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Swift, Urban, McGraw take early CMA honors

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw are off to a great start as they won Country Music Association awards this morning on the Good Morning America show.

The trio won CMA Musical Event of the Year for Highway Don't Care with the song also taking Music Video of the Year for McGraw, Swift and Urban. Shane Drake directed the video.

McGraw has now won 14 trophies throughout his career, including two for Male Vocalist of the Year and one for Entertainer of the Year. He is nominated for one more award tonight for Single of the Year for the same song. McGraw will perform during the broadcast.

Swift is now a nine-time CMA Awards winner and is a top nominee this year with six nominations including Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for "Red," and Single of the Year for Highway Don't Care. Swift is also scheduled to receive the CMA Pinnacle Award during the broadcast and perform.

Urban has been named Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006) and is now an eight-time CMA Awards winner with 29 career CMA Awards nominations. He will perform on the CMA Awards with five-time nominee this year Miranda Lambert.

The rest of the 12 CMA Awards categories will be handed out tonight at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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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
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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