DAN AND SHAY GRATEFUL FOR ACM NOMINATIONS
NASHVILLE (AP) — Dan Smyers of Dan and Shay says he kept refreshing the Academy of Country Music twitter feed and he kept seeing their name pop up. He thought it was a joke or a mistake. Dan and Shay got six nominations, as did Chris Stapleton. Smyers also got four nominations on his own for producing and songwriting. The entertainer of the year contenders are Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney. Kacey Musgraves got five nominations. Other nominees include Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Florida Georgia Line. Bebe Rexha earns four nominations, her first ones for the ACMs ever. Reba McEntire will host the ACMs, set for April 7 in Las Vegas.
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MORGXN EXPLAINS HIS CONFLICTED FEELINGS ABOUT “HOME”
CHICAGO (AP) — Morgxn (MOR’-gan) felt dishonest when he first wrote the song “Home.” He says while the words came pouring out of him, it’s not how he actually feels about home. Morgxn was often unhappy growing up in Nashville, and he did not find a way to express himself until he moved to Los Angeles. Morgxn realized that’s what he meant by home: a means of expression, rather than a place. Still, when he finished the song, he found something missing, so he actually did go back home. He recorded his friends in a living room, and that’s the choir that’s on the record. Morgxn says it was also bittersweet, because his father died two months later. He says his father never heard the final song, but he likes to think his dad helped it along.
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GREAT WHITE QUIETLY MARKS 16th ANNIVERSARY OF DEADLY NIGHTCLUB FIRE
UNDATED (AP) — Great White singer Jack Russell’s message yesterday was simply, ”#NeverForget 2-20-03 God Bless and Rest in Peace.” Yesterday marked the 16th anniversary of the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, that killed 100 people. The fire started from Great White’s pyrotechnics igniting soundproofing foam on the walls. The site is now a memorial park. No formal service was planned for yesterday, but several people still showed up to pay respects.
JASON ALDEAN UNLOADS HOME FOR $7 MILLION
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Aldean has sold his mansion in Columbia, Tennessee for $7 million. People magazine reports the 120-acre estate comes with a swimming pool, bowling alley, a barn, a stable and an outdoor kitchen. The main house has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Aldean and his wife, Brittany, sold the house after they announced plans to build a new one in Tennessee.
LOVELYTHEBAND WILL DROP IN ON “AMERICAN IDOL”
NEW YORK (AP) — Lovelytheband will be guest mentors on the upcoming season of “American Idol.” They will be part of the “All-Star Duets” round, which will pair the top 20 contestants with famous musicians. The air date has not yet been announced. “American Idol” premieres March 3 on ABC.
THE 1975 TAKE TWO BRIT AWARDS
LONDON (AP) — The 1975 were double winners at the Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys. They won the British group award and British album of the year for “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.” Jorja Smith, George Ezra, Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day), Drake and The Carters were among the other winners.
by Margie Szaroleta