Country News

Brantley Gilbert Wins First American Music Award

Posted On November 24, 2014

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Brantley Gilbert is adding a new honor to his collection. The singer earned his first career American Music Award, getting the nod for Favorite Album - Country with "Just As I Am." In accepting his trophy during the ABC ceremony, Brantley took his cue from other winners.   Luke Bryan was…

Keith Urban, Dolly Parton Nominated For Australia’s Country Music Awards

Posted On November 23, 2014

(Undated) -- Keith Urban is up for honors in his homeland. The Australian-raised star is a two-time nominee heading into the 43rd Country Music Awards of Australia. His hit "Somewhere In My Car" is up for Single and Video Clip of the Year. Urban's competition in both categories includes songs by Kacey Chambers and Luke…

Alan Jackson Recalls Early Career Competition With Travis Tritt

Posted On November 23, 2014

(Undated) -- Alan Jackson admits he "wasn't trying to be a rival" to Travis Tritt. But the singer tells "Country Weekly" they launched their recording careers at the same time, and early on often faced each other for awards and honors. Jackson also admits "a lot of times" he came out on top -- but…

Keith Urban Calls Music A Lifelong Passion

Posted On November 23, 2014

(Undated) -- Keith Urban says he'd be a musician today even if he didn't find fame and commercial success. The country star tells CMT he started playing at the age of six, and feels "really fortunate" that his parents supported his interest. He recalls that they would drive him to talent shows when he was…

Amy Grant Rides Santa Train

Posted On November 23, 2014

(Undated) -- Amy Grant says riding the Santa Train was an incredible experience. The country star was this year's celebrity participant for the annual holiday event, which this year made 13 stops at communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. Amy tells Billboard.com when she got on the train she was amazed by the "unbelievable amount…