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2011 CMT Music Awards Rock Nashville Wednesday Night

Digital Vision/Photodisc(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The 2011 CMT Music Awards will be handed out Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee, and Jason Aldean is the lead nominee with four nods.

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band all follow with three nominations each.

Among the confirmed performers are Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, and show host Kid Rock.

Presenters on Wednesday night's show include American Idol champ Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Laura Bell Bundy, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, Sara Evans, and Train.  Actors Cheryl Hines, Gary Busey, Mary Steenburgen, Melissa Peterman, Rick Schroeder, Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, and Dancing with the Stars champ Hines Ward will be there, too.

Colt Ford, the Janedear Girls, Thompson Square, and Lee Brice are among the stars scheduled to perform on the Nationwide Insurance stage during Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards.  Newcomers Hunter Hayes, Matt Mason, and Steven Clawson of CMT's Next Superstar will also perform on that stage.

The Nationwide Insurance On Your Side award will also be handed out by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. during the show to honor country music's best new live act.  Nominees for the fan-voted award are Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Colt Ford, The Band Perry, and Josh Thompson.

Here are some of the 2011 CMT Music Awards Nominees:

Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
Taylor Swift, "Mine"
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"
Zac Brown Band, "Colder Weather"

Male Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Toby Keith, "Bullets in the Gun"
Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
Keith Urban, "Without You"

Female Video of the Year
Sara Evans, "A Little Bit Stronger"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Reba, "Turn on the Radio"
Taylor Swift, "Mine"
Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"

Group Video of the Year
Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Little Big Town, "Little White Church"
Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"
The  Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Zac Brown Band, "Colder Weather"

Duo Video of the Year
Steel Magnolia, "Last Night Again"
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow"
The JaneDear girls, "Wildflower"
Thompson Square, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

Collaborative Video of the Year
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Justin Bieber featuring Rascal Flatts, "That Should Be Me"
Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow, "Collide"
Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels, "Country Boy"
Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow, "Coal Miner's Daughter"

CMT Performance of the Year
Martina McBride and Train, "A Broken Wing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Reba, "If I Were a Boy" (From Unplugged: Reba)
Darius Rucker and Adele, "Need You Now" (From 2010 CMT Artists of the Year)
Keith Urban and John Mayer, "Sweet Thing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville" (From CMT Crossroads)

Of note, the final nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the top of the show and final voting will take place at throughout the night.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Rascal Flatts Kick Off Their CMA Music Festival Week

Donna Svennevik/ABC(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Rascal Flatts kicked off a busy CMA Music Festival week with an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night. Following a three-song performance, the crowd brought the band back to the stage for an encore of the Flatts' huge hit, "Bless the Broken Road."

The Flatts had a day off on Sunday before they begin filming the video for their upcoming single, "Easy," with Natasha Bedingfield in Nashville on Monday. The guys are then set to perform on Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, where they're nominated for three, including the overall Video of the Year for "Why Wait." The guys will then sign autographs in the Big Machine Records booth on Friday and a performance at LP Field on Saturday.  Their Flatts Fest summer tour kicks off June 18 in Bristow, Virginia.

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First Round of CMA Music Festival Performers Announced

Keith Urban. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The first round of performers has been announced for this summer's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, including Keith Urban, Reba, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Darius Rucker. Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and The Band Perry round out the list for the festival, set for June 9-12.

The event will again be filmed for an ABC special.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the CMA Music Festival, which began as Fan Fair in 1972.

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Country Stars Performing Christmas Classics on CMA Special

Photo Courtesy - Mercury Records(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The first-ever CMA Country Christmas special airs Monday on ABC, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is serving as host.

It's her first time helming a TV broadcast, and she says the show reminds her of those great holiday specials she watched as a kid.  "It's such a fond memory of being with your family and having something that feels like it only comes around once a year and that also gets you excited for the holiday."

Sugarland performs "Winter Wonderland" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel" on the show.

Reba is also on the special, singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and several St. Nicks actually join her onstage for the performance.  Reba says, "I was very glad they asked me to be a part of it.  It looks great.  The set's beautiful."

Darius Rucker makes an appearance to sing his holiday tune "Candy Cane Christmas."  Since heavy hitters like Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts are on the CMA Country Christmas special too, Darius says, "They got all the big boys, and they let me play too. So, that's pretty cool." He adds, "Everybody's doing these great Christmas songs."

Other acts featured on the special include Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes.   CMA Country Christmas airs Monday night at 9:30 ET on ABC.

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Rascal Flatts Goes Back to Basics with New Album 'Nothing Like This'

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Rascal Flatts is back with a new album out this Tuesday called Nothing Like This, featuring their latest hit "Why Wait."  If that tune brings to mind some of the Flatts' earlier hits, there's a good reason for that.

Band member Jay DeMarcus tells ABC News Radio, "It kind of harkens back to some of the older stuff that we first sang, like the 'Love You Out Loud' and the 'Everyday Loves' and things like that that were kind of more of our up tempo stuff."

The Flatts really focused on getting their signature harmonies back out in front on this project by stripping away a lot of the big production.  The band's Joe Don Rooney tells ABC News Radio that return to form was a suggestion from the fans.

"We've been talking to them through Twitter and Facebook and, and it's like they've been talking about that, like 'We'd like to hear some of your old kind of sound again on this new album,'" Rooney says.

In addition to "Why Wait," Nothing Like This also features Rascal Flatts' collaboration with pop star Natasha Bedingfield on the tune "Easy."

Look for Rascal Flatts to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS Monday.  Their Invitation Only special also premieres Monday night on CMT. 

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Rascal Flatts Announce New Dates for Tour 

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Rascal Flatt's new album, Nothing Like This, hits stores Tuesday, and they've just announced a new round of dates for their Nothing Like This tour.

The new shows kick off Jan. 14 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  They'll play 21 shows on this winter leg with special guests Luke Bryan and Chris Young.

Rascal Flatts have performed for 650,000 fans so far. They've sold more than six million concert tickets over the course of their career.

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Rascal Flatts Surgery Center to Open at Nashville Children's Hospital

Photo Courtesy - RascalFlatts [dot] com/Big Machine Records(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Rascal Flatts has raised more than $3 million in the last few years for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville.  Now, the hospital is honoring the group in a big way by naming a new facility for the band.

The Rascal Flatts Surgery Center will offer state of the art technology to accommodate the nearly 13,000 operations performed at the hospital each year.

Band members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus were on hand Friday as the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center sign was unveiled.

Jay says, "There are no words to adequately describe what it feels like to see that sign unveiled."  He adds, "If you leave anything behind, that sure is a wonderful thing, a wonderful legacy to leave behind."

After the sign was unveiled, Rascal Flatts performed a small show for patients at the hospital and also went from room to room passing out Halloween treats for kids who couldn't make it to the performance.  This is the sixth year in a row the guys have visited the hospital.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Rascal Flatts Getting Star on Music City Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Rascal Flatts will get their star on the Music City Walk of Fame on Nov. 7 in Nashville, Tennessee.

They're among the latest class to receive the honor, along with Country Music Hall of Fame members Eddy Arnold, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis and Little Jimmy Dickens.

According to The Tennessean, the new class of inductees brings the total number of stars on the Music City Walk of fame to 48.

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