitive, each artist had to watch his or her opponent rehearse.

Advising the artists for the knockout rounds was season-14 coach, Kelly Clarkson.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday night’s episode:

Up first, representing Team Miley, was Brooke Simpson tackling Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” facing off against Stephan Marcellus, singing “Impossible,” by Shontelle. During rehearsals, Kelly and Miley advised Brooke to be “less swaggy” and not over-sing. The recommendation for Marcellus was to sing the song in a lower key. Miley declared Brooke the winner. She advances to the live rounds. Stephan went home.

Blake’s team was up next, with Anna Catherine DeHart covering Faith Hill’s “Breathe” and Mitchell Lee performing Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be.” Following their knockout performances, the coaches were split, with Jennifer and Adam leaning towards Mitchell and Miley favoring Anna Catherine. Blake declared Lee the winner. He moves on to the live rounds, while DeHart’s time on The Voice came to an end.

Next up, representing Team Jennifer, was Jeremiah Miller with “Sorry,” by Justin Bieber, facing off against Noah Mac singing James Bay’s “Hold Back the River.” The two singers were paired, according to Jennifer, so she could determine which one was “ready.” Afterwards, Miley called Noah’s performance her favorite. Adam and Blake also thought Noah killed it. Hudson picked Mac, explaining that he “sleeps [and] eats music.” Noah advances to the live rounds. Miller was sent packing.

Kathrina Feigh, belting out Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” and Keisha Renee, singing Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance, followed for Team Blake. The two were paired because both were “big, soulful singers.” Clarkson thought the singers were evenly matched. The winner, she said, addressing the camera, would come down to which one didn’t cave under pressure. After both artists performed, the other judges were undecided as to who won, but Blake gave Keisha the edge, citing the soulful sound she brings to country music. She moves on, while Kathrina goes home.

The knockouts continued with Team Miley’s Moriah Formica, performing Kellie Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” taking on Whitney Fenimore, covering “Calling All Angels by Train. Kelly warned Moriah not to be too “guarded,” and Miley urged Whitney not to let her nerves get the better of her. Afterwards, Adam couldn’t decide who won, but Blake and Jennifer gave the round to Moriah. Miley chose 16-year-old Moriah for her presence, her voice and her attitude. She continues in the competition. Whitney goes home.

The last pairing of the night was between Team Adam’s Adam Pearce, singing Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” and Emily Luther tackling Pink’s “Glitter in the Air.” Levine, addressing the camera, said he wanted to see “who’s gonna show up and who’s not.” He advised Pearce to lose the guitar he was playing, and Emily not to be “too perfect.” Adam gave the round to Emily, who he called a “showstopper.” She advances to the live rounds.

However, as Adam was walking off the stage, he was stolen at the last minutes by Miley, who explained that Pearce just needed “a bigger stage, more production and fire.” He moves on to the love rounds.

Also advancing on Monday was Team Adam’s Jon Mero, who ousted Dylan Gerard.

The Voice knockout rounds conclude Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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"Dancing with the Stars" recap: On "Trios" night, Jordan Fisher gets two perfect scores and Terrell Owens goes home

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night, week 8 of Dancing with the Stars heated up the dance floor with “Trios Night” where stars performed an individual dance and then a trio dance with one of the special guests.

Past trio dances have added a second professional dancer but on Monday night’s show, the couples were joined by past winners Kelly Monaco from the very first season, Kristi Yamaguchi from season six, Alfonso Ribeiro from season 19, Laurie Hernandez from season 23 and the reigning Mirror Ball trophy holder, Rashad Jennings from season 24. Also, former season 17 runner-up Corbin Bleureturned to the dance floor.

NFL star Terrell Owens kicked things off at the top of the show with a lively Charleston that earned him nice compliments from the judges and score of 27; but sadly, he also closed the show when it was announced he was eliminated.

The night belonged to Broadway star Jordan Fisher. He earned two perfect scores which put him at the top of the leader board. His quickstep with partner Lindsay Arnold to “Chuck Berry” by Pharrell Williams was a knockout performance that made surly judge Len Goodman stand up and applaud.

Later, Jordan and Lindsay were partnered with High School Musical star Corbin Bleu from season 17 and turned in a sensational performance with a salsa to “Que Viva La Vida” by Wisin. Interestingly, both Fisher and Bleu have performed on Broadway in musicals by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Fisher in Hamiltonand Bleu in In the Heights.

Among the night’s highlights was a performance from insecure Frankie Muniz, who is always filled with nerves but has proven himself to be a good dancer. Frankie’s Viennese waltz with partner Witney Carson was good, but his trio dance featuring Alfonso Ribeiro was great fun and prompted Len Goodman to say, “A lot of this competition is about confidence… you’re a good dancer, Frankie. Come out and perform!” which brought cheers from the audience. Frankie earned the second-highest score for the night.

Going to the semi-finals next week, only five couples remain: Jordan and Lindsay; Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas; Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy; Drew Scott and Emma Slater, and Frankie and Witney.

Here are the combined scores for both dances on the night:

Jordan Fisher, 60
Frankie Muniz, 53
Lindsey Stirling, 54
Terrell Owens, 51
Victoria Arlen, 48
Drew Scott, 47

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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