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Bryan, FGL clean up at awards Johnny Cash recordings to be released

NEW YORK, Dec 11, (Agencies): The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the “Cruise” remix with Nelly. Blake Shelton was next with four awards, including album of the year for “Based on a True Story ... .” The “Highway Don’t Care” team-up of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban continued to rake in trophies, winning three, including song of the year. Bryan also won touring artist of the year along with the night’s top honor, and his three wins give him 12 ACA awards in the show’s four-year history. The win comes about eight months after the Academy of Country Music also gave him its top award. “It’s been the most amazing year of my life,” Bryan said. “It started amazingly and it’s ending amazingly.”

The fan-voted awards show highlighted a split between everyday listeners and the music industry when it comes to Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and the popularity of the so-called bro country movement. Bryan and FGL, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, are the year’s top male country music acts. Bryan has the top-selling country album released in 2013 and FGL set a record for weeks atop the country singles chart. Both were left off the Grammy Awards nomination last week, however, and have been at the center of the debate over modern mainstream country.
 

Teamed
Lady Antebellum opened the show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with the trio’s Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley making their way through a glow stick-waving crowd as they sang “Compass.” Jake Owen invited ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons to join him on “Days of Gold” and former rockers Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker teamed up on a medley of hits, including Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel.” LeAnn Rimes paid tribute to Patsy Cline with a medley of the star’s hits, including “Crazy.” Taylor Swift, the night’s top nominee with eight, won the worldwide touring award and gave an acceptance speech taped in Australia where she’s on tour. Female artist of the year Miranda Lambert also was a multiple winner with two awards and Brad Paisley was presented with the ACAs Video Vanguard Award.

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LOS ANGELES:
A dozen newly discovered recordings made by late American country singer Johnny Cash three decades ago will be released next year as an album, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings said on Tuesday. “Out Among the Stars” will be released on March 25, the record label said, marking the first time the recordings will be available to the public. The 12 songs, which include two written by Cash, were recorded for Columbia Records in Nashville, Tenn., in 1981 and in 1984, but the record company passed on releasing them before dropping Cash from the label in 1986. The recordings were found in 2012 when Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, and Cash experts were cataloging the “Folsom Prison Blues” singer’s song archive. The album will feature three duets, two with his wife June Carter Cash and one with Waylon Jennings. Cash, who died in 2003 at the age of 71, became an American folk figure over the course of his 49-year career by cultivating an outlaw persona and famously performing at US prisons.

NEW YORK:
While she’s excited her ballad “Just Give Me a Reason” is nominated for the song of the year Grammy, Pink says she believes her husband deserves some credit for its success. The track, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks, is about holding on to a troubled relationship. “It means everything because it’s a conversation between lovers fighting the good fight and that’s been our life,” Pink said in an interview Tuesday, standing next to her motorcycle racer husband, Carey Hart. “Our family is everything to us.” The 34-year-old often details their rocky relationship in her music. “At the end of the day I crawl onto his lap and complain, so if someone wants to award me for that, they should give him the award,” she said. Pink was in great spirits Tuesday in New York City, where Billboard named the pop star its woman of the year.

“It’s been a long road,” she said. “It’s been a roller coaster and I’m on board for the rises and the falls of it all.” Pink’s successful year includes a top-grossing international tour and awards, an MTV Video Music Award among them. “The Truth About Love,” her sixth album released last year, has sold 1.8 million units. “Just Give Me a Reason,” which has sold 4 million tracks and features Nate Ruess of fun., is also nominated for best pop duo/group performance at the Jan 26 Grammy Awards. Pink, who has won four Grammys, said being up for the coveted song of the year is unreal. “That’s a new thing for me,” she said. “It’s a pinch-me moment. I’m afraid to cross the street.”

Her hit will battle anthems from Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But at the Billboard event, camaraderie was key: Pink congratulated R&B singer Janelle Monae, who was honored as music’s rising star, while sister duo Tegan and Sara and Scottish band Chvrches performed. Debbie Harry, Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry, Andy Cohen, Matt Lauer and Melanie Fiona attended the event. Pink’s “The Truth About Love Tour” wraps Jan 31 in Las Vegas.

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