Georgia Major Artist News

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(sources: AllAboutCountry.com, CMT.com, MusicRow.com and others as noted)

GEORGIA SONGWRITER HILLARY LINDSEY ADDED TO NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Born in Washington, GA, Hillary Lindsey moved to Nashville in 1994 to attend Belmont University. During her senior year she signed her first publishing deal. In 2002 she celebrated her first #1 hit - "Blessed" by Martina McBride. In 2005 Hillary scored Carrie Underwood's first single from her first album - "Jesus Take The Wheel," a multi-genre hit that earned the 2006 Grammy for Best Country Song, as well as the 2006 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, the 2006 NSAI Song of the Year and the 2005 ACM Single of the Year. Underwood has recorded nearly 40 of Hillary's songs, including "So Small" and "Wasted." Other chart-toppers from Hillary's pen are "American Honey" by Lady Antebellum, "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans, "Shotgun Rider" by Tim McGraw, "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town (which earned the 2015 Grammy for Best Country Song, the 2015 CMA Song and Single of the Year, the 2015 NSAI Song of the Year) and "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban (the 2017 CMA Single of the Year, the 2017 NSAI Song of the Year). Additionally, "I'll Never Love Again" by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (from the film A Star Is Born) earned the 2019 Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Hillary was named ACM Songwriter of the Year in 2019, 2020 and 2021. (Source: MusicRow.com)

GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED IN CMT AWARDS

(March 16th). Several Georgia country acts were nominated for the 2022 CMT Awards, announced this morning. Jason Aldean, with Carrie Underwood is nominated for Video of the Year for "If I Didn't Love You". Cole Swindel, with Lainey Wilson, for "Never Say Never". Kane Brown for "One Mississippi". Kane Brown also is up for Male Artist of the Year along with Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. The Zac Brown Band is nominated for Duo / Group of the Year. For Collabarate Video of the Year. Florida Georgia Line for "Lil Bit" as well as Jason Aldean with Carrie Underwood for "If I Didnt Love You", as well as Luke Bryan with Jordan Davis for "Buy Dirt". The awards will air on CBS on Monday, April 11th at 8pm, EST., which marks the first time the show is NOT on CMT. (Source: TasteOfCountry.com).

JASON ALDEAN WINS AT THE ACM AWARDS

(March 8th). Jason Aldean, with Carrie Underwood won last night at the ACM Awards for Single Of The Year with "If I Didn't Love You". Jason was the only Georgia artist to win last night. For the first time, the show was not broadcast on national tv by CBS. It was shown on Amazon Prime Video streaming service instead. The ACM Awards also returned to Las Vegas after taking place in Nashville the past two years. The 2022 ceremony was held at Vegas' Allegiant Stadium.The ACM Awards returned to Las Vegas after taking place in Nashville the past two years. The 2022 ceremony was held at Vegas' Allegiant Stadium.

GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED FOR ACM AWARDS

(Feb 11th). The 2022 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards have announced their nominees for this year's event. Thomas Rhett has been nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Little Big Town and Lady A, both are up for Group of the Year. Thomas Rhett's album "Country Again" is up for Album of the Year. Luke Bryan's "Buy Dirt" is nominated for Single of the Year as well as Kane Brown with Chris Young for their song "Famous Friends". Jason Aldean's "If I Didn't Love You" with Carrie Underwood, also is up for Single of the Year. "Buy Dirt" is also up for Song Of the Year. "Famous Friends" is also nominated for Video of the Year. "Buy Dirt", "Famous Friends" and "If I Didn't Love You" also are up for Event of the Year. The awards will air March 7th from Las Vegas on CBS.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE TO TAKE A BREAK

(Feb 10th). Florida Georgia Line is going on hiatus. Following speculation that the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley was breaking up after Tyler temporarily unfollowed his band mate on social media in the midst of the 2020 election and canceling their 2021 tour over COVID-19 concerns, FGL is setting the record straight. "I think 'taking a break' is the proper term, as opposed to breaking up," Tyler tells People. Brian, who has moved back to his home state of Florida, insists that they're not parting ways, but rather focusing on their personal passions. The Ormond Beach native recently released his debut solo album, Sunshine State of Mind, and will be embarking on the headlining Made by the Water Tour this spring and summer."We're taking a break from recording our music," Brian says. "We're being artists. We love creating. And so a couple years back, we started writing without each other and trying different writers, and now we're both doing that with our music." (Source: YourGeorgiaCountry.com)

LAUREN ALAINA TO BECOME NEWEST MEMBER OF GRAND OLE OPRY

(Jan 28th). Georgia's own Lauren Alaina will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, on Saturday night, Feb 12th. She was invited to join by another Georgia star, Trisha Yearwood, back on Dec 21st. After Trisha invited her, Alaina said though joyfull tears, "I have not cried like this in a really long time," "I guess I needed it. [Trisha] is literally my hero. I could have not picked a more perfect person to ask me. She calls me Junior. I'm in her phone as Junior, which is the coolest thing that's ever happened to me besides this." Fans can watch Alaina's Opry induction on Circle Network, on its Saturday night Opry Live livestream on Circle All Access Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They can listen at onopry.com and wsmonline.com, SiriusXM: Willie's Roadhouse and its radio home 650 AM-WSM. (Mutiple Sources)

ALAN JACKSON REVEALS HEALTH CONDITION

(Sept 27th). In an exclusive interview with TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager, country music icon Alan Jackson revealed that he has been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a degenerative nerve condition. Speaking with Jenna from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Jackson, 62, opened up about the condition, which has been affecting his ability to walk. He was diagnosed with CMT ten years ago. "I have this neuropathy and neurological disease," Jackson said. "It's genetic that I inherited from my daddy ... There's no cure for it, but it's been affecting me for years. And it's getting more and more obvious. And I know I'm stumbling around on stage. And now I'm having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable." The condition affects the peripheral nervous system and causes balance problems by compromising smaller, weaker muscles in the body's extremities. However, the illness does not alter life expectancy. (Source: Today.com)