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Just Revealed: 2013 ACM Award Nominations

Posted on 13 February 2013

academy of country musicEric Church and Miranda Lambert lead the way in the nominations for ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards.  The cowboy hat topped trophy’s will be handed out live on CBS in LasVegas on April 8th.  Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan (both Entertainer nominees) are set to host.

The full list of nominees is at The ACM Site.

Entertainer of the Year

The Academy has the expected names in the Entertiner category but it is still a shock for some country fans to NOT see names like Keith and Kenny in the list.

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Blake Shelton
  • Taylor Swift


Male Vocalist of the Year

Blake has been the man these days but there’s no denying Jason Aldean’s surge or Eric Church’s buzz.  This is a category to watch.

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Toby Keith
  • Blake Shelton


Female Vocalist of the Year

Newcomer Kacey Musgraves surprises many in this years big female list but the real battle will be with the blondes.

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood


Vocal Duo of the Year

A lot of new names in the Duo category.   It’s up for grabs.

  • Big & Rich
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Sugarland
  • Thompson Square


Vocal Group of the Year


  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Zac Brown Band


New Male Vocalist of the Year


  • Lee Brice
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Hunter Hayes


New Female Vocalist of the Year


  • Jana Kramer
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Sunny Sweeney


New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year


  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Thompson Square


New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores (Winners of New Male, New Female & New Vocal Duo of Group of the Year)


  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Jana Kramer


Album of the Year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)


  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville)
    Produced by: Mark Bright
  • Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Red – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
    Produced by: Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson
  • Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens
  • Tornado – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce


Single Record of the Year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)


  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
    Produced by: Mike Wrucke
  • Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
    Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
  • Pontoon – Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Springsteen – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
    Produced by: Jay Joyce
  • Wanted – Hunter Hayes (Atlantic/WMN)
    Produced by: Hunter Hayes, Dann Huff


Song of the Year


  • A Woman Like You – Lee Brice
    Composers: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone
    Publishers: 3JB Music (BMI), Adios Pantalones (SESAC), Hears That Skyline Music (SESAC), Sixteen Stars Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band
    Composers: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay
    Publishers: Cal IV Songs (ASCAP), Will Hoge Music (BMI)
  • Over You – Miranda Lambert
    Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
    Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Springsteen – Eric Church
    Composers: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell
    Publishers: Bug Music (BMI), Ole Purple Cape Music (BMI), Sinnerlina (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Wanted – Hunter Hayes
    Composers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges
    Publishers: Happy Little Man Publishing (BMI), Songs From The Engine Room (BMI), Songs Of Universal Inc. (BMI)

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American Idol Audtions – What You Need to Know

Posted on 13 February 2013

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Idol 2013 Cast / Judges

How to Get an American Idol Audition
By David I Marquez

Do not underestimate the value of the few seconds you get in an American Idol audition. Even thirty seconds of screen time in the audition can set the stage for your future career. So how do you get an audition? Here are a few ideas that will help ensure your chances:

Get as much knowledge of the show as you can.

• Understand how the show works

• The audition process

• What to expect

• Know the age restrictions

• Understand what forms and documents are needed

It may be beneficial to watch past seasons and read stories from previous contestants and winners to get a better idea of how the show works and what to expect. While the audition process is different for each individual, it is a good idea to get an idea of the audition process, both physically and emotionally.

Find an audition location near you. Do your research to find an audition location in your area. Contestants in the past have traveled far to audition, but there are many benefits to finding a location near you. For example, you will have family and friends close for support, you can easily find a travel buddy, you won’t put as much money into the audition and you are less likely to get homesick.

Find an audition piece. For some, this is the hardest part. Your audition piece should portray your talents, vocal range, and be easy to sing a cappella. You may choose to seek advice from a music teacher, close friend, or relative. Make a list of your top five choices and practice each of them in front of various audiences. This will provide you with feedback, give you experience, and help you get a feel for each song choice you have.

There is no such thing as too much preparation. Make a checklist of the tasks you need to complete, turn in, or practice in order to have a successful audition. Get the support of your family and friends to keep you motivated and excited about your upcoming audition. Whether you are singing in the shower, the car, or at the club, take every moment you can to practice your vocals, lines, and pitches. You may choose to video your practice performance to be able to visualize what the judges will see.

Arrive early. When it comes to an American Idol audition, there is no such thing as arriving too early. Arriving as early as the show will allow can help ensure there is time for your audition. If you are at the end of the line, you just might not make it in for an audition that season. Other benefits of arriving include less stress, more time to rehearse in front of peers, more time to meet friends along the journey, and a higher possibility of screen time when cameras capture the anxious contestants.

Have your ticket and documents ready. When the time comes to meet with the producers, it is very important you have all the documents they will request. Be sure to have your ticket, release form, wrist band, identification and other documents readily available.

Give it your all. You have prepared for this moment and are ready to claim your spot on the show. Be sure to give it your all and show the producers what you have rehearsed. Be optimistic and excited. Now is the time to put your fears behind you and show the producers all you have to offer.

For more information when trying to get into an American Idol audition you should tune in American Idol on tonight to get to know the common judge’s reactions after someone sings, the way the “good” contestants prepare when they are going on stage in front of the judges for the first time, and so forth. If you also like some new content on American Idol online go to:

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