Sara Evans Teams with Leese-Fitch Wine to Offer VIP Stagecoach Festival Sweepstakes

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans has teamed up with Leese-Fitch wine to offer fans a VIP trip to the Stagecoach Festival in California in April 2015. The winners will meet Sara and get tickets to the big festival, which also features performances from Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw.

For more information on the contest, go to TOGWines.com.

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Grammy Album of the Year Nominees Revealed on “A Very Grammy Christmas” Special

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Five artists got a nice Christmas present Friday night at the end of the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas: a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

After rolling out 82 out of 83 categories in all on Friday, the nominees for the most prestigious category were unveiled at the end of the special, which featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.  Conveniently, those last two artists were nominated. 

The Album of the Year nominees are:

G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Morning Phase, Beck
X (Multiply), Ed Sheeran
Beyonce, Beyonce

"Oh my gosh, dream come true!" exclaimed Sam after host LL Cool J read the nominees.  Sam is now the first male artist in 34 years -- and the first male U.K. artist ever -- to be nominated in all of the "Big Four" Grammy categories: Record, Song, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Sam Smith and Beyonce extend their Grammy nominations lead: they now each have six Grammy nominations, and so does Pharrell.  Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White each have four nominations.

The special featured Christmas and Grammy reminiscences from Mary, Ariana, Tim, Pharrell and Adam Levine, who admitted that even though he's Jewish, Christmas is a special time of the year for him, too.  Tim related the story of how, as a kid searching for Christmas presents one year, he found his birth certificate, which revealed that his real father was baseball legend Tug McGraw.

The artists performed the following numbers:

Maroon 5 -- A cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and a medley of "This Love" and "Animals"
Ariana Grande -- "Santa Tell Me" and "Best Mistake," the latter of which she performed with her boyfriend, Big Sean
Mary J. Blige -- Her cover of U2's "One" and "When You're Gone"
Tim McGraw -- "Live Like You Were Dying" and "Overrated"
Pharrell Williams -- "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Lost Queen"
Sam Smith -- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

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Grammy Album of the Year Nominees Revealed on “A Very Grammy Christmas” Special

CBS

Five artists got a nice Christmas present Friday night at the end of the CBS special A Very Grammy Christmas: a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

After rolling out 82 out of 83 categories in all on Friday, the nominees for the most prestigious category were unveiled at the end of the special, which featured musical performances by Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.  Conveniently, those last two artists were nominated. 

The Album of the Year nominees are:

G I R L, Pharrell Williams
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Morning Phase, Beck
X (Multiply), Ed Sheeran
Beyonce, Beyonce

"Oh my gosh, dream come true!" exclaimed Sam after host LL Cool J read the nominees.  Sam is now the first male artist in 34 years -- and the first male U.K. artist ever -- to be nominated in all of the "Big Four" Grammy categories: Record, Song, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Sam Smith and Beyonce extend their Grammy nominations lead: they now each have six Grammy nominations, and so does Pharrell.  Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White each have four nominations.

The special featured Christmas and Grammy reminiscences from Mary, Ariana, Tim, Pharrell and Adam Levine, who admitted that even though he's Jewish, Christmas is a special time of the year for him, too.  Tim related the story of how, as a kid searching for Christmas presents one year, he found his birth certificate, which revealed that his real father was baseball legend Tug McGraw.

The artists performed the following numbers:

Maroon 5 -- A cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and a medley of "This Love" and "Animals"
Ariana Grande -- "Santa Tell Me" and "Best Mistake," the latter of which she performed with her boyfriend, Big Sean
Mary J. Blige -- Her cover of U2's "One" and "When You're Gone"
Tim McGraw -- "Live Like You Were Dying" and "Overrated"
Pharrell Williams -- "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Lost Queen"
Sam Smith -- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

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Fun Facts from Friday’s Grammy Awards Nominations

NARASHere are a few fun facts coming out of Friday's Grammy Awards nominations:

-- Eric Church and Miranda Lambert earned nominations in all four country categories, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders and Platinum, respectively.

-- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill earned their sixth nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group category for "Meanwhile Back at Mama's." They've won that trophy twice.

-- Beyoncé picked up several Grammy nominations Friday. She surpassed Dolly Parton's record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history last year.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday, February 8, live on CBS.

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Fun Facts from Friday’s Grammy Awards Nominations

NARASHere are a few fun facts coming out of Friday's Grammy Awards nominations:

-- Eric Church and Miranda Lambert earned nominations in all four country categories, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders and Platinum, respectively.

-- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill earned their sixth nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group category for "Meanwhile Back at Mama's." They've won that trophy twice.

-- Beyoncé picked up several Grammy nominations Friday. She surpassed Dolly Parton's record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history last year.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday, February 8, live on CBS.

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RaeLynn Tackling the National Anthem for Monday Night Football

Image Courtesy Valory/Susannah BarberRaeLynn is headed to Green Bay, WI to sing the national anthem for the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons. Her performance can be seen on the ESPN broadcast starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. RaeLynn is taking her family along for the gig.

RaeLynn is climbing the country chart with her debut single, "God Made Girls." She's in the studio now working on her first full-length album.

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