FOXLukeBryan was the big winner at Tuesday night's American Country Awards, taking home his second consecutive Artist of the Year award. Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Scotty McCreery also walked away with the ACA's signature guitar-shaped award.
Here's a rundown of the winners announced during Tuesday night's American Country Awards broadcast on FOX:
Artist of the Year Luke Bryan
Male Artist of the Year Luke Bryan
Female Artist of the Year Miranda Lambert
Group of the Year Lady Antebellum
Touring Artist of the Year Luke Bryan Album of the Year Based on a True Story…, Blake Shelton
Song of the Year "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Single of the Year "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line New Artist of the Year Florida Georgia Line
Most Played Radio Track "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line
Music Video of the Year "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line
Single by a Group "Downtown," Lady Antebellum
Single by a Female Artist "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert
Radio Track by a Female Artist "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert
Single by a New Artist "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line Most-Played Radio Track by a New Artist "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line
Radio Track by a Male Artist "How Country Feels," Randy Houser
Music Video By a Male Artist "Sure Be Cool if You Did," Blake Shelton
Music Video by a Female Artist "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood
Great American Country Music Video of the Year "Sure Be Cool if You Did," Blake Shelton
Single by a Male Artist "Sure Be Cool if You Did," Blake Shelton
Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist "I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice
Breakthrough Artist of the Year Scotty McCreery
Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Music Video by a Group or Collaboration "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Radio Track of the Year: Group "Better Dig Two," The Band Perry
Sony LegacyThere's a brand-new Johnny Cash album coming out next year -- that is, brand-new to fans. The late legend's son, John Carter Cash, discovered unreleased tracks from his father's 1981 and 1984 recording sessions in Nashville with famed producer Billy Sherrill. Twelve of those tracks are being released on the new collection, Out Among the Stars, due out March 25.
The project includes a duet with Waylon Jennings on the song "I'm Movin' On" as well as two additional collaborations with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash.
Here's the Out Among the Stars track listing:
"Out Among the Stars" "Baby Ride Easy" (duet with June Carter Cash) "She Used to Love Me a Lot" "After All" "I'm Movin' On" (duet with Waylon Jennings) "If I Told You Who It Was" "Call Your Mother" "I Drove Her Out of My Mind" "Tennessee" "Rock and Roll Shoes" "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time" (duet with June Carter Cash) "I Came to Believe"
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan and Eric Church have signed on to headline the 2nd Annual Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 12 and 13, 2014. Billy Currington, Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard and Chase Rice are among the other stars included in the festival's talent lineup. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Broken Bow RecordsParmalee's debut album, Feels Like Carolina, is now in stores, but the band's friends and family members will be scoring a free copy of the album this Christmas. Parmalee has been together for more than a decade now, and there were holiday seasons where money was tight while they worked to make a name for themselves.
The group's Barry Knox tells ABC News Radio, "We actually have something to give our family members for Christmas now. There's been a lot of years we've told 'em, 'All right, well, next year, next year we're gonna get you something good for Christmas.' I think this year will be about the biggest year."
Feels Like Carolina was originally slated to come out in January, but the runaway success of their debut single, "Carolina," convinced Parmalee's record label to release it in time for Christmas. That meant the band members had to hustle to make sure the album was finished in time.
Lead singer Matt Thomas says, "We were literally doing, we were doing, we were out of town doing mixes and OK-ing graphics and everything. Just three years of work all got done in four hours. I was like, 'Man, y'all are killing me,' but it's done, and we're excited."
After playing the American Country Awards' official after-party in Las Vegas Wednesday night, Parmalee heads to New York City to perform "Carolina" on FOX & Friends this Friday morning.
Getty Images/ACAMirandaLambert was literally more than a mile high at the Deer Valley Resort in Utah Friday night when she got the news about her Grammy nomination. She's up for Best Country Solo Performance for "Mama's Broken Heart." Her husband, Blake Shelton, is also up for that trophy, for his song "Mine Would Be You."
"I'm so thrilled to have a Grammy nomination with such a great song," Miranda says. "'Mama's Broken Heart' is one of my favorite songs I have recorded. It's also unique to be in the same category with my very talented husband. I am proud to be part of the wonderful country music family!”
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast live from Los Angeles Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Miranda was entertaining the crowd Friday at the 22nd Annual Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest Friday in Utah. That event pairs Olympic skiers with celebrities to raise money for the Waterkeeper Alliance in their work to preserve and protect water from polluters.
