Merle Haggard Responds to Bob Dylan’s MusiCares Person of the Year Diss

Image Courtesy Capitol RecordsBob Dylan's 35-minute speech as the guest of honor at Friday night's MusiCares Person of the Year event included a mention of his 2005 touring partner, Merle Haggard. Bob said "Merle Haggard didn't even think much of my songs. I know he didn't. He didn't say that to me, but I know way back when he didn't."

Merle took to his Facebook page to disagree with Bob's statement. The post says, "Bob Dylan I've admired your songs since 1964. 'Don't Think Twice' Bob, Willie [Nelson] and I just recorded it on our new album."

Bob said Merle's Bakersfield, California contemporary Buck Owens did like Dylan's songs, and he'd rather have Buck's blessing than Merle's anyway.

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Hunter Hayes Loves Rubbing Shoulders with the Legends at the Grammy Awards

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes debuted his song "Invisible" on last year's Grammy telecast, and now he's earned a Best Country Solo Performance nomination for his recording of the song. Looking back on his experience attending the Grammy Awards last year, Hunter recalls being starstruck by all the big names he met at the show.

"I just so happened to run into Sir Paul McCartney backstage and talked to him last year," Hunter says. "That's not the kind of stuff that happens at any other show, you know? So, it was special."

Hunter loves being in the audience for all the big Grammy performances, and he's quick to let his fellow artists know when he's enjoyed what they did on stage.

Says Hunter, "I got to tell Imagine Dragons how much I loved their performance last year. Stuff like that, you know? You gotta love that."

Hunter will be on hand for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards airing Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Hunter Hayes Loves Rubbing Shoulders with the Legends at the Grammy Awards

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes debuted his song "Invisible" on last year's Grammy telecast, and now he's earned a Best Country Solo Performance nomination for his recording of the song. Looking back on his experience attending the Grammy Awards last year, Hunter recalls being starstruck by all the big names he met at the show.

"I just so happened to run into Sir Paul McCartney backstage and talked to him last year," Hunter says. "That's not the kind of stuff that happens at any other show, you know? So, it was special."

Hunter loves being in the audience for all the big Grammy performances, and he's quick to let his fellow artists know when he's enjoyed what they did on stage.

Says Hunter, "I got to tell Imagine Dragons how much I loved their performance last year. Stuff like that, you know? You gotta love that."

Hunter will be on hand for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards airing Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Hunter Hayes Loves Rubbing Shoulders with the Legends at the Grammy Awards

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes debuted his song "Invisible" on last year's Grammy telecast, and now he's earned a Best Country Solo Performance nomination for his recording of the song. Looking back on his experience attending the Grammy Awards last year, Hunter recalls being starstruck by all the big names he met at the show.

"I just so happened to run into Sir Paul McCartney backstage and talked to him last year," Hunter says. "That's not the kind of stuff that happens at any other show, you know? So, it was special."

Hunter loves being in the audience for all the big Grammy performances, and he's quick to let his fellow artists know when he's enjoyed what they did on stage.

Says Hunter, "I got to tell Imagine Dragons how much I loved their performance last year. Stuff like that, you know? You gotta love that."

Hunter will be on hand for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards airing Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Brandy Clark Was Rushing Through Airports When She Learned of Her Grammy Nominations

Image Courtesy EB Media PRBrandy Clark spends a lot of time on planes lately, so it's no surprise she found out about her two Grammy nominations while passing through multiple airports. Brandy was flying from Nashville to New Mexico for a concert the morning the Grammy nominees were announced. After getting through airport security, Brandy got a text from her publicist telling her she'd received a Best Country Album nomination for 12 Stories.

Brandy tells ABC News Radio, "I opened it and there's a picture of the Best Country Album nominations and 12 Stories is right in the middle, and I started shaking and crying. I just was overwhelmed, and it was so great because I wasn't expecting it."

Once she landed in Dallas to change planes, Brandy turned her phone on to find more than 90 text messages. One text from her songwriter friend, Jessie Jo Dillon, stood out because it was all capital letters.

"I clicked on hers, and it was, 'Holy…' a whole bunch of [expletives], 'You've been nominated for Best New Artist over all genres,'" Brandy recalls. "And I thought, 'She's wrong about that. That's not correct. She's confused.'"

Another text from her publicist confirmed Brandy was nominated against the likes of Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea for Best New Artist.

As for the Best Country Album nod, Brandy adds, "I believe in 12 Stories so much and believe it deserves the recognition of that nomination. I know that probably sounds arrogant, but I really just believe it is in the top five country albums. I'm not saying I think it's number one, but I think it deserves to be in that pool."

Brandy will perform with Dwight Yoakam on the Grammy Awards Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

In other Brandy news, she has co-written a new musical with her frequent collaborator Shane McAnally, loosely based on the classic TV series, Hee Haw. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical is a musical comedy, and it's set to premiere at the Dallas Theater Center in Texas on September 2 and run through October 11. For more information, go to DallasTheaterCenter.org.

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Brandy Clark Was Rushing Through Airports When She Learned of Her Grammy Nominations

Image Courtesy EB Media PRBrandy Clark spends a lot of time on planes lately, so it's no surprise she found out about her two Grammy nominations while passing through multiple airports. Brandy was flying from Nashville to New Mexico for a concert the morning the Grammy nominees were announced. After getting through airport security, Brandy got a text from her publicist telling her she'd received a Best Country Album nomination for 12 Stories.

Brandy tells ABC News Radio, "I opened it and there's a picture of the Best Country Album nominations and 12 Stories is right in the middle, and I started shaking and crying. I just was overwhelmed, and it was so great because I wasn't expecting it."

Once she landed in Dallas to change planes, Brandy turned her phone on to find more than 90 text messages. One text from her songwriter friend, Jessie Jo Dillon, stood out because it was all capital letters.

"I clicked on hers, and it was, 'Holy…' a whole bunch of [expletives], 'You've been nominated for Best New Artist over all genres,'" Brandy recalls. "And I thought, 'She's wrong about that. That's not correct. She's confused.'"

Another text from her publicist confirmed Brandy was nominated against the likes of Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea for Best New Artist.

As for the Best Country Album nod, Brandy adds, "I believe in 12 Stories so much and believe it deserves the recognition of that nomination. I know that probably sounds arrogant, but I really just believe it is in the top five country albums. I'm not saying I think it's number one, but I think it deserves to be in that pool."

Brandy will perform with Dwight Yoakam on the Grammy Awards Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

In other Brandy news, she has co-written a new musical with her frequent collaborator Shane McAnally, loosely based on the classic TV series, Hee Haw. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical is a musical comedy, and it's set to premiere at the Dallas Theater Center in Texas on September 2 and run through October 11. For more information, go to DallasTheaterCenter.org.

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