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Swift, Shelton, FGL receive iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Country artists including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Lines, received iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations on Tuesday.

Swift received a nomination for Artist of the Year, as did Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, P!nk, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons and Robin Thicke.

Swift also earned a nomination for Best Fan Army. Others included Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Country Song of the Year nominees were "Crash My Party" (Luke Bryan), "It Goes Like This" (Thomas Rhett), "That's My Kind of Night" (Bryan), "Mine Would Be You" (Blake Shelton), "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" (Randy Houser), "Boys Round Here" (Shelton), "Wagon Wheel" (Darius Rucker), "Get Your Shine On" (Florida Georgia Line), "Highway Don't Care" (Tim McGraw w/Taylor Swift and Keith Urban) and "Night Train" (Jason Aldean).

Florida Georgia Line also received a nomination for Best New Artist along with the likes of Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons.

Shelton's "Mine Would Be You" was nominated in the Best Lyrics category. Others included "Royals" by Lord," "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink, "Wake Me Up" from Avicii and from Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and others.

Fans will vote on the winners with the prizes being handed out May 1. The show airs live on NBC from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.

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Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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