David M. Russell/CBSYou've heard about the performance, but now you'll finally be able to see Taylor Swift strut down the runaway with lingerie-clad models at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
As previously reported, on the show, Taylor took the stage twice: once to perform "I Knew You Were Trouble," and a second time to sing along with Fall Out Boy on their song "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." Earlier in the year, Taylor had tweeted how much she liked that song.
During "Trouble," Taylor wore a sexy, sparkly silver minidress. Performing with Fall Out Boy, Taylor wore a glittery short number with a Union Jack print on it, as well as a tiny matching Union Jack top hat and Union Jack shoes.
"I've always loved the idea of the Victoria's Secret show because it's so glamorous, it's so fun, it's so festive," Taylor says. "It's such a show. It's such a spectacle." She adds, "The most exciting thing is getting to perform during a runway show and the fact that it's this runway show...I don't think you can ask for anything better."
You may recall that Taylor's appearance resulted in an apparent diss from model Jessica Hart who, when asked if Taylor had what it takes to be a real Victoria's Secret runway model, said that the singer "didn't fit." Her rep later said said she'd been misquoted, but that was followed by rumors that Victoria's Secret had fired Hart for her comments. That was also denied.
Top models like Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and Adam Levine's fiancée, Behati Prinsloo are also on the bill.
FOXThe fourth annual American Country Awards will be handed out Tuesday night live from Las Vegas on FOX, but a few of the night's honorees have already been revealed. Taylor Swift will appear via satellite from Australia to receive the first-ever ACA World Wide Artist Award in honor of her global popularity. Brad Paisley is set to receive the Video Visionary Award in honor of his innovative videos. He also will be performing on the show.
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, Randy Houser and Justin Moore also are appearing on the ACAs along with Thomas Rhett, who will give his first awards show performance on Tuesday night's show. He's up against Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope and Kacey Musgraves in the New Artist category.
Says Thomas, "That's just the coolest thing in the world, and I'm honored to be in good company, and if I win, that'd be awesome. If I don't, I'm just glad I'm in the nominations."
As for Kip, he's not campaigning that hard for fan votes, but he knows his fans are out there really working to get him an ACA win or two.
Kip tells ABC News Radio, "I'm not one of those artists that's, you know, posting every day, you know, about vote this and that, but I am grateful for those guys that are voting without me asking them. They're supportive of me."
Jason Aldean is hoping to take a few of the ACA's guitar trophies as well. He's already won seven of them, and Jason says those wins only get sweeter with time.
He explains, "I think at the end of the day when my career is done or maybe not as hot as it is right now, all these awards that you've kind of have collected over the years, I think as much as they mean now, I think will probably mean a hundred times more then, you know, when you go back and look back and reflect on your career and things like that."
Little Big Town has quite a few nominations, but they won't be able to attend the show due to a previous commitment. Watching the show from home in Nashville will be odd for the group since they attend country award shows all the time.
LBT's Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, "We've never had to stay home. We've been going to award shows for 15 years. You know, half the time we weren't nominated, so yeah, we don't know. We wish were gonna be there, but it'll be cool."
She adds, "Do you have to be present to win?"
The American Country Awards take place at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas this year, and that's just one of the many Sin City hotels the members of Lady Antebellum have visited over the years. They've stayed at the MGM Grand, the Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace while performing in Vegas, but the group's Charles Kelley prefers the Wynn over all the others.
He says, "We stayed in a suite at the Wynn one time for a private show. I felt like, honestly, Tony Montana [from Scarface]. I was like, 'Say hello to my giant bathtub.'"
The fourth annual American Country Awards air live at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night on FOX. Trace Adkins and race car driver Danica Patrick are hosting.
Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is just full of surprises this week.
After announcing Monday he would embark on a world tour in 2014, Garth has released a new single with his wife Trisha Yearwood, titled "The Call." The duet is featured on the DVD Live at the Wynn in Garth's new box set, Blame It All on My Roots. Look for the video to premiere Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET on Great American Country and air throughout the day.
Warner BrothersFrankie Ballard will release his new album, Sunshine & Whiskey, on February 11, 2014 featuring his latest hit, "Helluva Life."
Frankie says, "Making this album was freeing. If I didn't like something, we'd change it, and if we liked something, we'd chase it and try to get it perfect. It was an unbelievably cool experience and I’m excited to share the new music with fans."
The video for that song is now airing on CMT and Great American Country.
Dolly Records/SonyIf you're a Dolly Parton fan, you'll have to wait until the spring for her new album -- unless you take a trip Down Under.
Dolly's new project, Blue Smoke, will be released in New Zealand and Australia January 31, 2014 in advance of her Blue Smoke World Tour, launching there in February. Blue Smoke will be released in the U.S. and Europe in May 2014 before she takes her tour to those territories.
Blue Smoke marks Dolly's first release on her new record label, Sony Mastworks, in a joint venture with her own Dolly Records.
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail is profiled in a new Great American Country special, Introducing: David Nail, premiering later this week. The show tells the story of David moving to Nashville in 1999 and quickly landing, and then losing, a record deal shortly after he arrived.
David says, “When you take a 21-year-old kid from a small town, flying him all over the country, staying in nice hotels, you think you’ve got it made and that the rest is history. It was a rude awakening when reality hit."
About five years after losing that first deal, David signed with MCA Records and went on to release the hits "Red Light," "Let It Rain" and his current single, "Whatever She's Got." He'll discuss that success on the special. David's wife, parents, record producer and friends are also interviewed on Introducing: David Nail, airing Thursday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington heads out on his We Are Tonight tour starting March 6, 2014 with special guests Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. Sixteen shows have been announced, with dates on the books through May. Billy is touring in support of his latest album, We Are Tonight, which features the #1 hit, "Hey Girl."
Here are the tour dates:
3/6 -- Tulsa, OK, The Joint 3/7 -- Shawnee, OK, The Grand Casino Resort 3/8 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 3/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel 3/15 -- Tunica, MS, Harrah's Tunica 3/20 -- DeKalb, IL, NIU Convocation Center 3/21 -- Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium 3/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave 3/27 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 3/28 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria Country War Memorial Arena 3/29 -- Troy, OH, Hobart Arena 4/10 -- Pikeville, KY, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center 4/11 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston PAC 5/1 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live 5/2 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City Riverdome 5/3 -- Ft. Smith, AR, Fort Smith Convention Center
RCA NashvilleSaraEvans returns March 4 with her new album, Slow Me Down, and she's got some special guests joining her on the project, including Vince Gill, Isaac Slade of The Fray and Gavin DeGraw.
Sara says, "Having Isaac, Gavin and Vince sing with me, was an amazing experience and they took those songs to another level. I honestly have never been more excited to have everyone hear one of my albums. I cannot wait to share it with everyone.”
Slow Me Down is Sara's seventh studio album and comes more than two years after her last release, Stronger.
PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas, Mark Tucker)For years, Garth Brooks has refrained from touring because he wanted to be home for his three young daughters. Well, they're not so young anymore, and that means the star is finally free to go back out on the road.
"We're going on a world tour in 2014," Garth unexpectedly told ABC's Robin Roberts on Monday's Good Morning America. "Our baby" -- that's Garth's daughter Allie -- "is a senior in high school and we've talked about it. And all my babies are fine with it."
Referring to his wife, Trisha Yearwood, Garth added, "And Ms. Yearwood is fine with it and so now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music. I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood. And my children are off on their own."
Garth may have hinted at a tour being in the works with an email in October that read, "The sevens have aligned. It has begun... Thank you for believing...love, g." Sevens was the name of Garth's 1997 album. It's also one of the highest-paying combinations on a slot machine.
Garth officially announced he was retiring from touring in 2000, though he has played select concerts since then, and has also performed a Las Vegas residency.
RCA NashvilleJake Owen had four number-one hits from his last album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, but he isn't nervous about keeping that string of hits going with his latest album, Days of Gold. In fact, Jake's previous success made him very laid back while making the new album.
He says, "I've looked at it like, if you've won the race before, or if you've set out to do something and you've accomplished what you wanted, I'm by no means content with where I am, but you feel more at home. You're not as nervous."
Having a track record of hits gave Jake a sense of belonging in the country music community, too.
"I feel comfortable with how people perceive me," Jake explains. "I don't feel like I'm trying to win them over as much anymore as I did before."
Jake has produced a trilogy of videos for his new songs "Days of Gold," "Beachin'" and "Ghost Town, " now available on Vevo.
Caesars PalaceShania Twain just celebrated the first anniversary of her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and it looks like she may be extending her contract into 2015. The current contract expires next year, but Shania tells The Las Vegas Sun she'd like to stick around Sin City a little longer.
She says, "I’m having such a great time! You know we’ve already just passed our first anniversary here. It went by very quickly, and I’d be thrilled to carry on."
Shania wraps up her 2013 shows with a party for her band and crew on December 13 before heading down to the Bahamas for Christmas. Shania's show, Shania: Still the One, kicks off another run on January 22.
"It’s a very short turnaround," Shania explains. "I go away for Christmas, then come right back. I look forward to it; I like the shorter breaks."
Tickets for Shania: Still the One are now available at ShaniainVegas.com.